Illinois's 17th congressional district

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Illinois's 17th congressional district
Illinois US Congressional District 17 (since 2013).tif
Illinois's 17th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Cheri Bustos (DEast Moline)
Area 6,933 sq mi (17,960 km2)
Distribution
  • 73.3% urban
  • 26.7% rural
Population (2011 est.) 711,719
Median income 41,194
Ethnicity
Cook PVI D+3[1][2]

The 17th Congressional District of Illinois is represented by Democrat Cheri Bustos. It includes most of the northwestern portion of the state, with most of its population living on the Illinois side of the Quad Cities, as well as parts of Peoria and Rockford.

The 17th congressional district has shifted northward after the 2012 redistricting. It lost Quincy and Decatur, as well as its share of Springfield. It was generally thought that the redrawn map would allow the district to revert to the Democrats, who held it without interruption from 1983 to 2011.[3] As expected, one-term Republican incumbent Bobby Schilling was defeated by Democratic opponent Cheri Bustos in the 2012 election cycle.[4]

2011 redistricting[edit]

The district covers parts of Peoria, Tazewell and Winnebago counties, and all of Carroll, Fulton, Henderson, Henry, Jo Daviess, Knox, Mercer, Rock Island, Stephenson, Warren and Whiteside counties, as of the 2011 redistricting which followed the 2010 census. All or parts of Canton, East Moline, Freeport, Galesburg, Kewanee, Moline, Peoria, Rock Island, Rockford, Pekin and Sterling are included.[5] The representatives for these districts were elected in the 2012 primary and general elections, and the boundaries became effective on January 5, 2013.

Elections[edit]

2012 election[edit]

History[edit]

2003 - 2013

From 2003 to 2013 the district was known as "the rabbit on a skateboard" for its unusual shape devised as the outcome of gerrymandering.[6][7] The boundaries were drawn in a bipartisan deal to protect both Democratic incumbent Lane Evans and neighboring Republican incumbents. The lines of the district were drawn to move Republican voters into neighboring districts and to include Democratic neighborhoods in Springfield and Decatur.[8]

Election results from recent presidential races[edit]

Year Results
1996 Clinton 62 - 38%
2000 Gore 53 – 43%
2004 Kerry 51 – 48%
2008 Obama 60 – 39%[2]
2012 Obama 57 – 41%[2]
2016 Trump 47.4 – 46.7%[9]

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years Electoral history
District created March 4, 1873
WilliamRallsMorrison.png William R. Morrison Democratic March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1883
Elected in 1872.
Re-elected in 1874.
Re-elected in 1876.
Re-elected in 1878.
Re-elected in 1880.
Redistricted to the 18th district
Samuel Wheeler Moulton.jpg Samuel W. Moulton Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1885
Redistricted from the 15th district and re-elected in 1882.
Retired.
JREden.jpg John R. Eden Democratic March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1887
Elected in 1884.
Lost re-election.
No image.svg Edward Lane Democratic March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1895
Elected in 1886.
Re-elected in 1888.
Re-elected in 1890.
Re-elected in 1892.
Lost re-election.
JamesAConnolly.jpg James A. Connolly Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1899
Elected in 1894.
Re-elected in 1896.
Retired.
No image.svg Ben F. Caldwell Democratic March 4, 1899 –
March 3, 1903
Elected in 1898.
Re-elected in 1900.
Redistricted to the 21st district.
John Allen Sterling circa 1913.jpg John A. Sterling Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1913
Elected in 1902.
Re-elected in 1904.
Re-elected in 1906.
Re-elected in 1908.
Re-elected in 1910.
Lost re-election.
LouisFitzhenry.jpg Louis Fitzhenry Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
Elected in 1912.
Lost re-election.
John Allen Sterling circa 1913.jpg John A. Sterling Republican March 4, 1915 –
October 17, 1918
Elected in 1914.
Re-elected in 1916.
Died.
Vacant October 17, 1918 –
March 3, 1919
Frank L. Smith.jpg Frank L. Smith Republican March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1921
Elected in 1918.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
FrankHFunk.jpg Frank H. Funk Republican March 4, 1921 –
March 3, 1927
Elected in 1920.
Re-elected in 1922.
Re-elected in 1924.
Lost renomination.
No image.svg Homer W. Hall Republican March 4, 1927 –
March 3, 1933
Elected in 1926.
Re-elected in 1928.
Re-elected in 1930.
Lost re-election.
No image.svg Frank Gillespie Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1935
Elected in 1932.
Lost re-election.
Leslie Arends.jpg Leslie C. Arends Republican January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1973
Elected in 1934.
Re-elected in 1936.
Re-elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.
Re-elected in 1942.
Re-elected in 1944.
Re-elected in 1946.
Re-elected in 1948.
Re-elected in 1950.
Re-elected in 1952.
Re-elected in 1954.
Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
Re-elected in 1962.
Re-elected in 1964.
Re-elected in 1966.
Re-elected in 1968.
Re-elected in 1970.
Redistricted to the 15th district.
George M. O'Brien.jpg George M. O'Brien Republican January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1983
Elected in 1972.
Re-elected in 1974.
Re-elected in 1976.
Re-elected in 1978.
Re-elected in 1980.
Redistricted to the 4th district.
Lane Evans.jpg Lane Evans Democratic January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 2007
Elected in 1982.
Re-elected in 1984.
Re-elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1988.
Re-elected in 1990.
Re-elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Retired.
Phil Hare Official.jpg Phil Hare Democratic January 3, 2007 –
January 3, 2011
Elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Lost re-election.
Bobby Schilling, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Bobby Schilling Republican January 3, 2011 –
January 3, 2013
Elected in 2010.
Lost re-election.[10]
Cheri Bustos official photo.jpg Cheri Bustos Democratic January 3, 2013 –
Present
Elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.

Living former Members from the district[edit]

As of May 2015, two former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from the district are alive. The most recent representative to die was Lane Evans (1983-2007) on November 5, 2014.

Representative Term in office Date of birth (and age)
Phil Hare 2007 - 2011 (1949-02-21) February 21, 1949 (age 68)
Bobby Schilling 2011 - 2013 (1964-01-23) January 23, 1964 (age 53)

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Coordinates: 41°23′22″N 90°13′07″W / 41.38944°N 90.21861°W / 41.38944; -90.21861