Illinois Congressman John Shimkus believes the open seats for the U.S. House from Illinois can be taken by Republicans next month.  Shimkus, a Collinsville Republican, has seen his new 15th District shift to the east and if he wins his election, would represent only a sliver of the Metro East, but much of eastern and southern Illinois.  

Shimkus says the race for the 12th and 13th districts will be close but believes most of central and southern Illinois is conservative, and will go with the conservative candidate:

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Shimkus is supporting his former staffer Rodney Davis, in his bid in the 13th District against Dr. David Gill, along with Jason Plummer, who is trying for the open seat of retiring Congressman Jerry Costello.

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