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Representative Darin LaHood

Representing the 18th District of Illinois

Rep. Darin LaHood to Host Service Academy Nights

April 14, 2016
Press Release
Prospective students interested in attending our country's prestigious academies can learn more about the nomination process

Peoria, IL—Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) will host two Service Academy Nights for students interested in attending any of our nation’s prestigious academies: United States Air Force Academy, United States Merchant Marine Academy, United States Military Academy at West Point, United States Naval Academy, and the United States Coast Guard Academy. An information session with Rep. LaHood’s Military Affairs Advisor will take place on April 25th and 26th in Peoria and Springfield, respectively. Details of each Academy Night are listed below:

Peoria Service Academy Night
Monday, April 25
7:00 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Illinois Air National Guard, 182nd Airlift Wing
Building 628
2416 S. Falcon Blvd, Peoria, IL 61607

Springfield Service Academy Night
Tuesday, April 26
7:00 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Illinois Air National Guard, 183rd Fighter Wing
Capitol Airport, Building P-48
3101 J David Jones Parkway, Springfield, IL 62707

Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13) will host an Academy Night in Springfield, held on Tuesday, April 19th from 6:00pm-7:00pm at the MacArthur High School Auditorium, 1499 West Grand Avenue Decatur, IL 62522.

“The 18th District has had a strong history of producing cadets that uphold the highest character entering our nation’s most prestigious academies. Last year, I was honored with nominating 22 candidates. It is inspiring to meet so many students who have substantiated dedication in serving their country with honor and respect. These Service Academy Nights provide a great first step for prospective cadets to become informed and help prepare for the process ahead,” stated Rep. LaHood.

The Academy Nights allows area students, parents, and guidance counselors the opportunity to learn more information about the institutions and the congressional nomination process. Service academies offer fully-funded, four-year education that is estimated at a value of $300,000.


Congressman Darin LaHood proudly serves the constituents of Illinois’ 18th Congressional District, consisting of more than 710,000 constituents across 19 counties throughout Central and West-Central Illinois. Darin was born and raised in Central Illinois and currently resides in the Peoria area with his wife, Kristen, and their three children.

To schedule an interview with Congressman LaHood, please contact J.D. Dalfonso at or at (309) 231-5859