Illinois legislators are hearing it from their constituents during the August recess as residents head to town hall meetings and protest functions hosted by local politicians.
U.S. Rep. Bob Dold (R-10) held a Manufacturers' Roundtable at Lake County Graduate School of Management on Monday and was met by protestors who were calling on the legislator to support U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky's (D-9) new jobs bill. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-14) struggled to explain the claim that the Bush tax cuts created jobs at a recent town hall meeting.
Prompted by MoveOn.org and local organizations, 9th and 10th congressional district residents, along with some supporters from Chicago, descended upon Dold's meeting holding signs that read "Congressman Dold, Please Support the Emergency Jobs Bill" and "Jobs, Not Cuts."
“(Rep.) Jan Schakowsky proposed this jobs bill to put 2.2 million people back to work,” protester Rev. Marilyn Pagan-Banks of Chicago told LakeForest Patch. “We want him to support it.”
Residents of the 9th and 10th congressional districts are not the only ones who are critical of Dold's performance when it comes to boosting job opportunities. The Lake County News-Sun called out the politician for his decision to use a company outside of Illinois to promote his jobs fair, which took place earlier this month:
Nice to see that Congressman Robert Dold used a Montana company with a 406 area code to make his robocalls for his jobs fair. If he’s that concerned about Lake County jobs, he should use a local company to make the calls.
A couple weeks ago, Hultgren felt the wrath of some persistent residents in the 14th congressional district at a town hall meeting. Despite data showing that the Bush tax cuts did not create jobs, many Republicans continue to back that argument. When Hultgren was asked to explain how the Bush tax cuts created jobs by one of the town hall meeting attendees, he had a tough time doing so and tried to change the subject continually. But the meeting's attendees were having none of that. Check it out:
Such testy encounters with fed up residents could explain why a recent poll found that many politicians -- on both sides of the aisle -- are weaseling out of the traditional practice of holding town hall meetings during August. The survey, done by No Labels, found that 60 percent of House members had no plans to hold a town hall meeting during the August recess.