Robert "Bobby" Schilling was born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois.He has been married to Christie for 26 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 Black Hawk 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.
Fifteen 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 restaurant owner. 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.