17th District candidate talks jobs

By WEEK Producer

August 4, 2012 Updated Aug 4, 2012 at 9:36 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A candidate for the U.S. Congress made a stop at the downtown branch of the Peoria Public Library Saturday morning.

Democrat Cheri Bustos, whose running for the 17th District seat currently held by Republican Bobby Schilling, spoke to a local chapter of the National Organization for Women.

She told members she's focused on the economy and says the solution to creating jobs needs to be a collarborative effort.

"Should I be elected we would have an annual economic summit where you bring the best mind you can together from this district," Bustos said. "From manufacturing, from health care, small business, education, local government, and you bring those best minds together to talk about what's working and what's not working."

Meanwhile, incumbent Bobby Schilling released a statement Friday criticizing Bustos, saying she would have, "voted for the Obama tax hike," which would, "kill jobs."