Congressman John Shimkus, a Collinsville Republican who has held office since 1997, says he will retire.
A longtime protege, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, released the following statement on the retirement.
“Illinois and Congress are losing one of the best members I know. I had the pleasure of working for and learning from John Shimkus for 16 years. He taught me the importance of constituent service and making the federal government work for the people you represent. John has served the people of Southern Illinois honorably for more than 20 years and it’s been my honor to serve alongside him in Congress for the last six. While he will be greatly missed in Washington, I know Karen and his sons David, Joshua, and Daniel will be happy to have him home.”