The new Republican to run in the 13th Congressional District in Illinois will be the result of an election by the party chairmen from each of the 14 counties in the district. It’s a weighted vote. U. S. Rep. Timothy V. Johnson (R-Urbana), despite winning the Republican primary last month, will withdraw from the race and retire from Congress at the end of this term. He made that announcement on Thursday in Urbana.
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“I said, ‘Well, Tim, I’m a little surprised,’” says McLean County Republican chairman John Parrott, “’because you just had to work your tail off to get elected’” in the primary. Parrott says Johnson had been thinking about spending time with his grandchildren and reflecting on their lament that their grandpa is never around. Parrott says he’d love for State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) to be the new nominee because of Brady’s name recognition and strong performance Downstate in the 2010 gubernatorial race. Brady, though, quickly e-mailed a statement that he wants to focus on the challenges of the state.