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Weller Will Not Seek Eight Term

JOLIET -- Illinois Congressman Jerry Weller says he will not seek an eighth term.

The Republican was recently named as one of the 22 most corrupt members of Congress by a watchdog group.

Weller is fighting a subpoena in a former colleague's bribery trial, and he faces criticism that he did not reveal to Congress the extent of Nicaraguan land purchases.

Weller cited his family at Monday's announcement as the reason he's decided not to run again.

His troubles began when a Chicago Tribune investigation showed Weller did not report several Nicaraguan land deals in congressional ethics statements, and that Weller reported higher purchase prices on other transactions in the U.S. than were reported in Nicaragua.     

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