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Illinois District Elects Another LaHood to Replace Schock (Updated)

LaHood, left, debated Mellon in Springfield in August. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Updated Friday, 3:31 p.m. |  Republican Darin LaHood will win a special election to replace former Rep. Aaron Schock , who resigned in March, The Associated Press projected Thursday. Updated results are available here .  

LaHood — is a state senator and the son of former Rep. Ray LaHood, Schock’s predecessor before joining the Obama administration as Transportation secretary in 2009.

Darin LaHood Wins GOP Primary to Succeed Schock

Schock resigned from Congress in March amid questions around travel spending and redecorating his congressional offices. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

State Sen. Darin LaHood easily won a GOP primary in Illinois' 18th District Tuesday night, making him the odds-on favorite to succeed disgraced ex-Rep. Aaron Schock in this downstate seat.  

LaHood defeated his Republican opponent, Breitbart Editor Mike Flynn, by about 69 percent to 29 percent with most precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.  

LaHood Distances Himself From Dad in Race for Schock's Seat

Darin LaHood, the son of former Rep. Ray LaHood, above, is expected to win a GOP primary in Illinois' 18th District. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Illinois state Sen. Darin LaHood may share a surname with his well-known father, former Congressman-turned-Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. But LaHood wants voters to know he has his own conservative record to stand.  

And that's been a theme of LaHood's campaign in Illinois' 18th District special election — a race to replace disgraced ex-Rep. Aaron Schock, who resigned earlier this year amid an ethics scandal.  

Darin LaHood Raises $500K in Race to Replace Aaron Schock

A special election is being held to replace Schock. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Illinois state Sen. Darin LaHood raised more than $500,000 in five weeks since entering the special election to replace Republican Aaron Schock, according to figures provided first to CQ Roll Call.  

LaHood, the son of former Illinois Rep. Ray LaHood, faces a Republican primary against Mike Flynn, an editor of the conservative website Breitbart News. LaHood touted the haul in an early show of strength, with the pre-primary fundraising reporting deadline still seven weeks away.  

Candidates Look to Make Family Legacies in Congress

Murkowski, right, and her father are among those who claim a family legacy in Congress. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11 a.m. | When nine-term Democratic Rep. Lois Capps announced her retirement , all eyes turned to a potential successor: her daughter.  

A nonprofit consultant and community activist who has never run for office, Laura Burton Capps has long been seen as a possible successor to her mother. (Her father Walter Capps first held the seat, but died after just nine months in office. Lois Capps won a special election to succeed him.)  

LaHood Banks Big Haul in Race to Succeed Schock

Schock resigned from Congress March 31. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A top candidate to replace disgraced former Rep. Aaron Schock raised $210,000 since the Illinois Republican announced his plans to resign , CQ Roll Call has learned. The haul solidifies state Sen. Darin LaHood as a front-runner  in the special election to replace Schock in the 18th District — a safe GOP seat located in and around Peoria, Ill.  

LaHood is the son of former Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill., who held this seat for more than a decade until 2009 — when he left Congress to serve as transportation secretary to President Barack Obama.  

Special Election Dates Set to Replace Aaron Schock

Tuesday was Schock's last day. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Voters in Illinois' 18th District will select a replacement for Rep. Aaron Schock this summer, but exactly when remains unclear.  

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner set the dates for the special elections Tuesday night, just a few hours before Schock's resignation was official. He chose June 8 for the primary and July 24 for the general. But a release from Rauner's office said the dates are likely to change to comply with the federal timeline mandated for military absentee ballots.  

Familiar Name Launches Bid to Succeed Aaron Schock (Updated)

Schock will resign effective March 31. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:31 a.m. |  State Sen. Darin LaHood, 46, announced Wednesday he will run in the special election to replace disgraced Rep. Aaron Schock, the Illinois Republican dogged by ethics investigations who announced plans Tuesday to resign.  

LaHood, who made the announcement on a local radio show, is the son of former Rep. Ray LaHood — the moderate Republican who represented the district from 1995 until 2009. And while Illinois Republican operatives say other candidates could announce for the seat, LaHood looks like the prohibitive favorite.  

Schock Resignation Will Trigger Special Election in Illinois

Schock, right, is resigning from Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A forthcoming special election to replace resigning Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock is unlikely to alter the partisan control of his Peoria-based 18th District.  

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner must call a special within five days after Schock's resignation becomes official on March 31, according to state law, and must be held no later than 115 days from the call. Rauner has leeway to decide the dates of the election within that time frame. In the last House special in Illinois, to replace Democrat Jesse Jackson Jr., the congressman resigned Nov. 21, 2012, the primaries were held three months later on Feb. 26 and Democrat Robin Kelly won the seat on April 9.  

Aaron Schock Drops $25K for Ex-Bears Player to Attend Fundraiser

Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., spent $25,000 last fall for a former Chicago Bears linebacker to headline his re-election campaign's kickoff fundraising event, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission .  

Brian Urlacher, a former NFL Rookie of the Year, headlined “Schocktoberfest” on Nov. 7, a $50-per-head fundraiser held at a brewery in Peoria, Ill .