Cheri Bustos

US House of Representatives
Illinois District #17

East Moline Alderwoman Cheri Bustos lost both her brother and her sister-in-law to cancer recently, because of inadequate health coverage. This is a major reason why she's running for Congress.

From her website:

After working in journalism and during her career in health care, Cheri decided to serve as a strong, independent voice for the community of East Moline.  She served as an Alderwoman on the City Council in East Moline, Ill.  Her top priority -- economic development – led to her founding and chairing the East Moline Downtown Revitalization Committee. Evidence of her success is seen in a more vibrant downtown area where dilapidated buildings have been demolished to make room for new development such as a Community Health Care clinic, now under construction.  She is also a past member of the East Moline Citizens Advisory Committee and the East Moline Plan Commission.

Cheri’s sister-in-law, Barb, died more than a year ago without health insurance.  Barb and her husband both worked full-time but couldn’t afford health insurance.  When Barb got sick, she couldn’t afford the most effective cancer treatment she needed.   Even those with insurance aren’t immune. A few months later Cheri’s brother, Danny, died, leaving a wife and two daughters.  He had a good job and was fully insured.  Yet his health plan wouldn't cover his treatment because he had cancer that required an experimental drug.  Cheri will fight for people like Barb and Danny.  They are a major reason why she is running Congress.

Cheri is currently President of the board of directors of the Women’s Connection, one of Illinois’ largest women’s membership organizations. She is a past volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters-Quad-Cities; Junior Achievement of the Heartland in the Quad-Cities; Two Rivers YMCA in Moline, Ill.; and United Way of the Quad-Cities Area, where she served on the Community Investment Committee.

Author: MOMocrats

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