Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Press Releases

Feb 23, 2016 Press Release
“President Obama couldn’t be bothered to meet last week’s statutory deadline to send Congress a comprehensive strategy to defeat the Islamic State. Instead, he sent us a plan to let terrorists and sworn enemies of the United States out of jail,” said Shimkus.
Feb 17, 2016 Press Release
At stops in Harrisburg, Mt. Vernon, Effingham and Mattoon today, Congressman John Shimkus recounted efforts in Congress to improve veterans’ access to care and make the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) more accountable.
Feb 9, 2016 Press Release
"This simple, common-sense bill benefits both the VA and my constituents in Danville, Illinois."
Feb 4, 2016 Press Release
Operation Choke Point is an Obama Administration scheme to coerce banks and other financial institutions into cutting off relationships with legal businesses the administration dislikes.
Feb 2, 2016 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) voted Tuesday to override President Obama’s veto of legislation to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood.
Feb 2, 2016 Press Release
"As a West Point graduate, I am very proud of these young men and women for considering an academy for their college choice and am grateful for the honor of being able to nominate them," Shimkus said.
Jan 15, 2016 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus, a senior Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement on the Obama Administration’s announcement that it will halt new coal leases on federal lands.
Jan 13, 2016 Press Release
House approves legislation targeting two controversial water rules
House approves legislation targeting two controversial water rules
Jan 12, 2016 Press Release
The congressman will share his reaction LIVE on Facebook after the speech
Those victories include the only bill to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood ever to reach the President’s desk, EPA spending cuts, education reform and a long term highway bill.
Jan 7, 2016 Press Release
This year, valentines will be accepted at Shimkus’ offices until February 5 and will then be distributed to local VA and military facilities before Valentine’s Day.
Jan 5, 2016 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15), a lifelong supporter of the 2nd Amendment with a lifetime “A” rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA), released the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s proposed executive actions on guns.
Dec 30, 2015 Press Release
As Chairman of the Environment and Economy Subcommittee, Shimkus led passage of the rural water bill in November.
Dec 21, 2015 Press Release
Ballistic missile tests & purchase of Russian surface-to-air weapons violate the President’s own deal
“Turning a blind eye to the Ayatollah’s new missiles won’t make them go away,” said Shimkus.
Dec 21, 2015 Press Release
On November 27, 2015, Arcola defeated Stark County by 35-17 to win the Class 1A State Championship – their first championship title in 27 years.
Dec 18, 2015 Press Release
The tax extenders bill passed 318-109 on Thursday and the omnibus appropriations bill passed 316-113 on Friday.
Dec 16, 2015 Press Release
"Centenary United Methodist Church has a long tradition of community involvement and care, and for 180 years it has been serving the spiritual and emotional needs of its members and the community with many different activities and programs,” said Shimkus.
Dec 16, 2015 Press Release
Mrs. Foster passed away on November 14 in her hometown of Danville, Illinois, at the age of 93.
Dec 15, 2015 Press Release
Holds Open Office Hours in all 33 counties in the district this year
“This year I’ve made several visits to each of the 33 counties I represent, and I’m very pleased to have held Open Office Hours in each as well.”
Dec 8, 2015 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) took another step to keep terrorists out of the United States today, voting with a bipartisan majority to strengthen the U.S. Visa Waiver Program.
Dec 8, 2015 Press Release
“Swapping the land provides benefits to both the VA and the local community,” Shimkus explained to the committee.
Dec 6, 2015 Press Release
I will oppose every effort by this Administration to disarm law abiding American citizens.
Dec 3, 2015 Press Release
In the flurry of legislative business before the year’s end, the House passed two bills this week to reauthorize transportation infrastructure funding and restore local control of primary and secondary education.
Dec 2, 2015 Press Release
As the House debated energy legislation this week, Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) reminded his fellow representatives of the human toll of the Obama Administration’s War on Coal.
Nov 30, 2015 Press Release
The bill, which helps smaller and rural communities deal with the technical and financial challenges of regulations under the Safe Water Drinking Act, passed by voice vote.
Nov 23, 2015 Press Release
“Congress never authorized a dime for this,” said Shimkus.
Nov 19, 2015 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) today voted for H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act.
Nov 16, 2015 Press Release
Calls for NATO coalition to defeat the Islamic State; Cosponsors legislation to require congressional approval before any refugees are admitted to the U.S.
“France has been with us from the siege of Yorktown, to the beaches of Normandy, to the mountains of Afghanistan and the global war on terror,” said Shimkus. “My thoughts and prayers remain with the French people, our friends and oldest allies, during this dark time.”
Nov 6, 2015 Press Release
President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline today is based upon neither the facts nor our national interest.
Nov 5, 2015 Press Release
The bill reauthorizes funding for state and local governments to undertake necessary and complex large-scale construction projects – including roads, bridges, and public transportation systems – as well as provide for the safe and efficient transport of hazardous materials.