Cheri Bustos Faces Rep. Bobby Schilling

By WEEK Producer

March 20, 2012 Updated Mar 21, 2012 at 10:42 PM CDT

ROCK ISLAND Co -- Cheri Bustos won the democratic primary Tuesday night with 58% percent of the vote. George Gaulrapp, the mayor of Freeport, received 18 percent of the vote.

Greg Aguilar, director of multicultural services at Augustana College, won 24% of the votes.

Bustos is a former Quad-City Times journalist who for the past 10 years has worked as a hospital executive. Her father, Gene Callahan, was a former top aide to Senators Alan Dixon and Paul Simon.

Bustos has not only led the field in fundraising, but she's won endorsements from a wide range of labor unions and political figures, including former Quad-City area mayors, Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon and Sen. Dick Durbin.

A newly configured district now includes 14 counties that stretches along the Mississippi River from the Wisconsin border through the Quad-Cities and swings toward Peoria.

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