Opinion: Caterpillar has been an important company in Illinois. It has been especially vital to my hometown of Peoria, where its world headquarters were located for nearly nine decades.

Chris Dargis is a businessman, retired Navy officer, husband and father of three children. He is running to represent the 8th Congressional District, which includes portions of Cook, DuPage, McHenry and Kane counties.

During a July trip to Savannah, Georgia, the Illinois Farm Bureau Board of Directors toured shipping terminals in the third busiest port in the country to learn more about major barriers affecting the transportation sector.