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November 20, 2018

11/8/2018 11:28:00 AM
Shimkus, Miller win overwhelmingly
Election 2018: State, U.S. offices
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U.S. Rep. John Shimkus retained his seat in Congress in Tuesday's election.

Meanwhile, his fellow Republican, newly-elected State Rep. Chris Miller, will have a Democratic governor to work with.

"I'm thankful to the people of the central and southern Illinois for allowing me to continue representing them in Washington, and I promise to continue doing so honestly, with passion, and with a good work ethic. It's an honor to serve in Congress and I pray God will continue helping me do so to the best of my ability," Shimkus said following Tuesday night's victory.

Shimkus retained his seat in the 15th District over Democratic challenger Kevin Gaither. Districtwide Shimkus won with 72 percent of the votes, receiving 177,682, to Gaither's 69,234, or 28 percent.

Here in Crawford County Shimkus carried the vote with 69.55 percent, or 4,763, to Gaither's 30.45 percent, or 2,085 votes.

Republican Chris Miller, Oakland, will be sworn in as the new pepresentative of the 110th District. Miller received 65 percent of the vote to defeat Democratic candidate Shirley Bell's 35 percent. Miller received 23,884 votes district wide, to Bell's 12,641.

In Crawford County, Miller fared a little better, receiving 4,646 votes, or 67.64 percent, over Bell's 2,223 votes, or 32.36 percent.

In his victory speech in Charleston, Miller reflected on several Bible verses and prayed for inspiration.

"When you look at the task it is pretty daunting, but one thing we can do as we go over there we cannot be intimidated, by current power structure and corrupt politicians in Chicago that have ruined our state over time," said Miller. "Stand for people who we can stand for."

Miller said he plans to "educate voters to let people know what is going on in Springfield so they can see clearly how a lot of these guys over there need adult supervision."

He wants to hold regular have town hall meetings. "Where I can be in various counties where you can come with your concerns and tell me what you want met to do to be representative."

In closing, Miller took inspiration from the book of Revelation.

"Strengthen the things that remain that are ready to die," Miller said. "We have so many great things in Illinois that are on life support we need to have coalition of men coming together, and women, to make a difference in state of Illinois and to return the State of Illinois to the glory we once all enjoyed, and to make this place a great place to raise families and start businesses and do all the things to make Illinois great."

Local Democrats worked hard this campaign to support Bell.

"I want to say how proud I am of the campaign we've run and how happy I am that I had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people in every county of our beautiful district," Bell said. "I will be forever grateful to all the people who worked so hard on our grassroots, volunteer campaign and to everyone who supported us this last year. While this is not the outcome we had hoped for, the voters of the 110th have made their choice and everyone on our team respects their decision. Thank you to everyone who participated in our election process."

Democrats, who have controlled both houses of the General Assembly for 30 of the past 42 years, were looking to expand their majorities after a rare and minor setback in 2016.

The biggest question for the majority party was whether it will regain a 71-seat supermajority in the House, which would give Democrats enough votes to override any veto by the governor. Senate Democrats have enjoyed a supermajority of 36 or more seats since 2007.

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