Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Press Releases

Oct 28, 2020 Press Release
"Federal investments like this are critical in rural communities where the capital costs of major infrastructure projects would be all but impossible to finance through other means,” Shimkus said. “I applaud Greenville, Ashemore, and the EJ Water Cooperative on their successful loan applications."
Sep 25, 2020 Press Release
Jack Schurman spent almost a decade as the chairman of the congressman’s Veterans Advisory Committee before declining health led to his move to Mississippi.
Sep 16, 2020 Press Release
Johnson County’s Vienna High School District is receiving $375,000, and Wabash CUSD #348 has $21,248 headed its way.
Sep 14, 2020 Press Release
Shimkus also reminded individuals who do not typically file tax returns that they must register with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to receive their Economic Impact Payment if they have not already done so.
Sep 11, 2020 Press Release
The Minuteman missile outside the former Chanute Air Force Base will remain in Rantoul thanks to the efforts of local leaders, veterans, the U.S. Air Force, and the Office of Congressman John Shimkus.
Aug 21, 2020 Press Release
The federal money will allow the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) and related supplies for Charleston firefighters.
Jul 31, 2020 Press Release
In May, Illinois Republicans sent a letter to Governor Pritzker requesting information about the process for smaller units of local government to obtain federal funding sent to the state and how much funding was sent to smaller units of local government. No information was provided in response to that letter.
Jul 17, 2020 Press Release
“Illinoisans are sadly no strangers to corruption in our state’s politics, but simultaneous federal criminal investigations into both the Speaker of the House and the Governor are truly unprecedented. Today’s developments in the ongoing bribery investigation against Speaker Madigan and the property tax fraud investigation against Governor Pritzker are disturbing. We fully support U.S. Attorney John Lausch and other federal officials in their important work to bring those who violate the public’s trust to justice. The people of Illinois deserve better than Illinois Democrats’ embarrassing, systemic corruption.”
Jul 10, 2020 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus entered a statement into the permanent Congressional Record recognizing St. Joseph-Ogden softball standout Bailey Dowling, who recently was named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Illinois.
Jul 7, 2020 Press Release
"This year's tax filing deadline is July 15," Shimkus said. "So if you haven't filed yet, I strongly encourage you to file electronically – especially if you're expecting a refund."
Jun 29, 2020 Press Release
"On April 3, 2020, Mitch Stanciu, Bob Schafer, Jim Geldert, and Brock Cook were out on a service call when the customer, a veteran from the Vietnam War, collapsed to the ground," Shimkus noted. "The team rushed over, and Schafer and Stanciu, who both knew first aid, rendered assistance."
Jun 22, 2020 Press Release
"With many previously scheduled blood drives cancelled due to the pandemic, the Red Cross continues to face a shortage of blood," Shimkus said. "Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood."
Jun 9, 2020 Press Release
“America’s inland waterway systems are vital supply chains for energy resources and agricultural commodities,” said Shimkus. “This federal investment will help keep those goods moving efficiently to and from the St. Louis region.”
Jun 8, 2020 Press Release
The court's decision comes at a time when soybean farmers across Illinois have already begun applying dicamba to their crop in order to achieve maximum yield potential.
Jun 3, 2020 Press Release
"I commend the Charleston Police Department for its success in obtaining $125,000 as part of the competitive funding process," Shimkus said. "It is especially timely in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the rioting following the tragic death of George Floyd while being arrested in Minneapolis."
Jun 3, 2020 Press Release
“Congress did not intend for the funds provided through the Paycheck Protection Program to supplement state budgets by offsetting the cost they pay for services through private nonprofit service providers."
May 28, 2020 Press Release
"Lydia's technique certainly stood out in her piece. It is a worthy champion to wrap up my final art contest," said Shimkus, who is retiring from Congress at the conclusion of his current term.
May 21, 2020 Press Release
Recently, a report by the National League of Cities found that Illinois continues to withhold funding from local municipalities.
May 15, 2020 Press Release
No governor should be allowed to withhold federal funds appropriated by Congress for local communities that allow small businesses to reopen in accordance with federal health guidelines.
May 15, 2020 Press Release
Further action by Congress may be required before life returns to normal, but the rush to leverage this situation to reverse 200 years of House precedent and advance partisan political priorities like cash payments to illegal immigrants and nationwide vote-by-mail mandates is shameful and an affront to the Constitution.
Apr 30, 2020 Press Release
U.S. Congressmen John Shimkus (IL-15), Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), Rodney Davis (IL-13), Darin LaHood (IL-18), and Mike Bost (IL-12) sent a letter to Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker urging a plan that would begin a safe, phased reopening of businesses critical to the state’s economy. As noted in their letter, the coronavirus pandemic has impacted different parts of the state in different ways, and a safe and sensible reopening plan must reflect those differences.
Apr 27, 2020 Press Release
After hearing Skaggs' narrative and learning of 50th anniversary commemorative events planned in Ohio, Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) entered a statement into the permanent Congressional Record.
Apr 27, 2020 Press Release
"After the victim’s vehicle came to a stop, two tractor-trailer drivers parked their trucks around the van to shield it from additional gun fire. I later learned that Caleb Lydick, of Springerton, Illinois, was one of the courageous drivers who placed himself, and his truck, in harm’s way to protect the disabled van," Shimkus noted.
Apr 23, 2020 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus released the following statement today regarding the House vote on the Paycheck Protection and Health Care Enhancement Act.
Mar 19, 2020 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus is encouraging constituents to respond to the 2020 Census online while practicing social distancing and to donate blood if they feel well.
Mar 18, 2020 Press Release
Dozens of federal agencies and departments are taking action in response to the outbreak, and all Americans are encouraged to both visit for the latest information and to follow the president's guidelines to slow the spread of the disease.
Jan 13, 2020 Press Release
"Since its beginning in 2008, Valentines for Heroes has continued to grow, year after year," Shimkus said. "It has gotten to the point where people can't wait to get started. We begin to get calls immediately after the New Year, wanting to know when we will be collecting. The answer is now."
Dec 18, 2019 Press Release
The congressman opposes both articles of impeachment.
Nov 13, 2019 Press Release
Shimkus entered a statement into the permanent Congressional Record recognizing the dedication on Monday (November 11, 2019) of an Illinois State Historical Society marker for the War Emergency Pipeline, which began near Texas oil fields and ended in Norris City following its 1943 completion during World War II.
Nov 13, 2019 Press Release
"Don has submitted soybean samples for nutritional analysis for seven years," Shimkus noted. "His 2018 sample of Stine Seed Company variety 38LE02 yielded a composite feed value of $347.40 per ton, putting him in the top 15 growers in Illinois for feed value."