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Congressman Mike Bost

Representing the 12th District of Illinois

Education and Opportunity

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September 6, 2019 In The News

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Schools were once considered safe havens for America’s young people. Parents who sent their children off to school in the morning were confident that they would return home safely in the afternoon. That sense of security has been shattered by episodes of classroom violence, including one in Colorado just days ago.

September 6, 2019 In The News

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MURPHYSBORO — “What kind of friends do you want in your life?” Detective Chris Coyne asked students Tuesday morning at Murphysboro Middle School. “The answer to this question can literally determine the course of the rest of your life.”

August 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost today announced a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services grant of $753,737 for Centerstone of Illinois, Inc. in West Frankfort. The grant will support Centerstone’s Early Head Start program, which provides prenatal and child development services to low-income pregnant women and children three years of age and younger in Franklin and Williamson counties.

July 31, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost today announced a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services grant of $1.88 million for the Southern Seven Health Department in Ullin. The grant will support the Southern Seven Head Start program, which promotes early learning for income eligible families with preschool age children in several deep Southern Illinois counties, including Alexander, Pulaski, and Union counties.

July 1, 2019 Press Release

CARBONDALE, IL – U.S. Representative Mike Bost today announced a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) grant of $3.5 million was awarded to Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The HHS grant will support SIU’s Head Start program, which promotes early learning for income eligible families with preschool age children in Jackson and Williamson counties.

May 28, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced seven federal grants to allow local governments and law enforcement to better serve their communities across Southern Illinois. USDA Rural Development forges partnerships with rural communities, funding projects that bring housing, community facilities, business guarantees, utilities and other services to rural America.
April 18, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced that applications for up to $500,000 in federal school safety grants would be accepted through May 31st. The COPS School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) grants were created through Bost’s bipartisan legislation, the Securing Our Schools Act, which was signed into law in March 2018. Ninety-one school districts were awarded grants last year, including seven in Illinois.
March 29, 2019 Press Release
Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) announced the winner of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition, Mariposa/by Eva Weber of Freeburg Community High School. Selected by an independent judge, Eva’s artwork will hang in the Cannon Tunnel in the U.S. Capitol for the next year.
March 21, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost today announced a $210,000 economic development grant for Southern Illinois. The grant allows the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to formulate a strategy that supports private capital investment and job creation in Southern Illinois. This Economic Development Administration (EDA) planning investment will support capital investment and job creation through the Greater Egypt Regional Planning and Development Commission in Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Perry and Williamson counties.
February 8, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) announced that he will co-sponsor the Employer Participation in Repayment Act, which would incentivize employers to offer student loan assistance to help their employees pay off student loan debt. The bill would help companies recruit and retain employees by making student loan payments by employers tax exempt up to $5,250 a year—similar to tax exemptions for tuition assistance programs.