On Wednesday, April 19, the co-ed Charleston Women's Huddle Group hosted a town hall meeting called “Voices from Illinois' 15th Congressional District”. We invited Representative Shimkus and Democratic challenger Carl Spoerer to hear our voices. Shimkus declined to attend. Seventy people attended this town hall where more than twenty constituents voiced their questions and concerns. It is too bad that Shimkus did not choose to come listen to his constituents. Carl Spoerer answered all questions that were put to him and was applauded on every answer. It is also too bad that our local newspaper did not find this event newsworthy, as legitimate concerns from our community members were voiced, concerns that affect us all. Nevertheless, we will see that Representative Shimkus gets a transcript of the questions and concerns that were voiced to him.

Keith Wolcott, Charleston

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