Cheri Bustos

Candidate running to represent the 17th Congressional District of Illinois

The daughter of a public servant and a social worker, Cheri Bustos is committed to finding solutions to the problems facing families in the 17th Congressional District. <br /> <br /> Cheri spent 17 years as a reporter for the <em>Quad-City Times</em>. Using her position to uncover corruption in local government and spotlight child abuse, Cheri’s reporting earned her national recognition and led to legislative changes that improved local government services. As a senior official with one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health systems, Cheri has spent the past decade on the front lines of health care, gaining a unique understanding of the challenges facing both patients and providers. <br /> <br /> Cheri was twice elected to the East Moline City Council, where she led downtown revitalization programs and the development of a health care clinic for those underserved. In Congress, Cheri will focus on protecting Social Security and Medicare, strengthening Illinois’ economy and restoring civility to our politics. <br /> <br /> Cheri is a graduate of the University of Maryland and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Cheri and her husband, Gerry, a sheriff’s deputy with the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department and commander of the Quad-City Bomb Squad, have been married 25 years. They have three sons and two grandchildren.

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