State Senator announces candidacy for Schock's soon-to-be vacant seat

PEORIA - An Illinois lawmaker has announced his intentions to run for U.S. Representative Aaron Schock's congressional seat after it's vacated at the end of the month.

Illinois State Senator Darin LaHood announced his candidacy for the position on Wednesday.  LaHood has served in the Illinois Senate since 2011, and he says he will campaign on his record as state senator, which includes advocating for ethics reform.

Schock's replacement will be chosen with a special election.  Schock announced his resignation effective March 31 on Tuesday, after weeks of increasing scrutiny over his spending of campaign and taxpayer dollars.

Several lawmakers are considering running for Schock's seat.  However, State Senators Jason Barickman and Bill Brady have announced that they will not run for the soon-to-be vacant position.
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