ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- In 179 days Illinois voters will join others around the country to vote for the people they want to see represent them in Washington, D.C. and Springfield.
And Thursday a candidate for what's expected to be one of the most hotly contested Congressional races in the country made a stop in the Forest City.
Democrat Cheri Bustos toured Rockford's YWCA facility before meeting with local business owners. The political newcomer will face Republican Incumbent Bobby Schilling in November's 17th District General Election. And even though she's based over 100 miles away from Rockford.. Bustos does make this promise to the Forest City.
"We will open an office here. It will be staffed with people from Rockford," Bustos says, "And we will make sure that we are up on the needs that our important to Rockford. That' we're well informed and that we are responsive. I think good constituent services, making sure you're listening to people and the needs are critical. And having a physical presence here is very very important to serving Rockford."
Rockford is the largest city in the newly drawn 17th district which includes Peoria and the Quad Cities.