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EUREKA, Ill. (WEEK) -- -
Eureka College professor Junius Rodriguez will make another attempt to unseat U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Peoria).
Rodriguez announced Tuesday his intention to run as a Democrat for Illinois' 18th Congressional District. The historically conservative district includes parts or all of Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Stark, Marshall, McLean and Mason counties.
"We face extraordinary challenges as a nation, and the counties of West Central Illinois are certainly not immune to these burdens," said Rodriguez. "There exists an urgent need for economic revitalization to enhance the wellbeing of our families as well as our factories and farms, and we must strive to ensure that the very institutions of our government become responsive and functional in addressing the real concerns that plague our times. In short, maintaining the status quo is no longer a viable option."
LaHood took 72 percent of the vote in 2016, with Rodriguez garnering just less than 28 percent of votes cast.