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Republican Rep. Shimkus Elected To 10th Term In Congress

John Shimkus

15th District Republican Congressman John Shimkus

Congressman John Shimkus is headed back to Washington for a 10th term representing Illinois’ 15th district.

The Collinsville Republican easily defeated Democratic challenger Eric Thorsland.

Shimkus says he looks forward to working with a US Senate soon to be led by fellow Republicans.

“A lot of this will be on the backs of the senate, which has been pretty dysfunctional.  And I don’t think anyone will deny that fact. If they can move bills and they can get through their chamber then we can conference and we can put things on the president’s desk.”

When the final votes were counted, Shimkus won 75 percent to Thorsland’s 25 percent.