by Downtowner, Fri Sep 07, 2007 at 05:57:00 PM EDT
Wednesday night, in Aurora, Illinois, at 46 W. Downer Place, the Laesch for Congress office officially opened. We were pleased to see not just many "old hands" on deck, but a large contingent of new faces as well. As you can imagine, this was a big event for us, most of the campaign staffers were on hand, John was there, Jen was there. I meant to do a general update diary tonight, blog about our office opening, and invite you all to come down and visit us or call at (630) 801-8900, but something transpired here on DailyKos while we were distracted that we want to address.
Planned Parenthood Under Attack
Being otherwise occupied Wednesday night, we weren't here to see this diary by Planned Parenthood until pretty late.
by Downtowner, Fri Aug 17, 2007 at 06:07:06 AM EDT
Dennis Hastert announced this morning on a local radio show that he will not seek re-election:
The Beacon News says:
Ending months of speculation, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert announced Friday that he will not run for a 12th term. He made the announcement on the Don Wade & Roma show on WLS 890 AM hours before an expected speech in his district.
more below the fold
by Downtowner, Fri Aug 10, 2007 at 05:33:17 PM EDT
While IL-14 Republicans are still awaiting word from Hastert as to whether he will be running again, the Dem field of candidates seems to have solidified. Dem State Rep Linda Chapa LaVia recently announced she will not be running for the seat, leaving the field to 2006 nominee John Laesch, Geneva blue dog Bill Foster, and St. Charles attorney Jotham Stein.
As the Trib story notes, the three Republicans who have formed exploratory committees are hanging back, waiting for an announcement from Hastert which is expected some time this month.
by Downtowner, Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 04:35:09 PM EDT
As the Laesch for Congress campaign readies for our visit to YearlyKos, we are keeping an eye on media reports about Hastert's plans to make an announcement in August, and the not-quite-announcements of several Republican candidates that are hanging in the balance. Most recently we have heard from CQ Quarterly
that there is a
widespread belief that Hastert is much more likely to retire than to seek an 12th House term in 2008
On the other hand, local press quotes Hastert at a mid-July event:
"As far as I'm concerned right now, I'm running," Hastert said at the more than 500-person event at the Sandwich Fairgrounds. He said he plans to make a formal announcement next month on whether he will enter the 2008 race.
by alsright, Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 07:42:01 PM EDT
Joe Serra is, exactly what the Illinois 14th District and any district that is overwhelmingly Conservative, needs. Joe Serra is a Moderate Democrat and he will attract the swing voters in the 14th without, whose votes, the race is lost. Democrats must understand this.
Joe Serra will be discussing this extremely important issue throughout the campaign for Congress.
(1) Transitional support to finish college. I've talked with
many guys that could NOT find a job even though they have
college degrees and are forced to take positions below
their capabilities. I'm rather angry that this sort of
thing is happening and want to add protections to our Vets.
They deserve better. I am not saying Veterans Affirmative
Action is the best choice if there is a better idea I will
gladly listen and would greatly appreciate alternatives.
i) Joe Serra is in favor of a comprehensive plan to aid
everybody, including Veterans, who seek gainful
employment, to be employed.
ii) Joe Serra will keep, soldiers returning from service,
on their salary until they either find a job or finish
iii) Joe Serra will Expand mental-health counseling for
all returning soldiers and their familyies, as well
as improve training for Iraq-bound soldiers on the
emotional hardships of combat.
I think this is great! Don't you?