Republican State Sen. Darin LaHood made it official: He says he’s already filed paperwork to open a federal campaign account to replace resigning U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock.
Other Republican politicians are still considering their options, and two early possibilities have declared their intentions not to seek the 18th District Congressional seat.
LaHood, 46, is a lawyer from Dunlap. His father, Ray LaHood, held the seat before Schock and also served as Secretary of Transportation in the Obama administration.
But the younger LaHood says he'll stand on his own record.