Springfield, IL – Two names familiar to southern Illinois Democrats and their supporters will be among the 20 Electoral College delegates from Illinois. They are former Congressman Jerry Costello and longtime state representative Brandon Phelps.
Costello and Phelps are planning to join the other delegates in Springfield on Dec. 14 to cast votes representing their Congressional districts, although plans were not final last week because of complications from COVID-19 and President Trump’s refusal to concede defeat.
Costello served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1988 to 2013, becoming the dean of the Illinois delegation. He has continued working in a variety of roles. He will represent his old district, the 12th, in the electoral college. The district includes most of the Metro-East and the western half of southern-most Illinois.
His son, Jerry Costello II, served in the Illinois legislature and earlier this year was appointed director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, where he awaits confirmation whenever the Senate goes back in session.
Phelps, of Harrisburg in Saline County in southeastern Illinois, served eight terms in the Illinois House, representing the 118thDistrict, first winning election in 2002. He won re-election by large margins every two years until he resigned in 2017. This year, he has returned to the scene as a lobbyist with Dorgan, Butcher & Phelps LLC.
Phelps will represent the 15th Congressional District, which includes the east side of southern Illinois as far north as Champaign-Urbana and includes parts of Madison, Bond, Clinton and Washington counties in the Metro-East region.
The 13th Congressional District, which includes parts of Madison County and areas to the north and east, will be represented by Jayne Mazzolli, a teacher from Taylorville.
Senate President Don Harmon and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will cast the state’s two at-large ballots. The remaining delegates mostly are local political officials and members of the Democrats’ state central committee, including Costello and Phelps.
via The Labor Tribune
December 8, 2020 at 06:54AM