Former Rep. Tom Railsback endorses Schilling

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

EAST MOLINE, Ill.—Former Rep. Tom Railsback (R-Rock Island) has endorsed U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Colona) in his bid for a second term as a U.S. Representative in the Illinois 17th District.

Railsback served eight terms as a U.S. Representative from 1967-1983, representing the Illinois 19th District, which at the time included the Illinois Quad Cities. Railsback released the following statement in support of Schilling:

"Bobby Schilling restored my optimism—he's done a wonderful job in his first term in office. Bobby understands that this job is about working for all the people, not just his political party. He's worked across the aisle with Rep. Dave Loebsack in Iowa on critical projects like the Rock Island Arsenal and the I-74 bridge, and he's signed on to important legislation with Rep. Dan Lipinski to bolster our manufacturing sector. This is a guy who will do whatever it takes to get things done for the people of his district, and I admire that. I'm proud to support Bobby Schilling—I think he's going to continue to do great things for our area."

Bobby Schilling said he was pleased to have the former Congressman's support.

"Tom Railsback is a true representative of the people, and I'm thrilled to have his support," Schilling said. "Tom worked tirelessly for this area during his sixteen years as a Congressman, and in my talks with him I've gained a lot of respect for what he was able to accomplish in that time. Tom left behind a tremendous legacy, and I am proud to continue the Railsback tradition of setting party and politics aside and focusing on getting things done."