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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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For years policy makers believed that minorities were overrepresented in special education and that there was inherent bias in the way kids were being identified as disabled. A new study turns this idea on its head.

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  • 06.23.15

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    Coming up this fall we'll be releasing a documentary about teacher preparation - how people learn to become teachers and how they get better once they're in the classroom. This week: how do Japanese teachers learn to improve on the job?
  • 06.02.15

    Million-Dollar Teacher

    When Nancie Atwell was growing up, she never thought she’d go to college, let alone become an award-winning teacher. But a few months ago, Atwell received a $1-million-dollar global prize for her decades of teaching English and literacy skills to elementary and middle schoolers.