John Laesch Has National Ambitions (Northern Star article)

former military intelligence analyst

John Laesch is campaigning for Congress in the 14th District of Illinois.

Laesch, a former military intelligence analyst, previously ran for the 14th District seat in 2006 but was defeated by former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. Hastert has since announced his retirement and does not plan to run for Congress in 2008.

“You’ll hear me talk consistently about the importance of three things,” Laesch said. “Those things are the war in Iraq, the importance of health care and the economy.”

Laesch has one eye firmly fixed on international affairs.

“One of the biggest reasons why I’m running is the war in Iraq; there’s no real plan to get out or to win the peace,” Laesch said. “The primary reason we’re involved is because of oil, only to occupy. Bush wants his friends to monopolize the region, that’s his goal.”

The lack of military experience in today’s political leaders is something Laesch, who served in the Middle East, sees as an advantage for himself.

“Basically, we’ve got a bunch of lawyers making decisions they know nothing about,” Laesch said. “We need someone in there who knows the situation and the region we’re dealing with.”

Laesch has a personal tie to the current war in Iraq.

“My brother received his orders to go to Iraq in 2005 and was there for the end of 2005 and most of 2006,” Laesch said. “When he went overseas, that’s when I decided I was running.”

health care and the economy

“I want to get every American soldier and private contractor out of Iraq,” Laesch said. “We could do that in two to three months successfully. The problem is, Congress doesn’t have the power to do this directly. But I can vote to cut the war funding and basically twist the president’s arm behind his back, forcing him to do something he doesn’t want to.”

Laesch also emphasizes health care and economy, hoping to bring better coverage and more jobs to citizens.

“We’ve got families working two to three jobs just to get by sometimes. They can’t afford to pay health insurance,” Laesch said. “What I’m working toward is a single-payer national health care plan, which essentially means people will get medication and coverage for free. Basically, everyone would have open medicare from birth to death, instead of only having access to it once they are 65.”

Laesch has outlined an environmentally conscious plan which will create new jobs.

“I would adopt a new environmental energy policy, involving the production of hybrid cars, a high-speed continental railroad and environmental home remodeling,” Laesch said. “All three of these things will create jobs.”

“The trade deficit is ridiculous – something like $702 billion, it’s a problem that has to be addressed. We need to fix the trade imbalance, so we’re producing things in America again,” Laesch said.

State Senator Mike Noland Endorses John

State Senator Mike Noland Endorses John

On Tuesday January 8, State Senator Mike Noland endorsed

Democrat John Laesch for Congress in Illinois’ 14th district.

Noland’s 22nd District is in the northern part of the 14th Congressional District.

“Clear eyed and direct on the issues,” said Noland of Laesch,

“his positions on the need for health care reform, a new energy policy, and dogged persistence in general are just a few reasons why we need him now.”

“Senator Noland’s endorsement gives our campaign a tremendous boost as we head towards the February 5th Democratic Primary Election,” said Laesch.

“I have worked closely with Mike and, like his constituents, I respect his persistent leadership. I look forward to working with Senator Noland and all of the elected officials, local and state, to address issues like traffic congestion in Northern Kane County, affordable healthcare and economic opportunity.”

Progressive Grassroots Movement and the Iowa Caucuses

Progressive Grassroots Movement and the Iowa Caucuses

The progressive grassroots won a huge victory in Iowa.

Barack Obama and John Edwards both showed that people are listening to a message of economic populism and real change. The people want a candidate that will speak for their values. They want a leader who will take on corporate special interests and return government to the people.

While we in Illinois are especially proud that our Senator won in Iowa, we should also note John Edwards’ second place finish. Edwards was outspent 6 to 1, and conventional wisdom would say that he didn’t have the money to compete; but John Edwards has a message that resonates with the people.

Right now, my opponents in both parties are offering slick mailers, slogans and sound bites. Two are self-funded, dipping deep into their own personal fortunes to finance their campaigns.

I offer the voters a clear, concise message of truth, hope and change. Just as voters in Iowa said yes to change, so will the people of Illinois’ 14th district.

Organization Endorsements

Organization Endorsements

ust before we took a little breather for the Holidays the UAW region 4 announced that after a very involved and lengthy evaluation process of all the Democratic candidates, John Laesch, was the candidate that they believe will best represent their membership. John Laesch will be a leader on healthcare, workers rights, and fair trade policies.

John Laesch is proud to stand and speak for the issues that most affect the his union Brothers and sisters. He knows what it is like to get up everyday and go to work and understands the issues facing the working men and women of the district and even the country.