Going into the congressional remap and after 5 terms, Bustos’ retirement give Democrats the district to eliminate?
With a H/T to commenter “Correcting”, 5-term Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D, IL-17) announced her retirement at the conclusion of the 117th Congress.
If not for the remap year, Bustos’ announcement would create an open seat, but in 2022 and the congressional remap by the Illinois General Assembly, it’s unknown that this means.
Thus far, 2020 Republican nominee Esther Joy King, who gave Bustos a run-for-her-money last year, had already announced she’s running in 2022.
Depending what happens in the remap, there will likely be more.
Does Bustos’ departure give Democrats in Springfield ability to draw the current IL-14 represented by Congresswoman Lauren Underwood further west to include the city of Rockford?
Is it the IL-17 which gets eliminated, though Democrats eliminating a Democrat seat, albeit a purple one, not likely.
Here’s her video announcing her retirement from Congress: