August 9 Evening Edition

— 10 want West District seat on Wheaton City Council – Katlyn Smith (DIERSEN: I urge everyone who is interested in this, and especially Wheaton’s West District residents, to a) find out everything that they can about the 10 candidates, b) analyze that information, c) determine who they believe the top 1, 2, or 3 candidates should be, and d) email their recommendation to Wheaton’s City Council at [email protected] along with their reasons for their recommendation. I hope that in the days ahead, the Daily Herald provides much more information about the 10 candidates. I hope that the Daily Herald a) asks the 10 candidates to complete a detailed questionnaire and b) publishes the responses to that questionnaire. Wheaton West District residents should have the right to know not only the applicants’ names, but a) how long they have lived in the city and in the district, b) their political affiliation, c) why they want to be appointed to fill the vacancy, d) what they believe the most important issues are that the city needs to address, e) what their opinion is on how those issues could be addressed, f) will they vote for or against selling pot in Wheaton, g) what their work experience is, h) what their education is, i) what professional certifications and licenses are, and j) what experience do they have carrying out typical city council functions: Review and approve the annual budget; Establish long- and short-term objectives and priorities; Oversee performance of the local public employees; Oversee effectiveness of programs; Establish tax rates; Enter into legal contracts; Borrow funds; Pass ordinances and resolutions; Modify the city’s charter; Regulate land use through zoning laws; Regulate business activity through licensing and regulations; Regulate public health and safety; Exercise the power of eminent domain; Communicate policies and programs to residents; Respond to constituent needs and complaints; and Represent the community to other levels of government. (SEE: )
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Wheaton City Council members have their pick of 10 applicants seeking to fill a vacant seat representing the West District. The group of candidates vying for a 2-year appointment to the council includes some familiar names in DuPage County politics. The applicants are: Nancy Harding, Edward Ahern, Jeffrey Antonelli, Robert McNeily, Lynn Robbins, Mark Kmiecik, Angela Blatner, David Diersen, Khizar Jafri and Krista Selvey. Diersen is the founder of the daily newsletter McNeily lost his bid for the West District seat in 2016 against incumbent Todd Scalzo. According to his LinkedIn page, he is the Midwest regional manager of Turning Point USA, a conservative group founded by Wheeling High School alum Charlie Kirk for college and high school students. Robbins, a former Illinois Park and Recreation Association board member, also ran unsuccessfully against Scalzo for the West District seat in 2016. Kmiecik finished third in another three-way race for the seat in 2009. Jafri, a finance and accounting consultant, lost to Tim Elliott for a District 4 spot on the DuPage County Board in 2016. The Democrat was seeking his first elected office at the time. Four council members represent Wheaton’s four voting districts, while two members and the mayor are elected at-large. The seat became vacant in July when Scalzo, an attorney, stepped down after 10 years. The council is set to vote on appointing his successor in September. Council members recently filled another empty 2-year council seat. The North District seat became vacant in May when Phil Suess was sworn in as Wheaton’s first new mayor in 12 years. The council named Christopher Zaruba to the post on July 1 from a field of 13 applicants.)
— Religious hypocrisy – Mary Plunkett, Wheaton
— Twitter reposts McConnell threat video after appeal – AP

— Rod Blagojevich: Trump ‘very strongly’ considering commuting prison sentence – Mark Rivera, Chuck Goudie, Eric Horng and Barb Markoff and Ross Weidner
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: “Chicago immigration organizations” side with foreign countries and with their citizens against America and against its citizens.

— Raid On Poultry Plant Owned By Park Ridge Company To Have Long Term Effects

— Biden says ‘poor kids’ just as bright as ‘white kids’ in latest gaffe

— Illinois GOP urges Trump not to set Blagojevich free – AP

— Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot goes national with criticism of Ivanka Trump’s social media comments: ‘You don’t govern by tweet’ – Gregory Pratt
— Lake Zurich officials remain divided on whether to permit or ban recreational marijuana sales – PHIL ROCKROHR
— Hundreds of small pension funds statewide face troubling debt. Is consolidation the way to go? – JAMIE MUNKS and DAN PETRELLA
— Can Trump get universal background checks? – Editorial
— Where will Chicago’s first casino land? Here’s how the 5 proposed sites compare. – BLAIR KAMIN, MEGHAN KELLY, RYAN ORI, and MARY WISNIEWSKI
— Amid sexual harassment allegations in his organization, House Speaker Michael Madigan trumpets signing of anti-harassment law – Dan Petrella

— Where the jobs are in Chicago: downtown, and that’s a good thing It’s also where most new employment in the city will continue to be. And it isn’t just people with MBAs or law degrees who will be getting hired. – Ed Zotti (DIERSEN: I worked in downtown Chicago in 1971 and then 1973-1997.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater promotes hatred against Trump.
— Beware of the disinformation campaign against a fairer tax for Illinois The nature of the levy — progressive income tax versus flat income tax — makes it no harder or easier, politically speaking, to raise taxes on the middle class. But that’s not what progressive-tax opponents want you to hear. – Editorial

— Time to tidy up the state Senate—before the feds do it Senate President John Cullerton ought to take a page out of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s book and make ethics rules a priority in his chamber lest things go south in his tenure’s sunset years. – GREG HINZ

— Taking the pulse: Tazewell County Republicans – Montana Samuels

— Illinois municipalities seek clarifications on recreational marijuana legalization – REBECCA ANZEL
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The state organization representing local units of government is asking leaders in the General Assembly to make clarifying changes to the recreational marijuana law before it takes effect Jan. 1. Brad Cole, executive director of the Illinois Municipal League, said the 1,298 cities, villages and towns in the state need guidance on four aspects of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, signed into law by Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker in late June. There is confusion, he said, about how law enforcers will know a person who is growing cannabis in their home is doing so legally as a prescribed medical marijuana user. Municipalities also are uncertain how they may regulate the drug. Cole is asking legislators to write what is known as a trailer bill, a companion measure that clarifies a statute. The idea has bipartisan support. Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, one of the statute’s framers and her chamber’s sponsor, said it’s likely that a trailer bill will happen. Republican Sen. Jason Barickman, from Bloomington, said he thinks his colleagues spent “a lot of time on the legislative language,” and any subsequent bill should be consistent with the goals of the original negotiations. “I understand and support the idea of a trailer bill to make clarifications that the various stakeholders have brought forward. I think it’s very likely we’ll see one for multiple reasons, and we may see it as early as this fall,” he said. “I anticipate hearing from many stakeholders about clarifications they would like to see. By and large, that’s what the IML is seeking here.” In a letter to lawmakers, Cole highlighted four points the league’s members would like the General Assembly to address. Each one, he said, was mentioned in his testimony before a panel of legislators in late May before the recreational marijuana bill became law. “These are common sense issues” to determine what is legal and what is no, Cole said. The new law allows those who have a medical marijuana card to grow no more than five plants in their home without needing to be a licensed cultivation center or craft grower. The League’s concern, Cole wrote in his letter, is the lack of “registration or notification requirements to municipalities or their police departments” about which residences can legally grow cannabis plants. “We’re saying, we need to know,” he said. “How do we know if these are five legal plants or five illegal plants?” Steans said the idea of “a registry had been raised,” but some interest groups expressed concerns it might be a civil rights violation. She added local governing bodies would know if the plants were legal by asking whether their owner had a medical marijuana card. Barickman said the issue is one with “wildly different” viewpoints. “I think you’re going to have those in law enforcement presumably asking for some type of registry, and I think you’re going to have others adverse to that,” he said. Also in question is a provision in the law dictating how governing bodies can regulate recreational marijuana. “No unit of local government … may prohibit home cultivation or unreasonably prohibit use of cannabis authorized by this Act,” according to the law. Cole, in his letter, wrote that “unreasonably” is not defined, so towns and municipalities might be exposed to “unknown litigation as they attempt to protect the health, safety and well-being of their citizens.” The League is asking the General Assembly to clarify the word’s meaning. And it is seeking guidance on two regulations dictating how funds are distributed and may be spent by local governments. Money directed into one account, for example, now has rules for how it may be spent. “This is restricted money being put into an unrestricted disbursement fund,” thus creating accounting confusion for local officials, Cole said. Department of Revenue Director David Harris was copied on the Municipal League letter. In an emailed statement, a spokesperson said the department “is working to ensure successful implementation and rollout of the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act and works with all stakeholders to that end.” “I think what’s happening right now is the multiple stakeholders are doing a deeper review of the law now that it’s been set, and they’re raising some questions that I think we can address through a trailer bill, providing some clarity,” Barickman said. Steans added the recreational marijuana statute created large policy changes and “lots of different viewpoints” need to be considered. In an emailed statement, Jordan Abudayyeh, Pritzker’s press secretary, seemed to indicate the governor is open to a trailer bill. The administration, she said, “is focused on ensuring the successful implementation” of the law. “Multiple state agencies are engaged in these efforts as we move forward creating one of the most equity centric industries in the country,” Abudayyeh said. “The Pritzker administration stands ready and willing to continue working to ensure Illinois has a cannabis industry that other states can look to as a model for equity and success.”)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in getting immigrants to hate Whites and to hate America.

— OUTSTANDING: Roll Call: Crespo votes against legalizing recreational marijuana

— OUTSTANDING: Roll Call: Mazzochi votes against legalizing recreational marijuana

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Roll Call: Parkhurst votes for legalizing recreational marijuana

— OUTSTANDING: Roll Call: Hammond votes against legalizing recreational marijuana
— OUTSTANDING: Roll Call: Sommer votes against legalizing recreational marijuana

— Are Trump-supporters the new Jews? – Earick Ward

— How Asylum is Abused Every Day Economic migrants use it as an easy means into the country, but Trump has options. – PETER VAN BUREN

— Illinois Leaders Warn Illegal Aliens of Possible ICE Raids – AMY FURR
— Joe Biden Vows Flood of Immigration If Elected – JOHN BINDER

— Harris: Trump’s ‘Statements, Tweets and Behaviors…Make It Very Clear He Possesses Hate and…is a Racist’

— The Woke Capitalism List: 50 Times Huge Companies Sided With The Social Justice Warriors – ELLIE GARDEY

— Your Baby Boomer Report Card What grade has a generation earned? An A+? A C-? – David Brooks (DIERSEN: If you are a baby boomer, how well do you fit the stereotypes? How well do you believe I fit the stereotypes?)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A trump-hater encourages Hispanics to hate Trump.

— El Paso and Dayton make you want to act, but ‘red flag’ laws violate rights to due process – Matthew Larosiere

— Facebook Offers News Outlets Millions of Dollars a Year to License Content Company approached ABC News, Dow Jones, Washington Post and Bloomberg as it plans to launch news section – Benjamin Mullin and Sahil Patel

— The Death Of The Great American Summer Job – Ryan Craig
— 15 Tips For Empowering Your Employees To Do Their Best Work

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater promotes hatred of those in America like me whose ancestors came to America legally.

July 2 Evening Edition

— Morton Leaders Believe Cannabis Business Ban Reflects Community’s Preference, Village Attorney Says – TIM SHELLEY  (DIERSEN: I have sent a copy of the Village of Morton’s Cannabis Ordinance to the Wheaton City Council. It is posted at )

— Lincolnwood considers legal, zoning options to tax marijuana, limit sales locations – PHIL ROCKROHR
— Sue Bird backs Megan Rapinoe against Donald Trump’s tweets in a Players’ Tribune story – MAGGIE VANONI
— LGBTQ rights: More than 200 corporations — from Accenture to Zillow and more — urge Supreme Court to protect gay, lesbian and transgender workers – AP (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, those who fail/refuse to promote LGBTQ activity are discriminated against.)
— On the Fourth of July, gathering to celebrate the Declaration of Dependence – John Kass
— Thousands of Chicago’s homeless have jobs, some college education, contrary to stereotypes, new study says – PETER NICKEAS

— Des Plaines Begins Study Of Regulating Recreational Marijuana – Todd Wessell

— Most Mortonites agree with cannabis sale ban, some worry about lost profit

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Bloomington-Normal Smoke Shops Prepare For Legal Marijuana – MARY CULLEN

— After marijuana legalization in Illinois, hundreds of thousands eligible to expunge previous marijuana criminal charges – Zach Ben-Amots (DIERSEN: Your past predicts your future. Disrespecting the rule of law in the past predicts that you will disrespect the rule of law in the future.)
— Nike cancels ‘Betsy Ross flag’ shoes after Kaepernick voices concerns
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, OUTRAGEOUS: Soon, if not already, all “conditions” will qualify for medical marijuana.
— Protests across Chicago demand shutdown of migrant detention centers along US/Mexico border – Michelle Gallardo

— Illinois Gambling Addiction Program Expects Enrollment Surge

— CTA Veteran Says He Was Forced To Retire After Blowing The Whistle On Pension Spiking; ‘I Feared Further Retaliation’ – Dorothy Tucker (DIERSEN: What have you blown the whistle on? While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, I blew the whistle on political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation. While I have served as Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999 and as the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000, and when I served as a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman 2005-2012, as a Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004, and as an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007, I blew the whistle on Republican activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, and political consultants who failed/refused to defend/advance planks in the Republican Party platform and in the Illinois Republican Party platform.)

— Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon will not seek re-election – Lauren Rohr

— Illinois Taxes Goods. But What About Services? – Amanda Vinicky

— Big business to Supreme Court: Defend LGBTQ people from bias – AP (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, those who fail/refuse to promote LGBTQ activity are discriminated against.)

— Oberweis Releases Preliminary Endorsement List

— New Data: Subpar Home Appreciation Has Cost Illinoisans a Quarter-Trillion Dollars Over Ten Years – Mark Glennon and John Klingner

— Illinois GOP Chairman Schneider thinks first Democratic debate bodes well for Trump in 2020 – Glenn Minnis

— Appeals court: Insurer can exclude coverage for drunk, high drivers; Widow’s claim for husband’s death barred

— New casino towns heap praise on governor
— Cannabis roundup (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)

— Trump admin drops push for citizenship question on 2020 census – Stephen Dinan (DIERSEN: This will encourage many more millions to come America illegally and/or to stay in America illegally.)

— Owner of Red Hen says she doesn’t condone, ‘the physical assault of a patron’; has no obligation to ‘unsavory’ individuals (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will Democrat restaurants post signs that say the following are NOT WELCOME: those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)

— The path to a fortune: Get fired from an Illinois public college – Thomas Lifson
— Free health care for illegals? What about the elderly? – Russ Vaughn
— The American left is seriously out of control. Now it is dangerous – Patricia McCarthy
— ProPublica gets busy with a new doxx operation against the Border Patrol – Monica Showalter

— Pete Buttigieg Warns Black Americans of Another Civil War – CHARLIE SPIERING (DIERSEN: How soon will the Democrats officially declare war on individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)

— Major Companies Call on Supreme Court to Rule in Favor of LGBT Workers (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, those who fail/refuse to promote LGBTQ activity are discriminated against.)

— Does Facebook’s Civil Rights Audit Target Free Speech? – Charlene Aaron

— CBP Under Fire by Democrats; Under Investigation for Secret Facebook Group – Susan Jones

— Time For A Federal Takeover Of Portland, Oregon – George Rasley

— Beto Campaigns Where the Democrat Base Is — In Mexico!

— MEGA MAGA: Trump Campaign Takes in $105 MILLION, Blows Past ALL DEM Candidates

— CNN’s Racist Defense of Kamala Harris. Debates about who counts as African-American are not “conspiracy theories.” – Will Chamberlainon

— Trump administration drops citizenship question from 2020 census – JACQUELINE THOMSEN (DIERSEN: This will encourage many more millions to come Ameria illegally and/or to stay in America illegally.)
— Trump invites conservative tech critics to ‘social media summit’ at White House – JUSTIN WISE (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Google Alerts bring to my attention postings on non-credible websites that promote the Democrat, Libertarian, and/or Green party platforms before they bring to my attention postings on credible websites that promote the Republican Party platform.)

— Amazon, Google Call On Supreme Court To Rule In Favor Of LGBTQ Workers The companies were among more than 200 to file a friend-of-the-court brief arguing that anti-LGBTQ bias is a form of sex discrimination. – Daniel Wiessner (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, those who fail/refuse to promote LGBTQ activity are discriminated against.)
— Illinois Is Expunging Marijuana Convictions, But That Will Only Do So Much “Expungement, for the most part, is not done with just a snap of the fingers and all the records go away,” says a criminal justice reform advocate. – Alexis Arnold (DIERSEN: Your past predicts your future. Disrespecting the rule of law in the past predicts that you will disrespect the rule of law in the future.)

— Trump administration won’t ask about citizenship on census – Ariane de Vogue and Gregory Wallace (DIERSEN: This will encourage many more millions to come Ameria illegally and/or to stay in America illegally.)

— Prominent Republicans File Brief to Support L.G.B.T. Rights in Legal Case – Jeremy W. Peters (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, those who fail/refuse to promote LGBTQ activity are discriminated against.)

— 2020 Census will not include citizenship question, DOJ confirms – Ann E. Marimow and Tara Bahrampour (DIERSEN: This will encourage many more millions to come Ameria illegally and/or to stay in America illegally.)
— Trump invites conservative tech critics to White House for ‘social media summit’ – Tony Romm (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Google Alerts bring to my attention postings on non-credible websites that promote the Democrat, Libertarian, and/or Green party platforms before they bring to my attention postings on credible websites that promote the Republican Party platform.)
— How employers are preparing for a gender non-binary world – Jena McGregor

— Trump Praises Mexico Amid Record Detention of Migrants Stiffer enforcement was agreed to in deal Mexico made to avoid imports tariffs on goods sent to U.S. – Santiago Pérez and Catherine Lucey
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot pushers push pot.

— Medical Marijuana Opens Door To Recreational Market

— When Is An Employer’s Reason For Firing You Actually A Pretext For Age Discrimination? – Eric Bachman
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— A Paradigm Shift: The End Of Inheritance For The Middle Class – Patricia Barnes

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot pushers push pot.

— Americans Still Strongly Support Citizenship Question on Census