State Senator Darin LaHood Announces 2012 Campaign Kickoff

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Senator Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) announced on September 23 that he will seek election to the Illinois Senate in the newly drawn 37th District, saying our state needs to make tough decisions to balance our books and improve Illinois’ job climate.

“The Democratic leadership plan of taxing, borrowing and overspending must stop.” said LaHood.  “Our state is headed in the wrong direction fiscally.  We must make significant changes to “right this ship,” or the citizens of this state will continue to suffer.  We’ve got to live within our means and we must create a climate in which businesses want to locate and expand here…. so that our tax base grows and more jobs are created.”

LaHood’s top three priorities will be cuts in state spending, making Illinois more business friendly through legislative initiatives, and passing concealed carry legislation.

Senator LaHood currently serves as the Republican Spokesperson on the Senate Gaming Committee and is a member of the Transportation Committee, the Energy Committee, the Environment Committee and the Human Services Committee.

Because of the recent redistricting process, LaHood’s district boundaries will change.  Currently, Senator LaHood represents all or parts of seven counties including:  Henry, Bureau, Knox, Peoria, Stark, Woodford, and Marshall.    His new district will include these seven counties plus all or parts of three additional counties including  Mercer, LaSalle and Lee.  In his new district LaHood will be representing the cities of Aledo, Geneseo, Annawan, Atkinson, Woodhull, & Orion.

 “I look forward to continuing to represent the conservative values of the people of the 37th District.  I am committed to working hard to better the future for the people of my District and the State of Illinois.   I will continue to bring passion and energy to this job.  I’m thrilled to represent this area and the hard working, conscientious people of Central Illinois.  We have a rich heritage in this part of our state, wonderful families, businesses, farms, and institutions.  It is an honor to represent this district. ”

LaHood, 43, is an attorney with the Peoria law firm of Miller, Hall and Triggs.  Previously, he served as a Federal and State Prosecutor for over 10 years, including service as the Lead Terrorism Prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He also served as a Congressional Aide in Washington, D.C.   He and his wife Kristen reside in Dunlap, Illinois and have three young sons ages nine, seven, and four.  

In his youth, Senator LaHood lived in the Quad Cities area for over 10 years.  He resided in East Moline  and graduated from St. Anne grade school.   He also briefly attended Rock Island Alleman High School before moving to the Peoria area.  

LaHood will kick-off his 2012 campaign with a fund raising reception on October 18, 2011, at Brewers Distributing in north Peoria from 5 - 7 p.m. with special guest, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (for more information, call 309-369-1133). Under Governor Daniels’ leadership, Indiana has achieved a balanced budget without a tax increase, has the lowest property taxes in the nation and turned a $600 million deficit into a $1 billion surplus.  LaHood has asked Daniels to share with us how Indiana has been able to achieve these great results.  “What Governor Daniels has done to turn around the fiscal situation in his state is tremendous.  I hope we can learn from what they’ve done and replicate some of those ideas in our state,” said LaHood.