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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Illinois Congressional candidate Jason Plummer points to the uncertainty of the Metro East levee situation as a large cause of the area’s high unemployment rate.
The Republican candidate says federal regulators are getting in the way of bipartisan work by local officials. The Federal Emergency Management Agency alleges the area should be deemed a “hazard zone.” If that happens, the value of houses would reportedly plummet. Plummer said the number one complaint he hears is the lack of certainty.
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: