Shimkus, McCarter get backing of different groups

Shimkus, McCarter get backing of different groups

CHAMPAIGN — The American Chemistry Council is dedicating $289,000 toward the re-election of U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, in his 15th Congressional District primary election race.

Television ads on behalf of the 10-term congressman began running over the air and on cable TV channels Thursday in the Champaign and St. Louis markets. About $135,000 has been dedicated to the central Illinois market with even more being spent at St. Louis stations.

Shimkus is being challenged for the Republican nomination in the 32-county congressional district by state Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon. McCarter was endorsed Thursday by the Illinois chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors and the Americans for Legal Immigration political action committee.

The latter group hit Shimkus for a December vote to "fund Obama's dangerous Muslim and illegal alien resettlement programs, Sanctuary Cities for illegals, (earned income) tax refund credits for illegals and Obama's unconstitutional amnesty orders."

The ABC said that "Illinois's building community and families don't need a career politician representing them in Congress, they need a principled leader and job creator like Kyle McCarter."

ABC Illinois Chapter President Alicia Martin said McCarter's "conservative principles, experience as a small business owner and dedication to community will serve Illinois well in Washington and we are proud to support him."

Meanwhile, the pro-Shimkus spots by the chemistry group credit him with leadership on economic issues, reducing regulations and creating jobs.

"Representative Shimkus works hard for Illinois, and his honest, conservative leadership gets results in Congress," said chemistry council President and CEO Cal Dooley. "Illinois is the fifth largest chemistry-producing state. Because of Illinois' impact on our industry and as representatives of one of the nation's largest manufacturing sectors, we want to acknowledge Representative Shimkus' dedication and leadership on key issues that help our economy."

The ads for Shimkus will run for two weeks through Jan. 27, the group said.

The chemistry council is spending $47,200 for the ads on WCIA-TV, $39,150 at WAND-TV, $13,450 at WCCU and WRSP, and nearly $15,000 on ESPN and Fox News Channel on cable TV systems in Champaign-Urbana, Charleston, Effingham and Westville.

The largely rural 15th District takes in parts of Champaign and Ford counties and all of Vermilion, Douglas, Coles, Edgar, Moultrie and Shelby counties.

The American Chemistry Council has more than 100 industry members and promotes chemical-related businesses and represents the industry in Congress. Among its members with facilities in Shimkus' district are Cabot Corp., LyondellBasell, Marathon Petroleum and Honeywell.

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STM wrote on January 15, 2016 at 11:01 am

So what?  These backward-thinking luddites should be put out to pasture.  You can't solve 21st century problems with 19th century thinking.  


Sid Saltfork wrote on January 15, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Campaign "donations" in return for favors in Congress.  "Money talks, and bovine feces walks".  What's the average American citizen to do?  It is not our country anymore; we just rent in it.