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 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 4 Evening Edition

DAILY HERALD
— OUTSTANDING: Hundreds of Trump supporters rally in Algonquin – Joe Lewnard
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200104/hundreds-of-trump-supporters-rally-in-algonquin
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Burt Constable discusses using pot. I have never used an illegal drug and I never will. I passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 when I was 30 years old and I passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981. Only about 20 percent of those who take those examinations pass them on their first attempt.  I wonder what percent of the 80 percent of those who failed to pass those examinations on their first attempt were booze drinkers and/or pot smokers.) 
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200104/constable-after-decades-of-abstinence-i-gave-pot-a-try
— How to get marijuana convictions expunged – Barbara Vitello (DIERSEN: If you smoked pot in the past, you demonstrated your disrespect for the rule of law. Your past predicts your future.)
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200104/how-to-get-marijuana-convictions-expunged
— Past marijuana convictions can be erased, but it could take years And it might depend on where you live – Barbara Vitello (DIERSEN: If you smoked pot in the past, you demonstrated your disrespect for the rule of law. Your past predicts your future.)
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200104/past-marijuana-convictions-can-be-erased-but-it-could-take-years

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote LGBTQ activity.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/2020/1/4/21048772/transgender-childen-kimberly-lightford-heather-steans-laura-washington

NBC5
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats glorify and praise Pritzker.
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-politics/after-successful-debut-pritzker-has-work-on-ethics-taxes/2196452/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters use Trump’s action in Iran to promote hatred against Trump. 
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/thousands-protest-in-chicago-and-across-country-against-trumps-actions-in-iran
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/trump-threatens-to-destroy-52-iranian-locations-including-cultural-sites-if-iran-retaliates

ALTON TELEGRAPH
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot. If you want to destroy an individual, organization, company, government, or country, push pot on that individual, organization, company, government, or country.
https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Illinois-shops-excited-to-sell-bongs-as-pot-law-14949278.php

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— ‘Don’t drive while high’: Illinois officials ramping up cannabis education with billboards, social media advice
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20200103/dont-drive-while-high-illinois-officials-ramping-up-cannabis-education-with-billboards-social-media-advice

PEKIN TIMES
— State law now requires workplace harassment-prevention training – Abdel Jimenez (DIERSEN: What about training to prevent harassment of those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, past/present union members, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
https://www.pekintimes.com/news/20200104/state-law-now-requires-workplace-harassment-prevention-training

DANVILLE COMMERCIAL NEWS
— Be careful if, when you consume – Bloomington Pantagraph 
https://www.commercial-news.com/opinion/guest-editorial-be-careful-if-when-you-consume/article_e15ac0f4-2e2b-11ea-85e9-af355ebfbac3.html

DEKALB DAILY CHRONICLE
— Health departments remind public about health effects of marijuana – Mark Busch
https://www.daily-chronicle.com/2020/01/03/health-departments-remind-public-about-health-effects-of-marijuana/az0fud1/

KANKAKEE DAILY JOURNAL
— Immigration attorneys urge caution with new marijuana law – AP
https://www.daily-journal.com/news/local/immigration-attorneys-urge-caution-with-new-marijuana-law/article_73acc29c-da2a-5410-8315-0eaa359784ab.html
— Black market impact – John Dykstra
https://www.daily-journal.com/news/local/black-market-impact/article_744cd334-2bf7-11ea-bc34-034ac3583740.html
— Pot is now legal, but ramifications still exist – Lee Provost
https://www.daily-journal.com/news/local/pot-is-now-legal-but-ramifications-still-exist/article_1726313e-2d7b-11ea-82da-4f87348e40d7.html
— Know your limits when it comes to driving and cannabis – Jeff Bonty
https://www.daily-journal.com/news/local/know-your-limits-when-it-comes-to-driving-and-cannabis/article_3a6693c8-2b55-11ea-94c4-fb91a52f0a2f.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot. If you want to destroy an individual, organization, company, government, or country, push pot on that individual, organization, company, government, or country.
https://www.daily-journal.com/guide-to-illinois-dispensaries/article_f73b5270-2e59-11ea-a2d9-affcb768d6cf.html

KCRG
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: With recreational marijuana legal, Iowans wasting no time traveling to Illinois – Aaron Scheinblum
https://www.kcrg.com/content/news/With-recreational-marijuana-legal-Iowans-wasting-no-time-traveling-to-Illinois-566700321.html

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Estimated 500 at Algonquin Trump Rally
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/01/04/estimate-500-at-algonquin-trump-rally/ 
— Shallow Thinking Evident about School Consolidation in Property Tax Relief Draft Report
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/01/04/shallow-thinking-evident-about-school-consolidation-in-property-tax-relief-draft-report/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— What is the future of the Republican Party? Republicans dismiss Trump’s resurrection of the party at their peril – Dennis Lennox (DIERSEN: How supportive of Trump are the Republican leaders in your county, in your township/ward, and in your municipality?) 
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/4/where-will-republicans-with-or-without-trump-go-th/

AMERICAN THINKER
— Why was it OK for Obama to kill so many with drones? – Jack Hellner
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/01/why_was_it_ok_for_obama_to_kill_so_many_with_drones.html
— The death of decorum – Dexter Wright (DIERSEN: The more of the following that you are, the more that Trump-haters demonize, denigrate, and condemn you: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owner, draft avoider, German American, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/12/the_death_of_decorum_.html

THE HILL
— Trump threatens hit of Iranian sites if country retaliates for Soleimani killing – BRETT SAMUELS 
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/476794-trump-threatens-to-hit-iranian-sites-if-it-retaliates-over-soleimani

CBS NEWS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters use an “Iran expert” to promote hatred against Trump. 
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/qassem-soleimani-iran-expert-calls-strike-that-killed-iranian-general-stunningly-stupid-and-counterproductive-2020/

WASHINGTON POST
— JUNE 6, 2019 FLASHBACK: In Va. GOP primary for legislature, a candidate’s criminal past becomes an issue – Laura Vozzella (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, candidates should fully disclose all the skeletons that they have in their closets BEFORE they enter primaries. SEE Jack Ryan at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Ryan_(politician) )
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/in-va-gop-primary-for-legislature-a-candidates-criminal-past-becomes-an-issue/2019/06/06/51c83ab0-87c4-11e9-98c1-e945ae5db8fb_story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Former Stafford County supervisor Paul Milde, who is challenging Del. Robert M. Thomas Jr. in Tuesday’s Republican primary, has a criminal record that hasn’t stopped voters from electing him three times in the past. But it has emerged as an issue in the hotly contested race between Milde and Thomas in the 28th District, which includes parts of Fredericksburg and Stafford County. In 1986, when he was 18, Milde was convicted of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute — a felony — in Prince William County. He was sentenced to six years in prison, with five years suspended. Nine years later, Milde pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to an attempted burglary in Fairfax County — a misdemeanor for which he was sentenced to 360 days, all but 20 suspended. . .Milde has responded with a flier with a photo of a skeleton looming behind a rack of dress shirts. “Bob Thomas says I have skeletons in my closet,” it begins. In it, he explains his cocaine conviction, though not the burglary. He suggests voters should care more about recent behavior, including Thomas’s decision in early 2018 to vote with Democrats to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Thomas had run for office on a pledge to oppose expansion.)

FORTUNE
— Amazon Is on a Collision Course With Employee Activists Outraged by the Climate Crisis – Alyssa Newcomb
https://fortune.com/2020/01/04/amazon-employee-activist-climate-crisis/

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 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