U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling's net worth has plummeted over the last year, according to his latest personal financial disclosure filing.
Large write-downs on the value of his assets and an increase in his reported debt has seen the net worth for Rep. Schilling, R-Colona, fall from between $487,008 to $1,489,998 in 2010 to between $359,999 and negative $126,994 in 2011, public records show.
Cheri Bustos, his Democratic rival on Nov. 6, has a net worth of between $1.097 million and $5.965 million, according to her personal financial disclosure. But the net worth of the former East Moline alderwoman is skewed because she included the value of the pension of her husband, Gerry Bustos, in her financial disclosure.
Mr. Bustos is a captain with the Rock Island County Sheriff's Department; the value of his pension is listed as between $1 million and $5 million, which is an estimate of the total amount he could earn over his retirement. He will earn a pension of $4,100 a month when he retires and the value of the pension is based on an average male life expectancy of 78.
Subtract that pension, and Ms. Bustos's net worth is somewhere between $967,000 and negative $2,000.
She also owns a condominium in Des Moines, on which she reported an outstanding mortgage of between $100,000 and $250,000. She did not have to include the value of the condominium in her disclosure, which would have increased her net worth.
Congressmen and candidates for federal office are required to disclose only a broad range of value in which their assets and income fall. Their net worth is estimated by deducting their liabilities from their assets based on the financial disclosure reports filed with Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives.
In addition to working as a congressman, Rep. Schilling owns St. Giuseppe's Heavenly Pizza in Moline, although he took no salary from the business last year. In 2010, he paid himself $1,750 from the restaurant, compared to around $44,000 in 2009. He earns an annual salary of $174,000 as a congressman.
On his latest disclosure report, the estimated value of the pizza parlor had dropped from between $100,000 and $250,000 to between $50,000 and $100,000. In 2010, Rep. Schilling did not have to show his mortgage as a liability; in the current report, he does.
"The real estate market has really taken a hit in East Moline," said Terry Schilling, Rep. Schilling's son and campaign manager. "It just goes to show that Bobby Schilling has a real stake in this economy."
He added "there was no way Bobby has a negative net worth."
Ms. Bustos quit her job with Iowa Health System in 2010 to prepare her run for Congress. She earned $214,000 from the health care network that year.
From Jan. 1, 2011, to May 15 of this year, she earned $40,000 from ZLR Ignition, a communications firm in Des Moines. She earned $60,000 from ZLR in 2010 on top of her salary from Iowa Health System.
Ms. Bustos has investments with JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Pimco and Janus Overseas Fund, which invests in foreign stocks. Her income from capital gains and dividends on stocks was between $49,050 and $90,650.
Rep. Schilling had between $600 and $3,000 in income from dividends and interest on an Edward Jones Account and an IRA.
Rep. Schilling also owns the Hignight Building at 367 Avenue of the Cities in East Moline -- the home of his campaign office -- valued at between $100,000 and $250,000, as well as land in Stockton, Mo., valued at between $50,000 and $100,000.
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.