On Friday, January 24, 2014, Congressman Brad Schneider (D-10th) held a carefully vetted "Round Table" discussion in Waukegan. Three women were chosen to share their stories of unemployment. The AOL Patch publication reported this discussion along with the Lake County News Sun.
Not reported were the efforts of Andy Chiero to be part of that discussion or to even speak with his congressman that day. After calling and confirming the event would take place and that he could participate, Mr. Chiero drove for 45 minutes from his home in Fox Lake to Waukegan, only to be informed that his Congressman would not speak to him or hear his story. After waiting for nearly two hours to speak to his Congressman, Mr. Chiero finally left the premises and returned home.
Did I mention that Mr. Chiero is a Republican?
Now, I understand that certain politicians enjoy putting together a well-scripted, vetted event designed to gather good press while appearing to be compassionate to the needs of their constituents. The three unemployed ladies had some pretty compelling stories. But Schneider couldn't find the time to speak with a 4th individual and hear his story? Not even a minute?
The rest of the story on Atsaves' "Common Sense in Illinois' 10th blog"