Watson resigns

JACKSONVILLE -- Representative Jim Watson (R) is stepping down from his seat after more than a decade in office. Wednesday, Watson announced he's leaving to become executive director of the Illinois Petroleum Council. 

He says, while the decision was difficult, it was the right time. He added it's "been an honor to serve the people of (the) district."

It includes Morgan, Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison and Pike counties. Watson's resignation takes effect December 3.  He was first elected to the State House in 2011.

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