Western Illinois Head Start program receives $2.6M
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A western Illinois early education program will receive $2.6 million in federal funding.
The grant for West Central Community Services was announced Monday. The...
Top aides leave Dem campaign arm amid diversity complaints
WASHINGTON (AP) — A mass departure of top aides shook the House Democrats' campaign arm Tuesday, an exodus that followed complaints from Hispanic and black lawmakers that the organization's staff...
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — A western Illinois school district is getting a $2.5 million federal grant to pay for early education programs for low-income families.
House Democrats train 2020 focus on minority, young voters
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The leader of House Democrats' political arm wants to build on 2018 midterm gains by turning out more voters who are young and diverse.
Peoria Head Start program get $6.2M in grants
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Head Start programs in a central Illinois are receiving $6.2 million in federal grants.
The office of U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, an Illinois Democrat, announced the money...
New Jersey’s 4 new Democrats split in House speaker vote
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Two of New Jersey's new Democratic House members voted for Nancy Pelosi to be the next speaker, but two others did not.
Democrats Andy Kim of the 3rd District and Tom Malinowski of the 7th District voted in favor of the California Democrat on Thursday.
Kim's vote for Pelosi comes after he earlier said he supported new leadership for the party. He ousted Republican Tom MacArthur in the southern New Jersey district.
New Rep. Golden of Maine votes against Pelosi for speaker
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jared Golden of Maine is among 15 Democrats who voted against returning Nancy Pelosi to the House speaker's office.
A spokesman says Golden kept his campaign vow that he would not support Pelosi for speaker. Instead he voted for Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois for the leadership position.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
ABC's "This Week" — Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.; White House counselor Kellyanne Conway; former Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.
Illinois GOP rebukes candidate for conspiracy theories
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Republican leaders are disavowing a second of the party's congressional candidates over contentious views they've promoted.
FAIRVIEW, Ill. (AP) — The family of a central Illinois man killed while serving in Afghanistan will join public officials for a ceremony to rename the local post office in his honor.
The post office in Fairview will be formally renamed the Sergeant Douglas J. Riney Post Office during an Aug. 10 ceremony.
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois post office will be renamed in honor of a local Marine who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011.
The post office in Pekin will become the Lance Corporal Jordan S. Bastean Post Office.
Bastean was born and raised in Pekin and was a 2010 graduate of Pekin Community College. He told his father he wanted to join the Marines because "they were the toughest."
Officials: Illinois prison to open next year
THOMSON, Ill. (AP) — A prison in northwestern Illinois will be completely activated by the end of next year, a Bureau of Prisons official said.
The Thomson Administrative U.S. Penitentiary could have up to 600 employees, Sauk Valley Media reported . The government originally had projected that the facility could employ up to 1,100 people.
ALPHA, Ill. (AP) — A congresswoman is pushing to rename a post office in western Illinois after a soldier killed in 2007 in Afghanistan.
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos introduced legislation on Wednesday to name the post office in Alpha the "Captain Joshua E. Steele Post Office. "
Status of anti-harassment panel precludes Bustos
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos is withdrawing from a statewide panel studying sexual harassment and discrimination to allow it to be more independent.
The Democrat from Moline said Wednesday election law and ethics rules prevent her from serving with the group if it becomes an independent legal entity.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Books donated by the Library of Congress will make their way to a public library in Henry County.
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (BOOS'-tohs) will stop at the Western District Library in Orion on Monday. She will deliver books donated by the venerable depository in the nation's capital.
Bustos pushes to make ‘blue wave’ happen in November
President Donald Trump’s turbulent first year in office begs an important question for Republican congressmen defending their seats in November: Is anyone safe?
The Sauk Valley is represented in Congress by U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who votes with Trump more thn 90 percent of the time, and by U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, a Democrat who won re-election in 2016 in a district that favored Trump.
Leadership advice: Local audience picks up tips for success from lawmakers
DIXON – Community leaders in training picked up advice from legislators Wednesday on how to hone their skills to better serve their organizations and the community.
- Dixon TelegraphSeats still available for annual Dem's annual JKF dinnerMay 24, 2019
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- Dixon TelegraphBustos elected to party leadership positionNovember 30, 2018
- Dixon TelegraphMidwest Democrat with a knack for winning over Trump voters seeks higher role in party leadershipNovember 23, 2018
Bill to rename post office for fallen soldier advances
FAIRVIEW, Ill. (AP) — A measure to rename a western Illinois post office after a soldier killed in Afghanistan has cleared the U.S. Senate and is headed to the president's desk.
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos sponsored the bill to name the post office in Fairview the Sergeant Douglas J. Riney Post Office. She says in a news release she expects the legislation to be signed into law in the coming weeks.
Scott Reeder: Political success formula is simple: listen to the voters
SPRINGFIELD — Cheri Bustos, my favorite Democrat in Congress, has stirred things up this week with a report on how Democrats can carry rural areas that favored Donald Trump in 2016.
It's not a particularly complicated formula: focus on the economy, don't get distracted by ancillary issues and meet people where they are.
In Bustos' case, it's strolling supermarket aisles talking to ordinary folks about their concerns.
That's classic Cheri. She gets her energy from talking to people.
Congresswoman collecting Valentine’s Day cards for veterans
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois congresswoman is collecting Valentine's Day cards for veterans.
This is the fifth year that U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos has invited constituents to send Valentine's Day greetings to those who have served their country.
Bustos says people may mail or drop off the valentines at one of her offices, located in Peoria, Rock Island and Rockford.
Growing the next generation of farmers
DEER GROVE – The disparity between retiring farmers and younger generations coming into the industry is growing, and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos is looking to shrink that divide.
For every six farmers older than 65 stepping out of agriculture, only one younger than 35 comes into the fold, Bustos told a crowd of more than 200 members of the area farming community Friday at the 28th annual Farmer Update Meeting in Deer Grove.
Republicans, Democrats Unite Against Harassment
House OKs renaming post office for man killed in Afghanistan
FAIRVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Lawmakers in the U.S. House have approved a measure to name a western Illinois post office in honor of a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan.
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos sponsored the legislation to rename the facility in Fairview the Sergeant Douglas J. Riney Post Office.
Riney graduated from Spoon River Valley High School and volunteered with the Fairview Fire Protection Unit before he joined the Army in 2012. The husband and father of two died in Kabul in 2016.
Applications due Friday for military academies
MOLINE – U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Moline, is accepting applications through Friday from District 17 high school seniors looking to be admitted to U.S. armed services academies in the fall.
Bustos can nominate up to 10 qualified students for attendance at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.
The Latest: Democrat says party at fault for heartland loss
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on Iowa Democrats (all times local):
A House Democrat seen as a rising star says the party is to blame for allowing President Donald Trump to claim voters in reliably Democratic territory.
Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio told Democrats at a fundraiser in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday that those voters don't think Democrats are with them anymore and don't listen to them.
Quad City airport using $3.3M from US to replace lighting
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Quad City International Airport is receiving nearly $3.3 million in federal funds to replace lighting on a runway and plan for future needs at the western Illinois airport.
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — The Rock Island-Milan (MY'-luhn) school district is receiving nearly $2.4 million to help prepare young children for school.
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos says the grant for the district's Head Start program is funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It's aimed at children from low-income families.
University of Illinois names new federal lobbyist
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The new federal lobbyist for the University of Illinois is a Capitol Hill veteran who's worked for the Peace Corps and congressional committees.
Paul Weinberger has been named director of federal relations for the three-campus school. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/2oJtvuY ) the 46-year-old attorney will earn $170,000 and be based in Washington.
THOMSON, Ill. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos have written a letter to the Department of Justice in an effort to keep a hiring freeze from affecting the Thomson Prison in northwestern Illinois.
US Rep. Bustos says she won’t run for Illinois governor
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos says she won't run for Illinois governor in 2018.
In a statement Monday, Bustos says she decided staying in Congress is "the best way for me to continue getting real results for working families across the heartland."
Bustos was recently elected to Democratic leadership in the U.S. House, where she is co-chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.
Bustos, delegation demand Rauner pay domestic violence money
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' 11 Democratic congressmen have signed a letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner demanding that he restore funding to domestic violence shelters.
Rep. Cheri Bustos (BOO'-stose) initiated the letter sent Friday.
Illinois leaders split on attending Trump inauguration
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' elected leaders are split on whether they're attending President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel aren't planning to attend.
While Republicans including U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton are going, a growing number of Democrats say they'll skip it.
Democrats weigh 2018 challenge to Rauner; GOP on the attack
CHICAGO (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner sent two clear signals when he dumped $50 million into his campaign fund: The 2018 race for Illinois governor will be a rough one, and the contest starts now.
What's still unknown is which Democrats will try to unseat the multimillionaire former businessman. Among those contemplating a bid are U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, businessman Chris Kennedy, state Sen. Andy Manar and billionaire investor J.B. Pritzker, according to potential candidates and aides.
Bustos challenger plaintiff in voting lawsuit
CHICAGO – A federal lawsuit has been filed that challenges the constitutionality of the state's Election Day voter registration law, and claims it puts the Republican Party at a disadvantage.
The Illinois law in question, passed 2 years ago, requires counties with a population of more than 100,000 to provide voter registration at the polls on Election Day, while smaller counties don't have to set up for registration.
Colleen Deacon’s plans to attend Democratic conference in California criticized by GOP
Republicans are slamming Democratic congressional candidate Colleen Deacon for a scheduled appearance this weekend at a Democratic conference in California.
According to event details obtained by The Citizen, Deacon, D-Syracuse, will attend a lunch and wine pairing Saturday at Quintessa Winery, a lavish estate in California's Napa Valley owned by Valeria and Agustin Huneeus.
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, made a stop in Rock Falls on Friday afternoon as part of her 21st Century Heartland Tour. She toured the Rock Falls hydroelectric plant.
Kinzinger: Trump talk continues to be problematic
DIXON – Adam Kinzinger's fourth term in Congress from the 16th District will begin next year without opposition in 2016. His Republican Party challenger was ruled ineligible before the March primary, and the Democrats have no candidate on the Nov. 8 ballot.
That doesn't mean it's not a political season for the Channahon Republican.
He's still wrestling with endorsing his party's presidential nominee, Donald Trump. And he's working to help re-elect Sen. Mark Kirk,...