ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The 17th District finds itself changing thanks to the new Illinois Congressional map; the district now represents parts of Rockford, where incumbent republican representative Bobby Schilling made his way Saturday night.
Schilling spoke at the annual Winnebago County Republicans' Lincoln Day Dinner at Cliffbreakers Saturday night. The Rock Island native is seeking re-election after taking office in 2011. Despite having to introduce himself to thousands of voters in the newly re-aligned district, Schilling says he's confident he'll be victorious come election time.
"I think the contrast is going to be very clear between whoever the opponent is. The other side wants a bigger government, more taxes and more regulations. Where we want the government to get out of our way, we want less taxes, we want to figure out how to get manufacturing back to the United States”, says Schilling.
Schilling will face the winner of next month's democratic primary between Cheri Bustos and Freeport mayor George Gaulrapp.