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12th District Illinois Congressman Jerry Costello joins WSIU's Jak Tichenor for a discussion of local, state, and national politics. The Belleville Democrat talks at length about his decision to vote for the President's health care bill, renewed calls for immigration reform at the federal level, environmental concerns after the Gulf Coast oil disaster, and the status of the Marion VA Hospital.
Representative Costello also discusses the possibility that Congress may extend the federal stimulus bill for another year to save jobs in education and public safety at the state level and the need for stronger enforcement of existing mine safety laws in light of recent coal mine tragedies in West Virginia and Kentucky.
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