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Schilling tries to win back congressional seat

EAST MOLINE (AP) — A one-term Illinois congressman says he'll try to win back his former congressional seat.

Republican Bobby Schilling announced his campaign for the 17th Congressional District on Monday.

He won the seat in 2010, but lost the post in November to Democrat Cheri Bustos during a closely watched race. Schilling was one of three freshman Republicans who were ousted last year along with seven-term U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert, who was defeated by Democratic challenger Bill Foster.

Schilling is a Colona businessman who owns a pizzeria. He says he'll focus his campaign on economic issues.

The 17th Congressional District sprawls from the Iowa state line to include parts of western and central Illinois.

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