Schock returns to Peoria, honors Bob Michel

By WEEK Producer

April 26, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 7:32 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- 18th District Congressman Aaron Schock officially announced he won't been running for Governor, and will be running for another term in Congress.

Schock returned to Peoria this afternoon to host a reception for
former Congressman Robert Michel. He had voted Friday morning to give the FAA additional flexibility in spending to avoid airport tower closures.

Schock says he can get more done in Congress,,,but isn't ruling out a future run.

"At 31 years old, perhaps these opportunities will come around again," Schock said. "I know that I've been given the great honor to represent the people of the 18th district, and at this point have chosen to seek reelection in 2014, and hope to continue my work in the U.S. Congress."

Schock, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and a room-full of old friends were wishing former Congressman Bob Michel a happy birthday. Michel turned 90 last month, but still drives his car to go to work at his Washington DC office.

His career began, almost accidentally, as an assistant to Harold Velde who was running for Congress.

"Dave Owen, the President of Bradley at that time, said 'say, Jud's in the neighboring county, he's looking for a Man Friday.'" said Michel. "I said gee I didn't have Journalism, I didn't have Political Science, and I'm a Business Administration major. [he said] just go down and have the interview. And that's how it all started."

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