December 3 Evening Edition

— Illinois COVID-19 Update: IL reports 10,959 cases, 192 coronavirus deaths Northwestern devotes more beds to ICU – Jesse Kirsch
— Biden to call for 100 days of mask-wearing among first acts amid COVID-19 pandemic “On the first day I’m inaugurated, I’m going to ask the public for 100 days to mask. Just 100 days to mask – not forever, just 100 days. And I think we’ll see a significant reduction” in the virus, Joe Biden said. – AP

— Would You Be Willing to Get a Covid Vaccine in Exchange for a $1,500 Stimulus Check? How One Bold Proposal Would Work – Lorie Konish

— Kinzinger says to President Trump in tweet: ‘Time to delete your account’
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Wheaton is one of the best small cities in America to live in
(FROM THE ARTICLE: #17 WHEATON, ILLINOIS | Wheaton is a city in Illinois with a population of 52,914, making it the 27th largest city in the state. Located 25 miles west of Chicago, Wheaton ranks 91st in the safety category and 17th overall.)
— Illinois’ COVID-19 death toll in the last seven days is highest in nation at 957 – JAMIE MUNKS

— Illinois enters deadliest stretch of coronavirus pandemic so far: 192 more fatalities More than 3,000 Illinois deaths have been attributed to the coronavirus in the last month alone, almost double the state’s death toll over the entire summer. – Mitchell Armentrout
— In Illinois, bigger employers grabbed most of the PPP COVID-19 Paycheck Protection Program loans In Illinois, 12% of the businesses and nonprofits getting federal Paycheck Protection Program COVID-19 emergency relief loans gobbled up 74% of the cash. – Caroline Hurley and Lynn Sweet

— COVID-19 has now killed one in every 1,000 Illinois residents – Jake Griffin
— Czernek steps down as Bloomingdale Twp. roads chief after months of scandal – Marni Pyke
— Northbrook-area hotel under scrutiny after super-spreader wedding – Mary Chappell

— Challengers defeat incumbent Democratic Joliet Township elected officials Caucus winners will be on ballot for April 6 election – ALEX ORTIZ

— City Council ballot order is now set for 2021 Consolidated Election

— Republicans Will Field Slate Of Joliet Township Candidates On Tuesday night, Dan Vera and his team of long-time Joliet Township Democrat officeholders were ousted from office. – John Ferak

— Slammed for criticizing Trump, Kinzinger pivots to attacking Pritzker
— 10,959 new confirmed and probable cases; 5,653 hospitalized; 1,170 in the ICU; 10.4 percent case positivity rate; 12.3 percent test positivity rate
— Explaining Illinois’ political shift with Dick Durbin’s county maps

— DOJ says Facebook gave preference to foreigners over American workers – Stephen Dinan (DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government. The Those Democrats give preference to their employees who are Democrat, and especially to those who are minority, female, younger, and/or veteran.)

— Tulsi Gabbard urges Trump not to ‘back down’ against Big Tech President Trump has called federal protections for technology platforms ‘corporate welfare’ – Michael Ruiz

— Garcetti: Los Angeles Residents Ordered To ‘Remain In Their Homes’
— Louisville, Ky., Mayor Declares Racism A Public Health Crisis

— Without Clear Mandate, Biden Should Embrace Moderate, Practical Solutions – Peter Morici

— Biden asked Fauci to serve as chief medical adviser – JULIA MANCHESTER

— Biden says he will ask Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days he’s in office – Dan Merica
— Google unlawfully fired worker organizers, federal agency alleges – Sara Ashley O’Brien (DIERSEN: When I turned 40 in 1988, I became an active member in a class action lawsuit that charged my GAO superiors with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation. Rather than help the lawsuit succeed, virtually all the members of the class in GAO’s Chicago office “cut deals” with my GAO superiors. Those deals included helping my GAO superiors a) get rid of my mentor, b) keep me off audits of IRS, c) give me unfair performance expectations and appraisals, d) always rank me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, e) not promote me beyond GS-13, and f) force me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater says “Trump’s false fraud claims could threaten GOP hopes in Georgia Senate races” and asks “Will he repeat claims he made in a 46-minute video at a Saturday campaign rally?”

— House Democrats pick openly gay lawmaker to lead campaign arm – AP

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater says “Wisconsin’s Top Court Rejects Trump Lawsuit as His Election Push Fades.”

— City of Grand Rapids strengthens LGBTQ+ equality score (DIERSEN: What will the religious, government, political, and financial leaders of your municipality do to strengthen your municipality’s LGBTQ+ equality score? Will they do even more to drive out of your municipality those individuals (like me), organizations, and companies that do not promote LGBTQ+? Those religious, government, political, and financial leaders of Wheaton who promote LGBTQ+ in Wheaton have always focused on destroying me. I should write a book about them. Better yet, I should sue them. I would focus on those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout.)

— Republican and Democratic Judges Have Turned on Trump—and Not Just When it Comes to the Election – STEVE FRIESS

August 15 Evening Edition

— DISGUSTING: Chicago Protests: Pepper Spray Used, Clashes Reported as Group Marches to Loop The demonstrations began at Chicago’s iconic Bean before the group traveled to Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, where multiple incidents were reported
— DISGUSTING: Demonstrators Clash With Police, March Into the Loop A large group of protesters is marching towards Chicago’s Loop after demonstrators were involved in multiple clashes with police
— Illinois Reports 1,828 New Cases of Coronavirus, Along With 5 Additional Deaths

— Protesters bypass march on Dan Ryan Expressway Saturday, head directly downtown

— Protest against police brutality bypasses Dan Ryan Expressway, march heads down side streets Some Chicago bridges remain raised Saturday – John Garcia

— Demonstrators avoid Dan Ryan despite plans to shut down expressway – Judy Wang, Brónagh Tumulty

— Protesters march through Bronzeville after police block them from Dan Ryan Activist and organizer Michael Ben Yosef said state police officials told him the protest had to draw at least 2,200 supporters to go onto the Dan Ryan. In the end, the rally was well below that amount. – Madeline Kenney
— Public health officials announce another 1,828 test positive for COVID-19 across Illinois
— Illinois remembers former Gov. ‘Big Jim’ Thompson, a ‘hard-nosed political leader’ with ‘kindness’ Thompson led the state for 14 years and drew praise from both sides of the aisle.

— Former Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson dies at age 84. A Republican from Chicago, ‘Big Jim’ served 4 terms. – RICK PEARSON and ROSEMARY SOBOL
— Rally against police brutality ends near Grant Park after failed attempt to walk on Dan Ryan Expressway – MADELINE BUCKLEY

— Thompson mourned by suburbanites who knew him well
— ‘Ballot harvesting’ targeted amid fight over voting rules – AP
— Fremont Township board member dies from scooter crash injuries – Doug T. Graham

— Remembering Big Jim: The embodiment of a bygone political era The tenure of James R. Thompson—a pro-choice, corporate centrist—marked a time when Illinois Democrats and Republicans could work together to get things done. Now he’s gone—and so is that spirit. – GREG HINZ (DIERSEN: My Democrat IRS and GAO superiors knew full-well a) that my wife had helped elect Thompson and b) that Thompson promoted patronage and political affiliation discrimination. (SEE: and ) Because of the Rutan v. Republican Party of Illinois decision, my U.S. Senators and their staff members and my U.S. Representatives and their staff members made it very clear that they did NOT want to hear my complaints about political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation in the federal government. All my critics/opponents, all their operatives and all their dupes promote patronage and political affiliation discrimination and reject the decision in Rutan v. Republican Party of Illinois. My Democrat IRS and GAO superiors treated me like I was part of a plot to stop them from hiring, retaining, and promoting young Democrat minorities and young Democrat females. They were fully aware of the arguments that Thompson, Jim Edgar, and Lee Daniels made in Rutan that government employers should be allowed to engage in patronage and political affiliation discrimination.)

— Saluki Athletics discusses past response to student-athlete’s kneeling protests The recent death of George Floyd at the hands of police has sparked conversation concerning the issues these cheerleaders and other athletes knelt for once again, as individuals worldwide have taken to the streets to protest police brutality. – Janae Mosby (DIERSEN: Soon, if not already, hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters will try to get rid of you if you do not kneel to them.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters say “Rep. Rodney Davis gains credibility by taking a step away from Trump.”

— Democrats Warn Of ‘Assault’ On The Postal Service As Election Nears – MATTHEW S. SCHWARTZ

— Election Officials Plan For Influx of Mail-In Ballots With New Ballot Return Options – MARY HANSEN

— OUTSTANDING: Peoria community members support officers with Back The Blue rally – Darronté Matthews

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater says “Trump Campaign Uses Racist And Sexist Tropes To Attack Kamala Harris.”

— Jim Thompson, R.I.P.
— IL-Sen: United in Prayer Vigil in McHenry County Tonight
— Reick: “Wear a Damn Mask”
— 66th House District: Allen Skillicorn Withdrawal Watch
— Conservative PAC Raises Money at Bull Valley Country Club
— Crossing the State Line to Shop for Pot

— In memorium: Jim Thompson

— Fox News Poll: Trump gaining on Biden nationally
— Biden campaign doubles down on national mask mandate as Trump, Biden square off over COVID guidance

— DISGUSTING, OUTRAGEOUS, UNACCEPTABLE: Big Tech Joins Chamber of Commerce Lawsuit to Import Foreign Workers While 26M Americans Jobless – John Binder

— Nothing ‘Systemic’ About Avoiding Responsibility – Michael Reagan with Michael R. Shannon (DIERSEN: I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who focus on destroying traditional marriage and destroying the traditional family. To promote LGBTQ is to destroy traditional marriage and to destroy the traditional family.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: America doesn’t suffer from “systemic racism.” America suffers from systemic irresponsibility. A lack of responsibility aided and abetted by therapeutic, leftist government. The Heritage Foundation’s multimaedia news organization, The Daily Signal, recently analyzed a report from the Joint Economic Committee of Congress titled “The Demise of the Happy Two-Parent Home.” The numbers are shocking and prove individual decisions determine one’s outcome in life. Not “systemic racism” or some other personal responsibility solvent. The foundation that individual decisions are based on is cultural values and that is where the problems begin. As values erode or are trashed by the prevailing secular culture, the result ripples dangerously through the population. “The report exhaustively presents data showing the shocking collapse of marriage and traditional family in America and then explores possible explanations for why it has happened. “In 1962, 71% of women ages 15-44 were married. “By 2019, this was down to 42%. In 1962, 5% of women ages 30-34 had never been married. By 2019, this was up to 35%. And the percentage of births to unmarried women has risen from 5% in 1960 to 40% in 2018.” The demographic breakdown of those ominous figures explains much of what is ailing and attempting to destroy our nation today. The Center for Equal Opportunity reports, “Late last year, the final data for 2018 were published . . . For all racial and ethnic groups combined, 39.6% of births in the United States were out-of-wedlock. For blacks, the number is 69.4%; for American Indians/Alaska Natives, 68.2% (Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific Islanders were at 50.4%); for Hispanics, 51.8%; for whites, 28.2%; and for Asian Americans, a paltry 11.7%.” Those figures alone explain the different economic outcomes among demographic groups in the USA. Not “systemic racism” or “white privilege.” Two–parent privilege is the most important factor in a young child’s life. Yet big government encourages irresponsible lifestyles by subsidizing dysfunction. The Daily Signal again, “The report examines several possible factors, a major one being the dramatic growth in the welfare state supporting female heads of household. According to the report, ‘The value of the safety net for single-mother families is 133% higher today than in 1940, and 56% higher than in 1960.'” That is the government undermining personal values at the expense of those children’s and the nation’s future. The three keys to success are simple and the formula was offered by a scholar with the leftist Brookings Institution named Ron Haskins: “American adults who follow three rules— finish high school; get a full-time job; and wait until at least age 21 to get married and have children — have a 2% chance of being poor and a 75% chance of being a middle-class wage earner.” Proving it’s not the system blocking progress for minorities in the United States. It’s personal decisions.)

— Newsweek Caves to the Rage Mob After Publishing an OpEd About Harris – Beth Baumann

— ‘Social Justice’ Is Extortion – PHILIP CARL SALZMAN
— California Democrats Propose ‘Wealth Tax’ to Combat Massive Deficit – RICK MORAN (DIERSEN: What did you do to qualify yourself for better paying jobs? I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32. Where did your money come from? My money came from what I earned when I did yard work and delivered newspapers 1962-1964; washed dishes 1964-1966; cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline in 1966; delivered mail 1966-1969; worked on an automobile assembly line and as a security guard in 1970; sold tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971; pumped gasoline 1971-1972; collected delinquent taxes 1971-1980; and audited federal agencies 1980-1997 and from my Civil Service Retirement System pension since 1997 and my Social Security since 2010.)
— Newsweek Disavows Debate on What the Constitution Says About Harris’s Eligibility to Be VP – RICK MORAN

— Who’s ‘Nasty’? NYTimes ‘News’ Pages Smear Trump, GOP as Sexist, Racist To Kamala – Clay Waters

— Seattle BLM protesters demand white residents ‘give up their homes.’ Agitators try to intimidate local residents. (DIERSEN: Are you a homeowner? If/when the BLMers demand that you give up your home, how will you respond?)

— Chicago deploying 1,000 extra officers over weekend to deter looting – KAELAN DEESE (DIERSEN: Are you a Republican? How soon, if not already, will the Democrats loot your municipality, your municipal district, your precinct, your neighborhood, your block, and your home?)

— Finally, a Female VP Isn’t Being Set Up to Fail Unlike Ferraro and Palin, Kamala Harris isn’t a gambit to save a flailing campaign. Her nomination just feels … normal. And that’s progress. – ELIZABETH RALPH (DIERSEN: The following did everything that they could to set me up to fail: my Democrat superiors in the federal government and my critics/opponents in the Milton Township Republican Organization, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee, and American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater says “Trump Ads Attack Biden Through Deceptive Editing and Hyperbole.”
— James R. Thompson, Longest-Serving Governor of Illinois, Dies at 84 A relentless campaigner, he served for 14 years after winning an election to a special two-year term in 1976. – Maria Cramer (DIERSEN: My Democrat IRS and GAO superiors knew full-well a) that my wife had helped elect Thompson and b) that Thompson promoted patronage and political affiliation discrimination. (SEE: and ) Because of the Rutan v. Republican Party of Illinois decision, my U.S. Senators and their staff members and my U.S. Representatives and their staff members made it very clear that they did NOT want to hear my complaints about political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation in the federal government. All my critics/opponents, all their operatives and all their dupes promote patronage and political affiliation discrimination and reject the decision in Rutan v. Republican Party of Illinois. My Democrat IRS and GAO superiors treated me like I was part of a plot to stop them from hiring, retaining, and promoting young Democrat minorities and young Democrat females. They were fully aware of the arguments that Thompson, Jim Edgar, and Lee Daniels made in Rutan that government employers should be allowed to engage in patronage and political affiliation discrimination.)

— Divisions over Chicago protests highlight challenges for activists and police – Mark Guarino
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater says “Kamala Harris exposes the GOP’s radicalism.”
— Indians should use the historic VP selection of Kamala Harris to reckon with our own anti-Blackness – Sharmila Sen
— The election is a choice between Donald Trump — and Kamala Harris – Kathleen Parker–and-kamala-harris/2020/08/14/02003b28-de6b-11ea-b205-ff838e15a9a6_story.html

— At My Company We Treat Everyone Fairly (and Other Fairy Tales) – Jennica Webster (DIERSEN: I should write a book about leaders who proudly make/made it very clear that they give preference to those who are minority, female, younger, poor, veteran, non-Protestant, non-German American, easily manipulated, easily dominated, moderate, liberal, and those whose ancestors have not been in America for a long time.)

— Scenes from the unofficial and more political Woodward Dream Cruise – Roy Akers (DIERSEN: Will hate-filled Trump-hating car show organizers succeed in banning American nameplate cars including Chargers, Corvettes, Thunderbirds, and Mustangs?)

— The Seven Right-Wing Attacks Against Kamala Harris – MOLLY OLMSTEAD (DIERSEN: Who are your critics/opponents and what attacks have they used against you? I should write a book about my critics/opponents and the attacks that they have they used against me.)

— Protests Outside People’s Homes (Residential Picketing) and the First Amendment They can be banned, so long as the ban is content-neutral, and so long as people remain free to generally march through the neighborhood (as opposed to protesting right outside the target’s home). – EUGENE VOLOKH

August 2 Evening Edition

— Coronavirus Illinois: 1,467 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths 11 Illinois counties considered ‘warning level’ for COVID-19: health officials
— Garfield Ridge Dunkin’ employee charged with spitting in Illinois state trooper’s coffee  Coffee shop located on Chicago’s Southwest Side on Archer Avenue
— Evanston group calls for history class to be updated with contributions from underrepresented groups (DIERSEN: To “update” history is to dump contributions by those who were conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, heterosexual, married, non-poor, gun owners, Christian, Italian American, German American, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— RNC: Decision on Private Trump Renomination Vote Not Final While Trump called off the public components of the convention in Florida last month, citing spiking cases of the virus across the country, 336 delegates are scheduled to gather in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Aug. 24 to formally vote to make Trump the GOP standard-bearer once more – Kevin Freking
— Clock Is Ticking on Trump Comeback as Early Voting Nears Aides are increasingly worried that the 2020 campaign may already be defined as a referendum on Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and will feature a historic shift to remote and early vote options – Jonathan Lemire and Zeke Miller (DIERSEN: The “clock is ticking” for all the candidates.)

— Large Group Of Protesters Gathers Downtown For Police Reform, Against ICE Saturday night – Jeremy Ross

— 9 killed, 21 wounded so far in weekend shootings across Chicago

— Only Republicans free from influence of Madigan – Henry Thompson, Naperville
— As real estate agents, we want to end housing discrimination – MAURICE HAMPTON AND MICHELLE MILLS CLEMENT (DIERSEN: What are potential home buyers being told about demographic trends in your precinct, in your municipal district, in your municipality, in your township, in your county district, in your county, and in Illinois? It seems that ever-increasingly, they are being told that soon, if not already, the aforesaid political jurisdictions will be majority anti-law enforcement, anti-Trump, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-heterosexuals, anti-married people, anti-non-poor people, anti-gun owners, anti-Christians, anti-Italian Americans, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders (except Joe Biden), and anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Hate-filled Trump-hates promote Duckworth.

— The Lincoln Project’s plan: Drive Trump out of office by driving him nuts – Roxanne Roberts

— Educators Want Schools To Remove Old History Books Until A More Inclusive History Curriculum Can Better Teach Students – BRANDON ISON (DIERSEN: To be more inclusive is to dump contributions by those who were conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, heterosexual, married, non-poor, gun owners, Christian, Italian American, German American, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— Bernard Schoenburg: LaHood lone Illinoisan to vote against bill to remove statues in D.C. – Bernard Schoenburg

— Illinois needs good judges for civil-justice reform – Evelyn Sanguinetti (DIERSEN: The judges in Diersen v. GAO rejected the equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) plank in the Republican Party platform, that is, they wanted political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation for opposing the aforesaid.)

— McHenry Township Board Seeks to Override County Clerk’s Denial of November Ballot Access for Abolition Referendum
— A Government’s Losing a Tax Protest Doesn’t Help Most Property Owners
— Pritzker on Madigan and GOP on Pritzker
— Evidence of “Peaceful” Portland Protesters, Including the Dumbest
— Franks, via Northwest Herald, Floats Another Diversion from Springfield Sex Problem
— Illinois Nursing Home Skimming
— Critiquing “Whiteness” Smithsonian Museum Poster
— Pro-Life Group Has Innovative Outdoor Movie Theater Fundraiser Scheduled

— ‘Law and order’: Trump counts on riots, looting to help him win in suburbs – David Sherfinski (DIERSEN: How strongly will suburban Democrats riot to defeat Trump?)
— Liberal media blurs cost of ongoing Black Lives Matter/Antifa race riots We must never forget the reality of the Democrats’ experiment in street justice – Robert Knight

— ‘This is who they are’: Portland protesters filmed burning Bibles and American flag amid violence in city – Emma Colton (DIERSEN: Just kidding, but how soon will my critics/opponents print out copies of my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails and burn them in front of a) government buildings in Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois, b) Wheaton Chamber of Commerce headquarters, c) Wheaton Downtown Association headquarters, d) Milton Township Republican Organization election headquarters (if/when it opens), e) Ives campaign headquarters in my precinct, f) etc.?)

— Pelosi: Mail-in Voting Is ‘Essential’ — People Shouldn’t Have to Choose Between Health and Vote – Pam Key
— Poll: 7-in-10 Voters Support Trump’s Exclusion of Illegal Aliens in Congressional Apportionment – John Binder (DIERSEN: How successful have the Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs been in bringing illegal aliens to your county, to your county district, to your township, to your municipality, to your municipal district, and to your precinct?)

— Cuban immigrant says activist group using ‘mafia tactics’ to intimidate Louisville business owners The group demands business have ‘a minimum of 23% inventory of Black retailers OR make a recurring monthly donation of 1.5% of net sales to Black local organizations’ – PAUL SACCA

— DC Mayor Exempts John Lewis Funeral Attendees From City’s Quarantine Restrictions “Government activity is essential, and the Capitol of the United States is exempt from the Mayor’s Order.” – Jon Brown

— Minneapolis Police, Defunded by City Council, Advise Residents to Obey Criminals – BRYAN PRESTON
— Louisville Black Lives Matter Using ‘Mafia Tactics’ on Hispanic Business Owners – RICK MORAN

— Democrat-Run KKK Burnt Crosses, Democrat-Run BLM Burn Bibles – Judi McLeod (DIERSEN: Just kidding, but how soon will my critics/opponents print out copies of my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails and burn them in front of a) government buildings in Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois, b) Wheaton Chamber of Commerce headquarters, c) Wheaton Downtown Association headquarters, d) Milton Township Republican Organization election headquarters (if/when it opens), e) Ives campaign headquarters in my precinct, f) etc.?)

— Trump Urges GOP to Sue Over Nevada Mail-In Voting, Ballot Harvesting – MATTHEW VADUM

— Anti-Trump Republicans Show Dysfunctional Love for the GOP Going beyond the Democrats’ idea of good Republicans. – DEBRA J. SAUNDERS

— GOP lawmaker: Democratic Party ‘used to be more moderate’ – JOHN BOWDEN (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the Democrat Party is anti-law enforcement, anti-Trump, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-heterosexuals, anti-married people, anti-non-poor people, anti-gun owners, anti-Christians, anti-Italian Americans, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, (except Joe Biden), and anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Hate-filled Trump-haters crow about their success in making young people hate-filled Trump-haters.

— Republican National Committee disputes GOP convention spokesperson’s claim that Trump’s renomination will be closed to media – Felicia Sonmez (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the mainstream news media a) functions as an arm of the Democrat, Libertarian, and Green parties and b) is anti-law enforcement, anti-Trump, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-heterosexuals, anti-married people, anti-non-poor people, anti-gun owners, anti-Christian, anti-Italian American, anti-German American, anti-draft avoiders (except Joe Biden), and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— Black Lives Matter Mural Painted Across From City Hall In Elizabeth, New Jersey (DIERSEN: To promote BLM is to promote hatred against individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are law enforcement, Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, heterosexual, married, non-poor, gun owners, Christian, Italian American, German American, draft avoiders (except Joe Biden), and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— ‘OUTSTANDING: Back the Blue’ Ride & Rally attracts thousands: ‘these are the people we rely on when we need help’ – Eriketa Cost

— OUTSTANDING: Hundreds gather on Capitol Steps for ‘Back The Blue’ rally – Briana Supardi

— OUTSTANDING: 1,500 people attend ‘Back the Blue’ rally in Sayville

— OUTSTANDING: ‘Back the Blue’ shows support for cops in Ridley – Pete Bannan

— OUTSTANDING: Diverse Trump supporters rally in Fayetteville – Ben Nelms

— OUTRAGEOUS: ‘Back the Blue’ mural painted outside Tampa Police Department The mural was painted by a group of about 40 people who wanted to show support to the department.

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hater uses Herman Cain to promote hatred against Trump.

June 3 Evening Edition

— More violence is met with more silence

— Chicago protest: Hundreds march against police brutality in Bronzeville – Liz Nagy

— Chicago Protests: City Starts to Reopen, Marches Continue
— Illinois Reports 982 New Coronavirus Cases, 97 Additional Deaths

— Despite Reopening Efforts, Chicagoans Still Struggle To Get Work, Unemployment Benefits – Dana Kozlov

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “This wave of protests is a reaction to Donald Trump.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Be careful: How we talk about mayhem could reinvigorate Trump’s reelection chances.”
— Naperville man’s video captures explosion during downtown chaos and violence
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Protestors blast Whites.
(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.)

— Daily COVID-19 cases dip under 1,000, but officials warn it could take 2 weeks to see if protests prompt uptick
— 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.”
— 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

— ‘Leaving the footprint of change’: Batavia holds a peaceful rally in support of ‘Black Lives Matter’ – Lauren Rohr
— 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
— Officials, residents praise Naperville police for protest response – Marie Wilson

— 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

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater promotes hatred against Trump.

— ‘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.)
(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.)

— 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.)
(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.)


— 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
— Drivers Flock to Secretary of State’s Office
— Clown-Masked Chicago Man Faces Federal Charges for Torching Police Vehicle
— Feds Take Jurisdiction in Three Chicago Gun Arrests
— Ugaste Comments on Minnesota’s George Floyd
— IL-14: Oberweis Comments on New Charges for Minneapolis Policemen
— 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


— Three House Black Caucus members call for special legislative session
— Oberweis wants expanded mail-in ballot program
— 982 new cases, 97 additional deaths

— GOP Reps. Ask Donald Trump to Import Armies of Foreign Workers for White-Collar Jobs – NEIL MUNRO

— 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

— Latest Democrat Strategy: Anarchy Replacing Pandemic Scare – Judi McLeod

— 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
— Riots and the Media Between excusing the riots and over-covering them, the media gets it wrong. – Douglas Andrews
— 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.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Duckworth promotes hatred of Trump.

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters side with the rioters.

— Protesters’ breach of temporary fences near White House complex prompted Secret Service to move Trump to secure bunker – Carol D. Leonnig

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Bush uses George Floyd to demonize, denigrate, and condemn Republicans.

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trump Is Reviving the Disgraceful Legacy of ‘Law-and-Order’ Politics.”

— 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.)

May 17 Morning Edition

— Churches to reopen for Sunday service in defiance of Illinois’ stay-at-home order – Jesse Kirsch
— Obama criticizes US coronavirus response in online commencement speech for HBCU graduates He also addressed the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery – AP
— Chicago Ford assembly plant employees return to work with new COVID-19 safety measures in place; ‘I think they’re rushing it’ – John Garcia

— 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.”

— Chicago Heights Ford Plant Reopens Monday As Workers Wear COVID-19 ‘Distance’ Watches – Chris Tye

— ‘Reopen Illinois’ rallies held as Anti-Defamation League condemns Nazi imagery on signs – Michele Fiore

— Federal appeals court says Pritzker’s executive order limiting gatherings will almost certainly withstand legal challenge
— 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.)
— 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.)
— 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?)
— We need reasonable, sensible plans from the governor in response to the pandemic – ELIZABETH BAUER

— 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.)

— Minorities, elderly represent higher rates of COVID-19 infections, deaths – Madhu Krishnamurthy (DIERSEN: Of course, Democrats blame Trump for that.)
(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

— 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?)
(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.)

— 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

— No masks. No gloves. No problem. As coronavirus cases soar, carefree day-trippers from Illinois pour in – Elliot Hughes, Talis Shelbourne and Natalie Brophy

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Cannabis-infusion business gets green light in Homewood – David P. Funk

— Fourth stay at home order protest draws hundreds to Springfield – Jakob Emerson

— Protesters rally outside Illinois Capitol, compare Gov. Pritzker to Hitler

— Anti-Defamation League Regional Director calls Pritzker comparisons to Hitler antisemitic, vile – Matt Sheehan
— Lawmakers debate on Heroes Act; Republicans and some Democrats go against bill – Basil John

— Fourth stay at home order protest draws hundreds to Springfield – Jakob Emerson
— Champaign County sees negative impact on tourism and economy – Taylor Deckert

— 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

— 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.)

— Lawmakers can protect the elderly and reopen the economy – Bobby Jindal

— Pelosi Coronavirus Plan Bails Out the Rich with Tax Breaks, Cheap Labor – John Binder
— Congress Needs to Wake Up About State and Local Government Layoffs – JOEL B. POLLAK

— 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.)

— NYC tourist who posted pics at the beach in Hawaii arrested for violating quarantine rule – Minyvonne Burke

— 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.)
— 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.)
— 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.)

— 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.)
(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.”)

— Republicans ‘Appalled’ By $3 Trillion Heroes Act, As Democrats Urge Its Passing – Sergei Klebnikov

— Welcome to the First Global Economic Depression of Our Lifetimes – IAN BREMMER

— It’s Not Just Sheriffs—Now Prosecutors Refuse to Enforce Illinois Lockdown – Tracy Connor

— ‘OPEN ILLINOIS’ Protesters calling for end to coronavirus lockdown have tense standoff with Chicago cops despite gov’s vow to open state – Erica Davies

May 14 Evening Edition

— 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
— Coronavirus Chicago: Willie Wilson voices support for 100 churches to reopen Sunday in defiance of stay-at-home order – Jessica D’Onofrio
— Coronavirus drives sharp rise in food prices at grocery stores in April

— 3,239 New Coronavirus Cases, 138 Additional Deaths Reported in Illinois The numbers lift statewide totals to 87,937 cases and 3,928 deaths
— 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

— Illinois nearing 4,000 coronavirus deaths

— Illinois Tollway collections down $52 million in April due to pandemic – Mary Wisniewski
— Chicago-area transit may look different this summer, with social distancing and the end of rush hour – Mary Wisniewski
— As House readies vote on coronavirus package with second stimulus checks, some lawmakers push for guaranteed income programs – CATIE EDMONDSON
— 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.)

— Illinois GOP agitates for chance to negotiate COVID-19 re-opening – AP
— Chicago, suburbs hit testing milestone, on track to ease stay-at-home restrictions – Marni Pyke
— Suburban pastors expect excitement, caution with reopenings – Bob Susnjara
— Kane sheriff: Deputies need judge’s order to enforce governor’s orders – Harry Hitzeman
— Batavia preparing for anticipated revenue shortfall due to coronavirus pandemic – Lauren Rohr
— Elmhurst Park District facing furloughs, lost revenue from pandemic – Bob Smith
— Trump: Virus shows supply chains should be moved from China – AP

— 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
— 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

— 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

— Republicans push for revisions to ‘Restore Illinois’ plan – PETER HANCOCK

— County action on reopening brings political responses – Scott Cousins

— With School Buildings Closed, Children’s Mental Health Is Suffering – ANYA KAMENETZ

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: White-haters use coronavirus to promote hatred against Whites.

— Federal Lawsuit filed against Governor Jay Robert Pritzker in his official capacity and the State of Illinois – Steve Balich

— 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

— Facing Growing Defiance, Pritzker Thumbs Nose at AG Opinion, Insults and Threatens Dissidents – Mark Glennon
— COVID-19 deaths and pre-existing conditions. What Illinois’ data says about who’s at risk. – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner

— Another 3 million Americans, 73,000 Illinoisans apply for unemployment insurance
— Bailey files new lawsuit based on informal 2001 AG opinion
— Illinois Sheriffs’ 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”
— 3,239 new cases, 138 additional deaths
— COVID-19 roundup

— There’s No Proof Killing The Economy Saves Lives

— Total Virus Layoffs Hit 36.5M as About 3M More Workers Seek Jobless Aid

— Trump says testing may be ‘frankly overrated’ – BRETT SAMUELS AND JESSIE HELLMANN

— Ousted health official warns US needs national plan to beat coronavirus – NATHANIEL WEIXEL

— 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.”

— U.S. Jobless Claims in Millions Again, Higher Than Expected – Katia Dmitrieva

— 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?)

May 12 Evening Edition

— 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
— Dr. Anthony Fauci warns of serious consequences if US reopens too soon – AP
— Pelosi unveils $3T coronavirus aid package with $1,200 direct cash aid to individuals – AP$3t-coronavirus-aid-package-with-2nd-stimulus-check/6175806/
— Reopening Illinois: DuPage County mayors anxious to reopen faster than Restore Illinois plan – John Garcia

— 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
— 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
— 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
— Chicago Police Department Coronavirus Cases Surpass 500
— Dr. Ngozi Ezike Refutes Notion That Illinois is Over-counting COVID-19 Deaths
— Fauci Testifies Outbreak Is ‘Not Under Control’ in U.S.

— Aldermen Advance Measure Protecting Workers From COVID-19 Retaliation – Todd Feurer
— Shootings Up Citywide Despite Pandemic And Stay-At-Home Order; Humboldt Park In Particular Struggles – Megan Hickey

— Illinois tests nearly 30,000 for COVID-19 in last 24 hours; reports 4,014 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.

— Unemployed Illinois residents can’t get through to IDES, despite 100 new phone operators – Meghan Dwyer

— 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
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot says city will ‘take action’ if defiant churches hold in-person services despite stay-at-home orders – Gregory Pratt
— 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
— Waukegan plans to distribute nearly $300,000 to aid coronavirus relief efforts – EMILY K. COLEMAN
— Outbreak of opportunism is already infecting our post-pandemic click-bait culture – JERRY DAVICH

— 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
— 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
— $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
— 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
— 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
— 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

— 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
— 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.)

— DuPage, Kane, McHenry leaders: We shouldn’t be on same reopening timeline as Cook County, Chicago – Marie Wilson
— COVID-19 cases surge by 4,014 Tuesday; Pritzker says no to changing regional recovery plan – Marni Pyke
— Lake County Board approves pay freezes for some officials — and one pay cut – Russell Lissau
— Indiana Republicans call off in-person state convention – AP (DIERSEN: What is the status of the Illinois Republican Party State Convention?)
— Lake County board creates COVID-19 recovery group
— DuPage County launches forgivable loan program to help small businesses – Robert Sanchez

— Pritzker responds to Rauner criticism; State sets single-day high for new cases: 4,014 – Jeff D’Alessio
— Coronavirus response: Arcola mayor: ‘We can’t survive down here’ – Deb Pressey

— Southwest Illinois Democrats say Pritzker is too slow on removing COVID-19 limits – KELSEY LANDIS

— Pritzker says session needed, would consider withholding funds from counties reopening early – JERRY NOWICKI

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “As Trump urges reopening, thousands getting sick on the job.”

— Wirepoints analysis reveals 92 percent of Cook County COVID-19 victims had pre-existing conditions – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner

— COVID-19 roundup
— IDPH releases regional scorecard
— 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
— 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
— 4,014 new cases, 144 additional deaths

— Illinois churches defy Gov. Pritzker’s ‘absurd’ restrictions on in-person services – Caleb Parke

— Pelosi Coronavirus Plan Allows Business to Hire Illegal Aliens Over 33M Unemployed Americans – John Binder

— Dem stimulus bill one-ups GOP on cash for everybody – Chris Woodward, Billy Davis

— Fauci warns of ‘really serious’ consequences if nation reopens too quickly – JESSIE HELLMANN
— House Democrats unveil $3 trillion coronavirus relief package – CRISTINA MARCOS

— Antibody tests could lead to job discrimination and encourage workers to play ‘Russian roulette’ – Amy Woodyatt

— 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

— 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

— Top health experts testify that the U.S. is not ‘out of the woods’ and warn against reopening too fast.

— Rich hospitals, poor safety plans leading up to coronavirus: Should rules change for them now? – Jayne O’Donnell

— 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

— Coronavirus Lawsuits on the Horizon: Termination and Discrimination

— Only 54% of Democrats Want Biden As Nominee

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters side with an Asian Trump-hater.

May 6 Evening Edition

— 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
— Sound of apparent toilet flush interrupts U.S. Supreme Court oral argument

— 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
— 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
— Illinois Coronavirus Updates: Pitchfork Canceled, Lolla Updates, Restore Illinois Here are the latest developments on the coronavirus crisis today
— 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
— 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
— ‘Highly Unlikely’ That Illinois State Fair Will be Held in 2020, Pritzker Says

— Republican Lawmakers Want More Input On Gov. JB Pritzker’s COVID-19 Reopening Plans

— Illinois reports another 136 COVID-19 deaths Wednesday

— We have been patient. But Gov. Pritzker is moving the goal posts. – EDITORIAL
— ‘This plan does not work’: Illinois House Republicans pan Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s reopening road map – Dan Petrella
— As statewide death toll nears 3,000, Pritzker says Latino Illinoisans test positive at higher rate than any other demographic group
— Chicago can’t reopen without decrease in the number of coronavirus cases, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says – Gregory Pratt

— Tracking Illinois coronavirus: 2,974 deaths, 68,232 confirmed cases, 361,260 tests, 23% ICU beds, 65% ventilators open

— 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
— 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
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater promotes hatred of Trump.

— Naperville leads nation’s big cities in 2020 Census self-response rate – Marie Wilson
— Authorities: Man left threatening voice messages directed at DuPage County Board chairman – Robert Sanchez

— 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


— 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

— Hypocrisy abounds as pandemic restrictions stay in place – Scott Reeder

— Local politicians question Pritzker’s plan to reopen Illinois Local politicians question Pritzker’s plan to reopen Illinois

— GOP wants ‘local’ say in Pritzker’s COVID-19 reopening plan – AP

— 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.)

— Republicans demand return to Capitol, call for changes to “Restore Illinois” plan

— Stay-At-Home Protests Draw Extremists Groups, Anti-Hate Group Says – MAUREEN FOERTSCH MCKINNEY

— Sen. Plummer Critical of Governor’s “Restore Illinois” Plan – Greg Sapp

— Pike County, IL cancels 2020 fair

— Rep. Amy Grant Responds to Governor Pritzker’s Plan to Reopen Illinois

— 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.)

— ILLINOIS REVIEW RELEASES LIST OF RECOMMENDED CONSERVATIVE STATE NEWS SOURCES (DIERSEN: Please urge Illinois Review to add GOPUSA ILLINOIS at 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.)
(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 )

— Republicans, biz groups knock Pritzker’s plan
— 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”
— 2,270 new cases, 15% positivity rate, 136 additional deaths

— COVID-19 roundup

— Dallas salon owner sentenced to week in jail for reopening business, refuses to apologize – Jessica Chasmar

— 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

— In the age of Trump, media bias comes into the spotlight – BERNARD GOLDBERG
— 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?)
(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.)

— 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.?)

— Citing no evidence, Trump accuses Democrats of wishing him failure in coronavirus response – Steve Holland, Susan Heavey (DIERSEN: Some things are “self-evident.”)

— 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

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “Americans deeply wary of reopening as White House weighs ending covid-19 task force.”

— 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?)

— Anger Towards China Grows The Longer The Coronavirus Lockdowns Last – Kenneth Rapoza

— 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.)

April 23 Evening Edition

— 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
— Coronavirus Chicago; Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force
— 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?)

— 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
— 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
— 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
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “Few Americans Trust Trump’s Info on Pandemic.”
— 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

— 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

— Pritzker announces modified stay-at-home order for Illinois through May
— 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

— Lightfoot introduces group tasked with helping Chicagoland recover from coronavirus – Mike Ewing

— 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
— 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
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Republicans fight for citizens of America. Democrats and RINOs fight for citizens of foreign countries.
— 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
— 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

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “Most Americans do not trust Trump’s info on coronavirus pandemic.”
— Gov. J.B. Pritzker extends ‘modified’ Illinois stay-at-home order through May 30 – JAMIE MUNKS, GREGORY PRATT and DAN PETRELLA
— At least 20 Chicago suburbs require face coverings in public — something most people in Illinois will have to do beginning May 1
— Unemployment claims: 4.4 million more file for jobless aid; 1 in 6 US workers have lost jobs since coronavirus hit
— 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
— Five more weeks, Illinois. We can do this. – Editorial
— 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

— Stay-at-home order extended until May 30; face coverings will be required in public starting May 1 – Jake Griffin
— Lisle approves budget after trimming costs – Robert Sanchez
— Lawmakers, many in masks, debate mammoth new aid package – AP
— White House shifts from raising alarms to reopening country – AP
— Naperville projects ‘significant’ revenue shortfall from virus shutdown – Marie Wilson

— 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
— 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
— 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

— Local impact: The governor’s extended order gets mixed reaction in McLean County – Kelsey Watznauer, Maria Nagle, Paul Swiech

— Sen. Rezin calls for transparency in governor’s handling of coronavirus Calls transparency a cornerstone of democracy

— Over 755,000 unemployment claims in Illinois filed since March
— Face coverings required for all over the age of 2

— Elmhurst Coronavirus: How To Handle Violators City says it could enforce order, but it is unclear how. – David Giuliani

— DuPage County Coronavirus Update: 2,075 Cases, 118 Deaths This article includes a breakdown of cases by municipality. – Lisa Marie Farver

— 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)

— COVID-19 Hits Black Communities With A Vengeance – Derrick Blakley

— Illinois – Basic logic ignored – KIRK ALLEN

— Leader Durkin says he is “pleased with today’s actions” while one of his members files lawsuit to block order
— Pritzker issues modified stay at home order
— 1,826 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
— 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”
— COVID-19 roundup
— House cancels next week’s session

— 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

— America’s Survival In An Age Of Political Pandemics
— Another 4.4M In U.S. File For Unemployment, Wiping Out All Jobs Added Since 2010
— We Can’t Save All Lives At Any Expense
— Why We Should Start Going Back To Work

— 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?)
— Antibody study finds 21% of New York City residents has had COVID-19 Nearly 2 million NYCers could’ve gotten the virus – Aaron Colen

— Preliminary Study Suggests 13 Percent of New York State Residents Have Contracted Coronavirus – ZACHARY EVANS
— States Should Not Receive Bankruptcy Protection – KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON

— McConnell sparks bipartisan backlash with state bankruptcy remarks – JORDAIN CARNEY

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters want to delay reopening.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater asks “Can Democrats make Trump’s chaos matter to voters?”

— U.S. newspapers have shed half of their newsroom employees since 2008 – ELIZABETH GRIECO
— Positive Economic Views Plummet; Support for Government Aid Crosses Party Lines Most expect problems from COVID-19 to last six months or longer

— Most Support Voting By Mail But Have Fraud Concerns

April 18 Evening Edition

— Illinois suffers record daily COVID-19 death toll, Pritzker says state’s peak not yet reached
— Celebrities, politicians, other public figures with coronavirus

— Illinois Senate Democrats Seek $41B Federal Bailout for Coronavirus Impact Among other items, Senate President Don Harmon requested $10 billion for pension relief
— Illinois Reports 125 Additional Deaths, Nearly 1,600 New Coronavirus Cases
— 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

— Protesters Form Car Caravan Outside Cook County Jail, Deliver Symbolic Body Bags Outside Trump Tower
— Another 125 People Dead Of COVID-19 In Illinois Growing Push For Better Tracking Of COVID-19 Deaths In Nursing Homes

— Illinois COVID-19 cases top 29,000, with daily death toll of 125
— 18 cases of COVID-19 reported in Office of Chief Judge of Cook County

— Downstate pockets spared by COVID-19 are shrinking — and pain is growing
— 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.)
— 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

— Illinois matches highest single-day death total from COVID-19, ending difficult week in battle against virus – Dan Hinkel
— 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
— Illinois Senate President Don Harmon asks feds for $41 billion coronavirus bailout – RICK PEARSON
— Problems with your $1,200 government check? Here’s what might’ve gone wrong. – LAURA DAVIDSON
— US governors feel heat to reopen from protesters, president — but infections surge in Northeast – AP

— Why March was the worst month to lose video gambling revenue – Jake Griffin
— Indiana: Protesters gather at governor’s mansion; virus cases up – AP
— Nations debate easing virus restrictions as economies falter – AP
— April 18 COVID-19 cases per county; use our map to search by ZIP code

— There’s no way to fast-forward this recovery – Editorial
— 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.

— COVID-19 a greater threat for marijuana users – Kathy Valente, Director of Operations, Illinois Family Institute

— Opposing Church Closures Becomes New Religious Freedom Cause – TOM GJELTEN

— 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 
— Steve Reick Weighs in on Re-Opening the Economy 
— Algonquin Township GOP Elects John Reinert as Leader for Next Two Years 
— Johnsburg Planning Vouchers To Be Spent at Local Businesses 
— Republican Party Features Jim Oberweis as Republican of the Week

— Going to church, or pot Pritzker’s brain on drugs – Bruce Rushton


— Despite Harmon letter, Pritzker has not asked feds for pension aid
— COVID-19 roundup
— 1,585 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

— GAO to probe no-bid border wall contract – Stephen Dinan

— Tucker Carlson to Agriculture Lobby: ‘If You Want Workers, Pay U.S. Wages’ – JOHN BINDER
— 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.)

— Sessions’ Immigration Moratorium Should Have Trump’s Support – Gavin Wax

— House Republicans Call Out Dems for Pushing ‘Extreme’ Immigration Agenda During Coronavirus – Bronson Stocking
— MSNBC Spends an Entire Segment Talking About How Lockdown Protestors Are Racist Confederates – Beth Baumann
— Tucker Unveils China’s ‘Unremitting Propaganda War’ That Has Taken Place for Years – Beth Baumann

— 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.)
(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.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters crow that “Coronavirus steals Trump economic edge.”

— Trump team targets Democratic advantage with people of color – STEVE PEOPLES
— Senators urge anti-bias police training over mask fears – AARON MORRISON

— Trump properties furlough nearly 2,000 workers amid coronavirus pandemic

— U.S. sent millions of face masks to China early this year, ignoring pandemic warning signs