Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Area Student Earns Congressional Recognition

Feb 19, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) entered a statement into the permanent Congressional Record recognizing Elizabeth Weidner of Dieterich for exemplary volunteer service in her community.

"Elizabeth is being recognized for bringing attention to the tragedy of childhood cancer through a website, social media, speeches, lobbying efforts, the recognition she has received as a top contender in several pageants, as well as being an ambassador for this cause," said Shimkus. 

The congressman met with Ms. Weidner earlier this year.

"I came away from our discussion very impressed with her in-depth knowledge of government programs aimed at addressing childhood cancer as well as her passion and character," Shimkus said. "It's crucial that we encourage and support the kind of selfless contribution this young woman has made." 

The full statement in the congressional record can be found HERE