Illinois State Senator Darin LaHood was elected the next Congressman for the 18th District.
The Peoria Republican beat Democrat Rob Mellon of Quincy by capturing nearly 70 percent of the vote in yesterday’s special election.
LaHood says he’s humbled by the results.
“When you set a goal over six months and you’re rewarded here tonight with the kind of response we got, it’s a good feeling,” LaHood said.
LaHood says an immediate priority is hiring local district staff. He says he will resign from the state senate before getting sworn into Congress next week.