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Published: 8/25/2010 12:02 AM

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State Rep. Mark Walker (D-Arlington Heights) will be hosting a series of community meetings at the homes of constituents, throughout August and September. The meetings will be held in six neighborhoods across Walker's district, will give the first-term legislator an opportunity to listen to opinions, and update residents on his efforts to create jobs and fight corruption during his first 19 months in office.

"We need to change the way this state does business, and that change isn't going to come from career politicians, it's going to come from neighbors talking to neighbors, discussing issues and getting energized," Walker said. "I'm excited to listen to the concerns of our community, and offer my ideas for change in such a personal setting."

For details on meeting times and locations, or to host a community meeting, contact Walker's office at (847) 640-6619.

In his first 19 months in office, Walker has hosted 14 town hall meetings across his district, and has hosted Citizens' Advisory Panels to help shape legislative priorities on a variety of issues, including job creation, government reform and issues affecting seniors, veterans and women.

"During my 19 months in office, I pushed for greater transparency in government, introduced new ideas to help small businesses create jobs and passed the legislation which reduced the Cook County sales tax," Walker said. "Part of the credit for these bills goes to the people I talk to while walking door to door, and who attend my town halls and advisory panels, because they told me that our state should be focused on job creation, accountability and fiscal responsibility. The most important job I can do as a legislator is make my constituents' voices heard in Springfield."

Walker represents the 66th District, which includes parts of Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village, Mount Prospect, Rolling Meadows, Des Plaines and Schaumburg.