FLASHBACK: “…U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Moline, has not slowed down”

WASHINGTON – During the August District Work Period, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) visited all 14 counties in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District as part of her annual 21st Century Heartland Tour. She traveled more than 2,000 miles to visit with Illinoisans about the issues important to rural communities and explore ways to grow the local economy.

Congresswoman Bustos held 40 events during the course of the work period. As part of her 21st Century Heartland Tour, Congresswoman Bustos participated in 5 “Cheri on Shift” job-shadowing events, delivered 100 books to local libraries as part of the Library of Congress’ Surplus Book Program, toured hospitals to discuss health care costs, hosted 4 regional economic roundtables, visited 8 supermarkets to listen to the concerns of Illinoisans, held 5 infrastructure-related events and renamed the Alpha Post Office in honor of Captain Joshua E. Steele. Congresswoman Bustos also held several discussions with family farmers and stakeholders in the agricultural economy, as the White House’s reckless trade war continues, and our region has experienced unprecedented weather conditions.

“I always say God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason – so we can use them proportionally and listen to folks,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “That’s why I took every opportunity I could find to hear from hardworking Illinoisans about the issues that matter most to them. As we begin a busy legislative period in Washington, I look forward to elevating their stories, experiences and ideas I heard out on our family farms, local job sites, grocery store aisles, roundtables, rural hospitals and beyond as I fight for legislation to better the lives of folks across Northwest and Central Illinois.”

Below are highlights from Congresswoman Bustos’ 21st Century Heartland Tour:

WATCH WHOI: Bustos discusses locks and dams along Illinois River during a “Cheri on Shift”

Dispatch-Argus: Bustos gathers idea for climate change bill

  • Congress may be on summer break, but U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Moline, has not slowed down.
  • Bustos brought her 21st Century Heartland Tour to Milan Thursday morning, meeting with 10 agriculture educators at the University of Illinois Extension […] in her effort to gather ideas for her Rural Green Partnership, her plan to combat climate change while spurring economic growth.
  • “What the Rural Green Partnership is about is that our family farmers can be part of the solution. We want to be part of the conversation. In rural America, we want to be at the table.”
  • “I’m thrilled we had a dialogue today about the Rural Green Partnership,” Wald said. “The feedback we’ll get you is going to be informed by research and by people who work with farmers and know the practical problems.”

Canton Daily Ledger: Bustos meets with Fulton County Farm Bureau members

  • Rep. Cheri Bustos toured Carlberg Dairy Farm in rural Canton Tuesday afternoon and held a discussion on agricultural issues with members of the Fulton County Farm Bureau.
  • She encouraged attendees to keep her updated on any developing agricultural or trade issues.
  • “I’m the only midwesterner in elected leadership in the House Democrats,” Bustos concluded. “There’s not a lot of Democrats that serve in rural areas. If I understand what people are going through, I can share those stories. That’s why I was really glad the Speaker of the House was willing to sit down with these farmers who are your voices.”
  • Also discussed were small refinery waivers; Bustos estimated that 31 were given out approximately two weeks ago. “They’re just a huge problem. It’s now cost the ag industry billions of gallons of ethanol that could be sold,” she said. “It was supposed to be small refineries; these are going to multi-billion dollar oil companies.”

Rockford Register Star: Rockford public bus system shows off new transfer center

  • Dignitaries gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday at Rockford Mass Transit District’s newly renovated downtown transfer station, symbolizing a new era of public transportation in the region.
  • “Things happen when we all work together and that is how you lead to a successful community,” U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Moline, said. “It was very much my pleasure to be a part of the solution on this, helping to acquire the $3 million in federal funds that helped put this brand new facility here.”

Dubuque Telegraph Herald: Bustos visits Galena Hospital to discuss rural health care issues

  • U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos met with officials at Midwest Medical Center in Galena on Tuesday to discuss issues in rural health care.
  • Bustos said rural health care remains a constant challenge throughout the country, particularly with an aging population. “We’re not getting younger in rural America,” she said. “We’re getting older, so these are some of the challenges we’ll have to address moving forward.”
  • Bustos said she proposed a bill that would create a grant program that would fund initiatives to address issues in rural communities. She said the program could be used to address many of the specialized health care needs issues in Jo Daviess County.
  • “In small towns all over this country, that is a big problem,” Bustos said. “It’s not just an accessibility problem. It’s an affordability problem, which is even bigger in rural America.”