Geoghegan release below....
TOM GEOGHEGAN ANNOUNCES FOR IL FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CALLING FOR FUNDAMENTAL ECONOMIC REFORM
Local labor counsel and author seeks seat vacated by Rahm Emanuel
CHICAGO - Tom Geoghegan announced today he will run for Congress in the upcoming special election for Illinois' Fifth Congressional District. Geoghegan, an attorney and nationally known writer runs "to bring economic security to working Americans, in our District, in our country."
In a statement released to the media and across the Internet Geoghegan stated, "We're deep in an economic crisis unlike any other we've known. It may last years. We need new and creative ways to protect working Americans, especially our older working people who have no real pensions to live on."
In 30 years of fighting for working people and seniors, Tom Geoghegan has successfully recovered lost pension benefits and health insurance arising from plant closings. He has represented many different local unions, including nurses, truck drivers, steelworkers and railroad workers.
"In my life's work I have lived out a commitment to one cause above all - to bring economic security to working Americans, in our District, in our country. That's the same commitment I will bring to Congress," said Geoghegan.
In his announcement, Geoghegan took particular issue with the recent $700 billion bank bailout and the trillions the Federal Reserve has poured into the banking system stating, "To the people of this District, the banks and others have gotten their money. Now it's your turn."
Geoghegan(pronounced Gay-gan) is a nationally renown writer on the economy. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Financial Times, The Nation, and The American Prospect. He has published four books, including "Which Side are You On?" an acclaimed account of his experience working with the labor movement. He has appeared on CNN, CBS Sunday Morning News, and the Lehrer News Hour. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School (1975) and Harvard College (1971).