Updated 3:22 p.m.with information from press conference.
The man who has headed the Illinois National Guard for the past five years is stepping down from that post to consider running as a Democrat for an open congressional seat.
Adjutant General William Enyart submitted his resignation Thursday and was replaced by Gov. Pat Quinn for the time being by Maj. Gen. Dennis Celletti. Celletti is the assistant adjutant general for the Army.
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.
Missouri congressmen Lacy Clay and Russ Carnahan have some differences of opinion when it comes to the potential political impact of their Democratic primary battle.
Both are running for the Democratic nomination in the 1st congressional district, which Clay has represented since 2001. Carnahan decided to challenge Clay after Carnahan’s south St. Louis city and county district was split up following the 2010 census. Clay calls the situation “unfortunate".
Blunt spent most of his nine-minute speech criticizing government growth and overregulation. He was especially critical of the federal government’s attempts to regulate family farms.
"We don’t need people in Washington DC deciding what farm kids can do on family farms," Blunt said to applause. "We don’t need the EPA trying to spend all this time figuring out how you can farm without dust.”