Lasonde Fundraiser for Family Focus

That Burger Joint and Oberweis Dairy have generously offered to donate $5 to Family Focus of Evanston for every burger or sandwich sold on Monday, Sept. 24!  So, come on out, have some lunch or dinner… and meet Joan McCarthy Lasonde.

Place: That Burger Joint, 4811 Dempster Street in Skokie

Date:  Monday, September 24th

Time:  All day event from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Joan will be there from 5:30 – 7:00

Come Hear Joan Discuss the Issues

Joan McCarthy Lasonde visit with local residents throughout the district.  Today she will be at The Merion.  Please come here her speak, or let us know if you would like her to come meet your organization.

Date:  Wednesday, Sept. 26th

Time:  12:50 pm – 2:20 pm

Place:  The Merion, 1611 Chicago, Ave, Evanston

Come Meet Joan

This is a chance for Joan to meet our neighbors, and our neighbors to meet Joan.  Come here about Joan’s agenda to fix what’s wrong with Illinois, including balancing the budget, reducing taxes and ending corruption in government.

Date:  Wednesday, Sept 26th

Time:  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Place:  Wilmette Harbor Club, 20 Harbor Drive, Wilmette

Cost:  Free

Save Illinois Happy Hour

Host committee: Alex Kaplan, John Powers, Tim Rueckert, Jill Brickman, Illana Gordon,T.J. Brown, Sallie Nyhan and the Northfield Township Regular Republican Organization invite you to come meet Joan.

DATE:  Wednesday, October 3rd

TIME:   5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

PLACE:  Grandpa’s Place, 1868 Prairie Street, Glenview. (Across the street from the Glenview Metra Station)

Joan Sponsors Event for Family Focus in Evanston

Joan has assembled a panel of experts to talk about how we can support Illinois’ forgotten children including those benefitting from Family Focus services.  Discussion will also offer idea on how to get involved in fostering children.

Date: Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Place:  Family Focus, 2010 Dewey Avenue, Evanston

North Shore Jewish Community Candidate Forum

NCJW Chicago North Shore is once again partnering with over 25  synagogues, Jewish communal groups, and day schools to host a candidate forum at Congregation BJBE.  Come meet and hear from the federal and state candidates in our area, including the candidates for Congress in the 9th and 10th congressional districts, as they address the hottest issues facing our country, our neighborhoods, and our Jewish community.

Date:  Sunday, Oct 14th, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Place:  B’Nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim, 1201 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield

Reservations are not required.

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 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’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