— Joint Statement on DuPage County Public Safety (QUESTIONS: DuPage County has the second most residents of Illinois’ 102 counties. It has more residents than five states and the District of Columbia. What do the 80 Illinois County Sheriffs who object to the Protect Illinois Communities Act (PICA) have to say about this? Have any of them been threatened with censure like Mendrick has been? So far, exactly what has Pritzker demanded that Illinois County Sheriffs do to implement the PICA? What will Pritzker demand that they do to implement the act? How do Illinois residents become “licensed” to own an assault weapon? Is it by having a FOID card? If Illinois residents become licensed to own assault weapons by having a FOID card, what about those in DuPage County who have assault weapons but do not have a FOID card? Has/will Pritzker demanded/demand that Illinois County Sheriffs go door to door seeking to remove assault weapons from them? What if Pritzker gives Mendrick a list of residences in DuPage County that have assault weapons in them but no one living there has a FOID card? What if Pritzker demands that Mendrick go to those doors seeking to remove those assault weapons? Has/will Pritzker demanded/demand that after January 1, 2024, Illinois County Sheriffs go door to door seeking to remove assault weapons from those who have failed/refused to register them in their county?)
(THE STATEMENT: Statement attributable to DuPage County Board Chair Deborah Conroy, DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick, and DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin: “DuPage County Board Chair Deborah Conroy, Sheriff James Mendrick, and State’s Attorney Robert Berlin engaged in a meaningful conversation during which they discussed their shared commitment to the safety of DuPage County residents. The conversation also included discussion of Illinois’ new assault weapons ban, known as the Protect Illinois Communities Act. Enforcement of this law does not demand that deputies go door to door seeking to remove weapons from those licensed to own them. With this understanding, Sheriff Mendrick is committed to enforcing all state and local laws. Chair Conroy is committed to supporting the Sheriff’s Office in maintaining safe communities within DuPage County and sees no reason to pursue a censure resolution at this time. All parties look forward to positive, productive collaboration on important initiatives that will keep DuPage residents safe and ensure the security of our communities moving forward.”)
CENTER SQUARE ILLINOIS
— Illinois State Police enforcing state’s gun ban, reveal one case under investigation – Greg Bishop (COMMENT: Exactly what has Pritzker demanded that your County Sheriff do to enforce the Protect Illinois Communities Act? Is your County Sheriff complying with those demands? For example, what if someone in your county continues to sell assault weapons to residents of Illinois and Pritzker demands that your County Sheriff stop them?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Illinois State Police say they took enforcement action against a business for openly advertising the sale of newly banned weapons, but no additional information was provided. In a YouTube video Friday, gun-rights advocate Todd Vandermyde revealed he’d been told that the state is taking actions to enforce the state’s ban on certain semiautomatic guns and magazines. “It appears that there was a gun shop that was selling stuff, post the enactment,” Vandermyde said after sharing an anonymous tip that state police confiscated weapons from an individual. Monday, a spokesperson for Illinois State Police confirmed in a statement to The Center Square that ISP took enforcement action earlier this month against a business for “openly advertising the sale of banned weapons.” The statement said the investigation is ongoing and additional information wasn’t immediately available. Vandermyde cautioned what he sees transpiring. Cook County Sheriff “Tom Dart and everybody can say there aren’t going to be house-to-house searches, I would beg to differ with you, sheriff,” Vandermyde said. While Dart has said they will enforce the gun ban, most of the state’s 102 sheriffs have said they won’t. ISP said Monday state police are “charged with upholding all state laws, including enforcement of businesses that openly violate current laws.” The law is being challenged in several state and federal judicial circuits. In McHenry County Monday, a motion was made to move its gun-ban challenge from state court to federal court. In several separate pending federal cases, ISP made a motion to consolidate into a Crawford County case last week. Chief U.S. District Judge Nancy Rosenstengel, an Obama appointee, reassigned two of those cases to Stephen McGlynn, a Trump-appointed judge. “The action arises out of the same facts and is closely related to [the Illinois State Rifle Association’s] Harrel, et al. v. Raoul … which was filed before this action and is assigned to District Judge Stephen P. McGlynn,” Rosenstengel said. The Crawford County case Langley v. Kelly was the first lawsuit filed against Illinois’ gun ban in state court, but it was transferred to federal court after the ISRA case was filed in federal court with a judge assigned. ISRA’s Ed Sullivan said while there are several independent cases in Illinois courts alleging individuals’ Second Amendment rights are being infringed, “we also have to keep an eye on the price elsewhere as well,” including a Second Amendment case filed in Maryland. “Because what happens elsewhere certainly can influence what happens here, so I think Maryland is the most obvious target for us to keep an eye out,” Sullivan told The Center Square. In that Maryland case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit heard oral arguments Dec. 6. It’s unclear when a ruling would be rendered. Still pending in Illinois federal court is a ruling on a TRO in the challenge of Naperville’s gun ban. The judge in that case Monday notified the state that it is also a defendant after plaintiffs expanded their challenge last week. In a separate state challenge last week, state Rep. Dan Caulkins, R-Decatur, filed a lawsuit against the state’s gun ban. Caulkins is the lead plaintiff with a new association called Law-Abiding Gun Owners of Macon County. Attorney Thomas DeVore filed to intervene, claiming he has clients that don’t want to be part of a group he said may not stand legal scrutiny. “Dan is trying to take the position that my clients are members of an association that they never heard of and they never agreed to join and that could place some risk on them,” DeVore told The Center Square. “The attorney general might want to start deposing them.” DeVore filed an Effingham County challenge on behalf of 866 named plaintiffs. It is pending an appellate court decision of a lower court’s temporary restraining order blocking the law. A ruling on a TRO is pending in a White County case where DeVore represents nearly 1,700 named plaintiffs. Caulkins’ attorney Jerry Stock labeled DeVore’s filing as a “side show.” Stock argued he doesn’t need hundreds of plaintiffs in a case to prove the law is unconstitutional. “There was no way I was going to attempt to represent hundreds of clients when the remedy sought is a judgment, not the temporary time out,” Stock told The Center Square. “While we’ll seek that on this path, the real goal was to knock this legislation out. I thought that my firm taking a fee based on the volume of clients was not something I could be comfortable with ethically.” Stock said he wasn’t casting aspersions and people can hire any attorney they want, but he “very strongly disagrees” with DeVore’s approach. “I think it’s a far more liberal way of pursuing the claims,” Stock said. “And not having to implicate every individual gun owner or to charge every individual gun owner a fee, because it just was not necessary.” A hearing in Caulkins’ case is set for Friday in Macon County.)
— COMMENT: Democrats say “DuPage County Sheriff Won’t be Censured Over Opposition to Illinois Assault Weapons Ban.” Exactly what has Mendrick agreed to do and why?
— COMMENT: Democrats say “80-Year-Old Homeowner Shoots Intruder During Home Invasion.” Under the Democrats, crime ever-increasingly increases. Therefore, ever-increasingly, homeowners need to take more and more and more steps a) to discourage home invasions, b) to prevent home invasions, and c) defend against home invaders.
— COMMENT: Democrats say “DuPage County sheriff, other officials reach agreement on assault weapons ban enforcement.” Exactly what has Mendrick agreed to do and why?
— COMMENT: Democrats say “DuPage sheriff won’t be censured over assault weapons ban.” Exactly what has Mendrick agreed to do and why?
— COMMENT: Democrats say “An elderly man is in critical condition following a Northwest Side home invasion Monday morning where he shot one of the suspects.” Under the Democrats, crime ever-increasingly increases. Therefore, ever-increasingly, homeowners need to take more and more and more steps a) to discourage home invasions, b) to prevent home invasions, and c) defend against home invaders.
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Officer Exodus: 1,000+ Chicago cops left the job last year.” I left IRS in 1980 when I was 31 years old.
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Garrido attributes to the increase in resignations to what he labels as a toxic work environment in which officers don’t feel supported by police leaders, the mayor or the county’s top prosecutor.)
— COMMENT: Democrats say “DuPage County sheriff dodges possible censure over assault weapons ban issue.” Exactly what has Mendrick agreed to do and why?
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats run America. Democrats have declared a Second Civil War on Republicans. Ever-increasingly, Democrats pass unconstitutional gun laws to disarm Republicans and to get rid of Republicans once and for all.
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH PHOTOS OF MENDRICK AND CONROY: COMMENT: Democrats say “Sheriff now said to be ‘committed’ to enforcing laws, so DuPage Board chair won’t seek censure.” Exactly what has Mendrick agreed to do and why?
(FROM THE ARTICLE: County board member Jim Zay, a Carol Stream Republican, said he was glad the three came together to talk and that “everybody’s on the same page.” “I think it showed a lot of leadership on their part,” Zay said.)
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Villa Park trustee candidate asks court to remove opponent from ballot.”
— The gun ban law won’t protect us from criminals – Randy Illg, Union
(FROM THE LETTER: The supposed intent of the gun ban law is to make us all safe. After the governor signed it, did you feel safer? Did you sleep better last night? The actual intent of the ban is to remove all small arms from civilian ownership. The Second Amendment deals with this because the men who wrote it understood that a defenseless citizenry is the breeding ground for dictators to take control. Law enforcement personnel, from the lowest rank to the state attorney, make value judgments every day. If they didn’t, every one of us would be driving 45 mph in a 45 mph speed zone, and every arrest would automatically result in prosecution. Why didn’t you cry foul when cities decided to become sanctuary cities for illegal aliens? Where was your outrage then? If you believe that this law will make us safer, you are mistaken. Criminals do not respect the law. Why don’t you call the governor of California and ask him how gun control is working for them? Criminals do not get FOID cards. They don’t go through the same training and licensing process as law-abiding citizens. Criminals don’t care about anyone but themselves. The only thing that will stop a criminal threat to your life is force. Once you understand this, you will do the right thing, arm yourself, and join those of us who are willing to stand up for what is right. Sleep tight.)
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Sheriff now said to be ‘committed’ to enforcing laws, so DuPage Board chair won’t seek censure.” Exactly what has Mendrick agreed to do and why?
COLLEGE OF DUPAGE COURIER
— COMMENT: Democrats say “DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick Defies New Assault Weapon Ban, Sparks Outrage.”
— COMMENT: Democrats say “DuPage Chair Conroy drops censure threat after Sheriff Mendrick backs down.” Exactly what has Mendrick agreed to do and why?
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Tom DeVore fights with Rep. Caulkins over gun suit.”
— COMMENT: Democrats say “State law infuriates auto manufacturers, with one calling it crony capitalism at work.”
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Afternoon roundup.”
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Morning briefing.”
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Morning briefing.”
ILLINOIS STATE RIFLE ASSOCIATION
— Moms Demand Action is trying to prevent McHenry County from becoming a 2A sanctuary.
— DeVore Representing Plaintiffs Solicited to Join State Rep. Dan Caulkins’ Lawsuit Challenging Pritzker’s Assault Weapons Ban
— Committeewoman Lynn Franco Sends Open Letter to Chicago GOP Officials Requesting to Remove Boulton as GOP Chair, Boulton Ally Responds With an Attack
MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Grafton Township Republican Party Sets Huntley School Board Candidates’ Night February 2nd (COMMENT: If I was still the chairman of TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois and a member of the Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee, those organizations would still be hosting candidate forums.)
— Chance to Comment on Proposed ComEd Rate Hike
— UPDATE with SPECIFICS: With Chicago Mayoral Candidate Proposing Taxing Suburbanites, Will Next Move Be to Impose Chicago Income Tax?
ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE
— CHICAGO TEACHERS UNION’S MAYORAL CANDIDATE WANTS ‘SUBURBS TAX’ ON ‘THE RICH’ – Patrick Andriesen
— NEARLY HALF OF CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDENTS CHRONICALLY ABSENT IN 2022 – Hannah Max
— COMMENT: Democrats say “IL assault weapons ban: McHenry County challenge to Illinois law transferred to federal court.”
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Illinois Democrats push pot.
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Trump sues journalist Bob Woodward.”
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Chicago mayoral candidates answer 23 questions.” I should write a book about the Republican candidates who I recruited to speak at TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois events 2005-2012, the questions that I asked them after they spoke, and the answers that they gave. I would focus on those candidates who blame me and blame my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters the most for their defeats.
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Hundreds gather in Loop to protest police violence and demand justice for Tyre Nichols. After rallying at Federal Plaza the group went on a brief march through the Loop, carrying signs and chanting the names of others killed by police in recent years.”
CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Richard Uihlein spent heavily around Jan. 6.”
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Chicago’s always been a union town. Now the face of organized labor is changing.” I was a union member 1966-1969 and 1971-1980. I should write a book about those who hold that against me the most.
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Trump calls DeSantis ‘disloyal’ for considering a 2024 presidential bid.” (COMMENT: Who have you been “disloyal” to? In the 2002 Illinois Republican gubernatorial primary, I backed Pat O/Malley. Ever since then, my anti-conservative and conservative-hating Jim Ryan promoting critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in Wheaton, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois have viciously demonized me, viciously denigrated me, viciously condemned me, and viciously punished me for being “disloyal” to Jim Ryan. They ignore, dismiss, belittle, badmouth, demonize, denigrate, and condemn what I did to help elect Ryan in the general election in 2002. They continue to blame me and they continue to blame my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters a) for Ryan’s losing to Blagojevich in 2002 and b) for all the losses that Republican candidates on ballots in my precinct since 2002 have suffered. They continue to demonize me, denigrate me, and condemn me as being “too conservative.”)
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Republican voters favor DeSantis over Trump for 2024, latest poll shows.”
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Recent infighting raises the question” and asks “How conservative is the GOP?” Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform. The Republican Party platform is conservative.
— COMMENT: Democrats say “DuPage Airport Officials Donated To Ex-Chair. Airport board members, who meet six times a year, make $10,000 annually. – David Giuliani
BURR RIDGE PATCH
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Burr Ridge D180 Defends High Spending Per Student.”
— COMMENT: Democrats say “We asked what political campaign motivated you more than any other.” I should write a book about candidates a) who I did the most to help elect and b) who blamed me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters the most for their defeats.
— $5.4 billion in pandemic loans were paid to suspicious Social Security numbers – Stephen Dinan
— New York City says city employees took diversity and inclusion, not critical race theory, training – Rachel Schilke
— No, US capitalism wasn’t ‘shaped largely by chattel slavery’ – Rainer Zitelmann
NEW YORK POST
— NY-CRT? Eric Adams presses city workers into ‘racial equity’ training: report – Jesse O’Neill
AMERICA 1ST FREEDOM
— Confiscation in Canada. The federal authorities in our “quiet neighbor to the north” are moving ahead with bans and “buy-back” schemes. – BRIAN MCCOMBIE
— The dishonest, divisive narrative driving Black History Month – Kathleen Brush
— Kevin McCarthy must go ‘Pelosi’ on the House’s growing ranks of RINOS – Monica Showalter
BIZ PAC REVIEW
— Cops show after NYC migrants protest, REFUSE to leave hotel for new Brooklyn location – Kevin Haggerty
— Hulu’s ‘1619 Project’ Docuseries: Nikole Hannah-Jones Accuses Americans of Racism Toward ‘Multiracial Citizens’ – DAVID NG
— NYC Makes City Employees Take Critical Race Theory Training – KATHERINE HAMILTON
— Anti-woke business school program flourishes at Troy University. – JACK APPLEWHITE (COMMENT: My college degrees were in business (NIU-1970 and Loyola-1976), accounting (DePaul-1980), and finance (IIT-1997).)
— ‘1619 Project’ Documentary Is Laced With Inaccuracies, Historians Say – ALEXA SCHWERHA
— Bill Aims to Block Federal Funds From Schools That ‘Indoctrinate With Critical Race Theory’ – Brett Rowland
— Biden Administration Is Playing Deceitful Shell Game to Claim Fewer Illegal Border Crossings – Erin Dwinell
— Fuel Costs of Electric Vehicles Overtake Gas-Powered Cars – Allen Zhong
— Illegal Crossings Soar 743 Percent at US–Canada Border as Migrant Crisis Worsens – Tom Ozimek
— Mass Shootings Actually Increased During Federal ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban 1994-2004. – GREGORY WALLACE AND GEORGE A. MOCSARY
— Florida bill could hand gun owners huge win, make the US a constitutional carry-majority country. Legislation has support of NRA and Florida Sheriff’s Association. – Emma Colton (COMMENT: What are your Republican state senator and your Republican state representative doing to defend and advance the Second Amendment plank in the Illinois Republican Party platform?)
— DEI Doesn’t Work—Taxpayers Shouldn’t Pay for It – Jonathan Butcher (COMMENT: DEI promotes hatred against Republicans.)
— Dozens of Migrants Refuse to Move from Manhattan Hotel to Brooklyn Mega-Shelter – BRITTANY BERNSTEIN
— Hulu’s ‘1619 Project’ Trashes America with Revisionist History, Voter Suppression Myths – Stephanie Hamill
— Conservatives Hit Mayor Lightfoot Over Chicago Crime – Theodore Bunker
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Radio host William Kelly, who previously sued Lightfoot after his Chicago press pass was revoked, posted a picture of shuttered businesses on State Street near the “Magnificent Mile” on North Michigan Avenue with the comment, “Not even Old Blue Eyes could save this and Chicagoans have @lorilightfoot to thank.” He said in an interview with Fox News last week: “The policies that really destroyed State Street and honestly, Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile was the one-two punch of the lockdowns, the looting, but also the policies that continue to this day.”)
— Cops Are Always ‘Driven by Racism’? The Left went into overdrive blaming systemic racism for even the actions of black police officers. – NATE JACKSON
— 48% Say Biden’s Handling of Classified Documents Is ‘Major Scandal’
REAL CLEAR POLITICS
— Maher: 1619 Project Teaches That The Essence Of America Is Irredeemable, “That’s Just Wrong” – Ian Schwartz
— COMMENT: Democrats say “California Has More Than 100 Gun Laws” and ask “Why Don’t They Stop More Mass Shootings?” Criminals do not comply with laws.
— COMMENT: Pritzker, who ever-increasingly talks and acts like he is going to run for President, calls DeSantis an extremist.
— COMMENT: Democrats say “RNC throws Ye under the bus with resolution ‘condemning’ antisemitism.” To paint me as being as being an antisemite and to get my many Jewish superiors and supervisors to take adverse actions against me, my Democrat superiors in the federal government stressed a) that I was conservative, b) that I was Republican, c) that I was baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran, d) that I was 100% German national origin, e) that I lived in Crete 1948-1972, and f) that I lived in Wheaton since 1978. I should write a book about the aforesaid.
— COMMENT: Democrats say “How liberal states are shoring up abortion rights.”
— COMMENT: Democrats ask “When Will US Workers Get Paid Leave?” and say “Try 2035.” (COMMENT: Since I was 18 years old in 1966 and started working part-time for the Park Forest Post Office, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have been furious that I benefitted from the federal government’s leave policies. They got more furious as I worked for IRS 1971-1980 and for GAO 1980-1997. SEE: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/leave-administration/fact-sheets/annual-leave/ and https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/leave-administration/fact-sheets/sick-leave-general-information/ )
— Unceremoniously dumped – Wilfred Bartlett, Conception Bay South (COMMENT: I should write a book about my being unceremoniously dumped as a) the Republican fundraiser for Wheaton Independence Day parades and fireworks, b) a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, c) a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, d) a Milton Township Republican Organization webmaster, e) an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, f) an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member, and g) GAO employee.)
BIG COUNTRY NEWS
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Permit-to-purchase, assault weapons ban pass out of Washington House Committee
(FROM THE ARTICLE: House Bill 1143 prohibits firearm dealers from selling or transferring guns unless the person has a valid permit to purchase firearms, mandates background checks and 10-day waiting periods for all transfers of firearms, and requires dealers to record every transfer. The bill also requires prospective gun buyers to apply directly to a state or local law enforcement agency to obtain a purchase permit prior to approaching any seller. House Bill 1240 bans “assault weapons,” defined in the legislation as a category of semi-automatic rifles that fit certain criteria like being shorter than 30 inches in length and the ability to accept a detachable magazine.)
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Illinois Gun Owner Loses Suit for Right to Sell Firearm Conversion Device.”
— COMMENT: To be woke is to be anti those who are conservative, Republican, American, Whites, male, older, heterosexual, gun owners, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Recent infighting raises the question” and ask “How conservative is the GOP?” Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform. The Republican Party platform is conservative. I should write a book about anti-conservative and conservative-hating leaders of the following who have a) rejected the most planks in the Republican Party platform and/or b) done the most to destroy the following: a) Illinois Republican Party, b) DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and c) Milton Township Republican Organization. I would focus on those who had their operatives and their dupes a) destroy TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois and Illinois Center Right Coalition and/or b) take the most/biggest adverse actions against me..
— COMMENT: Democrats say “AT&T criticized after dropping Newsmax.” If you got dropped, who would come to your defense? If Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, RINOs, and/or other anti-conservatives and conservative-haters succeed in stopping me from sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters, who would come to my defense?
— Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is filmed DANCING in streets of Windy City, as crime soars 61% and iconic Magnificent Mile sits 30% vacant after flagship stores fled violent chaos. – STEPHEN M. LEPORE
— Censure (COMMENT: Who blames you and for what? I should write a book about my “religious” and “conservative” and “Republican” critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who tried hard but failed to get the Illinois Center Right Coalition (ICRC) to censure me for my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters at ICRC’s annual convention in Wheaton in 2006. They blamed me and they blamed my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters for Bill Brady losing the Republican gubernatorial primary that year. Previously, they blamed me and blamed my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters for Jim Ryan losing to Blagojevich in 2002. They succeeded in throwing me off ICRC’s Steering Committee in 2007. In my book, I would focus on Ryan’s and Brady’s major donors, political consultants, fundraisers, pollsters, campaign managers, campaign staff members, and campaign volunteers. I would focus on the many adverse actions that the aforesaid have taken against me since 2002. I would focus on the many things that I did a) to help elect Ryan in the 2002 general gubernatorial election and b) to help elect Brady in the 2010 gubernatorial election.)