Collinsville — U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-15), who represents the Rantoul area in Congress, announced Friday he would not seek re-election next year.
Shimkus issued 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, D.C.
“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.”