Governor stumps with Shimkus, draws protest


MATTOON-Governor Bruce Rauner toured Central Illinois with U.S. Rep. John Shimkus Monday, speaking to voters and drawing protestors at at least one stop.

Shimkus, who was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996, is being challenged in the Illinois Republican Primary by State Rep. Kyle McCarter. During visits to Mahomet, Danville, Mattoon, Effingham, Vandalia and Troy, Rauner and Shimkus planned to speak “on the importance of a strong economy and job growth while reminding voters to participate in the Republican Primary,” according to a media advisory.

In Mattoon, a WAND reporter was not allowed into the room where Rauner and Shimkus were speaking at a local restaurant.  

A group of students, faculty and others from Eastern Illinois University demonstrated outside the restaurant. One professor said the lack of a state budget is causing concern among students who do not know whether the university will still be open for the next academic year.

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