In a frenetic final day of campaigning, U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Colona, and Democrat Cheri Bustos pushed for votes right to the last minute in one of the most closely watched congressional elections in the country.
Rep. Schilling rallied supporters at his campaign office, where he was joined by U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, and David Keene, the president of the National Rifle Association.
"We've run a tough campaign right the way through," Rep. Schilling said before a crowd of supporters. "It's one of those things were you just don't give up, ever."
Meanwhile, Ms. Bustos, of East Moline, made a final trip to Freeport to meet with Sensata Technologies workers, whose jobs are being sent to China and whose plight has become the central plank of her campaign.
"I am running for Congress to give Illinoisans like these workers a voice in Washington, to end the incentives for outsourcing and to bring American jobs home," she said.
The Illinois 17th Congressional District election is one of the hottest races in the nation as Republicans work to hold on to a seat Democrats desperately want to win back after losing it in 2010.Former President Bill Clinton recorded a robocall released Monday that urged voters to support Ms. Bustos and underlined the district's importance to the Democratic Party.
The Schilling campaign, meanwhile, offered free pizza to volunteers working late into the night to get out the incumbent's vote across the 14 counties that make up the 17th District.
It wasn't just Ms. Bustos and Rep. Schilling who were hitting the campaign trail on Monday in a final hunt for votes.
Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, a Republican, traveled to Milan to boost candidates for state office and the Rock Island County Board.Republicans are seeking to wrest control of the board from Democrats for the first time since 1972.
"Two of the most important things we can do by the close of 7 p.m. tomorrow night will be help elect the next president of the United States and help elect a Republican county board," Mr. Rutherford said at Elliott Aviation.
Democrats remain confident that they will retain control of the county board.
"I think it's unlikely the Republicans will get the majority," said Rock Island County Board member Don Johnston, D-Moline. "In presidential elections you get a lot larger turnout which, frankly, benefits us."
Iowa's status as a battleground state also has helped make the Quad-Cities a hot spot for the presidential campaign.
On Sunday, U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, came to Davenport to campaign for President Barack Obama. On Monday, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Prebus dropped by a Republican phone bank, also in Davenport, to rally volunteers.
Today is Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line. 1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements. 1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.