John ShimkusAs Congressman John Shimkus transitions from a life of public service back into the private sector, a sampling of his work while in office sill be on display at SIU-Edwardsville. A donation of records, correspondence, photos and more will soon be housed in the “Shimkus Collection” at the Elijah P. Lovejoy Library on campus.

Shimkus and his family have deep roots that run through the university. Lydia Jackson, interim Dean of Library and Information Services tells The Big Z the congressman finished his master’s in business administration in 1997, as he was beginning his first term in the House of Representatives.

She says this will create a richer political science and history resources for students.

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Upon the announcement of the donation, Chancellor Randy Pembrook hailed Shimkus for his many accomplishments including: expanding the use of biodiesel fuels; expanding 911 emergency number legislation and coverage; establishing an Internet domain to provide a safe place for young children to surf and learn; encouraging child safety with booster seat testing and placement of heart defibrillators in schools; and advocating for energy issues and a safe environment.

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