Shimkus cruised to victory in 2012 with 69 percent of the vote and in 2010 with 71 percent. His only loss in a congressional election came in 1992 to Dick Durbin.
Hundreds turned out for the “March on Springfield,” with many waving signs and flags.
The Illinois Senate approved the measure last February, but the measure has stalled in the House. About a dozen votes are still needed.
“It was a big big job and we weren’t ready for it, as we should have been,” Durbin told KMOX.
Bill Enyart, the southern Illinois Democrat who once headed Illinois’ National Guard, says he hasn’t made up his mind about President Obama’s call for limited military force against Syria.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, said he just couldn’t stand by and watch atrocities continue in Syria.
Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) both expressed either outright dismay or hesitancy about the plan.
Illinois Democrat says he’ll introduce legislation this week.
The towers are all operated for the FAA at low-traffic airports and were to close by mid-June as the result of government-wide automatic spending cuts imposed by Congress.
Federal lawmakers from Missouri and Illinois were expected to attend Monday’s ceremony in St. Louis honoring the law enforcers with the Congressional Badge of Bravery.