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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.

Concerned Patriot June 19, 2011 at 04:03 AM
Dold might not have gotten money from Billionaires for Billionaire Prosperity but that radical right-wing group promoted him in 2010 events so doesn't that have to be reported as a "in kind donation"??!? Didn't Dold screw up a whole bunch of FEC reports in 2010? I remember something from Channel 9 news that the Federal Election Commission investigated the Dold campaign. Dold should wear a Koch Bros. logo on his sleeve the way NASCAR does. That way we can all know who sponsors all these extremist right-wing votes he's been making in Congress. And its only been SIX MONTHS! Yikes. No wonder Bob Dold went around telling tea partiers behind closed doors that he really is more conservative than he can admit but then he turns around and lies to the rest of us by saying he's a moderate. BOB DOLD IS FULL OF BALONEY! PS - Stop lying about the radical Republican plan to kill Medicare! Dold keeps saying the Epic Fail scheme "saves" Medicare but it doesn't make Medicare solvent. It takes savings from kicking seniors off the govt subsidies they paid into their whole life & forks that money over to billionaires like the Koch brothers. That's called theft where I come from. Sorry Granny. I know you spent 60 years paying into Medicare but the Koch brothers need MORE CAVIAR AND CHAMPAGNE.
Deep Dish Pizza June 19, 2011 at 04:30 AM
Dold and the other teabagger conservative LIARS keep saying they want to kill Medicare to save it. So why are these radicals (it ain't your Father's Republican Party no more) doling out yet another failed tax cut for billionaires by forcing the elderly to go through Insurance Company Death Panels before they can even see a doctor?? That's right. The conservatives want to put Right-Wing Death Panels into Medicare by taking away retired Americans' right to choose their own doctor. Under the radical Republican plan senior citizens will have to not only hunt for a Big Insurance Company that will take them but then they have to call their Insurance Company before they can see a doctor, get surgery or fill a prescription. No wonder right-wingers ironically call it MediScare because of how scarey they are trying to make it! The whole point to Medicare is that BEFORE Medicare (you know -- not that long ago) senior citizens had a really hard time qualifying for insurance. Duh!
Deep Dish Pizza June 19, 2011 at 04:33 AM
"DOLD ANSWERS CRITICS" LOL! Thanks for the laugh! Sounds like this reporter wasn't reading his own notes because the article he wrote says Dold DODGED QUESTIONS and the people who pay his salary had to ask the same thing over and over and still didn't get a straight answer. And Dold keeps saying "Don't worry. The crazy right-wing MediScare scheme I voted for doesn't change things for people over 55." WRONG-O bucko! There's a massive NEW co-pay that the Republicans are trying to force on senior citizens RIGHT NOW! Can you imagine? You're on a fixed income and the money you saved up your whole life has to last you til you die. And now extremists like Bob Dold want to throw you under the bus with a huge co-pay AND THEN LIE ABOUT IT TO YOUR FACE OVER AND OVER!!!! When can we vote this joker Bob Dold out of office???
Sullivan June 19, 2011 at 08:29 AM
More amateur reporting. I'm sure the author took a poll from everyone who was in the room to see what their political views are. Well, at least we know who one biased reporter is for Patch now, don't we? A lot of contradictory statements in this article.
Richard Becker AIA June 19, 2011 at 02:41 PM
What a fluff piece. Patch, you can do better.
dmz June 19, 2011 at 04:34 PM
He answered nothing....he just lied so more...
Dold Cockroach June 20, 2011 at 02:20 AM
This site will censor and/or remove comments. I don't mean vulgar comments but comments they don't agree with.
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) June 20, 2011 at 03:28 AM
I would encourage all commenters on Patch to check out this link to our terms of use: http://northbrook.patch.com/terms. In particular, read the section titled "Acceptable Use" for guidelines on what is and isn't allowed in the comments section. Unacceptable content includes but is not limited to material that is defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane or offensive; is threatening, harassing or that promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual; promotes or encourages violence; is inaccurate, false or misleading in any way; or is illegal or promotes any illegal activities. 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.
Dold Cockroach June 20, 2011 at 04:46 AM
Again, this site will censor anyone's comments that they don't like. It can be clean and well written adhering to the terms they have given us. I did some research and with a simple GOOGLE search you will see others agree. I am not some angry person who has some sort of vandetta, I am an American expressing my views. I guess our freedoms should be left at the door if we enter this site. Please Google and the facts speak volumes. Jennifer, you have failed the readers.
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 (Editor) 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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