John Shimkus

Southern Illinois Congressman John Shimkus says it may be time to re-think how the State of the Union is delivered to Congress.

Impeachment Rally Urges Bost to Vote "Yes"

Dec 18, 2019
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Protesters gathered outside U.S. Rep. Mike Bost's Carbondale office Tuesday, hoping to persuade him to vote 'yes' on articles of impeachment against President Trump.

A third republican has announced a run for the 15th Congressional District in Illinois.

Kerry Wolff of Altamont officially announced his candidacy on Monday.

U-S Representative John Shimkus hopes President Donald Trump will intervene in the closure of a Saline County coal mine.


A central Illinois family physician has announced he is running for the republican nomination in the 15th Congressional District.

Charles Ellington lives in Camargo in Douglas County and practices medicine in Arthur.

Southern Illinois Republican Congressman John Shimkus says he no longer supports President Donald Trump after his ``terrible and despicable'' decision to pull American troops from Syria.


Longtime Southern Illinois Congressman John Shimkus has announced he will not seek re-election.

The 61-year-old Collinsville republican has served in the U.S. House since 1997. He received 71 percent of the vote last year.


A Democrat says he will challenge Republican Congressman John Shimkus next fall and in the same breath concedes he has no chance of winning.

John Hursey Jr. of Collinsville has filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission to run in the 15th Congressional District race as a Democrat.

President Donald Trump is saying he needs to use emergency powers to protect the nation from drug dealers and illegal immigrants.

The president Friday declared a national emergency and plans to find other funds for the wall after expressing unhappiness about a congressional border security deal.

A southern Illinois congressman is not optimistic about a quick resolution to the ongoing partial federal government shutdown.

Representative John Shimkus says he thinks the impasse between President Trump and House democrats will continue for the near future.

A Congressman from Illinois is working on a bill he says will encourage drug companies to develop new antibiotics.

More than 23,000 Americans a year die from bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.

Reaction from Illinois Congressional Delegation to President Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran Nuclear Deal falls mainly along party lines.

Illinois Congressman John Shimkus says President Trump’s plan to put a tariff on steel and aluminum imports could have widespread effects.

President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Collinsville republican U.S. Representative John Shimkus says he hopes the unpredictable president will focus on the policy issues at hand and deliver a more traditional speech.

The two democratic candidates hoping to unseat longtime republican Congressman John Shimkus are going before voters this weekend.

Carl Spoerer of Mahomet and Kevin Gaither of Charleston have agreed to participate in a candidate's forum.

Congressman John Shimkus says people with a state permit to carry a concealed weapon should be allowed to carry their guns in other states.

Shimkus co-sponsored the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, or H-R 38. It says people authorized to carry a concealed weapon in their home state can do so in any other state --- even if that state’s concealed-carry law is stricter.

“because you received a lawful license in your state.”

Downstate Congressman John Shimkus will help negotiate the final version of the Republican tax reform bill.

Shimkus, who represents much of east-central and southeastern Illinois, will be part of the conference committee that negotiates the final tax bill, after the House and Senate passed two different versions.

Illinois’ senior Republican Congressman has declined to endorse Governor Bruce Rauner in next year's primary election.

A Republican congressman from Illinois says there are benefits for the GOP-led House having President Donald Trump in office.

But , Congressman John Shimkus says the nation's Capital is still getting used to the president's style.

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The shooter at the GOP congressional baseball practice this morning was from the Metro East.

The Belleville News Democrat reports two days ago, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville posted an angry tweet about President Donald Trump on Facebook. He also worked on Bernie Sanders presidential campaign last year.

Governor Bruce Rauner is less than thrilled with the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of the American Healthcare Act.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) and U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville).

You can watch the entire special WSIU InFocus from WSIU TV here.


Governor Bruce Rauner says Illinois wouldn't do very well under congressional Republicans' new health care proposal.

Some conservative groups have also criticized the House GOP's new plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville) about his party's nomination for President, as well as other issues.

As he seeks to move on to Congress ... State Senator Kyle McCarter says his opponent has ducked debates and forums that could help voters make their minds ahead of next week's primary.

McCarter is challenging longtime Congressman John Shimkus of Collinsville for the GOP nomination.

Illinois Public Radio

Governor Bruce Rauner says 15th District Congressman John Shimkus can play a role in promoting his "Turnaround Agenda" in Washington.

The governor campaigned with Shimkus in a six-city tour of the 15th Congressional District that began in Mahomet Monday morning.


Reaction to President Obama's final State of the Union Address from southern Illinois' representatives in Congress fell mainly along party lines.


A southern Illinois congressman is standing up for the coal industry.

Representative John Shimkus talked about the human toll of what he calls the Obama administration's war on coal as the U.S. House debated energy legislation this week.

A southern Illinois congressman says he's in favor of putting troops on the ground in Syria to stop ISIS from terrorizing the world any further.

Fundraising records show southern Illinois' two incumbent members of Congress have a substantial amount of money to spend for next year's elections.