18th Congressional District

A former U.S. Secretary of Transportation from Peoria is applauding the Illinois General Assembly for passing its first capital bill in 10 years.

LaHood: Weather and Tariffs Causing Farmers Anxiety

Jun 14, 2019
Peoria Public Radio

PEORIA -- U.S. Representative Darin LaHood said he supports a call from the Illinois Farm Bureau for a statewide disaster declaration for farmers.


The Peoria Republican says two things are causing farmers a lot of anxiety this year: wet weather and tariffs.

“Yes, we support the disaster declaration. And depending on what happens at the federal level moving forward, we look forward to being supportive in doing all we can, particularly for farmers in the southern part of our district, where fields are wet," he said.

LaHood's Win Highlights Local Primary Results

Mar 21, 2018

In the 18th Congressional District race Republican incumbent Darin LaHood walked away with 79 percent of the vote over Don Reints. LaHood will look to retain his seat in the November election running against repeat Democratic contender Junius Rodriguez. Rodriguez won 42 percent of the vote in a three-way race yesterday against Brian Deters and Darrel Miller. 

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

A Democratic congressional candidate from Illinois who lost in 2016 is running again.

Saying Farewell to Statesmen Bob Michel

Feb 17, 2017
Dole Institute / YouTube

The longest-serving US House minority leader died this morning. Bob Michel was 93.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

The Democratic candidate for the 18th district congressional district seat is giving his opponent 48 hours to “take a cue from Abraham Lincoln” and agree to debate. 

Eureka College professor Junius Rodriguez is running against the incumbent GOP Congressman Darin LaHood. Rodriguez says LaHood has denied requests to debate ahead of the November primary. Rodriguez made the call standing next to the statue of Lincoln outside Peoria’s courthouse.

Candidates seeking Illinois' 18th Congressional District seat vacated by Aaron Schock reiterated their positions during a second debate this week.  

18th Congressional District candidates from left to right: Sen. Darin LaHood (R), Adam Lopez (D), Donald Rients (R), Mike Flynn (R), and Robert Mellon (D).

(AP) - The race to replace former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has shaped up as a classic Republican primary.  It pits the son of a longtime Illinois congressman and Obama Cabinet member against a conservative writer who has railed at what he sees as the "establishment" GOP hand-picking the disgraced lawmaker's successor.  

Early voting starts in the special election

May 28, 2015

18th Congressional District Candidate Darin LaHood kicked off early voting for the 18th District special election by casting his ballot. The Republican also kicked off a social media campaign encouraging people to use #VoteEarlyVoteDarin in posts after they vote.

Early voting started today and runs through July 6. The special election is July 7th. LaHood is running against Donald Rients and Mike Flynn in the Republican Primary. Rob Mellon and Adam Lopez are the Democratic candidates.

Mike Flynn Republican candidate for Congress talks politics

May 27, 2015

The July 7th primary election to fill the Congressional vacancy created by the resignation of Aaron Schock of Peoria is coming up fast. 

Field widens for the 18th Dist seat

Apr 21, 2015

  The son of former White House cabinet member and longtime Congressman Ray LaHood remains the overwhelming favorite as the field takes shape for the race to replace ex-U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. Yesterday was the final day to file nominating papers for the July 7 primary. Donald Rients of Benson and Mike Flynn of Quincy have filed paperwork to challenge Darin LaHood in the Republican primary. Adam Lopez of Springfield and Rob Mellon of Quincy have filed to run as Democrats.

A new report shows former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's campaign spent big on donor gifts and travel in the months before he resigned amid questions about his spending. According to Schock's latest report to the Federal Election Commission, there was $3.2 million in his campaign treasury on March 31, the day the Illinois Republican left office. In the first three months of this year, the campaign spent more than $3,100 for Tiffany & Co.

Another potential contender for former Congressman Aaron Schock's seat says he won't run after all.

Bloomington businessman considers run for Congressional seat

Mar 25, 2015

Another prominent Republican is looking at running for the open Congressional seat being vacated by the scandal plagued Aaron Schock. 

The Justice Department is formally investigating US Representative Aaron Schock. 

Center for Prevention of Abuse selects new leader

Feb 26, 2015

The Center for Prevention of Abuse has a new Executive Director. Martha Herm is retiring from the position after 25-years.