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Representative Darin LaHood

Representing the 18th District of Illinois


Education is paramount to the well-being of America. Few issues have as great an impact on our future generations as access to education—it contributes to our economy’s success in the global marketplace, provides the foundation for the next generation, and instills the values of our society into the minds of our children. In order to have a strong education policy, we must have a competitive and diverse K-12 education system with meaningful options to meet the needs of a diverse population of students and families. I support giving families the freedom to choose the very best education for their children, with access to education including public and private schools, charter schools and homeschools. Every student should have a shot at success, and I will work to protect these opportunities for our families and students.

It is unmistakable that higher education needs reform in America. With the price tag for a college degree continuing to climb, youth are saddled with staggering debt at the outset of their life. Ensuring that students and parents have the resources and flexibility they need to make smart choices about their education based on each individual's unique financial situation is critical. In our rapidly changing world, it is critical that we restore fiscal stability in Washington to ensure that our tremendous debt will not be left to future generations. We must reform the tax code and implement policies that spur our economy to ensure that young Americans continue to have access to a high quality education and high paying jobs. 

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February 16, 2021 In The News
JACKSONVILLE - (Journal Courier) A nursing program added to Illinois College in the fall is getting a boost through a federal grant. The college has been awarded $237,000 to support its clinical nursing program.
February 11, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded Illinois College in Jacksonville with a grant of $237,000 to support the new clinical nursing program at the college. The grant from the EDA is anticipated to create over 1,000 jobs in the area.
February 1, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – In honor of National Catholic Schools Week, Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) introduced H.Res 66 to commend Catholic schools for their contributions to our children’s education and society, as well as their dedication and work during the COVID-19 pandemic to continue educating students safely.
August 6, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) announced today that the U.S. Department of Education awarded colleges in Illinois’ 18th Congressional District $1,859,344 to support low-income students seeking a college degree through the Student Support Services (SSS) program.
January 8, 2020 Press Release
PEORIA, IL— Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) announced today his nomination of 17 remarkable young men and women to be considered for admittance into the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, and U.S. Air Force Academy.
December 2, 2019 Press Release
PEORIA, IL – Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) announced today that a team from Richwoods High School, which participates in Peoria Public Schools’ AppsCo program, are the winners of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge.
November 20, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Darin LaHood (IL-18) and Rodney Davis (IL-13) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved a grant of $326,327 for the McLean County Unit District 5 Schools to create an interactive Distance Learning network.
September 27, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representatives Darin LaHood (IL-18) and Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced a $466,931 grant for the Board of Education of the City of Peoria. The funding is awarded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Full Service Community Schools Program and is part of a five year grant, which would total $2.5 million.
July 30, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. - Representatives Darin LaHood (R-IL) and Terri Sewell (D-AL) introduced H.R. 4038 to amend the Internal Revenue Service Code to exclude certain post-graduate scholarship grants from being treated as gross income, which will alleviate student loan debt, help businesses recruit talent, and boost economic growth in our local communities.
August 2, 2018 In The News
A newly introduced bipartisan proposal offered by U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL) would put student loan payments on par with how foundations make scholarship payments under the U.S. tax code.