Junius Rodriguez appears ready to run again for the 18th District seat from Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In a message posted early Tuesday on Facebook, the Eureka College history professor announced his intention to make his second consecutive House attempt. He appears to be the first 18th District candidate to make public his plans for the 2018 Democratic nomination.

Rodriguez cited economic revitalization, educational preparedness and governmental responsiveness as keys to his election platform.

"I believe that we face a moment unlike any other in our nation's history," Rodriguez stated. "The need to bolster the American economy is vital, but so to is the necessity to prove that our system of government can still work in the interest of the people."

Rodriguez's statement did not mention or allude to U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, the Peoria Republican who is the current 18th District representative.

In 2016, LaHood won his first full two-year House term by defeating Rodriguez, 72 percent to 28 percent. Rodriguez received about 97,000 votes, LaHood about 250,500. The district is considered to be a GOP bastion.

An appearance at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Peoria is to begin Rodriguez's three-day tour of the district to announce his campaign in person. The Peoria stop is scheduled for the plaza of the Gateway Building, 200 NE Water St. Rodriguez also plans to appear later Wednesday in Bloomington.

Other stops this week are scheduled for Jacksonville, Macomb, Quincy and Springfield.

The 18th District includes most of Peoria north of War Memorial Drive; most of Peoria, Stark and Tazewell counties; and all of Hancock, McDonough, Mason, Schuyler and Woodford counties.