January 11 Evening Edition

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— OUTSTANDING: At least 1,000 anti-abortion marchers rally in the Loop – MADELINE BUCKLEY
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-march-for-life-chicago-20200111-5fd3dnswwvdhlntly4cxu3ofjy-story.html
— While Nazi sympathizer Arthur Jones protests, Orland Park residents turn out to talk social justice – JESSE WRIGHT
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/ct-sta-newman-jones-events-st-0112-20200111-bo2gi7w5zndq3fg24wisudcpg4-story.html
— Seeking to give residents a break on property tax, legislative task force recommends expanding sales tax. Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who’s pushing a graduated income tax, says there’s got to be another way. – JAMIE MUNKS and DAN PETRELLA
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-illinois-property-tax-task-force-20200111-pwbldyzyt5afpjdm3catlklnwu-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Lightfoot ‘has the votes’ to pass marijuana consumption ordinance, puts kibosh on 606 development freeze “We have to have places for people to be able to legally consume marijuana,” Lightfoot says. – Fran Spielman 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2020/1/10/21060658/lori-lightfoot-marijuana-consumption-ordinance-606-development-freeze
— Cullerton predicts Lightfoot will get casino gambling fix, graduated real estate transfer tax during spring session Retiring Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says Lori Lightfoot is “on a learning curve” in Springfield, unlike his wily friend Rahm Emanuel, who majored in political arm-twisting – Fran Spielman 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/fran-spielman-show/2020/1/10/21060325/cullerton-lightfoot-casino-gambling-real-estate-transfer-tax-spring-session

DAILY HERALD
— Madigan’s latest scandal, Springfield’s latest outrage – Editorial
https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20200111/editorial-madigans-latest-scandal-springfields-latest-outrage
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters promote Trump-haters.
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200111/meet-mark-galli-the-wheaton-evangelical-who-called-out-trump

NBC5
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot Suggests She May be Open to Lowering Recreational Cannabis Taxes Of the 11 states where recreational marijuana has been legalized, Illinois’ taxes are second only to Washington state – Phil Rogers
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/mayor-lori-lightfoot-says-she-may-be-open-to-lowering-recreational-cannabis-taxes/2199489/

HERALD & REVIEW
— How will Decatur-area employers handle workers who smoke marijuana? A look at the legal issues surrounding cannabis. – Analisa Trofimuk (DIERSEN: I would not want to work for, work with, or supervise pot smokers.)
https://herald-review.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/how-will-decatur-area-employers-handle-workers-who-smoke-marijuana/article_eaf7d210-d937-5f26-bb1e-2a2fe4400639.html

KANKAKEE DAILY JOURNAL
— Illinois taxing itself into irrelevancy – Editorial
https://www.daily-journal.com/opinion/editorials/illinois-taxing-itself-into-irrelevancy/article_0328b94e-33b2-11ea-b8b5-5ba49a8a96eb.html

EVANSTON ROUNDTABLE
— City’s Reparations Subcommittee Members Give Preliminary Views on Form of Reparations – Larry Gavin (DIERSEN: Do those who represent you on your city council favor or oppose reparations? If they favor reparations, how much reparations do they want you to pay? Overwhelmingly, those who favor reparations want those who have the following demographics to pay the most reparations: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.) 
https://evanstonroundtable.com/Content/City-News/City-News/Article/City-s-Reparations-Subcommittee-Members-Give-Preliminary-Views-on-Form-of-Reparations/15/26/17406

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— IL-14: All Candidates Will Participate in MCC Debate
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/01/11/il-14-all-candidates-will-participate-in-mcc-debate/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Former press secretaries of both parties urge White House to resume briefings – Andrew Blake
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/11/white-house-urged-by-former-spokesmen-to-resume-re/

AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE
— The Insanity Of Transgenderism – Rod Dreher
https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/the-insanity-of-transgenderism/

TOWNHALL
— UNACCEPTABLE: NY Law Automatically Registers Illegal Aliens to Vote – Bronson Stocking
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bronsonstocking/2020/01/10/ny-law-will-automatically-register-illegal-aliens-to-vote-n2559325

CBN NEWS
— Surge in ER Visits After New Marijuana Laws Take Effect – Lorie Johnson
https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/health/2020/january/surge-in-er-visits-after-new-marijuana-laws-take-effect

CNN
— Many millennials are worse off than their parents — a first in American history – Tami Luhby
https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/11/politics/millennials-income-stalled-upward-mobility-us/

WASHINGTON POST
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump hater says: ‘A national disgrace’: As impeachment hung over a president’s head, he went on a wild rally tour.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/01/11/national-disgrace-impeachment-hung-over-presidents-head-he-went-wild-rally-tour/

24/7 WALL STREET
— Black Unemployment Rates Nearly 70% Higher Than National Average – Douglas A. McIntyre 
https://247wallst.com/jobs/2020/01/11/black-unemployment-rates-nearly-70-higher-than-national-average/

January 6 Morning Edition

DAILY HERALD
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters rally in Naperville. When will the following organize pro-Trump rallies: Illinois Republican Party, your Republican county party organization, and your Republican township/ward party organization? 
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200105/activists-call-for-peace-in-the-middle-east-at-naperville-rally
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Among those on the speaker’s list were U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, a Democrat from Naperville; peace activist Walt Zlotow; a representative of U.S. Rep. Sean Casten, a Downers Grove Democrat; and delegates for Democratic presidential hopefuls. The rally was sponsored by Indivisible DuPage, Stand On Every Corner — Naperville, the Winfield Township Democratic Organization, Lisle Township Democratic Organization and Naperville Township Democrats.)

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Thanks to the Illinois Exodus: As this state’s population shrinks, so does its clout in Washington. – Editorial (DIERSEN: Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs focus on driving religious people, conservatives, and Republicans out of Illinois, out of your county, your township/ward, and your municipality. I should write a book about their success in driving religious people, conservatives, and Republicans out of Illinois, DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-editorial-illinois-exodus-population-census-congress-tax-pension-20200106-w7n2z567krhpleehyhurgd6uxi-story.html

ALTON DAILY NEWS
— Legal Marijuana Means Challenges for Police – Doug Jenkins 
http://altondailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=17&id=296660#.XhMYgCN_OM8

HERALD & REVIEW
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://herald-review.com/entertainment/how-to-throw-a-marijuana-dinner-party-with-tips-on/article_fb289ebb-9ff7-5d09-9c32-f00f2644ecb8.html

RIVER BENDER
— Election year to feature bitter fights, deepening divides – AP
https://www.riverbender.com/sports-news/details.cfm?id=291157

NPR ILLINOIS
— President Launches ‘Evangelicals For Trump’ Coalition – TOM GJELTEN 
https://www.nprillinois.org/post/president-launches-evangelicals-trump-coalition#stream/0

FOX ILLINOIS
— Impeachment drives GOP small-donor donations on new platform – AP
https://foxillinois.com/news/connect-to-congress/impeachment-drives-gop-small-donor-donations-on-new-platform

WQAD
— Protesters gather outside Cheri Bustos’ office opposing war, Iran airstrike – HANNAH RODRIGUEZ
https://wqad.com/2020/01/06/protesters-gather-outside-cheri-bustos-office-striking-against-war/

POLITICO ILLINOIS
— FROM THE WEBSITE: Notable names among presidential delegate candidates: For President Trump: State Reps. Darren Bailey, John Cabello and Brad Halbrook, Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar, Palatine Committeeman Aaron Del Mar, real estate exec Kristine Farra, Park Ridge Commissioner Charlene Foss-Eggemann, state Sen. Dale Fowler, Congressman Darin LaHood, state Sen. Thomas “Chapin” Rose, Lake County GOP Chairman Mark Shaw, state Rep. Allen Skillicorn, Maine Township Trustee Susan Sweeney, former Illinois Gaming Board Chairman Don Tracy, and McHenry County Board member Chuck Wheeler – Shia Kapos
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/illinois-playbook/2020/01/06/looming-corruption-scandal-lightfoot-targets-poverty-obamas-big-gift-487991

CHICAGO CITY WIRE
— GOP strategist Chris Robling forecasts an accelerated ‘fiscal demise’ if Chicago approves new ‘LaSalle Street Tax’ – Glenn Minnis
https://chicagocitywire.com/stories/522830931-gop-strategist-forecasts-an-accelerated-fiscal-demise-if-chicago-approves-new-lasalle-street-tax#new_tab

WIREPOINTS
— New IRS data reveals winners and losers of wealth migration across 50 states – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
https://wirepoints.org/new-irs-data-reveals-winners-and-losers-of-wealth-migration-across-50-states-wirepoints-original/

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— IL-14: Catalina Lauf Continues Defense of President Trump Administering Justice on Terrorist Qassem Soleimani
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/01/06/il-14-catalina-lauf-continues-defense-of-president-trump-administering-justice-on-terrorist-qassem-soleimani/ 
— Property Tax Relief Task Force Has Draft Recommendations To Gut the Tax Cap
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/01/06/property-tax-relief-task-force-has-recommendations-to-gut-the-tax-cap/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Black Americans are coming home to the GOP – Rebecca Hagelin
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/5/black-americans-are-coming-home-gop/
— Army gives TikTok the heave-ho; Chinese social media app banned due to cybersecurity risk – Douglas Ernst 
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/2/army-gives-tiktok-the-heave-ho-chinese-social-medi/

AMERICAN THINKER
— With rising anti-Semitism, New Yorkers rally to hate Trump while hating “hate” – Andrea Widburg
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/01/with_rising_antisemitism_new_yorkers_rally_to_hate_trump_while_hating_hate.html
— Guess Who Runs the Rudest Cities in America – Noel S. Williams
https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/01/guess_who_runs_the_rudest_cities_in_america.html

BREITBART
— Nearly 400K Anchor Babies Born in 2019, Exceeding U.S. Births in 48 States – JOHN BINDER5
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/01/05/400k-anchor-babies-born-u-s-2019/

DAILY CALLER
— Democrats Hate Trump So Much They’re Siding With Iran – DEREK HUNTER
https://dailycaller.com/2020/01/06/democrats-side-with-iran/

LEGAL INSURRECTION
— American Trump Derangement Syndrome Is An Iranian Strategic Asset – William A. Jacobson
https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/01/american-trump-derangement-syndrome-is-an-iranian-strategic-asset/

POLITICO
— Trump’s 2020: Rallies, Twitter and an expected Super Bowl push Trump kicks off an election year with no shortage of high-profile events designed to disparage impeachment and trumpet his actions on Iran and the economy. – ANITA KUMAR (DIERSEN: When will the following organize pro-Trump rallies: Illinois Republican Party, your Republican county party organization, and your Republican township/ward party organization?) 
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/05/trump-2020-reelection-campaign-plan-093339

CNN
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters promote Trump-haters.
https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2020/01/05/joe-walsh-trump-iran-tweets-reaction-sot-nr-vpx.cnn

NEW YORK TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters support Suleimani. 
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/05/world/middleeast/mideast-allies-suleimani.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote dependency on government and dependency on charity.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/31/upshot/food-stamps-lower-health-care-costs.html

USA TODAY
— The true cost of cannabis: Why don’t its illnesses, deaths command media headlines? In August, I started covering vaping lung injuries from high-potency THC. Next, I added the link between cannabis and mental illness, but it’s lonely. – Jayne O’Donnell
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2020/01/03/marijuana-pot-thc-vaping-psychosis-mental-illness-media-column/4299001002/
— As marijuana-induced psychosis rises, parents say treatment for young people hard to find – Jayne O’Donnell
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/01/06/marijuana-induced-psychosis-rises-mental-health-treatment-elusive/2698446001/

BOSTON HERALD
— Left hails a new year of hating Trump – DAVID LIMBAUGH
https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/01/06/left-hails-a-new-year-of-hating-trump/

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— McDonald’s Looks Beyond Party Culture New CEO Chris Kempczinski puts fresh focus on workplace decorum after concerns about predecessor’s conduct – Heather Haddon and Suzanne Vranica
https://www.wsj.com/articles/mcdonalds-looks-beyond-party-culture-11578243600

VOX
— Illinois says you should know if AI is grading your online job interviews  A first-of-its-kind law might give employment candidates more insight into the algorithms that analyze their interviews, but they shouldn’t expect much to change. – Rebecca Heilweil (DIERSEN: 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.vox.com/recode/2020/1/1/21043000/artificial-intelligence-job-applications-illinios-video-interivew-act#new_tab

January 1 Evening Edition

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— What are the following doing to discourage the sale and use of pot in Illinois, your county, your township/ward, and your municipality: a) Trump, b) the leaders of the Illinois Republican Party, c) the leaders of your Republican county/township/ward party organizations, d) the Republicans who represent you in the U.S. House, Illinois Senate, Illinois House, your county, your township/ward, and your municipality, e) your Republican Precinct Committeeman/Captain, f) the conservative, religious, education, healthcare, law enforcement, etc. leaders in your county, township/ward, and municipality, g) etc.? – Dave Diersen
http://www.gopillinois.com

ABC7
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://abc7chicago.com/business/legal-recreational-marijuana-sales-begin-in-illinois/5804233/

NBC5
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-politics/governors-office-calls-first-day-of-legalized-cannabis-sales-an-historic-new-day/2195296/
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/history-made-first-legal-cannabis-sales-complete-as-dispensaries-open-in-illinois/2195119/

CBS2
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/01/01/long-lines-recreational-marijuana-chicago/
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/video/4348453-legal-weed-sales-underway-in-illinois/
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/video/4348313-pot-sales-now-legal-in-illinois/
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/video/4348499-smooth-first-day-sales-of-recreational-marijuana/
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/01/01/the-wait-for-legal-weed-is-over-as-marijuana-sales-get-started-in-illinois/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/turning-over-a-new-leaf-illinois-sees-first-legal-sales-of-recreational-marijuana

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2020/1/1/21043086/legal-weed-marijuana-live-updates-recreational-sales
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2020/1/1/21045390/renzo-mejia-first-recreational-weed-marijuana-illinois-dispensary-33

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/marijuana/illinois/ct-legal-weed-illinois-first-day-20200101-7cjmnsifxvhrxc4evr2alua7ue-story.html
https://www.chicagotribune.com/marijuana/illinois/ct-legal-weed-first-day-recreational-sales-20200101-fhtdvp4j6naphff6jmnnh6fkqy-story.html
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/ct-oak-cannabis-store-tl-0109-20200101-f6h3zshcezfnlm42jucbcngy6u-story.html
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/ct-sta-recreational-marijuana-sales-st-0102-20200101-bs4qmzlgmvab7l7hznruyshfwa-story.html
https://www.chicagotribune.com/marijuana/illinois/ct-liststory-illinois-legal-weed-20191219-vy7no4bg7vdwbcsa77f7lr4giy-list.html
— Bloomberg’s campaign ad spending tops $155 million – BILL ALLISON
https://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-tns-bc-campaign-spending-20200101-story.html
— Dry January isn’t for everyone, experts say. Some drinkers need treatment. Others are trying Dry-ish January – Kate Thayer
https://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/ct-life-dry-january-cb-tt-20200101-24tkyxqn4rdarjx5mj7f6ezjce-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200101/got-my-legal-weed-recreational-marijuana-sales-start-with-enthusiasm
— Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie headlining Barrington Town-Warming – Bob Susnjara
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191231/former-new-jersey-gov-chris-christie-headlining-barrington-town-warming
— The Great Divide: Congress, voters on immigration – Joe Guzzardi
https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20200101/the-great-divide-congress-voters-on-immigration

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/marijuanacannabis/ringing-new-year-weed
— As our economy evolves, so does the hunt for a ‘good’ job – CLAIRE BUSHEY (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, all of the jobs that I had were BAD JOBS that they would never stoop to take. I did yard work and delivered newspapers 1962-1964; washed dishes 1964-1966; cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline in 1966; delivered mail 1966-1969; worked on an automobile assembly line and as a security guard in 1970; sold tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971; pumped gasoline 1971-1972; collected delinquent taxes 1971-1980; and audited federal agencies 1980-1997.)
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/crains-forum-jobs-wages/shift-change

NORTHWEST HERALD
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.nwherald.com/2020/01/01/photos-hundreds-line-up-for-legal-marijuana/dmcn3bt/

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.news-gazette.com/news/day-of-recreational-marijuana-you-can-tell-this-is-what/article_7d7e2b92-122c-5cdd-805a-e60e2a7da32b.html

ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.rrstar.com/news/20200101/long-lines-excitement-high-for-first-day-of-legal-weed-in-rockford

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20200101/long-line-and-upbeat-camaraderie-mark-predawn-pot-sales-in-east-peoria
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20200101/marijuana-sales-go-smoothly-in-springfield
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20191231/peoria-medical-pot-facility-approved-for-recreational-sales-which-begin-wednesday
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20200101/luciano-just-as-with-legal-weed-peoria-celebrated-end-of-last-prohibition

BLOOMINGTON PANTAGRAPH
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/photos-recreational-pot-sales-begin-in-illinois/collection_2798cd59-444e-507e-b601-67ad51d211a6.html

JOURNAL STANDARD
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.journalstandard.com/news/20200101/todays-pot-shops-will-leave-old-timers-dazed-and-confused

HERALD & REVIEW
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://herald-review.com/news/local/photos-recreational-pot-sales-begin-in-illinois/collection_5c6f213d-7662-575e-a802-472d6e73e620.html#1

HERALD NEWS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.theherald-news.com/2020/01/01/hundreds-come-out-early-for-legal-marijuana-in-joliet/d7x6iqe/

BELLEVILLE NEWS DEMOCRAT
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.bnd.com/news/local/article238884078.html

GALESBURG REGISTER MAIL
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.galesburg.com/news/20200101/hundreds-line-up-before-dawn-to-purchase-pot-in-canton

QUAD CITY TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://qctimes.com/it-s-the-end-of-prohibition-recreational-marijuana-sales-began/collection_0b97a4ef-5e91-5c11-b122-e50f4e45d010.html#1

TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.mywebtimes.com/2020/01/01/the-prohibition-has-ended-on-marijuana/admqzp4/

LINCOLN COURIER
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.lincolncourier.com/news/20200101/first-in-line-for-adult-use-cannabis-this-is-something-thats-going-to-go-down-in-history

LASALLE NEWS TRIBUNE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.newstrib.com/2020/01/01/the-prohibition-has-ended-on-marijuana/admqzp4/

DECATUR DAILY
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.decaturdaily.com/business/illinois-sees-first-legal-sales-of-recreational-marijuana/article_5093bb03-9a85-5e51-a987-dd9e3b9a4909.html

SOUTHERN
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://thesouthern.com/news/local/with-lines-hundreds-deep-southern-illinoisans-celebrate-legal-marijuana-sales/article_6de09443-0b7f-5f01-87e3-3a606a7d62ee.html

ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/illinois/long-lines-in-collinsville-greet-first-day-of-recreational-weed/article_ebd288a9-5650-50e5-a0cb-5b6faec24180.html

MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2020/01/01/wisconsin-residents-visit-illinois-first-day-legalized-marijuana/2786716001/

FOX ILLINOIS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://foxillinois.com/news/local/sunny-side-marijuana-dispensary-gearing-up-for-recreational-sales-tomorrow

WIFR
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.wifr.com/content/news/Legal-Cannabis-Sales-566624891.html

WSPY
— Petition Challenges Dropped Against Republican Primary Candidate in 14th Congressional – Tyler Bachman
http://www.wspynews.com/news/local/petition-challenges-dropped-against-republican-primary-candidate-in-th-congressional/article_e90d69de-2c9e-11ea-bcac-b351db8e7e8f.html

WILL
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://will.illinois.edu/news/story/first-day-of-legal-recreational-cannabis-sales-draws-hundreds-to-cu-dispensaries

WGEM
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://wgem.com/2020/01/01/lines-formed-outside-dispensaries-for-sale-of-recreational-marijuana/

WAOW
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://waow.com/2020/01/01/people-begin-camping-out-ahead-of-legal-marijuana-in-illinois/

WRAL
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.wral.com/recreational-use-of-marijuana-is-now-legal-in-illinois-and-retailers-are-ready/18862747/

WGLT
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.wglt.org/post/patrons-look-make-history-peorias-first-legal-recreational-cannabis-customers#stream/0

WSIL TV
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://wsiltv.com/2020/01/01/three-dispensaries-set-to-open-in-southern-illinois-selling-recreational-marijuana-wednesday-morning/

WSBT
— Indiana man caught going 103 in 55 mph zone with marijuana purchased in Illinois – Stefanie Dyga
https://wsbt.com/news/regional/indiana-man-caught-going-103-in-55-mph-zone-with-marijuana-purchased-in-illinois

BLOCK CLUB CHICAGO
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://blockclubchicago.org/2020/01/01/legal-recreational-weed-goes-on-sale-and-chicagoans-line-up-for-blocks-in-the-cold/

CHICAGO REPORTER
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.chicagoreporter.com/a-moral-argument-and-course-of-action-for-legalized-marijuana-in-2020/

EVANSTON NOW
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://evanstonnow.com/story/business/bill-smith/2020-01-01/83986/legal-weed-draws-a-crowd-for-first-day-of-sales

EVANSTON ROUNDTABLE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://evanstonroundtable.com/Content/Default/Community-Updates/Article/Hello-2020-Large-Crowds-Greet-Opening-of-First-Recreational-Marijuana-Dispensary-in-Evanston-/-3/225/17372

WASHINGTON TIMES
— The president counts on black voters for a second term – Allan H. Ryskind
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/1/president-trump-needs-to-count-on-black-voters-for/

AMERICAN THINKER
— A new year needs a new renaissance…against Islam and leftism – Diana Mary Sitek
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/12/a_new_year_needs_a_new_renaissanceagainst_islam_and_leftism.html

BREITBART
— Hollywood Rings in the New Year Hating Trump: ‘Kick His Ass in 2020’ – HANNAH BLEAU
https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2020/01/01/hollywood-rings-in-the-new-year-hating-trump-kick-his-ass-in-2020/

NEWSMAX
— House Democrats Would Have Impeached Lincoln – Rod Blagojevich 
https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/trump-impeachment-abraham-lincoln-rod-blagojevich/2020/01/01/id/948017/

BIZ PAC REVIEW
— Roseanne Barr praises Trump for protecting Jewish Americans, says Jews should arm themselves – Frieda Powers
https://www.bizpacreview.com/2020/01/01/roseanne-barr-praises-trump-for-protecting-jewish-americans-says-jews-should-arm-themselves-870909

THE HILL
— Rapid turnover shapes Trump’s government – MORGAN CHALFANT (DIERSEN: While I worked for GAO 1980-1997, there was very little turnover because the agency was almost always under hiring and/or promotion freezes.)
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/476083-rapid-turnover-shapes-trumps-government

CBS NEWS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/where-is-marijuana-legal-in-2020-illinois-joins-10-other-states-legalizing-recreational-pot-2020-01-01/

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— ‘Hate Crime’ Is Only a Step Away From Thoughtcrime   Punishing people, even criminals, for ideas is inimical to the American tradition of free speech. – Myron Magnet
https://www.wsj.com/articles/hate-crime-is-only-a-step-away-from-thoughtcrime-11577905525

USA TODAY
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/01/01/cannabis-illinois-legal-weed-sales-start-jan-1/2789415001/

DAILY MAIL
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7843017/Illinois-sees-legal-sales-recreational-marijuana.html

MARIJUANA MOMENT
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Illinois Lieutenant Governor Buys Marijuana On State’s First Day Of Legal Sales – Kyle Jaeger
https://www.marijuanamoment.net/illinois-lieutenant-governor-buys-marijuana-on-states-first-day-of-legal-sales/

December 30 Evening Edition

WHITE HOUSE
— TOP 10: President Trump’s biggest accomplishments of 2019!
https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600daily/

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Four big moments in politics coming to Chicago and Illinois in 2020  The outcome of the Illinois March primary may be a deciding vote in the race for the Democratic nomination for president. – Dick Simpson 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/12/30/21042988/chicago-illinois-elections-2020-census-illinois-primary-election-dick-simpson-lori-lightfoot
— Ald. Carrie Austin drops out of ward committeeperson race Austin’s petition signatures had been challenged; she was 409 signatures short of the 925 minimum to get on the ballot, said Jim Allen, spokesman for the Chicago Board of Elections. – Rachel Hinton
https://chicago.suntimes.com/city-hall/2019/12/30/21043542/alderman-carrie-austin-34th-ward-committeeperson-race-cook-county-democratic-party
— Todd Stroger withdraws from primary Stroger fell short of the signatures needed to get on the ballot for a seat on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board. – Rachel Hinton
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2019/12/30/21042937/todd-stroger-primary-ballot-mwrd

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON ILLINOIS TIGHTENS: Illinois loses population for a 6th straight year — and lost more residents than any state this decade – Cecilia Reyes
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-illinois-population-loss-census-release-20191230-grrid2pgtbenppwrgprzg3fuhe-story.html
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot. 
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elmwood-park/ct-elm-cannabis-shop-tl-0102-20191230-z53nfyogyfgg7n4txx2vuzzzmi-story.html
— Top 10 Naperville stories of 2019 – SUZANNE BAKER and ERIN HEGARTY (DIERSEN: I should write an article about the top 10 Wheaton government and political stories in 2019.) 
http://www.wspynews.com/news/local/candidate-forum-to-be-held-for-kendall-board-district-kendall/article_f9b62584-2b0c-11ea-bf29-43f5730bd912.html

DAILY HERALD
— Legislature faces a mandate for ethics reform in 2020 – Editorial
https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20191230/editorial-legislature-faces-a-mandate-for-ethics-reform-in-2020

ABC7
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://abc7chicago.com/business/chicago-dispensaries-prepare-for-marijuana-legalization-jan-1/5799887/

CBS2
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/video/4337548-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-get-ready-for-deluge-of-recreational-marijuana-customers/

WTTW
— CPD to Deploy 1,300 Additional Officers on New Year’s Eve – Matt Masterson 
https://news.wttw.com/2019/12/30/cpd-deploy-1300-additional-officers-new-year-s-eve

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Local employers still hashing out rules on legal marijuana – Debra Pressey 
https://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/politics/local-employers-still-hashing-out-rules-on-legal-marijuana/article_8750006a-4122-5a2d-93a6-f6ddc4519816.html

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20191230/luciano-todays-pot-shops-will-leave-old-timers-dazed-and-confused

OAK PARK
— The problem is escapism – Ken Trainor (DIERSEN: The more that you want booze and/or pot, the more that you shout that you do not want to deal with reality and/or that you cannot deal with reality.)
https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/12-30-2019/The-problem-is-escapism/

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office breaks down legal cannabis laws – Kevin Schwaller
https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/local-news/tazewell-county-sheriffs-office-breaks-down-legal-cannabis-laws/

NEWS CHANNEL 20
— Got questions about legal marijuana in 2020? Police have answers
https://newschannel20.com/news/local/got-questions-about-legal-marijuana-in-2020-police-have-answers

WREX
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot. 
https://wrex.com/2019/12/30/sunnyside-marijuana-dispensary-opens-at-6-a-m-new-years-day/

WSPY
— Candidate Forum to be Held for Kendall Board District 2, Kendall Circuit Clerk Primary Candidates (DIERSEN: If I was still the chairman of TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, the organization would be hosting candidate forums for Republican candidates in contested primary races.)
http://www.wspynews.com/news/local/candidate-forum-to-be-held-for-kendall-board-district-kendall/article_f9b62584-2b0c-11ea-bf29-43f5730bd912.html 

BLOCK CLUB CHICAGO
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://blockclubchicago.org/2019/12/30/where-to-buy-legal-weed-in-chicago-on-january-1/

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— IL-14: Catalina Lauf Petition Objection Withdrawn *UPDATE: New Video at End*
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/30/il-14-catalina-lauf-petition-objection-withdrawn/
— McHenry County Health Department on Marijuana: “Caution and Concern”
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/30/mchenry-county-health-department-on-marijuana-caution-and-concern/ 
— More People Moving Out Than Into Illinois
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/30/more-people-moving-out-than-into-illinois/

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— CHURCH SHOOTING RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT CARRYING FIREARMS IN ILLINOIS CHURCHES
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2019/12/church-shooting-raises-questions-about-carrying-firearms-in-illinois-churches.html
— 105,000 PEOPLE LEFT ILLINOIS LAST YEAR
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2019/12/105000-people-left-illinois-last-year.html
— 72% OF AMERICANS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT 2020 (DIERSEN: From what I see, if you live in Illinois, the more of the following that you are, the more ever-increasingly difficult it is to be optimistic about the future: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2019/12/72-of-americans-optimistic-about-2020-.html

WASHINGTON TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters use anti-Semitic attacks to promote hatred against Trump.
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/30/bill-de-blasio-blames-anti-semitic-attacks-on-atmo/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— These were the Republicans most critical of Trump in 2019 – Naomi Lim (DIERSEN: I should publish a list of those who state that they are religious, conservative, and/or Republican and a) have been the most critical of me and why and b) have been the most critical of my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails and why.)
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/these-were-the-republicans-most-critical-of-trump-in-2019
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger In the fall, Kinzinger, 41, another Trump administration foreign policy critic, denounced the president for suggesting impeachment would result in “civil war like fracture” in the country. “I have visited nations ravaged by civil war. I have never imagined such a quote to be repeated by a President. This is beyond repugnant,” tweeted the lawmaker, who’s represented the region southwest of Chicago since 2011. The congressman additionally wasn’t shy about voicing his displeasure with Trump’s decision to host the G-7 summit at one of his Florida properties before changing the location to Camp David after several Republicans complained about conflicts of interest.)
— Mark Levin rips Washington Post for citing Democratic outrage at Trump response to attacks on Jews – Dominick Mastrangelo
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/mark-levin-rips-washington-post-for-citing-democratic-outrage-at-trump-response-to-attacks-on-jews

BREITBART
— Census: California to Lose Congressional Seat for First Time in History – JOEL B. POLLAK
https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2019/12/30/census-california-to-lose-congressional-seat-for-first-time-in-history/
— Rasmussen Shows 2:1 Opposition to Cheap Labor Legal Immigration – NEIL MUNRO (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents want cheap labor.)
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/12/30/rasmussen-shows-21-opposition-to-cheap-labor-legal-immigration/

DAILY CALLER
— Beto O’Rourke Doesn’t Thank Armed Churchgoers Who Stopped A Mass Shooting In Texas – SCOTT MOREFIELD
https://dailycaller.com/2019/12/30/beto-orourke-hero-congregants-white-settlement/
— Giuliani: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Has Watched Anti-Semitism Spread ‘Like A Cancer’ – DAVID KRAYDEN
https://dailycaller.com/2019/12/30/rudy-giuliani-bill-de-blasio-anti-semitism-spread-cancer-lazy-twitter-new-york-mayors/

DAILY WIRE
— De Blasio Appears To Blame Trump For Violence Against Jews – Hank Berrien
https://www.dailywire.com/news/de-blasio-appears-to-blame-trump-for-violence-against-jews

PJ MEDIA
— Obama Was the Most Anti-Semitic President in History, So Let’s Stop Pointing Fingers at Trump – MATT MARGOLIS
https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/obama-was-the-most-anti-semitic-president-in-history-so-lets-stop-pointing-fingers-at-trump/

HERITAGE FOUNDATION
— Trump’s Executive Order Against Anti-Semitism Will Protect U.S. Jews – Joel Griffith
https://www.heritage.org/religious-liberty/commentary/trumps-executive-order-against-anti-semitism-will-protect-us-jews

REAL CLEAR POLITICS
— 2019 Was the Year That Democrats Went Off the Rails – Frank Miele
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2019/12/30/2019_was_the_year_that_democrats_went_off_the_rails_142041.html

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Political Power Set to Continue Shift to Southern States, Data Show Americans are moving to states with warm weather, strong job growth and cheaper housing – Janet Adamy and Paul Overberg
https://www.wsj.com/articles/sunbelt-set-to-gain-congressional-seats-data-show-11577723599

December 26 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Illinois legal weed poses challenge for companies with zero tolerance policies – Sarah Schulte (DIERSEN: I would not want to work for an employer that did not have a zero tolerance policy.)
https://abc7chicago.com/business/legal-weed-poses-challenge-for-companies-with-zero-tolerance-policies/5789356/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Recreational pot’s impact on Illinois: ‘No big deal’ or an ‘unfortunate, reckless experiment’? – Robert McCoppin
https://www.chicagotribune.com/marijuana/illinois/ct-illinois-marijuana-economic-social-effects-20191226-dandhav6uzfllaeroph7bqowe4-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Donald Trump is a miserable fit for Evangelical Christians What would Jesus do? First, Jesus would not use Twitter to serve up daily doses of crude comments and hate-filled attacks on private citizens and public figures.”
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/12/26/21037287/donald-trump-religions-evangelical-christians-sun-times-letters
— Here are some of the new state laws taking effect in 2020 Hundreds of new laws or changes in existing laws were passed during a busy legislative session that adjourned in early June. – Jerry Nowicki 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/12/26/21038077/illinois-new-laws-take-effect-2020-minimum-wage-marijuana-infrastructure

DAILY HERALD
— Local mayors in DuPage County to deliver State of the City addresses
https://www.dailyherald.com/submitted/20191220/local-mayors-in-dupage-county-to-deliver-state-of-the-city-addresses
— Dan Cronin to speak at ‘State of County’ luncheon Jan. 8
https://www.dailyherald.com/submitted/20191226/dan-cronin-to-speak-at-state-of-county-luncheon-jan-8

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood of Peoria, who was also a member of Congress representing central Illinois, will be the featured speaker at the annual Abraham Lincoln Association Birthday Banquet Feb. 12 in Springfield. – Bernard Schoenburg
https://www.sj-r.com/news/20191226/ray-lahood-to-headline-lincoln-association-dinner

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— Business as usual at the Illinois Tollway Authority – Editorial
https://www.pjstar.com/opinion/20191226/editorial-business-as-usual-at-illinois-tollway-authority

HERALD & REVIEW
— Illinois party leaders, political observers assess past year, look ahead to 2020
https://herald-review.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/illinois-party-leaders-political-observers-assess-past-year-look-ahead/article_a44a2ca8-d8a0-5229-a17a-de3f848bba95.html

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Comparison of Chicago Teachers’ Contract with Wisconsin’s Scott Walker’s
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/26/comparison-of-chicago-teachers-contract-with-wisconsins-scott-walkers/ 
— IL-14: Discernment on Underwood’s EHR Legislation Now Law
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/26/il-14-discernment-on-underwoods-ehr-legislation-now-law/ 
— U.S. Senate/IL-06/IL-14: Ted Cruz Blasts FY2020 Appropriations Legislation
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/26/u-s-senate-il-06-il-14-ted-cruz-blasts-fy2020-appropriations-legislation/ 
— KICKOFF 2020 Support President Trump Rally in Algonquin *UPDATE: News-Sun Underwood Impeachment Column*
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/26/kickoff-2020-support-president-trump-rally-in-algonquin/ 
— IL-14: McHenry County Republicans Hosting Candidates Forum
IL-14: James Marter Opposed to H.R. 3 Legislation to Lower Prescription Prices
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/26/il-14-mchenry-county-republicans-hosting-candidates-form/ 
— Christmas Day Teaching About Voting
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/25/christmas-day-teaching-about-voting/ 
— IL-14: James Marter Opposed to H.R. 3 Legislation to Lower Prescription Prices
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/26/il-14-james-marter-opposed-to-h-r-3-legislation-to-lower-prescription-prices/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Half of trains in Mexico found carrying migrants – AP
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/26/half-of-trains-in-mexico-found-carrying-migrants/
— Conservatives losing ground in cities across globe – Ethan Epstein 
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/8/conservatives-losing-ground-in-cities-across-globe/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— ‘Furious’: Elizabeth Warren’s brother rips senator for calling their father a janitor – Spencer Neale
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/furious-elizabeth-warrens-brother-rips-senator-for-calling-their-father-a-janitor

GOPUSA
— Pollsters adjust 2020 methodologies after 2016 failure
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=81785

AMERICAN THINKER
— Deplorables Versus the Ruling Class: A Global Struggle – Chet Richards
https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/12/deplorables_versus_the_ruling_class_a_global_struggle.html
— Elizabeth Warren, makin’ it up again, this time about bein’ too poor to go to college – Monica Showalter
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/12/elizabeth_warren_makin_it_up_again_this_time_about_bein_too_poor_to_go_to_college.html

BREITBART
— Pete Buttigieg Calls Jesus Christ an Impoverished ‘Refugee’ in Christmas Message – JOHN BINDER
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/12/26/pete-buttigieg-calls-jesus-christ-an-impoverished-refugee-in-christmas-message/

NEWSMAX
— It’s Prosperity, Stupid: 10 Ways Trump Bolsters Economy – George Mentz 
https://www.newsmax.com/finance/georgementz/trump-economy-talking-points/2019/12/26/id/947384/
— CNN: Plan to Commute Blagojevich Sentence in Doubt – Jeffrey Rodack
https://www.newsmax.com/world/globaltalk/bosnia-explosion/2019/12/26/id/928509/
— 15 GOP Govs Request Refugee Resettlement in Their States – Theodore Bunker 
https://www.newsmax.com/politics/governors-gop-refugee-resettlement/2019/12/26/id/947426/
— Senate Ditches Pot-Related Items in Spending Bill – Solange Reyner
https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/senate-legalize-it-banking-cannibas/2019/12/25/id/947298/

TOWNHALL
— Was 2019 the Year of Peak Entitlement Mentality? – Veronique de Rugy
https://townhall.com/columnists/veroniquederugy/2019/12/26/was-2019-the-year-of-peak-entitlement-mentality-n2558508

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Candidates React to Obama’s ‘Old Men’ Comment Democratic candidates responded to former President Obama’s recent comment about it usually being “old men” who are responsible for the world’s problems. 
https://www.wsj.com/video/candidates-react-to-obamas-old-men-comment/0F7BA6D3-3421-4BE5-A262-E25105233154.html
— Equal Opportunity Discrimination Oracle is fighting back against a dubious Obama-era complaint. – Editorial
https://www.wsj.com/articles/equal-opportunity-discrimination-11577404381

BOND BUYER
— Oak Lawn cut to junk over pension woes – Yvette Shields
https://www.bondbuyer.com/news/chicago-suburb-cut-to-junk-over-pension-woes

December 22 Evening Edition

ABC7
— 13 shot, 2 in custody after memorial turns ‘chaotic’ in Englewood, Chicago police say – Will Jones and Jesse Kirsch
https://abc7chicago.com/13-shot–2-in-custody-after-englewood-memorial-turns-chaotic-police/5776745/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Plans for Trump impeachment trial get foggy before holiday break – AP
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/plans-for-trump-impeachment-trial-get-foggy-before-holiday-break
— At least 13 Republican governors plan to still accept refugees near year
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/at-least-13-republican-governors-plan-to-still-accept-refugees-near-year

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Marijuana arrests in Chicago’s largest suburbs dropped sharply in the years leading up to legal weed – SARAH FREISHTAT, ERIN HEGARTY and SUZANNE BAKER
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/ct-nvs-abn-marijuana-arrests-st-20191222-4o4byw7vp5glrogxlyp6aew3aq-story.html
— South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg leads his 2020 rivals in Wall Street contributions – AP
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/elections/ct-nw-pete-buttigieg-donors-presidential-campaign-2020-20191222-luk4m7oalnbyblu367g67k47wu-story.html
— Trump dubs Hawaii Sen. Hirono ‘not the smartest’ in speech – JORDAN FABIAN
https://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-tns-bc-trump-hirono-20191222-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— Evangelical tussling over anti-Trump editorial escalates – AP
https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20191222/news/312229900/

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Candidates and Incumbents Celebrated Christmas with Lake County Right to Life on December 6.
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/22/lake-county-right-to-life-christmas-party/
— Unintrended Consequence of Getting Rid of McHenry County Superintendent of Regional Education
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/22/unintrended-consequence-of-getting-rid-of-mchenry-county-superintendent-of-regional-education/

ILLINOIS LEAKS
— DuPage Township – Trustee Maripat Oliver -hypocrisy at the highest level – KIRK ALLEN 
https://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2019/12/dupage-township-trustee-maripat-oliver-hypocrisy-at-the-highest-level/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— ‘She knew it was wrong’: Trump offers ‘respect’ toward Tulsi Gabbard for not voting to impeach – Jon Brown
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/she-knew-it-was-wrong-trump-admits-great-respect-toward-tulsi-gabbard-for-not-voting-to-impeach

AMERICAN THINKER
— He’s My President, Not My Pastor – Timothy Philen
https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/12/hes_my_president_not_my_pastor.html
— The voter purge myth – Michael Nadler
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/12/the_voter_purge_myth.html

BREITBART
— Ted Cruz Blasts Spending Bill: Funds Planned Parenthood, Gun Control – DR. SUSAN BERRY
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/12/21/ted-cruz-blasts-spending-bill-funds-planned-parenthood-gun-control/

DAILY CALLER
— Elizabeth Warren’s Campaign Says Asian, Indian And Middle-Eastern Billionaires Are ‘White’ – PETER HASSON
https://dailycaller.com/2019/12/21/elizabeth-warren-asian-indian-middle-eastern-billionaires-white/

TOWNHALL
— Leave It to CNN to Flat Out Lie About the Booming Economy – Beth Baumann
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2019/12/22/cnn-flat-out-lies-when-they-say-the-trump-economy-is-not-substantially-different-than-before-n2558408

NEWSMAX
— National Review Editor Calls for Trump’s Removal – Eric Mack
https://www.newsmax.com/politics/resistance-nevertrump-coup-senate/2019/12/22/id/946978/

THE HILL
— ‘SNL’ mocks Tulsi Gabbard after ‘present’ vote on impeachment: ‘Democrats, I’ll get you, my party, and your little mayor too’ – ARIS FOLLEY
https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/475640-snl-mocks-tulsi-gabbard-after-present-vote-democrats-ill-get

LOS ANGELES TIMES
— Joe Biden is winning the electability primary – DOYLE MCMANUS (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, according to Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs, the more of the following that you are, the less electable that you are: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-12-22/joe-biden-electability-democratic-nomination

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— The Generation Gap Over Church at Christmas Strains surface when millennial children who rarely attend religious services visit baby-boomer parents who do – Clare Ansberry
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-generation-gap-over-church-at-christmas-11577016000

NEW YORK MAGAZINE
— Welcome to the Electability Primary – Ed Kilgore (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, according to Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs, the more of the following that you are, the less electable that you are: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.) 
http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/12/welcome-to-the-electability-primary.html

ROLLING STONE
— The Traitors Among Us – RICK WILSON (DIERSEN: What do you say to Whites who demonize, denigrate, and condemn other Whites to curry favor with minorities? What do you say to men who demonize, denigrate, and condemn other men to curry favor with women? What do you say to older people who demonize, denigrate, and condemn other older people to curry favor with younger people? What do you say to rich people who demonize, denigrate, and condemn other rich people to curry favor with poor people? What do you say to those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time who demonize, denigrate, and condemn others whose ancestors have been in America for a long time to curry favor with those whose ancestors have not been in America for a long time?)
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/political-commentary/traitors-donald-trump-republican-party-922194/

FEDWEEK
— Survey Provides Demographic Snapshot of Federal Workforce (DIERSEN: Missing: political affiliation, liberal/moderate/conservative, marital status, dependents, religion, national origin, first year ancestors came to America, net worth, etc.)
https://www.fedweek.com/issue-briefs/survey-provides-demographic-snapshot-of-federal-workforce/

GUARDIAN
— ‘Impeach me outside’: SNL portrays Donald Trump with hoop earrings calling the Democrats ‘losers’ and the debates a ‘freak show’ – before ‘Krampus’ Nancy Pelosi gifts him the articles of impeachment – ARIEL ZILBER
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7818595/Impeach-outside-SNL-portrays-Donald-Trump-hoop-earings-calling-Democrats-losers.html

December 19 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Trump impeachment: President takes defiant tone after historic House vote – AP
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/trump-it-doesnt-feel-like-im-being-impeached/5768858/
— Senate passes anti-robocalls bill, sending it to Trump – AP
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/senate-passes-anti-robocalls-bill-sending-it-to-trump/5769194/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Recreational marijuana sales in Ann Arbor draw long lines and hint at what’s to come in Chicago. ‘This is the 18-year-old me’s greatest fantasy.’ – Ally Marotti
By ALLY MAROTTI
https://www.chicagotribune.com/marijuana/illinois/ct-biz-recreational-marijuana-michigan-20191219-fhxtx4e5izeflkyiceefi24y7u-story.html
— Trump takes swipe at House lawmaker’s dead husband, implying he’s in hell during Michigan rally. The White House says the president was ‘just riffing.’ – AP
https://www.chicagotribune.com/midwest/ct-donald-trump-john-debbie-dingell-20191219-46rveqe42newrkcnnm52dr6zai-story.html
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Chicago’s strip club nudity rules could be eased following settlement with transgender woman – JOHN BYRNE
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-chicago-strip-club-nudity-rules-could-be-eased-20191219-q7owk5ntqzh7hagkwoyj7jd2lq-story.html
— ‘There are no perfect petitions.’ Objections may lead to south suburban candidates being tossed from ballots – TED SLOWIK
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/opinion/ct-sta-slowik-legislative-election-objections-st-1120-20191219-j35z7ttzavc4boh76wwzrn7afu-story.html
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/marijuana/illinois/ct-liststory-illinois-legal-weed-20191219-vy7no4bg7vdwbcsa77f7lr4giy-list.html
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Will County Board votes to allow marijuana facilities, tax sales – ALICIA FABBRE
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/ct-sta-will-county-board-marijuana-votes-st-1220-20191219-kavn6liqpnegbnigjwz7xlljie-story.html
— Illinois Gaming Board orders gambling owner to fire two employees whose ties ‘pose a threat to the integrity of video gaming’ – DAVID HEINZMANN
https://www.chicagotribune.com/investigations/ct-rick-heidner-gold-rush-illinois-gaming-board-20191219-xscp45mi2zdrfilwyuxbxqgx6m-story.html
— Get on with Trump’s impeachment trial. Then comes Election Day. – Editorial
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-editorial-impeachment-trump-pelosi-mcconnell-trial-20191219-ts5bvhdoazcnrarf2kyo5ao34q-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Getting a medical marijuana card is easier than ever — and it could help you avoid lines, save money when recreational sales start Those who qualify can start buying legal weed within less than 24 hours after applying. – Tom Schuba
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2019/12/19/21030052/medical-marijuana-pot-cannabis-weed-illinois-recreational
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: A pot pusher pushes pot.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/12/18/21027075/war-on-drugs-convictions-criminal-justice-decriminalization-j-b-pritzker-kelly-cassidy
— Michael Bloomberg jumps into Illinois presidential primary in a big way Bloomberg has lined up a team of five state political veterans who will hire at least 50 political operatives. – Lynn Sweet
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2019/12/19/21029876/michael-bloomberg-illinois-democratic-presidential-primary
— Black Caucus chairman threatens to resurrect six-month delay for recreational marijuana sales Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) says governor’s office is backtracking on promise to earmark two medical marijuana dispensary licenses for black or Hispanic operators. – Fran Spielman
https://chicago.suntimes.com/city-hall/2019/12/19/21030053/recreational-marijuana-sales-black-caucus-resurrect-six-month-delay
— Increasing the “SALT” cap (DIERSEN: Trump should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/2019/12/19/21030613/usma-salt-tax-illinois-lawmakers-vote-jesus-chuy-garcia
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Sports betting inches toward launch in Illinois – Mitchell Armentrout
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/12/19/21030709/illinois-sports-betting-applications-casinos-racetracks-stadiums

DAILY HERALD
— Voters to decide whether McHenry County coroner should be elected or appointed – Lauren Rohr
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191219/voters-to-decide-whether-mchenry-county-coroner-should-be-elected-or-appointed

WILL
— Danville City Council Approves New Cannabis Regulations – Jim Meadows
https://will.illinois.edu/news/story/danville-city-council-approves-new-cannabis-regulations

WEEK
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Residents learn about how they might qualify for social equity to get into pot business
https://week.com/2019/12/19/residents-learn-about-how-they-might-qualify-for-social-equity-to-get-into-pot-business/

CENTER SQUARE
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Illinois makes first $21 million in cannabis loans available to social equity applicants – Greg Bishop 
https://www.thecentersquare.com/illinois/illinois-makes-first-million-in-cannabis-loans-available-to-social/article_24e0864a-228a-11ea-a56a-77119427f6a6.html

BLOCK CLUB CHICAGO
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: ‘Shameless’ Or Helpful? West Coast Weed Dispensary Is Offering $10,000 To Social-Equity Applicants In Chicago A company that aims to be the ‘7/11 of weed’ wants Chicago social equity applicants to join his venture, but some locals were not pleased. – Hannah Alani
https://blockclubchicago.org/2019/12/19/shameless-or-helpful-a-west-coast-weed-dispensary-is-offering-10000-to-social-equity-applicants-in-exchange-for-partnership/

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Mad at Impeachment? Run Write-In Campaign for Precinct Committeeperson
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/19/state-representative-filings-for-mchenry-county-districts-copy-copy-copy-copy/ 
— College of Lake County Conservatives Assert First Amendment Rights
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/19/college-of-lake-county-conservatives-assert-first-amendment-rights/ 
— IL-14: Federal Court of Appeals Strikes Down Individual Mandate of Obamacare
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/19/il-14-federal-court-of-appeals-strikes-down-individual-mandate-of-obamacare/ 
— IL-14: Reactions to Underwood’s Impeachment Votes
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/19/il-14-reactions-to-underwoods-impeachment-votes/
— Judicial Opponents of Mary McClellan, Whose Petitions Were Challenged, Expected to Stay on the Ballot
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/19/judicial-opponents-of-mary-mcclellan-whose-petitions-were-challenged-expected-to-stay-on-the-ballot/ 
— Democratic Precinct Committeeman “Politically Motivated”
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/19/138467/ 
— Mad at Impeachment? Run Write-In Campaign for Precinct Committeeperson
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/19/state-representative-filings-for-mchenry-county-districts-copy-copy-copy-copy/
— Skillicorn Calls for Acosta to Resign from County Board
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/19/skillicorn-calls-for-acosta-to-resign-from-county-board/ 
— IL-06: Reactions to Sean Casten’s Impeachment Votes
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/19/il-06-reactions-to-sean-castens-impeachment-votes/

CAPITOL FAX
— In Springfield, doing something legal in your own back yard is the police’s business
https://capitolfax.com/2019/12/19/in-springfield-doing-something-legal-in-your-own-back-yard-is-the-polices-business/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Trump can erase historical significance of impeachment with reelection – Matt Mackowiak
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/18/trump-can-erase-historical-significance-impeachmen/
— ‘Suicide march’: Defiant Trump vows impeachment will haunt Democrats – Dave Boyer
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/18/donald-trump-vows-impeachment-will-haunt-democrats/
— The impeachment war begins – Jennifer Harper
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/18/inside-the-beltway-the-impeachment-war-begins/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— 2020 census: Surge in immigrants to take 24 House seats from Trump states – Paul Bedard
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/2020-census-surge-in-immigrants-to-take-24-house-seats-from-trump-states
— ‘No hurry’: McConnell waves off Pelosi threat to withhold impeachment articles – David M. Drucker
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/campaigns/no-hurry-mcconnell-waves-off-pelosi-threat-to-withhold-impeachment-articles

RUSH LIMBAUGH
— How to Psychologically Withstand Hatred from the Left
https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2019/12/19/how-to-psychologically-withstand-hatred-from-the-left/

BREITBART
— Jackie Speier: Trump Can Be ‘Impeached Yet Again’ – PAM KEY
https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2019/12/17/jackie-speier-trump-impeached/

DAILY CALLER
— Immigration Will Dramatically Shift The Electoral College In Favor Of Democrats, Study Finds – JASON HOPKINS (DIERSEN: Democrats want immigrants because immigrants vote for Democrats.)
https://dailycaller.com/2019/12/19/immigration-helping-democrats-in-electoral-map/

THE HILL
— Senate leaders punt impeachment trial deal until after holidays – JORDAIN CARNEY 
https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/475375-senate-leaders-punt-impeachment-trial-deal-until-after-holidays
— McConnell rips House impeachment as ‘slapdash,’ ‘rushed and rigged’ – JORDAIN CARNEY 
https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/475274-mcconnell-rips-house-impeachment-as-slapdash-rushed-and-rigged
— Democrats rally behind Pelosi on delay of articles
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/475284-democrats-rally-behind-pelosi-on-delay-of-articles
— Trump shocks, earns GOP rebukes with Dingell remarks – JULIEGRACE BRUFKE AND SCOTT WONG 
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/475313-trump-shocks-earns-gop-rebukes-with-dingell-remarks

WASHINGTON POST
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Impeachment places Trump with the ‘losers’ of presidential history.”
https://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/jennifer-rubin-impeachment-places-trump-with-the-losers-of-presidential/article_ed05d7fe-2273-11ea-a601-cf635fee5ebe.html

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Impeachment Vote Divides and Dismays, Inside and Outside the Capitol Lawmakers rely on hyperbole and the Founding Fathers to make their cases, while protesters are more festive – Lindsay Wise and Andrew Duehren
https://www.wsj.com/articles/impeachment-vote-divides-and-dismays-inside-and-outside-the-capitol-11576705056

FORBES
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/mikeadams/2019/12/19/hey-indiana-legal-marijuana-isnt-going-to-doom-your-workforce/#7817923923d9

WASHINGTON MONTHLY
— Trump’s Impeachment Will Be His Legacy Regardless of what happens in the Senate, he will be remembered for this. – Nancy LeTourneau (DIERSEN: What do your critics/opponents want you to be remembered for? Mine want me to be remembered for the success that they had in ending my TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairmanship, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee membership, Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster service (twice), Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee membership, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board membership, and the adverse actions that my superiors in the federal government took against me.) 
https://washingtonmonthly.com/2019/12/18/trumps-impeachment-will-be-his-legacy/

NEW REPUBLIC
— Don’t Withhold the Articles of Impeachment House Democrats are contemplating a strategy that will only bolster Republican claims that their impeachment inquiry is an election-year stunt. – MATT FORD
https://newrepublic.com/article/156070/dont-withhold-articles-impeachment

FED WEEK
— Survey Identifies Culture, Trust Issues in Federal Workplace
https://www.fedweek.com/federal-managers-daily-report/survey-identifies-culture-trust-issues-in-federal-workplace/

December 14 Evening Edition

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— 175+ attend outstanding Krishna Bansal 11th Congressional District campaign kick-off rally at the Bolingbrook Golf Club Saturday afternoon, December 14, 2019. Speakers included Chirico, DeMonte, Grogan, Ives, Jani, Keller, Kuma, Schneider, and Senger. Attendees included Anderson, Balich, Carlyle, Coyne, Edmier, Felice, George, Hanson, Hois, Holder, Jorgensen, Kelly, Lauzen, Lawlor, McCluskey, Mitchell, Rilley, Ruhl, Schultz, Simone, Vician, Ward, Yurgaitis, and Zahm. The host committee included many of the aforesaid plus Batinick, Caprio, Claar, Daily, Hartwell, Hunt, Mervine, Nathwani, Pearson, Sharma, Wheeler, and Wehrli. – Dave Diersen
http://www.gopillinois.com

NBC5
— OUTSTANDING: Indiana Resisting Marijuana Trend of Neighboring States – AP
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-politics/indiana-resisting-marijuana-trend-of-neighboring-states/2189249/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— OUTSTANDING: Indiana resisting marijuana trend of neighboring states – AP
https://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-bc-in–marijuana-indiana-20191214-story.html
— Public input sought on applicants for DuPage judge vacancy
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/ct-nvs-naperville-digest-st-1215-20191213-3g5iwlpqsvcv7lirvpsubuls7q-story.html
— Precinct closures harming voter turnout in Georgia, analysis finds – MARK NIESSE AND NICK THIEME (DIERSEN: The closing of the polling place in the Wheaton Warrenville School District 200 building at 130 West Park Avenue in Wheaton has harmed the voter turnout in my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 in Wheaton.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-tns-bc-georgia-precincts-turnout-20191214-story.html
— DuPage Forest Preserve District Board’s lack of transparency and decorum ‘disturbing’ – MARILYN L. SCHWEITZER
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/opinion/ct-nvs-guest-column-st-1215-20191214-nfiw4a7g45hdvefi5rg2ae52zi-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— The suburbs’ fateful role in three presidential impeachments Lawmakers’ remarks in 1974, 1998, 2019 may sound a lot alike – Marni Pyke
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191214/the-suburbs-fateful-role-in-three-presidential-impeachments

BLOOMINGTON PANTAGRAPH
— Illinois Statehouse Republicans not facing much backlash – Rich Miller
https://www.pantagraph.com/opinion/columnists/miller-illinois-statehouse-republicans-not-facing-much-backlash/article_bc8b0bc2-1e3b-5cb9-a269-40dbd371f8cc.html

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— UI settles free-speech lawsuit with students involved in incident at 2017 Trump protest – Ben Zigterman
https://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/university-illinois/ui-settles-free-speech-lawsuit-with-students-involved-in-incident/article_2668d44e-6862-5376-9dba-c5e09ec90605.html

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— McSweeney says he’s a bipartisan corruption fighter – Doug Finke
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20191214/statehouse-insider-mcsweeney-says-hes-bipartisan-corruption-fighter

ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR
— Syverson denies Hard Rock Casino Rockford advocacy was improper – Jeff Kolkey
https://www.rrstar.com/news/20191214/syverson-denies-hard-rock-casino-rockford-advocacy-was-improper

KANKAKEE DAILY JOURNAL
— To clean up state government, Pritzker must stand up to Madigan – Brett Rowland
https://www.daily-journal.com/opinion/to-clean-up-state-government-pritzker-must-stand-up-to/article_c383d9c2-1ccd-11ea-ab82-b32e6be14b30.html

HERALD & REVIEW
— Safety on road, pot an unlikely couple – Editorial
https://herald-review.com/opinion/editorial/our-view-safety-on-road-pot-an-unlikely-couple/article_ecbb3520-a321-502c-adc8-ffa50e5c3405.html
— Here’s how Decatur police are preparing to test for drivers impaired by cannabis – Analisa Trofimuk 
https://herald-review.com/news/local/public_safety/here-s-how-decatur-police-are-preparing-to-test-for/article_dee2687e-089a-5337-99a2-f82170edeced.html

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— IL-14: NDAA Conference Committee Finishes Work & Passes House
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/14/il-14-ndaa-conference-committee-finishes-work-passes-house/ 
— Wilcox Reports
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/14/wilcox-reports-26/ 
— IL-14: Catalina Lauf Fires Back at Republican Swamp in Illinois *Update: 2nd Video*
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/13/il-14-catalina-lauf-fires-back-at-republican-swamp-in-illinois/

BREITBART
— 17,000 Brazilian Migrants Cross Border in Single Texas City in FY2019 – Bob Price
https://www.breitbart.com/border/2019/12/14/report-17000-brazilian-migrants-cross-in-single-texas-city-in-fy2019/

THE HILL
— Anti-impeachment Democrat poised to switch parties – SCOTT WONG, MIKE LILLIS AND RACHEL FRAZIN 
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/474587-anti-impeachment-democrat-poised-to-switch-parties-reports

MOTLEY FOOL
— Older Workers Are Being Pushed Out of Their Jobs, and It’s a Problem Many employees find themselves out of work or underemployed as they age, which could spell trouble for their retirement. – Maurie Backman
https://www.fool.com/retirement/2019/12/14/older-workers-are-being-pushed-out-of-their-jobs-a.aspx

December 11 Evening Edition

DUPAGE COUNTY ELECTION DIVISION
— Lottery Results Certificate
https://dupageco.org/election/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Immigrants, non-citizens could face deportation if caught smoking legal weed in Illinois: attorneys – AP
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/immigrants-non-citizens-could-face-deportation-if-caught-smoking-legal-weed-in-illinois-attorneys

NBC5
— Cook County State’s Attorney to File First 1,000 Cannabis Expungements
https://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/cook-county-states-attorney-kim-foxx-files-first-1000-cannabis-expungements-566087791.html

CBS2
— Interim Police Supt. Charlie Beck Says He Won’t Be Issuing Merit Promotions (DIERSEN: While I worked for GAO 1980-1997, it was almost always under promotion freezes.)
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/12/10/interim-police-supt-charlie-beck-says-he-wont-be-issuing-merit-promotions/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives $5 million to committee backing his graduated income tax plan – JAMIE MUNKS and DAN PETRELLA
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-jb-pritzker-funds-graduated-income-tax-20191211-zoslybzdgjhebo7qsdpidkvztm-story.html
— State’s Attorney Kim Foxx kicks off effort to expunge tens of thousands of minor marijuana convictions – Megan Crepeau
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/criminal-justice/ct-kim-foxx-expunge-marijuana-convictions-20191211-5pzpawf47nczfjwrkpefv7ggly-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Beck’s decision to abolish merit promotions could shortchange blacks and Hispanics, aldermen warn Aldermen Chris Taliaferro and Ariel Reboyras say it makes no sense to abolish a tool used to diversify the Chicago Police Department’s supervisory ranks. – Fran Spielman (DIERSEN: The federal government uses the subjectivity in its promotion systems to promote its employees who are Democrat, and especially those who are minority, female, and/or younger. Passing the CPA examination used to be required to get promoted at IRS and GAO, but that requirement was dumped because too few minorities and women took/passed the examination.) 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/city-hall/2019/12/11/21011299/chicago-police-charlie-beck-merit-promotions-aldermen
(FROM THE ARTICLE: But Taliaferro contended the department needs to find some middle ground to elevate and cultivate a new generation of police leaders who may not be the greatest of test-takers. “You’ll see a class of 100 officers [and] without merit

[promotions]

, you’re gonna see probably 80 to 90 of those being white. … You have folks who work very hard but may not test well. . .Sources said Mayor Lori Lightfoot agrees with Taliaferro about the need to find an on-the-job alternative to merit promotions to elevate black and brown supervisors who may not perform well on written tests.)
— 1,000 pot convictions being tossed as Kim Foxx moves to expunge records of marijuana busts Foxx went to court Wednesday to expunge records of people caught up in the drug war — her first move to wipe the books clean after the state legalized recreational marijuana. – Matthew Hendrickson
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2019/12/11/21011470/kim-foxx-expunge-marijuana-cannabis-pot-convictions-drug-war

DAILY HERALD
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Geneva mayor breaks tie vote to allow cannabis sales – Bob Oswald
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191211/geneva-mayor-breaks-tie-vote-to-allow-cannabis-sales
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Schaumburg approves rules for recreational pot sales – Eric Peterson
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191211/schaumburg-approves-rules-for-recreational-pot-sales
— OUTSTANDING: Lake Barrington says ‘no’ to marijuana businesses – Bob Susnjara
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191211/lake-barrington-says-no-to-marijuana-businesses
— OUTSTANDING: Lincolnshire bans pot growers, recreational sales – Russell Lissau
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191210/lincolnshire-bans-pot-growers-recreational-sales
— Batavia picks new alderman to fill vacant seat – Bob Oswald
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191211/batavia-picks-new-alderman-to-fill-vacant-seat
(FROM THE ARTICLE: When the opening was announced, three residents stepped forward, Mayor Jeff Schielke said. Baerren, along with Chris Solfa and Jason Stoops, were interviewed by aldermen during the committee of the whole meeting. The council then went into executive session to make its decision. . .Baerren said she favors the sale of recreational cannabis.)

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— How much does your town or school district owe? See the data here. Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas releases her annual look at local government debt for pensions and other costs, and though it’s especially high in the city, it’s rising faster in the suburbs. – GREG HINZ
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/greg-hinz-politics/how-much-does-your-town-or-school-district-owe-see-data-here

JOURNAL & TOPICS
— OUTSTANDING: Mount Prospect Opts-Out Of Recreational Cannabis Sales – Nic F. Anderson 
https://www.journal-topics.com/articles/mount-prospect-opts-out-of-recreational-cannabis-sales/

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— IL-14: State Board of Elections Ballot Lottery Results
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/11/il-14-state-board-of-elections-ballot-placement-lottery-objections/ 
— IL-14: Catalina Lauf Fundraiser in Crystal Lake Tonight
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/11/il-14-catalina-lauf-fundraiser-in-crystal-lake-december-11-copy/ 
— AJ’s Caseworkers, Their Supervisor No Longer Working for DCFS
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/11/ajs-caseworkers-their-supervisor-no-longer-working-for-dcfs/ 
— Defection of Jack Franks Voter
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/11/defection-of-jack-franks-voter/ 
— IL-14: State Board of Elections Ballot Placement Lottery & Objections
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/11/il-14-state-board-of-elections-ballot-placement-lottery-objections/ 
— FOI Card Attack by Guns Save Lives Taking Another Judicial Route
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/10/foi-card-attack-by-guns-save-lives-taking-another-judicial-route/
— Two Mayors Running for State Rep. Have Hefty Public Sector Incomes
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/11/two-mayors-running-for-state-rep-have-hefty-public-sector-incomes/ 
— IL-14: State Board of Elections Ballot Placement Lottery & Objections
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/11/il-14-state-board-of-elections-ballot-placement-lottery-objections/

CENTER SQUARE
— Food stamps in restaurants, gender-neutral bathrooms among 250 new laws coming to Illinois on Jan. 1 – Greg Bishop
https://www.thecentersquare.com/illinois/food-stamps-in-restaurants-gender-neutral-bathrooms-among-new-laws/article_6aa22076-1abf-11ea-8317-933e0f73c377.html

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCANDAL HIT ILLINOIS TEN YEARS AGO
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2019/12/college-admissions-scandal-hits-illinois-madigan-the-alleged-fixer-.html

CAPITOL FAX
— Syverson’s backing of Rockford casino pick draws questions
https://capitolfax.com/2019/12/11/syversons-backing-of-rockford-casino-pick-draws-questions/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— More Catholics likely to vote for a Democrat over Trump, poll finds – Christopher Vondracek
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/10/catholics-likely-vote-democrat-over-trump-poll-fin/

FOX NEWS
— Farm bill panned as mass ‘amnesty’ for illegal immigrants heads to vote in House – Adam Shaw
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/farm-bill-panned-as-amnesty-for-illegal-immigrants-heads-to-vote-in-house

BREITBART
— Pelosi: Impeachment Has Been Going on ‘Two and a Half Years, Actually’ – Pam Key
https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2019/12/11/pelosi-impeachment-has-been-going-on-two-and-a-half-years-actually/
— Ocasio-Cortez ‘Tired’ ‘of Being Told Free College, Medicare for All Are Handouts – HANNAH BLEAU
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/12/11/ocasio-cortez-tired-of-being-told-that-free-college-is-a-handout-nobody-else-is-giving-us-a-damn-thing/

CONSERVATIVE HQ
— The Most Corrupt, Partisan, Vindictive, Unjust Impeachment In American History
http://www.conservativehq.com/node/31553
— Conservative Leaders: Congress Should Reject ‘Fairness for All Act’
http://www.conservativehq.com/node/31552

POLITICO
— Biden signals to aides that he would serve only a single term Advisers weigh the merits of a one-term pledge by the 77-year-old former vice president. – RYAN LIZZA
https://www.politico.com/news/2019/12/11/biden-single-term-082129

December 8 Evening Edition

WBBM
— Neighboring States Offer Warning About Recreational Marijuana – RACHEL PIERSON
https://wbbm780.radio.com/articles/neighboring-states-warns-about-recreational-marijuana

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: If you oppose the promotion of pot, pot pushers will demonize you, denigrate you, and condemn you.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/2019/12/8/20993872/medical-marijuana-cannabis-teacher-romeoville-schools-illinois

ABC7
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: If you object to taking in new refugees, Trump-haters will demonize you, denigrate you, and condemn you.
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/county-may-become-uss-1st-to-bar-new-refugees/5740335/

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Former Legislator, Lt. Gov. Candidate, Department Director, Professor, Policy Wonk Voting Against So-Called “Fair Tax”
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/08/former-legislator-lt-gov-candidate-department-director-professor-policy-wonk-voting-against-so-called-fair-tax/ 
— IL-06/IL-14: House Republicans to Propose Alternative to H.R. 3
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/08/il-06-il-14-house-republicans-to-propose-alternative-to-h-r-3/

ILLINOIS LEAKS
— Watchdogs sue City of Bloomington under Freedom of Information Act – JOHN KRAFT
https://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2019/12/watchdogs-sue-city-of-bloomington-under-freedom-of-information-act/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Democratic Party elder foresees contested convention – Joseph Simonson
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/democratic-party-elder-foresees-contested-convention

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON
— CNN Panel on Impeachment: Many Democrats ‘Just Plain Hate the President’ – Cameron Cawthorne
https://freebeacon.com/issues/cnn-panel-on-impeachment-many-democrats-just-plain-hate-the-president/

AMERICAN THINKER
— Why are able-bodied adults with no kids eligible for food stamps? – Patricia L. Dickson
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/12/why_are_ablebodied_adults_with_no_kids_eligible_for_food_stamps.html
— Pro-Abortion Pelosi’s Convenient Catholicism – Daniel John Sobieski
https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/12/proabortion_pelosis_convenient_catholicism.html
— Who Are the American People? – Greg Roller
https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/12/who_are_the_american_people.html
— Pope Francis compares President Trump to King Herod – Monica Showalter
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/12/pope_francis_compares_president_trump_to_king_herod.html
— Widespread inability to distinguish fact and opinion is poisoning our politics – Lloyd Brown
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/12/widespread_inability_to_distinguish_fact_and_opinion_is_poisoning_our_politics.html

BREITBART
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Republican-Hating Mayors Ask Trump to Import More Refugees to U.S. for ‘Cultural Diversity’
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/12/08/mayors-ask-trump-more-refugees/

DAILY WIRE
— Biden Praises Group Who ‘Display The Confederate Flag’ As ‘Fine People’ In Resurfaced Video – Ryan Saavedra
https://www.dailywire.com/news/breaking-biden-praises-group-who-display-the-confederate-flag-as-fine-people-in-resurfaced-video

PJ MEDIA
— Pensacola Jihad Massacre Proves We’ve Learned Nothing Since the Fort Hood Attack – ROBERT SPENCER
https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/pensacola-jihad-massacre-shows-again-the-danger-of-political-correctness-regarding-jihad/
— Here’s One Industry (Media) Not Feeling The Trump Boom, and Maybe It Deserves It – MATT MARGOLIS
https://pjmedia.com/trending/heres-one-industry-not-feeling-the-trump-boom-and-maybe-it-deserves-it/

LEGAL INSURRECTION
— This week federal judiciary became one-fifth Trump-appointed, while media focused on Jerry Nadler
https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/12/this-week-federal-judiciary-became-one-fifth-trump-appointed-while-media-focused-on-jerry-nadler/

NEW YORK TIMES
— Barr Dives Into the Culture Wars, and Social Conservatives Rejoice The attorney general embodies the combative culture and conservative ideology that animate the president and the Republican Party. Is he what the party looks like post-Trump? – Jeremy W. Peters and Katie Benner
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/08/us/politics/william-barr-conservatives.html