Constituents in the 10th congressional district are calling out U.S. Rep. Bob Dold (R) for holding a town hall meeting with little notice. The town hall meeting will take place tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. at the Wheeling Park District Rec Center, located at at 333 W. Dundee.
According to the Wheeling Township Democratic Organization (WTDO), the town hall meeting will cover the issues of jobs, taxes, and the economy.
The coalition of district residents are asking fellow constituents to demand that Dold support President Barack Obama's jobs plan, for which the Republican congressman has already reportedly announced his lack of support.
"Our country needs Republicans in Congress to call a truce, pass the entire fully-funded American Jobs Act as is, and get Americans working again. Like the President said, 'no games,'" said WTDO Committeewoman Kathleen Sances.
Earlier this week, Dold caught flack for taking part in a ribbon-cutting for the $4.9 million Winnetka Metra station rennovation, which was funded by the stimulus package the congressman was vehemently against. Here's some insight from Greg Hinz in Crain's Chicago Business:
What's interesting, though, is where the $4.9 million came from. The source: President Barack Obama's big economic stimulus bill of 2009, the one Mr. Dold loudly ripped when he ran for Congress the next year.
"Jobs are created by small businesses growing and adding employees, not through handouts of taxpayer dollars," one Dold press release at the time stated. The stimulus "handouts" merely "add to the growing federal debt," another 2010 press release from Mr. Dold read.
Asked how he can celebrate spending from a program he slammed, Mr. Dold's spokeswoman replies that he "was pleased to accept the invitation from Metra to attend this event in the 10th District. The office regularly works with Metra."
Earlier today, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee endorsed Iyla Sheyman, who is running for the Democratic nomination in the 10th congressional district. Two other Democrats are also running for the nomination: Chicago attorney Vivek Bavda and Deerfield management consultant Brad Schneider.