The Chicago Tribune, along with other news organizations, reports:
Peoria Republican congressman Ray LaHood has been asked to be Transportation Secretary for the Obama Administration, a Republican source said today.
A spokesman for the Obama transition team declined to comment and LaHood's office did not immediately return phone calls.
But associates of LaHood previously had been told that he was a "front-runner" for the post and that he was was "interested."
Progress Illinois gives a good rundown of LaHood's record:
The moderate Republican has broken with his party over Amtrak funding, voting yes last summer to expand passenger rail service. In 2005, he told the Peoria Journal-Star that "we've got a good Amtrak system in Illinois and I don't think we want to destroy it by talking about privatization." In 2006, he received a 66 percent rating from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, a major transportation construction lobby. He also voted in favor of the Saving Energy Through Public Transportation Act of 2008, a bill to promote increased public transportation use that garnered string bi-partisan support. Other than that, we know very little.
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