The commander of the Illinois National Guard is making a move – that could possibly end in a journey to Washington. Maj. Gen. Bill Enyart, who has led the Guard for five years, says he is thinking about running for Congress in the 12th District, in southwestern Illinois and including Carbondale and much of the Metro East. Enyart lives in Belleville. Before making a final decision, he says, the first step was to retire immediately as adjutant general.
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“I indicated to the governor that I had been approached” to run for the Congressional office. “That became public information, and it was on the front page of the newspaper in Belleville, and I started getting massive amounts of phone calls and e-mails … it’s just such a distraction that … people of the state of Illinois deserve an adjutant general who is (giving that job) his undivided attention.” Enyart says he has not decided for certain to seek the spot on the ballot. The Democratic chairmen of the twelve counties of the 12th District are taking applications until June 15 and will make their decision June 23. Democratic primary winner Brad Harriman quit the race due to health issues. Incumbent U. S. Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Belleville) is not seeking another term. The Republican primary winner is Jason Plummer.