Brendan Kelly

WSIU/Kevin Boucher

The Marion American Legion was filled yesterday (Tuesday) with Veterans eager to share their concerns with US Senator Tammy Duckworth, along with Brendan Kelly, who is running against US Congressman, Mike Bost., in the 12th District.
One Veteran, a Marine who served in Vietnam, said he is tired of phone teleconferences and questions that are not returned.  Many Veterans said they do not want the VA to privatize health care.  Senator Duckworth agreed and said Veterans who go to a private doctors often are not screened for combat-related conditions resulting from exposure to Agent Orange and burning oil wells from the Gulf War. 

The two men challenging Incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Bost in Illinois' 12th District say Washington is not working for the district.

12th Congressional District Debate - 10/23/18

Oct 23, 2018

Candidates hoping to represent Southern Illinois take center stage for the 12th Congressional District debate in the WSIU Television Studios in Carbondale, IL.

Todd Graham, SIU Debate Coach

The three candidates for Illinois' 12th Congressional District will debate Thursday, October 23 at 7:00pm on WSIU.

Southern Illinois will play host to President Donald Trump on Saturday.

Two of the three candidates vying for Illinois 12th Congressional district squared off in a debate Tuesday night, each saying they could do a better job than the person who currently holds the position.

A southern Illinois congressional candidate is welcoming a civil rights icon to the region for a rally to get out the vote.


A southern Illinois congressional candidate spoke to reporters Wednesday about what he calls the false attacks on his record.

Twelfth district democratic nominee Brendan Kelly was joined in Belleville by law enforcement, victims' advocates and fellow prosecutors.

The St. Clair County prosecutor says the ad is misleading and plain wrong.

Kelly says southern Illinois voters deserve better.


The democratic nominee in the 12th congressional district is out with a plan he calls Saving Southern Illinois.
Brendan Kelly says it's broken down into ten areas because these are the most pressing concerns he's heard from constituents as he traveled throughout the district.

Two democrats are seeking the party's nomination in southern Illinois' 12th congressional district. WSIU's Brad Palmer introduces us to Brendan Kelly and David Bequette.