January 3 Morning Edition

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Gov. J.B. Pritzker knows what angry taxpayers need: Legal weed – John Kass (DIERSEN: What do your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes do? Mine talk and/or act like they a) did smoke pot, b) are smoking pot, c) want to smoke pot, d) want to kill all restrictions on smoking pot, e) want to make money selling pot, and/or f) want governments to take in lots of revenue from the sale of pot. As my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes waste away smoking pot, my future looks brighter.) 
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/john-kass/ct-illinois-weed-jb-pritzker-kass-20200103-oogf3rbk7raatn6wd6dan3223i-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: With economic refugees continuing to flee Illinois — we’ve lost more residents than any state in the U.S. over the decade — taxpayers have waited in vain for the political ruling class to explain how they’ll reverse the Illinois Exodus. But there were no answers from the ruling Democrats, Gov. J.B. Pritzker, House Speaker Mike Madigan and their Illinois Republican handmaidens. Until now. They’ve made weed legal. Logically, it follows that our wise masters want the people of Illinois to get stoned. Get stoned, Illinois. Thanks, Pritzker. Thanks, Boss Madigan. You’ve made Illinois into the Land of the Lotus-Eaters. What this means is that angry Illinois taxpayers can finally stop being angry. We can forget our mental anguish at being left behind in the Illinois Exodus by smarter, luckier people who got out when they could. All this reminds me of the companions of Odysseus in the land of the lotus-eaters. Once they bit into the lotus fruit, they lost their anger and wrath. They sat down and went to sleep. And taxpayers who remain in Illinois may legally sit in passive stupor before their video screens, waiting for Grubhub to bring Baja Blast from Taco Bell and playing “Call of Duty” until dawn. But don’t think I’m being critical of pot smokers. And medical marijuana users? I don’t mean you. If weed helps soothe your pain, do what’s best.)
— The government will try to count the entire U.S. population this year: Here’s what you need to know about the census — and why it’s so important for Illinois – ELVIA MALAGÓN (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have worked the hardest to drive out of Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, draft avoiders, German American, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. I would focus on those who have lots of religious, government, and/or financial clout. I would focus on those who 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, and retaliation for opposing the aforesaid.) 
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-cb-2020-census-illinois-what-you-need-to-know-20200102-45d5qisbd5ebloltexq65yw4ca-story.html
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PICTURE: Illinois Senate President John Cullerton talks about Blagojevich, bipartisanship and changes brought by social media as his time in Springfield comes to an end – RICK PEARSON
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-illinois-senate-president-john-cullerton-20200103-27qggmvcb5cohcrlwksi3beczy-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: But ask the veteran Northwest Side lawmaker what he sees as the biggest change, and he replies: the digitalization of democracy — the growing influence of social media to affect policy combined with a decline in the number of media outlets covering state government. “It’s the difference from a representative democracy to a direct democracy,” Cullerton said. “So, the old model (for voters) is, ‘I’m busy. I’m hiring you. Go down to Springfield. Listen to testimony. Make your informed decisions. Every two years, I’ll check on you,’” he said. “And now, you just go directly to the legislator (who says), ‘We don’t need to listen to any testimony. I got 500 emails and 5,000 tweets retweeted saying I’ve got to vote for this bill.’”)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Democrats crow about their past, present, and future success in promoting vices. To be a Democrat is to be a vice promoter.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-opinion-flashback-prohibition-repeal-chicago-20200103-3k6b3myex5bqnjhwt4vm32kiem-story.html
— ‘Don’t drive while high’: Officials ramping up cannabis education with billboards, social media advice – Robert McCoppin (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, you should NOT do ANYTHING while you are high. The higher that you are, the more likely that you will not only harm yourself, but that you will harm others.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/marijuana/illinois/ct-illinois-marijuana-education-campaign-20200103-zbwtxytk5fekdc266o6dexilre-story.html
— 3 easy ways to preserve your serenity during the toxic political year ahead – Eric Zorn
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/eric-zorn/ct-column-social-media-delete-ignore-block-zorn-20200102-d6bcove5urflrd55ut7a4dts6a-story.html
— Conservatives ask judge to force Wisconsin to immediately purge disputed voters despite appeal pending – AP
https://www.chicagotribune.com/midwest/ct-nw-wisconsin-voter-purge-20200102-gw4tthojqrddhfhifd5ivvm3mu-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2020/1/3/21042376/illinois-recreational-marijuana-weed-randolph-streets-west-loop

DAILY HERALD
— 2020 brings higher labor costs for small businesses – AP
https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20200102/news/301029935/

NORTHWEST HERALD
— OUTSTANDING: Pro-Trump rally scheduled in Algonquin, 1 of many across Midwest Rally one of many planned across the Midwest – DREW ZIMMERMAN
https://www.nwherald.com/2020/01/02/pro-trump-rally-scheduled-in-algonquin-1-of-many-across-midwest/a4g77dc/

SAUK VALLEY
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Put pushers encourage gun owners to smoke pot.
https://www.saukvalley.com/2020/01/02/its-not-a-smoking-gun-in-illinois-taking-a-toke-wont-keep-you-from-owning-a-weapon-despite-what-social-media-says/aaacu7y/

ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR
— The Winnebago County elected job no one wants Precinct committee posts prove tough for party leaders to fill – Isaac Guerrero (DIERSEN: I should write a book about what discourages conservatives like me from serving as a Republican Precinct Committeeman in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois. According to this article, in Winnebago County, “Only 86 (23%) people filed to run for 378 precinct committee jobs up for grabs in the March primary.” In DuPage County, Republicans filed for Precinct Committeeman in 364 (39%) of DuPage County’s 930 Precincts. 2 years ago, 470 (51%) filed in those 930 precincts. 39 (57%) filed in Addison Township’s 69 precincts, 23 (56%) filed in Winfield Township’s 41 precincts, 50 (48%) filed in Bloomingdale Township’s 104 precincts, 56 (43%) filed in Milton Township’s 130 precincts, 29 (43%) filed in Wayne Township’s 68 precincts, 63 (40%) filed in Downers Grove Township’s 156 precincts, 48 (35%) filed in York Township’s 136 precincts, 34 (26%) file in Lisle Township’s 129 precincts, and 22 (23%) file in Naperville Township’s 97 precincts.)
https://www.rrstar.com/news/20191207/winnebago-county-elected-job-no-one-wants
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In the lowest-stakes election this voting cycle, candidates don’t even care if they’re thrown off the ballot. “If someone goes to the trouble of challenging my petitions and I’m thrown off the ballot, I’ll just get appointed after the election,” said county Auditor Bill Crowley, one of many precinct committeemen who didn’t trouble himself with getting the required 10 signatures this year. Precinct committeeman was once a job that aspiring politicians used to get a foot in the door of their party. These days, the elected position draws little interest. That’s understandable given the lack of pay and prestige and the generally minimal responsibilities. There are times, though, when the precinct committeeman plays a critical role. If a state representative dies in office or resigns, committeemen select a replacement. Committeemen historically have served as the foot soldiers of the two major parties, walking their neighborhoods to hand out literature and talk up their candidates. The lack of interest in the job troubles people who understand that committeemen don’t just build their parties from the ground up — they help nourish democracy at the grass roots. “As a precinct committeeperson, I teach people how to vote,” said Rockford Alderwoman Karen Hoffman, D-8, who also serves as a precinct representative in Ward 8, Precinct 3. She’ll be on the March ballot to keep that job. “I go out and I say, ‘OK, guys, if you’re not registered to vote, here’s what you need to do, here’s where you need to go, this is the deadline.’ I speak to people about early voting all the time. My whole purpose is to get out the vote. You’d be surprised how many people don’t understand the voting process. “Hopefully, after listening to me they’ll vote for Democrats — that’s my hope,” Hoffman said. “But I just want people to vote, no matter how they vote, to be a part of the process. My whole purpose is to teach and train people to vote and become involved in the election process. And if you don’t want to do that, then you really shouldn’t complain.” Only 86 people filed to run for 378 precinct committee jobs up for grabs in the March primary. (A committeeman, though elected, is a party official, not a government official.) Nearly a quarter of the 86 didn’t bother to obtain the minimum 10 signatures on their nominating petitions as required by law. Linda Lundquist, running in Ward 8, Precinct 4, is one who takes the job seriously. “When I went knocking door to door collecting signatures, I met some people who shared with me that they don’t like to get involved in politics,” Lundquist said. “But like it or not, we are all involved in politics. Now, whether we choose to be engaged is another matter entirely. But I think that the more of us who are engaged in our government, the more that our government will reflect all of us. Because when we are engaged and when we are involved, our government and our politics becomes so much richer. And the community is richer because the government truly reflects all of us.” Lundquist is something of an overachiever — she obtained nearly 150 signatures. “Wow. That’s a lot of door knocking,” Crowley said. “That’s remarkable.” Crowley obtained just one signature — his own — on his nominating petition. He and dozens of other precinct committee candidates will be elected in March even though they didn’t collect the 10 voter signatures required by state law. A resident of Crowley’s precinct could have filed paperwork by Dec. 9 to challenge the validity of his petition and knock him off the ballot, but no one did. “The trouble is, we can’t get enough people to run for precinct committeeman,” Crowley said. “I mean, we can’t give these positions away. And we’re giving them away.” The job’s low profile doesn’t help, either. “The precinct committee system is a very arcane system and very few people understand how it works,” said Charles Laskonis, chairman of the Winnebago County Democratic Central Committee. “Sometimes, I guess it’s just the political wonks that consider it cool to run for precinct committeeman, just so they can say that they’re part of the political process.” Rock Valley College trustee Gloria Cudia, a Republican, collected nine signatures on her petition to represent Ward 10, Precinct 2 in Rockford. Rockford Alderman Tuffy Quinonez, D-11, obtained only two signatures on his petition to represent Ward 11, Precinct 1. He could have had three signatures if he had simply put his own John Hancock on the petition, but he didn’t bother. Crowley, Cudia and Quinonez said they simply didn’t have time to obtain 10 signatures while juggling hectic schedules as the Dec. 2 filing deadline approached. Crowley knows the drill better than most. He has served as a Democratic precinct committeeman for decades. He’s running for re-election next year to keep his county auditor job. He’s also seeking a precinct committee post in Harlem Township. Even after appointments, however, most precinct positions remain vacant. “Try finding a Democrat who wants to run for Burritt Township precinct committeeman,” said Laskonis, referring to the sparsely populated township that’s home to far more cornstalks than humans and far more registered Republicans than Democrats. “You can’t even find someone to appoint to that job. Maybe there’s someone. But I haven’t found them.” A good precinct committeeman may be hard to find these days, but there’s really no need to worry, said state Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford. “There’s a lot of people out there who volunteer for campaigns and they basically do the role of the precinct committeeman, but without the official title,” Syverson said. “They get out there and they walk door to door and they’re actively supporting party candidates. They’re doing the same work for individual candidates, just not through the local party infrastructure. So it’s really the role of the political party to encourage and help people understand why it’s important to do this grass-roots kind of work.” Either way, there are plenty of benefits to walking around your block and introducing yourself to your neighbors, Lundquist said. “I feel good about Rockford, in general,” Lundquist said. “There’s so many good things happening in Rockford, really. But in my small neck of the woods, in my precinct, I felt so good after knocking on doors and meeting all these people who are my neighbors. “I wish everyone would do this because everyone would feel better about the state of the world,” she said. “You’d see we’re in much better shape than what is sometimes shown to us.”)

DEKALB DAILY CHRONICLE
— Sycamore man won’t take down Trump banner sprayed with ‘Vote Bernie’ ‘Politics has ratcheted up to such a degree it’s turned into something where you hate your neighbors’ – KEVIN SOLARI (DIERSEN: If you displayed a Trump sign at your home, what would the Trump-haters in your neighborhood, in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, and in your county do to you and do to your sign?)
https://www.daily-chronicle.com/2020/01/02/sycamore-man-wont-take-down-trump-banner-sprayed-with-vote-bernie/aslhex7/

FOX ILLINOIS
— Illinois to Indiana: Weed is still illegal, police on the lookout – Lauren Kostiuk
https://foxillinois.com/news/local/illinois-to-indiana-weed-is-still-illegal-police-on-the-lookout

WILL
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push Decatur Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe to push pot.
https://will.illinois.edu/news/story/decatur-mayor-says-her-mind-is-set-on-banning-cannabis-sales-at-least-for-now

MDJ ONLINE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.mdjonline.com/neighbor_newspapers/extra/news/estimated-million-paid-on-million-in-first-day-of-legal/video_7cbb59a4-1ed4-59e6-acb2-03647f4542f8.html

NEWS CHANNEL 20
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://newschannel20.com/news/local/why-legal-marijuana-is-worth-the-extra-money

PEORIA PUBLIC RADIO
— Illinois Congressmen Join In Call For Supreme Court to “Reconsider” Roe v. Wade – TIM SHELLEY
https://www.peoriapublicradio.org/post/illinois-congressmen-join-call-supreme-court-reconsider-roe-v-wade#stream/0
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A lone Democrat joined Illinois’ House Republican delegation in signing a legal brief calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to “reconsider” the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion access nationwide. More than 200 members of both houses of Congress signed the amicus brief filed with the high court on Thursday. U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Chicago) joined Illinois Republicans Darin LaHood, Adam Kinzinger, Rodney Davis, Mike Bost and John Shimkus.)

WIFR
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Illinois public schools to do more to promote LGBTQ activity in 2020. 
https://www.wifr.com/content/news/Illinois-schools-to-start-teaching-LGBTQ-history-in-2020-566660911.html

WQAD
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://wqad.com/2020/01/02/local-head-shops-see-spike-in-sales-after-first-few-days-of-legalized-marijuana/

CHICAGO CATHOLIC
— March for Life Chicago moves location, expands events – Michelle Martin
https://www.chicagocatholic.com/chicagoland/-/article/2020/01/02/march-for-life-chicago-moves-location-expands-events

WIREPOINTS
— Lieutenant Governor Stratton’s Shameful First Day With Legal Marijuana – Mark Glennon
https://wirepoints.org/lieutenant-governor-strattons-shameful-first-day-with-legal-marijuana/
— New IRS data release: Record losses of taxable income and taxpayers for Illinois – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
https://wirepoints.org/new-irs-data-record-number-of-illinoisans-leave-state-as-tax-base-continues-to-shrink-wirepoints-special-report/

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Suggestions for Alternative to Woodstock’s Bag Tax
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/01/03/suggestions-for-alternative-to-woodstocks-bag-tax/ 
— McClellan’s Legal Ability Questioned in Analysis of Next Filing to Reveal Identifies of McHenry County Blog Commenters – Part 2
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/01/03/mcclellans-legal-ability-questioned-in-analysis-of-next-filing-to-reveal-identifies-of-mchenry-county-blog-commenters-part-2/ 
— IL-14: Catalina Lauf and James Marter Quick to Support President Trump’s Decisive Action in Iraq
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/01/03/il-14-catalina-lauf-and-james-marter-quick-to-support-president-trumps-decisive-action-in-iraq/ 
— IL-14: James Marter Pulls Out 18-Year-Old Attack on Jim Oberweis on Abortion
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/01/03/il-14-james-marter-pulls-out-18-year-old-attack-on-jim-oberweis-on-abortion/

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— GOP 6TH CD CANDIDATE JEANNE IVES RESPONDS TO US AIR STRIKE
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/01/gop-6th-cd-candidate-jeanne-ives-responds-to-us-air-strike.html
— COMING TO IL: CANNABIS-RELATED PSYCHOSIS, ADDICTION, ER VISITS
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/01/coming-to-il-cannabis-related-psychosis-addiction-er-visits.html
— LGBT FLAGS HANDED OUT AT SCHOOL, KIDS REBEL AND RAISE CONFEDERATE FLAG
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/01/lgbt-flags-handed-out-at-school-kids-rebel-and-raise-confederate-flag.html

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Gabbard joins Yang and throws cold water on Democratic impeachment efforts – Becket Adams 
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/gabbard-joins-yang-and-throws-cold-water-on-democratic-impeachment-efforts
— Is the Democratic Party still the party of diversity? – Kaylee McGhee (DIERSEN: To get votes from minorities, females, those who are younger, those who are LGBTQers, those who have less money than others, those whose ancestors have not been in America for a long time, those who are not Protestant, those who are not German American, those who have financial, health, and/or other problems, those who are moderate or liberal, those who are veterans, those who say that they are not gun owners, etc., Democrats and RINOs promise to use government to give preference to the aforesaid big time by taking money, opportunities, etc. away from Republicans.) 
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/with-julian-castros-campaign-over-the-democratic-party-must-ask-is-it-still-the-party-of-diversity

FOX NEWS
— Trump rakes in cash with impeachment boost – Chris Stirewalt
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-rakes-in-cash-with-impeachment-boost

FEDERALIST
— Washington Post Writer Can’t Figure Out Why Trump Supporters Won’t Talk To Her In corporate media, conservative women are simply presumed to be bigoted, or stupid, or who cares, as long as it’s an opportunity to trivialize them. – Casey Chalk
https://thefederalist.com/2020/01/03/washington-post-writer-cant-figure-out-why-trump-supporters-wont-talk-to-her/

AMERICAN THINKER
— Addressing Islam’s role in rising urban black anti-Semitism. – Andrea Widburg
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/01/addressing_islams_role_in_rising_urban_black_antisemitism.html

ACCURACY IN MEDIA
— San Diego State University removes Nation of Islam leader from a list of suggested speakers
https://www.academia.org/san-diego-state-university-removes-nation-of-islam-leader-from-a-list-of-suggested-speakers/

TOWNHALL
— Trump-Hating Leftists Usher in New Year of Trump Hatred – David Limbaugh (DIERSEN: If you displayed a Trump sign at your home, what would the Trump-haters in your neighborhood, in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, and in your county do to you and do to your sign?)
https://townhall.com/columnists/davidlimbaugh/2020/01/03/trumphating-leftists-usher-in-new-year-of-trump-hatred-n2558872

THE HILL
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: What drugs are prescribed for you that are also prescribed for Bernie Sanders? Recently, atorvastatin ( https://www.drugs.com/atorvastatin.html ) has been prescribed for me.)
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/476266-sanderss-doctors-declare-him-healthy-after-october-heart-attack
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Sanders takes atorvastatin, aspirin, clopidogrel, levothyroxine, and lisinopril every day, and has in the past been treated for a cyst on his vocal cord and two hernias.)

NEW YORK TIMES
— Biden Warns About Disinformation After Misleading Video – Katie Glueck (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is disinformation and misleading, except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless. Because my critics/opponents cannot manipulate or dominate me, my critic/opponents focus on destroying me and destroying my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/02/us/politics/joe-biden-culture-video.html
— The Case for a One-Term Joe The quickest way to get a President Stacey Abrams or President Pete Buttigieg is to first elect a President Biden. – Timothy Egan
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/03/opinion/joe-biden-age.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters condemn Trump and condemn everyone who does not hate Trump.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/02/us/christianity-today-mark-galli-evangelicals.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot pushers use booze to push pot.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/01/us/100-years-ago-the-booziest-january-suddenly-dried-up.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Hispanics at Harvard unite to protect Hispanics at Harvard. During the 1980s and 1990s, GAO employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who had not made GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40 DID NOT UNITE TO PROTECT THE AFORESAID. Instead, to keep their jobs as long as possible, virtually all of them “cut deals” with their superiors. Most commonly, they agreed to help their superiors get rid of their employees like me who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who had not made the aforesaid promotion deadlines.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/02/us/harvard-latinos-diversity-debate.html

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Demographic Shift Poised to Test Trump’s 2020 Strategy Base of white, working-class voters projected to decline and be replaced by Democratic-leaning groups – Aaron Zitner and Dante Chinni (DIERSEN: How bad are your demographics? Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters encourage everyone to dump those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. I should write a book about those in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois who ever-increasingly dump the aforesaid.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/demographic-shift-poised-to-test-trumps-2020-strategy-11578047402
— Drug Prices Climb by 5.8% on Average, Less Than Last Year Pfizer led the way with increases of over 9% on more than 40 products, according to a new analysis – Jared S. Hopkins
https://www.wsj.com/articles/drug-prices-climb-by-5-8-on-average-less-than-last-year-11577984680
— Transit Systems Take On Role as Homeless Advocates As number of people living on the streets rises, many transit officials worry about social welfare as well as trains and buses – Paul Berger (DIERSEN: How much have you used public transit? I used public transit a lot in 1971 and 1973-1997. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who hint/imply/argue/shout that they would never stoop to use public transit.) 
https://www.wsj.com/articles/transit-systems-take-on-role-as-homeless-advocates-11577973601
— Blackouts, Disasters Give Generators a Sales Boost California’s wildfires raised demand for auxiliary power at businesses and cell towers – Bob Tita and Jim Carlton
https://www.wsj.com/articles/blackouts-disasters-juice-generator-sales-11578000689
— ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ ‘I have long been particularly concerned with the lack of intellectual diversity at the law school.’ – Stephen Bainbridge 
https://www.wsj.com/articles/notable-quotable-diversity-and-inclusion-11578008804
(FROM THE ARTICLE: As regular readers know, I’m up for a merit raise at UCLAW this year and am now required to submit a statement of how I contribute to the University’s goals in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. I have just emailed the statement to the administration. It reads as follows: “Although I am aware and respectful of the many dimensions within which a university properly seeks a diverse faculty and student body, I have long been particularly concerned with the lack of intellectual diversity at the law school. A survey of U.S. law professors in general found that white Democratic professors (both male and female), Jewish professors, and nonreligious professors ‘account for most (or all) of the overrepresentation among racial, gender, religious, and ideological groups in law teaching.’ The groups that ‘account for most of the underrepresentation among racial, gender, religious, and ideological groups in law teaching’ are Republicans (both male and female), Protestants, and Catholics. This disparity persists even though ‘religious and political diversity are probably more important for viewpoint diversity than gender diversity and roughly as important as racial diversity.’)
— Census 2020 Tests Social-Media Giants’ Ability to Combat Disinformation Facebook, Google and others roll out initiatives designed to help protect U.S. population count – Sarah E. Needleman (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is disinformation except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless. Because my critics/opponents cannot manipulate or dominate me, my critic/opponents focus on destroying me and destroying my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/census-2020-tests-social-media-giants-ability-to-combat-disinformation-11577977790

QUARTZ
— How to survive the coming retirement crisis – Allison Schrager (DIERSEN: The purchasing power of my Civil Service Retirement System pension and my Social Security decreases every year because cost of living adjustments are much less than inflation.) 
https://qz.com/1766478/how-to-survive-the-coming-retirement-crisis/

December 6 Morning Edition

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Illinois GOP uses Trump impeachment effort to fuel fundraising – RICK PEARSON
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-illinois-gop-trump-impeachment-fundraising-20191206-sod7qtzyxze4vlcziqd55ts4na-story.html
— Democrats took a big new step today toward impeaching President Trump – AP
https://www.chicagotribune.com/nation-world/ct-nw-articles-of-impeachment-trump-20191205-5yvlkqpjjzhjpj7dzgvhf7ixpe-story.html
— Crowded south suburban fields emerge as candidates file for 2020 elections – TED SLOWIK
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/opinion/ct-sta-slowik-election-filing-roundup-st-1206-20191205-rbpn7acxrnbrforua5mv527usu-story.html
— Towns surrounding Barrington looking to keep ‘family-friendly’ feel with some rejecting idea of allowing recreational cannabis dispensaries – MARISSA PLESCIA
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/barrington/ct-bcr-barrington-area-cannabis-dispensaries-20191205-7bmbj5vkfbapzau3l2qsht5jkq-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Illinois Democrats want everyone in Illinois, and especially those in Chicago’s Austin community, to sell and/or buy pot. If you want to destroy a person, you encourage that person to sell and/or buy pot. If you want to destroy a race, you encourage the members of that race to sell and/or buy pot. If you want to destroy an organization, you encourage the members of that organization to sell and/or buy pot. If you want to destroy a company, you encourage its employees to sell and/or buy pot. If you want to destroy a state, you encourage its citizens to sell and/or buy pot. If you want to destroy a country, you encourage its citizens to sell and/or buy pot.) 
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/criminal-justice/ct-chicago-legal-marijuana-austin-neighborhood-20191206-2kaagdqlorbrdh4ybtdejayfmu-story.html
— A letter to the next owner of the Chicago Tribune: We need you. – Mary Schmich (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, news organizations act like they are arms of the Democrat, Libertarian, and/or Green parties.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/mary-schmich/ct-met-mary-schmich-new-tribune-owner-wanted-20191206-exibmhyrlngwlmf7vhsvuqjmhm-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Lightfoot headed to Iowa to interview ‘Mayor Pete’ — not to endorse him Lightfoot will interview South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg as part of a presidential forum hosted by Accelerator for America Action and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. – Fran Spielman
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2019/12/5/20997613/lori-lightfoot-iowa-interview-pete-buttigeig-presidential-forum
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote welfare. Overwhelmingly, those on welfare vote for Democrats.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/12/5/20997125/food-stamp-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-trump-administration-cuts-editorial

DAILY HERALD
— Ethics reform must apply to all in legislature – Editorial
https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20191205/editorial-ethics-reform-must-apply-to-all-in-legislature
— Elgin mayor wants ethics ordinance after reports that councilman is a lobbyist – Elena Ferrarin
https://www.dailyherald.com/amp-article/20191205/news/191209465/

BLOOMINGTON PANTAGRAPH
— McLean County State’s Attorney: Auditor has no authority to set accounting policy – Paul Swiech
https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/mclean-county-state-s-attorney-auditor-has-no-authority-to/article_d3463823-f80d-5757-ac25-9a1234dd6310.html

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG

— Petition Games

— IL-06/IL-14: House Democrats Racing the Clock to Give Lauren Underwood and Sean Casten a Legislative Win on Taxes

— Grass Roots Workers for Republican Party Way Down

— Pritzker “Oops” Results in Withdrawal of Steve Andersson Appointment to Ethics Commission

ILLINOIS TIMES
— SJ-R veteran reporter set to depart But paper gains an editor – Bruce Rushton
https://www.illinoistimes.com/springfield/sj-r-veteran-reporter-set-to-depart/Content?oid=11581139

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Matt Drudge picks up another conservative competitor with the Bongino Report Fox contributor’s website promises ‘real conservative news’ – Valerie Richardson (DIERSEN: I should write a book about all my competitors that have come and gone since 2000. I would focus on those that focused on a) stopping me from sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails and b) stopping everyone from reading those emails.) 
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/5/matt-drudge-picks-another-conservative-competitor-/
— Democrats’ impeachment could cost them the 2020 election Remember how liberal hate energized the conservative base and roused independents in Wisconsin – Scott Walker
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/5/democrats-trump-impeachment-could-cost-them-2020-e/
— ‘Painfully ironic’: Trump, Mexico squash border surge after Democrats balk – Stephen Dinan
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/5/donald-trump-mexico-squash-border-surge-after-demo/
— State Dept., DHS sued over requesting, retaining social media names of visa applicants – Andrew Blake (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats shout at citizens of foreign countries that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things who should be gotten rid of once and for all. Ever-increasingly, Democrats count on citizens of foreign countries to help them get rid of Republicans once and for all.)
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/5/state-dept-dhs-sued-over-requesting-retaining-soci/
— Iran ‘murdered’ over 1,000 protesters, U.S. officials say – Ben Wolfgang and Guy Taylor (DIERSEN: What have you protested against? I have protested against political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, retaliation, and the promotion of dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, illegal drugs, and abolition of the First and Second Amendments. I should write a book about those who claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican, but who fail/refuse to protest against the aforesaid.)
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/5/iran-murdered-over-1000-protesters-us-officials-sa/
— Remaining Democratic presidential candidates court Congressional Black Caucus members – Alex Swoyer and Seth McLaughlin (DIERSEN: What are your demographics? Which politicians court those who share your demographics? Which politicians court those who hate your demographics?)
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/5/remaining-democratic-presidential-candidates-court/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Melania Trump gets attacked for the flaws of her husband – Kimberly Ross
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/melania-trump-gets-attacked-for-the-flaws-of-her-husband
— Trump’s ‘abnormal’ advantages – Fred Barnes
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/trumps-abnormal-advantages
— No more ‘weed with Willie’ – Madeline Fry 
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/no-more-weed-with-willie

AMERICAN THINKER
— Why the elites really hate Trump – Don Herston (DIERSEN: Who do the elites in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois hate the most, that is, who do they work the hardest against? What do you say to elites who work against those who share their demographics to curry favor with those who do not share their demographics? I should write a book about elites in Wheaton, Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois a) who state that they are religious, conservative, and/or Republican, but who work the hardest against those who are religious, conservative, and/or Republican and b) who are White, male, older, non-poor, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time who work the hardest against the aforesaid.) 
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/12/why_the_elites_really_hate_trump.html

BREITBART

— Washington Post: Donald Trump Hired Illegal Aliens for Golf Courses – NEIL MUNRO (DIERSEN: I cleaned golf shoes at the Flossmoor Country Club during the summer of 1966 when I was 17 years old.)
https://www.breitbart.com/immigration/2019/12/05/washington-post-donald-trump-hired-illegal-aliens-golf-course/

DAILY WIRE
— The Bongino Report: The Newest Conservative News Aggregator – Jeremy Frankel (DIERSEN: I should write a book about all my competitors that have come and gone since 2000. I would focus on those that focused on a) stopping me from sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails and b) stopping everyone from reading those emails.)
https://www.dailywire.com/news/the-bongino-report-the-newest-conservative-news-aggregator

DAILY SIGNAL
— Thou Shalt Not Covet – Cal Thomas (DIERSEN: Democrats encourage everyone to covet what Republicans have. My Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government encouraged my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates to covet my new cars, real estate, college degrees, professional certifications, professional license, collector cars, early retirement “opportunity,” Civil Service Retirement System pension, etc.) 
https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/12/05/thou-shalt-not-covet/

TOWNHALL
— Speaker Pelosi Uses Catholic Faith as a Cop Out – Reagan McCarthy
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/reaganmccarthy/2019/12/05/speaker-pelosi-uses-catholic-faith-as-cop-out-n2557561

RUSH LIMBAUGH
— The American People Understand This Hateful Charade
https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2019/12/05/the-american-people-understand-this-hateful-charade/

NEWS BUSTERS
— CBS, NBC Hype Speaker Pelosi Blowing Up at Sinclair’s James Rosen – Nicholas Fondacaro (DIERSEN: Who sides with your critics/opponents? Of course, my critics/opponents side with my critics/opponents. My critics/opponents 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.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/nicholas-fondacaro/2019/12/05/cbs-nbc-hype-speaker-pelosi-blowing-sinclairs-james-rosen

ROLL CALL
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats encourage minorities to wear protest hair styles.
https://www.rollcall.com/news/hoh/bookers-crown-act-ban-discrimination-black-hairstyles

NEW YORK TIMES
— Could Tax Increases Speed Up the Economy? Democrats Say Yes Led by Elizabeth Warren, presidential candidates and liberal economists are pushing an unorthodox “pro-growth” argument for raising taxes on the rich. – Jim Tankersley (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I should pay more taxes. They have stressed a) the new cars and collector cars that I own and have owned, b) the real estate that I own and have owned, c) my federal salary, vacation days, sick days, pension, and health/dental/vision insurance subsidy, d) my college degrees, e) my professional certifications, f) my professional license, g) my not having children, h) my retirement savings, i) my wife’s income and savings, j) etc.) 
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/05/business/Elizabeth-Warren-tax-increases.html
— What Is Voters’ Highest Priority? There’s a Way to Find Out Peeling away preferences, a study shows impeachment is at the top of the list for Republicans, and is the second choice for Democrats. – Lynn Vavreck, John Sides and Chris Tausanovitch
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/05/upshot/impeachment-biggest-issue-voters-poll.html

WASHINGTON POST
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats encourage minorities to wear protest hair styles.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/12/05/lawmakers-introduce-first-federal-bills-ban-race-based-hair-discrimination/
— The genealogy boom has hit a roadblock. The Trump administration plans huge fee hikes for immigration records. – Sydney Trent (DIERSEN: How long have your ancestors been in America, from what countries did they come from, and what was their religion? Ever-increasingly, your critics/opponents use the aforesaid against you. My critics/opponents stress that my ancestors have been in America since 1844, that they came from what is now Germany, and that they were Lutheran. They stress the aforesaid to those around me whose ancestors have not been in America that long, who did not come from Germany, and who are not Lutheran. In my defense, I stress that my grandfather on my father’s side fought the Germans during WWI, that my uncles on my mother’s side fought the Germans during WWII, and that my father would have fought the Germans during WWII if he had not been 4-F. Further, according to http://dna.ancestry.com,

, my ancestry is 33% Europe West, 28% Scandinavia, 24% Great Britain, 11% Ireland, 2% Europe East, 1% Finland/Northwest Russia, and 1% Italy/Greece.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/12/05/genealogy-boom-has-hit-roadblock-trump-administration-plans-huge-fee-hikes-immigration-records/

NEW YORK POST
— Trump’s supposed abuses pale in comparison to past presidents – David Harsanyi
https://nypost.com/2019/12/05/trumps-supposed-abuses-pale-in-comparison-to-past-presidents/

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Republicans Suppress Their Own Voters Eight state parties have canceled 2020 contests or limited them to Trump. – Joe Walsh
https://www.wsj.com/articles/republicans-suppress-their-own-voters-11575591629

BLOOMBERG
— Marijuana Legalization Raises Worker Safety Concerns – Bruce Rolfsen (DIERSEN: If you are an employee, how stoned will your employer allow its employees to be? If you are a member of an organization, how stoned will your organization allow its members to be? Needless-to-say, at a minimum, the following organizations should prohibit their officials/members/employees from selling/using pot: Milton Township Republican Central Committee, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, Wheaton, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois.)
https://news.bloomberglaw.com/safety/marijuana-legalization-raises-worker-safety-concerns

DAILY HERALD BUSINESS LEDGER
— Panel: Good company cultures engage employees and leaders – Richard Klicki (DIERSEN: What is/was the culture where you work/worked? I should write a book about the culture at GAO 1980-1997 and at IRS 1971-1980. What is the culture of the organizations that you are a member of? I should write a book about the culture at the Milton Township Republican Central Committee since 1999. What was the culture of the organizations that you were a member of? I should write a book about the cultures of TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois 2005-2012, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee 2003-2011, Illinois Center Right Coalition 2003-2007, and American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter 2001-2004.) 
https://www.dhbusinessledger.com/business/20191204/panel-good-company-cultures-engage-employees-and-leaders–

YAHOO FINANCE
— How to spot microaggressions at work – Lydia Smith (DIERSEN: Microaggressions are bad, but adverse actions are worse. My Democrat GAO superiors forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, gave me unfair performance expectations and appraisals, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, got rid of my mentor in 1987, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take a $19,568 (21%) 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.) 
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/how-to-spot-microaggressions-at-work-084030020.html

NEW YORK MAGAZINE
— Trump’s Plan to Make the World Respect America Again Is Succeeding — on His Terms – Zak Cheney-Rice
http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/12/trumps-nato-summit-act-drew-laughs.html

HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW
— 6 Signs Your Corporate Culture Is a Liability – Sarah Clayton (DIERSEN: I should write a book about the culture at a) Milton Township Republican Central Committee since 1999, b) TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois 2005-2012, c) Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee 2003-2011, d) Illinois Center Right Coalition 2003-2007, e) American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter 2001-2004, f) GAO 1980-1997, g) IRS 1971-1980, h) etc.)
https://hbr.org/2019/12/6-signs-your-corporate-culture-is-a-liability

NEW YORK MAGAZINE
— How Bad Are Billionaire Politicians for Democracy? – Gabriel Debenedetti, Benjamin Hart, and Eric Levitz
http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/12/how-bad-are-billionaire-politicians-for-democracy.html

COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW
— The Fact-Check Industry Has our investment in debunking worked? – Emily Bell (DIERSEN: What qualifications do my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have to be fact checkers? While I worked for GAO 1980-1997, the last 11 years of which at GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $98,198-$127,654, I increasingly worked as a referencer, that is, as a fact checker. That work required assuring the accuracy and support for each and every word, number, table, graph, chart, conclusion, opinion, and recommendation in GAO reports. I worked for IRS 1971-1980, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $82,279-$93,592. My other fact checking qualifications include my becoming a Forensic Accountant in 1997, Certified Fraud Examiner in 1990, licensed CPA in 1981, Certified Internal Auditor in 1981, and CPA in 1979.)
https://www.cjr.org/special_report/fact-check-industry-twitter.php

INDEPENDENT
— Substance deaths are soaring – will this election signal the beginning of the end for the war on drugs? – Ian Hamilton (DIERSEN: Illinois Democrats want everyone in Illinois to sell and/or buy pot. If you want to destroy a person, you encourage that person to sell and/or buy pot. If you want to destroy a race, you encourage the members of that race to sell and/or buy pot. If you want to destroy an organization, you encourage the members of that organization to sell and/or buy pot. If you want to destroy a company, you encourage its employees to sell and/or buy pot. If you want to destroy a state, you encourage its citizens to sell and/or buy pot. If you want to destroy a country, you encourage its citizens to sell and/or buy pot.) 
https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/general-election-party-manifestos-general-election-cannabis-drug-deaths-a9233981.html

September 4 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot keeps up Twitter spat with Sen. Ted Cruz over Chicago crime – Craig Wall (DIERSEN: What percent of those who commit crime in Chicago were not raised in a traditional family?)
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/lightfoots-twitter-spat-with-sen-cruz-over-chicago-crime-continues/5515938/
— San Francisco supervisors call National Rifle Association a ‘domestic terrorist organization’
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/san-francisco-calls-nra-a-domestic-terrorist-organization/5515415/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Legal grass offers Lake County the potential for tourism highs – CHARLES SELLE
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/opinion/ct-lns-selle-lake-county-legal-marijuana-st-0905-20190904-xdzh2zxiirag5jhecmatwfmro4-story.html
— Schock’s off the hook – and he can run for office again – Lisa Donovan
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-schock-fbi-chicago-corruption-naperville-pot-casten-spin-20190904-qsufpzphbrdqfcfi2m73dpea6q-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Republican-hater promotes hatred against Republicans.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/dahleen-glanton/ct-dahleen-glanton-chicago-ted-cruz-lori-lightfoot-20190904-wcxitnynrrcmtekldly3g3tnki-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— OUTSTANDING: Naperville bans recreational pot sales
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2019/9/4/20849148/naperville-bans-recreational-marijuana-pot-sales
— On Facebook, Illinois prison guards, accused of abuses by transgender inmates, mocked LGBTQ community The officers who posted the offensive and explicit memes and other posts all identified themselves as Department of Corrections employees. – Emily Hoerner
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2019/9/4/20849134/facebook-transgender-illinois-correctional-officers-abuses-strawberry-hampton-lgbtq-mocked-memes
— Pfleger announces anti-gun rally in nation’s capital, slams ‘ignorant’ Ted Cruz “It’s sad when you see somebody who holds an elected office be so ignorant and uninformed,” Pfleger said of the Republican Senator from Texas. – Mitch Dudek 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/9/4/20849654/pfleger-announces-anti-gun-rally-nations-capital-slams-ted-cruz
— Advocates shine light on homeless CPS students, turn up heat on Lightfoot There were 16,451 homeless Chicago Public Schools students during the 2018-19 school year. Half of them were concentrated in 10 South and West Side wards. – Fran Spielman 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/city-hall/2019/9/4/20849881/advocates-shine-light-homeless-cps-students-turn-up-heat-lightfoot

— Where Walmart leads on guns, will others follow? – Editorial
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/9/4/20849409/walmart-el-paso-gun-control-background-checks-doug-mcmillon-sun-times-editorial

DAILY HERALD
— OUTSTANDING: Naperville bans recreational pot sales – Marie Wilson
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190904/naperville-bans-recreational-pot-sales-but-plans-to-seek-voter-input

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Casten raises eyebrows with ‘impeachment town hall’ A congressman facing a tough re-election fight decides to spotlight one provocative issue—opening a Trump impeachment inquiry—in tonight’s Downers Grove session. – GREG HINZ
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/greg-hinz-politics/casten-raises-eyebrows-impeachment-town-hall
— Mayor Lightfoot vs. Sen. Cruz gun control spat, Day 3: ‘Do your job’ “If you want to come to Chicago and learn about the root causes of gun violence, I’ll be glad to show you around,” the mayor said in her latest back-and-forth with the Texas senator.
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/government/mayor-lightfoot-vs-sen-cruz-gun-control-spat-day-3-do-your-job

WLS AM
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Donald Trump’s ‘Summer of Winning’ video is a loser.”
http://www.wlsam.com/news/donald-trumps-summer-of-winning-video-is-a-loser/

DEKALB DAILY CHRONICLE
— U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood calls student loans ‘predatory’ – KELSEY RETTKE
https://www.daily-chronicle.com/2019/09/03/u-s-rep-lauren-underwood-calls-student-loans-predatory/as662sv/

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— HOW THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY BECAME ILLINOIS’ MOST FEARED POLITICAL FORCE
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2019/09/how-the-lgbtq-community-became-illinois-most-feared-political-force.html
— ANOTHER ILGOP US SENATE CANDIDATE TOM TARTER ANNOUNCES PRIMARY BID
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2019/09/another-ilgop-us-senate-candidate-announces-primary-bid.html
— FEDS OFFICIALLY DROP CHARGES AGAINST PROVOCATIVE FORMER IL CONGRESSMAN
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2019/09/feds-officially-drop-charges-against-provocative-former-il-congressman.html

CAPITOL FAX
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://capitolfax.com/2019/09/04/reefer-sanity-starting-to-prevail/
— Schock officially cleared of all charges
https://capitolfax.com/2019/09/04/schock-officially-cleared-of-all-charges/

NATIONAL REVIEW
— San Francisco Labels NRA a ‘Domestic Terrorism Organization’ – JACK CROWE
https://www.nationalreview.com/news/san-francisco-labels-nra-a-domestic-terrorism-organization/

DAILY CALLER
— NRA Rips Walmart For Banning Some Ammunition Sales – WILLIAM DAVIS
https://dailycaller.com/2019/09/04/nra-rips-walmart-banning-some-ammunition-sales/

NEWSMAX
— Pope Stacks College of Cardinals With Leftist Prelates – Michael Dorstewitz
https://www.newsmax.com/michaeldorstewitz/cardinals-pope-catholic-church/2019/09/04/id/931234/

TOWNHALL
— Michelle Malkin Announces National ‘Sanctuary City Tour’ – Timothy Meads
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/timothymeads/2019/09/04/michelle-malkin-announces-national-sanctuary-city-tour-n2552594
— We Don’t Trust You – Ann Coulter
https://townhall.com/columnists/anncoulter/2019/09/04/we-dont-trust-you-n2552621

AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE
— Bernie Sanders: Federal Workers Should Have the Right to Strike But allowing the most secure employees in the country to walk off the job is a bad idea. – ROSS MARCHAND (DIERSEN: Federal jobs are secure only for those who are Democrat, minority, female, and/or veteran.)
https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/bernie-sanders-wants-federal-workers-to-have-the-right-to-strike/

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
— Target: journalists. Will personal probes undermine media? A new conservative group is investigating the social media backgrounds of mainstream media journalists. Is turnabout fair play – or an attempt at intimidation? – Sarah Matusek
https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2019/0904/Target-journalists.-Will-personal-probes-undermine-media

CNN
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Donald Trump’s ‘Summer of Winning’ video is a loser.”
https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/04/politics/donald-trump-summer-2020/index.html

FORBES
— How The ‘Best Companies To Work For’ Engage Employees And Retain Top Talent – Dana Brownlee (DIERSEN: The federal government’s top priority is not to engage and retain top talent. The federal government’s top priority is to hire, retain, and promote young Democrat minorities and young Democrat females.)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/danabrownlee/2019/09/04/how-the-best-companies-to-work-for-engage-employees-and-retain-top-talent/
— Is The EEOC Protecting Workers Or Discriminatory Employers? – Patricia Barnes (DIERSEN: Do not expect EEOC to side with workers who are Republican, White, male, older, non-veteran, Protestant, or German American.)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/patriciagbarnes/2019/09/04/is-the-eeoc-protecting-workers-or-discriminatory-employers/

September 2 Morning Edition

DAILY HERALD
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PICTURE: Suburban school administrators bracing for legal marijuana’s impacts – Marie Wilson
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190901/suburban-school-administrators-bracing-for-legal-marijuanas-impacts
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Students won’t be allowed to use marijuana when adult recreational use begins Jan. 1, but school leaders anticipate legalization bringing a cascade of effects in the educational realm. The need for prevention education will increase. The difficulty of determining intoxication among students and staff members will rise. The use restrictions imposed on employees will need clarification. And the regulations that come with federal funding could create conflicts. These are the chief concerns raised by educational leaders across the suburbs as they start a school year during which recreational marijuana use by adults 21 and older is set to begin under the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. Elgin Unit District U-46 CEO Tony Sanders raised many of these points in a paper he wrote for a doctoral degree he is pursuing from Aurora University. He advises vigilance to prevent increased marijuana prevalence. “Students already have access, somehow, to illegal marijuana,” Sanders said. “I think this (law) makes it more open for students to gain access to marijuana, and I do worry about that.” Vigilance against marijuana in schools could mean posting signs to remind the public of smoke-free and drug-free regulations, which U-46 plans to do, Sanders said. Or it could mean using health class lessons to emphasize the negative implications of marijuana use by teens, which is in the plans for Glenbard High School District 87, among others. Whatever districts do to prepare for adult marijuana use, they should work to create a “culture of nonuse” among students, said Cristina Cortesi, substance abuse prevention coordinator at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. “Unfortunately, when a substance is legalized, it creates greater accessibility and it creates greater norms of use,” Cortesi said. “When policy is not in our favor in terms of preventing substance abuse, it’s just a harder road ahead.”)
— FRONT PAGE WITH PICTURES: Illinois central to nation’s labor movement – Phil Luciano
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190901/from-mother-jones-to-haymarket-affair-illinois-central-to-nations-labor-movement

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— What’s the biggest indicator of success? – Jeff Haden
https://www.pressreader.com/usa/chicago-tribune/20190902/281835760376830

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson: Voters hurt by trade war sticking with Trump anyway – Salena Zito (DIERSEN: Far too many of those who dominate the Milton Township Republican Central Committee (MTRCC) want to get rid of conservatives like me, but I stick with the MTRCC anyway. They want to get rid of MTRCC members like me who support the traditional family, right to life, immigration, Second Amendment, illegal drugs, equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving), and other planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform and in the Republican Party platform.)
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/wisconsin-sen-ron-johnson-voters-hurt-by-trade-war-sticking-with-trump-anyway

AMERICAN THINKER
— Trump in a Landslide: Here’s Why – Dave Ball
https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/08/trump_in_a_landslide_heres_why.html
— Globalism and the Hoodwinking of the American Elite – Don Herston
https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/08/globalism_and_the_hoodwinking_of_the_american_elite.html

AMERICAN FREE PRESS
— Myth of ‘White Terror’ Debunked
http://americanfreepress.net/myth-of-white-terror-debunked/

TOWNHALL
— Trump Supporters Have ALL The Moral High Ground. Don’t Cede One Inch Of It To The Left. – Scott Morefield
https://townhall.com/columnists/scottmorefield/2019/09/02/trump-supporters-have-all-the-moral-high-ground-dont-cede-one-inch-of-it-to-the-left-n2552481

WORLD NET DAILY
— Minorities: The forgotten Democrat voters – Rich Logis (DIERSEN: In what ways are you a minority? I am a minority in the Milton Township Republican Central Committee, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) and I was a minority in the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee, Illinois Center Right Coalition, and American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter because I support the traditional family, right to life, immigration, Second Amendment, illegal drugs, equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving), and other planks in the IRP platform and in the Republican Party platform.) 
https://www.wnd.com/2019/09/minorities-forgotten-democrat-voters/
— The interesting, murky origins of Labor Day – Bill Federer
https://www.wnd.com/2019/09/interesting-murky-origins-labor-day/

NEW YORK TIMES
— As Grass-Roots Labor Activism Rises, Will Unions Take Advantage? – Noam Scheiber
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/01/business/economy/labor-unions.html
— Weight-Loss Surgery May Reduce Heart Risks in People With Type 2 Diabetes – Roni Caryn Rabin
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/02/health/bariatric-surgery-heart-attack.html

WASHINGTON POST
— Remembering the legacy of Labor Day – E.J. Dionne Jr.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/remembering-the-legacy-of-labor-day/2019/09/01/8c67cd08-cb2f-11e9-be05-f76ac4ec618c_story.html

NEW YORK POST
— Labor Day, then vs. now – Editorial
https://nypost.com/2019/09/01/labor-day-then-vs-now/

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Democrats Labor to Stem Flow of Union Voters to Trump Trump won in 2016 in part by peeling off rank-and-file union members. Now Democrats hope to lure them back. – Alex Leary and Kris Maher
https://www.wsj.com/articles/democrats-labor-to-stem-flow-of-union-voters-to-trump-11567422002

TOLEDO BLADE
— World leaders mark invasion of Poland by Nazis (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress to Polish-Americans that I am 100% German national origin. In my defense, a) all my ancestors immigrated during the 1840s and 1850s, b) my grandfather on my father’s side fought the Germans during WWI, c) my uncles on my mother’s side fought the Germans during WWII, and d) my father would have fought the Germans during WWII if he had not been 4-F.)
https://www.toledoblade.com/news/World/2019/09/01/mike-pence-world-leaders-mark-invasion-poland-by-nazis/stories/20190902032

DAILY DEMOCRAT
— Should we police online hate groups? – CASEY TOLAN (DIERSEN: According to Democrats, groups that do not promote the Democrat Party platform are hate groups.)
https://www.dailydemocrat.com/2019/09/01/white-nationalism-domestic-terrorism-social-media-presidential-candidates-beto-orourke/

REGISTER GUARD
— Why people hate religion – Timothy Egan (DIERSEN: What do you say to people who are a member of a church, who attend church services, and/or give money to church but who 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?)
https://www.registerguard.com/opinion/20190902/timothy-egan-why-people-hate-religion

June 1 Evening Edition

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— When can I buy pot in Illinois? How much can I buy? Your questions answered Illinois lawmakers voted to legalize recreational weed Friday. Here’s what you need to know about the bill Gov. Pritzker says he will sign. – Tom Schuba (DIERSEN: Who is taking the lead to stop the sale of pot a) in your municipality and b) in the unincorporated areas of your county? All of the following should be lining up to speak out against pot at public hearings: Republican activists, Republican candidates, Republican elected officials, Republican party leaders, Republican major donors, Republican political consultants, business leaders, religious leaders, healthcare leaders, education leaders, law enforcement leaders, etc.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2019/5/31/18647868/marijuana-illinois-legalization-where-to-buy-amount
— House clears gambling measure that includes adding Chicago casino After two days of behind-the-scenes negotiations, House lawmakers appeared poised to leave Springfield having passed a comprehensive spending and capital plan. The Illinois Senate plans to return for bill action on Sunday and must still approve the gambling measure. – Tina Sfondeles
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/6/1/18648903/house-clears-gambling-measure-that-includes-adding-chicago-casino

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Legalizing marijuana is a victory for freedom in Illinois – Steve Chapman (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, to be a Democrat is to be someone who focuses on promoting pot.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/steve-chapman/ct-perspec-chapman-illinois-marijuana-legalize-20190531-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— Melinda Bush: Passage of abortion bill to make Illinois ‘a beacon for the country’ – Rebecca Anzel (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, to be a Democrat is to be someone who focuses on promoting abortion.)
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190601/melinda-bush-passage-of-abortion-bill-to-make-illinois-a-beacon-for-the-country
— Arlington Heights parade organizers defend letting controversial group march – Christopher Placek
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190601/arlington-heights-parade-organizers-defend-letting-controversial-group-march
(FROM THE ARTICLE: ACT, which calls itself the nation’s largest national security grass-roots organization, advocates for upholding Western values and combating the threat of radical Islam, according to the organization’s website. But the Southern Poverty Law Center put the group on its list of domestic hate groups “because it pushes wild anti-Muslim conspiracy theories, denigrates American Muslims and deliberately conflates mainstream and radical Islam.” Greg Padovani, chairman of the Veterans Memorial Committee of Arlington Heights, said he received about a dozen complaints via phone and email about the ACT chapter’s inclusion in the parade and for leaflets marchers were handing out along the parade route. Padovani said he and other committee members investigated the group’s website, but could not find anything espousing hate or violence.)
— House begins overtime action on state budget – AP
https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20190601/news/306019917/

ABC7
— Illinois House passes marijuana legalization bill, approves balanced budget – Cate Cauguiran and Craig Wall
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/illinois-house-passes-marijuana-legalization-bill-approves-balanced-budget/5324375/
— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bartends in Queens to push for higher minimum wage
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/ocasio-cortez-bartends-in-queens-to-push-for-minimum-wage-hike/5325385/

NBC5
— Illinois Legislature Continues Work on Budget, Gambling Bill The House has to approve several pieces of legislation involving next year’s budget
https://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/illinois-legislature-continues-work-even-after-may-31-deadline-510710891.html

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— A new attitude — and one-party dominance — eased the tension – Bernard Schoenburg
https://www.sj-r.com/opinion/20190601/bernard-schoenburg-new-attitude—and-one-party-dominance—eased-tension
— Still a fight ahead for abortion rights in Illinois, supporters say – Cassie Buchman
https://www.sj-r.com/news/20190601/still-fight-ahead-for-abortion-rights-in-illinois-supporters-say

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— Democrats control it all, but can’t finish on schedule – Doug Finke
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20190601/statehouse-insider-democrats-control-it-all-but-cant-finish-on-schedule

ALTON TELEGRAPH
— Reproductive Health Act heads to governor’s desk Bush: Passage of abortion bill to make Illinois ‘a beacon for the country’ – Rebecca Anzel 
https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Reproductive-Health-Act-heads-to-governor-8217-s-13916373.php

HERALD NEWS
— Doubled gas tax to 39 cents goes to Illinois Senate – AP
https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/06/02/doubled-gas-tax-to-39-cents-goes-to-illinois-senate/awt6g7/

ST. LOUIS TODAY
— America’s rural-urban divide is deeper than ever. Just ask the great state of Chicago. – Kevin McDermott 
https://www.stltoday.com/opinion/columnists/mcdermott-america-s-rural-urban-divide-is-deeper-than-ever/article_cde99241-cb48-5081-85ba-210e0ed99b5b.html

WEEK
— Doubled gas tax to 39 cents goes to Ill. Senate – AP
https://week.com/news/illinois-news-from-the-associated-press/2019/06/01/the-latest-house-begins-overtime-action-on-state-budget/

FOX ILLINOIS
— Officials ID Virginia Beach gunman as city employee, Trump offers condolences – AP
https://foxillinois.com/news/nation-world/officials-id-virginia-beach-gunman-as-city-employee-06-01-2019-133819956

POSITIVELY NAPERVILLE
— OUTSTANDING: Council members Coyne and Gustin will host ‘It’s not your momma’s marijuana’ on June 6
https://www.positivelynaperville.com/2019/06/01/council-members-coyne-and-gustin-will-host-its-not-your-mommas-marijuana-on-june-6/100769

MCHENRY COUNTY BOLG
— McConchie Quite Disturbed at Passage of Extreme Abortion Bill, Roll Call
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/06/01/mcconchie-quite-disturbed-at-passage-of-extreme-abortion-bill/ 
— Twenty-Four Hours that Changed the Algonquin Township Clerk Karen Lukasik Case
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/06/01/twenty-four-hours-that-changed-the-karen-lukasik-case/ 
— Fight over Pension Coverage for Part-Time Township Employees
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/06/01/fight-over-pension-coverage-for-part-time-township-employees/ 
— Take a Look at Key Bills
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/05/31/take-a-look-at-the-other-key-bills/
— Recreation Cannabis Co-Sponsor Allen Skillicorn Explains Position
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/05/31/127936/
— Gambling Watchdog Summarizes Contents of Massive Expansion Bill
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/06/01/gambling-watchdog-summarizes-contents-of-massive-expansion-bill/

PRAIRIE STATE WIRE
— GOP Chairman Schneider calls abortion bill ‘unconscionable,’ laments Dems’ ‘extreme’ position – Carrie Bradon
https://prairiestatewire.com/stories/512586351-gop-chairman-schneider-calls-abortion-bill-unconscionable-laments-dems-extreme-position

CAPITOL FAX
— Ives: “Stop this bill from being Bi-Partisan”
https://capitolfax.com/2019/06/01/ives-stop-this-bill-from-being-bi-partisan/
— House starts passing budget package
https://capitolfax.com/2019/06/01/house-starts-passing-budget-package/
— Chronic pain, migraines, IBS, other ailments could be added to medical cannabis program
https://capitolfax.com/2019/06/01/chronic-pain-migraines-ibs-other-ailments-could-be-added-to-medical-cannabis-program/
— Lightfoot confirms *** Gov. Pritzker says he’s reached an understanding with Mayor Lightfoot on sports betting
https://capitolfax.com/2019/06/01/gov-pritzker-says-hes-reached-an-understand-with-mayor-lightfoot-on-sports-betting/
— $40K minimum teacher salary mandate clears both chambers
https://capitolfax.com/2019/06/01/40k-minimum-teacher-salary-mandate-clears-both-chambers/
— RHA roundup
https://capitolfax.com/2019/06/01/rha-roundup-2/
— Updated cheat sheet on the big stuff
https://capitolfax.com/2019/06/01/updated-cheat-sheet-on-the-big-stuff/
— “Fix the FOID” stalls in Senate
https://capitolfax.com/2019/06/01/fix-the-foid-stalls-in-senate/
— Budget, capital, gaming roundup
https://capitolfax.com/2019/06/01/budget-capital-gaming-roundup/
— House passes budget, capital package
https://capitolfax.com/2019/06/01/house-starts-passing-budget-package/

BREITBART
— Cher: If Trump Wins Re-election, He’ll Put LGBTQ People ‘In Internment Camps’ – WARNER TODD HUSTON
https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2019/06/01/cher-if-trump-wins-re-election-hell-put-lgbtq-people-in-internment-camps/

TOWNHALL
— 900 Illegal Aliens Crammed in Center Built for 125 People – Timothy Meads
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/timothymeads/2019/06/01/report-900-illegal-aliens-crammed-in-center-built-for-125-people-n2547241
— Pew Research Confirms 6 In 10 Illegal Aliens Live In These Areas – Beth Baumann
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2019/06/01/pew-research-confirms-6-in-10-illegal-aliens-live-in-these-areas-n2547258

NBC NEWS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats promote LGBTQ activity in Buffalo Grove
https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/teen-s-dream-pride-parade-her-hometown-become-reality-n1012411

NEW YORK TIMES
— Trump’s Celebration of L.G.B.T. Rights Is Met With Criticism – Katie Rogers
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/01/us/politics/trump-lgbt-rights.html
— Trump Is Said to Have Overruled Kushner and Other Aides in Threatening Mexico With Tariffs – Ana Swanson, Maggie Haberman and Alan Rappeport
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/01/us/politics/trump-mexico-tariffs.html

LOS ANGELES TIMES
— 2020 Democratic candidates vow to undo Trump’s immigration actions – SEEMA MEHTA and MATT PEARCE
https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-democratic-presidential-candidates-2020-pasadena-immigration-20190531-story.html

SAN FRANCISCO GATE
— Trump says Duchess Meghan was ‘nasty’ about him, fueling debate ahead of state visit – Rick Noack
https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Trump-says-Duchess-Meghan-was-nasty-about-him-13916074.php

FORTUNE
— Trump Threatened Mexico With Tariffs, But His Demands Are Vague – JUSTIN SINK, NACHA CATTAN, ANDREW ROSATI
http://fortune.com/2019/06/01/trump-mexico-tariffs-immigration/

BUSINESS INSIDER
— More than half of baby-boomer job seekers say they’ve faced age discrimination, and it’s costing them work – Allana Akhtar 
https://www.businessinsider.com/baby-boomer-job-seekers-experiencing-age-discrimination-2019-5

DAILY BEAST
— Trump Tower Condos Selling at More Than 20 Percent Losses – Jamie Ross
https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-tower-condos-selling-at-more-than-20-percent-losses

WORKFORCE
— When Job Applicants Lie: Implementing Policies to Protect Your Company Employers should implement a clear and uniform policy about the consequences of lying or providing false information on an application. – Joshua Y. Joel, Natasha L. Wilson (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, everyone seeking or holding any kind of government or political job or office should be subjected to a comprehensive and extensive background investigation.)
https://www.workforce.com/2019/06/01/when-job-applicants-lie-implementing-policies-to-protect-your-company/

(FROM THE ARTICLE: A recent study revealed that 85 percent of employers have caught applicants lying on their résumés or job applications. The most common lies involve modifying dates of employment, falsifying credentials, training or degrees, inflating prior earnings, or hiding a criminal history. Throughout the past several years, there have been several stories of prominent executives and CEOs, across many industries, whose careers were cut short for lying on their job applications or résumés. What should human resources professionals do when they discover that an employee has lied on their job application or résumé? How can employers avoid liabilities stemming from application falsification? What are the legal consequences for employers? Preemptive Measures The first step employers should take to avoid potential pitfalls is to implement a clear and uniform policy about the consequences of providing false information on an application. For example, a brief disclaimer can be included near the signature line of the employment application, in which the applicant affirms and agrees that providing false, misleading, or incomplete information on an application, in a résumé, or during the interview process is grounds for disqualification from employment or termination if hired. The disclaimer should also expressly waive any liability for the employer if the applicant is not hired or is terminated for providing false information. More importantly, employers should be consistent in enforcing this policy. Consistency can protect the employer from legal liabilities — and countless headaches — down the road. To accomplish this, employers should document every applicant’s receipt of the policy. If a background investigation reveals that an applicant or employee clearly lied on his or her application, the applicant should be rejected or the employee terminated immediately. If the employer only suspects a falsification, HR should engage in a fair and impartial investigation and document its findings. Depending on the results, disciplinary action should be taken. When assessing an applicant’s background, employers should focus on convictions and not arrest records. Otherwise, applicants may be unfairly prejudiced in the hiring process based on unsupported criminal allegations. Conducting Pre-Employment Background Checks Recent federal and state laws have presented hiring professionals with new compliance challenges when conducting a background screening. For example, while there are no federal laws requiring home health agencies to conduct criminal background checks or disqualify applicants from employment based on the results, there are 41 states that require these agencies to conduct criminal background checks. Those requirements in those 41 states vary widely, including when the background check must be completed, what sources of information must be checked, which positions require background checks, and which convictions, if any, result in disqualification from employment. The benefits of conducting criminal background checks in the hiring process often outweigh these challenges, especially in fields — such as health care or government contracting — where a failure to conduct screenings can result in hefty consequences. While many employers may prefer to use social media to research an applicant’s background, employers should exercise caution when using an applicant’s protected characteristics (like race, religion, age or gender) as a basis for refusing employment. Understanding the legal landscape as it relates to information an employer may request of an applicant is also key. For example, some states have laws that prohibit employers from requesting an applicant’s social media username and password. Additionally, some states have legislation referred to as “Ban the Box,” which prohibits employers from asking about criminal history on a job application. Unforeseen Benefits of a Consistent Policy In most cases, implementing a strong application falsification policy can result in some unexpected positive benefits. For example, many states have laws prohibiting employers from revoking job offers based on the discovery of a misdemeanor or other types of conviction with no relevance to the applicant’s suitability for the position. Nonetheless, even though the employer cannot revoke the offer because of the conviction itself, the employee’s misrepresentation about the existence of the conviction is grounds for revocation. For example, in a Pennsylvania case, the plaintiff only disclosed two convictions — stalking and harassment — on his application. But a background investigation revealed that he had pleaded guilty to eight additional crimes, including public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and drug crimes. The company revoked his offer. The district court determined that the company did not violate Pennsylvania’s criminal background check statute because the termination was not for the employees’ conviction, but his lie about it. Importantly, the district court relied heavily on the company’s implementation and communication of a consistent policy forbidding applicants from lying on their applications. In a similar vein, companies faced with discriminatory failure to hire claims have successfully argued that the later discovery of falsified job applications is a complete defense against the claims. In other words, if the company would not have hired the employee had it known of the applicant’s lie, the applicant cannot later claim that he or she was not hired because of a protected characteristic. Here too, courts look closely at the company’s fair, equitable and consistent enforcement of its application falsification policy to establish that the company’s decision was not motivated by discriminatory intent. Another benefit of maintaining a strong background check policy is that it can absolve or limit the company of liabilities down the road if the employee is terminated. Oftentimes, in the course of litigation over wrongful termination or discrimination claims, exhaustive background checks into the plaintiff reveal criminal histories previously unknown. While an employer may still be on the hook for some damages if the decision to terminate was indeed discriminatory, the Supreme Court has held that a reward of back pay can be cut off completely — and the plaintiff’s potential damages significantly limited — if the employee’s wrongdoing was so severe that the company would have terminated the employee in any event if it had been uncovered. As a result, employers can potentially limit their exposure to liability in later wrongful termination claims by consistently enforcing a no-tolerance policy for application falsification. While not every application falsification results in a high-profile CEO or executive separation, the problem is common across industries. HR professionals should take care to review their company’s job application process with the help of legal counsel to implement a fair and equitable policy that is compliant with state and federal regulations and train interviewers and hiring professionals of what they can and cannot ask. The fix can be quite easy, and the benefits are great.)

March 9 Morning Edition

ABC7
— Aurora mass shooting victim sues Illinois State Police
https://abc7chicago.com/aurora-victim-sues-illinois-state-police/5177965/?cmp=emc-wls-news-headlines-3/9/2019

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— In blow to Trump administration, judge rules in favor of ACLU in family separation class-action case – Maria Sacchetti
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-aclu-family-border-separation-trump-administration-20190308-story.html
— Teen candidate for Glenview Village Board takes a pass on League of Women Voters forum, calling it ‘slanted very much against me’ – Alexandra Kukulka (DIERSEN: Candidates should be asked if they favor or oppose a) higher taxes, b) more government spending, c) more government borrowing, d) more welfare, e) more dependency on government, f) more dependency on charity, g) more LGBTQ activity, h) more abortion, i) more mass/illegal immigration, j) more diminishment of Second Amendment rights, k) more booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, l) more patronage, m) more political affiliation discrimination, n) more reverse discrimination, o) more age discrimination, p) more retaliation for complaining about discrimination, q) etc.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/glenview/news/ct-gla-league-women-voters-candidate-forum-tl-0314-story.html
— Highest levels of cancer-causing gas found in communities near Sterigenics since U.S. EPA began testing – Michael Hawthorne
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-sterigenics-epa-ethylene-oxide-testing-20190307-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot pushers want poor minorities and poor females to push pot.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-illinois-marijuana-industry-diversity-20190215-story.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— On International Women’s Day, group unveils 20 ways to promote gender equity – Fran Spielman (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors in the federal government could/would crow about a) their success in hiring, retaining, and promoting women and b) their success in making way for women by getting rid of men, and especially men who were Republican, White, older, and/or non-veteran. It is called Affirmative Action, Diversity, Inclusion, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/nternational-womens-day-gender-equity-recommendation-chicago-public-schools-anna-valencia/

 

HERALD & REVIEW
— Planned Parenthood teen sexual health campaign comes to Decatur – JAYLYN COOK
https://herald-review.com/news/local/planned-parenthood-teen-sexual-health-campaign-comes-to-decatur/article_7b07ad25-d087-5b56-9d24-ac93657f0143.html

 

KFVS
— Illinois NRA Gun Owner Lobby Day event to be held in Springfield March 27 – James Long
http://www.kfvs12.com/2019/03/08/illinois-gun-owner-lobby-day-event-be-held-springfield/

 

DAILY ILLINI
— Trump’s Wall: A necessary evil? – DANIEL JIN
https://dailyillini.com/opinions/2019/03/08/trumps-wall-a-necessary-evil/

 

SAVE OUR HOME NOW
— Mark & Susan Manning lose over $196,000 on sale of Wheaton home
https://saveyourhomenow.org/stories/511980363-market-watch-mark-susan-manning-lose-over-196-000-on-sale-of-wheaton-home

 

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK
— Chicago Republican Michael McAuliffe expects statewide anger if bag tax passes – Greg Bishop
https://www.ilnews.org/news/economy/chicago-republican-expects-statewide-anger-if-bag-tax-passes/article_ef581b88-4129-11e9-b4f5-33c836eef579.html

 

ILLINOIS BUSINESS DAILY
— Illinois has 14th highest average credit card debt
https://ilbusinessdaily.com/stories/512177826-analysis-illinois-has-14th-highest-average-credit-card-debt

 

WASHINGTON TIMES
— House passes Democrats’ historic election bill – Gabriella Muñoz and Stephen Dinan (DIERSEN: Government is nasty. Politics is nasty. Are you a Republican Precinct Committeeman? I have been one since 1999. What discourages you the most from helping elect Republican candidates in your precinct? For me, it is knowing the success that Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, and RINOs in the Milton Township Republican Central Committee, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Illinois Republican Party have had a) in painting me as being a White supremacist, Nazi, KKK member, hater, racist, sexist, bigot, and even worse things and b) in turning voters in my precinct against me. They hint/imply/argue/shout at voters in my precinct that the more that I promote a candidate, the more that candidate is a White supremacist, Nazi, KKK member, hater, racist, sexist, bigot, and even worse things. I should write a book about the aforesaid.)
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/mar/8/house-passes-democrats-historic-election-bill/

 

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Nearly 7,000 immigrants encountered at border in 2018 had criminal records – Anna Giaritelli (DIERSEN: Democrats and RINOs glorify and praise illegals as being GOD-like.)
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/nearly-7-000-immigrants-encountered-at-border-in-2018-had-criminal-records
— If Google can’t kill the gender pay gap, who can? – Tim Worstall (DIERSEN: What did you do to qualify yourself for better paying jobs? I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32. Virtually none of my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and in federal government did that. To get better paying jobs, they helped their superiors get rid of 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, that is, they helped implement Affirmative Action, Diversity, Inclusion, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, retaliation, up-or-out, and even worse things.)
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/if-google-cant-kill-the-gender-pay-gap-who-can

 

NEWSMAX
— Illegal Immigration Hurts Latinos Most – Michael Reagan
https://www.newsmax.com/reagan/congress-guatemala-jobs/2019/03/08/id/906102/

 

BREITBART
— DISGUSTING, OUTRAGEOUS, TREASONOUS: Democrats Block Motion Condemning Illegal Aliens Voting in American Elections – Sean Moran
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/03/08/democrats-block-motion-condemning-illegal-aliens-voting-in-american-elections/
— Democrats Urge U.S. Asylum for Venezuela’s Population – Neil Munro
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/03/08/democrats-urge-u-s-asylum-venezuelas-population/

 

CONSERVATIVE REVIEW
— Just ONE year’s flow of illegal immigration will cost up to $150 BILLION – Daniel Horowitz
https://www.conservativereview.com/news/just-one-years-flow-illegal-immigration-will-cost-150-billion/
— Democrat extremism might mean a 2020 red wave – Dr. Tom Borelli
https://www.conservativereview.com/news/democrat-extremism-might-mean-2020-red-wave/

 

AMERICAN THINKER
— Female Democrats celebrate hate on International Women’s Day – Ethel C. Fenig (DIERSEN: What do you say to females who promote hatred against individuals, against organizations, against companies, against governments, and against 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.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/03/female_democrats_celebrate_hate_on_international_womens_day.html
— The Left vs. Life in General – Deana Chadwell
https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/03/the_left_vs_life_in_general.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The concepts of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are dear, or once were dear, to the hearts of all Americans. These are the sacred rights of all human beings — “sacred” because they are God-given and are not derived from government, rather government’s only mandate is to provide cover for those rights. However, due to decades of twisted school curricula, and of postmodern, subjective journalism, we’ve arrived at a place where a sizable percentage of our population finds equality, immorality, and environmentalism superior concepts. In fact the left finds these ideas so compelling that they are willing to sacrifice the lives of us all to impose widespread adherence to these new gods. Equality alone is deadly. Despite its description as “leveling the playing field” there is nothing level, nothing honest about it. The left openly wants to redistribute wealth as if a cosmic unfairness had declared some rich and some poor and government’s job is to rectify that. That attitude might have made sense back in feudal times, when upward mobility was close to impossible, but it makes no sense at all in a society where millions have manufactured their own wealth and the door of possibilities stands wide open. At least for now.)

 

DAILY CALLER
— THE WHITE HOUSE HELD A MEETING TO TALK ABOUT INCREASING MIGRANT VISAS — AND FORGOT ABOUT E-VERIFY – Jeremy Beck (DIERSEN: If you oppose E-Verify, you are a Democrat or Democrat plant, Libertarian or Libertarian plant, Green or Green plant, or a RINO.)
https://dailycaller.com/2019/03/08/beck-visas-everify/
— REP. SCHAKOWSKY ADDRESSES REP. OMAR’S ANTI-SEMITIC REMARKS: ‘SHE COMES FROM A DIFFERENT CULTURE’ – David Krayden
https://dailycaller.com/2019/03/08/schakowsky-omar-refugee-different-culture-anti-semitism/
— DISGUSTING, OUTRAGEOUS, TREASONOUS: HOUSE ENCOURAGES ILLEGALS TO VOTE WHERE THEY CAN – David Krayden
https://dailycaller.com/2019/03/08/house-encourages-illegals-vote/

 

DAILY WIRE
— DISGUSTING, OUTRAGEOUS, TREASONOUS: Democrat House Votes In Favor Of Illegal Immigrant Voting – Ryan Saavedra
https://www.dailywire.com/news/44440/breaking-democrat-house-votes-favor-illegal-ryan-saavedra

 

HOT AIR
— Ilhan Omar’s Anti-Jewish Views Are Typical For Democrats’ Congressional Black Caucus – ERIELLE DAVIDSON
https://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2019/03/ilhan-omars-anti-jewish-views-typical-democrats-congressional-black-caucus/

 

CBN NEWS
— Your Tax Dollars at Work? Why Illinois Saw a 1,700 Percent Spike in Taxpayer-Funded Abortions – Heather Sells
https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2019/march/your-tax-dollars-at-work-why-this-state-saw-a-1-700-percent-spike-in-taxpayer-funded-abortions

 

WORLD NET DAILY
— Tlaib: We always said “the Muslims are coming!” (DIERSEN: Islam is more like a political party or a country without borders than a religion.)
https://www.wnd.com/2019/03/tlaib-we-always-said-the-muslims-are-coming/
— 18 HATE CRIMES BLAMED ON TRUMP SUPPORTERS – ALL HOAXES Derangement syndrome has president’s opponents doing illegal acts
https://www.wnd.com/2019/03/18-hate-crimes-blamed-on-trump-supporters-all-hoaxes/
— DISGUSTING, OUTRAGEOUS, TREASONOUS: DEMS BLOCK MOTION CONDEMNING ILLEGAL ALIENS VOTING House passes bill effectively opening elections to noncitizens
https://www.wnd.com/2019/03/dems-block-motion-condemning-illegal-aliens-voting/
— DISGUSTING, OUTRAGEOUS, TREASONOUS: PELOSI DEMANDS ‘NEWCOMERS’ BE GIVEN VOTE ‘You see them coming, many from the … southern border’ (DIERSEN: Government is nasty. Politics is nasty. Are you a newcomer? I should write a book about those in Wheaton who continue to demonize me, to denigrate me, and to condemn me as being a newcomer. They stress that a) I have lived in Wheaton only since 1978, b) that I have never attended any school in Wheaton, c) that I have never attended any church in Wheaton, d) that I have never raised any children in Wheaton, e) that I have never worked in Wheaton, f) that I have never owned any pets in Wheaton, and g) that I have never etc. in Wheaton.)
https://www.wnd.com/2019/03/pelosi-demands-newcomers-be-given-vote/

 

EPOCH TIMES
— Trump After Omar Comments: ‘Democrats Have Become an Anti-Israel Party’ – ZACHARY STIEBER
https://www.theepochtimes.com/trump-after-omar-comments-democrats-have-become-an-anti-israel-party_2830780.html

 

IMMIGRATION REFORM
— More Foreign Workers Would Hamper Wage Growth – PAWEL STYRNA (DIERSEN: RINOs want cheap labor.)
https://immigrationreform.com/2019/03/08/more-foreign-workers-would-hamper-wage-growth-immigrationreform-com/

 

CENTER FOR IMMIGRATION STUDIES
— Humanitarian and National Security Disaster at the Border A Congress-and court-caused Katrina – Andrew R. Arthur
https://cis.org/Arthur/Humanitarian-and-National-Security-Disaster-Border

 

THE HILL
— Democrats struggle to turn page on Omar controversy – CRISTINA MARCOS AND MIKE LILLIS (DIERSEN: Democrats shout at Jews that Republicans are anti-Jewish, and especially Republicans who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/433285-dems-struggle-to-turn-page-on-omar-controversy

 

REUTERS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters argue anything and everything to promote illegal immigration.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-asylum/on-us-border-fence-meant-as-barrier-becomes-lure-for-migrants-idUSKCN1QP197

 

CNBC
— The LGBTQ Equality Act heads back to Capitol Hill, this time with massive corporate support – Noah Higgins-Dunn (DIERSEN: Soon, if not already, if you do not promote LGBTQ activity big time, you will be barred from getting an education, barred from getting a job, etc.)
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/08/lgbt-equality-act-back-to-congress-with-massive-company-support.html

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who support the immigration plank in the Republican Party platform “See Trump’s Calls for More Legal Immigrants as a Betrayal.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/08/us/politics/trump-anti-immigration-groups-betrayal.html

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters are consumed with hatred against Trump and against his supporters.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/08/todayspaper/quotation-of-the-day-beat-trump-fervor-lifts-all-2020-democrats.html

 

WASHINGTON POST
— Cutting Fox News off from Democratic debates will backfire – Christine Emba
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/cutting-fox-news-off-from-democratic-debates-will-backfire/2019/03/08/7c6666f0-41d0-11e9-922c-64d6b7840b82_story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats deny that they are anti-Jewish. While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, many, if not most, if not virtually all of my supervisors and superiors were Jewish. They were constantly reminded by my Democrat superiors, Democrat supervisors, Democrat coworkers, and Democrat subordinates that I was Republican, Missouri Synod Lutheran, and 100% German national origin. Democrats use/abuse Jews just like they use/abuse minorities, females, young people, poor people, immigrants, veterans, and everyone else.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/03/09/trump-says-democrats-are-anti-jewish-numbers-dont-bear-that-out/

 

NEW YORK POST
— Forget about Israel: Ilhan Omar’s not a big fan of America, either – Seth Barron (DIERSEN: Ever-increasing, to be a Democrat is to shout that you are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://nypost.com/2019/03/08/forget-about-israel-ilhan-omars-not-a-big-fan-of-america-either/

 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
— Trump the terrible: Democrats were wrong to go soft on Ilhan Omar; the President’s attack on the party is even worse – Editorial
https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-edit-trump-the-terrible-20190308-story.html

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— The College ‘Grass-Roots’ Organizations That Aren’t Groups pretending to be student-led movements are often political operations with billionaire backers. – Daniel M. Bring (DIERSEN: If I had been a member of a Republican club at Crete-Monee High School, the Post Office would NOT have hired me in 1966. If I had been a member of a Republican club at UIC or NIU, IRS would NOT have hired me in 1971. If I had been a member of a Republican club at Loyola, IRS would NOT have promoted me in 1972, 1973, and 1974. If I had been a member of a Republican club at DePaul, GAO would NOT have hired me in 1980 or promoted me in 1986. If I had been a member of a Republican club at IIT, GAO would have forced me to retire much sooner than it did.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-college-grass-roots-organizations-that-arent-11552085834
— America’s Great Immigration System A meeting with Chinese officials helped convince Neeraj Kaushal nobody is better than the U.S. at handling new arrivals. – Tunku Varadarajan (DIERSEN: Democrats and RINOs do everything that they can to attract citizens of foreign countries to America a) who are minority, b) who are female, c) who are young, d) who lack education, e) who lack job skills, f) who have financial problems, and g) who can be most easily exploited. Democrats want immigrants because immigrants vote for Democrats. RINOs want immigrants because RINOs want cheap labor.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/americas-great-immigration-system-11552086008
— Teens Need the Truth About Drugs Decades of scare tactics haven’t worked. What’s effective is clear information about risks and alternative ways to relieve stress. – David Sheff
https://www.wsj.com/articles/teens-need-the-truth-about-drugs-11551976039

 

MARKET WATCH
— On International Women’s Day, 3 ways men can stand with their female colleagues A majority of men say they’re doing ‘everything they can’ to boost workplace gender equality. A majority of women beg to differ – Meera Jagannathan (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors in the federal government could/would crow about a) their success in hiring, retaining, and promoting women and b) their success in making way for women by getting rid of men, and especially men who were Republican, White, older, and/or non-veteran. It is called Affirmative Action, Diversity, Inclusion, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination.)
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/on-international-womens-day-3-ways-men-take-at-work-to-help-their-female-colleagues-2019-03-08

 

FORBES
— College’s Upper Class Twit Problem – Ryan Craig
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ryancraig/2019/03/08/colleges-upper-class-twit-problem/#526e610c1eae

 

GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE
— Administration’s Failure to Hire More Employees to Support Immigration System Meets Bipartisan Criticism – Eric Katz (DIERSEN: Overwhelmingly, federal government jobs are viewed as being BAD jobs. GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job. IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job. The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)
https://www.govexec.com/management/2019/03/administrations-failure-hire-more-employees-support-immigration-system-meets-bipartisan-criticism/155398/

 

GOVERNING
— Illinois Governor Wants a Graduated Income Tax. Can He Sell the Idea to Voters? – Dan Petrella and Rick Pearson
http://www.governing.com/topics/finance/tns-jb-pritzker-income-tax-voters.html

 

COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW
— Journalists harassed, documented by border officials – Jon Allsop (DIERSEN: Government is nasty, Politics is nasty. I should write a book about those activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois a) who claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican, b) who pander to Rich Miller and the rest of the Democrat news media in Illinois, and c) who curry favor with Rich Miller and the rest of the Democrat news media in Illinois by demonizing me, by denigrating me, and by condemning me. They do not want me a) to know about their events or other activities, b) promote their events or other activities, c) attend their events, d) speak with anyone at their events, or e) report on their events or other activities. They do everything that they can a) to stop me from putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out and b) to stop everyone from reading those emails.)
https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/border_journalists_secret_database.php

 

INDIA TIMES
— Attractiveness sells: China’s startups want `Good-Looking’ tech workers On the country’s two largest job websites — Liepin and Zhaopin — thousands of ads for internet companies use language that suggests bias based on appearance, gender or age.
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/small-biz/startups/newsbuzz/attractiveness-sells-chinas-startups-want-good-looking-tech-workers/articleshow/68329946.cms

 

ALJAZEERA
— Journalists covering migrant caravans face extra screening in US Leaked documents show that US Customs and Border Protection has compiled a list of dozens of people to be screened thoroughly at the US-Mexico border. – Rob Reynolds (DIERSEN: Government is nasty, Politics is nasty. I should write a book about those activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois a) who claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican, b) who pander to Rich Miller and the rest of the Democrat news media in Illinois, and c) who curry favor with Rich Miller and the rest of the Democrat news media in Illinois by demonizing me, by denigrating me, and by condemning me. They do not want me a) to know about their events or other activities, b) promote their events or other activities, c) attend their events, d) speak with anyone at their events, or e) report on their events or other activities. They do everything that they can a) to stop me from putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out and b) to stop everyone from reading those emails.)
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/journalists-covering-migrant-caravans-face-extra-screening-190309110652216.html

January 20 Evening Edition

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Democrats aren’t buying Trump’s shutdown-ending ‘compromise’ – AP
http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/democrats-aren-t-buying-trump-s-shutdown-ending-compromise-

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Day 30 of shutdown: Trump lashes out after Democrats reject offer – AP
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-trump-shutdown-daca-20190120-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Americans take stock of shutdown’s everyday effects.”
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-government-shutdown-20190120-story.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— State’s video-gambling bust a cautionary tale for Chicago – Editorial
https://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/illinois-video-gambling-revenues-propublica-wbez/
— New lawsuit against Pritzker campaign alleges sexual discrimination – Jon Seidel
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/lawsuit-sexual-discrimination-j-b-pritzker-sue/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater uses Steve King to promote hatred of Trump.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/donald-trump-steve-king-iowa-racist-remarks/

 

DAILY HERALD
— President Donald Trump on Sunday appeared to threaten to target millions of people living in the country illegally if he doesn’t get funding for his border wall. – AP
https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20190120/news/301209963/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats use Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion a) to not hire Republicans, b) to not retain Republicans, c) to not promote Republicans, and d) to get rid of Republicans, and especially Republicans who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.
https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20190120/editorial-honoring-the-dream-of-martin-luther-king-jr
— Are we missing a bet on older workers? – Jim Kendall (DIERSEN: You are an “older worker” a) if you are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran, b) if you work for the federal government, and c) if you 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. Extremely few federal employees make the aforesaid promotion deadlines.)
https://www.dailyherald.com/business/20190120/are-we-missing-a-bet-on-older-workers

 

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Leadership necessary to turn state around – JASON BARICKMAN
http://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/guest-commentary/2019-01-20/guest-commentary-leadership-necessary-turn-state-around.html

 

SOUTHERN
— How Illinois bet on video gambling and lost Legalizing video poker and slots was supposed to generate billions of dollars for the state. A decade later, that hasn’t happened. Now, legislators want to double down on gambling. – JASON GROTTO, SANDHYA KAMBHAMPATI, AND DAN MIHALOPOULOS
https://thesouthern.com/news/local/state-and-regional/how-illinois-bet-on-video-gambling-and-lost/article_c54fc60a-a47f-50f9-be05-40f97efcc5b2.html

 

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Reader Reaction to Woodstock Independent Editorial Hit Piece on Joe Tirio – Part 2
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/01/20/reader-reaction-to-woodstock-independent-editorial-hit-piece-on-joe-tirio-part-2/
— Transcript of Judge Kevin Costello’s August 23, 1918, Decision in the Case Seeking to Uncover Whose Behind the Illinois Integrity Fund’s Mailings Smearing Joe Tirio
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/01/20/transcript-of-judge-kevin-costellos-august-23-1918-decision-in-the-case-seeking-to-uncover-whose-behind-the-illinois-integrity-funds-mailings-smearing-joe-tirio/

 

ILLINOIS LEAKS
— Plainfield Township; $69,951.80 in self-dealing – Investigations continue – KIRK ALLEN
https://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2019/01/plainfield-township-69951-80-in-self-dealing-investigations-continue/

 

DAILY CALLER
— SEN. DURBIN CO-SPONSORED PLAN TO PROTECT DREAMERS — NOW THAT TRUMP WANTS IT, HE’S AGAINST IT – Virginia Kruta
https://dailycaller.com/2019/01/19/sen-durbin-protect-dreamers-trump/

 

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Women’s March protesters aim message of anger, defiance at Trump White House – AP
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jan/20/womens-march-aims-message-anger-defiance-trump-whi/

 

CNN
— Kinzinger: This is an idiotic shutdown
https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2019/01/20/rep-adam-kinzinger-trump-democrats-government-shutdown-sot-nr-vpx.cnn

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— In Trump’s Immigration Announcement, a Compromise Snubbed All Around – Julie Hirschfeld Davis
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/19/us/politics/trump-immigration-conservatives-democrats.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “The grass-roots progressive activism of the past two years has been inspiring. But it’s still a shadow of what the country needs.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/20/opinion/shutdown-resistance-trump.html

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— White House, Democrats Float Proposals to End Shutdown, but Wide Gaps Remain Sides show no signs of movement on funding border wall or agreeing on related immigration overhauls, as Pelosi calls Trump’s offer to delay deportation of some undocumented immigrants a ‘nonstarter’ – Thomas M. Burton and Natalie Andrews
https://www.wsj.com/articles/white-house-democrats-float-proposals-to-end-shutdown-but-wide-gaps-remain-11548010772
— Women’s Marches Aimed to Rev Momentum Ahead of 2020 Third annual wave of marches took place Saturday – Jennifer Levitz
https://www.wsj.com/articles/womens-marches-aim-to-rev-momentum-ahead-of-2020-11547899201

 

BLOOMBERG
— Employees Use Workplace as Source of Trust as Pessimism Persists – Benedikt Kammel (DIERSEN: Who have you had been reluctant to trust? While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, I was reluctant to trust any of my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates because I knew that they were under tremendous pressure from Democrat politicians to get rid of those who shared my demographics: a) Republican, b) White, c) male, d) non-veteran, and e) an employee 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.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-20/employees-use-workplace-as-source-of-trust-as-pessimism-persists

 

FORBES
— Trump Can Act On Immigration Reform Where Obama Refused By Approving State-Run Guest Worker Programs – Patrick Gleason
https://www.forbes.com/sites/patrickgleason/2019/01/20/trump-can-act-on-immigration-reform-where-obama-didnt-by-approving-state-run-guest-worker-programs/#380b72e35a0f

 

NIU
— Prepare to Earn the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) Credential with NIU. (DIERSEN: I passed the CIA examination on my first attempt in 1981 when I was 32 years old and a) after I had earned an MBA from Loyola in 1976, b) after I had passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979, c) after I had worked for IRS for almost 9 years, d) after I had earned a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, and e) after I had worked for GAO for just over 1 year. I worked for GAO 1980-1997. I do not recall that any of my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, or subordinates took the examination, let alone passed it on their first attempt. They demonized, denigrated, and condemned the certification as being worthless and not job-related. They would not have done that if I had been a Democrat, a minority, a female, and/or a veteran.)
https://niu.edu/continuing-professional-education/professionals/internal-audit/index.shtml

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August 30 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Trump cancels pay raises for most federal employees, citing budget – AP
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/trump-cancels-pay-raises-for-most-federal-employees/4100351/

 

NBC5
— Challenger Jason Helland Doubts Jesse White’s Ability to Finish 6th Term
https://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/challenger-doubts-jesse-whites-ability-to-finish-6th-term-492067251.html

 

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— STDs hit all-time highs in US for fourth straight year, CDC reports
http://www.fox32chicago.com/health/stds-hit-all-time-highs-in-us-for-fourth-straight-year-cdc-reports
— Former Vice President Al Gore has a message for President Trump: Resign! – Elex Michaelson
http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/al-gores-message-to-pres-trump-resign-

 

CLTV
— State Rep. Jeanne Ives on race for Illinois Governor
https://cltv.com/2018/08/30/state-rep-jeanne-ives-on-race-for-illinois-governor/

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Roskam camp calls Democrat’s comparing Trump to bin Laden ‘hateful,’ ‘vicious’ – Tina Sfondeles
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/roskam-democrats-casten-comparing-trump-osama-bin-laden-hateful-vicious/
— Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock’s corruption case moving to another district – AP
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/aaron-schock-corruption-trial-moving-federal-districts/
— City Haul: More than a third of Chicago city workers make $100K-plus – Mitchell Armentrout (DIERSEN: When did you start earning $100,000-a-year in today’s dollars (GS-13 Step 3)? I did in 1988 when I was 40 years old. By then, I had worked for GAO for almost 9 years, I had worked for IRS for almost 9 years, I had become a licensed CPA in 1981, I had passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981, I had earned a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, I had passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979, and I had earned an MBA from Loyola in 1976.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/city-haul-more-than-a-third-of-chicago-city-workers-make-100k/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump haters promote hatred of Trump.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/steinberg-donald-trump-aretha-franklin-hate-luftschlossmoddermude-politics-president/
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/richard-russell-white-nationalists-john-mccain-trump/
— London mayor gets own balloon after OK’ing Trump baby blimp – AP
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/london-mayor-bikini-blimp-trump-baby-balloon/
— Trump administration backs Asian-Americans in Harvard discrimination case – AP
https://chicago.suntimes.com/education/harvard-university-admissions-asian-american-students-discrimination-justice-department/
— Fifteen ways Democrats can lose the November elections – Ralph Nader
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/democrats-november-elections-political-corruption-ralph-nader/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Recording: 6th District Democrat Sean Casten says President Trump, bin Laden ‘have a tremendous amount in common’ – Patrick M. O’Connell
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-casten-trump-bin-laden-20180830-story.html
— GOP treasurer candidate admits mistake over how his proposal to combine treasurer, comptroller jobs would go on ballot – Rick Pearson
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-illinois-treasurer-meeting-20180829-story.html
— ‘A perfect tax storm in the south suburbs’: Property tax breaks backfire on some homeowners – Hal Dardick
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-south-suburbs-tax-storm-20180813-story.html
— Accountability for abuse can’t stop at the Vatican’s gates – Editorial
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-catholic-pope-francis-scandal-20180829-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Rauner asks “Who’s a ‘miserable failure on jobs’ now, governor?”
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/zorn/ct-perspec-zorn-rauner-quinn-jobs-record-failure-0831-20180830-story.html
— New prevailing wage rules take effect Saturday. One group deserves blame if business costs rise and blight worsens. – Ted Slowik
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-slowik-prevailing-wage-deadline-st-0831-story.html

 

DAILY HERALD
— ‘Absolutely not over’: Discord remains over sexual harassment complaints in Maine Township – Bob Susnjara
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180830/absolutely-not-over-discord-remains-over-sexual-harassment-complaints-in-maine-township
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Trump claims, without evidence, that NBC was ‘caught fudging’ TV interview with him.”
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180830/trump-claims-without-evidence-that-nbc-was-caught-fudging-tv-interview-with-him

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— THE MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN CHICAGO BUSINESS (DIERSEN: Democrats shout at these powerful women that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things. Democrats want these powerful women to not hire Republicans, to not retain Republicans, to not promote Republicans, and to get rid of Republicans.)
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/html-page/806961
Amazon owner’s paper whacks Chicago over shooting wave
— As Chicago awaits word on HQ2, the Washington Post reports on the city’s horrid record of catching those responsible for murders and other shootings. – GREG HINZ
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/greg-hinz-politics/amazon-owners-paper-whacks-chicago-over-shooting-wave
— Black students lag at even Oak Park and River Forest High School. Here’s why The solution could be personalized learning, which allows students to progress at their own pace, moving forward as they master content. – PHYLLIS LOCKETT
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/opinion/black-students-lag-even-america-me-high-school-heres-why

 

TIMES
— Candidates tally more than $150K combined from state parties Long, Yednock vying for 76th District seat – Derek Barichello
http://www.mywebtimes.com/2018/08/29/candidates-tally-more-than-150k-combined-from-state-parties/awq0hlx/

 

EFFINGHAM DAILY NEWS
— New law ensures lunch for all students – Kennedy Nolen
http://www.effinghamdailynews.com/news/local_news/new-law-ensures-lunch-for-all-students/article_de0ea518-16b2-5feb-8b97-aa93371b36bd.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A new state law requires that schools provide a lunch to all students, regardless of their ability to pay. Area school officials say that just underscores what they’ve already been doing – but they appreciate the emphasis it puts on nutrition. The lunches are reimbursable with federal funds. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the bill into law this week. It provides that a school may not publicly identify or stigmatize a student who cannot pay for a lunch or who owes money on their account balance.)

 

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Pam Althoff and Chuck Wheeler Get Free Ride to McHenry County Board
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2018/08/30/pam-althoff-chuck-wheeler-get-free-ride-mchenry-county-board/
— Algonquin Township Attorney Leads Ethics Session
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2018/08/30/algonquin-township-attorney-leaks-ethics-session/
— Tips from Illinois Leaks Scheduled at Mid-Month Springfield Conservative Grassroots Conference
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2018/08/30/tips-illinois-leaks-scheduled-mid-month-springfield-conservative-grassroots-conference/
— Incumbents Given Odds at Re-Election
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2018/08/30/incumbents-given-odds-re-election/

 

DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Breen warns against Pritzker corruption, ‘bad faith’ actions – Karen Kidd
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511546912-breen-warns-against-pritzker-corruption-bad-faith-actions

 

ILLINOIS LEAKS
— ECWd asked to moderate panel at Illinois Conservative Union -3rd Annual Grass Roots Activist Conference – KIRK ALLEN
http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2018/08/ecwd-asked-to-moderate-panel-at-illinois-conservative-union-3rd-annual-grass-roots-activist-conference/

 

ILLINOIS POLICY JOURNAL
— Lawmakers plan a ‘Changing Illinois from the Inside Out’ press conference to address state issues – Glenn Minnis
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511549590-lawmakers-plan-a-changing-illinois-from-the-inside-out-press-conference-to-address-state-issues

 

CAPITOL FAX
— ILGOP: “Repugnant and disqualifying” *** Casten “regrets” saying President Trump has “tremendous amount in common” with Osama Bin Laden
https://capitolfax.com/2018/08/30/casten-regrets-saying-president-trump-has-tremendous-amount-in-common-with-osama-bin-laden/
— Rauner campaign trolls Pritzker ahead of Indivisible Chicago event
https://capitolfax.com/2018/08/30/rauner-campaign-trolls-pritzker-ahead-of-indivisible-chicago-event/

 

FOX NEWS
— Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh supported by most GOP governors in letter: A look at who didn’t sign it – Kaitlyn Schallhorn
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/30/supreme-court-pick-brett-kavanaugh-supported-by-most-gop-governors-in-letter-look-at-who-didnt-sign-it.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: However, three Republican governors did not sign the letter. The three are from blue states and all are facing re-election this year. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner initially indicated that he would not sign the letter, but eventually did so.)

 

ACCURACY IN MEDIA
— Washington Post: Trump Doesn’t Appreciate the Need to Lawyer Up – Brian McNicoll
https://www.aim.org/aim-column/washington-post-trump-lawyer/

 

DAILY CALLER
— DEM CANDIDATE SEAN CASTEN COMPARES TRUMP TO OSAMA BIN LADEN – Amber Athey
https://dailycaller.com/2018/08/30/democrat-sean-casten-trump-bin-laden/
— CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIR CALLS FOR IN-N-OUT BOYCOTT AFTER BURGER JOINT DONATES TO REPUBLICANS – Evie Fordham (DIERSEN: Which individuals, organizations, and companies are the Democrats boycotting in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois?)
https://dailycaller.com/2018/08/30/california-in-n-out-boycott-gop/

 

BREITBART
— University of Illinois to Honor Obama with ‘Ethics in Government’ Award – Joel Pollak
https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/08/30/university-of-illinois-to-honor-obama-with-ethics-in-government-award/

 

PARENTS OPPOSED TO POT
— HORRIBLE CHILD ABUSE DEATH IN TEXAS HIGHLIGHTS LINKS TO MARIJUANA
http://www.poppot.org/2018/08/29/texas-child-abuse-death-highlights-links-marijuana/

 

AOL
— Video of young kids smoking pot on Facebook leads to arrests
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/08/29/video-of-young-kids-smoking-pot-on-facebook-leads-to-arrests/23512097/

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Trump Says He’ll Eliminate Pay Raises for Civilian Federal Employees Next Year The president says federal agency budgets cannot sustain 2019 pay increases – Kate Davidson (DIERSEN: During the last 8 years that I worked for GAO, I suffered under my Democrat GAO superiors’ pay-for-performance (PFP) system. They used that system a) to recruit, retain, and promote young Democrat minorities and young females and b) to get rid of their employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who they had not promoted to 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. Of course, they always ranked me in the lower half of my coworkers for PFP purposes.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/donald-trump-says-hell-eliminate-pay-raises-for-civilian-federal-employees-next-year-1535652233
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Mr. Trump said employee pay “must be performance-based, and aligned strategically toward recruiting, retaining, and rewarding high-performing federal employees and those with critical skill sets.”)

 

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
— Schock Corruption Case Being Moved, Possibly to Chicago – AP
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/illinois/articles/2018-08-30/schock-corruption-case-being-moved-possibly-to-chicago

May 8 Evening Edition

NORTHWEST HERALD
— McSweeney: Gov. Bruce Rauner should apologize for meeting with ‘known extremist’ Diane Evertsen David McSweeney attacks governor for meeting with ‘known extremist’ Diane Evertsen – ED KOMENDA  (DIERSEN: Why did Rauner meet privately with the leaders of the McHenry County Republican Party? What if Rauner met privately with the leaders of your Republican county party organization and/or with the leaders of your Republican township/ward party organization? In the 2002 Illinois Republican gubernatorial primary, Corrine Wood called Jim Ryan an extremist.)
http://www.nwherald.com/2018/05/08/mcsweeney-gov-bruce-rauner-should-apologize-for-meeting-with-known-extremist-diane-evertsen/adt9cfh/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A state lawmaker is lambasting Gov. Bruce Rauner after Illinois’ top leader met with members of the McHenry County Republican Party over the weekend in private. Rauner spent part of his Saturday at an invitation-only roundtable at the McHenry County GOP’s Crystal Lake headquarters – an event featuring a Who’s Who of party insiders, including: McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim, McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally and McHenry County Board Member Jim Kearns. But State Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, took issue with someone else in attendance at the Saturday meet-up: McHenry County’s new chairwoman, Diane Evertsen, who at one time served as president of the Minutemen Midwest – an organization the Southern Poverty Law Center designated a “nativist extremist” group. “The governor should apologize for meeting with a known extremist,” said McSweeney, who heard about the meeting after it happened. McSweeney pointed to Evertsen’s association with Minutemen Midwest, which the SPLC named several times on its annual list of nativist extremist groups between 2007 and 2010. The Alabama-based civil rights nonprofit defines nativist extremist groups as organizations that go beyond mere advocacy to personally confront suspected undocumented immigrants or those who hire or help them. McSweeney said a simple Google search reveals the views of the group Evertsen chaired. The legislator characterized those views as “disgraceful.” Minutemen Midwest had a website – www.minutemenmidwest.com – but it has been taken down since its launch. While the site is dead, some of the material published there is recoverable with the internet archive known as the “Wayback Machine,” McSweeney said. McSweeney highlighted an article published on the website written by William H. Calhoun titled “Illegal Immigration: Third-World Invasion” – a piece suggesting the U.S. is under threat by immigrants of different “blood.”​ “Invaders from the Orient, Asia, Africa, Central and South America are invading the first world, and they are intent only upon conquest,” the article said. “With the exception of a very small upper class of pure European blood, most Mexicans are either Amerindian or Mestizo (mostly Amerindian with a few drops of Spaniard or African blood). They are not Western; genealogically they are Asiatic; and they despise the West.” The article appalled McSweeney, he said. “It’s probably the most extreme article that I’ve read in a long time,” McSweeney said. “It’s disgusting.” Evertsen, a 73-year-old Harvard grandmother who once served on the McHenry County Board and now serves on McHenry County College’s board of trustees, could not be reached for comment. The Northwest Herald also reached out to Gov. Rauner’s campaign communications director for comment, but campaign officials weren’t immediately available Tuesday. About 20 people attended the Saturday gathering, according to sources invited to the event.)

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Grads, including senior citizens, put perseverance on display at commencements – Maudlyne Ihejirika
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/grads-including-senior-citizen-put-on-perseverance-at-commencement-ceremonies/
— Golden arches new headquarters most ‘un-McDonald’s like’ – Lee Bey
https://chicago.suntimes.com/business/golden-arches-new-headquarters-most-un-mcdonalds-like/
— Are legal pot backers blowing smoke? Report finds limited green in grass revenue – Tina Sfondeles (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/are-legal-pot-backers-blowing-smoke-report-finds-limited-green-in-grass-revenue/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Rauner, Democrats say they don’t want another budget war but face deficit despite tax hike – Monique Garcia
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-illinois-legislature-budget-talks-20180508-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, in Illinois, anti-Trumps are the MAJORITY and Trump supporters are the MINORITY. Ever increasingly, anti-Trumps demonize, denigrate, and condemn Trump supporters.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-pitts-trump-supporters-understanding-0508-20180506-story.html
— Women’s voices are largely missing from newspaper letters to the editor – Heidi Stevens
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/stevens/ct-life-stevens-monday-letters-to-editor-gender-0507-story.html
— Emanuel responds to ‘bully’ characterization, says he will focus on problem-solving, not personalities – John Byrne
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-rahm-emanuel-personality-vallas-20180508-story.html
— More legislative lip service, but no fair map amendment – Editorial
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-remap-amendment-illinois-dead-20180507-story.html
— Orland officials delay vote on video gambling – Mike Nolan
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-orland-park-video-gambling-st-0509-story.html
— How Speaker Madigan elbows aside Illinois taxpayers – Keith Wheeler
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-blame-illinois-budget-budget-michael-madigan-lisa-illinois-barbara-flynn-currie-republicans-keith-wheeler-0509-story.html

 

DAILY HERALD
— Every person in Illinois owes $11,000 for pensions, with no fix in sight – Bloomberg
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180508/every-person-in-illinois-owes-11000-for-pensions-with-no-fix-in-sight
— Demoted Wheaton cop files sex discrimination lawsuit – Katlyn Smith
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180508/demoted-wheaton-cop-files-sex-discrimination-lawsuit
— Misguided demands for teaching history – Mary Plunkett, Wheaton
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20180508/misguided-demands-for-teaching-history
(FROM THE LETTER: Are you kidding me, Springfield? The state of Illinois is imploding at a frightening rate, and you’re focused on passing a bill that forces our schools to teach LGBT history? (Paid for by our outrageous property taxes, by the way.) This bill (SB3249) also requires schools to teach about the illegal deportation of Mexicans during the Great Depression and labor union contributions to our economy. And children will not be permitted to graduate eighth grade if they don’t receive this instruction. Holy political agenda, Democrats! But, perhaps you are sincerely interested in teaching our children an accurate and nondiscriminatory account of our history. If this is true, you must necessarily include a unit on the societal benefits that Catholics have contributed toward Illinois’ schools, hospitals and charities. The impact is quite significant. I would encourage anyone reading this to demand that your particular group be recognized in a mandatory history unit as well. After everyone feels good about being recognized, there might be a few minutes left in the school day for reading, writing and arithmetic.)

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Gov. Rauner: Pick up the pace on budget talks – Doug Finke
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180508/gov-rauner-pick-up-pace-on-budget-talks
— VERY SAD: Supporters rally at Capitol in support of ERA – Maximilian Kwiatkowski
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180508/supporters-rally-at-capitol-in-support-of-era

 

BLOOMINGTON PANTAGRAPH
— TRAGIC: Normal, Illinois, passes ordinance making community a ‘Welcoming City’ for immigrants – DEREK BEIGH (DIERSEN: As everyone knows, to be a “Welcoming City” is to be a city a) that encourages people to come to America illegally, to stay in America illegally, and to bring others to America illegally and b) that is anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-draft avoiders, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://herald-review.com/news/state-and-regional/normal-illinois-passes-ordinance-making-community-a-welcoming-city-for/article_5a4f618f-6874-5fc3-9cad-eb48ed765844.html

 

ALTON DAILY NEWS
— Senate Debating Votes from Jail (DIERSEN: What percent of criminals vote for Democrats – 98%, 99%, 100%?)
http://altondailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=17&id=264812#.WvIZAVpy-M8

 

JEANNE IVES
— House Back in Session for Home Stretch
http://www.jeanneives.org/2018/05/house-back-in-session-for-home-stretch.html

 

DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Progressive tax ‘totally wrong for Illinois,’ Ives says – Glenn Minnis
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511408458-progressive-tax-totally-wrong-for-illinois-ives-says

 

CHICAGO CITY WIRE
— Bills could add millions to billion-dollar pension debt, GOP representatives warn – Angela Underwood
https://chicagocitywire.com/stories/511408330-bills-could-add-millions-to-billion-dollar-pension-debt-gop-representatives-warn

 

ILLINOIS HOMEPAGE
— LaHood promotes tax cuts, ‘merit based’ immigration – Mark Maxwell (DIERSEN: How much “merit” do you have? According to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois, I am “meritless.”)
http://www.illinoishomepage.net/capitol-connection/lahood-promotes-tax-cuts-merit-based-immigration/1166837510

 

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK
— Legislative leaders and governor meet, still no agreement on revenue estimate – Greg Bishop
https://www.ilnews.org/news/state_politics/legislative-leaders-and-governor-meet-still-no-agreement-on-revenue/article_7171a748-52eb-11e8-abc5-3f4deccbc9d0.html

 

CAPITOL FAX
— After saying he’s “unifying” the GOP, Gov. Rauner says he’s not putting much thought into the task
https://capitolfax.com/2018/05/08/after-saying-hes-unifying-the-gop-gov-rauner-says-hes-not-putting-much-thought-into-the-task/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Rep. David [email protected]: We need a solid conservative to lead the IL GOP, not an inept insider completely controlled by Governor Rauner!)

 

BREITBART
— Study: Donald Trump’s Polls Improve Despite 90% Negative Media Coverage – KATHERINE RODRIGUEZ
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/05/08/study-trumps-polls-improve-despite-90-percent-negative-media-coverage/

 

GOPUSA
— Tell the uninformed what President Trump has accomplished (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents only want people know about what they accomplished.)
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=45380
— Orrin Hatch calls John McCain’s decision not to invite Trump to his funeral ‘ridiculous’
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=45456
— California has the 5th largest economy in the world yet leads the nation in poverty and homelessness
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=45465

 

NATIONAL REVIEW
— McCain’s Funeral Guest List Doesn’t Define Him – JIM GERAGHTY (DIERSEN: Who does not want you to attend their funeral? I should make a list of those who do not me to attend their funeral. They blame me for their problems. They blame me for your problems. They blame me for my problems. They blame me for everyone’s problems.)
https://www.nationalreview.com/the-morning-jolt/mccains-funeral-guest-list-doesnt-define-him/

 

THE HILL
— Labor Dept to let teens work longer hours in hazardous jobs: report – MORGAN GSTALTER (DIERSEN: How hazardous were the jobs that you had when you were a teen? I did yard work and delivered newspapers 1962-1964; washed dishes 1964-1966; cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline in 1966; and delivered mail 1966-1969.)
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/386652-labor-dept-to-let-teens-work-longer-hours-in-hazardous-jobs-report

 

ROLL CALL
— House Appropriators Vote to End Perk for Former Speakers Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi both back ending office space, funding for former speakers
https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/house-appropriators-vote-end-perk-former-speakers
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Government Accountability Office: The watchdog agency would be funded at $579 million, the same as the fiscal 2018 enacted level.)

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— It’s Time for a New Discussion of Marijuana’s Risks You may reasonably decide the benefits outweigh the harms, but you should know about those potential harms. – Aaron E. Carroll
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/07/upshot/its-time-for-a-new-discussion-of-marijuanas-risks.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump demonizes, denigrates, and condemns Trump supporters as being racists.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/06/opinion/trump-supporters-economy-racism.html

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Companies Trying to Deal With Discrimination Face Backlash Critics of diversity efforts say programs unfairly exclude other people – Kelsey Gee and Lauren Weber (DIERSEN: To promote diversity is to discriminate against those who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/companies-trying-to-deal-with-discrimination-face-backlash-1525604400
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Companies trying to rectify a legacy of discrimination are finding that some tactics are backfiring and sparking new grievances. The Wing, a women’s shared-office space and networking club, has drawn such ire. Its no-men-allowed membership policy for collaboration spaces in trendy New York neighborhoods is designed to attract like-minded women professionals who want to encourage and invest in one another. The Wing recently opened a Washington, D.C., location and there is a wait list for a future office in Los Angeles, the company says. In March, the New York City Human Rights Commission launched an investigation into the Wing’s practices, which include workshops on political organization and panels reserved for members featuring celebrities and U.S. legislators. Seth Hoy, a spokesman for the New York commission, confirmed the agency’s probe and declined to comment on it further. He says the agency works to ensure that businesses comply with laws prohibiting gender discrimination. The inquiry is one of the latest examples of how female-only initiatives and other diversity efforts are drawing objections from those who feel left out or challenge the idea that people in historically underrepresented groups need targeted resources to help them accelerate in their careers and are raising concerns that the programs unfairly exclude other people.)

 

USA TODAY
— American teens are hooked on iPhones, new survey shows – Leo Sun
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2018/05/08/american-teens-are-hooked-on-iphones-survey/34405795/

 

WATERLOO CEDAR FALLS COURIER
— Good old days not good for everyone – KARRIS GOLDEN (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, members of the following groups viciously demonize, viciously denigrate, and viciously condemn the GOOD OLD DAYS: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://wcfcourier.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/good-old-days-not-good-for-everyone/article_c3428eaa-629d-54dd-9967-fb683689e7bd.html

 

FORD AUTHORITY
— Ford Mustang Tops List Of The Five Most Desired Dream Cars In The US – AARON BRZOZOWSKI
http://fordauthority.com/2018/05/ford-mustang-tops-list-of-the-five-most-desired-dream-cars-in-the-us/

 

OPM
— OPM Celebrates Public Service Recognition Week 2018 (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who ever-increasingly a) demonize, denigrate, and condemn and b) promote hatred against government employees and government retirees, and especially against federal employees and federal retirees.)
http://www.opm.gov/blogs/Director/2018/5/8/OPM-Celebrates-Public-Service-Recognition-Week-2018/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Each year, during the first full week of May, our Nation comes together to celebrate the men and women who serve our country as Federal, state, county, and local government employees. For 34 years, we’ve taken this time to honor the people who work diligently to promote safety, security and quality of service for the American public. Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is a time to promote and share stories of excellence in public service with you, the Nation we serve. Every day a Federal employee is impacting your life in some way. Whether it’s telling you not to eat lettuce because of an E.coli outbreak, scanning your luggage at the airport, or preparing an exhibit at your favorite Smithsonian museum, it’s affecting your life in a positive manner.)

 

VOX
— Bullshit jobs: Why they exist and why you might have one And why this professor thinks we need a revolution. – Sean Illing (DIERSEN: Of course, according to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, all the jobs that I have had were bullshit jobs.)
https://www.vox.com/2018/5/8/17308744/bullshit-jobs-book-david-graeber-occupy-wall-street-karl-marx

 

EAST ANGLIAN DAILY TIMES
— Distressed patient speaks out after emotional support dog banned from Felixstowe surgery – Amy Gibbons
http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/distressed-patient-speaks-out-after-emotional-support-dog-banned-from-haven-health-surgery-in-felixstowe-1-5509513

 

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
— The law on dogs barking – and why it could land their owner in hot water Many will be left frightened by activity, noise and lights outside – James Rodger
https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/law-dogs-barking-uk-gov-13724097

 

CAMBRIDGE NEWS
— What the law says about dog barking and how to avoid getting in big trouble Here’s some guidance for dog owners on how to stay the right side of the law – Nigel SlaterTom Pilgrim
https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/law-dog-barking-neighbour-noise-14621865

May 5 Evening Edition

ABC7
— $100k-a-year Chicago tree trimmers – BGA (DIERSEN: When did you start earning $100,000-a-year in to today’s dollars? I did in 1988 when I was 40 years old. By then, I had worked for GAO for almost 9 years, I had worked for IRS for almost 9 years, I had become a licensed CPA in 1981, I had passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981, I had earned a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, I had passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979, and I had earned an MBA from Loyola in 1976.)
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/weekend-watch-$100k-a-year-chicago-tree-trimmers/3429335/

 

NBC5
— Illinois Nightclub Institutes Criminal Background Checks at Door
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/peoria-nightclub-institutes-criminal-background-checks-at-door-481839911.html

 

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Trump promotes ‘America First’ in Ohio ahead of primaries – AP
http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/trump-meets-ohio-supporters-highlights-tax-law

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who encourage people to come to America illegally, to stay in America illegally, and to bring others to America illegally rally in Aurora.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/news/ct-abn-immigration-rally-st-0506-story.html

 

DAILY HERALD
— Illinois legislators snub voters on fair maps again – Editorial
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20180505/editorial-illinois-legislators-snub-voters-on-fair-maps-again
— Trump suggests US ‘close up’ to stop immigrants – AP
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20180505/news/305059930/

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Illinois’ dilemma: Billions in capital needs, but prospects dim for funding plan – Doug Finke
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180505/illinois-dilemma-billions-in-capital-needs-but-prospects-dim-for-funding-plan
— Legionnaires’ outbreaks prompt bills to mandate faster notifications – Maximilian Kwiatkowski
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180505/legionnaires-outbreaks-prompt-bills-to-mandate-faster-notifications

 

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— Sorry, no amendments this year – Doug Finke
http://www.pjstar.com/news/20180505/statehouse-insider-sorry-no-amendments-this-year

 

KANKAKEE DAILY JOURNAL
— Neighboring towns subsidize Bradley – David Giuliani
http://www.daily-journal.com/news/local/david-giuliani-neighboring-towns-subsidize-bradley/article_3761e278-39ca-11e8-af16-4f248bf95341.html

 

NPR ILLINOIS
— Iowa Bans Most Abortions As Governor Signs ‘Heartbeat’ Bill – SASHA INGBER
http://nprillinois.org/post/iowa-bans-most-abortions-governor-signs-heartbeat-bill#stream/0

 

COLUMBIA CHRONICLE
— Immigrant workers protest on May Day, insist policy change – Savannah Eadens
http://www.columbiachronicle.com/metro/article_f77c1aaa-4ff1-11e8-8e55-2705b1a02d1d.html

 

WILLIAM J KELLY
— Flashback: Kelly exposes Rauner’s sanctuary state bill
http://www.williamjkelly.org/news/flashback-kelly-exposes-rauners-sanctuary-state-bill

 

JEFF BERKOWITZ
— JANUARY 2005 FLASHBACK: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Report on the January 15, 2005 Illinois Republican Party chairman election. (DIERSEN: I attended this event and I organized a candidate forum in the hotel the evening before the election.)
http://jeffberkowitz.blogspot.com/2005/01/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: During Chicago Left in Review’s episode a week before the Republican State Central Committee (“SCC”) election of a new Republican State GOP Chairman in Springfield on January 15, 2005 and during its shows that followed over the last two weeks after the election—the host and his panel chose to ignore the event. Not a mention– nothing, nada, zero, zip. The event attracted about 500 Republican activists, operatives, party functionaries, office holders and wannabees– including more than 150 County, Ward and Township Committeemen; State GOP Chairman candidates Andy McKenna, Jr., Steve McGlynn, Jim Oberweis, John Cox and Jim Nalepa. Andy McKenna, Jr., who is known for his father’s and perhaps his own fundraising prowess and business contacts and who ran in the Republican U. S. Senate Primary in 2004, garnering 14% and a 4th out of 7 candidates finish, won the State GOP chairmanship vote, primarily because of the backing of the Illinois Republican Party Finance Committee, i.e., in large part the Chicago Metropolitan Republican Business Interests and Donors. McGlynn, who had campaigned vigorously for the position, withdrew prior to the vote when he saw he could not get a majority of the SCC weighted vote. Nalepa, who drew acclaim and cheers from the assembled for his stirring speech, came in a very distant second to McKenna– who, in addition to the aforementioned money interests, had the New Republican Establishment behind him– Lahood-Kirk, for sure, and most likely Cross. Of course, the New Republican Establishment and money interests go together like ham and cheese.)

 

NEWSMAX
— Local Illinois Pension Funding Woes Raise Credit Concerns
https://www.newsmax.com/finance/economy/illinois-pension-funding-credit/2018/05/05/id/858532/

 

ONE NEWS NOW
— 39% of colleges have 0 Republican professors – Michael F. Haverluck
https://www.onenewsnow.com/education/2018/05/05/39-of-colleges-have-0-republican-professors

 

HUMAN EVENTS
— JANUARY 2005 FLASHBACK: DIERSEN HEADLINE: John Gizzi report on the January 15, 2005 Illinois Republican Party chairman election. (DIERSEN: I attended this event and I organized a candidate forum in the hotel the evening before the election.)
http://humanevents.com/2005/01/28/politics-2005-week-of-january-31/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: McKenna Takes ‘The Titanic’ There really was no surprise when the State Central Committee of the Illinois Republican Party met in Springfield January (15) to elect a new party chairman. Although more than 500 county party leaders, GOP activists, and reporters jammed the Renaissance Hotel, the chairmanship was being decided by just the 19 SCC members–all of whom had weighted votes–in executive session. Thus, while Chicago businessman and onetime GOP U.S. House hopeful Jim Nalepa held the crowd spellbound with his presentation and his call for beginning the meeting with the under-attack Pledge of Allegiance, the SCC gave 86% of its votes to rival Andy McKenna, Jr. and made him chairman. (Two other contenders, state Vice Chairman Steve McGlynn and Cook County GOP Chairman Gary Skoien, withdrew before the vote). The chief executive officer of the Schwarz Paper Co. and third-place finisher in the Republican Senate primary last year, McKenna is considered a strong conservative who makes no bones about his pro-life stance. His position is in sharp contrast to that of the outgoing chairman (and lone GOPer in statewide office), Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka, long criticized by party conservatives. A successful businessman and proven fund-raiser (he raised more than $2 million for his Senate bid), McKenna is also light years removed from the old statehouse gang of Republicans who are presently targets of corruption probes. Asked by reporters about how the Illinois GOP–which lost both a Senate and U.S. House seat last fall as well as the state’s electoral votes–could withstand the racketeering trial of former Republican Gov. (1998-2002) George Ryan, the chairman-elect replied: “The people in the Ryan trial are not part of this party.” Although many conservatives praised McKenna as a fresh leader, others were critical of his failure so far to denounce the Democratic machine of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley or to hint that he would fire any of the Topinka staff at state party headquarters. Many conservatives do not like the selective, back-room mechanism for choosing a chairman, convinced that had a new state convention been called with delegates more representative of the party grass-roots, Nalepa and his magnetic speaking style would have carried the day. Jack Roeser, head of the conservative Renew Illinois group, led a delegation to Springfield to demand that the SCC refuse to elect a chairman and that a new convention be called for this task. Prior to the vote, Roeser hinted to me that he and his allies on the right might well pursue a change of the party rules to permit such a convention and a vote on party officers–especially on Roeser’s longtime arch-enemy, Republican National Committeeman Robert Kjellander. As for Nalepa, Chicago political strategist Bill Pascoe told me that Nalepa’s remarks “wowed the crowd” and that his “moving around the room with a microphone, Elizabeth Dole-style, was visually riveting.” Pascoe noted that the former U.S. Army ranger was unrecognized by most Republicans two months ago. “But after this campaign for chairman,” he added, “there are a number of leading Republicans trying to figure out how to put Jim Nalepa to good use for a party in desperate need of new leadership.” Hinting strongly that the runner-up would yet have his day in the sun, Illinois political blogger par excellence Jeff Berkowitz concluded: “Andy McKenna, Jr., was elected this afternoon. … Jim Nalepa, who won the hearts and minds of many in the one hour or so public portion of the Republican State Central Committee meeting, came in second. …”)

 

THE HILL
— Younger lawmakers ignite new push for term limits – MELANIE ZANONA (DIERSEN: Term limits are similar to “up-or-out.” Were you faced with “up-or-out?” Non-veteran White male federal employees are “out” 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.)
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/386283-younger-lawmakers-ignite-new-push-for-term-limits

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Trump Turns to Outsiders, Not White House Staff, for Key Advice – Michael C. Bender and Peter Nicholas
https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-turns-to-outsiders-not-white-house-staff-for-key-advice-1525476592

 

FORBES
— Sure, Unemployment Went Down – Because More People Left The Workforce, Erik Sherman
https://www.forbes.com/sites/eriksherman/2018/05/05/sure-unemployment-went-down-because-the-number-of-people-working-did/#24af27af408b