We have a candidate for Congress to replace Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Peoria). It’s State Sen. Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap). He’s the son of former Congressman Ray LaHood, but he says he’s more conservative than his father, who was known as a moderate Republican and ended up serving as transportation secretary in the Obama Administration.
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“I am blessed to have two wonderful parents that raised me and my siblings in Peoria, and I couldn’t ask for a better mom and dad. Like any political family, we don’t always agree on everything. Most families don’t. We disagree on politics, and I would put my dad and (myself) in that category,” he said.
LaHood says he’ll run on his own record as a state and federal prosecutor and as a state senator. Who else will run, we don’t yet know – the name of former State Rep. Jil Tracy of Quincy is being floated – but State Sens. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), whose names were mentioned, are not running. They both say they want to stick with their important work in Springfield.
This is Illinois’ second-most Republican district, with a Cook Partisan Voting Index of R +11, so that’s the side where the talk is so far. Only District 15, represented by Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville), is more Republican at R +14.
Schock announced Tuesday that he is resigning effective March 31. Dates have not been set yet for the special election.