January 16 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Marijuana health risks remain despite legalization in Illinois, doctors say
https://abc7chicago.com/5855832/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— OUTSTANDING: Opt Out group nets more than $4K in donations in fight to oppose pot sales in Naperville – ERIN HEGARTY
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/ct-nvs-opt-out-naperville-fundraising-cannabis-referendum-st-20200117-2wyvfgozmraxbofenqbl3bjk5q-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Among those giving money were state Rep. Grant Wehrli, R-Naperville, who contributed $500 and Naperville Planning and Zoning Commission member Krishna Bansal, who donated $250. Wehrli is unopposed in the Republican primary in his bid to be returned to his seat representing the 41st District, which includes a large portion of Naperville. Bansal is a candidate in the 2020 Republican primary for the 11th District seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville. The largest single donation of $1,545 came from an Aurora resident, and most Naperville residents donated between $200 and $531 each, records show. One person from Virginia contributed $200. Two Naperville people bought $455 worth of “opt out buttons” for the campaign, the report said.)
— At White House ceremony, President Trump calls out for no-show Chicago billionaire Ken Griffin: ‘Where the hell is he?’ – Lisa Donovan
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-trump-calls-out-ken-griffin-20200116-irdz2xo2jffwrli5wlxrkedc4e-story.html
— Cook County Board approves 3% tax on recreational weed sales starting July 1, will study drug’s effect on region – LOLLY BOWEAN
https://www.chicagotribune.com/marijuana/illinois/ct-cook-county-board-approves-recreatioal-weed-tax-20200116-3tm7vgx5qzb6zjoti5lwb6mtdy-story.html
— CNN’s shameful treatment of Bernie Sanders – John Kass
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/john-kass/ct-bernie-sanders-cnn-kass-20200116-avuaiaxbfvdkbb2w6y4yoiafuq-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Democrats to choose new Senate president, eyeing the call of history — and ‘shadows’ of the feds It appears the field to replace outgoing Illinois Senate President John Cullerton has dwindled to two power-players: Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood, and Assistant Majority Leader Don Harmon, D-Oak Park. – Tina Sfondeles
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2020/1/16/21067310/democrats-senate-president-harmon-lightford-cullerton-history-federal-investigation

DAILY HERALD
— Suburban lawmakers consider statewide lobbyist regulation – Marni Pyke
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200116/suburban-lawmakers-consider-statewide-lobbyist-regulation
— Mayor Suess says the state of Wheaton is ‘quite good’ – Robert Sanchez
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200116/mayor-suess-says-the-state-of-wheaton-is-quite-good

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE & KNOX STUDENT
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-early-returns/article_abdc1de9-df0b-5446-82fd-704748b8050c.html
http://www.theknoxstudent.com/news/2020/01/15/expect-visiting-dispensary/#.XiCvHCN_OM8

STATELINE
— Illinois residents receive some of the most robocalls in the country
https://www.mystateline.com/news/local-news/illinois-residents-receive-some-of-the-most-robocalls-in-the-country/

WILL
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: How College Campuses In Illinois Are Preparing Students To Work In The Cannabis Industry – CHRISTINE HERMAN
https://will.illinois.edu/21stshow/program/colleges-preparing-students-for-cannabis-businesses

WGIL
— OUTSTANDING: BUSTOS SUPPORTS PASSING OF AGE DISCRIMINATION BILL
https://www.wgil.com/2020/01/16/bustos-supports-passing-of-age-discrimination-bill/

WJBC
— Illinois commission on lobbyists hears concerns about lack of uniform standards, shadow lobbying, loopholes
http://www.wjbc.com/2020/01/16/illinois-commission-on-lobbyists-hears-concerns-about-lack-of-uniform-standards-shadow-lobbying-loopholes/
— Fewer Illinois taxpayers are on the hook for growing public sector pension liabilities
http://www.wjbc.com/2020/01/16/fewer-illinois-taxpayers-are-on-the-hook-for-growing-public-sector-pension-liabilities/

WQAD
— Iowa Police keeping eye on Illinois border for recreational marijuana, as national trends point to higher possession arrests – ANDREA FLORES
https://wqad.com/2020/01/16/iowa-police-keeping-eye-on-illinois-border-for-recreational-marijuana-as-national-trends-point-to-higher-possession-arrests/

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Chris Lauzen Reviews His Time as Kane County Board Chairman and Announces His Endorsement of Dave Rickert as Successor
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/01/16/chris-lauzen-reviews-his-time-as-kane-county-board-chairman-and-announces-his-endorsement-of-dave-rickert-as-successor/ 
— Skillicorn Reports on Campaign Finance
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/01/16/skillicorn-reports-on-campaign-finance/

BREITBART
— Donald Trump’s ‘Hire American’ Policy Gets More Jobs for Americans – NEIL MUNRO16 Ja
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/01/16/donald-trumps-hire-american-policy-gets-more-jobs-for-americans/

TOWNHALL
— Latest Migrant Caravan: Hundreds of Hondurans Head to U.S. Border – Bronson Stocking
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bronsonstocking/2020/01/15/latest-migrant-caravan-n2559600

EPOCH TIMES
— Gallup Poll Shows US Center-Right Ideologically – MATTHEW VADUM
https://www.theepochtimes.com/gallup-poll-shows-us-center-right-ideologically_3206248.html

HUFFINGTON POST
— Already Shut Out Of GOP Primaries, Joe Walsh Gets Shut Out At The RNC, Too The former congressman and Trump challenger couldn’t get past the front desk at Republican Party headquarters to make his complaint. – S.V. Date
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/joe-walsh-republican-party-trump_n_5e20bfc2c5b6321176103583

UPI
— Walsh protests at RNC HQ – Clyde Hughes
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2020/01/16/Candidate-challenging-Trump-in-2020-race-protests-at-RNC-HQ/8301579197386/

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Stay Woke, Drop Out In its wake, identity politics leaves a trail of failed Democratic candidates. – Kimberley A. Strassel
https://www.wsj.com/articles/stay-woke-drop-out-11579220294

January 9 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Weed-related emergency room visits up after legalization in Illinois, doctors say
https://abc7chicago.com/5831536/

NBC5
— Madigan Rejects Request for House Investigation Into Email Alleging Rape Cover-Up, Pritzker Deflects
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-politics/madigan-rejects-request-for-house-investigation-into-email-alleging-rape-cover-up-pritzker-deflects/2198886/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Federal authorities ask Speaker Michael Madigan confidant to cooperate in probe – RAY LONG and JASON MEISNER
https://www.chicagotribune.com/investigations/ct-mike-madigan-mclain-federal-investigation-cooperation-20200109-obgyldc7crfxxbviihi7hy3n5a-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Ever-increasingly, Illinois pot pushers, that is, Illinois Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs, make it clear that they want everyone in Illinois to be a big time stoner. To push pot on an individual, on an organization, on a company, on a government, and/or on a country is to destroy that individual, that organization, that company, that government, and/or that country.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-opinion-marijuana-pot-economic-impact-greising-20200109-6obux4doyjclxlpdwhx7niupuu-story.html
— Pritzker calls email from lobbyist and Michael Madigan confidant referencing rape cover-up ‘horrific’ but says he’ll await outcome of investigation: ‘Let’s start with getting all of the facts’ – DAN PETRELLA and JAMIE MUNKS
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-jb-pritzker-mike-mcclain-emails-20200109-y5nvxkjpbnbrba556lk2dxhiva-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Madigan cites ‘sensitivity’ in refusing call for House probe of confidant’s email about ‘rape’ and ghost payrollers Madigan’s refusal sparked a feisty response. “We did not realize that ghost payrolling was too sensitive of a topic for the committee to investigate on behalf of Illinois taxpayers,” Durkin spokeswoman Eleni Demertzis said. – Tina Sfondeles
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/1/9/21058871/madigan-sensitivity-refusing-house-probe-mclain-email-rape-champaign-ghost-payrollers
— Get to the truth about that ‘rape in Champaign’ An investigation is the only way to determine if this is some sort of twisted metaphor or if real crimes occurred — and if a state worker kept his job because he ‘kept his mouth shut.’ – Editorial
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/1/9/21056924/michael-mcclain-email-governor-pritzker-investigation-rape-champaign-ghost-workers-editorial
— How to make Chicago’s pot-smoking laws more fair citywide A better ordinance wouldn’t relegate residents of black and Latino neighborhoods to smoking pot in public stairwells and gangways, inviting arrest. – Editorial
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/1/9/21055647/recreational-marijuana-smoke-shops-lori-lightfoot-chicago-city-council-rossana-rodriguez-sanchez
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote LGBTQ activity. 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/1/9/21058633/nonbinary-gender-identity-my-pronouns-american-dialect-society-linguistics-they-conversation

DAILY HERALD
— McHenry County Board delays benefit elimination vote until February – Drew Zimmerman
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200109/mchenry-county-board-delays-benefit-elimination-vote-until-february

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Goodbye, Illinois. Hello . . . where? The state, along with California and New York, has seen an exodus. But it’s not all to Texas and it’s not all about taxes, writes Justin Fox of Bloomberg Opinion. (DIERSEN: Republicans leave Illinois to escape Democrat laws. But no matter where you move to, Democrats are moving there too. Wherever Democrats move to, a) prosperity and safety decrease and b) poverty and crime increase.) 
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/opinion/goodbye-illinois-hello-where

WGN TV
— Mixed legality of marijuana on state, federal levels leaves gun owners in limbo – MIKE LOWE
https://wgntv.com/2020/01/09/mixed-legality-of-marijuana-on-state-federal-levels-leaves-gun-owners-in-limbo/

WTTW
— 5 Myths About Legal Marijuana – Amanda Vinicky 
https://news.wttw.com/2020/01/08/5-myths-about-legal-marijuana

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Health advocates, lawmakers want stronger regulations of vaping – Rebecca Anzel
https://www.sj-r.com/news/20200109/health-advocates-lawmakers-want-stronger-regulations-of-vaping

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Ever-increasingly, Illinois pot pushers, that is, Illinois Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs, make it clear that they want everyone in Illinois to be a big time stoner. To push pot on an individual, on an organization, on a company, on a government, and/or on a country is to destroy that individual, that organization, that company, that government, and/or that country.
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20200109/consistently-strong-local-pot-sales-but-at-least-one-dispensary-is-temporarily-out-of-product

QUAD CITY TIMES
— Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce being sued for alleged age and gender discrimination – Anthony Watt
https://qctimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/quad-cities-chamber-being-sued-for-alleged-age-and-gender/article_060d0b81-d7e7-5b94-83b0-0f27aa064ce4.html

KENOSHA NEWS
— Driving stoned: Deputy arrests impaired Illinois driver – Jeffrey Zampanti 
https://www.kenoshanews.com/news/local/driving-stoned-deputy-arrests-impaired-illinois-driver/article_df3b9b89-f3dc-5fdb-9948-49ea7240f2bb.html

NPR ILLINOIS
— Illinois Official Highlights Election Integrity Problems, Solutions – MIKE SMITH 
https://www.nprillinois.org/post/illinois-official-highlights-election-integrity-problems-solutions#stream/0

DAILY ILLINI
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who are anti-religious, anti-conservative, and/or anti-Republican promote tattoos.
https://dailyillini.com/opinions/2020/01/09/opinion-tattoos-should-not-be-taboo-in-the-workplace/

CHICAGO MAGAZINE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Ever-increasingly, Illinois pot pushers, that is, Illinois Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs, make it clear that they want everyone in Illinois to be a big time stoner. To push pot on an individual, on an organization, on a company, on a government, and/or on a country is to destroy that individual, that organization, that company, that government, and/or that country.
http://www.chicagomag.com/city-life/January-2020/Chicago-Mag-Buys-Some-Weed/

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Get Out of Jail Almost Free Proposed by Pritzker
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/01/09/get-out-of-jail-almost-free-proposed-by-pritzker/ 
— IL-14: McHenry County Republicans Lincoln Day Dinner Event
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/01/09/il-14-mchenry-county-republicans-hosting-candidates-form-copy/ 
— Brettman v. Franks
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/01/09/brettman-v-franks/

ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE
— ILLINOIS CANNABIS TAXES AMONG NATION’S HIGHEST, COULD KEEP BLACK MARKET THRIVING – Austin Berg
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/illinois-cannabis-taxes-among-nations-highest-could-keep-black-market-thriving/

CAPITOL FAX
— Champaign County won’t investigate, Durkin calls for subpoenas and testimony under oath
https://capitolfax.com/2020/01/09/champaign-county-wont-investigate-durkin-calls-for-subpoenas-and-testimony-under-oath/
— Brady calls for ISP probe
https://capitolfax.com/2020/01/09/brady-calls-for-isp-probe/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— White House blasts Dems’ ‘misguided’ undermine of Trump’s war fighting authority – Tom Howell Jr.
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/9/hogan-gidley-blasts-democrats-misguided-war-powers/

BREITBART
— Donald Trump: Nancy Pelosi ‘Not Operating with a Full Deck’ – CHARLIE SPIERING
https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2020/01/09/donald-trump-nancy-pelosi-not-operating-with-a-full-deck/
— Ann Coulter: Our Broken Border, Not Iran, Kills 30,000 Americans Every Year – ROBERT KRAYCHIK
https://www.breitbart.com/radio/2020/01/09/exclusive-ann-coulter-our-broken-border-not-iran-kills-30000-americans-every-year/

TOWNHALL
— The Democrat’s Hatred of President Trump and America Itself Is Appalling – Sheriff David Clarke, Ret.
https://townhall.com/columnists/sheriffdavidclarkeret/2020/01/09/the-democrats-hatred-of-president-trump-and-america-itself-is-appalling-n2559280

LOS ANGELES TIMES
— The Postal Service is America’s most popular government agency. Why does Trump hate it? – MICHAEL HILTZIK
https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-01-09/postal-service-trump

SAN FRANCISCO GATE
— In Silicon Valley, some men say cosmetic procedures are essential to a career – Peter Holley
https://www.sfgate.com/business/article/In-Silicon-Valley-some-men-say-cosmetic-14962007.php

DAILY FREEMAN
— 9 resign from town of New Paltz Democratic Committee, alleging age discrimination – William J. Kemble (DIERSEN: How soon will political organizations officially limit their membership to those who are younger, female, minority, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?) 
https://www.dailyfreeman.com/news/local-news/resign-from-town-of-new-paltz-democratic-committee-alleging-age/article_245f9f08-3310-11ea-9123-573ad9be9793.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Nine people have resigned from the 21-member town Democratic Committee, angry that no one over age 60 is being added to the body. The nine, including Committee Chairman Josh Honig, announced their departure in a press release early Thursday that, in addition to age discrimination, alleged bullying and threats by some of the other 12 members. “The threats were that when petition time came, which is pretty soon, that the seniors on the committee would be petitioned, and that they could not possibly, because of their age and not having the backing of the … political establishment, be re-elected to the committee,” said Jane Schanberg, spokesperson for the nine. “They would be replaced by people who were put up by people that were put up by the establishment.”)

FORBES
— Trump Blames You For Your Subpar 401(k) – Teresa Ghilarducci
https://www.forbes.com/sites/teresaghilarducci/2020/01/09/trump-blames-you-for-your-subpar-401k/

NEWSWEEK
— ANTI-TRUMP REPUBLICAN GROUP TAKES AIM AT ‘MAGA CHURCH’ IN NEW VIDEO – JAMES CROWLEY
https://www.newsweek.com/republicans-against-trump-maga-church-1481377

PEW RESEARCH
— Most Americans Say There Is Too Much Economic Inequality in the U.S., but Fewer Than Half Call it a Top Priority Democrats and Republicans differ on whether addressing economic inequality requires major changes to the economic system – JULIANA MENASCE HOROWITZ, RUTH IGIELNIK AND RAKESH KOCHHAR (DIERSEN: What did you do to qualify yourself for better paying jobs? I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32.)
https://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2020/01/09/most-americans-say-there-is-too-much-economic-inequality-in-the-u-s-but-fewer-than-half-call-it-a-top-priority/

January 8 Evening Edition

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— As primary nears, Lake County pols dive deep into presidential delegate pool – CHARLES SELLE
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/opinion/ct-lns-selle-lake-county-democratic-delegates-st-0109-20200108-xixp6gsmvfbhzh2eheyzl4m6bq-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Ever-increasingly, Illinois pot pushers, that is, Illinois Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs, make it clear that they want everyone in Illinois to be a big time stoner. To push pot on an individual, on an organization, on a company, on a government, and/or on a country is to destroy that individual, that organization, that company, that government, and/or that country.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/movies/michael-phillips/ct-ent-marijuana-in-the-movies-0112-20200108-5lhrich64rhjdag2bib7xjmpcy-story.html
https://www.chicagotribune.com/marijuana/illinois/ct-food-mindy-segal-edibles-legal-chicago-marijuana-0115-20200108-bglcz6brnna7zf2x5qom6aifyq-story.html
https://www.chicagotribune.com/marijuana/illinois/ct-biz-illinois-legal-weed-sales-one-week-20200108-hz4gtgob6baqtctephvo7m2h5y-story.html
— Fines for smoking marijuana in public among those doubled as Gurnee updates cannabis ordinance – JIM NEWTON
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/ct-lns-gurnee-cannabis-ordinance-st-0108-20200108-bdghnwzkrvb77j6jtqs6su6zji-story.html
— My struggle to stay sober in Chicago with the smell of weed all around me – TIMOTHY J. HILLEGONDS
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-opinion-sobriety-weed-pot-marijuana-20200108-jdc5b4lrvbdpfbqdfm2ftrlbh4-story.html
— Two African American executives sue McDonald’s for alleged racial discrimination – ROBERT CHANNICK
https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-mcdonalds-racial-discrimination-lawsuit-20200108-avvfselojzdrzhoqeri2octrfq-story.html
— Jussie Smollett investigation: Judge orders Google to turn over a full year of the actor’s data as part of special prosecutor probe – MEGAN CREPEAU and JEREMY GORNER
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/criminal-justice/ct-jussie-smollett-special-prosecutor-investigation-20200108-j3j3p2dypvf5vbbo5jpxrvcjsq-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater promotes hatred of Trump.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-chicago-activists-denounce-iran-attack-20200108-xcubkzwrnvgyrioskmsl4g2sju-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Lightfoot suffers yet another setback on recreational marijuana Mayor’s consumption ordinance stalls in City Council committee after aldermen from across the city complain about rigid state rules that tie the city’s hands. – Fran Spielman 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2020/1/8/21057373/chicago-dispensaries-marijuana-setback-consumption-ordinance-lightfoot
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater promotes hatred of Trump.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/2020/1/8/21056752/president-donald-trump-iran-cultural-sites-destruction-culture-wars-s-e-cupp
— Bernie Sanders weighs in on latest CPS-CTU tussle: ‘Give veteran teachers the respect they have earned’ The union and Chicago Public Schools officials are arguing over $25 million that was promised for the district’s longest-serving teachers. – Nader Issa
https://chicago.suntimes.com/education/2020/1/8/21057399/cps-strike-bernie-sanders-ctu-veteran-teachers-union-elizabeth-warren
— Co-pay for taxpayers? Ousted Cook County Health CEO in line for ‘rich severance’ of half a million plus On top of that severance payout, the county health system will likely shell out more money to find Shannon’s permanent replacement. – Rachel Hinton 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2020/1/8/21056963/cook-county-health-system-ceo-john-jay-shannon-severance

DAILY HERALD
— Schneider challenger could be knocked off ballot in 10th House District race – Russsell Lissau
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200108/schneider-challenger-could-be-knocked-off-ballot-in-10th-house-district-race

ABC7
— Army warns of fake military draft texts circulating this week – Alex Meier
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/army-warns-of-fake-military-draft-texts/5825919/

NBC5
— Lawmakers Call for Investigation Into Report of Madigan Associate’s Email Alleging Rape Cover-Up
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-politics/lawmakers-call-for-investigation-into-report-of-madigan-associates-email-alleging-rape-cover-up/2198247/
— Merging Governments Tops Illinois Property Tax-Reduction Plan – John O’Connor
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-politics/merging-governments-tops-illinois-property-tax-reduction-plan/2198115/
— Don’t Give Pot to Pets, Vet Medical Group Warns Instead of experiencing a pleasurable high, pets, particularly dogs, can become scared and sick, and pot-related illnesses could be lethal. – Chris Hush and Marco Stendardo 
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/dont-give-pot-to-pets-vet-medical-group-warns/2198251/

CBS2
— Freshman legislator Celina Villanueva named to seat vacated by former Sen Sandoval – AP
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/freshman-legislator-named-to-seat-vacated-by-former-sen-sandoval

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Ever-increasingly, Illinois pot pushers, that is, Illinois Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs, make it clear that they want everyone in Illinois to be a big time stoner. To push pot on an individual, on an organization, on a company, on a government, and/or on a country is to destroy that individual, that organization, that company, that government, and/or that country.
https://www.news-gazette.com/business/entrepreneurs/champaign-dispensary-s-popularity-puts-parking-at-a-premium/article_972d86ac-ffb5-5401-a841-a3df07a0af4d.html

EFFINGHAM DAILY NEWS
— Legal weed will create more black market activity – Kathy Valente, Director of Operations, Illinois Family Institute
https://www.effinghamdailynews.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/letter-to-the-editor-legal-weed-will-create-more-black/article_2591b890-3255-11ea-bf56-43d7926f6993.html

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Danny Malouf Passing Petitions for U.S. Senate on Libertarian Party
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/01/08/dann-malouf-passing-petitions-for-u-s-senate-on-libertarian-party/ 
— IL-14: Sue Rezin Gives Campaign Update
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/01/08/il-14-sue-rezin-gives-campaign-update/

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— DURKIN SAYS NEWLY-FOUND MADIGAN INSIDER E-MAIL IS “SHOCKING” AND “BEYOND WORDS”
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/01/durkin-says-ex-lobbyist-and-newly-found-madigan-insider-e-mail-is-shocking-and-beyond-words.html
— DEPT OF JUSTICE DECLARES ERA RATIFICATION DEAD
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/01/dept-of-justice-decares-era-ratification-dead.html
— WHERE’S WEYERMULLER? MARCH FOR LIFE CHICAGO, SATURDAY JANUARY 11
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/01/wheres-weyermuller-march-for-life-chicago-saturday-january-11.html
— MCDERMED: PROPERTY TAX TASK FORCE SEES DISAPPOINTING, BUT NOT UNEXPECTED RESULTS
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/01/mcdermed-property-tax-task-force-sees-disappointing-but-not-unexpected-results.html

WASHINGTON TIMES
— MAGA hat confrontation triggers active shooter scare – AP
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/8/maga-hat-confrontation-triggers-active-shooter-sca/

TOWNHALL
— CNN and Fox News Report on the Rise of Hitler – Ann Coulter
https://townhall.com/columnists/anncoulter/2020/01/08/cnn-and-fox-news-report-on-the-rise-of-hitler-n2559204

MEDIA RESEARCH CENTER
— Facebook Exec Warns: Don’t Use ‘Lever’ to ‘Change the Outcome’ of Election – Corinne Weaver
https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/corinne-weaver/2020/01/08/facebook-exec-warns-dont-use-lever-change-outcome-election

NEW YORK TIMES
— U.S. Candidate Bloomberg Says Business Experience Is Key to Beating Trump – Reuters (DIERSEN: What work experience do you have? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes demonize, denigrate, and condemn the work experience that I have. 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. I worked for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $85,084-$96,431/year. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes.)
https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/01/08/us/politics/08reuters-usa-election-bloomberg.html

PBS
— Unemployment pushes more men to take on female-dominated jobs (DIERSEN: Have you held a female-dominated job? I washed dishes for the minimum wage in the basement of the S.S. Kresges in Chicago Heights part-time during my junior and senior years at Crete-Monee High School 1964-1966 and full-time during the summer of 1965. My understanding is that I was the first and only White male to hold that job and that I held it longer than anyone else.)
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/economy/making-sense/unemployment-pushes-more-men-to-take-on-female-dominated-jobs

FEDERAL NEWS NETWORK
— Amid rising tensions with Iran, Army insists no plans for draft – Eric White 
https://federalnewsnetwork.com/federal-newscast/2020/01/amid-rising-tensions-with-iran-army-insists-no-plans-for-draft/

January 1 Evening Edition

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— What are the following doing to discourage the sale and use of pot in Illinois, your county, your township/ward, and your municipality: a) Trump, b) the leaders of the Illinois Republican Party, c) the leaders of your Republican county/township/ward party organizations, d) the Republicans who represent you in the U.S. House, Illinois Senate, Illinois House, your county, your township/ward, and your municipality, e) your Republican Precinct Committeeman/Captain, f) the conservative, religious, education, healthcare, law enforcement, etc. leaders in your county, township/ward, and municipality, g) etc.? – Dave Diersen
http://www.gopillinois.com

ABC7
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://abc7chicago.com/business/legal-recreational-marijuana-sales-begin-in-illinois/5804233/

NBC5
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-politics/governors-office-calls-first-day-of-legalized-cannabis-sales-an-historic-new-day/2195296/
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/history-made-first-legal-cannabis-sales-complete-as-dispensaries-open-in-illinois/2195119/

CBS2
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/01/01/long-lines-recreational-marijuana-chicago/
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/video/4348453-legal-weed-sales-underway-in-illinois/
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/video/4348313-pot-sales-now-legal-in-illinois/
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/video/4348499-smooth-first-day-sales-of-recreational-marijuana/
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/01/01/the-wait-for-legal-weed-is-over-as-marijuana-sales-get-started-in-illinois/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/turning-over-a-new-leaf-illinois-sees-first-legal-sales-of-recreational-marijuana

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2020/1/1/21043086/legal-weed-marijuana-live-updates-recreational-sales
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2020/1/1/21045390/renzo-mejia-first-recreational-weed-marijuana-illinois-dispensary-33

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/marijuana/illinois/ct-legal-weed-illinois-first-day-20200101-7cjmnsifxvhrxc4evr2alua7ue-story.html
https://www.chicagotribune.com/marijuana/illinois/ct-legal-weed-first-day-recreational-sales-20200101-fhtdvp4j6naphff6jmnnh6fkqy-story.html
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/ct-oak-cannabis-store-tl-0109-20200101-f6h3zshcezfnlm42jucbcngy6u-story.html
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/ct-sta-recreational-marijuana-sales-st-0102-20200101-bs4qmzlgmvab7l7hznruyshfwa-story.html
https://www.chicagotribune.com/marijuana/illinois/ct-liststory-illinois-legal-weed-20191219-vy7no4bg7vdwbcsa77f7lr4giy-list.html
— Bloomberg’s campaign ad spending tops $155 million – BILL ALLISON
https://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-tns-bc-campaign-spending-20200101-story.html
— Dry January isn’t for everyone, experts say. Some drinkers need treatment. Others are trying Dry-ish January – Kate Thayer
https://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/ct-life-dry-january-cb-tt-20200101-24tkyxqn4rdarjx5mj7f6ezjce-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200101/got-my-legal-weed-recreational-marijuana-sales-start-with-enthusiasm
— Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie headlining Barrington Town-Warming – Bob Susnjara
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191231/former-new-jersey-gov-chris-christie-headlining-barrington-town-warming
— The Great Divide: Congress, voters on immigration – Joe Guzzardi
https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20200101/the-great-divide-congress-voters-on-immigration

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/marijuanacannabis/ringing-new-year-weed
— As our economy evolves, so does the hunt for a ‘good’ job – CLAIRE BUSHEY (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, all of the jobs that I had were BAD JOBS that they would never stoop to take. I did yard work and delivered newspapers 1962-1964; washed dishes 1964-1966; cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline in 1966; delivered mail 1966-1969; worked on an automobile assembly line and as a security guard in 1970; sold tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971; pumped gasoline 1971-1972; collected delinquent taxes 1971-1980; and audited federal agencies 1980-1997.)
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/crains-forum-jobs-wages/shift-change

NORTHWEST HERALD
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.nwherald.com/2020/01/01/photos-hundreds-line-up-for-legal-marijuana/dmcn3bt/

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.news-gazette.com/news/day-of-recreational-marijuana-you-can-tell-this-is-what/article_7d7e2b92-122c-5cdd-805a-e60e2a7da32b.html

ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.rrstar.com/news/20200101/long-lines-excitement-high-for-first-day-of-legal-weed-in-rockford

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20200101/long-line-and-upbeat-camaraderie-mark-predawn-pot-sales-in-east-peoria
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20200101/marijuana-sales-go-smoothly-in-springfield
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20191231/peoria-medical-pot-facility-approved-for-recreational-sales-which-begin-wednesday
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20200101/luciano-just-as-with-legal-weed-peoria-celebrated-end-of-last-prohibition

BLOOMINGTON PANTAGRAPH
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/photos-recreational-pot-sales-begin-in-illinois/collection_2798cd59-444e-507e-b601-67ad51d211a6.html

JOURNAL STANDARD
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.journalstandard.com/news/20200101/todays-pot-shops-will-leave-old-timers-dazed-and-confused

HERALD & REVIEW
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://herald-review.com/news/local/photos-recreational-pot-sales-begin-in-illinois/collection_5c6f213d-7662-575e-a802-472d6e73e620.html#1

HERALD NEWS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.theherald-news.com/2020/01/01/hundreds-come-out-early-for-legal-marijuana-in-joliet/d7x6iqe/

BELLEVILLE NEWS DEMOCRAT
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.bnd.com/news/local/article238884078.html

GALESBURG REGISTER MAIL
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.galesburg.com/news/20200101/hundreds-line-up-before-dawn-to-purchase-pot-in-canton

QUAD CITY TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://qctimes.com/it-s-the-end-of-prohibition-recreational-marijuana-sales-began/collection_0b97a4ef-5e91-5c11-b122-e50f4e45d010.html#1

TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.mywebtimes.com/2020/01/01/the-prohibition-has-ended-on-marijuana/admqzp4/

LINCOLN COURIER
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.lincolncourier.com/news/20200101/first-in-line-for-adult-use-cannabis-this-is-something-thats-going-to-go-down-in-history

LASALLE NEWS TRIBUNE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.newstrib.com/2020/01/01/the-prohibition-has-ended-on-marijuana/admqzp4/

DECATUR DAILY
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.decaturdaily.com/business/illinois-sees-first-legal-sales-of-recreational-marijuana/article_5093bb03-9a85-5e51-a987-dd9e3b9a4909.html

SOUTHERN
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://thesouthern.com/news/local/with-lines-hundreds-deep-southern-illinoisans-celebrate-legal-marijuana-sales/article_6de09443-0b7f-5f01-87e3-3a606a7d62ee.html

ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/illinois/long-lines-in-collinsville-greet-first-day-of-recreational-weed/article_ebd288a9-5650-50e5-a0cb-5b6faec24180.html

MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2020/01/01/wisconsin-residents-visit-illinois-first-day-legalized-marijuana/2786716001/

FOX ILLINOIS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://foxillinois.com/news/local/sunny-side-marijuana-dispensary-gearing-up-for-recreational-sales-tomorrow

WIFR
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.wifr.com/content/news/Legal-Cannabis-Sales-566624891.html

WSPY
— Petition Challenges Dropped Against Republican Primary Candidate in 14th Congressional – Tyler Bachman
http://www.wspynews.com/news/local/petition-challenges-dropped-against-republican-primary-candidate-in-th-congressional/article_e90d69de-2c9e-11ea-bcac-b351db8e7e8f.html

WILL
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://will.illinois.edu/news/story/first-day-of-legal-recreational-cannabis-sales-draws-hundreds-to-cu-dispensaries

WGEM
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://wgem.com/2020/01/01/lines-formed-outside-dispensaries-for-sale-of-recreational-marijuana/

WAOW
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://waow.com/2020/01/01/people-begin-camping-out-ahead-of-legal-marijuana-in-illinois/

WRAL
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.wral.com/recreational-use-of-marijuana-is-now-legal-in-illinois-and-retailers-are-ready/18862747/

WGLT
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.wglt.org/post/patrons-look-make-history-peorias-first-legal-recreational-cannabis-customers#stream/0

WSIL TV
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://wsiltv.com/2020/01/01/three-dispensaries-set-to-open-in-southern-illinois-selling-recreational-marijuana-wednesday-morning/

WSBT
— Indiana man caught going 103 in 55 mph zone with marijuana purchased in Illinois – Stefanie Dyga
https://wsbt.com/news/regional/indiana-man-caught-going-103-in-55-mph-zone-with-marijuana-purchased-in-illinois

BLOCK CLUB CHICAGO
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://blockclubchicago.org/2020/01/01/legal-recreational-weed-goes-on-sale-and-chicagoans-line-up-for-blocks-in-the-cold/

CHICAGO REPORTER
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.chicagoreporter.com/a-moral-argument-and-course-of-action-for-legalized-marijuana-in-2020/

EVANSTON NOW
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://evanstonnow.com/story/business/bill-smith/2020-01-01/83986/legal-weed-draws-a-crowd-for-first-day-of-sales

EVANSTON ROUNDTABLE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://evanstonroundtable.com/Content/Default/Community-Updates/Article/Hello-2020-Large-Crowds-Greet-Opening-of-First-Recreational-Marijuana-Dispensary-in-Evanston-/-3/225/17372

WASHINGTON TIMES
— The president counts on black voters for a second term – Allan H. Ryskind
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/1/president-trump-needs-to-count-on-black-voters-for/

AMERICAN THINKER
— A new year needs a new renaissance…against Islam and leftism – Diana Mary Sitek
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/12/a_new_year_needs_a_new_renaissanceagainst_islam_and_leftism.html

BREITBART
— Hollywood Rings in the New Year Hating Trump: ‘Kick His Ass in 2020’ – HANNAH BLEAU
https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2020/01/01/hollywood-rings-in-the-new-year-hating-trump-kick-his-ass-in-2020/

NEWSMAX
— House Democrats Would Have Impeached Lincoln – Rod Blagojevich 
https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/trump-impeachment-abraham-lincoln-rod-blagojevich/2020/01/01/id/948017/

BIZ PAC REVIEW
— Roseanne Barr praises Trump for protecting Jewish Americans, says Jews should arm themselves – Frieda Powers
https://www.bizpacreview.com/2020/01/01/roseanne-barr-praises-trump-for-protecting-jewish-americans-says-jews-should-arm-themselves-870909

THE HILL
— Rapid turnover shapes Trump’s government – MORGAN CHALFANT (DIERSEN: While I worked for GAO 1980-1997, there was very little turnover because the agency was almost always under hiring and/or promotion freezes.)
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/476083-rapid-turnover-shapes-trumps-government

CBS NEWS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/where-is-marijuana-legal-in-2020-illinois-joins-10-other-states-legalizing-recreational-pot-2020-01-01/

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— ‘Hate Crime’ Is Only a Step Away From Thoughtcrime   Punishing people, even criminals, for ideas is inimical to the American tradition of free speech. – Myron Magnet
https://www.wsj.com/articles/hate-crime-is-only-a-step-away-from-thoughtcrime-11577905525

USA TODAY
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/01/01/cannabis-illinois-legal-weed-sales-start-jan-1/2789415001/

DAILY MAIL
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7843017/Illinois-sees-legal-sales-recreational-marijuana.html

MARIJUANA MOMENT
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Illinois Lieutenant Governor Buys Marijuana On State’s First Day Of Legal Sales – Kyle Jaeger
https://www.marijuanamoment.net/illinois-lieutenant-governor-buys-marijuana-on-states-first-day-of-legal-sales/

December 31 Evening Edition

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— 15 YEARS: Since January 1, 2005, I have put together and sent out a GOPUSA ILLINOIS email each and every morning; that is 5,478 emails. Since January 1, 2016, I have put together and sent out a GOPUSA ILLINOIS email each and every evening too; that is 1,461 emails. That is a total of 6,939 emails. Those emails contained links to 353,821 articles and information on many upcoming events. Those emails have been free of charge and they have not contained any advertising. All the time and money necessary to do the aforesaid has been donated by me. 5,478 times 10+ hours a day is 54,780+ hours. – Dave Diersen
http://www.gopillinois.com

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Illinois’ role in presidential campaign begins to take shape on Thursday with two-day filing period for contenders, delegates – JAMIE MUNKS and RICK PEARSON
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-illinois-presidential-primary-filing-20191231-cekcf2digrep5igtqyq5h75fle-story.html
— Public marijuana use still prohibited under new state law, Park Ridge, Niles police remind residents – JENNIFER JOHNSON
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/park-ridge/ct-prh-local-marijuana-rules-tl-0109-20191231-xnyej3njzncbhhaa4rmmbir3qe-story.html
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/marijuana/illinois/ct-jb-pritzker-marijuana-pardons-20191231-ka24pnnrfzfn5hmyzodwsshs74-story.html
https://www.chicagotribune.com/marijuana/illinois/ct-food-how-to-get-high-illinois-marijuana-0112-20191231-ndo7pkl4sjd5zmqyjctoogjqya-story.html
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/ct-lns-lake-county-recreational-marijuana-st-0101-20191231-fqlxa3vbtzhr7puibvnuycdlru-story.html
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/ct-abn-aurora-community-briefs-st-0101-20191231-reakyhyrvfbp7fbqugsxgjgkry-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters side with Iraq against America.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/steve-chapman/ct-column-iraq-embassy-protest-trump-chapman-20191231-dq22dykqqzbs5ak2v6vnupvjuu-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Health experts expect rise in pot-related ER visits after legalization “We’re prepared to handle more calls about cannabis and to see more patients in the ER,” said Dr. Jenny Lu. a physician at Stroger Hospital. – Tom Schuba 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2019/12/31/21043878/legal-weed-marijuana-emergency-room-visits
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2019/12/31/21044640/illinois-governor-pritzker-pardons-low-level-pot-offenses
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2019/12/31/21045030/herbal-care-center-chicago-recreational-marijuana-medical
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/12/31/21024907/illinois-recreational-marijuana-colorado-washington-cannabis-pot

DAILY HERALD
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191231/police-advise-if-you-dont-want-pot-this-week-dont-even-drive-around-three-suburban-shops
— DuPage mayors look back on the year that was
https://www.dailyherald.com/entlife/20191231/dupage-mayors-look-back-on-the-year-that-was

ABC7
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://abc7chicago.com/business/recreational-marijuana-dispensary-licenses-issued;-10-in-chicago/5690215/
https://abc7chicago.com/business/dispensaries-prepare-for-long-lines-high-demand-for-legal-weed/5802858/

NBC5
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/cannabis-in-illinois-where-you-can-find-a-dispensary-on-jan-1-2/2186736/
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-politics/pritzker-pardons-thousands-1-day-before-cannabis-is-legal-in-illinois/2194881/

CBS2
— Indiana Authorities Can’t Identify More Than 2,400 Fetal Remains Found At Dr. Ulrich Klopfer’s Properties – Chris Tye
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/12/31/dr-ulrich-klopfer-fetal-remains-investigation-report/

WGN RADIO
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Marijuana legalization leading towards more Illinois DUI’s – BENAN DERSON
https://wgnradio.com/2019/12/31/marijuana-legalization-leading-towards-more-illinois-duis/

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/politics/joints-in-c-u-to-before-tax/article_8bc816cc-411c-576f-8f02-9e504bc6868e.html

CAPITOL FAX
— ISRA: “Clearly under Illinois law, no cannabis dispensary can share your personal information”
https://capitolfax.com/2019/12/31/isra-clearly-under-illinois-law-no-cannabis-dispensary-can-share-your-personal-information/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Peter Strzok accuses FBI of firing him as ‘political retribution’ – Jerry Dunleavy
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/peter-strzok-accuses-fbi-of-firing-him-as-political-retribution
— Trump list shows 319 ‘results’ and promises kept in three years – Paul Bedard (DIERSEN: Promises that I have kept include putting together and sending out a GOPUSA ILLINOIS email each and every a) morning since 2004 and b) evening too since 2015.)
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/exclusive-trump-list-shows-319-results-and-promises-kept-in-three-years

FOX NEWS
— Why Democrats must stop falsely blaming Trump for anti-Semitism: Tammy Bruce – Matt London
https://www.foxnews.com/media/anti-semitism-jewish-attacks-president-trump
— Linda Ronstadt compares Trump to Hitler, says Mexicans ‘are the new Jews’ – Joseph A. Wulfsohn 
https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/linda-ronstadt-trump-hitler-mexicans-new-jews

AMERICAN THINKER
— Can anyone honestly say journalists and other Democrats have been fair to Trump? – Jack Hellner
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/12/can_anyone_honestly_say_that_journalists_and_other_democrats_have_been_fair_to_trump.html

GOPUSA
— GOP praises ‘good people with guns’ for stopping Texas church shooting as the left grumbles
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=81998

TOWNHALL
— Why Are Californians Miserable? Four Words: Needles, Poop, Fire, And Hobos – Matt Vespa
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2019/12/31/why-are-californians-miserable-four-words-needles-poop-fire-and-hobos-n2558767

JP MEDIA
— Ted Cruz Demolishes Mayor Pete’s Malicious Lie About the Founders and Slavery – TYLER O’NEIL
https://pjmedia.com/election/ted-cruz-demolishes-mayor-petes-malicious-lie-about-the-founders-and-slavery/

THE HILL
— DISGUSTING: Illinois governor pardons thousands convicted of marijuana crimes – NATHANIEL WEIXEL 
https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/476401-illinois-governor-pardons-thousands-convicted-of-marijuana-crimes

ABC NEWS
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Illinois governor clears thousands of marijuana convictions Illinois’ governor has granted more than 11,000 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions, one day before the state’s new law permitting broad use and sale of cannabis takes effect – AP
https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/illinois-governor-clears-thousands-marijuana-convictions-68005356
— President Trump signs law to reduce robocalls, though they won’t end – AP
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/trump-signs-law-to-reduce-robocalls-though-they-wont-end/5802023/

CBS NEWS
— Trump Organization fires more undocumented workers – FIN GOMEZ
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-organization-fires-more-undocumented-workers-2019-12-31/

NEW YORK TIMES
— Firings at Trump Property Cap Year of Purging Undocumented Workers Facing a public reckoning, the Trump Organization has been cracking down on its unauthorized laborers. – Mike Baker
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/31/us/trump-undocumented-workers-winery.html

WASHINGTON POST
— Trump accuses Democrats of avoiding Senate trial to protect Bidens – John Wagner
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-accuses-democrats-of-avoiding-senate-trial-to-protect-bidens/2019/12/31/a5ea90c6-2bbf-11ea-bcb3-ac6482c4a92f_story.html

NEW YORK POST
— Why Trump starts 2020 poised for reelection – Editorial
https://nypost.com/2019/12/31/why-trump-starts-2020-poised-for-reelection/

CONSUMER AFFAIRS
— AARP report claims age discrimination still widespread in the workplace Researchers say certain words in job postings can be a tip-off – Mark Huffman
https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/aarp-report-claims-age-discrimination-still-widespread-in-the-workplace-123119.html

December 30 Evening Edition

WHITE HOUSE
— TOP 10: President Trump’s biggest accomplishments of 2019!
https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600daily/

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Four big moments in politics coming to Chicago and Illinois in 2020  The outcome of the Illinois March primary may be a deciding vote in the race for the Democratic nomination for president. – Dick Simpson 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/12/30/21042988/chicago-illinois-elections-2020-census-illinois-primary-election-dick-simpson-lori-lightfoot
— Ald. Carrie Austin drops out of ward committeeperson race Austin’s petition signatures had been challenged; she was 409 signatures short of the 925 minimum to get on the ballot, said Jim Allen, spokesman for the Chicago Board of Elections. – Rachel Hinton
https://chicago.suntimes.com/city-hall/2019/12/30/21043542/alderman-carrie-austin-34th-ward-committeeperson-race-cook-county-democratic-party
— Todd Stroger withdraws from primary Stroger fell short of the signatures needed to get on the ballot for a seat on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board. – Rachel Hinton
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2019/12/30/21042937/todd-stroger-primary-ballot-mwrd

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON ILLINOIS TIGHTENS: Illinois loses population for a 6th straight year — and lost more residents than any state this decade – Cecilia Reyes
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-illinois-population-loss-census-release-20191230-grrid2pgtbenppwrgprzg3fuhe-story.html
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot. 
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elmwood-park/ct-elm-cannabis-shop-tl-0102-20191230-z53nfyogyfgg7n4txx2vuzzzmi-story.html
— Top 10 Naperville stories of 2019 – SUZANNE BAKER and ERIN HEGARTY (DIERSEN: I should write an article about the top 10 Wheaton government and political stories in 2019.) 
http://www.wspynews.com/news/local/candidate-forum-to-be-held-for-kendall-board-district-kendall/article_f9b62584-2b0c-11ea-bf29-43f5730bd912.html

DAILY HERALD
— Legislature faces a mandate for ethics reform in 2020 – Editorial
https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20191230/editorial-legislature-faces-a-mandate-for-ethics-reform-in-2020

ABC7
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://abc7chicago.com/business/chicago-dispensaries-prepare-for-marijuana-legalization-jan-1/5799887/

CBS2
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/video/4337548-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-get-ready-for-deluge-of-recreational-marijuana-customers/

WTTW
— CPD to Deploy 1,300 Additional Officers on New Year’s Eve – Matt Masterson 
https://news.wttw.com/2019/12/30/cpd-deploy-1300-additional-officers-new-year-s-eve

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Local employers still hashing out rules on legal marijuana – Debra Pressey 
https://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/politics/local-employers-still-hashing-out-rules-on-legal-marijuana/article_8750006a-4122-5a2d-93a6-f6ddc4519816.html

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20191230/luciano-todays-pot-shops-will-leave-old-timers-dazed-and-confused

OAK PARK
— The problem is escapism – Ken Trainor (DIERSEN: The more that you want booze and/or pot, the more that you shout that you do not want to deal with reality and/or that you cannot deal with reality.)
https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/12-30-2019/The-problem-is-escapism/

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office breaks down legal cannabis laws – Kevin Schwaller
https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/local-news/tazewell-county-sheriffs-office-breaks-down-legal-cannabis-laws/

NEWS CHANNEL 20
— Got questions about legal marijuana in 2020? Police have answers
https://newschannel20.com/news/local/got-questions-about-legal-marijuana-in-2020-police-have-answers

WREX
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot. 
https://wrex.com/2019/12/30/sunnyside-marijuana-dispensary-opens-at-6-a-m-new-years-day/

WSPY
— Candidate Forum to be Held for Kendall Board District 2, Kendall Circuit Clerk Primary Candidates (DIERSEN: If I was still the chairman of TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, the organization would be hosting candidate forums for Republican candidates in contested primary races.)
http://www.wspynews.com/news/local/candidate-forum-to-be-held-for-kendall-board-district-kendall/article_f9b62584-2b0c-11ea-bf29-43f5730bd912.html 

BLOCK CLUB CHICAGO
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://blockclubchicago.org/2019/12/30/where-to-buy-legal-weed-in-chicago-on-january-1/

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— IL-14: Catalina Lauf Petition Objection Withdrawn *UPDATE: New Video at End*
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/30/il-14-catalina-lauf-petition-objection-withdrawn/
— McHenry County Health Department on Marijuana: “Caution and Concern”
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/30/mchenry-county-health-department-on-marijuana-caution-and-concern/ 
— More People Moving Out Than Into Illinois
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/30/more-people-moving-out-than-into-illinois/

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— CHURCH SHOOTING RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT CARRYING FIREARMS IN ILLINOIS CHURCHES
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2019/12/church-shooting-raises-questions-about-carrying-firearms-in-illinois-churches.html
— 105,000 PEOPLE LEFT ILLINOIS LAST YEAR
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2019/12/105000-people-left-illinois-last-year.html
— 72% OF AMERICANS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT 2020 (DIERSEN: From what I see, if you live in Illinois, the more of the following that you are, the more ever-increasingly difficult it is to be optimistic about the future: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2019/12/72-of-americans-optimistic-about-2020-.html

WASHINGTON TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters use anti-Semitic attacks to promote hatred against Trump.
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/30/bill-de-blasio-blames-anti-semitic-attacks-on-atmo/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— These were the Republicans most critical of Trump in 2019 – Naomi Lim (DIERSEN: I should publish a list of those who state that they are religious, conservative, and/or Republican and a) have been the most critical of me and why and b) have been the most critical of my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails and why.)
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/these-were-the-republicans-most-critical-of-trump-in-2019
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger In the fall, Kinzinger, 41, another Trump administration foreign policy critic, denounced the president for suggesting impeachment would result in “civil war like fracture” in the country. “I have visited nations ravaged by civil war. I have never imagined such a quote to be repeated by a President. This is beyond repugnant,” tweeted the lawmaker, who’s represented the region southwest of Chicago since 2011. The congressman additionally wasn’t shy about voicing his displeasure with Trump’s decision to host the G-7 summit at one of his Florida properties before changing the location to Camp David after several Republicans complained about conflicts of interest.)
— Mark Levin rips Washington Post for citing Democratic outrage at Trump response to attacks on Jews – Dominick Mastrangelo
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/mark-levin-rips-washington-post-for-citing-democratic-outrage-at-trump-response-to-attacks-on-jews

BREITBART
— Census: California to Lose Congressional Seat for First Time in History – JOEL B. POLLAK
https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2019/12/30/census-california-to-lose-congressional-seat-for-first-time-in-history/
— Rasmussen Shows 2:1 Opposition to Cheap Labor Legal Immigration – NEIL MUNRO (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents want cheap labor.)
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/12/30/rasmussen-shows-21-opposition-to-cheap-labor-legal-immigration/

DAILY CALLER
— Beto O’Rourke Doesn’t Thank Armed Churchgoers Who Stopped A Mass Shooting In Texas – SCOTT MOREFIELD
https://dailycaller.com/2019/12/30/beto-orourke-hero-congregants-white-settlement/
— Giuliani: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Has Watched Anti-Semitism Spread ‘Like A Cancer’ – DAVID KRAYDEN
https://dailycaller.com/2019/12/30/rudy-giuliani-bill-de-blasio-anti-semitism-spread-cancer-lazy-twitter-new-york-mayors/

DAILY WIRE
— De Blasio Appears To Blame Trump For Violence Against Jews – Hank Berrien
https://www.dailywire.com/news/de-blasio-appears-to-blame-trump-for-violence-against-jews

PJ MEDIA
— Obama Was the Most Anti-Semitic President in History, So Let’s Stop Pointing Fingers at Trump – MATT MARGOLIS
https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/obama-was-the-most-anti-semitic-president-in-history-so-lets-stop-pointing-fingers-at-trump/

HERITAGE FOUNDATION
— Trump’s Executive Order Against Anti-Semitism Will Protect U.S. Jews – Joel Griffith
https://www.heritage.org/religious-liberty/commentary/trumps-executive-order-against-anti-semitism-will-protect-us-jews

REAL CLEAR POLITICS
— 2019 Was the Year That Democrats Went Off the Rails – Frank Miele
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2019/12/30/2019_was_the_year_that_democrats_went_off_the_rails_142041.html

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Political Power Set to Continue Shift to Southern States, Data Show Americans are moving to states with warm weather, strong job growth and cheaper housing – Janet Adamy and Paul Overberg
https://www.wsj.com/articles/sunbelt-set-to-gain-congressional-seats-data-show-11577723599

December 28 Morning Edition

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— You still can’t smoke weed and drive — but tests to prove impairment murky The state law legalizing weed authorizes a study to find the best way to enforce laws against driving while stoned. – Sam Charles
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2019/12/27/21038162/pot-recreational-marijuana-illinois-driving-dui-pot-cannabis-impaired-police

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters promote illegal immigration, amnesty, and open borders. 
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-family-reunification-holidays-20191228-6j4lckt2mzc7tgupsagyue7o7q-story.html

ALTON DAILY NEWS
— Census Will Show Illinois Population Decline – Cole Lauterbach 
http://www.altondailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=17&id=296357#.Xgde5SN_OM8

SUBURBAN LIFE
— Young political activists dedicated to understanding residents’ needs – F. AMANDA TUGADE
https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2019/12/23/young-political-activists-dedicated-to-understanding-residents-needs/azbh1ey/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Cicero is an industrial neighborhood tucked at the border of Chicago’s West Side. It’s home to more than 82,000 residents, and almost 90% of the population is Latino. Rodriguez, 31, a Cicero native, said the town has undergone – and is still going through – many changes, from economic development to its demographics. And there are various issues that fall under these large umbrellas.)

NPR ILLINOIS
— In A Month, Michael Bloomberg Has Spent More Than $100 Million On Campaign Ads – ASMA KHALID
https://www.nprillinois.org/post/billionaires-bring-big-money-democratic-primary#stream/0

WJBC
— AAA: Driving high on marijuana is dangerous, illegal – Neil Doyle
http://www.wjbc.com/2019/12/27/aaa-driving-high-on-marijuana-is-dangerous-illegal/

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— IL-14: Catalina Lauf Takes Aim at “deep swamp IL rivals”
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/27/il-14-catalina-lauf-takes-aim-at-deep-swamp-il-rivals/ 
— IL-14: Final Days of 4th Quarter Fundraising
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/27/il-14-final-days-of-4th-quarter-fundraising/ 
— IL-06/IL-14: Democrats Protection Plan for Impeachment Votes
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/28/il-06-il-14-democrats-protection-plan-for-impeachment-votes/ 
— Bob Miller’s Reply to Interrogatories at Odds with Patrick Kenneally’s Report
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/28/bob-millers-reply-to-interrogatories-at-odds-with-patrick-kenneallys-report/

ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
— Did You Know? Pro-Family Trump Administration Victories – David E. Smith 
https://illinoisfamily.org/federal/pro-family-trump-administration-victories/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Nearly all Illinois metro areas see lower unemployment – AP
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/28/nearly-all-illinois-metro-areas-see-lower-unemploy/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Elizabeth Warren’s fibbing is forming a pattern – Editorial
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/elizabeth-warrens-lies-are-a-pattern
— Michael Moore predicts 2020 Trump win because of ‘rabid’ supporters – John Gage
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/michael-moore-predicts-2020-trump-win-because-of-rabid-supporters

FOX NEWS
— Pelosi keeps hold on impeachment articles in hopes of leveraging more favorable terms in Senate trial
https://www.yahoo.com/news/pelosi-keeps-hold-impeachment-articles-154545245.html

AMERICAN THINKER
— Another lie: Elizabeth Warren called out by her own brother for claiming their dad was ‘a janitor’ – Monica Showalter
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/12/another_lie_elizabeth_warren_called_out_by_her_own_brother_for_claiming_their_dad_was_a_janitor.html
— Fake News at the OK Corral – Brian C. Joondeph
https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/12/fake_news_at_the_ok_corral.html

ADDICTION CENTER
— General Drug Slang
https://www.addictioncenter.com/drugs/drug-alcohol-slang/

ASK HEALTH NEWS
— ‘Marijuana is not harmless’ – Mariyam Tanveer
https://askhealthnews.com/5671/marijuana-is-not-harmless-a-new-campaign-about-the-weld-county-health-department-to-raise-awareness-about-marijuana-usage/

POLICE ONE
— Illinois officers undergo drug recognition expertise training ahead of new marijuana laws Specially trained officers, which make up 160 of the state’s 40,000 LEOs, use a 12-step evaluation process to detect intoxication not measurable on tests like breathalyzers – Megan Jones
https://www.policeone.com/drug-interdiction-narcotics/articles/ill-officers-undergo-drug-recognition-expertise-training-ahead-of-new-marijuana-laws-pYfhNeHJCmSmJ7FB/

BREITBART
— Republican Outreach to Black Community Must Be New Year’s Resolution – Charlie Kirk
https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2019/12/27/charlie-kirk-republican-outreach-to-black-community-must-be-new-years-resolution/

PJ MEDIA
— Germans Think Trump Is More Dangerous Than Kim Jong-Un – RICK MORAN (DIERSEN: Will anti-German Americans become less anti-German Americans because of this?)
https://pjmedia.com/trending/poll-tds-infected-germans-think-trump-more-dangerous-than-kim-jong-un/

NEWS BUSTERS
— ‘New Yorker’ Editor: Evangelicals Back Trump Due to ‘Xenophobia’ and ‘Nativism’ – Ryan Foley
https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/ryan-foley/2019/12/27/new-yorker-editor-evangelicals-support-trump-because-shared-cultural

TPM
— The Evangelical War Over Impeachment Has Been A Long Time Coming – Nicole Lafond
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/whats-going-on-evangelicals-impeachment-rift

NATIONAL REVIEW
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trump Isn’t a Nazi. He’s a Failure.”
https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/12/trump-presidency-democrats-squander-case-against-him/
— Who Must Protect the Ukraine-Trump Whistleblower? – Stephen M. Kohn (DIERSEN: 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. My Democrat superiors took adverse actions against me because they knew that I was not “protected.” They knew that overwhelmingly, those who dominated the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) were anti-conservative and favored political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation. I should write a book about those who have dominated the IRP since 1966.) 
https://www.natlawreview.com/article/who-must-protect-ukraine-trump-whistleblower
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The ICWPA anti-retaliation law is not limited simply to preventing whistleblowers from being fired. The law defines the types of “adverse action” the President must shield whistleblowers from, including “any change in working conditions.” In the case of the Ukrainian “quid pro quo” whistleblower, the catastrophic impact on the whistleblower’s ability to perform his or her job duties that would be triggered by violating his right to confidentiality is obvious. This would include undermining his or her ability to work oversees, be promoted to a covert agent (if not one already), or effectively interact with employees in the White House. Furthermore, breaching the confidentiality of whistleblowers is well established as an “adverse action” under whistleblower law. Federal courts and administrative agencies as divergent as the SEC and Department of Labor have ruled that revealing the name of a whistleblower is an adverse action. Anyone with experience working with whistleblowers knows that once their identity is revealed, their working conditions will never be the same, and they will have a target on their back for the rest of their careers.)

THE HILL
— House GOP vows to use impeachment to cut into Democratic majority – JULIEGRACE BRUFKE
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/476037-house-gop-plans-to-use-impeachment-to-cut-into-democratic-majority

NEW YORK TIMES
— In the U.S., an Angioplasty Costs $32,000. Elsewhere? Maybe $6,400. A study of international prices finds American patients pay much more across a wide array of common services. – Margot Sanger-Katz
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/27/upshot/expensive-health-care-world-comparison.html

WASHINGTON POST
— America’s schools are more diverse than ever. But the teachers are still mostly white. – Laura Meckler and Kate Rabinowitz
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/local/education/teacher-diversity/

LOS ANGELES TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters want Latino evangelical voters to dump Trump.
https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-12-27/latino-evangelical-voters-face-a-tug-of-war-in-the-trump-era

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— For the New Year, Say No to Negativity Bad experiences affect us much more powerfully than good ones, but there are ways to deal with this destructive bias and overcome it – John Tierney and Roy F. Baumeister
https://www.wsj.com/articles/for-the-new-year-say-no-to-negativity-11577464413
— Modern ‘Image Scrubbing’ Would Have Come in Handy in Centuries Past Too bad historical figures couldn’t use Google to clean up their bad press – Joe Queenan
https://www.wsj.com/articles/modern-image-scrubbing-would-have-come-in-handy-in-centuries-past-11577383386

DENVER POST
— Weld County launches “marijuana is not harmless” campaign. – SAM TABACHNIK (DIERSEN: When will your county, your township/ward, and/or your municipality launch such a campaign?)
https://www.denverpost.com/2019/12/26/weld-county-marijuana-campaign/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: County officials started brainstorming this summer after the health department noticed youth marijuana and vaping rates were increasing along with car crashes, Aakko said. Those factors, combined with what the county found to be a lower perception of risk around marijuana, helped convince health officials that something needed to be done. “We wanted to get out there that there are consequences to heavy marijuana use and certainly when you get behind the wheel and drive,” Aakko said. Marijuana industry experts said it’s true that there are some harms and risks to marijuana.)

GALLUP
— How Much Does the World Trust Journalists? – ZACC RITTER (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, you can be a journalist or a reporter ONLY if you claim to be non-partisan. However, beyond overwhelmingly, those journalist and reporters who claim to be non-partisan promote the Democrat, Libertarian, and/or Green party platforms.) 
https://news.gallup.com/opinion/gallup/272999/world-trust-journalists.aspx

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Another potential source of distrust in journalists is political polarization. In the United States, trust in the mass media, broadly, has fallen from 68% in 1972 to 41% today. Similarly, a recent Gallup-Knight report found that trust in U.S. local media declines for people who perceive a large gap between their political ideology and the perceived ideology of local news organizations. While trust in the media and trust in journalists differ, the two concepts are related enough to suspect a relationship between political polarization and trust in journalists may exist around the world. Political polarization — measured as the extent to which differences of opinions on major political issues in society exist by country-level experts and part of the Varieties of Democracy project — is strongly associated with less trust in journalists. As the graph shows, the more politically polarized a country is, the less trust the public tends to have in journalists.)

December 27 Evening Edition

ABC7
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://abc7chicago.com/society/chicago-cannabis-coordinator-lays-out-dos-and-donts-for-2020-legal-weed/5792406/

WGN TV
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://wgntv.com/2019/12/27/dispensaries-working-for-months-to-prepare-for-flood-of-marijuana-customers/

WBBM 780
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://wbbm780.radio.com/articles/naperville-mayor-unfazed-by-state-pot-legalization

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/marijuana/illinois/ct-illinois-marijuana-legalization-on-jan-1-20191227-aa52o6wmrnegvfpgb55uedlgcq-story.html
— New state law requires companies to train employees on how to recognize, prevent sexual harassment – Abdel Jimenez
https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-illinois-law-requires-harassment-training-20191227-rgyrgwgidnfrzbpvmkjgdlpl5y-story.html
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Deerfield doubles down on its assault weapons ban and welcomes marijuana sales – STEVE SADIN
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/deerfield/ct-dfr-year-in-review-tl-0102-20191227-4yqdte54orfwxklrgvpkpvw5vq-story.html
— You still can’t smoke weed and drive — but tests to prove impairment murky The state law legalizing weed authorizes a study to find the best way to enforce laws against driving while stoned. – Sam Charles
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2019/12/27/21038162/pot-recreational-marijuana-illinois-driving-dui-pot-cannabis-impaired-police
— Drug recognition experts will play a big role in detecting drivers who are high come Jan. 1, police say – MEGAN JONES
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/ct-abn-aurora-drug-recognition-experts-st-1229-20191227-lq34jrsz6nh6hhlmy5nyd7hdnm-story.html

— The 2010s: America’s decade of jobs, opportunity and prosperity – Editorial
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-editorial-jobs-economy-growth-recession-trump-20191227-wgtdv4jpkfcs7c36u6l5unyi6u-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— Bloomingdale Township clerk Joyce Hundhausen remembered for service to community – Jake Griffin
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191227/bloomingdale-township-clerk-remembered-for-service-to-community
— Ex-Hinsdale South teachers sue Sterigenics over cancers – Susan Sarkauskas
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191227/ex-hinsdale-south-teachers-sue-sterigenics-over-cancers

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— POLICE ANSWER PRE-JANUARY 1ST CANNABIS QUESTIONS ON FACEBOOK
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2019/12/police-answer-pre-january-1st-cannabis-questions-on-facebook.html
— “REFUGEES” AND “IMMIGRANTS” – THE SAME, OR VERY DIFFERENT IN ILLINOIS?
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2019/12/refugees-and-immigrants-the-same-or-very-different-in-illinois-.html

DAILY WIRE
— Michael Moore: ‘White People Have Not Changed…You Should Be Afraid Of Them’ – Joseph Curl (DIERSEN: What do you say to Whites who promote hatred against Whites to curry favor with White-haters?)
https://www.dailywire.com/news/michael-moore-white-people-have-not-changed-you-should-be-afraid-of-them

NBC NEWS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: The following happily claim that “White Christian America ended in the 2010s:” Those who are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/2010s-spelled-end-white-christian-america-ncna1106936

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
— Cannabis-related psychosis, addiction, ER visits: For young users, marijuana can be a dangerous game – Rita Giordano
https://www.inquirer.com/health/marijuana-addiction-adolescents-psychosis-abuse-vaping-penn-state-20191223.html

RASMUSSEN REPORTS
— Women Favor World Run By Women More Than Men Do
https://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/december_2019/women_favor_world_run_by_women_more_than_men_do

NEWSWEEK
— YALE COLLEGE STUDENTS REBUT TRUMP CAMPAIGN WEBSITE WITH ‘SNOWFLAKES FIGHT BACK’ SITE OF THEIR OWN – RAMSEY TOUCHBERRY
https://www.newsweek.com/yale-college-students-rebut-trump-campaign-website-snowflakes-fight-back-site-their-own-1479400

DAILY MAIL
— Six cancer-stricken teachers who worked at the same high school blame their illnesses on a nearby sterilizing plant that released carcinogenic gas into the neighborhood Six former teachers from Willowbrook, Illinois, are suing medical supply sterilization company Sterigenics – SNEJANA FARBEROV
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7830867/Five-former-teachers-blame-cancers-sterilizing-plant.html

December 26 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Illinois legal weed poses challenge for companies with zero tolerance policies – Sarah Schulte (DIERSEN: I would not want to work for an employer that did not have a zero tolerance policy.)
https://abc7chicago.com/business/legal-weed-poses-challenge-for-companies-with-zero-tolerance-policies/5789356/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Recreational pot’s impact on Illinois: ‘No big deal’ or an ‘unfortunate, reckless experiment’? – Robert McCoppin
https://www.chicagotribune.com/marijuana/illinois/ct-illinois-marijuana-economic-social-effects-20191226-dandhav6uzfllaeroph7bqowe4-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Donald Trump is a miserable fit for Evangelical Christians What would Jesus do? First, Jesus would not use Twitter to serve up daily doses of crude comments and hate-filled attacks on private citizens and public figures.”
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/12/26/21037287/donald-trump-religions-evangelical-christians-sun-times-letters
— Here are some of the new state laws taking effect in 2020 Hundreds of new laws or changes in existing laws were passed during a busy legislative session that adjourned in early June. – Jerry Nowicki 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/12/26/21038077/illinois-new-laws-take-effect-2020-minimum-wage-marijuana-infrastructure

DAILY HERALD
— Local mayors in DuPage County to deliver State of the City addresses
https://www.dailyherald.com/submitted/20191220/local-mayors-in-dupage-county-to-deliver-state-of-the-city-addresses
— Dan Cronin to speak at ‘State of County’ luncheon Jan. 8
https://www.dailyherald.com/submitted/20191226/dan-cronin-to-speak-at-state-of-county-luncheon-jan-8

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood of Peoria, who was also a member of Congress representing central Illinois, will be the featured speaker at the annual Abraham Lincoln Association Birthday Banquet Feb. 12 in Springfield. – Bernard Schoenburg
https://www.sj-r.com/news/20191226/ray-lahood-to-headline-lincoln-association-dinner

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— Business as usual at the Illinois Tollway Authority – Editorial
https://www.pjstar.com/opinion/20191226/editorial-business-as-usual-at-illinois-tollway-authority

HERALD & REVIEW
— Illinois party leaders, political observers assess past year, look ahead to 2020
https://herald-review.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/illinois-party-leaders-political-observers-assess-past-year-look-ahead/article_a44a2ca8-d8a0-5229-a17a-de3f848bba95.html

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Comparison of Chicago Teachers’ Contract with Wisconsin’s Scott Walker’s
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/26/comparison-of-chicago-teachers-contract-with-wisconsins-scott-walkers/ 
— IL-14: Discernment on Underwood’s EHR Legislation Now Law
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/26/il-14-discernment-on-underwoods-ehr-legislation-now-law/ 
— U.S. Senate/IL-06/IL-14: Ted Cruz Blasts FY2020 Appropriations Legislation
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/26/u-s-senate-il-06-il-14-ted-cruz-blasts-fy2020-appropriations-legislation/ 
— KICKOFF 2020 Support President Trump Rally in Algonquin *UPDATE: News-Sun Underwood Impeachment Column*
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/26/kickoff-2020-support-president-trump-rally-in-algonquin/ 
— IL-14: McHenry County Republicans Hosting Candidates Forum
IL-14: James Marter Opposed to H.R. 3 Legislation to Lower Prescription Prices
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/26/il-14-mchenry-county-republicans-hosting-candidates-form/ 
— Christmas Day Teaching About Voting
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/25/christmas-day-teaching-about-voting/ 
— IL-14: James Marter Opposed to H.R. 3 Legislation to Lower Prescription Prices
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/26/il-14-james-marter-opposed-to-h-r-3-legislation-to-lower-prescription-prices/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Half of trains in Mexico found carrying migrants – AP
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/26/half-of-trains-in-mexico-found-carrying-migrants/
— Conservatives losing ground in cities across globe – Ethan Epstein 
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/8/conservatives-losing-ground-in-cities-across-globe/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— ‘Furious’: Elizabeth Warren’s brother rips senator for calling their father a janitor – Spencer Neale
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/furious-elizabeth-warrens-brother-rips-senator-for-calling-their-father-a-janitor

GOPUSA
— Pollsters adjust 2020 methodologies after 2016 failure
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=81785

AMERICAN THINKER
— Deplorables Versus the Ruling Class: A Global Struggle – Chet Richards
https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/12/deplorables_versus_the_ruling_class_a_global_struggle.html
— Elizabeth Warren, makin’ it up again, this time about bein’ too poor to go to college – Monica Showalter
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/12/elizabeth_warren_makin_it_up_again_this_time_about_bein_too_poor_to_go_to_college.html

BREITBART
— Pete Buttigieg Calls Jesus Christ an Impoverished ‘Refugee’ in Christmas Message – JOHN BINDER
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/12/26/pete-buttigieg-calls-jesus-christ-an-impoverished-refugee-in-christmas-message/

NEWSMAX
— It’s Prosperity, Stupid: 10 Ways Trump Bolsters Economy – George Mentz 
https://www.newsmax.com/finance/georgementz/trump-economy-talking-points/2019/12/26/id/947384/
— CNN: Plan to Commute Blagojevich Sentence in Doubt – Jeffrey Rodack
https://www.newsmax.com/world/globaltalk/bosnia-explosion/2019/12/26/id/928509/
— 15 GOP Govs Request Refugee Resettlement in Their States – Theodore Bunker 
https://www.newsmax.com/politics/governors-gop-refugee-resettlement/2019/12/26/id/947426/
— Senate Ditches Pot-Related Items in Spending Bill – Solange Reyner
https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/senate-legalize-it-banking-cannibas/2019/12/25/id/947298/

TOWNHALL
— Was 2019 the Year of Peak Entitlement Mentality? – Veronique de Rugy
https://townhall.com/columnists/veroniquederugy/2019/12/26/was-2019-the-year-of-peak-entitlement-mentality-n2558508

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Candidates React to Obama’s ‘Old Men’ Comment Democratic candidates responded to former President Obama’s recent comment about it usually being “old men” who are responsible for the world’s problems. 
https://www.wsj.com/video/candidates-react-to-obamas-old-men-comment/0F7BA6D3-3421-4BE5-A262-E25105233154.html
— Equal Opportunity Discrimination Oracle is fighting back against a dubious Obama-era complaint. – Editorial
https://www.wsj.com/articles/equal-opportunity-discrimination-11577404381

BOND BUYER
— Oak Lawn cut to junk over pension woes – Yvette Shields
https://www.bondbuyer.com/news/chicago-suburb-cut-to-junk-over-pension-woes

December 22 Evening Edition

ABC7
— 13 shot, 2 in custody after memorial turns ‘chaotic’ in Englewood, Chicago police say – Will Jones and Jesse Kirsch
https://abc7chicago.com/13-shot–2-in-custody-after-englewood-memorial-turns-chaotic-police/5776745/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Plans for Trump impeachment trial get foggy before holiday break – AP
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/plans-for-trump-impeachment-trial-get-foggy-before-holiday-break
— At least 13 Republican governors plan to still accept refugees near year
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/at-least-13-republican-governors-plan-to-still-accept-refugees-near-year

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Marijuana arrests in Chicago’s largest suburbs dropped sharply in the years leading up to legal weed – SARAH FREISHTAT, ERIN HEGARTY and SUZANNE BAKER
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/ct-nvs-abn-marijuana-arrests-st-20191222-4o4byw7vp5glrogxlyp6aew3aq-story.html
— South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg leads his 2020 rivals in Wall Street contributions – AP
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/elections/ct-nw-pete-buttigieg-donors-presidential-campaign-2020-20191222-luk4m7oalnbyblu367g67k47wu-story.html
— Trump dubs Hawaii Sen. Hirono ‘not the smartest’ in speech – JORDAN FABIAN
https://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-tns-bc-trump-hirono-20191222-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— Evangelical tussling over anti-Trump editorial escalates – AP
https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20191222/news/312229900/

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Candidates and Incumbents Celebrated Christmas with Lake County Right to Life on December 6.
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/22/lake-county-right-to-life-christmas-party/
— Unintrended Consequence of Getting Rid of McHenry County Superintendent of Regional Education
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/22/unintrended-consequence-of-getting-rid-of-mchenry-county-superintendent-of-regional-education/

ILLINOIS LEAKS
— DuPage Township – Trustee Maripat Oliver -hypocrisy at the highest level – KIRK ALLEN 
https://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2019/12/dupage-township-trustee-maripat-oliver-hypocrisy-at-the-highest-level/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— ‘She knew it was wrong’: Trump offers ‘respect’ toward Tulsi Gabbard for not voting to impeach – Jon Brown
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/she-knew-it-was-wrong-trump-admits-great-respect-toward-tulsi-gabbard-for-not-voting-to-impeach

AMERICAN THINKER
— He’s My President, Not My Pastor – Timothy Philen
https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/12/hes_my_president_not_my_pastor.html
— The voter purge myth – Michael Nadler
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/12/the_voter_purge_myth.html

BREITBART
— Ted Cruz Blasts Spending Bill: Funds Planned Parenthood, Gun Control – DR. SUSAN BERRY
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/12/21/ted-cruz-blasts-spending-bill-funds-planned-parenthood-gun-control/

DAILY CALLER
— Elizabeth Warren’s Campaign Says Asian, Indian And Middle-Eastern Billionaires Are ‘White’ – PETER HASSON
https://dailycaller.com/2019/12/21/elizabeth-warren-asian-indian-middle-eastern-billionaires-white/

TOWNHALL
— Leave It to CNN to Flat Out Lie About the Booming Economy – Beth Baumann
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2019/12/22/cnn-flat-out-lies-when-they-say-the-trump-economy-is-not-substantially-different-than-before-n2558408

NEWSMAX
— National Review Editor Calls for Trump’s Removal – Eric Mack
https://www.newsmax.com/politics/resistance-nevertrump-coup-senate/2019/12/22/id/946978/

THE HILL
— ‘SNL’ mocks Tulsi Gabbard after ‘present’ vote on impeachment: ‘Democrats, I’ll get you, my party, and your little mayor too’ – ARIS FOLLEY
https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/475640-snl-mocks-tulsi-gabbard-after-present-vote-democrats-ill-get

LOS ANGELES TIMES
— Joe Biden is winning the electability primary – DOYLE MCMANUS (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, according to Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs, the more of the following that you are, the less electable that you are: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-12-22/joe-biden-electability-democratic-nomination

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— The Generation Gap Over Church at Christmas Strains surface when millennial children who rarely attend religious services visit baby-boomer parents who do – Clare Ansberry
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-generation-gap-over-church-at-christmas-11577016000

NEW YORK MAGAZINE
— Welcome to the Electability Primary – Ed Kilgore (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, according to Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs, the more of the following that you are, the less electable that you are: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.) 
http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/12/welcome-to-the-electability-primary.html

ROLLING STONE
— The Traitors Among Us – RICK WILSON (DIERSEN: What do you say to Whites who demonize, denigrate, and condemn other Whites to curry favor with minorities? What do you say to men who demonize, denigrate, and condemn other men to curry favor with women? What do you say to older people who demonize, denigrate, and condemn other older people to curry favor with younger people? What do you say to rich people who demonize, denigrate, and condemn other rich people to curry favor with poor people? What do you say to those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time who demonize, denigrate, and condemn others whose ancestors have been in America for a long time to curry favor with those whose ancestors have not been in America for a long time?)
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/political-commentary/traitors-donald-trump-republican-party-922194/

FEDWEEK
— Survey Provides Demographic Snapshot of Federal Workforce (DIERSEN: Missing: political affiliation, liberal/moderate/conservative, marital status, dependents, religion, national origin, first year ancestors came to America, net worth, etc.)
https://www.fedweek.com/issue-briefs/survey-provides-demographic-snapshot-of-federal-workforce/

GUARDIAN
— ‘Impeach me outside’: SNL portrays Donald Trump with hoop earrings calling the Democrats ‘losers’ and the debates a ‘freak show’ – before ‘Krampus’ Nancy Pelosi gifts him the articles of impeachment – ARIEL ZILBER
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7818595/Impeach-outside-SNL-portrays-Donald-Trump-hoop-earings-calling-Democrats-losers.html