From the Desk of Congressman Shimkus

Congressman John Shimkus

In just the last six months, Congress has sent more than two dozen bills to the White House that President Obama has signed into law. The House specifically has passed legislation to:

This is a great start to the year and the 114th Congress, but we have much, MUCH more to do. The world has become more dangerous and our adversaries more emboldened because of a lack of American leadership. At home, Americans need relief from President Obama’s government-knows-best health care law and from taxes that are too high and too complicated.

These problems and many others are serious and difficult to solve. But when I look at the past and all the United States has achieved in our 239 year history, I know there’s no enemy we cannot defeat and no challenge we cannot overcome. Times now are tough, but I’m confident America’s best days always lie ahead.

God bless,

John Shimkus
Member of Congress


Frogtown News July 23


Attend Wedding Reception
Mahala and Harper Jacquin of Villa Ridge, MO spent Friday and Saturday with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter. On Saturday night, they attended the wedding reception of Belinda’s sister and brother in law, Renee and Mike Haarmann of Edgewood.

16th Birthday Party
Lynn and Stacey Bergmann hosted a 16th birthday party for their daughter, Haley Bergmann on Saturday evening at the Farina Park. Many friends and family attended.

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Soccer Camps to be held at Kaskaskia College

kclogoThe Kaskaskia College Soccer Program will hold two Soccer Camps this summer.

The first camp is a coed camp for students in grades 5-8. The camp will be held Wednesday and Thursday, July 29 and 30 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

A girl’s high school camp will be held Wednesday and Thursday, July 29 and 3- from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Cost to attend each camp is $30.00 and includes a t-shirt. All camp will be instructed by Kaskaskia College Head Soccer Coach Joe Basch and current KC athletes. All players should meet at the KC Soccer Field on the first day and bring a water bottle and shin guards.

Pre‑registration is recommended. For a registration form or for further information, contact Coach Joe Basch at 545-3175 or email For printable camp form please visit


St. Peter Lutheran School and Little Saints Preschool registration information

St. Peter’s Lutheran School and Little Saints Preschool will have registration for the 2015-16 school year on Thursday, July 30, from 9 to 1 p.m., and on Friday, July 31, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Registration for the three and four-year ago classes will start at Little Saints Preschool and end at the school office. Registration for K-8 classes will take place at the school office. Enter at the main entrance door. Information regarding the school calendar, a school supply list, application for financial assistance, Parent-Teacher League events, sports schedules, and an updated School Handbook will be available.

Parents enrolling preschool children or new students at St. Peter’s are to bring a complete health immunization record. School physicals are required for preschool, kindergarten, and sixth grade students (may be submitted by August 31). A sports physical will be needed by students participating in softball, baseball, volleyball, and basketball.



KC Massage Therapy Program Extends Deadline for Applications for Fall Semester

kclogoThe Massage Therapy Program at Kaskaskia College has extended the deadline for application to the Massage Therapy Program to August 1, 2015.

The mission of the Massage Therapy Program at Kaskaskia College is to produce entry-level massage therapists for the labor market while fostering attitudes towards life-long education and development of skills. In the Kaskaskia College Massage Therapy Program, students acquire both academic knowledge and the hands on technical skills required in the profession. During the two semester program at Kaskaskia College, students learn to aid clients in injury prevention, pain relief and relaxation. Other courses instruct the students in the fundamentals of setting up a private clinic or working in a business relationship with other professionals.

The small class size ensures individual training. Massage Therapy as a career has evolved over the past few years into a popular treatment option in today’s healthcare system. As a career, it is well-suited for part-time workers and workers who wish to open their own businesses. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of massage therapists is expected to increase by 19 percent from 2008 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment will also grow as more people learn about the benefits of massage therapy.

For more information regarding the Massage Therapy Program, please contact the program director, Jane Herrmann at 545-3220.


Gov. Rauner signs bill allowing bobcat hunting

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation making it legal to hunt bobcats in Illinois.

Regulatory officials said after the signing Tuesday that the first hunting season won’t open until late 2016 because the state must get federal and other permits.

Supportive lawmakers say the once-endangered cat now numbers as many as 5,000 in the Prairie State and poses a nuisance and potential danger.

The Humane Society of the United States said in a statement the “shy and elusive” bobcat weighs little more than a house cat. They say lawmakers relied on “absurd and outlandish exaggerations” to garner support. The organization adds Rauner received thousands of calls urging a veto.

Rauner says regulators will closely monitor the population and suspend hunting if necessary.

The bill was HB352. Online: