Former US consultant Schilling dies at 57 | Illinois Information

QUINCY – Former US Representative Bobby Schilling, who represented the Quincy area for two years, has died at the age of 57.

Schilling’s son Terry Schilling tweeted on Tuesday that his father had died after battling cancer.

The Colona businessman was elected in 2010 after defeating US Representative Phil Hare in a GOP boom that retook the US home.

During a visit to Quincy in 2011, Quincy Schilling said that serving in Congress is both fun and frustrating.

Schilling said he came to Adams County to pump himself up again. He believed that business leaders in the community are more involved than in most other places.

In a tweet, US Representative Darin LaHood, R-Peoria, said he was sad to hear of Schilling’s death.

“Bobby was a friend, a patriot, and a dedicated Illinois official,” said LaHood.

Schilling was defeated by US Representative Cheri Bustos in a re-election in a redrawn district in 2012.

Schilling went for the Republican nomination in the Iowa 2nd Congressional District, but was defeated by Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who won the seat.

Terry Schilling took over his father’s campaign in May after Bobby Schilling announced his cancer diagnosis.

Schilling is survived by his wife Christine and 10 children.

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