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Former U.S. Representative for Illinois's 12th congressional district - member of the Democratic Party.
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ENG: Jerry Francis Costello(born September 25, 1949)is the former U.S. Representative for Illinois's 12th congressional district. He previously represented Illinois's 21st congressional district, and served in Congress from 1988 to 2013. He is a member of the Democratic Party and was the dean of Illinois's 21-member Congressional delegation. In October 2011, Costello announced that he would not seek another term in Congress in 2012. He was succeeded by William Enyart. Early life, education, and early career Costello was born in East St. Louis, Illinois and attended Catholic schools, graduating from Assumption High School. He was later educated at Maryville College of the Sacred Heart in St. Louis, from which he earned a bachelor's degree. Costello worked in the law enforcement field. ...
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U.S. House votes to halt EU air tax

The U.S. House of Representatives today overwhelmingly voted against U.S. participation in the European Union’s costly emissions trading scheme (ETS) that would impose new emissions taxes on U.S. and other nations’ air carriers flying into and out of the EU. The “European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011” (H.R. 2594) is bipartisan legislation that was introduced in the House by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL), Full Committee Ranking Democrat Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Tom Petri ...

Statement by Obama on Jerry Costello's Retirement

“For over two decades, Jerry Costello has proudly represented the people of southwestern and southern Illinois.Born and raised in the state he now serves, Jerry has distinguished himself as a fierce advocate for improving our nation’s transportation infrastructure to ensure Illinois and the entire country are prepared to lead the way in a 21st century economy.Michelle and I want to join the people of Illinois in thanking Congressman Costello for his service, and we wish him and his family well in the future.” Source: enewspf.com

Costello Won't Seek Reelection in 2012

Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Ill.,won't seek re-election in 2012, he announced on Tuesday, giving Republicans a prime pick up opportunity in a state that otherwise could be difficult for them next year. Costello is the fifth House Democrat to retire this year, and is the third to be vacating a seat that's likely to be aggressively contested by Republicans. No Republicans have announced their retirement, although seven are leaving the House to run for higher office. "It has been a privilege and an honor to serve in the U.S. Congress for the past 23 years. However, I said when I was elected in 1988 ...

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AOPA Summit 2011… Learning From The Past, Looking To The Future
by Jack Elliott Schapiro HARTFORD, CONN. – Those who believe the old adage that you can’t mix business and pleasure are obviously not AOPA members, who have attended one of the organization’s annual “Summit” events. Going back to the days … Continue reading →
Costello Concerned About Inadequate Funding For NextGen
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello (D-IL), Senior Democrat on the Aviation Subcommittee, cautioned against reducing the priority of Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) funding at an Aviation Subcommittee hearing October 5, 2011. Costello emphasized that less funding now … Continue reading →
For judge: Hogan, Costello, Arend, Nelson, Rumbaugh
These editorial will appear in Sunday’s print edition. You don’t have to be a time traveler to see why citizens should educate themselves before voting for judges. Just three years ago, a newly elected judge, Michael Hecht, left the Pierce County Superior Court in disgrace after being convicted of felony harassment and patronizing a prostitute. Hecht was an obscure, marginal lawyer who saw his main chance in 2008 when Judge Sergio Armijo got poor ratings from the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association. Armijo had a record to defend, and Hecht had none. His penchant for addicted and desperate … Read more »
Midwest Congressional Leaders Lead Opposition To User FeesGAM
WASHINGTON, DC  – The first week of October 2011, a total of 134 members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed letters to the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction (“Super Committee”) and to House and Senate leadership expressing strong opposition … Continue reading →

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