Bustos is a 1979 graduate of Springfield High School.
The award is presented annually to a graduate of Springfield High School who has achieved national eminence, who has been graduated for a minimum of 25 years and who attended SHS during his/her junior and senior years.
Bustos, a Democrat who resides in Moline, has represented the 17th Congressional District since 2012. That district includes most of the northwestern portion of the state, including the Quad Cities as well as parts of Peoria, Pekin and Rockford.
Earlier this year, Bustos announced that she would be retiring when her term ends in early 2022.
Bustos worked for 17 years as a newspaper reporter for the Quad City Times. She later spent a decade working in communications for UnityPoint health system.
Bustos has lately served as a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which helps allocate and distribute federal funds.
Bustos earned her bachelor’s degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland. She also attended Illinois College where she played basketball and volleyball. Bustos was inducted into the IC Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.
She has a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield.
Bustos’ father was the late Gene Callahan, who in the early 1990s became Major League Baseball’s first chief lobbyist. The former Illinois State Register reporter and political aide to U.S. Sens. Paul Simon and Alan Dixon died in 2014.
Bustos’ late brother, Dan, the head baseball coach at Southern Illinois University for 16 seasons, and sister, Lynn Riddley, are both members of the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame.
Bustos and her husband, Gerald, the sheriff of Rock Island County, have three children and three grandchildren.
The SHS Hall of Fame was established in 1967.
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via The State Journal-Register
November 10, 2021 at 01:29PM