For the entire month of August, members of congress are involved in their "work period" - time they are given to visit their separate congressional districts and meet personally with constituents.
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth has been busy over the last week in the nearby suburbs.
On Thursday, she attended a forum at Carl Sandburg Jr. High in Rolling Meadows regarding STEM education in District 15 and District 211 schools.
A meeting addressing manufacturing in Schaumburg, and small business resources at Harper College, both were attended by Duckworth on Friday, August 23.
Duckworth held "Congress in Your Corner" on Saturday, August 24, at the Palatine Farmers' Market.
"I love being able to be here and have time to talk in person with the people of the 8th congressional district," Duckworth said. "People don't always have the time to reach out to me, so this makes it easier so that I can better understand what concerns there may be in the district."
Duckworth said area residents have brought up a number of issues during her recent visits; immigration being a big one.
"I have been approached not only by people facing deportation, but their employers as well," she said.
Small business resources, and support for manufacturing across the country were other issues constituents discussed with Duckworth.
"It is great to see people out and about, and get a chance to really talk with folks and hear about their concerns one-on-one," Duckworth said.