Enyart Keeps Costello’s Illinois House Seat In Democrats’ Column

Illinois’ 12th Congressional District will remain in Democratic hands, as Bill Enyart edged out Republican Jason Plummer and Green Party Candidate Paula Bradshaw on Tuesday to replace long-time Rep. Jerry Costello.

Read Tim Lloyd’s report at St. Louis Public Radio.

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Sources From The Public Insight Network Help Paint Picture Of The Voters’ Day

Voters across the St. Louis area came out in strong numbers Tuesday, firmly committed to one candidate or another, for equally strong, but different reasons.

Read Linda Lockhart’s report at the St. Louis Beacon

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The November 6: Six Top Stories And Interviews About The House Race In Illinois 12

plummerenyartpaula bradshawJerry Costello has served the 12th Congressional District of Southern Illinois for 24 years, a seat that has been traditionally Democratic for decades. But Costello is not seeking re-election, putting the seat in play. Democrat Bill Enyart, former adjutant of the Illinois National Guard; Republican Jason Plummer, a lumber businessman; and Green Party hopeful Paula Bradshaw, an emergency room nurse are vying to replace Costello.

Here are six inks to reporting at Beyond November to help you assess the candidacies of Bradshaw, Enyart and Plummer leading up to the Nov. 6 election.

1. “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh interviews Enyart. Listen to the interview at St. Louis Public Radio

2. Plummer joins Marsh for an interview. Listen to the interview at St. Louis Public Radio.

3. Marsh interviews third-party hopeful Bradshaw. Listen to the interview at St. Louis Public Radio.

4. In their third and final broadcast debate, Enyart and Plummer spar heatedly over policy differences, personal wealth and truthfulness. Read Jason Rosenbaum’s report at the St. Louis Beacon.

5. Plenty of dominoes would have to fall for Democrats to retake the U.S. House, but Democrats can ill afford to lose traditionally solid seats like Illinois’ 12th District. Read Jason Rosenbaum’s overview in the St. Louis Beacon.

6. Plummer and Enyart courted older adults in different cities in late September, with Enyart emphasizing his affinity for President Barack Obama and Democrats’ defense of Medicare. Plummer criticized the Affordable Care Act and said it would hurt seniors. Read Chris McDaniel’s report for St. Louis Public Radio.

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A Talk With Illinois 12th House Candidate Bill Enyart

“St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh talks with former Illinois National Guard Adjutant Bill Enyart, a Democrat running against Republican Jason Plummer and Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw to replace U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello in Illinois’ 12th district.

Listen to the interview at St. Louis Public Radio.

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A Conversation With Illinois 12th Candidate Jason Plummer

“St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh talks with Republican Jason Plummer, a lumber businessman from O’Fallon, Ill., who is running against Democrat Bill Enyart and Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw to replace U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello in Illinois’ 12th district.

Listen to the interview at St. Louis Public Radio.

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Mo. PAC switches focus to Illinois race


The Now or Never PAC that backed Sarah Steelman (right) in her failed bid for the GOP Senate nomination, is back, pumping money into the Illinois congressional race between incumbent Republican Joe Walsh and Democrat Tammy Duckworth. Read Jason Rosenbaum’s report at the St. Louis Beacon.

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Enyart, Plummer get personal in Belleville debate

In their third and final broadcast debate, Democrat Bill Enyart and Republican Jason Plummer sparred heatedly over policy differences, personal wealth and truthfulness. The pair are fighting to replace Jerry Costello in the southern Illinois 12th District. Read Jason Rosenbaum’s report at the St. Louis Beacon.

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Race for Illinois’ 12th gets heated

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, including Democrat Bill Enyart and Republican Jason Plummer, to represent them in Washington. Read and listen to Chris McDaniel’s report at St. Louis Public Radio.

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Enyart and Plummer in high-stakes House battle

Southern Illinois has an active campaign season, led by Bill Enyart (left) and Jason Plummer’s race to replace Jerry Costello in Congress. And while plenty of dominoes would have to fall for Democrats to retake the House, Democrats can ill afford to lose traditionally solid seats like Illinois’ 12th District.

Read Jason Rosenbaum’s report in the St. Louis Beacon.

Posted in Campaign Coverage, Illinois races

Shimkus staffer in dust-up with Lindsay Lohan

Christian LaBella, a staffer for Republican Illinois Rep. John Shimkus, had a confrontation with celebrity Lindsay Lohan after partying with her at a New York hotel early Saturday morning. Lohan, who claims she was choked, reportedly was upset to find photos of herself on LaBella’s cellphone, the New York Daily News reported. Harassment charges were filed by each against the other.

Read Politico’s account here.  Read the original account in the New York Daily News. 

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