Illinois 12th Congressional District

On The Trail
11:15 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Six Things At Stake In Tuesday's Mid-Term Election

The St. Louis County executive's race between Steve Stenger and Rick Stream is arguably the most consequential election for the St. Louis region.
Credit Rebecca Smith | St. Louis Public Radio

It’s somewhat instinctual for Missouri political reporters to describe every election as decisive, critical or groundbreaking. And to be fair, it’s not an unnatural impulse – since every Show Me State election year for the past couple of decades has featured a competitive statewide, U.S. Senate or presidential contest.

This year, though, state Auditor Tom Schweich likely won’t lose to his Libertarian or Constitution Party opponents, and the Missouri House and Senate will remain firmly in Republican hands. And there's no U.S. Senate contest.

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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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Politics
12:18 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost To Seek Enyart's Congressional Seat

Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost of Murphysboro.
(Illinois General Assembly website)

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.

St. Louis on the Air
1:57 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

A Conversation With Illinois 12th Congressional Candidate Bill Enyart

Candidate Bill Enyart
(Chris McDaniel/St. Louis Public Radio)

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.

Programming Note:

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St. Louis on the Air
2:30 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

A Conversation With Illinois 12th Congressional Candidate Jason Plummer

Jason Plummer
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.

St. Louis on the Air
3:21 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

A Conversation With Illinois 12th Congressional Candidate Paula Bradshaw

Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw
(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.

Politics
5:10 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Race For Illinois' 12th Gets Heated

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.

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Morning headlines
9:07 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Morning Headlines: Thursday, August 16, 2012

Credit (via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Candidates debate in Illinois' 12 Congressional District

After nearly twenty years representing Illinois’s 12th Congressional District, Jerry Costello is retiring at the end of his term.  The three candidates looking to fill the open seat debated in Carbondale last night. 

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