Illinois's 17th congressional district

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Illinois's 17th congressional district
Illinois's 17th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Illinois's 17th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Cheri Bustos (DMoline)
Area 6,933 mi2
Distribution 73.3% urban, 26.7% rural
Population (2011 est.) 711,719
Median income $41,194
Ethnicity 82.9% White, 11.5% Black, 1.0% Asian, 8.0% Hispanic, 0.4% Native American, 2.1% other
Cook PVI D+7[1]

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.[2] As expected, one-term Republican incumbent Bobby Schilling was defeated by Democratic opponent Cheri Bustos in the 2012 election cycle.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5][6] 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.[7]

Election results from recent presidential races[edit]

Year Results
2000 Gore 53 - 43%
2004 Kerry 51 - 48%
2008 Obama 60 - 39%[1]
2012 Obama 57 - 41%[1]

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years Electoral history
District created March 4, 1873
WilliamRallsMorrison.png William R. Morrison Democratic March 4, 1873 –
March 4, 1883
Redistricted to the 18th district
Samuel Wheeler Moulton.jpg Samuel W. Moulton Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 4, 1885
Redistricted from the 15th district
JREden.jpg John R. Eden Democratic March 4, 1885 –
March 4, 1887
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Edward Lane Democratic March 4, 1887 –
March 4, 1895
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
JamesAConnolly.jpg James A. Connolly Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 4, 1899
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Ben F. Caldwell Democratic March 4, 1899 –
March 4, 1903
Redistricted to the 21st district
John Allen Sterling circa 1913.jpg John A. Sterling Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 4, 1913
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
LouisFitzhenry.jpg Louis Fitzhenry Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 4, 1915
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
John Allen Sterling circa 1913.jpg John A. Sterling Republican March 4, 1915 –
October 17, 1918
Died
Vacant October 17, 1918 –
March 3, 1919
Frank L. Smith.jpg Frank L. Smith Republican March 4, 1919 –
March 4, 1921
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
FrankHFunk.jpg Frank H. Funk Republican March 4, 1921 –
March 4, 1927
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Homer W. Hall Republican March 4, 1927 –
March 4, 1933
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Frank Gillespie Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1935
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Leslie Arends.jpg Leslie C. Arends Republican January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1973
Redistricted to the 15th district
George M. O'Brien.jpg George M. O'Brien Republican January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1983
Redistricted to the 4th district
Lane Evans.jpg Lane Evans Democratic January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 2007
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Phil Hare Official.jpg Phil Hare Democratic January 3, 2007 –
January 3, 2011
Lost re-election
Bobby Schilling, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Bobby Schilling Republican January 3, 2011 –
January 3, 2013
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Bustos-IL17-pic.jpg Cheri Bustos Democratic January 3, 2013 –
Present
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]

Living former Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 17th congressional district[edit]

As of May 2015, two former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 17th congressional 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 67)
Bobby Schilling 2011 - 2013 (1964-01-23) January 23, 1964 (age 52)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Barone, Michael; McCutcheon, Chuck (2013). The Almanac of American Politics 2014. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. pp. 593–595. ISBN 978-0-226-10544-4.  Copyright National Journal.
  2. ^ http://www.rrstar.com/carousel/x230662730/Chuck-Sweeny-Rockford-stands-to-lose-big-in-the-new-17th-District?photo=0
  3. ^ "Bustos beats Schilling in redrawn 17th District". aledotimesrecord.com. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ Illinois Congressional District 17, Illinois Board of Elections
  5. ^ "Electoral boundaries in America". The Economist. October 7, 2010. Retrieved October 8, 2010. 
  6. ^ Aaron Blake (July 27, 2011). "Name that district! (Gerrymandering edition)". Washington Post. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ "5 Ways to Tilt an Election" (PDF). The New York Times. September 25, 2010. Retrieved November 24, 2010. 

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