Whether you lean right and support Congress' decision to shutdown the federal government in an effort to stop the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. "Obamacare"), or you lean left and feel our representatives are wrong in their decision, or you don't lean either way and you just want them all to stop acting like children and get back to work, your opinion is all for naught if you don't let those responsible for the situation know how you feel.

You may not have noticed any difference in your own life since the Federal Government shut its doors earlier this week, and whether you will or not depends on your individual situation, but by the various reports I've read, if our elected officials don't figure out a way to pass a budget by October 17th, and the United States defaults on the debts we owe, we'll all feel the pinch in some form or another regardless of our social and financial situation.

There are various polls showing Congress' approval rating is very low (and deservedly so in my opinion), and while I have to think those results have to resonate with members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate on some level, I don't think they pack quite the punch a personalized letter does.

The time to speak up and let the representative from your area know how you feel is now. Below is a list of Representatives from the various districts in the Tri-State area as well as both Senators from Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois. Use the links below to contact them directly and tell them your thoughts on the situation.

Indiana

Senators

Dan Coats

Washington D.C. Office Phone Number: (202) 224-5623

Joe Donnelly

Washington D.C. Office Phone Number: (202) 224-4814

Representatives

Larry Bucshon - 8th District (Evansville, Princeton, Jasper, Vincenness)

Washington D.C. Office Phone Number: (202) 225-4636

Todd Young - 9th District (Bedford, New Albany, Bloomington)

Washington D.C. Office Phone Number: (202) 225-5315

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Kentucky

Senators

Mitch McConnell

Washington D.C. Office Phone Number: (202) 224-2541

Rand Paul

Washington D.C. Office Phone Number: (202) 224-4343

Representatives

Ed Whitfield - 1st District (Henderson, Madisonville, Paducah, Hopkinsville)

Washington D.C. Office Phone Number: (202) 225-3115

Brett Guthrie - 2nd District (Owensboro, Elizabethtown, Bowling Green)

Washington D.C. Office Phone Number: (202) 225-3501

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Illinois

Senators

Mark Kirk

Washington D.C. Office Phone Number: (202) 224-2854

Richard Durbin

Washington D.C. Office Phone Number: (202) 224-2152

Representatives

John Shimkus - 15th District (Mt. Carmel, Harrisburg, Fairfield)

Washington D.C. Office Phone Number: (202) 225-5271

William Enyart - 12th District (Mt. Vernon, Marion, Carbondale)

Washington D.C. Office Phone Number: (202) 225-5661