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Democrats,Catholics Protest Outside Walsh Office

Group delivers letter decrying having a "deadbeat" dad as a representative of the state.

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Members of a newly formed group, the Northern Illinois chapter of Progressive Democrats of America, together with Catholics United held a protest at Congressman's Joe Walsh's office Saturday, July 30 in Fox Lake.

About 25 people attended the protest.

"The purpose was to express our distaste with a deadbeat dad representing the 8th Congressional district," said group member Steve Williams of Lake Villa. 

The Sun-Times reported that Walsh allegedly owes $117,000 in child support to his former wife for the care of their three children.

"The two protest groups were brought together by a Facebook message posted by a group member about having state representatives serve as role models for our children," Williams said. "This issue with Congressman Walsh is something that is a common concern for members of both groups."

The group delivered a signed letter explaining their concerns to Walsh's office. 

According to Williams, Walsh's staff initially kept the doors locked but opened them once media such as the Daily Herald, WGN, and WABC arrived. 

Walsh was not at the office at the time of the protest.

Patch was unable to reach Walsh for a responsel.

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