Bob’s for Jobs is the official campaign blog for the Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign. It is dedicated to Bobby’s official campaign motto: “Bob’s for Jobs”

“For far too long, the 17th District has been losing jobs left and right. It is time to put an end to this. If we plan to get out of this recession, we need to look at new solutions and new leaders. Far too often Washington politicians rely on the failed ideas and policies of the past to fix the problems that they themselves, have created. I am running for Congress to bring jobs and representation back to Illinois and the 17th Congressional District. Please join me in my pursuit.”–Bobby Schilling, Republican candidate for Congress in the IL-17

Below is Bobby’s Bio:

Robert “Bobby” Schilling was born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois. He has been married to Christie for 24 years and together they have 10 children: Terry, Aaron, Levi, Joe, Isabel, Rachel, Olivia, Sam, Sophia, and Anthony.

Bobby graduated from Alleman High School and attended Blackhawk College. Afterwards Bobby worked at Container Corporation of America. During his term there, 1983-1987, he served as a union steward in the local 191 United Paperworkers International Union. From 1987 until 1995, he went to work in the insurance and financial services industry for Prudential Insurance Company. While at Prudential, Bobby served as Treasurer for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. Bobby also finished as number 315 out of over 13,000 agents during his last full year with the company.

Thirteen years ago, Bobby and Christie decided to go into business for themselves as Italian restaurant owners/operators. Saint Giuseppe’s Heavenly Pizza in Moline has proven to be a great success. Shortly after opening, Bobby and Christie decided to close their restaurant on Sundays, in order to give more time off for their employees and spend more time with the family. People warned them that this would doom their business to failure. With faith and persistence, the business has not only sustained itself, but has grown.

To his credit Bobby is not just a “Pizza Guy.” He has made smart investments and has also had success in real estate. Financial stability is something that Bobby and Christie cherish. All the ups and downs of running their own business and raising a large family have taught Bobby and Christie the importance of being fiscally responsible. They have learned through the years that spending the way out of a problem usually just made the hole deeper and the problem worse. Bobby believes that the government is spending way too much of our money and that it needs to slow down greatly.

Bobby understands that in order to achieve economic prosperity in the 17th District, we need to focus on bringing jobs back home. Too much time is focused on shelling out tax-payer dollars on wasteful government projects and not enough time is focused on creating permanent jobs. Illinois tax-payers want a ‘leg-up’ not a ‘hand-out.’ Everyone has an opportunity at greatness and no one should tell them otherwise.

Bobby understands that the battle for the 17th Congressional District will be a challenge. Bobby has always loved challenges and has always held that with hard work, determination, persistence and faith, all things are possible. Bobby loves it when someone tells him that a goal is not attainable and that it cannot be done. Time and time again, Bobby has proven them wrong.


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