After the November elections, most of Illinois' Metro East will be represented for the first time in many years by new congressmen. In the 12th District -- including cities such as East St. Louis, Granite City, Fairview Heights and Belleville -- Republican Jason Plummer and Democrat Bill Enyart are angling to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello. And after U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson unexpectedly bowed out of his re-election bid, Republican Rodney Davis and Democrat Dan Gill are running in the 13th District, which includes Collinsville and Edwardsville.
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