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Birthdate: Aug. 10, 1947
Birth Place: Pekin, IL, United States
Residence: Easton, IL
Steve Waterworth was born in Pekin, Ill., and now resides in Easton. He is a retired Illinois Air National Guard master sergeant who joined the guard after spending four years in the Air Force. He also has worked in farming and cattle ranching, construction and landscaping.
In 1977, he earned a bachelor's in economics from Sangamon State University _ now the University of Illinois-Springfield.
Waterworth has held office at the local level, serving as clerk for Crane Creek Township and president of a local park district in Easton. He has also run twice for Congress, in 2004 and 2006 against former U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood, who is now Secretary of Transportation.
Waterworth's wife, Barbara, died in a 1994 automobile accident. He has three adult daughters.
In his third campaign for Congress, Democrat Steve Waterworth defeated Matt Woodmancy in the March 2012 Democratic primary. He faces incumbent Rep. Aaron Schock in the November 2012 general election.
Waterworth says he decided to run for Congress after getting what he considered to be an unsatisfactory answer when he asked Schock at a September 2011 town hall meeting what the second-term congressman plans to do about the country's foreign trade deficit.
Waterworth calls the loss of jobs and the trade deficit the biggest issues facing Illinois and the country.
"Clearly the foreign trade deficit is the reason why the unemployment and underemployment rates are so high, why we have a housing crisis," he said in an email to The Associated Press.
A second key issue, he says, is the need for the United States to develop more of its own energy resources rather than rely heavily on imported oil.
Waterworth says the development of wind energy and the production of cellulosic ethanol would be key priorities for him and he would support tax breaks for both.
Waterworth calls Schock "a young man of wealth and privilege and little to no experience in the world most of us live in."
Source: Associated Press
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