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Challenger in U.S. Rep. race plans town hall series

Democratic U.S. House candidate Dani Brzozowski of La Salle
Democratic U.S. House candidate Dani Brzozowski of La Salle

Dani Brzozowski, of La Salle, Democratic candidate for Congress in Illinois' 16th district, said she will conduct a series of town hall events throughout the district, starting in Princeton on Thursday, Jan. 30.

The event is scheduled 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Matson meeting room within the Princeton Public Library, 698 E. Peru St.

Brzozowski will answer questions from audience members. Attendees can either ask their questions live or write their questions down to have them asked by a moderator.

Brzozowski said U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, “has not held a town hall in over two years, and even before that he rarely held them. That’s a little shocking, considering that when he first ran for Congress in 2010 he consistently brought up that his opponent rarely did town halls.”

Kinzinger pushed for more town halls when running for Congress in 2010 against Rep. Debbie Halvorson, saying at the time the congresswoman was “ducking” them.

His office has said in the past some groups have caused chaos at town halls to get media coverage, noting the congressman sought alternative ways to meet with the public.

When asked about town hall meetings in a 2018 radio debate, Kinzinger said it’s difficult to travel all 14 counties of the 16th District, which includes La Salle County, as he spends four days a week in Washington D.C. He noted at the time he’s held meetings in the district covering topics from human trafficking to opioids, among other topics. He also said he has held town halls via telephone.

Brzozowski said she will announce future dates and locations of town halls as they are confirmed.

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