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March 3, 2020 Press Release

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January 22, 2020 In The News

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PINCKNEYVILLE (WSIL) -- Congressman Mike Bost paid a visit to Pickneyville High School to talk about politics. He started with his humble beginnings and why he ran for public office.

"My family owned a trucking business in Murphysboro and I was born and raised around that trucking business," he said.

December 23, 2019 In The News

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Congressional representatives from Southern Illinois and Iowa have introduced bipartisan legislation to combat inadequate funding and teacher shortages in rural schools. 

The Rural Education Investment Act was introduced Dec. 11 by U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., and U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa.

December 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Mike Bost (R-IL) and Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) today introduced bipartisan legislation to combat inadequate funding and teacher shortages in rural schools. The Rural Education Investment Act requires the Secretary of Education to determine the percentage of K-12 students living in rural areas and ensures it is equal to the percentage of Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant dollars going to schools in rural areas.

October 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced over $1.1 million in federal grant funding for Jackson, St.

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.