June 21 Morning Edition

ABC7
— Toddler, 3 teens among 9 dead, 56 shot in Chicago Father’s Day weekend violence – Jesse Kirsch
https://abc7chicago.com/56-shot-9-fatally-in-chicago-fathers-day-weekend-violence/6258403/?cmp=emc-wls-news-headlines-6/21/2020

NBC5
— Murals Celebrating LGBTQ Life Are Coming to Chicago (DIERSEN: To promote LGBTQ activity is to a) reject religion, b) reject traditional marriage, c) reject the traditional family, and d) reject those who support the aforesaid.)
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/murals-celebrating-lgbtq-life-are-coming-to-chicago/2293085/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— On the ground in Wisconsin: Trump’s team goes door-to-door while Democrats stay virtual amid the coronavirus – BILL RUTHHART
https://www.chicagotribune.com/election-2020/ct-donald-trump-rally-joe-biden-coronavirus-in-person-campaigning-20200621-agurt64bvfb6bgeq5rezwfe6ey-story.html
— Defund police? Some suburbs — Naperville, Aurora, Elgin — have done the opposite.- SARAH FREISHTAT and ERIN HEGARTY
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/ct-abn-defund-police-budgets-st-20200619-bm3qajjv3ffkfodb4z5yk4q6fa-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: The more that you promote BLM, the more that the following promote you: individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are anti-Trump, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-Protestant, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200621/batavia-graduate-ready-to-get-to-work-reforming-the-justice-system
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrat, Libertarian, Green, and RINO teachers crank out students who are anti-Trump, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-Protestant, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200620/u-46-educators-say-social-justice-racial-equity-begins-in-schools
https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20200621/guest-view-schools-must-change-to-address-racial-disparity

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— The outcry over cancellation of the Illinois State Fair didn’t seem as loud as you might have expected. – Doug Finke
https://www.sj-r.com/news/20200620/did-fair-outcry-seem-muted

BELLEVILLE NEWS DEMOCRAT
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: BLM promoters promote BLM promoters.
https://www.bnd.com/news/local/article243681542.html

WREX
— OUTSTANDING: Dozens march outside of Ogle County Courthouse to show support for local police officers – Cassandra Bret
https://wrex.com/2020/06/20/dozens-march-outside-of-ogle-county-courthouse-to-show-support-for-local-police-officers/

FOX NEWS
— AOC gloats that Trump’s Tulsa turnout was sabotaged by ‘teens on TikTok’ – Dom Calicchio (DIERSEN: Trump-haters are moral relativists who believe that their end justifies their means.)
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/aoc-gloats-that-trumps-tulsa-turnout-was-sabotaged-by-teens-on-tiktok
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In a Twitter post, Ocasio-Cortez claimed the Trump campaign had been scammed by teenage anti-Trump activists who allegedly reserved scores of tickets for the Tulsa event online – then failed to show up, thus preventing others from being able to attend. “Actually you just got ROCKED by teens on TikTok,” the New York Democrat wrote in response to a Twitter message by Trump 2020 Campaign chief Brad Parscale, who argued that “Radical protestors” in Tulsa had prevented some of the president’s supporters from entering the BOK Center, where the rally was held. . .Ocasio-Cortez claimed that teens “flooded the Trump campaign w/ fake ticket reservations & tricked you into believing a million people wanted your white supremacist open mic enough to pack an arena during COVID.)

BREITBART
— Ordinary People Fear and Loathe Black Lives Matter – JAMES DELINGPOLE (DIERSEN: What do you say to politicians who paint themselves as being religious, conservative, and/or Republican to get elected, but then promote BLM and LGBTQ protests?)
https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/06/20/ordinary-people-fear-and-loathe-black-lives-matter/
— Michael Moore Warns Dems: While You Laugh At Trump’s Base in Tulsa, ‘There’s No Massive, Intense Love of Joe Biden’ – ALANA MASTRANGELO (DIERSEN: Expect that to get elected, Biden will promise to use the federal government to get rid the following once and for all: individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, Protestant, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2020/06/20/michael-moore-warns-dems-while-you-laugh-at-trumps-base-in-tulsa-theres-no-massive-intense-love-of-joe-biden/
— Donald Trump: Democrats Want to Take Your Guns ‘Sure as You’re Sitting Here’- AWR HAWKINS
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/06/20/donald-trump-democrats-want-to-take-your-guns-sure-as-youre-sitting-here/
— Donald Trump: ‘Racial Justice Begins with Joe Biden’s Retirement’ – CHARLIE SPIERING (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors in the federal government promoted racial justice by getting rid of their employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran 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. I should write a book how Democrat and RINO leaders in Illinois, DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton promote racial justice by getting rid of individuals and organizations that are Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, Protestant, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/06/20/donald-trump-racial-justice-begins-with-joe-bidens-retirement/
— Social Media Elites Furious After Donald Trump Says Coronavirus Called ‘Kung-Flu’- CHARLIE SPIERING
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/06/20/social-media-elites-furious-after-donald-trump-says-coronavirus-called-kung-flu/

TOWNHALL
— Millions Watch Trump Campaign Kickoff Rally in Tulsa – Bronson Stocking
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bronsonstocking/2020/06/20/trump-kicks-off-campaign-with-rally-watched-by-millions-n2571014
— Is America Starting Down the Path of Nazi Germany? – Wayne Allyn Root (DIERSEN: In your county, in your township, and in your municipality, who takes the lead in promoting hatred against the following: those who are Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, Protestant, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time? I should write a book about those in DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton who promote hatred against the aforesaid.)
https://townhall.com/columnists/wayneallynroot/2020/06/21/is-america-starting-down-the-path-of-nazi-germany-n2570979
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Many of us don’t fly an American flag at our homes. We don’t dare put a Trump sign on our lawn or in our store window, or put a Trump bumper sticker on our car, for fear of violence or vandalism. On the TV, we all see supposedly rational and respected people calling us racist solely because of the color of our skin. Our free speech is monitored, censored, shadow-banned or outright banned by those who control social media. Our great American history is being destroyed, denigrated or erased. Radicals are toppling the statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and even abolitionists — heroes who bravely fought against slavery. A black NASCAR driver can wrap his car with “Black Lives Matter,” but an NBA announcer loses his job for tweeting, “All Lives Matter,” and a Philadelphia newspaper editor is forced to resign for writing, “Buildings Matter, Too,” as his city burns. NFL superstar quarterback Drew Brees was forced to beg for forgiveness for saying he will always stand for our national anthem. College football coach Mike Gundy was forced to beg for forgiveness from his players for wearing a T-Shirt with the name of the conservative One America News Network. Demented never-Trumper Rick Wilson tried to destroy Domino’s pizza for thanking a prominent Trump supporter for a compliment on its pizza in a corporate tweet…in 2012 …before Trump ever even got into politics.)

POLITICO
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters crow about their success in making evangelicals anti-law enforcement, anti-Trump, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-heterosexuals, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-Protestant, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/21/trump-allies-see-threat-biden-evangelical-support-330780

ASSOCIATED PRESS
— Trump Supporters, Protesters Face Off Outside Oklahoma Rally
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/06/20/us/ap-us-trump-rally-tulsa.html

NEW YORK TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “Crowd Is Sparse as Trump Tries to Reignite Campaign.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/20/us/trump-rally-tulsa.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: QUESTION: Who topples statutes? ANSWER: Those who hate individuals, hate organizations, hate companies, hate governments, and hate countries that are Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, Protestant, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/06/20/us/ap-us-america-protests-.html

LOS ANGELES TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters use Black Lives Matter to promote hatred against Trump and against his supporters.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-21/black-lives-matter-los-angeles-patrisse-cullors-melina-abdullah

BOSTON HERALD
— Trump supporters, protesters face off outside Oklahoma rally – AP
https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/06/21/trump-supporters-protesters-face-off-outside-oklahoma-rally/

FORBES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters a) blame members the following groups for all the problems that Blacks have and b) want members of the following groups to pay reparations: Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older people, non-poor people, gun owners, Protestant, German Americans, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/sethcohen/2020/06/21/its-finally-time-to-pay-black-americans-reparations/#1b01208a5cb5

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
— Murals Celebrating LGBTQ Life to Be Installed in Chicago Murals celebrating LGBTQ life will be coming to Chicago, including to the Magnificent Mile shopping district in the coming days. – AP (DIERSEN: Those who promote LGBTQ activity are anti-law enforcement, anti-Trump, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-heterosexuals, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-Protestant, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/illinois/articles/2020-06-21/murals-celebrating-lgbtq-life-to-be-installed-in-chicago

June 18 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Facebook removes Trump ads with symbols once used by Nazis – AP
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/facebook-removes-trump-ads-with-symbols-once-used-by-nazis/6254366/
— Portraits of former Confederate leaders removed from U.S. Capitol – AP
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/portraits-of-former-confederate-leaders-removed-from-us-capitol/6254679/
— U.S. Supreme Court blocks Pres. Trump from ending DACA – AP
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/scotus-says-dreamers-can-stay-rejecting-trump-order/6253780/

NBC5
— Illinois Reports Nearly 600 New Coronavirus Cases, 55 Additional Deaths Thursday The rolling seven-day positivity rate is still dropping, standing at three percent according to new figures from the department of public health
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/illinois-reports-nearly-600-new-coronavirus-cases-55-additional-deaths-thursday/2291975/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “Trump Adds to Divisions in an Unhappy Country. Views of Trump are particularly negative among black Americans.”
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international/ap-norc-poll-trump-adds-to-divisions-in-an-unhappy-country/2292026/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “‘As Important as the Fourth of July’: Juneteenth Finally Getting Overdue Recognition This year, the National Football League and companies including Twitter, Spotify, Lyft, Nike, Twitter, Uber and Tenga have all recognized Juneteenth as a company holiday.”
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international/as-important-as-the-fourth-of-july-juneteenth-finally-getting-overdue-recognition/2291844/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Durbin challenger supports Warren’s tax proposal Republican Mark Curran, who is the challenger to US Senator Dick Durbin, spoke with FOX 32 and told us he supports Elizabeth Warren’s tax proposal.
https://www.fox32chicago.com/video/698054
— People already lining up for Trump’s weekend rally in Oklahoma – Morgan Phillips
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/people-already-lining-up-for-trumps-weekend-rally-in-oklahoma

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Orland Park sues Pritzker over COVID-19 restrictions – MIKE NOLAN
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/ct-sta-orland-park-lawsuit-pritzker-st-0619-20200618-voox5dbrpfe4nilufiwcizizt4-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters use George Floyd to promote hatred against Trump.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-trump-police-discrimination-george-floyd-20200618-leharstvpbgcrc5c2wqfjzodxm-story.html
— Chicago restaurant workers take to social media to call out industry racism, sexism — and more – Josh Noel
https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct-food-chicago-restaurants-racism-sexism-social-media-0618-20200618-huefgdn3fzb2zmoj3lkdcbynum-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters use illegals to promote hatred of Trump.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-supreme-court-daca-lightfoot-20200618-2zg2gjv5yzgphgkcfojobyxtky-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Traditionally conservative Wheaton embraces LGBTQ+ Pride Businesses in the west suburb are sporting rainbow colors, the brainchild of a group called OUTspoken Leaders. – Bob Chiarito (DIERSEN: Disgustingly, tragically, ever-increasingly, religious, government, political, and financial leaders in Wheaton who got their clout by falsely painting themselves as being religious, conservative, and/or Republican fail/refuse to defend/advance religious, conservative, and Republican values.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/6/18/21296251/wheaton-proud-outspoken-leaders-traditionally-conservative-wheaton-embraces-lgbtq-pride
— Don’t tear down Columbus statues; use them to confront history and trigger ‘reckoning,’ Lightfoot says “Let’s have honest, hard conversations about the real truths of our history. … Let’s start healing and unifying. That’s what we need to do. Particularly when we don’t see that happening by the leader in the White House.” the mayor said Thursday. – Fran Spielman
https://chicago.suntimes.com/city-hall/2020/6/18/21295943/columbus-statues-vandalism-tear-down-history-protests-black-lives-matter
— Illinois attorney general makes the case for licensing police officers Kwame Raoul also complained that getting the Chicago Police Department to comply with the terms of a federal consent decree has been, at times, “like pulling teeth.” – Fran Spielman (DIERSEN: GAO audits IRS. I transferred from IRS to GAO when I was 31 years old in 1980; I became a licensed CPA in 1981; and I worked for GAO in its Chicago office until 1997. To best of my knowledge, I was the only licensed CPA who worked for GAO in its Chicago office 1980-1997.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2020/6/18/21296089/illinois-attorney-general-licensing-police-officers-kwame-raoul
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters use illegals to promote hatred against Trump.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/2020/6/18/21295860/daca-supreme-court-john-roberts-president-donald-trump-undocumented-immigrants-obama-marlen-garcia
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters use George Floyd and Juneteenth to promote hatred against Trump.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/2020/6/18/21295482/juneteenth-nap-ministry-sweetwater-foundation-tricia-hersey-racial-justice-slavery-natalie-moore
— County Board advances resolution to defund police ‘to take a bold step forward to break the systemic cycle of oppression’ “The critical issue is implementation,” Board President Toni Preckwinkle said. “I hope that in the committee, there’ll be a healthy discussion about how we want to redirect resources, and I look forward to that discussion with our commissioners.” – Mitchell Armentrout
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2020/6/18/21296314/cook-county-defund-police-resolution-preckwinkle-johnson

DAILY HERALD
— Lake County designated as high-intensity drug trafficking area – Jerry Fitzpatrick
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200617/lake-county-designated-as-high-intensity-drug-trafficking-area
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters promote illegal immigration.
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200618/suburban-dreamers-greet-high-court-ruling-with-relief-and-cautious-optimism
— McHenry County Board tables correction of precinct sizes – Kelli Duncan
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200618/mchenry-county-board-tables-correction-of-precinct-sizes

WBEZ
— Illinois Supreme Court Rules Police Complaint Files Should Be Saved – Patrick Smith (DIERSEN: I keep records of all the complaints that my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have made against me.)
https://www.wbez.org/stories/illinois-supreme-court-rules-police-complaint-files-should-be-saved/27880644-95bb-4364-80cb-d5ac7db94d4d

HERALD REVIEW
— Heat, virus no deterrent for Trump fans camped outside arena – AP
https://herald-review.com/news/national/heat-virus-no-deterrent-for-trump-fans-camped-outside-arena/article_2167a676-085c-5687-be97-48010ef11d50.html

DAILY NORTHWESTERN
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, if you do not promote LGBTQ activity, Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs get rid of you.
https://dailynorthwestern.com/2020/06/17/campus/professors-student-discuss-supreme-court-decision-banning-lgbtq-employment-discrimination/

NAPERVILLE COMMUNITY TELEVISION
— Elected Officials Preview What Voting Could Look Like in November
https://www.nctv17.com/news/elected-officials-preview-what-voting-could-look-like-in-november/

NAPERVILLE PATCH
— All Residents Deserve to Feel Safe All People, of all Races, Should Feel Safe in DuPage County – Kevin Coyne
https://patch.com/illinois/naperville/all-residents-deserve-feel-safe

BLOCK CLUB CHICAGO
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, if you do not promote LGBTQ activity, Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs get rid of you.
https://blockclubchicago.org/2020/06/18/bright-colorful-lgbtq-murals-coming-to-mag-mile-and-navy-pier/

CENTER SQUARE
— Illinois Republican Party looks ahead to election – Kevin Bessler
https://www.thecentersquare.com/illinois/illinois-republican-party-looks-ahead-to-election/article_b840af78-b18c-11ea-a315-93025c557ea5.html

CAPITOL FAX
— 44,639 new unemployment claims filed in Illinois last week
https://capitolfax.com/2020/06/18/44639-new-unemployment-claims-filed-in-illinois-last-week/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Frerichs proposes taxing retirement income. Because I get retirement income, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes want retirement income to be taxed.
https://capitolfax.com/2020/06/18/frerichs-steps-on-third-rail/
— 593 new cases, 55 additional deaths, 7-day positivity rate of 3 percent
https://capitolfax.com/2020/06/18/593-new-cases-55-additional-deaths-7-day-positivity-rate-of-3-percent/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Facebook removes Trump ads that used Nazi symbol despite campaign’s defense – Mike Brest
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/facebook-removes-trump-ads-that-used-nazi-symbol-despite-campaigns-defense

GOPUSA
— Blue Flu: Atlanta Police Walk Off Dangerous Job After Murder Charges Filed Against Officer (DIERSEN: Because of Democrat BLM protests, Democrat looting, Democrat riots, and Democrats blaming law enforcement for the problems that Blacks have, fewer and fewer and fewer will want careers in law enforcement.)
https://www.gopusa.com/?p=90628
— Supreme Court Rejects Trump Bid To End DACA; Roberts Votes With Liberal Justices
https://www.gopusa.com/?p=90665

FEDERALIST
— Americans Should Never Again Comply With Pandemic Lockdown Orders By treating Black Lives Matters protests differently than other large gatherings, public officials and health experts have exposed themselves as hypocrites. – John Daniel Davidson
https://thefederalist.com/2020/06/18/americans-should-never-again-comply-with-pandemic-lockdown-orders/

CNS NEWS
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Chick-Fil-A CEO: White People Should Shine Blacks’ Shoes to Show ‘Sense of Shame,’ ‘Embarrassment’ for Racism – Craig Bannister
https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/craig-bannister/chick-fil-ceo-white-people-should-shine-blacks-shoes-show-sense-shame

DAILY SIGNAL
— Amazon Doubles Down on Excluding Some Conservative Nonprofits From Customer Donations – Kay C. James
https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/06/17/amazon-doubles-down-on-excluding-some-conservative-nonprofits-from-customer-donations/

EPOCH TIMES
— The Small-Town Lawyer Who Took on the Governor of Illinois – CARA DING
https://www.theepochtimes.com/the-small-town-lawyer-who-took-on-the-governor-of-illinois-2_3391570.html

THE HILL
— Pelosi orders removal of Confederate portraits in Capitol – CRISTINA MARCOS (DIERSEN: What will the Trump-hating leaders of your municipal district, your municipality, your township, your county, Illinois, and America order you to do?)
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/503383-pelosi-orders-removal-of-confederate-portraits-in-capitol
— Mask-wearing becomes political even as some governors ease resistance – JESSIE HELLMANN
https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/503456-mask-wearing-becomes-political-even-as-some-governors-ease-resistance

POLITICO
— How 6 blocks in Seattle became a microcosm of the culture wars. The chasm between how conservatives and progressives view the protester-occupied area shows how far apart the two sides have drifted. – TINA NGUYEN
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/18/seattle-microcosm-culture-wars-327205

CNN
— Facebook takes down Trump ads ‘for violating our policy against organized hate’ – Donie O’Sullivan
https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/18/tech/facebook-trump-ads-triangle-takedown/index.html

NBC NEWS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, if you do not promote LGBTQ activity, Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs get rid of you.
https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/even-ruling-workplace-still-unequal-lgbtq-workers-n1231419

NEW YORK TIMES
— Facebook Removes Trump Ads Displaying Symbol Used by Nazis   Nazis used a red triangle to classify political prisoners during World War II. The Trump campaign said the red triangle in its Facebook ads was associated with antifa, a claim experts rejected. – Annie Karni
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/18/us/politics/facebook-trump-ads-antifa-red-triangle.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, if you do not promote LGBTQ activity, Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs get rid of you.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/17/us/politics/lgbtq-supreme-court-trump-republicans.html

WASHINGTON POST
— Facebook removes Trump ads with symbol once used by Nazis to designate political prisoners – Isaac Stanley-Becker
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/06/18/trump-campaign-runs-ads-with-marking-once-used-by-nazis-designate-political-prisoners/

SPLC
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: SPLC Exploits Racial Justice Protests to Further its Agenda of Hate.
https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2020/06/18/far-right-exploits-racial-justice-protests-further-agenda-hate

RASMUSSEN REPORTS
— Most Don’t Trust Political News But Following More Closely (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who focus on promoting distrust of me and distrust of my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. Better yet, I should sue them.)
https://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administration/june_2020/most_don_t_trust_political_news_but_following_more_closely

June 3 Evening Edition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 24 Morning Edition

ABC7
— Chicago churches stand in solidarity with President Trump, plan Sunday services despite stay-at-home order Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she does not answer to the president – Jesse Kirsch
https://abc7chicago.com/religion/chicago-churches-stand-with-trump-plan-services/6208087/
— Illinois House passes $40 billion budget relying heavily on federal funding – AP
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/illinois-house-passes-$40b-budget-relying-on-federal-funding/6208063/
— Illinois House passes casino legislation pushed by Mayor Lightfoot – AP
https://abc7chicago.com/entertainment/new-casino-legislation-passed-by-illinois-house/6207120/
— New York Times devotes front page to COVID-19 victims as US deaths near 100K – AP
https://abc7chicago.com/society/ny-times-publishes-names-of-1000-covid-19-victims-on-front-page/6208188/

CBS2
— South Side Churches Praising President Trump’s Call For Churches To Reopen, Plan To Hold Services Sunday
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/05/23/south-side-churches-praising-president-trumps-call-for-churches-to-reopen-plan-to-hold-services-sunday/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Lawmakers’ historic pandemic-driven special session focuses on new budget and Chicago casino – RICK PEARSON, JAMIE MUNKS and DAN PETRELLA
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-illinois-legislature-special-session-roundup-20200523-twl7cgkeknefpp2bf44g2aof4e-story.html
— When we have a coronavirus vaccine, will we want to use it? – Clarence Page (DIERSEN: Will the following be forced to be vaccinated: Old people, obese people, and those who have health problems including diabetes?)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/clarence-page/ct-column-vaccine-coronavirus-polio-salk-page-20200522-6v4hng2izjeqjcub4n4g2ud6ji-story.html
— Yes, we’re all ready for life to return to normal, but what price are you willing to pay? – DAVID MCGRATH
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/opinion/ct-nvs-mcgrath-column-st-0524-20200522-gpkbe3rp3bcxzo5wcvufs57gmy-story.html
— Struggling with severely reduced ridership, Metra offers a new $10 daily pass – MARY WISNIEWSKI
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-chicago-metra-10-pass-ridership-20200520-cdcsclyflrhvxgkcy2a4wgbfma-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— No more remote reporting during crunch time in Springfield for me This experience has shown me that a representative democracy is impossible to maintain without including the public. – Rich Miller
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/2020/5/22/21268052/no-more-remote-reporting-during-crunch-time-in-springfield-for-me

DAILY HERALD
— House OKs $40 billion state budget
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200523/house-oks-40-billion-state-budget
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Two young men died fighting in Vietnam, and their high school class has never forgotten – Burt Constable
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200523/constable-two-young-men-died-fighting-in-vietnam-and-their-high-school-class-has-never-forgotten
— Wheaton Municipal Band cancels June and July concerts – Gail Sonkin
https://www.dailyherald.com/submitted/20200523/wheaton-municipal-band-cancels-june-and-july-concerts

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Some highlights from the state spending plan – Doug Finke
https://www.sj-r.com/news/20200523/some-highlights-from-state-spending-plan
— Lawsuit: ‘Property seizure’ violates U.S., Illinois constitutions – Rebecca Anzel (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who are/were similarly situated to me. I would focus on those who are/were Republican Precinct Committeemen, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois members, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce members, Illinois Center Right Coalition members, American Association of Political Consultants members, GAO employees, Association of Government Accountants members, IRS employees, Firestone Stores employees, Post Office employees, etc. I would focus on how they view/viewed me and how they treat/treated me. I would focus on those who disapprove/disapproved of my being Protestant (baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran), conservative, Republican, White, male, old (born in 1948), non-poor, gun owner, draft avoider, 100% German American, Crete resident 1948-1972, Wheaton resident since 1978, federal employee 1966-1969 and 1971-1997, union member 1966-1969 and 1971-1980, federal retiree since 1997, and/or that my ancestors have been in America since 1844.)
https://www.sj-r.com/news/20200523/lawsuit-property-seizure-violates-us-illinois-constitutions
(FROM THE ARTICLE: They are asking a judge to order the state to pay all “similarly situated persons, companies and entities … just compensation.”)

HERALD NEWS
— Republicans rally with open-up supporters in Shorewood – BOB OKON
https://www.theherald-news.com/2020/05/23/republicans-rally-with-open-up-supporters-in-shorewood/dh0aqa1/

GALESBURG REGISTER MAIL
— Gun owners won’t like Senate Bill 1966 – Al Hayden
https://www.galesburg.com/sports/20200523/outdoors-gun-owners-wont-like-senate-bill-1966

ALTON TELEGRAPH
— All the loopholes states have to ‘balance’ their budgets – Brandon Kochkodin
https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/All-the-loopholes-states-have-to-balance-their-15288748.php

SUBURBAN LIFE
— DuPage sheriff, Milton Township forge partnership
https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2020/05/22/dupage-sheriff-milton-township-forge-partnership/ajdy55e/

CAPITOL FAX
— Senate President Don Harmon talks to reporters
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/24/senate-president-don-harmon-talks-to-reporters/
— Madigan’s closing statement
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/24/madigans-closing-statement/
— Gaming bill passes Senate 42-14 *** Sen. Martwick is in town to vote for the Chicago casino bill
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/23/sen-martwick-is-in-town/

NATIONAL REVIEW
— The Return of Exclusivity – MICHAEL BRENDAN DOUGHERTY (DIERSEN: Since 2000 when I was 52 years old, my critics/opponents have been beyond furious that I have had the time and the money needed to put GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and to send them out free of charge and without any advertising or forced survey questions. I have that time and that money because my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old. Why was I eligible to take early retirement? I had worked for the federal government for almost 30 years – almost 18 years working for GAO 1980-1997, almost 9 years working for IRS 1971-1980, and almost 3 years working for the Post Office 1966-1969. The last 11 years that I worked for GAO was at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $101,176-$131,532/year. My critics/opponents paint my Civil Service Retirement System pension and my federal health, dental, and vision insurance subsidy as being an “unfair advantage.” My critics/opponents would never stoop to take the federal jobs that I did. I should write a book about my critics/opponents who have not and would not seek a job with the federal government a) because the pay and benefits are terrible, b) because the advancement opportunities are terrible, c) because they lack required education, work experience, professional certifications, and/or professional licenses, d) because they cannot pass an employment examination, e) because they cannot pass a background investigation, and/or f) because they cannot pass a physical examination.)
https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/the-return-of-exclusivity/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The New York Times has succeeded in the digital era in part because it was the first to introduce an effective paywall model to generate digital subscription revenue. The model is so effective at generating needed revenue that National Review Online has implemented something like it.)

EPOCH TIMES
— 5 Things New Graduates Should Do to Plan Their Careers – ERIC D. JOHNSON AND REBECCA COOK (DIERSEN: I wanted a career in the automotive industry. That all ended in 1971 when I was 22 years old when Oldsmobile withdrew a job offer that I had accepted saying that it had just agreed to stop hiring Whites to settle an EEOC complaint.)
https://www.theepochtimes.com/5-things-new-graduates-should-do-to-plan-their-careers_3354171.html

NEW YORK TIMES
— Inequality Has Been Laid Bare by the Outbreak. Now What? We’re seeing how what we have compares with what others have, and the differences can matter a lot. – Jay Caspian Kang (DIERSEN: Trump-haters use the pandemic to promote class warfare.)
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/05/20/magazine/covid-quarantine-inequality.html
— What if We All Vacationed at Home Again? – Henry Wismayer (DIERSEN: My wife and I have been married since 1978. We have never taken a real vacation. We took short vacations four times each year 1978-1992 after her business trips. But her income dropped in 1992 when she lost her job working for the U.S. League of Savings Institutions and my income dropped much more in 1997 when I lost my job working for GAO. I went on short vacations in 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, and 1977.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/23/opinion/sunday/coronavirus-travel-summer-vacation.html
— Crumbs for the Hungry but Windfalls for the Rich Billions are going to zillionaires under the guise of pandemic relief. – Nicholas Kristof
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/23/opinion/sunday/coronavirus-economic-response.html
— Why Does the U.S. Military Celebrate White Supremacy? It is time to rename bases for American heroes — not racist traitors. – Editorial
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/23/opinion/sunday/army-base-names-confederacy-racism.html
— Contact Tracing Is Harder Than It Sounds An elite cadre of 20th-century syphilis hunters can teach us a lot about what it takes to stop infections. – Kate Murphy
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/23/sunday-review/coronavirus-contact-tracing.html
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Why the tests instituted to lift college diversity are falling out of favor – Shawn Hubler (DIERSEN: What tests have you passed? The tests that I have passed include a) the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 when I was 30 years old, b) the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981, c) all the tests necessary to earn a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997, d) all the tests necessary to earn a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, e) all the tests necessary to earn an MBA from Loyola in 1976, f) all the tests necessary to earn a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU in 1970, g) the Federal Service Entrance Examination in 1970, and h) the Post Office employment examination in 1966.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/23/us/SAT-ACT-abolish-debate-california.html
— ALL OF THE FRONT PAGE: Remembering the Nearly 100,000 Lives Lost to Coronavirus in America As the U.S. approaches a grim milestone in the outbreak, The New York Times gathered names of the dead and memories of their lives from obituaries across the country. – Dan Barry, Larry Buchanan, Clinton Cargill, Annie Daniel, Alain Delaquérière, Lazaro Gamio, Gabriel Gianordoli, Richard Harris, Barbara Harvey, John Haskins, Jon Huang, Simone Landon, Juliette Love, Grace Maalouf, Alex Matthews, Farah Mohamed, Steven Moity, Destinée-Charisse Royal, Matt Ruby and Eden Weingart
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/05/24/us/us-coronavirus-deaths-100000.html

NEW YORK POST
— During coronavirus pandemic, essentials are the new protected class – Michael Goodwin (DIERSEN: Democrats promote dependency on government. Republicans are supposed to promote individual responsibility.)
https://nypost.com/2020/05/23/coronavirus-is-boom-time-for-socialists-goodwin/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: For socialists and those who lean that way, pandemic time is boom time. Washington is printing and spending money like never before and both parties support sending cash to businesses and the unemployed. Rent and mortgage payments are being deferred, Medicare-for-all is getting a second look and support is growing for a program that would take the nation across the economic Rubicon — a guaranteed basic income. Seldom is heard those cautionary words of yesteryear, “moral hazard.” A time of great need and fear is shattering any stigma about being on the dole. A logical conclusion is that politics will follow culture and Bernie Sanders- and AOC-types will call the shots in America. Unless ­Republicans and conservatives get on board, they will be consigned to history’s dustbin. Perhaps. But pay attention to another potential reaction to the pandemic. Think of it as the revenge of the nonessentials.)

POLITICUS USA
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Republican-hater says “The GOP’s Hypocritical Assault on States and the American People.”
https://www.politicususa.com/2020/05/23/opinion-the-gops-hypocritical-assault-on-states-and-the-american-people.html

SHARON MELNICK, PHD
— SEPTEMBER 26, 2011 FLASHBACK: DO YOU CAUSE YOUR OWN PROBLEMS? (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who hint/imply/argue/shout that I cause/caused all my own problems. I would focus on those who are/were Republican Precinct Committeemen, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois members, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce members, Illinois Center Right Coalition members, American Association of Political Consultants members, GAO employees, Association of Government Accountants members, IRS employees, Firestone Stores employees, Post Office employees, etc. I would focus on how they view/viewed me and how they treat/treated me. I would focus on those who disapprove/disapproved of my being Protestant (baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran), conservative, Republican, White, male, old (born in 1948), non-poor, gun owner, draft avoider, 100% German American, Crete resident 1948-1972, Wheaton resident since 1978, federal employee 1966-1969 and 1971-1997, union member 1966-1969 and 1971-1980, federal retiree since 1997, and/or that my ancestors have been in America since 1844.)
https://www.sharonmelnick.com/do-cause-your-own-problems/

May 17 Morning Edition

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

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

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

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

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Federal appeals court says Pritzker’s executive order limiting gatherings will almost certainly withstand legal challenge
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-pandemic-chicago-illinois-news-20200516-ildqrn4e4bhorexpljpc7dur7u-story.html
— Putting ‘me’ first in age of coronavirus not only selfish but dangerous to all of us – DAVID MCGRATH (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters demonize you, denigrate you, and condemn you if you do not promote Pritzker.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/opinion/ct-nvs-mcgrath-column-st-0515-20200515-ilntoackcvcm3jhapo7yqaftqy-story.html
— Find the right person for a job means hunting for ‘unique’ candidates, Naperville recruiter says – STEVE METSCH (DIERSEN: GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job. IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job. The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/ct-nvs-down-to-business-st-0517-20200515-4pm6sog3arh53fvs47tipx4qwi-story.html
— DuPage PADS unlikely to return to old homeless system in wake of pandemic, outgoing agency CEO says – HILARY DECENT (DIERSEN: What do you say to Democrats and RINOs who have for many decades steered homeless people to DuPage County, and especially to Milton Township and to Wheaton?)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/opinion/ct-nvs-decent-column-st-0517-20200515-gesmcta5wneoblllyzhlgazwgq-story.html
— We need reasonable, sensible plans from the governor in response to the pandemic – ELIZABETH BAUER
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-opinion-commentary-elizabeth-bauer-pritzker-stay-home-order-20200515-5rtaay64njcl3jbhgwvtnmdt6a-story.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 10 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Coronavirus Illinois: IL COVID-19 cases top 77K with over 3K deaths; State to receive supply of drug remdesivir
https://abc7chicago.com/society/illinois-among-6-states-to-receive-supply-of-remdesivir/6169727/
— Chicago church opens its doors Sunday in ‘passive resistance’ to Illinois stay-at-home order
https://abc7chicago.com/chicago-coronavirus-illinois-church-metro-praise-international/6170057/

NBC5
— Illinois Reports 1,656 New Cases of Coronavirus, 57 Additional Deaths
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/illinois-reports-1656-new-cases-of-coronavirus-57-additional-deaths/2269562/
— Blue Angels Flyover Set for Tuesday, State Reports 1,656 New Cases
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/illinois-coronavirus-updates-blue-angels-flyover-set-for-tuesday-state-reports-1656-new-cases/2269595/

CBS2
— Nearly Half Of Illinois’ COVID-19 Deaths Tied To Nursing Homes
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/video/4545137-nearly-half-of-illinois-covid-19-deaths-tied-to-nursing-homes/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— For first day in almost a week, Illinois COVID-19 deaths drop below 100
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/for-first-day-in-almost-a-week-illinois-covid-19-deaths-drop-below-100

WGN TV
— More than 1,600 coronavirus cases reported in Illinois, as Pritzker defends extended order – AP
https://wgntv.com/news/coronavirus/over-1600-new-coronavirus-cases-reported-in-illinois-as-pritzker-defends-extended-order/
— A distinct possibility: ‘Temporary’ layoffs may be permanent – AP
https://wgntv.com/news/coronavirus/a-distinct-possibility-temporary-layoffs-may-be-permanent/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Mnuchin predicts bounce back for economy while health experts fear more COVID-19 cases as states reopen – AP
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-nw-coronavirus-world-updates-20200510-gbcogabmhfhpzi5z7dd7et6ceq-story.html
— Illinois Gov. Pritzker on COVID-19 fight: ‘We’re going it alone, as the White House has left all the states to do’ – Hannah Leone
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-illinois-governor-pritzker-comments-20200510-upazgyzncrbatlxfwxystgyx3u-story.html
— More businesses are realizing their ‘temporary’ layoffs due to COVID-19 may become permanent – AP
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-nw-coronavirus-jobs-layoffs-permanent-20200510-iykawjnz6nb25mc3cca4h2egkq-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Illinois reports another 57 coronavirus-related deaths as state’s total case count nears 78,000 and 1,656 new cases of coronavirus
https://chicago.suntimes.com/essential-coronavirus-news/2020/5/10/21253457/latest-coronavirus-news-live-updates-chicago-illinois-2020
— Pritzker says he’s ‘going it alone’ to ramp up COVID-19 testing, state won’t reopen without ‘standards’ met Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper, the Democratic governor said states continue to “go it alone” to ramp up testing. – Tina Sfondeles
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/5/10/21253666/pritzker-ramp-up-covid-19-testing-illinois-reopen-economy
— Illinois won’t reopen without ‘standards’ met, Pritzker says
https://chicago.suntimes.com/essential-coronavirus-news/2020/5/10/21253457/latest-coronavirus-news-live-updates-chicago-illinois-2020
— Albany Park church hosts Sunday service in defiance of stay-at-home order after suing Pritzker Cristian Ionescu, the senior pastor of Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church, said the move to hold services is “not a rebellion for the sake of rebellion” and claimed the Constitution grants them the right to worship during the COVID-19 pandemic. – Tom Schuba
https://chicago.suntimes.com/coronavirus/2020/5/10/21253844/albany-park-church-hosts-sunday-service-defiance-stay-at-home-order-lawsuit-pritzker-illinois
— On Mother’s Day, leaders search for optimism amid pandemic “I think you’re going to see a bounce-back from a low standpoint,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, speaking on “Fox News Sunday.” – AP
https://chicago.suntimes.com/coronavirus/2020/5/10/21253823/mothers-day-2020-world-leaders-optimism-amid-coronavirus-pandemic
— Time for the Illinois Legislature to get back to work — safely and remotely State lawmakers are running out of time to vote on crucial matters, including a new state budget. – Editorial
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/5/10/21252459/illinois-legislature-coronavirus-covid-19-session-suntimes-editorial-remote-zoom-2021-budget

DAILY HERALD
— Illinois’ COVID-19 death toll dips below 100 for first time in five days – Steve Zalusky
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200510/illinois-covid-19-death-toll-dips-below-100-for-first-time-in-five-days
— Two suspects in custody after woman beaten, robbed at Naperville motel – Steve Zalusky
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200510/two-suspects-in-custody-after-woman-beaten-robbed-at-naperville-motel

WBBM
— Illinois Now Has Just Over 16-Hundred New Cases Of Coronavirus Disease
https://wbbm780.radio.com/media/audio-channel/illinois-now-has-just-over-16-hundred-new-cases-of-coronavirus-disease

HERALD NEWS
— Will County elected officials express concern with plan to reopen Illinois – ALEX ORTIZ
https://www.theherald-news.com/2020/05/08/will-county-elected-officials-express-concern-with-plan-to-reopen-illinois/a1sei2t/

WGEM
— Illinois state health officials announce 57 new COVID-19 deaths – Blake Sammann
https://wgem.com/2020/05/10/illinois-state-health-officials-announce-57-new-covid-19-deaths/

PATCH ILLINOIS
— Illinois Coronavirus Update May 10: 77,741 Cases, 3,406 Deaths The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years, state health officials said. – Lorraine Swanson
https://patch.com/illinois/across-il/illinois-coronavirus-update-may-10-77-741-cases-3-406-deaths

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Illinois governor: Virus restrictions needed ‘until we’re able to eradicate it’ – Valerie Richardson
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/may/10/jb-pritzker-illinois-governor-coronavirus-restrict/
— Elected officials abuse of power keeps citizens away from work and church Malevolent tyrants side-step the Constitution – Andy Biggs
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/may/10/elected-officials-abuse-of-power-keeps-citizens-aw/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Illinois governor: Trump administration has ‘not delivered’ on coronavirus promises – Madison Dibble
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/illinois-governor-trump-administration-has-not-delivered-on-coronavirus-promises

EPOCH TIMES
— Supreme Court Rebuffs Activists, Reinstates Ban on Encouraging Illegals to Stay in U.S. – MATTHEW VADUM
https://www.theepochtimes.com/supreme-court-rebuffs-activists-reinstates-ban-on-encouraging-illegals-to-stay-in-us_3345769.html

THE HILL
— Officials warn of worsening economic woes after dismal April jobs report – REBECCA KLAR
https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/497024-officials-warn-of-worsening-economic-woes-after-dismal-april-jobs

POLITICO
— Pritzker: Illinois is ‘going it alone’ on tackling coronavirus The state is currently in “phase two” of Pritzker’s five-part reopening plan. – MAYA PARTHASARATHY
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/10/pritzker-illinois-alone-tackling-coronavirus-247044

REUTERS
— White House considers more coronavirus aid as jobs picture worsens – David Morgan, Susan Heavey
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-coronavirus/white-house-considers-more-coronavirus-aid-as-jobs-picture-worsens-idUSKBN22M0GX

NEW YORK TIMES
— ‘Scary to Go to Work’: White House Races to Contain Virus in Its Ranks With two White House staff members testing positive, some officials fear the disease is already spreading rapidly through the West Wing. – Michael D. Shear and Maggie Haberman
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/10/us/politics/white-house-coronavirus-trump.html
— Carnage in the job market could get much worse.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/10/us/coronavirus-deaths-cases.html

WASHINGTON POST
— Mnuchin says unemployment will get worse before it gets better amid coronavirus pandemic
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/05/10/coronavirus-update-us/
— Doctors keep discovering new ways the coronavirus attacks the body Damage to the kidneys, heart, brain — even ‘covid toes’ — prompts reassessment of the disease and how to treat it – Lenny Bernstein and Ariana Eunjung Cha
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/05/10/coronavirus-attacks-body-symptoms/
— This is how economic pain is distributed in America Job losses due to the coronavirus shutdown have fallen unequally on Americans according to age, gender, educational attainment and race – Tracy Jan (DIERSEN: Of course, Trump-haters hint/imply/argue/shout that those who have suffered less economic pain are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/05/09/jobs-report-demographics/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “As deaths mount, Trump tries to convince Americans it’s safe to inch back to normal.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/as-deaths-mount-trump-tries-to-convince-americans-its-safe-to-inch-back-to-normal/2020/05/09/bf024fe6-9149-11ea-a9c0-73b93422d691_story.html
— Top White House advisers, unlike their boss, increasingly worry stimulus spending is costing too much Conservatives are eyeing potential policies to reduce long-term budget impact but say Trump probably won’t go along – Jeff Stein, Josh Dawsey and John Hudson
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/05/10/top-white-house-advisers-unlike-their-boss-increasingly-worry-stimulus-spending-is-costing-too-much/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “Republicans grow nervous about losing the Senate amid worries over Trump’s handling of the pandemic.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republicans-grow-nervous-about-losing-the-senate-amid-worries-over-trumps-handling-of-the-pandemic/2020/05/09/65691184-915f-11ea-a9c0-73b93422d691_story.html

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
— Pandemic doctor predicts coronavirus will spike, blames Trump for wasting weeks of lockdown – DAVE GOLDINER
https://www.nydailynews.com/coronavirus/ny-coronavirus-shaman-meet-the-press-20200510-cew7nouxqzf2fjj6bwudvvpjga-story.html

LOS ANGELES TIMES
— Jobs picture will get worse before improving, Treasury secretary says – LAURA KING
https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-05-10/jobs-picture-will-get-worse-before-improving

PENN LIVE
— Workers in Pennsylvania with preexisting health conditions fear a call to return to work – Brett Sholtis
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/05/workers-in-pennsylvania-with-preexisting-health-conditions-fear-a-call-to-return-to-work.html

DESERET NEWS
— Nearly 1 in 4 hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Utah has diabetes, data shows – Ashley Imlay
https://www.deseret.com/utah/2020/5/10/21253761/covid19-coronavirus-deaths-recoveries-salt-lake-county-half-recovered-preexisting

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— More Covid-19 Patient Data, Please New York finds some surprising results about those who test positive. – Editorial (DIERSEN: What if only those who are most vulnerable had been locked down instead of everyone?)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/more-covid-19-patient-data-please-11589148282
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Twenty-two percent of those who entered the hospital came from a nursing home or assisted living facility. Ninety-six percent had an underlying health condition. Yet only 17% were employed, and only 4% in New York City had been taking public transportation. “We were thinking that maybe we were going to find a higher percentage of essential employees who were getting sick because they were going to work—that these may be nurses, doctors, transit workers. That’s not the case,” he said. “They’re not working, they’re not traveling, they’re predominantly downstate, predominantly minority, predominantly older.” More investigation is needed, but the virus may be spreading mostly within multigenerational households or public housing. Collecting more information about infected individuals’ habits would have been especially useful early in the pandemic before most businesses were shut down. This data could reveal patterns that suggest the most likely venues for transmission.)

FORBES
— Death Toll Conspiracy: Why Conservative Media—And Soon, Possibly Trump—Are Doubting Coronavirus Mortality Figures – Matt Perez
https://www.forbes.com/sites/mattperez/2020/05/10/death-toll-conspiracy-why-conservative-media-and-soon-possibly-trump-are-doubting-coronavirus-mortality-figures/
— 3 Bitter Truths About The Coronavirus Job Losses And The Economy – Terina Allen
https://www.forbes.com/sites/terinaallen/2020/05/10/3-bitter-truths-about-the-coronavirus-job-losses-and-the-economy/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: 1. The bitter truth is that 42% of all coronavirus job losses will be permanent. . .2. The bitter truth is that the coronavirus recession will last far longer than many will admit. . .3. The bitter truth is that unemployment is currently closer to 25% instead of 14.7%.)

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
— Trump Officials Say Unemployment Could Pass 20% Joblessness nears levels seen during the Great Depression as coronavirus cases pass 1.3 million in the United States. – Susan Milligan,
https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2020-05-10/trump-officials-say-unemployment-could-pass-20-during-coronavirus-pandemic

ATLANTIC
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “The Coronavirus Was an Emergency Until Trump Found Out Who Was Dying The pandemic has exposed the bitter terms of our racial contract, which deems certain lives of greater value than others.”
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/americas-racial-contract-showing/611389/

ABC RADIO NATIONAL
— Lost your job because of coronavirus? You might face an identity crisis — but you can overcome it – Anna Kelsey-Sugg and Maria Tickle (DIERSEN: I should write a book about being forced to take early retirement. I would focus on how your critics/opponents use that against you.)
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-11/coronavirus-sudden-unemployment-and-impact-on-identity/12206868

(FROM THE ARTICLE: When we lose the ‘organizing principle of our lives’. . .Recovering from a sudden career change. . .Seeing the silver lining)

May 8 Morning Edition

ABC7
— Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau calls for reopening village ahead of Gov. Pritzker’s stay-at-home-order timeline – Alexis McAdams
https://abc7chicago.com/business/orland-park-mayor-calls-for-reopening-village-ahead-of-governors-timeline/6162722/

NBC5
— Illinois Paid Over $2B in Unemployment Claims in First 4 Months of 2020 The IDES said it’s processed more than 1 million initial unemployment claims since March 1.
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/illinois-paid-over-2b-in-unemployment-claims-in-first-4-months-of-2020/2268346/

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Economy vs. epidemiology? Pritzker gears reopening to science and saving lives – but business leaders call plan ‘misguided’ The Illinois Department of Employment Security processed more claims during the first month of the pandemic than it did during all of last year — and that number nearly doubled in the second month of the crisis. – Mitchell Armentrout
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2020/5/7/21251384/pritzker-reopening-illinois-unemployment-claim-region-chamber-commerce
— Hundreds of city workers take on new jobs to meet pandemic needs From librarians to Streets and Sanitation workers, their regular jobs are on hold or taking a backseat as the pandemic grips the city. – Mitch Dudek (DIERSEN: In 1971, while I was in training to be an IRS Revenue Officer, that was put on hold for a while when I was assigned to help enforce Nixon’s price controls which included freezes on wages, rents, and dividends.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/city-hall/2020/5/7/21249727/chicago-redeploys-city-workers-meet-pandemic-needs-coronavirus-covid-19

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— How does Gov. J.B. Pritzker — and how do local governments — collect taxes from businesses he’s shut down? – John Kass
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/john-kass/ct-coronavirus-small-businesses-taxes-kass-20200508-p2r27biwqzaxtair6ii7beiv3e-story.html
— Oak Brook village president blasts Gov. Pritzker’s reopening plan: ‘Our businesses have suffered beyond repair’ – CHUCK FIELDMAN
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-brook/ct-dob-lalmalani-business-reaction-tl-0514-20200507-mzhf3z3ufjfd3czedte27wx4r4-story.html
— Illinois congressional delegation seeks extension of 2,000 National Guard troops to assist with pandemic through June – RICK PEARSON
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-illinois-national-guard-extension-20200507-jaqlfojdfzbpthutddqvgjt6uy-story.html
— Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Friday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-pandemic-chicago-illinois-news-20200508-hzzbgz52lnd2zl4iyt2t3i4ksm-story.html
— How to get back to normal? Mass testing – Steve Chapman (DIERSEN: Democrats run Illinois. What will the Democrats who run Illinois do with a) those who test positive and b) those who test negative?)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/steve-chapman/ct-column-covid-trump-testing-vaccine-chapman-20200507-sym6a43zcneshkzsecendtxhxm-story.html

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Unemployment rate more than triples April’s rate of 14.7 percent is the highest since just after the Great Depression of the 1930s. – Bloomberg
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/employment/unemployment-rate-more-triples
— Ford to restart most U.S. factories—including Chicago—May 18 “We have reopened our facilities in China, successfully begun our phased restart in Europe and have been producing medical equipment in Michigan for more than six weeks and are using the lessons from all of that.” – MICHAEL MARTINEZ
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/manufacturing/ford-restart-most-us-factories-including-chicago-may-18

WBEZ
— U.S. Field Hospitals Stand Down, Most Without Treating Any COVID-19 Patients – Joel Rose
https://www.wbez.org/stories/us-field-hospitals-stand-down-most-without-treating-any-covid-19-patients/a5df4fff-611b-465f-83ec-10c5ff4e5f2a

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— Peoria businessman files lawsuit against Pritzker – Phil Luciano
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20200507/peoria-businessman-files-lawsuit-against-pritzker

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Economic fallout from no fair will be widespread
https://www.sj-r.com/news/20200507/economic-fallout-from-no-fair-will-be-widespread

JACKSONVILLE JOURNAL COURIER
— Another 74,000 Illinoisans land on unemployment line – Jerry Nowicki
https://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/article/Another-74-000-Illinoisans-land-on-unemployment-15256033.php

FOX ILLINOIS
— As Trump turns to economic recovery, partisan rift grows in perception of outbreak – Stephen Loiaconi
https://foxillinois.com/news/connect-to-congress/as-trump-turns-to-economic-recovery-partisan-rift-grows-in-perception-of-outbreak
— Face masks make a political statement in era of coronavirus (DIERSEN: One could expect that the more hatred of Trump that there is in a neighborhood, precinct, municipal district, municipality, township, county, state, and country, the more that you will be harassed if not threatened if you do not wear a mask. How much hatred of Trump is there in your neighborhood, precinct, municipal district, municipality, township, and county?)
https://foxillinois.com/news/nation-world/face-masks-make-a-political-statement-in-era-of-coronavirus-05-07-2020
— Governors disregarding White House guidelines on reopening – AP
https://foxillinois.com/news/nation-world/governors-disregarding-white-house-guidelines-on-reopening
— Anti-gun violence groups hold virtual rallies around Illinois FOID bill – Jakob Emerson
https://foxillinois.com/news/local/anti-gun-violence-groups-hold-virtual-rallies-around-illinois-foid-bill

MDJ ONLINE
— Leading statehouse Republican says Pritzker’s ‘major flaw’ is not addressing human toll from Illinois shutdown – Greg Bishop (DIERSEN: As the human toll grows, so will hatred of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.mdjonline.com/neighbor_newspapers/extra/news/leading-statehouse-republican-says-pritzker-s-major-flaw-is-not-addressing-human-toll-from-illinois/video_c1477c22-ef01-57e6-889a-bdc37ddbb9f1.html

VANDALIA RADIO
— Illinois Governor Sees Budget Crisis From Coronavirus, Won’t Commit To Budget Cuts – Todd Stapleton
https://www.vandaliaradio.com/2020/05/08/illinois-governor-sees-budget-crisis-from-coronavirus-wont-commit-to-budget-cuts/

NEWS CHANNEL 20
— Rep. LaHood named to 15-member China Task Force – KHQA
https://newschannel20.com/news/coronavirus/rep-lahood-named-to-15-member-china-task-force
— Local businesses come together for meal handout (DIERSEN: How soon, because of the fight against coronavirus will everyone in the world be handing out welfare and/or collecting welfare?)
https://newschannel20.com/news/local/local-businesses-come-together-for-meal-handout

KHQA
— State leaders continue the fight to reopen Illinois faster than Pritzker proposes – Rachel Meyers
https://khqa.com/news/coronavirus/state-leaders-continue-the-discussion-to-reopen-illinois-faster-than-pritzker-proposes

WIREPOINTS
— Pritzker’s top-down reopen strategy will fail large parts of Illinois: He should expect push back – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
https://wirepoints.org/pritzkers-top-down-reopen-strategy-will-fail-large-parts-of-illinois-he-should-expect-push-back-wirepoints/

ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE
— ILLINOIS’ ECONOMY SHRINKING BY MORE THAN $183M PER DAY AS STATE APPROACHES 1M NEW JOBLESS CLAIMS – Orphe Divounguy, Bryce Hill, Jon Josko
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/illinois-economy-shrinking-by-more-than-183m-per-day-as-state-approaches-1m-new-jobless-claims/

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— ACLJ SUBMITS FOIA DEMAND TO EXPOSE TRUTH BEHIND ILLINOIS DECISION TO KEEP ABORTION CLINICS OPEN DURING PANDEMIC
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/05/aclj-submits-foia-demand-to-expose-truth-behind-illinois-decision-to-keep-abortion-clinics-open-duri.html
— SOCIAL JUSTICE ISN’T JUSTICE
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/05/social-justice-isnt-justice.html
— ISOLATION AS DANGEROUS AS SMOKING 15 CIGARETTES A DAY, LOCKDOWN ADVISER WARNS
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/05/isolation-as-dangerous-as-smoking-15-cigarettes-a-day-lockdown-adviser-warns.html

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— ‘This is NUTS’: Ted Cruz slams city council resolution deeming ‘Chinese virus’ a hate speech term – Andrew Mark Miller
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/this-is-nuts-ted-cruz-slams-city-council-resolution-deeming-chinese-virus-a-hate-speech-term
— The Human Rights Campaign sells its soul to endorse Joe Biden – Brad Polumbo
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/the-human-rights-campaign-sells-its-soul-to-endorse-joe-biden

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON
— Obama’s China Ambassador Compares Trump’s Rhetoric Toward China to Hitler Max Baucus says U.S. will ‘pay a price’ for ‘China-bashing’ – Graham Piro
https://freebeacon.com/coronavirus/obamas-china-ambassador-compares-trumps-rhetoric-toward-china-to-hitler/

FREEDOM’S JOURNAL
— INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY VS. THE WELFARE STATE: A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE – Eric M. Wallace, PhD
https://freedomsjournalinstitute.org/uncategorized/individual-responsibility-vs-the-welfare-state-a-biblical-perspective/

THE HILL
— Biden faces hard lift in winning over hard left – JONATHAN EASLEY AND AMIE PARNES (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, to defeat Trump, will Biden 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, heterosexual, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/496656-biden-faces-hard-lift-in-winning-over-hard-left
— Ted Cruz: I don’t see why Texas should have to bail out states for irresponsibility – J. EDWARD MORENO (DIERSEN: One could argue that Illinois has not acted irresponsibly but that just those in Illinois who have voted for Democrats or RINOs have acted irresponsibly.)
https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/496343-ted-cruz-i-dont-see-why-texas-should-have-to-bail-out-states-for

CNN
— Record 20.5 million American jobs lost in April. Unemployment rate soars to 14.7% – Anneken Tappe
https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/08/economy/april-jobs-report-2020-coronavirus/index.html

NEW YORK TIMES
— U.S. employment hit 14.7% in April, with 20.5 million unemployed.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/08/business/stock-market-coronavirus-jobs-report.html
— OUTSTANDING: The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a lower court ruling that had invalidated a decades-old federal law defended by President Donald Trump’s administration that makes it a felony to encourage illegal immigration. – Reuters (DIERSEN: I should write a book about individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that encourage illegal immigration. I would focus on those in Illinois, DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout. I would focus on those who focus on destroying those like me who support America’s immigration laws.)
https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/05/07/world/asia/07reuters-usa-court-immigration-speech.html
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: News Outlets Suffer as Advertisers Shun Articles About Coronavirus – Tiffany Hsu and Marc Tracy
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/07/business/media/advertising-coronavirus-news.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters use coronavirus to defeat Trump.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/07/opinion/coronavirus-republicans-jobs.html
— Knock, Knock, Who’s There? No Political Canvassers, for the First Time Maybe Ever Candidates and political parties are struggling to plan for a fall campaign without some of the most basic building blocks of politics. – Shane Goldmacher (DIERSEN: What will candidates want precinct committeemen to do to help elect them?)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/07/us/politics/2020-elections.html
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: For Workers, No Sign of ‘What Normal Is Going to Look Like’ Initial steps to reopen businesses have yet to offset continuing job losses, with a “secondary wave” of layoffs hitting white-collar industries. – Patricia Cohen and Tiffany Hsu (DIERSEN: During the 1980s and 1990s, the Democrats who ran GAO used Republican-led budget cuts to get rid of their employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who they had not promoted to GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/07/business/economy/coronavirus-unemployment-claims.html

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Businesses Struggle to Lure Workers Away From Unemployment Some workers are making more from unemployment than at their old jobs, complicating reopenings – Kris Maher (DIERSEN: My Civil Service Retirement System pension is only 41% of what my GAO salary was in 1997 in today’s dollars.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/businesses-struggle-to-lure-workers-away-from-unemployment-11588930202
— Postal Service Is in Financial Peril, Government Watchdog Report Says GAO says Congress should determine level of service the nation requires as coronavirus pandemic hits USPS’s business and determine whether agency should be financially self-sustaining – Paul Ziobro
https://www.wsj.com/articles/postal-service-is-in-financial-peril-government-watchdog-report-says-11588865412
— Coronavirus Puts Congress’s Doctor on Front Lines Senate and House leaders rely on Dr. Brian Monahan’s medical advice but reach different decisions on returning to Capitol – Kristina Peterson and Natalie Andrews
https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-puts-congresss-doctor-on-front-lines-11588852459

NEWSWEEK
— BANKRUPTCY FOR STATES? IT’S A BETTER IDEA THAN YOU THINK. – JOSHUA SHARF
https://www.newsweek.com/bankruptcy-states-its-better-idea-you-think-opinion-1502682

GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE
— When Can You Afford to Retire? Questions to ask yourself if you’re considering early retirement. – Tammy Flanagan (DIERSEN: I should write a book about early retirement.)
https://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2020/05/when-can-you-afford-retire/165229/

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Would you like to retire at your minimum retirement age (55-57, depending on your year of birth) under the Federal Employees Retirement System? That decision will depend not just on your age, but whether or not you can afford to leave the working world behind. The three parts of FERS retirement—an annuity (including a supplement for some of those who retire early), Social Security benefits, and personal investments in the Thrift Savings Plan—were designed to work together to provide the income needed in retirement. How early you personally can comfortably retire requires asking yourself the following questions: How much income will you need to cover your expenses? Will you have enough income to last the rest of your life? Have you considered the tax implications of your financial decisions? Have you accounted for future inflation? Have you factored in unforeseen future events, such as the potential need for long term care and the volatility of your investments? Do you plan to continue to work after you retire from federal service? Can you afford to delay claiming Social Security retirement? Do you understand how much net income you’ll get from your FERS retirement benefit after reductions and withholdings? If you are married, have you considered your income requirements while you and your spouse are both living, but also when one of you may become the survivor? Do you have others who depend on you for financial support?)

May 7 Evening Edition

ABC7
— COVID-19 test shortages persist in Illinois, crimping plans for return to normal – Chuck Goudie, Barb Markoff, Christine Tressel, Ross Weidner and Jonathan Fagg
https://abc7chicago.com/health/covid-19-test-shortages-persist-in-illinois-crimping-plans-for-return-to-normal/6161490/
— COVID-19 cases reach 70K, over 3K deaths; Pritzker defends reopening plan to GOP lawmakers, business groups Plan to reopen Illinois doesn’t move quickly enough, critics say – Craig Wall, Eric Horng and Jessica D’Onofrio
https://abc7chicago.com/society/gov-pritzker-defends-plan-to-reopen-illinois/6160533/
— COVID-19 cases reach 70K, over 3K deaths; gig workers, independent contractors eligible for unemployment starting Monday Illinois unemployment claims up 12x since last year – Craig Wall, Eric Horng and Jessica D’Onofrio
https://abc7chicago.com/society/gov-pritzker-announces-more-help-for-illinois-unemployed/6160533/
— Presidential valet has coronavirus; Trump again tests negative – AP
https://abc7chicago.com/health/presidential-valet-has-coronavirus;-trump-again-tests-negative/6160479/
— Trump administration shelves detailed guide to reopening country – AP
https://abc7chicago.com/health/trump-admin-shelves-detailed-guide-to-reopening-country/6160195/
— Chicago’s only drive-in theater to reopen in McHenry with free admission Friday – John Garcia
https://abc7chicago.com/mchenry-outdoor-theater-drive-in-movie-chicago/6161506/

NBC5
— Illinois’ Coronavirus Deaths Rise Above 3,000 as Cases Top 70,000, Health Officials Say So far, the state has administered nearly 400,000 tests, with more than 17,000 conducted in the last day
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/illinois-coronavirus-deaths-rise-above-3000-as-cases-top-70000-health-officials-say/2268260/

CBS2
— Greater Chicago Food Depository Sees 60% Jump In Those Seeking Food Assistance
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/05/07/greater-chicago-food-depository-sees-60-jump-in-those-seeking-food-assistance/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Illinois surpasses 3,000 COVID-19 deaths and 70,000 cases statewide
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/illinois-surpasses-3000-covid-19-deaths-and-70000-cases-statewide

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Officials report state tops 70,000 known COVID-19 cases as well as more than 3,000 fatalities
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-pandemic-chicago-illinois-news-20200507-f5fivasoabertos53bh6fhnrje-story.html
— Nearly 3.2 million US workers seek jobless aid; coronavirus has put 33.5 million out of work – AP
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-nw-coronavirus-us-unemployment-surge-20200507-wzyha3dkwzbdfdcc3ezonhcvje-story.html
— Former Illinois Gov. Edgar on his talk with Pritzker about politics, leadership amid crisis | Lightfoot-Wilson mask feud | New WGN America nightly news program coming – Lisa Donovan
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-pritzker-edgar-lightfoot-reopen-wgn-america-news-nation-spin-20200507-n67ykhsnbzg2pc7wtbrcsfe2py-story.html
— Chicago can’t reopen without decrease in the number of coronavirus cases, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says – Gregory Pratt
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-chicago-lightfoot-stay-home-order-20200507-nssqhfyaxvdzrchugqdygm6dfe-story.html
— Aim higher: CPS, Pritzker should be focused on reopening schools, not extending e-learning – Editorial
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-editorial-coronavirus-remote-learning-cps-fall-reopening-20200507-hcwxzp67ibhhzkr4lsgi5f2zum-story.html
— Schaumburg and Melrose Park giving away masks for coronavirus protection – Robert McCoppin
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-illinois-mask-giveaway-20200508-fsaqw5iswjc3zbcqeskne5ac7e-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Illinois tops 3K coronavirus deaths, 70K cases; peak could last ‘awhile,’ officials say
https://chicago.suntimes.com/essential-coronavirus-news/2020/5/7/21250359/latest-coronavirus-news-live-updates-chicago-illinois-2020
— Top Illinois schools official says fall could start with remote learning, students attending on different days Offering a range of possibilities, the state superintendent for education said fall schooling will depend on public health conditions.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/education/2020/5/6/21250051/illinios-school-fall-cps-carmen-ayala
— Lightfoot outlines Springfield agenda for Democratic lawmakers The mayor has three items on her legislative agenda; one of them — reauthorizing a $5 monthly tax on phone bills — came “out of the blue,” one lawmaker said. Lightfoot said the city needs the money. – Fran Spielman
https://chicago.suntimes.com/city-hall/2020/5/7/21251228/lightfoot-legislative-agenda-springfield-casino-phone-tax
— Pritzker urged to let restaurants open June 1 — but at 25% capacity, with employee safeguards Restaurants can’t afford to wait until June 28 to reopen, as the governor has planned. “The further we go, the harder it is gonna be for restaurants to re-open,” said Sam Toia, president of the Illinois Restaurant Association. – Fran Spielman
https://chicago.suntimes.com/coronavirus/2020/5/7/21251112/coronavirus-restaurants-reopen-chicago-toia-social-distancing
— 33 million have sought US unemployment aid since virus hit Nearly 900,000 Illinoisans have filed for unemployment benefits since mid-March. – AP
https://chicago.suntimes.com/business/2020/5/7/21250383/us-unemployment-aid-coronavirus-covid-19-layoffs-economy

DAILY HERALD
— Another 74,000 file first-time unemployment claims in Illinois
https://www.dailyherald.com/business/20200507/another-74000-file-first-time-unemployment-claims-in-illinois
— Region’s 22.8% infection rate well above threshold for loosening restrictions – Jake Griffin
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200506/regions-228-infection-rate-well-above-threshold-for-loosening-restrictions-

CRAIN’S CHICAGO Business
— More COVID-driven cuts: UChicago hospital furloughs workers The medical center is sidelining workers and postponing planned capital projects, among other cost-trimming measures, as it loses tens of millions of dollars a month during the COVID pandemic. – STEPHANIE GOLDBERG
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/health-care/more-covid-driven-cuts-uchicago-hospital-furloughs-workers

NORTHWEST HERALD
— McHenry County reports five COVID-19 deaths 886 total cases, 50 deaths in the county – ALEX KANTECKI
https://www.nwherald.com/2020/05/07/mchenry-county-reports-five-covid-19-deaths/abdti4k/

KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE
— Some Kane County residents not impressed by governor’s plan to reopen Illinois – JAMES FULLER
https://www.kcchronicle.com/2020/05/07/some-kane-county-residents-not-impressed-by-governors-plan-to-reopen-illinois/am1pyw1/

NEWS CHANNEL 20
— Vermilion County businesses not giving up during pandemic – Haydee Clotter (DIERSEN: What percent of the businesses and organizations in your municipality, township, and county shut down by efforts to fight coronavirus do you predict will never start up again?)
https://newschannel20.com/news/local/vermilion-county-businesses-not-giving-up-during-pandemic

NPR ILLINOIS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “President Trump Wants To Reopen Economy Despite CDC Warnings.”
https://www.nprillinois.org/post/president-trump-wants-reopen-economy-despite-cdc-warnings#stream/0

JEANNE IVES
— VIDEO: CDH / Northwestern Medicine Chief Medical Officer Tells Ives: Pritzker’s Plan Means Suburbs Shut Down for “A Year… Maybe a Year and A Half.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3qRce_qk9I&feature=youtu.be

ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE
— COVID-19 RULES APPLY TO ALL ILLINOISANS, WITH EXCEPTIONS FOR SOME POLITICAL FIGURES – Brad Weisenstein
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/covid-19-rules-apply-to-all-illinoisans-with-exceptions-for-some-political-figures/

CAPITOL FAX
— House cancels next week’s session
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/07/house-cancels-next-weeks-session-3/
— 2641 new cases, 15 percent positivity rate, 138 additional deaths
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/07/2641-new-cases-15-percent-positivity-rate-138-additional-deaths/
— Pritzker: More than $2 billion paid out in unemployment claims, $500 million more than all of 2019 – Answers question that could’ve been answered by a simple Google search – Explains local law enforcement – Repeats he may use state licensing to enforce EO – Asked another question that could’ve been answered by Google – Says he and staff have been wearing masks for about two weeks – Says again he wants mail-in ballot expansion – Asked another easily Google-able question – Can’t answer question about distant future – Out of state hospitals not factored in to phased plan – Asks customers to not patronize a store that is suing to reopen – Still not close to testing needs – Recounts recent Jim Edgar call – Working on guidance for hair stylists – Explains new call center – All employees at the call center are from Illinois – ISBE and IDPH will oversee return of school sports – Asked yet another Google-able question – And another – Urges pastor not to reopen – Explains how state plan will lead to quicker reopening than White House plan – Pritzker, Ezike discuss plateau – Dr. Ezike explains data collecting on the fly – Avoids budget cutting question – Says he wants federal replacement for lost state revenues
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/07/pritzker-more-than-2-billion-paid-out-in-unemployment-claims-500-million-more-than-all-of-2019/
— IDPH session guidelines
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/07/read-the-idph-session-guidelines/
— State inspectors ordered back to work, but workers and their union objected
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/07/state-inspectors-ordered-back-to-work-but-workers-and-their-union-objected/
— Pritzker: More than $2 billion paid out in unemployment claims, $500 million more than all of 2019
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/07/pritzker-more-than-2-billion-paid-out-in-unemployment-claims-500-million-more-than-all-of-2019/
— COVID-19 roundup
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/07/covid-19-roundup-33/
— Rep. Bailey proposes his own plan, and is getting hammered for it
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/07/rep-bailey-proposes-his-own-plan-and-is-getting-hammered-for-it/
— State inspectors ordered back to work, but workers and their union objected
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/07/state-inspectors-ordered-back-to-work-but-workers-and-their-union-objected/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— States explore house arrest technology to enforce quarantines – Douglas Ernst
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/may/7/coronavirus-usa-states-explore-house-arrest-techno/

GOPUSA
— Will Americans Take Coronavirus Vaccine When It Becomes Available? Will You?
https://www.gopusa.com/?p=88563

TOWNHALL
— GAO Report: Postal Service’s Net Loss Totaled $78 Billion In 12 Years – Julio Rosas
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/juliorosas/2020/05/07/gao-report-the-postal-services-net-loss-totaled-78-billion-in-12-years-n2568374

FEDERALIST
— 60 Questions Americans Need To Consider About How To Handle Coronavirus Shutdowns and bailouts are unsustainable for 18 months to two years. We need a new and better set of strategies, and we can’t put it off any further. – Joy Pullmann
https://thefederalist.com/2020/05/07/60-questions-americans-need-to-consider-about-how-to-handle-coronavirus/

LIFE SITE NEWS
— Planned Parenthood Abortion Business Lays Off One-Third of Its Staff, Cutting 285 Employees – MICAIAH BILGER
https://www.lifenews.com/2020/05/07/planned-parenthood-abortion-business-lays-off-one-third-of-its-staff-cutting-285-employees/

THE HILL
— Military official who serves as Trump valet tests positive for coronavirus – BRETT SAMUELS
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/496577-military-official-who-serves-as-trump-valet-tests-positive-for
— Trump hits serious headwinds in polls on COVID-19 reopening – REID WILSON
https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/496593-trump-hits-serious-headwinds-in-polls-on-covid-19-reopening
— Trump meets harsh reality with coronavirus threat – MORGAN CHALFANT AND BRETT SAMUELS
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/496705-trump-meets-harsh-reality-with-coronavirus-threat

NEW YORK TIMES
— White House Rejected C.D.C. Reopening Guidelines, Asking for Revisions
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/07/us/coronavirus-updates.html

WASHINGTON POST
— Power struggles erupt as governors and state legislatures fight over coronavirus response – Tim Craig and Annie Gowen
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/power-struggles-erupt-as-governors-and-state-legislatures-fight-over-coronavirus-response/2020/05/07/05516526-8f8e-11ea-a9c0-73b93422d691_story.html
— Where Americans are still staying at home the most – Kevin Schaul, Brittany Renee Mayes and Bonnie Berkowitz
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/national/map-us-still-staying-home-coronavirus/

FORBES
— COVID-19: What Should Employers Consider As They Draft A Return To Work Policy? – Alonzo Martinez
https://www.forbes.com/sites/alonzomartinez/2020/05/07/covid-19-what-should-employers-consider-as-they-draft-a-return-to-work-policy/

FEDWEEK
— Thinking of Returning to the Federal Government as a Retiree?
https://www.fedweek.com/retirement-financial-planning/thinking-of-returning-to-the-government-as-a-retiree/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The standard policy is that if you voluntarily retired and go back to work, you’ll continue to receive your annuity; however, the salary of your new position will be offset (reduced) by the amount of your annuity. For example, if your annuity was $40,000 and your new salary was $90,000, you’d only be paid $50,000 ($90,000 – $40,000). However, if your retirement was involuntary as a result a reduction-in-force (RIF), job abolishment, transfer of function, or reorganization, your annuity would stop and you’d receive the full salary of your new position. In other words, you’d have the same employment status as any other federal employee in an equivalent position with a similar service history.)

NEW REPUBLIC
— Did the Military Really Just Ban Coronavirus Survivors? The Pentagon’s ill-advised new “interim” recruiting policy could cause precisely the harm to service members that it seeks to avoid. – ADAM WEINSTEIN
https://newrepublic.com/article/157644/military-ban-recruits-coronavirus

May 4 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Coronavirus Illinois: COVID-19 cases surpass 63K with 2.6K deaths; Gov. Pritzker threatens ‘more stringent lockdown’ if people continue to defy stay-at-home order Illinois reports lowest daily COVID-19 death toll in weeks – Craig Wall and Eric Horng
https://abc7chicago.com/society/illinois-reports-lowest-daily-covid-19-death-toll-in-weeks-/6149954/

NBC5
— Illinois Reports 2,341 New Coronavirus Cases, Lifting State Total to 63,840 Pritzker has urged residents to focus on the state’s positivity rate
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/illinois-reports-2341-new-coronavirus-cases-lifting-state-total-to-63840/2266256/
— Illinois May Reopen Region-by-Region, But Not in a Typical Way Pritzker previously stated that regions could reopen by May 30 if they see a 14-day decrease in case
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/illinois-may-reopen-region-by-region-but-not-in-a-typical-way/2266348/
— Central Illinois City to Allow Gyms, Salons to Reopen, Potentially Defying State Order It is not known whether state officials will look to stop the plan from being implemented
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/central-illinois-city-to-allow-salons-gyms-to-reopen-as-part-of-phased-reopening-plan/2266351/
— Senate Reopens Despite Risks as House Preps More Virus Aid The 100 senators are convening for the first time since March – Lisa Mascaro
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international/senate-to-reopen-despite-risks-as-house-eyes-hybrid-return/2266235/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Illinois reports lowest daily death toll from COVID-19 in 2 weeks – Elizabeth Matthews
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/illinois-reports-lowest-daily-death-toll-from-covid-19-in-2-weeks

WGN TV
— ‘It’s unsustainable’: Author of Forbes article on Illinois pension liabilities Adam Andrzejewski talks to WGN – Elyse Russo
https://wgntv.com/news/its-unsustainable-author-of-forbes-article-on-illinois-pension-liabilities-talks-to-wgn/

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— 46 more Illinois deaths reported as daily COVID-19 case count hits 2,341 The state received 13,834 tests results Sunday. Monday’s new case count of 2,341 brings the state tally to 63,840 positive cases. The state now has lost 2,664 people to COVID-19. – Tina Sfondeles
https://chicago.suntimes.com/coronavirus/2020/5/4/21246930/coronavirus-deaths-illinois-pritzker-covid-19-confirmed-cases
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Illinois’ high times keep rolling amid coronavirus pandemic as recreational pot sales top $37 million in April The total trails only the $39.2 million worth of adult-use cannabis unloaded by dispensaries in January, the first month the drug was legalized for recreational use. – Tom Schuba
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2020/5/4/21247259/chicago-dispensaries-illinois-marijuana-cannabis-sales-recreational
— America’s road back from COVID-19 must begin with an end to the politics of division We suppose the thinking of ideologues on both sides, right and left, is that the pandemic offers them a unique opportunity to finally make headway on longstanding aims. But now, more than ever, we need unity, not discord. – Editorial
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/5/4/21246553/coronavirus-j-b-pritzker-springfield-demonstrations-protests-thompson-center-covid-19-editorial

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Illinois reports the fewest coronavirus deaths in two weeks, but Gov. J.B. Pritzker urges longer view in fight against COVID-19 – DAN PETRELLA, LISA SCHENCKER and GREGORY PRATT
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-illinois-hospitalization-20200504-5nof62gkv5bunlb2uo6fnuyuda-story.html
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Illinois legal weed sales during the first full month of coronavirus lockdown amount to almost $37.3 million – ALLY MAROTTI
https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-illinois-april-legal-weed-sales-20200504-iiky2ctxlnhqxldazoerjnqtxm-story.html
— Chicago reaches 1,000 COVID-19 deaths, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says – GREGORY PRATT
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-chicago-1000-deaths-20200504-tk2ratkf6zefthkrfj6estcby4-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— Hospitalizations, ventilator use dip in Illinois; 46 more have died – Marni Pyke
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200504/hospitalizations-ventilator-use-dip-in-illinois-46-more-have-died
— Wheaton cancels Taste, Independence Day ceremonies
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200504/wheaton-cancels-taste-independence-day-ceremonies

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— United plans to cut at least 30% of white-collar staff The layoffs would take effect Oct. 1. “The severe drop in demand and resulting reductions to our schedule mean we have to do everything possible to right-size our workforce in the near-term,” a message to employees said. – JOHN PLETZ
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/transportation/united-plans-cut-least-30-white-collar-staff

NEW CHANNEL 20
— Local schools: 25% of students not engaging in e-learning – Matt Roy
https://newschannel20.com/news/local/local-schools-25-of-students-not-engaging-in-e-learning

NAPERVILLE PATCH
— Safe DuPage to Host Panel Discussion on COVID-19 Community Leaders to Discuss Resources for Those in Need of Help Due to Pandemic – Kevin Coyne
https://patch.com/illinois/naperville/safe-dupage-host-panel-discussion-covid-19

CENTER SQUARE
— Preliminary state budget talks include calls for federal bailout, demands economy open back up – Greg Bishop
https://www.thecentersquare.com/illinois/preliminary-state-budget-talks-include-calls-for-federal-bailout-demands-economy-open-back-up/article_ce5a907c-8e27-11ea-9c04-bf29a2763c11.html
— COVID-19 puts damper on Illinois cannabis dispensaries – for now – Pat Morris
https://www.thecentersquare.com/illinois/covid-19-puts-damper-on-illinois-cannabis-dispensaries—for-now/article_9028121e-8e24-11ea-8c7d-c398274f6e36.html

ILLINOIS LEAKS
— McHenry County Chairman Jack Franks asked to explain his actions by the Attorney General Public Access Counselor – KIRK ALLEN
https://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2020/05/mchenry-county-chairman-jack-franks-asked-to-explain-his-actions-by-the-attorney-general-pac/

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— ILLINOIS COVID SHUT DOWN PROTESTERS TO GOV PRITZKER: RE-OPEN ILLINOIS
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/05/illinois-covid-shut-down-protesters-to-gov-pritzker-re-open-illinois.html
— WE WRECKED OUR ECONOMY FOR NOTHING
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/05/we-wrecked-our-economy-for-nothing.html
— PANDEMIC SHUTDOWN COSTS FAR MORE THAN BENEFITS
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/05/pandemic-shutdown-costs-far-more-than-benefits.html
— THORNER/INGOLD: PRITZKER SCRUBS HANDS AND CRUCIAL COVID TESTING DATA
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/05/thorneringold-pritzker-scrubs-hands-and-crucial-covid-testing-data.html
— SEN. CRUZ SEEKS TO FLIP THE SCRIPT ON HOLLYWOOD’S KOWTOWING TO CHINESE CENSORS
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/05/sen-cruz-seeks-to-flip-the-script-on-hollywoods-kowtowing-to-chinese-censors.html
— DI LEO: PLAYING THE CORONAVIRUS LOTTERY IN 2020
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/05/playing-the-coronavirus-lottery-in-2020.html

CAPITOL FAX
— 2,341 new cases, 46 additional deaths
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/04/2341-new-cases-46-additional-deaths/
— Pritzker defers to local law enforcement, mayors about policing EO – Promises more IDES details later this week – Discourages people from traveling to Indiana, but “people are free to to do what they want” – Explains regionalization approach – “As things are coming down more things can be opened up” – Repeats need for federal aid to local governments – Talks McCormick Place – Dr. Ezike had “a family matter” and couldn’t make it – “We’re headed in the right direction” – Hasn’t seen rent control bill – Could be civil liability for businesses defying EO – Businesses could risk insurance coverage for defying EO – Has privacy questions about Apple and Google contact tracing – Avoids question on special session – Need a lot more testing capacity to test all prisoners – One-day total isn’t a pattern – Hopes they won’t have to send in teams to test defiant parishioners – Chicago casino maybe this year – No data on store occupancy, mask wearing
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/04/pritzker-defers-to-local-law-enforcement-mayors-about-policing-eo/
— COVID-19 roundup
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/04/covid-19-roundup-31/

GOPUSA
— Why Democrats Love Voting By Mail: It’s Easier To Cheat
https://www.gopusa.com/why-democrats-love-voting-by-mail-its-easier-to-cheat/

BREITBART
— Conservative Jeanne Ives Takes a Shot at Illinois’ 6th District – JOEL B. POLLAK
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/05/04/conservative-jeanne-ives-takes-a-shot-at-illinois-6th-district/

NEWSMAX
— Amb. Ron Gidwitz to Replace Sondland as Acting Rep to EU – Solange Reyner
https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/ronald-gidwitz-gordon-sondland-european-union-ambassador/2020/05/04/id/966058/

CONSERVATIVE HQ
— Civil Disobedience Against Unconstitutional Lockdowns Spreading – George Rasley
http://www.conservativehq.com/node/32441

THE HILL
— Trump administration projecting 3K daily coronavirus deaths by June
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/495971-trump-administration-projecting-3k-daily-coronavirus-deaths-by-june

CNN
— Key coronavirus model will revise projections to nearly 135,000 US deaths – Arman Azad
https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/us-coronavirus-update-05-04-20/h_18a3fa30e62fa417f6402308aaf3c55b

NEW YORK TIMES
— Trump Administration Models Predict Near Doubling of Daily Death Toll by June
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/04/us/coronavirus-updates.html

WASHINGTON POST
— Treasury plans to borrow $3 trillion from April through June as enormous coronavirus costs pile up Low interest rates make the borrowing cheaper, but the new debt shows how much new spending outpaces falling revenue – Rachel Siegel
https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2020/05/04/treasury-coronavirus-debt-borrowing/

FORBES
— We’re Not All Going To Get COVID-19, But We Are All Going To Pay For It – Leon LaBrecque
https://www.forbes.com/sites/leonlabrecque/2020/05/04/were-not-all-going-to-get-covid-19-but-we-are-all-going-to-pay-for-it/
— The Truth About Post-Corona Retirement: We Simply Don’t Know – Elizabeth Bauer
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ebauer/2020/05/04/the-truth-about-post-corona-retirement-we-simply-dont-know/

RASMUSSEN REPORTS
— More Are Ready to Return to Work, Less Fearful of COVID-19 Risk
https://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/disease/more_are_ready_to_return_to_work_less_fearful_of_covid_19_risk

April 30 Morning Edition

NBC5
— Pritzker Says He Supports Reopening State in Phases When Time Comes Pritzker said at a news conference Wednesday that he agrees “100%” with a region-by-region approach, but that doesn’t necessarily mean geographically
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/pritzker-says-he-supports-reopening-state-in-phases-when-time-comes/2263964/

ABC7
— Stimulus, unemployment, financial help for those impacted by coronavirus SBA, student loans, rent, utilities, taxes and more
https://abc7chicago.com/coronavirus-help-credit-cards-unemployment-stimulus/6132626/
— Sex assault allegation poses challenge for Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign – AP
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/sex-assault-allegation-poses-challenge-for-bidens-campaign/6139976/

WGN TV
— The cost of ‘just in case’ hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic – Ben Bradley
https://wgntv.com/news/coronavirus/the-cost-of-just-in-case-hospitals-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Trump says he won’t extend social distancing guidelines Vice President Mike Pence said the guidelines have been incorporated into the new guidance issued by the White House earlier this month that lays out how states can gradually begin to reopen as the rate of new cases slows. – AP
https://chicago.suntimes.com/coronavirus/2020/4/29/21241715/trump-says-he-wont-extend-social-distancing-guidelines-coronavirus-covid-19-stay-at-home-orders
— Rolling out contact tracing in Illinois a daunting task, but essential, expert says It takes about a day to trace the contacts of COVID-19 patients at the Howard Brown Health clinic in Hyde Park, its director says. About 2⁄3 of those contacts end up testing positive. – Tom Schuba
https://chicago.suntimes.com/coronavirus/2020/4/29/21242079/howard-brown-contact-tracing-illinois-coronavirus
— Nancy Pelosi taps Bill Foster to new House COVID-19 watchdog panel Foster is among seven Democrats Pelosi selected for the 12-member panel. It is not clear yet if Republicans will appoint anyone. – Lynn Sweet (DIERSEN: Appointees to this panel should have watchdog credentials. I worked for GAO for almost 18 years, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $101,176-$131,532/year, and before that, I worked for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently, $85,084-$96,431/year. I passed the Certified Internal Auditor and CPA examinations on my first attempt. I became a licensed CPA, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Government Financial Manager, Certified Financial Services Auditor, and Forensic Accountant. I have master’s degrees in business, accounting, and finance.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/4/29/21241716/house-speaker-nancy-pelosi-rep-bill-foster-illinois-house-covid-19-watchdog-panel
— COVID-19 lawsuits a symptom of a pre-existing condition in Illinois — and the nation It would be easy to plug this particular disagreement into our age-old Chicago versus downstate animosities, and obviously, that’s one aspect of what is happening, but it’s broader and deeper than that as the national interest in this story confirms. – Mark Brown
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2020/4/29/21242096/covid-19-lawsuits-cabello-bailey-pritzker-trump-coronavirus

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— As commuters stay home, Metra has been forced to cut service again. One line will have just 1 inbound and 1 outbound run per day. – Mary Wisniewski
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-metra-service-cuts-three-lines-20200429-g6c3mvyarzhgbnfyn5v2fyjjty-story.html
— Employees being sought for Amazon’s under-construction grocery store in Naperville – ERIN HEGARTY
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/ct-nvs-amazon-grocery-store-hiring-naperville-st-20200429-ljqvdapk3zbehf6b6iqcvv2n7q-story.html
— Reopen Illinois rally planned, viral house party reveals media disconnect and Tribune photos to use as your Zoom background
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-cb-daywatch-newsletter-april29-20200430-x2iyx7bpjzga3lu7zwtqwq4opq-story.html
— Chicago police pledge to issue citation for another large city party as mayor condemns it – JEREMY GORNER and GREGORY PRATT
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-wedding-party-citation-20200429-glie24vk7rgdpptl5depymyaiq-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— DuPage mayors calling for letting businesses reopen earlier – Marie Wilson
https://www.dailyherald.com/business/20200429/dupage-mayors-calling-for-letting-businesses-reopen-earlier

WTTW
— Rosemont Mayor Stephens on Pandemic’s Impact on Conventions, Entertainment – Quinn Myers
https://news.wttw.com/2020/04/29/rosemont-mayor-stephens-pandemic-s-impact-conventions-entertainment
— Is It Time to Get Back to Springfield? – Amanda Vinicky
https://news.wttw.com/2020/04/29/it-time-get-back-springfield
— O’Hare, Midway Grapple with Near Shutdown of Air Travel – Paris Schutz
https://news.wttw.com/2020/04/29/o-hare-midway-grapple-near-shutdown-air-travel

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Campaign rhetoric won’t cut it in coronavirus legal fight – Jim Dey
https://www.news-gazette.com/coronavirus/jim-dey-campaign-rhetoric-won-t-cut-it-in-coronavirus-legal-fight/article_45d9a6b4-8ee7-599d-9d02-0d17ee8cd785.html

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— Monmouth Smithfield plant to resume operations – Jane Carlson
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20200430/monmouth-smithfield-plant-to-resume-operations

SOUTHERN
— Pritzker should stop laughing at Southern Illinois – Tim Schneider
https://thesouthern.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-tim-schneider-pritzker-should-stop-laughing-at-southern-illinois/article_913cb367-deab-5d15-a39c-64c1502fa445.html

FOX ILLINOIS
— Unemployment surge pushing state funds toward insolvency – AP
https://foxillinois.com/news/nation-world/unemployment-surge-pushing-state-funds-toward-insolvency
— As US economy shrinks, some remain optimistic for quick recovery – AHTRA ELNASHAR
https://foxillinois.com/news/coronavirus/as-us-economy-shrinks-some-remain-optimistic-for-quick-recovery
— Debate flares over legal protections as businesses open up – AP
https://foxillinois.com/news/nation-world/debate-flares-over-legal-protections-as-businesses-open-up

NPR ILLINOIS
— Tesla’s Elon Musk Rants Again; Calls Lockdowns Forcible Imprisonment And ‘Fascist’ – CAMILA DOMONOSKE
https://www.nprillinois.org/post/teslas-elon-musk-rants-again-calls-lockdowns-forcible-imprisonment-and-fascist#stream/0

NEWS CHANNEL 20
— Fed signals it will likely hold rates near zero for months – AP
https://newschannel20.com/news/coronavirus/fed-keeps-key-rate-near-zero-and-pledges-to-use-full-range-of-tools-to-bolster-economy

CHICAGO PATCH
— Gov. J.B. Pritzker Is Doing His Best Donald Trump Impression Now The J.B. Pritzker Show now includes the governor’s spot on impression of President Donald Trump, for a Democrat, that is. – Mark Konkol
https://patch.com/illinois/chicago/gov-j-b-pritzker-doing-his-best-donald-trump-impression-now

ALGONQUIN PATCH
— Coronavirus In IL: ‘Open Illinois Now’ Protest In Algonquin Freedom Movement USA plans to protest the state’s extended stay-at-home order ​due to the coronavirus pandemic. – Rebecca Bream
https://patch.com/illinois/algonquin/coronavirus-il-open-illinois-now-protest-algonquin

ILLINOIS REPUBLICAN PARTY
— Illinois Should Plan to Reopen Regionally – Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider
https://illinois.gop/illinois-should-plan-to-reopen-regionally/?fbclid=IwAR0cSc_8rb7St9U2dh_jLmob8cIzx2mdf95mRclttdp_w8nkZYEy3mH6q8w

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Ex-Justice Department Bully Andrew Weissmann, Who Brought Arthur Anderson Down and Fled Mueller Commission Before It Imploded, Ends Up in Chicago Law Firm
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/04/30/ex-justice-department-bully-who-brought-arthur-anderson-down-and-fled-mueller-commission-before-it-imploded-ends-up-in-chicago-law-firm/
— Inspired by Illinois GOP? Republicans Sue Governor Gavin Newsom on Ballot Harvesting in Special Congressional Election on May 12
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/04/30/inspired-by-illinois-gop-republicans-sue-governor-gavin-newsom-on-ballot-harvesting-in-special-congressional-election-on-may-12/
— McConchie Offers Re-Opening Plan
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/04/29/mcconchie-offers-re-opening-plan/
— Broader Challenge to Pritzker’s Emergency Order
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/04/29/broader-challenge-to-pritzkers-emergency-order/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Trump calls for return to ‘the way it was’ as coronavirus crisis crashes economy – Dave Boyer
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/apr/29/donald-trump-touts-reopening-coronavirus-crashes-u/
— Trump erupts at campaign team as his poll numbers slide – AP
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/apr/29/trump-erupts-at-campaign-team-as-his-poll-numbers-/

NEWSMAX
— Senior Chinese Official Slams Trump on Virus Response – Marisa Herman
https://www.newsmax.com/us/le-yucheng/2020/04/29/id/965175/

TOWNHALL
— Coronavirus Pandemic + Trump Derangement Syndrome = Bad Math – Larry Elder
https://townhall.com/columnists/larryelder/2020/04/30/coronavirus-pandemic–trump-derangement-syndrome–bad-math-n2567882

REAL CLEAR POLITICS
— Trump: Coronavirus “Should Have Never Happened, It Could Have Been Stopped But People Chose Not To” – Ian Schwartz
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/04/29/trump_coronavirus_should_have_never_happened_it_could_have_been_stopped_but_people_chose_not.html

THE HILL
— Illinois state lawmaker Jason Plummer calls for US to not bail out his ‘corrupt’ state – REBECCA KLAR
https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/495374-illinois-state-lawmaker-calls-for-us-to-not-bail-out-his-corrupt-state
— Trump says China ‘will do anything they can’ to keep him from being reelected – REBECCA KLAR
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/495393-trump-says-china-will-do-anything-they-can-to-keep-him-from-being
— Kushner predicts much of the country will be ‘back to normal’ in June – BRETT SAMUELS
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/495212-kushner-predicts-much-of-the-country-will-be-back-to-normal-in-june
— Liability shield for businesses emerges as new fight over reopening – ALEX GANGITANO AND JOHN KRUZEL
https://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/495288-liability-shield-businesses-new-fight-reopening

POLITICO
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Admit It: You Are Willing to Let People Die to End the Shutdown.”
https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/04/30/coronavirus-shutdown-altitude-ethics-223569

CNN
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “As Trump frets over sliding poll numbers, he doubles down on Fox-centric media strategy.”
https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/30/media/donald-trump-fox-news-reliable-sources/index.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trump treats meatpacking workers as disposable.”
https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/29/opinions/trump-treats-meatpacking-workers-as-disposable-reyes/index.html
— 30 million Americans have filed initial unemployment claims since mid-March – Anneken Tappe
https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/30/economy/unemployment-benefits-coronavirus/index.html

ASSOCIATED PRESS
— Economists agree: No quick rebound from recession is likely – MARTIN CRUTSINGER
https://apnews.com/e0d04987133c2f48992b98ace0a1e846
— Wisconsin governor orders 5% cut in state spending
https://www.wearegreenbay.com/coronavirus/wisconsin-governor-orders-5-cut-in-state-spending/

REUTERS
— Trump says China wants him to lose his bid for re-election – Steve Holland
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-china-exclusive/exclusive-trump-says-china-wants-him-to-lose-re-election-race-idUSKBN22C01F?il=0
— Trump says brushes off polls showing Biden leading presidential race – Steve Holland
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-election-exclusive/exclusive-trump-says-he-does-not-believe-polls-that-show-biden-ahead-in-presidential-race-idUSKBN22C03K?il=0

NEW YORK TIMES
— Trump Administration Signals Support for Allies’ Fight Against Virus Orders – Lisa Lerer and Kenneth P. Vogel
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/29/us/politics/coronavirus-trump-justice-department.html

WASHINGTON POST
— Tammy Duckworth is Biden’s safest — and smartest — vice presidential pick – David Byler (DIERSEN: Duckworh has demonized, denigrated, and condemned Trump for avoiding the draft. How will Duckworth differentiate Biden’s avoiding the draft? Since 1966 when I was 18 years old, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have demonized me, denigrated me, and condemned me for avoiding the draft.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/29/tammy-duckworth-is-bidens-safest-smartest-vice-presidential-pick/
— Trump presented with grim internal polling showing him losing to Biden – Josh Dawsey
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-presented-with-grim-internal-polling-showing-him-losing-to-biden/2020/04/29/33544208-8a4e-11ea-9759-6d20ba0f2c0e_story.html
— 3.8 million Americans sought jobless benefits last week, extending pandemic’s grip on the national workforce More than 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits in six weeks – Rachel Siegel and Andrew Van Dam
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/30/weekly-jobless-claims-unemployment/
— Why Congress probably isn’t going to let states go bankrupt – Amber Phillips
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/04/30/state-bankruptcy/

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: U.S. Economy Shrank at 4.8% Pace in First Quarter Gross domestic product recorded steepest contraction since the last recession – Harriet Torry
https://www.wsj.com/articles/first-quarter-gdp-us-growth-coronavirus-11588123665
— Partisan Fight Looms Over Voting by Mail Democrats, Republicans in Congress sharply differ over expanding mail balloting in November to ease coronavirus fears at polls – Lindsay Wise and Alexa Corse
https://www.wsj.com/articles/partisan-fight-looms-over-voting-by-mail-11588167903
— The Looming Civil-Liberties Battle The stage is set for a post-shutdown showdown between personal freedom and public health. – Joseph A. Ladapo
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-looming-civil-liberties-battle-11588198523

FORBES
— ‘FREE AMERICA NOW’: Elon Musk Goes Full Lockdown Skeptic On Twitter – Rachel Sandler
https://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelsandler/2020/04/29/free-america-now-elon-musk-goes-full-lockdown-skeptic-on-twitter/
— Pension Bailout Or Bankruptcy? That’s Missing The Bigger Picture – Elizabeth Bauer
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ebauer/2020/04/28/pension-bailout-or-bankruptcy-thats-missing-the-bigger-picture/

NEWSWEEK
— PRO-TRUMP GROUP PLANS TO HOLD MAGA MAY DAY RALLIES ACROSS COUNTRY AMID PANDEMIC SHUTDOWNS – JAMES WALKER
https://www.newsweek.com/pro-trump-group-plans-maga-may-day-rallies-coronavirus-pandemic-1501112

FED WEEK
— Survey Sees Some Good Signs for Extending Careers (DIERSEN: Will the federal government extend its promotion deadlines? Currently, federal employees who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran are gotten rid of if they do 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. Extremely few federal employees make the aforesaid promotion deadlines.)
https://www.fedweek.com/retirement-financial-planning/survey-sees-some-good-signs-for-extending-careers/

DAILY BEAST
— Why Have Women’s Groups Gone Dead Silent on Biden Sex-Assault Accusation? In the wake of the #MeToo movement, prominent women came forward expressing regret they didn’t take allegations against then-President Bill Clinton seriously in the 1990s. – Scott Bixby and Hanna Trudo
https://www.thedailybeast.com/why-have-womens-groups-gone-dead-silent-on-biden-assault-accusation

GM AUTHORITY
— General Motors Burning Through $130 Million A Day, Financial Expert Says – SAM MCEACHERN
https://gmauthority.com/blog/2020/04/general-motors-burning-through-130-million-a-day-financial-expert-says/
— Corvette C8 Owner Discusses Buyer Demographics – SAM MCEACHERN
https://gmauthority.com/blog/2020/04/corvette-c8-owner-discusses-buyer-demographics-video/