Representative John M. Shimkus's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: John M. Shimkus
Current Office: U.S. House - District 15, Republican
First Elected: 11/05/1996
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 15
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 18, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Karen; 3 Children: Daniel, David, Joshua
Birth Date: 02/21/1958
Birth Place: Collinsville, IL
Home City: Collinsville, IL
Religion: Lutheran
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Shimkus. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. John Shimkus voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. Shimkus Cosponsors Pro-Life Legislation. 25 January 2011. "On the day of the national March for Life in Washington, DC, Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19) is pleased to announce his continued support for pro-life positions and is cosponsoring several pieces of related legislation and joined in a letter on the issue. 'I believe the issue of life is not a Republican or Democrat issue; it is not a liberal or conservative issue; it is a moral issue [¦] You cannot have a middle position on this issue.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. John Shimkus voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. John Shimkus voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "John Shimkus supported the interests of the Family Research Council 93 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "John Shimkus supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. John Shimkus voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "John Shimkus supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. John Shimkus voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. John Shimkus voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. John Shimkus voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. John Shimkus voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave John Shimkus a rating of 25 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "John Shimkus supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Oppose" for: "Women should be able to get abortions if they want no matter what the reason."
  • John Shimkus. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. John Shimkus voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. John Shimkus voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. John Shimkus voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. John Shimkus voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. John Shimkus voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. John Shimkus voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. John Shimkus voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Support" for: "Abortion should be illegal in all circumstances."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-life" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Oppose" for: "Federally funded abortions should be permitted."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Defense PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Defense PAC endorsed John Shimkus in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?"
  • John Shimkus. Statement On President Obama's State Of The Union Address. 28 January 2010. "Islamic radicals continue to threaten the free world. I support the President's surge in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "John Shimkus supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "John Shimkus supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. John Shimkus voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?"

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "c) Defense"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. c) Defense"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. c) Defense"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Reduce governmental defense spending." If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Other or expanded principles: "Balanced budget amendment, presidential line item veto."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] c) Defense"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Medium Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense"
  • John Shimkus. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. John Shimkus voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. John Shimkus voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. John Shimkus voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. John Shimkus voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. John Shimkus voted Did Not Vote on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. John Shimkus voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. John Shimkus voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • National Defense PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Defense PAC endorsed John Shimkus in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. John Shimkus voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. John Shimkus voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. John Shimkus voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. John Shimkus voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. Shimkus Supports Other Budget Cuts in Lieu of Defense Cuts. 10 May 2012. "The Budget Control Act calls for equal cuts to defense and other programs, since the super-committee was unable to reach an agreement. Secretary of Defense Panetta has called these cuts 'devastating' to the military, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has called them a 'very high risk' to national security [¦] Instead of facing across-the-board cuts, these are specific areas that won't harm our military and are targeted." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "John Shimkus supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 95 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. John Shimkus voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "John Shimkus supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "John Shimkus supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 87 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Increasing the income taxes of those with incomes over $100,000."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise corporate taxes."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise personal income taxes for citizens with incomes over $100,000."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise personal income taxes for all citizens."
  • John Shimkus signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, John Shimkus, pledge to the taxpayers of the 15th district of the state of Illinois and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Shimkus. Tax Day Tea Part in Springfield. 15 April 2009. "The President and Congressional leaders have crafted a budget that spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much...We have to get our spending under control or future generations will be unfairly burdened by all the new debt we'll be issuing." (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?"
  • John Shimkus. U.S. Government In Deficit Spending Rest Of Year. 26 April 2009. "I have voted against the out of control spending that has caused this massive deficit this fiscal year. Last year I voted against the financial bailout and against the automakers bailout. Earlier this year I voted against the stimulus plan, against the Omnibus appropriations bill, and against next year's budget -- which is just as bad as this year's budget when it comes to deficit spending. The President's proposed budget outlined spending for the next ten years. It almost doubles discretionary spending from 2008 to 2009 when stimulus funds are included, and nearly doubles our national debt from just over $8 trillion in 2009 to over $15 trillion in 2019." (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. Shimkus Votes No On Bloated Stimulus. 13 February 2009. "The legislation I support would have limited the stimulus bill to tax cuts, infrastructure projects, and help for the unemployed - items that really create jobs, not just spending money on pet programs." (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. Shimkus Reacts to President's Job Speech. 8 September 2011. "I will look closely at the President's proposals, but so far neither stimulus nor tax cuts have helped lower the unemployment rate." (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 28 November 2011. "I voted against the stimulus, as it grew government. The results are obvious now, as unemployment has been unaffected by the stimulus. There are no encouraging signs for employers to create jobs when government continues to feed itself through deficit spending." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • John Shimkus. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. John Shimkus voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. John Shimkus voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "John Shimkus supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 95 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave John Shimkus a rating of 84 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Reduce governmental domestic spending." If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Other or expanded principles: "Balanced budget amendment, presidential line item veto."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Support" for: "Which of the following measures designed to address the issue of unemployment do you support or oppose? Federal investment in America's infrastructure."
  • John Shimkus. $100 Billion in Spending Cuts Passed House. 18 February 2011. "Washington has taxed too much, spent too much, and borrowed too much over the years. We must now start to restrain the annual spending in order to reduce our deficit and slow the growth of our long-term debt." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • John Shimkus. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. John Shimkus voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. John Shimkus voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support? Increased national testing."
  • John Shimkus. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 28 November 2011. "Local control is the best control. Our Illinois state constitution calls for the state to provide a majority of education funding." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • John Shimkus. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. John Shimkus voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "d) Education"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support? National curricula and standards."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • John Shimkus. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. John Shimkus voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "John Shimkus supported the interests of Environment America 27 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. John Shimkus voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. John Shimkus voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Don't Know" for: "Opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "John Shimkus supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. John Shimkus voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). John Shimkus voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "John Shimkus supported the interests of Environment America 27 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Oppose" for: "A ban on the sale and possession of assault-style semiautomatic weapons."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Oppose" for: "A mandatory waiting period before the purchase of a handgun."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Decrease" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Shimkus. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. John Shimkus voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. John Shimkus voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave John Shimkus a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "John Shimkus supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 11 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed John Shimkus in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. John Shimkus voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. John Shimkus voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. Issue Position: Gun Rights Issues. 1 January 2012. "John supports Americans' Second Amendment right to bear arms. He has a 100% lifetime rating from the National Rifle Association and has championed legislation to allow for the reciprocity of conceal carry laws." (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. Letter to Governor Quinn, Attorney General Madigan, Speaker Madigan, Representative Cross, Senators Cullerton and Radogno. 30 August 2011. "Exceptionalism can often be a positive thing, but in this case it is a mark of shame. IN refusing to pass legislation legalizing concealed carry, Illinois is denying its law-abiding citizens the ability to protect themselves, their families, and their property [¦] Self defenses is a fundamental right, and the Supreme court has recognized that in two recent rulings. In District of Colombia v Heller (2008) the Supreme Court rules that the Second Amendment guarantees and individuals right to possess a firearm. In McDonald v Chicago (2010), they rules that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for self defense in one's home is fully applicable to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment. We agree with the Supreme Court and believe that the citizens of Illinois deserve to have the same protections afforded tot hem as the citizens of the other 49 states [¦] After numerous court cases and years of real world practice and legal precedent, the safety and practicality of concealed carry has been proven time and time again [¦] Research on right to carry laws has shown them to be a deterrent to crime and a useful tool for self defense." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Elimination of private insurance in favor of a program administered and paid for by the federal government and run by the states, similar to the health care system in Canada."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Do you consider the fact that many Americans do not have health insurance to be a problem, and if so, please note which of the following proposals you favor? No reform necessary at this time."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Implementation of a "play or pay" program where employers must enroll their employees and families in a basic health plan or contribute to a public fund that will provide health care for everyone without coverage."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "John Shimkus supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. John Shimkus voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • John Shimkus. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 28 November 2011. "I oppose sanctuary cities and support the actions of states who are trying to protect and defend their citizens." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • John Shimkus. Video: Immigration. 2 November 2007. "I have supported every effort to increase border security including [¦] returning illegal immigrants to their native countries." (youtu.be)
  • John Shimkus. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. John Shimkus voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "John Shimkus supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "John Shimkus supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. John Shimkus voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • John Shimkus. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. John Shimkus voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). John Shimkus voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "John Shimkus supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "John Shimkus supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "John Shimkus supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 14 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. John Shimkus voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "John Shimkus supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "John Shimkus supported the interests of the Family Research Council 85 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. Issue Position: Social Issues. 1 January 2012. "John does not support same-sex marriage and would support a constitutional amendment to preserve marriage as a union between a man and a woman." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?"
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?"

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "X" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • John Shimkus. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "John Shimkus supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 30 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • John Shimkus. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 28 November 2011. "I can envision a comprehensive reform that would include raising the income limits on which a person pays the Social Security tax; increasing the retirement age; and finding a way for an individual to see real dollars in some kind of account." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)

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Illinois Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-lifeCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
b) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
c) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yese) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

1) Spending

Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.

Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Slightly Increase1) Intelligence operations
Maintain Status2) Military hardware
Maintain Status3) National missile defense
Slightly Increase4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Slightly Increase5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status6) Research and development of new weapons
Maintain Statusd) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Slightly Decreasek) United Nations
Slightly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

2) Taxes

Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
YesCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
Yes4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
NoCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations
Yesb) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Nob) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Nod) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Yesf) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Nod) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Yese) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Nob) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Noc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yesd) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Yese) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Yesd) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Noe) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Nob) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Yesc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Yesd) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Yesb) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesd) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yesf) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Noh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Yesi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Nod) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

The main priority must be getting our fiscal house in order. Both parties are culpable in bringing us to this brink and must work together to find common sense ways to cut the deficit and rein in uncontrolled spending. In addition, we must repeal and replace the most onerous parts of the health care law that will negatively impact our economy and our health care choices. Also, I will continue to provide top notch service to my constituents in need of assistance from their federal government--after all, I remember who I work for--and that's you.