Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock is being followed ... by TMZ.

If they’re learning about me on TMZ or some of these other blogs and YouTube videos, then they’re recognizing my face and my name so that when I’m out on CNN or the other networks talking about issues, they’re going to maybe stop ... and listen to what I have to say.

The 27-year-old freshman congressman from Peoria is beginning to get the Obama treatment from the media. Can a book deal be too far behind?