|Illinois's 17th congressional district|
|Area||6,933 sq mi (17,960 km2)|
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 redistricting in 2012. It subsequently 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, incumbent Representative Bobby Schilling was defeated, after serving only one term, by Democratic opponent Cheri Bustos in the 2012 election cycle, who has served since that election.
It is one of the few Democratic-leaning districts that voted for Barack Obama and Donald Trump twice each. It is also one of seven districts that voted for Trump in the 2020 presidential election while being held by a Democrat.
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. Evans retired in 2006 as a result of declining health, and the seat was won by his longtime aide Phil Hare. Although the district had been designed to elect a Democrat, Hare lost in 2010 to Republican pizzeria owner Bobby Schilling. In 2012, Democrat Cheri Bustos won the district election and is the district's current representative.
Election results from recent presidential races
|1996||Clinton 58 - 34%|
|2000||Gore 53 – 43%|
|2004||Kerry 51 – 48%|
|2008||Obama 60 – 39%|
|2012||Obama 57 – 41%|
|2016||Trump 47.4 – 46.7%|
|2020||Trump 49.7 – 48.1%|
List of members representing the district
|Republican||Bobby Schilling (incumbent)||134,623||46.7|
|Independent||Eric Reyes (write-in)||10||0.0|
|Independent||Joe Faber (write-in)||9||0.0|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
|Democratic||Cheri Bustos (incumbent)||110,560||55.5|
|Independent||Bill Fawell (write-in)||16||0.0|
|Democratic||Cheri Bustos (incumbent)||173,125||60.3|
|Democratic||Cheri Bustos (incumbent)||142,659||62.1|
|Democratic||Cheri Bustos (incumbent)||156,011||52.02||-10.07%|
|Republican||Esther Joy King||143,863||47.97||+10.06%|
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