The redistricting in Illinois has moved some incumbents into new territory, and one of those is Tim Johnson. The Urbana Republican is representing the 13th Congressional District in Washington D.C., and he has been making the rounds in the Riverbend and beyond, as he tries to meet his new constituents.
Johnson says he has been meeting with Collinsville Republican John Shimkus in recent weeks, as they have inherited some of each others' territory under the new maps. Many issues face lawmakers on the federal level, not the least of which is the economy. Johnson says there is no easy fix to the nation's ills.
He says the debt situation needs to be addressed, and to continue on the current path would bring about "a train wreck." Johnson has been a member of congress since 2001.