Taxpayers Learn how GOP Tax Bill will Affect Their Wallet at Town Hall Hosted by Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Congresswoman Robin Kelly
Congresswoman Robin Kelly. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Matteson—(ENEWSPF)—January 16, 2018

By: Mary Paleologos

More than 100 residents attended a “Teach-in” Town Hall hosted by Congresswoman Robin Kelly to learn how the recently passed GOP tax bill will directly affect their families and communities.

Residents posed dozens of questions to local tax experts, community stakeholders and elected officials, including Andrew VanSingel of the IRS’s Tax Payer Advocate Service and Daniel Kay Hertz of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. Park Forest Mayor John Ostenburg answered questions regarding how the tax bill would impact communities within the South Suburbs.

“The attendance at the Town Hall demonstrated that average working people have many questions and concerns regarding the GOP tax bill, which was pushed through Congress with no open debate and zero bipartisan support,” Congresswoman Kelly said. “Many are worried they’ll see an increase in their tax expenses next year because of the new cap on core middle-class deductions for mortgage interest and property taxes. I want to fully inform my constituents and make them aware of the direct effects on their pocketbook.”

Other guest speakers included Dan Rabbitt, health policy project manager at Heartland Alliance, and Tony Garcia, legislative director for United Auto Workers. The Teach-in took place at Victory Apostolic Church in Matteson.

Rep. Kelly said she plans to host more Town Halls on the GOP tax bill throughout the 2nd Congressional District in February.  For more information on upcoming Town Halls, visit or call 708-679-0078.