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Illinois's 17th congressional district

 

Illinois's 17th congressional district

Illinois's 17th congressional district
Illinois's 17th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Illinois's 17th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Cheri Bustos (DEast Moline)
Area 6,933 mi2
Distribution 73.3% urban, 26.7% rural
Population (2011 est.) 711,719
Median income $41,194
Ethnicity 82.9% White, 11.5% Black, 1.0% Asian, 8.0% Hispanic, 0.4% Native American, 2.1% other
Cook PVI D+7[1]

The 17th Congressional District of Illinois is represented by Democrat Cheri Bustos.

The 17th congressional district has shifted northward after the 2012 redistricting. It now includes parts of Rockford and Peoria and no longer includes Quincy, Decatur, or Springfield, Illinois. As a result, the new map may ensure a Democratic majority.[2] Schilling was defeated by Democratic opponent Cheri Bustos in the 2012 election cycle.[3]

Contents

  • 2011 redistricting 1
  • Elections 2
    • 2012 election 2.1
  • History 3
  • Voting 4
  • List of representatives 5
  • Living former Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 17th congressional district 6
  • Historical district boundaries 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

2011 redistricting

The district covers parts of Peoria, Tazewell and Winnebago counties, and all of Carroll, Fulton, Henderson, Henry, Knox, Mercer, Rock Island, Stephenson, Warren and Whiteside counties, as of the 2011 redistricting which followed the 2010 census. All or parts of Canton, East Moline, Freeport, Galesburg, Kewanee, Moline, Peoria, Rock Island, Rockford, Pekin and Sterling are included.[4] The representatives for these districts were elected in the 2012 primary and general elections, and the boundaries became effective on January 5, 2013.

Elections

2012 election

History

From 2003 to 2013 the district was known as "the rabbit on a skateboard" for its unusual shape devised as the outcome of gerrymandering.[5][6] The boundaries were drawn in a bipartisan deal to protect both the Democratic incumbent and neighboring Republican incumbents. The lines of the district were drawn to move Republican voters into neighboring districts and to include Democratic neighborhoods in Springfield and Decatur.[7]

Voting

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2012 President Obama 57 - 41%[1]
2008 President Obama 60 - 39%[1]
2004 President Kerry 51 - 48%
2000 President Gore 53 - 43%

List of representatives

Representative Party Years District home Notes
District created March 4, 1873
William R. Morrison Democratic March 4, 1873 – March 4, 1883 Redistricted to the 18th district
Samuel W. Moulton Democratic March 4, 1883 – March 4, 1885 Redistricted from the 15th district
John R. Eden Democratic March 4, 1885 – March 4, 1887
Edward Lane Democratic March 4, 1887 – March 4, 1895
James A. Connolly Republican March 4, 1895 – March 4, 1899
Ben F. Caldwell Democratic March 4, 1899 – March 4, 1903 Redistricted to the 21st district
John A. Sterling Republican March 4, 1903 – March 4, 1913
Louis Fitzhenry Democratic March 4, 1913 – March 4, 1915
John A. Sterling Republican March 4, 1915 – October 17, 1918 Died
Vacant October 17, 1918 - March 3, 1919
Frank L. Smith Republican March 4, 1919 – March 4, 1921
Frank H. Funk Republican March 4, 1921 – March 4, 1927
Homer W. Hall Republican March 4, 1927 – March 4, 1933
Frank Gillespie Democratic March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1935
Leslie C. Arends Republican January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1973 Redistricted to the 15th district
Republican January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1983 Redistricted to the 4th district
Lane Evans Democratic January 3, 1983 – January 3, 2007
Phil Hare Democratic January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Bobby Schilling Republican January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Cheri Bustos Democratic January 3, 2013 –

Living former Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 17th congressional district

As of May 2015, two former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 17th congressional district are alive.

Representative Term in office Date of birth (and age)
Phil Hare 2007 - 2011 (1949-02-21) February 21, 1949
Bobby Schilling 2011 - 2013 (1964-01-23) January 23, 1964

Historical district boundaries

2003 - 2013

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c   Copyright National Journal.
  2. ^ http://www.rrstar.com/carousel/x230662730/Chuck-Sweeny-Rockford-stands-to-lose-big-in-the-new-17th-District?photo=0
  3. ^ "Bustos beats Schilling in redrawn 17th District". aledotimesrecord.com. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Illinois Congressional District 17, Illinois Board of Elections
  5. ^ "Electoral boundaries in America".  
  6. ^ Aaron Blake (July 27, 2011). "Name that district! (Gerrymandering edition)". Washington Post. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ "5 Ways to Tilt an Election" (PDF).  
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. 
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. 
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present

External links

  • page on the 17th District of IllinoisWashington Post
  • U.S. Census Bureau - 17th District Fact Sheet
  • U.S. Census Bureau - 17th District map PDF (6.29 MiB)

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