Jerry Costello

Election 2012
3:47 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Enyart makes it official; will vie for House seat

William Enyart, in an Ill. National Guard photo.
(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.

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Brad Harriman
1:25 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Harriman drops from US House race in southern Ill., cites illness

Brad Harriman.
(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.

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Illinois Primaries
7:22 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Plummer, Harriman win nominations for Ill. congressional seat

Jason Plummer
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.

Morning round-up
9:15 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, January 16, 2011

The dome shines brightly on the Missouri State Capitol as the sun begins to set in Jefferson City, Missouri on March 22, 2011.
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.

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Costello makes endorsement
6:15 pm
Sun January 15, 2012

Former Ill. educator gets Costello endorsement in race for Congressman's successor

Former St. Clair County, Ill. educator Brad Harriman has picked up the endorsement of retiring Congressman Jerry Costello in the race to fill Costello's seat.
(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:

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5:12 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Congressman praises river port potential to Chinese delegation

China's Vice Minister of Maritime Affairs, Xu Zuyuan, listens to a US inland waterways briefing at America's Central Port in Granite City, Ill.
(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.

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U.S. Congress
12:23 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Plummer formally announces run for Costello congressional seat

Jason Plummer.
(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."

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Election 2012/Jerry Costello
1:15 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Costello will not run again

Jerry Costello (L) speaks with Downtown St. Louis Airport officials Robert McDaniel (center) and Mike Miller (R) after announcing he will not run for re-election on October 4, 2011.
(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.

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Bin Laden death
2:26 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

Local politicians react to death of Osama Bin Laden

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.

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