“Elected” Fine Voted for Illinois’ Largest Permanent Tax Hike

“Elected” Fine Voted for Illinois’ Largest Permanent Tax Hike

After “Candidate” Fine Said Voters “cannot afford more tax increases”

Evanston, IL, October 3rd, 2018 – Back in 2012 when Laura Fine first ran for State Representative, as a candidate, Fine said: “People in our area cannot afford more tax increases”. (Source:  Patch.com 9-17-12)

But unfortunately, Fine did raise our taxes. Fine’s Record is WRONG.  In Springfield, after winning election, Fine voted to raise our taxes, including voting for the largest permanent tax hike – 32% — in Illinois’ history.  In fact, Fine liked this tax hike so much she voted for it twice.  The first time for the legislation to pass, and the second time to override the Governor’s veto. (Source:  ilga.gov)

Joan McCarthy Lasonde, Fine’s opponent said, “This is an exact example of what is wrong with state government.  Fine says one thing here at home and then does another in Springfield when taxpayers don’t see what she is doing.  Laura Fine is forcing taxpayers to pay higher taxes for her and Speaker Madigan’s failure to do their job to balance the state budget and get spending under control.  Enough is enough.  Voters deserve to know the truth about Laura Fine’s record and voters deserve elected leaders who put them first.”

Lasonde concluded, “The facts are clear.  Fine’s record is wrong for taxpayers.  I am an independent leader and as the next State Senator from the 9thDistrict, I will put taxpayers firstby working to balance the state budget, freeze property taxes, roll back the Laura Fine/Madigan 32% tax increase and fight to end corruption.”

More information can be found at JoanforIllinois.com

Joan McCarthy Lasonde Earns Corey Brooks’ Endorsement

Joan McCarthy Lasonde Earns Corey Brooks’ Endorsement

“Joan is exactly the kind of independent leader we need.”

Evanston, IL, October 2nd, 2018 –  A pastor, businessman, philanthropist, mentor and spiritual coach, Corey Brooks Sr., endorses Joan for State Senate in the 9thDistrict saying, “Joan McCarthy Lasonde’s years of dedication and hard work on behalf of foster children and the underprivileged prove she is exactly the kind of independent leader we need in the State Senate fighting for our families.”

Corey continued, “With Joan in Springfield, all our families win.  That is why I am endorsing Joan and I ask you to join me in supporting her.  Please vote for Joan Lasonde for State Senate on Tuesday, November 6th.”

Thankful for the endorsement from Corey, Joan said, “To receive the endorsement of a man so dedicated to helping others, especially our youth, is so very inspiring.” Joan continued, “Serving in the State Senate will enable me to do even more work to help others, starting with balancing our budget to reprioritize state spending to make sure those who need our help, get our help.”

Illinois Senate 9th District Republican nominee: Joan McCarthy Lasonde

Illinois Senate 9th District Republican nominee: Joan McCarthy Lasonde

On Sept. 5, the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board met with the candidates for Illinois Senate in the 9th district. We asked Republican nominee Joan McCarthy Lasonde why she’s running, and you can watch the video above for her response.

We also sent all of the candidates running for the Illinois Senate a list of questions to find out their views on a range of important issues facing the state. Lasonde submitted the following answers to our questionnaire:  click here to read more

Election Day — VOTE FOR JOAN!

Vote for Joan for State Senate!

Tuesday, November 6th is Election Day!

Polls are open from 6:00 am – 7:00 pm

Please contact the campaign at Volunteer@JoanforIllinois.com if you do not know where to vote. Be sure to supply your address so we can look it up.

Lasonde blames Democrat-controlled legislature for unfriendly business climate

Lasonde blames Democrat-controlled legislature for unfriendly business climate

Illinois legislators are earning too much at taxpayers’ expense and delivering too little, according to Joan McCarthy Lasonde, 9th District Republican candidate for the state Senate.

Lasonde told the North Cook News she had signed Wirepoints.com’s no-pension pledge, which has been gaining traction among GOP hopefuls, and challenged her rival, state Rep. Laura Fine (D-Glenview), to follow suit. Fine currently represents District 17 in the state House.  read more…

“Balance the Budget and Put Taxpayers First”

“Balance the Budget and Put Taxpayers First”
Joan McCarthy Lasonde to State Representative Laura Fine

September 4th, 2018, Evanston, IL….Today, at the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Candidate Interview, Joan McCarthy Lasonde, candidate for State Senate, challenged (see attachment) her opponent, State Rep. Laura Fine, to lead by example to actually balance the state’s budget and put taxpayers first.

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Joan McCarthy Lasonde for State Senate

Joan McCarthy Lasonde for State Senate

An Independent Leader Who Puts Taxpayers First

In the State Senate, Joan will fight to

 1) Balance the State Budget

  • Get government spending under control
  • Work to fix the pension crisis
  • Cut government waste & streamline duplicative services to re-prioritize spending to help those who truly need it:
    • Advocate for the 18,000+ kids in IL DCFS Foster Care, including 3,000+ of whom are waiting for a forever family
    • Provide the services our seniors need and deserve
    • Help our Veterans – they fought for us, Joan will fight for them
    • Provide support to our mentally ill

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The Face of Joan McCarthy Lasonde

The Face of Joan McCarthy Lasonde

Loving One, Fighting for 18,000

Five years ago, Joan and her family made the important decision on behalf of one abandoned little girl, a 4-year-old foster child. What started as an effort to help one child now drive’s Joan to advocate for our most vulnerable. There are over 18,000 children in Illinois’ foster care system and 3,347 are waiting to be adopted.

It’s the best kept secret — or maybe the worst, as only a few talk about how badly these children need a home. Joan hosts educational meetings, including one this upcoming fall, on becoming a foster parent, CASA member, or temporary respite. It is one of the reasons she is running for State Senate in the 9th District. Because someone has to fight for these forgotten children.

E Pluribus Unum = Out of the Many, One.

Happy Independence Day, Thank You to Our Service Women and Men

Evanston, IL, July 4th, 2018 –  Joan McCarthy Lasonde, candidate for the State Senate, wishes all a happy and healthy Fourth of July.  Joan, who is walking in several local area parades today stated, “Most important today is to thank our service women and men, both veterans and active duty, for their dedication and service, including the all too many who gave their lives so that we enjoy the freedoms we do.  We must also celebrate their families, for when one serves, the family serves.”

Joan stated, “Our country’s motto is:  E Pluribus Unum.  Translated from Latin it reads:  Out of many, one.” At the time, our thirteen colonies joined together to become a single nation.  I think it is a good reminder these days that we can, and should, all come together and work together for the better good. Now more than ever we need our political leaders to put partisan politics aside and reach across the aisle to work with each other.  First and foremost we are all neighbors and we all want a better Illinois.”

Joan closed by saying, “Be safe and enjoy the 4th, for we really do live in the greatest country, and we have all our Veterans to thank for this.”

Statement on the Family Separation Crisis and Immigration (6-20-18)

Joan McCarthy Lasonde released the following statement on the family separation crisis and immigration (6-20-18):

“It is wrong to separate families, legal or illegal, and I call on this heart-breaking practice to stop immediately.  Whether it requires congressional action or an Executive Order from the President, our federal elected leaders must act immediately to return these children to their families and stop this separation from ever happening to more children again.

As related to this, two thoughts come to mind:

First, Congress must act to deal with illegal immigration as a whole.  This problem has been unaddressed for far too long.  Our country needs to find a way to help those who want to come to our country legally, to be able to do so.

Second, we have a similar, yet different problem, with children here in the United States.  Here in Illinois we have over 18,000 children in the state foster care system. These children have also been separated from their families, having done absolutely nothing wrong to suffer this fate.  These foster children in Illinois deserve our same outrage on their behalf, as long as it leads to action to find forever homes for these children.

As a foster mom, I advocate for these children lost in Illinois’ foster care system, and when I serve in the State Senate, I will continue to advocate for the over 18,000 children to help improve their lives.”


Statement in Commemoration of Juneteenth (6-19-18)

Joan McCarthy Lasonde, released the following statement in commemoration of Juneteenth (6-19-18):

“Today we commemorate that on this day, June 19th, back in 1865, the last slaves of African descent were finally freed two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation executive order (January 1, 1863), when Union Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas after the end of the Civil War.

We celebrate this day, and we must continue to learn from our history, and recommit to making sure that no matter who we are or where we came from we are all created equal.  We need to respect each other and treat each other with dignity and kindness not in-spite of our differences in race, skin color, religion, gender or sexual orientation, but rather because of our differences.

It is unacceptable that modern-day slavery, exploitation and trafficking of humans still exists.  There is so much more for us to do to truly make all people equal, and today is a day to remind ourselves to not repeat the past and instead to make a concentrated effort to work towards being better neighbors dedicated to building better communities, better states, a better country and a better world.”


Illinois Has the Worst Overall Tax Rate in the U.S.

Laura Fine Voted Twice to Raise Taxes by Over 32%

Evanston, IL, June 7th, 2018 –  “With the close of the legislative session last week, taxpayers heard the door slam on their cry for lower taxes,” said Joan McCarthy Lasonde, candidate for the State Senate, District 9.  In 2017, Joan’s opponent, Laura Fine voted in the State House, not once, but also a second time after the Governor vetoed it, to successfully hike the personal income tax rate by 32% on our families.  The legislature, including Speaker Mike Madigan and Laura Fine, failed to reduce that 32% hike this year when they had the chance to do so. Read More