Another Emerging Political Dynasty?

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) __ The newest Jerry Costello in Illinois politics says he’s proud of the family name and will strive to live up to it.

Jerry Costello II was sworn in Monday to fill a vacant seat in the Illinois House in a district that includes parts of Monroe, St. Clair, Randolph and Perry counties.

The son of Congressman Jerry Costello is an Army veteran and former police officer who’s worked as a financial adviser. He’ll complete the term of the newly retired state Rep. Dan Reitz. That term expires in January 2013.

The 42-year-old Smithton resident was picked by Democratic leaders from St. Clair, Monroe, Perry and Randolph counties. Costello’s Illinois House district covers all or parts of those


The elder Costello has served in Congress since 1988.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press


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