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DECATUR -- State Rep. Chapin Rose would run for the Illinois Senate and state Rep. Bill Mitchell would seek re-election in the House under the proposed legislative map Democrats revealed Friday, ending the possibility the two might have run against one another.

"If the map stays the same, I will run in the (proposed) 101st District," Mitchell said. "Chapin and I have been friends for eight years. We're in sync on issues."

Rose and Mitchell are just two Republican lawmakers among many pondering what to do under the map Democrats released Friday.

"The last several years I've served with Bill, we've been on the same page on a number of different issues around Central Illinois," Rose said. "I'm on the House Republican budget team, and I inspect the budget up and down. I look forward to taking those skills to the Senate."

Under the proposal, Mitchell, of Forsyth, and Rose, of Mahomet, were drawn into the same district, which would include Clinton, Downs, Forsyth, Heyworth, Mahomet, Monticello and Mount Zion.

In the current districts, Mitchell represents parts of Decatur and Forsyth as well as parts of Christian, DeWitt, Logan, McLean, Sangamon and Tazewell counties. Currently, Rose represents parts of Piatt, Champaign, Douglas, Coles, Edgar, Shelby and Effingham counties.

The representatives made their announcements Monday morning at the Decatur Civic Center.

State Sen. Dale Righter, R-Mattoon, suggested that Rose's decision to run for the Senate may be premature because Republicans believe the Democratic map may not survive a court challenge.

Macon County Republican Party Chairman Jerry Stocks said the Senate district Rose would run in appears to be safe for Republicans, No sitting state senator resides within the proposed district.

He voiced his support for both the lawmakers.

"I think they're both highly responsive to their constituents and share a political philosophy of limited government in accord with what their district represents," Stocks said Monday


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