The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

May 12, 2013

Shimkus avoids public


OAKWOOD — Editor:

I had an unpleasant experience when calling my congressman’s office recently. I was calling to find out what his thoughts were on a particular issue that is being dealt with in the Congress.

What I was told was that Rep. John Shimkus does not issue any statements regarding an issue or legislation until he votes on it unless he is the sponsor of the legislation.

I was surprised! Does this mean he is unwilling or afraid to let his constituents know where he stands so that they have opportunity to voice their opposition to him before he votes?

What that sounds like to me is, ‘We need to pass the legislation to find out what is in it.” And that never yields good results for the American people.

Actually, it’s not even my first experience with Rep. Shimkus’ office that has left me feeling ill represented by him.

In the past, when I have called his office to find out when and where he would be conducting town hall meetings, I was told he doesn’t do town hall meetings.

Again, I am surprised. Is he afraid to face the voters in a public forum? That’s what it looks like to me.

Rep. Shimkus has left me feeling like I am under represented in the U.S. Congress.

Bonnie McLane