February 23 Morning Edition

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Will Utah decriminalize polygamy? – Steve Chapman
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/steve-chapman/ct-column-polygamy-utah-mormon-chapman-20200221-kdfs7p6fyzc7phoicllruw646a-story.html
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: U.S. medical schools boost LGBTQ students, doctor training
https://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/health-fitness/sns-united-states-medical-schools-boost-lgbtq-students-doctor-training-20200221-nj4ve7wy75fbzp2embbprqkcpu-story.html
— They like to party — without the booze. A new Chicago LGBTQ social club is drawing the sober, the sober curious, and drinkers looking for a break from the bar scene – Nara Schoenberg (DIERSEN: How strongly is LGBTQ activity promoted in your neighborhood, in your precinct, in your municipal district, in your municipality, in your township, in your county, in Illinois, in America, and in the world? Of course, those who do not want LGBTQ activity to be promoted DO NOT buy homes where LGBTQ is promoted.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/ct-life-queer-sober-social-tt-02172020-20200219-uauas6ifnbg25knufsbsx3wzsu-story.html
— Actually, we may need more immigrants. Ask Team Trump. – Clarence Page (DIERSEN: Democrats want immigrants because immigrants vote for Democrats. RINOs want immigrants because RINOs want cheap labor.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/clarence-page/ct-column-mulvaney-immigration-trump-page-20200221-xndfqjk7prdw3p4i3ktcx5vl44-story.html
— In the GOP race for top prosecutor: Christopher Pfannkuche
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-editorial-states-attorney-endorsement-christopher-pfannkuche-20200221-t5pgevf7vvcshadwtho4agd6qm-story.html
— Police end investigation after US Senate candidate backs away from claim she brought a gun inside Hinsdale Central High School – KIMBERLY FORNEK
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/hinsdale/ct-dhd-central-hubbard-gun-tl-0227-20200222-cmrt5ugqgndxhjy5fozsxzklwa-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot in Aurora.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/ct-abn-aurora-marijuana-st-0221-20200220-nnkpthkjmbhxxilsl7w7efytwq-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— George Ryan has good wishes for Blago, but would like him to put a lid on it Ryan says the former governor just released from prison should spend more time with his family and less time in front of cameras – Michael Sneed (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have blamed me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails the most for the problems that George Ryan, Jim Ryan, Judy Baar Topinka, Bill Brady, and many others have had. I would focus on past and present Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Milton Township Republican Organization leaders.) 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/2020/2/21/21147510/george-ryan-rod-blagojevich-inaugarion-family-prison-corruption-donald-trump-lura-lynn-scott-turow

DAILY HERALD
— Endorsement: O’Brien for Republicans in Cook County state’s attorney primary
https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20200222/endorsement–obrien-for-republicans-in-cook-county-states-attorney-primary

HERALD & REVIEW
— States have stepped up funding for Planned Parenthood clinics. What has Illinois done? – AP
https://herald-review.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/states-have-stepped-up-funding-for-planned-parenthood-clinics-what/article_2fe669b4-c3e5-511c-89ac-d255c35248e1.html

PEORIA JOURNAL
— Cannabis use could harm male fertility, Rockford and national experts say – Georgette Braun
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20200222/cannabis-use-could-harm-male-fertility-rockford-and-national-experts-say

DEKALB DAILY CHRONICLE
— NIU student charged with aggravated arson after he lit a fire in dorm to mask weed smell NIU police say student set intentional fire in Stevenson Hall – KELSEY RETTKE
https://www.daily-chronicle.com/2020/02/22/niu-student-charged-with-aggravated-arson-after-he-lit-a-fire-in-dorm-to-mask-weed-smell/ay3vqtg/

BLOOMINGTON PANTAGRAPH
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: WIU adding another cannabis-related minor, this one about pot culture – Nick Vlahos
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20200222/wiu-adding-another-cannabis-related-minor-this-one-about-pot-culture

SOUTHERN
— Blagojevich still hasn’t apologized for the mess he made – Rich Miller
https://thesouthern.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-rich-miller-blagojevich-still-hasn-t-apologized-for-the/article_4685e7e8-f9b7-56cb-8e3d-3e2371bada27.html

LINCOLN COURIER
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs crow about their success in destroying Christianity.
https://www.lincolncourier.com/news/20200222/learning-at-jesus-feet

CHICAGO READER
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot on women.
https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/illinois-women-in-cannabis-2020-conference/Event?oid=77649317

EVANSTON NOW
— Realtor: Make grants to home buyers for reparations – Bill Smith (DIERSEN: Where did the money come from for your first down payment? Mine came from the money that I earned a) working for IRS the previous 15 months, b) working part-time for Firestone Stores the previous 19 months, and c) working full-time for Firestone stores the previous 7 months before that.)
https://evanstonnow.com/story/government/bill-smith/equity-affordable-housing/2020-02-22/84211/realtor-make-grants-to-home

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— McSweeney Continues His Attacks on House GOP Leader Jim Durkin
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/22/mcsweeney-continues-his-attacks-on-house-gop-leader-jim-durkin/ 
— GOP Senate Candidate Creates High School Gun Controversy
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/22/141618/ 
— IL-14: Six Months of Candidacy and Catalina Lauf Includes a Joke
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/23/il-14-six-months-of-candidacy-and-catalina-lauf-includes-a-joke/ 
— Chuck Wheeler Says Board Has No Tolerance for Bullying, People Being “Yelled at or Sexually Assaulted”
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/23/141556/ 
— IL-14: Both Sue Rezin and Jim Oberweis Called Out on Residency Questions
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/23/il-14-both-sue-rezin-and-jim-oberweis-called-out-on-residency-questions/ 
— IL-14: From a Supporter of James Marter
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/23/il-14-from-a-supporter-of-james-marter/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Sanders cruises to victory in Nevada to cement frontrunner role – S.A. Miller
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/22/sanders-cruises-victory-nevada-cement-frontrunner-/

BREITBART
— Pope Francis ‘Angry’ over Manipulation of Meeting with LGBT Jesuit James Martin – THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D. (DIERSEN: Of course, Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs are doing everything that they can to get the Pope, and everyone else, to promote LGBTQ activity.)
https://www.breitbart.com/faith/2020/02/21/pope-francis-angry-over-manipulation-of-meeting-with-lgbt-jesuit-james-martin/

BIZ PAC REVIEW
— Teacher’s unhinged lesson comparing Trump to Nazism and Communism has parents fuming – Vivek Saxena 
https://www.bizpacreview.com/2020/02/22/teachers-unhinged-lesson-comparing-trump-to-nazism-and-communism-has-parents-fuming-889773

HUFFINGTON POST
— JULY 20, 2017 FLASHBACK: What It Means To Be A Democrat – Chris Cormier Maggiano (DIERSEN: To be a Democrat is to be anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. To be a Democrat is to promote dependency on government, dependency on charity, Islam, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation for opposing the aforesaid.)
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/why-youre-a-democrat_b_597119b2e4b0f1feb89b4231

POLITICO
— POLITICO Playbook: It’s Sanders’ party – ANNA PALMER and JAKE SHERMAN
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook/2020/02/23/its-sanders-party-488389

NEW YORK TIMES
— FRONT PAGE: Trump’s Efforts to Remove the Disloyal Heightens Unease Across His Administration – Peter Baker (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents a) demand blind loyalty to them and to them only and b) destroy those like me who fail/refuse to be blindly loyal to them. I should write a book about my critics/opponents. I would focus on those who were/are leaders of the Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, Wheaton’s West District, Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, Illinois, etc.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/22/us/politics/trump-disloyalty-turnover.html
— How Bernie Sanders Dominated in Nevada A multiracial coalition brought the senator’s long-promised political revolution to vivid life, for perhaps the first time in the 2020 race. – Jennifer Medina and Astead W. Herndon (DIERSEN: Which individuals dominate politics in your municipal district, in your municipality, in your township, and in your county? I should write a book about those individuals who dominate politics in Wheaton’s West District, Wheaton, Milton Township, and DuPage County. I would focus on those who focus on getting rid of those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/22/us/politics/how-sanders-won-nevada.html
— How to Find a Mentor – Malia Wollan (DIERSEN: My Democrat IRS superiors got rid of my IRS mentor because he promoted me in 1972, 1973, and 1974. My Democrat GAO superiors got rid of my GAO mentor because he hired me in 1980, got me assigned to audits of IRS in 1986, and promoted me in 1986.)
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/02/19/magazine/worker-tips.html
— These Students Are Learning About Fake News and How to Spot It News literacy instruction is flourishing in the wake of the 2016 election as worries about fake news grow. – Alina Tugend (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is fake except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless. I should write a book about my aforesaid critics/opponents. I would focus on those who claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican and who work the hardest against me and against my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/20/education/learning/news-literacy-2016-election.html
— In College and Homeless – Kyle Spencer (DIERSEN: Of course, needless-to-say, obviously, because of Democrat, Libertarian, Green, and RINO success in destroying traditional marriage and in destroying the traditional family, more, and more, and more college students will be homeless.) 
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/20/education/learning/college-homeless-students.html
— So You Got Financial Aid for College. But How Do You Pay for the Rest of It? More families are now struggling to fill the tuition gap after their financial aid falls short, forcing them to make some difficult decisions. – Jeffrey Selingo
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/20/education/learning/financial-aid-gap-college.html

WASHINGTON POST
— As Bernie Sanders’s momentum builds, down-ballot Democrats move to distance themselves – Mike DeBonis and Michael Scherer 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/as-bernie-sanderss-momentum-builds-down-ballot-democrats-move-to-distance-themselves/2020/02/22/3364ddd8-5516-11ea-9e47-59804be1dcfb_story.html

NEW YORK POST
— Richard Grenell now highest-ranking openly gay official in US government history – Jon Levine (DIERSEN: How strongly is LGBTQ activity promoted in your neighborhood, in your precinct, in your municipal district, in your municipality, in your township, in your county, in Illinois, in America, and in the world? Of course, those who do not want LGBTQ activity to be promoted DO NOT buy homes where LGBTQ is promoted.)
https://nypost.com/2020/02/22/richard-grenell-now-highest-ranking-openly-gay-official-in-us-government-history/
— Democrats happily backing Bernie Sanders, the most left-wing presidential candidate ever – John Podhoretz
https://nypost.com/2020/02/22/democrats-happily-backing-bernie-sanders-the-most-left-wing-presidential-candidate-ever/

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT GAZETTE
— Republican lawmakers can expect loyalty checking, candidates told – Doug Thompson (DIERSEN: Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform. I should write a book about those RINO elected officials and those RINO party leaders have done the most to destroy the Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Milton Township Republican Organization, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, etc.) 
https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2020/feb/19/republican-lawmakers-can-expect-loyalty/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Republican state lawmakers from Benton County will be checked on their adherence to the party platform, state House candidates were told Tuesday at a meeting of the Benton County Republican Women. A subcommittee of the Republican Party of Benton County was formed in December to check compliance with the party platform, subcommittee member Randy Alexander of Rogers told the group. The decision triggered discussion within the state party, he said. A proposal to have the state party do the checking instead is set for discussion at the state convention in July, he said. Benton County is the only county party he knows of that undertook such a procedure but he isn’t familiar with other operations, Alexander said after the meeting. The subcommittee didn’t release its findings on lawmakers but was authorized by the county party to give notice if any delegation member was seriously out of line with the platform, he said. No such finding went out, he said. A group within the Republican Women’s group will monitor faithfulness to the platform even if the county committee stops, said group member Lisa Richards. The topic came up while the 50 or so members and associates of the women’s group met with candidates in two GOP primaries. Candidates in the District 91 and 94 race all attended Tuesday’s forum. Early voting in the March 3 primary began Tuesday.)

BLOOMBERG
— A Year Is Too Short for a U.S. Worker to Earn Middle-Class Life – Ben Holland
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-21/a-year-s-too-short-for-a-u-s-worker-to-earn-a-middle-class-life

YAHOO FINANCE
— In America’s Richest Town, $500k a Year Is Now Below Average – Shelly Hagan, Wei Lu and Sophie Alexander
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/america-richest-town-500k-now-100000759.html

WTSP
— Need a change? Move to ‘welcoming’ Colorado An ad campaign invites members of the LGBTQ community in Florida to consider a cross-country move. (DIERSEN: How strongly is LGBTQ activity promoted in your neighborhood, in your precinct, in your municipal district, in your municipality, in your township, in your county, in Illinois, in America, and in the world? Of course, those who do not want LGBTQ activity to be promoted DO NOT buy homes where LGBTQ is promoted.)
https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/regional/florida/need-a-change-move-to-colorado-lgbt/67-6787b5dc-59c9-4837-bf44-7d273ef8ec78

RAW STORY
— They like to party — without the booze. A new Chicago LGBTQ social club is drawing the sober, the sober curious, and drinkers looking for a break from the bar scene (DIERSEN: How strongly is LGBTQ activity promoted in your neighborhood, in your precinct, in your municipal district, in your municipality, in your township, in your county, in Illinois, in America, and in the world? Of course, those who do not want LGBTQ activity to be promoted DO NOT buy homes where LGBTQ is promoted.)
https://www.rawstory.com/2020/02/they-like-to-party-without-the-booze-a-new-lgbtq-social-club-is-drawing-the-sober-the-sober-curious-and-drinkers-looking-for-a-break-from-the-bar-scene/

LGBTQ NATION
— Conservatives fear Trump’s gay cabinet member will work to ‘impose’ homosexuality While LGBTQ people rightfully have concerns about Rick Grenell’s appointment, far-right figures believe he’ll put his ‘gay activism’ first. – Juwan J. Holmes (DIERSEN: How strongly is LGBTQ activity promoted in your neighborhood, in your precinct, in your municipal district, in your municipality, in your township, in your county, in Illinois, in America, and in the world? Of course, those who do not want LGBTQ activity to be promoted DO NOT buy homes where LGBTQ is promoted.)
https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/02/conservatives-fear-trumps-gay-cabinet-member-will-work-impose-homosexuality/

WIKIPEDIA
— Organizational life cycle (DIERSEN: At what life cycle stage are the organizations at that you are/were a member of? I should write a book about the Illinois Republican Party (IRP), DuPage County Republican Central Committee (DCRCC), Milton Township Republican Organization (MTRO), TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition (ICRC), American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC), Illinois CPA Society, and Association of Government Accountants (AGA). I have attended all the IRP state conventions since 2000 and I served on the IRP Platform and Resolutions Committee in 2008. I have served as a Republican Precinct Committeeman in DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 since 1999. I served as the MTRO Webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004. I served as the TAPROOT Chairman 2005-2012. I served as a WCC Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011. I served as an ICRC Steering Committee member 2003-2007. I served as an AAPC Midwest Chapter Board Member 2001-2004. I served as an Illinois CPA Society Membership Committee member 1989-1998. I served as an AGA Chicago Chapter Executive Committee member 1983-1996.) 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organizational_life_cycle

(FROM THE POSTING: Stage 5: Decline : This stage initiates the death of an organization. The decline is identified by the focus on political agenda and authority within an organization, whereby individuals start to become preoccupied with personal objectives, instead of focusing on the objectives of the organization itself. This slowly destroys the functionality and feasibility of the entire organization.)

February 22 Evening Edition

DAILY HERALD
— Ron Almiron: Candidate profile
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200222/ron-almiron-candidate-profile
— Babette Holder Youngberg: Candidate profile
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200222/babette-holder-youngberg-candidate-profile

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Candidates for judge weigh in on results of state bar poll – Mary Schenk
https://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/politics/candidates-for-judge-weigh-in-on-results-of-state-bar/article_7becdbfb-745f-5f4e-bc8a-311fad5d35f6.html

KANKAKEE DAILY JOURNAL
— Prepare yourself for pivotal primary election – Editorial
https://www.daily-journal.com/opinion/editorials/prepare-yourself-for-pivotal-primary-election/article_fc9cdd3a-53d7-11ea-9328-6f2b2959a028.html

SOUTHERN
— Changing the culture in Springfield just got more difficult – Editorial
https://thesouthern.com/opinion/editorial/voice-of-the-southern-changing-the-culture-in-springfield-just/article_079d891a-ea27-54dd-af88-7f89870b79da.html

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Democrats’ State Gun Shop Licensing Law Appears to Have Driven Half Out of Business
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/22/dems-state-gun-shop-licensing-law-appear-to-have-drive-half-out-of-business/

DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— How much more will Wheaton residents pay in income taxes?
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/525289222-analysis-how-much-more-will-wheaton-residents-pay-in-income-taxes

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— ‘Never Bernie’ movement failing miserably – Joseph Simonson
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/never-bernie-movement-failing-miserably
— ‘Silent coup’: Rush Limbaugh says ‘deep state’ using ‘every weapon’ to defeat Trump – Spencer Neale
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/silent-coup-rush-limbaugh-says-deep-state-using-every-weapon-to-defeat-trump

AMERICAN THINKER
— With nothing to sell to voters, Democrats now root for economic crash – Monica Showalter (DIERSEN: To defeat Trump, Democrats will do everything that they can not only to destroy America’s economy, but to destroy America.) 
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/02/with_nothing_to_sell_to_voters_democrats_now_root_for_economic_crash.html

DAILY SIGNAL
— Study Shows the Result of Left-Wing Conformity on College Campuses – Jarrett Stepman 
https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/02/21/study-shows-the-result-of-left-wing-conformity-on-college-campuses/

PJ MEDIA
— Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Tells Media He Was a ‘Political Prisoner’ – RICK MORAN
https://pjmedia.com/trending/former-il-governor-who-tried-to-sell-a-senate-seat-tells-media-he-was-a-political-prisoner/

THE HILL
— Supreme Court allows public charge rule to take effect across country – J. EDWARD MORENO (DIERSEN: The only immigrants that Democrats want are those who will vote for Democrats.) 
https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/484196-supreme-court-allow-public-charge-rule-to-take-effect-across-country

NBC NEWS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Of course, Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, and RINOs in Republican party organizations will use Buttigieg’s success to get rid of those who do not promote LGBTQ activity.
https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/being-gay-not-enough-buttigieg-s-candidacy-divides-lgbtq-democrats-n1139156

WASHINGTON POST
— Trump’s India trip mixes politics with policy, and offers the promise of his biggest rally yet – Anne Gearan and Seung Min Kim 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-india-trip-mixes-politics-with-policy-and-the-promise-of-his-biggest-rally-yet/2020/02/21/fda09950-54dc-11ea-b119-4faabac6674f_story.html

RAW STORY
— Pushing for ‘political courage,’ Ocasio-Cortez endorses slate of progressive women challenging establishment (DIERSEN: Tragically, because of less and less and less support from the Illinois Republican Party (IRP), there are fewer and fewer and fewer Republican candidates in Illinois who have the “political courage” to push the traditional family, right to life, immigration, Second Amendment, illegal drugs, and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks in the IRP platform and in the Republican Party platform.)
https://www.rawstory.com/2020/02/pushing-for-political-courage-ocasio-cortez-endorses-slate-of-progressive-women-challenging-establishment/

GUARDIAN
— Rod Blagojevich’s ‘political prisoner’ claim is ‘bullshit’, says Anderson Cooper – Martin Pengelly
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/feb/22/rod-blagojevich-cnn-anderson-cooper-political-prisoner-claim

February 22 Morning Edition

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— Dan Hampton keynoted the DuPage County Republican Central Committee Lincoln Day Dinner at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace Friday evening, February 21, 2020. 400+ attended. Elected officials and candidates who signed in included Bansal, Berlin, Brenan, Burke, Carpanzano, Coyne, Cronin, J. Curran, M. Curran, Cuzzone, Dabrowski, Eckhoff, Felice, A. & R. Jorgensen, Kelly, Fisher, Foltyniewicz, Grogan, Hart, Henry, Holder-Youngberg, Hois, Houde, Hoyer, Hundley, Ives, Jani, Kachiroubas, Keller, Kinzler, Korynecky, Krajewski, Ladien, Larsen, Marshell, McCarthy, McCluskey, Mendrick, Mitchell, Morrissey, Murphy, Musson, Noonan, Oberweis, Painter, Pollastrini, Popejoy, Prater, Puchacski, Ramey, Ruppsrch, Schostock, Shroeder, Tarter, Tornatore, Valle, Veenstra, Voelz, Wilkins, and Zay. – Dave Diersen
http://www.gopillinois.com

ABC7
— Russia helping Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders campaigns in 2020 election, intelligence officials said – AP
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/intel-officials-say-russia-boosting-trumps-reelection-bid-also-helping-sanders/5954739/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Republican candidates for 11th District U.S. House seat answer questions on climate change, health care, gun violence – ERIN HEGARTY
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/ct-nvs-11th-congress-gop-candidate-forum-st-0219-20200221-opy2uwhlunespl4zfbpfibkrkq-story.html
— ILLINOIS HOUSE ENDORSEMENTS: Brady, Bourne, Jacobs, Schmidt, Arview
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-editorial-illinois-house-endorsements-4-20200221-cl3gow4mqvajfflfknln3nv3uy-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— Bar associations release Cook judicial candidate evaluations – Barbara Vitello
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200221/bar-associations-release-cook-judicial-candidate-evaluations
— Jeanette Ward: Candidate profile
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200222/jeanette-ward-candidate-profile
— Beth Goncher: Candidate profile
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200222/beth-goncher-candidate-profile
— Endorsements: Schofield for GOP, Ness for Democrats in House District 66
https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20200221/endorsements-schofield-for-gop-ness-for-democrats-in-house-district-66

NORTHWEST HERALD
— End to corruption requires change in leadership – Editorial
https://www.nwherald.com/2020/02/21/our-view-end-to-corruption-requires-change-in-leadership/a6rqc8r/

SOUTHERN
— Simon Poll: Bernie leads among likely Democratic voters in Illinois; Trump remains popular downstate
https://thesouthern.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/simon-poll-bernie-leads-among-likely-democratic-voters-in-illinois/article_89696751-5a3e-5667-8539-7ca2bf467462.html

ILLINOIS BUSINESS DAILY
— Highest income earners in Illinois taxed at 7.4% rate
https://ilbusinessdaily.com/stories/525758641-highest-income-earners-in-illinois-taxed-at-7-4-rate

ILLINOIS NEWSROOM
— What They Said: Republican Senate Candidates On The Issues – Tim Shelley
https://illinoisnewsroom.org/2020/02/21/what-they-said-republican-senate-candidates-on-the-issues/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— White House Report Card: Trump winning the Democratic race – Paul Bedard
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/white-house-report-card-trump-winning-the-democratic-race

CBN NEWS
— Innocence Stolen: Fox Targets Kids with LGBTQ Agenda During a LEGO Show – Benjamin Gill
https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/entertainment/2020/february/innocence-stolen-thanks-fox-for-targeting-my-kids-with-the-lgbtq-agenda-during-a-lego-show

FOX NEWS
— Republican Party war chest dwarfs Democrats’ going into 2020 high season – Brooke Singman
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/republican-party-war-chest-dwarfs-democrats-going-into-2020-high-season

FOX BUSINESS
— Illinois village opposes Amazon distribution center that would add 1,500 jobs Bolingbrook Mayor believes jobs are too low paying, building will be unsightly – Blair Shiff
https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/illinois-amazon-jobs-bolingbrook

THE HILL
— Trump names the first openly gay person to a cabinet-level position – Anagha Srikanth
https://thehill.com/changing-america/respect/diversity-inclusion/484026-trump-names-the-first-openly-gay-person-to-a

NEW YORK TIMES
— One Guaranteed Winner in the Democratic Primary: Plans to Tax the Rich Every leading candidate for the 2020 Democratic nomination is proposing trillions of dollars of new taxes on wealthy Americans and businesses. The divide in the field is how high to go. – Jim Tankersley and Thomas Kaplan
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/22/us/politics/democratic-wealth-tax-plans.html

PBS
— How will 2020 Democrats fare in more diverse Nevada? (DIERSEN: What are your demographics? The more of the following that you are, the more that Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs want to get rid of you: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.) 
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/how-will-2020-democrats-fare-in-more-diverse-nevada

AXIOS
— America’s future looks a lot like Nevada – Stef W. Kight (DIERSEN: Democrat, Libertarian, Green, and RINO political consultants want Republicans to lose. Ever-increasingly, they advise Republican political organizations, candidates, elected officials, and major donors to dump those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, gun owners, German American, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.) 
https://www.axios.com/future-america-demographics-nevada-caucus-elections-cd09ed11-c036-4617-ac55-3042b722739e.html

February 21 Evening Edition

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Trump 2020 rakes in $60 million in January as Democrats war over Bloomberg – AP
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/trump-2020-rakes-in-60-million-in-january-as-democrats-war-over-bloomberg

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Chicago’s Bleeping Golden Corruption Quote Hall of Fame. Did we land ‘the tuna’? – John Kass
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/john-kass/ct-chicago-corruption-hall-of-fame-kass-20200222-qvvgtnkjajembaxyuzzirhdjtu-story.html
— To stop Bernie Sanders, panicked Democratic establishment turns to Mike Bloomberg. But he’s the wrong candidate at the wrong time. – John Kass
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/john-kass/ct-mike-bloomberg-democratic-establishment-kass-20200221-rydiqwqyi5aifawjr4btgkw5ye-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— ENDORSEMENT: Beth Goncher for Illinois Senate in 25th District Republican primary Goncher is a staunch fiscal conservative with legislative know-how, thanks to her work as a top congressional aide.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/2/21/21133428/endorsement-beth-goncher-illinois-senate-25th-district-republican-primary-election-2020-ward
— Video gambling ‘push tax’ sparks industry pushback — but is proposed ban a favor to operators? Oak Lawn imposed a new per-play local tax on slot machines, but new legislation could shut it down for towns seeking more revenue from the video gambling industry. – Mitchell Armentrout
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2020/2/21/21147917/oak-lawn-video-gambling-push-tax-industry-rita

DAILY HERALD
— DuPage County recorder candidates say they would help transition if office is dissolved – Robert Sanchez
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200221/dupage-county-recorder-candidates-say-they-would-help-transition-if-office-is-dissolved

WGN TV
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://wgntv.com/2020/02/21/wgn-morning-news-mr-rogers-visits-chicago-marijuana-dispensary/

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— ‘The face of public corruption in Illinois’ is all smiles Blago’s release shines a harsh national spotlight on exactly what’s still wrong with Illinois—and signals to those responsible that even if they are someday held accountable, it may not be for long. – Editorial
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/opinion/face-public-corruption-illinois-all-smiles

FOX ILLINOIS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Russia-haters and Trump-haters say “Russia’s boosting Trump candidacy.” 
https://foxillinois.com/news/connect-to-congress/report-intel-officials-say-russias-boosting-trump-candidacy

ELMHURST PATCH
— Fixing Pension Problems are a Necessity, Not a Fantasy State Rep. Mazzochi Pushes For Pension Reform With Constitutional Amendment – Rep Deanne Mazzochi
https://patch.com/illinois/elmhurst/mazzochi-fixing-pension-problems-are-necessity-not-fantasy

EVANSTON PATCH
— Election 2020 In Evanston: We Want To Hear From Voters With primaries just a month away and the 2020 presidential election coming up fast, Patch wants to know what issues are on voters’ minds. – Jonah Meadows (DIERSEN: What percent of Evanston voters 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?)
https://patch.com/illinois/evanston/election-2020-evanston-we-want-hear-voters

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— IL-14: Gradel Mailing Hits Oberweis on One Side, Promotes Self on Other
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/21/il-14-gradel-hits-oberweis-on-one-side-promotes-self-on-other/ 
— NWH Asks Skillicorn about Ghost Votes
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/21/nwh-asks-skillicorn-about-ghost-votes/ 
— IL-14: Jim Oberweis Launches Negative TV Commercial Against Sue Rezin
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/21/il-14-jim-oberweis-launches-negative-tv-commercial-against-sue-rezin/
— IL-14: Jerry Evans Personal Letter Mailer Hits the Street
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/21/il-14-jerry-evans-personal-letter-mailer-hits-the-street/

ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
— Public Schools Failing Illinois Children Academically – Alex Newman
https://illinoisfamily.org/education/public-schools-failing-illinois-children-academically/

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— COOK COUNTY GOP ENDORSES FOR MARCH 2020 PRIMARY ELECTION
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/02/cook-county-gop-endorses-for-march-2020-primary-election.html
— GLENNON: GOVERNOR PRITZKER, PENSION REFORM IS NOT FANTASY. OTHER STATES PROVE IT.
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/02/glennon-governor-pritzker-pension-reform-is-not-fantasy-other-states-prove-it.html

CAPITOL FAX
— Urlacher resigns from Civil Service Commission *** Corruption roundup
https://capitolfax.com/2020/02/21/corruption-roundup-13/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: What would the pros and cons be if I sought/accepted advertisements from candidates to run on my www.gopillinois.com website and/or on my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails? 
https://capitolfax.com/2020/02/21/team-il-for-mike-is-growing/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Mulvaney cites $20K as reason to remain acting chief of staff – Mike Brest (DIERSEN: In 1980, when I was 31 years old, I took a $20,157 (21%) pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO. Since then, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have used that to hint/imply/argue/shout that IRS overpaid me. In my defense, I had worked for IRS for almost 9 years, I had almost completed the requirements for a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul, I had passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979, I had earned an MBA from Loyola in 1976, and I had earned a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU in 1970.) 
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/mulvaney-cites-20k-as-reason-to-remain-acting-chief-of-staff
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “Because it’s a $20,000 pay cut,” he said about leaving the OMB position, according to the New York Times. Mulvaney’s deputy, Russell Vought, took on the role of acting director of OMB in early 2019. Through OMB, Mulvaney makes $203,500 a year. That salary is set by law. The position also requires Senate confirmation. Reince Priebus and John Kelly, President Trump’s first two chiefs of staff, earned $179,700 apiece, according to the Wall Street Journal. The maximum salary allowed for a White House aide is $183,000. That’s what senior adviser Kellyanne Conway and Larry Kudlow, the president’s top economic adviser, make. If Mulvaney were to remove the temporary part of his title, he’d be forced to accept a decreased salary at or below that $183,000 marker.)

AMERICAN THINKER
— Democrats, you did build that: Chicago named most corrupt city in US – Ethel C. Fenig
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/02/democrats_you_did_build_that_chicago_named_most_corrupt_city_in_us.html
— Donald Trump Is America’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer – John Leonard
https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/02/donald_trump_emisem_americas_chief_law_enforcement_officer.html

CONSERVATIVE HQ
— Democrat Platform: Make you do things you don’t want to do – George Rasley
http://www.conservativehq.com/node/31990

DAILY SIGNAL
— OUTSTANDING: Bills Would Deny Federal Funds to Sanctuary States for Illegal Aliens – Virginia Aabram
https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/02/21/bills-would-deny-federal-funds-to-sanctuary-states-for-illegal-aliens/

PJ MEDIA
— Democrats Didn’t Care When Obama Granted Clemency to a Terrorist, But Want to Investigate Trump’s Pardons – MATT MARGOLIS
https://pjmedia.com/trending/democrats-didnt-care-when-obama-granted-clemency-to-a-terrorist-but-want-to-investigate-trumps-pardons/

24/7 WALL STREET
— Higher Wages Are Spread Unequally Among US Workers: EPI – Paul Ausick
https://247wallst.com/economy/2020/02/21/higher-wages-are-spread-unequally-among-us-workers-epi/

FEDERAL NEWS NETWORK
— How average are you and what does it matter? – Mike Causey (DIERSEN: Few, if not very few, of my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government were Republican, conservative, Protestant, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. Many were veterans.) 
https://federalnewsnetwork.com/mike-causey-federal-report/2020/02/how-average-are-you-and-what-does-it-matter/

February 21 Morning Edition

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— For Illinois House: Camerer, Skillicorn, Ellington-Snipes
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-editorial-illinois-house-endorsements-3-20200221-pvmpi77k4rfj7n3yofzg2qxgwe-story.html
— Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leads new Illinois presidential poll, but survey’s methodology raises questions about its accuracy – RICK PEARSON and BILL RUTHHART
https://www.chicagotribune.com/election-2020/ct-illinois-presidential-race-poll-2020-20200221-zizt3h7sebc6dfept7bbrseoou-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: However, the poll, which has a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points among Democrats, relies on a methodology that raises questions about its accuracy. The survey does not weight its results based on the demographic makeup of Illinois voters, including by gender, geography or race. For example, of the poll’s 1,000 registered voters, 56% were identified as male and 44% female. The federal census, however, shows a majority of the state’s population is female while 2016 exit polling showed the state’s Democratic electorate was 54% female. The polling sample also did not accurately reflect the percentage of the vote that came from strongly Democratic Chicago compared with less Democratic suburbs and Downstate. Only a quarter of the poll’s Democratic results came from the city of Chicago, while actual voting in 2016 showed the city accounted for 35% of the state’s total Democratic primary turnout. In addition, the new survey skewed heavily toward older voters, compared with 2016 exit polling that showed roughly 40% of the Democratic electorate was under the age of 45. The new poll’s racial breakdown of 60% white, 24% black and 6% Latino tracked closer to Illinois voting demographics in the last presidential primary.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, to get votes, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs disgustingly promote vices, including booze, gambling, and pot. 
https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/transportation/ct-biz-booze-on-trains-prohibition-20200220-vegbdgqysfbc5kxtjbe62mw2ou-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Pretrial detainees to vote at first polling place in Cook County Jail 42 voting machines will be brought in during the first two weekends in March — marking the first time in the country a polling place will be available for pretrial detainees. – Marin Scott 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/2/20/21141112/pretrial-detainees-to-vote-at-first-polling-place-in-cook-county-jail
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters hint/imply/argue/shout that the longer that your ancestors have been in America, a) the more that you have benefitted from their discrimination against minorities and their against women and b) the more that you should pay the price of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion. 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/2020/2/20/21144684/jim-crow-racism-segregation-lynching-these-hands-black-history-month-natalie-moore

CBS2
— Blagojevich And Trump’s Relationship Goes Back Years – Megan Hickey (DIERSEN: Since 2000, my critics/opponents in the Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Illinois Republican Party have blamed me and blamed my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for all the losses that Republican candidates have suffered in Illinois. They especially blame me and blame my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for the loss that Jim Ryan suffered in 2002 and for the loss that Judy Baar Topinka suffered in 2006.) 
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/02/18/blagojevich-trump-relationship-celebrity-apprentice-checkbook/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Trump personally donated $7,000 to Blagojevich’s campaigns ($5,000 in 2002 and $2,000 in 2007) before his conviction, and his hotel and casino organization donated another $2,000 in 2003. The records do not show any donations to Blagojevich’s Republican opponents – Jim Ryan in 2002 or Judy Baar Topinka in 2006.)

DAILY HERALD
— FRONT PAGE: Police leaders say a new state law is leading to less training for officers – Charles Keeshan and Susan Sarkauskas (DIERSEN: While I worked for IRS for almost 9 years and for GAO for almost 18 years, those agencies provided me with outstanding training. But the Democrats who ran those federal agencies wasted that training by wasting my career and by forcing me to take their early retirement “offer.”) 
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200221/police-leaders-say-a-new-state-law-is-leading-to-less-training-for-officers

KANKAKEE DAILY JOURNAL 
— NAACP to host first of candidate forums – Chris Breach (DIERSEN: If I was still the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, the organization would be hosting candidate forums.)
https://www.daily-journal.com/news/local/naacp-to-host-first-of-candidate-forums/article_f526b7dc-534c-11ea-902a-471bd6d1fb76.html

PONTIAC DAILY LEADER
— It’s not the economy anymore, Stupid – Dave Simpson
https://www.pontiacdailyleader.com/news/20200221/its-not-economy-anymore-stupid

WIREPOINTS
— Governor Pritzker, It’s You Who’s in Fantasy Land About an Illinois Constitutional Amendment for Pension Reform – Mark Glennon
https://wirepoints.org/governor-pritzker-its-you-whos-in-fantasy-land-about-an-illinois-constitutional-amendment-for-pension-reform-wirepoints/

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Tribune Picks Kane County Board Member Mo Iqbal Over Pro-Abortion-At-Any-Time Personal PAC Favorite Martha Paschke to Run Against Republican Don Ugaste
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/21/tribune-picks-kane-county-board-member-mo-iqbal-over-personal-pac-favorite-martha-paschke-to-run-against-republican-don-ugaste/ 
— Tribune Offers No Endorsement in Democratic Primary to Face Off Against Steve Reick
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/21/tribune-offers-no-endorsement-in-democratic-primary-to-face-off-against-steve-reick/ 
— Tribune Endorses Allen Skillicorn
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/21/tribune-endorses-allen-skillicorn/ 
— McHenry County Board Member Chuck Wheeler Does Not Call for Jack Franks to Resign
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/21/mchenry-county-board-member-chuck-wheeler-does-not-call-for-jack-franks-to-resign/ 
— IL-06: Daily Herald Endorses Dr. Jay Kinzler Over Jeanne Ives
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/21/il-06-daily-herald-endorses-dr-jay-kinzler-over-jeanne-ives/

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— US SENATE GOP CANDIDATE REPORTED FOR CLAIMING TO CARRY FIREARM INTO HINSDALE HIGH SCHOOL
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/02/us-senate-candidate-reported-for-claiming-to-carry-firearm-into-hinsdale-high-school-.html
— THE RIGHT SHOULD CHALLENGE TECH GIANTS TO SIDE WITH LIBERTY AND REJECT CENSORSHIP (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have worked the hardest to censor me and censor my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/02/the-right-should-challenge-tech-giants-to-side-with-liberty-and-reject-censorship.html

WASHINGTON TIMES
— ‘Rigged system’ benefits Sanders as Bloomberg botches debate debut – David Sherfinski (DIERSEN: Those who want Republicans to lose want the Republican National Committee, Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Milton Township Republican Organization, etc. to rig their systems against those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, gun owners, German American, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/20/bernie-sanders-benefits-rigged-system-michael-bloo/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Tech companies victimized by bogus discrimination charges – Kevin Mooney (DIERSEN: Because my Democrat GAO superiors wanted my subordinates to charge me with discrimination, a) they assigned me to supervise virtually all of their employees who were minority, female, and/or disabled and b) they did everything that they could to turn them against me.) 
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/tech-companies-victimized-by-bogus-discrimination-charges

AMERICAN THINKER
— Bloomberg shows how the Democrats have abandoned factory workers – J. Marsolo
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/02/bloomberg_shows_how_the_democrats_have_abandoned_factory_workers.html
— New confirmation that Ilhan Omar married her brother in immigration fraud plan – Andrea Widburg
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/02/new_confirmation_that_ilhan_omar_married_her_brother_in_immigration_fraud_plan.html

BREITBART
— HBO, David Simon Series Equates ‘America First’ with Jew Hatred – DAVID NG (DIERSEN: Government is nasty, politics is nasty, Democrats are nasty. While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years 1966-1969 and 1971-1997, one or more of my superiors were Jewish. My Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates did everything that they could to turn my Jewish superiors against me. They stressed that I was Republican. They stressed that I was conservative. They stressed that I was baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran. They stressed that I was 100% German American. They stressed that I lived in Crete 1948-1972. They stressed that I lived in Wheaton since 1978.) 
https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2020/02/20/hbo-david-simon-series-equates-america-first-with-jew-hatred/

DAILY CALLER
— Tucker Carlson Calls For Roger Stone Judge’s Impeachment: ‘Democratic Activist Wearing Robes’ (DIERSEN: Government is nasty. Politics is nasty. RINOs are nasty. My RINO critics/opponents a) stress that my Republican U.S. Senators and my Republican U.S. Representatives did NOT support me in Diersen v. GAO and b) hint/imply/argue/shout that they did NOT support me because I am a White supremacist, Nazi, KKK member, hater, racist. Needless-to-say, I should sue my RINO critics/opponents.) 
https://dailycaller.com/2020/02/20/tucker-carlson-amy-berman-jackson-roger-stone/

TOWNHALL
— Another Corrosive Correspondents’ Dinner – Tim Graham
https://townhall.com/columnists/timgraham/2020/02/21/another-corrosive-correspondents-dinner-n2561666

ONE AMERICA NEWS NETWORK
— CPAC 2020 To Take Aim At Creeping Socialism – Dan Schneider
https://www.oann.com/schneider-cpac-2020-to-take-aim-at-creeping-socialism/

LIFE SITE NEWS
— Trump appoints openly gay LGBT activist to director of intelligence agencies Richard Grenell has built up impressive credentials among conservatives, but one pro-family group calls him ‘a gay activist first and a loyal Republican second.’ – Doug Mainwaring (DIERSEN: Those who promote LGBTQ activity, their operatives, and their dupes who claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican have always worked the hardest against me. I should write a book about the aforesaid.)
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/trump-appoints-openly-gay-lgbt-activist-to-director-of-intelligence-agencies

THE HILL
— Bloomberg gave $463.8 million to campaign – J. EDWARD MORENO 
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/483914-bloomberg-gave-4638-million-to-campaign
— Women bound by Bloomberg NDAs want to tell their stories but fear coming forward – J. EDWARD MORENO
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/483941-women-bound-by-bloomberg-ndas-want-to-tell-their-stories-but-fear-coming
— Iowa Democratic Party chairman resigns – REBECCA KLAR (DIERSEN: I should write a book about the almost 7 years that served as the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman 2005-2012. I would focus on those who blamed me for all the organization’s problems.)
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/482855-iowa-democratic-party-chairman-resigns
— Lawmakers paint different pictures of Trump’s ‘opportunity zone’ program – EMILY DISALVO (DIERSEN: What do you say to those in my precinct who believe that Wheaton politicians want to use rezoning and the opportunity zone program to a) demolish all the buildings on the south side of Roosevelt Road in my precinct, b) build public housing there, and c) fill that public housing with illegal aliens?)
https://thehill.com/policy/finance/483900-lawmakers-paint-different-pictures-of-trumps-opportunity-zone-program

HUFFINGTON POST
— What Exactly Is An NDA? Here’s What Workers Need To Know Before They Sign. Nondisclosure agreements were a hot topic in Wednesday night’s presidential debate. They are everywhere else in America, too. – Monica Torres (DIERSEN: From what I see, ever-increasingly, employers want their employees to disclose, if not shout, that their employer is anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/what-is-an-nda-nondisclosure-agreement_l_5e4ea360c5b6a7bfb4c21e7b

ASSOCIATED PRESS
— Trump campaign, RNC to spend $10M on voting lawsuits
https://www.wral.com/trump-campaign-rnc-to-spend-10m-on-voting-lawsuits/18964045/

NEW YORK TIMES
— Black and Latino Voters Are Looking for ‘More Than Just Some Token Words’ – Jennifer Medina and Stephanie Saul (DIERSEN: To get votes from minorities, females, younger people, and LGBTQers, Democrat and RINO political consultants advise candidates to promise to use government a) to take income, assets, and opportunities away from those who are White, male, older, and/or heterosexual and b) to give that income, those assets, and those opportunities to those who are minority, female, younger, and/or LGBTQ.) 
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/21/us/politics/nevada-south-carolina-2020.html
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: The Elephant in the Room: Electability – Giovanni Russonello (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs shout that to get elected, you have to be: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/20/us/politics/democrats-ask-who-can-beat-trump.html

WASHINGTON POST
— Why China is picking on American journalists – Isaac Stone Fish (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have picked on me the most since I became the GOPUSA Illinois Editor in 2000. I would focus on past and present leaders of the Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Illinois Republican Party.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/02/20/why-china-is-picking-american-journalists/

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Illinois Democrats Split Over Trump’s Clemency for Rod Blagojevich Backers and critics of disgraced ex-governor express sympathy for his family – Gabriel T. Rubin
https://www.wsj.com/articles/illinois-democrats-split-over-trumps-clemency-for-rod-blagojevich-11582281001
— Bernie Sanders, Insider – Rahm Emanuel (DIERSEN: Operatives and dupes who work for my critics/opponents paint themselves as working for insiders.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/bernie-sanders-insider-11582243676
— Bernie’s Medical Stonewall He pledged to release his health records. Then he had a heart attack. – Editorial
https://www.wsj.com/articles/bernies-medical-stonewall-11582244614
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who paint themselves as being religious. I would focus on those who focus on promoting dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation for opposing the aforesaid.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/thank-god-american-churches-are-dying-11582243546

WEEK
— Trump’s push to install people loyal to him in law enforcement, intelligence appears to be well underway (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents in the Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Illinois Republican Party demand blind loyalty to them and to them only.)
https://theweek.com/speedreads/897175/trumps-push-install-people-loyal-law-enforcement-intelligence-appears-well-underway

VANITY FAIR
— NAUGHTY WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF ADMITS IMMIGRANTS ARE A GOOD THING, U.S. NEEDS MORE OF THEM Mick Mulvaney has gone rogue. Stephen Miller will not be pleased. – BESS LEVIN (DIERSEN: Those who hate Trump hate those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/02/mick-mulvaney-immigration-needed

FIVE THIRTY EIGHT
— Increased Voter Turnout Could Benefit Republicans Or Democrats In 2020 – Dhrumil Mehta (DIERSEN: From what I see, those who are members of the following groups are more likely to vote: 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.) 
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/increased-voter-turnout-could-benefit-republicans-or-democrats-in-2020/

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT
— Trump attacks Roger Stone jury for 19 minutes straight at event for prisoners – Oliver Willis (DIERSEN: What percent of those in the Chicago area jury pool 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?)
https://americanindependent.com/donald-trump-roger-stone-speech-prison-graduation-ceremony-white-house/

February 20 Evening Edition

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— GOP: Pritzker tying school funding to tax vote is ‘shameful’ – AP
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/gop-pritzker-tying-school-funding-to-tax-vote-is-shameful

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Budget bully? Republicans accuse Pritzker of holding ‘funding to our schools hostage’ to income tax plan  Accusing the governor of a “bullying tactic,” Assistant House Republican Leader Avery Bourne said putting the $150 million in reserves was just a way to “push Pritzker’s political agenda.” – Neal Earley
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2020/2/20/21146249/budget-bully-republicans-pritzker-education-funding-schools-graduated-income-tax-bourne
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2020/2/20/21078674/how-to-smoke-weed-illinois-legal-dispensaries
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2020/2/20/21146313/medical-pot-sales-topped-23-million-january-patient-count-eclipsed-100k
— Wheaton College students allowed to preach in Millennium Park, judge says In a 32-page order issued Thursday, U.S. District Judge John Robert Blakey granted an injunction to the college students — all members of Wheaton College’s Chicago Evangelism Team — that will prohibit the city from restricting their preaching in the sprawling downtown park. – Sam Charles 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/2/20/21146320/wheaton-college-students-allowed-preach-in-millennium-park-judge
— Sanders and Bloomberg leading Illinois primary: poll Among voters polled, Bernie Sanders led Michael Bloomberg 22% to 17%. Former Vice President Joe Biden had 14%, followed by Pete Buttigieg with 13% and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar with 8%. – Tina Sfondeles 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2020/2/20/21146183/sanders-bloomberg-leading-illinois-primary-poll-says
— Chicago gets new ‘giant iPad’-style electronic voting machines New machines and practices were rolled out this week as early voting begins. – Ella Lee
https://chicago.suntimes.com/elections/2020/2/20/21142904/illinois-elections-voting-chicago-electronic-voting-machines

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Who is Jeanne Ives, Republican candidate for 6th Congressional District? – Editorial
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-who-is-jeanne-ives-6th-congressional-district-candidate-20200306-e24e55yfgbbz7ljaxuv77nsgp4-story.html
— Meet the Illinois candidates for U.S. Congress
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-illinois-primary-meet-the-candidates-for-congress-20200219-34ioc4aprvalviwxagxmhubz3y-story.html
— How the Chinese Communist Party intimidates overseas Chinese citizens – FAN WEI
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-opinion-china-communist-party-fear-20200220-7chtaaz2xfcdnh2ofsqqdni7kq-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— Randy Hultgren named president and CEO of the Illinois Bankers Association – Debbie Jemison (DIERSEN: Outstandingly, Both Hultgren and Roskam endorsed me when I first ran for DuPage County Milton Township Republican Precinct 9 Committeeman in Wheaton in 2000.) 
https://www.dailyherald.com/submitted/20200220/randy-hultgren-named-president-and-ceo-of-the-illinois-bankers-association
— Senate candidate Peggy Hubbard backs away from her own claims she brought gun into Hinsdale Central – Bob Smith
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200220/senate-candidate-backs-away-from-her-own-claims-she-brought-gun-into-hinsdale-central
— How Republican opponents want to win back 6th Congressional District – Marie Wilson
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200220/how-republican-opponents-want-to-win-back-6th-congressional-district
— Avon Township board delays vote on censure of supervisor – Mick Zawislak
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200220/avon-township-board-delays-vote-on-censure-of-supervisor
— Casten distorts history of taxation – Roger Kempa, Plainfield
https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20200220/casten-distorts-history-of-taxation
— GOP: Tying school funding to tax vote ‘shameful’ – John O’Connor
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200220/gop-tying-school-funding-to-tax-vote-shameful

MCDONOUGH VOICE
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/news/20200219/cannabis-in-curriculum

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Former State Senate Contender Indicted
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/20/former-state-senate-contender-indicted/ 
— Free Community College for Children of Families Earning Less than $45,000 in Pritzker’s Budget
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/20/free-community-college-for-children-of-families-earning-less-than-45000-in-pritzkers-budget/ 
— IL-14: Anthony Catella Writes Letter to Republican Voters
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/20/il-14-anthony-catella-writes-letter-to-republican-voters/ 
— Precautionary Escort Requested for Franks in County Complex
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/20/precautionary-escort-requested-for-franks-in-county-complex/

ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE
— BLAGOJEVICH RETURNS TO AN ILLINOIS AS CORRUPT AS HE LEFT IT – Austin Berg
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/blagojevich-returns-to-an-illinois-as-corrupt-as-he-left-it/

ILLINOIS FAMILY ACTION
— Dick Durbin All-In for Ensuring Dead Babies – Laurie Higgins
https://illinoisfamilyaction.org/2020/02/durbin-all-in-for-ensuring-dead-babies/

CAPITOL FAX
— Almost 60 people are banned from the capitol complex without law enforcement escort
https://capitolfax.com/2020/02/20/almost-60-people-are-banned-from-the-capitol-complex-without-law-enforcement-escort/
— Pritzker’s optimism on full display in budget address (DIERSEN: What discourages you from being optimistic? For me, it is the success that Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs are having in driving conservatives out of a) Milton Township Republican Organization, b) DuPage County Republican Central Committee, c) Illinois Republican Party, d) Wheaton, e) Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, f) Milton Township, g) DuPage County, and h) Illinois.)
https://capitolfax.com/2020/02/20/pritzkers-optimism-on-full-display-in-budget-address/
— Simon Poll: Pritzker job approval at 51/38, Trump at 39/58, Sanders leads Dem field (DIERSEN: If this poll is accurate, the majority of voters in Illinois 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. To what extent will those who run organizations, companies, and governments in Illinois use the aforesaid polling results to further dump those who 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?) 
https://capitolfax.com/2020/02/20/simon-poll-pritzker-job-approval-at-5138-trump-at-3958-sanders-leads-dem-field/
— HGOPs say Pritzker’s budget vastly underestimated state’s minimum wage costs
https://capitolfax.com/2020/02/20/hgops-say-pritzkers-budget-vastly-underestimated-states-minimum-wage-costs/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— How Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month and LGBT Pride Month only polarize Americans – Lee Cohen
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/20/how-black-history-month-hispanic-heritage-month-an/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Highest number of independents to date approve of Trump: Poll – Anthony Leonardi
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/highest-number-of-independents-to-date-approve-of-trump-poll

GOPUSA
— Historically Low Black Unemployment Figures Not Good Enough For James Clyburn; We Were Fully Employed During Slavery
https://www.gopusa.com/?p=85062
— Buttigieg Questions How Christians Can Support Trump: ‘I Cannot Find Any Compatibility’ (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats hint/imply/argue/shout that GOD is a LGBTQer who sends heterosexuals straight to HELL.)
https://www.gopusa.com/?p=85090

FEDERALIST
— After Nearly Dying At The Hand Of A ‘Bernie Bro,’ Steve Scalise Attests To Their Violence – Kylee Zempel
https://thefederalist.com/2020/02/20/after-nearly-dying-at-the-hand-of-a-bernie-bro-steve-scalise-attests-to-their-violence/

DAILY CALLER
— Rise Of Radicals Signals Democrat Downfall In November – CHARLIE KIRK
https://dailycaller.com/2020/02/20/kirk-rise-of-radicals-signals-democrat-downfall-in-november/

PATRIOT POST
— Mayor Pete Attacks Evangelical Trump Supporters at CNN Town Hall – Todd Starnes 
https://patriotpost.us/opinion/68723-mayor-pete-attacks-evangelical-trump-supporters-at-cnn-town-hall-2020-02-20

PJ MEDIA
— Hispanic George Zimmerman Sues Two Presidential Candidates for Calling Him a White Supremacist – VICTORIA TAFT (DIERSEN: To be called a White supremacist in America today, is like being called a Jew in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s.) 
https://pjmedia.com/trending/hispanic-george-zimmerman-sues-two-presidential-candidates-for-calling-him-a-white-supremacist/

NATIONAL REVIEW
— Notre Dame Plays Host to Transgender Ideology A Catholic university should know better than to promote harmful pseudoscience dressed up as compassionate care. – ALEXANDRA DESANCTIS
https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/02/transgender-ideology-notre-dame-catholic-university-should-know-better/

THE HILL
— Poll: 62% of voters open to reelecting Trump, up from last year
https://thehill.com/hilltv/what-americas-thinking/483886-poll-more-voters-open-to-re-electing-trump-than-a-year-ago

CNBC
— Chevy’s new mid-engine Corvette needs Gen X and millennial buyers to succeed – Michael Wayland (DIERSEN: Overwhelmingly, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes are anti-Corvette if not Corvette-haters.) 
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/20/chevys-new-mid-engine-corvette-needs-gen-x-and-millennial-buyers-to-succeed.html

NEW YORK TIMES
— Sanders Suggests He Won’t Release Full Medical Records After he had a heart attack in October, Bernie Sanders said he would release ‘comprehensive’ medical records. But he has not done so. – Sydney Ember
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/19/us/politics/bernie-sanders-health.html
— Yes, Rich Cities Are Getting Richer. But That’s Not the Whole Story. Even with widening geographic inequality, economic activity is less concentrated in a few top metro areas than in the past. – Jed Kolko
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/19/upshot/rich-city-poor-city-population-growth.html
— Your Doorbell Camera Spied on You. Now What? Amazon’s popular Ring security cameras have gaping security holes. Here’s how to protect yourself. – Brian X. Chen
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/19/technology/personaltech/ring-doorbell-camera-spying.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: White-haters promote hatred of Whites.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/19/opinion/black-history-month-america.html
— Pull Yourself Up by Bootstraps? Go Ahead, Try It It’s impossible, and yet the bootstraps narrative drives out good policy. – Nicholas Kristof (DIERSEN: What did you do to pull yourself up by your bootstraps? 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.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/19/opinion/economic-mobility.html

WASHINGTON POST
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A conservative-hater says “How conservatives learned to wield power inside Facebook.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/02/20/facebook-republican-shift/

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Millennials Show Loyalty to Employers Today’s youngest professionals aren’t job hopping any more than the prior generation, despite the hot job market – Kathryn Dill
https://www.wsj.com/articles/millennials-show-loyalty-to-employers-11582118467
— Without an Independent Watchdog, Who Will Audit the Auditors? Congress should refuse Trump’s request to abolish the oversight board Sarbanes-Oxley created. – Arthur Levitt
https://www.wsj.com/articles/without-an-independent-watchdog-who-will-audit-the-auditors-11582156537
— Banished in Beijing China expels three WSJ reporters to deflect from its coronavirus woes. – Editorial
https://www.wsj.com/articles/banished-in-beijing-11582157934

FORBES
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/lauraheller/2020/02/20/retailers-have-a-lot-to-learn-from-illinois-dispensaries-and-40b-in-cannabis-sales/

USA TODAY
— Barr, Wray and top security officials: Help us protect the 2020 elections and your vote Our state-based system protects us from election disruption. You can help by being on guard against social media disinformation and divisive messages. – William Barr, Christopher Wray, Chad Wolf, Joseph Maguire and Christopher Krebs
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/02/19/protect-our-elections-attorney-general-barr-fbi-director-wray-column/4779980002/

DENVER POST
— OUTSTANDING: Colorado won’t stop employers from firing workers for using weed off the clock – TINEY RICCIARDI
https://www.denverpost.com/2020/02/19/colorado-legislature-marijuana-employees-fired-2/

GALLUP
— Trump Job Approval Steady at 49% – JEFFREY M. JONES
https://news.gallup.com/poll/286280/trump-job-approval-steady.aspx

FED SMITH
— Rewarding High Performers and Chopping Benefits – Ralph R. Smith (DIERSEN: When will the federal government officially tell its employees and prospective employees a) that if they are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran, the federal government will waste their careers and get rid of them if they do not make GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40 and b) that extremely few federal employees make the aforesaid deadlines?) 
https://www.fedsmith.com/2020/02/20/rewarding-high-performers-chopping-benefits/

REASON
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: To encourage illegal immigration is to encourage the destruction of America. 
https://reason.com/2020/02/20/the-first-amendment-right-to-encourage-illegal-immigration/

LAWYERS
— Job Recruiting Sites May Promote Employment Discrimination – Sidney L. Gold (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will employers, organizations, governments, and countries officially post signs that say the following are NOT WELCOME: those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
https://blogs.lawyers.com/attorney/labor-and-employment/job-recruiting-sites-may-promote-employment-discrimination-60890/

HR DRIVE
— Lawmakers call out big banks for lack of leadership diversity “There is no shortage of diverse people and businesses for banks to hire and promote,” one congressman said — only a shortage of leaders “with the will to make it happen.” – Sheryl Estrada (DIERSEN: Of course, the answer is to get rid of all the old White men.)
https://www.hrdive.com/news/lawmakers-call-out-big-banks-for-lack-of-leadership-diversity/572593/

COLDWELL BANKER
— FOR SALE: 1239 Golf Lane, Wheaton – $425,000
https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/il/wheaton/1239-golf-ln/pid_34898289/

February 20 Morning Edition

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Speaker Madigan, top allies named in new federal subpoena served on southwest suburb   The feds are looking for records involving a former ComEd lobbyist, Mike Madigan and Ald. Marty Quinn, among others. – Robert Herguth and Mark Brown
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/2/19/21144796/speaker-michael-madigan-top-allies-named-new-federal-subpoena-served-on-southwest-suburb
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: State’s cut of pot jackpot will hit $127 million, Pritzker’s new budget predicts – Tom Schuba
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2020/2/19/21144609/states-cut-of-pot-jackpot-will-hit-127-million-pritzkers-new-budget-predicts

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Endorsement: Kinzler for GOP in U.S. House District 6
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200220/endorsement-kinzler-for-gop-in-us-house-district-6
— What’s next for Rod Blagojevich? Can he practice law? Run for office? Become a poet? – JASON MEISNER and STACY ST. CLAIR
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-cb-blagojevich-prison-release-what-now-20200219-7bn6iu7dczgmvhg2mvlcnqjidi-story.html
— Who is Dr. Tom Tarter, Republican candidate for US Senate? – Editorial
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-who-is-tom-tarter-us-senate-candidate-20200227-hdesgoyvvrf7nae3xgxxmgscgy-story.html
— Who is Mary Miller, Republican candidate for 15th Congressional District? – Editorial
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-who-is-mary-miller-15th-congressional-district-candidate-20200228-qdc257smdbevdfxvpt5sfepcg4-story.html
— Who is John W. Hursey Jr., Republican candidate for 15th Congressional District? – Editorial
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-who-is-john-w-hursey-jr-15th-congressional-district-candidate-20200228-igq7cgzqozdjzci5i5lv276nsq-story.html
— Who is James T. Marter, Republican candidate for 14th Congressional District? – Editorial
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-who-is-james-t-marter-14th-congressional-district-candidate-20200229-5bwtkapxjrdjzbaxpqurrmyf74-story.html
— Who is Darren Duncan, Republican candidate for 15th Congressional District? – Editorial
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-who-is-darren-duncan-15th-congressional-district-candidate-20200228-b3py5dnzhbdf3fwjijwcr33ffm-story.html
— Who is Jim Oberweis, Republican candidate for 14th Congressional District? – Editorial
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-who-is-jim-oberweis-14th-congressional-district-candidate-20200227-6x3dfolzsnf3vgrvttdzltbaym-story.html
— Who is Sue Rezin, Republican candidate for 14th Congressional District? – Editorial
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-who-is-sue-rezin-14th-congressional-district-candidate-20200218-rnt7xw4rgvgu3d32ej43mokhtm-story.html
— Who is Dr. Chuck Ellington, Republican candidate for 15th Congressional District? – Editorial
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-who-is-dr-chuck-ellington-15th-congressional-district-candidate-20200228-4k3yfxmcffcrzawle2abzv2kb4-story.html
— Who is Ted Gradel, Republican candidate for 14th Congressional District? – Editorial
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-who-is-ted-gradel-14th-congressional-district-candidate-20200228-o7u2dha7gvh3jetdd5cyejyzeu-story.html
— Who is Catherine A. O’Shea, Republican candidate for 3rd Congressional District? – Editorial
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-who-is-catherine-oshea-3rd-congressional-district-candidate-20200305-w4j537icpngv5axhzirvrir2de-story.html
— Who is Peggy Hubbard, Republican candidate for US Senate? – Editorial
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-who-is-peggy-hubbard-us-senate-candidate-20200221-q3u7574klng6ze6geynex2djx4-story.html
— Who is Craig Morton, Republican candidate for 15th Congressional District? – Editorial
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-who-is-craig-morton-15th-congressional-district-candidate-20200228-5mwpjgtzlrgtzg4qs6kcljoy2u-story.html
— Who is Dr. Robert Marshall, Republican candidate for US Senate? – Editorial
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-who-is-robert-marshall-us-senate-candidate-20200221-dy2nnsa7wzegfndtopg6muurpe-story.html
— Who is Krishna K Bansal, Republican candidate for 11th Congressional District? – Editorial
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-who-is-krishna-k-bansal-11th-congressional-district-candidate-20200227-hyvezj7cg5cllnivlecjktna4i-story.html
— Who is Dr. Chuck Ellington, Republican candidate for 15th Congressional District? – Editorial
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-who-is-dr-chuck-ellington-15th-congressional-district-candidate-20200228-4k3yfxmcffcrzawle2abzv2kb4-story.html
— Who is Kimball Ladien, MD, Republican candidate for 5th Congressional District? – Editorial
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-who-is-kimball-ladien-5th-congressional-district-candidate-20200307-gtxhauyxlnhs3f3xenplgphaje-story.html
— Former Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson due a monthly pension of nearly $16,000 despite early dismissal – Jeremy Gorner (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would say “Former federal employee David Diersen gets a $4,514 monthly federal pension despite early dismissal.”)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-eddie-johnson-police-pension-20200220-e5v6daph2jfvrc3pq27v6exo4e-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— Endorsement: Kinzler for GOP in U.S. House District 6
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200220/endorsement-kinzler-for-gop-in-us-house-district-6
— Black caucus supports Pritzker’s budget plan, calls for added minority community investment – Ben Orner
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200219/black-caucus-supports-pritzkers-budget-plan-calls-for-added-minority-community-investment

ABC7
— Bernie Sanders says he’s ‘disowning’ his sexist backers during Democratic debate (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, the following have disowned me and disowned my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails: a) Milton Township Republican Organization, b) DuPage County Republican Central Committee, c) Illinois Republican Party, d) TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, e) Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, f) Illinois Center Right Coalition, g) American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, h) Wheaton, i) Milton Township, j) DuPage County, k) Illinois, l) activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. who state that they are religious, conservative, and/or Republican, m) etc.)
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/sanders-says-hes-disowning-his-sexist-backers/5949681/

ALTON DAILY NEWS
— Plummer Reacts to Budget Address – Doug Jenkins
http://www.altondailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=17&id=299179#.Xk6VOWhKiM8
— Bill Would Require Electric Car Charging Outlets in Homes – Cole Lauterbach 
http://altondailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=17&id=299171#.Xk6VkGhKiM8

PEORIA PUBLIC RADIO
— GOP Wants Balanced Budget Without Progressive Tax – ERIC STOCK
https://www.peoriapublicradio.org/post/gop-wants-balanced-budget-without-progressive-tax#stream/0

WQAD
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.wqad.com/article/news/recreational-marijuana-in-illinois-whos-making-what/526-bf03d78c-626e-46bf-bf5b-1f232dfe5d75

WGLT
— GOP Wants Balanced Budget Without Progressive Tax – ERIC STOCK
https://www.wglt.org/post/gop-wants-balanced-budget-without-progressive-tax-0#stream/0

X95
— SENATOR SCHIMPF REACTS TO PRITZKER’S BUDGET ADDRESS
http://www.x95radio.com/2020/02/20/state-senator-schimpf-reacts-to-pritzkers-budget-address/

AURORA PATCH
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Your past predicts your future. Your rejection of the rule of law in the past predicts that you will reject the rule of law in the future. 
https://patch.com/illinois/aurora/calendar/event/20200305/778982/change-your-life-with-a-clean-record

ELMHURST PATCH
— Traffic Light Pushed In Elmhurst – David Giuliani (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those in Wheaton who continue to do everything that they can to destroy me because I succeeded in stopping the installation of a traffic light at intersection of Harrison and President during the early 1980s.) 
https://patch.com/illinois/elmhurst/traffic-light-pushed-elmhurst

CENTER SQUARE
— Trump refills swamp in Illinois as federal prosecutors try to drain it – Brett Rowland
https://www.thecentersquare.com/illinois/op-ed-trump-refills-swamp-in-illinois-as-federal-prosecutors/article_82df77bc-534d-11ea-9586-333a867646eb.html

WIREPOINTS
— Pritzker’s 2021 Illinois budget: Unbalanced. No reforms. More spending. And of course, more tax hikes – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
https://wirepoints.org/pritzkers-2021-budget-unbalanced-no-reforms-more-spending-and-of-course-more-tax-hikes-wirepoints/
— Michael Bloomberg’s Insertion of Paid Lawyers Into State AG Offices is Dangerous and Must be Stopped – Mark Glennon
https://wirepoints.org/michael-bloombergs-insertion-of-paid-lawyers-into-state-ag-offices-is-dangerous-and-must-be-stopped-wirepoints/
— “Pritzker’s budget doesn’t change the trajectory of Illinois, it’s not a budget for a nearly junk-rated state that’s losing people.” – Ted on the Illinois Channel
https://wirepoints.org/pritzkers-budget-doesnt-change-the-trajectory-of-illinois-its-not-a-budget-for-a-junk-rated-state-thats-losing-people-ted-on-the-illinois-channel/

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Illinois Leaks Scores with Freedom of Information Request to Secretary of State’s Office about Jack Franks
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/19/illinois-leaks-scores-with-freedom-of-information-request-to-secretary-of-states-office-about-jack-franks/
— NWH Editor Accepts the John Pletz Challenge to Cover Negative Comments about Jack Franks at County Board Meeting
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/19/nwh-editor-accepts-the-john-pletz-challenge-to-cover-negative-comments-about-jack-franks-at-county-board-meeting/

ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
— Exclusive Interview with Franklin Graham
https://illinoisfamily.org/event/exclusive-interview-with-franklin-graham/

ILLINOIS LEAKS
— Jack Franks on same list as institutionalized killer – JOHN KRAFT
https://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2020/02/jack-franks-on-same-list-as-institutionalized-killer/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— 2020 Dems unite — against Bloomberg Billionaire tells rivals he knows best how to defeat Trump – Seth McLaughlin and David Sherfinski
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/19/michael-bloomberg-takes-fire-democratic-debate-deb/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Trump wins the debate as Democrats explain why not one of them can beat him – Tiana Lowe
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/trump-wins-the-debate-as-democrats-explain-why-not-one-of-them-can-beat-him
— IRS knocking: Agency to visit high-income taxpayers at home in new focus on delinquent nonfilers – Jay Heflin (DIERSEN: I worked for IRS as a Revenue Officer 1971-1980, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $85,084-$96,431/year. I worked for GAO as an Analyst on audits of IRS 1986-1988 at the GS-13 Step 1-3 levels, currently $101,176-$107,922/year.) 
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/irs-to-increase-visits-of-high-income-taxpayers-for-compliance

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON
— BILLIONAIRE BEATDOWN: ‘Mini Mike’ Savaged By Democratic Rivals in Nevada Diminutive mayor bullied by much taller opponents in humiliating debut – Andrew Stiles
https://freebeacon.com/politics/bloomberg-debate-humiliation/
— Bloomberg: I’m Too Rich for TurboTax – Josh Christenson 
https://freebeacon.com/politics/bloomberg-i-make-a-lot-of-money-i-cant-go-to-turbo-tax/
— Democrats Deserve a Younger, Healthier Frontrunner in 2020 – Andrew Stiles
https://freebeacon.com/politics/hillary-young-healthy-winner/
— Health Records, Heart Attacks Take Center Stage Ahead of Nevada Debate Bernie Sanders and Michael Bloomberg’s campaigns trade shots over which of the 78-year-olds did and did not have a heart attack – Alex Griswold 
https://freebeacon.com/politics/health-records-heart-attacks-take-center-stage-ahead-of-nev-debate/

BREITBART
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats make it clear that they hate America and that they hate Americans.
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/02/19/amy-klobuchar-daca-illegal-future/
— NBC News Shields 2020 Democrats from Open Borders Agendas at Debate – John Binder
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/02/19/bc-news-shields-2020-democrats-from-open-borders-agendas-at-debate/

CNS NEWS
— Gallup: Liberals Six Times More Likely to Smoke Pot Than Conservatives – Michael W. Chapman (DIERSEN: I would not want to work for, work with, or supervise anyone who sells or uses pot.)
https://www.cnsnews.com/article/national/michael-w-chapman/gallup-liberals-six-times-more-likely-smoke-pot-conservatives

DAILY CALLER
— Bernie Loses It When Bloomberg Calls Him The ‘Best Known Socialist’ Who ‘Happens To Be A Millionaire With Three Houses’ – SCOTT MOREFIELD
https://dailycaller.com/2020/02/19/bernie-sanders-michael-bloomberg-millionaire-three-houses/

NEWSMAX
— Blue Invasion of Red States Could Make GOP Whig Party – George J. Marlin (DIERSEN: What do you say to hypocrite Democrats who hypocritically move into Republican areas to hypocritically take advantage the prosperity and safety that Republicans created there?) 
https://www.newsmax.com/george-j-marlin/liberal-spending-income-tax/2020/02/19/id/954769/

FOX BUSINESS
— Trump: Democrats treated illegal immigrants better than our veterans
https://finance.yahoo.com/video/trump-democrats-treated-illegal-immigrants-042651032.html

BIZ PAC REVIEW
— Pete Buttigieg attacks Christian Trump supporters’ judgement – Frieda Powers (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, those who promote LGBTQ activity hint/imply/argue/shout that if you do not promote LGBTQ activity, GOD WILL SEND YOU STRAIGHT TO HELL.) 
https://www.bizpacreview.com/2020/02/19/pete-buttigieg-attacks-christian-trump-supporters-judgement-888879

NEW YORK TIMES
— Elizabeth Warren, Criticizing Bloomberg, Sent a Message: She Won’t Be Ignored “I’d like to talk about who we’re running against: a billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians,” Ms. Warren said at Wednesday’s debate. “And no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump.” – Maggie Astor
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/19/us/politics/elizabeth-warren-debate.html
— Millions of Americans Have Moved Off Assistance. Does Trump Get Credit? The president has reveled in the declines in Americans receiving aid from several government programs in recent years, citing his economic policies as a catalyst. – Jim Tankersley and Lola Fadulu
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/20/business/trump-welfare-poverty.html
— Warren Leads an Onslaught of Attacks, Zeroing In on Bloomberg The sharp exchanges in the Nevada debate reflected the urgency of the moment as Michael Bloomberg, in his first presidential debate, was repeatedly criticized in personal terms. – Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/19/us/politics/democratic-debate-nevada-recap.html
— How to Work the System at Work Five tips to gain leverage on the job. – Malia Wollan (DIERSEN: To get ahead, my Democrat coworkers and subordinates in the federal government helped my Democrat superiors and supervisors get rid of their employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran and who had not made GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40.) 
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/02/19/magazine/worker-tips.html
— Illinois Governor Looks to Income Tax Change to Boost Fiscal Year 2021 Revenue – Reuters
https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/02/19/us/19reuters-illinois-budget.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats want all the citizens of all the foreign countries to see themselves as being refugees.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/19/opinion/sunday/immigration-trump-refugees.html

WASHINGTON POST
— Warren’s viral takedown of Bloomberg: ‘Titanic, meet iceberg’ – Allyson Chiu (DIERSEN: Government is nasty. Politics is nasty. Candidates who are White, male, older, heterosexual, rich, German American, non-Jewish, and/or non-veteran should expect that sooner or later, they will be called White supremacists, KKK members, racists, sexists, senile, bigots, exploiters, Nazis, anti-Semites, cowards, and even worse things.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/02/20/bloomberg-warren-debate/

NEW YORK POST
— China expels three Wall Street Journal reporters over ‘racist’ opinion piece – Yaron Steinbuch
https://nypost.com/2020/02/19/china-expels-three-wall-street-journal-reporters-over-racist-opinion-piece/

USA TODAY
— Trump’s visit to ‘occupied territory:’ President earns big bucks, some voter support — and protester ire – Gabrielle Canon (DIERSEN: To what extent is your neighborhood, your precinct, your municipal district, your municipality, your township, and your county “occupied territory? The more votes that Democrats get in a territory, the more occupied that territory is.)
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/02/19/president-trump-visits-california/4810604002/

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Bloomberg Bankrolls a Social-Media Army to Push Message Campaign is hiring workers for $2,500 a month to promote candidate to all their contacts – Jeff Horwitz and Georgia Wells
https://www.wsj.com/articles/bloomberg-bankrolls-a-social-media-army-to-push-message-11582127768

FORBES
— OUTSTANDING: Top Trump Campaign Spokesman: Marijuana Must Be ‘Kept Illegal’ – Tom Angell
https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomangell/2020/02/19/top-trump-campaign-spokesman-marijuana-must-be-kept-illegal/#35c83537762b

FED SMITH
— Federal Retirement Benefits on the Chopping Block – John Grobe (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have made it the most clear that they want my federal retirement benefits to be cut.) 
https://www.fedsmith.com/2020/02/19/federal-retirement-benefits-chopping-block/

February 19 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Gov. JB Pritzker delivers Illinois state budget address Wednesday
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/gov-pritzker-delivers-budget-address-wednesday/5947085/

NBC5
— Pritzker Wants More Spending; How Much Depends on Tax Vote The second-year Democrat presented a fiscal outline that purports to boost spending in key areas
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-politics/pritzkers-budget-to-boost-spending-amid-calls-for-restraint/2221946/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Gov. J.B. Pritzker proposes $42 billion state budget that promises added funding for schools, public safety if voters approve his graduated income tax in November – JAMIE MUNKS, DAN PETRELLA, RICK PEARSON and ANTONIA AYRES-BROWN
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-jb-pritzker-illinois-budget-20200219-vzdczyhvnnd55bsknwcg2odgte-story.html
— Calling himself a ‘freed political prisoner,’ Rod Blagojevich thanks Trump and remains unbowed – SOPHIE SHERRY and STACY ST. CLAIR
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-rod-blagojevich-commute-prison-20200219-kblsr65ebjbn5e62gm5n3kqvby-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Pritzker offers two budgets — one holding $150M for education unless graduated income tax clears Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s second-year budget includes putting nearly $1.4 billion in reserves, including funding for education — unless his preferred graduated income tax amendment passes this November. – Tina Sfondeles 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2020/2/19/21144038/pritzker-offers-two-budgets-holding-150m-education-graduated-income-tax
— Blagojevich, calling himself ‘freed political prisoner,’ praises Trump, vows to reform ‘broken’ criminal justice system “I saw what they do to families because I saw it happen to my own,” Rod Blagojevich said.- Jon Seidel and Mitchell Armentrout 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/blagojevich/2020/2/19/21143976/rod-blagojevich-released-news-conference

DAILY HERALD
— Blagojevich is out of prison, back home; ex-Naperville hospital CEO calls commutation ‘appalling’ – Marni Pyke
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200218/blagojevich-is-out-of-prison-back-home-ex-naperville-hospital-ceo-calls-commutation-appalling
— IRS to pay visits to high-income taxpayers who fail to file – AP (DIERSEN: I worked for IRS as a IRS Revenue Officer 1971-1980, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $85,084-$96,431/year. I worked for GAO on audits of IRS 1986-1988 at the GS-13 Step 1-3 levels, currently $101,176-$107,922/year.) 
https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20200219/business/302199920/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Revenue officers across the country will increase face-to-face visits with taxpayers who had income of more than $100,000 during a tax year and did not file a return in 2018 or prior years. ‘The IRS is committed to fairness in the tax system, and we want to remind people across all income categories that they need to file their taxes,’ Paul Mamo, director of collection operations for the IRS small-business and self-employed division said in a statement. The IRS is increasing the face-to-face visits after hiring additional enforcement personnel. The agency said the visits are aimed at informing these taxpayers of their obligations and bringing them into compliance. The IRS reminds taxpayers that there options available to those who cannot pay their bill in full, such as payment plans, and reminds taxpayers it is important to file on time, even if they cannot pay. For those who refuse to pay, the IRS can pursue civil and criminal cases. However, the IRS said not confuse these efforts with a scam. The taxpayers being visited have typically received several letters from the IRS over an extended period of time, so they generally realize they have a tax issue. While IRS revenue officer visits are unannounced, they will always provide two forms of official credentials. A legitimate officer will help a taxpayer understand and meet their obligation. But they will not make threats nor demand an unusual form of payment. More information on how to identify a legitimate IRS representative and how to report scams can be found on the IRS website at IRS.gov.)
— Stances on drug treatment facility, recreational pot show contrast between Kane chairman candidates – James Fuller
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200219/stances-on-drug-treatment-facility-recreational-pot-show-contrast-between-kane-chairman-candidates
— ‘It sends a bad message’: Republicans, others decry Blagojevich commutation, but not Durbin
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200218/it-sends-a-bad-message-republicans-others-decry-blagojevich-commutation-but-not-durbin

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says: “Blago decision tells us all too much about Trump.”
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/greg-hinz-politics/blago-decision-tells-us-all-too-much-about-trump

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— Five Republican candidates fight for U.S. Senate seat, Forum held at Five Points – Brittni Clemons
https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/local-news/five-republican-candidates-fight-for-u-s-senate-seat-debate-held-at-five-points/

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Fox River Grove Red Light Camera Provides Almost $1 Million
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/19/fox-river-grove-red-light-camera-pulls-almost-1-million-out-of-local-pockets/ 
— McConchie on Pritzker Budget Speech
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/19/mcconchie-on-pritzker-budget-speech/ 
— GOP Candidate for McHenry County Board Chairman Mike Buehler Addresses County Board
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/19/gop-candidate-for-mchenry-county-board-chairman-mike-buehler-addresses-county-board/ 
— Is This the Answer Suzanne Ness Will Give When Asked If She Will Vote for Mike Madigan?
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/19/is-this-the-answer-suzanne-ness-will-give-when-asked-if-she-will-vote-for-mike-madigan/ 
— IL-06/IL-14: NRCC Elevates Jim Oberweis and Ted Gradel to Contender Level
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/19/il-06-il-14-nrcc-elevates-jim-oberweis-and-ted-gradel-to-contender-level/ 
— John Pletz Challenges Northwest Herald to Print Negative Comments about Jack Franks
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/19/john-pletz-challenges-northwest-herald-to-print-negative-comments-about-jack-franks/ 
— U.S. Senate GOP Primary Heats Up
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/19/u-s-senate-gop-primary-heats-up/ 
— Leslie Schermerhorn Questions McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ Fitness for Holding Office
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/19/leslie-schermerhorn-questions-mchenry-county-board-chairman-jack-franks-fitness-for-holding-office/
— Governor Pritzker’s Budget Speech
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/19/governor-pritzkers-budget-speech/

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— EDUCATION DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATING HARVARD, YALE OVER CHINA, SAUDI FUNDING
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/02/education-department-investigating-harvard-yale-over-china-saudi-funding.html
— FBI ARRESTS 15 IN KANKAKEE-BASED CHILD EXPLOITATION RING
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/02/fbi-arrests-15-in-kankakee-based-child-exploitation-ring-.html

DAILY CALLER
— Few Asylum Seekers Have Legitimate Claims, Latest Data Indicate – JASON HOPKINS
https://dailycaller.com/2020/02/19/most-immigrant-asylum-claims-are-bogus/

DAILY SIGNAL
— ‘Endangers the Public’: Trump Tears Into LA Mayor Over Sanctuary Status – Jason Hopkins 
https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/02/19/endangers-the-public-trump-tears-into-la-mayor-over-sanctuary-status/

NEWSMAX
— Bernie, Others Face Vicious Fight for Right to Lose to Trump – Conrad Black
https://www.newsmax.com/conradblack/berniesanders-democrats-donaldtrump/2020/02/19/id/954743/

NATIONAL REVIEW
— Rooting Out Systemic Racism and White Supremacy – PETER KIRSANOW (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, because of discrimination against minorities and against females, if I had been a minority and/or female, a) I would NOT have been able to earn a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 or job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48; job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48; or a job-related professional license when I was 32 and b) the Post Office would NOT have hired me in 1966 or let me work there for almost 3 years; IRS would NOT have hired me in 1971 or let me work there for almost 9 years; IRS would NOT have promoted me in 1972, 1973, or 1974; d) GAO would NOT have hired me in 1980 or let me work there for almost 18 years; and GAO would NOT have promoted me in 1986.)
https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/rooting-out-systemic-racism-and-white-supremacy/

CNS NEWS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: From what I see, the more of the following that you are, the likely that you are a pot smoker: 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.
https://www.cnsnews.com/article/national/michael-w-chapman/gallup-24-pot-smokers-are-liberal

POLITICO
— Trump frees Blagojevich — and irritates Illinois Republicans – MELANIE ZANONA
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/huddle/2020/02/19/trump-frees-blagojevich-and-irritates-illinois-republicans-488362

CNN
— Top Pentagon policy official resigns at Trump’s request – Jim Sciutto, Barbara Starr and Zachary Cohen
https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/19/politics/john-rood-pentagon-official-depart/index.html

NEW YORK TIMES
— China Expels 3 Wall Street Journal Reporters as Media Relations Sour Beijing said it revoked their credentials over a headline the newspaper published in its opinion pages. – Alexandra Stevenson
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/19/business/media/china-wall-street-journal.html

February 19 Morning Edition

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— As Trump frees Blagojevich: Fresh injustice for the 12 million victims of Illinois corruption – Editorial
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-editorial-trump-blagojevich-corruption-illinois-commute-sentence-20200218-sfzksvrpvrggnandm53mmlh2t4-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats encourage illegal immigration. 
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-ice-santuary-city-immigration-customs-border-protection-chicago-20200218-fj5tz3llf5ep7ocgfm4humvcbi-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote hatred of Trump.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/dahleen-glanton/ct-dahleen-glanton-donald-trump-blagojevich-commuted-sentence-20200219-ineoyqss5rdplle7hxv63jk2wy-story.html
— Trump’s commutation of Blagojevich buries presidential promise about ‘draining the swamp’ – John Kass
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/john-kass/ct-blagojevich-trump-kass-20200219-4wj4ugxchnd2zcz3i4f6fojzp4-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Lightfoot back at the table in Springfield, betting a Chicago casino is in the cards Lightfoot met with the four legislative leaders, Senate Democrats and both Republican caucuses. The trip came a day before Gov. J.B. Pritzker was to deliver his budget address – although Lightfoot did not meet with the governor. – Tina Sfondeles 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2020/2/18/21142936/lightfoot-springfield-chicago-casino-republicans-madigan-harmon

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Lawmakers decline to block new gun store regulations – PETER HANCOCK
https://www.sj-r.com/news/20200218/lawmakers-decline-to-block-new-gun-store-regulations

BLOOMINGTON PANTAGRAPH
— Central Illinoisans react with disagreement, disgust to Trump commuting Rod Blagojevich sentence – Paul Swiech
https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/central-illinoisans-react-with-disagreement-disgust-to-trump-commuting-rod/article_57e4ebc7-7783-57c1-bbbf-f5bd664919e2.html
— McLean County Board approves cannabis tax; 35 percent designated for mental health programs – Paul Swiech (DIERSEN: What percent of pot promoters, pot sellers, and pot users 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?)
https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/mclean-county-board-approves-cannabis-tax-percent-designated-for-mental/article_c0be5ba9-490b-5465-9889-a0ad98ecbc26.html

WGLT
— What They Said: Republican Senate Candidates on the Issues – TIM SHELLEY
https://www.wglt.org/post/what-they-said-republican-senate-candidates-issues#stream/0

BURR RIDGE PATCH
— War Of Words In Burr Ridge A trustee calls the mayor “corrupt,” while the mayor says the trustee is “an unaccomplished nobody.” -David Giuliani
https://patch.com/illinois/burrridge/war-words-burr-ridge
— Burr Ridge Trustee Blamed For Legal Spending Mayor Gary Grasso says Trustee Zach Mottl has prompted legal spending. A village analysis shows such spending remains about the same. – David Giuliani
https://patch.com/illinois/burrridge/burr-ridge-trustee-blamed-legal-spending

WIREPOINTS
— It’s unethical for Pritzker to suggest his progressive tax plan can fix the deficit and offer both property and income tax relief. Simple math shows he can’t do it all. – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
https://wirepoints.org/its-unethical-for-pritzker-to-suggest-his-progressive-tax-plan-can-fix-the-deficit-and-offer-both-property-and-income-tax-relief-simple-math-shows-he-cant-do-it-all-wirep/
— Illinois Among States Where Bloomberg Has Implanted Paid Lawyers in AG Office to Advance His Agenda – Wirepoints Original – Mark Glennon
https://wirepoints.org/illinois-among-states-where-michael-bloomberg-has-implanted-paid-lawyers-in-ag-office-to-advance-his-agenda-wirepoints-original/

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— McConchie on Blagojevich: “Justice Has Been Shortchanged”
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/18/mcconchie-on-blagojevich-justice-has-been-shortchanged/ 
— Skililcorn Disagrees with Trump’s Decision on Blagojevich
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/18/skililcorn-disagrees-with-trumps-decision-on-blagojevich/
— Durbin Pushed for Blagojevich Release
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/18/durbin-pushed-for-blagojevich-release/ 
— Trump Gives Blagojevich Get Out of Jail Free Card
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/18/trump-gives-blagojevich-get-out-of-jail-free-card/ 
— IL-14: WTTW Video Voter Guide Online
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/18/il-14-wttw-video-voter-guide-online/ 
— Will Janko Be Able to Tie His Campaign to Sanders?
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/18/will-janko-be-able-to-tie-his-campaign-to-sanders/ 
— DCFS Shields Carlos Acosta Dismissal Appeal Records
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/18/dcfs-shields-carlos-acosta-dismissal-appeal-records/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Ex-jailbird Rod Blagojevich declares himself a ‘Trumpocrat’ – S.A. Miller
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/19/ex-jailbird-rod-blagojevich-declares-himself-trump/
— Cheer up: Countdown for CPAC underway – Jennifer Harper 
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/18/inside-the-beltway-cheer-up-countdown-for-cpac-und/
— Thatcher was hated by liberals, socialists and even a few moderates – R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/18/margaret-thatcher-was-hated-by-liberals-socialists/
— Bipartisan bill offers speedy cure for latest ‘deep state’ hits – Cheryl K. Chumley (DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government. All during the almost 30 years that I worked for the federal government, my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates treated me like I was a member of a Republican deep state. They blamed me for the troubles that they had hiring, retaining, and promoting qualified young Democrat minorities and qualified young Democrat females.)
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/19/bill-barr-target-deep-state-says-jason-chaffetz/
— Germany to require social media sites to report hate speech – AP (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is hate speech except for the government and political news and commentary that they publish or bless.)
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/19/germany-to-require-social-media-sites-to-report-ha/
— Trump says all Mueller prosecutions should be ‘thrown out’ for bias – Dave Boyer (DIERSEN: What if Trump said that all adverse actions taken against federal employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or older to promote federal employees who were Democrat, minority, female, and/or younger should be thrown out?) 
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/18/trump-says-all-mueller-prosecutions-should-be-thro/
— Democratic whining and identity politics Female presidential candidates complain about sexism, Bloomberg just shows disdain – Tammy Bruce
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/19/democratic-whining-and-identity-politics/

AMERICAN THINKER
— After Democrats Purge All the ‘Nazis,’ Who Will Be Left? – J.B. Shurk (DIERSEN: The more of the following that you are, the more that Trump-haters call you a Nazi: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, gun owner, German American, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/02/after_democrats_purge_all_the_nazis_who_will_be_left.html

BREITBART
— Rod Blagojevich: ‘I’m A Trumpocrat’ – CHARLIE SPIERING
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/02/19/rod-blagojevich-im-a-trumpocrat/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote illegal immigration. 
https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2020/02/18/warren-everyone-here-illegally-must-be-able-to-secure-american-citizenship/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats encourage Blacks to hate Whites.
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/02/18/pete-buttigieg-warns-black-law-students-at-unlv-white-supremacy-could-totally-destroy-the-american-project/
— Pete Buttigieg Promises Extra Housing — and Extra Migrants – NEIL MUNRO
https://www.breitbart.com/immigration/2020/02/18/pete-buttigieg-promises-extra-housing-extra-migrants/

TOWNHALL
— Buttigieg Trashes Christians Who Support Trump – Beth Baumann
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2020/02/18/watch-buttigieg-says-he-cant-find-any-compatibility-between-christianity-and-trumps-policies-n2561516

FEDERALIST
— Panicked Democrat Establishment Turns To Bloomberg Even if he can buy the Democratic nomination, he’s not what their base voters want. – Mollie Hemingway
https://thefederalist.com/2020/02/19/panicked-democrat-establishment-turns-to-bloomberg/

PATRIOT POST
— A Badge of Disgrace: The Fall of the Boy Scouts – Tony Perkins
https://patriotpost.us/opinion/68685-a-badge-of-disgrace-the-fall-of-the-boy-scouts-2020-02-19

ONE NEWS NOW
— Marriage group knew polygamy push would come – Charlie Butts 
https://onenewsnow.com/culture/2020/02/19/marriage-group-knew-polygamy-push-would-come

THE HILL
— Why Trump has already secured a second term — no matter who his opponent is – SHARYL ATTKISSON
https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/483344-why-trump-has-already-secured-a-second-term-no-matter-who-his-opponent-is
— House Oversight accuses Border Patrol of blocking investigation into secret Facebook group – EMILY BIRNBAUM AND JOHN BOWDEN (DIERSEN: How many Republican-hating secret Facebook groups operate in your neighborhood, in your precinct, in your municipal district, in your municipality, in your township, in your county, in Illinois, in America, and in the world?)
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/483477-house-oversight-accuses-border-patrol-of-blocking-investigation-into-secret
— China expels three Wall Street Journal reporters – JOHN BOWDEN (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have punished me for my including links in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to articles they do not like. I would focus on a) those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, DuPage County, and/or Illinois, b) those who are activists, candidates, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, and/or etc. who paint themselves as being religious, conservative, and/or Republican, and c) those who blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for all of their problems, for all of your problems, for all my problems, and/or for all of everyone’s problems.) 
https://thehill.com/policy/international/483590-china-revokes-press-passes-for-wall-street-journal-reporters

ASSOCIATED PRESS
— Wanted: Texas Republicans Need New Voters in 2020, and Fast
https://www.voanews.com/usa/wanted-texas-republicans-need-new-voters-2020-and-fast

NBC NEWS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote LGBTQ activity.
https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/states-across-u-s-still-cling-outdated-gay-marriage-bans-n1137936

NEW YORK TIMES
— A Quiet Respite in a Bustling Open Workplace More than a decade into the era of the open-plan office, a host of ancillary spaces like “phone booths” and “meeting pods” are cropping up, offering employees an escape from their co-workers. – Jane Margolies (DIERSEN: In 1990, when GAO moved into new space in a new building ( https://200westadams.com/ ), my Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were furious that I got a preferred corner office. I got that office a) because I got promoted to GS-13 in 1986 by a manager who they had gotten rid of in 1987 and b) because of the federal seniority that I had gained by working for IRS 1971-1980 and for the Post Office 1966-1969.) 
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/18/business/office-workplace-privacy.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats encourage all the citizens of all the foreign countries to claim asylum in America. Ever-increasingly, Democrats promise to give asylum seekers preference over citizens of America.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/19/opinion/sunday/immigration-trump-refugees.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters promote hatred of Trump.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/19/opinion/trump-anger-fear.html
— Why Do My Fellow Republicans Make Excuses for Trump’s Deficits? He is driving the country to financial ruin. And his own party is letting it happen. – Mark Sanford
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/18/opinion/trump-budget.html
— Affirmative Action Opponents Renew Their Battle Against Harvard A group representing Asian-American students is appealing a judge’s ruling that Harvard did not explicitly discriminate against them by boosting other racial and ethnic groups. – Anemona Hartocollis
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/18/us/affirmative-action-harvard.html

WASHINGTON POST
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Sanders surges into national lead in new Post-ABC poll – Dan Balz and Scott Clement 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/sanders-surges-into-national-lead-in-new-post-abc-poll/2020/02/19/868266a4-5280-11ea-929a-64efa7482a77_story.html

NEW YORK POST
— Why Mike Bloomberg is already pandering to the left – Michael Goodwin (DIERSEN: What do you say to those in government and/or in politics who paint themselves as being religious, conservative, and/or Republican, but who pander to the left? I should write a book about those in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois.) 
https://nypost.com/2020/02/18/why-mike-bloomberg-is-already-pandering-to-the-left-goodwin/

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
— Former Illinois Gov. Blagojevich celebrates prison release by declaring himself ‘Trump-ocrat’ – DAVE GOLDINER
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-blagojevich-trump-20200219-5cmyzzu2c5dzpjhsyxlpxvpc3m-story.html

LOS ANGELES TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: I would not want to work for, work with, or supervise anyone who uses pot.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-02-19/california-cannabis-legalization-job-applicants-disqualified-marijuana-use

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— China Expels Three Wall Street Journal Reporters China’s Foreign Ministry says move was punishment for a recent opinion piece published by the Journal (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have punished me for my including links in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to articles they do not like. I would focus on a) those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, DuPage County, and/or Illinois, b) those who are activists, candidates, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, and/or etc. who paint themselves as being religious, conservative, and/or Republican, and c) those who blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for all of their problems, for all of your problems, for all my problems, and/or for all of everyone’s problems.) 
https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-expels-three-wall-street-journal-reporters-11582100355
— Why the Young Back Bernie Sanders They grew up in a vastly different America and many didn’t learn history. – William A. Galston
https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-the-young-back-bernie-sanders-11582071616
— High Car Prices Are Locking Out Younger Shoppers – Nora Naughton (DIERSEN: In 1966, when I was 17 years old, I bought a new 1966 Pontiac Tempest Sprint. In 1967, I bought a new 1968 Oldsmobile 442. In 1968, I bought a new 1969 Dodge Charger SE. In 1971, I bought a new 1972 Corvette.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/car-dealers-warn-of-lack-of-young-buyers-for-new-vehicles-11582030804
— A Bid to Revise the New York Times’s Bad History The ‘1776 Project’ will counter the claim that America was founded to preserve ‘slavocracy.’ – Jason L. Riley
https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-bid-to-revise-the-new-york-timess-bad-history-11582071646

NEWSWEEK
— CROWD OUTSIDE MARK ZUCKERBERG’S HOME PROTESTS POLITICAL DISINFORMATION ON FACEBOOK: ‘WAKE THE ZUCK UP’ – SEREN MORRIS (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is disinformation except for the government and political news and commentary that they publish or bless.)
https://www.newsweek.com/mark-zuckerberg-facebook-disinformation-social-media-protest-1487762

SAN ANTONIO
— Red flag laws stuck while Second Amendment sanctuary idea grows – KATRIANNA RAY
https://www.mysanantonio.com/local-news/article/Red-flag-laws-stuck-while-Second-Amendment-15066676.php

SACRAMENTO BEE
— ’We can keep Donald Trump off balance’: Bloomberg adviser makes case for his candidate in California – AMY CHANCE AND BRYAN ANDERSON (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those in Wheaton’s West District, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois who focus on keeping off balance those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate.)
https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article240381976.html

AFGE
— Trump Targets Federal Employees’ Step Increases, Leave, Retirement, Jobs in 2021 Budget
https://www.afge.org/article/trump-targets-federal-employees-step-increases-leave-retirement-jobs-in-2021-budget/

GUARDIAN
— Mike Bloomberg has a terrible past. Will his money stop scrutiny of it? – Zaid Jilani (DIERSEN: I should write a book about my critics/opponents who have lots of money. I would focus on those in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois who also have lots of religious, government, and/or political clout and 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. They are furious that they cannot end my Civil Service Retirement System pension or my Social Security.)
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/18/michael-bloomberg-civil-rights-record-is-atrocious

February 18 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Rod Blagojevich: Ex-Illinois governor gets prison break from Trump
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/ex-gov-rod-blagojevich-sentence-commuted-by-trump/5943695/

NBC5
— Trump Commutes Ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s Sentence The move comes after months of speculation following Trump’s repeated comments that he was considering commuting the sentence
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-politics/trump-expected-to-commute-ex-illinois-gov-rod-blagojevichs-sentence-nyt/2221258/
— Pritzker Says Blagojevich Commutation ‘Sends the Wrong Message at the Wrong Time’ Not everyone was disappointed in the decision. Sam Adam Jr. who once represented Blagojevich said he “could not be happier.”
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-politics/pritzker-says-blagojevich-commutation-sends-the-wrong-message-at-the-wrong-time/2221381/
— Pardon vs. Commutation: What’s the Difference? President Trump commuted the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday, but what does that mean?
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-politics/pardon-vs-commutation-whats-the-difference/2221443/
— Trumps Discusses Why He Commuted Blagojevich’s Sentence
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-politics/trumps-discusses-why-he-commuted-blagojevichs-sentence/2221391/

CBS2
— Rod Blagojevich Sentence Commuted: A Bio Of Illinois’ Former Governor
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/02/18/rod-blagojevich-sentence-commuted-a-bio-of-illinois-former-governor/
— President Trump Has Commuted Former Gov. Blagojevich’s ‘Tremendously Powerful, Ridiculous Sentence’ – Todd Feurer
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/02/18/rod-blagojevich-sentence-commuted-president-donald-trump/
— Lawmakers React To Blagojevich Sentence Commutation: ‘Not The Right Message’ – Vince Gerasole
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/02/18/lawmakers-react-to-blagojevich-sentence-commutation-not-the-right-message/

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump haters blast “real reasons” why Trump freed Blagojevich.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/2/18/21142727/rod-blagojevich-commutation-trump-edward-debartolo-bernard-kerik-illinois-corruption
— Arroyo successor challenge moves ahead – panel formed to probe appointment process rival calls ‘rigged and corrupt’ Earlier this month, Delgado’s qualifications were challenged by Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, who called for a “clean break” from Arroyo. – Rachel Hinton
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/2/18/21142559/arroyo-successor-house-challenge-delgado-welch-appointment-process-reboyras

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Trump seems a shoo-in for reelection, his lasso wrapped tightly around base of voters – JERRY DAVICH
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/opinion/ct-ptb-davich-trump-2020-reelection-reality-st-0219-20200218-etbdfhxmpvh2td7itfq24s65ca-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote LGBTQ activity.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/heidi-stevens/ct-heidi-stevens-what-gay-marriages-can-teach-straight-people-0218-20200218-op5y7fmcmfgcpfjzqmy55g6upu-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— Schaumburg GOP hosts endorsed candidates Feb. 22
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200218/schaumburg-gop-hosts-endorsed-candidates-feb-22
— Avon Township trustees to consider censuring supervisor Wednesday – Mick Zawislak
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200218/avon-township-trustees-to-consider-censuring-supervisor-wednesday

SOUTHERN
— ‘Disappointing’: Durkin, Pritzker critical of Trump commutation of Blagojevich sentence – JERRY NOWICKI 
https://thesouthern.com/news/local/state-and-regional/disappointing-durkin-pritzker-critical-of-trump-commutation-of-blagojevich-sentence/article_5750c14d-cb52-5f84-b246-c90edc5ff4c7.html
— Little support in Springfield for Trump’s Blagojevich commutation – JERRY NOWICKI 
https://thesouthern.com/news/local/state-and-regional/little-support-in-springfield-for-trump-s-blagojevich-commutation/article_5750c14d-cb52-5f84-b246-c90edc5ff4c7.html

WGLT
— GOP, Dems Slam Trump For Commuting Blagojevich Sentence – ERIC STOCK
https://www.wglt.org/post/gop-dems-slam-trump-commuting-blagojevich-sentence-0#stream/0

CAPITOL FAX
— ILGOP delegation opposes – Former prosecutors weigh in – Pritzker responds – Trump confirms Blagojevich commutation
https://capitolfax.com/2020/02/18/question-of-the-day-3018/
— You’re leaving me no choice, Secretary White (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have treated me like they would ban me from their events if they could. I would focus on past and present leaders of the Milton Township Republican Organization (MTRO), DuPage County Republican Central Committee (DCRCC), Illinois Republican Party (IRP), Wheaton, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois. I would focus on past and present activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, and defendants in lawsuits that I have filed who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout and paint themselves as being religious, conservative, and/or Republican. Everyone in Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois sees how the aforesaid have treated me. The aforesaid have discouraged me from attending the DCRCC fundraiser this Friday evening. The aforesaid a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the IRP platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the MTRO resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid.)
https://capitolfax.com/2020/02/18/youre-leaving-me-no-choice-secretary-white/
— Just four states let party officials fill legislative vacancies (DIERSEN: Who would have won if Wheaton had held special elections to fill the recent West and North District Wheaton City Council vacancies?)
https://capitolfax.com/2020/02/18/just-four-states-let-party-officials-fill-legislative-vacancies/
— Pritzker has “mostly met” his diversity goals (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Illinois leaders crow about their success in promoting diversity, that is, their success in discriminating against those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://capitolfax.com/2020/02/18/daily-line-pritzker-has-mostly-met-his-diversity-goals/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Trump slams LA mayor for ‘urging illegals to beat the system’ – Spencer Neale
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/trump-slams-la-mayor-for-urging-illegals-to-beat-the-system
— Bloomberg rise reveals Democrats’ rank hypocrisy – Brad Polumbo
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/mike-bloombergs-rise-reveals-the-democrats-rank-hypocrisy

BREITBART
— TREASONOUS: Pete Buttigieg: Illegal Immigrants Have ‘Every Bit of Claim on This Country As the Rest of Us’ – CHARLIE SPIERING
https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2020/02/18/pete-buttigieg-illegal-immigrants-have-every-bit-of-claim-on-this-country-as-the-rest-of-us/
— Taxpayers in Low-Migration States Pay $454M a Year for Illegal Aliens, Anchor Babies – JOHN BINDER
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/02/18/study-taxpayers-in-low-migration-states-pay-454m-a-year-for-illegal-aliens-anchor-babies/

EPOCH TIMES
— Progressives Disrespect Americans and Disdain America – Mark Hendrickson
https://www.theepochtimes.com/progressives-disrespect-americans-and-disdain-america_3241818.html

COLLEGE FIX
— Dartmouth College Republicans cancel border security event, citing ‘threats against our members’ – Greg Piper
https://www.thecollegefix.com/dartmouth-college-republicans-cancel-border-security-event-citing-threats-against-our-members/

THE HILL
— How the media fall in and out of love with candidates – JOE FERULLO
https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/483414-how-the-media-fall-in-and-out-of-love-with-candidates
— GAO launches investigation into Trump aid for farmers – NIV ELIS
https://thehill.com/policy/finance/483472-gao-launches-investigation-into-trump-aid-for-farmers

POLITICO
— Black Illinois Dems cheer Blagojevich’s freedom, still shun Trump The former governor’s release was met with widespread jeers, but Blagojevich still has friends among the African American communities he sought to help. – SHIA KAPOS
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/02/18/black-illinois-dems-blagojevich-freedom-115837

CNN
— Trump commutes sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich – Kaitlan Collins (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes continue to blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for all losses that Republican candidates have suffered in Illinois since 2000, but especially Jim Ryan’s loss to Blagojevich in the 2002 general election.)
https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/18/politics/donald-trump-rod-blagojevich-commutation-sentence/index.html

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— The Progressively Purer Left Will Need a Smaller Tent Bobby Jindal argues that Democrats have adopted rigid, religious-type views on climate, abortion and gender fluidity. I’d add: open borders, identity politics, free stuff, high taxes and evil President Trump, among others. – Dana R. Hermanson, Marietta, Ga.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-progressively-purer-left-will-need-a-smaller-tent-11582045781