Democrat George Petrilli (right) is challenging 18th District Republican Congressman Darin LaHood



The 18th Congressional District includes a portions of McLean, Tazewell and Peoria counties.  Other counties in the district include Adams, Brown, Cass, Hancock, Logan, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, Menard, Morgan Pike, Schuyler, Scott.



LaHood is a Peoria native and has served as representative for the 18th congressional district for five years. He assumed office on Sept. 17, 2015. 

LaHood graduated from Loras College in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. In 1997, LaHood graduated from the John Marshall Law School with a juris doctor degree.

From 1997 to 1999 he was a prosecutor in Cook County and then became a prosecutor in Tazewell County from 1999-2001. After being a prosecutor and an adjunct professor in Nevada, LaHood then moved back to Peoria to practice law before becoming a member of the Illinois Senate from 2011-2015.

Currently, LaHood serves on the House Ways and Means committee which has jurisdiction over all taxation, trade and tariffs and other revenue-raising measures. He also serves on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on tax policy and oversight.

He is also in the U.S. Joint Economic Committee and a member of the U.S.-Cuba working group.



Born and raised in central Illinois, Petrilli resides in Springfield with his wife Kasey and their 2-year-old son Teddy.

He attended University of North Dakota where he earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for economics and chemistry and attended Law School at Southern Illinois University.

From 2004 to 2007, he worked for the Office of the Governor, then went on to practice law from 2010 to 2013. Currently, Petrilli has his own practice, The Law Office of George R. Petrilli, that is dedicated to helping start-up companies, small businesses and individual entrepreneurs navigate the patent process and difficulties of operating a business.

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