Cheri Bustos talks with supporters, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at a victory party at the Holiday Inn in Rock Island. (John Schultz / Quad-City Times)

John Schultz

U.S. Rep.-elect Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., announced two top staff positions Wednesday, hiring her campaign manager, Allison Jaslow, to be her new chief of staff and a former aide to Rep. Lane Evans to lead her district operation.

Bustos defeated Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Ill., in the 17th Congressional District race last month and much of her time since then has been going through orientation and performing other tasks as she prepares to take office next month.

Jaslow, a Virginia native and a U.S. Army veteran, has worked in various official and campaign capacities. She was an aide to Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., and Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va. Bustos hired her in April to run her campaign.

Meanwhile, a familiar face in Quad-City economic development and political circles has been tapped to lead Bustos’ district office. Jerry Lack, a longtime aide to Evans, was appointed the new congresswoman’s district director.

Lack worked for Evans for 23 years, much of it as his economic development director. He left the office after the 2006 elections, when Rep. Phil Hare succeeded Evans. Since then, Lack has been executive director of the Illowa Construction Labor & Management Council, a nonprofit that promotes the union construction industry. Two years ago, he mounted an unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic nomination to succeed the retiring Rep. Mike Boland.

The staff hires are the first that Bustos has made since being elected. Her office also has not yet made any announcements on committee assignments. Bustos has said she’s seeking appointments to the Armed Services and Transportation committees.

The Armed Services spot could be a help with matters involving the Rock Island Arsenal.