District Profile: Will Steel Tariffs Help Republican In Illinois 12th?
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President Trump is heading to southern Illinois on Saturday to hold a rally for Republican incumbent Congressman Mike Bost, who represents the 12th district. Bost is facing a challenge from Democrat Brendan Kelly. It’s an area that has lost steel jobs in recent decades, but U.S. Steel recently announced it would reopen a plant there, after Trump imposed tariffs on imported steel.
Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with WSIU news director Jennifer Fuller about the race.