Bobby Schilling officially announces candidacy for 17th District

By WEEK Reporter

July 9, 2013 Updated Jul 9, 2013 at 10:41 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Former Congressman Bobby Schilling is looking to reclaim his seat on Capitol Hill.

On Monday, the Republican officially announced his candidacy for Illinois' 17th District.

Schilling was unseated by Democrat Cheri Bustos in 2012 after serving just one term in the U.S. House. Last year's race was decided by a 6 percent margin.

Schilling said that Rep. Bustos, who has been in office for six months, has proven to be ineffective.

"What we're going to do is work hard, continue to reach out," Schilling said. "We're going to talk about where Republicans and Democrats have failed the middle class."

In a statement released by her office, Congresswoman Bustos said she is "Focused like a laser on job creation, protecting Medicare and Social Security and serving the people of Illinois' 17th Congressional District, not an election that is over a year away."

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