Bill Enyart

St. Louis County Executive-elect Steve Stenger talks to St. Louis Public Radio reporters Nov. 5, 2014, during a recording of the 'Politically Speaking' podcast.
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Wednesday on “St. Louis on the Air,” we gathered our political reporters to recap Tuesday’s election. The consensus: Republicans ruled the night.

“It was a Republican bloodbath, nationally and regionally,” said Jo Mannies, St. Louis Public Radio political reporter. “But it also shows that St. Louis County is definitely Democratic turf because the only two Democratic candidates — big names — who remained standing were Steve Stenger and Jill Schupp.”

U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro,
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State Rep. Mike Bost rode the national Republican wave to victory Tuesday night, knocking off incumbent U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart to represent parts of the Metro East in Congress. 

Bost’s victory capped off a buoyant night for Republicans nationally and in the Land of Lincoln, where Republican Bruce Rauner unseated incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat, won re-election.

(Provided by: Paula Bradshaw)

“People in America don’t understand that our monetary supply is debt based. They think it comes from taxes,” Paula Bradshaw explained. “Taxes are just the [Government’s] way of getting money back from people that’s already in circulation.”

Paula Bradshaw, an emergency room registered nurse who lives in Carbondale, is the Green Party’s candidate to represent Illinois’ 12th congressional district. It’s her second time contesting the seat. In 2012, she received nearly 6 percent of the vote.

U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro,
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While the leading candidates for one of the nation’s most competitive Congressional races agreed that the economy and jobs were the top issue facing the 12th Congressional District.

In back-to-back interviews Thursday on “St. Louis on the Air,” state Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, and U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, made their cases for the seat, which encompasses portions of the Metro East and southern Illinois, but clashed on whether climate change is real.

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

On a late September day in Granite City, U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart was in his element. He was presenting a big ceremonial check to Chestnut Health Systems, symbolizing a grant to help homeless veterans.

While standard fare for members of Congress, these kinds of events represent a big change of pace for Enyart, who was the leader of the Illinois National Guard before he ran for Illinois’ 12th congressional district seat in 2012.

Illinois state Rep. Mike Bost's impassioned floor speech from 2012 is getting some attention. Democrats are using it to paint him as an ill-tempered extremist, while Republicans say it showcases his passion for his constituents.
Mike Bost's campaign

On the surface, Mike Bost and Moses don’t have that much in common. But some not-so-flattering political ads may create a different impression.

Bost – a Republican state representative from Murphysboro – is engaged in a highly competitive race against U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, for the 12th congressional district seat. It’s become vigorous enough to force the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to spend lots of money to paint Bost in a bad light.

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

The second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House was in Granite City, Ill. on Wednesday to boost his longstanding focus on bolstering manufacturing jobs. 

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin knows firsthand the difficulty in getting a minimum wage increase passed through a legislative body. 

The Illinois Democrat was unsuccessful in getting the U.S. Senate to increase the federal minimum wage this year. Even if Senate Republicans hadn’t filibustered that effort, it would likely have gone nowhere in the GOP-controlled House.

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Illinois’ higher education, business and political leaders are pledging cooperation for an effort to bring manufacturing jobs to the region. 

U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, convened a day-long manufacturing summit at Mid-America Airport in Mascoutah. It was aimed at presenting a united front for southern Illinois to compete for manufacturing jobs.

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Within minutes after the Environmental Protection Agency announced its proposed regulations for coal-fired power plants, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt blasted the decision as a “unprecedented power grab.”

Blunt followed through on Tuesday by co-sponsoring a bill, called the “Coal Country Protection Act,’’ that would allow carbon-emissions limits to go into effect only if other federal agencies could guarantee that no jobs would be lost, electricity rates wouldn’t go up, and the nation’s economy wouldn’t be hurt.

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The price of steel pipes and tubes are at the center of a rally in Granite City Friday afternoon.

It's one of six rallies planned around the U.S. this spring. The goal is to bring attention to what steelworkers and steel companies say are unfair trade practices by companies in nine countries.

The products are Oil Country Tubular Goods, used in natural gas and oil exploration, an industry that has boomed in the U.S. in recent years.

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In the wake of the U.S. House vote on the federal budget, and looking ahead to the delayed vote for the Farm Bill and the future defense budget, Illinois Congressman Bill Enyart (D - Belleville) spoke with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh yesterday by phone.

Here's what he had to say on a few subjects.

On his vote for the 2014 budget proposal, which passed in the House December 12.

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Will be updated.

Southern Illinois Congressman Bill Enyart officially announced Tuesday that he's running for re-election.

The announcement is a formality as Enyart already shared  his intentions back in May.

Enyart, 64, made two stops Tuesday to share the news, one in his home-base of Belleville, Ill. and another in Carbondale, Ill.  

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Democratic Congressman Bill Enyart is frustrated with the partial government shutdown.

Enyart, who represents areas of Southern Illinois and East St. Louis, supports a continuing resolution that would allow the National Guard to be paid and put the VA and 70 percent of the CIA back to work. A veteran with over 35 years of military service, Enyart contends that the best way to support the troops is to reopen the government.

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Illinois Congressman Bill Enyart is announcing new legislation to support biofuels used in the military.

At a Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville research center, the first-term Democrat outlined his legislation, which would incentivize the use of biofuels in the Air Force through competitive research grants.

Speaking next to leaders of farm and ethanol groups, Enyart announced the legislation just a couple miles from Scott Air Force Base.

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A longtime Illinois state lawmaker says he's running for a southern Illinois congressional seat.

State Rep. Mike Bost of Murphysboro won't seek re-election in the state's 115th District and instead will pursue the 12th Congressional District seat. 

The Republican has been a state lawmaker for 18 years.

The U.S. House seat Bost will pursue is held by Democrat Bill Enyart, who was elected last November and announced in May he'll be seeking another two-year term.

The 12th District stretches from the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis to the state's southernmost tip.

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A freshman Democratic congressman for southwestern Illinois' 12th Congressional District says he'll be running for a second term.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Rep. Bill Enyart's office made the announcement Monday, just six months into his first term.

Enyart is a Belleville attorney who last November won the seat long held by Democrat Jerry Costello, who retired after more than two decades in office.

The 12th Distict stretches from the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis to the state's southernmost tip.

(Chris McDaniel/St. Louis Public Radio)

Illinois Congressman Bill Enyart was one of only 24 Democrats who voted in favor of the U.S. House's failed Farm Bill on Thursday.

Enyart, who sits on the House Agriculture Committee, supported the bill despite some misgivings but said he is disappointed in the bill’s failure.

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According to the Center for Investigative Reporting, the wait time for veterans to receive benefits has skyrocketed from 116 days in 2009 to 330 days now. In response, US Representative Bill Enyart is sponsoring legislation to try to reduce that wait.

What the bill would do is pay partial, provisional benefits for veterans whose cases aren't handled within 125 days after they are submitted. Currently, that would apply to more than half a million veterans.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: WASHINGTON – With national debates raging on immigration, guns and budget issues, Americans tend to forget that this country is in the midst of the complex and expensive process of extricating itself from the longest war in U.S. history.

After several days in Afghanistan, U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart – the former adjutant-general of the Illinois National Guard – said that, despite the many challenges, he thinks it’s still possible to withdraw most of the 66,000 U.S. military personnel by the end of next year.

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Two freshman Congressmen from southern Illinois want the Army Corps of Engineers to start thinking of ways it can coordinate management of the Mississippi River to keep cargo traffic flowing during droughts or floods.

"The bill would have the Corps treat the entire drainage system as one entity," said Democrat Bill Enyart, a co-sponsor along with Republican Rodney Davis. "How do you balance someone getting to go boating against being able to get barges full of soybeans and corn out to feed the world? As it stands today, we can't balance those."

Enyart, Durbin Push Bills To Aid Shipping Industry

Mar 14, 2013
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A pair of bills related to transportation on the inland waterways was introduced in the US House and Senate on Thursday.

Illinois Congressman Bill Enyart introduced his first piece of legislation since being sworn into office last January—the Mississippi River Navigation Sustainment Act.

Enyart says the bill would give the Army Corps of Engineers authority that it doesn’t currently have, to conduct operations outside of the barge channel.

Sequester Cuts Threaten Civilian Employees At Scott AFB

Feb 25, 2013
Adam Allington / St. Louis Public Radio

Illinois’ elected officials are warning that looming sequester budget cuts would have significant impacts on Scott Air Force Base.

Located in Mascoutah, IL, in the Metro East, Scott Air Force Base about 13,000 military and civilian personnel, making it one of the largest employers in the St. Louis region.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says the $85 billion in across-the-board cuts set to kick in on Friday would affect about 4500 civilian employees at Scott and would cause significant harm to the readiness of our military.

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Longtime U.S. Democratic Representative Jerry Costello is not seeking another term and that leaves three candidates vying for the 12th Congressional District in Illinois. 

The candidates are lumber businessman, Republican Jason Plummer, emergency room nurse and Green Party candidate, Paula Bradshaw, and former Illinois National Guard Adjutant General Bill Enyart.

Host Don Marsh talks with Bill Enyart about his candidacy and some of the major issues this election.

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Courtesy: Jason Plummer congressional campaign

Host Don Marsh talks with Jason Plummer, a lumber businessman from O'Fallon. Plummer is the Republican candidate for Illinois’ 12th Congressional.  The race pits Jason Plummer against Democrat Bill Enyart and Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw. One of the candidates will replace U.S. Representative Jerry Costello, who is retiring after 24 years in office.

The final debate between the three candidates was last Friday at 7:00 p.m. at O’Fallon Township High School.

(Provided By: Paula Bradshaw)

Host Don Marsh talks with Paula Bradshaw, an emergency room nurse from Carbondale.  Bradshaw is the Green Party candidate for Illinois’ 12th Congressional.  The race pits Paula Bradshaw against Republican Jason Plummer and Democrat Bill Enyart.  One of the candidates will replace U.S. Representative Jerry Costello, who is retiring after 24 years in office.

The final debate between the three candidates is this Friday at 7:00 p.m. at O’Fallon Township High School.

Race For Illinois' 12th Gets Heated

Oct 5, 2012
Courtesy Enyart/Plummer campaigns

Updated with Friday's developments

After 24 years in office, Democrat Jerry Costello is retiring from Illinois’ 12th Congressional district. Now Illinois voters will have to decide between 3 new candidates as to who will represent them in Washington. The stakes are high in this race, as it could have implications for who controls the House.

Both Enyart and Plummer have pledged to work across the aisle if elected. And so it’s surprising that this race is one that has become very partisan, and, occasionally, nasty.

Medicare: Hot Topic Between Enyart, Plummer

Sep 28, 2012
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Medicare has been a recurring topic of contention in the race for Illinois’ 12th Congressional district. Democratic candidate Bill Enyart introduced himself to senior citizens in East St. Louis to discuss his stance on the issue.

As this was the first time many of the senior citizens had ever seen Enyart, he took the time to link his name to a candidate that’s popular in the area.

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

Sep 27, 2012

St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum from the St. Louis Beacon to discuss a couple of political issues. On today’s podcast: We give an Akin/McCaskill roundup and discuss alleged ethics violations. We also check in across the river on the Plummer and Enyart race for Illinois’ 12th District.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter@jmannies

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Mo. Supreme Court to decide fate of November ballot initiatives

The Missouri Supreme Court will hear arguments this morning to determine the fate of several ballot initiatives.

Election officials still have yet to determine if supporters of increasing the minimum wage and tobacco tax, and capping the rate of payday loans, have gathered enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

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