Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., and the man she ousted from office last year, former Rep. Bobby Schilling, both filed petition papers Monday to run for the 17th Congressional District seat next year.
Monday was the first day major party candidates could file for office.
Schilling, a Republican, also has a challenger: Rock Island attorney Eric Reyes filed papers to run in the GOP primary.
Bustos, a former journalist and hospital executive, defeated Schilling in the 2012 election in one of the more closely watched congressional races in the country.
Schilling has been lining up support for a rematch for months.
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First, however, he will have to get past Reyes. Earlier this year, Reyes said he would seek the GOP nomination.
Last election cycle, Reyes announced plans to run for the 17th District seat as a Democrat but then did not file nomination papers. He subsequently filed a petition to run as an independent, but the state Board of Elections tossed it out when Reyes did not get enough signatures.
Independent candidates were required to get more signatures than partisan candidates.
Next year's primary will be March 18. Candidates have until Monday, Dec. 2, to file papers.
In another development Monday, Bustos announced she has appointed a new campaign manager.
The freshman Democrat's campaign said Jeremy Jansen, a Wisconsin native, will head her campaign. Jansen was President Barack Obama's get-out-the-vote director last year in Wisconsin. He also has worked in Iowa.
Last cycle, Allison Jaslow was Bustos' campaign manager. She now serves as her chief of staff.