After 23 years in Congress, Costello calls it quits
WASHINGTON — U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello announced Tuesday he won't run for re-election in 2012.
Costello said representing southern Illinois for 23 years had been an honor but he was ready to start a new chapter.
"I said when I was elected in 1988 and many times since that I did not intend to stay in Congress forever as I had other interests that I wanted to pursue," Costello said.
Costello shied away from the word "retirement," though.
"You can't go from 100 miles per hour every day and just stop," he said. "I intend to continue to go full speed pursuing other interests and opportunities that may come along."
Costello highlighted transportation improvements in his district, upgrades to Scott Air Force Base and support for Southern Illinois University as accomplishments of which he was most proud.
"I will miss the people but not the weekly commute from home to Washington, D.C.”
Costello intends to complete his term, ending in January 2013.