St. Louis Public Radio News
3:04 pm
Wed August 12, 2009

Shimkus and Costello say no to town hall forums

Springfield, IL – Many Illinois congressional members are
saying no thanks to holding open town hall meetings on overhauling
the health care industry after many of the gatherings have turned
rowdy.

Public forums led by federal lawmakers elsewhere -- including Missouri -- have drawn jeers and taunts, even arrests in many cases.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois says he won't be doing
what he calls "sucker-punch town hall meetings" that he says have
attracted "political theater."

Democratic Congressman Jerry Costello
of Belleville and Republican Congressman John Shimkus of
Collinsville say they prefer hearing from constituents by
appointment or in small groups.