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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Republican Party turns attention to 17th District

More later on our three city press tour with Congressman Ray LaHood but here is how WHOI is reporting it...........

Republican Party turns attention to 17th District
By Josh Brogadir

Posted: Monday, April 03, 2006 at 11:18 PM

PEORIA -- The Republican Party is going after a long-time Democratic seat. Andrea Zinga wants to be the first woman and first Republican in years to represent Illinois's 17th District in Congress.
Congressman Ray LaHood (R-18th Dist.) donated $2000 to Zinga's campaign Monday and says more Republican money and support will follow. Last week, Democrat incumbent Lane Evans, who has Parkinson’s disease, announced he will not seek re-election because of health reasons.
Zinga and LaHood say that's one of the factors turning national Republican attention to the race.
“This campaign is going to be all about the issues and there are three in particular, jobs, jobs, and jobs, we want to get the 17th district back to work,” said Zinga.
It is yet to be determined who the Democrats will put on the November ballot. Evans has endorsed longtime district aide Phil Hare.