— Chicago police investigating after attempt to pull down McKinley Park statue, monument spray-painted
— Cook County Judicial Candidate Says Vote Totals Changed After Deadline To Make Him Lose
— Biden prioritizes experience with Cabinet picks – AP (DIERSEN: How old is your experience? If I sought a government office or a political office, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would stress that a) my MBA from Loyola is 44 years old, b) my passing the CPA examination on my first attempt is 41 years old, c) my master’s degree in accounting from DePaul is 40 years old, d) my passing the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt is 39 years old, e) my becoming a licensed CPA is 39 years old, f) my master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT is 23 years old, g) my almost 9 years of experience working for IRS is 40 years old, and h) my almost 18 years of experience working for GAO is 23 years old.)
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Former lawyer for Van Dyke ‘looking forward to diving in’ after ousting lone Republican from Board of Review. A final tally of votes from the Cook County Clerk’s Office and from the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners showed Wendt ahead of Dan Patlak, who has served on the board since 2010. – Rachel Hinton
— Aurora reduces City Hall hours due to spike in COVID-19 cases in Illinois – STEVE LORD
— Yes, we do have a lot to be thankful for – CLARENCE PAGE
— The ComEd Scandal Shows Every Illinoisan The True Cost Of Taxpayer Funded Corruption More than 4 million homes and businesses – 70% of Illinois’ population – have already paid the price for ComEd’s bribery scandal. – Alex Keefe (DIERSEN: I should write books about the true costs of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion, that is, the true costs of political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination.)
— We do not have an informed electorate – Tom DeCoursey (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who discourage Republican Precinct Committeemen/Captains, and everyone else, from reading GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. Better yet, I should sue them. I would focus on a) present and past leaders of the Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, Illinois, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, and American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, b) Republican candidates on ballots in my precinct since 2000, and c) those who I have sued.)
JACKSONVILLE JOURNAL COURIER
— Brief Biden but fight on, region’s GOP leaders say – Marco Cartolano
WISCONSIN RADIO NETWORK
— Conservative group files last minute lawsuit to prevent certification of Wisconsin votes – RAYMOND NEUPERT
— GOP Infighting Endangers Party’s Chances In Georgia’s Runoff Elections (DIERSEN: Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their party’s platform. I should write a book about GOP infighting in Illinois since 2000. Those who want to dump the traditional family, right to life, immigration, illegal drugs, Second Amendment, and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks in the Republican Party platform have won.)
— Feds Sue Hinsdale Over Fair Housing Village’s effort to close sober living house violates Fair House Act, feds say. – David Giuliani (DIERSEN: Questions to ask City Council candidates: If elected, would you encourage or discourage the following: putting addiction centers in residential neighborhoods, reparations, BLM, LGBTQ, dependency on government, dependency on charity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, more gun controls, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and/or age discrimination?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Hinsdale is facing a powerful adversary in its effort to close a house that helps men with addictions — the U.S. Justice Department. On Tuesday, the federal government sued Hinsdale, one of Chicago’s wealthiest suburbs, and alleged the village violated the Fair Housing Act in its handling of the sober living house. Reached by phone, Village President Tom Cauley, who is mentioned frequently in the lawsuit, declined to comment, but would not say why. In July 2019, the Trinity Sober Living House opened at 111 N. Grant St. Neighbors started complaining before it opened. Last August, the village called for the house’s closure. Officials said the sober living house was a commercial operation in a residential neighborhood. The village also argued that with 10 people, the house violated the village’s rule for single-family zones — no more than three unrelated people in a house. After finding out earlier this month that a federal lawsuit would be filed, village officials dropped the argument about the house being a commercial operation, the lawsuit said. But it stuck to its ban on more than three unrelated people in a house. According to the lawsuit, on July 13, 2019, a Hinsdale resident emailed Cauley about the plan for the sober living house. The resident said neighbors were “very worried” about “having people with these issues living as a group in our neighborhood. Any restrictions on this within proximity to Monroe Elementary?” Neighbors also approached Michael Owens, the house’s founder. One accused Owens of bringing “alcoholics, drug addicts and pedophiles into our neighborhood.” Amid the uproar, Cauley wrote Owens on July 18, saying it had come to his attention that Trinity bought the property and intended to use it for 10 unrelated people. Cauley, an attorney, called it a “prohibited use,” but did not refer Owens to the “reasonable accommodation” process under the Fair Housing Act, the lawsuit said. Owens asked to meet with Cauley, but got no response. Instead, he had a July 30, 2019, meeting with the village’s attorney, Lance Malina, and two other top village officials. He gave them a tour of the house and told them the house would not admit sex offenders. At the close of the meeting, Malina told Owens about the reasonable accommodation process, which is intended for groups with disabilities, including those with addictions. In a later email, Owens asked whether he could have up to three residents in the meantime. Malina said he could not because the house was being marketed commercially. Days later, the village held a meeting of Hinsdale residents to share what officials were doing about the sober living house. Trinity was not invited, according to the lawsuit. Shortly after, Cauley sent a letter addressed “Dear Residents,” stating the village saw the sober living house as a prohibited use. The letter was not sent to Trinity, which learned about it more than a month later, according to the lawsuit. On Aug. 7, Trinity’s attorney, Steve Polin, sent a letter seeking a reasonable accommodation for the house under the Fair Housing Act. Contrary to the village’s practice, the administration did not forward the reasonable accommodation request to the Village Board, the lawsuit said. Instead, the next day, the village sued Trinity in DuPage County Court. As part of that litigation, a judge in June eliminated the limit on people in the house, citing the federal investigation, which Patch had written about. According to the lawsuit, Hinsdale’s argument that Trinity was a commercial operation and thus prohibited would essentially ban all group homes for people with disabilities. “This is because, for most group homes, the residents pay rent, the agency operating the group home receives compensation for the care and services being provided, most residents must attend employment or day services programs during the day, and residents are monitored by the provider agency.” Even under the village’s new position, the lawsuit said, only the smallest group homes would be allowed. During the county court proceedings, the village did not inform the judge that it received or intended to consider a reasonable accommodation request, according to the federal lawsuit. In a September 2019 interview, Village President Tom Cauley told the Hinsdalean that the village’s effort involved no fair housing violations. Trinity is in a zone where no more than three unrelated people can live in a house. Cauley told the Hinsdalean that “if we had 10 nuns living there, we would have a problem under the zoning code.” The village’s attorney, Malina, did not return a call for comment.)
PRO NEWS REPORT
— Robert J. Krzyzewski, DC, a Chiropractor with Wheaton Chiropractic Center
— Illinois Senators Durbin and Duckworth Are Among The Book Burners Happy With Big Tech Censorship – Mark Glennon
— CANCEL CULTURE FORCES COMPANIES TO EMBRACE WOKE CAPITALISM
— HARVARD RESEARCHERS: NEARLY HALF OF YOUNG ADULTS SHOWING SIGNS OF DEPRESSION AMID PANDEMIC
— WORKERS VS. WOKENESS: RECOGNIZING CAMPUS SOCIAL JUSTICE AS A LUXURY GOOD
— 27 COVID deaths at Illinois vets nursing home prompts probe – AP
— Rigged-election claims in Georgia fuel Republican fears of losing Senate – Seth McLaughlin
— Trump vows he’ll ‘never concede’ despite administration starting transition move – Dave Boyer and Alex Swoyer
— Poll finds some voters regret picking Biden after new revelations – Ryan Lovelace
WASHINGTON FREE BEACON
— Trump Dogs Supreme Court as Washington Looks Ahead to Biden – Kevin Daley
— Victor Davis Hanson: Politicizing coronavirus – the reasons Americans are skeptical of ‘experts’ Where has the coronavirus gone? – Victor Davis Hanson
— Hawley slams Facebook after report its algorithm favored liberal outlets Facebook pushed back against Hawley and The New York Times – Evie Fordham
— Joe Biden: Amnesty for Over 11 Million Illegal Aliens Going to Senate in My First 100 Days – JOHN BINDER (DIERSEN: Democrats have declared war on Republicans. Democrats see illegals as being their soldiers in their army to destroy Republicans.)
— Big Tech Rigs an Election – Douglas Andrews
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Epstein, a Democrat, is also a Harvard-educated behavioral psychologist and the former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today. He’s also the guy who long ago sounded the alarm about the threat posed to our republican form of government by Google and its Big Tech brethren. None of this comes as a surprise to our Mark Alexander, who’s been following Dr. Epstein’s work for years. In mid-2019, Epstein testified before Congress, and the substance of his testimony lent support to what every fair-minded person who’s ever done a politics-related Google search has long suspected: “Data I’ve collected since 2016 show that Google displays content to the American public that is biased in favor of one political party — a party I happen to like, but that’s irrelevant. … Democracy as originally conceived, cannot survive Big Tech as currently empowered.” Too bad no one on Capitol Hill took him seriously.)
— Thousands in Georgia Registered at Postal, Commercial Addresses, Portraying Them as Residences, Researcher Says – PETR SVAB
— Governors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions – REID WILSON
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater says “Trump vents about election as agencies aid Biden transition.”
— Chicago carjackings up 127% over last year, police data show
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater says that Kyle Rittenhouse is a “White domestic terrorist.”
NEW YORK POST
— Trump likely to win GOP presidential nomination in 2024, poll shows – Steven Nelson
— DECEMBER 19, 2018 FLASHBACK: Americans are scattered and divided over which source they most trust for news. The most viewed are not always the most trusted. – Emily Guskin (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who discourage Republican Precinct Committeemen/Captains, and everyone else, from reading GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. Better yet, I should sue them. I would focus on a) present and past leaders of the Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, Illinois, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, and American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, b) Republican candidates on ballots in my precinct since 2000, and c) those who I have sued.)
— Carol Moseley Braun, the first Black female senator, eyes interior secretary post. While she would be an unconventional pick, Moseley Braun served with Joe Biden and campaigned for him this year. – Juliet Eilperin
— Expanded Access To Voting Yielded Huge Turnout. Will States Take It Away? – Miles Parks
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater promote “Never Trumpers.”
— Google bias might have moved millions of people to vote Democrat, psychologist says – CHRISTOPHER WHITE
— GSA head makes resources available to Biden after intense criticism – Jessie Bur
— Twitter to start providing verification badges to authentic accounts from early 2021 (DIERSEN: Are you verified? Are you authentic? My critics/opponents stress that the following fail/refuse to verity me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails: Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Milton Township Republican Organization (MTRO). My critics/opponents stress that I am no longer a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, MTRO webmaster, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member, GAO employee, etc.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Twitter has announced that it will start its account reverification process once again in 2021, providing ‘blue checks’ to users. In 2017, Twitter had ceased providing verification badges to its account holders, even if they were genuinely noteworthy and a public figure. The decision was taken surrounding an incident in which the social media giant had verified an account belonging to Jason Keller, a white supremacist who organized a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. As a result of this the company had to face a wave of criticism. It defended itself by making its policies more public, saying that the company provided blue verification badges to anyone of “public interest”. However, critics still mauled this move, saying that while genuine figures of public interest were on wait to get their accounts verified, verifying the account of a white supremacist was not something that should be of public interest. Therefore, in November 2017, Twitter ceased its action of verifying accounts on its platform. A year later, the social media platform informed that it was putting its work on the verification of accounts on indefinite hold. This time it said that this decision is being taken so that the company could direct its resources and focus on the integrity of the upcoming 2020 US elections.)
HARVARD POLITICAL REVIEW
— The Importance of Local Elections – Matthew Gross (DIERSEN: Each and every candidate for government and political offices should be asked “If elected, would you encourage or discourage the following: reparations, BLM, LGBTQ, dependency on government, dependency on charity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, more gun controls, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and/or age discrimination?”)
— 1 In 3 Americans Didn’t Vote. Should We Force Them To Next Time? Advocates for compulsory voting in the US are looking for a state to be an electoral guinea pig. They said forcing everyone to vote would fix a lot of problems. – Julia Reinstein (DIERSEN: How informed are the following about government and political news and commentary: your Republican Precinct Committeeman/Captain, the leaders of your Republican township/ward party organization, the leaders of your Republican county party organization, your representative on the Illinois Republican Party State Central Committee, the IRP officers, and Republican candidates on ballots in your precinct?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: But it could also help people become more informed voters, said Rapoport, the former Connecticut secretary of state. “If you’re a principal of a high school or a superintendent, and every 18-year-old was required to vote, would that make you more likely to do civic education as part of the curriculum? I think it would,” said Rapoport. “If you’re an employer, and every one of your employees was required to vote, would that make you likely to give them time off to participate? I think it would.” This hints at one of the most common objections to compulsory voting: the rather crass assumption that nonvoters are uneducated and ill-informed on politics, and therefore are better off not voting. Nelson of the NAACP LDF unequivocally rejected that argument, calling it “fully disingenuous.” “If people were truly concerned about people voting who aren’t educated, their focus should be on education and not the right to vote,” said Nelson.)
— OCTOBER 21, 2014 FLASHBACK: Political Polarization & Media Habits – AMY MITCHELL, JEFFREY GOTTFRIED, JOCELYN KILEY AND KATERINA EVA MATSA (DIERSEN: I should survey Republican activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Illinois and ask them; a) do you read GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, b) if yes, why do you read those emails, c) if no, why don’t you read those emails, d) who has encouraged you to read GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails and what reasons have they given, and e) who has discouraged you from reading GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails and what reasons have they given?)
— APRIL 1, 2020 FLASHBACK: Americans’ main sources for political news vary by party and age – ELIZABETH GRIECO (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who discourage Republican Precinct Committeemen/Captains, and everyone else, from reading GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. Better yet, I should sue them. I would focus on a) present and past leaders of the Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, Illinois, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, and American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, b) Republican candidates on ballots in my precinct since 2000, and c) those who I have sued.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Americans turn to a wide range of media outlets for political and election news, but two stand out as especially common sources. In a late 2019 survey conducted as part of Pew Research Center’s Election News Pathways project, Fox News and CNN were named by the largest segments of U.S. adults as their main political news source – 16% and 12%, respectively. Six other news outlets – NPR, NBC News, ABC News, MSNBC, CBS News and The New York Times – were named by at least 2% of adults. The sources named by the remaining 51% of U.S. adults resulted in a long tail of more than 50 other individual brands. . .In addition to asking respondents whether they got political and election news in the past week from each of 30 different sources (selected to represent a range of news media across different platforms), respondents were asked in an open-ended question to write in the one main source they rely on most for this news. Researchers grouped responses together by brand: For example, “NY Times,” “NYT” and “nytimes.com” were all counted as indicating The New York Times. In all, about half (49%) of U.S. adults named one of these eight outlets as their main source for political and election news. The long list of all other individual outlets, named by fewer than 2% of respondents, included larger sources like The Washington Post, the BBC and Rush Limbaugh, as well as more niche sources such as One America News, The Young Turks and individual local newspapers. Some of the remaining respondents named social media sites (4% in total) or a medium without any specific outlet specified (“radio,” “the internet”). Finally, 13% of respondents declined to provide a recognizable news outlet, left the field blank or said they didn’t remember the name of their main news source. You can see a longer list of sources that were mentioned here. Partisanship in Americans’ main sources for political news Partisan alignment emerges in several of the most commonly named main sources for political and election news. Four of the eight sources named by at least 2% of U.S. adults are much more likely to be named by Democrats and independents who lean Democratic than by Republicans and GOP leaners: MSNBC, The New York Times, NPR and CNN. Fox News is the one outlet among these eight that is far more likely to be named by Republicans than by Democrats. Those who name Fox News and MSNBC display roughly the same high levels of partisanship. About nine-in-ten of those whose main source is Fox News (93%) identify as Republican, very close to the 95% of those who name MSNBC and identify as Democrats. Similarly, about nine-in-ten of those who name The New York Times (91%) and NPR (87%) as their main political news source identify as Democrats, with CNN at about eight-in-ten (79%). The three major broadcast news networks – ABC, CBS and NBC – have more of a mix of Democrats and Republicans among those who name these outlets as their main sources for political news. For example, the makeup of those who name NBC News as their main source is 57% Democratic versus 38% Republican.)
— Gov’t Contractors Can Promote Diversity Despite Trump Order – Allison Powers (DIERSEN: Democrats want employers to use Affirmative Action, Diversity, and inclusion to not hire and to get rid of their employees who are Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, heterosexual, married, non-poor, gun owners, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Is There A Future For The Journalist And News Media? Will journalism ever become a profession that commands respect? Will our children think of a career as a journalist financially as well as emotionally rewarding? Will news media become a business of consequence? – Ajay Chacko
— Draft confidential survey questions for GOPUSA ILLINOIS email readers – Dave Diersen
— Why do you read GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails?
— Who has encouraged you to read GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails and what reasons have they given?
— What do you say to those who encourage you to read GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails?
— Who has discouraged you from reading GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails and what reasons have they given?
— What do you say to those who discourage you from reading GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails?
— In addition to GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, what other government and political news and commentary sources do you read?
— To the best of your knowledge, do the following read GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails and why or why not:
– your Republican Precinct Committeeman/Captain?
– the leaders of your Republican township/ward party organization?
– the leaders of your Republican county party organization?
– your representative on the Illinois Republican Party State Central Committee?
– the Republican leaders of your municipality?
– the Republican leaders of your township?
– the Republican leaders of your county?
– your Republican State Representative?
– your Republican State Senator?
– your Republican Congressman?
— What do you say to those who paint themselves as being religious, conservative, and/or Republican, but who fail/refuse to defend/advance:
— the traditional marriage plank in the Republican Party platform?
— the right to life plank in the Republican Party platform?
— the immigration plank in the Republican Party platform?
— the illegal drugs plank in the Republican Party platform?
— the Second Amendment plank in the Republican Party platform?
— the equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) plank in the Republican Party platform?
— What do you say to those who paint themselves as being religious, conservative, and/or Republican, but who promote:
– dependency on government?
– dependency on charity?
– mass/illegal immigration?
– booze, gambling, pot, and/or other vices?
– abolition of the First Amendment?
– abolition of the Second Amendment?
– political affiliation discrimination?
– reverse discrimination?
– age discrimination?