John Shimkus

Human Trafficking
4:54 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Human Trafficking Summit Sheds Light On Harsh Reality, But Some See No Further Role For Feds

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner of Missouri addresses a panel on human trafficking. Listening are Dr. Denise DeGarmo of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Deidre Lhamon of The Covering House.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The federal government puts St. Louis in the top 20 jurisdictions for human trafficking.

That ranking, as well as a host of other sobering facts about human trafficking came to light during a summit Monday morning in Edwardsville hosted by Republican Congressmen John Shimkus and Rodney Davis of Illinois.

Attendees also learned:

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Ukraine
1:52 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Durbin Wants To Put Georgia On Pathway To NATO Membership

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, wants to offer the Republic of Georgia a "memorandum of understanding" to join NATO. While that wouldn't constitute full membership, Durbin says it could serve as a way to build up that country's military.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has been supportive of how the U.S. froze bank accounts and barred visas of Russian officials over that country’s action in Ukraine.  

But the Illinois Democrat wants to send a stronger message to Russia by taking initial steps to admit the Republic of Georgia into NATO.

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Politically Speaking
4:23 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Politically Speaking: U.S. Rep. Shimkus On Ukraine's Future and GOP Primary For Illinois Governor

Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics. 

We’ve broken another barrier on the show: U.S. Rep. John Shimkus is the first political figure from Illinois to be a guest on the podcast. The Collinsville Republican has represented large areas of southern Illinois since 1997 and plays a major role on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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Illinois Politics
1:02 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Shimkus Kicks Off Bid For 10th Term In Congress

Illinois Congressman John Shimkus.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Illinois Congressman John Shimkus has kicked off his latest re-election campaign.

The nine-term Republican announced his bid Monday in Danville as he began a two-day tour around the 15th Congressional District.

The heavily Republican district includes 33 counties and runs from Hoopeston along the Indiana state line to Collinsville, where Shimkus is from.

Shimkus was first elected to Congress in 1996 and is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Syria
2:44 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Shimkus, Wagner Express Views On U.S. Involvement In Syria

Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville
Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Reporting by WSIU's Jennifer Fuller.

A southern Illinois Congressman says the United States shouldn’t get involved in Syria – and worries any form of attack would put this country and its allies at greater risk.

Representative John Shimkus, R-Collinsville says the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government on civilians is an international issue – one the U.S. shouldn’t take the lead on.

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Politics
4:16 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Illinois Congressmen Call On Obama To Approve Keystone Pipeline Expansion

Congressmen John Shimkus (left) and Rodney Davis (right)
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Illinois Congressmen John Shimkus and Rodney Davis renewed their calls Friday for President Obama to approve an expansion to the Keystone Pipeline.

The two Republicans touted legislation passed this month that they hope will put pressure on the president to sign off on the portion of the pipeline that crosses the US and Canada border.

“The bottom line is: bigger pipe, more crude oil, access to our markets and our refineries," Shimkus said. "If you understand supply and demand – the more supply and demand stays the same, then prices go down and everyone benefits.”

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Morning round-up
9:39 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Republican Congressman Jim Shimkus.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Shimkus on Obama's State of the Union address

President Barack Obama delivered an election-year message to Republicans: Game on.

The GOP - in Congress and on the campaign trail - signaled it's ready for the fight.

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Obama issued a populist call for income equality that echoed the Occupy Wall Street movement. He also challenged GOP lawmakers to work with him or move aside so he could use the power of the presidency to produce results for an electorate uncertain whether he deserves another term.

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Payroll Tax Cut
11:52 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Ill. Republicans defend stance on payroll tax cut

The United States Capitol building in Washington.
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Illinois' Republican congressmen are largely defending their party's decision not to support an extension of the payroll tax cut and jobless benefits.

They say the U.S. Senate bill they rejected called for only a two-month extension, and they think a longer-term solution would be better.

U.S. Rep. John Shimkus tells the (Springfield) State Journal-Register that a one-year extension would get the issue "out of political debate."

Reps. Bobby Schilling and Aaron Schock agreed. Schilling called the Senate's plan "unworkable."

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Cochran VAMC
4:12 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Congressional reaction to new problems at John Cochran VA Medical Center

The director of John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis says surgeries could resume next week at the facility. The center stopped performing surgeries because of concerns over contamination on some operating-room equipment. 

Meanwhile, congressional reaction to the new problems has been harsh.

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