U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling will hold a joint town hall meeting at John Wood Community College auditorium at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The two Republicans expect to speak and take questions from audience members for about an hour. Recent events in Congress will be among the topics discussed by both men.
Schilling, a freshman House member from Colonoa, recently voted not to extend some parts of the U.S. Patriot Act. Kirk, a former House member who was elected to the Senate last November, voted for the extension.
Tea party members recently expressed concern that Schilling voted against the bill that stripped more than $480 million from this year’s budget for a backup engine for the F-35 fighter jet. The backups were to be built in Speaker of the House John Boehner’s district and many Republicans fought the elimination in spite of the budget savings it offered.
Town hall meetings can be prickly events for some politicians. Former U.S. Rep. Phil Hare, D-Rock Island, held his first Quincy town hall meeting of 2010 at the JWCC auditorium and faced a front-row questioner who shouted.
Schilling and Kirk are expected to face less volume, after soundly winning a majority of local votes last year.