Shimkus Commemorates Pope County Bicentennial


Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) entered a statement into the permanent Congressional Record commemorating Pope County’s Bicentennial.
“Pope County has been the home to many notable citizens including: American Civil War General James L. Alcorn, Military Governor of South Korea John R. Hodge, and American Civil War General Green B. Raum,” Shimkus noted. “[It] is also home to the Shawnee National Forest, which covers one third of the county, and provides residents and tourists with lakes, creeks, caves, rock formations, valleys, and wooded hills that are excellent for hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, and to just get away.”
The residents of Pope County began celebrating their county’s bicentennial on January 10, 2016, and will hold a multitude of festivities throughout the rest of the year.


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