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Illinois 18th Congressional District Democratic candidate Mark Haasis is ending his campaign.

Democrat Mark Haasis is challenging Darin LaHood for the right to represent the 18th Congressional District. 

Reaction is coming in from lawmakers representing all corners of the state as it pertains to the vote to avoid another government shutdown as well as President Trump's announcement Friday to declare a national emergency to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) Released Thursday afternoon

Voters returned incumbents to office in the state and federal contests in west central Illinois.  Voters also decided county elections and a few local referenda.

Donald Rients is a technical worker for State Farm Insurance.  He lives in Benson, which is in Woodford County. Rients first ran for Congress in 2015 when the 18th District seat was vacant following the resignation of Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL). Rients lost the special Republican primary election to Darin LaHood.

Darin LaHood (R-IL) is the current congressman serving the 18th District in western and central Illinois.  He won a special primary and special election in 2015 to replace Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL), who resigned from office.  LaHood won his first full term in the November, 2016 election.

Rich Egger

Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) said he is trying to educate his urban counterparts about rural issues ahead of a vote on the next Farm Bill.

Rich Egger

Many so-called Dreamers – people who were brought to the United States illegally as children -- have spent most of their lives in the U.S.  They've grown up, attended school, and held jobs here.  Some have even started families of their own.

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Republican leaders in the U.S. House have pulled the American Health Care Act from the floor after failing to round up enough votes within their own caucus.

Had the bill passed, Americans would have no longer been required to buy health insurance, and it would have eliminated the current subsidies that are used to bring down the cost of premiums.

NPR and dozens of member stations collected public statements from members of Congress to help the public understand where lawmakers stood on this issue.

Darin Lahood's Campaign for Congress

Congressman Darin LaHood (R-Illinois) said he supports the House Republicans’ plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. LaHood said even though 20 million more people now have health care due to Obamacare, the insurance is not affordable.

Freshman Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) said he will support Donald Trump if the businessman/TV celebrity ends up as the Republican presidential nominee.  LaHood made his comments during an interview with Tri States Public Radio that also touched on a number of other topics, including Amtrak funding.

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Four congressional staffers have told the U.S. House that they've been subpoenaed by the federal court in Springfield, Illinois, where a grand jury is conducting a probe into the spending of former Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL).

Darin Lahood's Campaign for Congress

Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) has been in office a bit more than six months.  LaHood represents the 18th District, has not missed a vote yet, and said he comes home every weekend.

Rich Egger

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has developed half-a-dozen potential routes for an upgraded U.S. Highway 34 between the Mississippi River and Biggsville.  The plan is to convert the two-lane road into a four-lane expressway with a grass median.

Jonathan Ahl

The newest member of Congress has not decided who he will support for Speaker of the U.S. House.  Darin LaHood (R-IL) said he wants to hear from everyone interested in the job before making a decision.

Weaver Takes Over in 37th State Senate District

Oct 8, 2015
T.J. Carson

Illinois' newest State Senator was officially sworn in to office Thursday in front of family and supporters.   Chuck  Weaver took the Oath of Office at the Peoria County Courthouse.

Replacing LaHood in the Illinois Senate

Sep 13, 2015
T.J. Carson

One political vacancy was filled with the election of Republican Darin LaHood to Congress  but another one was created.

State Senator Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) has won a special election to replace disgraced former Congressman Aaron Schock.

Elections are usually held on Tuesdays but this week a special general election will be held in west central Illinois on Thursday.  Voters can head to the polls on September 10 to decide a single contest: for Congress in the 18th District.

Primary election results show Illinois State Senator Darin LaHood of Peoria easily won the Republican nomination in the race to fill the vacant congressional seat for the 18th district. Democratic party voters chose high school teacher Robert Mellon of Quincy by a wide margin to be their party's nominee. 

Rich Egger

Quincy Senior High School history teacher Rob Mellon is making a second bid for Congress in west central Illinois. He ran for the 18th District seat last year but lost in the Democratic primary.  Mellon said he learned from that experience.

LaHood Discusses Social Security

Apr 16, 2015
T.J. Carson

A candidate in the special election to replace former Congressman Aaron Schock wants to make changes to Social Security.  But he's not sharing many details.

LaHood Campaigns, Special Election Scheduled

Apr 2, 2015
TSPR'S Emily Boyer

Illinois State Senator Darin LaHood (R-Peoria) said his three main priorities in Congress will be supporting agriculture, improving infrastructure and boosting the economy in Illinois.

So far, LaHood is the only candidate to formally announce he is running for the seat held by former Congressman Aaron Schock who resigned from office this week. Nominating petitions are due April 20th.

Politicians Eye Schock's Congressional Seat

Mar 24, 2015
Darin Lahood's Campaign for Congress

Aaron Schock's soon to be vacant congressional seat is attracting the attention of some Illinois politicians.  The Republican is resigning following public scrutiny into his office's spending and use of taxpayer money. He plans to leave office next week.