Two Downstate Republicans seeking open Congressional seats have won the endorsement of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. They are Jason Plummer in the 12thDistrict and Rodney Davis in the 13th District. “This is a game change election,” says Ben Taylor, executive director of the Great Lakes region of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce. “We really need to look at what the future of our country is, what the future of our tax policy is, and what the future of our labor policy is.”
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Davis touts a small business background, as his father owned a McDonald’s franchise in Taylorville. And, while political ads these days seem to brag about which candidate is the biggest outsider, Davis – a longtime member of U. S. Rep. John Shimkus’ (R-Collinsville) staff –doesn’t believe experience is a dirty word. “I think my experience is going to allow me to hit the ground running in Washington,” he says. “I think I’m going to be able to have one of the smallest learning curves in the freshman class.” Davis, appointed to the ballot after U. S. Rep. Tim Johnson (R-Urbana) dropped out, opposes Democrat Dr. David Gill of Bloomington.