November 21 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Increased taxes, fees on phones, ride-hailing and concert tickets approved in 2018 Chicago budget – Sarah Schulte
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/increased-taxes-fees-on-phones-ride-hailing-and-concert-tickets-approved-in-2018-chicago-budget/2678513/
— Cook County approves budget with 321 layoffs – Craig Wall
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/cook-county-approves-budget-with-321-layoffs/2679097/

 

NBC5
— Why Alabama Young Republicans Are Deserting Roy Moore “At some point, decency comes before politics”
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/politics/Alabama-Young-Republicans-Deserting-Roy-Moore-459090083.html

 

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Trump discounts accusations against Senate candidate Moore – AP
http://www.fox32chicago.com/politics/trump-discounts-accusations-against-senate-candidate-moore

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Rich candidates for gov might want throw that money at schools – Phil kadner
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/kadner-rich-candidates-for-gov-might-want-throw-that-money-at-schools/
— We are witnessing a backlash against bullying of all kinds – Robert Reich
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/reich-we-are-witnessing-a-backlash-against-bullying-of-all-kinds/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— (ILLEGAL) Immigrant Francisca Lino who sought sanctuary at Chicago church files civil rights lawsuit – Nereida Moreno
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/immigration/ct-met-francisca-lino-church-sanctuary-lawsuit-1122-story.html
— 9 reasons not to be thankful for the GOP’s tax plans – Eric Zorn
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/zorn/ct-perspec-zorn-tax-overall-nine-reasons-1122-20171121-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: 9. They’re anti-education. . .8. They preserve much of the carried interest loophole. . .7. They eliminate the alternative-minimum tax. . .6. They weaken or eliminate the tax on high amounts of inherited wealth. . .5. They’re anti-health. . .4. They favor businesses over individuals. . .3. They favor the rich over the poor. . .2. They’re being rushed through. . .1. They’re being rammed down the throats of the American people.)
— Emanuel’s 2018 budget approved; cost of phone fees and ride-share trips to rise – John Byrne and Bill Ruthhart
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-rahm-emanuel-2018-budget-passes-20171121-story.html
— This is a new day for feminists, I reckon As a wave of sexual harassment scandals rock the world of men, brace yourselves for a backlash. – Clarence Page
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/page/ct-perspec-page-weinstein-reckoning-al-franken-donald-trump-1122-20171121-story.html
— ‘We will not be silenced:’ Palos Township meeting unravels after activists confront controversial trustee – Zak Koeske
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-palos-township-brannigan-protests-st-1122-20171121-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Trump’s sickening decision to stand by Roy Moore.”
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/huppke/ct-met-trump-roy-moore-huppke-20171121-story.html
— FCC plan would give Internet providers power to choose the sites customers see and use – Brian Fung (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents want Internet providers a) to stop everyone from visiting www.gopillinois.com and b) to stop everyone from receiving GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/bluesky/technology/ct-fcc-net-neutrality-vote-20171121-story.html
— It’s always been our duty to report the truth. So why’d it take so long? – Dan K. Thomasson (DIERSEN: Democrats run the news media. If news cannot be spun to promote the Democrat Party platform, they delay it, they downplay it, they bury it, or they never report it.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-truth-sexual-harassment-women-1122-20171120-story.html

 

DAILY HERALD
— DuPage County board, Zaruba clash over proposed cuts to sheriff’s office – Robert Sanchez (DIERSEN: Charles Bowsher ran GAO 1981-1996. Bowsher did not clash with Congress over budget cuts. Instead, Bowsher got rid of the agency’s employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171121/dupage-county-board-zaruba-clash-over-proposed-cuts-to-sheriffs-office
— FCC chairman sets out to scrap open internet access rules – AP (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents want internet providers a) to stop everyone from visiting www.gopillinois.com and b) to stop everyone from receiving GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20171121/news/311219826/
— A man accused of pulling his estranged wife from her car and attacking her in a St. Charles industrial park earlier this year has pleaded guilty and must serve two years of probation. Mohammad B. Sultan, 43, of the 1300 block of North Main Street, Wheaton, recently pleaded guilty to one count of felony aggravated domestic battery and violating an order of protection, according to Kane County court records. – Harry Hitzeman
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171121/jail-probation-for-man-who-attacked-estranged-wife-on-st-charles-street

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— House tax bill is littered with loopholes for Wall Street’s wealthiest – Bloomberg
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171121/NEWS01/171129972/house-tax-bill-is-littered-with-loopholes-for-wall-streets-wealthiest

 

WTTW
— Roskam on GOP Tax Bill: ‘Best Way to Grow Economy’ (DIERSEN: The bill cuts taxes for those who take the standard deduction and increases taxes for those who itemize their deductions. Overwhelmingly, a) those who take the standard deduction are renters and younger and are more likely to vote for Democrats and b) those who itemize their deductions are homeowners and older and are more likely to vote for Republicans.)
http://video.wttw.com/video/3006884867/

 

SOUTHERN
— In Cairo on Tuesday, Comptroller Mendoza calls Gov. Rauner ‘All Carhartt and no heart’ – MOLLY PARKER
http://thesouthern.com/news/local/acha/in-cairo-on-tuesday-comptroller-mendoza-calls-gov-rauner-all/article_49bc5e08-66d0-5a92-a8b8-1cc7ff53a624.html

 

WSIU
— U.S. Rep. Shimkus Says President Trump is Following Through on Promise to Disrupt Government (DIERSEN: Have you followed through on your promises? I have. As the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, I followed through on my promise to assure that TAPROOT would a) hold a breakfast meeting the third Saturday morning of every month except August and December, b) hold a picnic each August, and c) hold a Christmas party each December. But that was not good enough for my critics/opponents.)
http://news.wsiu.org/post/us-rep-shimkus-says-president-trump-following-through-promise-disrupt-government

 

SUBURBAN LIFE
— Property taxes remain flat in COD levy
http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2017/11/21/property-taxes-remain-flat-in-cod-levy/alhctej/
— Wheaton city manager updates chamber on streetscape plan as construction wraps up – ERIC SCHELKOPF
http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2017/11/21/wheaton-city-manager-updates-chamber-on-streetscape-plan-as-construction-wraps-up/a6kl981/

 

NEWTON PRESS MONITOR
— The Rauner Agenda at Western Illinois University – Merrill Cole is Professor of English at WIU. He is the Advisor for the WIU Queer Studies minor, a member of UCOSOGIE, and a member of the WIU Diversity Council. He lives in Macomb with his husband, Rick Ponce.
http://www.pressmentor.com/opinion/20171120/rauner-agenda-at-western-illinois-university

 

WIRE POINTS
— Rising property taxes and stagnant incomes: A lethal combination for Illinoisans – Ted Dabrowski
http://www.wirepoints.com/rising-property-taxes-and-stagnant-incomes-a-lethal-combination-for-illinoisans/

 

WEST COOK NEWS
— Cicero assessor calls township opposition to property tax freeze the ‘right thing to do’
https://westcooknews.com/stories/511273747-cicero-assessor-calls-township-opposition-to-property-tax-freeze-the-right-thing-to-do

 

DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Lisle Township supervisor defends opposition to proposed property tax freeze legislation – Glenn Minnis
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511273678-lisle-township-supervisor-defends-opposition-to-proposed-property-tax-freeze-legislation
— Put taxpayer first when considering property tax freeze, Wheatland Township trustee says – Glenn Minnis
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511273690-put-taxpayer-first-when-considering-property-tax-freeze-wheatland-township-trustee-says

 

CAPITOL FAX
— New Proft TV ad claims Durkin and Madigan “like Illinois state government just as it is”
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/21/new-proft-tv-ad-claims-durkin-and-madigan-like-illinois-state-government-just-as-it-is/
— Rauner: “Illinois is at the edge of disaster”
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/21/rauner-illinois-is-at-the-edge-of-disaster/
— Shimkus won’t endorse in gubernatorial primary
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/21/shimkus-wont-endorse-in-gubernatorial-primary/
— Biss wants more tax return details (DIERSEN: What would your 2016 federal income tax return show? My and my wife’s 2016 federal income tax return shows that we had $30,890 in itemized deductions. We paid $21,433 in medical and dental expenses and we were able to deduct $13,859 of that, we paid $12,835 in real estate taxes, we paid $1,468 in state income taxes, and we made $2,728 in 501(c)(3) contributions.)
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/21/biss-wants-more-tax-return-details/
— Pritzker is taking a page from Rauner’s 2014 campaign (in a good way)
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/21/pritzker-is-taking-a-page-from-rauners-2014-campaign-in-a-good-way/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Pritzker is doing what Bruce Rauner did in 2013 and 2014. The ILGOP basically existed only on paper back then. Rauner opened a ton of field offices during the primary (Pritzker just opened his 15th field office) and hired a ton of field staff. Rauner’s press releases back then were also similar to Pritzker’s today. Pritzker doesn’t just do specific candidate-based releases, he sends out lots of releases that you’d normally see from state parties in other states. The difference is that Rauner completely took over the ILGOP after the primary, injecting tens of millions of dollars in the process. Pritzker won’t be able to do that unless Speaker Madigan steps aside, and that doesn’t seem likely.)
— Illinois Policy Institute’s lobbying arm got $2.5 million last year from group that bankrolled Merrick Garland fight
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/21/illinois-policy-institutes-lobbying-arm-got-25-million-last-year-from-group-that-bankrolled-merrick-garland-fight/

 

DAILY ILLINI
— University instructor arrested, allegedly assaulted students
https://dailyillini.com/news/2017/11/20/university-instructor-arrested-allegedly-assaulted-students/

 

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot promoters promote pot big time. If you promote pot, you promote destruction.
https://www.ilnews.org/news/statewide/marijuana-expert-legal-weed-inevitable-in-illinois-likely-soon/article_3b01ab0c-cbca-11e7-b639-b31158aff623.html

 

POLITIFACT ILLINOIS
— Wealthy Illinois candidates face tax disclosure minefield – Matt Dietrich
http://www.politifact.com/illinois/article/2017/nov/21/will-pritzkerkennedy-reveal-more-about-their-taxes/

 

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Nearly half of DHS uniforms bought south of the border Mexico makes 70 percent of TSA uniforms – Stephen Dinan (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps have no problem with America depending on a country a) that sends many millions of its citizens into America illegally, b) that keeps many millions of its citizens in America illegally, and c) that sends mountains of illegal drugs into America illegally.)
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/21/nearly-half-dhs-uniforms-bought-south-border/

 

DAILY SIGNAL
— Bloated Federal Agencies Have Become the Norm. Here’s the Key to Sizing Them Down. – John York (DIERSEN: Democrats run federal agencies. When they get rid of bloat, they get rid of their employees who are Republican, and especially Republicans who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
http://dailysignal.com/2017/11/21/bloated-federal-agencies-become-norm-heres-key-sizing/

 

AMERICAN THINKER
— Time to Give Thanks to White Males – Noel S. Williams
http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/11/its_time_to_give_thanks_to_white_males.html

 

RED STATE
— Promising Republican Candidates Are Being Torpedoed By Antiquated Notions Of Sexual Morality – Jim Jamitis (DIERSEN: If you have ever done anything that subjects you to blackmail, you should not seek or hold any kind of government or political office.)
https://www.redstate.com/jimjamitis/2017/11/21/promising-republican-candidates-torpedoed-antiquated-notions-sexual-morality/

 

WASHINGTON TIMES
— University of Illinois instructor arrested after confronting conservative students – Jessica Chasmar
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/21/tariq-khan-university-of-illinois-instructor-arres/

 

THE HILL
— Establishment GOP conflicted over potential Moore win – ALEXANDER BOLTON (DIERSEN: When push comes to shove, establishment Republicans would rather see a Democrat elected than a conservative.)
http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/361284-establishment-gop-conflicted-over-potential-moore-win

 

POLITICO
— Conyers scandal rocks House Democrats – JOHN BRESNAHAN and HEATHER CAYGLE
https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/21/john-conyers-sexual-harassment-253977

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— Trump Defends Roy Moore, Citing Candidate’s Denial of Allegations – Michael D. Shear
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/21/us/politics/roy-moore-trump-alabama.html

 

WASHINGTON POST
— Federal regulators unveiled a plan Tuesday that would give Internet providers broad powers to determine what websites and online services their customers can see and use. – Brian Fung (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents want Internet providers a) to stop everyone from visiting www.gopillinois.com and b) to stop everyone from receiving GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/11/21/the-fcc-has-unveiled-its-plan-to-rollback-its-net-neutrality-rules/
— Federal judge says Trump administration can’t stop funding sex-reassignment surgery for military members – Ann E. Marimow
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/a-second-judge-blocks-trump-administrations-proposed-transgender-military-ban/2017/11/21/d91f65e4-cee1-11e7-81bc-c55a220c8cbe_story.html

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Former Israeli Actress Alleged to Be Operative for Corporate-Investigation Firm – Mark Maremont, Jacquie McNish and Rob Copeland (DIERSEN: Do you serve as an operative or as a dupe for someone? I do not. I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who serve as operates or dupes for those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout.)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/aspiring-actress-alleged-to-be-operative-at-israeli-intelligence-firm-1510808386

 

NEWSWEEK
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Americans agree with GAO and CATO.
http://www.newsweek.com/border-checkpoints-are-expensive-waste-time-and-money-718494

 

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
— Chicago Renews Legal Fund for Immigrants Facing Deportation (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the Democrats who run Chicago encourage people to come to America illegally, to stay in America illegally, and to bring others to America illegally.)
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/illinois/articles/2017-11-21/chicago-renews-legal-fund-for-immigrants-facing-deportation

 

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
— Former ‘Saturday Night Live’ Female Stars, Staff Support Al Franken in Signed Statement – Jackie Strause (DIERSEN: Who supports you? My critics/opponents have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois. They have made it very clear that they will have their operatives and their dupes destroy any individual, any organization, any company, and any government that might support me. They crow about their success in a) baring me from political events, b) evicting me from political events, c) ending my TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairmanship, d) ending my Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee membership, e) ending my service as a Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster not only once, but twice, f) ending my Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee membership, g) ending my American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board membership, h) ending my GAO employment, i) etc.)
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/saturday-night-live-female-stars-staff-support-al-franken-1060656

November 21 Morning Edition

NBC5
— Puppy Fatally Attacked by Pit Bull in Wheaton, Family Says Aaron Rontal recalled one his daughters telling him the pit bull was “was shaking (Theo) around like he was a chew toy.” – Dick Johnson
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Puppy-Fatally-Attacked-by-Pit-Bull-in-Wheaton-Family-Says-458993713.html

 

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Girl Scouts to parents: Don’t force kids to hug family during the holidays
http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/dont-miss/girls-scouts-to-parents-dont-force-kids-to-hug-family-during-the-holidays

 

WLS AM
— Illinois to stay in controversial voter database for now
http://www.wlsam.com/2017/11/21/illinois-to-stay-in-controversial-voter-database-for-now/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— A middle-class tax cut? Oh, puhleeze! – Doyle McManus (DIERSEN: To support the GOP tax bill is to say that a) you want those who take the standard deduction to pay less federal income tax and b) you want those who itemize their deductions to pay more federal income tax. Overwhelmingly, a) those who take the standard deduction are renters and younger and are more likely to vote for Democrats and b) those who itemize their deductions are homeowners and older and are more likely to vote for Republicans.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-taxes-gop-tax-bill-middle-class-1121-story.html
— Al Franken’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ era was full of jokes disparaging women – Allison Yarrow
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-franken-snl-jokes-women-1121-20171120-story.html
— Rep. John Conyers settled complaint over sexual conduct – AP
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-john-conyers-sexual-conduct-complaint-20171120-story.html
— House GOP tax plan would fall $1.3 trillion short of paying for itself, study finds – Damian Paletta
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-house-gop-tax-plan-20171120-story.html
— Typical homeowner will pay $174 more to City Hall, CPS in 2018 – Hal Dardick
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-chicago-taxes-next-year-20171116-story.html
— Corporate tax cut plans put local home buyers, sellers, builders in a bind – Robert Reed
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/columnists/reed/ct-biz-home-tax-buyer-impact-20171117-story.html
— Why Democrats should tell Al Franken to resign – Paul Waldman
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-democrats-tell-al-franken-resign-20171121-story.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Trump promises Americans ‘huge tax cut’ for Christmas – AP (DIERSEN: To support the GOP tax bill is to say that a) you want those who take the standard deduction to pay less federal income tax and b) you want those who itemize their deductions to pay more federal income tax. Overwhelmingly, a) those who take the standard deduction are renters and younger and are more likely to vote for Democrats and b) those who itemize their deductions are homeowners and older and are more likely to vote for Republicans.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/tax-overhaul-trump-individual-mandate/

 

DAILY HERALD
— Elite are keeping the state divided – Alexander Paterakis (DIERSEN: What do the elite in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois think of you? On who/what do they base their opinion of you? Based on the words and the actions of their spokespersons yesterday evening, Vince Kolber, Ed Bachrach, Virginia McCaskey, and/or Gary Rabine have an extremely low opinion of me and an extremely low opinion of what I have done for you as your GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000. On who/what do Vince Kolber, Ed Bachrach, Virginia McCaskey, and/or Gary Rabine base their opinion of me?)
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20171121/alexander-paterakis-elite-are-keeping-the-state-divided
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE: VERY SAD: McDonald’s plans to tear down Des Plaines replica restaurant – Christopher Placek
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171120/mcdonalds-plans-to-tear-down-des-plaines-replica-restaurant
— Study shows it pays to be a St. Charles employee – James Fuller (DIERSEN: Virtually everyone hints/implies/argues/shouts that federal employees are overpaid. But many millions have not and will not seek a job with the federal government a) because the pay and benefits are terrible, b) because the advancement opportunities are terrible, c) because they lack required education, work experience, professional certifications, and/or professional licenses, d) because they cannot pass an employment examination, e) because they cannot pass a background investigation, f) because they cannot pass a physical examination, g) because they cannot take the demonization, denigration, and condemnation that comes with being a federal employee or federal retiree, and/or h) because they are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran and they know that the federal government discriminates against the aforesaid.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171121/study-shows-it-pays-to-be-a-st-charles-employee
— U-46 leaders discuss rolling out dual language in high schools – Madhu Krishnamurthy
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171121/u-46-leaders-discuss-rolling-out-dual-language-in-high-schools
(FROM THE ARTICLE: School board member Jeanette Ward said she is concerned the dual language program targets Spanish speaking students and that it prolongs dependence on Spanish.)

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Pritzker: ‘There really is no Illinois Democratic Party’ – GREG HINZ
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171120/BLOGS02/171129984
— Which charities are the big winners in the city budget? – LISA BERTAGNOLI (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, charities promote the Democrat Party platform.)
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171121/NEWS07/171129983/which-charities-are-the-big-winners-in-the-city-budget

 

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Filing period for March 2018 primary starts Monday
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2017-11-21/filing-period-march-2018-primary-starts-monday.html

 

JOURNAL COURIER
— This tax cut is not for you – Steve Hochstadt
http://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/116256/commentary-this-tax-cut-is-not-for-you

 

ALTON DAILY NEWS
— Deficit Spending Finger Pointing – Greg Bishop
http://altondailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=17&id=255577#.WhQp18vR-M8
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot promoters promote pot big time. If you promote pot, you promote destruction.
http://www.altondailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=17&id=255578#.WhQ72cvR-M8

 

TIMES
— Unions back candidate Lance Yednock against Jerry Long – David Giuliani (DIERSEN: What do unions and union members think of you? I was a union member for almost 12 years. What do those who are anti-union think of you? I was a union member for almost 12 years.)
http://www.mywebtimes.com/news/local/unions-back-candidate-against-long/article_1bae7802-458b-5796-a128-c91d5bac2228.html

 

SOUTHERN
— At the holidays, HUD’s confusing letter telling Cairo residents to move ‘immediately’ met with frustration – MOLLY PARKER
http://thesouthern.com/news/local/acha/at-the-holidays-hud-s-confusing-letter-telling-cairo-residents/article_723d08e2-ac20-5e92-8300-0155f2358fce.html

 

DES MOINES REGISTER
— Businesses should be required to use E-Verify – Russell Dorsey, Altoona
https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/readers/2017/11/20/businesses-should-required-use-e-verify/880962001/

 

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— Rand Paul to ‘likely support’ GOP tax bill, aide says – LAUREN FOX (DIERSEN: To support the GOP tax bill is to say that a) you want those who take the standard deduction to pay less federal income tax and b) you want those who itemize their deductions to pay more federal income tax. Overwhelmingly, a) those who take the standard deduction are renters and younger and are more likely to vote for Democrats and b) those who itemize their deductions are homeowners and older and are more likely to vote for Republicans.)
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/politics/rand-paul-to-likely-support-gop-tax-bill-aide-says/860970291
— Illinois Lt. Governor looks to expand online classrooms in rural schools The Lt. Governor wants more options available in rural school districts. – Lindsey Harrison
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/local-news/illinois-lt-governor-looks-to-expand-online-classrooms-in-rural-schools/861201553
— How computer revolution is deepening US partisan divide Study shows stark economic pattern – RONALD BROWNSTEIN
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/business/how-computer-revolution-is-deepening-us-partisan-divide/861456998
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Clinton won preponderant majorities in the communities where the highest share of workers perform jobs that require intensive use of computerized technology — most of them larger cities, many along the two coasts. Trump overwhelmed her in the mostly smaller interior places that haven’t attracted nearly as many well-paying, information-savvy jobs, according to figures provided by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. Based on Brookings’ data, CNN has analyzed the election results for all 536 federal statistical areas, including the 382 metropolitan areas, and the 154 non-metropolitan areas, which comprise all of the remaining counties not encompassed in any of the metros. Clinton won 18 of the 20 metropolitan areas where the largest share of employees work in jobs that require high levels of digital skill, and 36 of the top 50. But Trump won a steadily increasing share of communities that ranked lower in the share of high-digital employment. He carried five times as many communities as Clinton did among the areas that ranked outside the top 200 for high-digital jobs.)

 

WHEATON PATCH
— Pit Bull Attacks, Kills Puppy In Wheaton As Children Watch A Wheaton family says they were walking their new puppy home from the park when a pit bull fatally attacked it. – Lisa Marie Farver
https://patch.com/illinois/wheaton/pit-bull-attacks-kills-puppy-wheaton-children-watch

 

CHICAGO MAROON
— Tax Reform Firestorm The Republican tax reform effort threatens higher education as we know it. – Editorial
https://www.chicagomaroon.com/article/2017/11/21/tax-reform-firestorm/

 

PRAIRIE STATE WIRE
— New Pritzker promise on tax returns draws skepticism from state GOP – Brent Zell (DIERSEN: What would your 2016 federal income tax return show? My and my wife’s 2016 federal income tax return shows that we had $30,890 in itemized deductions. We paid $21,433 in medical and dental expenses and we were able to deduct $13,859 of that, we paid $12,835 in real estate taxes, we paid $1,468 in state income taxes, and we made $2,728 in 501(c)(3) contributions.)
https://prairiestatewire.com/stories/511273151-new-pritzker-promise-on-tax-returns-draws-skepticism-from-state-gop

 

POLITICO ILLINOIS
— FROM THE ARTICLE: U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill.: “I don’t believe in the elimination of these deductions that help a lot of middle class families … such as the repeal of the deduction of state income taxes and the repeal of property taxes (capped at $10,000 in House bill, Senate bill no allowance) we calculated that the results of this is a $1,100 tax increase on the average family in my district, which is unacceptable.” – Natasha Korecki
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/illinois-playbook/2017/11/21/politico-illinois-playbook-roskam-chasing-good-in-tax-bill-225180

 

CAPITOL FAX
— State GOP again demands that Durbin and Duckworth give away their Franken money
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/21/state-gop-again-demands-that-durbin-and-duckworth-give-away-their-franken-money/

 

AMERICAN SPECTATOR
— A New Transparency in Illinois? State agencies will soon be required to open their books to taxpayers — though much debt will still not be reported. – JOHNNY KAMPIS
https://spectator.org/a-new-transparency-in-illinois/

 

NEWSMAX
— Showdown Over DACA Sparking Fears of Government Shutdown – Jeffrey Rodack
https://www.newsmax.com/politics/daca-debate-fears-government/2017/11/21/id/827357/

 

TOWNHALL
— End the Root Cause of Illegal Immigration – Ken Blackwell
https://townhall.com/columnists/kenblackwell/2017/11/21/end-the-root-cause-of-illegal-immigration-n2412107

 

BLAZE
— Roy Moore campaign releases 3 witness statements to refute embarrassing mall story – Carlos Garcia
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/11/20/roy-moore-campaign-releases-3-witness-statements-to-refute-embarrassing-mall-story
— Kathy Griffin says she’s been ‘blacklisted’ from work since insulting Trump – Carlos Garcia (DIERSEN: If you were me, how would you treat activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. who blacklist me because I refuse to carry out their blacklist orders? Needless-to-say, no Republican who considers me to be a member of the news media would never a) demand that I blacklist anyone or anything, let alone b) blacklist me because I refuse to carry out their blacklist oders.)
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/11/20/kathy-griffin-says-shes-been-blacklisted-from-work-since-insulting-trump
— Fox News stands behind Hannity in defiance of Media Matters-orchestrated boycott – Sara Gonzales (DIERSEN: Who stands behind you? Who boycotts you? Every time that I get barred from or evicted from a political event, I learn more about who stands behind me and who boycotts me. I should write a book about all the times since 2000 that those who boycott me use the “I am a member of the news media” excuse to bar me from or to evict from political events. Behind my back, these same people hint/imply/argue/shout that I am NOT a member of the news media.)
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/11/20/fox-news-stands-behind-hannity-in-defiance-of-media-matters-orchestrated-boycott

 

FOX NEWS
— Kathy Griffin complains she’s unemployable after being ‘blacklisted’ from Hollywood for Trump photo scandal (DIERSEN: If you were me, how would you treat activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. who blacklist me because I refuse to carry out their blacklist orders? Needless-to-say, no Republican who considers me to be a member of the news media would never a) demand that I blacklist anyone or anything, let alone b) blacklist me because I refuse to carry out their blacklist oders.)
http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/11/20/kathy-griffin-complains-shes-unemployable-after-being-blacklisted-from-hollywood-for-trump-photo-scandal.html

 

DAILY CALLER
— Top Democrat Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accuser With $27K In Taxpayer Money – Peter Hasso

http://dailycaller.com/2017/11/20/revealed-top-democrat-paid-off-sexual-harassment-accuser-with-27k-in-taxpayer-money/

 

THE HILL
— Congress barreling toward explosive immigration fight – MIKE LILLIS (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes reject the immigration planks in the Republican Party platform and in the Illinois Republican party platform.)
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/361266-congress-barreling-toward-explosive-immigration-fight

 

POLITICO
— Congress speeds toward shutdown over Dreamers Party leaders on both sides of the aisle fear they’ll be blamed for budget brinkmanship — but they’re equally afraid of enraging their grassroots. – RACHAEL BADE and HEATHER CAYGLE (DIERSEN: Democrat grassroots are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors and Republican grassroots are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/21/congress-dreamers-government-shutdown-daca-250758

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— After House Vote on Taxes, Spotlight Shifts to Undecided Senators – Thomas Kaplan (DIERSEN: To support the GOP tax bill is to say that a) you want those who take the standard deduction to pay less federal income tax and b) you want those who itemize their deductions to pay more federal income tax. Overwhelmingly, a) those who take the standard deduction are renters and younger and are more likely to vote for Democrats and b) those who itemize their deductions are homeowners and older and are more likely to vote for Republicans.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/20/us/politics/senate-tax-flake.html
— C.E.O. Deficit Fears Dissolve With the Prospect of Corporate Tax Cuts – Andrew Ross Sorkin
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/20/business/corporate-taxes-national-debt.html
— Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro Gets Ticket for Speeding at 119 M.P.H. – Sarah Maslin Nir
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/20/nyregion/fox-news-host-jeanine-pirro-speeding-ticket.html
— If 2018 Is Like 2017, the House Will Be a Tossup It’s not obvious that the building Democratic wave will be enough to flip control of the chamber. – Nate Cohn
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/20/upshot/if-2018-is-like-2017-the-house-will-be-a-tossup.html

 

USA TODAY
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PICTURE: Sexual harassment troubles mount in statehouses around the country – Joel Ebert
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/11/20/sexual-harassment-statehouses/882874001/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In Illinois and California, hundreds of people — including legislators, lobbyists and legislative staffers — signed letters alleging widespread sexual harassment in state politics. Some efforts already are underway to address the problem. Illinois lawmakers appointed a former federal prosecutor to serve as a watchdog regarding sexual harassment at the Capitol.)

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Harvard Faces DOJ Probe Over Affirmative-Action Policies Justice Department accuses university of failing to cooperate in investigation of whether its admission policies discriminate against Asian-Americans – Melissa Korn and Nicole Hong
https://www.wsj.com/articles/harvard-faces-doj-probe-over-affirmative-action-policies-1511260380
— Lois Lerner Doesn’t Trust You “You can’t handle the truth,” the former IRS official tells the American people. – William McGurn
https://www.wsj.com/articles/lois-lerner-doesnt-trust-you-1511219152
— Review: The Leap of Faith You Take in Deciding ‘Who Can You Trust?’ Smartphones, social networks and all our digital gossip and griping are altering the way we learn to trust others and assess risky behavior. Philip Delves Broughton reviews ‘Who Can You Trust?’ – Rachel Botsman (DIERSEN HEADLINE: Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always shouted at everyone that no one should trust me about anything. They shout at hosts of political fundraisers that they should not trust me to publish a fair or accurate report of their events.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/review-the-leap-of-faith-you-take-in-deciding-who-can-you-trust-1511206644

 

MONDAQ
— Illinois Bucks The Trend On Salary History – Emily M. Wajert (DIERSEN: For government employees, salary history is public record. Since the beginning of time, government employees have been viciously demonized, viciously denigrated, and vicious condemned as being overpaid. Many do not seek jobs with the federal government a) because the pay and benefits are terrible, b) because the advancement opportunities are terrible, c) because they lack required education, work experience, professional certifications, and/or professional licenses, d) because they cannot pass an employment examination, e) because they cannot pass a background investigation, f) because they cannot pass a physical examination, and/or g) because they cannot take the demonization, denigration, and condemnation that comes with being a government employee or a government retiree.)
http://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/x/647930/Employee+Benefits+Compensation/Illinois+Bucks+the+Trend+on+Salary+History

November 20 Evening Edition

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— OCTOBER 5, 2017 FLASHBACK: Mike Connelly and Pat Hughes spoke very highly of Jeanne Ives at her outstanding fundraiser Thursday evening, October 5, 2017, at Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton. Hughes presented Ives with a $10,000 check from Illinois Liberty Pac. The 50+ attendees included Ron Almiron, Janice Anderson, Mike Barbier, Bob Biggins, Liam Brennan, Denise Cattoni, Lori Carlson, John Curran, Sal Falbo, Jay Fisher, Suzanne Fitch, Bob Grogan, Heidi Holan, Tonia Khouri, Chris LeVan, John Millner, Burt Miner, Nicole Prater, Mike Prueter, Richard Russo, Jan Shaw, Phil Suess, Dave Tornga, Karen Wilson, Jim Zay, and Stan Zegel. – Dave Diersen
https://gopillinois.com/uncategorized/october-5-evening-edition-2/
 
DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Ives heads to Downers Grove for a powerhouse fundraiser – Hoang Tran (DIERSEN: Sadly, there will be no GOPUSA ILLINOIS report on this event like there was for Ive’s October 5, 2017 event (see above). Since 2000, I have attended many such events in my roles as the GOPUSA Illinois Editor and as a DuPage County Milton Township Republican Precinct Committeeman, and previously, as a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman (2005-2012) and as an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member (2003-2007). Spokespersons for the event hosts talked and acted like had never heard of me or of my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. I had left a message with Ive’s House campaign that I wanted to attend the event and to let me know if there was any problem, but I learned after the event that the message did not get through. They stressed that the event was “closed to the media” and that the event hosts did not want any members of the news media at the event. Notwithstanding my appeals, spokespersons for the event hosts would not allow me to speak with any of the event hosts and succeeded in evicting me from the event. When I arrived early at the event, I learned that I had not been invited to attend a press conference that was in progress. I was offered the opportunity to attend the press conference and to ask Ives questions, but that was not why I was there. I was there to get information to post a report on the event similar to what I did for her October 5, 2017 event (see above). I stressed that my “attendees included” lists in such reports has always been limited to Republican elected officials, candidates, and party leaders, but that did not change their minds. At least my trip to the event was not a complete waste of my time. I got to meet Rich Morthland and I brought in a notarized petition for Ives. Previously, I had provided Ives with three notarized petitions for her House race. I might have been allowed to attend the event if had if I had contributed $1,000 to her campaign or if I had brought in petitions containing 200 signatures, but probably not because I am a member of the news media. GOPUSA ILLINOIS email subscriptions are worth at least $1,000/year and I hope that the Ives campaign reads the emails. Needless-to-say my nasty critics/opponents, their nasty operatives, and their nasty dupes are “rolling in the isles” with laughter because since 2000, they have shouted that I am NOT a member of the news media and that my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are worthless.)
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511273902-ives-heads-to-downers-grove-for-a-powerhouse-fundraiser
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Continuing her tour of Illinois, Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) is stopping in Downers Grove on Monday night to attend a private campaign fundraiser being hosted by several influential powerhouses. Ives has been campaigning rigorously for a run at the 2018 gubernatorial election, petitioning to challenge incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner, whom she believed has failed as a Republican leader after he went against the party on important measures such as taxpayer funded abortions and property tax reform. “He has basically discredited himself as a Republican,” Ives said in an interview on “Chicago Tonight” on WTTW. “He’s signed into law very extreme measures. The man who said he had no social agenda ended up having only a social agenda.” The hosts of the Downers Grove fundraiser include Vince Kolber, Ed Bachrach, Virginia McCaskey and Gary Rabine. Kolber is an entrepreneur and civic leader and was a candidate for the 5th Congressional District in 2016. Bachrach is the former chairman and CEO of Bachrach Clothing Inc., a national retail chain of men’s clothing stores. McCaskey is the matriarch of the Chicago Bears NFL team. Rabine is the CEO and founder of the Rabine Group, which is involved in asphalt and parking lot development. The people of Illinois deserves another option for governor, Ives contended. “We’re traveling the state to let people know that they have a real option in the governor’s race,” Ives told Rock Island Today. “They feel betrayed by both Gov. Rauner and the longtime political ruling class in Springfield. Places like Rock Island and like Decatur have become the forgotten places in Illinois by the Chicago Democrats who have run this state into the ground. This campaign is committed to helping every Illinoisan and their family succeed.” The campaign has previously visited Decatur, Rock Island County, the Quad Cities area, Troy, Glen Carbon and Springfield.)
— Wheatland Township GOP sees Ives as state’s future – Glenn Minnis
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511269816-wheatland-township-gop-sees-ives-as-state-s-future
 
FOX NEWS
— Trump puts North Korea back on blacklist (DIERSEN: What do you say to those who blacklist me because I refuse to carry out their blacklist orders? Should I publish a list of those who blacklist me because I refuse to carry out their blacklist orders?)
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/20/latest-terror-designation-way-to-hike-nkorea-pressure.html
 
ABC7
— Judge permanently blocks Trump sanctuary cities order – AP
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/judge-permanently-blocks-trump-sanctuary-cities-order/2676112/
 
NBC5
— Hastert Scores Victory in One of Two Abuse-Related Lawsuits – Phil Rogers
https://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Hastert-Scores-Victory-in-One-of-Two-Abuse-Related-Lawsuits-458873243.html
 
CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Divided vote keeps Illinois in Crosscheck voter database – Rick Pearson
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-illinois-politics-crosscheck-20171120-story.html
 
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Kendall County judge dismisses sex abuse suit against Dennis Hastert – Mitch Dudek
https://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/kendall-county-judge-dismisses-sex-abuse-suit-against-dennis-hastert/
— 3 tame referendums to crowd more controversial questions off ballot – Fran Spielman
https://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/three-tame-referenda-to-crowd-more-controversial-questions-off-ballot/
 
DAILY HERALD
— College of DuPage holds line on property taxes – Robert Sanchez
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171120/college-of-dupage-holds-line-on-property-taxes

— McHenry County reduces levy 11.2%, asks other taxing bodies to follow – Lauren Rohr
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171120/mchenry-county-reduces-levy-112-asks-other-taxing-bodies-to-follow-
— Will your taxes go up or down? The five biggest questions on the GOP plan – Heather Long (DIERSEN: From what I see, Republican leaders want those who itemize their deductions to take the biggest tax hit. I itemized 1972-1977 and my wife and I have itemized since 1978. Government should encourage homeownership and taking job-related graduate courses. The deductibility of mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and job-related education a) encouraged me to take job-related graduate courses 1972-1983 and 1992-1997, b) encouraged me to buy a new town home in 1972, a studio condo in 1974, and a one bedroom condo in 1976, and c) encouraged my wife and I to buy a home in 1978 and to have one built in 1984.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171120/will-your-taxes-go-up-or-down-the-five-biggest-questions-on-the-gop-plan
 
CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— UIC may absorb John Marshall Law School – LYNNE MAREK
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171120/NEWS13/171129992/uic-may-absorb-john-marshall-law-school
— Why Crain’s is no longer allowing comments (DIERSEN: Many, if not most, if not virtually all of the operatives and dupes who work for my critics/opponent operate anonymously. They know that I am litigious.)
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171120/OPINION/171129996/why-crains-is-no-longer-allowing-comments
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The editors of Crain’s Chicago Business are pulling the plug on our website’s comments section. Since we launched ChicagoBusiness.com more than 20 years ago, we have employed a variety of tools-most recently a discussion platform called Disqus-to facilitate reader commentary. Inevitably, however, the trolls leave their trails of slime before we know it. Simply put, we do not have the personnel to manage this commentary, to keep it civil and fair and to halt the back and forth before it devolves into invective, name-calling and, in too many cases, outright hate speech. We’d rather not play host to these often anonymous commenters. They drive out more civil readers and potential commenters. They sully our content, our brand and our sponsors. So, to borrow a phrase, we’re draining the swamp.)
— Should the upper middle class take the biggest tax hit? – Bloomberg (DIERSEN: From what I see, Republican leaders want those who itemize their deductions to take the biggest tax hit. I itemized 1972-1977 and my wife and I have itemized since 1978. Government should encourage homeownership and taking job-related graduate courses. The deductibility of mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and job-related education a) encouraged me to take job-related graduate courses 1972-1983 and 1992-1997, b) encouraged me to buy a new town home in 1972, a studio condo in 1974, and a one bedroom condo in 1976, and c) encouraged my wife and I to buy a home in 1978 and to have one built in 1984.)
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171120/NEWS02/171129990/should-the-upper-middle-class-take-the-biggest-tax-hit
— Illinois to stay in controversial voter database for now – AP
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171120/NEWS02/171129986/illinois-to-stay-in-controversial-voter-database-for-now
 
KANKAKEE DAILY JOURNAL
— What’s the blueprint to political success? – Editorial (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, the “blueprint to political success” is to determine who has the most religious, government, political, and financial clout and then glorify and praise them, pander to them, serve as one of their operatives or dupes, and give them money.)
http://www.daily-journal.com/opinion/editorials/what-s-the-blueprint-to-political-success/article_76857b69-c880-59bf-a2af-ea201ee60a92.html
 
STATELINE
— Gov. Rauner Primary Opponent Jeannie Ives to Appear at Rockford Pro-Trump Event Tuesday Event will feature candidates, authors and talk show hosts among others
http://www.mystateline.com/news/gov-rauner-primary-opponent-to-appear-at-rockford-pro-trump-event-tuesday/860821348
 
ST. LOUIS TODAY
— House Republicans target medical expense deductions for elderly, disabled – Editorial (DIERSEN: Last year, my and my wife’s medical and dental expenses were $21,433, of which $13,859 was deductible. Last year, my aunt’s medical and dental expenses were $78,213, of which $74,050 was deductible. From what I see, Republican leaders want those who itemize their deductions to take the biggest tax hit. I itemized 1972-1977 and my wife and I have itemized since 1978. Government should encourage homeownership and taking job-related graduate courses. The deductibility of mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and job-related education a) encouraged me to take job-related graduate courses 1972-1983 and 1992-1997, b) encouraged me to buy a new town home in 1972, a studio condo in 1974, and a one bedroom condo in 1976, and c) encouraged my wife and I to buy a home in 1978 and to have one built in 1984.)
http://www.stltoday.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-house-republicans-target-medical-expense-deductions-for-elderly-disabled/article_ec1ba530-6dee-5260-9c30-2828c072f126.html
 
NORTHWEST INDIANA TIMES
— Why Don’t More People Wait Until They’re 70 to Claim Social Security? – Brian Stoffel (DIERSEN: My $2,028/year Social Security is dramatically less because I get a $50,856/year Civil Service Retirement Srstem pension. I earned Social Security credits during the 1960s and 1970s when I did yard work, washed dishes, cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, pumped gasoline, delivered mail, worked on an automobile assembly line and as a security guard, and sold tires, automotive services, and major appliances.)
http://www.nwitimes.com/business/investment/markets-and-stocks/why-don-t-more-people-wait-until-they-re-to/article_02cd189e-374e-5ec9-a1dd-c6457bc895a4.html
 
WILLIAM J. KELLY
— Ives campaign doing damage control on fake Bannon story (DIERSEN: I oppose blacklisting because my critics/opponents blacklist me. Those who want me to blacklist William J. Kelly and/or others should go public with their requests.)
http://www.williamjkelly.org/news/ives-campaign-doing-damage-control-on-fake-bannon-story
 
WIRE POINTS
— Pending Federal Tax Changes Would Lower Illinois Home Values And Deepen Property Tax Rage – Mark Glennon (DIERSEN: Mortgage interest and real estate taxes being deductible a) encouraged me to buy a new town home in 1972 when I was 24 years old, a studio condo in 1974, and a one bedroom condo in 1976 and b) encouraged my wife and I to buy a home in 1978 and to have one built in 1984.)
http://www.wirepoints.com/pending-federal-tax-changes-would-lower-illinois-home-values-and-inflame-property-tax-issues-wirepoints-original/
 
WILL COUNTY NEWS
— State employee health insurance accounts for vast majority of Illinois’ 2017 deficit spending – Greg Bishop
http://willcountynews.com/2017/11/20/state-employee-health-insurance-accounts-for-vast-majority-of-illinois-2017-deficit-spending/
 
ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
— Congressman Randy Hultgren Introduces Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – John Biver
https://illinoisfamily.org/education/congressman-randy-hultgren-introduces-parental-rights-amendment-u-s-constitution/
 
CAPITOL FAX
— After claiming Madigan was on a “descent into madness,” Ives now pledges different approach
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/20/after-claiming-madigan-was-on-a-descent-into-madness-ives-now-pledges-different-approach/
— Rauner’s Madigan schtick wearing thin with the… Kankakee Daily Journal?
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/20/rauners-madigan-schtick-wearing-thin-with-the-kankakee-daily-journal/
— New sexual harassment laws derided as toothless
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/20/new-sexual-harassment-laws-derided-as-toothless/
 
GOPUSA
— Calif. officials crack down on ‘churches’ selling marijuana
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=33688
 
WESTERN JOURNAL
— Latino Congressman Denied Membership in Hispanic Caucus – The Reason Why Is Surprising – Jason Hopkins (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Which individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries treat me like I am not a member if the news media? ANSWER: Those that are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors and those that a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid.)
https://www.westernjournal.com/lawmaker-denied-membership-congressional-hispanic-caucus-hes-republican/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The congressman made his case for membership in the CHC last week. However, there was one major problem plaguing his chances. Curbelo is a Republican.)
 
COLLEGE FIX
— University of Illinois instructor assaults conservative students – DANIEL PAYNE
http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/39174/
 
ASSOCIATED PRESS
— Illinois to stay in controversial voter database for now
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Illinois-to-stay-in-controversial-voter-database-12371770.php
 
FED SMITH
— Extending Federal Employee Probation to Two Years? – Ralph R. Smith (DIERSEN: My Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were furious that when I transferred from IRS to GAO in 1980 when I was 31 years old, because I had been under a probationary period at IRS, I was not under a probationary period at GAO. Nevertheless, they did everything that they could to get rid of me. GAO audits IRS. They kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO. They gave me unfair performance expectations and unfair performance appraisals. They assigned me to work for, to work with, and to supervise the office’s most problematic employees. And even worse things. In my defense, I completed the requirements for a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981, became a licensed CPA in 1981, a Certified Fraud Examiner in 1990, a Certified Government Financial Manager in 1994, a Certified Financial Services Auditor in 1996, and a Forensic Accountant in 1997. In addition, I completed the requirements for a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997.)
https://www.fedsmith.com/2017/11/20/extending-federal-employee-probation-two-years/

November 20 Morning Edition

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Transit leader Kirk Dillard says CTA fare hike justified; McCarter backing Ives; Harold says as AG she wouldn’t support or oppose Trump; Mazeski gets leg up in Roskam race – Rick Pearson
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-cta-fare-hike-20171120-story.html
— Who benefits from House tax plan? – Jill Schlesinger (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
https://www.pressreader.com/usa/chicago-tribune/20171120/281865823771370
— You can get a good job without a bachelor’s degree – Chauncy Lennon and Anthony P. Carnevale (DIERSEN: What did you do to qualify yourself for better paying jobs? I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-degree-college-jobs-1120-20171114-story.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Black aldermen realizing strength in numbers – Laura Washington (DIERSEN: As they gain in numbers, members of the following groups realize their strength: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors. Ever-increasingly, they realize that soon, if not already, they will have the strength to get rid of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/washington-black-aldermen-working-together-what-a-concept/

 

DAILY HERALD
— Most employers don’t think bans on asking about salary history will work – Jena McGregor (DIERSEN: For government employees, salary history is public record. Since the beginning of time, government employees have been viciously demonized, viciously denigrated, and vicious condemned as being overpaid. Many do not seek jobs with the federal government a) because the pay and benefits are terrible, b) because the advancement opportunities are terrible, c) because they lack required education, work experience, professional certifications, and/or professional licenses, d) because they cannot pass an employment examination, e) because they cannot pass a background investigation, f) because they cannot pass a physical examination, and/or g) because they cannot take the demonization, denigration, and condemnation that comes with being a government employee or a government retiree.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/business/20171119/most-employers-dont-think-bans-on-asking-about-salary-history-will-work
— Tax plan more backward than forward – Dennis Dedmond, Glen Ellyn
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20171120/tax-plan-more-backward-than-forward
— #MeToo movement is heartening – Jane Cox, Wheaton
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20171120/metoo-movement-is-heartening

 

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— House task force to review sexual harassment – Doug Finke (DIERSEN: Have you ever been a member of an organization that has been charged with sexual harassment? I have not. Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps hint/imply/argue/shout that the more of the following that you are, the more of a sexual harasser that you are: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://www.pjstar.com/news/20171119/house-task-force-to-review-sexual-harassment

 

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Where’s pay equity in government? – ADAM ANDRZEJEWSKI (DIERSEN: Andrzejewski should look at GAO. During the 1980s and 1990s, to hire, to retain, and to promote young Democrat women and young Democrat minorities, GAO wasted the careers of and got rid of its employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran. GAO uses Affirmative Action, Diversity, Inclusion, and its “up-or-out” policy to waste the careers of and to get rid of its employees who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who GAO does not promote to GS-13 (currently $94,610) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $111,801) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $131,508) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $161,900) by age 40. IRS did the same thing while I worked for it 1971-1980 and the Post Office did the same thing while I worked for it 1966-1969.)
http://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/guest-commentary/2017-11-19/guest-commentary-wheres-pay-equity-government.html

 

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— Trump calls on NFL to suspend Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch RB stands for Mexican anthem, sits for US anthem – MAEGAN VAZQUEZ (DIERSEN: What do you say to the many millions of citizens of Mexico who are in America? You can only be loyal to one country at a time.)
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/sports/trump-calls-on-nfl-to-suspend-raiders-marshawn-lynch/860669614

 

WILLIAM J KELLY
— Ives Campaign Promotes Fake Steve Bannon Page Endorsement
http://www.williamjkelly.org/news/ives-campaign-promotes-fake-steve-bannon-page-endorsement

 

CHEROKEE TRIBUNE LEDGER NEWS
— State employee health insurance accounts for vast majority of Illinois’ 2017 deficit spending – Greg Bishop (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have been beyond furious that the federal government a) paid 75% of my health insurance 1971-1997 and b) has paid 75% of my and my wife’s health, dental, and vision insurance since 1997. Currently, we pay $5,763/year and the federal government pays $17,288/year.)
http://www.tribuneledgernews.com/extra/news/state-employee-health-insurance-accounts-for-vast-majority-of-illinois/article_edfc1eb1-a77d-5fcd-a0bf-38fd313420a6.html

 

CAPITOL FAX
— Local 150 and Dan Proft: The enemy of my enemy is my friend
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/20/local-150-and-dan-proft-the-enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend/
— Southern publishes scathing editorial on “bizarre” Rauner press conference
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/20/southern-publishes-scathing-editorial-on-bizarre-rauner-press-conference/

 

BLAZE
— Jeff Flake predicts what will happen if the GOP becomes defined by Donald Trump & Roy Moore – Chris Enloe (DIERSEN: One could say that the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) is defined by Rauner and a) NOT by the IRP platform, b) NOT by the IRP State Central Committee members, c) NOT by the IRP county party chairmen, d) NOT by the IRP township/ward party chairmen, and e) certainly NOT by the IRP precinct committeemen.)
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/11/19/jeff-flake-predicts-what-will-happen-if-the-gop-becomes-defined-by-donald-trump-roy-moore

 

THE HILL
— Sasse: Republican Party ‘unpersuasive’ and vulnerable – BRETT SAMUELS (DIERSEN: The Republican Party, Illinois Republican Party (IRP), DuPage County Republican Central Committee (DCRCC), and Milton Township Republican Central Committee (MTRCC) are headed for oblivion if they do not stop letting people hold leadership positions who reject planks in Republican Party platform and the IRP platform. Most commonly, they reject the traditional family, right to life, immigration, illegal drugs, and/or equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks. These “the platform is the problem” leaders are Democrat Party plants, Libertarian Party plants, or Green Party plants who a) focus on getting rid of those like me who support the aforesaid planks and b) focus on destroying the Republican Party, DCRCC, and MTRCC. Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform.)
http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/361111-sasse-republican-party-unpersuasive-and-vulnerable
— On Capitol Hill, few name names on sexual harassment – CRISTINA MARCOS
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/361128-on-capitol-hill-few-name-names-on-sexual-harassment?rnd=1511153211

 

POLITICO
— Alabama newspaper chain calls for voters to reject Moore in front-page editorial (DIERSEN: Who calls for others to reject you? I should write a book about activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, etc. in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who call for everyone to reject me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. They crow that I am no longer the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster, an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member, a GAO employee, etc.)
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook/2017/11/19/alabama-newspaper-chain-calls-for-voters-to-reject-moore-in-front-page-editorial-boston-globe-goes-to-new-zealand-to-catch-up-with-scott-brown-palm-beach-prepares-for-trump-sasse-in-iowa-sunday-best-224833

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: What do you say to men who demonize, denigrate, and condemn other men to curry favor with those who are anti-men, anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors?
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/19/opinion/sexual-harassment-men-.html
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: A One-Mab Legal Factory Fights Harvard Over Affirmative Action – Anemona Hartocollis (DIERSEN: What if during the 1980s and 1990s, Blum had represented GAO’s White male employees who GAO had not promoted to GS-13 (currently $94,610) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $111,801) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $131,508) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $161,900) by age 40?)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/19/us/affirmative-action-lawsuits.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A former mayor of Poway, a small city in Southern California, wrote a column in August in his local newspaper with this headline: “A gun to my head.” He was upset about how a state law had forced Poway to redo its voting districts so Latinos would have a better chance of winning elections. Reading the piece on his computer 3,000 miles away, Edward Blum knew he had found his newest case. Seeing one of his bêtes noires — racial gerrymandering — at work, Mr. Blum recruited the former mayor, Don Higginson, as a plaintiff, and on Oct. 4 filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the California Voting Rights Act. Mr. Blum is not a lawyer. But he is a one-man legal factory with a growing record of finding plaintiffs who match his causes, winning big victories and trying above all to erase racial preferences from American life. Mr. Blum, 65, has orchestrated more than two dozen lawsuits challenging affirmative action practices and voting rights laws across the country. He is behind two of the biggest such cases to reach the Supreme Court: one attacking consideration of race in admissions at the University of Texas, which he lost; the other contesting parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, widely considered one of this country’s most important pieces of civil rights legislation, which he won. Now, in his most high-profile cause of the moment, he has asserted that Harvard University’s affirmative action policies amount to an illegal quota system that denies high-achieving Asian-American students admission in numbers commensurate with their qualifications. He has already forced Harvard to turn over, under court seal, years of highly sensitive data about demographics, test scores and even some personal essays, and he now has a powerful ally in the Justice Department, which is looking into a similar complaint. Mr. Blum said he was acting on a pure principle — that people should never be judged by the color of their skin.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Subsidies Keep Many Insured, And Satisfied – Kate Zernike and Abby Goodnough (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have been beyond furious that the federal government a) paid 75% of my health insurance 1971-1997 and b) has paid 75% of my and my wife’s health, dental, and vision insurance since 1997. Currently, we pay $5,763/year and the federal government pays $17,288/year.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/19/health/tax-plan-obamacare-mandate.html

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Key GOP Senator Susan Collins Cites Concerns Over Senate Tax Bill Raising pressure on party leadership to make changes to secure passage – Harriet Torry and Gabriel T. Rubin (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/key-gop-senator-cites-concerns-over-senate-tax-bill-1511113253
— GOP Faces Pressure to Slow Tax Bill’s Progress in Senate
https://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2017/11/20/capital-journal-160/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, pot pushers push pot to “Alleviate the Opioid Crisis.” If you push pot, you push destruction.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/can-marijuana-alleviate-the-opioid-crisis-1511104543
— What Will Tax Reform Do for Puppies? The IRS shouldn’t favor Child Moms over Dog Moms. – Adam O’Neal (DIERSEN: If I sought a government office or political office or any kind of job, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would a) shout that my wife and I have ever owned a dog and b) shout that we gave up trying to have children, we did not adopt, and we did not become foster parents.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/what-will-tax-reform-do-for-puppies-1511071482
(FROM THE ARTICLE: As tax reform snakes its way through the legislative process, it’s becoming clear that one critical group could come out behind: dog families. This inequity must be remedied. I suggest Republicans cancel their proposed Child Tax Credit expansion and instead offer a fully refundable Canine Tax Credit worth at least $500 a dog. Congress is preparing to maybe even double the Child Tax Credit. But what about couples who opted for dogs instead of children? Or those who are preparing for parenthood by taking on a cuddly critter for a couple of years? It’s as if the Child Tax Credit’s biggest boosters are stuck in 1997, when Congress first approved the handout. I hate millennials as much as any op-ed writer, but conservatives need their support to keep tax reform viable. And millennials love pets. Forty-four percent see Fluffy as practice for real offspring. Why privilege Child Moms over Dog Moms? No one is dumb enough to believe that small subsidies for having children encourage more births. Imagine telling your other half, “Sweetheart, I’m ready for another child. Let’s just wait until we can deduct an extra $600.” While some finance-conscious Wall Street Journal readers might not find that absurd, America’s declining birth rate suggests few outside our rarefied readership agree. The Child Tax Credit instead exists to transfer wealth to a preferred group (human families) from an undesirable one (childless superconsumers). No doubt a child’s life is infinitely more precious than a dog’s, but a puppy’s owner deserves economic security as much as a human parent. Maybe subsidizing only families with small humans made sense 20 years ago, but preferences change. Republicans must ask themselves: What do we really have to offer a farmer in Fargo with four French Spaniels? Expanding the Child Tax Credit might excite a few Senate staffers or think-tank fundraisers. But today there are about 90 million dogs in the U.S., spread over some 60 million households, according to the American Pet Products Association. Millions more languish in shelters, as economically insecure Americans hesitate to adopt. Two-thirds of pet owners consider their animals “part of the family,” data from Mintel shows. That’s probably why Americans, who spent nearly $67 billion on their pets in 2016, want relief. The Canine Tax Credit would do more than pad the bank accounts of dog owners. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says having a pet can help decrease blood pressure, cholesterol and feelings of loneliness. Perhaps the Congressional Budget Office could work lowered medical costs into its score? If the Canine Tax Credit passes, loyal voters could finally point to a material benefit provided by the GOP. There’s only one problem: Democrats, always eager to one-up Republican giveaways, could counter with a Feline Tax Credit. Maybe they’d include ferrets too, Rudy Giuliani be damned. Democrats could even target the millions of families with turtles, rabbits, horses, lizards and tarantulas. It’s almost as if it’d be easier just to eliminate all the exemptions and credits and cut tax rates accordingly.)

 

USA TODAY
— Vacations for retirees on a budget – Larry Bleiberg (DIERSEN: Vacations are expensive. Your GOPUSA Illinois Editor and his wife are not planning any kind of vacation. My $50,856/year pension is only 41% of the $122,991/year salary that I earned in 1997 in today’s dollars. Because my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old, we have at least $72,135 less each year or $6,011 less each month or $1,387 less each week or $198 less each day to spend on vacations. I went on vacations in 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, and 1977. My wife and I went on many vacations, typically four each year, 1978-1992 in connection with her business trips to luxury resorts all across America. Of course, my Democrat IRS and GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were beyond furious about that.)
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2017/11/20/vacations-retirees-budget/853649001/
— Senators make bipartisan breakthrough on background check bill – Nicole Gaudiano (DIERSEN: Many millions have not and will not seek a job with the federal government a) because they cannot pass a background check, b) because the pay and benefits are terrible, c) because the advancement opportunities are terrible, d) because they lack required education, work experience, professional certifications, and/or professional licenses, e) because they cannot pass an employment examination, f) because they cannot pass a physical examination, g) because they cannot take the demonization, denigration, and condemnation that comes with being a federal employee or federal retiree, and/or h) because they are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran and they know that the federal government discriminates against the aforesaid.)
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/16/senators-make-bipartisan-breakthrough-background-check-bill/869906001/

 

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION
— Yes, You Have Implicit Biases, Too – David Gooblar (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps promote hatred of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://www.chronicle.com/article/Yes-You-Have-Implicit-Biases/241797

 

FORBES
— Illinois Government’s Gender Hypocrisy Gap – Adam Andrzejewski (DIERSEN: What would Andrzejewski say to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who hint/imply/argue/shout a) that GAO’s Chicago office hired me in 1980, promoted me in 1986, and let me work there until 1997 BECAUSE IT DISCRIMINATES AGAINST WOMEN, b) that IRS’s Chicago office hired me in 1971, promoted me in 1972, 1973, and 1974, and let me work there until 1980 BECAUSE IT DISCRIMINATES AGAINST WOMEN, and c) that the Park Forest Post Office hired me in 1966 and let me work there until 1969 BECAUSE IT DISCRIMINATES AGAINST WOMEN?)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamandrzejewski/2017/11/20/illinois-governments-gender-hypocrisy-gap/#154c8a60350e
— Why Indian Americans Were Among The Biggest Winners In The U.S. State & Local Elections – Ronak D. Desai
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ronakdesai/2017/11/19/why-indian-americans-were-among-the-biggest-winners-in-the-u-s-state-local-elections/#232c94a75f02

 

CATO
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, CATO makes it clear that it is anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
https://www.cato.org/blog/border-patrol-checkpoints-do-not-work-end-them

November 11 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Trump says he should have left UCLA players in Chinese jail – KATHERINE FAULDERS
http://abc7chicago.com/news/trump-says-he-should-have-left-ucla-players-in-chinese-jail/2669668/

 

NBC5
— Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Hold Forum – Mary Ann Ahern (DIERSEN: When will the Republican gubernatorial candidates hold a forum?)
https://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/web—democratic-governors-candidate-forum_Chicago-458630443.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Emanuel’s 2018 budget surrounded by red flags – Fran Spielman
https://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/rahm-emanuel-chicago-budget-civic-federation/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— GOP tax plan would have Illinoisans paying a tax on a tax – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Washington
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/ct-gop-tax-plan-would-have-illinoisans-paying-a-tax-on-a-tax-20171119-story.html
(FROM THE LETTER: Let me try to follow the tortured logic of your editorial of Nov. 15, “Illinois’ giant pacifier tastes like SALT.” I oppose the GOP tax plan because it gives permanent tax breaks to the wealthy and a mixed bag of temporary tax breaks and tax increases to middle-income families. Particularly objectionable to Illinois is the reduction or elimination of the deductibility of state and local taxes (SALT) from federally taxable income. Itemizers in our state under these Republican plans will indeed pay a federal tax on Illinois income taxes paid, as well as sales taxes and property taxes. In brief, the GOP tax plan will have Illinoisans paying a tax on a tax. You defend the elimination of this deduction on federal returns because it lessens the impact of the state and local taxes on our families. You call this deduction “a pacifier.” This “pacifier” is currently worth $24 billion to Illinois families. This is hard-earned money they don’t have to send to Washington. It’s a real break that lessens the impact of state and local taxes on the savings of families in our state.)
— Aldermen, start asking: What’s in those labor contracts? – Editorial
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-chicago-union-contracts-budget-20171114-story.html
— Dolton schools paid for board member to get 2-day grant training, hired her for $110K grant-writing job – Zak Koeske (DIERSEN: What did you do to qualify yourself for better paying jobs? I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32. In today’s dollars, my starting salary at IRS in 1971 was $44,853 and ending salary in 1980 was $90,173. In today’s dollars, my starting salary at GAO in 1980 was $71,326 and ending salary in 1997 was $122,991.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-district-148-administrator-st-1119-20171118-story.html
— Talk Show Host Dan Proft to Headline local Christmas Benefit Luncheon
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/deerfield/community/chi-ugc-article-talk-show-host-dan-proft-to-headline-local-ch-2017-11-19-story.html

 

WGN RADIO
— Public transportation rates rise, RTA chairman Kirk Dillard says current budget is not sustainable – Rick Pearson
http://wgnradio.com/2017/11/19/public-transportation-rates-rise-rta-chairman-says-current-budget-is-not-sustainable/
— WTTW’s Amanda Vinicky talks about the race for governor
http://wgnradio.com/2017/11/19/wttws-amanda-vinicky-talks-about-the-race-for-governor/

 

OUR QUAD CITIES
— Illinois state lawmakers believe Illinois on right path to address sexual harassment Republican Anderson and Democrat Halpin press for accountability – Jim Niedelman
http://www.ourquadcities.com/news/4-the-record/illinois-state-lawmakers-believe-illinois-on-right-path-to-address-sexual-harassment/859479041

 

COD COURIER
— COD wins battle for the old Glen Ellyn police station
https://codcourier.org/7321/news/7321/

 

TOWNHALL
— University of Illinois graduate instructor Tariq Khan has been arrested for assaulting two conservative students at an anti-Trump protest this past Thursday – Timothy Meads
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/timothymeads/2017/11/19/fightin-illini-liberal-grad-instructor-arrested-for-fighting-conservative-students-n2411582

 

FOX NEWS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps encourage people to come to America illegally, to stay in America illegally, and to bring others to America illegally. Anti-Trumps want anti-Trumps to take over America.
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/11/19/protests-in-support-undocumented-immigrants-are-part-proud-american-tradition.html

 

AMERICAN THINKER
— Guess what party Roy Moore and Donald Trump belonged to during their indiscretions – Brian C. Joondeph
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/11/guess_what_party_roy_moore_and_donald_trump_belonged_to_during_their_indiscretions.html
— Mall Never Banned Moore and Other Lies – Daniel John Sobieski (DIERSEN: Who wants to ban you from their events? The following want to ban me from their events: those who are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors. They would love it if activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. who claim to conservative and/or Republican as well as the Milton Township Republican Central Committee, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultant, etc. WOULD OFFICIALLY BAN ME FROM THEIR EVENTS.)
http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/11/mall_never_banned_moore_and_other_lies.html

 

CAMPUS REFORM
— A University of Illinois graduate instructor was arrested for assaulting two students during an anti-Trump protest Thursday, stealing the phone of one student and throwing it on the sidewalk. Tariq Khan charged the students in a rage after one of them mocked the 39-year-old by asking, “Don’t you have anything better to do? Don’t you have kids?” After accusing the students of threatening his children, Khan chased after one of them, stealing his phone and hurling it to the sidewalk. – Andrew Minik
https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=10171#.WhH2cyydUDk.facebook

 

THE HILL
— Dems eager to use tax bill against GOP in ’18 – BEN KAMISAR AND LISA HAGEN
http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/360985-dems-eager-to-use-tax-bill-against-gop-in-18

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS
— White House: No, Trump isn’t jet-lagged but full of energy – ZEKE MILLER (DIERSEN: What shows that you have energy? Since 2004, I have put together and sent out a GOPUSA ILLINOIS email each and every morning, and since 2015, each and every evening too. Those emails have included links to almost 287,400 articles and information on many upcoming events.)
http://www.wpxi.com/news/white-house-no-trump-isnt-jetlagged-but-full-of-energy/648908690

 

WASHINGTON POST
— Democrats see backlash over Republicans’ tax bill as a key to winning in the suburbs – David Weigel
https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/democrats-see-backlash-over-republicans-tax-bill-as-a-key-to-winning-in-the-suburbs/2017/11/19/37e9f2a6-cc4e-11e7-b0cf-7689a9f2d84e_story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Coming off Election Day wins from Seattle to Long Island, Democrats are starting to see the shape of a new majority, built on a potential suburban backlash to changes in the tax code. “It’s incredible,” said Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), a vice chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee who has helped the party recruit candidates in suburban west coast districts. “I don’t understand why they think raising taxes on the middle class to benefit the rich would be better for them electorally than doing nothing at all.”)

 

LOS ANGELES TIMES
— A middle-class tax cut? Hardly. – DOYLE MCMANUS
http://beta.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-mcmanus-tax-plan-20171119-story.html

 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERS
— Senate Tax Reform Bill Must Include Housing Incentives (DIERSEN: Mortgage interest and real estate taxes being deductible a) encouraged me to buy a new town home in 1972 when I was 24 years old, a studio condo in 1974, and a one bedroom condo in 1976 and b) encouraged my wife and I to buy a home in 1978 and to have one built in 1984.)
https://www.nahb.org/en/research/nahb-priorities/tax-reform-new/nahb-opposes-tax-reform-plan.aspx
(FROM THE AD: With the House passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, NAHB is focused on pressing the Senate to include meaningful housing tax incentives for middle class families and critical tax relief for the small business community. The Senate has an important opportunity to deliver significant tax reform that benefits more than just major corporations. The House bill hurts hard-working families, threatens affordable rental housing and puts small businesses at competitive disadvantage to corporations. The Senate bill offers positive signs that the needs of all Americans and small businesses will be considered. NAHB will continue to fight for their interests.)

 

DAILY MAIL
— Donations pour in for Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore after he’s accused of sexual misconduct with minors – HANNAH PARRY
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5097831/Donations-pour-Roy-Moore.html

 

COLDWELL BANKER
— FOR SALE: 426 West Elm Street, Wheaton – $318,900
https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/il/wheaton/426-west-elm-street/pid_21052197/

November 19 Morning Edition

CBS2
— Mosque Brings Politicians, The Curious To Wheaton – Vince Gerasole (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, if you do not promote Islam, anti-Trumps demonize you, denigrate you, and condemn you.)
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/11/18/mosque-wheaton/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: 350 attended, including the lieutenant governor, mayor of Wheaton and two congressmen, treated to a tour, fun activities and delicious ethnic food.)

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Harold Washington’s death 30 years ago marked end of Chicago’s black political power – John Kass
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-met-harold-washington-30-years-john-kass-20171117-story.html
— Despite 7 women’s statements, Bush unlikely to be prosecuted – AP
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-bc-us–george-hw-bush-groping-20171115-story.html
— Al Franken, Roy Moore and America’s men problem – Rex Huppke (DIERSEN: Anti-men love it when men demonize, denigrate, and condemn men.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/huppke/ct-met-al-franken-moore-huppke-20171116-story.html
— Emanuel allies trying to fill March ballot with advisory questions – John Byrne and Hal Dardick (DIERSEN: Will Emanuel allies ask Chicago voters which of the following groups should Chicago get rid of first, second, third, etc.: Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-rahm-emanuel-ballot-questions-20171117-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, members of Group A demand that companies demonize, denigrate, and condemn members of Group B. Members of Group A are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors and members of Group B are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-alt-right-product-endorsement-20171117-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, if you do not promote LGBTQ activity, members of the following groups call you anti-LGBTQ: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-roy-moore-alabama-20171118-story.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Chicago violence hovers near 20-year high, with pockets of improvement – Sam Charles and Andy Grimm
https://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/chicago-violence-hovers-near-20-year-high-with-pockets-of-improvement/

 

DAILY HERALD
— College of DuPage, foundation ordered to pay paper’s $225,000 FOIA legal fees
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171118/college-of-dupage-foundation-ordered-to-pay-papers-foia-legal-fees
— Only the wealthy get help from GOP – Gerald Gagnon, Lake Zurich (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20171118/only-the-wealthy-get-help-from-gop
(FROM THE LETTER: An open letter to Peter Roskam, U.S. House of Representatives for the 6th District of Illinois: On my last attempt to express, via the phone, my opposition to the recent tax bill, I was again thwarted by your aides’ attempt to re-educate me rather than taking the message. That was the second time I had attempted to leave a message at your Barrington office. On my first encounter. my message was not the “party line” and instead of just taking the message I got an argument. To clarify: I do not approve of the proposed tax reform. Aside from NOT helping the middle class, it gives tax breaks to corporations, read Trumps’ businesses among others in the family and cabinet, and individuals who didn’t need any more perks from Washington. To do it at a time when the country is operating at a deficit is farcical. Who is crazy enough to reduce revenue in a period of deficit and then expect the altruism of the “hurray for me” crowd and pie in the sky future profits to make it all up? It didn’t work for Reagan and it won’t work any better now. Having been a Republican for 40 years, I can only shout “Goodbye.” I will no longer be a silent partner as you, Trump and his billionaire boys club dismantles my country for their pleasure and profit.)

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Ives says Rauner joined ‘ruling class’ he was to fight – Bernard Schoenburg
http://www.sj-r.com/opinion/20171118/bernard-schoenburg-ives-says-rauner-joined-ruling-class-he-was-to-fight
— Republican primary for governor underway – Doug Finke
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20171118/statehouse-insider-republican-primary-for-governor-underway
— Facts, not fiction, when it comes to taxes – Ditmar Walker, Springfield (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
http://www.sj-r.com/opinion/20171118/letter-facts-not-fiction-when-it-comes-to-taxes

 

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Illinois House GOP leader Jim Durkin faces competition – RICH MILLER
http://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/columns/2017-11-19/capitol-fax-illinois-house-gop-leader-faces-competition.html
— It’s still early, but danger could await Davis in ’18 – Tom Kacich
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2017-11-19/tom-kacich-its-still-early-danger-could-await-davis-18.html
— Death, taxes and confusion – Jim Dey
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2017-11-19/jim-dey-death-taxes-and-confusion.html

 

NORTHWEST HERALD
— McHenry County Board asks Gov. Bruce Rauner to veto bill that would give Jack Franks power of appointments
http://www.nwherald.com/2017/11/17/mchenry-county-board-asks-gov-bruce-rauner-to-veto-bill-that-would-give-jack-franks-power-of-appointments/aqijqoq/

 

DAILY SIGNAL
— We Hear You: ‘High-Tax Paradises Such as New Jersey and California Better Wake Up’ – Ken McIntyre
http://dailysignal.com/2017/11/19/we-hear-you-high-tax-paradises-such-as-new-jersey-and-california-better-wake-up/

 

NATIONAL REVIEW
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Christians use Moore to demonize, to denigrate, and to condemn Christians.
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/453729/roy-moore-christianity-built-on-fear

 

POLITICO
— In Democrat-led state capitals, GOP tax reform push could scramble fiscal plans “We’re going to have to re-evaluate everything” if a federal bill repealing the state and local tax deduction becomes law, New Jersey’s Senate president says. – LAURA NAHMIAS, KATHERINE LANDERGAN and CARLA MARINUCCI
https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/19/gop-tax-reforms-state-capitals-democrats-247678

 

THE HILL
— Senate GOP running out of options to stop Moore – ALEXANDER BOLTON
http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/360970-senate-gop-running-out-of-options-to-stop-moore

 

HUFFINGTON POST
— Picking middle-class pockets to deliver for donors – Randi Weingarten
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/picking-middle-class-pockets-to-deliver-for-donors_us_5a107d3ce4b0e30a95850774

 

CBS NEWS
— State Department admits low morale, as it defends reorganization (DIERSEN: During the 1980s and 1990s, as GAO got rid of more and more and more of its employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran, morale improved for GAO’s employees who were Democrat, minority, female, younger, and/or veteran.)
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/state-department-admits-low-morale-as-it-defends-reorganization/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The criticism followed a highly critical missive from the American Foreign Service Association, the union representing U.S. diplomats. Its president, Barbara Stephenson, likened senior staff reductions to a “decapitation” that would be met with public outcry if it had occurred in the military. “The rapid loss of so many senior officers has a serious, immediate and tangible effect on the capacity of the United States to shape world events,” she said. The State Department feels the criticism is unfair. In its letter to Corker, the agency said there are only 20 fewer senior foreign service officers now than there were a year ago (1,048 compared with 1,068). This year’s retirements are five fewer than in 2016, it said. Buyouts to induce early retirement of more than 600 diplomats are consistent with a directive to reduce the federal workforce. It said reorganization is a work in progress, appealing for patience as officials make the department “more efficient and effective within a sustainable budget.” “A project such as this demands careful execution and we are committed to doing just that and notifying Congress as required,” the State Department said.)

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— Republican Governors’ 2018 Dilemma: What to Do About Trump? – Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns (DIERSEN: Of course, members of the following groups tell Rauner and tell Sanguinetti to viciously demonize, to viciously denigrate, and to viciously condemn Trump and his supporters: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/18/us/politics/republican-governors-trump-backlash-2018.html
— HARDCOPY EDITORIAL HEADLINE: The Shriveling State Department – Editorial (DIERSEN: GAO is just a shell of what it once was. I worked for GAO 1980-1997.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/18/opinion/sunday/the-trump-administration-is-making-war-on-diplomacy.html
— In Oregon, You Can Now Save for Retirement. Unless You Object. – Elizabeth Olson (DIERSEN: Overwhelmingly, operatives and dupes who work for my critics/opponents have saved little or nothing for their retirement. They hint/imply/argue/shout that I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth, that I have always been privileged, that the federal government grossly overpaid me, and that my retirement benefits are much too generous. They stress that I avoided the draft, that my wife has always had income, that we gave up trying to have children, that we did not adopt, that we did not become foster parents, and that I do not give lots of money to churches like they do.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/your-money/oregon-save-for-retirement.html
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: GAO TAX CUTS: The Rich Will Get Richer, Not Happier – Robert H. Frank
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/business/tax-cuts-rich.html
— FRONT PAGE: When Unpaid Student Loan Bills Mean You Can No Longer Work Twenty states suspend people’s professional or driver’s licenses if they fall behind on loan payments, according to records obtained by The New York Times. – JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG, STACY COWLEY and NATALIE KITROEFF (DIERSEN: If you never took out a student loan, what are the main reasons for that? For me, they include a) college expenses were much lower during the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s than they are now, b) I never tried to get a student loan, c) I did not attend any Ivy League schools, d) my outstanding parents provided me with room and board 1966-1968, weekends during my first semester at NIU in 1969, and the summer of 1969, and d) I paid for my college expenses and for new cars with money that I earned washing dishes 1964-1966; cleaning golf shoes, chipping slag, and pumping gasoline in 1966; delivering mail 1966-1969; working on an automobile assembly line and as a security guard in 1970; selling tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971; pumping gasoline 1971-1972; collecting delinquent taxes 1971-1980; and auditing federal agencies 1980-1997.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/18/business/student-loans-licenses.html

 

WASHINGTON POST
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: If you demonize, denigrate, and condemn Trump, anti-Trumps glorify and praise you.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/sen-flake-says-gop-is-toast-if-it-follows-trump-moore/2017/11/18/3eeffda0-cccd-11e7-b506-8a10ed11ecf5_story.html

 

LOS ANGELES TIMES
— How to figure out the right time for retirement – LIZ WESTON (DIERSEN: I have been “retired” for more than 20 years. I should write a book about the pros and cons of taking your employer’s early retirement “offer.”)
http://beta.latimes.com/business/la-fi-montalk-20171119-story.html

 

ANNISTON STAR
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Moore a) demonizes, denigrates, and condemns Moore and his supporters and b) glorifies and praises anti-Moores.
https://www.annistonstar.com/columnists/bob_davis/bob-davis-where-are-you-from-who-are-your-people/article_2cd1d8a6-cbf5-11e7-9d4d-afd820dba842.html

 

CRAIN’S NEW YORK
— The tax-plan losers in New York are too many to count End of state and local tax deduction is only the beginning – Greg David
http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20171119/BLOGS01/171119897/greg-david-the-house-tax-plan-makes-losers-of-too-many-homeowners-to-count-in-new-york

 

FORBES
— Should Facebook, Google Be Regulated? A Groundswell In Tech, Politics and Small Business Says Yes – Elizabeth MacBride (DIERSEN: What are your demographics? What do Facebook and Google think of those who share your demographics? If Facebook or Google disapprove of any of your demographics, you are in big trouble. Ever-increasingly, members of Group A put pressure on Facebook and on Google to get rid of members of Group B. Members of Group A are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors and members of Group B are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/elizabethmacbride/2017/11/18/should-twitter-facebook-and-google-be-more-regulated/#5f2b66301bc5

 

24/7 WALL STREET
— Chevy Slashes Price Of A Corvette By $9,000 As Sales Crash – Douglas A. McIntyre (DIERSEN: I bought a new 1972 Corvette in 1971 for about $6,000. Shortly thereafter, Nixon cut the excise tax on new cars and I got a refund of about $300.)
http://247wallst.com/autos/2017/11/19/chevy-slashes-price-of-a-corvette-by-9000-as-sales-crash/

 

MOTLEY FOOL
— 4 Drawbacks of Early Retirement You Need to Know About Retiring early isn’t always the best move. Here are some consequences to be aware of. – Maurie Backman (DIERSEN: I have been “retired” for more than 20 years. I should write a book about the pros and cons of taking your employer’s early retirement “offer.”)
https://www.fool.com/retirement/2017/11/19/4-drawbacks-of-early-retirement-you-need-to-know-a.aspx

 

NEWSWEEK
— WHY STRESS LEADS US TO MAKE BAD DECISIONS AND DO STUPID THINGS – KRISTIN HUGO (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes focus on promoting stress.)
http://www.newsweek.com/why-stress-leads-us-make-bad-decisions-and-do-stupid-things-715638

November 18 Evening Edition

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Winners and losers under the Senate tax overhaul proposal – AP (DIERSEN: Are you a tax overhaul loser? My wife and I and my aunt are. I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-senate-tax-winners-losers-20171118-story.html
— What will Schumer do? Franken’s troubles test his bond with the Senate minority leader – Paul Kane
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-al-franken-chuck-schumer-20171118-story.html
— Trump often condemns Democrats, defends Republicans on harassment allegations – Jenna Johnson
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-condemns-democrats-defends-republicans-20171117-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who want to destroy Orland Park push video gambling in Orland Park.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-orland-video-gambling-st-1119-20171117-story.html

 

DAILY HERALD
— Tax filers in most states claim state and local tax deduction targeted by GOP – AP (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20171118/news/311189946/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Yet estimates by the Tax Policy Center and a nonpartisan congressional analysis say some taxpayers eventually will end up owing more in federal taxes under the GOP plans. The left-leaning Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy said changes to the state and local tax deduction under the House bill would contribute to one of every five taxpayers in the hardest hit states getting a higher tax bill. While most of those states are led by Democrats, Republican-led Georgia and Utah, and the swing state of Virginia were among them. Democratic lawmakers said that any initial tax relief felt by the middle class or working-class families will eventually disappear. In Georgia, for example, an estimated 9 percent of filers would pay higher taxes in 2018, rising to 22 percent by 2027, according to an analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. The state and local tax deduction is just one of many provisions targeted for change under legislation that passed the House earlier in the week and is pending in the Senate. The House version would repeal the deduction for income and sales taxes while capping the property tax deduction at $10,000. The Senate bill would end deductions for all state and local taxes. Most tax filers currently take the standard federal deduction of $6,300 per individual or $12,600 for married couples. But some reap larger tax breaks by itemizing deductions for state and local taxes, medical expenses, charitable contributions and interest paid on home mortgages. The state and local tax break is the largest of those. About 44 million taxpayers claimed deductions totaling around $550 billion for state and local taxes paid in 2015, according to the most recent IRS data. The top 10 states with the highest average state and local tax deductions all voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton in last year’s election. New York led the way with an average state and local tax deduction of more than $22,000, followed by Connecticut, California, New Jersey and Massachusetts. But when analyzed by the percentage of taxpayers claiming the deduction, several states won by Trump rank in the top third nationally. In reliably Republican Utah, 35 percent of taxpayers claimed the deduction for state and local taxes. That figure was 33 percent in Georgia and 31 percent in Wisconsin. Thirty-five states had at least one-quarter of their taxpayers claim the deduction. Because of its widespread effect, debate over curtailing the deduction already is creeping into competitive 2018 elections.)
— Facts Matter: An editorial poster against fake news (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all the news and commentary in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails is fake except the news and commentary that they put out.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20171118/facts-matter-an-editorial-poster-against-fake-news

 

KANKAKEE DAILY JOURNAL
— What do voters do when we’re stymied? – Jim Nowlan
http://www.daily-journal.com/opinion/columnists/local/jim-nowlan-what-do-voters-do-when-we-re-stymied/article_2f63ee2b-af0e-5eb5-8b91-0ae4b0153d6d.html

 

ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR
— After three years of silence, action on sexual harassment in Springfield – Chuck Sweeny
http://www.rrstar.com/news/20171118/chuck-sweeny-after-three-years-of-silence-action-on-sexual-harassment-in-springfield

 

BELLEVILLE NEWS DEMOCRAT
— Newspaper investigation finds Illinois raffle irregularities – AP
http://www.bnd.com/news/state/illinois/article185415958.html
— State union workers protect the vulnerable – Roberta Lynch, Executive Director, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31
http://www.bnd.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article185438928.html

 

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— Franken, Moore assault allegations dredge up accusations against Trump At least 13 women have accused president – DAN MERICA (DIERSEN: If you have ever done anything that subjects you to blackmail, you should not seek or hold any kind of government or political office. If you are a male, the more religious, government, political, and/or financial clout that you have, the more that you should anticipate that women will charge you with sexual harassment and even worse things.)
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/politics/franken-moore-assault-allegations-dredge-up-accusations-against-trump/859907207

 

  1. LOUIS TODAY
    — Tax deductions: Grab them before they disappear – Gail MarksJarvis (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
    http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/tax-deductions-grab-them-before-they-disappear/article_47c3a20a-8dbc-5a70-ad13-d9be74848c29.html
    (FROM THE ARTICLE: Max your state and local taxes One of the hotly debated issues between the House and Senate is whether to cut taxpayers off completely from deducting state and local taxes — everything from property taxes on their homes to state income taxes and sales taxes. Depending on the final arrangement, you may no longer get to deduct these after 2017, although the House preserves the property tax deduction up to $10,000. State and local taxes can be substantial, so grab as much as you can now. If you have taxes due in January, consider paying in December to maximize your 2017 deduction, Luscombe said. Just avoid tinkering too much to maximize deductions in 2017. That might bring about the alternative minimum tax, an additional tax for some people that could be lifted by Congress in 2018, but still applies in 2017. Push 2018 tax items into 2017 After this year, many people may be better off taking the proposed higher standard deduction of $24,400 for couples or $12,000 for individuals. As a result, Luscombe suggested maximizing itemized deductions in 2017. While the charitable deduction may not go away, in the future you may find no value in using it if you no longer itemize. So you should consider giving large donations before the end of 2017. The same goes for the mortgage interest deduction, which may remain on loan amounts up to $500,000 for new home purchases. Taxpayers who think they will not itemize in the future should think about pre-paying January expenses in 2017. The deductions and credits aimed at helping families pay for college are also up for an overhaul and people could lose the right to deduct up to $2,500 of student loan interest a year. So make those payments count as much as possible this year; perhaps pay what you otherwise would let go until after the New Year. Go to the doctor Under a House measure, people with large medical bills would no longer get to deduct some of the expenses on their taxes, although this is not included in the Senate version. Chris Hesse, a Minneapolis certified public accountant with CliftonLarsonAllen, urged people to consider clustering medical costs in 2017 to meet a threshold for deducting expenses once they surpass 10 percent of adjusted gross income. Think: dentists, hearing aids, glasses, nonemergency planned surgery.)

 

HOMEWOOD FLOSSMOOR CHRONICLE
— Rep. Kelly explains her ‘no’ vote on proposed tax reform plan (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
http://hfchronicle.com/article/2017/nov/17/rep-kelly-explains-her-%E2%80%98no%E2%80%99-vote-proposed-tax-reform-plan
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Hurting Already Heavily-Taxed Illinoisans Nearly 2 million Illinoisans use the state and local tax (SALT) deduction and deduct more than $25.5 million. Under the GOP’s new tax plan, Illinoisans’ ability to deduct their state and local taxes will be capped at $10,000, well below the amount traditionally deducted by the majority of Illinoisans. In fact, just one-third of the state’s Congressional districts have SALT deduction averages below $10,000, meaning Illinoisans will face double tax thanks to Illinois’ Congressional Republicans. Hurting Illinois Homeowners More than 1.4 million Illinois homeowners use the mortgage interest deduction, keeping more than $11 million in the homeowners’ bank accounts. However, under GOP ‘tax reform,’ this deduction is eliminated. Thanks to the votes of Illinois’ Republican congressmen, more than 1.4 million Illinoisan homeowners will see a tax hike. National media has cited the devastating impact that eliminating this deduction will have on some Illinois communities.)

 

CHICAGO NOW
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Moore demonizes, denigrates, and condemns Moore.
http://www.chicagonow.com/patriotic-dissenter/2017/11/a-roy-moore-victory-would-be-a-horrifying-national-disgrace/

 

SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS NEWS
— David Reis challenger Darren Bailey wants to fight ‘unchecked power’ that ignores increasing taxpayer burden – Glenn Minnis
https://seillinoisnews.com/stories/511271396-reis-challenger-wants-to-fight-unchecked-power-that-ignores-increasing-taxpayer-burden

 

DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Deb Conroy opponent Jay Kinzler questions competency of Democrats after sexual harassment allegations – Chandra Lye
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511266853-conroy-opponent-questions-competency-of-democrats-after-sexual-harassment-allegations

 

BREITBART
— Dem Rep DelBene: GOP Tax Bill ‘A Bill of Callous Decisions and Missed Opportunities’ – Will Hurt Families – IAN HANCHETT18
http://www.breitbart.com/video/2017/11/18/dem-rep-delbene-gop-tax-bill-a-bill-of-callous-decisions-and-missed-opportunities-will-hurt-families/

 

CANADA FREE PRESS
— Apple diversity chief thrown overboard for advocating diversity – Matthew Vadum (DIERSEN: Apple should consider hiring Charles Bowsher. During the 1980s and 1990s, he had great success in wasting the careers of and getting rid of GAO’s employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
http://canadafreepress.com/article/apple-diversity-chief-thrown-overboard-for-advocating-diversity

 

NBC NEWS
— Who benefits? Mixed messages on the GOP tax plan – BENJY SARLIN (DIERSEN: Those who benefit take the standard deduction, that is, those who benefit do not pay lots of money on mortgage interest, real estate taxes, state income taxes, medical and dental expenses, and/or job-related education.)
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/who-benefits-mixed-messages-gop-tax-plan-n821891

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— The G.O.P. Is Fooling Itself on Taxes – DAVID LEONHARDT
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/18/opinion/sunday/republicans-taxes-middle-class.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Republican Party seems to have backed itself into a corner on tax policy. After the failure of their health care plan, President Trump and congressional leaders have understandably decided that they need a win. If they somehow fail to pass a tax cut, they will anger their base and their donors and look incompetent to swing voters. But the actual bill that the House passed last week — and the modestly different plan the Senate is considering — is a dreadful piece of policy. It would cause the deficit to soar and, as a result, probably reduce economic growth. It would also raise taxes for millions of middle-class families. And most Americans realize that the tax plan is dreadful. Only 16 percent of adults said they thought the plan would reduce their own taxes, according to a Quinnipiac poll released last week. On the same day the poll came out, several Republican senators criticized the plan, which suggests it may be in jeopardy.)

 

WASHINGTON POST
— The House tax bill unleashes a dangerous avalanche of campaign cash – Editorial
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-house-tax-bill-unleashes-a-dangerous-avalanche-of-campaign-cash/2017/11/18/203707fc-c8b6-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html

 

NEW YORK POST
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.
https://nypost.com/2017/11/18/americans-worry-that-talking-about-trump-talk-will-ruin-thanksgiving-dinner-poll/

 

BOSTON GLOBE
— Make sure to read the fine print on the GOP’s dubious tax reform plans – Editorial
https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2017/11/17/the-dubious-details-that-bedevil-tax-reform/1IwwtyTCqx54a5StGe7NnL/story.html

 

ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION
— The graying of America is stretching local tax dollars – Antonio Olivo
http://www.myajc.com/lifestyles/health/the-graying-america-stretching-local-tax-dollars/WHIt4xMe558o3axzZ4IpwM/

 

INDIANAPOLIS BUSINESS JOURNAL
— No enthusiasm for cuts among those not taxed – Cecil Bohanon and Nick Curott (DIERSEN: How many in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, in Illinois , and in America pay little or no federal income tax? Why is that?)
https://www.ibj.com/articles/66301-bohanon-curott-no-enthusiasm-for-cuts-among-those-not-taxed

 

BUSINESS INSIDER
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say that the Trump administration’s extreme vetting plan is a ‘digital Muslim ban.’ What percent of those who want to take over America are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors?)
http://www.businessinsider.com/trumps-extreme-vetting-initiative-digital-muslim-ban-2017-11
— Tax filers in most states claim deduction (state and local taxes) targeted by GOP – AP
http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-tax-filers-in-most-states-claim-deduction-targeted-by-gop-2017-11

 

ALLENTOWN MORNING CALL
— Middle class, poor harmed by GOP tax plan
http://www.mcall.com/opinion/letters/mc-dunn-tax-bill-medicaid-cuts-20171118-story.html

 

COURIER & PRESS
— House tax reform bill will discourage home buying, local officials say – John Martin (DIERSEN: Mortgage interest and real estate taxes being deductible a) encouraged me to buy a new town home in 1972 when I was 24 years old, a studio condo in 1974, and a one bedroom condo in 1976 and b) encouraged my wife and I to buy a home in 1978 and to have one built in 1984.)
http://www.courierpress.com/story/news/2017/11/18/house-tax-reform-bill-discourage-home-buying-local-officials-say/877369001/

November 18 Morning Edition

WGN TV
— Roskam praises House GOP tax bill: ‘This plan is a good plan’ – TAHMAN BRADLEY (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
http://wgntv.com/2017/11/17/roskam-praises-house-gop-tax-bill-this-plan-is-a-good-plan/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Change in state law would allow convicted felon who won election to serve as Markham mayor – Ted Slowik
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/opinion/ct-sta-slowik-markham-legislation-st-1119-20171117-story.html
— More than 100 interviewed about Lake Forest Halloween party shooting, but many uncooperative: police – Karen Berkowitz
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-forest/news/ct-lfr-halloween-party-homicide-tl-1123-20171117-story.html

 

DAILY HERALD
— Winners and losers under the Senate tax overhaul proposal – AP
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20171118/news/311189967/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: LOSERS. . .People living in high-tax states would be hit by repeal of federal deductions for state and local taxes under the Senate bill, and partial repeal under the House measure. That result of a compromise allows the deduction for up to $10,000 in property taxes. Many families making less than $30,000 a year would face tax increases starting in 2021 under the Senate bill, according to Congress’ nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation. By 2027, families earning less than $75,000 would see their tax bills rise while those making more would enjoy reductions, the analysts find. The individual income-tax reductions in the Senate bill would end in 2026.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Amid national focus on harassment, Trump moves unscathed.”
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171118/amid-national-focus-on-harassment-trump-moves-unscathed
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Christians say “Fighting scandal, Moore stands with homophobic supporters.”
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171118/fighting-scandal-moore-stands-with-homophobic-supporters

 

DOWNERS GROVE PATCH
— 250 Protesters Rally Against Roskam At GOP Fundraiser Protesters stood outside the GOP fundraiser with signs held high to show their disapproval of Rep. Pete Roskam’s support of the tax plan. – Lisa Marie Farver (DIERSEN: One could say that the bill is about cutting federal income taxes for those who take the standard deduction (mainly those who are renters, younger, Democrat, Libertarian, or Green) and about raising federal income taxes for those who itemize their deductions (mainly those who are homeowners, older, and/or Republican).)
https://patch.com/illinois/downersgrove/protesters-rally-against-roskam-fundraiser-downers-grove
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Reid McCullom, a Hinsdale resident and one of the leaders of Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th called the tax plan “a turkey that roasts the Middle Class,” adding that it would increase small business taxes and could lead to trickle-down economics. After the tax bill passed in the House Thursday, Roskam issued a release that viewed the legislation through a much different lens. Roskam said, “This bill is about the businesses on Main Street and the family at the end of the block. It’s about the recent college graduate struggling under the weight of student loans and the newlyweds expecting their first child. We’re boosting the economy to create more good-paying jobs, and we’re making sure that taxpayers get to keep more of their money in every pay check.”)

 

BLOOMINGTON PANTAGRAPH
— An unusual alliance to fight Durkin – Rich Miller (DIERSEN: Which individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries are aligned to fight you? The following are aligned to fight me: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors and those who a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid.)
http://www.pantagraph.com/opinion/columnists/miller-an-unusual-alliance-to-fight-durkin/article_d9ff87f7-6f92-5f3e-a6be-f41aa276ef2d.html

 

HERALD & REVIEW
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, pot pushers push pot as an “alternative to opioids.” If you push pot, you push destruction.
http://herald-review.com/news/state-and-regional/illinois-doctors-campaign-for-medical-marijuana-as-alternative-to-opioids/article_e368e051-3491-5b67-a70c-e65d0d380ace.html

 

ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR
— Register Star prints falsehood about tax plan approved by Rep. Adam Kinzinger
http://www.rrstar.com/opinion/20171117/letter-register-star-prints-falsehood-about-tax-plan-approved-by-rep-adam-kinzinger

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— New temporary U.S. attorney named for central Illinois
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20171117/new-temporary-us-attorney-named-for-central-illinois

 

JOURNAL GAZETTE TIMES COURIER
— Show hosts derogatory toward the president – A Citizen for MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN
http://jg-tc.com/opinion/letters/letter-show-hosts-derogatory-toward-the-president/article_f2e5632c-d12a-56f1-b0f5-c8c062ccf597.html
(FROM THE LETTER: With his divisiveness this late night host Noah was allowed to perform at the State Farm Center during the recent University of Illinois Homecoming! As a sign-holding and vocal protester at the event I was appalled. A university official tried to move me to a shadowy area away from the front entrance and summoned the police when I refused. The reactions to my protest were mostly divisive. I was VERY uncomfortable as a Donald Trump voter and Christian attending this event. Ostensibly the concert was a comedy routine, yet much of the show was a mockery of the president, conservative ideology and Donald Trump voters.)

 

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— Rauner no Republican, won’t be reelected – Rosemarie M. Gardner
http://www.pjstar.com/opinion/20171117/spotlight-rauner-no-republican-wont-be-reelected

 

BELLEVILLE DEMOCRAT
— McCarter endorses Republican for governor — and it’s not Rauner – JOSEPH BUSTOS
http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article185352708.html

 

ALTON DAILY NEWS
— Harassment Claims Move Slowly in Springfield – Cole Lauterbach
http://altondailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=17&id=255389#.WhATlIzR-M8

 

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— Lawmakers push to end ‘hush money’ deduction in tax fight Loophole targeted on sexual harassment lawsuits – SCOTT MCLEAN (DIERSEN: How much “hush money” has Illinois, your county, your township/ward, and your municipality paid out recently? Which government employees were charged with what and by whom?)
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/politics/lawmakers-push-to-end-hush-money-deduction-in-tax-fight/859583890

 

WSIL
— Comptroller: Governor Rauner refuses to meet – Brian Wilson
http://www.wsiltv.com/story/36875699/comptroller-governor-rauner-refuses-to-meet

 

NAPERVILLE COMMUNITY TELEVISION
— Local Organizations Fear Loss of Donations Following GOP Tax Overhaul Vote (DIERSEN: A major reason why my wife and I contribute more money to 501(c)(3) organizations is that the contributions are deductible. The contributions are deductible because we have large medical and dental, real estate, and state income tax deductions.)
https://www.nctv17.com/news/local-organizations-fear-loss-of-donations-following-gop-tax-overhaul-vote/

 

COOK COUNTY RECORD
— Governor’s Office accused of failing to comply with Freedom of Information Act request – Louie Torres
https://cookcountyrecord.com/stories/511251990-governor-s-office-accused-of-failing-to-comply-with-freedom-of-information-act-request

 

ILLINOIS VALLEY TIMES
— Kinzinger organizes Youth Leadership Summit – Meg Shannon (DIERSEN: Would your high school teachers have selected you to attend such an event? Were you “college material?” While I attended Crete-Monee High School 1962-1966, I took college preparatory courses notwithstanding the fact that many, if not most, if not virtually everyone at the time viewed me as NOT being “college material.” Neither of my parents had attended college. My father was the first of his ancestors to earn a high school diploma. My mother never attended high school. I spent my junior and senior years and the summer in between washing dishes for the minimum wage in the basement of the S.S. Kresges in Chicago Heights. I just barely made into the top 20% of my class, my ACT score was only 24, I was draft bait, my eyesight could not be corrected to 20/20, I had partial red/green color blindness, and I had Osgood-Schlatter disease (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osgood%E2%80%93Schlatter_disease).)
https://illinoisvalleytimes.com/stories/511265666-kinzinger-organizes-youth-leadership-summit
(FROM THE ARTICLE: More than 200 high-schoolers recently attended the Youth Leadership Summit organized by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). The fifth annual event, which was held at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, attracted more than 200 high school juniors and seniors from 25 schools in Kinzinger’s district. The daylong summit, which featured workshops, lessons in leadership and guest speakers, was held on Oct. 20. Attendees were selected by their teachers. “Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Youth Leadership Summit and to all those who helped make it such a success,” Kinzinger said in a press release. “Special thank you to our incredible guest speakers for taking the time to be with us.” Guest speakers at the summit included Jerry Reinsdorf, the owner of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox. Illinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti also spoke at the event.)

 

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— WILL: IN ILLINOIS, A LOOMING BATTLE OVER THE BANKRUPTING ‘BLUE MODEL’
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2017/11/will-in-illinois-a-looming-battle-over-the-bankrupting-blue-model.html

 

LAKE COUNTY GAZETTE
— Grant township assessor supports property tax freeze – Robert Hadley
https://lakecountygazette.com/stories/511272267-grant-township-assessor-supports-property-tax-freeze

 

GOPUSA
— Wisconsin College Democrats leader resigns after tweeting, ‘I f–ing hate white men’
http://www.gopusa.com/wisconsin-college-democrats-leader-resigns-after-tweeting-i-f-ing-hate-white-men/

 

LIFE SITE NEWS
— Progressives hate everything old, including the elderly (DIERSEN: I have always opposed age discrimination, therefore, consequently, those who promote age discrimination have always opposed me.)
https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/progressives-hate-everything-old-including-the-elderly

 

BREITBART
— GOP Leaders Debate Combination Plan to Cut Legal Immigration, Approve a DACA Amnesty – NEIL MUNRO (DIERSEN: Those who come to America legally are far more likely to vote for Republicans. Those who come to America illegally are far more likely to vote for Democrats.)
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/17/gop-leaders-debate-combination-plan-cut-legal-immigration-approve-daca-amnesty/
— Report: 264 Staffers Paid $17 Million In Congressional Harassment Hush Money – MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY (DIERSEN: How many tax dollars have Illinois, your county, your township/ward, and your municipality paid out in hush money? Who are the sexual harassers and who hired them?)
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/17/report-264-staffers-paid-17-million-in-congressional-harassment-hush-money/
— Woman Raped by Former Al Franken Intern Wants Senator’s Name off Sexual Assault Victims Bill – PENNY STARR (DIERSEN: Were you an intern? My more extremist Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates hinted/implied/argued/shouted that instead of my suffering an $18,847 (21%) pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980 when I was 31 years old, I should have suffered a $57,808 (64%) pay cut in today’s dollars, that is, I should have transferred in as an intern. GAO audits IRS and much of what I did for IRS was very similar to what GAO Analysts do. They viciously demonized, viciously denigrated, and viciously condemned the experience that I had gained a) working for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $79,563-$90,173, b) passing the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979, c) earning an MBA from Loyola in 1976, d) almost completing the requirements for a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul, and e) earning a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU in 1970. They would not have done that if I had been a Democrat, a minority, a female, or a veteran.)
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/17/woman-raped-by-former-al-franken-intern-wants-senators-name-off-sexual-assault-victims-bill/
— Palin: People Do Not Sexually Harass Me Because They ‘Know That I’m Probably Packing’ – PAM KEY
http://www.breitbart.com/video/2017/11/17/palin-people-not-sexually-harass-know-im-probably-packing/
— Realtor.com Continues to Boycott Breitbart After Claiming It Doesn’t Engage in Boycotts – ADAM SHAW (DIERSEN: I should write a book about individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that boycott me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. They are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors and/or they a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid.)
http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2017/11/17/realtor-com-continues-to-boycott-breitbart-after-claiming-it-doesnt-engage-in-boycotts/

 

BLAZE
— ICE union says Obama holdovers are sabotaging immigration enforcement, here’s how – Carlos Garcia
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/11/17/ice-union-says-obama-holdovers-are-sabotaging-immigration-enforcement-heres-how

 

TOWNHALL
— Scalise Defends Tax Bill, Gets Cursed at By Rosie O’Donnell – Cortney O’Brien (DIERSEN: O’Donnell should glorify and praise Scalise because the bill cuts federal income taxes for those who take the standard deduction (mainly those who are renters, younger, Democrat, Libertarian, or Green) and raises federal income taxes for those who itemize their deductions (mainly those who are homeowners, older, and/or Republican).)
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2017/11/17/icymi-scalise-got-in-a-twitter-fight-with-rosie-odonnell-n2411093
(FROM THE ARTICLE: If Scalise had more than 240 characters, he would have explained that the Republican tax plan will benefit the 70 percent of taxpayers who take the standard deduction.)

 

NEWSMAX
— Top White House Economist Defends Tax Reform, Says it Will Grow Economy – Jason Devaney (DIERSEN: Republican tax reform cuts federal income taxes for those who take the standard deduction (mainly those who are renters, younger, Democrat, Libertarian, or Green) and raises federal income taxes for those who itemize their deductions (mainly those who are homeowners, older, and/or Republican). A “growing economy” helps those who take the standard deduction (mainly those who are renters, younger, Democrat, Libertarian, or Green) far more than it helps those who itemize their deductions (mainly those who are homeowners, older, and/or Republican).)
https://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/kevin-hassert-economy-gop-tax-reform/2017/11/17/id/826901/

 

THE HILL
— 19 immigration protestors arrested outside Ryan’s office – AVERY ANAPOL
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/360995-nineteen-daca-protestors-arrested-outside-ryans-capitol-hill-office

HUFFINGTON POST
— 19 Asian-Americans Arrested At Paul Ryan’s Office Pushing For Dream Act They were calling on Congress to protect young undocumented immigrants. – Kimberly Yam
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/19-asian-americans-arrested-dream-act-protest_us_5a0f3ebae4b0e97dffed2bab
— Maximize Your Vacation Days with These Tips – Danielle Sabrina (DIERSEN: Vacations are expensive. Your GOPUSA Illinois Editor and his wife are not planning any kind of vacation. My $50,856/year pension is only 41% of the $122,991/year that I earned in 1997 in today’s dollars. Because my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old, we have at least $72,135 less each year or $6,011 less each month or $1,387 less each week or $198 less each day to spend on vacations I went on vacations in 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, and 1977. My wife and I went on many vacations, typically four each year, 1978-1992 in connection with her business trips to luxury resorts all across America. Of course, my Democrat IRS and GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were beyond furious about that.)
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/maximize-your-vacation-days-with-these-tips_us_5a104239e4b023121e0e930b
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Add vacation days to business trips. If you’re fortunate enough to be sent to interesting places for work, it’s definitely worth your while to see if you can take a few extra vacation days before or after the trip to visit the location you’re sent to, or even to explore someplace nearby. It could also be possible to plan the trip for the beginning or end of the week so you can spend a weekend checking out the sights. It’s true that this means you may not get to go exactly where you’ve always dreamed of vacationing, but with a little bit of research you may find something unexpectedly exciting and interesting to visit wherever you’re sent. With a little planning and communication with your supervisor, you may even be able to do something you really want.)

 

ABC NEWS
— Roy Moore accuser: I got him banned from the mall – CHRIS FRANCESCANI (DIERSEN: When will my accusers come out from behind their operatives and their dupes and take credit for ending my TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairmanship in 2012, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee membership in 2011, Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster service in 2010 and 2004, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee membership in 2007, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board membership in 2004, GAO employment in 1997, etc.?)
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/roy-moore-accuser-banned-mall/story?id=51195632

 

CNN
— Facebook, Google, Twitter to fight fake news with ‘trust indicators’ – Seth Fiegerman (DIERSEN: The judgments that I make to include links to articles in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails and the opinions that I express in those emails are based on experience that I have gained doing many things since 1948. I base my judgment and opinions on what I learned a) working for the federal government for almost 30 years — Post Office 1966-1969, IRS 1971-1980, and GAO 1980-1997, serving on the Executive Committee of the Association of Government Accountants Chicago Chapter 1983-1996, and being a union member while I worked for the Post Office and IRS; b) earning an MBA from Loyola in 1976, a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, and a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997; c) passing the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 and passing the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981; c) serving as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999, the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000, the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois Chairman 2005-2012, a member of the 2008 Illinois Republican Party (IRP) Platform and Resolutions Committee, a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011, the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004, an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007, and an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member 2001-2004; d) attending the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 IRP State Conventions as a delegate; e) being the subject of a nasty 4-page article in the February 1978 issue of Money Magazine; f) pursing litigation including Diersen v. GAO and Diersen v. Chicago Car Exchange; g) being married since 1978; h) living in Crete 1948-1972, in University Park 1972-1976, in Chicago 1976-1978, and in DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton since 1978; and i) being baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran.)
http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/16/technology/tech-trust-indicators/index.html

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Philanthropy Booms in the Trump Era—but It Also Gets Political Such advocacy fails to provide direct and tangible benefits to individuals in need. – James Piereson and Naomi Schaefer Riley (DIERSEN: From what I see, overwhelmingly, philanthropy promotes the Democrat, Libertarian, and Green party platforms.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/philanthropy-booms-in-the-trump-erabut-it-also-gets-political-1510952685

 

USA TODAY
— Winners and losers in the tax bill that passed the House – Herb Jackson (DIERSEN: Are you a tax bill loser? My wife and I and my aunt are. I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/17/winners-and-losers-tax-bill-passed-house/874622001/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Losers The sick: The bill eliminates a deduction for medical and dental expenses that exceed 7.5% of their incomes. In 2015, there were 8.8 million taxpayers who deducted $87 million. . .Residents of high-tax regions: Wealthy states such as New Jersey, New York and California as well as pockets of suburbs around the country could find that the loss of deductions eliminate any benefit from lower tax rates. The bill eliminates the deduction for state income taxes, caps the property tax deduction at $10,000, and on new mortgages, only allows a deduction for interest on the first $500,000 borrowed.)
— 5 reasons not to quit your job until you have another lined up – Maurie Backman (DIERSEN: My Firestone Store superior immediately fired me when I gave him my 2-week notice in 1971. I had accepted a job offer from Oldsmobile. But then, Oldsmobile withdrew its job offer saying that it had just agreed to stop hiring Whites to settle an EEOC complaint. That directly resulted in my accepting a job offer from IRS.)
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/careers/changing-jobs/2017/11/15/5-reasons-not-to-quit-your-job-until-you-have-another-lined-up/107461180/

 

SEATTLE TIMES
— In towns and cities nationwide, fears of effects of federal tax plan Local leaders are warning that the $1.5 trillion tax-cut legislation moving through Congress threatens to undermine their ability to raise money for government services, including police and schools. – Renae Merle and PETER JAMISON (DIERSEN: What can individual taxpayers do a) to fight high medical and dental expenses, b) to fight high real estate taxes, c) to fight high state income taxes, and d) to fight high graduate tuition and book expenses?)
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/in-towns-and-cities-nationwide-fears-of-effects-of-federal-tax-plan/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: It took the city of Pataskala, Ohio, nine ballot measures before its 15,000 residents agreed to a new 1 percent tax to pay for repairs to its crumbling roads and to buy new police cruisers. The mostly rural community was won over by a century-old hallmark of the tax code: The $5 million local levy could be deducted from their federal taxes. “There is a severe sensitivity to more taxes here,” said James Nicholson, the city’s finance director. “At the end of the day, ‘you get a tax break’ was the thing that convinced people.” But now, in towns and thriving cities, and in Republican — and Democratic — leaning states, local leaders are warning that the $1.5 trillion tax-cut legislation moving through Congress threatens to undermine their ability to raise money for government services, including police and schools. The Republican measures would eliminate or severely curtail taxpayers’ ability to lower their federal tax bill by deducting the cost of their state and local taxes, including sales taxes. Without that offset, local leaders say, taxpayers will begin to seek relief closer to home, potentially making it more difficult to provide basic services.)

 

BERKELY DAILY PLANET
— The Epidemic of Age Discrimination – Harry Brill (DIERSEN: I have always opposed age discrimination, therefore, consequently, those who promote age discrimination have always opposed me. I should write a book about those who focus on promoting age discrimination in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois. Typically, those who promote age discrimination also promote discrimination against those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2017-11-17/article/46245?headline=The-Epidemic-of-Age-Discrimination–Harry-Brill

 

VANITY FAIR
— WHY ZUCKERBERG’S NEW “TRUST INDICATORS” CAN’T FIX FAKE NEWS A system providing additional context for publishers is too little, too late in a world where basic facts and mainstream publications are quickly written off as partisan. – MAYA KOSOFF
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/11/why-zuckerbergs-new-trust-indicators-cant-fix-fake-news

November 17 Evening Edition

NBC5
— Illinois’ 6th Congressional District No Longer Leans Solely Republican: Report – Mary Ann Ahern (DIERSEN: Ahern should interview members of the following groups about why they moved into Illinois’ 6th Congressional District: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors. A major reason why my wife and I moved into Illinois’ 6th Congressional District in 1978 was that it was solid Republican.)
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/6th-congressional-district-republican-toss-up-report-458285683.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The rating for the 6th Congressional District moves from leaning Republican to Toss Up by the non-partisan Cook Political Report. The 2018 6th District election is considered one to watch as Democrats nationally focus on what they see as flippable districts. The Cook Political Report notes “Roskam has been a party loyalist since 2006, narrowly losing a bid for GOP whip in 2014.” For the Democrats, the leading candidate in terms of campaign cash is Democrat Kelly Mazeski with $343,000. Roskam however has $1.35 million in the bank. Today Mazeski received the endorsement of two Democratic Illinois Congresswomen: Cheri Bustos and Jan Schakowsky. There are eight Democrats who are gathering petitions to run in the primary to face Roskam.)

 

CBS2
— Newly Appointed Special Legislative Inspector General Discusses Investigation Process – Craig Dellimore
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/11/17/special-legislative-inspector-general-investigation-process/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Ken Griffin’s Palm Beach tax bill trumps Trump’s – Kim Janssen (DIERSEN: What if the Republicans would allow real estate taxes to be deducted up to $15,000, $20,000 or $25,000? At 2% or market value, that would be a $300,000, $400,000, or $500,000 home.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chicagoinc/ct-met-ken-griffin-1119-chicago-inc-20171117-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE:  Griffin hasn’t even completed construction on his longer-than-a-football-field oceanfront home on the island’s Billionaires Row, according to the Palm Beach Daily News, which says the 49-year-old was socked with a $2.74 million tax bill on his $195 million pile. That’s $900,000 more than the tax bill received by Griffin rival Peltz, who will have to choke for the fifth straight year on the ignominy of being only the second-highest-taxed part-time resident of Palm Beach.)
— After Trump’s election, more students consider law school, hoping to make a difference – Corilyn Shropshire (DIERSEN: I started working for IRS in 1971 when I was 22 years old as a GS-7 (currently $44,853/year) Revenue Officer. IRS gives its newly-hired Revenue Officers 6 months of classroom and on-the-job training. IRS encourages its Revenue Officers to take graduate law, business, and accounting courses. One reason why I started out taking graduate business courses in 1972 at Loyola was that tuition and books were deductible for business and accounting courses, but not for law courses.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-lsat-registration-up-trump-bump-20171116-story.html
— Don’t resign, Sen. Franken — at least not yet – Eric Zorn
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/zorn/ct-perspec-zorn-franken-trump-resign-1119-20171117-story.html
— A national moment of reckoning for abusers and creeps – Editorial
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-franken-moore-weinstein-gropers-20171117-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Allegations dividing GOP women as Roy Moore refuses to quit Alabama Senate race.”
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-roy-moore-alabama-senate-20171117-story.html
— FOIA fight will cost College of DuPage, foundation $500,000 – Stacy St. Clair
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/cod/ct-college-of-dupage-foia-fight-20171117-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— A big Illinois union looking for payback jumps into GOP primary – Rich Miller
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/miller-a-big-illinois-union-looking-for-payback-jumps-into-gop-primary/
— Truly patriotic billionaires would share America’s burden – Robert Reich
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/reich-truly-patriotic-billionaires-would-share-americas-burden/
— Flatter Trump a little and he rolls over like a lost puppy – Gene Lyons
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/lyons-flatter-trump-a-little-and-he-rolls-over-like-a-lost-puppy/

 

DAILY HERALD
— DuPage County Board could limit number of sheriff’s deputies – Robert Sanchez (DIERSEN: When GAO’s budget came under pressure from Republicans during the 1980s and 1990s, the Democrats who ran GAO back then saw it as an opportunity to get rid of their employees who they had not promoted to GS-13 (currently $94,610) by age 25, to GS-14 (currently $111,801) by age 30, to GS-15 (currently $131,508) by age 35, and to Senior Executive Service (currently $161,900) by age 40 and especially those employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171117/dupage-county-board-could-limit-number-of-sheriffs-deputies
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The idea of limiting the number of sworn deputies doesn’t have universal support. Some county board members oppose it. “My concern is that we’re kind of handcuffing an elected countywide officeholder,” board member Pete DiCianni said. But board member Robert Larsen said the sheriff’s office is an enormous part of the county’s operating budget. He said Zaruba should explain why he needs a certain number of deputies assigned to patrol, jail and courthouse duty.)
— Suburbanites gather to talk about racial divide in U.S. – Russell Lissau (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps want minorities to be anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171117/suburbanites-gather-to-talk-about-racial-divide-in-us
— College of DuPage Board Approves $81.7 million 2017 Tax Levy Request
http://www.dailyherald.com/submitted/20171117/college-of-dupage-board-approves-2017-tax-levy-request

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Wise up: Government budgets in Illinois are not balanced – MARK GLENNON
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171117/ISSUE07/171119884/wise-up-government-budgets-in-illinois-are-not-balanced
— Illinois politics is like Thanksgiving without turkey this year – GREG HINZ
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171117/ISSUE05/171119901/illinois-politics-is-like-thanksgiving-without-turkey-this-year
— What to ask when decades-old harassment surfaces – MEGAN McARDLE
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171117/OPINION/171119890/what-to-ask-when-decades-old-harassment-surfaces
— Why do people give? Not for the tax break. – LISA BERTAGNOLI (DIERSEN: A major reason why my wife and I contribute more money to 501(c)(3) organizations is that the contributions are deductible. The contributions are deductible because we have large medical and dental, real estate, and state income tax deductions.)
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171117/ISSUE01/171119883/why-do-people-give-not-for-the-tax-break

 

WTTW
— Roskam on GOP Tax Bill: ‘Best Way to Grow Economy’ – Paris Schutz (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/11/17/roskam-gop-tax-bill-best-way-grow-economy

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Fact check: Are Gov. Rauner’s grandparents immigrants? – Bob Secter and Matt Dietrich (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the longer that your ancestors have been in America, the more that anti-Trumps hint/imply/argue/shout that you have benefited from their discrimination against minorities and against women and the more that you should pay the price of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion.)
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20171117/fact-check-are-gov-rauners-grandparents-immigrants

 

TIMES
— Politics shouldn’t override decency in cases of Roy Moore, Bill Clinton – John Kass
http://www.mywebtimes.com/opinion/columnists/kass-politics-shouldn-t-override-decency-in-cases-of-roy/article_84430772-ec96-5216-afda-e8c4834413c5.html

 

SUBURBAN LIFE
— More than 100 protestors turn out for Roskam appearance at GOP fundraiser in Downers Grove
http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2017/11/17/more-than-100-protestors-turn-out-for-roskam-appearance-at-gop-fundraiser-in-downers-grove/dg63lsa/

 

ROCK RIVER TIMES
— Rauner-linked firm gets $12M in new deal, months after being cut out of $12M deal
http://rockrivertimes.com/2017/11/17/rauner-linked-firm-gets-12m-in-new-deal-months-after-being-cut-out-of-12m-deal/

 

WQLZ
— Ives Calls For ‘Austerity Budget’ During Springfield Meet & Greet
http://www.wqlz.com/2017/11/16/rep-ives-calls-for-austerity-budget-at-springfield-meet-and-greet/

 

WJBC
— Reps. Davis, LaHood praise passage of GOP tax plan – Eric Stock (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
http://www.wjbc.com/2017/11/17/reps-davis-lahood-praise-passage-of-gop-tax-plan/

 

WJBC
— Congressman John Shimkus Likes Tax Cuts and Jobs Act That Passed House on Thursday It now moves to the U.S. Senate for debate starting after the Thanksgiving break. (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
http://www.wjbdradio.com/local-news/2017/11/17/congressman-john-shimkus-likes-tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-that-passed-house-on-thursday

 

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Germany supplants US as the country with the best global reputation” and “America falls to No. 6 under Trump.”
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/world-news/germany-supplants-us-as-the-country-with-the-best-global-reputation/859247851

 

TRIBUNE LEDGE NEWS
— Data, not politics, to be focal point of Illinois voter crosscheck hearing – Benjamin Yount
http://www.tribuneledgernews.com/extra/news/data-not-politics-to-be-focal-point-of-illinois-voter/article_9c127fa8-7062-51de-b13c-7beb6114d117.html

 

NPR ILLINOIS
— Are Voters Thinking About 2018? – SEAN CRAWFORD, BRIAN MACKEY & CHARLES N. WHEELER III
http://nprillinois.org/post/state-week-are-voters-thinking-about-2018#stream/0

 

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK
— Experts: Not many options to fix Illinois’ worst in the nation pension problem – Greg Bishop
https://www.ilnews.org/news/state_politics/experts-not-many-options-to-fix-illinois-worst-in-the/article_df85baa4-cbbd-11e7-9917-e3466d31e01a.html

 

ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE
— Do you know the story behind your rising property taxes?
http://secure.illinoispolicy.org/property-tax-truths/

 

REAL GOP ILLINOIS
— Hot Air: Sad GOP attempt to repeal Rauner’s sanctuary state bill stalls
https://realgopillinois.com/2017/11/17/attempt-repeal-rauner-sanctuary-state-bill-stalls/

 

CAPITOL FAX
— Brady makes some unusual appointments to discrimination and harassment task force (DIERSEN: The Republican GOPUSA ILLINOIS did not receive this press release, but the Democrat Capitol Fax did. Ever-increasingly, the more of the following that you are, the less likely that you will be appointed to anything: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/17/brady-makes-some-unusual-appointments-to-discrimination-and-harassment-task-force/
— Rauner refuses to weigh in on federal tax legislation (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Rauner asks Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus to work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/17/rauner-refuses-to-weigh-in-on-federal-tax-legislation/

 

BREITBART
— Hispanic Caucus Builds Wall Against GOP Latino Representative – NEIL MUNRO
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/17/hispanic-caucus-rejects-gop-latino/

 

DAILY SIGNAL
— Democrats’ Move to Impeach Trump Seen as Political Theater – Fred Lucas
http://dailysignal.com/2017/11/17/democrats-move-to-impeach-trump-seen-as-political-theater/

 

GOPUSA
— Should a jury know a person’s immigration status? Washington’s high court says no. (DIERSEN: What about a person’s political affiliation and “race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information?”)
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=33501
— Mattel makes Barbie doll of hijab-wearing Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=33406

 

DAILY CALLER
— Congress Spent $17 Million Paying For Its Sexual Harassment Settlements – Henry Rodgers
http://dailycaller.com/2017/11/16/congressional-office-of-compliance-releases-breakdown-of-harassment-settlements/

 

THE HILL
— Class warfare fight erupts over tax bills – NAOMI JAGODA (DIERSEN: From what I see, the tax bills benefit the lower class and the upper class at the expense of the middle class.)
http://thehill.com/policy/finance/360966-class-warfare-fight-erupts-over-tax-bills
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Tensions over class warfare and whether GOP tax plans help the rich over the middle class and poor are building in Congress as Republicans march forward with their legislation. Democrats have been forcefully and repeatedly arguing that the GOP wants to cut taxes for wealthy individuals and corporations at the expense of everyone else. Republicans, annoyed with the attacks, have pushed back, saying their focus is on the middle class. . .Republicans have long accused Democrats of engaging in class warfare for their attacks on the rich. But Democrats have also accused Republicans of attacking the middle class. Brown, who has focused on the working class in his time in the Senate and is up for reelection next year in a state President Trump carried, said on MSNBC in 2011 that when Republicans accuse Democrats of class warfare, Democrats “point out the class warfare [Republicans have] wagged against the middle class.” GOP lawmakers have highlighted elements of their bills that they say benefit the middle class, including the increases in the standard deduction and child tax credit. The Senate’s bill zeros out ObamaCare’s individual mandate penalty for those who don’t have health insurance, and Republicans have also highlighted that most people who pay the penalty make under $50,000. . .But Democrats have argued that the corporate tax cuts are more likely to benefit wealthy shareholders than workers. They have highlighted parts of the bills that seem to be geared to helping the rich, such as their scaling back of the estate tax and the repeal of the alternative minimum tax. They have also put a spotlight on tax breaks benefitting the middle class that would be eliminated. . .Republicans have pointed to data that shows people across the spectrum would win tax cuts from the plan, particularly in the short term, while Democrats have highlighted that millions of low- and middle-income families would see their taxes go up, especially in later years.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump job approval hits new low.”
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/360786-poll-trump-job-approval-hits-new-low

 

HUFFINGTON POST
— Former DOJ Official Accuses Trump Judicial Pick Of Misleading Senate About Past Work – Sam Levine (DIERSEN: Would you mislead anyone about your past work? I certainly would not. I would stress a) that my Democrat GAO superiors forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take an $18,847 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980; b) that my Democrat IRS superiors did not promote me beyond GS-12, disallowed my education deductions in 1978, and disallowed my partial day per diem claims in 1974; and c) that my Democrat Post Office superiors forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests in 1969 and 1968.)
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/thomas-farr-voter-intimidation-senate_us_5a0f0c98e4b0e97dffed03a2

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— A Great Migration From Puerto Rico Is Set to Transform Orlando – Lizette Alvarez
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/us/puerto-ricans-orlando.html

 

WASHINGTON POST
— Illinois Governor: 2018’s most important, expensive and strange election – George Will
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2018s-most-important-expensive-and-strange-election/2017/11/17/69181a8e-cafe-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html
— ‘Biggest tax cut in American history’ isn’t popular with many Americans – Tory Newmyer
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-finance-202/2017/11/17/the-finance-202-biggest-tax-cut-in-american-history-isn-t-popular-with-many-americans/5a0de1c330fb045a2e0030ab/
— Roy Moore’s approval rating with women has dropped. But so did candidate Trump’s. – Eugene Scott
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/11/17/roy-moores-approval-rating-with-women-has-dropped-but-so-did-candidate-trumps/
— The media is giving up its place in our democracy – Chris Wallace (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, “the media” serves as operative or as dupes for the Democrat Party.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-is-assaulting-our-free-press-but-he-also-has-a-point/2017/11/17/b3b8ec24-c8b2-11e7-b0cf-7689a9f2d84e_story.html
— In towns and cities nationwide, fears of trickle-down effects of federal tax legislation – Renae Merle and Peter Jamison Nov
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/in-towns-and-cities-nationwide-fears-of-trickle-down-effects-of-federal-tax-legislation/2017/11/17/d72b6164-c957-11e7-aa96-54417592cf72_story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: It took the city of Pataskala, Ohio, nine ballot measures before its 15,000 residents agreed to a new 1 percent tax to pay for repairs to its crumbling roads and to buy new police cruisers. The mostly rural community was finally won over by a century-old hallmark of the tax code: The $5 million local levy could be deducted from their federal taxes. “There is a severe sensitivity to more taxes here,” said James M. Nicholson, the city’s finance director. “At the end of the day, you get a tax break was the thing that convinced people.” But now, in small towns and thriving cities, in Republican- and Democratic-leaning states, local leaders are warning that the $1.5 trillion tax legislation moving through Congress threatens to undermine their ability to raise money for government services, including police and schools. The Republican measures would eliminate or severely curtail taxpayers’ ability to lower their federal tax bill by deducting the cost of their state and local taxes. Without that offset, local leaders say, taxpayers will begin to seek relief closer to home, potentially making it more difficult to provide basic services.)

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— As Bannon Readies for ‘War’ on GOP, Finding Donors May Be the First Battle Two big GOP backers of past disruptive campaigns have distanced themselves from the former White House official – Julie Bykowicz and Gregory Zuckerman (DIERSEN: Which individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries have never been close to you or have distanced themselves from you? For me, it is those that are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors and those that a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/as-bannon-readies-for-war-on-gop-finding-donors-may-be-the-first-battle-1510952472?mod=djemalertNEWS

 

NEWSWEEK
— REPUBLICAN TAX BILL GIVES PRIVATE JET OWNERS A TAX BREAK – CHRISTAL HAYES
http://www.newsweek.com/republican-tax-bill-gives-private-plane-owners-tax-break-714381

 

THE DRIVE
— Taco Bell Employees Are Eligible for Discounts on Corvettes and Cadillacs – CHRIS TSUIN (DIERSEN: While I have never bought a Cadillac, I bought a new 1972 Corvette in 1971 when I was 23 years old and a new IRS employee earning $44,853/year in today’s dollars and working part-time for Firestone Stores.)
http://www.thedrive.com/sheetmetal/16200/taco-bell-employees-are-eligible-for-discounts-on-corvettes-and-cadillacs

 

MOTOR AUTHORITY
— Working at Taco Bell gets you a $4,385 discount on a Chevy Corvette – Sean Szymkowski
https://www.motorauthority.com/news/1113881_working-at-taco-bell-gets-you-a-4385-discount-on-a-chevy-corvette

 

EDITOR AND PUBLISHER
— Major Brands Blacklisting Media is Detrimental to Publishers- Rusty Coats (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Which individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries blacklist GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails? ANSWER: Those that are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
http://www.editorandpublisher.com/columns/shoptalk-major-brands-blacklisting-media-is-detrimental-to-publishers/

November 17 Morning Edition

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— Needless-to-say, if Republicans eliminate or limit the real estate tax deduction, a) the Senior Citizens’ Homestead Exemption should be dramatically increased (SEE: 
http://www.dupageco.org/SOA/1482/) and b) the maximum “total household income” requirement for the Senior Citizens’ Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption should be dramatically increased (SEE: http://www.dupageco.org/SOA/1480/). – Dave Diersen
http://www.gopillinois.com

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Rauner challenger Ives reveals who’s bankrolling her bid – Rick Pearson (DIERSEN: How much money do you give activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, churches, etc.? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress that I give little or no money to the aforesaid. In my defense, a) my $50,856/year Civil Service Retirement System pension is only 41% of what my $122,991/year GAO salary was in 1997 in today’s dollars; b) my Social Security is only $2,028/year; c) my and my wife’s medical and dental expenses last year were $21,433, our state and local taxes were $14,303, and our 501(c)(3) contributions were $2,728; and d) the GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails that I send out each and every morning and each and every evening to the aforesaid free of charge and without any advertising are worth at least $1,000/year. It looks like if Republicans get their “tax reform,” the Diersens will be paying much more federal income tax in the future and they will have even less money to give the aforesaid. I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-jeanne-ives-illinois-governor-20171117-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: That information was revealed Thursday, when Ives showed 15 donations — with the top ones coming ahead of a high-dollar fundraiser scheduled for Monday at a Downers Grove restaurant. Vince Kolber, a Chicagoan who founded a transportation leasing business and twice unsuccessfully ran for Congress as a Republican, was the top donor to the Ives for Illinois fund with $100,000. Kolber is the chairman of Ives fundraising event and previously has given the three-term lawmaker from Wheaton $1,500 in November 2015, records show. Ives also reported $50,000 from William Dixon of Wheaton, the founder of a trade-show exhibition firm. Dixon and wife Barbara are listed as co-chairs of the fundraiser, a title that carries a $50,000 price tag. Previously, they had given Ives a total of $19,000 since March 2012. Ives also tapped into her legislative campaign fund for $25,000 and got similar-sized donations from Peter Huizenga and Elizabeth Weiss. A $25,000 contribution merits the title of “underwriter” of the fundraiser. Of Ives’ donors, Kolber gave $13,000 to Rauner for his 2014 race for governor post-primary, and another $1,000 on June 29 of this year. William Dixon gave Rauner $500 in September 2014, and Huizenga gave Rauner $20,000 in May 2014. Rauner had nearly $65.6 million in his campaign fund at the end of September and has since added $116,100.)
— FRONT PAGE: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasing, pot pushers use the problems with opioids to push pot.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-medical-marijuana-doctors-pain-20171116-story.html
— The House just passed its big tax bill. Here’s what is in it and what deductions vanish. – Heather Long (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-house-tax-bill-details-20171116-story.html
— FBI needs to explain its war on ‘black identity extremists’ – Clarence Page (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps want Blacks to be anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/page/ct-perspec-page-fbi-black-identity-extremists-sessions-1117-20171115-story.html
— Partisan divide grows in U.S., states, with mixed results – AP (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps want everyone to be anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-bc-us–state-legislatures-red-or-blue-20171112-story.html
— U. of I. president, UIC chancellor receive $175K in bonuses for second straight year – Dawn Rhodes (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government, the real reason why my superiors and supervisors got bonuses was their success in wasting the careers of and getting rid of their employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who did not make GS-13 (currently $94,610) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $111,801) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $131,508) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $161,900) by age 40.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-university-of-illinois-bonuses-20171116-story.html
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Franken, like Moore, should vanish into the woods – John Kass (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, if you are charged with wrongdoing by a member of any of the following groups, you are presumed to be guilty, and you will be gotten rid of: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-met-al-franken-kass-1117-story.html
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD IN NAPERVILLE SUN: Naperville projected to be No. 1 in U.S. for holiday spending, finance report says – Erin Hegarty (DIERSEN: What is the main reason why you spend less money than you do? For me, it is my $50,856 Civil Service Retirement System pension being only 41% of what my $122,991 GAO salary was in 1997.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/ct-nvs-holiday-spending-naperville-st-1117-20171115-story.html

NEW YORK TIMES
— Confused by the Tax Bills? Be Glad You’re Not an Accountant – RON LIEBER (DIERSEN: Do you prepare and file your own income tax returns? I have since 1964. I worked for IRS 1971-1980 and for GAO on audits of IRS 1986-1988. I itemized 1972-1977 and my wife and I have itemized since 1978. I won a split decision in Tax Court when my Democrat IRS superiors and Money Magazine disallowed my education deductions in 1978. I passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979. I earned a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980. I have used Quicken and Turbotax since they became available. Notwithstanding the aforesaid, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes viciously demonize, viciously denigrate, and viciously condemn my knowledge of IRS and federal taxes. What do you say to people who do not even know if they take the standard deduction or if they itemize who viciously demonize, viciously denigrate, and viciously condemn my knowledge of IRS and federal taxes.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/your-money/tax-bills-accountants.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: If only that were easy to figure out. We know that nearly a quarter of households with incomes between $100,000 and $500,000 would see their tax bills go up next year under the Senate’s proposal. Compared with current law, the House bill, which was passed Thursday, would raise personal federal income taxes on California, New Jersey, New York and Maryland residents by $16.7 billion in 2027, according to an Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy analysis. Florida and Texas, however, would get $31.2 billion in cuts. Still at a loss? If you’re hoping that TurboTax will rerun your 2016 data or scan your 1040 and spit out constantly updating projections based on the House bill or the evolving Senate proposals, its owner, Intuit, will not do that for you. At first, TurboTax’s spokeswoman, Lisa Greene-Lewis, told me via email that it was “premature to speculate or second guess the decisions policymakers will make.” When I pressed further, wondering about the people who want to be well-informed citizens and decide whether to cheer or jeer their elected representatives while it might still make a difference, she got on the phone and simply told me that the company would be creating only tools based on current laws. And so, we turn to the accountants. Pity them, because for at least the next month, theirs will be a world of what-ifs and if-thens. Already, many are receiving multiple messages each day from clients.)
— Middle-Class Families Confront Soaring Health Insurance Costs – Robert Pear (DIERSEN: Last year, my and my wife’s medical and dental expenses last year were $21,433, our state and local taxes were $14,303, and our 501(c)(3) contributions were $2,728.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/us/politics/obamacare-premiums-middle-class.html
— HARDCOPY EDITORIAL HEADLINE: A Cartoonishly Evil Tax-Cut Bill – Editorial
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/opinion/republican-tax-bills-trump.html
— Everybody Hates the Trump Tax Plan Ordinary families would be big losers, and even C.E.O.s aren’t showing much love. – Paul Krugman
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/opinion/trump-tax-plan-hate.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Poles side with anti-Poles.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/opinion/poland-pure-blood-march.html

CBS2
— Gov. Rauner Silent On Tax-Cut Plan – Craig Dellimore (DIERSEN: Government should encourage homeownership and taking job-related graduate courses. The deductibility of mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and job-related education a) encouraged me to take job-related graduate courses 1972-1983 and 1992-1997, b) encouraged me to buy a new town home in 1972, a studio condo in 1974, and a one bedroom condo in 1976, and c) encouraged my wife and I to buy a home in 1978 and to have one built in 1984.)
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/11/16/gov-rauner-silent-on-tax-cut-plan/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Illinois lawmaker Lisa Hernandez accepted campaign money from adult entertainment club – Dane Placko
http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/illinois-lawmaker-accepted-campaign-money-from-adult-entertainment-club

DAILY HERALD
— Impeachment filing is naive, harmful – Editorial
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20171116/editorial-impeachment-filing-is-naive-harmful
— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON AMERICA, ON ILLINOIS, ON COOK COUNTY, AND ON CHICAGO TIGHTENS: FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Suburbs, like rest of country, reporting more hate crimes – Charles Keeshan and Susan Sarkauskas
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171117/suburbs-like-rest-of-country-reporting-more-hate-crimes

NORTHWEST HERALD
— More than 100 protestors turn out for Roskam appearance at GOP fundraiser in Downers Grove – BOB RAKOW (DIERSEN: Government should encourage homeownership and taking job-related graduate courses. The deductibility of mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and job-related education a) encouraged me to take job-related graduate courses 1972-1983 and 1992-1997, b) encouraged me to buy a new town home in 1972, a studio condo in 1974, and a one bedroom condo in 1976, and c) encouraged my wife and I to buy a home in 1978 and to have one built in 1984.)
http://www.nwherald.com/2017/11/17/more-than-100-protestors-turn-out-for-roskam-appearance-at-gop-fundraiser-in-downers-grove/dg63lsa/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Reid McCollum, a leader of the Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th, said the proposed tax plan was the primary reason for the protest. “There’s not one thing in that bill for the middle class,” said McCollum, who specifically criticized the proposal to eliminate state and local tax deductions. The tax plan also would increase the federal deficit by as much as $1.7 trillion and lead to massive cuts to services and programs such as Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid, opponents said.)

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Tax reform is key to Illinois growth – Lynette Shaeffer (DIERSEN: Government should encourage homeownership and taking job-related graduate courses. The deductibility of mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and job-related education a) encouraged me to take job-related graduate courses 1972-1983 and 1992-1997, b) encouraged me to buy a new town home in 1972, a studio condo in 1974, and a one bedroom condo in 1976, and c) encouraged my wife and I to buy a home in 1978 and to have one built in 1984.)
http://www.sj-r.com/opinion/20171116/guest-view-tax-reform-is-key-to-illinois-growth
— Londrigan accused of attacking Davis for ‘opposite’ of remarks – Bernard Schoenburg (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes read GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to find anything that they can use against me. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes are moral relativists who believe that their end justifies their means. They are disciples of Saul Alinsky.)
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20171116/londrigan-accused-of-attacking-davis-for-opposite-of-remarks

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Davis, Shimkus laud their colleagues’ tax-reform bill – Tom Kacich (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2017-11-17/davis-shimkus-laud-their-colleagues-tax-reform-bill.html

ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR
— Officials, public discuss opioid abuse, possible solutions at community forum – Adam Poulisse
http://www.rrstar.com/news/20171116/officials-public-discuss-opioid-abuse-possible-solutions-at-community-forum

STAR TRIBUNE
— In Illinois, a looming battle over the bankrupting ‘blue model’ – George Will
http://trib.com/opinion/columns/will-in-illinois-a-looming-battle-over-the-bankrupting-blue/article_8da96037-d777-5778-a78e-eb8d934c41e2.html

ENEWS PARK FOREST
— Senators Durbin, Duckworth Press Rauner To Weigh In On GOP Tax Plans
https://enewspf.com/2017/11/16/senators-durbin-duckworth-press-rauner-to-weigh-in-on-gop-tax-plans/

FOX ILLINOIS
— Graduate students rally against tax reform bill – Jacqueline Francis (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
http://foxillinois.com/news/local/graduate-students-rally-against-tax-reform-bill
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The act is focused on providing tax relief, but graduate students said for them it would have the opposite effect. U of I graduate student, Jason Rock, said the act would eliminate tax exemptions for teaching and research assistants’ tuition waivers. “A tuition waiver is essentially a coupon for making their tuition-free,” Rock said. A tuition waiver tax is something many graduate students said they can’t afford. “I’m out here because without my tuition waiver I won’t be able to stay in graduate school,” graduate student Andy Bowman said. “And that’s true for my friends here today.” Rock said if the tuition waiver tax becomes law, it could change the post-graduate educational opportunities for students now and in the future. “There will be a significant number of graduate students that have to drop out,” Rock said. “Ultimately graduate school would only be something wealthy people can do.” Protesters called on Congressman Rodney Davis, just hours after the House voted the bill forward. Congressman Davis voted in favor of the bill. “Today we lost Representative Davis,” graduate student Emily Rodriguez said. “13 other members of his caucus did not vote for this tax reform bill, but our Representative folded like a lawn chair,” Congressman Davis said he doesn’t support the tuition waiver tax, but he does support other parts of the bill. Especially the tax reforms that would benefit middle-class families and small businesses. The Congressman’s office responded to the rally in a statement by saying, “Congressman Davis has fought hard to protect these benefits and Chairman Brady has committed to working to fix them when we get to conference with the Senate.)

DAILY EGYPTIAN
— State senators urge ISBE to accelerate teacher shortage study – JOHN REIDY (DIERSEN: Why were you hired? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes hint/imply/argue/shout a) that GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job; b) that IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job; and c) that the Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)
https://dailyegyptian.com/75904/state/state-senators-urge-isbe-to-accelerate-teacher-shortage-study/

WILLIAM J. KELLY
— Conservatives must hold the Rauner Swamp accountable
http://www.williamjkelly.org/news/kelly-conservative-voters-must-hold-the-rauner-swamp-accountable

DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Ives credits bipartisan effort for broader health care options, stronger property rights – Mark Heinz
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511259574-ives-credits-bipartisan-effort-for-broader-health-care-options-stronger-property-rights

PRAIRIE STATE WIRE
— Ives cites culture surrounding ‘phony property tax freeze’ in her decision to run for governor – W.J. Kennedy
https://prairiestatewire.com/stories/511270034-ives-cites-culture-surrounding-phony-property-tax-freeze-in-her-decision-to-run-for-governor

ILLINOIS FAMILY ACTION
— “Progressives” Suddenly “Woke” to Sexual Harassment! – Laurie Higgins
https://illinoisfamilyaction.org/2017/11/progressives-suddenly-woke-to-sexual-harassment/

ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
— Shifting Trends in Christianity – Micah Clark (DIERSEN: What do you say to those who say that they are Christian, but who do lots of anti-Christian things like promoting dependency on government, promoting dependency on charity, promoting LGBTQ activity, promoting abortion, promoting illegal immigration, and promoting booze, gambling, pot, and other vices? I should write a book about the aforesaid in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois. The aforesaid have always worked very hard against me.)
https://illinoisfamily.org/uncategorized/shifting-trends-christianity/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: I was given a booklet from Haggai International Ministries called “What in the World is Going On?” It presents the changing demographics of faith around the globe. Here are some interesting findings: 100 years ago the geographical picture of Christianity was pretty simple: most Christians lived in the U.S. and Europe. Everywhere else was unreached. In 1900, 83 percent of the world’s Christians were in “the west.” Today, in 2017 only 34 percent of the world’s Christians are in the west, (i.e. areas like Europe, North America and Australia). Now 66 percent of the world’s Christians are in Latin America, Africa and Asia. By 2050 those numbers are expected to be 24 percent in the west and 76 percent in Latin America, Africa and Asia. While Christianity is on the decline in the U.S., it is on the rise in the former USSR, China and large portions of Africa. Today 25 percent of the Christians in the world live in Africa and 25 percent live in Latin America. On any given Sunday there are more Christians worshiping in China than in the United States. Muslims are increasingly mobile. Where they go, Islam goes. As Christians have fled from areas of the Middle East, Islam has moved in. In Jesus’ birthplace of Bethlehem the current population is 80 percent Muslim. 75 percent of the world’s population lives in areas with religious restrictions. Approximately one in 12 Christians today experience persecution. Of the world’s 7.5 billion people, 2.4 billion (33 percent) profess to be Christians. However, one in four people in the world have never heard the Gospel message.)

CAPITOL FAX
— Republican Party wants Durbin, Duckworth to give away Franken’s cash
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/17/republican-party-wants-durbin-duckworth-to-give-away-frankens-cash/

FOX NEWS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Fox News, a company charged with sexual harassment, uses Adam Andrzejewski to say “Across the USA, governments have a gender hypocrisy gap.” Andrzejewski should look at GAO. During the 1980s and 1990s, to hire, to retain, and to promote young Democrat women and young Democrat minorities, GAO wasted the careers of and got rid of its employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran. GAO uses Affirmative Action, Diversity, Inclusion, and its “up-or-out” policy to waste the careers of its employees who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who GAO does not promote to GS-13 (currently $94,610) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $111,801) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $131,508) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $161,900) by age 40.
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/11/17/across-usa-governments-have-gender-hypocrisy-gap.html

GOPUSA
— Limbaugh: Al Franken’s groping scandal ‘screwing up’ Dems’ plans for Trump
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=33580
— 77% of ‘educated’ Democrats believe your gender can be different than that ‘assigned at birth’
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=33577

WASHINGTON TIMES
— When a Miss America runs for office – David Keene
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/16/erika-harold-running-for-states-attorney-general-i/

BLAZE
— Starbucks celebrated for the ‘gay agenda’ campaign on their holiday cups – Carlos Garcia
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/11/16/starbucks-celebrated-for-the-gay-agenda-campaign-on-their-holiday-cups

NATIONAL LAW REVIEW
— Illinois Senate Fails to Override Governor’s Veto of Salary History Ban (DIERSEN: If you work for government, your salary is public record.)
https://www.natlawreview.com/article/illinois-senate-fails-to-override-governor-s-veto-salary-history-ban

THE HILL
— The GOP tax bill will be a health care financial burden on American families – JANNI LEHRER-STEIN  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress that I give them little or no money. In my defense, a) my $50,856/year Civil Service Retirement System pension is only 41% of what my $122,991/year GAO salary was in 1997 in today’s dollars; b) my Social Security is only $2,028/year; c) my and my wife’s medical and dental expenses last year were $21,433, our state and local taxes were $14,303, and our 501(c)(3) contributions were $2,728; and d) the GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails that I send out each and every morning and each and every evening to the aforesaid free of charge and without any advertising are worth at least $1,000/year. It looks like if Republicans get their “tax reform,” the Diersens will be paying much more federal income tax in the future and they will have even less money to give the aforesaid. I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
http://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/360801-the-gop-tax-bill-will-be-a-health-care-financial-burden-on-american
— Franken releases new statement, calls for ethics investigation of himself – AVERY ANAPOL
http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/360697-franken-releases-new-statement-calls-for-ethics-investigation-of-himself

ROLL CALL
— Congressional Hispanic Caucus Rejects Carlos Curbelo’s Membership Bid Florida Republican calls decision “shameful” (DIERSEN: Which groups do NOT want you to be a member? The following groups do NOT want me to be a member: a) those that are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors. Further, those who dominate the Milton Township Republican Central Committee, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants, GAO, etc. do NOT want me to be a member. The aforesaid a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid.)
http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/congressional-hispanic-caucus-rejects-carlos-curbelo-bid-membership

WASHINGTON POST
— Those bans on asking about salary history? Most employers don’t think they’ll work. – Jena McGregor (DIERSEN: If you work for government, your salary is public record.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-leadership/wp/2017/11/16/those-bans-on-asking-about-salary-history-most-employers-dont-think-theyll-work/

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Tax Proposals Most Likely to Pass in Washington While the differences between the two versions stand out, the similarities are an indicator of items that could actually pass – Laura Saunders (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/tax-proposals-most-likely-to-pass-in-washington-1510883590
— No Republicans Need Apply Congressional Hispanic Caucus rejects Cuban-American legislator. – Editorial (DIERSEN: By way of contrast, “Republicans” a) let Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, and RINOs hold leadership positions in the Republican Party and b) elect and reelect Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, and RINOs.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/no-republicans-need-applyno-republicans-need-apply-1510872449
— The Politics of Apps Has Silicon Valley programmed its products to disadvantage women, minorities and the poor? An indictment of bias in the tech industry. Meghan C. Kruger reviews ‘Technically Wrong’ by Sara Wachter-Boettcher.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/review-the-politics-of-apps-1510871571
— FRONT PAGE: Google Has Picked an Answer for You—Too Bad It’s Often Wrong Going beyond search, the internet giant is promoting a single result over all others, and many are contentious, improbable or laughably incorrect – Jack Nicas
https://www.wsj.com/articles/googles-featured-answers-aim-to-distill-truthbut-often-get-it-wrong-1510847867

USA TODAY
— Protect net neutrality and Internet freedom: World Wide Web inventor – Tim Berners-Lee (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents want to limit the information that you get to the information that they give you.)
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/11/16/protect-net-neutrality-and-internet-freedom-world-wide-web-inventor-tim-berners-lee-column/866318001/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Now that vision is threatened. That choice you have to use the Web for whatever you want could be taken away. Today, one of the greatest threats to the Web in America is the plan by the Federal Communications Commission to roll back America’s open Internet safeguards. Net neutrality is the fundamental principle that all content should be treated equally online. It’s what ensures those millions of local businesses can compete on an equal footing with corporate giants. It’s what stops Internet and cable providers from slowing down services for those who don’t pay a premium, or blocking content that doesn’t boost their own bottom lines. Why should this matter to you? Most Americans — 87% — use the Internet for everything from accessing information to earning money to watching their favorite shows and movies.) 

STANDARD REPUBLIC
— Killing medical tax break will hammer U.S. middle-class seniors – Reuters (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
http://www.standardrepublic.com/2017/11/killing-medical-tax-break-will-hammer-u-s-middle-class-seniors/43549.htm
(FROM THE ARTICLE: U.S. Republican lawmakers want to cut taxes for corporations and wealthy people by $1.3 trillion – and they seem to want seniors to foot a good chunk of the bill. Their 2018 budget plan would chop $473 billion out of Medicare and $1.3 trillion from Medicaid. (reut.rs/2mq1UhL). But the House tax plan also calls for elimination of the itemized deduction for high medical expenses. The deduction allows taxpayers who itemize to deduct medical expenses exceeding 10 percent of adjusted gross income. This is helpful to anyone dealing with disabilities, acute or chronic conditions or long-term care and assisted living costs. But the medical expense deduction is especially useful for older people, for the simple reason that they are more likely to struggle with acute and chronic health problems. And it is used mainly by middle-class households. Nearly half (49 percent) of taxpayers who deducted medical expenses in 2015 had income below $50,000 according to analysis of IRS records by the AARP Public Policy Institute; 69 percent had income less than $75,000. The importance of the deduction is growing, because the number of underinsured Americans is rising. At the end of 2016, 28 percent of adults who had health insurance were underinsured, according to the Commonwealth Fund (bit.ly/2zKKMqe) – a percentage that translates to 41 million people. Commonwealth defines “underinsured” as people whose out-of-pocket health expenses are 10 percent or more of household income, and the number has more than doubled since 2003. In Medicare, total out-of-pocket spending by beneficiaries in 2013 averaged $6,150, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). Nearly half of that (47 percent) was for insurance premiums, followed by three categories of health care services – long-term care facilities (18 percent), prescription drugs (12 percent) and dental services (9 percent).)

FORBES
— The New Tax Plan And The Death Of Homeownership – Mark Greene (DIERSEN: Government should encourage homeownership and taking job-related graduate courses. The deductibility of mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and job-related education a) encouraged me to take job-related graduate courses 1972-1983 and 1992-1997, b) encouraged me to buy a new town home in 1972, a studio condo in 1974, and a one bedroom condo in 1976, and c) encouraged my wife and I to buy a home in 1978 and to have one built in 1984.)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/markgreene/2017/11/16/the-new-tax-plan-and-the-death-of-homeownership/

PBS
— Who really benefits from GOP’s tax overhaul is battle point as House passes its bill – Lisa Desjardins and Judy Woodruff (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/who-really-benefits-from-gops-tax-overhaul-is-battle-point-as-house-passes-its-bill

ZILLOW
— FOR SALE: 1013 James Court, Wheaton – $399,900
https://www.zillow.com/wheaton-il/1_fs/X1-SS1apc9gppw622z_3o1g1_sse/4448314_zpid/