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Protesters: Kinzinger's Actions a 'Slap in the Face'

About 25 protesters from liberal activist group MoveOn.org delivered a petition to Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-Manteno) asking for him to focus on job creation in his 11th congressional district.

After Senate Republicans blocked action on the American Jobs Act this week, the president said he'll keep trying to rally public support.

And although Republicans in the House have said they won't even consider the $447 billion plan, area activists have spent this week protesting at the local offices of congressmen.

About 25 protesters organized by liberal activist group MoveOn.org packed the office of Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-Manteno) on Thursday afternoon to deliver a petition asking for the first-term representative to put more of a focus on job creation in the 11th District, which covers Frankfort, Mokena, New Lenox and other areas of Will County.

"We can’t cut our way out of this," said Sue Myers, a Frankfort resident and organizer with the South Suburban MoveOn Council. "We need to invest in jobs and make the millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share."

Myers specifically cited opposition to Kinzinger signing the Grover Norquist pledge never to raise taxes and the representative's record on job creation.

Monica Morales, a 21-year-old Joliet resident, said she's been unemployed for two years after working at a warehouse in Elwood. She pleaded with Kinzinger staffers to get the message across that more jobs need to be created.

"It’s a slap in the face," Morales said about Kinzinger's opposition to the jobs bill. "Why is he in that position if he isn’t going to do his job?"

Job creation is something Kinzinger doesn't necessarily believe is part of his job, though. "We can create an environment for job creation, but we cannot create jobs," he said during a speech this summer.

The group collected about 500 signatures from Kinzinger's constituents this week and delivered the petition to his Joliet office. Similar protests have been going on across the country this week, including one Tuesday at Illinois Congresswoman Judy Biggert's office:

althea walton October 15, 2011 at 05:00 AM
I believe it is more important to stimulate the economy and help create jobs now rather than focus on the deficit or debt. Once the economy is moving again and getting healthy, then we can refocus on curtailing debt and reducing deficit spending. I am quite sure that the Republicans' refusal to consider any jobs or spending proposals by the Obama administration are simply attempts to keep the administration from being successful in creating jobs and growing the economy. The last thing you want to do in a bad economy is lose more jobs, and that is precisely what Republicans with the power to do so have done: laid off state workers and refused to hire or participate in stimulus efforts offered by the federal government.
L. Smith October 17, 2011 at 01:09 PM
When will people educate themselves on how jobs are "created"? Rep. Kinzinger is exactly right in his belief that the government can and should only create an "environment" for job creation. It is private sector, free enterprise, capitalist "greedy corporations" that invest in their businesses and therefore hiring more workers which makes the economic engine function effectively. Throwing billions more to fund public jobs for one year - which is what the "jobs bill" proposes - is another failed attempt by the white house occupant to fix the mess he has compounded. Obama's 600+ new government regulations on businesses per month, don't exactly encourage business owners to invest in their companies. It does just the opposite by costing the company money to figure out how to comply with those new rules. Ask the government to get out of the way of businesses by greatly reducing burdensome regulations and REDUCING taxes for businesses. And his bill didn't garner enough support from his own party to pass the senate but that won't stop a president, desperate for something to take the focus off his failures, to blame the evil republicans for keeping people out of work.
Robert October 28, 2011 at 01:32 PM
I worked for his campaign and am disappointed he chose to make a pledge rather than do something in the form of compromise with the "other side" to help desperate Americans who hang on each day. To heck with stubborn party that is for the 1% who has 40% of the wealth. GE pays NO taxes! I'd like to see them pay a bit more. I was a Republican until I saw how they are manipulating the "little guy" into believing they are on the working class side. They have no power without the working class. The laws by the lawmakers allowed "someone" to take our savings 401ks, devalue our houses and property, and now they are after our standard of pay scale. By hitting the Unions and devaluing our teachers, fire, police, unions everywhere, they will lower the "employee at will's" average pay and benefits. People need to stand together and join the protests in Orland, Chicago, Naperville, NY etc... 18 year olds to 108.

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