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Talk about sequester impact not there

Talk about sequester impact not there

WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) -- U.S. congressional Republicans say they haven't felt pressure from their constituents to do anything about the across-the-board spending cuts in effect.
House meets to attend Obama's inauguration

House meets to attend Obama's inauguration

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives met for a few minutes Monday to prepare to join in the festivities of President Barack Obama's second inauguration.

Sen. Kirk climbs steps to Capitol

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk was surrounded by Democrats as he walked up the steps of the Capitol on Thursday, almost a year after a stroke.
Evangelical group supports mercury rules

Evangelical group supports mercury rules

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- The Environment Evangelical Network says it won't back off its position that restrictions on U.S. mercury emissions are "pro-life" actions.
GOP awaits high court action on healthcare

GOP awaits high court action on healthcare

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. House Republicans have voted to repeal the long-term care provisions of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law in a symbolic move.
New tech toys abound at the Consumer Electronics Show

New tech toys abound at the Consumer Electronics Show

Love it or hate it, technology is here to stay, and this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the place to see what will be making your life easier -- or more frustrating -- in coming months.
MARCELLA S. KREITER

EPA rules driven by policy, critics say

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Republican critics of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expressed concern over whether policy was driven by science or the other way around.

Congressman: VA whistle-blower was fired

ST. LOUIS, July 14 (UPI) -- Congressional representatives say a whistle-blower at a St. Louis Veterans Affairs hospital was fired, while employees who put patients at risk remain there.
Illinois congressman exits Obama speech

Illinois congressman exits Obama speech

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- A Republican representative from Illinois walked out during President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress, a spokesman for the congressman confirmed.
GOP Rep. walked out on Obama speech

GOP Rep. walked out on Obama speech

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A GOP member of Illinois' U.S. House delegation walked out during President Barack Obama's address to Congress because he was "frustrated," his spokesman said.

Analysis: Reps. want old FutureGen back

The Department of Energy's new plans for the FutureGen project -- a 5-year-old initiative to develop clean-coal technology -- look fishy, policymakers said Tuesday.
ROSALIE WESTENSKOW, UPI Correspondent

Analysis: Proliferation program effective?

A nuclear non-proliferation initiative came under recent attack in Congress after a report accused the program of failing to accomplish its original purpose.
ROSALIE WESTENSKOW, UPI Correspondent

Paid Republican tipped off Foley e-mails

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- The original source who tipped the news media about sexually suggestive e-mail to House pages from former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley was a paid Republican employee.

Investigation ordered into Foley scandal

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. House voted unanimously earlier this week to order an investigation into the scandal surrounding former Rep. Mark Foley, who resigned Friday.
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John Shimkus
Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) warms up to bat at the 47th annual Congressional Baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington on July 17, 2008. (UPI Photo/Alexis C. Glenn)
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John Mondy Shimkus (born February 21, 1958) is the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 19th congressional district (numbered as the 20th from 1997 to 2003), serving since 1997. He is a member of the Republican Party.

The district includes much of the southern portion of the state, taking in part of Springfield and a portion of the "Metro-East" area (the Illinois side of the Greater St. Louis, Missouri region).

Shimkus is a lifelong resident of Collinsville, a suburb of St. Louis. Shimkus earned his bachelor's degree at the United States Military Academy. After serving his five-year Army commitment, he entered the reserves, retiring in 2008 as a lieutenant colonel.

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