Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois



Sep 3, 2013 Op-Ed
Until I see evidence of a real threat against the United States or our allies or unless the international community reaches a consensus and leads, I am not convinced that a limited strike against Syria at this time is warranted.
Jun 5, 2013 Op-Ed
Our country faces a mounting challenge when it comes to nuclear energy: the safe, long-term disposal of spent fuel from commercial reactors and leftover waste from defense activity.
Feb 1, 2013 Op-Ed
Mark Kirk is the junior senator from Illinois.
Mar 30, 2012 Op-Ed

Over one year ago I wrote to members of the General Assembly with my support for the Taylorville Energy Center.  Today I repeat that support, particularly as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency takes aim at coal power plants through their rules on greenhouse gas emissions.

Mar 20, 2012 Op-Ed

The recent decision by President Obama to require contraceptive coverage in all insurance plans is just wrong.

Mar 14, 2012 Op-Ed
As a member of the Illinois Congressional delegation, I have been besieged by questions on the status of Senator Mark Kirk.
Apr 4, 2011 Op-Ed
Back in 1982, the Nuclear Waste Policy Act made the federal government responsible for collecting nuclear waste. Since then, $14.5 billion in taxpayer and electricity ratepayer funds have been spent on the project
Nov 9, 2010 Op-Ed
Tax cuts passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush back in 2001 expire January 1, 2011.
May 25, 2010 Op-Ed

The Democratic Party leadership in Congress has decided that it is too political to put forth a fiscal year 2011 budget.  The truth is too painful!

I have readily admitted that Republicans were thrown out of power due to our leadership mistakes, including spending.  However, the deficits and debt are mounting incredibly fast under Democratic leadership.

Apr 13, 2010 Op-Ed
The Tax Foundation, a tax-exempt educational foundation founded in 1937, estimates that only after April 11, 2010, will Illinois taxpayers finally be done paying for government. We have the 14th latest Tax Freedom Day.