— GOP looks ahead to 2020 election during Republican Day at Illinois State Fair – Craig Wall
— Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar denied entry to Israel because of ‘boycott activities’ – AP
— Walmart says it sells 20% of ammunition in US, defends gun sales after mass shootings – EDITH HONAN
— Steve Scalise Tells Illinois GOP It Can Recover by Rebuilding Scalise was the featured speaker at Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair
— Former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh Calls President Trump ‘Unfit Con Man’ – CNN
— Beleaguered state GOP gathers at Illinois State Fair, with leaders acknowledging ‘we had a rough year’ – RICK PEARSON and JAMIE MUNKS
— OUTSTANDING: La Grange Park Board shows reluctance on allowing recreational marijuana sales – HANK BECKMAN
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: ‘Wisconsin’s going to come’: Winthrop Harbor notes border location in discussing recreational cannabis regulations – MARY MCINTYRE
— OUTSTANDING: On Jan. 1, recreational marijuana sales will be banned in Highland Park. – KAREN BERKOWITZ
— Church in a gay bar: Queer Chicagoans find ways to merge religion and identity – NICOLE BLACKWOOD (DIERSEN: How much pressure is your church under to promote LGBTQ activity?)
— Make gun owners buy insurance – ED RAMPELL (DIERSEN: Make people who drink booze, gamble, smoke pot, etc. buy insurance.)
— Divided, defeated state GOP looks back on ‘rough year,’ but vows to rebuild, fight Pritzker tax plan There was no sugarcoating it at the dour breakfast before the party’s pep rally at the Illinois State Fair. Things are not great for the state’s Republicans a year after Gov. Bruce Rauner lost re-election, and Pritzker quickly racked up major legislative accomplishments. – Tina Sfondeles
— Secretary of State Jesse White won’t seek reelection — for real this time White will finish out his term and won’t seek re-election, spokesman Dave Druker told the Chicago Sun-Times Thursday. Druker said White has plenty to do in life ‘beyond being secretary of state.’ – Tina Sfondeles and Rachel Hinton
— COD board makes it official: Mediator to help with contract talks – Robert Sanchez
HERALD & REVIEW
— Gathering in Springfield, Illinois Republicans say state’s political pendulum due to swing right – JERRY NOWICKI
NORTHERN PUBLIC RADIO
— Illinois Republicans Confident Of Comeback – SAM DUNKLAU
— OUTSTANDING: LDS Church clarifies ‘Word of Wisdom’ on vaping, green tea, coffee, marijuana, opioids – Adam Forgie
— Panel to sort through over 100 reparations ideas – Bill Smith (DIERSEN: Are you a Republican? How much reparations do the Democrats in your neighborhood, in your precinct, in your municipality, in your county, in Illinois, and in America want you to pay? How much reparations have you paid already? Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion are reparations.)
— Illinois’ statehouse majority Democrats celebrate while minority Republicans look to reverse course – Greg Bishop
— Fox News anchor stops Border Patrol Council VP after he says ‘invasion’ – Mike Brest (DIERSEN: According to Trump-haters, there is no invasion.)
— Students fall behind while schools focus on social justice – Nicole Russell
— Newest anti-Trump Republican Joe Walsh tries to shed history of incendiary remarks – Adam Shaw
— Michael Goodwin: The New York Times has lost its way in its hatred for President Trump – Julia Musto
— Ilhan Omar’s and Rashida Tlaib’s Israel-bashing just got them barred from Israel – Nate Madden ·
— Assault on America, Day 225: Cultural retreat spells death for conservatives hoping to MAGA – Jeffrey A. Rendall
CONSERVATIVE DAILY NEWS
— Schumer Tells Trump To Spend Border Wall Funds Fighting Domestic Terrorism – Matt M. Miller
— Democrats Taking a Page From the Stalin Playbook – Wayne Allyn Root
— El Paso’s Republican mayor says Trump called him a ‘RINO’ during visit after mass shooting – JUSTIN WISE (DIERSEN: RINOs focus on destroying Republicans like me. I should write a book about past and present RINOs in the Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Milton Township Republican Central Committee, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, etc.)
— State Department watchdog details political retaliation against ‘disloyal’ staffers – NAHAL TOOSI
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats promote massive government assistance (welfare) for immigrants.
NEW YORK TIMES
— Israel Denies Entry to Omar and Tlaib After Trump’s Call to Block Them – Isabel Kershner
— Trump met his commitments to LGBTQ Americans. He has our endorsement. – Robert Kabel, Chairman, Log Cabin Republicans and Jill Homan, vice chairwoman of Log Cabin Republicans.
— As many as 100 chicken plant workers reportedly fired after Mississippi ICE raid – Alissa Zhu and Jimmie E. Gates (DIERSEN: If there were as many illegals in the 1960s as there are now, in all likelihood, instead of me, S.S. Kresges would have hired an illegal to wash dishes part-time in the basement of its Chicago Heights store.)
WALL STREET JOURNAL
— ‘Shooting,’ ‘Bomb,’ ‘Trump’: Advertisers Blacklist News Stories Online Companies are increasingly insisting their ads do not appear near articles or videos that contain any of a long list of words – Suzanne Vranica
— Illinois’ Hazy New Law Legalizing Recreational Use of Marijuana – Steven Pearlman
— ARE REPUBLICANS UNDERFUNDING THE IRS TO HELP CORPORATIONS PAY LESS? – NICOLE GOODKIND
— Questions to ask Wheaton and to ask the Daily Herald about each of the 10 candidates who are seeking to be appointed to fill the Wheaton West District City Council vacancy. – Dave Diersen
Why do they wish to be considered for an appointment to fill this vacancy, please elaborate?
In their opinion, what are the three most important issues that Wheaton needs to address in the next 2 years and how do they say those issues should be addressed, please elaborate?
What are their political affiliations, that is, what were the most recent primary ballot that they cast – Republican or Democrat, and what other actions have they taken that evidences their political affiliations, please elaborate?
If they were appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against banning the sale of pot in Wheaton, please elaborate?
If they were appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against requiring employers in Wheaton to use E-Verify, please elaborate?
If they were appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against measures that promote dependency on government, please elaborate?
If they were appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against measures that promote dependency on charity, please elaborate?
If they were appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against measures that promote LGBTQ activity, please elaborate?
If they were appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against measures that promote abortion, please elaborate?
If they were appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against measures that promote mass/illegal immigration, please elaborate?
If they were appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against measures that promote vices including booze, gambling, and pot, please elaborate?
If they were appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against measures that promote diminishment of First Amendment rights, please elaborate?
If they are appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against measures that promote diminishment of Second Amendment rights, please elaborate?
If they were appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against measures that promote patronage, please elaborate?
If they are appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against measures that promote political affiliation discrimination, please elaborate?
If they were appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against measures that promote reverse discrimination, please elaborate?
If they were appointed to fill the vacancy, would they vote for or against measures that promote age discrimination, please elaborate?
What are their positions on Wheaton’s East Roosevelt Road Corridor Market Study/Comprehensive Plan Amendment, please elaborate?
How long have they lived in Wheaton’s West District, in Wheaton, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois?
Since they have lived in Wheaton’s West District, in Wheaton, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois, what have they done that demonstrates that they want the aforesaid to be prosperous and safe, please elaborate?
What is their work experience and how would it help them serve on the City Council, please elaborate?
What is their education and how would it help them serve on the City Council, please elaborate?
What are their professional certifications and licenses and how would they help them serve on the City Council, please elaborate?
What professional associations are they a member of and how would those memberships help them serve on the City Council, please elaborate?
If asked who would provide them with references, please elaborate?
How do they characterize their relationships with the following: a) Wheaton’s mayor, City Council members, City Attorney, City Manager, Assistant City Manager, City Clerk, Chief of Police, Fire Chief, City Planner, City Engineer, etc.; b) Illinois officials including Amy Grant; c) DuPage County officials including Robert Berlin, Fred Bucholz, Daniel Cronin, Pete DiCaianni, Grant Eckhoff, Timothy Elliott, Robert Grogan, Gwen Henry, Richard Jorgensen, Christopher Kachiroubas, Jean Kaczmarek, Robert Larsen, Paula McGowen, James Mendrick, Al Murphy, Sean Noonan, Jeffrey Redick, Darlene Ruscitti, Timothy Whelan, and Jim Zay; d) Milton Township officials including Sal Falbo, Chris Heidorn, Gail Hinkle, Marty Keller, Chris LeVan, Gary Muehlfelt, David Molitor, John Monino, and Yada Nathwani; e) Wheaton Park District officials including Michael Benard; f) School District 200 officials; g) College of DuPage officials including Annette Corrigan, Christine Fenne, Heidi Holan, and Frank Napolitano, please elaborate?
Do the aforesaid take/return their phone calls, please elaborate?
How do they characterize their relationships with West District Precinct Committeemen including Joseph Caruso, Dave Diersen, Arthur Grant, Ralph Hinkle, Marty Keller, Robert Krzyzewski, Robert Larsen, Robert McNeily, Ronald Menna, Elizabeth Tatro, Mark Thomas, and Herbert Wehling, please elaborate?
Do the aforesaid take/return their phone calls, please elaborate?
Have they ever been elected to or appointed to a government and political office, and if so, please elaborate?
Have they ever been arrested, and if so, please elaborate?
Have they ever pled guilty to crime or been convicted of a crime, and if so, please elaborate?
Do they have any health problems that might impact their service on the City Council, and if so, please elaborate?
Do they have any financial problems that might impact your service on the City Council, and if so, please elaborate?
Approximately, how much time per week do they have available to devote to City Council duties?
Have they ever been a plaintiff or defendant in any litigation, and if so, please elaborate?
Have they ever been delinquent with any type of taxes, and if so, please elaborate?
Would they have any financial or other type of conflict of interest if they served on the City Council, and if so, please elaborate?
Have they ever filed bankruptcy, and if so, please elaborate?
Have they ever been fired, forced to resign, or forced to retire from a job, and if so, please elaborate?
Have they ever done anything that submits them to blackmail, and if so, please elaborate?
What demonstrates that if appointed, they will not be manipulated or dominated, for example, that they are financially secure, please elaborate?
The following are typical city council functions (https://www.nlc.org/city-councils) What experience do they have doing each of the following, please elaborate?
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;
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.