Republican Rep. Shimkus: Trump’s Syria decision ‘despicable’
CHICAGO (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois says he no longer supports President Donald Trump after his "terrible and despicable" decision to pull American troops from...
Illinois Republican Rep. Shimkus won’t run again in 2020
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois said Friday he won't run for re-election after more than 20 years in Congress, the 14th House Republican to decline a 2020...
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois Democrat says he will challenge Republican Congressman John Shimkus next fall and in the same breath concedes he has no chance of winning.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A U.S. House committee has blocked the latest attempt in Congress to restart the licensing process for a nuclear waste repository at Nevada's Yucca Mountain.
Congressman shot by Belleville man to speak in Illinois
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana is scheduled to speak later this month at a congressional prayer breakfast in southern Illinois.
GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — President Donald Trump has praised GOP congressmen from Illinois during a visit to a steel mill where laid-off workers recently went back to work.
Trump recognized U.S. Reps. Mike Bost, Rodney Davis and John Shimkus in his speech at Granite City Works. He says "they fight for you."
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner skipped the event, saying he had other events that conflicted with the visit. He signed legislation in Peoria and held a campaign event in suburban Chicago.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A congressional delegation is due to tour the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository site in Nevada, led by an Illinois Republican who wants to restart the mothballed project.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Members of Congress are set to tour next week the site of a dormant nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain as they aim to restart a licensing process and eventually store nuclear waste there.
Trump’s Yucca Mountain funding refuels political fight over nation’s nuclear waste
President Donald Trump’s budget includes money to jumpstart the removal of spent nuclear fuel from across the U.S. and place it in Nevada. Illinois’ congressional expert says it’s well past time, but Nevada politicians are telling the nation “not in my backyard.”
GOP congressmen say Rauner ‘let down’ Illinois on abortion
CHICAGO (AP) — Republicans in Illinois' congressional delegation are criticizing Gov. Bruce Rauner for signing legislation expanding taxpayer-funded abortion.
The Republican congressmen on Tuesday touted their support for the bill outlawing most late-term abortions. They said Rauner "let down taxpayers and the unborn" last week by signing a law permitting Medicaid and government health-insurance abortion coverage. He previously suggested he'd veto the bill, but last week said he's pro-choice.
$30K grant awarded to water commission
WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus confirmed the USDA's award of a $30,000 Rural Development grant to the Wabash Valley Water Commission.
The funds will be used for preliminary engineering and environmental reports in the commission's exploration of a regional water plant for most of Wabash and Edwards County.
House panel backs bill to revive Nevada nuclear waste dump
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel on Wednesday approved a bill to revive the mothballed nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain, while also moving forward with a separate plan for a temporary storage site in New Mexico or Texas.
Supporters said the bill represents a comprehensive package to solve a nuclear-waste management problem that has festered for more than three decades. The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the bill, 49-4, sending it to the full House.
Durbin, Duckworth, say they worry Shimkus is eschewing bipartisan recommendation of U.S. attorneys
WASHINGTON • Illinois’s Democratic U.S. senators say they are worried the state’s senior Republican House member is abandoning a tradition of a bipartisan recommendation of the next U.S. attorneys in the state.
A spokesman for that congressman, Rep. John Shimkus of Collinsville, said the congressman still considers that process to be collaborative and the senators could have found that out by picking up the phone and calling Shimkus before sending out a press release.
US rep waiting for guidance on finding new prosecutor
CHICAGO (AP) — A spokesman for the congressman expected to take the lead in identifying candidates for Chicago's vacant U.S. attorney job says the Republican must wait for guidance from President Donald Trump's administration.
Tuesday's comments by John Shimkus' aide came after Illinois' U.S. senators, Democrats Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, accused Shimkus of moving too slowly to commit to a bipartisan selection.
Trump ban splits Illinois’s GOP congressional delegation
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' Republican congressmen are split on President Donald Trump's immigration order blocking the admittance of refugees to the U.S. for 120 days and barring citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days.
Adam Kinzinger of the 16th District notes the order has caused confusion among those asked to enforce it. He is urging the administration to "clarify the specifics."
Southern Illinois congressmen push for budget ‘earmarks’
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Congressmen from southern Illinois want the return of so-called earmarks that allow local representatives designate federal funds for local projects.
U.S. Reps. Mike Bost and John Shimkus are among the Republican members of Congress asking to lift the moratorium on earmarks, The Southern Illinoisan (http://bit.ly/2iR8nPR ) reported.
They were scrapped about five years ago in the face of corruption and abuse accusations.