Trump Win Gives Republicans In 17th Congressional District Hope In Unseating Bustos

Bobby Schilling

Despite a strong showing by Donald Trump in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, local Republicans still see defeating Democratic Congresswoman Cheri Bustos as a tough task. Bustos just won re-election with 60 percent of the vote. But Andrew Chesney, chair of the Stephenson County Republicans, told the Illinois Radio Network this week that he’s encouraged by the fact that Donald Trump won a plurality of votes in the district.

However, former Republican Congressman Bobby Schilling, who represented most of the area from 2010 to 2012, admits it will be tough for a challenger to win.

The Cook Political Report currently lists the 17th as a “Likely Democratic” seat.