Mike Bost

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

A group of around 60 people took part in a pop-up demonstration during the noon hour Monday outside Congressman Mike Bost's office in Carbondale.

They were there to protest Bost's yes vote last week on the American Health Care Act.

Governor Bruce Rauner is less than thrilled with the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of the American Healthcare Act.

U.S. House of Representatives

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) and U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville).

You can watch the entire special WSIU InFocus from WSIU TV here.

The three candidates for Illinois’ 12th congressional district squared off in their only televised debate last Thursday night - and all agree more needs to be done to help the economy.

Belleville News-Democrat

The democratic candidate in southern Illinois' 12th congressional district says the republican incumbent is not fit for the office.

Challenger C.J. Baricevic says comments made in 2005 by GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump on his treatment of women should have signaled Congressman Mike Bost to withdraw his support of Trump.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

This is National Health Center Week.

Friday, the Shawnee Health Care office in Carbondale hosted a luncheon for area lawmakers to update them on the challenges faced by community health centers.


Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost kicked off his reelection campaign Tuesday by launching a three-day, 12 county tour of the 12th District.

The Murphysboro republican was elected to the seat in 2014. He became the first GOP member to represent the 12th congressional district in nearly 70 years.


Reaction to President Obama's final State of the Union Address from southern Illinois' representatives in Congress fell mainly along party lines.

Another Republican Congressman is voicing his displeasure with President Obama's plans to bring Syrian refugees to the United States.

Fundraising records show southern Illinois' two incumbent members of Congress have a substantial amount of money to spend for next year's elections.

The House Republican Conference is scheduled to select its candidate for speaker Thursday to replace John Boehner, who’s leaving Congress at the end of the month. The rifts in the Republican Party that led to Boehner's departure are reflected in the thinking of House Republicans from Missouri and Illinois.

CJ Baricevic

A Metro East Democrat is throwing his hat into the ring, hoping to unseat Congressman Mike Bost.

Bost Favors Congressional Oversight on Iran Deal

Apr 9, 2015
Jennifer Fuller, WSIU

A southern Illinois Congressman supports a bill giving Congress the opportunity to approve or reject sanctions relief in an Iran nuclear deal.

Mike Bost/Facebook

The new Congress was sworn in Tuesday in Washington, and it includes an Illinois member who came with a reputation based on a video everyone is viewing and talking about.

Bost Wins 12th Congressional District

Nov 4, 2014
Jennifer Fuller, WSIU

Republican state Rep. Mike Bost has defeated first-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart in southern Illinois' 12th District.        

The district has been in Democratic hands for more than two decades but has grown increasingly conservative on social issues. It stretches from the eastern St. Louis suburbs to the Kentucky border.     Bost is from Murphysboro and has served in the Illinois House for 19 years. Enyart is a Belleville Democrat and former Illinois National Guard adjutant general.

Jennifer Fuller/WSIU Radio

Candidates and their campaigns are making last-minute stops all around the state ahead of Tuesday's election.

Political fundraising is making news, as candidates vying for election in November have filed their third quarter reports.

Southern Illinois state representative Mike Bost will be making a bid for Congress.