Illinois’ 13th Congressional District spans Central and Southern Illinois – covering Macoupin County and parts of St. Clair, Madison, Sangamon, Piatt, Macon and Champaign Counties.
At the heart of the 13th district is Springfield, the State Capitol of Illinois and home to the Illinois State Fair, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Lincoln Home National Historic Site and President Lincoln’s final resting place.
U.S. Route 66 runs throughout the 13th district from Springfield to the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge crossing the Mississippi River in Granite City – just south of where Lewis and Clark crossed the river in Alton during their westward explorations. Along routes of this historic highway are Sugar Creek Covered Bridge in Chatham, a 1.4 mile span of restored hand-laid brick road in Auburn, the burial site of labor activist Mother Jones in Mt. Olive and the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville.
To the district’s easternmost end are Decatur and the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana which share the main campus of the University of Illinois – Congresswoman Budzinski’s alma mater and one of the largest public universities in the United States.