UPDATE: Stateline Residents Protest For Town Hall Meeting

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UPDATE: Congressman Kinzinger releases statement regarding protests occurring Thursday night for a town hall meeting.

“The right to peaceful protests is a pillar of our democracy, and I’m glad to hear the folks who came out to Ottawa today were peaceful and civil with my district staff. While the legislative calendar is heavy, I look forward to the opportunity to meet and engage in productive conversations with constituents around the 16th District.” – Congressman Adam Kinzinger

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“What do we want? Town hall! When do we want it? Now!,” chanted dozens of protestors outside the Boone County Republicans Committee Lincoln Day Dinner, at the Belvidere Community Building.

Some protestors carried signs saying, “Represent Us” and “Where Is Kinzinger?” They say they’re upset that 16th district U.S. Congressman Adam Kinzinger is not properly representing them.

“Mr. Kinzinger is our direct link to Washington,” said Rockford resident Michael Smith. “He is the guy that we elected and we should be able to voice to him what our concerns are, and believe me, we have a lot of them,” he added.

Those concerns include the fate of the Affordable Care Act and public safety. Protestors say they’ve spoken with Kinzinger’s aides, but they want to speak to the man himself.

“We, as his constituents, would like to know where he stands on issues and hear that from him personally, not his aides,” said Smith. “So that’s all we’re looking for: meet with us Adam! That’s all we want to do,” he added.

Winnebago County Board Member Eli Nicolosi attended the Lincoln Dinner and spoke with protestors.   Participants gave him letters asking Kinzinger to set up a town hall meeting with them.

“It was a really good discussion. I think a lot of us were going back and forth about how to make health care better, how to make our area better, things like that,” Nicolosi said. “I think the congressman would appreciate that and hopefully he takes this into consideration as he does with everything he needs to do in Washington,” he added.

“It’s not a liberal issue. It’s not a conservative issue. This is a democracy issue,” Smith said. “Come talk to us. We want to know what’s going on. We obviously don’t like it. We feel somewhat threatened or, guess what, we wouldn’t be doing this,” he added.

Eyewitness News reached out to Congressman Kinzinger and his office, they were unable to make a statement. County Board member Nicolosi said he delivered the protestors letters to Kinzinger’s field representative.

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