This just in… Costello to retire - Son not interested in seat
Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011
* 10:12 am - Congressman Jerry Costello’s office just confirmed that the longtime Democratic incumbent is retiring at the end of his term.
“It’s something that he’s been thinking about for a bit… It’s not a health concern,” said a spokesman.
More details as they arrive, but this is taking a whole lot of people by surprise.
* 10:23 am - The official retirement announcement will be at 11 o’clock this morning.
* 10:28 am - Other names that are being floated right off the bat by observers are Rep. John Bradley, St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly and St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern.
* Let’s go to the live-blogging software to make this easier. BlackBerry users click here. Everyone else can just kick back and watch…
…Adding… If you’re reading the live-blog, you’ll see that Congressman Costello says that his son, who is newly appointed to the Illinois House, has “no interest” in serving in Congress. That’s, by far, the second biggest news item next to the retirement announcement itself.