ABC7
— Madigan’s importance to Democratic Party likened to wartime general – Craig Wall
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/madigans-importance-to-democratic-party-likened-to-wartime-general/3130797/
— Threats to Chicago area schools cancel classes, fuel anxiety – Leah Hope
http://abc7chicago.com/threats-to-chicago-area-schools-cancel-classes-fuel-anxiety/3129932/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Friday morning Crete-Monee School District 201-U had extra security after a social media threat.)

 

NBC5
— Illinois Lawmakers Revisit Gun Legislation
https://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/illinois-lawmakers-gun-legislation-474944033.html
— Social Media Roasts Rauner’s Chocolate Milk Stunt (DIERSEN: I should write a book and title it “Who should pay the price of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion?”)
https://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/rauner-chocolate-milk-diversity-474965713.html
— Could Hastert Case be Heard in Secret? The case in question involves a lawsuit from the accuser of disgraced former House Speaker Dennis Hastert to recover the balance of over $1 million in hush money he says Hastert promised to pay to conceal decades-old incidents of sexual abuse. – Phil Rogers
https://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/could-hastert-case-be-heard-in-secret-474973403.html

 

CBS2
— Carvlin, an elementary school teacher and mother of two, is taking on one of Madigan’s strongest allies, state Rep. Bob Rita, alleging that Madigan’s support for Rita shows he’s no friend of women. – Derrick Blakley,
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2018/02/22/opponent-revives-domestic-abuse-allegations-against-lawmaker/

 

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Autopsy confirms woman, 22, mauled to death by her own dogs
http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/dont-miss/autopsy-confirms-woman-22-mauled-to-death-by-her-own-dogs

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Madigan schedules votes on gun control proposals as Republicans question his motives – Monique Garcia
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-illinois-legislature-gun-day-20180223-story.html
— Elgin Mayor questions need for state license for gun shops – Mike Danahey
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/news/ct-ecn-elgin-mayor-guns-st-0225-20180223-story.html
— Our Republican choice for attorney general: Erika Harold
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-harold-erika-republican-attorney-general-illinois-20180216-story.html
— DuPage Board District 1 candidates agree O’Hare western access is needed – Chuck Fieldman
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elmhurst/news/ct-elh-dupage-board-district-1-tl-0301-20180223-story.html
— Shameful decision by a Downstate TV station allows Pritzker to cancel a debate – Eric Zorn
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/zorn/ct-perspec-zorn-pritzker-debate-rauner-cancel-0225-20180222-story.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Is Mike like Ike? Dem says ousting Madigan now like sacking Eisenhower on D-Day – Fran Spielman
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/put-off-talk-of-removing-madigan-until-after-primary-rahms-floor-leader-says/
— Trump says he goes to great lengths to hide his bald spot – AP
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/trump-tries-to-hide-bald-spot/
— How Michael Madigan could be ‘taxed’ out of existence – Rich Miller
https://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/how-michael-madigan-could-be-taxed-out-of-existence/

 

DAILY HERALD
— Statement from Burt Minor on accusations of racist, sexist comments
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180223/statement-from-burt-minor-on-accusations-of-racist-sexist-comments
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who promote Islam demonize, denigrate, and condemn those who do promote Islam.
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180223/batavia-natives-debut-novel-addresses-hate-islamophobia
— Billy Graham’s rare honor at U.S. Capitol – AP
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180223/billy-grahams-rare-honor-at-us-capitol
— Threat not credible, but Lake Park cancels classes – Marie Wilson
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180223/threat-not-credible-but-lake-park-cancels-classes
— AP-NORC Poll: Most have grim outlook on America’s direction – AP (DIERSEN: The future looks especially grim for those in Illinois who support the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and other planks in the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) platform because those who dominate the Illinois Democrat Party and those who dominate the IRP increasingly make it clear that they want to get rid of those in Illinois who support the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and other planks in the IRP platform.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20180223/news/302239921/
— Kane County clerk will open Aurora satellite office if election commission voted down – Susan Sarkauskas
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180223/kane-county-clerk-will-open-aurora-satellite-office-if-election-commission-voted-down
— GOP candidates in 10th House race support varying degrees of gun control – Russell Lissau
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180223/gop-candidates-in-10th-house-race-support-varying-degrees-of-gun-control

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Gun-control forces prepare for key Springfield vote – GREG HINZ
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20180223/BLOGS02/180229934/gun-control-forces-prepare-for-key-springfield-vote

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Madigan: Illinois House to vote on gun bills next week – Brenden Moore
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180223/madigan-illinois-house-to-vote-on-gun-bills-next-week

 

BLOOMINGTON PANTAGRAPH
— ENDORSEMENT: A reluctant nod for Rauner
http://www.pantagraph.com/opinion/editorial/pantagraph-endorsement-a-reluctant-nod-for-rauner/article_08043821-fdb8-579c-b124-7187ce176a7c.html

 

NORTHERN PUBLIC RADIO
— Democrats Turn Out For Chance To Flip GOP Districts – VICTOR YEHLING (DIERSEN: Of course, since 2000, and especially since 2006, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have hinted/implied/argued/shouted a) that I have caused all of Roskam’s problems, all of your problems, all of my problems, and all of everyone’s problems, b) that my knowledge of IRS and of GAO that I gained from working for IRS for almost 9 years, from working for GAO for almost 18 years, and from working for GAO on audits of IRS for 3 years is worthless, and c) that Roskam should not seek or accept my input on anything.)
http://northernpublicradio.org/post/democrats-turn-out-chance-flip-gop-districts
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Schraufnagel suggests that Roskam’s stance on a major issue may have had an effect on attracting so many Democrats. “Roskam is one of the architects of the tax-reform legislation that recently passed, and that particular legislation hasn’t been considered very popular,” Schraufnagel said. As far as which way the district leans, he pointed to the Partisan Voting Index, which takes the average vote for president in the previous two election cycles. The 6th District comes out as R+2, meaning it’s a Republican district — but only by two percentage points. “So that’s why I think the Democrats are crowding this field,” Schraufnagel said. “They see this as a real chance to pick up a seat. Indeed, the Cook Political Report and some others rate this as a toss-up and a very potential Republican loss.”)

 

BGA
— THREE STEPS TO FIX ILLINOIS’ BROKEN BUDGET PROCESS – Andy Shaw
https://www.bettergov.org/news/shaw-three-steps-to-fix-illinois-broken-budget-process

 

DUPAGE COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION
— DuPage Election Commission Introduces New Election Results Reporting System
http://www.dupageco.org/Election/Election_Commission_News/2018/56961/

 

WIREPOINTS
— Why Rauner’s failures justify a reform agenda in Illinois – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
http://www.wirepoints.com/rauners-failed-record-the-best-case-for-a-reform-agenda-in-illinois-wirepoints-report/

 

DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Jeanne Ives talks with Dan & Amy about the Quincy VA & the race against Rauner
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511350434-cma-jeanne-ives-talks-with-dan-amy-about-the-quincy-va-the-race-against-rauner

 

ILLINOIS CHRONICLE
— GOP lawmakers to Rauner: stop your “shameful distortions and fabrications”
https://theillinoischronicle.com/chronicle-gop-lawmakers-to-rauner-stop-your-shameful-distortions-and-fabrications/
— McSweeney files bill to block Rauner budget proposal
https://theillinoischronicle.com/chronicle-republican-lawmaker-files-bill-to-block-rauner-budget-proposal/

 

AMERICANS FOR TRUTH ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY
— Is CPAC Conservative When It Bans Anti-Gay-Agenda Exhibitors While Welcoming LGBTQ Activists? – Peter LaBarbera
https://americansfortruth.com/2018/02/23/aftah-is-cpac-conservative-when-it-bans-anti-gay-agenda-exhibitors-while-welcoming-lgbtq-activists/
— Log Cabin Republicans’ Float in ‘Gay Pride’ Parade Mocked Military with Crude Gay Sexual Humor – As Children Watched
https://americansfortruth.com/2018/02/18/log-cabin-republicans-float-in-gay-pride-parade-mocked-military-with-crude-gay-sexual-humor/

 

CAPITOL FAX
— Crain’s not-so-wholeheartedly endorses Rauner, Pritzker
https://capitolfax.com/2018/02/23/crains-not-so-wholeheartedly-endorses-rauner-pritzker/
— Democrats use Greitens to attack Rauner
https://capitolfax.com/2018/02/23/dems-use-greitens-to-attack-rauner/
— Hinz: “The governor is in full Pinocchio mode”
https://capitolfax.com/2018/02/23/hinz-the-governor-is-in-full-pinocchio-mode/
— Kennedy responds *** Pritzker hit again on the lack of women in his companies (DIERSEN: In 1971, Oldsmobile withdrew a job offer that I had accepted saying that it had just agreed to stop hiring Whites to settle an EEOC complaint. Financial industry employers have always been under tremendous pressure to hire, to retain, and to promote young minorities and young females. Since 1997, that, and my bad demographics (born in 1948, White, male, etc.), have frustrated my efforts to get a job in the financial industry appropriate for someone with my salary history, work experience, professional certifications, professional license, and education. I worked for GAO on audits of financial industry regulators 1990-1997 at the GS-13 Step 3-10 levels, currently $106,044-$125,325. I became a Forensic Accountant in 1997, Certified Financial Services Auditor in 1996, Certified Government Financial Manager in 1994, Certified Fraud Examiner in 1990, Licensed CPA in 1981, Certified Internal Auditor in 1981, and CPA in 1979. I earned a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997, a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, and an MBA from Loyola in 1976. Further, not only financial industry employers, but all employers view federal employees and federal retirees as being overpaid, lazy, stupid, and even worse things. Further, my former GAO superiors and their supporters continue to do everything that they can to frustrate my job search.)
https://capitolfax.com/2018/02/23/pritzker-hit-again-on-the-lack-of-women-in-his-companies/

 

CBN
— Wheaton College Thanks God for Victory in 5-Year Religious Rights Battle
http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2018/february/christian-college-thanks-god-for-victory-in-5-year-religious-rights-battle

 

CONSERVATIVE HQ
— Florida School Shooting Reveals Epic Government Failures – George Rasley
http://www.conservativehq.com/article/27460-florida-school-shooting-reveals-epic-government-failures

 

GOPUSA
— Fresh blood means ratings for media sharks
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=40062
— Transgender movement rejected by growing body of research
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=40065
— Marine Corps again lowers requirements for Infantry Officer Course
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=40067
— Major bank halts NRA credit card, car rental firm ends discount
http://www.gopusa.com/major-bank-halts-nra-credit-card-car-rental-firm-ends-discount/
— CPAC: Trump points to McCain for health care failure
http://www.gopusa.com/cpac-trump-points-to-mccain-for-health-care-failure/

 

HOT AIR
— Analogy Alert: Illinois’ Gov Integrates A Glass Of Milk – ANDREW MALCOLM (DIERSEN: I should write a book and title it “Who should pay the price of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion?”)
https://hotair.com/archives/2018/02/23/analogy-alert-illinois-gov-integrates-glass-milk/
— Catholic Bishop Denies Senator Durbin Communion Until He Repents – KAREN TOWNSEND
https://hotair.com/archives/2018/02/23/catholic-bishop-denies-senator-durbin-communion-repents/

 

DAILY SIGNAL
— Campus Activists Take on a Generational Battle for Free Speech – Chrissy Clark
http://dailysignal.com/2018/02/23/campus-activists-take-on-a-generational-battle-for-free-speech/

 

DAILY CALLER
— The Second Amendment Is Plainly About War, Not Hunting – Alan Keyes
http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/23/the-second-amendment-is-plainly-about-war-not-hunting/

 

FREE BEACON
— CNN Worries Trump Calling Parkland Shooter ‘Sicko’ May Be ‘Harmful’ – Alex Griswold
http://freebeacon.com/issues/cnn-worries-trump-calling-parkland-shooter-sicko-harmful/

 

BREITBART
— Four of Sheriff Scott Israel’s Deputies Waited Outside Douglas High During School Shooting – AWR Hawkins
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/23/report-four-sheriff-scott-israels-deputies-waited-outside-douglas-high-school-shooting/

 

BLAZE
— Following Florida shooting, President Trump warns that violent video games are shaping kids’ thoughts – Sarah Taylor
https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/02/23/following-florida-shooing-president-trump-warns-that-violent-video-games-are-shaping-kids-thoughts/

 

THE HILL
— Trump: Armed teacher would have ‘shot the hell’ out of gunman – JONATHAN EASLEY
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/375278-trump-armed-teacher-would-have-shot-the-hell-out-of-gunman
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats use anti-Republicans to demonize, denigrate, and condemn Republicans.
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/375292-ex-rnc-chairman-trump-suggestion-to-arm-teachers-is-delusional

 

POLITICO
— Tax law ignites White House power struggle At stake is who has ultimate authority to shape the nuances of the tax cuts and other rules as part of the $1.5 trillion Republican tax overhaul. – NANCY COOK and AARON LORENZO (DIERSEN: So far, those who want tax law to discourage marriage and to discourage homeownership are winning.)
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/23/tax-law-white-house-power-struggle-364885

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— Washington’s Fight Over Taxes Is Only Beginning Never mind that “once in a generation” tax bill that passed last year. Congress is headed for years more of battles over taxes, particularly those for individuals. – Jim Tankersley
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/23/business/washingtons-fight-over-taxes-is-only-beginning.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Even if the law survives those challenges, trouble lurks in the years to come. Nearly all of the law’s tax changes for individuals — including a nearly doubled standard deduction and the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions that has outraged blue-state legislators — are set to expire at the end of 2025, and so are some major provisions for businesses. Others won’t adjust for inflation, resulting in growing tax pain for some families in the years ahead. . .For individuals, a repeal push could add confusion to an already murky transition to the new law. The Trump tax overhaul eliminated personal exemptions that taxpayers may claim for themselves and their dependents, but it added a larger standard deduction and an expanded child tax credit. It reduced the cap on the mortgage interest deduction for newly purchased homes, and it limited state and local tax deductions to $10,000 a year — a number that will not rise with inflation. As the law is written, those changes are set to vanish at the end of 2025 — reviving the old system and tax rates for individuals — unless Congress extends them.)

 

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
— Chicago Fires Back at Feds’ Request in Sanctuary City Fight – AP
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/illinois/articles/2018-02-23/chicago-fires-back-at-feds-request-in-sanctuary-city-fight

 

MONEY MAGAZINE
— All the Companies Cutting Ties With the NRA After Deadly Florida School Shooting – BRAD TUTTLE
http://time.com/money/5172471/nra-enterprise-first-national-bank-of-omaha-boycott-protests/

 

GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE
— Senators Try Yet Again to Crack Down on VA’s Senior Executives – Eric Katz (DIERSEN: Because Republican Senators and Republican Representatives cracked down on GAO during the 1980s and the 1990s, the Democrat Senior Executives who ran GAO back then got rid of their employees like me who were Republican, and especially their Republican employees like me who were White, male, non-veteran, and who had not made GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40.)
http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2018/02/senators-try-yet-again-crack-down-vas-senior-executives/146210/

 

DAILY BEAST
— Wanna Be a Player At CPAC? Write a Check First. How a six-figure payment from one interest group scored it a panel and promotion from the yearly conservative confab. – LACHLAN MARKAY (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress that I give little or no money a) to the Republican Party, b) to the Illinois Republican Party, c) to the DuPage County Republican Central Committee, d) to the Milton Township Republican Central Committee, and e) to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes.)
https://www.thedailybeast.com/wanna-be-a-player-at-cpac-write-a-check-first

February 23 Morning Edition

ABC7
— Illinois State House candidate Burt Minor accused of sexist, racist language – Craig Wall
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/illinois-state-house-candidate-accused-of-sexist-racist-language/3126417/
— President Trump says guns only for ‘gun adept teachers’ – AP
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/president-trump-says-guns-only-for-gun-adept-teachers/3123802/

 

NBC5
— Illinois AG Candidate Says GOP County Official Burt Minor Used Racial Slur
https://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/AG-Candidate-Says-GOP-County-Official-Used-Racial-Slur-474913993.html

 

POLITICO ILLINOIS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: February 22, 2018 Peter Breen letter concerning Burt Minor. (DIERSEN: In light of the recent attacks against Minor, will those who have endorsed Minor stay with him?)
https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000161-bec3-d3a7-a5e1-becf52460003

 

BURT MINOR
— STATEMENT FROM BURT MINOR Candidate, 42nd House District (DIERSEN: Facebook is a Democrat website. I first learned of Minor’s statement late yesterday because I visited the Democrat website Capitol Fax for opposition research. Since 2000, I have urged Republican candidates in Illinois a) to publish their own campaign website, b) to post their statements on their website, c) to keep diersen@aol.com on their press advisory and press release email lists, and d) to notify all those on their press advisory and press release lists by email when they post statements on their website. Tragically, more and more and more Republican candidates in Illinois a) fail to publish their own website and keep it up-to-date, b) fail to use emails to communicate, and c) rely on Democrats and on Democrat websites to communicate.)
https://www.facebook.com/burt.minor

 

DAILY HERALD
— February 21, 2018 FLASHBACK: Endorsement: Minor for GOP in state House Dist. 42 (DIERSEN: In light of the recent attacks against Minor, will those who have endorsed Minor stay with him? According to Politico Illinois, “We reached out to Daily Herald’s Deputy Managing Editor Jim Slusher, his response: “Of course we are very concerned about the allegations that have been made regarding Burt Minor. We are not rushing to judgment, but we are investigating the claims to get more information. We will respond accordingly when we’re comfortable we have a complete understanding of the situation. We view this with some urgency and expect to make a decision soon, but I can’t say exactly when that will be.”)
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20180221/endorsement-minor-for-gop-in-state-house-dist-42
— Schaumburg GOP highlights endorsed candidates Feb. 24
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180222/schaumburg-gop-highlights-endorsed-candidates-feb-24
— Endorsement: Khouri for GOP in House District 49
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20180222/endorsement-khouri-for-gop-in-house-district-49
— OUTSTANDING: East Dundee denies video gambling at gas station – Lauren Rohr
http://www.dailyherald.com/business/20180222/east-dundee-denies-video-gambling-at-gas-station
— House candidates Jillian Bernas and Charlotte Kegarise decry ads linking Bernas to Madigan – Eric Peterson
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180222/house-candidates-decry-ads-linking-republican-hopeful-to-madigan
— Mundelein High principal after racial slur: ‘We have to rise above this’ – Mick Zawislak
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180222/mundelein-high-principal-after-racial-slur-we-have-to-rise-above-this
— Former county commissioner Elizabeth Gorman named to lead Illinois Tollway – Marni Pyke
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20180222/news/302229814/
— Lake Park cancels classes after social media threat
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180223/lake-park-cancels-classes-after-social-media-threat

 

DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Ives wants Minor to drop House bid over ‘inexcusable’ remarks – Glenn Minnis (DIERSEN: Ives makes clear that she does not give veterans any kind of break. I would expect that Ives would say that she rightfully holds veterans to higher standards than non-veterans. Ever-increasingly, the more of the following that you are, if you say certain words, no matter what the context is, you will be gotten rid of: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, non-veteran, draft avoider, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511349857-ives-wants-minor-to-drop-house-bid-over-inexcusable-remarks

 

WLS AM
— John Tillman responds to Pat Brady’s claims that the Illinois Policy Institute is a hategroup (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, Rauner, Sanguinetti, the Illinois Republican Party (IRP), the IRP National Committeeman, the IRP National Committeewoman, the IRP officers, each and every IRP State Central Committee (SCC) member, each and every IRP SCC member candidate, etc. should immediately issue press releases that banish Pat Brady from the IRP forever and call him what he is, an operative/dupe for individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that want to destroy the IRP.)
http://www.wlsam.com/2018/02/22/john-tillman-responds-to-pat-bradys-claims-that-the-illinois-policy-institute-is-a-hategroup/

 

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Illinois lawmakers revisit gun legislation – AP
http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/illinois-lawmakers-revisit-gun-legislation-1

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Pritzker rhetoric doesn’t match reality on promoting women at investment firm – David Heinzmann and Todd Lighty (DIERSEN: In 1971, Oldsmobile withdrew a job offer that I had accepted saying that it had just agreed to stop hiring Whites to settle an EEOC complaint. Financial industry employers have always been under tremendous pressure to hire, to retain, and to promote young minorities and young females. Since 1997, that, and my bad demographics (born in 1948, White, male, etc.), have frustrated my efforts to get a job in the financial industry appropriate for someone with my salary history, work experience, professional certifications, professional license, and education. I worked for GAO on audits of financial industry regulators 1990-1997 at the GS-13 Step 3-10 levels, currently $106,044-$125,325. I became a Forensic Accountant in 1997, Certified Financial Services Auditor in 1996, Certified Government Financial Manager in 1994, Certified Fraud Examiner in 1990, Licensed CPA in 1981, Certified Internal Auditor in 1981, and CPA in 1979. I earned a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997, a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, and an MBA from Loyola in 1976. Further, not only financial industry employers, but all employers view federal employees and federal retirees as being overpaid, lazy, stupid, and even worse things. Further, my former GAO superiors and their supporters continue to do everything that they can to frustrate my job search.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-jb-pritzker-women-hiring-20180222-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In fact, Pritzker’s investment businesses have underperformed even according to the low diversity standards of the financial services industry, a Tribune review found. He has employed few women in senior positions at the Pritzker Group, a Chicago-based venture capital, private equity and asset management firm he co-founded with his brother. Excluding the Pritzker brothers, of the 55 employees currently listed on the firm’s online employee rosters, just eight are women. And of the 26 employees with a senior title of vice president or above, three are women. Pritzker said the lack of women in leadership positions is an industrywide problem for firms like his. “In each of those industries, I think you’re probably aware, there are — have been — significant challenges in senior positions,” he said in an interview with the Tribune last month. “There have not been enough women or minorities across every part of the industry — those three industries. That’s a problem that I’ve recognized and acknowledged, and tried to address over many years.” Pritzker stopped short of saying whether he believes the challenges are a result of a lack of qualified women and minorities in the workforce, or a historical reluctance of managers like him to promote women up the corporate ladder.)
— Illinois educators call Trump’s proposal to arm teachers ‘insanity’ – Vikki Ortiz Healy and Robert McCoppin
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-arming-teachers-20180222-story.html
— Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasts Trump remarks on arming teachers as ‘absurd’ – Juan Perez Jr.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-chicago-mayor-emanuel-trump-teacher-guns-20180222-story.html
— Emotional support dog bites child on Southwest flight, forcing airline to re-examine policies – Mary Schlangenstein
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-emotional-support-dog-bites-child-southwest-20180222-story.html
— As Obama Presidential Center comes closer to reality, tensions on race, class surface – Lolly Bowean
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/obamacenter/ct-met-obama-center-tension-20180208-story.html
— Days after Parkland shooting, Illinois Democrats move toward licensing gun stores – Monique Garcia
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-illinois-legislature-guns-20180221-story.html
— Video gambling approved for Oswego winery – Linda Girardi
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/news/ct-abn-oswego-wine-st-0223-20180222-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-conservative says “‘Lock her up?’ Still?: Conservatives at CPAC battle the left, without a clear foe.”
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-cpac-day-one-20180222-story.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Will Mike Madigan get the boot? Depends whether there’s another shoe to drop – Mark Brown
https://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/will-mike-madigan-get-the-boot-depends-whether-theres-another-shoe-to-drop/

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Who we’re backing for governor – Editorial
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20180223/ISSUE07/180229937#utm_medium=email&utm_source=ccb-morning10&utm_campaign=ccb-morning10-20180223

 

WTTW
— Illinois Democrats Pushing for State Licensing for Gun Stores – Paul Caine
https://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2018/02/22/illinois-democrats-pushing-state-licensing-gun-stores

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Teachers unions: Arming educators ‘not the answer’ – Jason Nevel
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180222/teachers-unions-arming-educators-not-answer

 

BLOOMINGTON PANTAGRAPH
— Rauner says state ‘sliding toward the abyss’ – Lenore Sobota
http://www.pantagraph.com/news/state-and-regional/illinois/government-and-politics/rauner-says-state-sliding-toward-the-abyss/article_73c6d559-1d07-5923-948c-a18d29875a9e.html

 

RATHJE & WOODWARD
— DuPage County Lawyers Tim Elliott, Emily Shupe Named to Super Lawyers Lists (DIERSEN: It is extremely difficult for non-veteran White males to be “super employees” in the federal government. They are written off as being lazy, stupid, losers, and even worse things and gotten rid of if they do not make GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40. Extremely few non-veteran White males make the aforesaid promotions by the aforesaid ages. It is called “up-or-out.” Things that frustrated my Democrat superiors efforts to get rid of me were my I earning a) job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32.)
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/02/prweb15223753.htm

 

CHICAGO DAILY OBSERVER
— Rauner Adds Career Politician to Executive Position at Tollway
http://www.cdobs.com/archive/featured/rauner-adds-career-politician-to-executive-position-at-tollway/

 

WILL COUNTY GAZETTE
— Straub asks Durkin to join him in call for Madigan to resign – Glenn Minnis
https://willcountygazette.com/stories/511349634-straub-asks-durkin-to-join-him-in-call-for-madigan-to-resign

 

ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
— Identity Politics: Is America and the World Running Out of Patience with LGBTQIA Activism? – John Biver
https://illinoisfamily.org/homosexuality/identity-politics-america-world-running-patience-lgbtqia-activism/

 

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— LAKE CO RIGHT TO LIFE: IVES IS ONLY PRO-LIFE CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/02/lake-co-right-to-life-ives-is-only-pro-life-candidate-running-for-governor.html

 

GOPUSA
— School security officer waited outside as shooter killed students (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will Duckworth analogize the school security officer to Trump because Trump, like me, avoided the draft?)
http://www.gopusa.com/school-security-officer-waited-outside-as-shooter-killed-students/

 

FREEDOM’S JOURNAL
— RACE AND SPORTS: IT’S NOT 1947 ANYMORE. LET’S NOT PRETEND THAT IT IS – Larry Elder
https://freedomsjournalinstitute.org/uncategorized/race-and-sports-its-not-1947-anymore-lets-not-pretend-that-it-is/

 

CONSERVATIVE HQ
— Pence To CPAC: ‘Progress Is Driven By The People Who Show Up’ (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents do not want me to a) know about their events and other activities, b) promote their events or other activities, c) attend their events, or d) report on their events.)
http://www.conservativehq.com/node/27461

 

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Speakers roast the media on first day of CPAC – Tristan Justice (DIERSEN: Should I write a book about activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. who blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems? They refuse to include diersen@aol.com on their press advisory and press release lists. They do not want me to a) know about their events and other activities, b) promote their events or other activities, c) attend their events, or d) report on their events. They pander to Rich Miller and to the rest of the Democrat news media.)
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/speakers-roast-the-media-on-first-day-of-cpac/article/2649810
— A year after being the toast of CPAC, Steve Bannon is nowhere to be found – Sarah Westwood and Al Weaver
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/a-year-after-being-the-toast-of-cpac-steve-bannon-is-nowhere-to-be-found/article/2649828

 

BLAZE
— Sen. Dick Durbin banned from communion ‘until he repents’ of pro-abortion ‘sin,’ bishop says – Dave Urbanski
https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/02/22/sen-dick-durbin-banned-from-communion-until-he-repents-of-pro-abortion-sin-bishop-says/
— School deputy was just fired over what he did during the Florida shooting, and it’s terrible – Carlos Garcia
https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/02/22/school-deputy-was-just-fired-over-what-he-did-during-the-florida-shooting-and-its-terrible/

 

DAILY CALLER
— Deputy Who Arrived At Shooting ‘Never Went In’ School – Justin Caruso (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will Duckworth analogize the deputy to Trump because Trump, like me, avoided the draft?)
http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/22/deputy-never-went-in-school/
— The Government Repeatedly Failed To Stop The Parkland Shooter – Peter Hasson
http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/22/government-missed-opportunities-to-stop-florida-school-shooter-broward-county/

 

FOX NEWS
— Obama’s legacy will be that he allowed Russia to ‘sow discord’ in the US – Liz Peek
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/02/23/liz-peek-obama-s-legacy-will-be-that-allowed-russia-to-sow-discord-in-us.html

 

WASHINGTON TIMES
— At CPAC, conservatives celebrate Trump’s accomplishments – David Sherfinski and Seth McLaughlin (DIERSEN: What conservative accomplishments have the Republicans had who represent your municipality, your township/ward, your county, and Illinois?)
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/22/at-cpac-conservatives-celebrate-donald-trumps-acco/

 

CAMPUS REFORM
— UChicago criticized for promoting ‘white supremacy ideology’ – Ema Gavrilovic
https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=10551#.Wo7k58rafzU.twitter

 

CNN
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-conservative says “As conservatives party at CPAC, it’s liberalism that’s on the rise.”
https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/22/politics/conservatism-static-liberalism-rising/index.html

 

WASHINGTON POST
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats use a Loyola medical student to promote policies that encourage people to come to America illegally, to stay in America illegally, and to bring others to America illegally.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/immigration/with-three-months-left-in-medical-school-her-career-may-be-slipping-away/2018/02/22/24a7a780-10f3-11e8-9570-29c9830535e5_story.html
— Government workers must perform gay marriages — or get new jobs – Kathy Heggemeier, Cary, N.C. (DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government. If you work for the federal government, and you do not promote the Democrat Party platform, your career will be wasted and you will be gotten rid of.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/government-workers-must-perform-gay-marriages–or-get-new-jobs/2018/02/22/090f8d5e-166a-11e8-930c-45838ad0d77a_story.html

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: One could argue the overhauled the tax code, and therefore its promoters, are anti-marriage and anti-homeownership.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/when-married-filing-separately-lowers-your-tax-bill-1519381801
(FROM THE ARTICLE: When Congress overhauled the tax code last year, lawmakers capped deductions for state and local taxes, or SALT, at $10,000 per return for 2018 and after. Thus married couples get half the SALT write-off per person that singles do. But spouses can’t get two $10,000 deductions by filing separately. If they do, the law allows only $5,000 of SALT deductions to each spouse. To qualify for two $10,000 write-offs, the couple would have to divorce.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: The Big Loophole That Helped Russia Exploit Facebook: Doctored Photos Tech company’s filters can’t adequately detect misinformation distributed through altered images – Georgia Wells, Shelby Holliday and Deepa Seetharaman
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-big-loophole-that-left-facebook-vulnerable-to-russian-propaganda-1519314265

 

FEDERAL TIMES
— Trump again targets EPA with ‘punishing’ budget cuts – Jessie Bur (DIERSEN: Republicans hit GAO with budget cuts during the 1980s and 1990s, but Republicans hit GAO with especially big budget cuts during the mid-1990s. Of course, that motivated the Democrats who ran GAO to get rid of a) their employees like me who were Republican and b) their employees like me who were non-veteran White males who had not made GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40.)
https://www.federaltimes.com/management/budget/2018/02/22/trump-budget-repeats-2018-attempts-at-punishing-cuts-to-epa/

 

GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE
— Watchdog Groups Create Guide to Help Feds Protect Themselves Against Political Misconduct – Eric Katz (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors in the federal government knew full-well that it was illegal to discriminate against their employees because they were Republican, White, male, older, non-veteran, draft avoider, conservative, Protestant, German-American, rich, gun owners, because their ancestors have been in America for a long time, etc. So of course, they avoided putting things in writing that would incriminate them.)
http://www.govexec.com/management/2018/02/watchdog-groups-create-guide-help-feds-protect-themselves-against-political-misconduct/146180/

(FROM THE ARTICLE: One key recommendation in the report is for federal employees to take contemporaneous notes, be it in meetings, on calls or as part of policy research or proposals. Those notes should be as detailed as possible, the groups said, and be dated and backed up to personal devices as long as the information is not classified. The groups issued the guide after hearing from their members and in the media about the Trump administration tightening restrictions on the federal scientific community. Agencies have reportedly instructed employees not to use certain words, disbanded scientific advisory commissions and reassigned employees who speak out about issues the administration is no longer prioritizing. “We’ve been hearing a lot of stories about people being told not to take notes, not to use certain words, not to have a paper trail,” said Andrew Rosenberg, a former regional director for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and current director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, which helped write the guide.)

February 22 Evening Edition

CAPITOL FAX
— STATEMENT FROM BURT MINOR, Candidate, 42nd House District
https://capitolfax.com/2018/02/22/gop-township-chairman-alleged-to-have-directed-racist-homophobic-remarks-at-black-female-gop-candidate/
(THE STATEMENT: Last October, I met with Erika Harold in my capacity as Winfield Township Republican Chairman, at her request, to discuss the challenges she might face in her campaign for the Republican nomination for Attorney General. Our meeting has been greatly misrepresented. Not all Republican voters are comfortable discussing issues of race and sexual orientation. I wish it were different, but it is a reality those of us active in the Republican Party’s leadership confront, not infrequently. My discussion with Erika was an attempt to point out this unfortunate reality, it was in no way meant to be offensive. I honestly left our meeting unaware that our conversation might have made Erika uncomfortable. My apologies to Erika if she was in any way offended. Erika is a great candidate who has a bright future in the Republican Party. Throughout my 23 years in the military, I worked alongside people of all faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds. We worked together to get the job done, and that is the way it should be. Period. Ironically, at the 2016 Illinois Republican State Convention I was vilified for defending fellow Republicans who were advocating for a more inclusive and tolerant Illinois Republican Party Platform. I was also upset with Gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives recent television advertisement. Interestingly, many of the individuals criticizing me over this misunderstanding remain silent about that disgustingly provocative television ad. The hypocrisy is stunning. Peter Breen and Kevin Fitzpatrick, who are attempting to capitalize on this misunderstanding for the benefit of one of my opponents, tried to bribe me months ago with the offer of a government job if I were to get out of this race. They told me that they wanted another candidate to win because Peter Breen would be able to control her. When I declined the offer, they said they would support my daughter if she were ever to run for higher office. This morning, when Peter sent his letter to the media he attempted to follow through on a promise to destroy my reputation. I completely understand the fierce reaction this misunderstanding has generated, but I wish those who rushed to judgment would have gotten all the facts first. I intend to discuss those facts and the many issues of importance to the residents of Illinois’ 42nd District in the days leading up to Election Day. So there is no further misunderstanding, let me be clear, I believe there is no place for racism or intolerance in the Republican Party and the State of Illinois.)
— Harold speaks to Sun-Times *** Schneider, Ives, Rauner campaign, Durkin call on Minor to withdraw *** GOP township chairman alleged to have directed racist, homophobic remarks at black female GOP candidate
https://capitolfax.com/2018/02/22/gop-township-chairman-alleged-to-have-directed-racist-homophobic-remarks-at-black-female-gop-candidate/

 

POLITICO ILLINOIS
— Illinois GOP contender Burt Minor called AG candidate racial, gay slurs, colleagues say – NATASHA KORECKI
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/22/illinois-republican-attorney-general-candidate-racial-slur-421732
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A Republican candidate for the Illinois state Legislature is under fire by his own party amid allegations that he asked an African American attorney general candidate if she were a “lesbo,” and used the N-word during a conversation with her. Now, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois’ Republican House floor leader, Peter Breen, are calling for the candidate, Burt Minor, to drop out of a race for state representative. “He’s not fit to be a Republican nominee for office, especially not the General Assembly,” Breen told POLITICO. “His conduct was outrageous.” At issue is a conversation that took place last fall between Minor and Republican attorney general candidate Erika Harold. Harold, the party-backed candidate for the GOP, who is also a Harvard Law graduate and former Miss America, was talking to Minor in his capacity as a Winfield Township chairman. “[Minor] asked Ms. Harold personal questions about her marital status, and even her sexual orientation, going so far as to inquire whether she was a ‘lesbo,’ Breen wrote in a letter to other Republicans this morning. “The chairman also used the full n-word repeatedly in front of Ms. Harold and her assistant, asking whether she found its usage offensive.” Breen told POLITICO that in a meeting with Minor, he admitted to using the N-word and had “tried to explain it away, saying that she wanted him to ask the question so she could get it on the record, which is obviously absurd.” The Harold campaign confirmed to POLITICO that the conversation did occur. According to the campaign, Minor asked Harold: “Are you a lesbo?” and she replied: “No, and that’s offensive.” The campaign also confirmed he used the N-word multiple times and she told him that was offensive. “Erika found it offensive and said it was offensive at the time,” her spokesman Jason Heffley said. Minor is running for the 42nd District state representative seat that is being vacated by Jeanne Ives, who is challenging Rauner in the March 20 primary. Also running in the primary is DuPage County Board member Amy Grant and Ryne Byrne. Minor did not respond to a request for comment from POLITICO today. But in a recent interview with POLITICO, Minor adamantly denied using the word “lesbo” or the N-word. “Absolutely not. No, no. I talked with Erika last night, in fact. We’re friends, we support and respect each other,” he told POLITICO. “There was never any inappropriate [conversation]. That word never came out of my mouth and it wouldn’t.” Another lawmaker, state Rep. Mark Batinick, said he was pushing for Minor’s removal from the ticket. “A few weeks ago, I became aware of very troubling statements made by township chairman Burt Minor who is a Republican State Representative candidate. I have since had those statements confirmed by multiple sources and have been working with party officials in an attempt to remove him from the race. It is my understanding that those attempts have been futile. This sort of conduct does not belong in our party and will not be tolerated. He needs to immediately withdraw,” Batinick said. Rauner’s campaign said Thursday that Minor should drop out. “Erika Harold is a star attorney and candidate who is a bright part of the future of the Republican Party of Illinois,” said Rauner campaign spokesman Will Allison. “Burt Minor’s racist and demeaning language has no place in the GOP or our society. He should drop out of the race.”)

 

THE HILL
— Illinois GOP candidate Burt Minor pushed to drop out for allegedly using racial, gay slurs – AVERY ANAPOL
http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/375107-illinois-gop-candidate-urged-drop-out-of-race-for-allegedly-using-racial

 

IVES FOR GOVERNOR
— Ives Calls on Minor to Withdraw from State House Race
https://mailchi.mp/95dbd272a1b9/ives-calls-on-minor-to-withdraw-from-state-house-race
(FROM THE ANNOUNCEMENT: Conservative reform Republican candidate for governor Jeanne Ives released the following statement following revelations about Burt Minor, a Republican candidate for the state legislative seat she currently holds. Based on the letter from my colleague Rep. Peter Breen and the corroboration of the accusations against Burt Minor, I join my colleagues in calling for Mr. Minor to withdraw from the primary election to be the nominee for the seat I currently hold. Mr. Minor’s alleged comments are inexcusable, indefensible and disqualifying. For more information or to book Jeanne Ives, contact Kathleen Murphy at 630-329-4680 or kathleenemurphy26@gmail.com.)

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Erika Harold to House candidate Burt Minor: Drop out for using n-word, lesbian slur – Tina Sfondeles
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/ag-hopeful-harold-to-house-candidate-drop-out-for-using-n-word-lesbo-slurs/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Harold — a Harvard Law graduate and former Miss America — said it happened in early October as she was meeting with various people in DuPage County to introduce herself and get advice about how to campaign in the county. “We had a meeting with [Winfield Township Republican Chairman] Burt Minor, and during the course of the conversation he asked me if I had children. I said no. He asked me if I was married. I said no. He then asked me if I had ever been married. I said no. And then he said. ‘Well then are you a lesbo?’” Harold said she told him no. “But then I also made it clear that someone’s sexual orientation should not be used to disqualify them for running for office,” Harold said. Harold said Minor seemed “surprised” that she was standing up for herself. Within the same conversation, Minor also asked Harold whether it was ever appropriate to use the n-word, “but he said the full word,” she said. “I haven’t heard anyone use that word in a very long time, and I told him it was inappropriate for anyone to say that,” Harold said, adding he used the word “about three or four times and did not apologize for doing so.” Harold said she discussed the incident with fellow Republicans at the time, but did not go public because Minor was not running for office.)

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Illinois attorney general candidate Erika Harold says DuPage Republican official Burt Minor used N-word, asked if she was a ‘lesbo’ – Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-erika-harold-republican-racism-sexual-orientation-20180222-story.html
— Endorsements for the Illinois Senate
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-illinois-senate-endorsements-elections-20180218-story.html
— Disney workers accuse company of withholding their Trump tax cut bonuses – Danielle Paquette
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-disney-workers-bonuses-20180222-story.html
— Gov. Rauner drinks chocolate milk to demonstrate his commitment to diversity – Kim Janssen (DIERSEN: If you would ask my Democrat superiors in the federal government what demonstrates their commitment to diversity, a) my Democrat GAO superiors should respond that they forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, got rid of my mentor in 1987, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take an $19,203 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980; b) my Democrat IRS superiors should respond that they did not promote me beyond GS-12, disallowed my education deductions in 1978, got rid of my mentor in 1975, and disallowed my partial day per diem claims in 1974; and c) my Democrat Post Office superiors should respond that they forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests in 1969 and 1968.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chicagoinc/ct-met-rauner-chocolate-milk-0223-chicago-inc-20180222-story.html
— After Gov. Rauner’s chocolate milk incident, a handy guide to beverage politics – Steve Johnson
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-ent-rauner-chocolate-milk-beverage-politics-0224-story.html

 

DAILY HERALD
— Breen: Minor used sexist, racist language during meeting – Burt Constable
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180222/lawmaker-candidate-used-sexist-racist-language-during-meeting
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Republican State Rep. Peter Breen is emailing party members asking them to withdraw support for Winfield Township Republican Chairman Burt Minor in the GOP primary for the 42nd Illinois House District because of comments Breen calls “outrageous,” sexist and racist. During a Republican Party meeting months ago between Minor and Erika Harold, 37, a candidate for Illinois attorney general, Minor “asked Ms. Harold personal questions about her marital status, and even her sexual orientation,” including asking whether she was a lesbian, said Breen, the Republican House floor leader who lives in Lombard and represents the 48th District. “The chairman also used the full N-word repeatedly in front of Ms. Harold and her assistant, asking whether she found its usage offensive.” Minor, 58, did not respond Thursday to requests for comment, but Harold spokesman Jason Heffley confirmed Minor’s choice of words.)
— Twitter suspends thousands of suspected bots, angering Trump boosters – Eli Rosenberg
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180222/twitter-suspends-thousands-of-suspected-bots-angering-trump-boosters

 

WHEATON PATCH
— State GOP Candidate Allegedly Used Racial Slur Against AG Hopeful State GOP candidate Burt Minor allegedly asked Harold if she was a “lesbo.” – Lisa Marie Farver
https://patch.com/illinois/wheaton/state-gop-candidate-allegedly-used-racial-slur-against-ag-hopeful

 

NBC5
— Bruce Rauner’s $95 Million Campaign – Carol Marin and Don Moseley
https://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Bruce-Rauners-95-Million-Campaign-474892873.html

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Rauner aims to hit Ives—but undermines his integrity – GREG HINZ
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20180222/NEWS02/180229943/rauner-aims-to-hit-ives-but-undermines-his-integrity

 

JOURNAL TOPICS
— Elk Grove Township Republicans Back Ives, Corrigan, Bernas, Studenroth – Tom Robb
https://www.journal-topics.com/articles/elk-grove-township-republicans-back-ives-corrigan-bernas-studenroth/

 

HERALD & REVIEW
— More Democrats want probe into misconduct at Madigan offices – AP
http://herald-review.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/more-democrats-want-probe-into-misconduct-at-madigan-offices/article_768ede6a-1d0b-55f2-8792-a1b1a339db59.html

 

LINCOLN COURIER
— Recreational marijuana ballot question clears committee – Brenden Moore (DIERSEN If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)
http://www.lincolncourier.com/news/20180221/recreational-marijuana-ballot-question-clears-committee

 

WQLZ
— Seven Republicans Calling on Rauner to Stop Misrepresenting Ives
http://www.wqlz.com/2018/02/22/seven-republicans-calling-on-rauner-to-stop-misrepresenting-ives/

 

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— Governor Rauner comments on Florida shooting – Breanna Lea
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/local-news/governor-rauner-comments-on-florida-shooting/987301661

 

WAND TV
— Pot legalization question to appear on ballot (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)
http://www.wandtv.com/story/37562424/pot-legalization-question-to-appear-on-ballot

 

SUBURBAN CHICAGOLAND
— Liz Gorman named as new Illinois Tollway director
https://suburbanchicagoland.com/2018/02/22/liz-gorman-new-illinois-tollway-director/

 

CHICAGO MAGAZINE
— Can the Parkland Teens Organize a Political Movement? Sure, Just Look at Chicago Survivors of last week’s deadly shooting have taken the lead on political activism in its wake. It’s surprised a lot of adults, but they have plenty of company, now and in the past. – WHET MOSER (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Which individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries will support this movement? ANSWER: Those that are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
http://www.chicagomag.com/city-life/January-2018/Can-the-Parkland-Teens-Organize-a-Political-Movement-Sure-Just-Look-at-Chicago/

 

UPSTREAM IDEAS
— Ives: Nobody Trusts Rauner
http://upstream-ideas.com/upstream-ideas/ideas/ives-nobody-trusts-rauner

 

MORNING ANSWER
— Illinois State Representative Jeanne Ives
http://morninganswerchicago.com/2018/02/22/illinois-state-representative-jeanne-ives-2/

 

PRAIRIE STATE WIRE
— Paying married Rauner staffers with state, political funds ‘blurs important line,’ reform group director says – W.J. Kennedy
https://prairiestatewire.com/stories/511348321-paying-married-rauner-staffers-with-state-political-funds-blurs-important-line-reform-group-director-says

 

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK
— Lawmakers move ahead with advisory referendum on recreational marijuana – Cole Lauterbach (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)
https://www.ilnews.org/news/state_politics/lawmakers-move-ahead-with-advisory-referendum-on-recreational-marijuana/article_52a3652c-1795-11e8-a9d2-876afbe4c29e.html

 

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Trump Mocks School Gun Free Zones, Urges “Hardened” Schools, Armed Trained Teachers
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2018/02/22/trump-mocks-school-gun-free-zones-urges-hardened-schools-armed-trained-teachers/

 

BLAZE
— Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner chose a very awkward way to show his commitment to diversity – Aaron Colen
https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/02/22/illinois-gov-bruce-rauner-chose-a-very-awkward-way-to-show-his-commitment-to-diversity

 

DAILY CALLER
— Illinois Gov Drinks Chocolate Milk To Show How Much He Loves Diversity – Amber Randall
http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/22/illinois-governor-rauner-chocolate-milk-diversity/

 

FOX NEWS
— VP Mike Pence at CPAC: ‘Make No Mistake, We’re Going to Build That Wall’
http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/02/22/mike-pence-cpac-make-no-mistake-were-going-build-wall

 

GOPUSA
— While Trump Listens, CNN Pushes ‘Scripted,’ Agenda-Driven Townhall
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=40020
— Parkland shooting survivor slams media for ‘politicizing this tragedy’
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=39956
— Gun control groups, leftist leaders behind ‘student-led’ protests
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=39951

 

CONSERVATIVE HQ
— Twitter’s War On Conservatives – George Rasley
http://www.conservativehq.com/node/27452

 

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Illinois governor drinks chocolate milk to show he’s committed to diversity – Caitlin Yilek
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/illinois-governor-drinks-chocolate-milk-to-show-hes-committed-to-diversity/article/2649768

 

POLITICO
— At CPAC, NRA chief LaPierre singles out Democrats for politicizing school shooting – CRISTIANO LIMA
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/22/wayne-lapierre-cpac-2018-421685

 

WASHINGTON POST
— Illinois governor toasts diversity — with chocolate milk – Marwa Eltagouri
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/02/22/illinois-governor-toasts-diversity-with-chocolate-milk/?utm_term=.b5da5640406a

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Officer at Florida School Waited Outside Instead of Confronting Shooter, Sheriff Says Deputy should have ‘addressed the killer, killed the killer,’ Sheriff Scott Israel says – Jon Kamp
https://www.wsj.com/articles/officer-at-florida-school-waited-outside-instead-of-confronting-shooter-sheriff-says-1519341298
— Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens Indicted for Invasion of Privacy Former Navy SEAL accused of taking photos of his mistress to conceal relationship – Shayndi Raice
https://www.wsj.com/articles/grand-jury-indicts-missouri-governor-for-felony-invasion-of-privacy-1519339306?mod=djemalertNEWS

 

NEWSWEEK
— ILLINOIS GOVERNOR DRINKS CHOCOLATE MILK TO SHOW DIVERSITY IS ‘REALLY GOOD’ – GREG PRICE (DIERSEN: If you would ask my Democrat superiors in the federal government what demonstrates their commitment to diversity, a) my Democrat GAO superiors should respond that they forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, got rid of my mentor in 1987, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take an $19,203 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980; b) my Democrat IRS superiors should respond that they did not promote me beyond GS-12, disallowed my education deductions in 1978, got rid of my mentor in 1975, and disallowed my partial day per diem claims in 1974; and c) my Democrat Post Office superiors should respond that they forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests in 1969 and 1968.)
http://www.newsweek.com/illinois-governor-chocolate-milk-video-816911
— AN EDGIER CPAC REFLECTS FRACTURES ON THE RIGHT – ALEXANDER NAZARYAN
http://www.newsweek.com/edgier-cpac-reflects-fractures-right-816407

 

ATLANTIC
— A Retirement-Savings Crisis Is Creating Lives of Never-Ending Work The predicament of many seniors is a worrying preview of what could befall millions in the coming decades. – ALANA SEMUELS
https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/02/pensions-safety-net-california/553970/

 

COLDWELL BANKER
— FOR SALE: 408 West Elm Street, Wheaton – $399,000
https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/il/wheaton/408-west-elm-street/pid_23115785/

February 22 Morning Edition

WIREPOINTS
— Rauner’s attack ads further undermine his credibility in General Assembly – Mark Glennon
http://www.wirepoints.com/rauners-attack-ads-further-undermine-his-credibility-in-general-assembly-quicktake/

 

ABC7
— President Trump says guns only for ‘gun adept teachers’ – AP
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/president-trump-says-guns-only-for-gun-adept-teachers/3123802/

 

NBC5
— Madigan Hires Independent Counsel After Aide Allegations
https://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/madigan-independent-counsel-474790203.html

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Biss, Pritzker clash over who’s bigger Madigan ally; Kennedy sits out debate with bad back – Rick Pearson and Monique Garcia
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-illinois-democratic-governor-debate-pritzker-biss-kennedy-20180221-story.html
— Lipinski, Newman trade barbs at lone debate of nationally watched congressional race – John Byrne
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-lipinski-newman-illinois-3rd-district-democrat-debate-20180221-story.html
— Sears threatened to sue state over tax credit dispute – Lauren Zumbach
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-sears-tax-breaks-lawsuit-threat-0222-story.html
— Ford ousts top exec over ‘inappropriate behavior’ – AP (DIERSEN: The federal government is run by Democrats. All during the almost 3 years that I worked for the Post Office 1966-1969, the almost 9 years that I worked for IRS 1971-1980, and the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO 1980-1997, all of the many federal employees that I worked for, worked with, and/or supervised were Democrats, minorities, females, LGBTQ, veterans, younger than me, older than me, disabled, non-Protestant, and/or non-German national origin. None of those employees ever filed any kind of complaint against me for any kind of discrimination. Nevertheless, because I opposed patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination, the Democrat who ran the Post Office, IRS, and GAO treated me like many discrimination complaints had been filed against me. My Democrat GAO superiors forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, got rid of my mentor in 1987, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take an $19,203 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980. My Democrat IRS superiors did not promote me beyond GS-12, disallowed my education deductions in 1978, got rid of my mentor in 1975, and disallowed my partial day per diem claims in 1974. My Democrat Post Office superiors forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests in 1969 and 1968.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-ford-executive-inappropriate-behavior-0222-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Members of Group A crow about their success in getting rid of members of Group B. Members of Group A are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors and members of Group B are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-diversity-demographics-america-neighborhoods-0222-20180221-story.html

 

DAILY HERALD
— Democratic lawmakers should insist Madigan resign – State Rep. Grant Wehrli
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20180222/democratic-lawmakers-should-insist-madigan-resign

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Recreational marijuana ballot question clears committee – Brenden Moore (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180221/recreational-marijuana-ballot-question-clears-committee
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Ralph Rivera, a lobbyist for the conservative Illinois Family Institute, said he was not against the premise of an advisory question but called the current referendum language “unfair and biased.” He said omitting the second half of the question, which references potential taxation and regulation of the industry, would take the slant out of the question. State Sen. Chris Nybo, R-Elmhurst, said he has not made up his mind on marijuana legalization yet but does not support a ballot initiative, saying questions dealing with property taxes, redistricting and term limits on legislative leaders are higher priorities. “I just have to say that of all the issues that we as a state are facing and that we have an opportunity to present to our citizens in terms of advisory referendums, I would frankly put this one very low down the list,” Nybo said.)
— Gov. Rauner accused of politicizing Janus union dues case – Bernard Schoenburg
http://www.sj-r.com/opinion/20180221/bernard-schoenburg-gov-rauner-accused-of-politicizing-janus-union-dues-case
— Rev. Graham preached ‘moral absolutes’ during 1972 Springfield appearance – Rich Saal (DIERSEN: Those who dominate Illinois are moral relativists a) who believe that their end justifies their means and b) who are disciples of Saul Alinsky. Ever-increasingly, they promote 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, retaliation, and even worse things.)
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180221/rev-graham-preached-moral-absolutes-during-1972-springfield-appearance

 

NORTHWEST HERALD
— Algonquin Township parodied in reprogrammed phone system: ‘For patronage employment information, press one’ – Ed Komenda (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always promoted patronage.)
http://www.nwherald.com/2018/02/21/algonquin-township-lampooned-in-phone-system-for-patronage-employment-information-press-1/a9awnmr/
— Judge dismisses Trust Act lawsuit against McHenry County sheriff
http://www.nwherald.com/2018/02/21/judge-dismisses-trust-act-lawsuit-against-mchenry-county-sheriff/akj9zx8/

 

JOURNAL TOPICS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats get Arlington Heights residents to “Call On Village To Support Tighter Gun Regulations.”
https://www.journal-topics.com/articles/residents-call-on-village-to-support-tighter-gun-regulations/

 

TIMES & SOUTHERN
— Democrats for governor largely focus on Rauner, Trump – AP
http://www.mywebtimes.com/news/local/democrats-for-governor-largely-focus-on-rauner-trump/article_57c0dfff-10f5-55cb-b74e-4ca295f3ee57.html
http://thesouthern.com/news/local/state-and-regional/democrats-for-governor-largely-focus-on-rauner-trump/article_2fc45e50-4d0b-5663-948e-07eb3fb5e3f3.html

 

EAST PEORIA TIMES COURIER
— Rep. Jeanne Ives calls for activism from local business owners – Chris Kaergard
http://www.eastpeoriatimescourier.com/news/20180221/rep-jeanne-ives-calls-for-activism-from-local-business-owners

 

QUAD CITIES ONLINE
— Proud to back Ives for governor – Jeffrey H. Rice, Rock Island
http://qconline.com/opinion/letters/letter-proud-to-back-ives-for-governor/article_7ce55948-5b71-515d-9f9a-ec5364575987.html
— Why vote Ives-Morthland? – Lawrence Bay, Port Byron
http://qconline.com/opinion/letters/letter-why-vote-ives-morthland/article_197247ba-501b-5763-bbd8-4cbb00ca9208.html

 

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Opponents asking authorities to stop ‘Paint the Hall Chief’ – Julie Wurth
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2018-02-21/opponents-asking-authorities-stop-paint-the-hall-chief.html

 

NPR ILLINOIS
— Illinois’ Storied History of Choosing Its Second-in-Command – AMANDA VINICKY (DIERSEN: If I was still the chairman of TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, the organization would have hosted a debate between Morthland and Sanguinetti by now.)
http://nprillinois.org/post/illinois-storied-history-choosing-its-second-command#stream/0

 

POLITICO ILLINOIS
— RAUNER-NORQUIST — In an unusual move, Gov. Rauner sent an aide to speak at an off-the-record meeting on Wednesday with Americans for Prosperity’s Grover Norquist in Washington D.C. Rauner’s aide was “touting the governor as a fiscal conservative” and how his “2019 budget is great for conservatives,” a GOP source told POLITICO. Rauner doesn’t have a lot of friends in that room, many of whom agreed with the National Review’s “Worst Governor in America” declaration. So why send a rep? We’re told the weekly meetings consist of a who’s who of center-right groups — the same groups who could easily provide extra money to Rauner’s primary opponent, state Rep. Jeanne Ives. – Natasha Korecki
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/illinois-playbook/2018/02/22/kennedy-skips-debate-may-show-up-at-bernie-sanders-rally-biss-poll-numbers-ives-blasts-governor-on-quincy-deaths-rauner-aide-at-norquist-meeting-250725

 

CHICAGO NOW
— Conversing w/ Gov. Rauner about winning his Primary, unifying the R Party & fixing the Quincy Vets’ Home – Jeff Berkowitz
http://www.chicagonow.com/public-affairs-with-jeff-berkowitz/2018/02/conversing-w-gov-rauner-about-winning-his-primary-unifying-the-r-party-fixing-the-quincy-vets-home/

 

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim Off Hook in ICE Detention Situation Stimulated by Bruce Rauner’s Signing Sanctuary State Bill
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2018/02/21/prim-off-hook-in-ice-detention-situation/
— Congressman Randy Hultgren on Billy Graham’s Death
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2018/02/21/congressman-randy-hultgren-on-billy-grahams-death/
— Roskam at 100% on Family Research Scorecard
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2018/02/21/roskam-at-100-on-family-research-scorecard/
— Judicial Polling Monday Night
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2018/02/21/judicial-polling-tuesday-night/
— Algonquin Township Phone Hacked
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2018/02/21/algonquin-township-phone-hacked/
— CL Moves to Stricter Regulation of Massage Parlors, Some of Which in Past Have Offered Prostitution
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2018/02/21/cl-moves-to-stricter-regulation-of-message-parlors-some-of-which-in-past-have-offered-prostitution/

 

NEWSMAX
— Trump Touts Concealed Carry for Schools, Urges End to ‘Gun-Free’ Zones – Todd Beamon (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, gun-free zones are the most dangerous places to be in.)
https://www.newsmax.com/headline/parkland-school-shooting-listening/2018/02/21/id/844722/

 

BREITBART
— CPAC Joins the Leftist Social Media Giants in Censoring Conservatives – PAMELA GELLER (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who want to censor me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/21/geller-cpac-joins-leftist-social-media-giants-censoring-conservatives/

 

BARBWIRE
— EXPOSED: COWARDLY CPAC CAVED TO LGBT, NOW IS CRASHING AND BURNING – Arthur Schaper
https://barbwire.com/2018/02/22/exposed-cowardly-cpac-caved-to-lgbt-now-is-crashing-and-burning/

 

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Tea party pushed to Trump’s shadow at CPAC – Seth McLaughlin (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who want to push me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails into their shadows.)
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/21/tea-party-trumps-shadow-cpac-2018/

 

FOX NEWS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats promote a “Florida Student” who says “State Lawmakers Who Refuse to Act on Guns Won’t Get Re-Elected.”
http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/02/21/parkland-florida-student-david-hogg-state-lawmakers-who-refuse-act-guns-wont-get-re

 

HOT AIR
— When Deportations Create More Jobs For Black Workers – JAZZ SHAW
https://hotair.com/archives/2018/02/22/deportations-create-jobs-black-workers/

 

AMERICAN THINKER
— The statistical cost of providing new armed security for public schools – Andrew Solomon
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/02/the_statistical_cost_of_providing_new_armed_security_for_public_schools.html

 

COLLEGE FIX
— White males need not apply: Universities continue to hire faculty that meet diversity quotas – AMANDA TIDWELL (DIERSEN: All during the almost 30 years that I worked for the federal government, my superiors were under tremendous pressure from Democrat politicians a) to hire, retain, and promote young Democrat minorities and young Democrat females and b) to make way for them by getting rid of their employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who had not made GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40.)
http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/42249/

 

NBC NEWS
— Conservative clash over Trump sets stage for CPAC gathering – JONATHAN ALLEN (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, beyond tragically, anti-conservatives are taking control of CPAC.)
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/conservative-clash-over-trump-sets-stage-cpac-gathering-n849661

 

CNN
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats say “Four reasons the NRA should fear the Parkland student survivors.”
https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/21/us/parkland-shooting-youth-social-change/index.html

 

CNBC
— Ex-Obama Transportation secretary Ray LaHood: ‘I’m for Trump’ on raising the gas tax to pay for infrastructure – Matthew J. Belvedere
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/21/ex-transportation-secretary-ray-lahood-likes-trump-gas-tax-hike-call.html

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— Is It Possible to Serve Honorably in the Trump Administration? – Daniel Byman (DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government. To “serve honorably” under those Democrats is to help them a) hire, retain, and promote young Democrat minorities and young Democrat females and b) get rid of their employees who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who did not make GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/21/opinion/serve-honorably-trump-administration.html
— The Boys Are Not All Right – Michael Ian Black (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats shout at boys that they have no future in America unless they are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/21/opinion/boys-violence-shootings-guns.html

 

WASHINGTON POST
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats say “Why the Parkland kids might be different.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2018/02/21/why-the-parkland-kids-might-be-different/

 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
— Trump open to raising minimum age to buy AR-15 after Parkland – CHRISTOPHER BRENNAN
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/trump-open-raising-age-limit-buy-ar-15-report-article-1.3833086

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Trump, at White House Forum, Signals Support for Arming School Staff Students, teachers and families of victims in Florida attack and others share views on preventing more school shootings – Peter Nicholas and Michael C. Bender
https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-at-white-house-forum-signals-support-for-arming-school-staff-1519259320
— Why America Is Going Broke Entitlements are driving deficits and debt. Absent reform, the problem will soon become a crisis. – John F. Cogan
https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-america-is-going-broke-1519254875

 

USA TODAY
— After Parkland, critics blame ‘culture of death’ video games – Greg Toppo
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/02/20/after-parkland-video-games-back-critics-crosshairs/356654002/
— Mexican cartels pushing more heroin after U.S. states relax marijuana laws – David Agren
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/02/20/mexican-cartels-switch-gears-after-u-s-states-relax-u-s-states-legalize-marijuana-mexicos-cartels-sw/343389002/
— Trump supporters, conservatives rage over Russian bot purge, #TwitterLockOut – Jessica Guynn
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2018/02/21/trump-supporters-conservatives-rage-over-russian-bot-purge-twitterlockout/359291002/

 

BLOOMBERG
— Top Political Donors Have Already Given $66 Million for Midterms – John McCormick and Bill Allison (DIERSEN: He who pays the piper calls the tunes. What do you say to activists, to candidates, to elected officials, to party leaders, to political consultants, to etc. who talk and/or act like they serve as operatives or as dupes for whoever gives them the most money? I should write a book about the aforesaid in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and Illinois. They talk and/or act like they have been given and/or promised lots of money, a new home, a new car, a sweetheart job, a sweetheart contract, favorable legislation, and/or more if they succeed in stopping me from sending GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails out.)
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-22/mega-donors-lead-parties-search-for-early-edge-in-u-s-election

 

BUSINESS INSIDER
— A software developer says Google fired him because he spoke out against harassment – Rob Price (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government, if I had not “spoken out” against anything in the Democrat Party platform, the federal government would have promoted me into its Senior Executive Service long before I was 40 years old in 1988 notwithstanding the fact that I am White, male, non-veteran, and I have always been a Republican.)
http://www.businessinsider.com/ex-employee-tim-chevalier-sues-google-diversity-purported-harassment-2018-2

 

GUARDIAN
— Ex-engineer sues Google, saying he was fired for condemning diversity memo – Julia Carrie Wong (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government, if I had not spoken out against anything in the Democrat Party platform, the federal government would have promoted me into its Senior Executive Service long before I was 40 years old in 1988 notwithstanding the fact that I am White, male, non-veteran, and I have always been a Republican.)
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/feb/21/google-lawsuit-tim-chevalier-diversity-james-damore

February 21 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Rauner participates in diversity demonstration involving a glass of milk (DIERSEN: Who does Rauner want to pay the price of Affirmative Action (AA), Diversity, and Inclusion? Democrats want members of the following groups to pay the price of AA, Diversity, and Inclusion: Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, non-veterans, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/rauner-participates-in-diversity-demonstration-involving-a-glass-of-milk/3121131/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats get students to “walk out in solidarity with Florida school shooting survivors seeking gun reform.”
http://abc7chicago.com/students-walk-out-in-solidarity-with-florida-school-shooting-survivors/3119178/

 

NBC5
— ‘Un-edited’ Blagojevich Tape is Actually Heavily Edited in Rauner Ad – Phil Rogers
https://www.nbcchicago.com/investigations/Un-edited-Blagojevich-Tape-is-Actually-Heavily-Edited-in-Rauner-Ad-474780273.html

 

CBS2
— Legionella Bacteria Found At Mendoza’s Office
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2018/02/20/legionella-bacteria-found-at-mendozas-office/
— Ives Attacks Rauner Over New Legionnaires’ Disease Cases – Craig Dellimore
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2018/02/21/ives-attacks-rauner-legionnaires-disease/

 

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— More Democrats want probe into misconduct at Madigan offices – AP
http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/more-democrats-want-probe-into-misconduct-at-madigan-offices

 

WLS AM
— Ives attacks Rauner’s leadership over new Quincy Home Legionnaires case – Bill Cameron
http://www.wlsam.com/2018/02/21/ives-attacks-rauners-leadership-over-new-quincy-home-legionnaires-case/

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Graham’s early ministry took hold in Chicago area, became a megaphone in Wheaton – Manya Brachear Pashman
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-billy-graham-wheaton-20180221-story.html
— Primary opponent Ives slams Rauner over Legionnaire’s crisis at vets’ home – Stefano Esposito
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/primary-opponent-slams-rauners-handling-of-legionnaires-crisis-at-vets-home/
— Rev. Billy Graham dies at 99; ‘America’s pastor’ had roots in Chicago – Neil Steinberg
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/rev-billy-graham-americas-pastor-had-roots-in-chicago/
— McCarthy says he was victim of ‘witch hunt’ to mask City Hall ‘cover-up’ – Fran Spielman
https://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/mccarthy-says-he-was-victim-of-witch-hunt-to-mask-city-hall-cover-up/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats use children as cannon fodder.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/florida-school-shooting-stay-angry-kids-fight-for-saner-gun-laws/
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/huppke/ct-met-parkland-shooting-students-guns-huppke-20180220-story.html

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Rauner ‘re-evaluating’ whether to move veterans out of Quincy home after more Legionnaires’ cases – Rick Pearson
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-bruce-rauner-jeanne-ives-quincy-20180221-story.html
— Illinois Democrats, force Michael Madigan’s hand – Editorial
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-madigan-speaker-illinois-scandal-20180221-story.html
— DISGUSTING, OUTRAGEOUS: Illinois voters could be asked in November about legalizing marijuana – Bill Lukitsch (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-illinois-legislature-marijuana-20180221-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats get “Chicago-area high school students” to chant “save our kids” and to “stage walkouts to demand action on gun violence.”
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/ct-met-high-school-students-gun-control-20180221-story.html

 

DAILY HERALD
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats get “Hundreds of Schaumburg High students” to “walk out of school to call for stricter gun control.”
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180221/hundreds-of-schaumburg-high-students-walk-out-of-school-to-call-for-stricter-gun-control
— Villa Park legislator Deb Conroy calls out ‘harassment’ culture among Madigan staffers – Marie Wilson
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180221/villa-park-legislator-calls-out-harassment-culture-among-madigan-staffers
— $80,000 tollway hire’s last job was selling office furniture in 2001 – Marni Pyke (DIERSEN: GAO audits IRS. In 1980, The Democrats who ran GAO forced me to accept a $19,203 (26%) pay cut to transfer from IRS to GAO. My Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates dismissed/belittled/badmouthed a) my knowledge of IRS that I had gained by working for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $81,071-$91,880, b) my having passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979, c) my having almost completed the requirements for a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul, d) my having earned an MBA from Loyola in 1976, and my having earned a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU in 1970. They would not have forced me to take a pay cut to transfer if I had been a Democrat, a minority, or a female.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180221/80000-tollway-hires-last-job-was-selling-office-furniture-in-2001
— Wheaton College students learning about Graham’s influence – Katlyn Smith
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180221/wheaton-college-students-learning-about-grahams-influence

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Madigan’s leadership becomes Democratic primary litmus test amid handling of harassment complaints – Rick Pearson and Monique Garcia
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180221/madigans-leadership-becomes-democratic-primary-litmus-test-amid-handling-of-harassment-complaints

 

SUBURBAN LIFE
— Wheaton College remembers evangelist Billy Graham
http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2018/02/21/wheaton-college-remembers-evangelist-billy-graham/d1yjc9i/

 

PEORIA PUBLIC RADIO
— Rauner Considers Moving Residents Out of Quincy Veterans’ Home – TONY ARNOLD
http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/rauner-considers-moving-residents-out-quincy-veterans-home#stream/0

 

NPR ILLINOIS
— Trump Backs Arming Teachers During Emotional White House Listening Session – JESSICA TAYLOR
http://nprillinois.org/post/trump-backs-arming-teachers-during-emotional-white-house-listening-session#stream/0

 

SPRINGFIELD PATCH
— AG Candidate Grasso: Harold ‘Has Not Even Tried A Single Case’ In a new radio ad, Republican candidate Gary Grasso described his opponent, Erika Harold, as “untested” and “liberal.” – Jonah Meadows (DIERSEN: I argued a lawsuit before Judge Posner in 1996. SEE: David J. Diersen v. Chicago Car Exchange, Inc., 110 F.3d 481 (7th Cir. 1997), cert. denied, 118 S.Ct. 178 (1997) (http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1385001.html) The lawsuit involved the Federal Odometer Act (FOA), Department of Transportation (DOT) authority to grant exemptions from the FOA, and the sufficiency of material facts that would make a dealer suspicious of a car’s mileage. On September 16, 1996, I presented oral arguments to Chief Judge Posner and Judges Coffey and Kanne. On March 31, 1997, the Appellate Court agreed with me and ruled that DOT lacked authority to grant exemptions to the FOA, and that therefore, its exemption for cars over 10 years old was invalid.)
https://patch.com/illinois/springfield-il/ag-candidate-grasso-harold-has-not-even-tried-single-case

 

FAMILY PAC FEDERAL
— FAMILY-PAC FEDERAL ENDORSEMENTS
https://mailchi.mp/6d86671349eb/family-pac-federal-endorsements

 

DUPAGE COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: For DuPage County voters, the sample ballot for your precinct is available to view and print out.
https://www.dupageco.org/VoterLookup/

 

IVES FOR GOVERNOR
— State Legislators Call on Rauner To End “Shameful Distortions” of Ives’ Record
https://mailchi.mp/e7c4f221dd5d/legislators-call-on-rauner-to-end-shameful-distortions-of-ives-record
— Get Them Out of that Home NOW
https://mailchi.mp/e87b04b45d79/ives-get-them-out-of-that-home-now

 

RAUNER/SANGUINETTI CAMPAIGN
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: The campaign’s list of issues that it cares about does NOT include defending/advancing the traditional family, right to life, immigration, illegal drugs, Second Amendment, or equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks in the Republican Party platform or the Illinois Republican Party platform. Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform.
https://brucerauner.ivolunteers.com/Account/Register

 

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK
— Attorneys for Janus vs. AFSCME case asking Rauner to butt out – Greg Bishop
https://www.ilnews.org/news/state_politics/attorneys-for-janus-vs-afscme-case-asking-rauner-to-butt/article_5fce6660-168d-11e8-ace0-073d7b04dbbe.html

 

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— IVES: “WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THIS GOVERNOR?” OVER REPORTS OF MORE LEGIONNAIRES’ VICTIMS
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/02/ives-what-the-hell-is-wrong-with-this-governor-over-reports-of-more-legionnaires-victims.html
— WHERE’S WEYERMULLER: HEADED FOR DC’S CPAC 2018
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/02/wheres-weyermuller-headed-for-dcs-cpac-2018-.html
— REPUBLICAN PRIMARY CONTENDERS JOIN CALL FOR MADIGAN TO STEP DOWN OVER “SEX IN THE CAPITOL” SCANDAL
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/02/republican-primary-contenders-join-call-for-madigan-to-step-down-over-sex-in-the-capitol-scandal.html
— MLK: “WITHOUT DR. GRAHAM, MY CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WORK WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN AS SUCCESSFUL”
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/02/mlk-without-dr-graham-my-civil-rights-movement-work-would-not-have-been-as-successful.html
— THORNER: PROTECTING UNBORN INNOCENTS LIKELY MORE DIFFICULT IN UPCOMING ILLINOIS LEGISLATIVE SESSION
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/02/thorner-protecting-unborn-innocents-likely-more-difficult-in-upcoming-illinois-legislative-session.html

 

CAPITOL FAX
— GOP legislators demand Rauner stop “shameful distortions and fabrications of Jeanne Ives’ record”
https://capitolfax.com/2018/02/21/gop-legislators-demand-rauner-stop-shameful-distortions-and-fabrications-of-jeanne-ives-record/
— Pro-life group wants direct appeal to Supreme Court on HB40
https://capitolfax.com/2018/02/21/pro-life-group-wants-direct-appeal-to-supreme-court-on-hb40/
— Rauner promises action on Quincy as Ives asks “What the hell is wrong with this Governor?”
https://capitolfax.com/2018/02/21/rauner-promises-action-on-quincy-as-ives-asks-what-the-hell-is-wrong-with-this-governor/
— ILGOP demands Pritzker speak out on Madigan, Pritzker responds
https://capitolfax.com/2018/02/21/ilgop-demands-pritzker-speak-out-on-madigan-pritzker-responds/
— Inspector General Hickey leaving for greener pastures
https://capitolfax.com/2018/02/21/inspector-general-hickey-leaving-for-greener-pastures/
— Grasso radio ad
https://capitolfax.com/2018/02/21/question-of-the-day-2623/

 

BREITBART
— CNN Faces Growing Criticism Over Use of ‘Traumatized’ Children to Push Anti-Gun Agenda – JOHN NOLTE (DIERSEN: Democrats always use children as cannon fodder.)
http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2018/02/21/criticism-grows-cnns-use-children-push-anti-gun-agenda/

 

GATEWAY PUNDIT
— CPAC Cancels Panel on Social Media Censorship – Blocks TGP’s Jim Hoft from Speaking, Slurs Trump Supporters – Jim Hoft
http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/02/cpac-cancels-cpac-panel-social-media-censorship-blocks-tgps-jim-hoft-speaking-slurs-trump-supporters/

 

GOPUSA
— Trump endorses Romney, showing himself the bigger man
http://www.gopusa.com/trump-endorses-romney-showing-himself-the-bigger-man/
— Nancy Pelosi ignores net worth inquiry after lecturing on ‘inordinate wealth’ (DIERSEN: Should I write a book about those who have demonized, denigrated, and condemned me the most as being undeservedly filthy rich? They would not have done that if I had been a Democrat, minority, female, veteran, recent immigrant, non-Protestant, and/or if I had glorified and praised them, pandered to them, served as one of their operatives or dupes, and/or given them lots of money and/or if my wife and I had adopted and/or become foster parents.)
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=39855
— Experts: Recruit non-citizens for military (DIERSEN: From what I see, ever-increasingly, if you did not enlist, the more the following that you are, the more that you are demonized, denigrated, and condemned: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://www.gopusa.com/experts-recruit-non-citizens-for-military/

 

THE HILL
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats get “Shooting survivors” to “push for action in Trump meeting.”
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/374962-florida-shooting-survivors-push-for-action-in-trump-meeting
— Illinois governor drinks chocolate milk during corporate diversity lesson – BRETT SAMUELS (DIERSEN: Who does Rauner want to pay the price of Affirmative Action (AA), Diversity, and Inclusion? Democrats want members of the following groups to pay the price of AA, Diversity, and Inclusion: Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, non-veterans, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/374969-illinois-governor-drinks-chocolate-milk-during-corporate-diversity
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) on Wednesday took a gulp of chocolate milk to demonstrate the positive effects of corporate diversity and inclusion. During an appearance at the Thompson Center in Chicago, Rauner joined Hyatt Hotels diversity and inclusion executive Tyronne Stoudemire to discuss diversity in the workplace. Thompson poured a glass of white milk to demonstrate that most organizations are led by white men. “This chocolate syrup represents diversity,” Stoudemire said, pouring some into the glass. “When you look at most organizations, diversity sits at the bottom of the organization. You don’t get inclusion until you actually stir it up,” he continued, prompting Rauner to stir the syrup into the milk. “Diversity is the mix, and inclusion is making the mix work,” Stoudemire concluded, inviting Rauner to drink the chocolate milk. “It’s really, really good. Diversity!” Rauner declared to the crowd. Rauner is up for reelection in November. He’s facing a primary challenge from state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R). Among the Democratic challengers are Chris Kennedy, the son of Robert Kennedy, and J.B. Pritzker, whose family owns Hyatt Hotels.)

 

CNN
— CNN Tracks Down Trump Supporter, Badgers Her About Possible Russian Ties – Matt Vespa (DIERSEN: CNN will not badger me because Trump got so few votes in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois.)
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2018/02/21/cnn-is-hunting-down-trump-supporters-and-pretty-much-asking-them-if-theyre-russian-agents-n2452005

 

AOL NEWS
— The Florida shooting suspect is poised to inherit an $800,000 trust fund from his dead adoptive parents – MICHELLE MARK (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have demonized me, denigrated, and condemned me the most because my wife and I gave up trying to have children, because we did not adopt, and because we did not become foster parents. Most of them are my Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates.)
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/02/21/the-florida-shooting-suspect-is-poised-to-inherit-an-dollar800000-trust-fund-from-his-dead-adoptive-parents/23367622/

 

WASHINGTON POST
— Conservatives’ annual conference to toast Trump with critics out of sight – David Weigel (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents want me to be “out of sight” at their events. They do not want me a) to know about their events, b) to promote their events, c) to attend their events, or d) to report on their events. They have an extremely low opinion of those like you who read my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/conservatives-annual-conference-to-toast-trump-with-critics-out-of-sight/2018/02/21/ae25e3d0-171c-11e8-8b08-027a6ccb38eb_story.html
— Melania Trump’s parents are legal permanent residents, raising questions about whether they relied on ‘chain migration’ – Carol D. Leonnig, David Nakamura and Nick Miroff
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/melania-trumps-parents-are-legal-permanent-residents-raising-questions-about-whether-they-relied-on-chain-migration/2018/02/21/3b573df8-1687-11e8-8b08-027a6ccb38eb_story.html

 

FED WEEK
— Performance-Based Pay Proposal Reignites Debate over Ratings (DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government. They use the subjectivity in their pay-for-performance systems and their performance rating systems a) to retain and promote their employees who are Democrat, minority, and/or female and b) get rid of their employees who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who did not make GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40.)
http://www.fedweek.com/fedweek/performance-based-pay-proposal-reignites-debate-ratings/

February 21 Morning Edition

NBC5
— Questions Surface About Madigan’s ‘Independent’ Investigation Into Sexual Harassment Allegations Madigan announced Friday that his political organization had retained an “independent counsel” in Kelly Smith-Haley, of Fox Swibel Levin & Carroll, LLP. – Mary Ann Ahern
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/questions-surface-about-madigans-independent-investigation-into-sexual-harassment-allegations-474642713.html

 

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Biss demands Speaker Madigan resign as chairman of Illinois Democratic party – Mike Flannery
http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/democrats-republicans-call-for-speaker-madigans-resignation

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Ex-wife of Elgin man behind basement homeless shelter calls donations ‘sickening’ as thousands owed in child support – Janelle Walker
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/news/ct-ecn-homeless-child-support-st-0221-20180220-story.html
— Report of 4th recent Legionnaires’ case at veterans home comes soon after Democrats call for more action – Bill Lukitsch
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-bruce-rauner-legionnaires-quincy-20180220-story.html
— LGBTQ health care: How to get what you need as concerns rise over new division at HHS – Bill Daley (DIERSEN: To engage in LGBTQ activity is to dramatically increase your risk of having health problems.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/sc-fam-lgbtq-health-care-0220-story.html
— Cities like Detroit, Philadelphia pitching diversity in efforts to lure Amazon, other tech firms – Corey Williams (DIERSEN: To promote diversity is to get rid of those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-cities-diversity-tech-jobs-20180219-story.html
— FRONT PAGE: SIU chancellor, facing probes for hiring family and qualms about his leadership, repays school for daughter’s move – Dawn Rhodes
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-southern-illinois-university-chancellor-controversy-20180215-story.html
— Ex-Chicago weatherman Jerry Taft heads for warmer climes, drives for Uber in retirement – Kim Janssen (DIERSEN: It is sad that Taft has not found something to do in his retirement that makes use of what he learned during his career. Each and every day, I use what I learned working for GAO for almost 18 years, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $96,403-$125,325, and what I learned working for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $81,071-$91,880, as I put GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and send them out. In addition, I use what I have learned as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999 and as the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000 and what I learned as an Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Convention Delegate in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016, an IRP Platform and Resolutions Committee Member in 2008, a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman 2005-2012, a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011, a Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004, an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007, and an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member 2001-2004.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chicagoinc/ct-met-jerry-taft-0221-chicago-inc-20180220-story.html
— After Florida, politics and the clash of death cultures – John Kass
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-met-florida-shooting-politics-john-kass-20180220-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: In a front page top of fold editorial with a big color picture unethically made to look like a news article, Democrats use Florida students to promote more gun control.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-florida-students-gun-law-change-20180219-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: In a front page top of fold editorial in the Naperville Sun unethically made to look like a news article, Democrats use Naperville high school students to promote more gun control.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/news/ct-nvs-naperville-school-shooting-reactions-st-0221-20180220-story.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— ENDORSEMENT: Bruce Rauner for governor in the Republican primary (DIERSEN: The Chicago Sun-Times rejects many planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform, including its traditional family, right to life, and immigration planks. The Chicago Sun-Times promotes LGBTQ activity, abortion, and mass/illegal immigration.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/endorsement-bruce-rauner-for-governor-in-the-republican-primary-jeanne-ives/
— Sen. William Haine rips Rauner on Legionnaires’ response at Quincy veterans home – AP
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/lawmaker-rips-rauner-on-legionnaires-response-at-vets-home/
— ‘Velvet Hammer’ Mike Madigan getting nailed — by more and more fellow Democrats – Tina Sfondeles
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/dem-seeks-independent-probe-of-madigan-organizations-culture-of-harassment/
— New job title for ex-weatherman Jerry Taft: Uber driver – Mitch Dudek (DIERSEN: It is sad that Taft has not found something to do in his retirement that makes use of what he learned during his career. Each and every day, I use what I learned working for GAO for almost 18 years, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $96,403-$125,325, and what I learned working for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $81,071-$91,880, as I put GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and send them out. In addition, I use what I have learned as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999 and as the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000 and what I learned as an Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Convention Delegate in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016, an IRP Platform and Resolutions Committee Member in 2008, a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman 2005-2012, a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011, a Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004, an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007, and an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member 2001-2004.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/new-job-title-for-ex-weatherman-jerry-taft-uber-driver/

 

DAILY HERALD
— Endorsement: Minor for GOP in state House Dist. 42 (DIERSEN: Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform. For you, which factors are most important in deciding which candidate to vote for in a contested Republican primary? For me, it has always been which candidate could and would do the best job of defending and advancing all the planks in the Republican Party and the Illinois Republican Party platforms, especially their traditional family, right to life, and immigration planks. All of my critics/opponents reject one or more of the aforesaid planks and/or promote booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and/or diminution of First and Second Amendment rights.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20180221/endorsement-minor-for-gop-in-state-house-dist-42
— Endorsement: Stella for GOP nomination to Congress from Dist. 11
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20180221/endorsement-stella-for-gop-nomination-to-congress-from-dist-11
— Wheaton council denies plans for addiction treatment center – Katlyn Smith
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180220/wheaton-council-denies-plans-for-addiction-treatment-center
— Madigan’s 3-D strategy (Delay. Deflect. Defer.) put to the test in latest harassment scandal – Dan McCaleb
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20180221/madigans-3-d-strategy-put-to-the-test-in-latest-harassment-scandal
— Rev. Billy Graham, famed evangelist with legacy in the suburbs, dies at 99 – AP
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180221/rev-billy-graham-famed-evangelist-with-legacy-in-the-suburbs-dies-at-99—-
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Graham helped create the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College in 1980. The center is a collaboration of the college and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats use high school students and others to promote more gun control.
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180220/schaumburg-high-students-plan-to-take-part-in-national-walkout-wednesday
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180221/arlington-hts-gun-control-advocates-turn-lobbying-efforts-to-local-mayors

 

NORTHWEST HERALD
— Ives defends ‘edgy’ campaign ads: ‘I stand by it’ (DIERSEN: Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform. Rauner and his supporters reject the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and many other planks in the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) platform. Therefore, to vote for Rauner is to vote to destroy the IRP. Of course, RINOs will vote for Rauner, but how many Democrats, Libertarians, and Greens will cast Republican primary ballots to vote for Rauner?)
http://www.nwherald.com/2018/02/20/gubernatorial-candidate-jeanne-ives-defends-edgy-campaign-ads-i-stand-by-it/afupkky/

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Illinois Democrats, tell Madigan to step aside – Editorial
http://www.sj-r.com/opinion/20180220/our-view-illinois-democrats-tell-madigan-to-step-aside
— Rauner’s budget proposal fails our schoolchildren – Ralph Martire
http://www.sj-r.com/opinion/20180220/ralph-martire-rauners-budget-proposal-fails-our-schoolchildren
— Trump proposal to change SNAP program attracts criticism – Dean Olsen
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180220/trump-proposal-to-change-snap-program-attracts-criticism

 

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— 3 Libertarians think they’re better choices for governor – Tom Kacich (DIERSEN: Overwhelmingly, Libertarians falsely claim to be Republican. I should write a book about Libertarians in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who falsely claim to be Republican. They focus on getting rid of Republicans like me who oppose promoting LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, etc.)
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2018-02-21/tom-kacich-3-libertarians-think-theyre-better-choices-governor.html

 

QUAD CITY TIMES
— Ives won’t abandon voters – Jeffrey H. Rice, Rock Island (DIERSEN: I should write a book about “Republican” elected officials in Illinois who have abandoned Republican voters. Most commonly, these Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, and RINOs abandon the traditional family, right to life, immigration, illegal drugs, Second Amendment, and equal opportunity (no race of gender based preference giving) planks in the Republican Party platform and the Illinois Republican Party platform. Far too often they promote dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, more gun control, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and even worse things.)
http://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/letter-ives-won-t-abandon-voters/article_f5b912e2-baac-5ede-80eb-61431d2fb12d.html

 

QUINCY HERALD WHIG
— Duckworth promises help getting federal dollars for Veterans Home – Doug Wilson (DIERSEN: Did you enlist? How soon, if not already, will Duckworth demonize, denigrate, and condemn Rauner for not being a veteran? Like Trump and I, Rauner could have enlisted, but none of us did. Ever-increasingly, Duckworth takes the lead in slandering Republicans who are White, male, older, Protestant, German-American, non-poor, non-veteran, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. Duckworth’s demographics give her standing to sander and destroy any individual, any organization, any company, any government, or any country that she wants to sander and destroy.)
http://www.whig.com/20180220/duckworth-promises-help-getting-federal-dollars-for-quincy-veterans-home#//
— Veterans Home hearing cut short after Rauner administration officials fail to show – Edward Husar
http://www.whig.com/20180220/veterans-home-hearing-cut-short-after-rauner-administration-officials-fail-to-show#//

 

PEORIA STANDARD
— Ives taking her campaign message to Peoria – Glenn Minnis
https://peoriastandard.com/stories/511347911-ives-taking-her-campaign-message-to-peoria

 

GALESBURG REGISTER MAIL
— Biss touts progressive income tax at Knox event – Rebecca Susmarski (DIERSEN: Who wants you to pay more taxes and what logic do they use? I should write a book about those in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who want me to pay more taxes. They hint/imply/argue/shout that I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth, that I have always been privileged, that the federal government grossly overpaid me, and that my federal retirement benefits are much too generous. They stress that my parents had me baptized as a Missouri Synod Lutheran (MSL), raised me as a MSL, and had me confirmed as a MSL. They stress that I have good health, that I avoided the draft, and that I am White, male, German-American, and my ancestors have been in America since the 1840s. They stress the new cars and collector cars that I own and have owned, the real estate that I bought, the money that I spent on tuition and books to earn master’s degrees and professional certifications, and the money that I saved for retirement. They stress that my wife and I gave up trying to have children, we did not adopt, and we did not become foster parents.)
http://www.galesburg.com/news/20180220/biss-touts-progressive-income-tax-at-knox-event

 

LOYOLA PHOENIX
— Loyola Students Register to Vote as March Primary Elections Approach – Jane Miller (DIERSEN: Democrats focus on groups that they have success in manipulating/dominating. Democrats focus on younger people, minorities, females, those who have less money than others, those who have health problems, recent immigrants, unmarried people, LGBTQ people, those who are anti-Protestant, those who are anti-German American, those who do not want others to own guns, etc.)
http://loyolaphoenix.com/2018/02/loyola-students-register-vote-march-primary-elections-approach/

 

ILLINOIS HOMEPAGE
— Gun control measures filed in state legislature Bans proposed on assault weapons, “ghost guns” – Mark Maxwell
http://www.illinoishomepage.net/news/local-news/gun-control-measures-filed-in-state-legislature/984267293

 

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK
— Calls for investigations, new leadership, rock Democratic Party of Illinois following harassment scandal – Greg Bishop (DIERSEN: As everyone knows, Bruce Rauner owns the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) lock, stock, and barrel. Rauner can use the IRP to destroy any Republican individual, any Republican organization, any Republican company, any Republican government, any Republican activist, any Republican candidate, any Republican elected official, any Republican party leader, any Republican major donor, any political consultant, any Republican journalist, any Republican reporter, any Republican etc. that he wants to.)
https://www.ilnews.org/news/state_politics/calls-for-investigations-new-leadership-rock-democratic-party-of-illinois/article_a978e2ce-1686-11e8-aace-235810769b02.html

 

ILLINOIS LEAKS
— AG: Maine Township repeatedly violated Open Meetings Act – KIRK ALLEN
http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2018/02/ag-maine-township-repeatedly-violated-open-meetings-act/

 

ILLINOIS FAMILY ACTION
— New Jeanne Ives for Governor Ad Highlights Leftist Personal PAC’s Support of Rauner – John Biver
https://illinoisfamilyaction.org/2018/02/new-jeanne-ives-for-governor-ad-highlights-leftist-personal-pacs-support-of-rauner/

 

ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
— Sports Illustrated Strippers – Laurie Higgins
https://illinoisfamily.org/pornography/sports-illustrated-strippers/

 

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— DELAWARE PROPOSAL WOULD ALLOW 5 YEAR OLDS TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN RACE AND GENDER
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/02/delaware-proposal-would-allow-children-to-choose-own-race-and-gender.html
— ANTIFA GROUPS SUPPORT UNIV. OF IL URBANA-CHAMPAIGN INSTRUCTOR WHO PUNCHED TRUMP SUPPORTER
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/02/antifa-groups-support-univ-of-il-urbana-champaign-instructor-who-punched-trump-supporter.html

 

GOPUSA
— Health history of accused Florida shooter shows failure of government agencies
http://www.gopusa.com/health-history-of-accused-florida-shooter-shows-failure-of-government-agencies/

 

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Trump’s base warms to Ted Cruz after president’s amnesty ‘betrayal’ – S.A. Miller
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/20/ted-cruz-stock-rises-trump-base-after-amnesty-betr/

 

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— White House plans to flood the CPAC zone – Sarah Westwood
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/white-house-plans-to-flood-the-cpac-zone/article/2649592

 

DAILY CALLER
— Pelosi Heckled At Town Hall: ‘How Much Are You Worth, Nancy?’ – Christian Datoc (DIERSEN: Usually, Democrats only demonize, denigrate, and condemn Republicans as being rich.)
http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/20/pelosi-heckled-at-town-hall-how-much-are-you-worth-nancy/

 

WORLD NET DAILY
— CPAC BENDS OVER FOR ‘LGBT’ BULLIES Exclusive: Linda Harvey asks, when did a ‘gay’ identity become a conservative value?
http://mobile.wnd.com/2018/02/cpac-bends-over-for-lgbt-bullies/

 

FOX NEWS CHANNEL
— Why are the salaries of a quarter-million federal employees – paid with your tax dollars – a state secret? – Adam Andrzejewski (DIERSEN: Federal employees have always been viciously demonized, viciously denigrated, and viciously condemned as being overpaid. I was a federal employee for almost 30 years. In my defense, I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32.
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/02/21/why-are-salaries-quarter-million-federal-employees-paid-with-your-tax-dollars-state-secret.html

 

POLITICO
— Insurgents jolt Illinois governor’s race Long-shot challengers turn Democratic and Republican primaries upside down. – NATASHA KORECKI and DANIEL STRAUSS (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-conservatives use Pat Brady to demonize, to denigrate, and to condemn conservatives, that is, to demonize, to denigrate, and to condemn the base of the Illinois Republican Party.)
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/21/illinois-governor-rauner-pritzker-417898
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “You cannot lose your base and think you’re going to be elected,” said state Rep. Jeanne Ives, who is tapping into conservative unrest surrounding Rauner after he signed a bill expanding taxpayer funding of abortion. “He’s politically tone deaf if he doesn’t understand that the base will not elect him.” A recent poll from the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling showed even Donald Trump is more popular in the blue state than the Republican governor. While the survey showed 37 percent of Illinois voters held a favorable opinion of Trump and 58 percent gave him an unfavorable rating, Rauner’s favorable rating stood at only 26 percent — with a 63 percent unfavorable rating. Ives still has a ways to go, however: A January poll showed Rauner leading Ives by 40 points, though Ives points out that it was taken before she began an ad campaign that has driven up her name ID. Rauner’s first term has been beset by turmoil, from staff turnover to his handling of a Legionnaire’s disease outbreak at a state-run veterans facility. The controversy surrounding the outbreak grew so intense — in all, 13 veterans died due to the illness — Rauner checked into the facility for a week, declaring the state had a handle on it when he left. But four new cases emerged since last week. And a veteran whom Rauner invited as a guest to the State of the State address later tested positive for the bacteria. With Rauner’s attention trained elsewhere — and on Pritzker — the little-known Ives quietly gained momentum, tapping into party loyalists angered over Rauner’s signature on a bill expanding taxpayer funding of abortion. She collected scattered local endorsements and delivered a dominating performance at a live-streamed newspaper debate. Then came a difference-making contribution: conservative millionaire donor Dick Uihlein gave $2.5 million to Ives, allowing her to air TV ads attacking the governor. And in addition to support from Uihlein, she has received contributions from Chicago Bears owner Virginia McCaskey, Otto Engineering’s Tom Roeser and Huizenga Capital’s Peter Huizenga. Dan Proft, an Ives campaign strategist who once supported Rauner, expects the GOP base to come through for Ives. “We are continuing to raise money from small donors, more than 1,000 such donors in the past four weeks, as well as individuals with more means who can write five- and six-figure checks,” Proft said in an email. “Ives will not only compete but she will [bring] the upset if we are able to get to the threshold resources needed to introduce herself, expose the real Rauner record on both moral and fiscal issues to the 800,000 GOP primary voters, 80% of whom self-identify as conservative. That is a work in progress.” Pat Brady, a former state Republican Party chairman, insisted that conservative primary challenges in Illinois are nothing new, and called Ives a “longshot” whose positions are well outside the party mainstream. He pointed to an Ives ad that was so controversial that some of the most conservative members of the GOP called on her to take it down. “There’s always a protest candidate,” said Brady, a Rauner supporter. “They always get a certain number [of votes], but she’s kind of shot herself early on with the racist ad and some of the positions she’s taken.” Ives’ stances might even be too hardline for the Republican Governors Association to support her in a state like Illinois — the RGA, whose policy is to support incumbents, would likely not play in the general election if Rauner loses, according to an operative close to the organization. “Rep. Ives is simply unelectable,” said Rauner campaign spokesman Will Allison. “Governor Rauner has a plan to cut taxes and reform government, and that’s why he will win this primary and defeat J.B. Pritzker in November.”)
— Behind the minimum wage fight, a sweeping failure to enforce the law Raising hourly pay is a rallying cry for 2018, but states often fail to get workers the money that’s owed them. – MARIANNE LEVINE
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/18/minimum-wage-not-enforced-investigation-409644
— What Happens When Your Town Lands on the Hate Map You freak out. You try and clear your name. You get nowhere. – TONY REHAGEN (DIERSEN: Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs have given the Southern Poverty Law Center the power to destroy any individual, any organization (like TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois), any company, any government, and any country that does not promote LGBTQ activity.)
https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/02/21/splc-hate-map-gurnee-illinois-217036

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE: DIERSEN HEADLINE: In a front page top of fold editorial with a big color picture unethically made to look like a news article, Democrats use teenagers to promote more gun control.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/20/us/parkland-students-shooting-florida.html
— Billy Graham, 99, Dies; Pastor Filled Stadiums and Counseled Presidents – Laurie Goodstein
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/21/obituaries/billy-graham-dead.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: After graduating from the Bible Institute, Mr. Graham went to Wheaton College in Illinois, among the nation’s most respected evangelical colleges. At Wheaton, from which he received a degree in anthropology in 1943, he met Ruth McCue Bell, a fellow student whose father was Dr. L. Nelson Bell, a prominent Presbyterian missionary surgeon who had spent many years in China.)
— Tax Overhaul Gains Public Support, Buoying Republicans – Ben Casselman and Jim Tankersley (DIERSEN: What about those like my wife and I who continue to pay the marriage penalty big time? What about those like my wife and I who pay more than $10,000 a year in SALT taxes, have lots of medical and dental expenses, and give money to 501(c)(3) organizations?)
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/19/business/economy/tax-overhaul-survey.html
— How to Monitor Fake News A software technique could help oversee the spread of disinformation. – Tom Wheeler
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/20/opinion/monitor-fake-news.html
— FRONT PAGE: On Social Media, Lax Enforcement Lets Impostor Accounts Thrive – Nicholas Confessore and Gabriel J.X. Dance
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/20/technology/social-media-impostor-accounts.html

 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-conservative says “Trump to cavort with LaPierre, NRA pals at annual right-wing lovefest.”
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-nra-pals-cavort-annual-right-wing-lovefest-article-1.3832761

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Better Background Gun Checks One way to help keep guns from the ill and dangerous. – Editorial
https://www.wsj.com/articles/better-background-gun-checks-1519170972

 

USA TODAY
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: How common is sexual misconduct in Hollywood? A USA TODAY SURVEY OF 843 WOMEN IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY FOUND 94% SAY THEY’VE EXPERIENCED HARASSMENT OR ASSAULT. – Maria Puente and Cara Kelly (DIERSEN: Democrats run Hollywood.)
https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2018/02/20/how-common-sexual-misconduct-hollywood/1083964001/


DETROIT METRO TIMES
— Under Trump, a growing number of metro Detroit millennials are turning to socialism A budding force – Violet Ikonomova
https://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/under-trump-a-growing-number-of-metro-detroit-millennials-are-turning-to-socialism/Content

 

VANITY FAIR
— “LESS INTELLECTUAL AND MORE SALACIOUS”: COMMERCIALIZED, TRUMPIFIED, CPAC IS ADRIFT With American conservatism currently a one-man show, no wonder the right’s most important conference is not drawing the way it did in the Obama years. – TINA NGUYEN
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/02/commercialized-trumpified-cpac-is-adrift

February 20 Evening Edition

ABC7
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats use Parkland students to promote more gun control.
http://abc7chicago.com/parkland-students-going-to-state-capital-to-push-for-gun-law-changes/3113727/

 

NBC5
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats use Florida survivors to promote more gun control.
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international/Parkland-School-Tragedy-Survivors-Heading-to-Tallahassee-Vocal-in-Push-For-Gun-Laws–474587963.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Democrat State Rep. Kelly Cassidy seeks independent probe of Madigan organization’s ‘culture of harassment’ – Tina Sfondeles
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/dem-seeks-independent-probe-of-madigan-organizations-culture-of-harassment/
— Trump: Dems defended election integrity until they lost – AP
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/trump-democrats-barack-obama-elections-russian-meddling/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats use Florida survivors to promote more gun control.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/florida-survivors-lawmakers-on-collision-course-over-guns/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— DuPage judge Patrick O’Shea’s actions weren’t criminal when he fired gun in his home, lawyer argues at trial – Clifford Ward
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-dupage-judge-on-trial-20180220-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Kane County Judge Keith Johnson, who is hearing the case to avoid conflict of interest issues, ordered O’Shea to return to court March 2, when Johnson said he would rule on a defense motion to dismiss the case at the trial’s midpoint.)
— Democratic lawmakers call for independent sexual harassment probe not involving Speaker Madigan – Monique Garcia
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-speaker-madigan-harassment-democratic-primary-20180220-story.html
— The great Bernie Sanders/messy car correlation – Heather Wilhelm (DIERSEN: The cars that you own now and the cars that you have owned say more about you than anything that you can say about yourself. I bought my first new car in 1966 when I was 17. My daily driver is a 2003 Chevy Cavalier LS that I bought from my aunt in 2010. Five other cars that I own are: 1972 Chevy Corvette* that bought in 1971, 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX*, 2005 Chevy Corvette*, 2013 Dodge Charger R/T Max*, and 2016 Ford Mustang*. Previously, I bought a 1958 Chevy BelAir in 1964, 1962 Chevy BelAir in 1971, 1962 Chevy Impala SS in 1989, 1966 Pontiac Tempest Sprint* in 1966, 1968 Oldsmobile 442* in 1967, 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 1n 1994, 1969 Dodge Charger SE* in 1968, 1974 Dodge Dart* in 1973, 1978 Chevy Chevette* in 1978, 1978 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale* in 1978, 1990 Ford Thunderbird LX* in 1989, 1993 Ford Thunderbird* in 1993, and 1997 Chevy Cavalier* 1996. (* = bought new))
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-wilhelm-heather-bernie-sanders-0220-story.html
— Fewer international students are coming to American universities. That’s a problem. – Michael A. McRobbie (DIERSEN: Every slot that a citizen of a foreign country takes is a slot that a citizen of America cannot take.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-students-international-american-universities-tuitions-0920-story.html
— More teens sneaking vaping devices that look like flash drives, markers into suburban high schools – Vikki Ortiz Healy (DIERSEN: Of course, if pot is legalized for recreational use, teens will sneak more and more and more of it into high schools.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-juul-ecigarettes-at-schools-20180209-story.html
— Scott Pruitt, flying high on the taxpayer’s dime – Editorial
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-pruitt-travel-first-class-20180216-story.html
— 4th Legionnaires’ case in a week confirmed at Quincy veterans home – AP
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-legionnaires-quincy-veterans-home-20180220-story.html

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Florida massacre pushes guns to front burner in Illinois campaigns – GREG HINZ
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20180220/BLOGS02/180229988/florida-massacre-pushes-guns-to-front-burner-in-illinois-campaigns

 

BUREAU COUNTY REPUBLICAN
— Ives defends her record from Rauner attacks Governor ‘lying,’ lawmaker says – Jim Dunn
http://www.bcrnews.com/2018/02/18/ives-defends-her-record-from-rauner-attacks/az8za94/

 

WAND TV
— Legionnaires’ report inquiry ignored by Rauner administration – Doug Wolfe
http://www.wandtv.com/story/37551158/legionnaires-report-inquiry-ignored-by-rauner-administration

 

ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE
— METRO EAST TAXPAYERS STRUGGLE TO KEEP UP WITH STATE SPENDING – Vincent Caruso
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/metro-east-taxpayers-struggle-to-keep-up-with-state-spending/

 

IVES FOR GOVERNOR
— Ives Renews Call For Madigan To Step Down, End ‘Mad Men’ Era in IL Politics
https://mailchi.mp/87c88defb633/ives-renews-call-for-madigan-to-step-down-end-mad-men-era-in-il-politics
— Rauner Rebuked for Reckless Comments, Misrepresentation of Involvement in Case before SCOTUS
https://mailchi.mp/7b97b8b15c03/rauner-rebuked-for-reckless-comments-misrepresentation-of-involvement-in-case-before-scotus

 

DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Ives calls recent Rauner endorsements a sham – Glenn Minnis
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511347017-ives-calls-recent-rauner-endorsements-a-sham
— Kinzler greets commuters with cookies – Chandra Lye
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511347409-kinzler-greets-commuters-with-cookies

 

CAPITOL FAX
— Rauner on pension cost-shift’s impact on property taxes: “It’ll help bring them down”
https://capitolfax.com/2018/02/20/rauner-on-pension-cost-shifts-impact-on-property-taxes-itll-help-bring-them-down/
— Fourth Legionnaires’ case confirmed at Quincy veterans’ home
https://capitolfax.com/2018/02/20/fourth-legionnaires%e2%80%99-case-confirmed-at-quincy-veterans-home/
— Two Metro East GOP primaries take sharp turns toward weirdness
https://capitolfax.com/2018/02/20/two-metro-east-gop-primaries-take-sharp-turns-toward-weirdness/
— Agencies a no-show for Senate hearing on Quincy veterans’ home
https://capitolfax.com/2018/02/20/agencies-a-no-show-for-senate-hearing-on-quincy-veterans-home/

 

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— CPAC keeps NRA executive Wayne LaPierre’s name off schedule after Florida shooting – Sarah Westwood |
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/cpac-organizers-keep-nra-executives-name-off-event-schedule-in-aftermath-of-school-shooting/article/2649540

 

THE HILL
— Dems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee – AMIE PARNES AND ALEXANDER BOLTON (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the Democrat Party wants candidates 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-draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long.)
http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/374522-dems-ponder-gender-politics-of-2020-nominee

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Elizabeth Warren Lectures Native Americans About Pocahontas Credit for exposing the senator’s ‘cultural appropriation’ goes in part to Donald Trump. – Jason L. Riley
https://www.wsj.com/articles/elizabeth-warren-lectures-native-americans-about-pocahontas-1519168877

February 20 Morning Edition

ABC7
— Madigan cuts ties with top campaign worker over ‘inappropriate behavior’ – Craig Wall
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/madigan-cuts-ties-with-lobbyist-and-top-campaign-worker/3110131/

 

CBS2
— Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Face High School Students (DIERSEN: Questions that all Republican candidates in Illinois should be asked include: a) If elected, can and will you defend and advance all the planks in the Republican Party and the Illinois Republican Party platforms including their traditional family, right to life, immigration, illegal drugs, Second Amendment, and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks and b) If elected, can and will you oppose, vote against, and/or veto anything and everything that promotes dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, diminution of First and Second rights, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation?)
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2018/02/19/gubernatorial-candidates-face-high-school-students/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: With one month until the March 20 primary, six Democratic candidates hoping to unseat Gov. Bruce Rauner took part in a debate Monday, fielding questions from 50 of Illinois’ youngest voters.)

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Pritzker now at $56 million, topping Rauner’s $50 million in gov race
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-jb-pritzker-bruce-rauner-cash-20180219-story.html
— Sexual harassment pledge (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the more of the following that you are, the more that anti-Trumps paint you as being a sexual harasser and even worse things who should be gotten rid of: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-jb-pritzker-bruce-rauner-cash-20180219-story.html
— Madigan parts ways with second operative after female lawmaker alleges ‘abuse of power’ – Ray Long and Monique Garcia (DIERSEN: Who has power in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois? Those who abuse their power a) promote those who glorify and praise them, who pander to them, who serve as their operatives or dupes, and/or who give them money and b) demonize, denigrate, condemn, and get rid of those like me who refuse to do the aforesaid. I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who abuse their power.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-speaker-madigan-shaw-decremer-misconduct-20180219-story.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Chicago-area students grill gubernatorial candidates; Kennedy and Biss feud – Pete Grieve (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would say that I “grilled” those who spoke at TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois meetings, picnics, and Christmas parties. They did not want me to ask candidates if they could and would defend and advance a) all the planks in the Republican Party platform and the Illinois Republican Party platform and the b) the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling if they were elected.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/chicago-area-students-grill-gubernatorial-candidates-kennedy-and-biss-feud/
— School closing protesters take their pleas to mayor’s house – Lauren FitzPatrick (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents a) have tremendous religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois. They blame me for all of their problems, for all of your problems, for all of my problems, and for all of everyone’s problems. They are scapegoaters supreme. How soon will they have their operatives and their dupes picket my home? Will they pay them at least $15/hour? Just kidding, but not completely.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/school-closing-protesters-take-their-pleas-to-mayors-house/
— JOB OPENING: Executive Editor, Chicago Reader (DIERSEN: Should I apply? Just kidding. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress that I do not have a degree in journalism and that no one has paid me for what I have done as the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000. In my defense, I worked for GAO for almost 18 years as an analyst, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $96,403-$125,325. Much of what GAO analysts do very similar to what journalists do.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/job-opening-executive-editor-chicago-reader/
(FROM THE ANNOUNCEMENT: Skills required: Solid editorial judgment and ethics Ability to edit complicated stories and make them clear for readers Demonstrated track record of using innovative approaches to build audience Knows how to enterprise stories to differentiate the Reader product from competition Thrives under deadline pressure Working knowledge of digital platforms and social media, including best practices Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or related field 5+ years relevant experience Editorial management experience, a plus Strong talent development skills Experience working with other senior management leaders to constantly consider new and better ways to tell a story)

 

DAILY HERALD
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats get Arlington Heights residents to call for tighter gun control.
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180219/arlington-heights-residents-call-for-tighter-gun-control
— FRONT PAGE: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Republicans demonize, denigrate, and condemn Republican elected officials who support the Second Amendment.
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180220/gun-rights-groups-giving-to-illinois-republicans-in-congress
— Endorsement: Wynes for the GOP in Congress Dist. 10
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20180220/endorsement-wynes-for-the-gop-in-congress-dist-10

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— This Chicago law firm has the rights stuff – CLAIRE BUSHEY (DIERSEN: What if Stowell & Friedman had agreed to represent me in Diersen v. GAO? What is the law firm’s position on representing federal employees who are Republican, White, male, old, and/or non-veteran like me who like me allege political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation?)
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20180216/ISSUE01/180219932
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Stowell & Friedman belongs to an elite class of plaintiffs law firms that have made money in the decidedly unglamorous world of civil rights law. The firm specializes in class-action lawsuits that attack systemic problems and has scored victories against Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, MetLife, Wells Fargo and the city of Chicago. The firm has recovered more than $900 million in damages for victims of discrimination and harassment since its founding in 1989. (Typically, courts award attorneys working on contingency a fee equal to 25 percent of damages.) Ten lawyers work at its 26th-floor location in the Loop, and the glass walls of the offices are etched with handwritten letters of grateful clients. MANY CALLS, FEW LAWSUITS Stowell & Friedman files fewer than one lawsuit for every 250 requests for representation. Since the fall, the office has been fielding calls from women, many of whom work in low-wage industries, who mention the #MeToo movement and their own fatigue at the lack of progress in gender equality. The fight against racial discrimination continues, too: The firm sued Morgan Stanley on Feb. 1 in New York on behalf of a broker who said he received poor reviews, lower pay and an insulting nickname because he is black. (Morgan Stanley denies the allegations.)

 

WTTW
— Democratic Candidates for Governor Want Madigan to Resign – Amanda Vinicky (DIERSEN: Who wants you to resign? They following want me to resign: those who a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid and/or 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 longer than their ancestors.)
https://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2018/02/19/democratic-candidates-governor-want-madigan-resign

 

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Shimkus, Davis lead Illinois politicians in NRA funding – Tom Kacich
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2018-02-20/shimkus-davis-lead-illinois-politicians-nra-funding.html

 

HERALD & REVIEW
— Ives, Kennedy launch new TV ads in race for governor – RICK PEARSON
http://herald-review.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/elections/ives-kennedy-launch-new-tv-ads-in-race-for-governor/article_a49fb2f5-a459-5394-859c-088233bb4401.html

 

NORTHERN STAR
— WNIJ radio funding at risk – Michael Urbanec (DIERSEN: Who puts your financial situation at risk? For me, it is a) those fight to cut/eliminate my Civil Service Retirement System pension, my federal health, dental, and vision insurance subsidy, and my Social Security and b) those who fight to increase my expenses, especially those who fight to increase my real estate tax bill, those who fight to get Illinois to tax my retirement income, and those who fight to make me pay more federal income tax.)
http://northernstar.info/news/wnij-radio-funding-at-risk/article_eed3c974-1532-11e8-a838-07b8b322fe9b.html

 

JACKSONVILLE JOURNAL COURIER
— President Trump versus Trump voters – Steve Hochstadt
http://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/119425/commentary-president-trump-versus-trump-voters

 

BELLEVILLE NEWS DEMOCRAT
— Stormy Daniels to make Southern Illinois stop during tour – MARY COOLEY
http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article201046639.html

 

SAUK VALLEY
— All roads lead to disintegration if they’re not fixed – Editorial
http://www.saukvalley.com/2018/02/17/svm-editorial-all-roads-lead-to-disintegration-if-theyre-not-fixed/as4442i/

 

NPR ILLINOIS
— Trump Endorses Romney For U.S. Senate, But Does It Signal Détente? – SCOTT NEUMAN
http://nprillinois.org/post/trump-endorses-romney-us-senate-does-it-signal-d-tente#stream/0
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats use students to promote more gun control.
http://nprillinois.org/post/varied-reaction-florida-school-shooting#stream/0

 

CHICAGO MAROON
— Gov. Rauner Hopes to Offload Pension Costs to Schools (DIERSEN: In 1997, the Democrats who ran GAO offloaded me onto the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). CSRS should sue GAO. If my Democrat GAO superiors had not succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old, so far, in today’s dollars, I would have paid into the CSRS $179,110 (245 months X $731/month) instead of CSRS paying me $1,058,890 (245 months X 4,322/month).)
https://www.chicagomaroon.com/article/2018/2/20/gov-rauner-hopes-push-responsibility-pensions-scho/

 

POLITICO ILLINOIS
— ‘IT’S ABOUT A CULTURE’ (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, because I support the equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) plank in the Republican Party platform, if I sought any kind of government or political office, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would demonize me, denigrate me, and condemn me as being a racist, a sexist, and even worse things. They would specifically blame me for every defeat that all Republican candidates who are minorities and/or females suffered in Illinois since 2000.)
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/illinois-playbook/2018/02/20/madigan-mayhem-debate-debacle-joe-kennedy-in-town-249550
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In a prepared statement released Monday in response to Decremer’s removal, Conroy lamented a culture of “harassment and bullying” that she and others have had to withstand. “Like many women in Illinois government and politics, I have been impacted by a culture that condones harassment and bullying. I have had the opportunity to effectively address the ways that I have been personally impacted,” Conroy said. “But this is not about any one person, it’s about a culture that needs to change. I’m encouraged by courageous voices like that of Alaina Hampton and by the changes that have been addressed by Speaker Madigan’s office. There is still more work to do.”)

 

FAMILY PAC
— Family-Pac Endorsements 2018 March 20 Primary
https://mailchi.mp/30c1db97621b/family-pac-endorsements?e=8dc9fff257

 

UPSTREAM IDEAS
— How Rauner Became The “Worst Republican Governor In America”
http://upstream-ideas.com/upstream-ideas/ideas/how-rauner-became-the-worst-republican-governor-in-america

 

IVES FOR GOVERNOR
— Kankakee Daily Journal Endorses Jeanne Ives for Governor
https://ivesforillinois.com/kankakee-daily-journal-endorses-jeanne-ives-for-governor/

 

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Latest Political Staffer Sent to Purgatory by Embattled Mike Madigan Ran Vicious Campaigns Against David McSweeney & Steve Reick
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2018/02/19/latest-political-staffer-sent-to-purgatory-by-embattled-mike-madigan-ran-vicious-campaigns-against-david-mcsweeney-steve-reick/
— Taxpayers Finance Jack Franks’ Congratulatory Messages to School Students
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2018/02/19/taxpayers-finance-jack-franks-congratulatory-messages-to-high-school-students/

 

WEST CENTRAL REPORTER
— Discontent with GOP endorsement process ‘a sign of the times.’ Petty says – Glenn Minnis
https://westcentralreporter.com/stories/511347014-discontent-with-gop-endorsement-process-a-sign-of-the-times-petty-says

 

NORTH COOK NEWS
— Republican Katie Miller says Madigan needs to step down as speaker – Angela Underwood
https://northcooknews.com/stories/511347392-miller-says-madigan-needs-to-step-down-as-speaker

 

PRAIRIE STATE WIRE
— How Rauner Became The “Worst Republican Governor In America”
https://prairiestatewire.com/stories/511347477-il-rising-how-rauner-became-the-worst-republican-governor-in-america

 

ILLINOIS FAMILY ACTION
— What’s the Deal with Illinois GOP Lawmakers? – Laurie Higgins (DIERSEN: Outstandingly, both Roskam and Hultgren endorsed me when I first ran for DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 Republican Committeeman in 2000.)
https://illinoisfamilyaction.org/2018/02/whats-the-deal-with-your-lawmaker/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: If your Republican state rep. and/or senator has not endorsed Jeanne Ives, ask him or her why not. For example, ask U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam why he hasn’t endorsed her by sending an email to info@roskamforcongress.com. I’ll tell you what they likely won’t. They’re perpetually running for office, and the “social issues” unnerve them. Ives dared to touch the third rail of politics, and pusillanimous politicians fear touching her. Good thing these lawmakers weren’t around when slavery or civil rights legislation was the third rail. Timorous lawmakers rationalize their cowardice by saying it’s good strategy to avoid the “social issues,” because if they address them, they supposedly can’t get re-elected. And if they can’t get re-elected, then they can’t do all the AMAZING good work they do on other issues. (The truth is most Republicans are so ignorant of issues related to homosexuality and the “trans” ideology, they couldn’t sensibly talk about them even if they had the spine to do so.) And so it goes, with each election cycle ensuring that the critical social issues will not be addressed. The GOP is corroded from within by their self-fulfilling prophesies. Outstanding people like Ives will not choose to run, and the party will become a sickly, rotting shell composed of people who have no idea that the “social issues” are more critical to the health and welfare of society than are tax rates or that the “social issues” affect everything, including public education, social welfare costs, religious liberty, speech rights, and children’s rights. Now, go call your Republican lawmakers and ask them why they haven’t endorsed Ives.)

 

CAPITOL FAX
— Ives, Kennedy up with two new ads
https://capitolfax.com/2018/02/20/ives-kennedy-up-with-two-new-ads/
— Candidates lash out at Pritzker after WCIA cancels debate (DIERSEN: If I was still the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, the organization would be hosting candidate debates for a) Rauner v. Ives, b) Sanguinetti v. Morthland, c) Harold v. Grasso, d) Stella v. Vlakancic, e) Minor v. Grant v. Byrne, f) Kinzler v. Orozco, g) Zito v. Khouri, h) Mendrick v. Bibbiano, i) Tornatore v. DeMichele v. Gavanes, j) Hart v. Abbott v. Tully, k) McGowen v. Almiron v. Eckhoff v. Zaruba v. Tatro v. Chinchilla, l) Wiley v. Zay v. McQuade, m) Illinois Republican Party State Central Committee candidates, n) etc.)
https://capitolfax.com/2018/02/20/candidates-lash-out-at-pritzker-after-wcia-cancels-debate/

 

GOPUSA
— More laws do not a moral people make
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=39656
— Obnoxious, ignorant teens now demand curbs on guns
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=39758
— Apple Removes Easter from iPhone Calendar — What’s Next?
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=39786

 

PRAGERU
— National Petition to End Google Censorship – Dennis Prager
http://pragerustopcensorship.pagedemo.co/

 

BREITBART
— American Conservative Union Leaders on CPAC Lineup, Donald Trump’s GOP, Conservative Movement Takeover: ‘We Feel Vindicated’ – Matthew Boyle (DIERSEN: Tragically, every year, CPAC gets more and more and more Libertarian.)
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/19/exclusive-acu-leaders-on-cpac-lineup-donald-trumps-gop-conservative-movement-takeover-we-feel-vindicated/

 

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Conservatives convene mega-meet in red-swathed America – Ralph Z. Hallow (DIERSEN: Tragically, every year, CPAC gets more and more and more Libertarian.)
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/20/cpac-conservatives-convene-mega-meet-red-swathed-a/

 

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON
— Security Officials Recommended Pruitt Fly First Class Media fail to mention high level of death threats against Pruitt and his family -Elizabeth Harrington (DIERSEN: Are you a Republican Precinct Committeeman/Captain who is well-known in your precinct? I am well-known in my gerrymandered DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 in Wheaton. From what I see, the more votes that Clinton got in your precinct than Trump got (Clinton got 211 votes and Trump got only 137 in my gerrymandered precinct), the more likely that anti-Trumps will harass/insult/threaten you when you deliver Republican literature in your precinct. Should I wear a body camera when I deliver Republican literature in my precinct? Anti-Trumps in my precinct know that if they attack me, no one will come to my defense. They know that those who dominate Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois who claim to be conservative and/or Republican have a strong history of not coming to my defense. My precinct was gerrymandered in 2015. The precinct’s polling place is now far away. I am no longer a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member, etc.)
http://freebeacon.com/issues/security-officials-recommended-pruitt-fly-first-class/
— CBS Host to Podesta: Why Did the Russians Know to Focus on Michigan and Wisconsin When Clinton Didn’t? – David Rutz
http://freebeacon.com/politics/cbs-host-to-podesta-why-did-the-russians-know-to-focus-on-michigan-and-wisconsin-when-clinton-didnt/
— Marine Corps Eases Requirement that Has Inhibited Female Infantry Officers – Natalie Johnson (DIERSEN: Since the 1960s, ever-increasingly, to help hire, retain, and promote minorities and females, the federal government has lowered its hiring, retention, and promotion standards and made its standards much more subjective. The federal government has eliminated the Federal Service Entrance Examination which I passed in 1970. IRS and GAO have eliminated passing the CPA examination to get promoted. I passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979. I passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981. I became a licensed CPA in 1981, a Certified Fraud Examiner in 1990, a Certified Government Financial Manager in 1994, a Certified Financial Services Auditor in 1996, and a Forensic Accountant in 1997.)
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/marine-corps-eases-requirement-inhibited-female-infantry-officers/
— Podesta Dodges Questions on Dems Distancing Themselves From Bill Clinton Amid #MeToo Movement – Jack Heretik (DIERSEN: What about Clinton’s avoiding the draft like Trump and I did? Of course, to discredit me, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes shout at veterans, and especially at veterans who are involved in government and/or politics, that I avoided the draft.)
http://freebeacon.com/politics/podesta-dodges-questions-dems-distancing-bill-clinton-amid-metoo-movement/

 

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Is Trump conservative enough, and does CPAC care? – W. James Antle III (DIERSEN: Tragically, every year, CPAC gets more and more and more Libertarian.)
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/is-trump-conservative-enough-and-does-cpac-care/article/2649283

 

ABC NEWS
— Ex-workers at Russian ‘troll factory’ trust US indictment – AP
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/workers-russian-troll-factory-trust-us-indictment-53211063

 

NBC NEWS
— Trump endorses Romney for Senate bid in Utah (DIERSEN: Which candidates seek your endorsement and why? According to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, my endorsement is the kiss of death because I am “too conservative” and even worse things. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid and/or 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 longer than their ancestors.)
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/trump-endorses-romney-senate-bid-utah-n849466
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Asked Friday if he would seek or accept Trump’s endorsement, Romney demurred but said they had talked on the phone two or three times in recent months and had a cordial and respectful relationship. Within minutes of Trump’s tweet Monday night, Romney sent one of his own: “Thank you Mr. President for the support. I hope that over the course of the campaign I also earn the support and endorsement of the people of Utah.”)

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— Tax Overhaul Gains Public Support, Buoying Republicans – Ben Casselman and Jim Tankersley (DIERSEN: What about those who pay more than $10,000 a year in SALT taxes? What about those who pay the marriage penalty?)
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/19/business/economy/tax-overhaul-survey.html
— After Florida School Shooting, Russian ‘Bot’ Army Pounced – Sheera Frenkel and Daisuke Wakabayashi
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/19/technology/russian-bots-school-shooting.html
— If you want to understand the priorities of a technology company, first look at the seating chart. – Cade Metz (DIERSEN: In 1990, my Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were beyond furious when I was able to get a preferred corner office a) because I had been promoted to GS-13 in 1986 and b) because I had more federal seniority because my almost 3 years at the Post Office and my almost 9 years at IRS was added to my 10 years at GAO.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/19/technology/ai-researchers-desks-boss.html

 

WASHINGTON POST
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Republicans blame Republicans for mass shootings.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/most-americans-say-trump-congress-not-doing-enough-to-stop-mass-shootings-post-abc-poll-finds/2018/02/19/3d0005dc-15af-11e8-92c9-376b4fe57ff7_story.html
— The European ‘conservatives’ invited to this week’s CPAC conference are the ones Europe didn’t want – Rick Noack (DIERSEN: Who from Illinois did CPAC invite to speak? Tragically, every year, CPAC gets more and more and more Libertarian.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/02/20/the-european-conservatives-invited-to-this-weeks-cpac-conference-are-the-ones-europe-didnt-want/

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Facebook Battles New Criticism After U.S. Indictment Against Russians Comments by Facebook’s head of advertising after indictment spark further backlash – Georgia Wells and Robert McMillan
https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-battles-new-criticism-after-u-s-indictment-against-russians-1519066080?mod=djemwhatsnews
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats a) blame Republicans for gun violence and b) use students to further erode Second Amendment rights.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/students-ratcheting-up-anti-gun-protests-after-school-shooting-1519085007
— Trump Backs Effort to Improve Background Checks for Guns A bipartisan bill, introduced after church shooting in November, provides incentives for states to upload conviction records into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System – Julie Bykowicz and Siobhan Hughes
https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-backs-effort-to-improve-background-checks-for-guns-1519065073
— Investor Sentiment Proves Robust as U.S. Yield Closes In on 3% This year’s rise in yields points to a long-awaited return to economic normalcy, overcoming fears about the staying power of the postcrisis recovery – Daniel Kruger
https://www.wsj.com/articles/investor-sentiment-proves-robust-as-u-s-yield-closes-in-on-3-1519122601

 

EDITOR & PUBLISHER
— Washington Post Video Series Documents ‘How to Be a Journalist’ – Rob Tornoe (DIERSEN: Should I sue those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who hint/imply/argue/shout that I am not a journalist? Should I sue those who hint/imply/argue/shout a) that liberals can be journalists, but conservatives like me cannot be journalists, b) that Democrats can be journalists, but Republicans like me cannot be journalists, c) that you are not a journalist unless you are paid to be a journalist, and/or d) you are not a journalist unless you have a degree in journalism? Just kidding, but not completely.)
http://www.editorandpublisher.com/columns/digital-publishing-washington-post-video-series-documents-how-to-be-a-journalist/

February 19 Evening Edition

ABC7
— President Trump slams ‘insecure’ Oprah – CNN
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/president-trump-slams-insecure-oprah-/3108079/

 

NBC5
— Another High-Ranking Madigan Aide Dismissed Over Allegations of Misconduct – Mary Ann Ahern
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/another-high-ranking-madigan-aide-dismissed-over-allegations-of-misconduct-sources-say-474507473.html
— Madigan Sends Letters to Lawmakers Addressing Handling of Harassment Allegations – Mary Ann Ahern
https://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/mike-madigan-pair-of-letters-on-sexual-harassment-allegations-474431673.html

 

CBS2
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote Islam.
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2018/02/19/hijab-billboards-chicago/

 

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say that Trump is the “worst U.S. president.”
http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/national/trump-ranked-as-worst-us-president-according-to-political-scientist-survey

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Ives, Kennedy airing new TV ads in governor’s race – Rick Pearson
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-illinois-governor-race-ads-20180219-story.html
— GOP opponents Durkin and Straub say Illinois pension reform is priority, but have different paths to get there – Jesse Wright
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/western-springs/news/ct-dlg-82nd-illinois-house-gop-primary-tl-0222-20180219-story.html
— Trump lashes out over Russia probe in angry and error-laden tweetstorm – Josh Dawsey and Philip Rucker (DIERSEN: What do you say to my critics/opponents who have their operatives and their dupes scour my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for typos and other errors? Do my critics/opponents pay their operatives and their dupes at least $15/hour?)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-russia-probe-fbi-20180218-story.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Another Madigan aide gone after allegations of ‘inappropriate behavior’ – Sam Charles
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/shaw-decremer-madigan-operative-removed-inappropriate-behavior/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps get teens to “press for gun control outside White House.”
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/florida-school-shooting-white-house-protest-gun-control/
— Ford sexual harassment hearing a risky business for Chicago aldermen – Fran Spielman
https://chicago.suntimes.com/autos/ford-sexual-harassment-hearing-a-risky-business-by-chicago-aldermen/
— The ‘permatemp’ serfdom of Chicago workers in the junk economy – Editorial
https://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/cloverhill-permatemp-serfdom-chicago-workers-junk-economy-hispanic-black-little-debbie/
— When ‘only the most unscrupulous get ahead,’ it erodes America – Robert Reich (DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government. To get ahead in the federal government, you have to help your superiors get rid of their employees who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who did not make GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/robert-reich-when-only-most-unscrupulous-get-ahead-erodes-america/

 

DAILY HERALD
— DuPage judge Patrick O’Shea’s delayed trial scheduled to begin Tuesday in Kane County – Justin Kmitch
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180219/dupage-judges-delayed-trial-scheduled-to-begin-tuesday-in-kane-county
— Suburban lawmaker: Gun restraining order could prevent tragedies – Lauren Rohr
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180219/suburban-lawmaker-gun-restraining-order-could-prevent-tragedies
— Three Republicans squaring off in DuPage District 1 board race – Robert Sanchez
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180219/three-republicans-squaring-off-in-dupage-district-1-board-race
— Kane sheriff hopefuls differ on how to fight heroin, opioid abuse – Harry Hitzeman
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180219/kane-sheriff-hopefuls-differ-on-how-to-fight-heroin-opioid-abuse

 

WTTW
— Carl Segvich: Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 11th District – Nick Blumberg
https://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2018/02/19/carl-segvich-candidate-cook-county-commissioner-11th-district

 

NORTHWEST HERALD & DEKALB DAILY CHRONICLE
— Gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives calls Gov. Bruce Rauner the ‘crony capitalist’ to blame for in Illinois budget woes
http://www.nwherald.com/2018/02/19/candidate-jeanne-ives-gov-bruce-rauner-a-crony-capitalist-in-illinois-budget-woes/apn6lop/
http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2018/02/19/candidate-jeanne-ives-gov-bruce-rauner-a-crony-capitalist-in-illinois-budget-woes/apn6lop/

 

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— PRIMARY 2018 QUESTIONNAIRES: 15th Congressional District Democrats – Tom Kacich (DIERSEN: All questionnaires for Republican candidates should include: a) If elected, can and will you defend and advance all the planks in the Republican Party and the Illinois Republican Party platforms including their traditional family, right to life, immigration, illegal drugs, Second Amendment, and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks and b) If elected, can and will you oppose/vote against/veto anything that promotes dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, diminution of First and Second rights, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation?)
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2018-02-19/primary-2018-questionnaires-15th-congressional-district-democrats.html

 

SUBURBAN LIFE
— Assault weapons ban demanded at Downers Grove vigil – BOB RAKOW
http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2018/02/19/assault-weapons-ban-demanded-at-downers-grove-vigil/dp3k4sw/

 

PEORIA PUBLIC RADIO & NPR ILLINOIS & NORTHERN PUBLIC RADIO
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats encourage children to engage in LGBTQ activity.
http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/proposal-could-bring-lgbtq-pioneers-illinois-classrooms#stream/0
http://nprillinois.org/post/setting-record-not-so-straight-rights-group-pushes-inclusive-history-il-classrooms#stream/0
http://northernpublicradio.org/post/proposal-aims-diversify-history-lessons

 

NORTHERN PUBLIC RADIO
— NIU Official Says Governor’s Higher Education Budget Falls Short – GUY STEPHENS
http://northernpublicradio.org/post/niu-official-says-governors-higher-education-budget-falls-short

 

IVES FOR GOVERNOR
— Ives Sets the Record on Her Record Straight “Only one candidate for Governor consistently fights for Illinois taxpayers.”
https://mailchi.mp/745f210233dd/ives-sets-the-record-on-her-record-straight

 

CHICAGO CITY WIRE
— Irish American blog site blasts Rauner politicking at slain officer’s funeral, cites growing support for Ives – W.J. Kennedy
https://chicagocitywire.com/stories/511347387-irish-american-blog-site-blasts-rauner-politicking-at-slain-officer-s-funeral-cites-growing-support-for-ives

 

WILL COUNTY GAZETTE
— GOP ‘bought and paid for’ by Rauner, Straub says – Glenn Minnis
https://willcountygazette.com/stories/511346158-gop-bought-and-paid-for-by-rauner-straub-says

 

PR WATCH
— Billionaire vs. Billionaire: Illinois Governors Race Breaking All State Campaign Finance Records – Don Wiener (DIERSEN: Since 2000, I have promoted my competitors. I should write a book about my competitors who have spent hundreds of thousands dollars if not millions of dollars trying to get people a) to read their emails instead of GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, b) to visit their websites instead of visiting www.gopillinois.com, and c) to read their Facebook postings instead of GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. I should write another book about my competitors who have done everything that they can to a) discourage me from putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out and b) discourage everyone from reading the emails. I should write another book about my competitors who blacklist because I refuse to carry out their blacklist orders.)
https://www.prwatch.org/news/2018/02/13321/billionaire-vs-billionaire-illinois-governors-race-breaking-all-state-campaign

 

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— NEW IVES AD FOCUSES ON RAUNER BETRAYING SOCIAL CONSERVATIVES AS MARCH 20TH PRIMARY NEARS
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/02/new-ives-ad-focuses-on-rauners-betrayal-of-states-social-conservatives.html
— RAUNER CAMPAIGN MENTIONS THE WORDS “DONALD TRUMP”
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/02/breaking-rauner-campaign-mentions-the-words-donald-trump.html
— WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PLANNED PARENTHOOD
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/02/what-you-need-to-know-about-planned-parenthood.html
— WEYERMULLER: THOUSANDS PAY RESPECT TO SLAIN CHICAGO POLICE COMMANDER
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/02/weyermuller-thousands-gather-to-pay-respects-to-fallen-chicago-police-commander.html
— CLERICAL ERROR MISTAKENLY TIES LIBERTY PRINCIPLES PAC TO PRO-MADIGAN MAILING
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/02/clerical-error-mistakenly-ties-liberty-principles-pac-to-pro-madigan-mailing.html
— ALL ILLINOIS GOP CONGRESS MEMBERS RECEIVE 100% RATING ON FAMILY GROUP’S SCORECARD
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/02/all-illinois-gop-congress-members-receive-100-rating-on-family-groups-scorecard.html

 

CAPITOL FAX
— Madigan operative removed from campaigns after complaints, Biss demands resignation of party chairmanship
https://capitolfax.com/2018/02/19/madigan-operative-removed-from-campaigns-after-complaints/
— Rauner slammed from the right over Janus case
https://capitolfax.com/2018/02/19/rauner-slammed-from-the-right-over-janus-case/
— Rotering’s new ad slams Quinn; Biss is up on Downstate TV; Pritzker reloads; Kankakee Daily Journal endorses Ives; IDCCA unveils zero-tolerance policy and pledge
https://capitolfax.com/2018/02/19/holiday-monday-quick-takes-roterings-new-ad-slams-quinn-biss-is-up-on-downstate-tv-pritzker-reloads-daily-journal-endorses-ives/

 

GOPUSA
— Women’s March activists rush in to organize gun control demands
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=39674
— Blaming an inanimate object for evil avoids examination of our culture
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=39633
— 90% of illegals arrested in ICE sweep were repeat offenders
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=39624
— Trump blasts FBI over Florida school shooting, faces backlash
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=39658
— FBI let us down — Wray should resign
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=39628
— Limbaugh calls for staff concealed carry in schools after Florida shooting
http://www.gopusa.com/limbaugh-calls-for-staff-concealed-carry-in-schools-after-florida-shooting/
— Trump supports Cornyn background check that requires federal agencies to report
http://www.gopusa.com/trump-supports-cornyn-background-check-that-requires-federal-agencies-to-report/

 

BREITBART
— Apple iPhone Update Removes Easter from Calendar – CHARLIE NASH
http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/02/19/apples-recent-iphone-update-removes-easter-from-calendar/

 

FOX NEWS
— Former Mexican Pres. Fox: FL Shooting ‘What You Get’ With ‘Racist’ Trump’s ‘Violent Language’
http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/02/17/florida-school-shooting-vicente-fox-mexico-responds-trump

 

NATIONAL REVIEW
— If Your Voters were Persuaded by Bad Russian Ads, They Were Never Your Voters – JIM GERAGHTY
https://www.nationalreview.com/blog/the-morning-jolt/if-your-voters-were-persuaded-by-bad-russian-ads-they-were-never-your-voters/

 

THE HILL
— Calls mount from Democrats to give platform to Trump accusers – MIKE LILLIS (DIERSEN: Should I give platform to my accusers? My accusers have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout. They use their failed/nasty/troubled/vicious operatives and dupes to do their dirty work.)
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/374323-calls-mount-from-dems-to-give-platform-to-trump-accusers?userid=3526
— Trump supports efforts to improve gun background checks – JORDAN FABIAN AND REBECCA SAVRANSKY
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/374506-white-house-trump-supports-efforts-to-improve-federal-background
— Congress punts fight over Dreamers to March – JORDAIN CARNEY
http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/374326-congress-punts-fight-over-dreamers-to-march

 

CBS NEWS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps use Duckworth to do their dirty work, like insulting Trump. Because Duckworth is a U.S. Senator, female, minority, disabled, pregnant, and a veteran, Duckworth can get away with slandering and libeling any and all individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries. Democrats have put Duckworth “above the law.” Because of her demographics, no jury would ever convict her of anything.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/sen-tammy-duckworth-is-still-breaking-down-barriers-and-she-likes-it/

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Tax Regulations at Center of GOP Dispute Treasury and IRS have historically been shielded from full oversight when implementing tax rules – Richard Rubin
https://www.wsj.com/articles/tax-regulations-at-center-of-gop-dispute-1519075607

February 19 Morning Edition

CBS2
— Thousands In Chicago Protest Gun Laws Following Florida Shooting (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Why don’t they protest the root causes of crime? ANSWER: They are Democrats.)
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2018/02/18/gun-laws-protest-chicago/

 

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Thousands march in Chicago to demand gun reform (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Why don’t they march against the root causes of crime? ANSWER: They are Democrats.)
http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/thousands-march-in-chicago-to-demand-gun-reform

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Survivors of deadly school shooting lash out at Trump – AP (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Why don’t they lash out at the root causes of crime? ANSWER: They are Democrats.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/survivors-of-deadly-school-shooting-lash-out-at-trump/
— Marchers demand better gun-control measures in wake of Florida school shooting – Rachel Hinton (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Why don’t they march against the root causes of crime? ANSWER: They are Democrats.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/florida-school-shooting-gun-control-march-chicago/
— EPA head expenses nearly $200,000 in travel over 6 months – AP (DIERSEN: If I sought a government or political office, my critics/opponents would have their operatives and their dupes obtain all the travel vouchers that I submitted while I worked for GAO 1980-1997, for IRS 1971-1980, and for the Post Office 1966-1969. They would stress the partial day per diem requests I submitted in 1974. SEE: https://www.gao.gov/products/463866 They would stress that the Park Forest Post Office approved my mileage reimbursement requests that I submitted a) in 1966 and 1967 for using my 1966 Pontiac Tempest Sprint to deliver mail, b) in 1968 for using my 1968 Oldsmobile 442 to deliver mail, and c) in 1969 for using my 1969 Dodge Charger SE to deliver mail.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/epa-head-expenses-nearly-200000-in-travel-over-6-months/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Group of 5 men robbing people in Loop subway pedestrian tunnels, police say – Liam Ford
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-loop-subway-robberies-photos-20180218-story.html

 

DAILY HERALD
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Naperville gearing up for start of special census – Marie Wilson (DIERSEN: Who encourages or discourages people from moving to and/or staying in your precinct, your municipality, your township/ward, your county, and Illinois? I should write a book about individuals, organizations, companies, and governments that a) encourage Democrats and b) discourage Republicans from moving to and/or staying in my precinct, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180219/naperville-gearing-up-for-start-of-special-census
— FRONT PAGE WITH COLOR PHOTO OF TRUMP: HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Survivors lash out at president – AP (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Why don’t they lash out against the root causes of crime? ANSWER: They are Democrats.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20180218/news/302189966/
— Wheaton vigil honors Florida shooting victims
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180218/wheaton-vigil-honors-florida-shooting-victims

 

WGN TV
— Illinois Senate Republican leader Bill Brady talks budget, Republican politics in this election year. – TOM HUSH
http://wgnradio.com/2018/02/18/illinois-senate-republican-leader-bill-brady-talks-budget-republican-politics-in-this-election-year/

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— After-school programs on chopping block again – Jason Nevel (DIERSEN: How much money did your father earn when you were in grade school? Because my father earned enough money a) that he could send me to Trinity Lutheran Grade School in Crete 1953-1961 and then to Hope Lutheran Grade School in Park Forest 1961-1962 to stay with the Missouri Synod and b) that my mother could stay home and raise me, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always viciously demonized me, denigrated me, and condemned me as a) having been born with a silver spoon in my mouth, b) having always been privileged, and c) having always been undeservedly filthy rich. My outstanding father never earned more than about $45,000/year in today’s dollars.)
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180218/after-school-programs-on-chopping-block-again

 

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— Democratic primary for Peoria County auditor features political newcomers – Matt Buedel (DIERSEN: Who paints you as being a newcomer? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois continue to paint me as being a newcomer even though I have lived in my precinct since 1984, in Wheaton, Milton Township, and DuPage County since 1978, and in Illinois since 1948. They stress that unlike me, they were born and raised in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, and/or DuPage County, that they attended grade school and high school there, that they attended churches there, that they raised children there, etc. They viciously demonize, denigrate, and condemn my hometown of Crete where I lived 1948-1972, where my ancestors have lived since 1854, and where my brother continues to live in a home that my grandfather had built in 1926 on land his grandfather bought in 1864.)
http://www.pjstar.com/news/20180218/democratic-primary-for-peoria-county-auditor-features-political-newcomers
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Rotherham, 35, is a certified public accountant who has a decade of experience auditing government entities, private businesses and financial institutions — first at accounting firm Clifton Gunderson and later at her father’s firm, Rotherham & Company. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois, which at the time had the top ranked accounting program in the nation. “A licensed CPA is important because that credential is a symbol of trust and professionalism in the business world — and it shows a commitment to continuing education,” Rotherham said. Thomas, 33, also studied accounting and earned a bachelor’s degree from Grambling State University in Louisiana before furthering her education at Kaplan University in Iowa, where she earned a master’s degree in business administration. During her time in Louisiana, Thomas worked in the corporate accounting office of a staffing agency, but the direction of her professional ambitions changed when she moved back home to Peoria. She now works with a not-for-profit group, but declined to identify the organization out of respect for its non-partisan nature.)

 

DEPAULIA
— Rauner takes aim at teacher pensions – Jonathan Ballew (DIERSEN: One could argue that Republicans have taken aim at married couples who pay more than $10,000 a year in real estate taxes and state income taxes. If there was no marriage penalty, instead of $10,000, the SALT cap would be $20,000 for married filing jointly.)
http://depauliaonline.com/32741/news/gov-rauner-takes-aim-at-teacher-pensions/

 

CONGRESSMAN PETER ROSKAM
— Feb 11-17 Weekly Roundup (DIERSEN: (DIERSEN: Government should encourage marriage and homeownership. The $10,000 SALT cap discourages marriage and home ownership. My wife and I have paid the marriage penalty big time since we got married in 1978. Further, under the new Republican tax law, if there was no marriage penalty, instead of $10,000, the SALT cap would be $20,000 for married filing jointly.)
https://iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter.aspx?id=122538&c=IL06PR
(FROM THE ROUNDUP: During another Ways and Means hearing this week, Rep. Roskam questioned Treasury Secretary Mnuchin about an unresolved issue affecting many Illinoisans who chose to pay 2017 property taxes early. While no solution or conclusion was reached at the hearing, Rep. Roskam has been working closely with the IRS and the Treasury department to resolve this issue for the residents of Illinois. The Department of the Treasury will determine if they will allow Illinois to deduct their 2017 pre-paid property taxes with no limitation; meanwhile, Rep. Roskam will continue to advocate for the residents of Illinois before the Treasury Department on this matter.)

 

TOWNHALL
— Rush Limbaugh: We Need Concealed-Carry in Schools – Timothy Meads (DIERSEN: One could argue that the most dangerous place to be is in a “gun-free zone.”)
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/timothymeads/2018/02/18/rush-limbaugh-we-need-concealedcarry-in-schools-n2450989

 

BLAZE
— Facebook VP says mainstream media distorted Russia’s interference in US politics – Teri Webster (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have hinted/implied/argued/shouted the most at Republican candidates in Illinois since 2000 that me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails caused them a) to lose elections and/or b) to get fewer votes in elections that they won. The elections include primary and general elections for U.S. Senate and Congress; Illinois Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Comptroller, Senator, and Representative; DuPage County Board, Board Chairman, Auditor, Circuit Court Clerk, County Clerk, Coroner, Recorder, Sheriff, State’s Attorney, Superintendent of Educational Services, and Treasurer; DuPage County Forest Preserve President and Commissioner; Milton Township Supervisor, Assessor, Highway Commissioner, Clerk, and Trustee; and Wheaton Mayor and City Councilman.)
https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/02/18/facebook-vp-says-mainstream-media-distorted-russias-interference-in-us-politics/
— NBC hires Olympian who bashed Mike Pence for his Christian beliefs on gay marriage – Chris Enloe (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrat employers make it clear that unless you promote LGBTQ activity, a) they will not hire you, retain you, or promote you and b) they will get rid of you. My refusal to promote LGBTQ activity is one reason why my Democrat GAO superiors forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, got rid of my mentor in 1987, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take an $19,203 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980.)
https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/02/18/nbc-hires-olympian-who-bashed-mike-pence-for-his-christian-beliefs-on-gay-marriage/

 

BREITBART
— Rush Limbaugh on Florida Shooting: Gun-Free School Zones Mean Only the Attacker Is Armed – AWR HAWKINS (DIERSEN: One could argue that the most dangerous place to be is in a “gun-free zone.”)
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/18/rush-limbaugh-gun-free-school-zones/

 

NEWSMAX
— Bill Gates Slams GOP Tax Legislation: ‘I Need to Pay Higher Taxes’ – Brian Freeman
https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/bill-gates-tax-reform-legislation-wealthy-republicans/2018/02/18/id/844062/
— Rush Limbaugh: ‘We Need Concealed Carry in These Schools’ – Erick Mack (DIERSEN: One could argue that the most dangerous place to be is in a “gun-free zone.”)
https://www.newsmax.com/headline/rush-limbaugh-gun-free-zones-problem-more-security/2018/02/18/id/844026/

 

CNN
— Women’s March organizers are planning a national student walkout to protest gun violence – Isabella Gomez and Amanda Jackson (DIERSEN: Of course, anti-Trumps blame gun violence on those individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/18/us/national-student-walkout-womens-march-trnd/index.html

 

ABC NEWS
— Russian influence operation attempted to suppress black vote: Indictment – MATTHEW MOSK TRISH TURNER KATHERINE FAULDERS
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/russian-influence-operation-attempted-suppress-black-vote-indictment/story?id=53185084

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: How Unwitting Americans Encountered Russian Operatives Online – SCOTT SHANE (DIERSEN: I should write a book about unwitting people in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who my critics/opponents have had the most success in manipulating and/or dominating them. My critics/opponents have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois. My critics/opponents have an extremely low opinion of my intelligence, my judgment, my motives, my values, my accomplishments, my etc. They blame me for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems. Sadly, they have had lots of success a) in turning unwitting people against me and b) turning unwitting people into their operatives and into their dupes.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/18/us/politics/russian-operatives-facebook-twitter.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: But the online pitches reached a big audience. In written answers to questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee, Facebook said some 338,300 people saw the announcements of rallies promoted by the bogus pages — and 62,500 said they planned to attend one. Those numbers are modest against the background of the entire presidential campaign, but they show that the Russians were able not just to attract Americans to their ersatz groups but actually manipulate their actions.)
— Google Chrome Now Blocks Irksome Ads. That’s a Good Thing, Right? – John Herrman
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/18/business/media/google-chrome-ad-block.html
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: A Pointed Question in Australia: ‘Is Taiwan Part of China?’ – Damien Cave and Xiuzhong Xu (DIERSEN: I should write a book about the many questions that my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government asked me to confirm that I had been baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran and that I was conservative, patriotic, Republican, non-poor, a gun owner, 100% German American, a draft avoider, that my ancestors had been in America since 1844, that opposed promotion of LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, diminution of First and Second Amendment rights, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation and that I had been a union member while I worked for the Post Office and IRS and that my wife and I had given up trying to have children, we did not adopt, and we did not become foster parents. They did not have to ask much about my or my wife’s finances because they had access to our tax returns and my annual financial disclosure statements.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/18/world/australia/china-taiwan-discrimination.html

 

WASHINGTON POST
— Waking up to China’s infiltration of American colleges – Josh Rogin (DIERSEN: Of course, those who promote China have no problem with this.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/waking-up-to-chinas-infiltration-of-american-colleges/2018/02/18/99d3bee8-13f7-11e8-9570-29c9830535e5_story.html

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats use students who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School a) to blast lawmakers for taking contributions from the NRA and b) to call on them to enact new gun-control laws.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/after-florida-school-shooting-some-gop-lawmakers-renew-gun-control-talk-1518983067
— For Tech Giants, Halting Russian Meddling in U.S. Politics Won’t Be Easy Despite thousands of employees and billions in revenue, Facebook, Alphabet and Twitter were unable to fend off a small group of provocateurs – Robert McMillan and Georgia Wells (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes simultaneously, concurrently, and at the same time hint/imply/argue/shout a) that no one reads my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails and b) that my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails have caused all the defeats that Republicans have suffered in Illinois since 2000.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/for-tech-giants-halting-russian-meddling-in-u-s-politics-wont-be-easy-1518958801
— Russian Influence Operation Allegedly Ran Like a Propaganda Startup Federal indictment describes Internet Research Agency as having deep understanding how to use Silicon Valley technology to sow discord – Robert McMillan, Deepa Seetharaman, and Georgia Wells (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who since 1999 have had the greatest success in sowing discord in the Milton Township Republican Central Committee, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants, etc.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/russian-influence-operation-allegedly-ran-like-a-propaganda-startup-1518872400
— Family Who Housed Florida School Shooter Describes the Days Before the Attack Nikolas Cruz ‘followed [the rules] to the T,’ father of family says
https://www.wsj.com/articles/family-who-housed-florida-school-shooter-describes-the-days-before-the-attack-1519015615

 

USA TODAY
— No, there have not been 18 school shootings already this year – David Mastio
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/02/16/parkland-school-shooting-no-there-have-not-been-18-school-shootings-already-year-column/343100002/