Illinois Congressman John Shimkus has kicked off his latest re-election campaign. The nine-term Republican announced his bid Monday in Danville as he began a two-day tour around the 15th Congressional District. The heavily Republican district includes 33 counties and runs from Hoopeston along the Indiana state line to Collinsville, where Shimkus is from. Shimkus was first elected to Congress in 1996 and is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Mahomet Democrat Eric Thorsland has said he's entering the Democratic primary and anti-abortion activist Angela Michael of Highland has also said she plans to run in that race.