Bill Enyart

St. Louis on the Air
5:57 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Public Radio Reporters Review Tuesday's Election

St. Louis County Executive-elect Steve Stenger talks to St. Louis Public Radio reporters Wednesday during a recording of the 'Politically Speaking' podcast.
Credit Chris McDaniel / St. Louis Public Radio

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.”

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2014 General Election
10:36 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Rauner Beats Quinn; Bost Rides Red Wave To Capture Illinois Congressional Seat

State Rep. Mike Bost will be the first Republican to represent what makes up the 12th District in generations.
Credit Rebecca Smith / St. Louis Public Radio

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.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:05 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Green Party Candidate Paula Bradshaw Vies For Illinois’ 12th Congressional District

Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw
Credit (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.

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12th Congressional District
2:09 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Illinois' 12th District Contenders Highlight Differences

State Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, appears on St. Louis on the Air on Thursday.
Rebecca Smith St. Louis Public Radio

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.

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2014 General Election
10:05 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Once Reliably Democratic, Illinois 12th District Now Competitive Battleground For Enyart, Bost

U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, speaks at a press conference at Scott Air Force Base. The former leader of the Illinois National Guard is facing a tough battle for re-election against state Rep. Mike Bost.
Credit 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.

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On The Trail
9:24 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Bost's Speechifying Becomes Target -- And Asset -- In Nationally Watched Illinois Contest

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

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Make It In America
1:28 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Hoyer Swings Through Metro East To Promote Manufacturing Proposal

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, was in Granite City on Wednesday to talk about a long-standing proposal to bolster manufacturing.
Credit 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. 

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On The Trail
5:24 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Illinois Faces Surprising Struggle To Raise Minimum Wage

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, is supporting a non-binding ballot initiative to raise the Land of Lincoln's minimum wage. He said the initiative may help move the issue forward in the Illinois General Assembly.
Credit 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.

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Economic Development
7:47 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Illinois Leaders Pledge United Front To Attract Manufacturing Jobs

Southern Illinois President Randy Dunn promised that his institution's resources will help toward an effort to bolster manufacturing in southern Illinois.
Credit 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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2014 Elections
2:55 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Political Rancor, Fear On Display In Debate Over EPA's Coal Proposals

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(Updated 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, June 3)

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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