March 27, 2013

Media Availability – Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Reporters, photographers and news crews are welcome to attend a media availability with freshman U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, at 11:30 a.m., Friday, March 29, in the John W. Corker Lounge at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Student Center.  The availability will be just prior to Bustos’ luncheon lecture in the Student Center Ballrooms. 

Admission to the luncheon lecture is free.  The program, sponsored by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, begins at noon, and will be available via livestream at

Bustos, a former award-winning newspaper journalist, health care systems public relations and communications executive, and city council member, will discuss her career and issues facing the nation.  Bustos has strong ties to SIU Carbondale.  Her father, Gene Callahan, of Springfield, served on the SIU Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2004, and was chief of staff for former U.S. Sen. Paul Simon when he was Illinois’ lieutenant governor.  Bustos’ late brother, Dan, was head coach of the Saluki baseball team for 16 seasons before passing away in November 2010.

For more information, contact Matt Baughman, Institute associate director at 618/453-4009 or 618/201-0082.