Ray LaHood retiring

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U.S. Representative Ray LaHood says it's time to repay his family for the time he's spent away chasing his political dreams.

During an appearance in Peoria, LaHood officially announced his plans to retire from Congress after his term.

The Peoria Republican says he has no unfinished business after 13 years in Congress and 30 years in politics. And he says he feels like he's "going out on top."

LaHood says he hopes to be remembered "as an ordinary person who used an extraordinary office to do some extraordinary things."

He cited the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, expanded Veterans Administration health clinics and helping towns across his central Illinois district as highlights of his years in Washington.