April 23 Evening Edition

— Madigan re-elected as state Democratic Party chairman (DIERSEN: Who will the 18 newly elected members of the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Central Committee (SCC) elect as the IRP chairman when they meet in Springfield Tuesday, May 22? What weighted vote will each IRP SCC member have? Who has announced their candidacy for the IRP chairman position? Will Chapin Rose’s wining the 15th Congressional District IRP SCC position be challenged? Who have the 18 newly elected IRP SCC members picked to be their deputies?)


— Re-elected party boss, Madigan looks to future: ‘I’m a very young 76-years-old’ – Tina Sfondeles (DIERSEN: If Madigan had been a federal employee, the federal government would have gotten rid of him if he had not made GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40.)
— Madigan wins record term as party boss, asks Dems to ‘turn a page in history’ – Tina Sfondeles
— Emanuel finally breaks silence about Madigan, Quinn sexual harassment scandal – Fran Spielman
— Emanuel to lay out third-term agenda in specific terms – Fran Spielman (DIERSEN: Those who vote for Democrat candidates want them to use the power of government to get rid of individuals, organizations, companies, and governments that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Emanuel cautions fellow Democrats to drop impeachment talk – Fran Spielman
— The shameful silence of America’s CEOs – Robert Reich (DIERSEN: What do you say to CEOs who want Trump 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, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
— Bad Illinois gun law to blame for Waffle House shooter having an AR-15 – Editorial
— Between now and Friday, here’s how you can bring greater democracy to Illinois Gerrymandering in Illinois has results in many uncontested local elections — and others in which incumbents have only token opposition. – Madeleine Doubek
— Madigan still deciding whether to hit or pass on marijuana legalization – Tina Sfondeles (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)


— Madigan gets another term as Illinois Democratic chairman despite sexual harassment complaints on his watch – Monique Garcia (DIERSEN: Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform. Beyond tragically, Madigan correctly hints/implies/argues/shouts that anti-conservatives, that is, anti-Republicans, dominate the Illinois Republican Party (IRP). They focus on getting rid of individuals, organizations, companies, and governments that support the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and other planks in the IRP platform.)
— Gov. Rauner’s increasingly tough path to re-election – Kristen McQueary
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Remember, it’s only April. Rauner has time to recoup. But as of now the numbers aren’t with him. The Republican base isn’t with him. The momentum isn’t there. And now, McCann. Representing a district southwest of Springfield, McCann is a study in contrasts. He was elected as an outsider and tea party conservative in 2010. He voted against same-sex marriage, against driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants and remains a strong supporter of gun rights. He sided recently with Rauner to shield gun shops from state licensing and other regulations. Conservative agenda: Check. But on other positions important to conservatives — smaller government and pension reform — he has been a reliable vote for Democrats. He voted against every pension reform bill that came to the Senate floor, including a bill eliminating pensions for lawmakers. He stood with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and voted to override Rauner’s veto — the only GOP member to do so — on a bill empowering the union at the bargaining table. He voted against closing underused state facilities. He voted against more flexibility for local mayors when negotiating contracts with public employee unions. He voted against consolidating local governments. Conservative agenda: Fail. You could call him AFSCME’s favorite Republican. “I consider myself a voice for working people,” he told me during his re-election campaign in 2016. “I have never voted to diminish or impair pensions. I’m a conservative Republican and constitutionalist. The Constitution is painfully clear that pensions shall not be diminished or impaired. I think the tea party should embrace those commitments to working people.”)
— Appeals court to rule on lawsuit over Lincolnshire’s right-to-work ordinance – Todd Shields
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump/NRA blames Trump and NRA for the Waffle House shooter.
— You can still work your way through college – Steve Rosen (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, I was able to work my way through college because a) my parents were undeservedly filthy rich and b) I avoided the draft.)
— Metra looks for ways to combat missed fare problems – Mary Wisniewski
— For some gay men, ‘Sexuality and experimentation and drug use became intertwined’ – Bill Daley
— Emanuel: Constitutional standard for Trump impeachment hasn’t been met – John Byrne
— Emanuel, Schwimmer announce anti-sexual harassment campaign – John Byrne


— AP-NORC Poll: Amid strikes, Americans back teacher raises – AP
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In 2016-2017, the average salary for a public school teacher was $58,950, down slightly from the previous year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Overall, 78 percent of Americans said that’s not enough. Just 15 percent think teachers are paid the right amount, while 6 percent think they’re paid too much. In a 2010 AP-Stanford poll, 57 percent of Americans said they thought teachers are paid too little. Americans in states with the lowest average teacher salaries – less than $50,000 a year – were slightly more likely to think teachers were paid too little and that the national average should be an important factor in determining salaries.)


— Michael Madigan Wins 6th Term as Head of Illinois’ Democratic Party – Amanda Vinicky


— State paying bills, but not late-payment interest


— Michael Madigan wins re-election as Democratic Party leader – Bernard Schoenburg (DIERSEN: Are/were you a union member? Are/were you a member of the “working class?” I was a union member 1966-1969 and 1971-1980. I did yard work and delivered newspapers 1962-1964; washed dishes 1964-1966; cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline in 1966; delivered mail 1966-1969; worked on an automobile assembly line and as a security guard in 1970; sold tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971; pumped gasoline 1971-1972; collected delinquent taxes 1971-1980; and audited federal agencies 1980-1997. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who despise, if not hate, union members and lowly failed members of the working class like I was.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: About 100 people from a variety of labor organizations gathered outside the State House Inn before the meeting to show support for Madigan’s re-election. Jamie Neuhaus, 44, of Lincoln, a member of Operating Engineers Local 965, was carrying a sign with a picture of Rauner and the words: “Danger: Hazardous to the working class.” “Rauner is a slash-and-burn kind of guy” who is “not used to having somebody stand up to him,” Neuhaus said. Madigan, Neuhaus said, has been able to “stand up to Rauner and hold his ground.”)
— Legislators push Rauner for Quincy veterans home improvement plan


— On Germany trip, Rauner courts ‘perfect’ investors for Southern Illinois – DUSTIN DUNCAN


— Plank wins MC GOP chairmanship; Control of state party remains in question – Ann Maher
(FRO(M THE ARTICLE: While chairmanships appear settled across the state, the election of the 15th Congressional District state central committeeman – between incumbent Bob Winchester or State Sen. Chapin Rose – remains uncertain. The congressional district includes all or part of 33 southern Illinois counties and is led by Congressman John Shimkus of Collinsville. Plank said that Madison County precinct committee men and women chose Winchester over Rose by a margin of approximately 60 to 40 percent, and then as a sign of unity voted by acclamation to place 100 percent of the county’s vote in favor of Winchester. At stake in the controversy is control of the Illinois Republican Party and whether Gov. Bruce Rauner – fresh from an intense primary battle with conservative state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) – can exert influence over it. According to the SE Illinois News, Rauner and current state GOP Chairman Timothy Schneider declared victory after last Wednesday’s convention. “But did they actually win?” the report states. Plank said Monday morning that a winner has still not been declared. The SE Illinois News report indicates that Schneider recruited Rose to challenge Winchester, a Rauner critic who supported Ives in the March primary. It further states that Rose supports Schneider for another four year term, while Winchester does not.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow over their success in using students as their operatives and as their dupes.


— Rauner promises more jobs in southern Illinois after Europe trip – Joe Ragusa


— Sen. Brady not ‘overly concerned’ about McCann gubernatorial bid


— Illegal immigrants in Illinois rally for protection at the Statehouse – Ana Espinosa Thur  (DIERSEN: What do you say to politicians who side with foreign countries and with their citizens against America and against its citizens?)


— Illinois past-due fees since 2015 top $1B – AP


— Now is the time for pension reform, Khouri says – Glenn Minnis


— DHS Statement on Caravan Coming North Through Mexico
— McSweeny Budget Transparency Bill Passes House
— Illinois Leaks Spotlights CL Park Board Perks
— Internet Sales Tax Hike Advances with Support of Local State Senators – Roll Call
— Skillicorn Urges End of Former LITH Deputy Police Chief’s Pension, Collection Prison Cost from Proceeds


— Rauner caught in food stamp work requirement debate – Cole Lauterbach (DIERSEN: What do you say to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who hint/imply/argue/shout that I have had an unfair advantage in life because a) I have always been able-bodied, b) I avoided the draft, and c) my wife and I gave up trying to have children, we did not adopt, and we did not become foster parents? Do you agree with my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes? What unfair advantages in life have you had?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: It would require able-bodied adults without dependents under six years old to either work or enroll in job training programs for at least 20 hours per week to qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.)


— Attorney General candidate Kwame Raoul filed false Statement of Economic Interest. – KIRK ALLEN


— MCHENRY COUNTY TOWNSHIP CONSOLIDATION BILL LIKELY TO REACH GOVERNOR’S DESK (DIERSEN: In DuPage County, will those who want to keep township government and those who want to get rid of township government stress the many adverse actions that Milton Township officials have taken against me since 2000?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Skinner – a former state representative himself – asked why is Senator Link involved. Sknner listed “two reasons why the bill may be moving ahead: Townships are often the farm team for Republican candidates Democrat Jack Franks would play a dominant role in the duties of abolished township governments into McHenry County government “Rauner has made a big deal about consolidation, of the lack of necessity for the tremendous number of local governments. so a bill signing is expected,”)


— Madigan on GOP: “They don’t wanna talk about their record because they don’t have a record”
— Sun-Times makes “urgent appeal” for subscriptions, bashes Tribune (DIERSEN: Each and every one of my critics/opponents always sit in judgment of me and sit in judgment of everyone else. They are extremely critical of everyone who they cannot manipulate/dominate and everyone who a) does not glorify and praise them, b) does not pander to them, c) does not serve as one of their operatives or dupes, and/or d) does not give them lots of money.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Zorn is not amused…I enjoy robust competition, but this level of contempt for the other paper vastly exceeds anything I’ve seen in nearly four decades here. […] Traditionally, competing papers, like most competing consumer products, tout their virtues in ads and imply or allude politely to their advantages over other brands. Harsh attack commercials are generally reserved for political campaigns, which is why this Sun-Times spot, which alternates praise for itself with whacks at us — the Sun-Times’ “priority is hardworking people”; the Tribune’s “priorities aren’t so clear,” and so on — feels distinctly political. Not to mention false. Look no further than the massive investigation the Tribune launched into how failures in the Cook County property tax system harm the poor most of all for evidence of our priorities. Look at the extensive analysis of lead in Chicago’s tap water we published earlier this month to see what matters to us. Look at the deep-dive investigation our reporters conducted last fall into children dying from abuse or neglect while under state supervision to see whom we haven’t written off. * But… . . . The ad says the Trib “sits in judgement.” That is, indeed, often the vibe.)


— Gun control lefties go ballistic
— Will California go from banning religious books to burning them?


— Illinois’ vendor lifeline at risk as interest payments lag – Karen Pierog


— Conservatives, bitter battles cause headaches for GOP in key Senate primaries – EMILY GOODIN (DIERSEN: Democrats and RINOs want RINOs to run as Republicans. RINOs do everything that they can to destroy the Republican Party. I should write a book about RINOs in Illinois, in DuPage County, in Milton Township, and in Wheaton.)


— Republican candidates all over are parroting the president, spouting his catchphrases and donning his hats as they try to show loyalty. – Jeremy W. Peters
— Thank Trump, or You’ll Be Sorry – Diana Butler Bass
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Public Servants Are Losing Their Foothold in the Middle Class – Patricia Cohen and Robert Gebeloff (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who focus on demonizing, denigrating, and condemning public servants. I was a public servant 1966-1969 and 1971-1997. GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job. IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job. The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)


— Starbucks arrests: Restaurant racism is as old as the U.S. – Zlati Meyer (DIERSEN: Will my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes hint/imply/argue/shout that S.S. Kresges in Chicago Heights was racist while I washed dishes there part-time for the minimum wage 1964-1966?)
— What does it take to become a 401(k) millionaire? – Susan Tompor (DIERSEN: One could argue that if you are not on track to have at least $1 million saved for your retirement, that you are in big financial trouble.)
— GOP candidates in states where Trump is popular embrace the president – Maureen Groppe and Michael Collins


— A Warning to My Fellow Liberals Burying our heads in the sand and hoping everyone we disagree with goes away is not an effective solution. – Annafi Wahed
— Retirement Shock: Need to Find a Job After 40 Years at General Electric Roughly $140 billion in GE stock-market wealth was lost in the past year, not just at Wall Street firms but among former employees who, like many small investors, long believed the company invincible Former General Electric Co. employee Gary Zabroski, of Lynn, Mass., worked at the company 40 years, starting just a couple of years out of high school. He kept much of his savings in GE shares. – Thomas Gryta
— The Dreaded Wedding Decision: Which Co-Workers to Invite? The question of which work friends make the cut can create awkward moments at the office – Sue Shellenbarger
— In Defense of the Not-So-Busy Retirement Retirees often boast that they have less free time than when they were working. That isn’t necessarily a good thing. – David Ekerdt (DIERSEN: Because I spend 10+ hours each and every day putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending then out, I have less free time now than when a) I was a full-time student and part-time employee 1966-1970, b) I was a full-time employee, part-time student, and part-time employee 1971-1972, and c) full-time employee and part-time student 1973-1983 and 1992-1997.)
— Where Retirees Underestimate Spending Underestimating how much you’ll spend can be costly, so it’s key to know the common pitfalls – Neal Templin
— Research Finds Volunteering Can Be Good for Your Health Data show cognitive benefits with as little as 2 to 2-1/2 hours of volunteering each week, on average – Demetria Gallegos
— The Difficulty of Downsizing A couple finds how hard it is to let go of things they’ll never use – Kathleen A. Hughes


— Illinois Faces Rising Yields as Politics Cloud Return to Market – Elizabeth Campbell


— Waffle House Shooting Underscores How Gun Laws Vary From State To State – Meribah Knight


— ‘He’s an inspiration:’ Henrico County honors employee for 72 years of service – MELISSA HIPOLIT (DIERSEN: Did you “start at the bottom?” GAO audits IRS. Virtually all my Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates a) started their careers with GAO and b) had little or no work experience outside of GAO. They were beyond furious that GAO required me to take ONLY a $19,203 (26%) pay cut, from $91,880 (GS-12 Step 5) down to $72,677 (GS-9 Step 10), in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980 when I was 31 years old. They viciously demonized, denigrated, and condemned the fact that a) I had worked for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $81,071-$91,880 in today’s dollars, b) I had passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979, c) I had almost completed the requirements for a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul, d) I had earned an MBA from Loyola in 1976, and e) much of what I had done for IRS would be similar to what I would be doing for GAO including interviewing, gathering facts, summarizing facts, analyzing facts, making recommendations, and writing reports.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Elvin Cosby never misses a chance to thank his employees for their hard work. “You’ve been right there for me, you haven’t turned me down yet,” Cosby said to a co-worker who visited his office Monday. Perhaps it’s because he knows what it’s like to start at the bottom, carrying water for Henrico County Public Works’ employees 72 years ago at a salary of 25 cents per hour.)

April 23 Morning Edition

— Madigan expected to be re-elected state Democratic Party chairman Monday (DIERSEN: Who will the 18 newly elected members of the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Central Committee (SCC) elect as the IRP chairman when they meet in Springfield Tuesday, May 22? What weighted vote will each IRP SCC member have? Who has announced their candidacy for the IRP chairman position? Will Chapin Rose’s wining the 15th Congressional District IRP SCC position be challenged? Who have the 18 newly elected IRP SCC members picked to be their deputies?)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Whites demonize, denigrate, and condemn Whites as being racists.
— Waffle House suspect remains on the run, may be armed – AP
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURES: HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Illinois native on the run after rampage at Waffle House – Kristine Phillips


— Illinois man sought in Nashville Waffle House shooting that killed 4 – AP
— Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition to Beto O’Rourke – Neil Steinberg
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: The Chicago Sun-Times promote “sex workers.”


— FRONT PAGE: New tollway chief gets $29,000 more than previous CEO – Marni Pyke (DIERSEN: Schillerstrom says “you have to pay for quality.” GAO audits IRS. When I transferred from IRS to GAO when I was 31 years old in 1980, all my GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates knew full-well that GAO had forced me to take a $19,203 (26%) PAY CUT in today’s dollars to transfer. They knew full-well that GAO could just as well given me a PAY INCREASE to get me to transfer because I had had passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979, I had almost completed the requirements for a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul, I had earned an MBA from Loyola in 1976, and I had worked for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $81,071-$91,880. Of course, my Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates used that PAY CUT to demonize, to denigrate, and to condemn a) me as being a stupid lazy loser and b) my knowledge of IRS as being worthless. Because it frustrated their efforts to get rid of me, they were furious when 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, became a Certified Fraud Examiner in 1990, became a Certified Government Financial Manager in 1994, became a Certified Financial Services Auditor in 1996, became a Forensic Accountant in 1997, and earned a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997. They knew full-well that if I had been a Democrat, and especially if I had been a minority and/or a female, GAO would have a) given me a PAY INCREASE to transfer and b) promoted me into its Senior Executive Service long before I was 40 years old.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Illinois tollway’s new Executive Director Elizabeth Gorman will be paid $215,000 a year, $29,000 more than her predecessor. Gorman, a former Republican Cook County commissioner and PricewaterhouseCoopers executive, was approved by the tollway board Feb. 22. At the time her salary was being negotiated. . .”The bottom line is — you have to pay for quality,” Chairman Robert Schillerstrom said. “What we’re doing there is trying to build a team and we want the best people possible to lead the team because we’re working on really big projects.” Gorman was hired by a unanimous vote of tollway directors, who are appointed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. Hiring a tollway executive director is a somewhat amorphous process. . .This time, Schillerstrom played a lead role in Gorman’s hiring, saying he never spoke to Rauner personally about her candidacy, although the governor’s staff was apprised. Gorman has an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, chaired Cook County’s Transportation Committee and was PricewaterhouseCoopers director of state and local government. “She’s got the ability to work with people in the private and public sectors, she understands transportation and frankly she’s worth every cent we pay her,” Schillerstrom said. Gorman served as chairwoman of the Cook County Republican Organization in the late 2000s and is Orland Township Republican Organization committeeman. The Cook County GOP gave Rauner a crucial endorsement in his tight primary race with state Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton on Feb. 5. Rauner’s office referred all questions to the tollway. Ives called the salary “outrageous. Board members should have to approve any personnel contract above $150,000 in a public meeting,” she said, adding she has sponsored legislation to that effect.)

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Batavia woman provides clean needles, naloxone to drug addicts – James Fuller
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Supplying free needles to people addicted to drugs is a practice ripe for local criticism. Batavia sits in Kane County. The county board rejected zoning for a would-be drug addiction treatment center twice in the past two years. Wheaton, in neighboring DuPage County, rejected a drug-treatment center earlier this year. Mixed into all those decisions was a flood of concerns from local residents about rehab centers bringing drug addicts into their neighborhoods.)


— Billionaire Bezos and the warehouse workers – BARRY RITZHOLTZ (DIERSEN: Should I write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who constantly shout that government salaries, benefits, pensions, etc. are too generous, yet say nothing about the tremendous CEO to median salary of employee ratio in the private sector? Ever-increasing, they talk and act like CEOs like Bezos are paying them big bucks to demonize, to denigrate, and to condemn government employees and government retirees.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: We have just learned that the median salary of employees at Amazon.com Inc. is $28,446, excluding its chief executive officer and founder, Jeff Bezos. That pitiful number raises an intriguing question: Is Amazon a high-paying tech company or a low-wage retailer? “Both” is the obvious answer, but to this Amazon aficionado that answer is incomplete. The pay figure, which was disclosed for the first time in Amazon’s annual proxy statement, reflects the large number of low-paid retail and warehouse employees who work for the company. The proxy also disclosed that Bezos was paid $1.68 million, making the ratio of what Bezos was paid and the median pay 59-to-1. What does that ratio tell us? Really, not very much. Bezos, according to the proxy, had a 2017 compensation of $81,840 in salary. The rest was in the form of perks, much of it for “security arrangements” and travel. But Bezos’s pay, which seems rather modest when stacked up against the obscene earnings of many other corporate chiefs, is almost irrelevant. That’s because Bezos is the world’s wealthiest person, with a fortune now estimated at $129 billion (depending upon what Amazon stock is trading at this moment). So that ratio, although accurate, means next to nothing. If you really want to understand the gap between CEO and worker, consider instead the ratio between the net worth of the boss and his employees: I did, and it’s beyond measure. Seriously, 100 billion-to-1 is not an outlandish estimate.)
— Hiring ex-offenders used to be the right thing to do. Now it’s the smart thing. – LISA BERTAGNOLI (DIERSEN: GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job. IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job. The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)
— Repairing Illinois’ pension shortfall isn’t impossible – GREG HINZ


— Keeping county officials’ salary frozen makes sense – Chris Kaergard and Nick Vlahos (DIERSEN: Are/were you accused of being overpaid? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always accused me of being overpaid. In my defense, to qualify myself 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.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Most people in Peoria County would be happy to get a six-figure paycheck. At least, that’s our guess in a jurisdiction where the median household income — not individual, household — between 2012 and 2016 clocked in at $51,632 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Why do we provide you that statistic? It’s time again for the County Board to vote to set the salary for the countywide officials who will be elected this November. That trio of folks — the sheriff, the treasurer and the clerk — are each now making at least $103,990. (The sheriff makes $122,058 from the county in recognition of the vast department the office oversees, and an additional $15,000 of pay as “supervisor of public safety.”) It is, in short, pretty good scratch for overseeing those offices for taxpayers. You may recall that when the salaries for the other countywide officials — auditor, coroner, circuit clerk — were set two years ago, there was a drawn-out debate over the topic of pay. Ultimately board members decided to freeze the officials’ salaries. They were lagging slightly behind the trio up for election this year and were making a mere $94,210. Now, to keep the peace, board members hatched a compromise, offering what amounts to a bonus — they called it an “annual service payment” — of $1,250 each year for the auditor, coroner and circuit clerk. That cash isn’t added onto the base, so it isn’t part of any future increases.)
— Stephen Morris: A solid choice – Chris Kaergard and Nick Vlahos
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Our congratulations to Stephen Morris, who was elected unanimously last week as the new chairman of the Peoria County Republican Party. We’ve gotten to know him quite well during his tenure on the Peoria County Board, where he now serves as vice chairman. He’s stepping down from that post later this year after self-imposing a term limit. In the role, he’s been a reliable conservative, and more than willing to poke at some longstanding practices of the board and pursue streamlining of local government. He’s also shown himself willing to work constructively from the board’s GOP minority to find common ground rather than gridlock. He succeeds Carol Hornickle, who has also been a joy to work with in her brief tenure.)
— Alleged shooter is well known to Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office – Steve Stein


— Looming taxes on US exports could cost Illinois millions, McHenry County experts say


— Much too busy in Springfield to bother with passing an Illinois budget – Editorial


— Parkhurst v. Dugan: ‘Very active’ race expected – David Giuliani


— Alyssia Benford responds to lawsuit against her, other DuPage Township trustees She’s running as a Republican for the State House of Representatives – ALEX ORTIZ


— Sen. Duckworth places blanket hold on all Trump Administration nominees for HUD positions – Hannah Gebresilassie (DIERSEN: Constructively, Republican U.S. Senators and Republican U.S. Representatives largely succeeded in placing a “blanket hold” on hiring and promotions at GAO while I worked for the Democrats who ran the agency 1980-1997. One can understand why my Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates despised if not hated GAO’s employees who were Republican like me.)


— Pritzker highlights push for legalization of marijuana on 4/20 – Catherine Henderson (DIERSEN: If you push pot, you are “truly evil.”)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Northwestern’s food workers oppose “background checks, drug tests and the federal E-verify program.” What percent of Northwestern food workers a) cannot pass a background check, b) use illegal drugs, and/or c) are in America illegally.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The workers’ petition asks Sodexo and Aramark to transfer I-9 employee eligibility verification forms to Compass, and for Compass to accept those forms without requiring new paperwork. It also asks Compass not to participate in background checks, drug tests and the federal E-verify program — which checks if employees are eligible to work in the U.S. — for existing employees. Participation in the E-verify program could threaten the jobs of workers who are undocumented. The University does not reveal if or how many undocumented workers are at NU.)


— Monument to fascist Balbo likely to remain, but aldermen could still rename street A plaque explaining the controversial Italian aviator’s legacy could be added to the lakefront memorial, officials said. – John Greenfield


— Watch Berkowitz debate trial attorney Matt Belcher- Gov. Rauner v. JB Pritzker & billions of taxpayer dollars lost to corrupt Dems?


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Politico promotes Betsy Ankney, Rauner’s campaign manager. What does Ankney think of those who share your demographics? What will she say to “Republican” political consultants who will advise her and Rauner to demonize, to denigrate, to condemn, to get rid of, to throw under the bus, and to flush down the toilet all those voters, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that support the traditional family, right to life, immigration, Second Amendment, and/or other planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform?
— The Chicago Sun-Times’ cover today? A blank page (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents want you to have a “blank page.” They want you to know ONLY that they tell you, no more and no less.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “Imagine #Chicago without the Sun-Times. Today’s front page is a reminder that without your support we won’t survive. Please go to our website to learn how to subscribe for as little as 25 cents/day.” At the bottom of the page reads: “this page intentionally left blank. Your complete Sun-Times inside.” See here This goes to the heart of the newspaper struggle, which is educating readers that it costs money to sustain quality journalism on paper and online.)


— Rauner Campaign Statement on Mike Madigan’s Re-election as Chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois (DIERSEN: Who will the 18 newly elected members of the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Central Committee (SCC) elect as the IRP chairman when they meet in Springfield Tuesday, May 22? What weighted vote will each IRP SCC member have? Who has announced their candidacy for the IRP chairman position? Will Chapin Rose’s wining the 15th Congressional District IRP SCC position be challenged? Who have the 18 newly elected IRP SCC members picked to be their deputies?)
(FROM THE PRESS RELEASE: In advance of today’s Democratic Party of Illinois’ State Central Committee meeting and state party chairman vote, the Rauner campaign issued the following statement: “Today, Mike Madigan will be re-elected as Chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois, but we won’t hear a peep from JB Pritzker. Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike are sick of Madigan’s corrupt system, yet Pritzker’s campaign is based on giving Madigan total control of the state. This November, a vote for JB Pritzker is a vote for Mike Madigan and the same broken system that’s hurt Illinois for decades.”)


— MEDIA ADVISORY: Bost To Launch Women’s Coalition (DIERSEN: Outstandingly, the Bost campaign sent me this. I should write a book about activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. a) who claim to be conservative and/or Republican, but b) who pander to Rich Miller and the rest of the Democrat media, fail/refuse to keep diersen@aol.com on their press advisory and press release lists, and/or c) treat me like I am NOT “credentialed media.”)
(FROM THE MEDIA ADVISORY: U.S. Rep. Mike Bost will join supporters in Belleville today for a campaign rally marking the launch of his campaign’s women for Bost coalition. Credentialed media is invited to attend. “As we prepare to launch our women’s coalition, I look forward to standing with the women who power our campaign,” Bost said. “They’re mothers, business owners, community leaders, and Tracy and I are blessed to call them friends. I’m honored to have their support in our fight for the 12th district.” WHO: Mike Bost and Women for Bost Coalition WHAT: Women for Bost Coalition Launch & Rally WHEN: Monday, April 23rd @ 5:00pm CT WHERE: The Country Cafe (1550 East St, IL-15, Belleville, IL 62221) CONTACT: For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Dustin Rhodes at 618-402-9202 or dustin@bostforcongress.com.)


— Rauner campaign paid Pat Brady’s firm for consulting (DIERSEN: Pat Brady is an anti-conservative, so therefore, he is an anti-Republican. Those who are anti-conservative hire those who are anti-conservative. Those who are anti-Republican hire those who are anti-Republican.)
— Why did Reinking have those guns?
— Rauner responds *** Chuy Garcia endorses Madigan for another term as party chairman (DIERSEN: Who will the 18 newly elected members of the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Central Committee (SCC) elect as the IRP chairman when they meet in Springfield Tuesday, May 22? What weighted vote will each IRP SCC member have? Who has announced their candidacy for the IRP chairman position? Will Chapin Rose’s wining the 15th Congressional District IRP SCC position be challenged? Who have the 18 newly elected IRP SCC members picked to be their deputies?)


— Organizer: ‘Misrepresentation’ to say Wheaton gathering was anti-Trump – Steve Jordahl


— Romney Refuses to Say Whether or Not He Will Endorse Trump – Timothy Meads


— Secret Service once arrested Waffle House killer, police previously confiscated his guns – Chris Enloe


— FBI well aware of Waffle House shooting suspect


— Bankrupt Public-Employee Pensions: The Next Big Financial Crisis? – Editorial (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have made it very clear that they would be more than overjoyed if the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) would go bankrupt and my CSRS pension would be cut or eliminated.)


— Romney forced into GOP primary for Utah Senate nomination – JOHN BOWDEN
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “GOP support for Trump begins to crack.”


— Paul Ryan’s former driver is running for his congressional seat (DIERSEN: Are you a “former?” A am a former yard work, newspaper boy, dish washer, golf shoe cleaner, slag chipper, gasoline pumper, mailman, automobile assembly line worker, security guard, tire, automotive service, and major appliance salesman, delinquent tax collector, auditor, etc.)


— Michael Cohen Has Said He Would Take a Bullet for Trump. Maybe Not Anymore. – Maggie Haberman, Sharon LaFraniere and Danny Hakim (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who I have supported/promoted the most since 2000, but who have subsequently have thrown me under their bus, but who have flushed me down their toilet.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: For years, a joke among Trump Tower employees was that the boss was like Manhattan’s First Avenue, where the traffic goes only one way. That one-sidedness has always been at the heart of President Trump’s relationship with his longtime lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen, who has said he would “take a bullet” for Mr. Trump. For years Mr. Trump treated Mr. Cohen poorly, with gratuitous insults, dismissive statements and, at least twice, threats of being fired, according to interviews with a half-dozen people familiar with their relationship. “Donald goes out of his way to treat him like garbage,” said Roger J. Stone Jr., Mr. Trump’s informal and longest-serving political adviser, who, along with Mr. Cohen, was one of five people originally surrounding the president when he was considering a presidential campaign before 2016. Now, for the first time, the traffic may be going Mr. Cohen’s way. Mr. Trump’s lawyers and advisers have become resigned to the strong possibility that Mr. Cohen, who has a wife and two children and faces the prospect of devastating legal fees, if not criminal charges, could end up cooperating with federal officials who are investigating him for activity that could relate, at least in part, to work he did for Mr. Trump.)


— GOP candidates are now mimicking Trump’s authoritarianism. That’s ominous. – Greg Sargent
— The unspoken factor in Amazon’s search for a new home: Jeff Bezos’s support for gay rights – Jonathan O’Connell (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, under the Democrats and under the RINOs, individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries are gotten rid of if they do not promote LGBTQ activity.)
— Georgia police invoke law made for KKK to arrest anti-racism protesters – Meagan Flynn


— Sheriff: Suspect’s Firearms Card Was Revoked A sheriff in Illinois says Travis Reinking’s state firearms card was revoked last year, but his guns were given to his father with the promise they wouldn’t be shared with his son.


— Nashville Schools on Lockout Amid Manhunt for Waffle House Shooting Suspect (DIERSEN: What about all the Waffle Houses across the country?)


— IRS tech modernization legislation passes the House – Jessie Bur


— Voter Distrust of Political News Hits New High (DIERSEN: Who encourages others to distrust you? I should write a book about those who encourage others to distrust me.)

April 22 Evening Edition

— For elected officials in Northwest Indiana, social media serves as a help line and a sounding board – Jerry Davich (DIERSEN: How friendly/accessible is your Republican State Representative? This afternoon is one example of my Republican State Representative Jeanne Ives’ outstanding friendliness and accessibility. She saw me going door to door in the part of my precinct that had been part of her precinct before the 2015 gerrymandering. I was delivering election results (https://gopillinois.com/documents/) to the 112 voters who had cast Republican ballots. She stopped her SUV and we talked for about 15 minutes about many current issues of the day.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “I try to make myself very accessible so people can get to know Tom McDermott, not only Mayor McDermott,” he said.)
— Suspect in Tennessee Waffle House shooting still at large and possibly armed, police say – AP
— Confederate group, activists hold competing ceremonies at Oak Woods Cemetery – Elvia Malagon
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who promote LGBTQ activity say “Your entire career can be derailed” and “For gay teachers, coming out remains risky.”


— Ex-Illinois man sought after 4 dead in Waffle House shooting in Tennessee – AP
— Aurora library apologizes for display criticized as Islamophobic – Charles Keeshan
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps crow about their success in promoting protests.


— Man wanted in deadly Waffle House shooting in Tennessee had delusions about Taylor Swift, arrested at White House – Chuck Goudie
— Aurora mayor apologizes after library displays poem some call anti-Muslim
— ‘Were you admitted on merit or quota?’ Former education official questions student’s Harvard acceptance – Danny Clemens (DIERSEN: GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job. IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job. The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)


— Waffle House suspect had previous bizarre interactions with police


— Proposal would let more voters try to cut property taxes – Doug Finke


— It just keeps getting weirder – RICH MILLER


— Proposed LGBT history bill triggers controversy – Blaise Mesa


— GOP Misfits in Illinois Undermine President Trump’s Minority Outreach – DOUG IBENDAHL
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “What do you have to lose by trying something new?” – Donald J. Trump That was a question then-candidate Donald Trump regularly repeated on the campaign trail. It was part of a message he regularly directed specifically to African Americans. The obvious point being that black voters were being betrayed and taken for granted by politicians of the past like Hillary Clinton. This President is serious about rebuilding America and restoring economic opportunity to all, regardless of race or creed. And it’s not just rhetoric. We’re witnessing the results on a daily basis. Donald Trump is a man of his word. I wish we could stop there and declare to black citizens in Illinois that everything is fine. Just hold on, help is on the way. Unfortunately, we can’t. While our President is literally working night and day to make us proud again of Republican leadership, some local yokels in Illinois – actually let’s call them what they are, failed misfits – are actively undermining our President’s positive work and destroying the Republican brand in Illinois. I’ll give you just the latest illustration by telling the story of what I witnessed at a GOP event last week in Chicago. Last Wednesday, April 18, each of the 102 counties in Illinois held a Republican county convention. Every two years this is where the county GOP chair and other county party officers are picked. And every 4 years, this being one of those years, the county conventions are also the place where under the easily rigged system only the Illinois Republican Party uses, the 18 members of the state central committee (“SCC”) are picked. One member is selected from each of the state’s U.S. congressional districts. The SCC is the State GOP’s senior governing board and its members pick the state party chairman. The current state chair is Governor Rauner flunky, Tim Schneider of suburban Cook County.)


— McHenry Township Selects Erik Sivertsen as GOP Chairman
— County Board Members’ Compensation
— Saturday Afternoon Polling


— Southern Poverty Law Center Cashes In On Trump Era; Controversial Nonprofit Nears Half BILLION In Assets – Peter Hasson


— 4 dead in Waffle House shooting in Tennessee; suspect sought – AP


— Think it’s harmless? Now nine in ten teens at drug clinics are being treated for marijuana use Cannabis is responsible for 91% of drug addiction cases involving teenagers Skunk – high-potency herbal cannabis – causing more people to seek treatment Backs up research that skunk is having detrimental impact on mental health – Stephen Adams and Martin Beckford

April 22 Morning Edition

— Observations on March 20, 2018 primary election results for Diersen’s DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 in Wheaton: Of the precinct’s:
– 504 registered voters, 207 (41%) are Republican, 137 (27%) are Democrat, and 160 (32%) are unaffiliated.
– 504 registered voters, 219 (43%) voted and 285 (57%) did not vote.
– 207 registered Republicans, 112 (54%) voted and 95 (46%) did not vote.
– 137 registered Democrats, 107 (78%) voted and 30 (22%) did not vote.
– 160 unaffiliated registered voters, 0 (0%) voted.
– 504 registered voters, 23 (5%) changed their affiliation from Republican to Democrat.
– 504 registered voters, 21 (4%) changed from unaffiliated to Democrat.
– 504 registered voters, 16 (3%) changed from unaffiliated to Republican.
– 504 registered voters, 2 (.04%) changed their affiliation from Democrat to Republican.
– 504 registered voters, at least 20 (4%) no longer live in the precinct. – Dave Diersen


— The possible lasting effects of the Financial Disclosure Reports – Rick Pearson
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Rick Pearson talks with NPR Illinois Springfield correspondent, Brian Mackey, about the Financial Disclosure Reports and how the money candidates spend can impact voting. Brian and Rick also take a look at the latest entry in the race for Governor by Sam McCann and what this means for Bruce Rauner.)


— Sean Hannity fuels the far right’s paranoia – Daniel Pupo, Orland Park


— FRONT PAGE WITH COLOR PICTURE IN NAPERVILLE SUN: Lisle Township considering spending $2.6 million on new assessor’s office building – Erin Hegarty
— Are lower tax rates linked to higher home appreciation? – Kenneth R. Harney
— Aurora eyes $1 million grant for job training program – Steve Lord (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. I spent lots of my time and my money a) earning a bachelor’s degree from NIU in 1970, b) earning an MBA from Loyola in 1976, c) passing the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979, d) earning a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, e) passing the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981, f) earning a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from III in 1997, g) etc.)
— Free food for thought: Campus food pantries proliferate – AP (DIERSEN: Where did the money come from to pay for your college expenses? My outstanding parents provided me with room and board in their home in Crete a) 1966-1968 while I was a student at UIC, b) weekends during my first semester at NIU in 1969, and c) the summer of 1969. The money to pay for tuition, books, a new 1968 Oldsmobile 442 in 1967, a new 1969 Dodge Charger SE in 1968, and room and board at NIU 1969-1970 (three semesters at University Plaza Dormitory (https://www.uplaza.com/) and then a summer session at Lincolnshire West Apartments (http://www.lincolnshirewest-apts.com/ ) came from my part-time Park Forest Post Office job 1966-1969 that paid $15.85-$16.91 an hour in today’s dollars and my part-time jobs working on a Chrysler automobile assembly line in Belvidere (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belvidere_Assembly_Plant) and as a security guard at the University Plaza Dormitory in 1970. The aforesaid enabled me to graduate debt-free from NIU in August of 1970 owning a 1969 Dodge Charger SE.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats use Nathan Etter to encourage children to engage in LGBTQ activity.
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in getting students to serve as their operatives and as their dupes.


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats use Nathan Etter to encourage children to engage in LGBTQ activity.


— Automatic voter registration big step forward – Editorial (DIERSEN: What about registered voters who do not vote? Of the 207 register Republicans in my precinct, 95 (46%) did not vote in the March 20, 2018 primary. Of the 137 register Democrats in my precinct, 30 (22%) did not vote in the primary. None of the 160 registered unaffiliated voters in my precinct voted in the primary.)


— Peoria Recovery Project reaches toward addiction solutions – Kelsey Watznauer (DIERSEN: What do you say to activists, to candidates, to elected officials, to party leaders, to major donors, to political consultants, to etc. who promote booze, gambling, pot, and other addictive vices? I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, DuPage County, and in Illinois who promote booze, gambling, pot, and other addictive vices. Of course, they work extremely hard against me.)


— Who will pay and how much? – Editorial (DIERSEN: Who wants you to pay more taxes? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always wanted me to pay more taxes. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes.)
— Nursing home decisions weigh heavily on board – Tom Kacich


— Money Will Direct Governor’s Race
— Keeping Track of Employees for Governor – Benjamin Yount


— Weirdness in the Gubernatorial Race Just Beginning – Rich Miller


— Reaching for a solution to addiction problems – Andrew Harvey (DIERSEN: What do you say to activists, to candidates, to elected officials, to party leaders, to major donors, to political consultants, to etc. who promote booze, gambling, pot, and other addictive vices? I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, DuPage County, and in Illinois who promote booze, gambling, pot, and other addictive vices. Of course, they work extremely hard against me.)


— Rauner Touts Value of Trip to Germany


— Pritzker ‘glad’ to see McCann amplify Rauner’s negatives – Mark Maxwell (DIERSEN: In your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois, who focuses on amplifying the negatives of others? What demographics do they paint as being negative? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes both paint and amplify the following demographics as being negative: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, ancestors having been in America for a long time, retired federal employee, former union member, American nameplate car owner, childless, pet-less, not living in the municipality that you grew up in, etc.)


— Trump Threatens to Make DNC Lawsuit Backfire — He Wants to Countersue for Servers, Emails – SAM DORMAN (DIERSEN: When it serves their purposes, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes demonize me, denigrate me, and condemn me as being litigious because of all the lawsuits that I have filed. One thing that I learned from filing all those lawsuits is that plaintiffs should always get strong restraining orders (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restraining_order) against defendants. I should write a book a) about the defendants in the lawsuits that I have filed and b) about what they have done, are doing, and will forever do to destroy me.)


— Identity Theft: Illegal Aliens’ Stock and Trade – BOB DANE


— Liberal Media Target Hannity; Attack Backfires – Jeffrey Lord (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who since 2000 have attacked me for my including links in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to articles that they do not like. Each chapter in the book would include the article, its author, who attacked me, how they attacked me, and why. Of course, the aforesaid attackers continue to do everything that they can to destroy me.)


— Trump struggles to get new IRS team in place – NAOMI JAGODA (DIERSEN: I am one of the very few Republicans who has worked for IRS. I am one of the extremely few Republicans who has worked for GAO on audits of IRS. I worked IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $81,071-$91,880. I worked GAO on audits of IRS for 3 years at the GS-13 Step 1-3 levels, currently $96,403-$102,830.)


— The new normal: We will have no idea how much Trump made in 2017 – Philip Bump


— To Save Democracy, This Economist Wants to Kill Its Core Principle Dambisa Moyo’s Edge of Chaos makes an argument for weighted voting—giving more voting power to the educated, and taking it away for others. – PETER COY (DIERSEN: How informed are the voters in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, in Illinois, and in America? Why do they vote? To vote for Democrats is to vote 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, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: As is often the case, though, Moyo’s solutions aren’t as persuasive as her diagnosis. If you think about it, even devoted democrats draw the line somewhere on ballot box access: The right to vote is generally denied to prisoners, children, noncitizens, and people judged mentally incompetent. But imagine the envy and anger that would be unleashed if voting power were based on profession or education. Who would decide how to divide the public into first-, second-, and third-class citizens? Would biology professors be certified as “highly qualified” but high school history teachers ranked “standard qualified”? What about journalists vs. carpenters vs. actors vs. the unemployed? And how much of the public would be consigned to the lowest tier of “unqualified” voters—would it be 1 percent or 10 percent or more? A civics test seems a more defensible way to implement weighted voting, but not really. It implicitly equates knowledge with good judgment, which experience tells us isn’t a sound equation. As the conservative writer William F. Buckley Jr. once said, “I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.” In the end, Moyo comes across as a well-meaning meritocrat. Democracy has its flaws, all right, but elitism isn’t the way to cure them.)


— Another election problem: no tax return – Harry Shirley, Brush Valley (DIERSEN: One could argue that if candidates should disclose their tax returns, than voters should too. What percent of voters vote for a candidate because that candidate promises to use government to give preference to those who share that voter’s demographics? What percent of voters vote for a candidate because that candidate promises to use government to get rid of those individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: These tax returns disclose all income and who pays them so the voter can tell if the governor or presidential candidate was later making decisions that would benefit the voter or increase the candidate’s income.)


— Pulitzer winners flee journalism Industry’s decline prompts many to find other careers – AP


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats use Emily Nakano, a high school senior from Illinois, to call for “stricter gun laws.”


— Certifying online journalists: A bad idea whose time has come? – FRANK CATALANO (DIERSEN: I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who have since 2000 hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I am NOT a journalist. They dismiss/belittle/badmouth/demonize/denigrate/condemn the fact a) that much of what GAO Analysts do is very similar to what journalists do, and that I worked for GAO for almost 18 years, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $96,403-$125,325 and b) that I have been the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000. Instead, they stress a) that I do not have a degree in journalism, b) that no one pays me for what I do as your GOPUSA Illinois Editor, c) that GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are free and do not contain any advertising or pictures, and d) that certain people who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in DuPage County, and in Illinois shout that I am NOT a journalist. Inconsistently, outrageously, many of the aforesaid at the same time hint/imply/argue/shout that I AM A JOURNALIST, AND THEREFORE, I SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO: a) be a Republican Precinct Committeeman, b) be a Milton Township Republican Central Committee (MTRCC), DuPage County Republican Central Committee (DCRCC), or Illinois Republican Party (IRP) officer, and c) attend MTRCC, DCRCC, or IRP events that are closed to journalists.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Part of the difficulty in any kind of certification is the notoriously independent nature of many attracted to the craft of journalism. Another is that even professional journalism organizations may be hard-pressed to agree on specifics of any credential, or be able to manage it when their membership ranks are in decline due to deep staffing cuts within traditional media organizations. “Professional journalists do, at nearly unanimous numbers, adhere to the professional standards of organizations like SPJ (Society of Professional Journalists ) and NPPA (National Press Photographers Association) and RTDNA (Radio Television Digital News Association), whether they have a certification that says so or not,” said Caley Cook, journalism lecturer at the University of Washington and an investigative and feature reporter. “I don’t think it hurts, really, to get a journalistic certification, but I don’t think an average news consumer is going to take one look at that and say, well I trust you now.” Those doubts are shared by SPJ Washington board member Daniel Person. “When you look at the sites/pages/accounts that are disseminating false information, there are all sorts of red flags suggesting that it’s not a reputable source: goofy URLs, lack of citation, bad grammar, etc.,” Person, a former Seattle Weekly editor, said. “Yet people seem willing to blow past these caution signs so long as the ‘news’ they are reporting confirms their worldview … If people are willing to share a story from SpicyAmericaNewz.Ru, what’s to say they’ll check the reporter’s credentials beforehand?” While there may be a place for some kind of voluntary certification for journalism newbies or freelancers who don’t belong to a professional media organization, Cook thinks a better solution lies beyond the outflow end of the story pipe. “When normal people truly don’t consider the source of their information or how it was gathered, we have a greater problem than certification of journalists could solve,” Cook said. Instead, she points to the oft-cited need for better media literacy, “what makes information reliable, how to question the source of information, media industrialization and consolidation, etc,” she said “I think you’d find this would have a far greater impact on the perception of ‘fake news’ than if you put that onus on the journalists.”)


— Trump attacks New York Times journalist over Michael Cohen article – Lauren Gambino (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who since 2000 have attacked me for my including links in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to articles that they do not like. Each chapter in the book would include the article, its author, who attacked me, how they attacked me, and why. Of course, the aforesaid attackers continue to do everything that they can to destroy me.)

April 21 Evening Edition

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in using students as their operatives and as their dupes.
— Chicago sues 2 south suburban towns (Dolton and Robbins), claiming they diverted millions designated to pay past due water bills – Zak Koeske
— 10 charged in fight at Kane County jail involving members of rival gangs – Hannah Leone
— Pot politics: Schumer joins politicians rethinking marijuana – AP (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who promote LGBT crow about their success in promoting LGBT.


— Kane back up among the healthiest counties – James fuller


— Government consolidation efforts gain traction in General Assembly – Brenden Moore


— Sports betting could be the key to a Rockford casino – Editorial (DIERSEN: If you promote gambling, you promote destruction.)


— An unwritten rule in Springfield: Never give ground to a political opponent, even when you agree. – David Giuliani


— State and Local Tax Fight – Cole Lauterbach (DIERSEN: Government should encourage marriage and homeownership. Democrats could hint/imply/argue/shout that Republicans imposed the $10,000 SALT cap a) to discourage marriage and to punish married people and b) to discourage homeownership and to punish homeowners. Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who are a) furious that I paid less federal income tax 1972-1977 because I deducted the real estate tax that I paid and b) furious that my wife and I paid less federal income tax 1978-2017 because we deducted the real estate taxes that we paid. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who are overjoyed that my wife and I have paid the marriage penalty big time since 1978.)


— Accepting rights award, Kaepernick decries ‘lawful lynching’ – AP


— Kelly: I stepped aside for Ives but I’m not stepping aside for Rauner


— How GOP Committeemen Voted in the County Convention
— NorWest Republican Organization Picks Mike McCleary as Leader
— Nunda Township Selects Joe Gottemoller as GOP Leader Again
— John Jung to Lead Dorr Township GOP
— Bob Grogan and Stan Bond to Represent McHenry County on GOP State Central Committee
— The Cap the Democrats Didn’t Like


— VIDEO: American Pravda: My Fight for Truth in the Era of Fake News – James O’Keefe


— 7th Circuit Sides with Sanctuary Cities, Keeps Federal Money Flowing Nationwide – IAN MASON


— The Changes That Made California Become a Liberal Fiasco – Jarrett Stepman


— The Comey Memos Read Like The Diary Entries Of A Young Teenager ‘He said Mattis said great things about me, as did Sessions. He explained he had asked a lot of people about me and heard great things.’ – Rachel Stoltzfoos


— Christian group protects kids from LGBT propaganda – Charlie Butts


— Latest Wave of Student Gun Control Walkouts Garners Little Participation


— Illinois general obligation bonds, hovering above ‘junk’ credit, among prominent deals next week – Laila Kearney, Karen Pierog


— Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match False rumors set Buddhist against Muslim in Sri Lanka, the most recent in a global spate of violence fanned by social media. – AMANDA TAUB and MAX FISHER (DIERSEN: What do you say to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who since 2000 have hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I spread false rumors with my GOPUSA Illinois emails? According to them, everything is false except for what they put out or bless.)


— Democrats say looser marijuana laws attract young voters, and some Republicans are catching on – Sean Sullivan and Seung Min Kim (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)


— Syracuse frat says racist oath was satire — of a Republican – Avi Selk (DIERSEN: Democrats are disciples of Saul Alinsky; Alinsky’s fifth rule promotes ridicule.)


— It’s Official: Millennials Are Going Into Debt Over Their Social Lives – Christine Aebischer


— The more you have, the more you think you need – Matt Wade (DIERSEN: How much money does your standard of living require? My Civil Service Retirement System pension of $51,864 is only 41% of what my 1997 salary was in today’s dollars – $125,325.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: In fact, the opposite is true – those on higher incomes felt they needed much more to alleviate their cost pressures than those on low incomes. Respondents who earned less than $35,000 a year (a little less than Australia’s full-time minimum wage) said they needed an extra $183 a week to alleviate cost of living pressures. But for those in the $75,000-100,000 income bracket that figure rose to $220 a week. And people taking home $100,000 or more a year required even more. That well-paid cohort said they needed $239 extra each week to ease the pressure, more than any other income group. But the responses to NAB’s “how much extra money do you need” question shows that for those on higher incomes the problem is a desire for a certain standard of living rather than a cost of living crisis.)

April 21 Morning Edition

— Trump lawyer Michael Cohen owes more than $103K on Chicago taxicab medallions – Mitchell Armentrout and Tim Novak
— Former Trump adviser Roger Stone calls Barbara Bush a ‘vindictive drunk’

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Whites demonize, denigrate, and condemn Whites as being racists.


— Emanuel flexes fundraising muscle with $1.7 million deposited in a single day – Bill Ruthhart (DIERSEN: What do you do? How much money do individuals, organizations, and companies give you to help you do what you do? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress that individuals, organizations, and companies do not give me money to help me put GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and send them out. In my defense, I do not ask for such money and I do not accept such money. He who pays the piper calls the tunes, and I do not want any individual, organization, or company to call my tunes. Further, I have enough time (10+ hours a day, 70+ hours a week, 300+ hours a month, 3,650+ hours a year, 36,500+ hours a decade) and money (thousands of dollars each year) to put the emails together and send them out each and every morning and each and every evening free of charge and without any advertising. If my critics/opponents hired someone with my qualifications to do what I do, they would have to have to pay him/her $200,000, $500,000, or more a year.)
— James Comey, in Chicago with ‘A Higher Loyalty,’ wins over crowd with plea for American values – Steve Johnson
— 5th-grade teacher used racial slur in class, Waukegan District 60 officials say, prompting calls for diversity training – Emily K. Coleman (DIERSEN: The federal government requires all it employees to take lots of diversity and cultural sensitivity training. The training glorifies and praises those who are NOT Protestant, NOT conservative, NOT patriotic, NOT Republican, NOT American, NOT White, NOT male, NOT older, NOT rich, NOT gun owners, NOT German American, and those whose ancestors have NOT been in America for a long time.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The teacher, who is white, retold the rhyme, using the racial slur, during a February vocabulary lesson, Alajakis said. A student then reported the teacher’s use of the slur to the school principal, Alajakis said. The teacher was pulled from the classroom during an investigation into the matter, and later temporarily suspended, Alajakis said. He also was ordered to take cultural sensitivity training and moved to another building, Alajakis said. The teacher has not yet completed the training because the district is still working to identify a course, Alajakis said. Nevertheless, the incident is emblematic of a larger problem at Waukegan District 60, retired Waukegan administrator Harlene Shipley said. District officials should place a greater focus on cultural diversity training so that teachers can better understand their pupils, Shipley said. As another example, Shipley also pointed to a group of former Waukegan High School students who had addressed the school board in February about providing training and specialized resources aimed at students living in the country without legal permission. They also spoke about district staff not understanding them and what they’re going through, Shipley said. If teachers underwent diversity and cultural awareness training they would be less likely to speak insensitively, to know where potential pitfalls existed and to find educational opportunities in cultural items such as the new “Black Panther” movie, Shipley said.)
— Intrigue on the Illinois Supreme Court – Editorial
— Will County Democrats pick candidate for treasurer – Susan DeMar Lafferty
— For sale: The Illinois governorship – Martin Dettmer, Wheaton
(FROM THE LETTER: Reports suggest that Gov. Bruce Rauner spent almost $37 million in his primary race to defeat Jeanne Ives. It appears clear that, regardless of whoever wins in November, the next governor will be a considerably less-wealthy multimillionaire than the candidate who started the race. I would suggest that instead of spending countless millions on radio and TV ads, polling data and opponent research, we post the Illinois governorship on eBay. The job appears headed to the highest bidder anyway.)


— COD president Ann Rondeau offers ‘Big Picture’ at inaugural community breakfast
— What is Elgin getting in new owner of the Grand Victoria Casino? – Chacour Koop
— The tax bill ‘double whammy’ – Sandra Alexander, Glen Ellyn (DIERSEN: Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)
(FROM THE LETTER: It is ironic that the master architect of the tax cut, who significantly reduced the popular property tax deduction in the first place, would now promote himself as a champion of taxpayers’ rights. His use of taxpayer dollars to fund his self-promotion campaign is a double whammy for District 6 constituents. Roskam is tone deaf to his constituents’ views. Why does he think that all of those people waited in long lines at the end of the year to prepay property taxes? Maybe he thinks they had nothing better to do with their time during the holidays. What about the many families in District 6 that couldn’t prepay property taxes even if they wanted to. Who has an extra $10,000 or more lying around for this kind of expenditure when they are saving for their children’s college, a 401(K), or possibly even their mortgage payment?)


— Governor’s race could set records beyond spending – Doug Finke


— The media once called Abraham Lincoln the “laughing stock of world”


— McCann may mix up race – Rich Miller


— John McGlasson re-elected 16th Congressional District State Central Committeeman despite the objections of Reps. Jerry Long, Streator, and David Welter, Morris, and Sens. Chuck Weaver, Peoria, and Dave Syverson, Rockford – Derek Barichello


— Calls for McCann to Resign


— Lawmakers look at ‘bending’ rules to counter tax reform – Cole Lauterbach (DIERSEN: Democrats could hint/imply/argue/shout that Republicans imposed the $10,000 SALT cap a) to discourage marriage and to punish married people and b) to discourage homeownership and to punish homeowners. Government should encourage marriage and homeownership. Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who are a) furious that I paid less federal income tax 1972-1977 because I deducted the real estate tax that I paid and b) furious that my wife and I paid less federal income tax 1978-2017 because we deducted the real estate taxes that we paid. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who are overjoyed that my wife and I have paid the marriage penalty big time since 1978.)


— Evangelicals can’t advance human dignity by dehumanizing others – Michael Gerson (DIERSEN: In your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois, who focuses on dehumanizing others? I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who dehumanize others. They focus on dehumanizing those like me who they cannot manipulate or dominate.)


— 2 million voters turned out for Illinois primary election (DIERSEN: What has your Republican Precinct Committeeman/Captain told the Republican voters in your precinct about the Republican primary election results in your precinct? In my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 in Wheaton, I have told them that of the precinct’s 504 registered voters, 219 (43%) voted, 112 (22%) cast Republican ballots, 107 (21%) cast Democrat ballots, and 285 (57%) did not vote. In the contested races, 68 voted for Ives/Morthland and 43 voted for Rauner/Sanguinetti; 64 voted for Harold and 32 voted for Grasso; 76 voted for Grant, 18 voted for Minor, and 8 voted for Byrne; 58 voted for Mendrick and 43 voted for Bibbiano; and 53 voted for Tatro, 42 voted for Eckhoff, 33 voted for Zaruba, 26 voted for Chinchilla, 14 voted for McGowen, and 4 voted for Almiron. In the non-contested races, 86 voted for Helland, 86 voted for Senger, 84 voted for Dodge, 90 voted for Roskam, 88 voted for Connelly, 83 voted for Ruscitti, 85 voted for Cronin, 84 voted for Hinds, 89 voted for Henry, 79 voted for Cantore, 80 voted for Wilson, 80 voted for Mackay, and 81 voted for me. 112 voted yes on the election commission consolidation question and 71 voted no. 62 (28%) voters changed their party affiliation. 23 (10%) changed from Republican to Democrat. 21 (10%) changed from no party to Democrat. 16 (7%) changed from no party to Republican. 2 (1%) changed from Democrat to Republican.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: More than 2 million voters cast ballots for last month’s primary election, according to numbers released by the Illinois Board of Elections on Friday. That’s less than 27 percent of registered voters in the state. Of those two million votes, 35 percent were Republican and 64 percent Democrat.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in using students as their operatives and as their dupes.


— Fight against opioids gains millions of dollars in Illinois


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in using religious leaders as their operatives and as their dupes.


— Kid’s Social Security Info Stolen, Used To File Taxes In Wheaton According to the IRS, you won’t be able to e-file if someone stole your information to file taxes. – Lisa Marie Farver


— Roskam bills protecting taxpayers overwhelmingly pass House (DIERSEN: Government should encourage marriage and encourage homeownership. Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)


— McCann names ways he differs from Rauner amid third-party gubernatorial bid – Glenn Minnis (DIERSEN: In what ways do you differ with your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes 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 and/or 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 for a long time.)


— Will Rauner push Illinois into a budget impasse once again?


— Far Left Protesters Target NRA Lobbyists’ Home – JOHN SEXTON


— Diamond and Silk Set to Testify Before Congress Due to Claims of Facebook Censorship – CALEB HULL (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents want Facebook, Google, etc. to censor me and to censor my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)


— SCHOOLS IN 43 STATES BLASTED FOR PORN CURRICULUM Parents press for laws to ban ‘harmful’ material – BOB UNRUH


— Syracuse promises ‘legal’ action against fraternity for ‘satirical sketch’ – GREG PIPER


— HARD COPY ARTICLE TITLE IN THE CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: In new walkouts, some rallies turn into voter registration drives


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: In a front page editorial with a color picture unethically made to look like a news article, anti-Trumps side with citizens of foreign countries against citizens of America.


— Just how bad is America, really? – Jonah Goldberg


— All Aboard the Tax Volatility Train The passage of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was the beginning of tax change, not the end. It’s likely to touch off plenty more changes ahead … so be prepared to take advantage of them if you can. – BRIAN VNAK (DIERSEN: Government should encourage marriage and encourage homeownership. Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)


— The Real Reason Millennials Aren’t Saving Enough for Retirement – Michael Douglass (DIERSEN: I have a $51,864/year Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) pension and an $18,000/year federal health, dental, and vision insurance subsidy because a) I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years and b) I contributed 7% of my salary into the CSRS.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: While noting that 66% of millennials have nothing saved for retirement, the report provides plenty of evidence that the shoddy state of their nest eggs has relatively little to do with millennial savings habits. Fact is, many millennials simply aren’t eligible to join their employer’s retirement plan — and without that extra support, it’s much tougher to save for retirement.)


— White Evangelicals Can’t Quit Donald Trump – ROBERT P. JONES (DIERSEN: Those who oppose Trump 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-draft avoiders, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— BEYOND TRAGIC: High demand: Stoners around the country celebrate 4/20 by sparking bongs, blunts and joints at huge public festivals as weed laws grow ever laxer April 20 is an annual holiday celebrated by marijuana enthusiasts across the US and around the world Smokers gathered in huge crowds in Denver, San Francisco, Ontario and elsewhere to puff up in public Nine US states and Washington DC have legalized recreational marijuana, with many more decriminalizing On Friday, top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer used the holiday to propose federal legalization of weed – Keith Griffith


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Socialists commend Democrats on their success in using students as their operatives and as their dupes.

April 20 Evening Edition

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success using students as their operatives and as their dupes.


— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: On 4/20, Sen. Schumer Introduces Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)


— DISGUSTING: TRAGIC: Pritzker pushes pot agenda on 4/20, Schumer backs decriminalization – Tom Schuba
— How Mike Madigan smoothed the way for a conservative challenger to Gov. Rauner – Rich Miller
— Nonprofit watchdog group Project Six closing down – Dan Mihalopoulos and Mick Dumke
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In February, the Chicago Sun-Times and ProPublica Illinois revealed that the right-leaning Illinois Policy Institute gave Project Six 98 percent of its first-year budget — a total of nearly $624,000 — in 2016. The Illinois Policy Institute has received extensive support from foundations tied to some of the country’s biggest Republican supporters, including the Koch, Mercer and Uihlein families, as well as Gov. Bruce Rauner and first lady Diana Rauner’s charitable foundation. Khan and Project Six board members did not return numerous messages this week or declined comment when contacted by the Sun-Times and ProPublica Illinois.)
— After losing assessor’s race amid ballot confusion, Raila wants court action – Alexandra Arriaga
— In Ida B. Wells’ name, anti-racism groups to protest Confederate monument – Mary Mitchell
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats encourage children to engage in LGBTQ activity.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: What do you say to those who have more money who oppose COLAs for those who have less money?
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, pot pushers use children to push pot.


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success using students as their operatives and as their dupes.
— Early voting in Illinois: Good idea, poor execution – Editorial
— Will County rejects appointment of former Joliet mayor to Metra board – Susan DeMar Lafferty


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success using students as their operatives and as their dupes.
— Assessor candidate says Cook County clerk, others violated court order – Bob Susnjara
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps promote Islam at COD


— Casino Sale Raises Questions About A Windfall – Or A Conflict – For Pritzker – Dave McKinney, Tony Arnold


— Will New Gambling Bill Spell Relief For City? Legislator Wants To End Sharing With South Suburbs – Todd Wessell


— Illinois in free fall, one last hope – Editorial


— 50,000 Illinois firearm owner ID cards due for renewal – AP (DIERSEN: My card is one of them.)


— Election hacking danger in 2018 – Doug Wolf


— Curran withstands ribbing from both sides of the aisle during debate of his first bill – Angela Underwood
— Nybo speaks out against bipartisan Marketplace Fairness Act measure – Angela Underwood


— Illinois House unanimously approves truth-in-hiring plan for governor’s office – Benjamin Yount


— Clark County fined $10,350 by IRS for Clerk’s failure – JOHN KRAFT


— Guns or Family Dysfunction Cause of Mass Killings?


— Task force on sexual harassment gets heated as lawmakers grapple with process accuser says is corrupt – Greg Bishop
— State lawmakers approve tax reform sidestep Cole Lauterbach (DIERSEN: Democrats could hint/imply/argue/shout that Republicans imposed the $10,000 SALT cap a) to discourage marriage and to punish married people and b) to discourage homeownership and to punish homeowners. Government should encourage marriage and homeownership. Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who are a) furious that I paid less federal income tax 1972-1977 because I deducted the real estate tax that I paid and b) furious that my wife and I paid less federal income tax 1978-2017 because we deducted the real estate taxes that we paid. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who are overjoyed that my wife and I have paid the marriage penalty big time since 1978.)




— Half of Californians support deportations, Muslim travel ban, survey finds
— ACLU sues Los Alamitos over city’s move to exempt itself from California sanctuary laws
— Democrats claim that ‘women are dying’ because they are losing elections


— Chuck Schumer Backs Effort to Decriminalize Marijuana: My Position ‘Has Evolved’ – SEAN MORAN (DIERSEN: In my opinion, tragically, people who a) smoke pot or b) want to smoke legally have very serious mental problems.)
— People Are Less Religious in Places with More Government – KATHERINE RODRIGUEZ (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, “religious leaders” act as operatives or as dupes for the Democrat Party.)


— In Private, Hillary Would Always Say That Trump Supporters Were ‘Deplorable’ During The Campaign – Justin Caruso (DIERSEN: Who calls you deplorable? In my precinct, 211 voted for Clinton and only 137 for Trump.)


— Amnesty, Abortion, and Big Spending: Inside the Left’s Policy Playbook Analysis: Left-leaning policy group’s proposal gives far-out ideas to Democratic leaders – Charles Fain Lehman


— Comey writes in memo he laughed after Trump floated the idea of jailing journalists – Oliver Darcy


— Colorado CEOs earn in three days what the typical worker earns in a year, new disclosures show New CEO pay ratio now part of company disclosures – ALDO SVALDI (DIERSEN: I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who demonize, denigrate, and condemn government employees as being over paid, but who have no problem with “Colorado CEOs earn in three days what the typical worker earns in a year.”)


— Democrats Sue Trump Campaign, Russia, WikiLeaks Over 2016 Election Lawsuit seeks damages over alleged hack into the DNC’s computer network –
Julie Bykowicz


— The $173 Million IRS Tech Team #Failed – Adam Andrzejewski


— Illinois gets it: Schools need therapists, not more armed guards Democratic lawmakers propose a plan to make schools safer and help curb the school-to-prison pipeline – RACHEL LEAH (DIERSEN: Democrats a) run education in America, b) focus on cranking out students who are “good little Democrats,” and c) focus on destroying the traditional family. One could argue that is why a) students need more therapy and b) there is more gun violence.)

April 20 Morning Edition

— Rauner pays $35K to firm of Pat Brady, ex-GOP Chairman, Ives critic (DIERSEN: Pat Brady is anti-conservative, so therefore, he is anti-Republican. If you hire an anti-conservative, you are an anti-conservative. If you hire an anti-Republican, you are an anti-Republican.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Brady acted as a defacto spokesman for Rauner during the primary, making regular media appearances where he would attack Ives, though he was never formally identified as such. He dubbed Ives and her supporters “haters” for opposing Rauner’s policy positions as governor. “There is no room in the Republican Party for racist, bigoted, homophobic candidates like her,” Brady said in February, after Ives ran a television ad criticizing Rauner’s support of taxpayer-funded abortions, “Sanctuary State” legislation and allowing Illinoisans to change the biological sex on their birth certificates.” Brady said Ives was too “extreme” and could not win a statewide election. In 2016, Brady actively opposed President Donald Trump, saying a vote for him is “a vote for Hillary Clinton.” “(Trump) gets creamed by Hillary Clinton,” Brady said. “I don’t care what anybody says, there’s absolutely no way that if he goes against Hillary Clinton, that he’s going to prevail.” Brady served as Illinois GOP Chairman from 2009 to 2013 before he was forced to resign after trying to change the party platform to support gay marriage. He was later hired by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to lobby for gay marriage in Illinois. Next Generation Strategies, Brady’s lobbying firm, counts A T & T, SAS software, Deloitte Consulting, prison health care provider Corizon Health and the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines as clients.)
— Edgar County Watchdogs gathering evidence for FOIA lawsuit against Rauner administration – W.J. Kennedy


— DHS Begins Compiling Lists of Journalists (DIERSEN: I should publish a list of Democrat plant, Libertarian plant, Green plant, and RINO activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. a) who falsely claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican, b) who hint/imply/argue/shout that I am not a journalist, and c) who fail/refuse to keep diersen@aol.com on their press advisory and press release lists. The aforesaid a) do not want me to know about their events or their other activities, b) do not want me to promote their events or their other activities, c) do not want me to attend their events, and d) do not want me to report on their events or their other activities. They pander to Rich Miller and to the rest of the Democrat news media in Illinois. They seek to curry favor with Rich Miller and the rest of the Democrat news media in Illinois by harming me. They blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for all of their problems, for all of your problems, for all of my problems, and for all of everyone’s problems. They focus on destroying individuals, organizations, companies, and governments that they cannot manipulate/dominate. They are disciples of Saul Alinsky.)


— Rauner administration calls effort to get Illinois out of voter database ‘troubling’ – Monique Garcia
— McSweeney calls on Gov. Rauner to get Trump to help with the state-run Quincy veterans home – Bill Lukitsch
— Rauner’s point person on Quincy veterans home Legionnaires’ crisis makes $20K monthly – AP
— South Side Obama center activists removed after disrupting Plan Commission meeting – Lolly Bowean
— The Madigan machine is hurting progressive reforms. I should know. I ran against it. – Candance Chow (DIERSEN: I ran for the open Milton Township Republican Central Committee (MTRCC) Treasurer office in 2004. I should write a book about those who campaigned against me and against my promise to get MTRCC to start using budgets.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Whites hint/imply/argue/shout/ that law enforcement is racist.
— Second lawsuit seeks to halt Deerfield’s assault weapons ban – Karen Berkowitz
— Walkouts on ‘Weed Day’? Chicago students, administrators balance gun reform rallies against 4/20 – Vikki Ortiz
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Whites hint/imply/argue/shout that all Whites are racists and should be gotten rid of.
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE IN NAPERVILLE SUN: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in getting students to serve as their operatives and as their dupes.


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in getting students to serve as their operatives and as their dupes.
— Illinois to start program to boost retirement savings – AP (DIERSEN: While I worked full-time for the federal government 1971-1997, I was required to put 7% of my salary into the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). While I worked part-time for the federal government 1966-1969, I was not required or allowed to do that. However, subsequently, I could and did put 7% of my part-time salary plus interest into the CSRS to get full-time CSRS credit. Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always been furious about that and that in 1993 when I was 45 years old, I had the “option” to get a $25,000 buyout and take early retirement.)


— Gingrich, Dean talk bipartisan cooperation at Judson forum – Madhu Krishnamurthy (DIERSEN: Bipartisanship is when Democrats and RINOs cooperate to destroy Republicans.)


— Is McCann part of Senate GOP caucus? Depends who you ask – Doug Finke


— Rauner has two election foes – Editorial (DIERSEN: Will anti-conservatives and anti-Republicans like Pat Brady work harder and harder and harder to reelect Rauner if Rauner takes more and more and more anti-conservative and anti-Republican actions?)


— Madigan should resign – Margo McDermed, state representative 37th District


— Madison County GOP chooses new party chairman – KELSEY LANDIS
— Trump administration vows to fight injunction – AP
— Illinois plan: Replace armed school officers with therapists – AP
— Joke or mistake? Local state rep tells colleagues she hopes ‘we’ll all get raises.’ – JOSEPH BUSTOS


— Is Illinois ready for a potential influx of stoned drivers? – Ashley Mizuo (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, those who smoke pot should not be allowed to drive vehicles.)


— McCall re-elected chairman of Ford County Republican Party – Will Brumleve


— Marion County Democratic and Republican Parties Reorganize Party Chairmen Remain the Same for the Coming Two Years
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Republican Ben Stratemeyer won a contested race over Judy Shaefer 1,104 to 352, while Democrat Dan Stover won by acclamation. Stratemeyer feels the local Republican party is in good shape. “Our organization is strong, we have a lot of volunteers, and our slate is full. We basically have all incumbents except for one office, so we’re in very good shape heading into the fall. I do anticipate a very successful election of the local candidates in Marion County,” said Stratemeyer. Shaefer was unanimously elected as 1st Vice Chair after several others declined the nomination. Debby Smith beat Wayne Walker 11-8 to be party secretary and Wayne Putnum beat Bill Smith to be party treasurer. The Republican’s selected Bob Winchester over Chapin Rose as their Congressional District Representative on the State Republican Central Committee.)


— Second domino falls in Illinois: North Chicago revenues garnished for pensions – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner


— Harlan says his conservatism may have kept him from GOP committeeman seat in 17th District – Carrie Bradon (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes hint/imply/argue/shout that I am “too conservative,” that is, that I support too many planks in the Republican Party platform.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “Democrats make their decision during the midterm elections while Republicans only allow just the elected precinct committeemen to vote on their state central committeeman,” Harlan told the West Central Reporter. “This results in what is called the ‘good ol boy club’ and it is extremely difficult to overcome an incumbent in this situation because they are typically hand-picked.” Harlan said his dedication to conservatism and unwillingness to sway from his values may have had a roile in his not being selected. “I am an unapologetic conservative that the establishment does not want to have in the executive committee,” Harlan said. While this election may be over, Harlan is not giving up on his passion for true political reform. “I am never opposed to running if no one else steps forward,” Harland said. “I believe that we should always provide an option for others to vote on. American democracy is best served when all people have an opportunity to have their voices heard.”)


— Appeals court: College of DuPage wrong to fire scandal-plagued president without chance to contest accusations – Scott Holland (DIERSEN: If my Democrat GAO superiors had honestly stated why in 1997, when I was 49 years old, they forced me to take their early retirement “offer,” they would have stated that it was retaliation for my becoming in 1988, when I was 40 years old, an active member in a class action lawsuit that charged them with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.)


— Big trouble for Rauner: Pro-life Sen. Sam McCann enters Illinois Governor’s race


— McCann: Rauner is a “pathological liar” – Mark Maxwell
— Rauner’s veterans home project manager gets pay raise – Mark Maxwell (DIERSEN: What pay raises have you gotten? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes were furious a) when the Post Office hired me in 1966, IRS hired me in 1971, and GAO hired me in 1980; b) when IRS promoted me in 1972, 1973, and 1974 and when GAO promoted me in 1986; c) when I got step increases; and d) when I got COLAs. They were overjoyed a) when my Democrat GAO superiors forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, gave me unfair performance expectations and appraisals, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, got rid of my mentor in 1987, 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 $19,203 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980; b) when my Democrat IRS superiors did not promote me beyond GS-12, disallowed my education deductions in 1978, got rid of my mentor in 1975, and disallowed my partial day per diem claims in 1974; and c) when my Democrat Post Office superiors forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests in 1969 and 1968.)


— Rocky Mountain High Brings State to New Lows – Kathy Valente


— Taking a sick day (DIERSEN: What do you say to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who dismiss, belittle, badmouth, demonize, denigrate, and/or condemn the fact a) that I have been sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails since 2000, b) that those emails have gone out each and every morning since 2004, c) that those emails have also gone out each and every evening since 2015, d) that those emails go out free of charge and without any advertising, and e) that since 2004, those emails have included links to 299,650 articles and information on many upcoming events? Needless-to-say, neither I nor anyone else could have done the aforesaid if they were a pot smokers.)


— Judges warn of Trump ‘tyranny’ in defending sanctuary cities – Stephen Dinan (DIERSEN: What do you say to judges who side with foreign countries and with their citizens against America and against its citizens?)


— Zuckerberg’s Investor Group Pushes for Pre-Election Amnesty – NEIL MUNRO (DIERSEN: Democrats want immigrants because they vote for Democrats. RINOs want immigrants because they want cheap labor.)


— Dems Bringing in More Cash Than House GOP – Joe Crowe
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Some Republicans are doing well, however, including Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., and Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va. Both have brought in more than $1 million in districts that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won in 2016, Politico reported.)
— Jeb Bush: ‘Bad Behavior’ in Politics Has Consequences – Cathy Burke


— SPLC Pulls Controversial ‘Anti-Muslim Extremist’ List After Legal Threats – Peter Hasson (DIERSEN: SPLC is anti-Trump supporters, 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, anti-draft avoiders, and anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— BEYOND DISGUSTING, BEYOND TRAGIC: ‘Openly gay’ 3-year-old goes viral on social media – Calvin Freiburger


— Comey Memo: Trump Floated Idea Of Jailing Journalists To Make Them ‘Talk’ The president wanted to stop leaks pouring from the White House. – Nick Visser (DIERSEN: Who wants you to be jailed? My critics/opponents have lots of religious, government, political, and financial clout in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois. If they succeeded in jailing me, who would come to my defense? My critics/opponents hint/imply/argue/shout that if anyone had come to my defense, I would still be a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member, GAO employee, etc. My critics/opponents stress those who could/should have come to my defense, but did not.)


— Syracuse University fraternity suspended after ‘extremely racist’ video apologizes Kent Syverud, Syracuse’s chancellor, said of the video purportedly showing members of Theta Tau: “I am appalled and shaken by this.” – Erik Ortiz (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps paint Trump supporters as being White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things. Anti-Trumps are disciples of Saul Alinsky.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The videos, Syverud said in a letter to the campus, includes “words and behaviors that are extremely racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist, and hostile to people with disabilities. I am appalled and shaken by this and deeply concerned for all members of our community.” Earlier Wednesday, Syracuse students demonstrated in front of the chancellor’s building and the Theta Tau fraternity to demand the release of the videos after they were removed from Facebook. Later, The Daily Orange, an independently run school newspaper, shared a copy of a six-minute video from a new member ceremony last month. In it, the brothers take part in a performance that includes one person reciting an oath: “I solemnly swear to always have hatred in my heart,” he says, then referring to blacks, Hispanics and Jews in derogatory terms. He then mimics performing oral sex on another person. Participants laugh and cheer throughout. Theta Tau updated its website Thursday to apologize for the video and explain why it was done. The fraternity said that each semester, new members are given a chance to write a skit to roast the active brothers. One skit was meant as a parody in order to roast a brother who is a conservative Republican. The new members pretended to be racist conservative character. “It was a satirical sketch of an uneducated, racist, homophobic, misogynist, sexist, ableist and intolerant person. The young man playing the part of this character nor the young man being roasted do not hold any of the horrible views espoused as a part of that sketch,” Theta Tau said. The fraternity added that it has a diverse membership, but that “many bright lines were obviously crossed.” The group added that it would “maintain a dialogue” with fellow students.)


— Comey memos: Trump was concerned about Flynn’s ‘judgment’ – AP (DIERSEN: Who demonizes, denigrates, and condemns your judgment? The following demonize, denigrate, and condemn my judgment: 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 and/or those who are anti-Trump supporters, 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 for a long time. I should write a book about the aforesaid.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats promote the ERA.
— Cars That Will Get Your Grad Down the Road of Life – Tom Voelk (DIERSEN: Did you expect your parents to buy you cars? I did not. I bought a 1958 Chevy BelAir when I was 16 years old in 1964 with money that I had earned and saved delivering newspapers and doing yard work. I bought a new Pontiac Tempest Sprint when I was 17 years old in 1966 with money that I had earned and saved washing dishes part-time. I bought a new 1968 Oldsmobile 442 when I was 19 years old in 1967 with money that I had earned and saved delivering mail part-time. I bought a new 1969 Dodge Charger SE when I was 20 years old in 1968 with money that I had earned delivering mail part-time.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The only thing more tearful than the goodbyes of dropping a freshman off at college are the four years of tuition, rent, food and books that follow. The College Board pegs the average annual cost, over all, at in-state institutions at $25,290. If your student is turning the tassel this spring, congratulations. Your checkbook deserves a well-earned breather. It might have to endure one last flogging, though. Should that sheepskin result in a job (and let’s hope so!) a vehicle may be needed. Or maybe you have a high school graduate who will be commuting to college, or one diving straight into the working world. Sending them off with a solid automobile is a terrific — albeit extravagant — graduation gift. Even if it’s simply a hefty down payment to get them started, think of it as a final investment. One that means that maybe they’ll come back only to visit, not to move back in.)


— Fraternity says oath pledging to hate blacks, Hispanics and Jews was satire — of a Republican – Avi Selk
— Mulvaney defends pay freeze even for feds he knows are underpaid – Joe Davidson (DIERSEN: Who demonizes, denigrates, and condemns you as being overpaid? I should write a book about those who since 1966 have demonized, denigrated, and condemned me the most as being overpaid. I would report what on they did to qualify themselves 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.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney told a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing Wednesday that an “analysis of the way that we paid federal workers seemed to indicate that we overpay at the lower levels and underpay at the upper levels.” But he defended the freeze proposed in Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget plan, saying, “We’re going to freeze everybody, and then put a bunch of money in this pot to try to give us the flexibility necessary to reward the people that were really performing well.” Some employees “might be really good at their jobs,” he added, “and some of the might not be, yet we . . . come close to paying them pretty much the same. ” Mulvaney indicated that the General Schedule (GS), the federal pay system for 70 percent of federal employees, has outlived its usefulness. It was created in 1949 and “hasn’t really been dramatically overhauled since then,” he said. “And it’s led to a situation where we pay entry level more than we probably should, but we don’t pay the really advanced, experienced people as much as we should.”)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow over their success in using students as their operatives and as their dupes.
— Racial-Profiling Rule Reversal Only one Senate Democrat voted to repeal a car dealer con.


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Pot pushers crow about their success in destroying America.
— Couples in retirement face average health care costs of $280,000, Fidelity estimates – Adam Shell


— Amid DACA Uncertainty, States Open Professions to ‘Dreamers’ – Matt Vasilogambros (DIERSEN: I became a licensed CPA in 1981 when I was 32 years old.)


— Syracuse Frat: Racist Video Was Satirical ‘Roast’ of Republican Brother


— Trump worried about leaks and loyalty, say Comey memos (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents worry about leaks and loyalty.)

April 19 Evening Edition

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: According to the Illinois Republican Party (IRP), the following were elected to the (IRP) State Central Committee yesterday evening:
Congressional District 1 – Shaun Murphy, Evergreen Park
Congressional District 2 – Judy Diekelman, Thornton
Congressional District 3 – Sean Morrison, Palos Park
Congressional District 4 – Jay Reyes, Riverside
Congressional District 5 – Jack Dorgan, Rosemont
Congressional District 6 – Bob Grogan, Downers Grove
Congressional District 7 – Mark Hosty, River Forest
Congressional District 8 – Ryan Higgins, Schaumburg
Congressional District 9 – Char Foss-Eggman, Park Ridge
Congressional District 10 – Mark Shaw, Lake Forest
Congressional District 11 – Roger Claar, Bolingbrook
Congressional District 12 – Barb Viviano, O’Fallon
Congressional District 13 – Fred Floreth, Springfield
Congressional District 14 – Stan Bond, Montgomery
Congressional District 15 – Chapin Rose, Mahomet
Congressional District 16 – John McGlasson, Pontiac
Congressional District 17 – Jan Weber, Geneseo
Congressional District 18 – Mike Bigger, Wyoming


— Ballot hijinks lead Southern Illinois Republicans to challenge party leadership vote – W.J. Kennedy
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Governor Rauner and his hand-picked state GOP Chairman Timothy Schneider are declaring victory in Southern Illinois. But did they actually win? State party officials claim Southern Illinois Republicans voted for a new state central committeeman yesterday, replacing longtime incumbent, former legislator Bob Winchester of Rosiclare with State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet). Rose supports Schneider for another four year term; Winchester does not. But county chairmen say an examination of the vote count shows Rose didn’t win and that the fix was in. They’re promising to challenge what they say are manipulated results. “Rauner’s people showed their true colors yesterday,” a source told SE Illinois News. “They’re glad to cheat to win.” “This has made us even more bitter” In the balance is one of 18 spots on the State Republican Party Central Committee, which governs the party and exerts influence up and down the ballot. On Wednesday, GOP precinct committeemen voted to elect their county chairmen and the state central committee members, who will convene in May to choose a party chairman. Schneider recruited Rose to challenge Winchester, a Rauner critic representing Southern IIlinois’ 15 Congressional District, which includes 33 counties. Winchester supported State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) in the March primary. “Many of us were already bitter and this has made us even more bitter,” Rhonda Belford, Hardin County GOP Chair, told SE Illinois News. “Bob Winchester stood tall for southern Illinois and all of Illinois, and this is how they treat him.” Belford said that some of her fellow county chairmen were offered financial rewards by Schneider. Others were threatened with retribution if they didn’t support Rose over Winchester. “They know not what they do,” she said. “This is all about money, but it’s the wrong kind of money, and in the end it’s probably not going to win them the race anyway.” Winner takes all? Mark Shaw, State Central Committeeman from Lake County’s 10th congressional district, said that he is concerned that some counties may have voted by acclamation, a procedural move that would have given Rose 100 percent of the vote when he may have received just over 50 percent. Shaw, who grew up in Mt. Carmel in Wabash County, said that voting by acclamation could be a violation of state law and some legal action may be in order. Results do show that Winchester received zero votes in nine of 33 counties, including four of the ten most populated, a result that Shaw and others said would be an impossibility. Several counties, sources tell SE Illinois News, didn’t even offer Winchester as a candidate for consideration. In Fayette County, home to Rauner Downstate Director Randy Pollard, Winchester was not presented as an option, sources say. “Pollard asked for a voice vote by acclamation for Chapin (Rose) and just moved on,” a source said. “He didn’t even mention Winchester was a candidate, much less the incumbent.” Rose also received zero votes in 13 counties carried 100 percent by Winchester. In all, 22 of 33 counties voted by acclamation, representing 63 percent of Rose’s vote and 59 percent of Winchester’s. County votes are weighted based on their respective turn-out in the March primary. “There are a lot of irregularities here,” Shaw said. “We want to see the raw data on a precinct level presented to the party.” The Shimkus Machine Aides to U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville) actively recruited Rose to challenge Winchester, offering to help him replace Shimkus in Congress when the opportunity presents itself, sources say. Sources in Madison County, Shimkus’ home which carries the second-largest weighted vote in the district, say that when they, too, voted by acclamation for Winchester, a lawyer volunteer for Shimkus present protested and said acclamation votes were not legal. Shimkus’ District Director, Deb Detmers Fansler, then threatened Madison County precinct committee members by phone. Madison County submitted each candidate’s vote totals to the state GOP, sources say, along with the caveat that they voted by acclamation to deliver all of them to Winchester, who won 59 percent of the actual vote. State GOP officials didn’t include Madison County’s acclamation vote in their official totals; it would have meant Winchester won re-election by 644 votes. Chicago GOP Chairman Chris Cleveland said he would push to see the actual vote data as well. “This was a very contentious election, and it’s important that we have full transparency in the results,” Cleveland said. “That means complete, precinct-level reporting that we can verify.”)


— Pols high on marijuana legalization hope to clear the air on 4/20 pot ‘holiday’ – Tina Sfondeles (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: On Thursday, Healthy & Productive Illinois, a “marijuana policy group” that has argued against legalization, released its own study. The group argues it would cost the state $670.5 million a year to legalize pot, outweighing annual estimated tax revenue projections of about $566 million. They’re not the only ones not joining the party. Gov. Bruce Rauner told a Downstate TV station in December that it would be a “mistake” to legalize marijuana in Illinois. The Republican governor has, in the past, said he wants more studies on the “ramifications” in states that have legalized the drug. “I do not support legalizing marijuana. I think that’s a mistake. You know there’s a massive, human experiment going on in Colorado, and California, other places. We should see how that’s impacted lives and addiction and hurt young people before we make any decision about it here,” Rauner said in an interview on WSIL in Marion. “I do not support legalizing marijuana.” Still, Rauner instituted a medical marijuana pilot program that started doling out weed to patients in 2015. And Rauner last year signed a bill that decriminalized the possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana, making it a ticketable offense subject to fines of $100 to $200.)
— Anti-cannabis group contends state would go to pot legalizing marijuana – Alexandra Arriaga (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)
— Babies OK in City Council, flowers and convicted aldermen not so much – Heather Cherone
— Playboy runs a victory lap in Washington – Mona Charen


— Emanuel wins court ruling in sanctuary city lawsuit against Trump administration – John Byrne (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, those who run Chicago make it clear that they want 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 Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Downstate Republican’s third party governor bid poses new threat to Rauner – Rick Pearson
— Lake County sheriff Mark Curran talks mass shootings, the need for more resources for mental illness – Rick Kambic
— As pay and benefits stagnate, nontenured faculty and graduate students in Illinois, Chicago look to unions – Dawn Rhodes
— Road to homeownership gets rockier this spring as rates rise – AP (DIERSEN: Mortgage rates were much higher when I took out mortgages in 1972, 1974, and 1976 and when my wife and I took out mortgages in 1978 and 1984. SEE: http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/pmms30.html)
— Some in GOP budge on recreational pot – Kurtis Lee (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)
— Senate allows babies in chamber despite concerns from older, male senators – Laurie Kellman
— Duckworth brings baby to Senate floor to send message to ‘working parents everywhere’ – Kate Thayer (DIERSEN: Of course, Duckworth would agree with my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who have demonized, denigrated, and condemned me since the 1980s because my wife and I gave up trying to have children, we did not adopt, and we did not become foster parents. Those who my wife and I sued during the 1980s had counted on us spending our money on raising children rather than on legal fees.)


— Kane County clerk wants disbanding Aurora Election Commission’s money – James Fuller
— Jeb Bush: Time to challenge ‘bad behavior’ in politics – Katlyn Smith
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Bush offered his own prescription for challenging a “poisonous” political environment that he said is “disproportionately located in ZIP codes around Washington, D.C.” “First, voters should penalize rather than reward politicians irrespective of their party that use racist language or call people Nazis or disparage the disabled or make fun of people in order to push someone down to make themselves look better,” he said to loud applause. “That should be a penalty.” Public figures, Bush said, should be held to a higher ethical standard, regardless of party allegiance. “Bad behavior and the kind of language that we accept today, or the kind of actions that we find intolerable for someone we don’t agree with, should have the exact same response to someone that’s on your team,” he said. ” … Right now, we’re so hyperpartisan that if it’s a Democrat doing something outrageous, Republicans are just righteously there to attack, but if it’s a Republican, you hear nothing and vice versa. “To challenge this notion, sometimes bad behavior is just bad behavior.”)


— Will McCann take votes away from Rauner—or Pritzker? – GREG HINZ
— Chicago teen gun ownership rises even as it falls in L.A., N.Y. – GREG HINZ


— Racially derogatory social media posts lead to drug arrest of Harvard man
— Sen. Duckworth makes history, casts vote with baby on Senate floor – CNN


— Parkland Survivor Seeks More Minority Input In #NeverAgain Movement – Jim Williams


— McCann hoping to win over Jeanne Ives supporters – Bill Cameron


— Third Candidate Enters Race for Illinois Governor – Paris Schutz


— Morrison Ready For Uphill Battle Against Schneider In Cook County Board Race Republican Incumbent Has Campaign Cash Advantage; Democrat Hoping For Blue Wave – Tom Robb


— State Sen. Sam McCann of Plainview launches independent bid for governor


— Public employee tally: Bottom 100 townships in Illinois
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Milton, Downers Grove and Naperville employ the fewest government workers per capita among townships in Illinois, according to 2017 Illinois State Comptroller financial reports.)


— Shannon Teresi Gets GOP Fall Ballot Nod for McHenry County Auditor
— Observer Kicked Out of McHenry County Democratic Party Convention


(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Illinois Republican Party has just released the list of those elected Wednesday night to the State Central Committee. Changes took place in four of the 18 CDs: Bob Grogan in the 6th, Mark Hosty in the 7th, Char Foss-Eggeman in the 9th and Chapin Rose in the 15th. Word is the 15th CD race may be disputed, but overall, the SCC leans more conservative post-election.)


— McCann denies he resigned from the SGOP caucus, threatens legal action over access to “key resources”
— Pritzker camp responds *** Rauner campaign claims Dem shenanigans with McCann


— On April 20, Weed Out Marijuana Four Twenty is a Dangerous Day – Anne Schlafly Cori


— Forget Reading, Writing and Arithmetic! Protest, Baby!


— OUTRAGEOUS: Appeals court rules against Trump policy punishing sanctuary cities – JOSH GERSTEIN


— New third party candidate could be a headache for Rauner in IL-GOV


— The typical Amazon employee makes less than you think – Seth Fiegerman


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Whites demonize, denigrate, and condemn Whites.


— Giuliani says he is joining Trump’s legal team to ‘negotiate an end’ to Mueller probe – Robert Costa and Josh Dawsey


— Why Asking About Current Pay Is the New Taboo for Prospective Employers New laws around the U.S. are trying to close wage gaps in the workforce – Kelsey Gee
— Is the GOP the Party of Trump? – Daniel Henninger


— DHS: All we want to do is read the news Department of Homeland Security just wants a ‘news clip’ company to aggregate stories from around the world: Opposing view – Tyler Q. Houlton

— Financial stress is rising for low- and middle-income U.S. households – Paul Davidson


— Rauner’s Point Person on Legionnaires’ Makes $20K Monthly Gov. Bruce Rauner’s point person on the Legionnaires’ disease crisis at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy is making $20,000 a month. – AP
— Trump Administration Vows to Fight Injunction President Donald Trump’s administration has criticized a nationwide injunction preventing it from withholding public safety grants from cities that refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement policies. – AP


— Agencies Must Change Their Recruiting Strategies – Meroe Park and Abby Cashman (DIERSEN: GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job. IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job. The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)


— OMB director eyes redistribution of federal pay – Jessie Bur (DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government. They want to redistribute pay a) away from their employees who are Republican, and especially away from those who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran and b) toward their employees who are Democrat, and especially toward those who are minority, female, and/pr younger.)



April 19 Morning Edition

— According to the Illinois Republican Party (IRP), the tabulation of votes for all the IRP State Central Committee (SCC) races is not complete. I have asked IRP to issue a press release as soon as the votes are tabulated, and also, to issue a press release with the weighted vote that each IRP SCC member will have as soon as that information is available. – Dave Diersen


— 214 of DuPage County’s 471 (45%) elected Republican Precinct Committeemen attended the DuPage County Republican Central Committee’s (DCRCC) outstanding biannual county convention Wednesday evening, April 18, 2018, at the Jack Knuepfer Administration Building in Wheaton, and unanimously reelected Brian Krajewski as DCRCC Chairman and unanimously elected Paul Hinds as DCRCC Secretary.


Program participants included Atkinson, Cronin, Cuzzone, Diersen, Durante, Elliott, Fitzpatrick, Grogan, Hakim, Hayden, Henry, Holder, Holz, Jackson, Kachiroubas, Keller, LeVan, Lollino, Mackay, Mendrick, McGowen, Minor, Morretti, Morrisey, Musson, Prater, Reboletti, Santucci, Schultz, Swatkowski, Throwbridge, Valle, Veenstra, Wehling, Wilkins, Wilson, and Yetski.


Attendees include Anderson, Bohn, Bucholz, Carlson, Carlyle, Caruso, Crane, Dabrowski, Dangelo, Dillard, Eckhoff, Falbo, Furstenau, Given, Hart, Higgins, Hogan, Holan, Hundhausen, Khouri, Kmiecik, Larsen, Lewis, Lowe, Marchese, Monino, A. Murphy, Nathawani, Puchalski, Romano, Ryan, Sender, Shaw, Slinger, Tully, Vician, Yurgaitis, Zannis, Zay, Zegel, and Zito.


Winfield Township had the best turnout of elected committeemen with 17 of 26 (65%), then Naperville Township with 15 of 27 (56%), then Milton Township with 41 of 76 (54%), then Downers Grove Township with 47 of 100 (47%), then Addison Township with 21 of 45 (47%), then Bloomingdale Township with 24 of 56 (43%), then Lisle Township with 15 of 37 (41%), then Wayne Township with 15 of 42 (36), and then York Township with 19 of 62 (31%). – Dave Diersen


— Sen. Sam McCann Announces Run for Illinois Governor as Conservative Party Candidate Gov. Bruce Rauner issued a statement calling McCann “the worst kind of political opportunist”


— Jeb Bush Remembers His Mother: ‘She Taught Us To Serve Others’ – Derrick Blakley (DIERSEN: How do you serve others? I serve Illinois Republicans by spending 10+ hours each and every day and thousands of dollars each year putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out each and every morning and each and every evening free of charge and without any advertising.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Those in attendance remembered Barbara Bush as a classy woman with a backbone of steel, whose own kids called her “The Enforcer.” “Her sweetness always carried through the toughness, but they’re both there and they go together,” said Regional Transportation Authority chairman Kirk Dillard, a former Illinois state senator.)


— New county Democratic chief Preckwinkle pledges to expand party appeal – Hal Dardick (DIERSEN: The Democrat Party appeals to 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, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Democrats still looking votes to override Rauner’s gun store licensing veto – Bill Lukitsch
— Disgraced ex-supervisor Philippe Loizon with Cook County Probation Department sues judge, saying he was fired because he’s white – Todd Lighty (DIERSEN: In all likelihood, because Loizon is an old White male, Loizon, like me, will be denied his right to a jury trial. Ever-increasingly, old White males lack “jury appeal” because ever increasingly, to curry favor with those who are younger, minority, and/or female, Democrats demonize, denigrate, and condemn old White males as being White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, and bigots. To hint/imply/argue/shout that I am disgraced federal employee, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress a) that my Democrat GAO superiors forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, gave me unfair performance expectations and appraisals, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, got rid of my mentor in 1987, 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 $19,203 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, got rid of my mentor in 1975, 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.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A white supervisor in the Cook County Adult Probation Department has filed a federal lawsuit claiming he was wrongly dismissed last year, while numerous black employees in the department have received little or no discipline for alleged misconduct. Philippe Loizon, a former deputy chief who made about $115,000 a year, on Tuesday sued Chief Judge Timothy Evans, alleging that Evans, the county’s first African-American chief judge, had discriminated against him because of his race. Evans fired Loizon in May 2017 following a series of Tribune investigations into accusations that a rogue unit of officers under Loizon’s command had improperly teamed up with Chicago police and the FBI to conduct warrantless searches of homes, and coerced probationers to work as police informants. The county paid $110,000 to two Chicago men who alleged in federal civil rights lawsuits that probation officers, joined by the FBI and city police, conducted illegal searches of homes. And a series of gun cases fell apart following accusations of those questionable searches. Loizon, who was assigned to desk duty for two years before he was dismissed, said the Tribune’s accusations were false and were “based primarily on information provided to the reporters by convicted felons.” He said he had a “clean personnel record” and received outstanding job reviews during his 29 years with the probation department. He alleged Evans treated him differently because he is white. “Evans imposed discipline against Loizon in a manner and at a level he had never imposed on an African-American employee of the (department), despite conduct of an egregious nature by some of the African-American employees,” according to the suit. Evans’ spokesman, Pat Milhizer, declined to comment, citing a state Supreme Court rule that he said forbids judges and court personnel from commenting on pending court matters. One of Loizon’s lawyers, Gregory Friedman, declined to comment Wednesday, referring the Tribune to a statement he issued last June. In that statement, Friedman said Loizon was an exemplary employee who was wrongly fired, and that the Tribune had “done a great disservice to a good man. “Throughout his employment, Mr. Loizon performed his duties in an outstanding manner and in conformity with Departmental polices,” Friedman wrote then. “Philippe Loizon was a diligent and dedicated probation officer and Deputy Chief.” In his suit, Loizon identified 12 current and former probation officers, all of whom are black, who allegedly committed misconduct or violated department policy, yet received little or no punishment at all. The suit cited a probation officer who frequently worked to turn probationers into police informants; an officer who falsely claimed to meet with probationers who actually turned out to be in jail or dead; and an officer who shot and wounded a 14-year-old boy. Loizon said that none of those employees were disciplined. Loizon is seeking reinstatement as deputy chief, back pay with interest, compensatory and punitive damages, and his lawyers’ fees and expenses.)
— Jeb Bush speaks in Chicago area day after mother’s death: ‘She would have been very upset if I stayed home’ – Graydon Megan
— AG candidate Kwame Raoul’s campaign hired ex-Blagojevich aide convicted in state fraud scheme – Bill Lukitsch, Monique Garcia (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents have made it clear that they would hire a convict before they would hire me.)


— Southern Illinois state Sen. Sam McCann running for gov as third-party candidate – Tina Sfondeles
— Pritzker, other Illinois Democrats in DC: Foxx Emily’s List ‘rising star’ – Lynn Sweet


— Downstate conservative roils governor race by declaring candidacy – Marni Pyke
— Why new gun control walkouts are drawing mixed responses from schools – Marie Wilson


— Here’s where the real estate market has been hottest in 2018 – DENNIS RODKIN


— La Salle County Republicans buck state party wishes in choosing leadership Jerry Long backed colleague Demmer but McGlasson still region committeeman – Tamara Abbey


— McCann launches Conservative Party bid for Illinois governor – Doug Wilson


— Gun licensing proponents ‘making progress’ on override vote – Brenden Moore
— Remap proponents trying to get issue before voters, but it’s not looking good – Doug Finke
— McCann to run for governor as Conservative Party candidate – Doug Finke


— Shannon Teresi appointed as McHenry County auditor


— Grundy Republicans host candidates at dinner Candidates gearing for November elections – KEVIN SOLARI


— More Progressive Tax Talk in Springfield – Greg Bishop


— OUTRAGEOUS: Downers Grove North students plan April 20 walkout in memory of Columbine – BOB RAKOW


— Illinois governor’s race rattled by new candidate Illinois state Sen. Sam McCann – NATASHA KORECKI


— Sen. McCann announces run for Illinois governor


— Gubernatorial Candidates Have Fence-Mending Ahead – DAISY CONTRERAS (DIERSEN: What does Rauner say to his advisors who tell him that the harder that he works against the Illinois Republican Party platform, the more votes that he will get from Democrats and from Independents?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Last month, the state’s voters decided on the Republican and Democratic nominees for governor. But the primaries behind them, the winners still have to convince those who wanted someone else at the top of the ticket. Incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner probably thought he didn’t need to worry about his only Republican opponent, state Rep. Jeanne Ives, during the primary campaign. In the past, he’d called her a “fringe candidate” and decided to forgo campaigning against her until just a few weeks before election day. When the votes were tallied election night, Rauner had snuck past Ives by just 3 percentage points. It was closer than most expected, and the governor acknowledged that in his victory speech by saying he had heard the message those dissatisfied voters were sending him. “I have traveled the state and I have listened to you,” he said in his election night speech. . .Rauner, on the other hand, must try to get more than the 50 percent of Republicans who voted to renew their trust in him and get them out to the polls in November. Chris Mooney, a political science professor at the University of Illinois Chicago, said the governor has the more difficult task of restoring trust with a large segment of his party’s base. “And so the question is can Rauner look to them – he doesn’t have to worry about them voting for Pritzker, I think that’s pretty clear. What he has to do is get them to come out to vote in November.” . . . Rauner has done his best to separate himself from President Trump, but there are similarities in their backgrounds. Both tout success in business and very wealthy. Rauner’s wealth has been a key rallying point for Democrats, who view him as out of touch with the working class and spotlight his attacks on organized labor to make their point. . .Rauner has been traveling the state campaigning, it appears he has yet to bring Ives’ backers into the fold. This may not be an easy feat to accomplish – even for the wealthy governor. Ives was heavily outspent, but she was able to easily tap into the dissatisfaction among conservatives who felt Rauner had broken his promise on key legislation, including a measure to allow public funding for abortions. Despite a push from conservative groups – and even Chicago Cardinal Blaise Cupich – to hold the governor to his word, Rauner signed the legislation into law. Ives herself makes that point, saying many of her supporters feel betrayed. “There are supporter voters of mine, they are saying we are not going to vote for him regardless of what he says.” While the circumstances might be different, the insurgent campaign Ives ran harkens to Donald Trump defeating establishment Republicans on his way to the White House. Those who felt left out, or maybe taken for granted, went for Trump and sent a message. In Illinois, Rauner doesn’t deny there is still work for him to do. Soon after election night, Rauner hit the campaign trail to acknowledge there were some divisive issues. “And I know now, as I’ve known for a while that we need to find common ground to bridge the divides.” As for Ives, she has said she will vote for Rauner but made it clear she has no plans to campaign for him. While both Pritzker and Rauner will spend the next several months telling all voters why they should be elected, they’ll also be busy mending fences – in their own political backyards.)


— Illinois: Committee Passes Bill to Allow Local Infringement of Second Amendment


— Three Women, One Man Elected to Lead McHenry County Republicans – Cal Skinner
— Number of Petition Signatures Needed to Township Abolition Petitions – Cal Skinner


— Khouri: More taxes will cause people to flee Illinois – Glenn Minnis


— Illinois GOP criticizes Bristow for comment about lawmaker raises – Robert Davis (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors in the federal government talked and acted like they had been threatened by Democrat politicians with adverse actions they did not meet/exceed the Affirmative Action (AA), Diversity, and Inclusion quotas, goals, and targets that they had been given. Democrats use AA, Diversity, and Inclusion quotas, goals, and targets to get rid of Republicans, and especially Republicans who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “Does Monica Bristow honestly believe that she, (House Speaker Mike) Madigan, and her fellow Democrat colleagues deserve a pay raise? If anything, they deserve a pay cut after all the damage they’ve done to Illinois. Monica Bristow is the worst kind of politician – one who is in it for the money, not the middle class,” Illinois Republican Party Spokesman Aaron DeGroot said in the release.)


— Rauner outspent Ives 4-1 for lackluster 3-point victory


— Homosexual Teacher Shames First-Graders at Illinois School – Laurie Higgins


— DGA, ILGOP, Pritzker, Rauner respond – Brady accepts caucus resignation *** Sen. Sam McCann announces for governor as Conservative Party candidate Sen.


— Gun-Rights Groups File Suit on Behalf of Illinois Day-Care Operators ‘We’re in court to make sure that the state cannot discriminate against day care operators’ – Stephen Gutowski
— Dream Democrat Agenda Includes Reparations Behind closed doors, wealthy liberal donors plot universal healthcare, free college, and reparations – Brent Scher and Joe Schoffstall (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have hinted/implied/argued/shouted the most that those who share my demographics should pay reparations.)

— Tucker: Affirmative Action College Admissions Are Benefitting Foreigners, Hurting American-Born Minorities – Christian Datoc (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes glorify and praise Affirmative Action (AA), Diversity, and Inclusion. Democrats and RINOs use AA, Diversity, and Inclusion to get rid of Republicans, and especially to get rid of Republicans who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)


— You Won’t Believe What Tax Reform Will Cost Wealthy Californians In 2019 – ED MORRISSEY (DIERSEN: Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: President Donald Trump’s tax cuts will be anything but for about 1 million California taxpayers who will owe Uncle Sam more money a year from now. They’re the Californians who will lose a collective $12 billion because the new law caps a deduction they have been able to take for paying their state and local taxes, according to a new analysis by the Franchise Tax Board. Very wealthy Californians earning more than $1 million a year will pay the lion’s share of that money, with 43,000 of them paying a combined $9 billion. It’s not all coming from the wealthy. Another $1.1 billion will come from households earning less than $250,000, hiking their tax liability $4400 on average. That’s not peanuts, but it’s a far cry from the average $209,302 per family that will be owed by those households earning more than a million dollars a year. Put this another way. That represents the federal tax liabilities that everyone else in the country subsidized through SALT. The “progressive” income tax used taxes paid by people in low-tax states to repay the wealthy for their taxes in places like California. The SALT deduction really only comes into play for people who can itemize enough to outstrip the standard deductions, so its benefit plays mostly to the wealthy anyway. It also plays mostly to the benefit of a very few states. California and New York taxpayers soak up almost third of all benefits from SALT deductions; add in New Jersey, Illinois, Texas, and Pennsylvania, and they account for more than half of its benefits.)


— Illinois Senate Republicans Betray Pro-Life Movement in Vote for Equal Rights Amendment – John Schlafly


— OUTSTANDING: GOP Candidate for Governor Sees Anti-Sanctuary ‘Revolution Brewing’ Republican John Cox highlighted an increasing number of jurisdictions in the Golden State that are opting out of controversial policies – Kathryn Blackhurst


— Illinois students facing radical LGBT sex ed indoctrination – Elizabeth Johnston


— Cuomo restores voting rights to paroled felons by executive order (DIERSEN: What percent of felons vote for Democrats?)




— Guest clashes with Ingraham over losing advertisers – JACQUELINE THOMSEN


— Laura Ingraham’s Guest Mocks Her On Live TV For Losing Advertisers “A high school kid shut you down!” – Ed Mazza (DIERSEN: Who is dismissive of you? I should write a book about those who have been most dismissive of me. They 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 count on me keeping my policy of forgiving those who trespass against me.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Fox News host appeared to reach her limit with Morones before he even made the crack, saying he was being dismissive of fellow guest John Cox, a Republican candidate for governor in California, during a debate over immigration. “You’ve been so incredibly rude and nasty since almost the first second of this appearance,” she said, according to footage posted online by Media Matters. Moments later, Morones vanished from the screen.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump is running again. An anti-Trump says that “many Republicans aren’t ready to back him” again.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats use a baby to demonize, denigrate, and condemn Republicans.


— Trump rewrites history on rationale for firing Comey – ZEKE MILLER (DIERSEN: Of course, officially, my Democrat GAO superiors deny that they forced me to take the early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old. But why then did they a) give me unfair performance expectations and appraisals, b) always rank me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, c) not promote me beyond GS-13, d) get rid of my mentor in 1987, e) keep me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and f) force me to take an $19,203 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980?)


— Robot Conquers One of the Hardest Human Tasks: Assembling Ikea Furniture Researchers in Singapore explained how they created a robot that could devise and execute a plan to put together an Ikea chair. – Niraj Chokshi (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, researchers will never be able to create a robot that can put GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and send them out.)


— Tax Overhaul Remains Unpopular, Poll Shows Overall, 27% view law as good idea, while 36% see it as bad idea; Republicans hoped law would become more popular after enactment – Janet Hook (DIERSEN: Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)


— These Are the Presidents Who Came From Poverty (and How Donald Trump Compares) – Jess Bolluyt (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth and that the I have always been privileged. I should write a book how much money the parents of my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes had/have.)


— Gov. Cuomo’s cruel, chilling threat to community organizers – JAVIER VALDES and JONATHAN WESTIN


— Man says someone torched his Corvette because he’s gay Torched tires, charred rims and a smoldering V8 engine are all you can make of what used to be Seth Headley’s 1992 Corvette. The 27-year-old said his roommate frantically woke him up around 5 a.m. telling him his car was engulfed. – Fred Shropshire, Mitzi Morris


— Is Pay-for-Performance Coming? – Jeff Neal (DIERSEN: Democrat supervisors in the federal government use the tremendous subjectivity in Pay-for-Performance a) to reward their employees who are Democrat, and especially their Democrat employees who are minority, female, and/or younger and b) to get rid of their employees who are Republican, and especially their Republican employees who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)



— Ford Mustang Celebrates Its 54th Birthday – Todd Lassa
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Ford also took the opportunity to announce that the Mustang is the world’s bestselling sports car for its third year in a row. Ford sold 125,809 Mustangs in 146 countries in 2017, with sales of 81,866 in the U.S., and 7,125 in China. Ford says it has sold 418,000 globally since the Mustang went international again in 2015, and despite the cost of gasoline elsewhere, the GT with its 5.0-liter V-8 is the most popular model. So perhaps the marque might claim “world’s bestselling muscle car,” too.)