The House: Pipeline and Out of Line

Peoria's pick

Ever since he first went to Congress 26 years ago, Republican Congressman Robert Michel has played well in Peoria, the largest town in his 18th Congressional District in central Illinois. Now Peoria seems to be having its doubts. Long a pocket of prosperity in America's heartland, the region is reeling from depressed farm prices and 16% unemployment. The Pabst brewery and the Hiram Walker distillery have left town, and giant Caterpillar Tractor alone has laid off 8,000 workers. So Michel, 59, the House minority leader and President Reagan's high-profile point man on Capitol...

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