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Interact with state lawmakers at 1st CATA Town Hall meeting, July 21

November 11, 2010

Dealers can provide a better understanding of how their businesses work to state legislators, and better understand how political sausage-making works, at the first CATA Town Hall meeting, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. July 21 at the association’s Oakbrook Terrace office.

Several lawmakers have confirmed their attendance, including Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno of LaGrange, and Sens. Pamela Althoff (R-CrystallLake) and John Millner (R-Schaumburg). The gathering is coordinated by CATPAC, the political action committee of the CATA.

"We envision a meeting with a free exchange of ideas rather than a finger-pointing session," said CATA CATPAC Chairman Mike McGrath Jr. "We’re optimistic that it will be the first of an ongoing series of sessions that ultimately will benefit us as dealers, and benefit our legislators by knowing what small business owners face on a daily basis."

Dealers and their managers are encouraged to attend and to invite their state lawmakers to join them.

"The more participation we have from our legislators, the better they’ll understand our story," said CATA Chairman Steve Foley Jr.

A buffet lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by panel discussion at 12 p.m. The event is expected to conclude about 1 p.m., but all guests will have the opportunity to speak.

"This is not going to be a ‘firing line’ format," McGrath stressed. "Nothing gets accomplished in anger, and we feel that this format can grow into a valuable series to benefit our dealers and employees and, ultimately, our customers.

"We want dealers who are interested in what legislators have to say and who have ideas to contribute, as well."

To help planning, dealers who plan to attend should notify the CATA at (630) 495-2282.