The incumbent in IL-14 is the Speaker, Dennis Hastert. $26,500 in Exxon money has helped float his campaigns, 2000-2006.
No surprise to find Hastert also on the take from *Halliburton's* PAC: $4,000 in the 2004 cycle.
One wonders a little why he bothers with these small sums, now that we've learned that he's made $3.8 million, so far, selling land that he bought (in his wife's name, to conceal the profiteering) near a federal highway project his district didn't even want. (And he hasn't even sold half the land, yet.)
Timid people say a Speaker of the House can't be defeated. How soon we've forgotten Speaker Foley, or Speaker Wright. The latter was brought down by a $55,000 book deal. Not much, compared to $3.8 million in corrupt real estate deals.
John Laesch is a fine, hard-working, progressive candidate, who honed his skills in a spirited primary and is ready to take on the beast.
Update: the possibility that Rep. Hastert failed to protect congressional pages from a known predator is not playing very well in his Illinois district.