Former U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello left the public spotlight for a few months, but has resurfaced as a new business owner and speaker for a lecture series at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU-Carbondale. Costello spoke to students on the Carbondale campus last month, and on Thursday visited with students at SIU-Edwardsville before a public appearance last night.
Costello has also formed a new consulting business, The Jerry Costello Group LLC that has offices in Belleville and Washington D.C., although Costello has said he would spend most of his time in the Metro East. The company will provide services and advocacy for government agencies, trade associations and businesses seeking knowledge, assistance and results to achieve their goals. Costello retired from Congress in January after serving since 1988.