Last week I attended a town hall meeting (THM) with freshman Repesentative Randy Hultgren in Sandwich, and a second in Geneva. The third THM is in Yorkville on Aug. 29. See details at the end of this post.
Question after question, the crowd pushed for Jobs-Jobs-Jobs! Many also called for a fair, progressive tax on the wealthiest of our society, the card-carrying members of the millionaire and billionaire clubs. Others pushed more spcifically for H.R. 870, the Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act, a bill that imposes a speculation tax of .25% on Wall Street trading. The revenue would be used to create 2.5 to 10 million jobs.
Keep reading for press coverage, video of the THM’s, and details for the next THM.
Most Democratic Party insiders were in Springfield for Democrats Day during the THM’s; leaving Hultgren to answer questions from concerned citizens and the “intelligent left.” The effort to get people to town hall meetings to push Hultgren to take the unemployment crisis seriously was coordinated by MoveOn.org, Northern Illinois Jobs With Justice and several other groups.
The conservative blog, Illinois Review, put their own spin on reality here. The sharply biased Daily Herald repeated everything Hultgren said because his answers would more or less earn him an A+ on their political questionnaire.
Clearly, the Republicans are trying to turn people out to defend Hultgren. You could pick them out in the Geneva THM because they would simply stand up and say, “we support you Randy,” or “God bless America.”
There is only one town hall meeting left at the Yorkville City Council Chambers at 6:00 p.m.
* Note that the Yorkville THM has been changed to Monday, Aug. 29. MoveOn.org has set up an on-line tool to help organize the events. Please click on the link below to RSVP for the event and then pass the word to other concerned citizens.
Monday, August 29th, 6:00 PM
Yorkville City Council Chambers
800 Game Farm Rd.
Yorkville, IL 60560