U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos

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U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos took part in a ribbon cutting Wednesday for a newly renovated city bus depot in Rockford.

The Rockford Mass Transit District began renovation in February of last year. The renovation nearly doubles the depot’s size and includes charging stations and improved access for those with disabilities. Bustos says she was able to secure $3.3 million in funding for the project from the Federal Transit Administration. The other $5 million came from IDOT.  Rep. Bustos credits state and federal cooperation for the renovation’s success.

Two northern Illinois members of Congress issued statements in reaction to remarks made by Special Counsel Robert Mueller at a press conference this week. Mueller discussed the special investigation he led into Russian interference in U.S. elections, and the legal reasoning behind its conclusions on Wednesday.

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed the For The People Act Friday. The bill would require political organizations to disclose large donations, and make changes to Congressional ethics rules. Illinois Representative Cheri Bustos introduced the legislation, and says it was spurred by citizens’ political frustration.

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Members of Illinois' congressional delegation marked improvements at Chicago Rockford International Airport Monday.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos and Senator Dick Durbin broke ground on an expansion to the airport’s international cargo building, along with a new ramp for cargo plane parking. Bustos says the airport has made significant investments, and these upgrades will further increase efficiency.

The delivery of air cargo is a $35 billion proposition, and  the officials say Rockford is doing a great job of tapping into that.


An Illinois Congresswoman helped unveil a new bill this week that would prohibit lawmakers from using taxpayer dollars to pay for sexual harassment and assault settlements.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, says she was among co-sponsors of the bill to help bring transparency to harassment-claim payouts under the Congressional Accountability Act.

Bustos says her office initially sent out a statement about it because of similar allegations coming to light across the country lately.