The National Federation of Independent Business has endorsed GOP candidate Mike Bost for the 12th U.S. House District seat.
Bost announced the endorsement Thursday afternoon in Belleville at Frerichs Freight Lines Inc., a family owned business started in 1949.
Bost, R-Murphysboro, is the third generation of his family to help run Bost Truck Service. He spoke out against burdensome government regulations, such as the Affordable Care Act, in discouraging small businesses.
"Government doesn't create jobs," Bost said. "It just sometimes stands in the way of creating jobs."
Bost said he has formed a coalition of small business owners and others to advise him on the Affordable Care Act, known as "Obamacare," which he opposes.
Bost is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, and Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw.
NFIB is a small business association that has 11,000 members in Illinois and 350,000 members nationwide, according to Kim Clarke Maisch, group's Illinois state director.
NFIB also is endorsing Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, in the 13th Congressional District and State Rep. Dwight Kay, R-Glen Carbon in the 112th State Representative race.
The NFIB does not have endorsements in the 113th state representative or 57th state senate races at this time, Maisch said.