Illinois Petroleum Council en West Central Illinois Lawmaker Resigns <p>A lawmaker from the tri states is stepping down -- just days after he won re-election.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>State Representative Jim Watson (R-Jacksonville) said he will leave the seat to take over as executive director of the Illinois Petroleum Council.&nbsp; The group represents oil refineries, marketers and others in the industry.</p><p>Watson's final day in the General Assembly will be December 3.&nbsp; He's been a lawmaker for more than a decade, so he said the decision to leave was a tough one to make.</p><p></p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 17:35:53 +0000 Rich Egger 24442 at West Central Illinois Lawmaker Resigns