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Posted on: January 9, 2018

Ostenburg named panelist for Congresswoman Kelly's Teach-in Town Hall, Jan. 13

Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Mayor John A. Ostenburg of Park Forest will discuss the impact of the new federal tax legislation on local government when he serves on a panel for a Teach-In Town Hall sponsored by Congresswoman Robin Kelly on Jan. 13.

The program takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will be held at Victory Apostolic Church, 20901 Matteson Ave., in Matteson.

Also on the panel are representatives from health and labor, among others. An overview of the tax bill will be presented at the beginning of the meeting. A question-and-answer period is expected to follow the panel presentations.

The tax bill passed the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives and was signed into law by President Trump.

Congresswoman Kelly, who represents the Illinois Second Congressional District, was among the members of Congress warning of the effects of the legislation prior to its passage.

Mayor Ostenburg serves in the Community & Economic Development Committee of the National League of Cities and said he and other committee members were advised of the bill's impact on local units of government at the last committee meeting held in Charlotte, N.C. in November. Ostenburg said few of the concerns of local leaders were heeded and some revisions were made to the final version of the bill, but the bulk of the legislation still contains major elements that impact local government negatively.

Constituents of the area interested in attending the Jan. 13 Town Hall can pre-register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mlk-day-tax-teach-in-with-congresswoman-robin-kelly-tickets-42005118440.

For more information call 708-679-0078.

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