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Illinois' 17th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Illinois' 17th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 20, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Cheri Bustos Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Bobby Schilling Republican Party
Robert T. Schilling.jpg

Illinois U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 17th congressional district of Illinois will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
December 27, 2011
March 20, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Illinois has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by February 21. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 9. A "grace period" is also available, allowing voter registration until three days before an election.[1][2]

See also: Illinois elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Bobby Schilling (R), who was first elected in 2010. Candidates wishing to run were required to file by the signature filing deadline of December 27, 2011. The primary elections were held on March 20, 2012.

This will be the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Illinois' 17th congressional district covers much of western Illinois and includes the counties of Winnebago, Stephenson, Jo Davies, Carroll, Whiteside, Henry, Rock Island, Knox, Warren, Mercer, Henderson, Fulton counties, and parts of Tazewell and Peoria counties.[3]


Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

General election candidates

Democratic Party Cheri BustosGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Bobby Schilling
Independent Eric Reyes

March 20, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Independent party

Primary Results

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Illinois' 17th Congressional District Democratic Primary Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCheri Bustos 54.4% 18,652
George Gaulrapp 25.8% 8,838
Greg Aguilar 19.8% 6,798
Total Votes 34,288

Race background

Illinois' 17th is considered to be Leaning Democratic according to the New York Times race ratings. Republican incumbent Bobby Schilling won a huge upset in 2010 and has now been drawn into an even tougher district in 2012. He will face Cheri Bustos in the general election.[12]

Illinois' 17th District has been included in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue List," which identifies districts that the organization has specifically targeted to flip from Republican to Democratic control.[13]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Illinois

With the 2011 redistricting, Illinois lost 1 of its current 19 House seats because the state's population failed to grow as fast as in other states.[14] Illinois has had 11 Republican congressmen and 8 Democrats since the November 2010 election.[14] The new map, designed by the dominant Democrats, could flip that advantage to as many as 12 Democrats and only six Republicans.[14]

The new 17th district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[15][16]

Campaign donors


Cheri Bustos (2012)[17] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[18]March 8, 2012$279,899.35$301,482.95$(82,560.08)$498,822.22
April Quarterly[19]April 13, 2012$498,822.22$124,746.99$(153,758.27)$469,810.94
Running totals

According to a July 11, 2012 press release, Bustos raised $470,000 in the second quarter.[20]

Bobby Schilling (2012)[21] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[22]March 8, 2012$612,022.97$95,185.00$(47,710.16)$659,497.81
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2012$659,497.81$218,689.77$(64,886.36)$823,300.72
Running totals

District history


On November 2, 2010, Bobby Schilling won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Phil Hare (D) and Roger K. Davis (G) in the general election.[24]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 17th Congressional District, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert T. Schilling 52.6% 104,583
     Democratic Phil Hare 43% 85,454
     Green Roger K. Davis 4.5% 8,861
Total Votes 198,898

See also

External links


  1. Illinois Board of Elections "2012 Election Calendar," Accessed July 21, 2012
  2. Illinois Board of Elections "Registering to Vote in Illinois," Accessed July 21, 2012
  3. Illinois Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed July 24, 2012
  4. Quad-City Times "Augustana official joins 17th District race" accessed December 15, 2011
  5. ABC News 7 "Election Results Primary 2012" accessed March 20, 2012
  6. Quad-City Times "Illinois’ 17th District field taking shape" accessed December 15, 2011
  7. "Freeport Mayor Announces Run for Congress" accessed December 15, 2011
  8. Quad-City Times "Hare rules out another run for Congress" accessed December 15, 2011
  9. Quad-City Times "RI attorney announces congressional run" accessed December 15, 2011
  10. "Gaulrapp and Reyes Still in the Congressional Race" accessed March 15, 2012
  12. New York Times "House Race Ratings," Accessed August 7, 2012
  13. DCCC, "Red to Blue 2012"
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Chicago Tribune "Odd geography in new Illinois congressional map:Millions of constituents will find their representative has changed" Accessed February 22, 2012
  15. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer "Illinois' congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  16. Labels & Lists "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  17. FEC Reports "Cheri Bustos Summary Reports" Accessed July 13, 2012
  18. FEC Reports "Pre-Primary" Accessed July 13, 2012
  19. FEC Reports "April Quarterly" Accessed July 13, 2012
  20. Cheri Bustos for Congress "Cheri Bustos Posts Record Quarter, Tops $470,000 as Grassroots Support Grows" Accessed July 13, 2012
  21. FEC Reports "Bobby Schilling Summary Reports" Accessed July 14, 2012
  22. FEC Reports "Pre-Primary" Accessed July 13, 2012
  23. FEC Reports "April Quarterly" Accessed July 13, 2012
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"