City of Breese issued the following announcement on Aug. 31.
This afternoon, Congressman Shimkus announced that he will not be seeking re-election. His official statement is below. Congressman Shimkus has been a friend of public power, receiving our IMUA Public Service award in 2009 and again more recently in 2018. In particular in 2018, Congressman Shimkus assisted municipal electric utilities in resolving a key electric market federal regulatory issue. He took time to understand public power issue and concerns and we are thankful for his service. We wish him well in his retirement.
Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) released the following statement:
"As Illinois candidates begin to circulate petitions next week, now is the time for me to announce that I will not be seeking re-election.
"It has been the honor of my lifetime to be asked by the people of Illinois to represent them in our nation’s capitol. Each day I have tried to do this as best as I possibly could, and my success lies squarely at the feet of my incredible staff in Illinois and Washington, DC.
"I will leave the political field knowing that I have served honorably and, with the help of many, accomplished a lot for my constituents, our state, and our nation.
“Serving in Congress has been a blessing, but it has also been a sacrifice for my wife Karen, and our boys. Now young men, David, Joshua and Daniel continue to make me proud. I regret the times I have been away from the four of them and thank them for their constant love and support.
"My family and I thank you for allowing us the honor to serve. Our dedication to our country, our state, our church, and our community will not waiver as we embark on the next chapter of life. God bless you, and God bless America.”
Original source can be found here.