Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Press Releases

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."
Nov 8, 2019 Press Release
Students, political scientists, and historians will have easy access to research the long tenure of Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) following the completion of his 24-year career in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Nov 4, 2019 Press Release
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens; Ecclesiastes 3:1
Oct 31, 2019 Press Release
"Democratic leaders know they are not able to impeach President Trump using open and fair procedures," Shimkus said. "They simply are drawing out the illegitimate process they have created in order to keep 'impeachment' in the headlines and damage the President as much as possible.
Oct 3, 2019 Press Release
The college will receive $449,995 through September 30, 2020 and is expected to receive a total of $2,249,961 over the next five years.
Sep 13, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) hosted Rev. Kyle Wright II as the Guest Chaplain to lead the opening prayer for the House of Representatives on Thursday, September 12th.

Aug 30, 2019 Press Release
"I will leave the political field knowing that I have served honorably and, with the help of many, accomplished a lot for my constituents, our state, and our nation."
Jun 27, 2019 Press Release
The legislation, H.R. 3375, requires that phone carriers implement call authentication technology so consumers can trust their caller ID again, and allows carriers to offer call blocking services with no additional line item or charge to the consumer.
Jun 11, 2019 Press Release
"St. Paul Blue Point Lutheran Church and the entire congregation should be very proud of their continuing commitment and service over the past 150 years," said Shimkus.
Jun 5, 2019 Press Release
"The team's dedication and hard work were evident again, as the Wooden Shoes advanced to the state championship game for the third straight season and added a second title to the one captured in 2017," said Shimkus.
Jun 5, 2019 Press Release
The Blackcats won their second state title in three years.
May 14, 2019 Press Release
Shimkus offered to accept the flag for the 15th Congressional District.
May 14, 2019 Press Release
Similar legislation passed the House 340-72 in the 115th Congress
The legislation is similar to H.R. 3053, which passed the House of Representatives in 2018 with bipartisan support.
Apr 3, 2019 Press Release
"Vicki saw early on that if the community was to survive and prosper, the political, business, education, and community leaders would need to work together," Shimkus said.
Mar 25, 2019 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus is now accepting entries for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition.
Mar 6, 2019 Press Release
Mr. Kimball is retiring after serving for 21 years as the Theatre Director of Southeastern Illinois College.
Mar 5, 2019 Press Release
"Head Coach Keith Peoples has molded a team with both a high-powered offense and a stingy defense," said Shimkus. "During the past two seasons, the Hilltoppers have posted a combined 62-3 record."
Feb 19, 2019 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus entered a statement into the permanent Congressional Record recognizing Elizabeth Weidner of Dieterich for exemplary volunteer service in her community.
Feb 14, 2019 Press Release
The congressman also cosponsored the EL CHAPO Act, to use amounts forfeited to the United States through the prosecution of the Mexican drug lord for security measures along the Southern border — including the completion of a border wall.
Feb 5, 2019 Press Release
In his first address to a divided government, President Trump reported on his record — a stronger economy, a more powerful military, and a modernized tax code that’s putting more money in middle class families' pockets. He noted important bipartisan achievements as well, including criminal justice reform, workforce education, landmark VA reform, and legislation to combat the opioid crisis.
Jan 17, 2019 Press Release
"My position on the fundamental right to life has never changed and never will," said Shimkus. "I supported these important pro-life bills in previous sessions of Congress, and I'm proud to support them again."
Jan 7, 2019 Press Release
The congressman’s district offices will collect valentines for distribution throughout the region to veterans and those currently serving in the military.
Nov 28, 2018 Press Release
"I am happy that the hard work of so many people of both sides of the Wabash is about to come to fruition," said Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15), whose district includes the Illinois portion of the bridge.
Nov 21, 2018 Press Release
“The draft legislation we are sharing today enables a transition to 21st century vehicle drivetrains by bringing together both new ideas and technologies as well as long-sought reforms to existing policies,” the congressmen added. “This sets the stage to modernize federal polices and deliver a new generation of more efficient and cost-effective vehicles and engines and fuels for American consumers. We appreciate the stakeholders who have engaged in this effort and look forward to continuing to improve upon the policies and legislative language we’ve put forward for consideration and discussion.”
Nov 5, 2018 Press Release
Shimkus added that his office can assist with these grants as well as other federal grant program applications.