Former U.S. Rep. Tom Railsback has endorsed U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling's re-election bid for Congress.
From 1967 to 1983, Mr. Railsback was the Republican congressman for Illinois' 19th District which then included the Illinois Quad-Cities.
"Bobby Schilling restored my optimism — he's done a wonderful job in his first term in office," a statement from Mr. Railsback said. "Bobby understands that this job is about working for all the people, not just his political party.
"He's worked across the aisle with Rep. Dave Loebsack in Iowa on critical projects like the Rock Island Arsenal and the I-74 bridge, and he's signed on to important legislation with Rep. Dan Lipinski to bolster our manufacturing sector," Mr. Railsback said in the statement.
"This is a guy who will do whatever it takes to get things done for the people of his district, and I admire that. I think he's going to continue to do great things for our area."
Mr. Railsback, 80, was defeated in the 1982 Republican primary by former state Sen. Kenneth McMillan who lost the general election to now retired U.S. Rep. Lane Evans, a Democrat. After leaving Congress, Mr. Railsback was a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., and a partner in the law firm of Graham & James. He now lives in Meridian, Idaho.
Rep. Schilling, R-Colona, is running against East Moline Democrat Cheri Bustos in the 17th District.