Reyes to run for 17th Congressional District


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Posted Online: June 06, 2013, 7:39 pm
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com
Rock Island attorney Eric Reyes has announced plans to run in the Republican primary for the 17th Congressional District.

Mr. Reyes initially ran as a Democrat in the 2012 elections but dropped out before the primary and ran as an independent candidate in the general election won by U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline.

Mr. Reyes has since joined the Republican Party and could face a primary election contest against former Congressman Bobby Schilling, who said he's considering seeking the party's nomination for the 2014 election.

Rep. Bustos has not wasted any time replenishing her campaign funds since her election victory last November.

She raised $204,000 in the first three months of the year, according to the Federal Election Commission, and finished the quarter with $211,000 cash on hand.

Rep. Bustos defeated Mr. Schilling 53-47 percent in the 2012 election.

But Republicans hope the 2014 mid-term elections are a repeat of the 2010 off-year election, when the party pulled off a major upset by ousting former Democratic Congressman Phil Hare.

TheDemocratic Congressional Campaign Committee recently named Rep. Bustos one of the 26 members of its "Frontline Program," which is designed to protect vulnerable incumbents.




















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  Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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