Peoria Journal Star: New bill seeks fairness in disaster funding

PEORIA — U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos’ latest legislation was introduced Thursday, a bipartisan bill to reevaluate how the Federal Emergency Management Agency determines whether assistance will be offered following natural disasters. The current FEMA process takes into account several factors, including a formula for calculating a damage threshold, which in Illinois amounts to $17.8 million. […]

WEEK (Peoria): Veterans sharpen skills at Goodwill training program

PEORIA, Ill. — Veterans are waging their own war against unemployment. Dozens of veterans decided to sharpen their skills at Goodwill’s “Veteran Forklift Training program” Friday afternoon. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos was on hand and even participated in the training, joining right in. “We have a lot of skills from the military, but we’re just not […]

Freeport Journal-Standard: Cheri Bustos rallies Freeport-area farmers, biofuel supporters against EPA proposal

FREEPORT – U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos paid a visit to the Stephenson County Farm Bureau on Thursday to rally support among local farmers and biofuel advocates against a federal proposal to lower the level of biofuel blended into the nation’s fuel supply. It was a message that Ray Baker understands well. Baker is general manager […]

Rep. Bustos Packs Food for Meals on Wheels

ROCKFORD (WIFR) — Congress’ approval rating may not be something to be admired, but that still isn’t stopping some lawmakers from meeting their communities and offering a helping hand. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos spent time Friday at Lifescape Community Services to help pack boxes for Meals on Wheels. The organization provides food for Rockford area residents […]