January 19 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Sen. Don Harmon elected president of Illinois State Senate, beating out Sen. Kimberly Lightford – Craig Wall (ILGOP Chairman Tim Schneider Statement on Selection of New Senate President: “I congratulate Senator Harmon on becoming the next Illinois Senate President. I hope he brings in a new era of reform that changes course away from the decades of inaction and corruption that have plagued the capitol. The new Senate President can get a great start on that front by strongly supporting substantive ethics reform and a fair maps constitutional amendment.”)
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/sen-don-harmon-elected-president-of-illinois-state-senate/5863391/

NBC5
— Don Harmon Elected President of Illinois State Senate Harmon was elected Sunday after a tight race against Sen. Kimberly Lightford – Shelby Bremer
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-politics/don-harmon-elected-president-of-illinois-state-senate/2203790/

CBS2
— Don Harmon Elected New Illinois State Senate President
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/01/19/don-harmon-elected-new-illinois-state-senate-president/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— San Antonio spends more than $300K to keep Chick-fil-A out of airport: report
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/san-antonio-spends-more-than-300k-to-keep-chick-fil-a-out-of-airport-report
— Virginia: Thousands expected at pro-gun rally Monday where guns are banned
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/thousands-expected-at-pro-gun-rally-monday-where-guns-are-banned

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters encourage minorities to hate Trump and to hate his supporters.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/nation-world/ct-nw-martin-luther-king-holiday-20200119-al5bfoatyffg3cbpgqjf3om7my-story.html


— Democrats elect Don Harmon of Oak Park to succeed John Cullerton as Illinois Senate President – JAMIE MUNKS
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-illinois-senate-president-elected-20200119-krrdz4nkwberbja7g3s6mrzw6y-story.html
— Limits on Trump impeachment trial coverage has even C-SPAN upset – MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
https://www.chicagotribune.com/nation-world/ct-nw-nyt-senate-impeachment-trial-tv-coverage-20200119-lzs2j3yjmzatbkjy5uq6ujmbue-story.html
— Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s hard exit from the royal family may be more severe than they expected – MARK LANDLER
https://www.chicagotribune.com/nation-world/ct-nw-nyt-prince-harry-meghan-markle-royal-family-20200119-dkwodbyk3rb7xpnn6pq6yswzjq-story.html
— Who is Don Harmon? Meet the new Illinois Senate president – JAMIE MUNKS
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-cb-don-harmon-illinois-senate-president-20200120-wptxnwtqnjcp7p2nljspleg2fm-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/2020/1/19/21072700/legal-pot-marijuana-illinois
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/1/19/21069156/illinois-pot-shortage-supply-medical-legal-cresco-labs
— Don Harmon selected as Illinois Senate president In the end, the Senate Democratic caucus came together to support Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, who had previously served as Assistant Majority Leader — with a deal to ensure that state Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood, would maintain her post as Majority Leader. – Tina Sfondeles 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/1/19/21072955/don-harmon-kimberly-lightford-democrats-vote-senate-president
— Fact-check: Challenger Newman railroads the truth with jab at Lipinski over train crossings Congressman Dan Lipinski played no part in the law’s undoing, which Marie Newman’s campaign acknowledged in response to our inquiry. – Kiannah Sepeda-Miller
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/1/19/21071038/fact-check-newman-lipinski-railroad-politifact-democratic-primary-congress

DAILY HERALD
— Gun industry gathers amid slumping sales, rising tensions – AP
https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20200119/business/301199945/
— 4-year college costs push minorities into community colleges
https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20200119/news/301199996/

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Harmon elected Senate president – Jerry Nowicki
https://www.sj-r.com/news/20200119/harmon-elected-senate-president

DANVILLE COMMERCIAL NEWS
— Sending wrong message – David E. Smith, Executive Director, Illinois Family Institute, Tinley Park
https://www.commercial-news.com/opinion/letter-sending-wrong-message/article_bd798c58-3a09-11ea-8d25-2bf15a8cc404.html
(FROM THE LETTER TO THE EDITOR: What was Illinois Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton thinking when she purchased recreational marijuana in Chicago on the first day of its legal sales in Illinois? Does she not understand that as a public official she is setting a reckless and foolish example, especially for children and teens? Illinois policy makers are sending a dangerous message to our young people. First, we called it “medicinal.” Now, we call it “recreational.” Gone are the days of “this is your brain on drugs.” Instead, elected officials like Stratton are celebrating drug use by welcoming the marijuana industry to communities throughout the state. Their feckless example will mislead citizens into a diminished understanding of the dangers of drug use until it affects them personally. As the perception of risk plummets, drug use (and addictions) will climb. Not only have lawmakers failed to do their due diligence before passing this marijuana law, but they have also failed to heed the compelling research that indicates how regular use of marijuana affects young people, including an increased risk of psychiatric illnesses and loss of IQ points. Parents, grandparents, teachers, and religious leaders would do well to counter Stratton’s irresponsible example by returning to the sensible message, “just say no to drugs.”)

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— What good are new taxes if there’s no one here to pay them? – Jim Dey
https://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/columns/jim-dey-what-good-are-new-taxes-if-there-s/article_5953c75d-8e65-5dc8-9305-24d6ce11c9b6.html

QUAD CITIES ONLINE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters encourage minorities to hate Trump and to hate his supporters.
https://qconline.com/news/state-and-regional/illinois/us-marks-king-holiday-amid-fears-of-deep-racial-divisions/article_18358e60-8c0d-5040-9872-87ef3d6b1261.html

WRAL
— Trump’s impeachment trial comes at a high point for fans – CNN
https://www.wral.com/trumps-impeachment-comes-at-a-high-point-for-fans/18897153/

CAPITOL FAX
— Harmon coverage roundup
https://capitolfax.com/2020/01/19/harmon-coverage-roundup/
— Harmon react
https://capitolfax.com/2020/01/19/harmon-react/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Dems elect Harmon to serve as president of Illinois Senate – AP
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/19/dems-elect-harmon-to-serve-as-president-of-illinoi/
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/19/editorial-illinois-joins-the-rush-to-promote-and-t/

FOX NEWS
— First 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray auctioned for $3 million – Gary Gastelu
https://www.foxnews.com/auto/first-2020-chevrolet-corvette-stingray-million.amp

PJ MEDIA
— ICE Goes to War With New York City Over Sanctuary Policies – RICK MORAN 
https://pjmedia.com/trending/ice-goes-to-war-with-new-york-city-over-sanctuary-policies/

TOWNHALL
— The Entire Women’s March Can Be Summed Up In This One Video – Beth Baumann Beth Baumann
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2020/01/19/the-entire-womens-march-can-be-summed-up-in-this-one-video-n2559756

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT
— Former felons could help flip Wisconsin blue in 2020 – AP
https://americanindependent.com/wisconsin-2020-election-former-felons-voter-registration-democrats-donald-trump/

DAILY CALLER
— Buttigieg Says American ‘Economy Needed 11 Million’ Illegal Immigrants – DAVID KRAYDEN (DIERSEN: From what I see, ever-increasingly, Democrat and RINO employers prefer hiring citizens of foreign countries over citizens of America.)
https://dailycaller.com/2020/01/19/buttigieg-american-economy-11-million-illegal-immigrants/

ASSOCIATED PRESS
— Connecticut lawmakers to resurrect age discrimination bill (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who promote age discrimination the most. I would focus on those in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout. I would focus on those who claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican. I would focus on those who are older, White, and/or male.)
https://www.sacbee.com/news/business/article239440223.html

NEW YORK TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats make it clear that they are full of hatred against Trump and against anyone who does not share their hatred of Trump.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/19/us/politics/biden-south-carolina-bernie-sanders.html

REPUBLICAN AMERICAN
— New York City has been paying for homeless people to relocate across the country, including Connecticut. Local officials say they aren’t being notified. – BRUNO MATARAZZO JR. (DIERSEN: Over the decades, how many tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of homeless people have Chicago Democrats dumped on DuPage County?)
https://www.rep-am.com/local/news-local/2020/01/18/new-york-city-has-been-paying-for-homeless-people-to-relocate-across-the-country-including-connecticut-local-officials-say-they-arent-being-notified/

LEGAL INSURRECTION
— Number of Islamists in Germany Reaches Record High, Says Intel Agency 12,000 Islamists active across Germany; Berlin emerges as new jihadi stronghold. – Vijeta Uniyal (DIERSEN: I would not be surprised to learn that Germany is far more anti-American now than it was during WWI or WWII.)
https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/01/number-of-islamists-in-germany-reaches-record-high-says-intel-agency/

ABC NEWS
— ‘My story might have turned out very differently if I had been black’: Michael Bloomberg The speech is part of an effort to build support in black and brown communities. – Cheyenne Haslett and Sasha Pezenik (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, because of decimation against minorities and because of discrimination against females, if I had been a minority or a female, I would never have been able to earn 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, or c) a job-related professional license when I was 32.)
https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story-turned-differently-black-michael-bloomberg/story?id=68385678

PROVIDENCE JOURNAL
— Buttigieg fundraiser moved out of LGBTQ bar in Providence – Patrick Anderson
https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20200118/buttigieg-fundraiser-moved-out-of-lgbtq-bar-in-providence

LBGTQ NATION
— Only two Presidential candidates bother to show up to nation’s top LGBTQ conference Of the 16 people running for President, only two appear interested in talking to LGBTQ voters, as most campaigns skipped the top LGBTQ conference. – Juwan J. Holmes (DIERSEN: Those who promote LGBTQ activity focus on destroying those who do not promote LGBTQ activity.) 
https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/01/two-presidential-candidates-bother-show-nations-top-lgbtq-conference/

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 11 Evening Edition

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— OUTSTANDING: At least 1,000 anti-abortion marchers rally in the Loop – MADELINE BUCKLEY
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-march-for-life-chicago-20200111-5fd3dnswwvdhlntly4cxu3ofjy-story.html
— While Nazi sympathizer Arthur Jones protests, Orland Park residents turn out to talk social justice – JESSE WRIGHT
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/ct-sta-newman-jones-events-st-0112-20200111-bo2gi7w5zndq3fg24wisudcpg4-story.html
— Seeking to give residents a break on property tax, legislative task force recommends expanding sales tax. Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who’s pushing a graduated income tax, says there’s got to be another way. – JAMIE MUNKS and DAN PETRELLA
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-illinois-property-tax-task-force-20200111-pwbldyzyt5afpjdm3catlklnwu-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Lightfoot ‘has the votes’ to pass marijuana consumption ordinance, puts kibosh on 606 development freeze “We have to have places for people to be able to legally consume marijuana,” Lightfoot says. – Fran Spielman 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2020/1/10/21060658/lori-lightfoot-marijuana-consumption-ordinance-606-development-freeze
— Cullerton predicts Lightfoot will get casino gambling fix, graduated real estate transfer tax during spring session Retiring Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says Lori Lightfoot is “on a learning curve” in Springfield, unlike his wily friend Rahm Emanuel, who majored in political arm-twisting – Fran Spielman 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/fran-spielman-show/2020/1/10/21060325/cullerton-lightfoot-casino-gambling-real-estate-transfer-tax-spring-session

DAILY HERALD
— Madigan’s latest scandal, Springfield’s latest outrage – Editorial
https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20200111/editorial-madigans-latest-scandal-springfields-latest-outrage
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters promote Trump-haters.
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200111/meet-mark-galli-the-wheaton-evangelical-who-called-out-trump

NBC5
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot Suggests She May be Open to Lowering Recreational Cannabis Taxes Of the 11 states where recreational marijuana has been legalized, Illinois’ taxes are second only to Washington state – Phil Rogers
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/mayor-lori-lightfoot-says-she-may-be-open-to-lowering-recreational-cannabis-taxes/2199489/

HERALD & REVIEW
— How will Decatur-area employers handle workers who smoke marijuana? A look at the legal issues surrounding cannabis. – Analisa Trofimuk (DIERSEN: I would not want to work for, work with, or supervise pot smokers.)
https://herald-review.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/how-will-decatur-area-employers-handle-workers-who-smoke-marijuana/article_eaf7d210-d937-5f26-bb1e-2a2fe4400639.html

KANKAKEE DAILY JOURNAL
— Illinois taxing itself into irrelevancy – Editorial
https://www.daily-journal.com/opinion/editorials/illinois-taxing-itself-into-irrelevancy/article_0328b94e-33b2-11ea-b8b5-5ba49a8a96eb.html

EVANSTON ROUNDTABLE
— City’s Reparations Subcommittee Members Give Preliminary Views on Form of Reparations – Larry Gavin (DIERSEN: Do those who represent you on your city council favor or oppose reparations? If they favor reparations, how much reparations do they want you to pay? Overwhelmingly, those who favor reparations want those who have the following demographics to pay the most reparations: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.) 
https://evanstonroundtable.com/Content/City-News/City-News/Article/City-s-Reparations-Subcommittee-Members-Give-Preliminary-Views-on-Form-of-Reparations/15/26/17406

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— IL-14: All Candidates Will Participate in MCC Debate
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/01/11/il-14-all-candidates-will-participate-in-mcc-debate/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Former press secretaries of both parties urge White House to resume briefings – Andrew Blake
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/11/white-house-urged-by-former-spokesmen-to-resume-re/

AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE
— The Insanity Of Transgenderism – Rod Dreher
https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/the-insanity-of-transgenderism/

TOWNHALL
— UNACCEPTABLE: NY Law Automatically Registers Illegal Aliens to Vote – Bronson Stocking
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bronsonstocking/2020/01/10/ny-law-will-automatically-register-illegal-aliens-to-vote-n2559325

CBN NEWS
— Surge in ER Visits After New Marijuana Laws Take Effect – Lorie Johnson
https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/health/2020/january/surge-in-er-visits-after-new-marijuana-laws-take-effect

CNN
— Many millennials are worse off than their parents — a first in American history – Tami Luhby
https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/11/politics/millennials-income-stalled-upward-mobility-us/

WASHINGTON POST
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump hater says: ‘A national disgrace’: As impeachment hung over a president’s head, he went on a wild rally tour.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/01/11/national-disgrace-impeachment-hung-over-presidents-head-he-went-wild-rally-tour/

24/7 WALL STREET
— Black Unemployment Rates Nearly 70% Higher Than National Average – Douglas A. McIntyre 
https://247wallst.com/jobs/2020/01/11/black-unemployment-rates-nearly-70-higher-than-national-average/

January 6 Morning Edition

DAILY HERALD
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters rally in Naperville. When will the following organize pro-Trump rallies: Illinois Republican Party, your Republican county party organization, and your Republican township/ward party organization? 
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200105/activists-call-for-peace-in-the-middle-east-at-naperville-rally
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Among those on the speaker’s list were U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, a Democrat from Naperville; peace activist Walt Zlotow; a representative of U.S. Rep. Sean Casten, a Downers Grove Democrat; and delegates for Democratic presidential hopefuls. The rally was sponsored by Indivisible DuPage, Stand On Every Corner — Naperville, the Winfield Township Democratic Organization, Lisle Township Democratic Organization and Naperville Township Democrats.)

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Thanks to the Illinois Exodus: As this state’s population shrinks, so does its clout in Washington. – Editorial (DIERSEN: Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs focus on driving religious people, conservatives, and Republicans out of Illinois, out of your county, your township/ward, and your municipality. I should write a book about their success in driving religious people, conservatives, and Republicans out of Illinois, DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-editorial-illinois-exodus-population-census-congress-tax-pension-20200106-w7n2z567krhpleehyhurgd6uxi-story.html

ALTON DAILY NEWS
— Legal Marijuana Means Challenges for Police – Doug Jenkins 
http://altondailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=17&id=296660#.XhMYgCN_OM8

HERALD & REVIEW
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://herald-review.com/entertainment/how-to-throw-a-marijuana-dinner-party-with-tips-on/article_fb289ebb-9ff7-5d09-9c32-f00f2644ecb8.html

RIVER BENDER
— Election year to feature bitter fights, deepening divides – AP
https://www.riverbender.com/sports-news/details.cfm?id=291157

NPR ILLINOIS
— President Launches ‘Evangelicals For Trump’ Coalition – TOM GJELTEN 
https://www.nprillinois.org/post/president-launches-evangelicals-trump-coalition#stream/0

FOX ILLINOIS
— Impeachment drives GOP small-donor donations on new platform – AP
https://foxillinois.com/news/connect-to-congress/impeachment-drives-gop-small-donor-donations-on-new-platform

WQAD
— Protesters gather outside Cheri Bustos’ office opposing war, Iran airstrike – HANNAH RODRIGUEZ
https://wqad.com/2020/01/06/protesters-gather-outside-cheri-bustos-office-striking-against-war/

POLITICO ILLINOIS
— FROM THE WEBSITE: Notable names among presidential delegate candidates: For President Trump: State Reps. Darren Bailey, John Cabello and Brad Halbrook, Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar, Palatine Committeeman Aaron Del Mar, real estate exec Kristine Farra, Park Ridge Commissioner Charlene Foss-Eggemann, state Sen. Dale Fowler, Congressman Darin LaHood, state Sen. Thomas “Chapin” Rose, Lake County GOP Chairman Mark Shaw, state Rep. Allen Skillicorn, Maine Township Trustee Susan Sweeney, former Illinois Gaming Board Chairman Don Tracy, and McHenry County Board member Chuck Wheeler – Shia Kapos
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/illinois-playbook/2020/01/06/looming-corruption-scandal-lightfoot-targets-poverty-obamas-big-gift-487991

CHICAGO CITY WIRE
— GOP strategist Chris Robling forecasts an accelerated ‘fiscal demise’ if Chicago approves new ‘LaSalle Street Tax’ – Glenn Minnis
https://chicagocitywire.com/stories/522830931-gop-strategist-forecasts-an-accelerated-fiscal-demise-if-chicago-approves-new-lasalle-street-tax#new_tab

WIREPOINTS
— New IRS data reveals winners and losers of wealth migration across 50 states – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
https://wirepoints.org/new-irs-data-reveals-winners-and-losers-of-wealth-migration-across-50-states-wirepoints-original/

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— IL-14: Catalina Lauf Continues Defense of President Trump Administering Justice on Terrorist Qassem Soleimani
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/01/06/il-14-catalina-lauf-continues-defense-of-president-trump-administering-justice-on-terrorist-qassem-soleimani/ 
— Property Tax Relief Task Force Has Draft Recommendations To Gut the Tax Cap
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/01/06/property-tax-relief-task-force-has-recommendations-to-gut-the-tax-cap/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Black Americans are coming home to the GOP – Rebecca Hagelin
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/5/black-americans-are-coming-home-gop/
— Army gives TikTok the heave-ho; Chinese social media app banned due to cybersecurity risk – Douglas Ernst 
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/2/army-gives-tiktok-the-heave-ho-chinese-social-medi/

AMERICAN THINKER
— With rising anti-Semitism, New Yorkers rally to hate Trump while hating “hate” – Andrea Widburg
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/01/with_rising_antisemitism_new_yorkers_rally_to_hate_trump_while_hating_hate.html
— Guess Who Runs the Rudest Cities in America – Noel S. Williams
https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/01/guess_who_runs_the_rudest_cities_in_america.html

BREITBART
— Nearly 400K Anchor Babies Born in 2019, Exceeding U.S. Births in 48 States – JOHN BINDER5
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/01/05/400k-anchor-babies-born-u-s-2019/

DAILY CALLER
— Democrats Hate Trump So Much They’re Siding With Iran – DEREK HUNTER
https://dailycaller.com/2020/01/06/democrats-side-with-iran/

LEGAL INSURRECTION
— American Trump Derangement Syndrome Is An Iranian Strategic Asset – William A. Jacobson
https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/01/american-trump-derangement-syndrome-is-an-iranian-strategic-asset/

POLITICO
— Trump’s 2020: Rallies, Twitter and an expected Super Bowl push Trump kicks off an election year with no shortage of high-profile events designed to disparage impeachment and trumpet his actions on Iran and the economy. – ANITA KUMAR (DIERSEN: When will the following organize pro-Trump rallies: Illinois Republican Party, your Republican county party organization, and your Republican township/ward party organization?) 
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/05/trump-2020-reelection-campaign-plan-093339

CNN
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters promote Trump-haters.
https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2020/01/05/joe-walsh-trump-iran-tweets-reaction-sot-nr-vpx.cnn

NEW YORK TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters support Suleimani. 
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/05/world/middleeast/mideast-allies-suleimani.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote dependency on government and dependency on charity.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/31/upshot/food-stamps-lower-health-care-costs.html

USA TODAY
— The true cost of cannabis: Why don’t its illnesses, deaths command media headlines? In August, I started covering vaping lung injuries from high-potency THC. Next, I added the link between cannabis and mental illness, but it’s lonely. – Jayne O’Donnell
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2020/01/03/marijuana-pot-thc-vaping-psychosis-mental-illness-media-column/4299001002/
— As marijuana-induced psychosis rises, parents say treatment for young people hard to find – Jayne O’Donnell
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/01/06/marijuana-induced-psychosis-rises-mental-health-treatment-elusive/2698446001/

BOSTON HERALD
— Left hails a new year of hating Trump – DAVID LIMBAUGH
https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/01/06/left-hails-a-new-year-of-hating-trump/

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— McDonald’s Looks Beyond Party Culture New CEO Chris Kempczinski puts fresh focus on workplace decorum after concerns about predecessor’s conduct – Heather Haddon and Suzanne Vranica
https://www.wsj.com/articles/mcdonalds-looks-beyond-party-culture-11578243600

VOX
— Illinois says you should know if AI is grading your online job interviews  A first-of-its-kind law might give employment candidates more insight into the algorithms that analyze their interviews, but they shouldn’t expect much to change. – Rebecca Heilweil (DIERSEN: GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job. IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job. The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)
https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/1/1/21043000/artificial-intelligence-job-applications-illinios-video-interivew-act#new_tab

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 20 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Trump blasts Christian magazine that called for his removal – AP
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/trump-blasts-christian-magazine-that-called-for-his-removal/5772456/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Pelosi: Power of gavel means Trump is ‘impeached forever’ – Lisa Mascaro
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/pelosi-power-of-gavel-means-trump-is-impeached-forever
— Pelosi invites Trump to deliver State of Union on Feb. 4 – AP
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/pelosi-invites-trump-to-deliver-state-of-union-on-feb-4

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Michael Bloomberg swarms March and April primary states with 200 staffers – DAVID CATANESE
https://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-tns-bc-bloomberg-staffers-20191220-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/deerfield/ct-dfr-riverwoods-recreational-marijuana-tl-1226-20191220-mmlli2k2k5hmpo4rpnfgcgq63y-story.html
— Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot defends employment arrangement for suburban adviser – JOHN BYRNE
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-lori-lightfoot-schneider-fabes-employment-20191220-golyvbt3tnaunmism24hr7y6om-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “The editor of Carol Stream-based Christianity Today wrote an editorial saying Trump should be removed from office: ‘It was the right thing to do’
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/mary-schmich/ct-met-mary-schmich-mark-galli-christianity-today-trump-impeach-20191221-ar4ajbhjnbgrdkknzjj5uuxtum-story.html
— Candidate forums set in Aurora area (DIERSEN: If I was still the chairman of TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, the organization would be hosting candidate forums for candidates in contested Republican primaries.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/ct-abn-aurora-candidate-forums-st-1222-20191220-c7ks52zaerfwlphlorodjz3qqe-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TINES
— CPD to officers: No tickets for pot consumption on porches, in yards The department issued a new directive less than two weeks before recreational marijuana use becomes legal in Illinois. – Sam Charles (DIERSEN: What if you live downwind from a bunch of pot smokers?) 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2019/12/20/21031710/legal-weed-marijuana-chicago-police-no-tickets-smoking-pot-porches-yards
— All House Jewish Democrats — including Schneider and Schakowsky of Illinois — call for ouster of Trump adviser Stephen Miller The 25 Democrats reject the White House defense that Miller critics are anti-Semitic. – Lynn Sweet
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2019/12/20/21031446/house-jewish-democrats-schneider-schakowsky-ouster-trump-aide-stephen-miller
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2019/12/20/21031930/lakeview-pot-shop-sunnyside-front-line-illinois
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2019/12/20/21032115/illinois-legal-weed-chicag-marijuana-dispensaries-cannabis

DAILY HERALD
— Trump adviser: Expect more aggressive poll watching in 2020
https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20191220/news/312209872/
— Conservative student group lauds College of Lake County for hosting free speech sessions – Russell Lissau
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191220/conservative-student-group-lauds-clc-for-hosting-free-speech-sessions
— Longtime U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky now alone on Democratic primary ballot
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191220/longtime-us-rep-jan-schakowsky-now-alone-on-democratic-primary-ballot

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— A fiasco for democracy—on both sides The great test of our times is reflected in the fact that this state’s congressional delegation is divided along party lines on the matter of impeachment. And both political parties are failing that test. – GREG HINZ
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/greg-hinz-politics/fiasco-democracy-both-sides

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— Why I voted against impeachment – U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood
https://www.pjstar.com/opinion/20191220/us-rep-darin-lahood-why-i-voted-against-impeachment

WHEATON RECORD
— Wheaton College reacts to legal pot – Melissa Schill
http://www.wheatonrecord.com/articles/campus-reacts-to-legal-pot/

DEPAULIA
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://depauliaonline.com/44947/news/where-youll-be-able-to-buy-recreational-cannabis-in-chicago-area-jan-1/

JOLIET PATCH
— Larry Walsh Votes To Raise Will County Gas Taxes Larry Walsh broke the deadlock at Thursday’s county board meeting. The four-term Democrat is not running for re-election in 2020. – John Ferak
https://patch.com/illinois/joliet/larry-walsh-votes-raise-will-county-gas-taxes

DAILY ILLINI
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs make it clear that their top priority is getting rid of Republicans once and for all, and especially Republicans who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. 
https://dailyillini.com/opinions/2019/12/20/opinion-gop-fights-to-preserve-white-america-ii/

DUPAGE COUNTY ELECTION DIVISION
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Nomination Petition Hearings: West v. DiCianni at 9:30 AM Monday, December 23, 2019; Hooper v. Felice at 10:00 AM Monday, December 23, 2019; and Tarnowski v. Youngberg at 1:00 PM Monday, December 23, 2019. 
https://www.dupageco.org/Election/61831/

ILLINOIS FAMILY ACTION
— Christianity Today’s Call for Trump’s Removal – Laurie Higgins
https://illinoisfamilyaction.org/2019/12/christianity-todays-prideful-call-for-trumps-removal/

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— TRUMP SUPPORTERS TO RALLY IN FRANKFORT, IL SATURDAY
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2019/12/trump-supporters-to-rally-saturday.html
— PRITZKER’S OFFICE BOASTS HISTORICAL LOW IN STATE’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2019/12/unemployment-rate-falls-to-new-historical-low-in-november.html
— WHERE’S WEYERMULLER? WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP IN BATTLE CREEK, MICHIGAN ON IMPEACHMENT DAY
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2019/12/wheres-weyermuller-with-president-trump-in-battle-creek-michigan-on-impeachment-day.html
— YALE PROF ESTIMATES FACULTY POLITICAL DIVERSITY AT ‘0%’
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2019/12/yale-prof-estimates-faculty-political-diversity-at-0.html

CAPITOL FAX
— Baldermann drops out of GOP primary
https://capitolfax.com/2019/12/20/baldermann-drops-out-of-gop-primary/
— Proposed repeal of parental notification law sparks heated exchange
https://capitolfax.com/2019/12/20/proposed-repeal-of-parental-notification-law-sparks-heated-exchange/
— Reader comments closed for the holidays (DIERSEN: I have sent a GOPUSA ILLINOIS email out each and every morning since 2004 and each and every evening too since 2015. I will continue doing that until if/when my critics/opponents, their operatives, or their dupes succeed in stopping me. It would be great if those who read my emails would do more to stop my critics/opponents, their operatives, or their dupes from a) stopping me from sending the emails out and b) stopping everyone from reading them. )
https://capitolfax.com/2019/12/20/reader-comments-closed-for-the-holidays-8/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— 4 of 10 Democrats back gun confiscation, reparations, open borders, unlimited abortions – Paul Bedard 
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/4-of-10-democrats-back-gun-confiscation-reparations-open-borders-unlimited-abortions
— Yes, criminal migrants should be denied asylum – Tom Rogan 
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/yes-criminal-migrants-should-be-denied-asylum

AMERICAN THINKER
— Joe Biden is coming for your job – Monica Showalter
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/12/joe_biden_is_coming_for_your_job.html

BREITBART
— Billy Graham-Founded ‘Christianity Today’ Calls for Removal of Trump from Office – DR. SUSAN BERRY
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/12/19/billy-graham-founded-christianity-today-calls-for-removal-of-trump-from-office/
— Franklin Graham Slams Christianity Today: My Father Billy Graham ‘Voted for Donald Trump’ – THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.
https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2019/12/20/franklin-graham-slams-christianity-today-my-father-billy-graham-voted-for-donald-trump/

NEWSMAX
— RNC’s Ronna McDaniel Rips Dems’ ‘Socialist Agenda’ – Jeffrey Rodack
https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/rnc-ronna-mcdaniel-democrats-socialist/2019/12/20/id/946754/

EPOCH TIMES
— You’re Only a Hero If You Embrace Leftist Ideology – Nicole Russell
https://www.theepochtimes.com/youre-only-a-hero-if-you-embrace-leftist-ideology_3179838.html

RADIO ONLINE
— Salem Radio Network to Syndicate the ”Dan Proft Show”
https://news.radio-online.com/articles/n38054/Salem-Radio-Network-to-Syndicate-the-Dan-Proft-Show

ASSOCIATED PRESS
— Illinois GOP aims to end Holocaust denier’s run for Congress
http://www.startribune.com/illinois-gop-aims-to-end-holocaust-denier-s-run-for-congress/566387892/

December 19 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Trump impeachment: President takes defiant tone after historic House vote – AP
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/trump-it-doesnt-feel-like-im-being-impeached/5768858/
— Senate passes anti-robocalls bill, sending it to Trump – AP
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/senate-passes-anti-robocalls-bill-sending-it-to-trump/5769194/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Recreational marijuana sales in Ann Arbor draw long lines and hint at what’s to come in Chicago. ‘This is the 18-year-old me’s greatest fantasy.’ – Ally Marotti
By ALLY MAROTTI
https://www.chicagotribune.com/marijuana/illinois/ct-biz-recreational-marijuana-michigan-20191219-fhxtx4e5izeflkyiceefi24y7u-story.html
— Trump takes swipe at House lawmaker’s dead husband, implying he’s in hell during Michigan rally. The White House says the president was ‘just riffing.’ – AP
https://www.chicagotribune.com/midwest/ct-donald-trump-john-debbie-dingell-20191219-46rveqe42newrkcnnm52dr6zai-story.html
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Chicago’s strip club nudity rules could be eased following settlement with transgender woman – JOHN BYRNE
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-chicago-strip-club-nudity-rules-could-be-eased-20191219-q7owk5ntqzh7hagkwoyj7jd2lq-story.html
— ‘There are no perfect petitions.’ Objections may lead to south suburban candidates being tossed from ballots – TED SLOWIK
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/opinion/ct-sta-slowik-legislative-election-objections-st-1120-20191219-j35z7ttzavc4boh76wwzrn7afu-story.html
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/marijuana/illinois/ct-liststory-illinois-legal-weed-20191219-vy7no4bg7vdwbcsa77f7lr4giy-list.html
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Will County Board votes to allow marijuana facilities, tax sales – ALICIA FABBRE
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/ct-sta-will-county-board-marijuana-votes-st-1220-20191219-kavn6liqpnegbnigjwz7xlljie-story.html
— Illinois Gaming Board orders gambling owner to fire two employees whose ties ‘pose a threat to the integrity of video gaming’ – DAVID HEINZMANN
https://www.chicagotribune.com/investigations/ct-rick-heidner-gold-rush-illinois-gaming-board-20191219-xscp45mi2zdrfilwyuxbxqgx6m-story.html
— Get on with Trump’s impeachment trial. Then comes Election Day. – Editorial
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-editorial-impeachment-trump-pelosi-mcconnell-trial-20191219-ts5bvhdoazcnrarf2kyo5ao34q-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Getting a medical marijuana card is easier than ever — and it could help you avoid lines, save money when recreational sales start Those who qualify can start buying legal weed within less than 24 hours after applying. – Tom Schuba
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2019/12/19/21030052/medical-marijuana-pot-cannabis-weed-illinois-recreational
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: A pot pusher pushes pot.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/12/18/21027075/war-on-drugs-convictions-criminal-justice-decriminalization-j-b-pritzker-kelly-cassidy
— Michael Bloomberg jumps into Illinois presidential primary in a big way Bloomberg has lined up a team of five state political veterans who will hire at least 50 political operatives. – Lynn Sweet
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2019/12/19/21029876/michael-bloomberg-illinois-democratic-presidential-primary
— Black Caucus chairman threatens to resurrect six-month delay for recreational marijuana sales Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) says governor’s office is backtracking on promise to earmark two medical marijuana dispensary licenses for black or Hispanic operators. – Fran Spielman
https://chicago.suntimes.com/city-hall/2019/12/19/21030053/recreational-marijuana-sales-black-caucus-resurrect-six-month-delay
— Increasing the “SALT” cap (DIERSEN: Trump should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/2019/12/19/21030613/usma-salt-tax-illinois-lawmakers-vote-jesus-chuy-garcia
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Sports betting inches toward launch in Illinois – Mitchell Armentrout
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/12/19/21030709/illinois-sports-betting-applications-casinos-racetracks-stadiums

DAILY HERALD
— Voters to decide whether McHenry County coroner should be elected or appointed – Lauren Rohr
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191219/voters-to-decide-whether-mchenry-county-coroner-should-be-elected-or-appointed

WILL
— Danville City Council Approves New Cannabis Regulations – Jim Meadows
https://will.illinois.edu/news/story/danville-city-council-approves-new-cannabis-regulations

WEEK
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Residents learn about how they might qualify for social equity to get into pot business
https://week.com/2019/12/19/residents-learn-about-how-they-might-qualify-for-social-equity-to-get-into-pot-business/

CENTER SQUARE
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Illinois makes first $21 million in cannabis loans available to social equity applicants – Greg Bishop 
https://www.thecentersquare.com/illinois/illinois-makes-first-million-in-cannabis-loans-available-to-social/article_24e0864a-228a-11ea-a56a-77119427f6a6.html

BLOCK CLUB CHICAGO
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: ‘Shameless’ Or Helpful? West Coast Weed Dispensary Is Offering $10,000 To Social-Equity Applicants In Chicago A company that aims to be the ‘7/11 of weed’ wants Chicago social equity applicants to join his venture, but some locals were not pleased. – Hannah Alani
https://blockclubchicago.org/2019/12/19/shameless-or-helpful-a-west-coast-weed-dispensary-is-offering-10000-to-social-equity-applicants-in-exchange-for-partnership/

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Mad at Impeachment? Run Write-In Campaign for Precinct Committeeperson
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/19/state-representative-filings-for-mchenry-county-districts-copy-copy-copy-copy/ 
— College of Lake County Conservatives Assert First Amendment Rights
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/19/college-of-lake-county-conservatives-assert-first-amendment-rights/ 
— IL-14: Federal Court of Appeals Strikes Down Individual Mandate of Obamacare
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/19/il-14-federal-court-of-appeals-strikes-down-individual-mandate-of-obamacare/ 
— IL-14: Reactions to Underwood’s Impeachment Votes
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/19/il-14-reactions-to-underwoods-impeachment-votes/
— Judicial Opponents of Mary McClellan, Whose Petitions Were Challenged, Expected to Stay on the Ballot
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/19/judicial-opponents-of-mary-mcclellan-whose-petitions-were-challenged-expected-to-stay-on-the-ballot/ 
— Democratic Precinct Committeeman “Politically Motivated”
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/19/138467/ 
— Mad at Impeachment? Run Write-In Campaign for Precinct Committeeperson
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/19/state-representative-filings-for-mchenry-county-districts-copy-copy-copy-copy/
— Skillicorn Calls for Acosta to Resign from County Board
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/19/skillicorn-calls-for-acosta-to-resign-from-county-board/ 
— IL-06: Reactions to Sean Casten’s Impeachment Votes
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/19/il-06-reactions-to-sean-castens-impeachment-votes/

CAPITOL FAX
— In Springfield, doing something legal in your own back yard is the police’s business
https://capitolfax.com/2019/12/19/in-springfield-doing-something-legal-in-your-own-back-yard-is-the-polices-business/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Trump can erase historical significance of impeachment with reelection – Matt Mackowiak
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/18/trump-can-erase-historical-significance-impeachmen/
— ‘Suicide march’: Defiant Trump vows impeachment will haunt Democrats – Dave Boyer
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/18/donald-trump-vows-impeachment-will-haunt-democrats/
— The impeachment war begins – Jennifer Harper
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/18/inside-the-beltway-the-impeachment-war-begins/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— 2020 census: Surge in immigrants to take 24 House seats from Trump states – Paul Bedard
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/2020-census-surge-in-immigrants-to-take-24-house-seats-from-trump-states
— ‘No hurry’: McConnell waves off Pelosi threat to withhold impeachment articles – David M. Drucker
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/campaigns/no-hurry-mcconnell-waves-off-pelosi-threat-to-withhold-impeachment-articles

RUSH LIMBAUGH
— How to Psychologically Withstand Hatred from the Left
https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2019/12/19/how-to-psychologically-withstand-hatred-from-the-left/

BREITBART
— Jackie Speier: Trump Can Be ‘Impeached Yet Again’ – PAM KEY
https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2019/12/17/jackie-speier-trump-impeached/

DAILY CALLER
— Immigration Will Dramatically Shift The Electoral College In Favor Of Democrats, Study Finds – JASON HOPKINS (DIERSEN: Democrats want immigrants because immigrants vote for Democrats.)
https://dailycaller.com/2019/12/19/immigration-helping-democrats-in-electoral-map/

THE HILL
— Senate leaders punt impeachment trial deal until after holidays – JORDAIN CARNEY 
https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/475375-senate-leaders-punt-impeachment-trial-deal-until-after-holidays
— McConnell rips House impeachment as ‘slapdash,’ ‘rushed and rigged’ – JORDAIN CARNEY 
https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/475274-mcconnell-rips-house-impeachment-as-slapdash-rushed-and-rigged
— Democrats rally behind Pelosi on delay of articles
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/475284-democrats-rally-behind-pelosi-on-delay-of-articles
— Trump shocks, earns GOP rebukes with Dingell remarks – JULIEGRACE BRUFKE AND SCOTT WONG 
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/475313-trump-shocks-earns-gop-rebukes-with-dingell-remarks

WASHINGTON POST
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Impeachment places Trump with the ‘losers’ of presidential history.”
https://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/jennifer-rubin-impeachment-places-trump-with-the-losers-of-presidential/article_ed05d7fe-2273-11ea-a601-cf635fee5ebe.html

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Impeachment Vote Divides and Dismays, Inside and Outside the Capitol Lawmakers rely on hyperbole and the Founding Fathers to make their cases, while protesters are more festive – Lindsay Wise and Andrew Duehren
https://www.wsj.com/articles/impeachment-vote-divides-and-dismays-inside-and-outside-the-capitol-11576705056

FORBES
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/mikeadams/2019/12/19/hey-indiana-legal-marijuana-isnt-going-to-doom-your-workforce/#7817923923d9

WASHINGTON MONTHLY
— Trump’s Impeachment Will Be His Legacy Regardless of what happens in the Senate, he will be remembered for this. – Nancy LeTourneau (DIERSEN: What do your critics/opponents want you to be remembered for? Mine want me to be remembered for the success that they had in ending my TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairmanship, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee membership, Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster service (twice), Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee membership, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board membership, and the adverse actions that my superiors in the federal government took against me.) 
https://washingtonmonthly.com/2019/12/18/trumps-impeachment-will-be-his-legacy/

NEW REPUBLIC
— Don’t Withhold the Articles of Impeachment House Democrats are contemplating a strategy that will only bolster Republican claims that their impeachment inquiry is an election-year stunt. – MATT FORD
https://newrepublic.com/article/156070/dont-withhold-articles-impeachment

FED WEEK
— Survey Identifies Culture, Trust Issues in Federal Workplace
https://www.fedweek.com/federal-managers-daily-report/survey-identifies-culture-trust-issues-in-federal-workplace/

December 14 Evening Edition

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— 175+ attend outstanding Krishna Bansal 11th Congressional District campaign kick-off rally at the Bolingbrook Golf Club Saturday afternoon, December 14, 2019. Speakers included Chirico, DeMonte, Grogan, Ives, Jani, Keller, Kuma, Schneider, and Senger. Attendees included Anderson, Balich, Carlyle, Coyne, Edmier, Felice, George, Hanson, Hois, Holder, Jorgensen, Kelly, Lauzen, Lawlor, McCluskey, Mitchell, Rilley, Ruhl, Schultz, Simone, Vician, Ward, Yurgaitis, and Zahm. The host committee included many of the aforesaid plus Batinick, Caprio, Claar, Daily, Hartwell, Hunt, Mervine, Nathwani, Pearson, Sharma, Wheeler, and Wehrli. – Dave Diersen
http://www.gopillinois.com

NBC5
— OUTSTANDING: Indiana Resisting Marijuana Trend of Neighboring States – AP
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-politics/indiana-resisting-marijuana-trend-of-neighboring-states/2189249/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— OUTSTANDING: Indiana resisting marijuana trend of neighboring states – AP
https://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-bc-in–marijuana-indiana-20191214-story.html
— Public input sought on applicants for DuPage judge vacancy
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/ct-nvs-naperville-digest-st-1215-20191213-3g5iwlpqsvcv7lirvpsubuls7q-story.html
— Precinct closures harming voter turnout in Georgia, analysis finds – MARK NIESSE AND NICK THIEME (DIERSEN: The closing of the polling place in the Wheaton Warrenville School District 200 building at 130 West Park Avenue in Wheaton has harmed the voter turnout in my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 in Wheaton.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-tns-bc-georgia-precincts-turnout-20191214-story.html
— DuPage Forest Preserve District Board’s lack of transparency and decorum ‘disturbing’ – MARILYN L. SCHWEITZER
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/opinion/ct-nvs-guest-column-st-1215-20191214-nfiw4a7g45hdvefi5rg2ae52zi-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— The suburbs’ fateful role in three presidential impeachments Lawmakers’ remarks in 1974, 1998, 2019 may sound a lot alike – Marni Pyke
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191214/the-suburbs-fateful-role-in-three-presidential-impeachments

BLOOMINGTON PANTAGRAPH
— Illinois Statehouse Republicans not facing much backlash – Rich Miller
https://www.pantagraph.com/opinion/columnists/miller-illinois-statehouse-republicans-not-facing-much-backlash/article_bc8b0bc2-1e3b-5cb9-a269-40dbd371f8cc.html

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— UI settles free-speech lawsuit with students involved in incident at 2017 Trump protest – Ben Zigterman
https://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/university-illinois/ui-settles-free-speech-lawsuit-with-students-involved-in-incident/article_2668d44e-6862-5376-9dba-c5e09ec90605.html

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— McSweeney says he’s a bipartisan corruption fighter – Doug Finke
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20191214/statehouse-insider-mcsweeney-says-hes-bipartisan-corruption-fighter

ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR
— Syverson denies Hard Rock Casino Rockford advocacy was improper – Jeff Kolkey
https://www.rrstar.com/news/20191214/syverson-denies-hard-rock-casino-rockford-advocacy-was-improper

KANKAKEE DAILY JOURNAL
— To clean up state government, Pritzker must stand up to Madigan – Brett Rowland
https://www.daily-journal.com/opinion/to-clean-up-state-government-pritzker-must-stand-up-to/article_c383d9c2-1ccd-11ea-ab82-b32e6be14b30.html

HERALD & REVIEW
— Safety on road, pot an unlikely couple – Editorial
https://herald-review.com/opinion/editorial/our-view-safety-on-road-pot-an-unlikely-couple/article_ecbb3520-a321-502c-adc8-ffa50e5c3405.html
— Here’s how Decatur police are preparing to test for drivers impaired by cannabis – Analisa Trofimuk 
https://herald-review.com/news/local/public_safety/here-s-how-decatur-police-are-preparing-to-test-for/article_dee2687e-089a-5337-99a2-f82170edeced.html

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— IL-14: NDAA Conference Committee Finishes Work & Passes House
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/14/il-14-ndaa-conference-committee-finishes-work-passes-house/ 
— Wilcox Reports
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/14/wilcox-reports-26/ 
— IL-14: Catalina Lauf Fires Back at Republican Swamp in Illinois *Update: 2nd Video*
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/13/il-14-catalina-lauf-fires-back-at-republican-swamp-in-illinois/

BREITBART
— 17,000 Brazilian Migrants Cross Border in Single Texas City in FY2019 – Bob Price
https://www.breitbart.com/border/2019/12/14/report-17000-brazilian-migrants-cross-in-single-texas-city-in-fy2019/

THE HILL
— Anti-impeachment Democrat poised to switch parties – SCOTT WONG, MIKE LILLIS AND RACHEL FRAZIN 
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/474587-anti-impeachment-democrat-poised-to-switch-parties-reports

MOTLEY FOOL
— Older Workers Are Being Pushed Out of Their Jobs, and It’s a Problem Many employees find themselves out of work or underemployed as they age, which could spell trouble for their retirement. – Maurie Backman
https://www.fool.com/retirement/2019/12/14/older-workers-are-being-pushed-out-of-their-jobs-a.aspx

December 5 Evening Edition

WHITE HOUSE
— Read the White House’s response to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment stunt
https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600daily/

ABC7
— Nancy Pelosi: House has ‘no choice’ but to draft impeachment articles against Trump – AP
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/pelosi-announces-house-drafting-articles-of-impeachment/5735079/
— House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rebukes reporter: ‘Don’t mess with me’ – AP
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/house-speaker-pelosi-rebukes-reporter-dont-mess-with-me/5735429/

NBC5
— Chicago’s Mayor, Interim CPD Supt.: You Can Smoke Weed in Backyards, on Balconies After Jan. 1 State law prohibits cannabis consumption in any “public place,” which is defined as “anywhere you can be observed by others in the public”
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-legal-weed-pot-cannabis-illinois-cpd-565844991.html

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Investigators ask about Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, report says – AP
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/investigators-ask-about-illinois-house-speaker-mike-madigan-report-says

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Pritzker backs former Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno for ethics commission after mistakenly appointing recent lobbyist The initial choice, state Rep. Steven Andersson, stopped lobbying in June, but appointees must not have lobbied for five years. – Tina Sfondeles
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2019/12/5/20997084/christine-radogno-ethics-commission-pritzker-lobbyist
— Police shouldn’t ticket pot smokers in backyards or on balconies, Lightfoot says CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi noted that the new state law allows officers to issue those citations for such use, but said that won’t be a priority. – Tom Schuba and Fran Spielman
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2019/12/5/20997566/legal-weed-pot-weed-marijuana-use-cannabis-illinois-recreational
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater reconsiders strategy of demonizing, denigrating, and condemning those who do not hate Trump. 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/2019/12/5/20997473/trump-2020-election-gene-lyons-supporters-tweets

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— ‘You’re a damn liar, man’: Joe Biden gets into heated exchange with Iowa voter, challenges him to pushup contest and IQ test – AP
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/elections/ct-nw-joe-biden-iowa-voter-20191205-jclmqxewyrhsnhmeyuk5kcin2y-story.html
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot: Chicago residents can smoke legal weed in their backyards or balconies without being ticketed – Gregory Pratt
https://www.chicagotribune.com/marijuana/illinois/ct-chicago-marijuana-rules-backyards-porches-lightfoot-beck-20191205-mhe22kfotzadzdbo3gmifniynu-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater promotes hatred against Trump.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/steve-chapman/ct-column-trump-nato-macron-tariffs-chapman-20191204-dedbwyapf5dwjdrqpoxghsog7m-story.html
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Elgin council OKs pot ordinance opening door to retail shops, cultivators and craft growers – GLORIA CASAS
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/ct-ecn-elgin-recreational-pot-rules-st-1206-20191205-r4axtkftnrd43jnv4ackevrb2m-story.html
— Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs law requiring more disclosures from lobbyists, then is forced to change course after botching initial pick for ethics panel – Dan Petrella
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-jb-pritzker-signs-lobbyist-disclosure-requirements-20191205-xuaorxjb35f5dl5k3stch46opu-story.html
— ‘We need to send a message’ about corruption? Illinois voters, too, should send a message. – Editorial
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-editorial-illinois-corruption-chicago-election-madigan-michael-20191205-aimx3eokkjeozlvmlqlvt45jba-story.html
— Is this still a free country? The new movie ‘No Safe Spaces’ raises frightening doubts – John Kass
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/john-kass/ct-freedom-of-speech-safe-spaces-kass-20191205-rjh6grxpzzhjfepvqbtrhrvroq-story.html
— Trump: If you’re going to impeach me, ‘do it now, fast’ – AP
https://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-bc-trump-impeachment-strategy-20191205-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— Bloomberg gun plan: Permits, assault weapon ban, age limits – AP
https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20191205/news/312059849/
— Lake County recorder: Merge my office with county clerk – Russell Lissau
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191205/lake-county-recorder-merge-my-office-with-county-clerk

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR & PEKIN DAILY TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers want people on welfare to smoke pot.
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20191205/as-cannabis-legalization-becomes-reality-public-housing-tenants-must-follow-different-set-of-rules
https://www.pekintimes.com/news/20191205/as-cannabis-legalization-becomes-reality-public-housing-tenants-must-follow-different-set-of-rules

POLITIFACT ILLINOIS
— Ives wrongly calls Casten’s public town halls ‘invite-only’ – Kiannah Sepeda-Miller 
https://www.politifact.com/illinois/statements/2019/dec/05/jeanne-ives/ives-wrongly-calls-castens-public-town-halls-invit/

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— IL-14: Four Candidates Sign “No New Taxes Pledge” of Americans for Tax Reform
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/12/05/il-14-ted-gradel-signs-no-new-taxes-pledge-of-americans-for-tax-reform-copy/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Second Amendment sanctuaries – Editorial
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/5/editorial-the-left-set-the-precedent-for-gun-right/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Let’s encourage self-sufficiency by reforming our safety net – Sen. Mike Lee
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/sen-mike-lee-lets-encourage-self-sufficiency-by-reforming-our-safety-net
— New food stamps rule puts millions on the path to work – Robin Walker
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/new-food-stamps-rule-puts-millions-on-the-path-to-work

AMERICAN THINKER
— WaPo descends into tabloid trash, trying to get maids to embarrass Trump – Monica Showalter
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/12/wapo_descends_into_tabloid_trash_trying_to_get_maids_to_embarrass_trump.html

CNS NEWS
— Pelosi: ‘As a Catholic, I Resent Your Using the Word Hate in a Sentence That Addresses Me’
https://www.cnsnews.com/article/washington/cnsnewscom-staff/pelosi-catholic-i-resent-your-using-word-hate-sentence

DAILY CALLER
— ‘Don’t Mess With Me’: Nancy Pelosi Snaps At Reporter Who Asked If She Hates Trump – JUSTIN CARUSO
https://dailycaller.com/2019/12/05/nancy-pelosi-snaps-hate-trump/

DAILY WIRE
— ‘This Is Not Journalism’: White House Unloads On Washington Post For ‘Tabloid Trash’ Story On Trump Housekeepers – James Barrett
https://www.dailywire.com/news/this-is-not-journalism-white-house-unloads-on-washington-post-for-tabloid-trash-story-on-trump-housekeepers

NEWSMAX
— Pelosi Selectively, Defensively Invokes Her Catholicism – Bill Donohue
https://www.newsmax.com/billdonohue/pelosi-catholic-hate-trump/2019/12/05/id/944704/

TOWNHALL
— ‘Don’t Mess With Me!’: Nancy Pelosi Snaps at Reporter Who Asks If She Hates Trump – Julio Rosas
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/juliorosas/2019/12/05/nancy-pelosi-snaps-at-reporter-who-asks-if-she-hates-trump-dont-mess-with-me-n2557549

LIFE NEWS
— Illinois is Killing More Babies in Abortions After Legalizing Abortions Up to Birth – MICAIAH BILGER
https://www.lifenews.com/2019/12/05/illinois-is-killing-more-babies-in-abortions-after-legalizing-abortions-up-to-birth/

NATIONAL REVIEW
— Buttigieg: Trump Supporters are ‘At Best Looking the Other Way on Racism’ – ZACHARY EVANS (DIERSEN: Today, in America, to call someone a racist is like during the 1930s and 1940s, in Germany, to call someone a Jew.)
https://www.nationalreview.com/news/buttigieg-trump-supporters-are-at-best-looking-the-other-way-on-racism/

NEW YORK TIMES
— Pelosi Denies ‘Hate’ for Trump, Who Accuses Her of Having a ‘Nervous Fit’ Hours after announcing that the House would begin drafting articles of impeachment, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she regularly prayed for the president. President Trump said he didn’t believe her. – Michael D. Shear
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/05/us/politics/nancy-pelosi-dont-mess-with-me.html

NEW YORK POST
— Almost half of Americans say they’ve experienced ageism – Sarah Kocher (DIERSEN: All my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always promoted age discrimination a) because they want to get rid of those who are older than they are and/or b) they want to curry favor with those who promote age discrimination. I should write a book about those who took the lead in promoting age discrimination at IRS, GAO, Milton Township Republican Central Committee, American Association of Political Consultants, Illinois Center Right Coalition, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, Illinois, etc.)
https://nypost.com/2019/12/05/almost-half-of-americans-say-theyve-experienced-ageism/

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Pelosi Tells Reporter ‘Don’t Mess With Me’ After Questions About Trump
https://www.wsj.com/video/pelosi-tells-reporter-dont-mess-with-me-after-questions-about-trump/1C341B18-4580-415A-838F-0654DFA6431C.html
— Low Interest Rates Leave Retired Investors With Tough Choices – Glenn Ruffenach
https://www.wsj.com/articles/low-interest-rates-leave-retired-investors-with-tough-choices-11575557432

FORBES
— Considering AI In Hiring? As Its Use Grows, So Do The Legal Implications For Employers. – Alonzo Martinez (DIERSEN: All my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always promoted age discrimination a) because they want to get rid of those who are older than they are and/or b) they want to curry favor with those who promote age discrimination. I should write a book about those who took the lead in promoting age discrimination at IRS, GAO, Milton Township Republican Central Committee, American Association of Political Consultants, Illinois Center Right Coalition, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, Illinois, etc.)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/alonzomartinez/2019/12/05/considering-ai-in-hiring-as-its-use-grows-so-do-the-legal-implications-for-employers/
— How Long Can You Afford Retirement? – Anthony Bolden (DIERSEN: Dramatically reducing lifestyle has helped me afford retirement. My Civil Service Retirement System pension is only 42% of what my 1997 salary was in today’s dollars.) 
https://www.forbes.com/sites/impactpartners/2019/12/04/how-long-can-you-afford-retirement/#5986ff916577

HEALTHLINE
— If Parents Use Marijuana, Children Are More Likely to Use It – Amy Jamieson
https://www.healthline.com/health-news/children-of-parents-who-use-marijuana-likely-to-use-drug

December 5 Morning Edition

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— More than 100,000 people in Illinois at risk of losing SNAP benefits The Trump administration issued a new rule that tightens work requirements for able-bodied adults under the age of 50 receiving SNAP benefits. – Manny Ramos
https://chicago.suntimes.com/metro-state/2019/12/4/20995577/over-hundred-thousand-people-illinois-losing-snap-benefits-idhs-usda-greater-chicago-food-depository

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Illinois has cut its environmental agency’s workforce by 38% in the past decade — more than any other state, report shows – Michael Hawthorne (DIERSEN: I should write a book about the shrinking GAO. SEE: https://federalnewsnetwork.com/congress/2012/04/shrinking-gao-budget-concerns-employees-oversight-advocates/ I worked for GAO 1980-1997.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/environment/ct-met-illinois-epa-budget-cuts-20191205-pkwnmzzvuvgk3fgbplvxhbji6q-story.html
— Director of Republican Party of Virginia stepping down – AP
https://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-bc-va-republican-director-20191205-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Voter antipathy toward President Donald Trump has fueled massive losses for Republicans in Virginia, where Democrats now have majorities in the General Assembly.)
— House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces articles of impeachment are being prepared against President Donald Trump – AP (DIERSEN: If my critics/opponents submitted articles of impeachment against me, they would charge me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails with causing all the losses that Republicans have suffered in Illinois since 2000, and especially Jim Ryan’s loss to Rod Blagojevich in 2002, Andrew McKenna’s U.S. Senate primary loss in 2004, Bill Brady’s primary loss in 2006, Judy Baar Topinka’s loss to Rod Blagojevich in 2006, Bill Brady’s loss to Pat Quinn in 2010, Bill Brady’s primary loss in 2014, Jim Oberweis’ loss to Dick Durbin in 2014, Mark Kirk’s loss to Tammy Duckworth in 2016, Bruce Rauner’s loss to J. B. Pritzker in 2018, and Peter Roskam’s loss to Sean Casten in 2018. What do you say to my critics/opponents?) 
https://www.chicagotribune.com/nation-world/ct-nw-articles-of-impeachment-trump-20191205-5yvlkqpjjzhjpj7dzgvhf7ixpe-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— Lauzen vows full, friendly primary campaign against Treasurer Rickert – James Fuller
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191204/lauzen-vows-full-friendly-primary-campaign-against-treasurer-rickert

ABC7
— Chicago Police Department releases marijuana facts video on where you can, can’t smoke
https://abc7chicago.com/society/cpd-releases-marijuana-facts-video-on-where-you-can-cant-smoke/5735080/?cmp=emc-wls-news-headlines-12/5/2019
— Biden says he will not appear at Senate impeachment trial despite demands from Trump – MARIAM KHAN
https://abc7chicago.com/white-house-official-says-trump-wants-full-senate-trial-with-live-witnesses/5734131/
— Trump food stamps rule could affect up to 140K people in Illinois – Sarah Schulte
https://abc7chicago.com/food/new-food-stamp-rule-could-affect-up-to-140k-in-illinois/5733983/
— Stanford law professor apologizes for referencing Barron Trump in impeachment testimony – Liz Kreutz
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/stanford-law-professor-apologizes-for-referencing-barron-trump-in-impeachment-testimony/5734363/

WGN TV
— Limits on recreational marijuana sellers raise concerns among activists, applicants – TAHMAN BRADLEY (DIERSEN: Pot pushers oppose limitations.)
https://wgntv.com/2019/12/04/limits-on-recreational-marijuana-sellers-raise-concerns-among-activists-applicants/

WTTW
— African American Aldermen Try to Halt Sale of Legal Pot in Chicago – Paris Schutz
https://news.wttw.com/2019/12/04/african-american-aldermen-try-halt-sale-legal-pot-chicago

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Despite distance, Gray thinks he’s best for 15th – Bernard Schoenburg 
https://www.sj-r.com/news/20191204/schoenburg-despite-distance-gray-thinks-hes-best-for-15th
— Republicans want special session on ethics. Pritzker says no. – Doug Finke
https://www.sj-r.com/news/20191204/republicans-want-special-session-on-ethics-pritzker-says-no

QUAD CITY TIMES
— 2020 candidate Walsh: Current Republican Party is a ‘cult’ – Graham Ambrose
https://qctimes.com/news/local/candidate-walsh-current-republican-party-is-a-cult/article_ca0fd1be-a12d-5389-a0de-bf891b513915.html

STATELINE
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Democrats want minorities to be pot pushers.
https://www.mystateline.com/news/local-news/pritzker-signs-bill-to-ensure-minority-owned-stake-in-illinois-legal-marijuana-sales/

LASALLE NEWS TRIBUNE
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: No opponents speak out vs. legal cannabis sales Spring Valley commission suggests regulations of locations – Kim Shute
https://www.newstrib.com/2019/12/05/no-opponents-speak-out-vs-legal-cannabis-sales/ayuy60w/

SUBURBAN LIFE
— Batinick, McDermed call on Illinois House Speaker to resign – ALEX ORTIZ
https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2019/12/05/batinick-mcdermed-call-on-illinois-house-speaker-to-resign/ajtvlyb/

DAILY ILLINI
— Student Registered Student Organizations spread political activism on campus – KIMBERLY BELSER
https://dailyillini.com/news/2019/12/05/rsos-spread-political-activism/

CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS
— Pritzker, stakeholders talk next phases of legalized marijuana rollout – JERRY NOWICKI
https://www.capitolnewsillinois.com/Blog/Posts/621/Uncategorized/2019/12/Pritzker-stakeholders-talk-next-phases-of-legalized-marijuana-rollout/blog-post/

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— APRIL 14, 2014 FLASHBACK: ILLINOIS TAXPAYERS FUND CAPITOL FAX WITH NEARLY $100K

https://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2014/04/illinois-taxpayers-fund-capitol-gossip-with-nearly-100k.html

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Dems scrambling for impeachment vote by Christmas: ‘We must move swiftly’ – Gabriella Muñoz and S.A. Miller
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/4/democrats-scrambling-impeachment-vote-christmas/

FOX NEWS
— CNN staffer says boss threatened him over discrimination case – Dom Calicchio
https://www.foxnews.com/media/cnn-staffer-says-boss-threatened-him-over-discrimination-case-report

AMERICAN THINKER
— Rand Paul’s annual waste report illustrates fiscal insanity – Eric Utter
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/12/rand_pauls_annual_waste_report_illustrates_fiscal_insanity.html

RUSH LIMBAUGH
— Hate on Parade at Democrat Show Trial
https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2019/12/04/hate-on-parade-at-democrat-show-trial/

COLLEGE FIX
— Nearly 50% of Republican students say they’ve had a prof go on anti-Trump tangent – JENNIFER KABBANY
https://www.thecollegefix.com/poll-nearly-50-percent-of-professors-have-gone-on-tangents-criticizing-trump/

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Workplace Immigration Inquiries Quadruple Under Trump ICE unit’s investigators open fewer cases related to gangs, weapons and financial crimes – Michelle Hackman
https://www.wsj.com/articles/workplace-immigration-inquiries-quadruple-under-trump-11575550802

BLOOMBERG
— Starbucks Discloses Gender and Racial Pay Gap: There Isn’t One – Jeff Green (DIERSEN: To assess pay gaps, the work experience, education, and professional certifications and licenses of employees have to be considered.) 
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/starbucks-discloses-gender-racial-pay-163351613.html

FORBES
— Judge Offers Novel Interpretation of Experience Range in Job Advertisement – Patricia Barnes (DIERSEN: What work experience do you have? I have 20 years experience serving as the GOPUSA Illinois Editor. I have 7 years experience serving as the chairman of TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois. I have almost 18 years experience working for GAO, that last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $98,198-$127,654/year. I have almost 9 years experience working for IRS, that last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $82,579-$93,592/year. I should write a book about those who have demonized, denigrated, and condemned my work experience the most. I would focus on those who claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican. I would focus on those in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout. I would focus on those who blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems. I would especially focus on those who blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for all the defeats that Republicans have suffered in Illinois since 2000.) 
https://www.forbes.com/sites/patriciagbarnes/2019/12/04/judge-offers-novel-interpretation-of–experience-range-in-job-advertisement/#196decc3399a

RT
— JULY 25, 2019 FLASHBACK: ‘Algorithms don’t write themselves’: Google whistleblower on Big Tech merging with politics (DIERSEN: According to Google, my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails lack original content. I should write a book about my competitors who focus on making what they do look like “original content.” Unlike them, I stress a) the website the article is posted on, b) its unhidden hyperlink, c) its title, and d) its author. What is “original” in each and every GOPUSA ILLINOIS email is my judgment of which articles posted on websites during the previous 12 hours are or should be of interest to Illinois Republicans.)
https://www.rt.com/usa/465000-google-engineer-whistleblower-veritas/

GOOGLE
— Content Policies: Original content  We strive to make it easy for users to find news that is independent and original. Sites accepted into Google News should be a significant source of fresh, original content. (DIERSEN: According to Google, my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails lack original content. I should write a book about my competitors who focus on making what they do look like “original content.” Unlike them, I stress a) the website the article is posted on, b) its unhidden hyperlink, c) its title, and d) its author. What is “original” in each and every GOPUSA ILLINOIS email is my judgment on which articles posted on websites during the previous 12 hours are or should be of interest to Illinois Republicans.) 
https://support.google.com/news/publisher-center/answer/6204050?hl=en