A Eureka College history professor now plans to challenge U.S. Representative Darin LaHood in the November election. Junius Rodriguez will run against the first-term Republican for Illinois' 18th Congressional District. Get more information at KHQA.com! Follow us on social media: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/khqa7news Twitter: @KHQA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/khqa/ Periscope: KHQA News

Junius Rodriguez campaigns for Congress in Illinois 18th District

QUINCY -- Junius Rodriguez brought his campaign for Congress to Quincy on Thursday.

Slated as the Democratic nominee in April, Rodriguez is a history professor from Eureka College. He is aware that the 18th District, where he is challenging U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Dunlap, has elected Republicans to Congress for more than half a century. Rodriguez also knows that 2016 isn't just another election year.

"In this election cycle, more than any other in my lifetime, I think there is a real and palpable anger and outrage among the voters," Rodriguez said.

Democrat Rodriguez calls out IL Congressman LaHood to debate

QUINCY, IL — Democrat Junius Rodriguez challenges Illinois Congressman Darin LaHood to debate prior to the November election on Tuesday afternoon.

Junius Rodriguez calls on opponent Darin LaHood to disavow Trump

PEORIA — As Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's feud with the parents of fallen soldier Humayun Khan neared the start of its second week, the Democrat challenging U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood called on the first-term lawmaker to repudiate Trump's comments and rescind his support of the GOP nominee.

Junius Rodriguez appears on the Spotlight Radio Show.

Eureka College professor Junius Rodriguez to challenge Rep. Darin LaHood for seat in Congress

By Chris Kaergard
Journal Star political reporter

EUREKA — U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood will be challenged in November by a Eureka College history professor.

Junius Rodriguez was chosen by a group of Democratic county party chairmen last weekend to run against the first-term Republican in the 18th Congressional District.