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Dold Answers Critics, Supporters at Town Hall

A conservative group organizes the meeting and progressives fill the room to protest.

A standing room only crowd of more than 100 people from all political persuasions pepperedwith questions about job creation, the Bush era tax cuts and the Koch brothers—David and Charles—at a Town Hall meeting Saturday in Vernon Hills. 

The event was sponsored and heavily promoted by Americans for Prosperity (AFP), an organization founded by David Koch, according to the group's website. AFP is a grass roots organization devoted to lower taxes and less government involvement in America’s affairs, spokesperson Collin Corbett said. 

In opposition to this philosophy, the meeting was also heavily attended by progressives, in large part organized by Americans United for Change and the

“I got robo calls and emails,” said Steve Adler of Highland Park about the five communications he received from political groups regarding the meeting. “I need to be here and hear what [Dold] has to say.” 

Sheryl Hogan of Arlington Heights held a large sign opposing the Koch brothers’ philosophy. Marliss Levin of Highland Park asked Dold about his relationship with them. 

“I don’t know them myself,” Dold said of the Koch brothers. “They donated $5,000 to my campaign.” According to reports filed by Dold with the Federal Election Commission, that is the extent of their financial involvement. 

No donation was made to Dold by Americans for Prosperity which gave to 65 of Congress’s 87 Republican freshmen, according to the group’s website. 

of Buffalo Grove wanted to know what Dold was doing to spur job creation. “Why have you passed 11 bills about women’s health care and not one jobs bill?” Rice asked. Rice repeated the question three times as Dold explained his philosophy of job creation. 

When asked by Patch, Rice said he was referring to a New Deal style job creation effort. told a gathering of the New Trier Township Democratic Organization June 12 she favored that approach. 

“I’m not in favor of the government funding this,” Dold told Patch after the meeting. “I would like to see work done on the infrastructure like the Highway 53 extension,” he added, explaining he would prefer to see the private sector handle such projects. 

Dold was asked on several occasions about an extension of the tax cuts passed in 2001 during the administration of former President George W. Bush. Judy Kempa of Glenview asked the question a second time with the last query of the day. 

“I’m not in favor of raising taxes in this economy,” Dold said. “I want to see how things are then,” he explained to Patch after the meeting when asked what action he might take before those cuts expire at the end of 2012.

Stay tuned to Patch Monday for more detailed coverage.

Bob Blinick June 20, 2011 at 09:21 PM
"I'm not in favor of raising taxes in this economy." As though raising taxes on those who make more than $250,000 is going to hurt the rest of us. His answer presupposes a credo that sets millionaires as "job creators" and the government as impediments to small businesses. However, when 14 million are unemployed, jobs are increasingly being sent to places that don't care about OSHA, minimum wage, child labor, or asbestos/lead issues, and our infrastructure needs replenishment, perhaps having the wealthy pay their fair share, and converting that money into updated bridges, roads, and rail, would both improve the economy for all and improve the value of our country.
Concerned Patriot June 21, 2011 at 07:14 AM
Error in the system... "Readers may also flag comments if they believe they don't meet Patch's terms of use. Once a comment has been flagged three times, it is automatically removed from the site. A friendly reminder: this function is designed to give readers the power to flag material that is profane, harassing, or promotes violence, for example, NOT to remove comments that the reader disagrees with." So all it takes is 3 Dold interns to "flag" a comment pointing out the truth about Dold and those comments get disappeared like a freedom fighter in a 3rd world country. I saw the comments by "Dold Cockroach" before Dold's supporters flagged them away. They were harmless. I doubt Dold's teabagger supporters would have liked what D.C. wrote, but there was nothing any rational person would consider "profane, harassing, or promotes violence". Ms. Fisher - I suggest you un-delete those benign comments even if they were pointing out the flaws in Dold's arguments.
Bob Blinick June 21, 2011 at 01:37 PM
So that means that, if three different people (or three accounts) each hit "flag as inappropriate" to a response, it will be removed? That may be taking censorship a bit too far, don't you think? I realize that the design is only to "flag" a comment for abuse, but this is Patch's comment list, it should be Patch's decision, not anyone else.
Jennifer Fisher June 21, 2011 at 02:52 PM
Hello "Concerned Patriot," Thank you for your comment. We do our best to reinstate any comments that have been flagged erroneously. However, there are no such comments by "Dold Cockroach" on this article. I deleted one comment that was defamatory and contacted the poster to let him or her know why.
Bob Blinick June 21, 2011 at 02:57 PM
Thank you for following up with Concerned Patriot's comment. While I laud this open forum for the exchange of ideas and comments, this is ultimately Patch's board, and we are visitors to it. Thank you for the article, and the opportunity to voice (vent?) our opinions of the piece and the subject matter.

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