Congressman Peter Roskam refuses to hold town halls, which are a bedrock of our democracy. Instead he holds “tele town halls” with screened questions and no follow-ups allowed. He usually asks for registrations on his campaign website, which allows him to use your name for political purposes and during election campaigns.
We think a town hall is part of a Congressman’s regular duties and should not be a political event. We also think town halls should be open to the public and that questions should be freely asked without screening so constituents can ask about any topic and hear unrehearsed responses and see how their representative thinks on his feet.
But when an elected official never holds a real town hall, those issues are moot. Here is how long we’ve been waiting for Congressman Roskam to fulfill his duty to hold a town hall: