Democrat Cheri Bustos is in a dead heat with U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Colona, in the 17th Congressional District, according to a new poll.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee poll of 400 likely voters conducted Oct. 2 to 4 put Ms. Bustos at 45 percent and Rep. Schilling at 44 percent.
President Obama has an 11-point lead in the new 17th District, according to the Anzalone Liszt Research poll, which had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent.
A poll released by the Schilling campaign in August had the Republican ahead by 13 points.
The DCCC poll found Ms. Bustos has made up ground with independents, among whom she trailed Rep. Schilling by 21 points in August. Rep. Schilling now has a two-point lead among independents, according to the poll.
The boundaries of the 17th District were redrawn after the 2010 census. The new district runs from Peoria in the south to Freeport in the north and includes all the Illinois Quad-Cities and part of Rockford.
Today is Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: For the whole of last week we have been favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather, and mercury ranging from 40 to 65 above zero. The river is entirely clear of ice and looks as mild and soft as summer. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Albert Johnson was appointed a deputy in the circuit clerk's office. 1913 -- 100 years ago: 800 or more tons of earth in six landslides covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: One of the 350-foot towers, which with a new transmitter will increase the power of WHBF to 1,000 watts day and night, has been completed on a 20-acre tract at 23rd Avenue and 51st Street, Moline. 1963 -- 50 years ago: In cooperation with The Associated Press, The Argus presents to its readers a complete, beginning-to-end account of one of the most tragic and dreadful chapters in American history, the assassination of President Kennedy, available in book form, and now in preparation. The book is entitled "The Torch is Passed." 1988 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. stockholders received good news of a boost in their quarterly dividends from 20 to 30 cents per share of common stock. The dividend, made to stockholders of record on Dec. 30, will be payable on Feb. 1, 1989.