McLean County has joined the list of jurisdictions that are calling on former U.S. congressman Aaron Schock to pay for the upcoming election to replace him. County officials voted to send Schock a bill for the costs associated with the election, which is estimated to be about $200,000 for the locality.
"In light of the choices he made and the consequences it has on local government ... (he should) be held responsible for those choices," McLean County Board Member Mark Johnson said.
Marshall County officials already sent Schock a bill for the election. The tab was $76,000. Meanwhile, Tazewell County officials agreed to send the former Republican lawmaker a $200,000 election bill back in April.
Schock resigned in March following numerous reports and calls for investigations surrounding his spending of campaign funds and taxpayer money.
Early voting has begun in the race for the 18th congressional district seat. The primary election is July 7 and the special general election is scheduled for September 10. Candidates running in the primary race are Mike Flynn, Darin LaHood and Donald Rients on the Republican side. Adam Lopez and Rob Mellon are running in the Democratic primary.