Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Representing the 17th District of Illinois
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Investing In Infrastructure to Create Jobs Now

Illinois’ 17th Congressional District is a central hub for shipping goods and people over road, rail, water and through the air.

The region is home to three international airports (Quad City International Airport, Peoria International Airport and Chicago Rockford International Airport), in addition to smaller regional airports. 

The region is also home to thousands of miles of highway that connect east to west and north to south, and bring goods and people over the Mississippi River. 

Cities across the region are also eagerly waiting funding of long-planned Amtrak routes that would bring jobs and economic opportunity to communities large and small.    

Finally, the entire western border of the Congressional District is met by the Mississippi River, on which the barge transportation of agricultural products, and other products and goods, is key to commerce in the region.  

As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Aviation and Highways and Transit Subcommittees, I am committed to fighting for all of the region’s airports, roads, bridges, and rail lines because investing in our infrastructure will not only create jobs now but will lead to even greater future prosperity.

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Jan 14, 2016

Rep. Bustos encourages manufacturers to host a student or recent graduate as an apprentice or intern in 2016 to retain talented young people in our region.


Dec 18, 2015

Washington, D.C.  - Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos joined a bipartisan majority in voting for the federal Omnibus funding bill. This legislation, which funds the Federal Government through September 2016, makes significant investments in workforce training, Head Start, community health centers, infrastructure, national security, veterans and Justice Department programs to combat the scourge of heroin addiction.

Dec 17, 2015

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos and U.S. Rep. Ron Kind announced that their request for increased funding for rail safety was included in the year end spending bill. The bill is expected to come to the House floor for a vote on Friday.


Dec 15, 2015

Washington, D.C.  - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos sent a letter to Governor Bruce Rauner reiterating her top infrastructure priorities in the 17th Congressional District. Bustos, who serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, worked to help pass a bipartisan five-year highway funding bill, the first long-term highway bill to be signed into law in a decade. The bill includes over $7.5 billion in federal highway funding for Illinois over the next five years.


Dec 3, 2015

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, voted with a bipartisan majority to pass the five-year Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. This final version of the conference bill now moves to the Senate where it is expected to pass and be sent to the President to be signed into law. The final vote was 359 to 65.


Dec 2, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Reps. Cheri Bustos and Ron Kind urged an increase funding for foam trailers and other emergency response equipment in the upcoming FY16 Omnibus spending bill. In March, a train derailed near Galena Illinois leaking 110,000 gallons of crude oil; emergency responders said that with more foam available, they could have been significantly more effective in addressing the problem.

Nov 5, 2015

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, voted to pass H.R. 22, a bipartisan six-year Highway Reauthorization bill. This legislation represents a true compromise between Democrats and Republicans and will provide the certainty needed to focus on rebuilding our roads, repairing our bridges and spurring job creation with Buy America provisions Bustos fought for.


Oct 27, 2015

Washington, DC - This afternoon, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos cast her vote to pass a bipartisan reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank that expired on July 1st. Earlier this month, she signed a bipartisan discharge petition, the first one to be successful since 2002, to circumvent the Speaker and force today’s reauthorization vote. The bill was passed by a bipartisan coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans.


Oct 22, 2015

Washington, DC - This morning, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos issued the following statement at the opening of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s markup session for H.R. 3763, the Surface Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015.


Good morning. I want to thank all of my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, for coming together today to advance the critically important, bipartisan Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 (H.R. 3763).

Sep 15, 2015

Today, Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $1,676,309 in federal funding for infrastructure improvements and upgrades at General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport in Peoria, Illinois. The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration and will be used to help rehabilitate the airport’s apron.