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Edgar Backs GOP's LaHood In Summer Special Election

Amanda Vinicky

An Illinois Republican Party elder statesman is endorsing State Senator Darin LaHood's bid for U.S. Congress.

Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar says he's known LaHood for 20 years, "and I can't think of anyone that would be better qualified to serve this Congressional district; and by this Congressional district, he'll be my Congressman."

"He is a very thoughtful, no-nonsense young man," he says.

LaHood is one of three G-O-P candidates vying for the 18th Congressional seat vacated by Peoria's Aaron Schock following an ethics scandal.

The primary race is scheduled for July 7.

Edgar encourages voters who have plans for the July Fourth holiday to do what he is -- to vote before then. Early voting began last month.

Donald Rients of Benson and Michael Flynn of Quincy are also aiming for the Republican nomination. Democrats Robert Mellon of Quincy and Adam Lopez of Springfield are facing off.

Amanda Vinicky moved to Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV PBS in 2017.
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