Schilling knocks off incumbent Hare
Pizza maker Bobby Schilling (R) defeated incumbent politician Phil Hare (D) for the U.S. House seat in Illinois' 17th District.
Schilling is the first Republican to hold the seat since 1982. Hare took over the seat from an ailing Lane Evans and ran unopposed two years ago.
Schilling defeated Hare in Mercer County 3,368 - 2565 or 54 percent to 41 percent.
The 17th District winds through 23 counties. Hare won in just six of those counties Whiteside, Sangamon, Madison, Knox, Fulton and Calhoun whild Schilling won the rest.
Congressman-elect Schilling issued the following statement regarding his victory: "Last night, Illinois families and the American people voted for a change in direction. The Greatest Generation earned their name because they were once called upon to rise up and emerge through tough economic times. They responded, and as Americans, we can and must unite to heed this call again. The road to creating a more positive environment for our small businesses and job creators starts now. Illinois is broke, and Washington D.C. is broken, but help is on the way. I am honored and humbled to have this opportunity to represent your voice."