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Lauzen reveals run for Congress
By John Patterson | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 9/19/2007 12:16 AM

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SPRINGFIELD -- Aurora Republican state Sen. Chris Lauzen will announce today his plans to run for Congress, seeking the seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert.

"The reason why I'm running is I'd like to serve my neighbors by continuing to provide the best constituent service at home and then to reinforce those people in Washington who are using good judgment," Lauzen told the Daily Herald on Tuesday.

The pending retirement of Hastert, the former Republican House speaker, is attracting a crowd in both the Republican and Democratic parties.

On the Democratic side, Geneva scientist and businessman Bill Foster is facing St. Charles attorney Jotham Stein and 2006 nominee John Laesch of Kendall County for the nomination.

On the Republican side, Lauzen's entry has been highly anticipated. He joins Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns and Sugar Grove dairy magnate Jim Oberweis in vying for the GOP nomination.