Candidate Profile
John 'Big John' Illg Jr.

Republican , Louisiana


Panel Rating

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SouthPAC/Louisiana Association of Business & Industry (LABI)

Reported by Candidate

Jefferson Parish Republican party, Jefferson Parish Councilman Dominic Impastato, Harahan Councilman Eric Chatelain, Plaquemines Parish Council Chairman W. Beau Black


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

It shouldn't. Promote adoption not abortion.


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.


Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

An educated workforce by expanding technical training will help attract new businesses to the area. Early Childhood education funding to give our future generations a head start to be successful.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Funding Early Childhood education and working to expand technical training for those not looking to attend a 4 year college. By having an educated workforce, we can attract new business to our area. Insurance reform is a must. This issue must be addressed. It hinders expansion of businesses that are already here and does nothing to make Louisiana more affordable and attractive to those that wish to locate here and we the citizens all suffer economically in the end.

Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.


Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.


How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Support the continued development of sustainable approaches to health care delivery. I would work to promote healthcare education. Working with Government agencies to negotiate lower cost. I would work to help alleviate primary care physician shortages and nurses.

National Security

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.


State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree


Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree


Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

Strongly Agree

The LGBTQ+ political agenda poses a threat to First Amendment freedoms of speech, expression and religious exercise.


I support expanding protections in employment and accommodations based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Strongly Disagree

If children are given instruction in sex education in public schools, it should not express a preference for abstinence but should be comprehensive, offering discussions on various types of sexual orientations and behaviors plus all types of contraceptives.

Strongly Disagree

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

Our founding fathers separated the powers to have a system of checks and balances.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a lifelong Roman Catholic who believes a strong, supportive family at home is key to a strong community.


I voted in these elections:

2012 Primary, 2012 General Election, 2014 Primary, 2014 General Election, 2016 Primary, 2016 General Election, 2018 Primary, 2018 General Election

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?


Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

Please reference my website and Facebook page.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

By being as active as I have been in community and Church over the last 40 years is what qualifies me to best serve this district and State. I've previously served on Advisory boards in Jefferson Parish. I've been elected to the State Central Committee of the Republican Party. My family's community involvement from coaching our youth at our playgrounds and schools to fundraising efforts throughout the community has been a big part of our lives. You must be active and know your community in order to represent your community in Baton Rouge.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: and 504-957-9970

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

While having received the endorsement of many groups is flattering and nice. I really only want the endorsement of only one group, you the voters. Thank you, John

Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.


Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Agree

2nd Amendment

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

Gambling should be limited to existing forms and should not be de-regulated or expanded.

Strongly Agree


  • Jesuit High School, New Orleans, Yes, 1984
  • LSU, Baton Rouge, No
Work & Military
  • N/A
  • Republican Party, Former State Central Committee Member
  • St. Rita Dad's Club, Member
  • St. Mary Magdalen Men's Club, Former golf tournament chairman
  • St. Mary Magdalen Men's Club, Current co-chairman of Crawfish Cookoff
  • Harahan Playground, Coach 2004-2014
  • Louisiana Lagniappe youth baseball, Coach 2008-2018
  • Louisiana Lightning youth baseball, Coach 2018- present
  • O.T.M.A.C. Over the Mountain Athletic Club, Member 1998-present Past President 2003-06
  • N/A
  • Jefferson Parish Council, Sought 1995
  • State Representative, Sought 2007

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