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by Ashlee Rezin
Mon Jul 15, 2013

Reform Advocates Pledge To Change Illinois' Redistricting Process Before Next Remap

Illinois’ redistricting process provides that the average resident doesn’t have fair electoral representation, according to supporters of a newly-formed campaign to change the way the state’s political lines are drawn. Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the state's remapping process.

Quick Hit
by Aricka Flowers
Thu Nov 8, 2012

Freeport Sensata Employees Rally For Job Creation, Full Severance

Freeport workers at the Bain Capital-owned Sensata Technologies rallied today as part of a national movement calling on politicians to focus on job creation, not cuts to social services and education. The workers say the outcome of the election, which saw Democrat Cheri Bustos beat incumbent, Tea Party-backed Republican Bobby Schilling in the 17th congressional district where the Sensata factory lies, shows that voters are ready to see their elected officials work for them, not against them.

For months, the Sensata workers called on U.S. Rep. Schilling and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to address the issue of the 170 U.S. jobs being outsourced to China. But their calls fell on deaf ears, with neither Schilling nor Romney ever taking the time to meet with the workers or address the issue. 

“Politicians who turned their back on workers, like Bobby Schilling and Mitt Romney, were rejected by voters,” said Tom Gaulrapp, who has worked at the plant for 33 years. “Our elected leaders need to stand up for good jobs, not job-killing budget cuts.”

Quick Hit
by Steven Ross Johnson
Tue Nov 6, 2012

Bustos Pushes For Votes On Election Day In The 17th Congressional District

In a race where local issues have taken on national significance, 17th congressional district Democratic challenger Cheri Bustos spent Election Day travelling throughout the region in a last ditch effort to encourage more voter turnout in her bid to unseat first-term, Tea Party-backed incumbent U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling.

In one of the state’s largest districts geographically, Bustos, a former journalist and alderwoman of East Moline, spent the early morning hours of the day in the city of Rockford, meeting with voters at several stops before driving across the state to the Quad Cities in order to cast her own vote.

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by Matthew Blake
Mon Nov 5, 2012

Illinois Republicans Rake In Super PAC Cash, Dark Money

If tomorrow’s six extremely close (see recent polls here and our voter guide here) Illinois congressional races were solely determined by outside spending, that is money poured into the races that the candidates themselves did not raise, the Republican candidates would win by a landslide.

In the 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, and 17th district Congressional races, Republicans are getting millions of dollars more from Super Political Action Committees and “dark money” groups.

PI Original
by Bob Skolnik
Fri Nov 2, 2012

Getting To Know Eric Reyes, 17th Congressional District Write-In Candidate

Eric Reyes, a 33 year-old attorney from Rock Island, is running as an independent write-in candidate for Congress in the northwest Illinois 17th Congressional District. Reyes, who first planned to run as a Democrat, says he is tired of partisanship. But he knows that his effort is quixotic because the 17th District race between Republican incumbent Bobby Schilling and Democratic challenger Cheri Bustos is a high-profile race with national implications. We talk to the candidiate about the overall race and his platform.

PI Original
by Matthew Blake
Wed Oct 24, 2012

Freeport Sensata Layoffs Spark National Debate On Outsourcing

Employees at the Sensata Technologies manufacturing plant in Freeport have failed to prevent the outsourcing of their jobs to China. Bu they have succeeded at helping to spark a national election season conversation about outsourcing, one that has dominated Illinois’ 17th congressional district race and emerged in the presidential campaign.