August 15 Evening Edition

ABC7
— GOP looks ahead to 2020 election during Republican Day at Illinois State Fair – Craig Wall
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/republicans-look-ahead-to-2020-at-state-fair/5470032/
— Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar denied entry to Israel because of ‘boycott activities’ – AP
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/israel-bans-entry-to-tlaib-omar-over-boycott-activities/5469893/
— Walmart says it sells 20% of ammunition in US, defends gun sales after mass shootings – EDITH HONAN
https://abc7chicago.com/walmart-says-it-sells-20-of-ammunition-in-us-defends-gun-sales-after-mass-shootings/5470795/

NBC5
— Steve Scalise Tells Illinois GOP It Can Recover by Rebuilding Scalise was the featured speaker at Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair
https://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/steve-scalise-tells-illinois-gop-it-can-recover-by-rebuilding-545314661.html

CBS2
— Former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh Calls President Trump ‘Unfit Con Man’ – CNN
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/08/15/former-illinois-congressman-joe-walsh-calls-president-trump-unfit-con-man/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Beleaguered state GOP gathers at Illinois State Fair, with leaders acknowledging ‘we had a rough year’ – RICK PEARSON and JAMIE MUNKS
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-illinois-state-fair-republicans-day-20190815-vhc5vhc4mzbyjan36sj72an6he-story.html
— OUTSTANDING: La Grange Park Board shows reluctance on allowing recreational marijuana sales – HANK BECKMAN
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/la-grange/ct-dlg-lagrange-park-recreational-marijuana-tl-0822-20190815-3h43mkokpfbt5n73q3ifdvy5pi-story.html
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: ‘Wisconsin’s going to come’: Winthrop Harbor notes border location in discussing recreational cannabis regulations – MARY MCINTYRE
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/ct-lns-winthrop-harbor-cannabis-meeting-st-0815-20190814-dtr4wjfsx5fnnh7fndkxtubvra-story.html
— OUTSTANDING: On Jan. 1, recreational marijuana sales will be banned in Highland Park. – KAREN BERKOWITZ
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/highland-park/ct-hpn-highland-park-waiting-on-marijuana-tl-0822-20190815-hhp33lz5gvgptfjup44ssiqgzq-story.html
— Church in a gay bar: Queer Chicagoans find ways to merge religion and identity – NICOLE BLACKWOOD (DIERSEN: How much pressure is your church under to promote LGBTQ activity?)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/ct-life-queer-religion-0815-20190815-tpkf3ghjgbgu7geqkhr42gbvbu-story.html
— Make gun owners buy insurance – ED RAMPELL (DIERSEN: Make people who drink booze, gamble, smoke pot, etc. buy insurance.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-opinion-gun-owners-mandatory-insurance-20190815-jupjhzpwhzaexlsjtsikuhi3ry-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Divided, defeated state GOP looks back on ‘rough year,’ but vows to rebuild, fight Pritzker tax plan There was no sugarcoating it at the dour breakfast before the party’s pep rally at the Illinois State Fair. Things are not great for the state’s Republicans a year after Gov. Bruce Rauner lost re-election, and Pritzker quickly racked up major legislative accomplishments. – Tina Sfondeles 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2019/8/15/20807272/divided-defeated-illinois-gop-republican-day-vows-rebuild-fight-pritzker-tax-plan
— Secretary of State Jesse White won’t seek reelection — for real this time White will finish out his term and won’t seek re-election, spokesman Dave Druker told the Chicago Sun-Times Thursday. Druker said White has plenty to do in life ‘beyond being secretary of state.’ – Tina Sfondeles and Rachel Hinton 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2019/8/15/20806978/illinois-secretary-of-state-jesse-white-not-seek-reelection

DAILY HERALD
— COD board makes it official: Mediator to help with contract talks – Robert Sanchez
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190815/cod-board-makes-it-official-mediator-to-help-with-contract-talks

HERALD & REVIEW
— Gathering in Springfield, Illinois Republicans say state’s political pendulum due to swing right – JERRY NOWICKI 
https://herald-review.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/gathering-in-springfield-illinois-republicans-say-state-s-political-pendulum/article_c4aece59-797b-5383-b9cf-2e62d68123a8.html

NORTHERN PUBLIC RADIO
— Illinois Republicans Confident Of Comeback – SAM DUNKLAU 
https://www.northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-republicans-confident-comeback

FOX ILLINOIS
— OUTSTANDING: LDS Church clarifies ‘Word of Wisdom’ on vaping, green tea, coffee, marijuana, opioids – Adam Forgie
https://foxillinois.com/news/nation-world/lds-church-clarifies-word-of-wisdom-on-vaping-green-tea-coffee-marijuana-opioids

EVANSTON NOW
— Panel to sort through over 100 reparations ideas – Bill Smith (DIERSEN: Are you a Republican? How much reparations do the Democrats in your neighborhood, in your precinct, in your municipality, in your county, in Illinois, and in America want you to pay? How much reparations have you paid already? Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion are reparations.) 
https://evanstonnow.com/story/government/bill-smith/equity/2019-08-15/82677/panel-to-sort-through-over-100-reparations-ideas

CENTER SQUARE
— Illinois’ statehouse majority Democrats celebrate while minority Republicans look to reverse course – Greg Bishop
https://www.thecentersquare.com/illinois/illinois-statehouse-majority-democrats-celebrate-while-minority-republicans-look-to/article_3feaeaf6-bfa3-11e9-b2cb-43ad2d9355c5.html

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Fox News anchor stops Border Patrol Council VP after he says ‘invasion’ – Mike Brest (DIERSEN: According to Trump-haters, there is no invasion.) 
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/fox-news-anchor-stops-border-patrol-council-vp-after-he-says-invasion
— Students fall behind while schools focus on social justice – Nicole Russell
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/students-fall-behind-while-schools-focus-on-social-justice

FOX NEWS
— Newest anti-Trump Republican Joe Walsh tries to shed history of incendiary remarks – Adam Shaw
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/joe-walsh-shed-history-of-incendiary-remarks
— Michael Goodwin: The New York Times has lost its way in its hatred for President Trump – Julia Musto
https://www.foxnews.com/media/michael-goodwin-the-new-york-times-has-lost-its-way-in-its-hatred-for-president-trump

CONSERVATIVE REVIEW
— Ilhan Omar’s and Rashida Tlaib’s Israel-bashing just got them barred from Israel – Nate Madden ·
https://www.conservativereview.com/news/ilhan-omars-rashida-tlaibs-israel-bashing-just-got-barred-israel/

CONSERVATIVE HQ
— Assault on America, Day 225: Cultural retreat spells death for conservatives hoping to MAGA – Jeffrey A. Rendall
http://www.conservativehq.com/article/30820-assault-america-day-225-cultural-retreat-spells-death-conservatives-hoping-maga

CONSERVATIVE DAILY NEWS
— Schumer Tells Trump To Spend Border Wall Funds Fighting Domestic Terrorism – Matt M. Miller
https://www.conservativedailynews.com/2019/08/schumer-tells-trump-to-spend-border-wall-funds-fighting-domestic-terrorism/

NEWSMAX
— Democrats Taking a Page From the Stalin Playbook – Wayne Allyn Root 
https://www.newsmax.com/wayneallynroot/democrats-stalin/2019/08/15/id/928696/

THE HILL
— El Paso’s Republican mayor says Trump called him a ‘RINO’ during visit after mass shooting – JUSTIN WISE (DIERSEN: RINOs focus on destroying Republicans like me. I should write a book about past and present RINOs in the Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Milton Township Republican Central Committee, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, etc.)
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/457589-gop-el-paso-mayor-says-trump-called-him-a-rino-during-visit-after-mass-shooting

POLITICO
— State Department watchdog details political retaliation against ‘disloyal’ staffers – NAHAL TOOSI 
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/08/15/state-department-inspector-general-report-political-retaliation-1464586

NBC NEWS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats promote massive government assistance (welfare) for immigrants.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/help-sick-child-or-forgo-citizenship-immigrants-anguish-over-new-n1042526

NEW YORK TIMES
— Israel Denies Entry to Omar and Tlaib After Trump’s Call to Block Them – Isabel Kershner
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/15/world/middleeast/trump-israel-omar-tlaib.html

WASHINGTON POST
— Trump met his commitments to LGBTQ Americans. He has our endorsement. – Robert Kabel, Chairman, Log Cabin Republicans and Jill Homan, vice chairwoman of Log Cabin Republicans.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-met-his-commitments-to-lgbtq-americans-he-has-our-endorsement/2019/08/15/fb9b741c-bf96-11e9-a5c6-1e74f7ec4a93_story.html

USA TODAY
— As many as 100 chicken plant workers reportedly fired after Mississippi ICE raid – Alissa Zhu and Jimmie E. Gates (DIERSEN: If there were as many illegals in the 1960s as there are now, in all likelihood, instead of me, S.S. Kresges would have hired an illegal to wash dishes part-time in the basement of its Chicago Heights store.)
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/08/14/mississippi-chicken-plant-raided-ice-reportedly-fires-workers/2010623001/

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— ‘Shooting,’ ‘Bomb,’ ‘Trump’: Advertisers Blacklist News Stories Online Companies are increasingly insisting their ads do not appear near articles or videos that contain any of a long list of words – Suzanne Vranica
https://www.wsj.com/articles/advertisers-blacklist-hard-news-including-trump-fearing-backlash-11565879086

FORBES
— Illinois’ Hazy New Law Legalizing Recreational Use of Marijuana – Steven Pearlman
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenpearlman/2019/08/15/illinois-hazy-new-law-legalizing-recreational-use-of-marijuana/#f9553c3511a7

NEWSWEEK
— ARE REPUBLICANS UNDERFUNDING THE IRS TO HELP CORPORATIONS PAY LESS? – NICOLE GOODKIND 
https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-irs-tax-cuts-budget-republicans-1454619

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— Questions to ask Wheaton and to ask the Daily Herald about each of the 10 candidates who are seeking to be appointed to fill the Wheaton West District City Council vacancy. – Dave Diersen
http://www.gopillinois.com

Why do they wish to be considered for an appointment to fill this vacancy, please elaborate?

In their opinion, what are the three most important issues that Wheaton needs to address in the next 2 years and how do they say those issues should be addressed, please elaborate?

What are their political affiliations, that is, what were the most recent primary ballot that they cast – Republican or Democrat, and what other actions have they taken that evidences their political affiliations, please elaborate?

If they were appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against banning the sale of pot in Wheaton, please elaborate?

If they were appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against requiring employers in Wheaton to use E-Verify, please elaborate?

If they were appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against measures that promote dependency on government, please elaborate?

If they were appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against measures that promote dependency on charity, please elaborate?

If they were appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against measures that promote LGBTQ activity, please elaborate?

If they were appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against measures that promote abortion, please elaborate?

If they were appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against measures that promote mass/illegal immigration, please elaborate?

If they were appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against measures that promote vices including booze, gambling, and pot, please elaborate?

If they were appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against measures that promote diminishment of First Amendment rights, please elaborate?

If they are appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against measures that promote diminishment of Second Amendment rights, please elaborate?

If they were appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against measures that promote patronage, please elaborate?

If they are appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against measures that promote political affiliation discrimination, please elaborate?

If they were appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against measures that promote reverse discrimination, please elaborate?

If they were appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against measures that promote age discrimination, please elaborate?

What are their positions on Wheaton’s East Roosevelt Road Corridor Market Study/Comprehensive Plan Amendment, please elaborate?

How long have they lived in Wheaton’s West District, in Wheaton, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois?

Since they have lived in Wheaton’s West District, in Wheaton, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois, what have they done that demonstrates that they want the aforesaid to be prosperous and safe, please elaborate?

What is their work experience and how would it help them serve on the City Council, please elaborate?

What is their education and how would it help them serve on the City Council, please elaborate?

What are their professional certifications and licenses and how would they help them serve on the City Council, please elaborate?

What professional associations are they a member of and how would those memberships help them serve on the City Council, please elaborate?

If asked who would provide them with references, please elaborate?

How do they characterize their relationships with the following: a) Wheaton’s mayor, City Council members, City Attorney, City Manager, Assistant City Manager, City Clerk, Chief of Police, Fire Chief, City Planner, City Engineer, etc.; b) Illinois officials including Amy Grant; c) DuPage County officials including Robert Berlin, Fred Bucholz, Daniel Cronin, Pete DiCaianni, Grant Eckhoff, Timothy Elliott, Robert Grogan, Gwen Henry, Richard Jorgensen, Christopher Kachiroubas, Jean Kaczmarek, Robert Larsen, Paula McGowen, James Mendrick, Al Murphy, Sean Noonan, Jeffrey Redick, Darlene Ruscitti, Timothy Whelan, and Jim Zay; d) Milton Township officials including Sal Falbo, Chris Heidorn, Gail Hinkle, Marty Keller, Chris LeVan, Gary Muehlfelt, David Molitor, John Monino, and Yada Nathwani; e) Wheaton Park District officials including Michael Benard; f) School District 200 officials; g) College of DuPage officials including Annette Corrigan, Christine Fenne, Heidi Holan, and Frank Napolitano, please elaborate?

Do the aforesaid take/return their phone calls, please elaborate?

How do they characterize their relationships with West District Precinct Committeemen including Joseph Caruso, Dave Diersen, Arthur Grant, Ralph Hinkle, Marty Keller, Robert Krzyzewski, Robert Larsen, Robert McNeily, Ronald Menna, Elizabeth Tatro, Mark Thomas, and Herbert Wehling, please elaborate?

Do the aforesaid take/return their phone calls, please elaborate?

Have they ever been elected to or appointed to a government and political office, and if so, please elaborate?

Have they ever been arrested, and if so, please elaborate?

Have they ever pled guilty to crime or been convicted of a crime, and if so, please elaborate?

Do they have any health problems that might impact their service on the City Council, and if so, please elaborate?

Do they have any financial problems that might impact your service on the City Council, and if so, please elaborate?

Approximately, how much time per week do they have available to devote to City Council duties?

Have they ever been a plaintiff or defendant in any litigation, and if so, please elaborate?

Have they ever been delinquent with any type of taxes, and if so, please elaborate?

Would they have any financial or other type of conflict of interest if they served on the City Council, and if so, please elaborate?

Have they ever filed bankruptcy, and if so, please elaborate?

Have they ever been fired, forced to resign, or forced to retire from a job, and if so, please elaborate?

Have they ever done anything that submits them to blackmail, and if so, please elaborate?

What demonstrates that if appointed, they will not be manipulated or dominated, for example, that they are financially secure, please elaborate?

The following are typical city council functions (https://www.nlc.org/city-councils) What experience do they have doing each of the following, please elaborate?

Review and approve the annual budget;
Establish long- and short-term objectives and priorities;
Oversee performance of the local public employees;
Oversee effectiveness of programs;
Establish tax rates;
Enter into legal contracts;
Borrow funds;
Pass ordinances and resolutions;
Modify the city’s charter;
Regulate land use through zoning laws;
Regulate business activity through licensing and regulations;
Regulate public health and safety;
Exercise the power of eminent domain;
Communicate policies and programs to residents;
Respond to constituent needs and complaints; and
Represent the community to other levels of government.

August 9 Evening Edition

DAILY HERALD
— 10 want West District seat on Wheaton City Council – Katlyn Smith (DIERSEN: I urge everyone who is interested in this, and especially Wheaton’s West District residents, to a) find out everything that they can about the 10 candidates, b) analyze that information, c) determine who they believe the top 1, 2, or 3 candidates should be, and d) email their recommendation to Wheaton’s City Council at [email protected] along with their reasons for their recommendation. I hope that in the days ahead, the Daily Herald provides much more information about the 10 candidates. I hope that the Daily Herald a) asks the 10 candidates to complete a detailed questionnaire and b) publishes the responses to that questionnaire. Wheaton West District residents should have the right to know not only the applicants’ names, but a) how long they have lived in the city and in the district, b) their political affiliation, c) why they want to be appointed to fill the vacancy, d) what they believe the most important issues are that the city needs to address, e) what their opinion is on how those issues could be addressed, f) will they vote for or against selling pot in Wheaton, g) what their work experience is, h) what their education is, i) what professional certifications and licenses are, and j) what experience do they have carrying out typical city council functions: Review and approve the annual budget; Establish long- and short-term objectives and priorities; Oversee performance of the local public employees; Oversee effectiveness of programs; Establish tax rates; Enter into legal contracts; Borrow funds; Pass ordinances and resolutions; Modify the city’s charter; Regulate land use through zoning laws; Regulate business activity through licensing and regulations; Regulate public health and safety; Exercise the power of eminent domain; Communicate policies and programs to residents; Respond to constituent needs and complaints; and Represent the community to other levels of government. (SEE: https://www.nlc.org/city-councils )
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190809/10-want-west-district-seat-on-wheaton-city-council
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Wheaton City Council members have their pick of 10 applicants seeking to fill a vacant seat representing the West District. The group of candidates vying for a 2-year appointment to the council includes some familiar names in DuPage County politics. The applicants are: Nancy Harding, Edward Ahern, Jeffrey Antonelli, Robert McNeily, Lynn Robbins, Mark Kmiecik, Angela Blatner, David Diersen, Khizar Jafri and Krista Selvey. Diersen is the founder of the daily newsletter Gopillinois.com. McNeily lost his bid for the West District seat in 2016 against incumbent Todd Scalzo. According to his LinkedIn page, he is the Midwest regional manager of Turning Point USA, a conservative group founded by Wheeling High School alum Charlie Kirk for college and high school students. Robbins, a former Illinois Park and Recreation Association board member, also ran unsuccessfully against Scalzo for the West District seat in 2016. Kmiecik finished third in another three-way race for the seat in 2009. Jafri, a finance and accounting consultant, lost to Tim Elliott for a District 4 spot on the DuPage County Board in 2016. The Democrat was seeking his first elected office at the time. Four council members represent Wheaton’s four voting districts, while two members and the mayor are elected at-large. The seat became vacant in July when Scalzo, an attorney, stepped down after 10 years. The council is set to vote on appointing his successor in September. Council members recently filled another empty 2-year council seat. The North District seat became vacant in May when Phil Suess was sworn in as Wheaton’s first new mayor in 12 years. The council named Christopher Zaruba to the post on July 1 from a field of 13 applicants.)
— Religious hypocrisy – Mary Plunkett, Wheaton
https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20190809/religious-hypocrisy
— Twitter reposts McConnell threat video after appeal – AP
https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20190809/news/308099889/

ABC7
— Rod Blagojevich: Trump ‘very strongly’ considering commuting prison sentence – Mark Rivera, Chuck Goudie, Eric Horng and Barb Markoff and Ross Weidner
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/trump-strongly-considering-commuting-rod-blagojevichs-sentence/5451939/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: “Chicago immigration organizations” side with foreign countries and with their citizens against America and against its citizens.
https://abc7chicago.com/society/chicago-groups-take-action-after-ice-arrests-680-mississippi-workers/5453746/

CBS2
— Raid On Poultry Plant Owned By Park Ridge Company To Have Long Term Effects
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/08/09/raid-on-poultry-plant-owned-by-park-ridge-company-to-have-long-term-effects/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Biden says ‘poor kids’ just as bright as ‘white kids’ in latest gaffe
https://www.fox32chicago.com/politics/biden-says-poor-kids-just-as-bright-as-white-kids-in-latest-gaffe

FOX ST. LOUIS
— Illinois GOP urges Trump not to set Blagojevich free – AP
https://fox2now.com/2019/08/09/illinois-gop-urges-trump-not-to-set-blagojevich-free/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot goes national with criticism of Ivanka Trump’s social media comments: ‘You don’t govern by tweet’ – Gregory Pratt
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-lori-lightfoot-cnn-msnbc-trump-gun-violence-20190809-wn47k443jne5zp5nomiwbx4jji-story.html
— Lake Zurich officials remain divided on whether to permit or ban recreational marijuana sales – PHIL ROCKROHR
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-zurich/ct-lzc-lake-zurich-recreational-marijuana-sales-tl-0815-20190809-bmpaaocfhrht3eygvrfsgb5pcu-story.html
— Hundreds of small pension funds statewide face troubling debt. Is consolidation the way to go? – JAMIE MUNKS and DAN PETRELLA
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-illinois-police-fire-pension-debt-20190809-l27llnj4xfdqvg5qbzck4h372m-story.html
— Can Trump get universal background checks? – Editorial
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-editorial-trump-background-checks-guns-nra-20190809-eq35f52sfrc3bbqcsu4z35edve-story.html
— Where will Chicago’s first casino land? Here’s how the 5 proposed sites compare. – BLAIR KAMIN, MEGHAN KELLY, RYAN ORI, and MARY WISNIEWSKI
https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-viz-chicago-casino-sites-analyzed-htmlstory.html
— Amid sexual harassment allegations in his organization, House Speaker Michael Madigan trumpets signing of anti-harassment law – Dan Petrella
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-jb-pritzker-sexual-harassment-law-michael-madigan-20190809-odmqtiil6jd5hpwzcpuv5244ca-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Where the jobs are in Chicago: downtown, and that’s a good thing It’s also where most new employment in the city will continue to be. And it isn’t just people with MBAs or law degrees who will be getting hired. – Ed Zotti (DIERSEN: I worked in downtown Chicago in 1971 and then 1973-1997.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/2019/8/9/20759346/chicago-jobs-employment-downtown-loop-income-equality-ed-zotti-city-crossroads
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater promotes hatred against Trump.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/8/8/20792332/el-paso-texas-mass-shooting-president-donald-trump-little-village-mexicans-latinos-marlen-garcia
— Beware of the disinformation campaign against a fairer tax for Illinois The nature of the levy — progressive income tax versus flat income tax — makes it no harder or easier, politically speaking, to raise taxes on the middle class. But that’s not what progressive-tax opponents want you to hear. – Editorial
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/8/9/20792109/illinois-progressive-fair-graduated-income-tax-j-b-pritzker-john-canning-flat

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Time to tidy up the state Senate—before the feds do it Senate President John Cullerton ought to take a page out of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s book and make ethics rules a priority in his chamber lest things go south in his tenure’s sunset years. – GREG HINZ
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/greg-hinz-politics/time-tidy-state-senate-feds-do-it

PEKIN TIMES
— Taking the pulse: Tazewell County Republicans – Montana Samuels
https://www.pekintimes.com/news/20190809/taking-pulse-tazewell-county-republicans

HERALD & REVIEW & MDJ ONLINE & PLATT COUNTY JOURNAL REPUBLICAN & CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS & ALTON TELEGRAPH
— Illinois municipalities seek clarifications on recreational marijuana legalization – REBECCA ANZEL
https://herald-review.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/illinois-municipalities-seek-clarifications-on-recreational-marijuana-legalization/article_2d287293-fd9b-5fd5-b58a-e9870f0f8f64.html
https://www.mdjonline.com/neighbor_newspapers/extra/news/illinois-municipalities-seek-clarifications-on-recreational-marijuana-legalization/article_d51fbb12-5b1b-589a-943d-0fb16d528e87.html
https://www.journal-republican.com/news/cannabis-confusion-may-lead-to-trailer-bill/article_d3d8d9a6-bae6-11e9-8ee1-6335272d7a02.html
https://www.capitolnewsillinois.com/Blog/Posts/458/Uncategorized/2019/8/States-municipalities-seek-clarifications-on-recreational-marijuana-legalization/blog-post/
https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Pot-law-is-hazy-on-town-8217-s-rights-Illinois-14294240.php
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The state organization representing local units of government is asking leaders in the General Assembly to make clarifying changes to the recreational marijuana law before it takes effect Jan. 1. Brad Cole, executive director of the Illinois Municipal League, said the 1,298 cities, villages and towns in the state need guidance on four aspects of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, signed into law by Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker in late June. There is confusion, he said, about how law enforcers will know a person who is growing cannabis in their home is doing so legally as a prescribed medical marijuana user. Municipalities also are uncertain how they may regulate the drug. Cole is asking legislators to write what is known as a trailer bill, a companion measure that clarifies a statute. The idea has bipartisan support. Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, one of the statute’s framers and her chamber’s sponsor, said it’s likely that a trailer bill will happen. Republican Sen. Jason Barickman, from Bloomington, said he thinks his colleagues spent “a lot of time on the legislative language,” and any subsequent bill should be consistent with the goals of the original negotiations. “I understand and support the idea of a trailer bill to make clarifications that the various stakeholders have brought forward. I think it’s very likely we’ll see one for multiple reasons, and we may see it as early as this fall,” he said. “I anticipate hearing from many stakeholders about clarifications they would like to see. By and large, that’s what the IML is seeking here.” In a letter to lawmakers, Cole highlighted four points the league’s members would like the General Assembly to address. Each one, he said, was mentioned in his testimony before a panel of legislators in late May before the recreational marijuana bill became law. “These are common sense issues” to determine what is legal and what is no, Cole said. The new law allows those who have a medical marijuana card to grow no more than five plants in their home without needing to be a licensed cultivation center or craft grower. The League’s concern, Cole wrote in his letter, is the lack of “registration or notification requirements to municipalities or their police departments” about which residences can legally grow cannabis plants. “We’re saying, we need to know,” he said. “How do we know if these are five legal plants or five illegal plants?” Steans said the idea of “a registry had been raised,” but some interest groups expressed concerns it might be a civil rights violation. She added local governing bodies would know if the plants were legal by asking whether their owner had a medical marijuana card. Barickman said the issue is one with “wildly different” viewpoints. “I think you’re going to have those in law enforcement presumably asking for some type of registry, and I think you’re going to have others adverse to that,” he said. Also in question is a provision in the law dictating how governing bodies can regulate recreational marijuana. “No unit of local government … may prohibit home cultivation or unreasonably prohibit use of cannabis authorized by this Act,” according to the law. Cole, in his letter, wrote that “unreasonably” is not defined, so towns and municipalities might be exposed to “unknown litigation as they attempt to protect the health, safety and well-being of their citizens.” The League is asking the General Assembly to clarify the word’s meaning. And it is seeking guidance on two regulations dictating how funds are distributed and may be spent by local governments. Money directed into one account, for example, now has rules for how it may be spent. “This is restricted money being put into an unrestricted disbursement fund,” thus creating accounting confusion for local officials, Cole said. Department of Revenue Director David Harris was copied on the Municipal League letter. In an emailed statement, a spokesperson said the department “is working to ensure successful implementation and rollout of the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act and works with all stakeholders to that end.” “I think what’s happening right now is the multiple stakeholders are doing a deeper review of the law now that it’s been set, and they’re raising some questions that I think we can address through a trailer bill, providing some clarity,” Barickman said. Steans added the recreational marijuana statute created large policy changes and “lots of different viewpoints” need to be considered. In an emailed statement, Jordan Abudayyeh, Pritzker’s press secretary, seemed to indicate the governor is open to a trailer bill. The administration, she said, “is focused on ensuring the successful implementation” of the law. “Multiple state agencies are engaged in these efforts as we move forward creating one of the most equity centric industries in the country,” Abudayyeh said. “The Pritzker administration stands ready and willing to continue working to ensure Illinois has a cannabis industry that other states can look to as a model for equity and success.”)

WSIU
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in getting immigrants to hate Whites and to hate America. 
https://news.wsiu.org/post/southern-illinois-immigrant-rights-project-protests-against-white-supremacy#stream/0

NORTH COOK NEWS
— OUTSTANDING: Roll Call: Crespo votes against legalizing recreational marijuana
https://northcooknews.com/stories/512875374-roll-call-crespo-votes-against-legalizing-recreational-marijuana

DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— OUTSTANDING: Roll Call: Mazzochi votes against legalizing recreational marijuana
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/512875386-roll-call-mazzochi-votes-against-legalizing-recreational-marijuana

KANKAKEE TIMES
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Roll Call: Parkhurst votes for legalizing recreational marijuana
https://kankakeetimes.com/stories/512875731-roll-call-parkhurst-votes-for-legalizing-recreational-marijuana

PEORIA STANDARD
— OUTSTANDING: Roll Call: Hammond votes against legalizing recreational marijuana
https://peoriastandard.com/stories/512875759-roll-call-hammond-votes-against-legalizing-recreational-marijuana
— OUTSTANDING: Roll Call: Sommer votes against legalizing recreational marijuana
https://peoriastandard.com/stories/512875751-roll-call-sommer-votes-against-legalizing-recreational-marijuana

AMERICAN THINKER
— Are Trump-supporters the new Jews? – Earick Ward
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/08/are_trumpsupporters_the_new_jews.html

AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE
— How Asylum is Abused Every Day Economic migrants use it as an easy means into the country, but Trump has options. – PETER VAN BUREN 
https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/want-to-fix-immigration-start-with-the-abused-asylum-system/

BREITBART
— Illinois Leaders Warn Illegal Aliens of Possible ICE Raids – AMY FURR
https://www.breitbart.com/immigration/2019/08/09/illinois-leaders-warn-illegal-aliens-of-possible-ice-raids/
— Joe Biden Vows Flood of Immigration If Elected – JOHN BINDER
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/08/09/biden-flood-of-immigration/

CNS NEWS
— Harris: Trump’s ‘Statements, Tweets and Behaviors…Make It Very Clear He Possesses Hate and…is a Racist’
https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/cnsnewscom-staff/harris-trumps-statements-tweets-and-behaviors-make-it-very-clear-he-possesses

DAILY CALLER
— The Woke Capitalism List: 50 Times Huge Companies Sided With The Social Justice Warriors – ELLIE GARDEY
https://dailycaller.com/2019/08/09/woke-companies-brands-liberal-50/

NEW YORK TIMES
— Your Baby Boomer Report Card What grade has a generation earned? An A+? A C-? – David Brooks (DIERSEN: If you are a baby boomer, how well do you fit the stereotypes? How well do you believe I fit the stereotypes?) 
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/08/opinion/baby-boomers-report-card.html

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A trump-hater encourages Hispanics to hate Trump.
https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-el-paso-is-a-wakeup-call-hispanics-20190809-a5qt6xadg5fbjouo5fga2xw2ey-story.html

USA TODAY
— El Paso and Dayton make you want to act, but ‘red flag’ laws violate rights to due process – Matthew Larosiere
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/08/08/el-paso-dayton-red-flag-laws-violate-rights-editorials-debates/1962195001/

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Facebook Offers News Outlets Millions of Dollars a Year to License Content Company approached ABC News, Dow Jones, Washington Post and Bloomberg as it plans to launch news section – Benjamin Mullin and Sahil Patel
https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-offers-news-outlets-millions-of-dollars-a-year-to-license-content-11565294575

FORBES
— The Death Of The Great American Summer Job – Ryan Craig
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ryancraig/2019/08/09/the-death-of-the-great-american-summer-job/
— 15 Tips For Empowering Your Employees To Do Their Best Work
https://www.forbes.com/sites/theyec/2019/08/09/15-tips-for-empowering-your-employees-to-do-their-best-work/

NEW REPUBLIC
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater promotes hatred of those in America like me whose ancestors came to America legally.
https://newrepublic.com/article/154717/open-borders-made-america-great

July 28 Morning Edition

(DIERSEN: If you have any interest in Wheaton, in Wheaton’s City Council, and/or in Wheaton’s West District, please see the articles at the end of this email.)

WGN TV
— President Trump attacks another Democratic Congressman on Twitter – GAYNOR HALL
https://wgntv.com/2019/07/27/trump-attacks-another-democratic-congressman-on-twitter/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Baltimore leaders defend city after Trump calls it ‘filthy, infested’; some call Trump tweets racist – AP
http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/national/baltimore-leaders-defend-city-after-trump-calls-it-filthy-infested-some-call-trump-tweets-racist

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: According to pot pushers, “Illinois is making it hard — and expensive — to get a license to sell legal marijuana.”
https://www.chicagotribune.com/marijuana/sns-illinois-expensive-marijuana-license-20190728-tijb5ipoizb2bgz3xvvagcoj5y-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats get Chicago nuns, 86 and 90, to promote illegal immigration.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-chicago-catholic-nuns-arrested-ice-protests-20190727-b46byju2pzd4lpw26v5rfbxggm-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— CHICAGO: A TALE OF 7 CITIES – Ed Zotti
https://www.pressreader.com/usa/chicago-sun-times-sunday/…/281663961612255

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Governing Magazine ranks Pritzker best of the new governors – Doug Finke (DIERSEN: Pritzker is having great success in driving individuals, organizations, and companies out of Illinois that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.sj-r.com/news/20190727/statehouse-insider-magazine-ranks-pritzker-best-of-new-governors

NORTHWEST HERALD
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Joseph Monack of Woodstock demonizes, denigrates, and condemns Republicans.
https://www.nwherald.com/2019/07/27/letter-the-will-to-lose/as3gjeq/

BLOOMINGTON PANTAGRAPH
— Police: Indiana marijuana surge coming from other states – AP
https://www.pantagraph.com/news/state-and-regional/illinois/police-indiana-marijuana-surge-coming-from-other-states/article_c795b38d-1b8e-5205-957f-a1e7e21f381b.html

CHICAGO HEIGHTS PATCH
— Massive Political Corruption Across Illinois Has A Namesake Beer Blue Island Beer Company founders didn’t brew Massive Political Corruption Ale For The Chicago City Council, but if the beer fits, drink it. – Mark Konkol
https://patch.com/illinois/chicagoheights/s/gshkt/massive-political-corruption-across-illinois-has-a-namesake-beer

CHICAGO NOW
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Howard Moore demonizes, denigrates, and condemns Trump and Trump’s supporters.
http://www.chicagonow.com/hippy-shakes/2019/07/its-confusing-to-be-a-deplorable/

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON
— Ilhan Omar Marriage Flummoxes Media Fact-Checkers The ‘baseless smear’ that can’t be debunked – Brent Scher
https://freebeacon.com/politics/ilhan-omar-marriage-flummoxes-media-fact-checkers/

FOX NEWS
— Trump throws Squad feud back at Pelosi after ‘racist’ accusation: ‘Democrats always play the race card’ – Ronn Blitzer
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-throws-squad-feud-back-at-pelosi-after-racist-accusation-democrats-always-play-the-race-card

AMERICAN THINKER
— Reparations and Racial Politicking – Thomas R. Ascik
https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/07/reparations_and_racial_politicking.html
— Hypocrisy, thy name is Democrat! – Eric Utter
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/07/hypocrisy_thy_name_is_democrat.html

AMERICAN GREATNESS
— The Great Excluded and Our Nationalist Future – Matthew Boose (DIERSEN: Democrats want to exclude those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, old people, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.amgreatness.com/2019/07/27/the-great-excluded-and-our-nationalist-future/

BREITBART
— NAACP: Impeach ‘Occupant’ of WH for ‘Vile Racist Attack’ on Cummings – TONY LEE
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/07/27/naacp-impeach-occupant-of-wh-for-vile-racist-attack-on-cummings/
— Swalwell: Criticizing Baltimore Akin to ‘Trashing America’ – HANNAH BLEAU
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/07/27/swalwell-criticizing-baltimore-akin-to-trashing-america/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, to get votes from minorities, Buttigieg promotes hatred of Whites.
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/07/28/pete-buttigieg-white-supremacy-secreting-this-poison-to-reach-boiling-point-on-race/

LIFEZETTE
— Trump Takes Fresh Aim at Nancy Pelosi for Her ‘Failing’ California District President is working to hold elected Democrats accountable for their own local problems and issues — urgent fixes are long overdue
https://www.lifezette.com/2019/07/trump-takes-fresh-aim-at-nancy-pelosi-for-her-failing-california-district/

NATIONAL REVIEW
— Some Questions for the Democratic Candidates – GEORGE WILL
https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/07/questions-for-the-candidates/

THE HILL
— Trump doubles down on attacks against Cummings and Baltimore district – JUSTIN WISE 
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/455034-trump-doubles-down-on-attacks-against-cummings-and-baltimore-area
— Baltimore Sun editorial board lashes out at Trump: ‘Better to have a few rats than to be one’ – JOHN BOWDEN
https://thehill.com/homenews/media/455033-baltimore-sun-lashes-out-at-trump-in-fiery-editorial-better-to-have-a-few-rats

ASSOCIATED PRESS
— Trump promised on Friday to retaliate against France for adopting a pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook. (DIERSEN: My Democrat GAO superiors retaliated against Republican-led budget cuts by a) forcing me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, b) giving me unfair performance expectations and appraisals, c) always ranking me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, d) not promoting me beyond GS-13, e) getting rid of my mentor in 1987, f) keeping me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and g) forcing me to take a $19,568 (21%) pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980.)
https://abc11.com/politics/president-trump-threatens-france-with-new-tax-on-wine/5423484/

CNBC
— Is cannabis use the same as off-duty drinking by workers? Many companies still say no – Valentina Sanchez (DIERSEN: I would not want to work for, work with, or supervise anyone who uses pot.)
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/27/will-cannabis-use-soon-be-the-same-as-off-duty-drinking-by-workers.html

NEW YORK TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs target Republicans. Moderates and liberals target conservatives.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/27/us/politics/ocasio-cortez-republicans.html
— The Stories That Divide Us How seeing the other side’s narrative can de-polarize your mind. – Ross Douthat
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/27/opinion/sunday/the-stories-that-divide-us.html
— In Politics, Apologies Are for Losers At least that’s what the numbers say. – Cass R. Sunstein (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes want me to apologize a) for causing their problems, b) for causing your problems, c) for causing my problems, and d) for causing everyone’s problems.) 
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/27/opinion/sunday/when-should-a-politician-apologize.html
— Pelosi. Clinton. Obama. Now ‘the Squad’ Is the New Target for the Right. – Jeremy W. Peters (DIERSEN: Who targets you? Those who target me a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/27/us/politics/ocasio-cortez-republicans.html

WASHINGTON POST
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats and RINOs promote “citizens of the world.” Republicans promote “citizens of America.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/07/27/what-conservatives-gets-wrong-about-cosmopolitans/
— A CNN anchor’s emotional response to Trump’s Twitter rant about his ‘infested’ hometown – Hannah Knowles (DIERSEN: Those who demonize, denigrate, and condemn my hometown of Crete stress that when I, my parents, my grandparents, my great grandparents, and my great great grand parents lived there, Crete was overwhelmingly German American and Lutheran.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2019/07/27/cnn-anchor-gives-emotional-response-trumps-twitter-rant-about-his-infested-hometown/

NEW YORK POST
— Why the Democratic obsession with racism won’t win them minority votes – Michael Goodwin
https://nypost.com/2019/07/27/why-the-democratic-obsession-with-racism-wont-win-them-minority-votes/

LOS ANGELES TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in getting immigrants to hate not only Trump, but to hate 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 those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2019-07-26/naturalized-citizens-vote-against-trump

THE WEEK
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats promote those immigrants who despise if not hate America.
https://theweek.com/articles/854467/dysfunction-love-leave

NEWS HERALD
— Do the Democrats who want open borders leave the doors open to their homes? – Mitch Kehetian
http://www.thenewsherald.com/opinion/do-the-dems-who-want-open-borders-leave-the-doors/article_53c09db2-ae39-11e9-a998-8730a7f269ae.html

STAR TRIBUNE
— Why you need a midyear budget check-in – COURTNEY JESPERSEN (DIERSEN: So far this year, my wife and I have spent lots more than our income. That would not have been the case if my Democrat superiors in the federal government had not succeeded in wasting my career and forcing me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old.) 
http://www.startribune.com/millennial-money-why-you-need-a-midyear-budget-check-in/513080552/

GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE
— Pay for Performance is the Only Choice – HOWARD RISHER (DIERSEN: Democrats use pay for performance a) to retain and promote young Democrat minorities and young Democrat females and b) to get rid those who are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
https://www.govexec.com/management/2019/03/pay-performance-only-choice/155351/

CITY OF IRVINE
— Application for Appointment to Irvine City Council & Questionnaire (8 pages) & Statement of Economic Interests & Instructions (23 pages)
https://irvineca.seamlessdocs.com/f/applicationmaterials

ROXBORO COURIER TIMES
— Applicants expressing interest in open city council seat – George Willoughby
http://www.personcountylife.com/stories/applicants-expressing-interest-in-open-seat,23271

HOMETOWN LIFE
— Here’s why every Livonia candidate is running for office – Shelby Tankersley
https://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/local/livonia/2019/07/25/heres-why-every-livonia-candidate-running-office/1672421001/

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— Questions to ask candidates who want to fill Wheaton’s West District City Council vacancy – Dave Diersen
http://www.gopillinois.com

If you are appointed to fill the vacancy, would vote for or against banning the sale of pot in Wheaton, please elaborate?

If you are appointed to fill the vacancy, would vote for or against requiring employers in Wheaton to use E-Verify, please elaborate?

If you are appointed to fill the vacancy, would vote for or against measures that promote dependency on government, please elaborate?

If you are appointed to fill the vacancy, would vote for or against measures that promote dependency on charity, please elaborate?

If you are appointed to fill the vacancy, would vote for or against measures that promote LGBTQ activity, please elaborate?

If you are appointed to fill the vacancy, would vote for or against measures that promote abortion, please elaborate?

If you are appointed to fill the vacancy, would vote for or against measures that promote mass/illegal immigration, please elaborate?

If you are appointed to fill the vacancy, would vote for or against measures that promote vices including booze, gambling, and pot, please elaborate?

If you are appointed to fill the vacancy, would vote for or against measures that promote diminishment of First Amendment rights, please elaborate?

If you are appointed to fill the vacancy, would vote for or against measures that promote diminishment of Second Amendment rights, please elaborate?

If you are appointed to fill the vacancy, would vote for or against measures that promote patronage, please elaborate?

If you are appointed to fill the vacancy, would vote for or against measures that promote political affiliation discrimination, please elaborate?

If you are appointed to fill the vacancy, would vote for or against measures that promote reverse discrimination, please elaborate?

If you are appointed to fill the vacancy, would vote for or against measures that promote age discrimination, please elaborate?

What is your position on Wheaton’s East Roosevelt Road Corridor Market Study/Comprehensive Plan Amendment, please elaborate?

How long have you lived in Wheaton’s West District, in Wheaton, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois?

Since you have lived in Wheaton’s West District, in Wheaton, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois, what you done that demonstrates that you want the aforesaid to be prosperous and safe, please elaborate?

Why do you wish to be considered for an appointment to fill this vacancy, please elaborate?

In your opinion, what are the three most important issues that Wheaton needs to address in the next 2 years and how should those issues be addressed, please elaborate?

What is your work experience and how would it help you serve on the City Council, please elaborate?

What is your education and how would it help you serve on the City Council, please elaborate?

What are your professional certifications and licenses and how would they help you serve on the City Council, please elaborate?

What professional associations are you a member of and how would those memberships help you serve on the City Council, please elaborate?

If asked who would provide you with references, please elaborate?

How would you characterize your relationships with the following: a) Wheaton’s mayor, City Council members, City Attorney, City Manager, Assistant City Manager, City Clerk, Chief of Police, Fire Chief, City Planner, City Engineer, etc.; b) Illinois officials including Amy Grant; c) DuPage County officials including Robert Berlin, Fred Bucholz, Daniel Cronin, Pete DiCaianni, Grant Eckhoff, Timothy Elliott, Robert Grogan, Gwen Henry, Richard Jorgensen, Christopher Kachiroubas, Jean Kaczmarek, Robert Larsen, Paula McGowen, James Mendrick, Al Murphy, Sean Noonan, Jeffrey Redick, Darlene Ruscitti, Timothy Whelan, and Jim Zay; d) Milton Township officials including Sal Falbo, Chris Heidorn, Gail Hinkle, Marty Keller, Chris LeVan, Gary Muehlfelt, David Molitor, John Monino, and Yada Nathwani; e) Wheaton Park District officials including Michael Benard; f) School District 200 officials; g) College of DuPage officials including Annette Corrigan, Christine Fenne, Heidi Holan, and Frank Napolitano, please elaborate?

How would you characterize your relationships with West District Precinct Committeemen including Joseph Caruso, Dave Diersen, Arthur Grant, Ralph Hinkle, Marty Keller, Robert Krzyzewski, Robert Larsen, Robert McNeily, Ronald Menna, Elizabeth Tatro, Mark Thomas, and Herbert Wehling, please elaborate?

Have you ever been elected to or appointed to a government and political office, and if so, please elaborate?

Have you ever been arrested, and if so, please elaborate?

Have you ever pled guilty to crime or been convicted of a crime, and if so, please elaborate?

Do you have any health problems that might impact your service on the City Council, and if so, please elaborate?

Do you have any financial problems that might impact your service on the City Council, and if so, please elaborate?

Approximately, how much time per week do you have available to devote to City Council duties?

Have you been a plaintiff or defendant in any litigation, and if so, please elaborate?

Have you ever been delinquent with any type of taxes, and if so, please elaborate?

Do you have any financial or other type of conflict of interest if you served on the City Council, and if so, please elaborate?

Have you ever filed bankruptcy, and if so, please elaborate?

Have you ever been fired, forced to resign, or forced to retire from a job, and if so, please elaborate?

Have you ever done anything that submits you to blackmail, and if so, please elaborate?

What demonstrates that if appointed, you will not be manipulated or dominated, for example, that you are financially secure, please elaborate?

The following are typical city council functions (https://www.nlc.org/city-councils). What experience do you have doing each of the following, please elaborate?

Review and approve the annual budget;
Establish long- and short-term objectives and priorities;
Oversee performance of the local public employees;
Oversee effectiveness of programs;
Establish tax rates;
Enter into legal contracts;
Borrow funds;
Pass ordinances and resolutions;
Modify the city’s charter;
Regulate land use through zoning laws;
Regulate business activity through licensing and regulations;
Regulate public health and safety;
Exercise the power of eminent domain;
Communicate policies and programs to residents;
Respond to constituent needs and complaints; and
Represent the community to other levels of government.