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Congressman Mike Bost

Representing the 12th District of Illinois

Financial Services

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July 16, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R- Murphysboro, pressed Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson July 13 to deal with what Bost calls the "corruption" in the Alexander County Housing Authority, or ACHA, resulting in decrepit public housing complexes.

On July 11, HUD banned two former ACHA directors, James Wilson and Martha Franklin, from ever working with public housing again. The agency is also seeking to recoup money officials said Wilson and Franklin improperly spent.

Bost said that's the best HUD can do. 

July 16, 2017 In The News

Bost said he and Carson also discussed the fact that regardless of who is at fault for the housing crisis, the difficult and unfortunate reality of the current situation is that there are no easy answers. In April, HUD officials overseeing the ACHA in federal receivership announced that they would begin relocating about 185 families from Elmwood and McBride because the developments, built in 1941, are no longer safe, because of their age and years of neglect.

July 14, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON D.C. / CAIRO, Ill. (KMOX) — 42 Department of Housing and Urban Development inspectors have been fired due in part to ongoing public housing problems in Cairo, Illinois.

July 13, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost today met with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson to discuss the ongoing housing crisis in Cairo, Illinois.

July 13, 2017 In The News

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost met Thursday with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson to discuss the ongoing housing crisis in Cairo.

Bost is seeking information from HUD related to decades of alleged corruption by officials at the Alexander County Housing Authority. He wants state and federal authorities to prosecute those who abused the system while housing tenants lived in squalor.

The Murphysboro republican says housing authority board members lined their pockets with federal funds for years.

June 8, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Financial CHOICE Act:
April 27, 2017 Blog Post

I believe the best way to represent our district is by keeping in touch with its people. That’s why I launched a 12-county tour of the 12th District during the April district work period. Stops on my tour included meetings with groups of constituents in my district offices, laying a wreath to honor our heroes at the VA cemetery in Mound City, volunteering with Meals on Wheels in Alton, reading to elementary school students in Carbondale, hearing from job creators throughout Southern Illinois, and receiving feedback from military spouses in O’Fallon.

February 2, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12), a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, today introduced the bipartisan Beginning Agriculturist Lifetime Employment (BALE) Act to ensure beginning farmers, ranchers, and agricultural producers have access to credit to expand or diversify their operations.