Rep. Amy Grant (R- Wheaton) drew a large crowd for a town hall discussion, as close to 60 people came out for her town hall at My Half of the Sky. My Half of the Sky is owned and operated by women and donates a portion of their proceeds to combating human trafficking.
“We had great engagement and even though not everyone agreed with each other on major subject matter, everyone was respectful,” said Grant. “We discussed the impact of the flurry of legislation that passed over Memorial Day Weekend and I believe all who attended left with a better understanding of the challenges we face as a state, and steps I’m taking to make sure our community is heard in Springfield.”
Several constituents stayed after the event to have one-on-one conversations with their state representative.
The town hall talked at lengths regarding the capital budget, several bills that Amy Grant filed and health issues regarding women. The group of around 60 women discussed the budget for Fiscal Year 2020, the capital bill and the increase of taxes within the plan that Representative Grant opposed, the need for pension reform, legislation to legalize recreational marijuana, environmental issues and more.
Grant continued, “I was pleased to see that many in the room recognized that the Pritzker plan is nothing more than the same type of tax increases that Illinoisans saw in 2011 and 2017. I believe that having zero counters against future hikes on middle income earners is a disaster,” said Grant. “I explained how the tax increases pushed through by Democrats in 2011 and 2017 was full of insider deals that ultimately increased the out migration rate of our state. We need to address the state’s financial crisis, not add more unnecessary taxes that Illinoisans can not pay.”