Illinois's 17th congressional district
|Illinois's 17th congressional district|
Illinois's 17th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
|Current Representative||Cheri Bustos (D–East Moline)|
|Area||6,933 sq mi (17,960 km2)|
|Population (2011 est.)||711,719|
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. As expected, one-term Republican incumbent Bobby Schilling was defeated by Democratic opponent Cheri Bustos in the 2012 election cycle.
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. The representatives for these districts were elected in the 2012 primary and general elections, and the boundaries became effective on January 5, 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. 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.
Election results from recent presidential races
|1996||Clinton 62 - 38%|
|2000||Gore 53 – 43%|
|2004||Kerry 51 – 48%|
|2008||Obama 60 – 39%|
|2012||Obama 57 – 41%|
|2016||Trump 47.4 – 46.7%|
List of representatives
Living former Members from the district
|Representative||Term in office||Date of birth (and age)|
|Phil Hare||2007 - 2011||February 21, 1949|
|Bobby Schilling||2011 - 2013||January 23, 1964|
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