Democrat Mark Haasis to challenge LaHood for 18th Congressional District

Mark Haasis. (Facebook/Haasis For Congress)


By Neil Doyle

BLOOMINGTON – A Peoria Democrat will challenge incumbent Republican Darin LaHood for Illinois’ 18th Congressional District.

A retired United Auto Workers representative, Haasis was born in Springfield and now lives in Peoria. He worked at the former Mitsubishi Motors plant in Normal and Caterpillar.

Haasis said the 18th Congressional District needs a stronger infrastructure program and better support for farmers, something LaHood has not accomplished, according to a Facebook post.

The 18th Congressional District covers parts of Bloomington-Normal, Peoria, and Springfield.

Haasis did not respond to a request for comment.

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