Will We See a Bobby Schilling Comeback Bid?

by Jim Geraghty

Way back in spring 2010, I declared that Republican Bobby Schilling of Illinois could beat incumbent Democratic representative Phil “I don’t care about the Constitution” Hare. Schilling did beat him, rather handily, 52 percent to 42 percent.

Then Illinois’s state legislators set out to redraw the district lines, and Schilling saw his district shift dramatically: It added parts of Rockford and Peoria and lost Quincy, Decatur, and Springfield. Under the tougher lines, and with home-state President Obama at the top of the ticket, Schilling lost, 53 percent to 47 percent, to Democrat Cheri Bustos.

Schilling is apparently close to deciding on whether to run again:

The Rock Island Republican Party hosted a barbeque in Peterson Park. In addition to burgers and brats, there was music and games.

The barbeque was also a chance for people to meet local elected officials. One of the people at the barbeque was former Congressman Bobby Schilling who says he’s leaning toward running for Congress in Illinois’s 17th Congressional District against Democrat Cheri Bustos.

“There are a lot of promises that were made that aren’t being kept. I’ve had a lot of, of course Republicans and I’ve had a lot of Democrats come to me and say, hey you’ve got to take her out in the off year,” said Bobby Schilling.

Schilling says he plans to make an announcement Monday at 4:30.

His comeback bid will be helped if Cheri Bustos says she doesn’t care about the Constitution.

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