Another Illinois county voted to ask former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock to pay for costs associated with electing his replacement in the 18th District. The McLean County Board approved sending a letter to the Peoria Republican asking him to pay $200,000 for the July 7 primary and Sept. 10 election, WJBC radio reported. Early voting has already started. The board noted that Schock’s congressional campaign committee had $3.3 million on hand when Schock resigned in March amid questions about his spending, including having his Washington office decorated in the style of the TV show “Downton Abbey.”
County Board member Mark Johnson said he thinks Schock should repay taxpayers the money being spent to replace him.
“In light of the choices he made and the consequences it has on local government … (he should) be held responsible for those choices,” Johnson said.
A message left for Schock’s attorney wasn’t immediately returned Wednesday.