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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

American RadioWorks |
(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

The First Family of Radio

When Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president in 1932, he and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt both used the new medium of radio to reach into American homes like never before. They rallied the nation to combat the Great Depression and fight fascism. The Roosevelts forged an uncommonly personal relationship with the people. This documentary explores how FDR and ER's use of radio revolutionized the way Americans relate to the White House and its occupants.

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  • 11.10.14

    Radio: FDR’s ‘Natural Gift’

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt was a radio natural. He spoke in a confident, informal way, using simple words and phrases that were easy to grasp.
  • 11.12.14

    The Roosevelts as a political team

    Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt were not the first White House couple to act as political partners, but they were the first to do so in such a public fashion.
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    Some predicted radio would be a powerful force for democratizing information and spreading knowledge to a vast population previously separated by geography or income. But the new technology also raised anxieties.