Brad Harriman

(Illinois National Guard Website)

The man who last week stepped down after five years heading the Illinois National Guard says he's running for a southern Illinois congressional seat as a Democrat.

(via Brad Harriman for Congress website)

Updated 1:53 p.m. with statements from Costello, Plummer

The Democratic nominee for a southern Illinois congressional seat being vacated by Jerry Costello says he's dropping out of the race for medical reasons.

Democrat Brad Harriman says his withdrawal from the 12th Congressional District race comes after he talked with his doctor about what he calls a noticeably worsening neurological condition that now requires surgery.


Mo. Senate considers legislation to beef up security at the Capitol

The bill would increase the number of security cameras at the State Capitol and allow the Governor's Office of Administration to hire private, armed security guards if needed. 

It's sponsored by Democrat Robin Wright-Jones of St. Louis.  She filed the bill shortly after someone placed rifle target stickers outside her office and the offices of several other Democratic Senators and one House Republican:

Courtesy: Jason Plummer congressional campaign

Republican lumber businessman Jason Plummer of O’Fallon and Democratic former regional schools superintendent Brad Harriman of O’Fallon are the winners of Illinois’ primary in the 12th congressional district.

They will face off Nov. 6 in the general election to replace Illinois Congressman Jerry Costello. The longtime democratic congressman announced last October that he won’t seek another term in the Southern Illinois district after more than two decades.

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Mo. Senators pushing legislation to make information available about grants and budget cuts

The legislation would require details about federal grants worth at least $1 million to be posted on the Missouri Accountability Portal, which is an online tool for tracking state expenses.  It also would require the governor to post a daily report on that website listing how much money he has withheld from state agencies and programs to help balance the budget.

(via Facebook/Harriman for Congress)

A former regional superintendent for St. Clair County, Ill. has picked up the endorsement of retiring Congressman Jerry Costello in the race to replace the 10-term Congressman.

Costello announced his decision to endorse Brad Harriman on Saturday with the following statement: