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SHIMKUS, JOHN M, Republican Party
Illinois

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $35,694.07

Average cost per trip - $5,099.15
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 181 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 5, 2000 - January 11, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Vail, CO

Purpose - Attend the 2000 International Consumer Electronics show
Notes - took wife, Karen, and sons, David, Joshua and Daniel; meals and other expenses included in lodging

Travel Cost - $812.00
Lodging Cost - $1,037.47
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,849.47

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - March 25, 2001 - March 26, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Yucca Mountain, NV

Purpose - Tour Yucca Mountain - proposed nuclear waste storage site
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,357.00
Lodging Cost - $190.00
Meal Cost - $160.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,707.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - 2001 bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - Spouse Daniel Shimkus and children Daniel, Joshua and David accompanied. Meals included in lodging costs.

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $1,320.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,572.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Dates - June 8, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Attend NCTA's annual convention
Notes - Children David and Joshua Shimkus accompanied but member paid their expenses personally.

Travel Cost - $405.93
Lodging Cost - $524.33
Meal Cost - $101.27
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,031.53

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - United States-Asia Foundation
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 27, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Beijing, China

Purpose - Fact-finding trip and to build a one room computer school
Notes - Karen Shimkus spouse-other cost is amenities

Travel Cost - $18,275.65
Lodging Cost - $798.94
Meal Cost - $117.11
Other Cost - $9.95
Total Cost - $19,201.65

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Concordia Univ
Dates - May 6, 2005 - May 7, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Seward, NE

Purpose - Commencement speaker
Notes - St Louis - Seward, NE - St Louis

Travel Cost - $93.90
Lodging Cost - $118.91
Meal Cost - $10.22
Other Cost - $93.39
Total Cost - $316.42

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Federation of Chicago/Springfield, IL
Dates - July 7, 2005 - July 15, 2005 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - not specified
Notes - St Louis - Chicago - Israel - Chicago - St Louis Including spouse

Travel Cost - $8,380.00
Lodging Cost - $936.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,016.00

Additional family members - Yes

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Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. Research shows bilingual people can have learning advantages over monolingual people. (Photo: Stephen Smith)

The Science of Smart

Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

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