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PI Original
by Matthew Blake
Mon Nov 14, 2011

SW Illinois’ Post-Costello Plan

U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, a Democrat, said in October that he would retire next year after 24 years in Congress. Since Costello’s southwest Illinois district is socially conservative, Republicans smell an opportunity worth spending national GOP money on.

Quick Hit
by Adam Doster
Wed Apr 7, 2010

Bagwell On Shimkus And Health Care

Last week, 19th congressional district Democratic challenger Tim Bagwell officially launched his general election campaign against GOP Rep. John Shimkus in Springfield. The State Journal-Register was in attendance and noted his fiery rhetoric:

"[Shimkus] has stood with that radical faction within his party that would take programs supported by (Mitt) Romney and (Bill) Frist and paint them as socialist and communist,” Bagwell said. ... "He’s left with no ideas, bills, plans or programs left to offer his constituents. ... With the help of his radical off-beat and out-of-touch allies, Mr. Shimkus has helped create the party of no - the party of no new ideas."

The blog Philosophe Forum -- based in the 19th District -- supplemented SJ-R's brief article with a more substantive excerpt from Bagwell's speech pertaining to health care.  Here's a taste:

The risk model of the insurance industry assesses the risks to their financial portfolios. That risk model does not assess the risk borne by consumers, courts, charity care providers, emergency care facilities, local governments, state governments and ultimately the risk to the nation.

PI Original
by Angela Caputo
Mon Sep 14, 2009

Shimkus' "Code Of Conduct"

Since walking out of a joint session of Congress last week in a huff because he didn't like President Obama's speech, GOP Rep. John Shimkus' child-like behavior has generated plenty of headlines around the country. Over the weekend, the State Journal-Register's Bernard ...

PI Original
by Josh Kalven
Fri Sep 11, 2009

Shimkus The 2nd Grader

Yesterday afternoon, amid all the hubbub over Rep. Joe Wilson's (R-SC) outburst, the Tribune's Marc Silva pointed out that Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) had actually walked out of the House chambers during President Obama's Wednesday speech to a joint session of Congress. 


PI Original
by Josh Kalven
Fri Sep 19, 2008

More On Shimkus' Coal Rant

We noted earlier this week how GOP Rep. John Shimkus was the most aggressive of the Illinois opponents of the comprehensive energy bill passed by the U.S. House Tuesday night -- going so far as to vote twice to adjourn the chamber before a vote could be held.

Well, it ...

PI Original
by Josh Kalven
Wed Sep 17, 2008

Six Illinois Republicans Vote Against Compromise Energy Bill

Yesterday, the U.S. House passed the Democrat-sponsored Comprehensive Energy Security Act by a 236-189 margin.  The bill would release 70 billion barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, allow offshore drilling over 50 miles from the U.S. coast, roll back tax ...

PI Original
by Josh Kalven
Mon Aug 18, 2008

Fun At The State Fair

The Illinois Republicans appear to have put on quite a display at the state fair this year.  We already noted the ramblings by 18th District GOP congressional candidate Aaron Schock (above left) about Barack Obama's "level of socialism."  Meanwhile, as has ...

PI Original
by Josh Kalven
Wed May 21, 2008

Could The Democratic Tide Reach Illinois' 19th?

Republican congressional candidates here in Illinois have plenty of reason to worry about their fate this November, particularly with Barack Obama on the top of the ticket. Over the course of the spring, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee expanded its list of ...