Congressman Lipinski greets commuters in Orland Park
By Heather Warthen
Orland Park Prairie
As a way to reach out to residents in his district, U.S Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) shook hands and talked with commuters Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the 143rd Street Metra Train Station in Orland Park.
"I thought it was a good place to meet with people during my campaign," Lipinski said. "I thought it would be a good way to reach out again. I'm always looking for more ways to bring not just me but my staff out. For some people it may be tough to find time to call our office."
The congressman said recently they extended office hours at their Lockport office to coincide with the farmers market and cruise nights held on Monday evenings throughout the summer.
"We're trying to come up with different ways to make it easier," Lipinski said.
Syria was the main topic of interest, Lipinski said, at the Orland Park stop. Others discussed what was going on with the budget and sequester.
"There are some big issues we'll be dealing with in the next couple of months," he said. "It's important to get out here to hear what people are thinking about the issues."
Lipinski and his staff hope to do more of the "Congressman on Your Corner"-type of events, including stops once a month at different Metra stations in his district.
In addition to Lipinski, Metra Director of Governmental Affairs Lynne Corrao was also on hand to answer questions about Metra and the SouthWest Service line, which continues to offer weekday service as well as service on Saturdays.
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