O'FALLON, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois Army National Guard veteran and former sports journalist says he's running for a southern Illinois congressional seat.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Republican Doug Bucshon is seeking the 12th Congressional District seat held by Bill Enyart, a Democrat who was elected to his first term last November.
A 20-year veteran of the state's National Guard, Bucshon has never held political office. Since retiring from active duty, he has covered University of Illinois basketball and football.
The 12th District stretches from the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis to the state's southernmost tip.
Enyart succeeded Democrat Jerry Costello, who retired after more than two decades in office.
Krumrei takes over for Congressman William Enyart, a retired major general who was elected to Congress as a Democrat last November. He had been in command of the Illinois National Guard since 2007.
Krumrei was command staff chaplain for the Illinois National Guard since 2005. Gov. Pat Quinn in December appointed him to take over for Enyart.
Krumrei assumed command in a ceremony over the weekend at a high school in the central Illinoi community of Chatham.
Roughly 13,000 people serve in the Illinois National Guard.