Phillips continues town halls, touching on budget, property tax freeze
District 110 Rep. Reggie Phillips continued meeting with voters this week at a recent town hall in Charleston, in addition to taking a short break from political topics to address a growing problem among Illinois residents at an identity theft seminar.
Phillips, who addressed a large crowd at the town hall in Charleston, touched on the budget, education funding, the property tax freeze and term limits legislation.
“I have been hosting several of these town halls throughout the district, engaging people in what’s going on in their state and answering their questions,” Phillips said in a recent press release. “It’s important for residents to be able to ask questions and have a better understanding of legislation that they read about in the papers.”
Phillips also sponsored a seminar on identity theft for seniors in Charleston, along with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. The seminar focused on seniors, who Phillips believes are the majority of victims in identity theft.
“Identity theft is a serious concern for people of all ages, particularly our seniors,” Phillips said. “Our workshop will help local families learn how to take simple, effective steps to help safeguard their personal information. Being smart and proactive can keep us from becoming victims and protect our parents and grandparents from falling prey.”
According to the release, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office maintains an identity theft unit that works with people to inform them of the steps they can take to protect their personal information and to help people recover if they become a victim.
Phillips has been conducting several town halls throughout his district over the past month, which have all had large numbers in attendance. During the town halls, Phillips continues to drive home the message of the importance of the November election. He continues to urge voters to help Republicans gain seats in the state legislature, especially to help move toward a balanced budget for the state.
“It’s not a question of Republican or Democrat -- it’s a question of common sense,” Phillips told voters at a previous town hall. “The governor has pledged to put a budget together that is somewhat balanced. Madigan has pledged to fight bringing in another budget. He wants to continue what we just did for the next two years.”