Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Press Releases

Dec 10, 2014 Press Release
Judy is a legend in Illinois, where her charismatic personality and good nature endeared her to both sides of the aisle.
Dec 3, 2014 Press Release
Bipartisan ABLE Act is the most significant legislation for the disabled since the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
Congressman John Shimkus (R-Illinois-15) voted for legislation today that would allow Americans with disabilities to establish tax-free savings accounts to pay for qualified medical, housing, transportation, and job-training expenses.
Nov 26, 2014 Press Release
With a price tag of $3.4 trillion in lost economic output and 2.9 million lost jobs by 2040, American manufacturers have warned this could be the most expensive regulation ever written.
Nov 20, 2014 Press Release
Representatives Peter Roskam (R-IL-6), Rodney Davis (R-IL-13), Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14) , John Shimkus (R-IL-15), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16), and Aaron Schock (R-IL-18) today released the following statement reacting to President Obama’s announcement that he will be using an executive order to bypass Congress and grant amnesty to millions of undocumented immigrants.
Nov 19, 2014 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R-Illinois-15) joined over two dozen Members of Congress in a letter to President Obama expressing concern about the Administration’s plan to take executive action on immigration reform.
Nov 17, 2014 Press Release
A total of 73 tornadoes were confirmed throughout the Midwest on November 17, 2013, claiming eight lives and inflicting much of their damage on areas represented by Congressmen Shimkus and Schock.
Nov 10, 2014 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R-Illinois-15) mourned the loss of three prominent Illinois public figures this past weekend. Southern Illinois University Interim Chancellor Paul Sarvela as well as former Congressmen Lane Evans and Phil Crane all passed away separately since Wednesday.
Nov 6, 2014 Press Release
"As a marine, lawyer and congressman, Lane Evans always fought for the causes and constituents he cared so deeply for. His dedication to public service was a model for us all. My prayers are with his friends and family during this difficult time."
Oct 28, 2014 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R-Illinois-15) released the following statement on the reported uranium hexafluoride release at the Honeywell plant in Metropolis
Oct 22, 2014 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) was presented with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business Award for his votes during the 113th Congress. In the report issued from January 2013 – July 2014, Shimkus has a 100 percent voting record.
Oct 17, 2014 Press Release
Today I join a growing number of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in calling on President Obama to impose a commercial travel ban between the U.S. and Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa.
Oct 10, 2014 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) recognized the McHenry Chapel’s 200th anniversary by entering a statement into the permanent record of the United States House of Representatives.
Sep 10, 2014 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) is now accepting applications from young men and women interested in attending one of the United States military academies. High school seniors, college students, and anyone interested should apply now for summer 2015 admission.
Sep 9, 2014 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R-Illinois-15) voted today in support of H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Regulatory Overreach Protection Act. H.R. 5078 would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers from expanding their jurisdiction over lesser bodies of water never intended for regulation under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
Sep 5, 2014 Press Release
Congressmen John Shimkus (R-Illinois-15) and Rodney Davis (R-Illinois-13) heard from medical experts and patient advocates today during a roundtable discussion of how to accelerate the discovery, development and delivery of new cures and treatments. The event, part of the Energy and Commerce Committee Cures initiative, was hosted by the SIU School of Medicine.
Aug 7, 2014 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) is inviting area veterans to join him at his Veterans Advisory Committee meeting Tuesday, August 19, at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5694 in Highland.
Jul 31, 2014 Press Release
“This legislation will improve access to health care and to increase the level of care given to our veterans.”
Jul 31, 2014 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R-Illinois-15) voted today for the House of Representatives to sue the Executive Branch for the Obama Administration’s failure to faithfully execute the law as required by the Constitution.
Jul 15, 2014 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R-Illinois-15) today applauded House passage of H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, to continue the existing prohibition of most federal, state and local taxes on Internet access.
Jul 13, 2014 Press Release
"I was saddened to learn of Kenny Gray's passing on Saturday. Kenny was a larger than life advocate for southern Illinois with a legacy that brought us Rend Lake and the Interstate Highway System. In a era of bland politicians, I remember Kenny's colorful personality fondly. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Toedy as well as his family and friends in West Frankfort and across the state."
Jun 30, 2014 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R-Illinois-15) praised today’s landmark Supreme Court decision to allow certain employers to opt-out of Obamacare’s contraception coverage mandate and again called on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to release a long-overdue list of insurance policies that include coverage for abortions.
Jun 19, 2014 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R-Illinois-15) released the following statement regarding the passing of Lisa Radogno, daughter of Illinois State Senator Christine Radogno.
Jun 16, 2014 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) voted for House passage of legislation that helps the economy and provides certainty for small businesses regarding specific tax provisions. America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2014 (HR 4457) passed Thursday on a bipartisan 272-144 vote.
Jun 9, 2014 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) is reiterating his open-door policy for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs employees and veterans in his district to contact his office to report any irregularities in VA scheduling procedures they have witnessed.
Jun 2, 2014 Press Release
“This rule will be all pain and no gain for American energy consumers and job seekers.”
May 20, 2014 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R-Illinois-15) voted in support of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA, H.R. 3080) Conference Report today. The House-Senate compromise passed the House by a vote of 412-4.
May 8, 2014 Press Release
The Energy and Commerce Committee approved legislation today authored by Congressman John Shimkus (R-Illinois-15) to maintain U.S.-led management of basic Internet functions until the Government Accountability Office (GAO) studies proposals to replace longstanding U.S. oversight.
Apr 24, 2014 Press Release
For the first time ever, Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) is bringing his annual high school art contest to Eastern Illinois University’s Tarble Arts Center.
Apr 14, 2014 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) recognized the 100th anniversary of the Heath Confectionery in Robinson by entering a statement into the permanent record of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Apr 10, 2014 Press Release
The Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters (DOTCOM) Act would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review any proposal to cede current U.S. Internet oversight responsibilities to a group of international stakeholders.