Moline Argus/Dispatch: Bustos report cites lower wages for 17th District women

ROCK ISLAND — Median earnings for women in the 17th Congressional District are 30 percent lower than men's earnings, according to a new report released by Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline. The 17th District covers all of Rock Island, Henry, Mercer and Whiteside counties, as well as all or part of 10 others. Rep. Bustos' […]

Sauk Valley Gazette: Bureau of Prisons OKs Thomson funding

THOMSON – The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons has removed a big hurdle to opening the Thomson Correctional Center. Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and 17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced Thursday that the Bureau of Prisons has committed $53.7 million in funding to the activation of the empty Carroll County prison built in 2001. […]

Moline Dispatch/Argus: Bustos, Braley bill to help soldiers who lost limbs

A bill sponsored by two area lawmakers would remove a $100,000 cap on compensation for life-changing injuries sustained by soldiers in combat. Representatives Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, and Bruce Braley, D-Waterloo, have called the proposed legislation the Taylor Morris Act after an Iowa quadruple amputee. Mr. Morris, a native of Cedar Falls, was a Navy […]

Peoria Journal-Star: Legislation could bring updates for Peoria’s lock and dam

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Work is inching along toward an agreement on a major legislative package that could help modernize Peoria’s lock and dam, updating the 75-year-old structure for the first time in a quarter-century. Area lawmakers said Wednesday on Capitol Hill that it’s crucial for the House and Senate to work out their differences — […]