June 3 Evening Edition

WHITE HOUSE
— More violence is met with more silence
https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600daily/

ABC7
— Chicago protest: Hundreds march against police brutality in Bronzeville – Liz Nagy
https://abc7chicago.com/society/hundreds-protest-police-brutality-on-south-side/6230089/

NBC5
— Chicago Protests: City Starts to Reopen, Marches Continue
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-protests-city-starts-to-reopen-marches-continue/2283498/
— Illinois Reports 982 New Coronavirus Cases, 97 Additional Deaths
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/illinois-reports-982-new-coronavirus-cases-97-additional-deaths/2283730/

CBS2
— Despite Reopening Efforts, Chicagoans Still Struggle To Get Work, Unemployment Benefits – Dana Kozlov
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/06/03/despite-reopening-efforts-chicagoans-still-struggle-to-get-work-unemployment-benefits/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “This wave of protests is a reaction to Donald Trump.”
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/steve-chapman/ct-column-protests-george-floyd-trump-race-chapman-20200603-dnkiaqx5wvbrvo2uzdcrwk3nhi-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Be careful: How we talk about mayhem could reinvigorate Trump’s reelection chances.”
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/ct-george-floyd-fallout-donald-trump-november-grossman-20200603-m3gezzkv3vgu5kcj3xoecnxntq-story.html
— Naperville man’s video captures explosion during downtown chaos and violence
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/ct-nvs-downtown-naperville-protest-explosion-video-st-0605-20200603-pxomvkdxjvhe3bzymy4fjujybi-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Protestors blast Whites.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-george-floyd-aftermath-suburban-rallies-20200604-pyfqktwrpzda3b766ognjewlpy-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In Wheaton, Carmin Awadzi came to a Black Lives Matter rally at Adams Park out of fear. Two of her children were going, and she wanted to make sure nothing happened to them. She even told her 16-year-old son to wear his Wheaton Warrenville South High School sweatshirt so people would know he belonged. “That’s our lives every single day here in Wheaton,” she said. “And I’m having to explain that to people — people that we’ve known for a very long time, educated people who are professionals. My husband and I are in the 1% but it still doesn’t matter.” The rally drew a diverse, young-skewing crowd of several hundred who listened to speakers reflect about racial injustice throughout America and close to home.)

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Daily COVID-19 cases dip under 1,000, but officials warn it could take 2 weeks to see if protests prompt uptick
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/6/3/21278999/latest-coronavirus-news-live-updates-chicago-illinois-2020
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Latinos and African Americans must unite against racism. If we’d let our ties bind us, we’d be much stronger against a predominantly white political and corporate power structure that thrives on our marginalization.”
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/2020/6/3/21279612/george-floyd-protests-racism-vigilantes-little-village-latinos-mexican-african-americans-garcia
— Pritzker adds Lake, four downstate counties to disaster proclamation amid civil unrest Lake County is among those that represents “a threat for looting or destruction through planned protests,” is “home to critical infrastructure” or has requested state assistance, Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office said. – Mitchell Armentrout
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2020/6/3/21279880/pritzker-illinois-national-guard-more-counties-lake-floyd-protests

DAILY HERALD
— ‘Leaving the footprint of change’: Batavia holds a peaceful rally in support of ‘Black Lives Matter’ – Lauren Rohr
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200603/leaving-the-footprint-of-change-batavia-holds-a-peaceful-rally-in-support-of-black-lives-matter
— Protesters disperse after peaceful assembly in Wheaton
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200603/protesters-disperse-after-peaceful-assembly-in-wheaton
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Protesters gathered peacefully in downtown Wheaton Wednesday to speak out against racial inequalities. Demonstrators met at Adams Park downtown about 1 p.m. The large group of mostly young people then rallied in front of city hall, reconvened in the historic park beside the Wheaton Public Library and began dispersing shortly before 5 p.m. The Downtown Wheaton Association has recommended businesses remain closed until Friday morning as a precaution ahead of planned protests. Police also have increased patrols. Some businesses may remain open. Before visiting, customers should call ahead to ensure the business is open and confirm their hours.)
— DuPage officials looking for ‘concrete actions’ to improve race relations – Robert Sanchez
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200603/dupage-officials-looking-for-concrete-actions-to-improve-race-relations
— Officials, residents praise Naperville police for protest response – Marie Wilson
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200603/officials-residents-praise-naperville-police-for-protest-response

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— The government must protect people and property That’s the deal we make when we pay taxes and follow rules, writes a longtime Chicago business owner. – DOUGLAS VAN TRESS
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/opinion/government-must-protect-people-and-property

OAK PARK
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater promotes hatred against Trump.
https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/6-3-2020/The-consequences-of-Trump%27s-racism/

SUBURBAN LIFE
— ‘We’re not going to let this happen anymore’ Protesters pack Wheaton park to decry racism – BOB RAKOW (DIERSEN: It would be great if a transcript of everything that was said by the protest speakers would be published.)
https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2020/06/03/were-not-going-to-let-this-happen-anymore-protesters-pack-wheaton-park-to-decry-racism/ak15fz8/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Three speakers were scheduled for Wednesday’s Black Lives Matter protest in Wheaton’s Adams Park. But 90 minutes after the protest started, more than 20 people had taken the bullhorn, stepped before the crowd of about 1,000 people and offered passionate, emotional and fervent pleas to end racism and police violence against black people. The speakers were while and black, male and female, young and old, but the message was the same: racism in all its forms must end and the battle to stop it once and for all is just beginning. The 1 p.m. protest was planned for Memorial Park, which is fenced off and undergoing improvements, leading participants to move to nearby Adams Park. Protesters, many carrying signs with a wide array of messages including “Black Lives Matter,” “Only Justice Will Bring Peace” and “We Cannot Be Silent Because the Dead Cannot Speak,” formed a large circle in the center of the park and listened to and applauded each speaker, many who initially did not plan to address the crowd. The protest was one of several held Wednesday in DuPage, Cook and Kane counties as people harnessed the opportunity to vent their anger and frustration following the May 25 death of George Floyd, who was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis. “It’s disgusting that we’re begging people to understand that our lives matter, and there are people saying, ‘but this and but that.’ But that’s reality, right? No, because we’re not going to let this happen anymore,” said one speaker, who declined to give her name. “We are not criminals. We are not animals,” she said. “We are humans, we’re beautiful and we are loved,” she continued. She also chastised people who have criticized the phrase Black Lives Matter because they contend it excludes other races. “All lives matter,” she said. “We’re not screaming that only black lives matter. It’s because all lives matter that we are here protesting the ones that are actually targeted. “We’re not here to start a race war, we’re here to end one and finally be at the same level as you. So please, if you’re human, have humanity, open your eyes to what’s been going on in this country because I’m tired of having to explain to you why I’m scared, why I feel little, why l feel hurt.” Jerome Jackson attended the protest with his wife, Julie; son, Lincoln, 6; and daughter, Quinlan, 7. Jackson, a Wheaton resident, said it was critical that his children see the formation of a movement designed to end racism and bigotry. “The importance is for them to not only understand the importance of the message that Black Lives Matters and what it means to the greater good of society, but to our own family knowing that I’m an African American myself and raising two bi-racial children. It’s important for them to understand their roots and culture.” Jackson added that he doesn’t want his children to experience the bigotry he endured as a child. “As someone who grew up primarily in the 80s, I was subjected to bigotry and racism, and I’ve said from the moment they were born that I want them to grow up in a society that doesn’t’ view them for their skin color or tone and just views them as human beings,” he said. He added that the size of the protest was encouraging. “I’m very happy to see as many young people out supporting this cause and just standing up for what is right,” Jackson said. Following the protest, participants marched through downtown Wheaton chanting “Black Lives Matter.” Dan Clinch of Wheaton said he attend the protest because “it was the right thing to do.” “This just can’t go on,” he added. “What happened in Minneapolis, there’s no excuse in the world for it.” Clinch said he expects the movement to continue because Floyd’s death was a tipping point. “You heard the young people today,” he said. “This was very impressive.” Clinch’s daughter, Campbell, a Wheaton North graduate, and a friend of some of the speakers, said she saw numerous racist incidents while attending the high school. “You hear the N-word, you do hear things about white supremacy, you hear people calling African Americans animals. There’s no justification for that,” she said.)

CITY OF WHEATON
— Planned Protest for Memorial Park Area Concludes (DIERSEN: It would be great if a transcript of everything that was said by the protest speakers would be published.)
https://www.wheaton.il.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=416
(FROM THE PRESS RELEASE: The planned protest that began at Memorial Park at 1 p.m. has concluded, and this peaceful event occurred without incident. The protest began in Adam’s Park, moved throughout the Central Business District, stopping at City Hall, before returning Adam’s Park. The City of Wheaton and the Wheaton Police Department respect the right of people to assemble peacefully. The participants met the City’s expectation for a peaceful gathering. Wheaton Police had been in contact with organizers before the event and provided a presence at the event to ensure everyone’s safety. We appreciate the cooperation of participants in helping ensure this was a peaceful gathering. Thank you for following the official City of Wheaton source for community information.)

JOHN BIVER
— BRUCE DONNELLY WAS A MAN IN FULL
https://johnbiver.com/bruce-donnelly-was-a-man-in-full/

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Academic Finds Negative Impact to Black Communities When Police Departments Have Feet Held to the Fire
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/06/03/academic-finds-negative-impact-to-black-communities-when-police-departments-have-feet-held-to-the-fire/
— IL-14: Lauren Underwood Releases Video on George Floyd and Pandemic
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/06/02/il-14-lauren-underwood-releases-video-on-george-floyd-and-pandemic/
— Drivers Flock to Secretary of State’s Office
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/06/03/drivers-flock-to-secretary-of-states-office/
— Clown-Masked Chicago Man Faces Federal Charges for Torching Police Vehicle
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/06/03/clown-masked-chicago-man-faces-federal-charges-for-torching-police-vehicle/
— Feds Take Jurisdiction in Three Chicago Gun Arrests
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/06/03/feds-take-jurisdiction-in-three-chicago-gun-arrests/
— Ugaste Comments on Minnesota’s George Floyd
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/06/03/ugaste-comments-on-minnesotas-george-floyd/
— IL-14: Oberweis Comments on New Charges for Minneapolis Policemen
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/06/03/il-14-oberweis-comments-on-new-charges-for-minneapolis-policemen/
— IL-06: Jeanne Ives and Sean Casten Exchange Views on Minnesota and Aftermath
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/06/03/il-06-jeanne-ives-and-sean-casten-exchange-views-on-minnesota-and-aftermath/
— Three Men’s Deaths Attributed to Coronavirus, 60% of Dead in McHenry County Men
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/06/03/three-mens-deaths-attributed-to-coronavirus-60-of-dead-men/

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— $1 MILLION BOND FOR LOMBARD MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF INCENDIARY DEVICE, ATTEMPTED TERRORISM
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/06/1-million-bond-for-lombard-man-charged-with-possession-of-incendiary-device-attempted-terrorism.html
— ILLINOIS BECOMES FIRST TO TAP FED LOANS AFTER YIELDS SURGE; THIRD TO LAST IN STATE BUSINESS CLIMATE
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/06/illinois-becomes-first-to-tap-fed-loans-after-yields-surge-third-to-last-in-state-business-climate.html
— THORNER/INGOLD: AMERICA’S PANDEMIC OF LAWLESSNESS AND RAGE
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/06/thorneringold-americas-pandemic-of-lawlessness-and-rage.html
— WEYERMULLER: ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD ON STREETS OF CHICAGO AS CITY REOPENS TO PHASE 3
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/06/weyermuller-illinois-national-guard-on-streets-of-chicago-as-city-reopens-to-phase-3.html

CAPITOL FAX
— Three House Black Caucus members call for special legislative session
https://capitolfax.com/2020/06/03/three-house-black-caucus-members-call-for-special-legislative-session/
— Oberweis wants expanded mail-in ballot program
https://capitolfax.com/2020/06/03/oberweis-wants-expanded-mail-in-ballot-program/
— 982 new cases, 97 additional deaths
https://capitolfax.com/2020/06/03/982-new-cases-97-additional-deaths/

BREITBART
— GOP Reps. Ask Donald Trump to Import Armies of Foreign Workers for White-Collar Jobs – NEIL MUNRO
https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2020/06/03/gop-reps-ask-donald-trump-to-import-armies-of-foreign-workers-for-white-collar-jobs/

FEDERALIST
— The Media Are Lying To You About Everything, Including The Riots The media lied about the Russia collusion hoax, about the Mueller probe, about impeachment, about the coronavirus—and now they’re lying about the riots. – John Daniel Davidson
https://thefederalist.com/2020/06/03/the-media-are-lying-to-you-about-everything-including-the-riots/

CANADA FREE PRESS
— Latest Democrat Strategy: Anarchy Replacing Pandemic Scare – Judi McLeod
https://canadafreepress.com/article/latest-democrat-strategy-anarchy-replacing-pandemic-scare

PATRIOT POST
— Bush Condemns Riots but Promotes Myth of Systemic Racism He calls for unity by capitulating to the “social justice” dogma that America is a racist nation. – Thomas Gallatin
https://patriotpost.us/articles/71109-bush-condemns-riots-but-promotes-myth-of-systemic-racism-2020-06-03
— Riots and the Media Between excusing the riots and over-covering them, the media gets it wrong. – Douglas Andrews
https://patriotpost.us/articles/71115-riots-and-the-media
— Are You a White Supremacist? – Nate Jackson (DIERSEN: To be called a White supremacist today in America is like being called a Jew in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s.)
https://patriotpost.us/articles/71090-are-you-a-white-supremacist-2020-06-03

HUFFINGTON POST
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Duckworth promotes hatred of Trump.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/tammy-duckworth-trump-military-protesters-digusting_n_5ed7fc3ec5b675737dc0de21

NEW YORK TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters side with the rioters.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/us/politics/trump-law-enforcement-protests.html

WASHINGTON POST
— Protesters’ breach of temporary fences near White House complex prompted Secret Service to move Trump to secure bunker – Carol D. Leonnig
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/secret-service-moved-trump-to-secure-bunker-friday-after-protesters-breached-temporary-fences-near-white-house-complex/2020/06/03/e4ae77c2-a5b9-11ea-b619-3f9133bbb482_story.html

USA TODAY
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Bush uses George Floyd to demonize, denigrate, and condemn Republicans.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/06/03/george-floyd-george-w-bush-anguished-brutal-suffocation/3132800001/

NEW YORK MAGAZINE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trump Is Reviving the Disgraceful Legacy of ‘Law-and-Order’ Politics.”
https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/06/trump-law-and-order-politics-nixon-reagan.html

FED WEEK
— Federal Whistleblowers Fired 10 Times Normal Rate, GAO Finds (DIERSEN: In 1997, when I was 49 years old, the Democrats who ran GAO forced me to take their early retirement “offer,” that is, they fired me because I had blown the whistle on their political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.)
https://www.fedweek.com/fedweek/federal-whistleblowers-fired-10-times-normal-rate-gao-finds/

May 17 Morning Edition

ABC7
— Churches to reopen for Sunday service in defiance of Illinois’ stay-at-home order – Jesse Kirsch
https://abc7chicago.com/religion/churches-reopen-for-services-in-defiance-of-illinois-stay-at-home-order-/6190541/
— Obama criticizes US coronavirus response in online commencement speech for HBCU graduates He also addressed the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery – AP
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/obama-criticizes-covid-19-response-in-online-graduation-speech/6189204/
— Chicago Ford assembly plant employees return to work with new COVID-19 safety measures in place; ‘I think they’re rushing it’ – John Garcia
https://abc7chicago.com/business/i-think-theyre-rushing-it-chicago-ford-assembly-plant-employees-return-to-work/6189771/?cmp=emc-wls-news-headlines-5/17/2020

NBC5
— Experts Warn of 2020 ‘Meltdown’ as Election Funding Faces Rocky Path Through Congress “There is a real significant risk to the integrity of the election if we don’t invest now in our election infrastructure.”
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international/experts-warn-of-2020-meltdown-as-election-funding-faces-rocky-path-through-congress/2273343/

CBS2
— Chicago Heights Ford Plant Reopens Monday As Workers Wear COVID-19 ‘Distance’ Watches – Chris Tye
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/05/15/chicago-heights-ford-plant-reopens-monday-as-workers-wear-covid-19-distance-watches/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— ‘Reopen Illinois’ rallies held as Anti-Defamation League condemns Nazi imagery on signs – Michele Fiore
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/reopen-illinois-rallies-held-as-anti-defamation-league-condemns-nazi-imagery-on-signs

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Federal appeals court says Pritzker’s executive order limiting gatherings will almost certainly withstand legal challenge
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-pandemic-chicago-illinois-news-20200516-ildqrn4e4bhorexpljpc7dur7u-story.html
— Putting ‘me’ first in age of coronavirus not only selfish but dangerous to all of us – DAVID MCGRATH (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters demonize you, denigrate you, and condemn you if you do not promote Pritzker.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/opinion/ct-nvs-mcgrath-column-st-0515-20200515-ilntoackcvcm3jhapo7yqaftqy-story.html
— Find the right person for a job means hunting for ‘unique’ candidates, Naperville recruiter says – STEVE METSCH (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.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/ct-nvs-down-to-business-st-0517-20200515-4pm6sog3arh53fvs47tipx4qwi-story.html
— DuPage PADS unlikely to return to old homeless system in wake of pandemic, outgoing agency CEO says – HILARY DECENT (DIERSEN: What do you say to Democrats and RINOs who have for many decades steered homeless people to DuPage County, and especially to Milton Township and to Wheaton?)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/opinion/ct-nvs-decent-column-st-0517-20200515-gesmcta5wneoblllyzhlgazwgq-story.html
— We need reasonable, sensible plans from the governor in response to the pandemic – ELIZABETH BAUER
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-opinion-commentary-elizabeth-bauer-pritzker-stay-home-order-20200515-5rtaay64njcl3jbhgwvtnmdt6a-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Coronavirus live blog, May 16, 2020: Obama criticizes U.S. leaders’ virus response in online graduation speech – Harry Hitzeman (DIERSEN: Those who are sued retaliate against those who sue them. I should write a book about those who I have sued and their retaliation against me.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/essential-coronavirus-news/2020/5/16/21260717/latest-coronavirus-news-live-updates-chicago-illinois-2020

DAILY HERALD
— Minorities, elderly represent higher rates of COVID-19 infections, deaths – Madhu Krishnamurthy (DIERSEN: Of course, Democrats blame Trump for that.)
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200517/minorities-elderly-represent-higher-rates-of-covid-19-infections-deaths
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In DuPage County, home to communities hardest-hit by the pandemic, Latinos comprise 27.5% of confirmed cases and 14.5% of the county’s population. African Americans make up 5.4% of confirmed cases and 5.3% of the population. Asians represent 6.4% of cases and 12.6% of the population, and whites account for 27.3% of confirmed cases and 79.7% of the population. Mortality rates per 100,000 population are: African Americans, 47.2%, whites, 29.4%, Latinos, 19.8%, and Asians, 16.3%.)
— Elgin church won’t reopen Sunday, threatens suit over COVID-19 shutdown
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200516/elgin-church-wont-reopen-sunday-threatens-suit-over-covid-19-shutdown

WTTW
— Pritzker Creates New Tier of Punishment for Businesses Ignoring COVID-19 Order – Amanda Vinicky (DIERSEN: In Illinois, because of Pritzker and the Democrats, how many businesses are going out of business a) every day and b) every hour?)
https://news.wttw.com/2020/05/16/pritzker-creates-new-tier-punishment-businesses-ignoring-covid-19-order
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Bars, restaurants and other businesses that open to customers in defiance of Illinois’ stay-at-home order now risk being charged with a misdemeanor. The new penalty level has been in effect since Friday afternoon when Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration quietly filed the emergency rule. While Pritzker’s executive order requires restaurants, salons and gyms to remain closed to on-site patrons due to COVID-19, the rule change codifies it under Illinois Department of Public Health regulations – violators of which can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. As of Saturday afternoon there’s no indication it has yet been enforced. A Class A misdemeanor in Illinois is punishable by a fine between $75 and $2500.)

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— It’s not the first time the House has taken a hike It is rare, but not unprecedented, for the General Assembly to meet somewhere other than the Capitol. – Doug Finke
https://www.pjstar.com/opinion/20200516/its-not-first-time-house-has-taken-hike

MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
— No masks. No gloves. No problem. As coronavirus cases soar, carefree day-trippers from Illinois pour in – Elliot Hughes, Talis Shelbourne and Natalie Brophy
https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2020/05/16/covid-19-cases-spike-but-wisconsin-crowds-kind-done-all/5207558002/

HOMEWOOD FLOSSMOOR CHRONICLE
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Cannabis-infusion business gets green light in Homewood – David P. Funk
https://hfchronicle.com/article/2020/may/15/cannabis-infusion-business-gets-green-light-homewood

FOX ILLINOIS
— Fourth stay at home order protest draws hundreds to Springfield – Jakob Emerson
https://foxillinois.com/news/local/fourth-protest-of-stay-at-home-order-held-at-state-capitol

WGEM
— Protesters rally outside Illinois Capitol, compare Gov. Pritzker to Hitler
https://wgem.com/2020/05/16/protesters-rally-outside-illinois-capitol-compare-gov-pritzker-to-hitler/

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— Anti-Defamation League Regional Director calls Pritzker comparisons to Hitler antisemitic, vile – Matt Sheehan
https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/local-news/anti-defamation-league-regional-director-calls-pritzker-comparisons-to-hitler-antisemitic-vile/
— Lawmakers debate on Heroes Act; Republicans and some Democrats go against bill – Basil John
https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/washington/washington-dc/lawmakers-debate-on-heroes-act-republicans-and-some-democrats-go-against-bill/

NEWS CHANNEL 20
— Fourth stay at home order protest draws hundreds to Springfield – Jakob Emerson
https://newschannel20.com/news/local/fourth-protest-of-stay-at-home-order-held-at-state-capitol
— Champaign County sees negative impact on tourism and economy – Taylor Deckert
https://newschannel20.com/news/local/champaign-county-sees-negative-impact-on-tourism-and-economy

ILLINOIS LEAKS
— Illinois Governor Pritzker’s emergency rule change locks down the state for 150 days, makes criminals out of those who violated new rules – KIRK ALLEN
https://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2020/05/illinois-governor-pritzkers-emergency-rule-change-locks-down-the-state-for-150-days-makes-criminals-out-of-those-who-violated-new-rules/

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON
— Chinese State Media Warn Country Will Interfere in U.S. Election – Adam Kredo (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who hint/imply/argue/shout that GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails interfere with elections in Illinois, in DuPage County, in Milton Township, in Wheaton, and in Wheaton’s West District. According to them, all government and political news and commentary is false except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless.)
https://freebeacon.com/national-security/chinese-state-media-warn-country-will-interfere-in-u-s-election/

FOX NEWS
— Lawmakers can protect the elderly and reopen the economy – Bobby Jindal
https://finance.yahoo.com/video/lawmakers-protect-elderly-reopen-economy-232246055.html

BREITBART
— Pelosi Coronavirus Plan Bails Out the Rich with Tax Breaks, Cheap Labor – John Binder
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/05/16/pelosi-coronavirus-plan-bails-out-the-rich-with-tax-breaks-cheap-labor/
— Congress Needs to Wake Up About State and Local Government Layoffs – JOEL B. POLLAK
https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2020/05/15/pollak-congress-needs-to-wake-up-about-state-and-local-government-layoffs/

THE HILL
— Trump and Biden signal bitter general election with latest attack ads – TAL AXELROD (DIERSEN: Expect that ever-increasingly, Biden will call Republicans White supremacists, Nazis, KKK member, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things who should be gotten rid of once and for all. Expect that ever-increasingly, Biden will promise to use the federal government to get rid of the following once and for all: individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/497885-trump-biden-signal-bitter-general-election-latest-attack-ads

NBC NEWS
— NYC tourist who posted pics at the beach in Hawaii arrested for violating quarantine rule – Minyvonne Burke
https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/live-blog/2020-05-16-coronavirus-news-n1208496/ncrd1208636#blogHeader

NEW YORK TIMES
— Dealing With the Dark Side of Low Interest Rates When you borrow, low interest rates are fabulous. But if you need to live on your savings, you will be receiving far less income. – Jeff Sommer (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, interest rates are less than inflation.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/15/business/strategies-investing-interest-rates.html
— I’m Sick of Asking Children to Be Resilient It’s time for reparations and resources and to not expect kids to “rise above.” – Mona Hanna-Attisha (DIERSEN: In what municipality were you raised? I was raised in Crete 1948-1972. I should write a book about Crete-haters who demonize, denigrate, and condemn a) Crete and b) those like me who were raised in Crete who are White, male, German American, Missouri Synod Lutheran, and/or non-veteran. I would focus on Crete-haters in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois. I would focus on Crete-haters who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout. I would focus on Crete-haters who continue to demonize, denigrate, and condemn me as being a newcomer even though I have lived in Wheaton since 1978.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/12/opinion/sunday/flint-inequality-race-coronavirus.html
— FRONT PAGE: How Washington Learned to Embrace the Budget Deficit Many economists who once warned of mounting debt are now urging lawmakers to spend more to combat economic pain from coronavirus. – Jim Tankersley (DIERSEN: Until last year, my wife and I had never spent more than our income. According to my critics/opponents, we were able to do that only because a) we gave up trying to have children, we did not adopt, and we did not become foster parents, b) the federal government grossly overpaid me, c) my federal retirement benefits are much too generous, d) my wife had good jobs, e) I avoided the draft, and f) I have had good health.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/16/business/deficits-virus-economists-trump.html

WASHINGTON POST
— Crisis exposes how America has hollowed out its government. – Dan Balz (DIERSEN: I should write a book about a) how Republicans used budget cuts to hollow out GAO and b) how the Democrats who ran GAO used those budget cuts to get rid of their employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran and who they had not promoted to GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/politics/government-hollowed-out-weaknesses/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Chronic weaknesses are well known Gene Dodaro, the comptroller general, leads the Government Accountability Office, the agency that is tasked with being a watchdog for government performance. He sees structural weaknesses that constantly impede performance. “The hardest part of my job is getting people to focus on things before they become a crisis,” he said. The GAO regularly produces a list of areas of high risk in government performance. The most recent, issued in 2019, began with this assessment: “The ratings for more than half of the 35 areas on the 2019 High Risk List remain largely unchanged. Since GAO’s last update in 2017, seven areas improved, three regressed, and two showed mixed progress.”)

FORBES
— Republicans ‘Appalled’ By $3 Trillion Heroes Act, As Democrats Urge Its Passing – Sergei Klebnikov
https://www.forbes.com/sites/sergeiklebnikov/2020/05/16/republicans-appalled-by-3-trillion-heroes-act-as-democrats-urge-its-passing/#40f808ec7599

TIME
— Welcome to the First Global Economic Depression of Our Lifetimes – IAN BREMMER
https://time.com/5837442/first-global-depression-our-lifetimes/

DAILY BEAST
— It’s Not Just Sheriffs—Now Prosecutors Refuse to Enforce Illinois Lockdown – Tracy Connor
https://www.thedailybeast.com/prosecutors-refuse-to-enforce-illinois-gov-jb-pritzkers-lockdown

SUN
— ‘OPEN ILLINOIS’ Protesters calling for end to coronavirus lockdown have tense standoff with Chicago cops despite gov’s vow to open state – Erica Davies
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11641674/illinois-coronavirus-lockdown-protests-standoff-cops-chicago/

May 14 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Coronavirus Illinois: COVID-19 cases top 87K with over 3.9K deaths; All Illinois regions poised to move to next phase of reopening, Pritzker says Illinois reports 3,239 new COVID-19 cases, 138 deaths on May 14 – Jessica D’Onofrio
https://abc7chicago.com/society/all-illinois-regions-poised-to-move-to-next-phase-of-reopening-pritzker-says/6181604/
— Coronavirus Chicago: Willie Wilson voices support for 100 churches to reopen Sunday in defiance of stay-at-home order – Jessica D’Onofrio
https://abc7chicago.com/health/willie-wilson-voices-support-for-100-churches-to-reopen-sunday-in-defiance-of-stay-at-home-order/6181687/?cmp=emc-wls-news-headlines-5/14/2020
— Coronavirus drives sharp rise in food prices at grocery stores in April
https://abc7chicago.com/food/grocery-store-prices-rose-sharply-in-april-from-covid-19-pandemic/6183211/

NBC5
— 3,239 New Coronavirus Cases, 138 Additional Deaths Reported in Illinois The numbers lift statewide totals to 87,937 cases and 3,928 deaths
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/3239-new-coronavirus-cases-in-illinois/2272151/
— All Regions in Illinois Now on Track to Move to Phase 3 at End of May, Pritzker Says No region can officially move forward until May 29, under the parameters of the governor’s plan
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/all-regions-in-illinois-now-on-track-to-move-to-phase-3-at-end-of-may-pritzker-says/2272206/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Illinois nearing 4,000 coronavirus deaths
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/illinois-nearing-4000-coronavirus-deaths

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Illinois Tollway collections down $52 million in April due to pandemic – Mary Wisniewski
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-illinois-tollway-52-million-loss-20200513-s7kcoueacjhrpm4w74cpn4y4sq-story.html
— Chicago-area transit may look different this summer, with social distancing and the end of rush hour – Mary Wisniewski
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-transit-future-cta-metra-pace-masks-crowds-20200514-of35kwsm7vazjiga4356mzl72y-story.html
— As House readies vote on coronavirus package with second stimulus checks, some lawmakers push for guaranteed income programs – CATIE EDMONDSON
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-nw-nyt-congress-coronavirus-stimulus-checks-20200514-pmdses3xljgevfbywbmharveoq-story.html
— Preckwinkle unveils COVID-19 recovery plan for Cook County focusing on racial equity – ALICE YIN (DIERSEN: To promote racial and gender equity, my Democrat superiors in the federal government a) gave preference to their Democrat employees who were minority, female, and/or younger and b) got rid of their Republican employees who were White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-cook-county-preckwinkle-recovery-plan-coronavirus-20200514-x2vahslxbbdzhmgopiegxq2k4u-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— Illinois GOP agitates for chance to negotiate COVID-19 re-opening – AP
https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20200514/news/305149944/
— Chicago, suburbs hit testing milestone, on track to ease stay-at-home restrictions – Marni Pyke
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200514/chicago-suburbs-hit-testing-milestone-on-track-to-ease-stay-at-home-restrictions-
— Suburban pastors expect excitement, caution with reopenings – Bob Susnjara
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200514/suburban-pastors-expect-excitement-caution-with-reopenings
— Kane sheriff: Deputies need judge’s order to enforce governor’s orders – Harry Hitzeman
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200514/kane-sheriff-deputies-need-judgess-order-to-enforce-governors-orders
— Batavia preparing for anticipated revenue shortfall due to coronavirus pandemic – Lauren Rohr
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200514/batavia-preparing-for-anticipated-revenue-shortfall-due-to-coronavirus-pandemic
— Elmhurst Park District facing furloughs, lost revenue from pandemic – Bob Smith
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200514/elmhurst-park-district-facing-furloughs-lost-revenue-from-pandemic
— Trump: Virus shows supply chains should be moved from China – AP
https://www.dailyherald.com/business/20200514/trump-virus-shows-supply-chains-should-be-moved-from-china

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Chicago’s on track to move to next phase of recovery on May 29, Pritzker says Limited reopening of stores, offices, gyms and hair salons will occur if health numbers hold up—and if Lightfoot doesn’t impose tougher rules for the city. – GREG HINZ
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/greg-hinz-politics/chicagos-track-move-next-phase-recovery-may-29-pritzker-says
— The cap on SALT deductions is back on the agenda in D.C. Tucked into Pelosi’s big $3 trillion COVID-relief bill is a clause to drop the $10,000 federal cap on deductions for state and local taxes for the next two years, a hot topic ever since the GOP passed it in a previous Congress. – GREG HINZ
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/greg-hinz-politics/cap-salt-deductions-back-agenda-dc

WBEZ
— Chicago Teachers Union Calls On State To Force CPS To Bargain Over Remote Learning The union says state rules require the school district to bargain about instruction from home. Mayor Lori Lightfoot has already said no. – Sarah Karp
https://www.wbez.org/stories/chicago-teachers-union-calls-on-state-to-force-cps-to-bargain-over-remote-learning/2b25266f-1b23-46d8-93f3-7db3bee26711

SOUTHERN
— Republicans push for revisions to ‘Restore Illinois’ plan – PETER HANCOCK
https://thesouthern.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/republicans-push-for-revisions-to-restore-illinois-plan/article_bf14d217-2488-53d4-bfb8-6d7e0a1f24d2.html

ALTON TELEGRAPH
— County action on reopening brings political responses – Scott Cousins
https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/County-action-on-reopening-brings-political-15271216.php

NPR ILLINOIS
— With School Buildings Closed, Children’s Mental Health Is Suffering – ANYA KAMENETZ
https://www.nprillinois.org/post/school-buildings-closed-childrens-mental-health-suffering#stream/0

CHICAGO READER
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: White-haters use coronavirus to promote hatred against Whites.
https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/covid-death-racial-disparity/Content?oid=79884746&mc_cid=c588c4801b&mc_eid=c968c7978e

WILL COUNTY NEWS
— Federal Lawsuit filed against Governor Jay Robert Pritzker in his official capacity and the State of Illinois – Steve Balich
https://thewillcountynews.com/install/index.php/2020/05/13/federal-lawsuit-filed-against-governor-jay-robert-pritzker-in-his-official-capacity-and-the-state-of-illinois/

CENTER SQUARE
— Lawmakers expect pandemic special session to be a ‘rodeo’ Aside from state budget, Illinois lawmakers expected to take up expanded to take up mail-in voting possible but not check on executive authority – Greg Bishop
https://www.thecentersquare.com/illinois/lawmakers-expect-pandemic-special-session-to-be-a-rodeo/article_bfd419fc-9547-11ea-bc5e-af4c3238930d.html

WIREPOINTS
— Facing Growing Defiance, Pritzker Thumbs Nose at AG Opinion, Insults and Threatens Dissidents – Mark Glennon
https://wirepoints.org/facing-growing-defiance-pritzker-thumbs-nose-at-ag-opinion-insults-and-threatens-dissidents-wirepoints/
— COVID-19 deaths and pre-existing conditions. What Illinois’ data says about who’s at risk. – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
https://wirepoints.org/covid-19-deaths-and-pre-existing-conditions-what-illinois-data-says-about-whos-at-risk-wirepoints/

CAPITOL FAX
— Another 3 million Americans, 73,000 Illinoisans apply for unemployment insurance
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/14/another-3-million-americans-73000-illinoisans-apply-for-unemployment-insurance/
— Bailey files new lawsuit based on informal 2001 AG opinion
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/14/bailey-files-new-lawsuit-based-on-informal-2001-ag-opinion/
— Illinois Sheriffs’ Association: “It is outrageous that the Governor is threatening retaliation”
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/14/illinois-sheriffs%e2%80%99-association-it-is-outrageous-that-the-governor-is-threatening-retaliation/
— Pritzker talks unemployment insurance – As of right now, all regions are meeting guidelines to move forward to Phase 3 – Explains regionalization approach – Restates possible licensure and legal consequences – Says Leader Brady demand “sounds like grandstanding” – Brady responds – Answers “loaded” question – Explains rolling averages – Business guidance coming in next two weeks or so – Dr. Ezike comments on 12-year-old boy who died – Dr. Ezike says she has no info on reopen protesters catching virus – Dr. Ezike says people can refuse hospital admission – Asked about hospital rumor – Pritzker says he’d like to go to Springfield, but waiting on medical sign-off – Dr. Ezike explains that increased testing will result in increased cases – Dr. Ezike says woman who gave birth and died after being sent home a “significant tragedy” and vows probe – Dr. Ezike comments on WHO official claim that virus may never go away – Dr. Ezike explains mental health treatment options – Governor talks budget process moving forward – Revenue projections have not changed “a whole lot” – Could be population shift, but maybe not because of virus – Believes EO is on solid legal footing – Explains why Illinois has 28-day metric – Praises Catholic Church reopening plan, is working with other denominations – “It’s just the very loud voices of people who are being defiant and ignoring science and data”
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/14/pritzker-talks-unemployment-insurance-as-of-right-now-all-regions-are-meeting-guidelines-to-move-forward-to-phase-3/
— 3,239 new cases, 138 additional deaths
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/14/3239-new-cases-138-additional-deaths/
— COVID-19 roundup
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/14/covid-19-roundup-38/

CONSERVATIVE HQ
— There’s No Proof Killing The Economy Saves Lives
http://www.conservativehq.com/node/32513

NEWSMAX
— Total Virus Layoffs Hit 36.5M as About 3M More Workers Seek Jobless Aid
https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/jobless-claims-pandemic-virus/2020/05/14/id/967370/

THE HILL
— Trump says testing may be ‘frankly overrated’ – BRETT SAMUELS AND JESSIE HELLMANN
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/497846-trump-says-testing-may-be-frankly-overrated


— Ousted health official warns US needs national plan to beat coronavirus – NATHANIEL WEIXEL
https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/497766-ousted-health-official-warns-us-needs-national-strategy-to-combat

POLITICO
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “‘They are angry:’ Pandemic and economic collapse slam Trump across Rust Belt. Coronavirus infections and unemployment filings are spiraling in parts of the industrial Midwest where Donald Trump cleaned up in 2016.”
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/14/coronavirus-economic-collapse-rust-belt-trump-259657

BLOOMBERG
— U.S. Jobless Claims in Millions Again, Higher Than Expected – Katia Dmitrieva
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-14/u-s-jobless-claims-remain-in-millions-for-eighth-straight-week

RASMUSSEN REPORTS
— 23% of Republicans Think GOP Should Nominate Someone Other Than Trump (DIERSEN: What do you say to Republican candidates who hint/imply/argue/shout that they are one or more of the following: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
https://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2020/23_of_republicans_think_gop_should_nominate_someone_other_than_trump

May 12 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Gov. JB Pritzker gives COVID-19 update on new cases, deaths; IL cases top 79K with over 3.4K deaths Remdesivir distributed to 14 hospitals across Illinois – Eric Horng, Craig Wall and Liz Nagy
https://abc7chicago.com/illinois-coronavirus-how-many-new-cases-of-in-remdesivir-tests-today/6176126/
— Dr. Anthony Fauci warns of serious consequences if US reopens too soon – AP
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/fauci-warns-of-serious-consequences-if-us-reopens-too-soon/6175091/
— Pelosi unveils $3T coronavirus aid package with $1,200 direct cash aid to individuals – AP
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/pelosi-unveils-$3t-coronavirus-aid-package-with-2nd-stimulus-check/6175806/
— Reopening Illinois: DuPage County mayors anxious to reopen faster than Restore Illinois plan – John Garcia
https://abc7chicago.com/business/dupage-county-mayors-anxious-to-reopen-economy-early/6176447/

NBC5
— Illinois Sees Record Number of Coronavirus Cases in a Single Day as Total Tops 80,000 Still, the state may not reach a coronavirus peak until mid-June, according to new projections
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/illinois-sees-record-number-of-coronavirus-cases-in-a-single-day-as-total-tops-80000/2270762/
— COVID-19 Deaths Count in Cook County Tops 2,500: Medical Examiner Cook County Medical Examiner has confirmed another 86 deaths related to COVID-19
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/covid-19-deaths-count-in-cook-county-tops-2500-medical-examiner/2270675/
— Chicago Will Now Require Food Delivery Apps to Disclose Itemized Cost Breakdown The new rules are the first of their kind in the U.S., Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in announcing them – Christian Farr
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-will-now-require-food-delivery-apps-to-disclose-itemized-cost-breakdown/2270630/
— Chicago Police Department Coronavirus Cases Surpass 500
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-police-department-coronavirus-cases-surpass-500/2270455/
— Dr. Ngozi Ezike Refutes Notion That Illinois is Over-counting COVID-19 Deaths
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/dr-ngozi-ezike-refutes-notion-that-illinois-is-over-counting-covid-19-deaths/2270810/
— Fauci Testifies Outbreak Is ‘Not Under Control’ in U.S.
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/us-virus-updates-inmates-virus-release-officials-warn-virus-fraud/2270409/

CBS2
— Aldermen Advance Measure Protecting Workers From COVID-19 Retaliation – Todd Feurer
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/05/11/aldermen-advance-measure-protecting-workers-from-covid-19-retaliation/
— Shootings Up Citywide Despite Pandemic And Stay-At-Home Order; Humboldt Park In Particular Struggles – Megan Hickey
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/05/12/shootings-up-citywide-despite-pandemic-and-stay-at-home-order-humboldt-park-in-particular-struggles/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Illinois tests nearly 30,000 for COVID-19 in last 24 hours; reports 4,014 new cases
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/illinois-tests-nearly-30000-for-covid-19-in-last-24-hours-reports-4014-new-cases
— Report finds COVID-19 is costing Illinois $183M every day Chief Economist at the Illinois Policy Institute Orphe Divounguy talks about the financial toll of the coronavirus outbreak on the Land of Lincoln.
https://www.fox32chicago.com/video/683356

WGN TV
— Unemployed Illinois residents can’t get through to IDES, despite 100 new phone operators – Meghan Dwyer
https://wgntv.com/news/coronavirus/unemployed-illinois-residents-cant-get-through-to-ides-despite-100-new-phone-operators/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Officials report record-high 4,014 new known cases as state conducts largest number of tests in 24-hour period with nearly 30,000
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-pandemic-chicago-illinois-news-20200512-2fxtlpdazrhcxb3x3542i5wfxy-story.html
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot says city will ‘take action’ if defiant churches hold in-person services despite stay-at-home orders – Gregory Pratt
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-chicago-church-lightfoot-20200512-jehrucsm7jbvzbfnes4jzm4uru-story.html
— As families denied stimulus checks because of mixed immigration status turn to federal courts, Rep. Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia asks Congress to change the provision – Abdel Jimenez
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-illinois-mixed-status-families-stimulus-denied-lawsuit-20200512-66n6pw5kvvgj5pnkavsidbqvye-story.html
— Waukegan plans to distribute nearly $300,000 to aid coronavirus relief efforts – EMILY K. COLEMAN
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/ct-lns-coronavirus-relief-waukegan-st-0512-20200512-fbfntazk6vctvambqkvpx5l54i-story.html
— Outbreak of opportunism is already infecting our post-pandemic click-bait culture – JERRY DAVICH
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/opinion/ct-ptb-davich-pandemic-prompted-opportunism-contagion-st-0513-20200512-iwfxx5f67bgzllyvvb2xgzf2u4-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— 144 more die in Illinois from COVID-19 as fatalities top 3,600 and state hits record for new cases Tuesday marked a record-high number of new cases — 4,014 — although Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office said that positive count came from 29,266 tests results. That’s the most the state has ever received back in a day and could include some results from the weekend. – Tina Sfondeles
https://chicago.suntimes.com/coronavirus/2020/5/12/21256301/illinois-coronavirus-pritzker-covid-cases-deaths-may-12
— Lawmakers warn ‘unscrupulous businesses’ are using social equity candidates as fronts in bid to get new pot licenses in Illinois One social equity applicant said a venture capital firm wanted him to be “like a front for them … but I wouldn’t have any real control over it.” – Tom Schuba
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2020/5/12/21256290/chicago-dispensaries-marijuana-social-equity-michael-malcolm
— $2.5M in coronavirus stimulus to Navy Pier Inc., clout-heavy nonprofit run by $500K exec Facing losses of $10 million from COVID-19 shutdown, Navy Pier Inc. says Payroll Protection Program loan will cover salaries of 147 employees, including CEO Marilyn Kelly Gardner. – Tim Novak and Robert Herguth
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/5/12/21256429/navy-pier-coronavirus-stimulus-ppp-payroll-protection-program-marilyn-gardner-sba
— From meh to ‘must?’ With budget deadline looming, Pritkzer now says General Assembly needs to get back to work But House Speaker Mike Madigan, dubbed “the Velvet Hammer” for his tight control over his chamber, didn’t sound in any great hurry to call his members into session. Spokesman Steve Brown said Pritzker’s “thoughts and his ideas are always welcome and appreciated at this point.” – Tina Sfondeles and Neal Earley
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2020/5/12/21256474/pritzker-budget-deadline-general-assembly-session-madigan-springfield-durkin-harmon-brady
— Chinese Americans in Chicago donate 1 million surgical masks to city’s first-responders The donation organized by Citadel Securities CEO Peng Zhao and his wife Cherry Chen follows months of President Donald Trump vilifying China for causing the pandemic. – Frank Main
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/5/12/21256422/coronavirus-mask-donation-citadel-securities-peng-zhao-cherry-chen-chicago-first-responders
— The false promise of ‘herd immunity’ to beat COVID-19 If the United States were to throw open the economy and bet on creating herd immunity without a vaccine, the death toll could run into the hundreds of thousands. – Editorial
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/5/12/21250721/herd-immunity-anthony-fauci-covid-19-coronavirus-vaccine-senate-committee-hearing-editorial

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Echoing GOP, Pritzker calls on Legislature to reconvene The governor says lawmakers need to act on a variety of tax and aid provisions to help small business, apartment renters and others deal with COVID-19. – GREG HINZ
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/greg-hinz-politics/echoing-gop-pritzker-calls-legislature-reconvene-0
— University of Chicago braces for $220 million deficit The Hyde Park university says the pandemic has taken a toll on all its major sources of revenue, and it has frozen salaries and hiring in response. – LYNNE MAREK (DIERSEN: During almost all of the almost 18 years that worked for GAO 1980-1997, the agency was under hiring and/or promotion freezes.)
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/education/university-chicago-braces-220-million-deficit

DAILY HERALD
— DuPage, Kane, McHenry leaders: We shouldn’t be on same reopening timeline as Cook County, Chicago – Marie Wilson
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200512/dupage-kane-mchenry-leaders-we-shouldnt-be-on-same-reopening-timeline-as-cook-county-chicago
— COVID-19 cases surge by 4,014 Tuesday; Pritzker says no to changing regional recovery plan – Marni Pyke
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200512/covid-19-cases-surge-by-4014-tuesday-pritzker-says-no-to-changing-regional-recovery-plan
— Lake County Board approves pay freezes for some officials — and one pay cut – Russell Lissau
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200512/lake-county-board-approves-pay-freezes-for-some-officials-x2014-and-one-pay-cut
— Indiana Republicans call off in-person state convention – AP (DIERSEN: What is the status of the Illinois Republican Party State Convention?)
https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20200512/news/305129923/
— Lake County board creates COVID-19 recovery group
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200512/lake-county-board-creates-covid-19-recovery-group
— DuPage County launches forgivable loan program to help small businesses – Robert Sanchez
https://www.dailyherald.com/business/20200512/dupage-county-launches-forgivable-loan-program-to-help-small-businesses

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Pritzker responds to Rauner criticism; State sets single-day high for new cases: 4,014 – Jeff D’Alessio
https://www.news-gazette.com/coronavirus/tuesdays-coronavirus-updates-pritzker-responds-to-rauner-criticism-state-sets-single-day-high-for-new/article_167e2b7a-9463-11ea-90e8-4329adb5c36c.html
— Coronavirus response: Arcola mayor: ‘We can’t survive down here’ – Deb Pressey
https://www.news-gazette.com/news/coronavirus-response-arcola-mayor-we-can-t-survive-down-here/article_63b928f1-affc-5462-8315-2c80d3117735.html

BELLEVILLE NEWS DEMOCRAT
— Southwest Illinois Democrats say Pritzker is too slow on removing COVID-19 limits – KELSEY LANDIS
https://www.bnd.com/news/politics-government/article242676151.html

QUAD CITY TIMES
— Pritzker says session needed, would consider withholding funds from counties reopening early – JERRY NOWICKI
https://qctimes.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/pritzker-says-session-needed-would-consider-withholding-funds-from-counties-reopening-early/article_a5ba807f-aa67-5407-8bbf-14eb5bfe49c8.html

FOX ILLINOIS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “As Trump urges reopening, thousands getting sick on the job.”
https://foxillinois.com/news/coronavirus/as-trump-urges-reopening-thousands-getting-sick-on-the-job

WIREPONTS
— Wirepoints analysis reveals 92 percent of Cook County COVID-19 victims had pre-existing conditions – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
https://wirepoints.org/wirepoints-analysis-reveals-92-percent-of-cook-county-covid-19-victims-had-pre-existing-conditions-wirepoints/

CAPITOL FAX
— COVID-19 roundup
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/12/covid-19-roundup-36/
— IDPH releases regional scorecard
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/12/idph-releases-regional-scorecard/
— Is there a future for casino gaming?
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/12/is-there-a-future-for-casino-gaming/
— Metro East Dems break with governor, want region moved to Phase 3 on May 15, want 28-day period abandoned
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/12/metro-east-dems-break-with-governor-want-region-moved-to-phase-3-on-may-15-wants-28-day-period-abandoned/
— Pritzker: “The legislature must convene” – “Pass a comprehensive plan to support families, small businesses and small towns” – Explains why suburbs are lumped in with Chicago – “We might not open the state if we were following the President’s plan” – Says he’s concerned about people traveling to neighboring states – Talks about childcare – Explains impact of mitigation efforts to a talk show host – Wants GA to increase relief programs – Dr. Ezike explains process for classifying coronavirus deaths – Brushes off Rauner – Claims state is testing all nursing home residents and staff – Says it’s possible the peak could extend further – Says legislative package should be passed in “next two or three weeks” – Talks bonding and budgeting – Says locals opening up are “not relying on science in any way whatsoever” – Says he would consider withholding state funds for municipalities that open early – Talks about how to bring state workers back – Will test more prisoners when state has more tests – Says again he wants GA to reconvene and act before end of May – Explains why Bloomington test facility closed – EO changed substantially on May 1, so that’s why clock started then, state needed a “solid baseline” – Talks challenges of increasing testing – New rules for dentists – Explains why some businesses are open and some are not – New case high – Wants MLB players to be reasonable in negotiations
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/12/pritzker-the-legislature-must-convene/
— 4,014 new cases, 144 additional deaths
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/12/4014-new-cases-144-additional-deaths/

FOX NEWS
— Illinois churches defy Gov. Pritzker’s ‘absurd’ restrictions on in-person services – Caleb Parke
https://www.foxnews.com/us/coronavirus-order-reopen-illinois-church-defy

BREITBART
— Pelosi Coronavirus Plan Allows Business to Hire Illegal Aliens Over 33M Unemployed Americans – John Binder
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/05/12/pelosi-coronavirus-plan-allows-business-to-hire-illegal-aliens-over-33m-unemployed-americans/

ONE NEWS NOW
— Dem stimulus bill one-ups GOP on cash for everybody – Chris Woodward, Billy Davis
https://onenewsnow.com/business/2020/05/12/dem-stimulus-bill-one-ups-gop-on-cash-for-everybody

THE HILL
— Fauci warns of ‘really serious’ consequences if nation reopens too quickly – JESSIE HELLMANN
https://thehill.com/homenews/coronavirus-report/497322-fauci-warns-of-really-serious-consequences-if-nation-reopens-too
— House Democrats unveil $3 trillion coronavirus relief package – CRISTINA MARCOS
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/497351-house-democrats-unveil-3-trillion-coronavirus-relief-package

CNN
— Antibody tests could lead to job discrimination and encourage workers to play ‘Russian roulette’ – Amy Woodyatt
https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/12/business/coronavirus-antibody-test-discrimination-intl-gbr-scli/index.html

ABC NEWS
— President Trump ‘delusional’ to think COVID-19 will just go away: Sen. Tammy Duckworth The senator was also critical of the White House task force she’s a part of. – Quinn Scanlan
https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/president-trump-delusional-covid-19-sen-tammy-duckworth/story?id=70627440

NBC NEWS
— LGBTQ people face higher unemployment amid coronavirus pandemic, survey finds Seventeen percent of LGBTQ people polled lost their jobs because of COVID-19, compared to 13 percent of the general population, a survey found. – Julie Moreau
https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/lgbtq-people-face-higher-unemployment-amid-coronavirus-pandemic-survey-finds-n1205296

NEW YORK TIMES
— Top health experts testify that the U.S. is not ‘out of the woods’ and warn against reopening too fast.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/12/us/coronavirus-updates.html

USA TODAY
— Rich hospitals, poor safety plans leading up to coronavirus: Should rules change for them now? – Jayne O’Donnell
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/05/10/coronavirus-should-rich-hospitals-bankroll-better-pandemic-plans/3048437001/

BUSINESS INSIDER
— More Americans than ever are expected to vote by mail this year, which means we probably won’t know who won the 2020 presidential race until days after election night – Grace Panetta
https://www.businessinsider.com/america-likely-wont-know-presidential-race-winner-on-election-night-2020-5

JD SUPRA
— Coronavirus Lawsuits on the Horizon: Termination and Discrimination
https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/coronavirus-lawsuits-on-the-horizon-50973/

RASMUSSEN REPORTS
— Only 54% of Democrats Want Biden As Nominee
https://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2020/only_54_of_democrats_want_biden_as_nominee

GUARDIAN
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters side with an Asian Trump-hater.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/12/trump-weijia-jiang-china-attack-racism-accusations

May 6 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Coronavirus Illinois: COVID-19 cases reach 68K, nearly 3K deaths; Pritzker defends reopening plan to GOP lawmakers, business groups Plan to reopen Illinois doesn’t move quickly enough, critics say – Craig Wall, Eric Horng and Jessica D’Onofrio
https://abc7chicago.com/society/gov-pritzker-defends-plan-to-reopen-illinois/6155905/
— Sound of apparent toilet flush interrupts U.S. Supreme Court oral argument
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/sound-of-apparent-toilet-flush-interrupts-supreme-court/6157556/

NBC5
— 2,270 New Coronavirus Cases, 136 Additional Deaths Reported in Illinois As of Wednesday the state’s death toll from the virus sat at 2,974 with 68,232 total cases
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/2270-new-coronavirus-cases-136-additional-deaths-reported-in-illinois/2267668/
— Pritzker Defends Including Suburban Counties in Same Region as Chicago in Phased Reopening Plan McHenry, Lake, Kane, DuPage, Kendall, Grundy, Will and Kankakee counties are all included in the northeast region with Chicago, the hardest-hit city in the state
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/pritzker-defends-including-suburban-counties-in-same-region-as-chicago-in-phased-reopening-plan/2267754/
— Illinois Coronavirus Updates: Pitchfork Canceled, Lolla Updates, Restore Illinois Here are the latest developments on the coronavirus crisis today
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/illinois-coronavirus-updates-lollapalooza-latest-restore-illinois-health-regions/2267439/
— April Jobs Data to Show Epic Losses, Soaring Unemployment Companies are still cutting jobs in the midst of a severe downturn, with the economy possibly shrinking at an unheard-of 40% annual rate in the April-June quarter – Christopher Rugaber
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/april-jobs-data-show-epic-losses-soaring-unemployment/2267775/
— Latinx Community Testing Positive at Higher Rate Than Any Group in Illinois “Many of us are unable to stay home because we work in essential areas of the economy,” said Dr. Marina Del Rios
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/latinx-community-testing-positive-at-higher-rate-than-any-group-in-illinois/2267703/
— ‘Highly Unlikely’ That Illinois State Fair Will be Held in 2020, Pritzker Says
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/highly-unlikely-that-illinois-state-fair-will-be-held-in-2020-pritzker-says/2267792/

CBS2
— Republican Lawmakers Want More Input On Gov. JB Pritzker’s COVID-19 Reopening Plans
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/05/06/republican-lawmakers-want-more-input-on-gov-jb-pritzkers-covid-19-reopening-plans/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Illinois reports another 136 COVID-19 deaths Wednesday
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/illinois-reports-another-136-covid-19-deaths-wednesday

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— We have been patient. But Gov. Pritzker is moving the goal posts. – EDITORIAL
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-coronavirus-pritzker-open-economy-phases-20200507-uqzkcs7g2fcutnw4rzoeuufcmm-story.html
— ‘This plan does not work’: Illinois House Republicans pan Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s reopening road map – Dan Petrella
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-reopening-plan-response-20200506-x2q4yab63rhfxgcejm2pvuzfey-story.html
— As statewide death toll nears 3,000, Pritzker says Latino Illinoisans test positive at higher rate than any other demographic group
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-pandemic-chicago-illinois-news-20200506-cfvfioulyrc23pfp3xxpghcmk4-story.html
— Chicago can’t reopen without decrease in the number of coronavirus cases, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says – Gregory Pratt
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-chicago-lightfoot-stay-home-order-20200507-nssqhfyaxvdzrchugqdygm6dfe-story.html

— Tracking Illinois coronavirus: 2,974 deaths, 68,232 confirmed cases, 361,260 tests, 23% ICU beds, 65% ventilators open
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-viz-coronavirus-cases-in-illinois-20200304-wz44mgw6wrd5zmzngx4kc3z6a4-htmlstory.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON ILLINOIS, ON COOK COUNTY, AND ON CHICAGO TIGHTENS: Pritzker, Lightfoot respond to surge of COVID-19 cases among Hispanics Four weeks ago, Latinos comprised 14 percent of Chicago’s coronavirus cases and 9 percent of the deaths. Now, it’s 37 percent of the cases and 25 percent of the deaths—and rising in a city where 29 percent of the population is Hispanic. – Fran Spielman and Tina Sfondeles
https://chicago.suntimes.com/coronavirus/2020/5/6/21249879/pritzker-lightfoot-coronavirus-covid-19-cases-hispanics-african-americans-chicago-illinois
— 136 more die in Illinois as COVID-19 toll nears 3,000 The state’s positivity rate on Wednesday was 15%. In revealing his five-part plan to reopen Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday said a region must be “at or under a 20% test positivity rate and increasing by no more than 10 percentage points over a 14-day period” in order to see more of the region reopened. – Tina Sfondeles
https://chicago.suntimes.com/coronavirus/2020/5/6/21249699/illinois-coronavirus-pritzker-cases-deaths-may-6
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater promotes hatred of Trump.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/2020/5/6/21249648/donald-trump-mentally-unstable-ill-abraham-lincoln-25th-amendment-s-e-cupp

DAILY HERALD
— Naperville leads nation’s big cities in 2020 Census self-response rate – Marie Wilson
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200506/naperville-leads-nations-big-cities-in-2020-census-self-response-rate
— Authorities: Man left threatening voice messages directed at DuPage County Board chairman – Robert Sanchez
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200506/authorities-man-left-threatening-voice-messages-directed-at-dupage-county-board-chairman

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Pushback builds on Pritzker’s reopening plan Key business leaders and top Springfield Republicans say the new regional approach doesn’t move fast enough to save businesses that could be shut well into summer. – GREG HINZ
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/greg-hinz-politics/pushback-builds-pritzkers-reopening-plan


— COVID-19’S CRUSHING IMPACT
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/crain-forum-covid-19/graphic-measuring-covid-19s-crushing-impact

WBEZ
— Critics Rail Against Gov. JB Pritzker’s COVID-19 Reopening Plan The governor’s plan to let businesses reopen faces criticism from House Republican leader, Illinois’ ailing restaurant industry – Dave McKinney, Tony Arnold
https://www.wbez.org/stories/critics-rail-against-gov-jb-pritzkers-covid-19-reopening-plan/67d019f3-ad64-4843-82c5-200c044a11f4

ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR
— Hypocrisy abounds as pandemic restrictions stay in place – Scott Reeder
https://www.rrstar.com/opinion/20200506/hypocrisy-abounds-as-pandemic-restrictions-stay-in-place

NORTHWEST HERALD
— Local politicians question Pritzker’s plan to reopen Illinois Local politicians question Pritzker’s plan to reopen Illinois
https://www.nwherald.com/2020/05/06/local-politicians-question-pritzkers-plan-to-reopen-illinois/ai36k2g/

ALTON TELEGRAPH
— GOP wants ‘local’ say in Pritzker’s COVID-19 reopening plan – AP
https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/GOP-wants-local-say-in-Pritzker-s-COVID-19-15251483.php

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— Democrats say Texan’s loyalty to Trump would influence his decisions as National Intelligence director – Russell Falcon, Nexstar, and Anna Wiernicki (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents a) demand blind loyalty to them and to them only and b) destroy those who fail/refuse to give them blind loyalty. I should write a book about my critics/opponents.)
https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/washington/washington-dc/democrats-say-texans-loyalty-to-trump-would-influence-his-decisions-as-national-intelligence-director/

WGEM
— Republicans demand return to Capitol, call for changes to “Restore Illinois” plan
https://wgem.com/2020/05/06/republicans-demand-return-to-capitol-call-for-changes-to-restore-illinois-plan/

NPR ILLINOIS
— Stay-At-Home Protests Draw Extremists Groups, Anti-Hate Group Says – MAUREEN FOERTSCH MCKINNEY
https://www.nprillinois.org/post/stay-home-protests-draw-extremists-groups-anti-hate-group-says#stream/0

EFFINGHAM NEWS LEADER
— Sen. Plummer Critical of Governor’s “Restore Illinois” Plan – Greg Sapp
http://www.thexradio.com/news/78-local-news/44512-sen-plummer-critical-of-governor-s-restore-illinois-plan

KHQA
— Pike County, IL cancels 2020 fair
https://khqa.com/news/coronavirus/pike-county-il-cancels-2020-fair

REPRESENTATIVE AMY GRANT
— Rep. Amy Grant Responds to Governor Pritzker’s Plan to Reopen Illinois
https://repgrant.com/2020/05/06/rep-amy-grant-responds-to-governor-pritzkers-plan-to-reopen-illinois/

ILLINOIS LEAKS
— Where is the U.S. Department of Justice? – KIRK ALLEN (DIERSEN: In Diersen v. GAO, the U.S. Department of Justice defended GAO, that is, the U.S. Department of Justice defended GAO’s political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination against its employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran and who did not make GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40. Further, the U.S. Department of Justice defended GAO’s retaliation against its employees who opposed political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination.)
http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2020/05/where-is-the-department-of-justice/

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— ILLINOIS REVIEW RELEASES LIST OF RECOMMENDED CONSERVATIVE STATE NEWS SOURCES (DIERSEN: Please urge Illinois Review to add GOPUSA ILLINOIS at www.gopillinois.com to its list of recommended conservative state news sources. I have sent GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails out since 2000. Since 2004, they have gone out each and every morning, and since 2015, each and every evening too. Since 2004, the emails have included links to more than 366,750 articles and information on many upcoming events.)
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/05/illinois-review-releases-list-of-recommended-conservative-state-news-sources-.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Here’s our initial IR recommendation list – and if you, as our readers, have ideas of other Illinois-based news sources we should consider adding, please advise us at [email protected]. )
— GOV PRITZKER RELEASES COVID RECOVERY PLAN THAT COULD KEEP ILLINOIS SHUT DOWN INDEFINITELY
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/05/gov-pritzker-releases-covid-recovery-plan-that-could-keep-illinois-shut-down-indefinitely-.html
— STATE REP IN RESPONSE TO PRITZKER’S 5-PHASE COVID RECOVERY PLAN: “I WILL NOT COMPLY…”
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/05/state-rep-about-pritzkers-5-phase-response-to-covid-shutdown-i-will-not-comply.html
— ILLINOIS TRADE ASSOCIATION OBJECTS TO PRITZKER’S 5-PHASE PLAN; CALLS FOR PUBLIC HEARINGS
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/05/illinois-trade-association-objects-to-pritzkers-five-phase-plan-calls-for-public-hearings.html

CAPITOL FAX
— Republicans, biz groups knock Pritzker’s plan
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/06/republicans-biz-groups-knock-pritzkers-plan/
— Madigan issues statement about GOP demands for reconvening session
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/06/madigan-issues-statement-about-gop-demands-for-reconvening-session/
— Pritzker: Hispanics have a 60 percent positive test rate – Wearing face coverings in public “a collective act of patriotism” – Asked whether he was keeping the state shut down so IL could get more federal money – Restates what’s in the plan – Talks post-pandemic business opportunities – Dr. Ezike: “Virtual hugs” for Mother’s Day – Asked if he plans to continue 30-day EOs for next several months – Congregate facility infection data will be used for regions – No comment on CME plans – Employers will be given guidance on reopening – Urges patience from restaurant owners – “Highly unlikely” that Illinois State Fair will be held – “The virus hasn’t gone away” – Why 28 days instead of 14? – Warns businesses could lose licenses – Will provide guidance on boating rules – Urges people not to travel to “potential hotbeds of infection” – “Kind of crazy” for Republicans to say he’s dictating – Explains reasons for boundaries – Says the virus is holding things back, not the EO – No outside restaurant dining – Claims IDES website “actually has very good uptime” – Dr. Ezike: Allowing nursing home visitors would be increasing residents’ risk – Contact tracing a “gradual process”
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/06/pritzker-hispanics-have-a-60-percent-positive-test-rate/
— 2,270 new cases, 15% positivity rate, 136 additional deaths
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/06/2270-new-cases-15-positivity-rate-136-additional-deaths/


— COVID-19 roundup
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/06/covid-19-roundup-32/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Dallas salon owner sentenced to week in jail for reopening business, refuses to apologize – Jessica Chasmar
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/may/6/shelley-luther-dallas-salon-owner-sentenced-to-wee/

LIFE SITE NEWS
— Chicago churches to re-open regardless of ‘unconstitutional restrictions,’ willing to go to fed. court ‘Please be advised that … we will no longer adhere to the 10-person limit or the other unconstitutional restrictions comprised within your orders,’ the Romanian-American pastors told the governor. – Martin Bürger
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/chicago-churches-to-re-open-regardless-of-unconstitutional-restrictions-willing-to-go-to-fed-court

THE HILL
— In the age of Trump, media bias comes into the spotlight – BERNARD GOLDBERG
https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/495927-in-the-age-of-trump-media-bias-comes-into-the-spotlight
— Pence: College athletic association talks included requests for elderly alumni to skip events – JUSTINE COLEMAN (DIERSEN: How strongly will coronavirus be used to promote age discrimination?)
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/496321-pence-talks-with-college-athletic-associations-included-requests-for
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Hewitt had asked Pence if the administration planned to issue “age discrimination” guidelines recommending certain age groups avoid things like flights. “I think the guidance that we’ve issued at this point in terms of the president’s guidelines to open up America again are intended to create a framework for a safe and responsible reopening,” he said. The coronavirus has been known to have more severe effects on individuals who are older or suffer from existing medical conditions, experts have said.)

POLITICO
— Facebook announces first 20 picks for global oversight board Journalists, legal scholars, a Nobel winner and a former prime minister will make ultimate content decisions for the embattled social network. – STEVEN OVERLY and ALEXANDRA S. LEVINE (DIERSEN: Who would my critics/opponents appoint to a GOPUSA ILLINOIS oversight board? Would they appoint past and present leaders of the Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Milton Township Republican Organization, Illinois, DuPage County, Milton Township, Wheaton, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, etc.?)
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/06/facebook-global-oversight-board-picks-240150

REUTERS
— Citing no evidence, Trump accuses Democrats of wishing him failure in coronavirus response – Steve Holland, Susan Heavey (DIERSEN: Some things are “self-evident.”)
https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-usa/update-2-citing-no-evidence-trump-accuses-democrats-of-wishing-him-failure-in-coronavirus-response-idUSL1N2CN12J

NEW YORK TIMES
— An Auto Plant Shutdown, With a Loophole for Corvette Workers Big U.S. automakers have kept the lights on at a few factories, including a General Motors plant in Indiana making the Corvette chassis. – Noam Scheiber
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/06/business/coronavirus-corvette-gm.html

WASHINGTON POST
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “Americans deeply wary of reopening as White House weighs ending covid-19 task force.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/americans-deeply-wary-of-reopening-as-white-house-weighs-ending-covid-19-task-force/2020/05/05/d2efcbbe-8eec-11ea-9e23-6914ee410a5f_story.html

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
— Lacy Johnson, Rep. Ilhan Omar’s GOP challenger, gets Trump backing – Patrick Condon (DIERSEN: What do you say to Republican candidates who not seek or want Trump’s backing?)
https://www.startribune.com/rep-ilhan-omar-s-gop-challenger-gets-trump-backing/570174032/

FORBES
— Anger Towards China Grows The Longer The Coronavirus Lockdowns Last – Kenneth Rapoza
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2020/05/06/anger-towards-china-grows-the-longer-the-coronavirus-lasts/

EDITOR AND PUBLISHER
— Should Facebook and Google Have to Pay the Media? – Will Oremus (DIERSEN: My GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails drive lots of traffic to websites. I have not asked any of the paywall websites to pay me to drive traffic to them. None of the paywall websites have offered to pay me to drive traffic to them. None of the paywall websites have offered to give me free or reduced cost access.)
https://www.editorandpublisher.com/news/should-facebook-and-google-have-to-pay-the-media/

April 23 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Gov. JB Pritzker extends Illinois stay-at-home order with changes after IL sees biggest single-day jump in COVID-19 cases – Sarah Schulte and Jesse Kirsch
https://abc7chicago.com/health/watch-live-pritzker-extends-illinois-stay-at-home-order-with-changes/6124186/
— Coronavirus Chicago; Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/mayor-lightfoot-announces-covid-19-economic-recovery-team/6124539/
— Majority of Americans say stay-at-home orders are worth it, polls show (DIERSEN: How aware is every one of the tremendous amount of money that stay-at-home orders are costing everyone every hour, every minute, and every second?)
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/8025-of-americans-say-stay-at-home-orders-are-worth-it-polls-show/6124219/

NBC5
— Illinois’ New Stay-at-Home Order Includes Requirement to Cover Faces in Public in May The mandate is part of an amended statewide stay-at-home order, which now extends through May
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/illinois-new-stay-at-home-order-includes-requirement-to-cover-faces-in-public-in-may/2260615/
— These Places, Businesses Can Reopen Under Illinois’ Modified Stay-at-Home Order Illinois’ new stay-at-home order lifts some restrictions as residents stare down another 30 days in isolation
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/these-places-businesses-can-reopen-under-illinois-modified-stay-at-home-order/2260626/
— Illinois’ Stay-at-Home Order Extended Through May, Pritzker Announces The statewide stay-at-home order was previously in effect through April 30 – Mary Ann Ahern 
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/pritzker-expected-to-extend-illinois-stay-at-home-order-thursday-sources/2260588/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “Few Americans Trust Trump’s Info on Pandemic.”
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international/ap-norc-poll-few-americans-trust-trumps-info-on-pandemic/2260762/
— Illinois’ Stay-at-Home Order Extension Brings Extra Worries for Small Business Owners Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday extended Illinois’ statewide stay-at-home order through May 30
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/illinois-stay-at-home-order-extension-brings-extra-worries-for-small-business-owners/2260937/

CBS2
— Coronavirus Death Toll: Cook County Ranks Fourth-Worst In United States For COVID-19 Fatalities
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/04/23/coronavirus-death-toll-cook-county-ranks-fourth-worst-in-united-states-for-covid-19-fatalities/
— Gov. JB Pritzker To Extend Stay-At-Home Order Through May 30, Require Face Coverings In Public; Illinois Sees 1,826 New COVID-19 Cases, 123 More Deaths
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/04/23/governor-jb-pritzker-stay-at-home-order-extension-covid-19-coronavirus/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Pritzker announces modified stay-at-home order for Illinois through May
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/pritzker-announces-modified-stay-at-home-order-for-illinois-through-may
— All Illinois residents required to wear face masks in public beginning May 1
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/all-illinois-residents-required-to-wear-face-masks-in-public-beginning-may-1
— Illinois reports 1,826 COVID-19 cases and 123 deaths in last 24 hours; statewide case total nearly 37k
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/illinois-reports-1826-covid-19-cases-and-123-deaths-in-last-24-hours-statewide-case-total-nearly-37k

WGN TV
— Lightfoot introduces group tasked with helping Chicagoland recover from coronavirus – Mike Ewing
https://wgntv.com/news/coronavirus/watch-live-lightfoot-announces-new-effort-to-help-chicago-region-recover-from-coronavirus-impact/

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— 123 more Illinois coronavirus deaths as Pritzker extends stay-at-home order through May Starting May 1, Pritzker’s modified stay-at-home order also requires people to wear face masks where 6-foot social distancing isn’t possible. – Tina Sfondeles 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/coronavirus/2020/4/23/21233011/illinois-stay-home-order-pritzker-extended-may
— Lightfoot outlines plan for post-pandemic recovery “The crisis we face today is like nothing any of us have ever experienced,” the mayor said in announcing her task force. “What we are embarking on is nothing less than the most breathtaking recovery effort our city has ever seen.” – Fran Spielman
https://chicago.suntimes.com/city-hall/2020/4/23/21233384/coronavirus-chicago-mayor-lightfoot-pandemic-recovery-task-force
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Republicans fight for citizens of America. Democrats and RINOs fight for citizens of foreign countries.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/2020/4/23/21232897/immigration-bill-green-cards-india-highly-skilled-h1b-senator-dick-durbin-mike-lee-marlen-garcia
— Lightfoot accused of using pandemic as an excuse to consolidate power A handful of aldermen and community leaders are still trying to drum up opposition to expanding the mayor’s emergency powers, arguing she shouldn’t decide on her own how to spend millions of federal stimulus dollars. – Fran Spielman 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/city-hall/2020/4/23/21232895/coronavirus-chicago-mayor-lightfoot-emergency-powers-city-council-vote
— Illinois is already in the peak for COVID-19 deaths – but projections show the pain is far from over So far, 1,565 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois. As horrible as that is, Gov. Pritzker has data projecting that if the state had not enacted the stay-at-home order on March 21 the death toll would have been 14 times that. – Tina Sfondeles
https://chicago.suntimes.com/coronavirus/2020/4/23/21232125/illinois-covid-19-peak-coronavirus-projection-pritzker-stay-home

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “Most Americans do not trust Trump’s info on coronavirus pandemic.”
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-nw-trump-poll-coronavirus-covid-19-20200423-for6qgij5vasfpn2ryz32p4pqe-story.html
— Gov. J.B. Pritzker extends ‘modified’ Illinois stay-at-home order through May 30 – JAMIE MUNKS, GREGORY PRATT and DAN PETRELLA
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-illinois-stay-at-home-extension-20200423-cqp6wzjj5ng7rgrfpg64ijgoua-story.html
— At least 20 Chicago suburbs require face coverings in public — something most people in Illinois will have to do beginning May 1
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-face-masks-suburbs-20200423-rzhgi6mz5fdg5jz5hk4x6q4bi4-story.html
— Unemployment claims: 4.4 million more file for jobless aid; 1 in 6 US workers have lost jobs since coronavirus hit
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-nw-coronavirus-us-unemployment-data-20200423-k7uviaxzsbexraf6ntqmd34msi-story.html
— Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot enlists former President George H. W. Bush’s White House chief of staff in launching COVID-19 economic recovery task force – Gregory Pratt
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-chicago-economic-recovery-lightfoot-20200423-wfljfld6fzdftfbbgzxiwvdmty-story.html
— Five more weeks, Illinois. We can do this. – Editorial
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-pritzker-extends-stay-home-order-coronavirus-20200423-nppjrbwrmbftfp3rinuswm7pem-story.html
— With 12 new COVID-19 deaths, long-term care facilities in DuPage now account for 83 of county’s overall total of 118 – Robert McCoppin
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-illinois-dupage-12-deaths-long-term-care-20200423-suljvab2fzgaddmnux4q24tvai-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— Stay-at-home order extended until May 30; face coverings will be required in public starting May 1 – Jake Griffin
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200423/stay-at-home-order-extended-until-may-30-face-coverings-will-be-required-in-public-starting-may-1
— Lisle approves budget after trimming costs – Robert Sanchez
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200423/lisle-approves-budget-after-trimming-costs
— Lawmakers, many in masks, debate mammoth new aid package – AP
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200423/lawmakers-many-in-masks-debate-mammoth-new-aid-package
— White House shifts from raising alarms to reopening country – AP
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200423/white-house-shifts-from-raising-alarms-to-reopening-country
— Naperville projects ‘significant’ revenue shortfall from virus shutdown – Marie Wilson
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200423/naperville-projects-significant-revenue-shortfall-from-virus-shutdown

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Pritzker eases up Even as he extended his stay-at-home order for another 30 days, the governor made allowances for certain activities to pick up again. – GREG HINZ 
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/greg-hinz-politics/pritzker-eases
— Now mortgage-seekers need to show their income is COVID-proof Investors who back mortgages want a reasonable assurance that “this loan isn’t going to go bad” in the near term. – DENNIS RODKIN 
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/residential-real-estate/now-mortgage-seekers-need-show-their-income-covid-proof
— GOP stalwart Skinner to lead Lightfoot’s new recovery task force Chicago native Sam Skinner, who worked in George H.W. Bush’s administration, has experience as point man on several emergencies, including Hurricane Hugo. – A.D. QUIG 
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/government/gop-stalwart-skinner-lead-lightfoots-new-recovery-task-force

BLOOMINGTON PANTAGRAPH
— Local impact: The governor’s extended order gets mixed reaction in McLean County – Kelsey Watznauer, Maria Nagle, Paul Swiech
https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/local-impact-the-governors-extended-order-gets-mixed-reaction-in-mclean-county/article_a38549f1-97f7-5a8a-8d3b-46b13a4a176b.html

LASALLE NEWS TRIBUNE
— Sen. Rezin calls for transparency in governor’s handling of coronavirus Calls transparency a cornerstone of democracy
https://www.newstrib.com/2020/04/23/sen-rezin-calls-for-transparency-in-governors-handling-of-coronavirus/ajm4x95/

NEWS CHANNEL 20
— Over 755,000 unemployment claims in Illinois filed since March
https://newschannel20.com/news/local/over-755000-unemployment-claims-in-illinois-filed-since-march
— Face coverings required for all over the age of 2
https://newschannel20.com/news/local/face-coverings-required-for-all-over-the-age-of-2

ELMHURST PATCH
— Elmhurst Coronavirus: How To Handle Violators City says it could enforce order, but it is unclear how. – David Giuliani
https://patch.com/illinois/elmhurst/elmhurst-coronavirus-how-handle-violators

WHEATON PATCH
— DuPage County Coronavirus Update: 2,075 Cases, 118 Deaths This article includes a breakdown of cases by municipality. – Lisa Marie Farver
https://patch.com/illinois/wheaton/dupage-county-coronavirus-update-2-075-cases-118-deaths

CHICAGO DAILY LAW BULLETIN
— DuPage County invites comment on associate judge vacancy (DIERSEN: The applicants are Louis B. Aranda, Craig R. Belford, Leah M. Bendik, Michael H. Burton, Sharon R. Fairley, Scott A. Herbert, Patrick B. Hurley, John P. Kelly, Daniel J. Kordik, Jae K. Kwon, Jennifer L. Martyn, Ronald D. Menna, Jr., Louisa J. Nuckolls, Jeremiah K. O’Connor, Demetrios N. Panoushis, John J. Pcolinski, Robert F. Stanker, and James A. Webb)
https://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/mansur-am-20200423

CENTER FOR ILLINOIS POLITICS
— COVID-19 Hits Black Communities With A Vengeance – Derrick Blakley
https://www.centerforilpolitics.org/articles/covid-19-hits-black-communities-with-a-vengeance

ILLINOIS LEAKS
— Illinois – Basic logic ignored – KIRK ALLEN 
https://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2020/04/illinois-basic-logic-ignored/

CAPITOL FAX
— Leader Durkin says he is “pleased with today’s actions” while one of his members files lawsuit to block order
https://capitolfax.com/2020/04/23/leader-durkin-says-he-is-pleased-with-today%e2%80%99s-actions-while-one-of-his-members-files-lawsuit-to-block-order/
— Pritzker issues modified stay at home order
https://capitolfax.com/2020/04/23/pritzker-issues-modified-stay-at-home-order/
— 1,826 new cases, 123 additional deaths
https://capitolfax.com/2020/04/23/1826-new-cases-123-additional-deaths/
— Pritzker takes reporter questions: Hospital procedures addressed – Union contract negotiations will stay in effect – Ezike unaware of China restaurant study – Rebuffs Durkin on modeling – Says Republican claim he’s living in a bubble is “ridiculous” – “States are not allowed to declare bankruptcy, and it’s a good thing” – Explains why he can’t open Downstate – Ezike talks about alternatives to ventilators – Answers questions about testing – “We’re not encouraging police officers to stop people and arrest them” for not wearing masks – Asked again about rent/mortgage payments – Ezike: “Fecal shedding” a danger in pools – Pritzker says state doesn’t own the models and can’t release them – “We’re not going to be sending police out to look at every boat and count people” – Corrects reporter who is unclear on essential businesses – Ezike repeats rise in cases is due to increased testing – Reporter asks why Pritzker doesn’t “quarantine Chicago and the suburbs” – New budget projections factored in “reasonably long” recession – Explains what he’s asked feds for – Said he would “absolutely” be willing to meet with Trump
https://capitolfax.com/2020/04/23/pritzker-takes-questions-hospital-procedures-addressed/
— Pritzker explains modeling – Explains new stay at home order – “This is the part where we have to dig in” – Says his team finalizing next step for “reopening in phases” – “No amount of political pressure would ever make me allow such a scenario for our state” – Making progress on contact tracing – “These are not choices that are made arbitrarily” – Warns he will bring back restrictions if people violate the order – “This is a battle that you never asked to fight” – “I’m asking you to hold on for just a little while longer” – Prof. Goldenfeld: “Modeling an epidemic is not rocket science. It’s harder”
https://capitolfax.com/2020/04/23/pritzker-explains-modeling/
— COVID-19 roundup
https://capitolfax.com/2020/04/23/covid-19-roundup-26/
— House cancels next week’s session
https://capitolfax.com/2020/04/23/house-cancels-next-weeks-session-2/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Liberal media bias on full display during White House’s COVID-19 press briefings Media’s slant is likely a major factor contributing to the decline of newspapers and broadcast news ratings – Cal Thomas 
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/apr/22/liberal-media-bias-on-full-display-during-white-ho/

GOPUSA
— America’s Survival In An Age Of Political Pandemics
https://www.gopusa.com/?p=87988
— Another 4.4M In U.S. File For Unemployment, Wiping Out All Jobs Added Since 2010
https://www.gopusa.com/?p=87981
— We Can’t Save All Lives At Any Expense
https://www.gopusa.com/?p=87939
— Why We Should Start Going Back To Work
https://www.gopusa.com/?p=87909

BLAZE
— Chinese journalist who disappeared for weeks after reporting on the coronavirus cover-up resurfaces in video praising police Go figure – Phil Shiver (DIERSEN: What if I suddenly disappeared for weeks and then resurfaced a) praising my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes and b) promoting dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation for opposing the aforesaid?)
https://www.theblaze.com/news/missing-chinese-journalist-resurfaces-praising-police
— Antibody study finds 21% of New York City residents has had COVID-19 Nearly 2 million NYCers could’ve gotten the virus – Aaron Colen
https://www.theblaze.com/news/antibody-study-fifth-new-yorkers-covid-19

NATIONAL REVIEW
— Preliminary Study Suggests 13 Percent of New York State Residents Have Contracted Coronavirus – ZACHARY EVANS
https://www.nationalreview.com/news/preliminary-study-suggests-13-percent-of-new-york-state-residents-have-contracted-coronavirus/
— States Should Not Receive Bankruptcy Protection – KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON
https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/04/states-should-not-receive-bankruptcy-protection/

THE HILL
— McConnell sparks bipartisan backlash with state bankruptcy remarks – JORDAIN CARNEY
https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/494406-mcconnell-sparks-bipartisan-backlash-with-state-bankruptcy-remarks

WASHINGTON POST
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters want to delay reopening.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/04/22/reopening-america-states-coronavirus/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater asks “Can Democrats make Trump’s chaos matter to voters?”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/23/can-democrats-make-trumps-chaos-matter-voters/

PEW RESEARCH CENTER
— U.S. newspapers have shed half of their newsroom employees since 2008 – ELIZABETH GRIECO
https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/04/20/u-s-newsroom-employment-has-dropped-by-a-quarter-since-2008/
— Positive Economic Views Plummet; Support for Government Aid Crosses Party Lines Most expect problems from COVID-19 to last six months or longer
https://www.people-press.org/2020/04/21/positive-economic-views-plummet-support-for-government-aid-crosses-party-lines/

RASMUSSEN REPORTS
— Most Support Voting By Mail But Have Fraud Concerns
https://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/april_2020/most_support_voting_by_mail_but_have_fraud_concerns

April 18 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Illinois suffers record daily COVID-19 death toll, Pritzker says state’s peak not yet reached
https://abc7chicago.com/health/illinois-suffers-record-daily-covid-19-death-toll/6112746/
— Celebrities, politicians, other public figures with coronavirus
https://abc7chicago.com/health/celebrities-politicians-other-public-figures-with-covid-19/6042356/

NBC5
— Illinois Senate Democrats Seek $41B Federal Bailout for Coronavirus Impact Among other items, Senate President Don Harmon requested $10 billion for pension relief
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/illinois-senate-democrats-seek-41b-federal-bailout-for-coronavirus-impact/2258160/
— Illinois Reports 125 Additional Deaths, Nearly 1,600 New Coronavirus Cases
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/illinois-reports-125-additional-deaths-nearly-1600-new-coronavirus-cases/2258103/
— Pritzker: ‘I Don’t Feel Any Heat’ to Ease Restrictions Amid COVID-19 Pandemic The governor’s words come as other states are seeing protesters demanding that “stay-at-home” orders be rescinded
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/pritzker-i-dont-feel-any-heat-to-ease-restrictions-amid-covid-19-pandemic/2258126/

CBS2
— Protesters Form Car Caravan Outside Cook County Jail, Deliver Symbolic Body Bags Outside Trump Tower
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/04/18/trump-protesters-cook-county-jail-body-bags/
— Another 125 People Dead Of COVID-19 In Illinois Growing Push For Better Tracking Of COVID-19 Deaths In Nursing Homes
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/04/18/another-125-people-dead-of-covid-19-in-illinois/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Illinois COVID-19 cases top 29,000, with daily death toll of 125
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/illinois-covid-19-cases-top-29000-with-daily-death-toll-of-125
— 18 cases of COVID-19 reported in Office of Chief Judge of Cook County
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/18-cases-of-covid-19-reported-in-office-of-chief-judge-of-cook-county

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Downstate pockets spared by COVID-19 are shrinking — and pain is growing
https://chicago.suntimes.com/essential-coronavirus-news/2020/4/18/21226222/coronavirus-covid-19-live-updates-chicago-impacts-pritzker-lightfoot-2020
— Judge orders oversight of Yarbrough’s office, finding patronage violations, ‘improper use of political considerations’ The Cook County clerk says she’ll appeal the decision from a federal judge, who found Yarbrough disregarded a series of orders aimed at curbing political considerations in hiring for government jobs. – Mitchell Armentrout (DIERSEN: I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who focus on promoting patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.) 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2020/4/18/21226436/karen-yarbrough-cook-county-clerk-patronage-hiring-shakman-decree-monitor
— Durbin: Democrats should hold virtual convention, not gather in Milwaukee In an interview with the Sun-Times, the Democratic senator also said he wants transparency in the new payroll loan program. Companies with “no losses because of this COVID are still qualifying for substantial forgivable loans.” – Lynn Sweet
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/4/17/21225980/democratic-national-convention-milwaukee-virtual-durbin-coronavirus-covid-19

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Illinois matches highest single-day death total from COVID-19, ending difficult week in battle against virus – Dan Hinkel
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-pritzker-saturday-update-20200418-j7zbtpdtyjb4jbknpebbrpupte-story.html
— Coronavirus in Illinois updates: 125 more Illinoisans have died of COVID-19, Gov. J.B. Pritzker says, as number of known infections in state nears 30,000
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-pandemic-chicago-illinois-news-20200418-6sccyfajcfg75epd5om5ezorni-story.html
— Illinois Senate President Don Harmon asks feds for $41 billion coronavirus bailout – RICK PEARSON
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-coronavirus-don-harmon-40-billion-federal-request-20200418-pgseb5swvfcxvk3qtq7yuchcqi-story.html
— Problems with your $1,200 government check? Here’s what might’ve gone wrong. – LAURA DAVIDSON
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-nw-coronavirus-stimulus-check-wrong-trouble-20200417-2cndlvmsyzh3zc6lac3h66efie-story.html
— US governors feel heat to reopen from protesters, president — but infections surge in Northeast – AP
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-nw-coronavirus-updates-20200418-3zp6axnkhbagpflekzvqcfyomi-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— Why March was the worst month to lose video gambling revenue – Jake Griffin
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200418/watchdog-why-march-was-the-worst-month-to-lose-video-gambling-revenue
— Indiana: Protesters gather at governor’s mansion; virus cases up – AP
https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20200418/news/304189955/
— Nations debate easing virus restrictions as economies falter – AP
https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20200418/news/304189991/
— April 18 COVID-19 cases per county; use our map to search by ZIP code
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200418/april-18-covid-19-cases-per-county-use-our-map-to-search-by-zip-code

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— There’s no way to fast-forward this recovery – Editorial
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/opinion/theres-no-way-fast-forward-recovery
— Illinois Senate chief seeks congressional bailout: NYT Illinois Senate President Don Harmon is asking members of the Illinois delegation to seek $40 billion in federal aid to prop up the state’s pensions, fund unemployment insurance and aid Illinois hospitals and cities.
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/government/illinois-senate-chief-seeks-congressional-bailout-nyt

KANKAKEE DAILY JOURNAL
— COVID-19 a greater threat for marijuana users – Kathy Valente, Director of Operations, Illinois Family Institute
https://www.daily-journal.com/opinion/letters/voice-of-the-people-covid-19-a-greater-threat-for-marijuana-users/article_bd8c1aac-7fe2-11ea-877c-278a77607976.html

NPR ILLINOIS
— Opposing Church Closures Becomes New Religious Freedom Cause – TOM GJELTEN 
https://www.nprillinois.org/post/opposing-church-closures-becomes-new-religious-freedom-cause#stream/0

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— IL-14: Oberweis Offers Ice Cream If Pelosi Will Return to Washington to Enact More Small Business Assistance
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/04/18/il-14-oberweis-offers-ice-cream-if-pelosi-will-return-to-washington-to-enact-more-small-business-assistance/ 
— IL-6: Ives Chastises Dems for Seeking Multi-Ten Billion Bailout
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/04/18/il-6-ives-chastizes-dems-for-seeking-multi-ten-billion-bailout/ 
— Steve Reick Weighs in on Re-Opening the Economy
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/04/18/steve-reick-weighs-in-on-re-opening-the-economy/ 
— Algonquin Township GOP Elects John Reinert as Leader for Next Two Years
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/04/18/algonquin-township-gop-elects-john-reinert-as-leader-for-next-two-years/ 
— Johnsburg Planning Vouchers To Be Spent at Local Businesses
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/04/18/johnsburg-planning-vouchers-to-be-spent-at-local-businesses/ 
— Republican Party Features Jim Oberweis as Republican of the Week
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/04/18/republican-party-features-jim-oberweis-as/

ILLINOIS TIMES
— Going to church, or pot Pritzker’s brain on drugs – Bruce Rushton
https://www.illinoistimes.com/springfield/going-to-church-or-pot/Content?oid=12070231

ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE
— WHAT POWERS DOES PRITZKER HAVE IN AN EMERGENCY? AND WHAT HAS HE ORDERED SO FAR? – Joe Tabor
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/what-powers-does-pritzker-have-in-an-emergency-and-what-has-he-ordered-so-far/

CAPITOL FAX
— Despite Harmon letter, Pritzker has not asked feds for pension aid
https://capitolfax.com/2020/04/18/despite-harmon-letter-pritzker-has-not-asked-feds-for-pension-aid/
— COVID-19 roundup
https://capitolfax.com/2020/04/18/covid-19-roundup-21/
— 1,585 new cases, 125 additional deaths (highest death toll so far)
https://capitolfax.com/2020/04/18/1585-new-cases-125-additional-deaths-highest-death-toll-so-far/
— Pritzker expands telehealth program to all of Illinois – Praises local efforts – Dr. Ezike: “Although our numbers continue to climb, it is with some guarded optimism that we say that the growth is slowing” – Asked about advice for people planning summer events – Asked when he’ll make decision about extending order – Asked about easing restrictions as it warms up – Asked about opening county by county – Asked about reducing nursing home cases – Asked why state won’t buy PPE from Willie Wilson – Says he feels no heat to reopen because he listens to scientists – Talks about budgetary needs for DCFS – Amy Jacobson again hogs the mic – Repeats what he likes about White House guidance – Says Prisoner Review Board votes on all commutations – Did not talk to Harmon before SDems sent letter – Says Harmon ask was different than his – Ezike says hopes for more research on humidity levels as a cause of spreading virus – Addresses protesters: “I want to remove the restrictions as much as anybody else does, and I’m going to do it based on science” – Offers reason for not releasing individual nursing home data earlier, but will do it now – Addresses Judd Deere criticism
https://capitolfax.com/2020/04/18/pritzker-expands-telehealth-program-to-all-of-illinois/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— GAO to probe no-bid border wall contract – Stephen Dinan
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/apr/18/comptroller-general-probe-no-bid-border-wall-contr/

BREITBART
— Tucker Carlson to Agriculture Lobby: ‘If You Want Workers, Pay U.S. Wages’ – JOHN BINDER
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/04/17/tucker-carlson-to-agriculture-lobby-if-you-want-workers-pay-u-s-wages/
— Baylor U. Denies Official Recognition for Turning Point USA Chapter – ALANA MASTRANGELO (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have worked the hardest against TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois and Illinois Center Right Coalition (ICRC). I served as the TAPROOT chairman 2005-2012 and as an ICRC Steering Committee member 2003-2007. I would focus on those who paint themselves as being religious, conservative, and/or Republican, but who focus on destroying individuals and organizations a) that are religious, conservative, and/or Republican and b) that they cannot manipulate/dominate.)
https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2020/04/18/baylor-u-denies-official-recognition-for-turning-point-usa-chapter/

NEWSMAX
— Sessions’ Immigration Moratorium Should Have Trump’s Support – Gavin Wax 
https://www.newsmax.com/gavinwax/tuberville-alabama-paul/2020/04/18/id/963516/

TOWNHALL
— House Republicans Call Out Dems for Pushing ‘Extreme’ Immigration Agenda During Coronavirus – Bronson Stocking
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bronsonstocking/2020/04/18/jordan-calls-out-dems-for-pushing-extreme-immigration-agenda-during-pandemic-n2567176
— MSNBC Spends an Entire Segment Talking About How Lockdown Protestors Are Racist Confederates – Beth Baumann
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2020/04/18/not-in-favor-of-lockdowns-msnbc-thinks-youre-a-racist-confederate-n2567170
— Tucker Unveils China’s ‘Unremitting Propaganda War’ That Has Taken Place for Years – Beth Baumann
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2020/04/18/watch-tucker-uncovers-chinas-unremitting-propaganda-war-on-the-wuhan-coronavirus-n2567169

EPOCH TIMES
— Revealing the Operations of China’s Official Troll Army System – NICOLE HAO (DIERSEN: I should write a book about my critics/opponents who have hinted that they might not destroy me if I would serve as one of their trolls. According to my critics/opponents, everything is misinformation, disinformation, false information, fake news, and/or propaganda except for that they put out or bless.)
https://www.theepochtimes.com/revealing-the-operations-of-chinas-official-troll-army-system_3311813.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Chinese regime employs online trolls to push its agenda on the internet. They are commonly referred to as the “50-cent army,” so named because they are paid 50 cents for each online post that praises the Communist Party’s policies, or insults those who express opinions that stray from the Party line. They are typically ordinary citizens hired by internet companies or the regime’s censorship and propaganda departments. But in confidential government documents obtained by The Epoch Times, the Party’s security apparatus, known as the Political and Legal Affairs Commission (PLAC), is revealed to be a major player as well. The PLAC is a central government agency that oversees the country’s police, courts, and prisons. It has branches in each province, city, and township.)

THE HILL
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters crow that “Coronavirus steals Trump economic edge.”
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/493363-coronavirus-steals-trump-economic-edge

ASSOCIATED PRESS
— Trump team targets Democratic advantage with people of color – STEVE PEOPLES 
https://wsbt.com/news/nation-world/trump-team-targets-democratic-advantage-with-people-of-color
— Senators urge anti-bias police training over mask fears – AARON MORRISON
https://foxbaltimore.com/news/nation-world/senators-urge-anti-bias-police-training-over-mask-fears

CNN
— Trump properties furlough nearly 2,000 workers amid coronavirus pandemic
https://www.fox61.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/trump-properties-furlough-amid-coronavirus/520-5afea822-4852-4281-b7c8-3e1f43e1f426

WASHINGTON POST
— U.S. sent millions of face masks to China early this year, ignoring pandemic warning signs
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/us-sent-millions-of-face-masks-to-china-early-this-year-ignoring-pandemic-warning-signs/2020/04/18/aaccf54a-7ff5-11ea-8013-1b6da0e4a2b7_story.html

April 15 Morning Edition

ABC7
— Social distancing measures may be necessary until 2022 to contain coronavirus pandemic, study shows
https://abc7chicago.com/health/study-social-distancing-practices-may-last-until-2022/6104716/
— Cook County Jail detainee attacks guard with soap bars in sock, steals keys and releases others in maximum security block
https://abc7chicago.com/cook-co-jail-detainee-attacks-guard-steals-keys-releases-others-in-maximum-security-block/6103951/?cmp=emc-wls-news-headlines-4/15/2020
— China didn’t warn public of likely coronavirus pandemic for 6 key days
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/china-didnt-warn-public-of-likely-pandemic-for-6-key-days/6104719/?cmp=emc-wls-news-headlines-4/15/2020

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— SBA approves 44,453 emergency COVID-19 loans to Illinois employers totaling $12.5 billion The loan leader under this new program is Texas, with 88,434 loans totaling $21.7 billion, according to the Small Business Administration. – Lynn Sweet 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/business/2020/4/14/21221559/sba-approves-44453-covid-19-loans-to-illinois-for-12-5-billion-small-business-administration
— Pritzker gives up on COVID-19 help from Trump: ‘I don’t expect it anymore’ The Democratic governor also warned that fans shouldn’t get their hopes up for major league sports to resume in the state until the outbreak is more under control. – Tina Sfondeles 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2020/4/14/21221561/pritzker-covid-19-help-trump-coronavirus-ppe-ventilators-testing-coronavirus
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: ‘Cooked With Cannabis’ takes pot-infused cuisine to new highs – Richard Roeper
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/4/13/21216507/cooked-with-cannabis-review-kelis-leather-storrs-netflix

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Gov. Pritzker spending $1.7 million on two flights to bring masks, gloves back from China – JAMIE MUNKS and DAN PETRELLA
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-illinois-costs-20200414-u75kxw3o35bynnsdkepwchdyja-story.html
— Trump halts US payments to World Health Organization pending a review of its coronavirus warnings – DARLENE SUPERVILLE
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-nw-who-world-health-organization-coronavirus-warnings-20200414-icrj6ddfrbe47obaliwri3wuhy-story.html
— Obama swipes Trump while endorsing Biden; ‘Captain’ Trump vs. ‘Democrat governors’; Zeke Emanuel suggests reopening economy in June – Lisa Donovan
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-obama-criticizes-trump-biden-endorse-authoritiy-zeke-emanuel-spin-20200414-sp3cikdqzzabnpleth76opxxxu-story.html
— Hell freezes over in coronavirus pandemic: Washington media embraces federalism – John Kass
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/john-kass/ct-coronavirus-constitution-kass-20200415-cwhivfjf45etlewjndvzusrsju-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trump’s coronavirus failure has Illinois governor flying masks from China. We should be outraged.”
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/rex-huppke/ct-coronavirus-pandemic-trump-governor-pritzker-masks-testing-huppke-20200415-47kyrli73rfjxp23yx3w7ftdny-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— DuPage County moves to cut costs because of COVID-19 – Robert Sanchez
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200414/dupage-county-moves-to-cut-costs-because-of-covid-19
— What community colleges are doing with millions in federal COVID-19 relief funds – Madhu Krishnamurthy and Doug T. Graham
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200414/what-community-colleges-are-doing-with-millions-in-federal-covid-19-relief-funds

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— McDonald’s workers file federal complaint over COVID conditions Employees at a downtown franchise say a worker contracted the virus but managers there are not doing enough to protect workers during the pandemic. – DALTON BARKER 
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/restaurants/mcdonalds-workers-file-federal-complaint-over-covid-conditions

WBEZ
— As Illinois Pays Big For Some Ventilators, One Supplier Says Disruption Is To Blame For High Prices – Dave McKinney, Tony Arnold
https://www.wbez.org/stories/are-illinois-officials-paying-hugely-inflated-prices-for-medical-supplies/64a5614b-8903-4711-8f36-e1d18a749383

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— Peoria faces possible $50 million budget deficit because of coronavirus – Andy Kravetz
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20200414/peoria-faces-possible-50-million-budget-deficit-because-of-coronavirus

SUBURBAN LIFE
— Six more COVID-19 deaths, 89 new cases, reported in DuPage County Total reported cases stands at 1,313, including 60 deaths
https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2020/04/14/six-more-covid-19-deaths-89-new-cases-reported-in-dupage-county/a3qkngv/
— DuPage County Board approves funding for homeless shelters
https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2020/04/14/dupage-county-board-approves-funding-for-homeless-shelters/a4vvkol/
— DuPage County collects 165,000 pieces of PPE in two weeks
https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2020/04/14/dupage-county-collects-165-000-pieces-of-ppe-in-two-weeks/ag4aki2/

ALTON TELEGRAPH
— E-mail spying by Madison County officials for political gain alleged in documents – Sanford J. Schmidt
https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/E-mail-spying-by-Madison-County-officials-for-15197458.php

FOX ILLINOIS
— Major airlines line up to split $25 billion in payroll aid – AP
https://foxillinois.com/news/coronavirus/treasury-major-airlines-will-take-aid-to-meet-payrolls-04-14-2020
— Trump: ‘Mutiny every now and then is an exciting and invigorating thing to watch’ – SCOTT THUMAN
https://foxillinois.com/news/nation-world/trump-mutiny-every-now-and-then-is-an-exciting-and-invigorating-thing-to-watch

NPR ILLINOIS
— WHO Sets 6 Conditions For Ending A Coronavirus Lockdown – BILL CHAPPELL 
https://www.nprillinois.org/post/who-sets-6-conditions-ending-coronavirus-lockdown#stream/0

MEDILL
— GAO READY TO COMBAT FRAUD IN DISBURSEMENT OF AID PACKAGE – Jack Kelly 
https://dc.medill.northwestern.edu/blog/2020/04/14/oversight-agency-ready-to-combat-fraud-in-disbursement-of-aid-package/

POSITIVELY NAPERVILLE
— April 14, 2020: Daily COVID-19 Case Counts* for DuPage County
https://www.positivelynaperville.com/2020/04/14/april-14-2020-daily-covid-19-case-counts-for-dupage-county-and-beyond/112008

WIREPOINTS
— Illinois’ COVID-19 crisis: Daily data update for April 15th, 2020 – Wirepoints
https://wirepoints.org/illinois-covid-19-crisis-daily-data-update-wirepoints/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Sen. Lindsey Graham: ‘Effort to destroy Trump’ is ‘pissing a lot of people off’ – Andrew Mark Miller (DIERSEN: What do you say to those who paint themselves as being religious, conservative, and/or Republican, but who do nothing to stop the destruction of religious, conservative, and/or Republican organizations?) 
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/graham-effort-to-destroy-trump-is-pissing-a-lot-of-people-off
— Chinese inroads into Africa jeopardized over charges of racist coronavirus response – Joel Gehrke (DIERSEN: What about Communist Chinese inroads into America, into Illinois, into your county, into your township, and into your municipality?)
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/chinese-inroads-into-africa-jeopardized-over-charges-of-racist-coronavirus-response

FOX NEWS
— Trump takes new swipe at push to expand voting by mail amid coronavirus crisis – Paul Steinhause
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-push-to-expand-voting-by-mail-amid-coronavirus-crisis

AMERICAN GREATNESS
— Coronavirus Racial Disparities Miss the Bigger Picture Playing the race card during a pandemic is not just politically corrosive, it is medically unsound. – Heather Mac Donald
https://amgreatness.com/2020/04/14/coronavirus-racial-disparities-miss-the-bigger-picture/

BREITBART
— Mark Levin Mocks Media, Democrats for Newfound ‘Federalism’ – JOEL B. POLLAK
https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2020/04/14/mark-levin-mocks-media-democrats-for-newfound-federalism/

NEWSMAX
— West Coast, East Coast, Midwest: More Governors Consider Charting Their Own Path Through the Pandemic
https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/states-governors/2020/04/14/id/962876/

JUDICIAL WATCH
— OUR LIBERTIES ARE BEING SUPPRESSED, ECONOMY IS BEING DESTROYED OVER #CORONAVIRUS – Tom Fitton
https://www.judicialwatch.org/videos/tom-fitton-our-liberties-are-being-suppressed-economy-is-being-destroyed-over-coronavirus/
— WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO OPPOSE VOTER ID & CITIZENSHIP VERIFICATION FOR ELECTIONS? – TOM FITTON
https://www.judicialwatch.org/videos/tom-fitton-why-would-anyone-want-to-oppose-voter-id-citizenship-verification-for-elections/
— TOM FITTON WARNS MAIL-IN VOTING IS ‘OPEN INVITATION FOR VOTER FRAUD’
https://www.judicialwatch.org/videos/tom-fitton-warns-mail-in-voting-is-open-invitation-for-voter-fraud/

THE HILL
— Unparalleled crisis leads to unprecedented federal spending – NIV ELIS 
https://thehill.com/policy/finance/492833-unparalleled-crisis-leads-to-huge-spike-in-fed-spending

ABC NEWS
— IMF predicts the worst recession since the Great Depression – Catherine Thorbecke
https://abcnews.go.com/Business/coronavirus-economic-updates-imf-predicts-worst-recession-great/story?id=70138583

NBC NEWS
— Hardest-hit states don’t plan to follow Trump’s national guidance on reopening
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/hardest-hit-states-don-t-plan-follow-trump-s-national-n1183671

REUTERS
— Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday it had fired three critics of the company’s pandemic response for workplace violations, dismissals that drew sharp words from U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and a labor coalition. – Aakriti Bhalla, Jeffrey Dastin (DIERSEN: There were no sharp words from Republican U.S. Senators and Republican U.S. Representatives when my Democrat GAO superiors forced me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old. I was critical of GAO’s political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation for opposing the aforesaid.) 
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-amazon-com-warehou/amazon-fires-two-employees-critical-of-warehouse-working-conditions-idUSKCN21W0UI

NEW YORK TIMES
— Trump Stops U.S. Funding of W.H.O.; U.K. Coronavirus Deaths May Be Higher Than Official Toll Confirmed infections neared 2 million, with more than 120,000 dead, and the I.M.F. predicted the worst global downturn since the Great Depression. New York City passed 10,000 fatalities.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/14/world/coronavirus-news-world-global-live.html
— For Black Men, Fear That Masks Will Invite Racial Profiling African-American men worry that following the C.D.C. recommendation to cover their faces in public could expose them to harassment from the police. – Derrick Bryson Taylor
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/14/us/coronavirus-masks-racism-african-americans.html
— What’s an Essential Service in a Pandemic? The Post Office From the census to the November election, the Postal Service is critical to American democracy. – Editorial
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/14/opinion/usps-coronavirus.html
— Democrats Bet on Biden to Beat Trump. Then Came the Coronavirus. The pandemic has upended the 2020 election. Can Joe Biden adapt? – Spencer Bokat-Lindell
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/14/opinion/biden-coronavirus-trump.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: White-haters use coronavirus to promote hatred of Whites. 
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/15/opinion/coronavirus-african-americans-inequality.html
— Democratic Victory in Wisconsin Looms as ‘Clarion Call’ for Trump – Reid J. Epstein and Adam Nagourney
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/14/us/politics/trump-wisconsin-2020-election.html
— I.M.F. Predicts Worst Downturn Since the Great Depression The global economy is expected to contract by 3 percent this year as quarantines and lockdowns cripple output. – Alan Rappeport and Jeanna Smialek
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/14/us/politics/coronavirus-economy-recession-depression.html
— U.S. Retail Sales Suffer Biggest Plunge on Record:  The Commerce Department’s preliminary report showed retail sales in March dropped 8.7 percent.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/15/business/stock-market-covid-coronavirus.html

WASHINGTON POST
— Covid-19 checkpoints targeting out-of-state residents draw complaints and legal scrutiny – Luz Lazo and Katherine Shaver
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/covid-19-checkpoints-targeting-out-of-state-residents-draw-complaints-and-legal-scrutiny/2020/04/14/3fc0ed42-774e-11ea-b6ff-597f170df8f8_story.html
— The Postal Service needs a bailout. Congress is partly to blame. A 2006 law set the stage to burden the agency with $160 billion in debt – Jacob Bogage
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/15/postal-service-bailout-congress/
— Vacancies have hindered the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus – Joe Davidson
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/vacancies-have-hindered-the-trump-administrations-response-to-the-coronavirus/2020/04/14/8c412180-7e94-11ea-8de7-9fdff6d5d83e_story.html
— Will the coronavirus make conservatives love government spending? People with conservative personalities are more open to such intervention than you might think. – Christopher Federico (DIERSEN: RINOs claim to be Republicans.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/04/15/will-coronavirus-make-conservatives-love-government-spending/
— Retail sales plummeted 8.7 percent in March as coronavirus guts consumer spending American consumers prop up about 70 percent of the country’s economy, but spending at restaurants, retail stores, malls and the like has essentially hollowed out – Rachel Siegel 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/15/retail-figures-coronavirus-march/

NEW YORK POST
— Coronavirus may lead to worst global recession since Great Depression: IMF – Noah Manskar
https://nypost.com/2020/04/14/coronavirus-may-lead-to-worst-recession-since-great-depression-imf/

UNION LEADER
— What price victory in the Coronavirus War? – Patrick J. Buchanan
https://www.unionleader.com/opinion/columnists/patrick-j-buchanan-what-price-victory-in-the-coronavirus-war/article_d64f2de9-3ed2-57d4-ab07-894f967032c7.html

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— FRONT PAGE: A Second Round of Coronavirus Layoffs Has Begun. Few Are Safe. People who thought their jobs were secure, including white-collar professionals, increasingly face unemployment – Eric Morath, Harriet Torry and Gwynn Guilford
https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-second-round-of-coronavirus-layoffs-has-begun-no-one-is-safe-11586872387
— Coronavirus Ravages the Lungs. It Also Affects the Brain. As Covid-19 cases mount, doctors are seeing patients who are experiencing symptoms like seizures, hallucinations and loss of smell and taste – Daniela Hernandez
https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-ravages-the-lungs-it-also-affects-the-brain-11586896119
— Lack of Savings Worsens the Pain of Coronavirus Downturn Many of the millions of restaurant, hotel and store workers affected by shutdowns are expected to fall behind on rent and other bills – David Harrison
https://www.wsj.com/articles/lack-ofsavingsworsens-the-pain-of-coronavirus-downturn-11586943001
— Fired Amazon Warehouse Workers Accuse Company of Retaliation, Which It Denies Employees say they were targeted for organizing; tech giant defends firings, safety measures at facilities – Sebastian Herrera
https://www.wsj.com/articles/fired-amazon-warehouse-workers-accuse-company-of-retaliation-which-it-denies-11586891334
— The Students Left Behind When College Campuses Empty Out Due to Coronavirus Fears Some who can’t go home find themselves alone in their dorms, on quiet campus lawns and standing six feet from anyone else they can find – Melissa Korn 
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-students-left-behind-when-college-campuses-empty-out-due-to-coronavirus-fears-11586943002

BLOOMBERG
— U.S. Economy Put in Self-Induced Coma to Fight Virus
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2020-04-15/u-s-economy-put-in-self-induced-coma-to-fight-virus-epoch-s-priest-video
— Some Economists Say Jobless Rate Could Soar To At Least 20%
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-14/worst-case-fears-of-20-30-u-s-jobless-rate-are-now-realistic

USA TODAY
— Coronavirus live updates: 80M Americans to receive stimulus checks after deadliest day in US – John Bacon and Jessica Flores
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/04/15/coronavirus-live-updates-stimulus-checks-us-deaths-donald-trump/2990712001/

NEWSWEEK
— NINE EVANGELICAL LEADERS CALL ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO RELEASE MIGRANTS FROM DETENTION FACILITIES AMID CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – JEFFERY MARTIN (DIERSEN: Democrats and RINOs see illegals as being their foot soldiers in their war against Republicans.) 
https://www.newsweek.com/nine-evangelical-leaders-call-trump-administration-release-migrants-detention-facilities-amid-1497891
— AS BIDEN PROMISED US THE PAST, BERNIE OFFERED US THE FUTURE. WHY DID HE FAIL—AND WHAT DID WE FORFEIT? – MOSHIK TEMKIN
https://www.newsweek.com/sanders-biden-obama-promise-future-past-lose-1497854

POST JOURNAL
— New York: Bill Would Criminalize Intentionally Spreading Disease – Eric Tichy
https://www.post-journal.com/news/page-one/2020/04/bill-would-criminalize-intentionally-spreading-disease/

CCN
— Dow Futures Plunge after CDC’s Chilling New Coronavirus Warning CDC Director Dr Robert Redfield says a coronavirus second wave is “definitely” coming while experts predict rolling lockdowns until 2021. – Ben Brown 
https://www.ccn.com/dow-futures-plunge-after-cdcs-chilling-new-coronavirus-warning/

April 5 Morning Edition

NBC5
— Largest 1-Day Increase Yet in Coronavirus Cases in Chicago Area  A total of 11,025 coronavirus cases have been reported in the Chicago area as of Saturday
https://www.nbcchicago.com/investigations/largest-1-day-increase-yet-in-coronavirus-cases-in-chicago-area/2250540/

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Despite backlog of 115K COVID-19 tests, Quest Diagnostics asks workers to voluntarily go on furlough; Trump says ‘toughest’ weeks coming as Coronavirus numbers continue to rise.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/4/5/21208575/trump-says-toughest-weeks-coming-as-coronavirus-numbers-continue-to-rise-live-updates

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Queen urges self-discipline as Britain sees record jump in coronavirus deaths – AP
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-nw-coronavirus-world-updates-20200405-z6jelb2cynbblfz725vw44suzu-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— Pritzker: Illinois ‘weeks away’ from coronavirus peak – Charles Keeshan
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200405/pritzker-illinois-weeks-away-from-coronavirus-peak
— It’s time to start wearing masks – Editorial
https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20200404/editorial-its-time-to-start-wearing-masks
— Facts Matter: Positive coronavirus news is great, but not when it’s false – Bob Oswald (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is false, misinformation, disinformation, and/or fake news except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless.)
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200404/facts-matter-positive-coronavirus-news-is-great-but-not-when-its-false–
— COVID-19 is forcing us to rethink our values – Armstrong Williams
https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20200405/covid-19-is-forcing-us-to-rethink-our-values

WTTW
— Pritzker: Anyone Still Gathering During Pandemic is “Stupid” or Not Paying Attention – Matt Masterson
https://news.wttw.com/2020/04/04/pritzker-anyone-still-gathering-during-pandemic-stupid-or-not-paying-attention

WBEZ
— Pritzker: Feds Should Have Pushed All States To Issue Stay-At-Home Orders – Dan Mihalopoulos
https://www.wbez.org/shows/wbez-news/pritzker-feds-should-have-pushed-all-states-to-issue-stayathome-orders/615b871a-8949-4b97-af4e-b9253c1e02e3

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— As COVID cases rise in NYC, United dramatically cuts its schedule The airline will cut its Newark schedule 90 percent starting Sunday. As the outbreak spreads, other cities could also see reductions. – JOHN PLETZ 
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/transportation/covid-cases-rise-nyc-united-dramatically-cuts-its-schedule

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Coronavirus afflicts ethics reform – Doug Finke
https://www.sj-r.com/news/20200404/coronavirus-afflicts-ethics-reform

ALTON DAILY NEWS
— Update on Gun Issues – Greg Bishop
http://altondailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=17&id=301659#.XonY-SN_OM8

GALESBURG REGISTER MAIL
— Local newspapers facing their own coronavirus crisis – AP
https://www.galesburg.com/news/20200405/local-newspapers-facing-their-own-coronavirus-crisis

ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: The Illinois Cannabis Market Is Strong – ERIC SCHMID
https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-cannabis-market-strong-shortages-will-persist-months#stream/0

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Chicago opens shelters for newly homeless in virus crisis – AP
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/apr/5/chicago-opens-shelters-for-newly-homeless-in-virus/

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON
— Sean Casten (D., Ill.) Spreads Chinese Propaganda While Blaming Coronavirus Deaths on Trump – Yuichiro Kakutani
https://freebeacon.com/coronavirus/dem-rep-spreads-chinese-propaganda-while-blaming-coronavirus-deaths-on-trump/

BLAZE
— Police issue citation, fine woman who was just ‘going on a drive’ amid coronavirus stay-at-home order ‘…failed to abide by the order of the governor’ – Chris Enloe
https://www.theblaze.com/news/police-issue-citation-fine-woman-who-was-just-going-on-a-drive-amid-coronavirus-stay-at-home-order

NEWS BUSTERS
— Trump SLAMS Liberal Media for Purposely ‘Creating Fear,’ ‘Panic’; ‘So Bad for’ America – Curtis Houck
https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/curtis-houck/2020/04/04/trump-scorches-liberal-media-purposely-creating-fear-panic-its-so
— Hollywood’s ‘Trump Is Hitler’ Argument Even More Pathetic Now – Christian Toto 
https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/scott-whitlock/2020/04/04/hollywoods-trump-hitler-argument-even-more-pathetic-now

THE HILL
— Biden says Democratic convention may need to be virtual – JUSTINE COLEMAN (DIERSEN: What is the status of the following: a) the next meeting of your Republican township/ward/county party organization, b) the Republican county party conventions, c) the April 21 annual township government meetings, and d) the June 11-13 Illinois Republican Party State Convention?) 
https://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/491209-biden-says-democratic-convention-may-need-to-be-virtual
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “Trump team picks fight with Twitter, TV networks over political speech.”
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/491072-trump-team-picks-fight-with-twitter-tv-networks-over-political-speech
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In recent weeks, the Trump campaign has threatened legal action against TV stations for airing an ad cut by a Democratic super PAC that makes it seem as if Trump called the coronavirus a “hoax.” It has also been sending scores of emails to Twitter to flag videos being produced and shared by Democrats to make the case that the content runs afoul of the company’s policy on manipulated media. And this week, the Trump campaign took the unusual step of producing a deliberately misleading clip of former Vice President Joe Biden calling the coronavirus a “hoax” with the sole purpose of testing Twitter to see if it would enforce its rules equally on both the Trump and Biden campaigns. “Everything indicates that the Democrat donors who run Silicon Valley are intent on stacking the deck against President Trump’s reelection,” said Matt Wolking, a Trump campaign spokesman. “Their lack of transparency is further evidence that this is politically motivated interference in the 2020 election. Political speech and debate should not be policed and silenced by faceless, unknown actors and social justice warriors manipulating algorithms behind closed doors.” Since Trump was elected president, there has been an explosion of media fact-checking, leading to enormous pressure on platforms to sanction or pull content that is determined to be misleading. The president and his campaign have been accused of spreading misinformation through campaign ads countless times.)

CNN
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trump’s coronavirus mismanagement again undercuts his CEO image.”
https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/05/politics/president-management-covid-2020/index.html

CBS NEWS
— Coronavirus updates: U.S. deaths top 8,500 as Trump warns of “toughest week” ahead
https://www.cbsnews.com/live-updates/coronavirus-pandemic-covid-19-latest-news-2020-04-05/

NBC NEWS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “Two months in, Trump’s coronavirus response creates more chaos.”
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/two-months-trump-s-coronavirus-response-creates-more-chaos-n1176986

REUTERS
— How the coronavirus job cuts played out by sector and demographics – Dan Burns
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-jobs/how-the-coronavirus-job-cuts-played-out-by-sector-and-demographics-idUSKBN21M0EL

CNBC
— Scenes of Sin City shut down by coronavirus – Adam Jeffery
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/04/scenes-of-sin-city-shut-down-by-coronavirus.html
— Coronavirus effect: Bankruptcies won’t save retail this time – Lauren Hirsch
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/04/coronavirus-retail-is-used-to-existential-crises-but-bankruptcies-wont-save-it-now.html

NEW YORK TIMES
— Coronavirus Live Updates: New U.S. Hot Spots Emerge; Trump Predicts ‘a Lot of Death’
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/05/world/coronavirus-news.html
— With Campaigns in Remote Mode, Pandemic Upends Battle for Congress As retail campaigning has become all but impossible amid the public health crisis, candidates tread carefully in an uncertain political environment. – Carl Hulse
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/05/us/congress-campaigns-coronavirus.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “The president veered from grim warnings to baseless assurances in a news conference, predicting a surging death toll in what may be “the toughest week” of the pandemic.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/05/world/coronavirus-news.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Of course, Trump-haters hint/imply/argue/shout that only Trump-supporters abuse Chinese-Americans.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/05/nyregion/coronavirus-chinese-americans-supplies.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “The Coronavirus Misinformation War.” According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is misinformation, disinformation, and/or fake news except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/03/opinion/sunday/coronavirus-fake-news.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “As Trump Administration Debated Travel Restrictions, Thousands Streamed in From China.”
https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/04/05/world/asia/05reuters-health-coronavirus-nsc.html

WASHINGTON POST
— Live updates: As coronavirus cases top 300,000 in U.S., Trump says ‘ there will be a lot of death’ in the next week
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/04/05/coronavirus-latest-news/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “So much for Trump’s polling bump.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/05/so-much-trumps-bump/

NEW YORK POST
— So many to blame for coronavirus crisis, so don’t bother – Michael Goodwin (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters blame Trump for coronavirus. I should write a book about disgusting scapegoating Diersen-haters who ever-increasingly blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems. I would focus on those who blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for the problems that the following have/had: Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, Illinois, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, etc.)
https://nypost.com/2020/04/04/so-many-to-blame-for-coronavirus-crisis-so-dont-bother-goodwin/

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
— Hitching a ride on the coronavirus: How partisans of all stripes are exploiting this crisis – WILL MARSHALL
https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-hitching-ride-coronavirus-20200405-37fjf5gdibhffnf4nptksx7g34-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters blame Trump for coronavirus. I should write a book about disgusting scapegoating Diersen-haters who ever-increasingly blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems. I would focus on those who blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for the problems that the following have/had: Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, Illinois, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, etc.)
https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-lives-laying-blame-leadership-20200405-rylfm3ok5bghpauhtaiglem5w4-story.html

USA TODAY
— Blame the Chinese Communist Party for the coronavirus crisis Coronavirus crisis proves communism is still a grave threat to the entire world. If Beijing had just been honest, the pandemic could be preventable. – Marion Smith (DIERSEN: What do say to those who side with Communist China against America?) 
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/04/05/blame-chinese-communist-party-coronavirus-crisis-column/2940486001/

INDIANAPOLIS STAR
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Impeachment not a valid excuse for Trump’s slow COVID-19 response.” Of course, according to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, the many adverse actions that my Democrat superiors in the federal government took against me is no excuse for my failing to make GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40. 
https://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/2020/04/05/goldberg-impeachment-not-valid-excuse-trump-slow-covid-19-response/2941361001/

BOSTON GLOBE
— There’s no real precedent for the coronavirus effect on the economy — and that could be a good thing – Jim Puzzanghera
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/04/04/nation/theres-no-real-precedent-coronavirus-effect-economy-that-could-be-good-thing/

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— State Coronavirus Shutdowns Have Taken 29% of U.S. Economy Offline Eight in 10 U.S. counties are under lockdown orders, according to a study, and they represent nearly 96% of national output – Josh Mitchell
https://www.wsj.com/articles/state-coronavirus-shutdowns-have-taken-29-of-u-s-economy-offline-11586079001
— U.S. Expects Coronavirus Peak in Some Cities Next Week as Global Toll Climbs ‘There will be a lot of death unfortunately,’ President Trump says – Andrew Restuccia, Melissa Korn and Katie Honan
https://www.wsj.com/articles/governments-around-the-world-intensify-measures-to-battle-coronavirus-pandemic-11585993977
— THE MONTH CORONAVIRUS FELLED AMERICAN BUSINESS March began amid an 11-year expansion and ended with blue-chip companies begging for bailouts. Swift and sharp, the pandemic cut through the country’s commerce like nothing before it.
https://www.wsj.com/graphics/march-changed-everything/
— The Big Question for Sports: When Will You Feel Safe Around 20,000 Strangers Again? President Trump wants sports back soon. But fans might not be ready. – Joshua Robinson, Ben Cohen and Laine Higgins
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-big-question-for-sports-when-will-you-feel-safe-around-20-000-strangers-again-11586084401
— How Coronavirus Is Breaking Down Along Familiar Political Lines Red and blue America are experiencing the crisis in different ways, and that is affecting how their leaders are tackling it – Aaron Zitner, John McCormick and Dante Chinni
https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-coronavirus-is-breaking-down-along-familiar-political-lines-11586001600
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Because the outbreak has hit urban areas harder than less-populated communities, it has been felt less in the nation’s Republican strongholds than in Democratic ones, bringing a partisan tint to views of how the outbreak is being experienced and should be addressed. That has also meant that some Republican elected officials have been hesitant to call for statewide stay-at-home orders for fear of upending rural areas that have yet to record many cases or any at all. As of Thursday, 91% of counties that voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 had at least one case of coronavirus, and 47% had at least one death, a Wall Street Journal analysis of virus data compiled by Johns Hopkins University shows. By contrast, 69% of counties that voted for President Trump had at least one case, and 14% had a death. Those counties on the whole are less densely populated than Clinton counties, and most rural areas tend to lean Republican. Only about a fifth of the states, all with large rural populations and Republican governors, didn’t have statewide stay-at-home directives in place as of Friday. The GOP governors of Florida, Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee, who had resisted issuing statewide shelter-in-place orders, were among those who reversed course and imposed them this past week. Discrepancies between rural and urban America are creating tensions within states.)

BLOOMBERG
— The Way We Work Will Never Be the Same – Brooke Sample
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-04-05/coronavirus-puts-end-to-labor-market-as-we-know-it

FORTUNE
— Local newspapers are facing their own coronavirus crisis – AP
https://fortune.com/2020/04/05/newspapers-cuts-coronavirus-layoffs-jobs-crisis-unemployment-covid-19/
— Coronavirus is igniting a devastating crisis for highly indebted companies – BOB DIAMOND and TY WALLACH
https://fortune.com/2020/04/04/coronavirus-corporate-loans-bonds-credit/

MOTLEY FOOL
— Are Americans Concerned About Their Personal Finances Over Coronavirus? – Dave Kovaleski (DIERSEN: So far, how has coronavirus negatively impacted you and your spouse financially? For my wife and I, our recent stock market gains have been lost. I am sure that the value of our home, vehicles, etc. has gone down. As our fixed income investments mature, we will be faced with much lower interest rates and much more pressure to take on more risk, that is, to put money in the stock market. Ever-increasingly, to maintain our standard of living, my Civil Service Retirement System pension, our Social Security, our federal health, dental, and vision insurance subsidy, and our interest income is not enough, and we have to dip more and more and more into our retirement savings.) 
https://www.fool.com/investing/2020/04/04/concerned-about-personal-finances-coronavirus.aspx
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A recent survey conducted by the National Financial Educators Council (NEFC) shows how concerned Americans are about their personal finances due to the effects of the coronavirus crisis. According to the survey, which solicited responses from 1,201 people between March 23 and March 27, 58.2% say the crisis has had a negative impact on their personal finances (30.9% called the impact somewhat negative, and 27.3% described it as very negative). About 32% of respondents said the crisis has had neither a positive nor a negative impact, while the remaining 9.9% said the pandemic has had a positive effect on their finances (6.8% indicated the effect was very positive, while 3.1% said somewhat positive). That’s the sentiment right now, but what about the future?)

BANKRATE
— Majority Have Cut Spending Amid Coronavirus Crisis Two-thirds have not touched their retirement or investment accounts despite market volatility
https://www.southernmarylandchronicle.com/2020/04/05/majority-have-cut-spending-amid-coronavirus-crisis/

TAUNTON GAZETTE
— Why our coronavirus coverage is free – Editorial (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes are beyond furious that GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are free and contain no advertising.)
https://www.tauntongazette.com/news/20200404/why-our-coronavirus-coverage-is-free-and-what-we-hope-youll-do-about-it

PARADE
— What People Earn 2020: See the Salaries of Everyday Workers Across America – Kaylen Ralph (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, you are worth what are paid for doing what you do. They stress that no one pays me anything for my spending 10+ hours each and every day putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out. In my defense, I stress a) that I have enough time and money that I do not need anyone to give me money for my doing what I do, b) that “He wo pays the piper calls the tunes” and I do not want anyone to call my tunes, and c) that in 1997, when I was 49 years old, my Democrat GAO superiors paid me $131,532/year in today’s dollars.) 
https://parade.com/1015936/kaylen-ralph/what-people-earn-salaries-2020/

RASMUSSEN REPORTS
— Voters Overwhelmingly Endorse Coronavirus Aid Package. Expect More to Come (DIERSEN: Coronavirus aid drives up the national debt. What percent of coronavirus aid has gone, is going, and will go to individuals, organizations, companies, etc. that have not been significantly negatively impacted financially?) 
https://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/disease/voters_overwhelmingly_endorse_coronavirus_aid_package_expect_more_to_come

INQUISITR
— Donald Trump Urges Media To ‘Stop Spreading False Rumors’ Amid Coronavirus Pandemic ‘Ought to put it together for a while, get this over with and then go back to your fake news,’ Trump said. – Damir Mujezinovic (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is false, misinformation, disinformation, and/or fake news except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless.)
https://www.inquisitr.com/5982174/donald-trump-media-false-rumors-coronavirus/

SUN
— ‘IT WAS TERRIBLE’ Trump blasts ex-Navy Capt Brett Crozier who raised coronavirus alarms saying he agrees ‘100%’ with his ousting – Les Steed (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents stress the lack of support that I got from my fellow GAO class members (White, male, over age 40) when I became the only active member in a class action lawsuit in 1988 when I was 40 years old that charged my Democrat GAO superiors with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation. I should write a book about my fellow GAO class members. I would focus on those who cut deals under the table with my Democrat GAO superiors to keep their jobs. Those deals included their giving me unfair performance expectations and appraisals, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, and helping my Democrat GAO superiors force me to take their retirement “offer.”)
https://www.thesun.co.uk/uncategorized/11331227/trump-blasts-ex-navy-capt-brett-crozier-coronavirus-alarms-agrees-ousting/

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Captain Brett Crozier will now be ‘reassigned’ according to his superiors, despite the Navy facing a huge backlash over the dismissal. The news came just one day after a video emerged of hundreds of sailors cheering the Captain as he walked off the aircraft carrier after being relieved of duties. Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly told reporters on Thursday that he “lost confidence in [Crozier’s] ability to lead that warship” after he sent the letter, and relieved him of duty. Crozier was to be reassigned while investigators consider whether he should face disciplinary action, said Modly. More than 120,000 people have signed a petition calling on the U.S. Navy to reinstate Crozier. “His actions possibly saved many lives,” said the Change.org petition said. “Although he was fired, his plan to safely remove crew members was still implemented. He is a hero who should be rewarded.” Crozier “was absolutely correct in raising” concerns about Covid-19 but “it was the way in which he did it” that “undermined” the Navy’s efforts and “created a little bit of panic on the ship,” Modly said. But he said the letter was sent outside the chain of command while the Navy was already “fully responding.” He added that Crozier copying as many people as he did on the letter demonstrated “extremely poor judgment,” and said: “He did not take care to ensure that it couldn’t be leaked.” Crozier will be reassigned in the U.S. Navy role, but won’t be discharged, Modly said on Friday. But despite this, Crozier was cheered for by hundreds as he left the USS Theodore Roosevelt on Thursday. In videos posted online, one person can be heard shouting: “Now that’s how you send off one of the greatest captains you ever had.” Hundreds of sailors chanted “Captain Crozier!” and a man calls him the “G.O.A.T.,” or the “greatest of all time,” and “a man of the people.”)

March 24 Morning Edition

ABC7
— Nurse’s lawsuit alleges Northwestern Memorial Hospital fired her for warning about ‘ineffective’ COVID-19 masks
https://abc7chicago.com/nurses-lawsuit-alleges-she-was-fired-for-warning-about-ineffective-covid-19-masks/6044952/

WGN TV
— Unemployment soars in Illinois; State scrambles to assist – Sean Lewis
https://wgntv.com/news/coronavirus/unemployment-soars-in-illinois-state-scrambles-to-assist/

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Feds vow to send Illinois ventilators, masks after Pritzker and Trump talk things through The White House’s promise to send Illinois 300 ventilators and 250,000 masks came some 24 hours after Pritzker complained “the only way to get the president of the United States to pay attention is to go on national television and make noise about it.” – Tina Sfondeles (DIERSEN: If you needed to be put on a ventilator to stay alive, what factors would work against you? For me, factors include my being 71 years old, my having not-in-control type 2 diabetes, and my being obese (BMI 30+).)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2020/3/23/21191917/pritzker-trump-tv-cnn-twitter-illinois-ventilators-masks-ppe-coronavirus
— Adding insult to isolation? No shame in being dubbed a ‘non-essential’ worker Most everyone would probably like to believe they are essential in at least some small way or another to the endeavors to which they devote themselves — and therefore essential to the larger society. – Mark Brown (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, I have never been essential. But then again, according to them, only they are essential.) 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/2020/3/23/21191808/coronavirus-non-essential-job-stay-home-pritzker

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Is Marijuana an ‘Essential’ Like Milk or Bread? Some States Say Yes – Dan Levin
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/sns-nyt-coronavirus-states-say-marijuana-an-essential-20200324-v6toajyrwrdddgs5f5o3vu5srm-story.html

NORTHWEST HERALD
— Gun stores see increase in sales amid COVID-19 concerns Illinois State Police grapple with influx of firearm transfer requests – KATIE SMITH
https://www.nwherald.com/2020/03/23/gun-stores-see-increase-in-sales-amid-covid-19-concerns/a4gbou0/

SUBURBAN LIFE
— Wheaton declares state of emergency
https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2020/03/24/wheaton-declares-state-of-emergency/ajia54j/

NPR ILLINOIS
— People With Disabilities Say Rationing Care Policies Violate Civil Rights – JOSEPH SHAPIRO (DIERSEN: If healthcare was rationed, what factors would work against you? For me, factors include my being 71 years old, my having not-in-control type 2 diabetes, and my being obese (BMI 30+).)
https://www.nprillinois.org/post/people-disabilities-say-rationing-care-policies-violate-civil-rights#stream/0

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— Trump says he intends to reopen country in weeks, not months
https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/national/watch-live-white-house-coronavirus-task-force-to-give-monday-briefing/
— Normal council grants Mayor and City Manager Emergency Powers – Munashe Kwangwari III
https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/local-news/normal-council-grants-mayor-and-city-manager-emergency-powers/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: With the virus continuing to spread in McLean County, both twin cities council’s are taking the next step to ensure people are safe and have nothing to worry about. On Monday, the Normal council met to declare a local emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, members gave Mayor Chris Koos and City Manager Pam Reece emergency powers. What this means is, both Reece and Koos now have the authority to make decisions that might ordinarily be outside municipal policies or codes. That includes spending money outside what’s outlined in the budget to fight the pandemic. In a balance of powers effort, the town council has the ability to review any and all orders issued by the Mayor. “There are situations that we really can’t anticipate,” said City Manager, Pam Reece. “We want the ability to be able to be nimble and react quickly.” The ordinance is now in effect, and will end when Pritzker’s stay at home order ends, which at this time is set for April 7th.)

FOX ILLINOIS
— Fed to buy unlimited government debt, lend to businesses – AP
https://foxillinois.com/news/connect-to-congress/federal-reserve-to-lend-up-to-300b-to-businesses-cities

CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS
— No firm plans yet for restarting legislative session – PETER HANCOCK
https://capitolnewsillinois.com/NEWS/no-firm-plans-yet-for-restarting-legislative-session

CENTER SQUARE
— New bill would require school boards to explain reasons for firing school leaders – Scot Bertram (DIERSEN: Reasons include Affirmative Action, Diversity, Inclusion, up-or-out, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation for opposing the aforesaid. What percent of teachers who are fired are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?) 
https://www.thecentersquare.com/illinois/new-bill-would-require-school-boards-to-explain-reasons-for/article_db949d2c-6d21-11ea-89e0-dbb182baa8a1.html
— Deemed non-essential? Here’s what to do next – Cole Lauterbach (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, I have never been essential. But then again, according to them, only they are essential.) 
https://www.thecentersquare.com/illinois/deemed-non-essential-here-s-what-to-do-next/article_599bf3e0-6d3c-11ea-94b5-bff963c00611.html

JAY KINZLER
— Stay Calm: Dr. Jay Kinzler’s Coronavirus Initiative
https://kinzlerforcongress.org/stay-calm-dr-jay-kinzlers-coronavirus-initiative/

ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE
— PROPOSAL WOULD CUT PAY FOR CHICAGO POLITICIANS TO FUND CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE – Autin Berg (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will your critics/opponents propose cutting your income to fund the coronavirus response?)
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/proposal-would-cut-pay-for-chicago-politicians-to-fund-coronavirus-response/

GOPUSA
— Must We Kill The Economy To Kill The Virus? – Patrick J. Buchanan 
https://www.gopusa.com/?p=86484
— Americans Wait For Help As Dems Demand Leftist Ideological Wish List In Coronavirus Aid Package
https://www.gopusa.com/?p=86500
— Civil Liberties Hang In Coronavirus Balance – Cheryl Chumley (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and the dupes want Pritzker to have the power to kill GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
https://www.gopusa.com/?p=86511
— Southern Poverty Law Center Promotes Division During Call For Unity
https://www.gopusa.com/?p=86496

FOX NEWS
— China’s coronavirus lies prey on US divisions — here’s how to fight their propaganda – Dan Crenshaw (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is propaganda except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless. I should write a book about my critics/opponents.)
https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/china-coronavirus-lies-us-dan-crenshaw
— China uses American media to push coronavirus propaganda as war of words continues – Barnini Chakraborty (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is propaganda except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless. I should write a book about my critics/opponents.)
https://www.foxnews.com/world/china-coronavirus-america-media-propaganda-war

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Coronavirus crisis approaches tipping point: ‘Can’t have the cure be worse than the problem’ – Stephen Dinan (DIERSEN: Trump-haters want the cure to be worse than the problem.)
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/mar/23/coronavirus-crisis-approaches-health-vs-economy-ti/
— GOP details Pelosi’s $2.5 trillion ‘socialist wish list’ in coronavirus aid package – Dave Boyer
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/mar/23/nancy-pelosi-coronavirus-stimulus-package-socialis/
— U.S. braces as coronavirus accelerates: ‘This week, it’s going to get bad’ – Tom Howell Jr. and David Sherfinski (DIERSEN: To destroy Trump, Trump-haters want everything to “get bad.”)
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/mar/23/us-braces-coronavirus-accelerates-week-its-going-g/
— GOP details Pelosi’s $2.5 trillion ‘socialist wish list’ in coronavirus aid package – Dave Boyer
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/mar/23/nancy-pelosi-coronavirus-stimulus-package-socialis/
— Media, lose belligerent tone – HESSIE L. HARRIS, Silver Spring, Md.
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/mar/23/letters-to-the-editor-media-lose-belligerent-tone/

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON
— Soros Bankrolls Coronavirus Attack Ads Against Trump Liberal groups spend millions on anti-Trump ads in Midwest – Joe Schoffstall
https://freebeacon.com/2020-election/soros-bankrolls-coronavirus-attack-ads-against-trump/
— Chinese Propaganda Video Cites CNN, Democratic Politicians to Push Regime Narrative Regime outlet cites CNN, NBC, Hillary Clinton to deny Chinese responsibility for outbreak – Collin Anderson
https://freebeacon.com/media/chinese-propaganda-video-cites-cnn-democratic-politicians-to-push-regime-narrative/
— Trump Says Won’t Allow Long-Lasting Damage to Economy From Virus – Reuters (DIERSEN: Trump-haters want to use the virus to destroy America to destroy Trump.)
https://freebeacon.com/latest-news/trump-says-wont-allow-long-lasting-damage-to-economy-from-virus/
— Pelosi’s Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Mentions ‘Diversity’ 32 Times – Andrew Stiles (DIERSEN: Democrats use Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion to destroy Republicans, and especially to destroy Republicans who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, draft avoiders, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://freebeacon.com/democrats/coronavirus-diversity/
— Former Bloomberg Staffers Sue Over Campaign Layoffs Lawsuits allege campaign falsely promised salaries through November – Graham Piro (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, no one should believe promises that employers hint/imply/argue/shout.) 
https://freebeacon.com/democrats/former-bloomberg-staffers-sue-over-campaign-layoffs/
— McConnell to Dems: ‘This Isn’t a Juicy Political Opportunity, This Is a National Emergency’ Majority leader says some Dems have told him they’re ’embarrassed’ – Cameron Cawthorne
https://freebeacon.com/politics/mcconnell-to-dems-this-isnt-a-juicy-political-opportunity-this-is-a-national-emergency/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Here’s what Chinese state-run media are telling their citizens – Tom Rogan (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is propaganda except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless. I should write a book about my critics/opponents.)
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/heres-what-chinese-state-run-media-is-telling-their-citizens
— Illinois sees three new deaths, nearly 300 new cases, of coronavirus – Cole Lauterbach
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/illinois-sees-three-new-deaths-nearly-300-new-cases-of-coronavirus
— Chinese officials claiming US created coronavirus does not violate Twitter rules – Jerry Dunleavy (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is propaganda except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless. I should write a book about my critics/opponents.)
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/chinese-officials-claiming-us-created-coronavirus-do-not-violate-twitter-rules

AMERICAN THINKER
— Italy fulfilling Gov Sarah Palin’s death panel prophecy – Ethel C. Fenig (DIERSEN: What would you stress about yourself to a death panel? I would stress the neither health problems nor any other kind of problem has stopped me from putting a GOPUSA ILLINOIS email together and sending it out each and every a) morning since 2004 and b) evening too since 2015.)
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/03/italy_fulfilling_gov_sarah_palins_death_panel_prophecy.html

BREITBART
— Nancy Pelosi Coronavirus Relief Bill Demands Racial, Gender Diversity from Corporate Recipients – CHARLIE SPIERING (DIERSEN: Democrats use Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion to destroy Republicans, and especially to destroy Republicans who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, draft avoiders, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/03/23/nancy-pelosi-coronavirus-relief-bill-demands-racial-gender-diversity-from-corporate-recipients/
— U.S. Graduates Expect Mass Layoffs as Companies Keep Hiring H-1B Visa Workers – NEIL MUNRO (DIERSEN: What do you say to employers that prefer citizens of foreign countries over citizens of America?)
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/03/23/u-s-graduates-expect-mass-layoffs-as-companies-hire-more-h-1b-workers/

DAILY CALLER
— Here’s How The Media Is Pushing Chinese Propaganda And Talking Points – SHELBY TALCOTT (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is propaganda except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless. I should write a book about my critics/opponents.)
https://dailycaller.com/2020/03/23/media-chinese-propaganda-coronavirus-zhao-lijian/
— Democrats Holding Up Coronavirus Relief Putting ‘Wokeness’ Over The American People – Tucker Carlson
https://dailycaller.com/2020/03/23/tucker-carlson-democrats-wokeness-coronavirus-relief/
— Pelosi’s Coronavirus Bill Pushes Provisions Unrelated To The Crisis – HENRY RODGERS
https://dailycaller.com/2020/03/23/nancy-pelosi-coronavirus-bill-provisions-unrelated-crisis/

TOWNHALL
— Pompeo Slams Iran for Repeating China’s Dangerous Wuhan Coronavirus Propaganda – Katie Pavlich (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is propaganda except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless. I should write a book about my critics/opponents.)
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2020/03/23/pompeo-slams-iran-for-repeating-chinas-dangerous-wuhan-coronavirus-propaganda-n2565492

FEDERALIST
— To Bear Arms for Self-Defense: A “Right of the People” or a Privilege of the Few? – Stephen P. Halbrook
https://fedsoc.org/commentary/publications/to-bear-arms-for-self-defense-a-right-of-the-people-or-a-privilege-of-the-few

LIFE SITE NEWS
— As Trump’s coronavirus response raises poll numbers, media demands to silence him In addition to seeing Trump being serious, aggressive, and hopeful when handling the coronavirus situation, Americans also get to see what a terrible job the media are doing. – Andrea Widberg
https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/as-trumps-coronavirus-response-raises-poll-numbers-media-demands-to-silence-him

LEGAL INSURRECTION
— Democrats’ Rescue Bill Plan: “This is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision” – William A. Jacobson 
https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/03/democrats-rescue-bill-plan-this-is-a-tremendous-opportunity-to-restructure-things-to-fit-our-vision/

THE HILL
— The ethics of running for office in a pandemic – PETER LOGE (DIERSEN: To win on November 3, 2020, how strongly will RINO candidates blame the pandemic on Trump and on his supporters?) 
https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/489152-the-ethics-of-running-for-office-in-a-pandemic
— Trump’s coronavirus briefings face criticism – NIALL STANAGE (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is propaganda except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless. I should write a book about my critics/opponents.)
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/489139-the-memo-trumps-coronavirus-briefings-face-criticism
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters pressure Biden to step up coronavirus response. 
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/489096-biden-under-pressure-to-step-up-coronavirus-response

HUFFINGTON POST
— Trump Says Asian Americans Not To Blame For Coronavirus The president called for Asian Americans to be protected. – Josephine Harvey (DIERSEN: Trump-haters charge Trump with vilifying Asian Americans. Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters vilify individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-asian-americans-coronavirus_n_5e794d78c5b63c3b6495ddbd

POLITICO
— TRUMP-HATERS ARE OVERJOYED: Fears mount of a coronavirus-induced depression Economists increasingly warn that Washington’s current efforts won’t be enough to fight a downturn approaching the devastation seen eight decades ago. – BEN WHITE (DIERSEN: Ask a Trump-hater what they would rather have – prosperity and safety under Trump or poverty and crime under Biden – and they will say poverty and crime under Biden.)
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/23/great-depression-coronavirus-induced-calamity-145304
— Who is most at risk in the coronavirus crisis: 24 million of the lowest-income workers Cashiers, nursing assistants, paramedics: These people are at highest risk of exposure to coronavirus — and make a median wage of less than $35,000 a year – BEATRICE JIN and ANDREW MCGILL
https://www.politico.com/interactives/2020/coronavirus-impact-on-low-income-jobs-by-occupation-chart/
— House panel warns coronavirus could destroy Postal Service by June “It has become clear that the Postal Service will not survive the summer without immediate help,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney. – KYLE CHENEY (DIERSEN: I worked part-time for the Park Forest Post Office 1966-1969.)
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/23/coronavirus-postal-service-june-145683
— Health officials want Trump to ‘double down, not lighten up’ restrictions There is a brewing clash between public health experts and economic officials about when to lift social distancing measures. – ADAM CANCRYN and NANCY COOK
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/23/coronavirus-economy-trump-restart-145222
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump haters say “Trump works to rewrite narrative on coronavirus response The president’s team is working to quickly blunt criticism of his handling of the outbreak.”
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/24/trump-coronavirus-campaign-reelection-145007

ASSOCIATED PRESS
— Americans’ anxiety erupts in telephone town halls – Sara Burnett
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/2020/03/23/americans-anxiety-erupts-telephone-town-halls/111459464/

ABC NEWS
— Networks face decision: How long to stick with Trump? Six network news divisions began televising President Donald Trump’s coronavirus briefing Monday evening – AP 
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/networks-face-decision-long-stick-trump-69761779
— Coronavirus government response updates: US, Trump says, not built to be ‘shut down’ “There will be tremendous death” from shutting down the economy, he said. – Libby Cathey
https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/coronavirus-government-response-updates-klobuchars-husband-tests-positive/story?id=69745713

CBS NEWS
— Coronavirus updates: World Health Organization says “the pandemic is accelerating”
https://www.cbsnews.com/live-updates/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-latest-news-deaths-2020-03-23/

NEW YORK TIMES
— The Coronavirus Revives Facebook as a News Powerhouse More than half of all news consumption on Facebook in America is about the virus, according to an internal report. – Kevin Roose and Gabriel J.X. Dance (DIERSEN: Of Course, my critics/opponents do not want anyone to learn anything about coronavirus by reading GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/23/technology/coronavirus-facebook-news.html
— Joe Biden Is Trying to Be Heard on the Virus. Can He Break Through? As President Trump holds daily briefings, Mr. Biden has kept a low profile, worrying Democrats who feel the president needs to be challenged more robustly. – Thomas Kaplan and Alexander Burns (DIERSEN: Who has challenged you the most robustly? I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who have challenged me the most robustly. I would focus on those who succeeded in ending my TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairmanship, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee membership, Milton Township Republican Organization webmaster service, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee membership, and American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board membership. I would focus on my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who paint themselves as being religious, conservative, and/or Republican, but who have worked harder against me than against any Democrat.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/23/us/politics/joe-biden-2020-virus.html
— Local News Outlets Dealt a Crippling Blow by This Biggest of Stories Layoffs. Canceled print editions. Weekly papers and small dailies across the country face peril as the coronavirus cuts off ads and live events. – Tiffany Hsu and Marc Tracy
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/23/business/media/coronavirus-local-news.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Instead of reading GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes want you to focus on “frivolity and escapism.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/23/opinion/video-games-covid-distancing.html
— FRONT PAGE: Trump-haters do everything that they can to make Chinese-Americans, and everyone else, hate Trump.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/23/us/chinese-coronavirus-racist-attacks.html
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Is Marijuana an ‘Essential’ Like Milk or Bread? Some States Say Yes – Dan Levin
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/24/us/coronavirus-weed-marijuana.html

WASHINGTON POST
— White House suspension of reporter’s press credential at issue in First Amendment lawsuit – Ann E. Marimow (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have suspended my GOPUSA press credential. I would focus on those who destroy those who they cannot manipulate/dominate. I would focus on those who blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for their problems, for your problems, for my problems and for everyone’s problems. I would focus on those who paint themselves as being religious, conservative, and/or Republican. I would focus on those who pander to the Democrat news media.) 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/white-house-suspension-of-reporters-press-credential-at-issue-in-first-amendment-lawsuit/2020/03/23/1afd54dc-6d26-11ea-a3ec-70d7479d83f0_story.html
— China is reporting big successes in the coronavirus fight. Should we trust the numbers? Here’s why you should be skeptical. – Jeremy L. Wallace (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is propaganda except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless. I should write a book about my critics/opponents.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/03/23/china-is-reporting-big-successes-coronavirus-fight-dont-trust-numbers/
— Coronavirus could drive up insurance premiums for tens of millions of Americans, projection shows – Paige Winfield Cunningham
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-health-202/2020/03/24/the-health-202-coronavirus-will-drive-up-insurance-premiums-for-tens-of-millions-of-americans-projection-shows/5e78d97188e0fa101a750100/
— WHO warns United States could become next epicenter of global coronavirus crisis, citing ‘very large acceleration’ in infections
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/03/24/coronavirus-latest-news/

LOS ANGELES TIMES
— 80% of coronavirus patients in L.A. County are ages 18 to 65, infecting people ‘across the board’ – COLLEEN SHALBY, ALEX WIGGLESWORTH, HOWARD BLUME
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-03-23/coronavirus-patients-los-angeles-county-ages-18-65

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— As Economic Toll Mounts, Nation Ponders Trade-Offs Cost of confronting pandemic is millions of jobs, trillions in wealth lost to save potentially millions of lives – Jon Hilsenrath and Stephanie Armour (DIERSEN: Trump-haters use the pandemic to destroy America to destroy Trump. If you do not believe that, you are hopelessly naive.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/as-economic-toll-mounts-nation-ponders-the-trade-offs-11584970165
— U.S. Domestic Passenger Flights Could Virtually Shut Down, Voluntarily or by Government Order As airlines struggle to keep aircraft flying with minimal passengers, various options are being considered – Andy Pasztor and Alison Sider (DIERSEN: Trump-haters use the pandemic to destroy America to destroy Trump. If you do not believe that, you are hopelessly naive.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-domestic-passenger-flights-could-virtually-shut-down-voluntarily-or-by-government-order-11585013673

FORBES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats want those who are members of the following groups because they vote for Democrats: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. 
https://www.forbes.com/sites/isaacmizrahi/2020/03/23/the-minority-majority-shift-two-decades-that-will-change-america-tech-world-faces-a-reboot/#372fb45a3656

USA TODAY
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters want “an immediate five-week national lockdown.”
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/03/21/coronavirus-america-needs-five-week-national-lockdown-column/2890376001/
— Thousands of scientists are racing to find a vaccine for coronavirus. 41 possibilities are in the works. – Elizabeth Weise
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2020/03/19/more-than-41-potential-coronavirus-vaccines-works/2870009001/

TEXAS TRIBUNE
— Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says a failing economy is worse than coronavirus – Abby Livingston
http://theparisnews.com/free/article_2f74b384-6dc0-11ea-bb9c-3776de6416fc.html

BUSINESSWIRE
— Majority of Americans Changing How They Shop Due to COVID-19 Concerns
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200324005062/en/Majority-Americans-Changing-Shop-Due-COVID-19-Concerns

NEW YORKER
— How to Talk to Coronavirus Skeptics – Isaac Chotiner (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is propaganda except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless. I should write a book about my critics/opponents.)
https://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/how-to-talk-to-coronavirus-skeptics

CATO
— The Constitutional Police Power, In And After An Emergency – Walter Olson
https://www.cato.org/blog/constitutional-police-power-after-emergenc

VOX
— Cable news should cancel the Trump Show Airing Trump’s daily “briefings” live misinforms people and undermines public health officials. – Matthew Yglesias (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is misinformation except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless. I should write a book about my critics/opponents.)
https://www.vox.com/2020/3/23/21190362/trump-daily-coronavirus-briefing-fox-cnn-msnbc

AXIOS
— Coronavirus inspires divergent messages and misinformation – Eileen Drage O’Reilly (DIERSEN: What obligation do leaders of organizations have to protect the members of their organization? What obligation do elected officials have to protect their constituents? What if Pritzker uses his emergency powers to stop me from sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to stop “divergent messages and misinformation” about coronavirus? Which of the following will come to my defense: a) the leaders of the Milton Township Republican Organization including Chris LeVan, Yadav Nathwani, John Minino, and Beth Tatro; DuPage County Republican Central Committee including Marty Keller, Paul Hinds, Gwen Henry, and Becky Rudolph; Illinois Republican Party including Demetra DeMonte, Richard Porter, Tim Schneider, Mark Shaw, and Bob Grogan; Wheaton, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois, b) those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton’s West District, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois, c) those who read GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, and/or d) those who I am a constituent of including Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Bill Brady, Jim Durkin, Amy Grant, Dan Cronin, Robert Berlin, Christopher Kachiroubas, Robert Grogan, James Mendrick, Richard Jorgensen, Fred Bucholz, Gwen Henry, Darlene Ruscitti, Tim Elliott, Grant Eckhoff, Tim Whelan, Chris Heidorn, Gail Hinkle, Chris LeVan, Gary Muehfelt, Sal Falbo, Yaday Nathwani, David Molitor, John Monino, Phil Suess, Susanne Fitch, and Lynn Robbins?) 
https://www.axios.com/coronavirus-pandemic-misinformation-trump-fauci-ff6e2544-ae2b-4ba6-877c-cc97278415ae.html

GUARDIAN
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters want to lengthen the shutdown.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/24/trumps-push-to-shorten-the-coronavirus-shutdown-proves-the-captain-is-flying-blind