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A former Illinois state representative hopes to be the first elected to the newly drawn 13th Congressional district.  Democrat Jay Hoffman served in the Illinois House for more than 20 years and now he'll run against Republican Tim Johnson for the seat in Washington.  Hoffman says Congress is losing focus on creating jobs when that should be its number-one goal.

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Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady believes Hoffman's past alliances with a certain powerful Democrat will haunt him.

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It's rare for Congressional freshmen to change the course of the country during their first few months in office. But Hoffman says it'll be his job to bring new ideas to stimulate job growth, something he says his opponent hasn't done in 12-years in office.  The district includes parts of Bloomington, Normal, Springfield, Decatur and the Metro East St. Louis area.

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