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Lech Walesa Day- February 9, 2012

February 9, 2012

We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid,
because freedom is priceless.”
Lech Walesa, President of Poland, founder of Solidarity, 1983 Nobel Laureate

Lech Walesa, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II are the Big Four of history that reversed communism. Tonight, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation awards former Polish President Lech Walesa with the Lincoln Leadership Prize.

Na Zdrowie! To celebrate, yesterday the state legislature authorized- February 9, 2012- as “Lech Walesa Day” in Illinois.

Read my guest editorial in today’s Daily Herald, here.

  • Special thank you to State Rep Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon), he spearheaded the Resolution (HJR58) to a unanimous House vote.  The Honorable Kay deserves tremendous recognition for his      work.  Kay worked seamlessly with House Democratic Leadership to fast track approval. That’s great teamwork.
  • Special thank you to State Senator Kyle McCarter (R- Lebanon) and Sen. Carol Pankau (R-Bloomingdale), the Senators spearheaded Senate Recognition. Download Official Certificate here.
  • Special thank you to IL GOP Chairman Pat Brady, the idea of “Lech Walesa Day” was his brainchild.

Please read the official Joint Resolution, here Authoring the resolution was a unique way to express my gratitude to one of the greatest freedom fighters of the 20th century.

Lech Walesa’s message is simple: one person can change the course of history.

Take charge with your voice and your vote. If the Polish people hadn’t taken the reins themselves, fought for their liberty and freedom, they would still be the victims of tyranny today.

If a Lech Walesa can risk his life in Poland, you can take a stand here in Illinois. Thank you, President for your faith, courage, and accomplishments.


Chairman | For The Good of Illinois PAC

PS:  On January 29, 2010, Lech Walesa endorsed my campaign for Governor of Illinois.  Watch video here.

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