Jerry Costello

(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.

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:

(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

An Illinois Congressman and US transportation officials are talking up a Granite City river port to a Chinese delegation exploring new trade routes to the American market.

Congressman Jerry Costello touted the access America's Central Port has to railroads and highways during a visit from China's Vice Minister of Maritime Affairs, Xu Zuyuan.

Costello said a harbor to be completed next year will give a strategic advantage in moving imports and exports.

(Provided by Plummer for Congress)

After an unsuccessful run for Ill. Lt. Governor last year, Jason Plummer has formally announced he's running for the soon-to-be-vacant Illinois 12th Congressional District seat currently held by a retiring Jerry Costello.

According to the announcement, Plummer will focus on "reining in reckless spending, reform of our tax and regulatory structure, and getting government out of the way of small businesses so the U.S. economy can get moving forward again."

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated with comments from Costello's press conference and reaction from political figures.

A long-time political figure in the Metro East has announced he will not run for re-election.

Updated 2:15 p.m. May 2 with information from conference call with Sen. Blunt

From Senator Roy Blunt:

"Osama bin Laden's death is a major victory for America. This development is the culmination of the sacrifices and dedication from our brave troops and intelligence professionals. After nearly a decade, it also brings a great measure of justice and closure for all Americans who lost loved ones as a result of the brutal attacks against our nation on 9/11. While this does not mean the end of our fight against global terrorism, bin Laden's death is a major blow to al-Qaeda and the terrorist organizations he financed."

In a Monday conference call, Blunt praised the president for sending Special Forces into bin Laden's Pakistani compound, rather than conducting a bombing raid.