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Illinois Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, argues legislation while on the House floor during the session Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in Springfield, Ill. The Illinois legislature is back in session, with unresolved issues including pension reform, concealed carry, gay marriage and fracking. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

MURPHYSBORO - Long-time state Rep. Mike Bost will make his 2014 candidacy for Illinois' 12th congressional district official with a series of announcements Monday.

Bost, R-Murphysboro, a member of the Illinois House since 1995, will make campaign announcements in Belleville, Mount Vernon and Murphysboro.

His local announcement in Murphysboro will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Davis-McCann Civic Center, located at 15 North 14th St.

Bost will be challenging freshmen Democrat U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, who was elected last year to Congress. Bost's 115th House seat in Illinois is also up in 2014.

"I had to make a clear decision," Bost told The Southern Illinoisan Friday afternoon. "I'm in or out."

Bost explained the reasoning behind his decision to run for federal office.

"Whenever I watched how the federal government has basically blown everything they are doing right now...the thing is our kids, this is about the first generation that doesn't get a better life handed to them from their parents," Bost said. "That's wrong, it's just wrong.

"It's frustrating to see out of control spending in Washington and watch immigration that is not being dealt with wisely," he continued. "It's rough to see when we are losing jobs and have high unemployment...nothing being done."

Bost, a Marine, also criticized cuts Pres. Obama's administration has targeted for the military.

"I was around when (former president) Jimmy Carter cut the military. That's why we failed to save the hostages in Iran and get them out of Iran. And we were using equipment at that time we had left over from Vietnam," Bost said. "That sent a clear message then and it does now we are not a force in readiness and we need to be."

Asked by The Southern for comment Friday, Enyart's staff said the congressman would release a statement Monday.


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