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Illinois's 17th congressional district

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.

Illinois's 17th congressional district
Illinois US Congressional District 17 (since 2013).tif
Illinois's 17th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Cheri Bustos
DEast Moline
Area6,933 sq mi (17,960 km2)
Distribution
  • 73.3% urban
  • 26.7% rural
Population (2011 est.)711,719
Median income$48,036[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVID+3[2][3]

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.[4] As expected, one-term Republican incumbent Bobby Schilling was defeated by Democratic opponent Cheri Bustos in the 2012 election cycle.[5]

Contents

2011 redistrictingEdit

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.[6] The representatives for these districts were elected in the 2012 primary and general elections, and the boundaries became effective on January 5, 2013.

ElectionsEdit

HistoryEdit

 
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.[7][8] 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.[9]

Election results from recent presidential racesEdit

Year Results
1996 Clinton 62 - 38%
2000 Gore 53 – 43%
2004 Kerry 51 – 48%
2008 Obama 60 – 39%[3]
2012 Obama 57 – 41%[3]
2016 Trump 47.4 – 46.7%[10]

List of representativesEdit

Representative Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
District created March 4, 1873
  William R. Morrison Democratic March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1883
43rd
44th
45th
46th
47th
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 W. Moulton Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1885
48th Redistricted from the 15th district and re-elected in 1882.
Retired.
  John R. Eden Democratic March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1887
49th Elected in 1884.
Lost re-election.
  Edward Lane Democratic March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1895
50th
51st
52nd
53rd
Elected in 1886.
Re-elected in 1888.
Re-elected in 1890.
Re-elected in 1892.
Lost re-election.
  James A. Connolly Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1899
54th
55th
Elected in 1894.
Re-elected in 1896.
Retired.
  Ben F. Caldwell Democratic March 4, 1899 –
March 3, 1903
56th
57th
Elected in 1898.
Re-elected in 1900.
Redistricted to the 21st district.
  John A. Sterling Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1913
58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
Elected in 1902.
Re-elected in 1904.
Re-elected in 1906.
Re-elected in 1908.
Re-elected in 1910.
Lost re-election.
  Louis Fitzhenry Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
63rd Elected in 1912.
Lost re-election.
  John A. Sterling Republican March 4, 1915 –
October 17, 1918
64th
65th
Elected in 1914.
Re-elected in 1916.
Died.
Vacant October 17, 1918 –
March 3, 1919
  Frank L. Smith Republican March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1921
66th Elected in 1918.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
  Frank H. Funk Republican March 4, 1921 –
March 3, 1927
67th
68th
69th
Elected in 1920.
Re-elected in 1922.
Re-elected in 1924.
Lost renomination.
  Homer W. Hall Republican March 4, 1927 –
March 3, 1933
70th
71st
72nd
Elected in 1926.
Re-elected in 1928.
Re-elected in 1930.
Lost re-election.
  Frank Gillespie Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1935
73rd Elected in 1932.
Lost re-election.
  Leslie C. Arends Republican January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1973
74th
75th
76th
77th
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
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 Republican January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1983
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
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 Democratic January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 2007
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
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 Democratic January 3, 2007 –
January 3, 2011
110th
111th
Elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Lost re-election.
  Bobby Schilling Republican January 3, 2011 –
January 3, 2013
112th Elected in 2010.
Lost re-election.[11]
  Cheri Bustos Democratic January 3, 2013 –
Present
113th
114th
115th
116th
Elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.

Living former Members from the districtEdit

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 (served 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 70)
Bobby Schilling 2011 - 2013 (1964-01-23) January 23, 1964 (age 55)

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Center for New Media & Promotion (CNMP), US Census Bureau. "My Congressional District". www.census.gov.
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "404 - Page not found - Rockford Register Star - Rockford, IL". Rockford Register Star.
  5. ^ "Bustos beats Schilling in redrawn 17th District". aledotimesrecord.com. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  6. ^ Illinois Congressional District 17, Illinois Board of Elections
  7. ^ "Electoral boundaries in America". The Economist. October 7, 2010. Retrieved October 8, 2010.
  8. ^ Aaron Blake (July 27, 2011). "Name that district! (Gerrymandering edition)". Washington Post. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  9. ^ "5 Ways to Tilt an Election" (PDF). The New York Times. September 25, 2010. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  10. ^ "Daily Kos Elections 2008, 2012 & 2016 presidential election results for congressional districts used in 2016 elections". Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  11. ^ "Illinois Congressional District 17 election results". msnbc.com. December 2, 2011.

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