Hickey Funeral Co-Owner to Run for Congress in 1st District
Blue Island Mayor Donald Peloquin enters the race to eventually square off against U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, Sun-Times Media reports.
Peloquin, a Republican and the president of Hickey Memorial Chapel in New Lenox, needs to win the March GOP primary before he can face off against Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush next November.
Earlier this year, state Congressional district boundaries were redrawn. Under the new map, which the GOP is challenging in court, Rush's 1st Congressional District extends through the south suburbs to Elwood, including Frankfort, New Lenox and Mokena.
"The new mapping puts about 15 towns in the district now, and I probably know 10 of the mayors pretty well," Peloquin told Patch in August. "I think there's a real opportunity for us to work together, and this district is prime to be developed and create more jobs."
According to the report, Peloquin said his campaign will concentrate on the economy and job creation.
“My campaign is going to be grass roots,” he told Sun-Times Media. “I’m going to use the Internet, Facebook, Twitter and build organizations in every community to get out the vote."