April 21 Morning Edition

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Trump lawyer Michael Cohen owes more than $103K on Chicago taxicab medallions – Mitchell Armentrout and Tim Novak
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/trump-lawyer-michael-cohen-owes-103k-chicago-taxicab-medallions/
— Former Trump adviser Roger Stone calls Barbara Bush a ‘vindictive drunk’
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/trump-pal-roger-stone-barbara-bush-vindictive-drunk-gop/

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Whites demonize, denigrate, and condemn Whites as being racists.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/racism-is-not-a-starbucks-problem-it-is-americas/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Emanuel flexes fundraising muscle with $1.7 million deposited in a single day – Bill Ruthhart (DIERSEN: What do you do? How much money do individuals, organizations, and companies give you to help you do what you do? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress that individuals, organizations, and companies do not give me money to help me put GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and send them out. In my defense, I do not ask for such money and I do not accept such money. He who pays the piper calls the tunes, and I do not want any individual, organization, or company to call my tunes. Further, I have enough time (10+ hours a day, 70+ hours a week, 300+ hours a month, 3,650+ hours a year, 36,500+ hours a decade) and money (thousands of dollars each year) to put the emails together and send them out each and every morning and each and every evening free of charge and without any advertising. If my critics/opponents hired someone with my qualifications to do what I do, they would have to have to pay him/her $200,000, $500,000, or more a year.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-mayor-rahm-emanuel-campaign-fundraising-20180420-story.html
— James Comey, in Chicago with ‘A Higher Loyalty,’ wins over crowd with plea for American values – Steve Johnson
http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ent-james-comey-chicago-0422-story.html
— 5th-grade teacher used racial slur in class, Waukegan District 60 officials say, prompting calls for diversity training – Emily K. Coleman (DIERSEN: The federal government requires all it employees to take lots of diversity and cultural sensitivity training. The training glorifies and praises those who are NOT Protestant, NOT conservative, NOT patriotic, NOT Republican, NOT American, NOT White, NOT male, NOT older, NOT rich, NOT gun owners, NOT German American, and those whose ancestors have NOT been in America for a long time.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-waukegan-60-diversity-st-0421-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The teacher, who is white, retold the rhyme, using the racial slur, during a February vocabulary lesson, Alajakis said. A student then reported the teacher’s use of the slur to the school principal, Alajakis said. The teacher was pulled from the classroom during an investigation into the matter, and later temporarily suspended, Alajakis said. He also was ordered to take cultural sensitivity training and moved to another building, Alajakis said. The teacher has not yet completed the training because the district is still working to identify a course, Alajakis said. Nevertheless, the incident is emblematic of a larger problem at Waukegan District 60, retired Waukegan administrator Harlene Shipley said. District officials should place a greater focus on cultural diversity training so that teachers can better understand their pupils, Shipley said. As another example, Shipley also pointed to a group of former Waukegan High School students who had addressed the school board in February about providing training and specialized resources aimed at students living in the country without legal permission. They also spoke about district staff not understanding them and what they’re going through, Shipley said. If teachers underwent diversity and cultural awareness training they would be less likely to speak insensitively, to know where potential pitfalls existed and to find educational opportunities in cultural items such as the new “Black Panther” movie, Shipley said.)
— Intrigue on the Illinois Supreme Court – Editorial
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-supreme-court-freeman-vacancy-20180420-story.html
— Will County Democrats pick candidate for treasurer – Susan DeMar Lafferty
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-will-county-treasurer-st-0422-story.html
— For sale: The Illinois governorship – Martin Dettmer, Wheaton
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/ct-rauner-governor-election-money-ads-20180420-story.html
(FROM THE LETTER: Reports suggest that Gov. Bruce Rauner spent almost $37 million in his primary race to defeat Jeanne Ives. It appears clear that, regardless of whoever wins in November, the next governor will be a considerably less-wealthy multimillionaire than the candidate who started the race. I would suggest that instead of spending countless millions on radio and TV ads, polling data and opponent research, we post the Illinois governorship on eBay. The job appears headed to the highest bidder anyway.)

 

DAILY HERALD
— COD president Ann Rondeau offers ‘Big Picture’ at inaugural community breakfast
http://www.dailyherald.com/submitted/20180420/cod-president-ann-rondeau-offers-big-picture-at-inaugural-community-breakfast
— What is Elgin getting in new owner of the Grand Victoria Casino? – Chacour Koop
http://www.dailyherald.com/business/20180420/what-is-elgin-getting-in-new-owner-of-the-grand-victoria-casino
— The tax bill ‘double whammy’ – Sandra Alexander, Glen Ellyn (DIERSEN: Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20180421/the-tax-bill-double-whammy
(FROM THE LETTER: It is ironic that the master architect of the tax cut, who significantly reduced the popular property tax deduction in the first place, would now promote himself as a champion of taxpayers’ rights. His use of taxpayer dollars to fund his self-promotion campaign is a double whammy for District 6 constituents. Roskam is tone deaf to his constituents’ views. Why does he think that all of those people waited in long lines at the end of the year to prepay property taxes? Maybe he thinks they had nothing better to do with their time during the holidays. What about the many families in District 6 that couldn’t prepay property taxes even if they wanted to. Who has an extra $10,000 or more lying around for this kind of expenditure when they are saving for their children’s college, a 401(K), or possibly even their mortgage payment?)

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL
— Governor’s race could set records beyond spending – Doug Finke
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180420/statehouse-insider-governors-race-could-set-records-beyond-spending

 

ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR
— The media once called Abraham Lincoln the “laughing stock of world”
http://www.rrstar.com/news/20180421/media-once-called-abraham-lincoln-laughing-stock-of-world

 

BLOOMINGTON PANTAGRAPH
— McCann may mix up race – Rich Miller
http://www.pantagraph.com/opinion/columnists/rich-miller-mccann-may-mix-up-race/article_38d8f467-6520-55d8-b682-8c3d49505094.html

 

TIMES
— John McGlasson re-elected 16th Congressional District State Central Committeeman despite the objections of Reps. Jerry Long, Streator, and David Welter, Morris, and Sens. Chuck Weaver, Peoria, and Dave Syverson, Rockford – Derek Barichello
http://www.mywebtimes.com/2018/04/21/mcglasson-elected-region-committeeman-despite-objections/avemkol/

 

ALTON DAILY NEWS
— Calls for McCann to Resign
http://altondailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=17&id=263881#.WtsjAnly-M8

 

JACKSONVILLE JOURNAL COURIER & ALTON DAILY NEWS
— Lawmakers look at ‘bending’ rules to counter tax reform – Cole Lauterbach (DIERSEN: Democrats could hint/imply/argue/shout that Republicans imposed the $10,000 SALT cap a) to discourage marriage and to punish married people and b) to discourage homeownership and to punish homeowners. Government should encourage marriage and homeownership. Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who are a) furious that I paid less federal income tax 1972-1977 because I deducted the real estate tax that I paid and b) furious that my wife and I paid less federal income tax 1978-2017 because we deducted the real estate taxes that we paid. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who are overjoyed that my wife and I have paid the marriage penalty big time since 1978.)
https://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/article/Lawmakers-look-at-8216-bending-8217-rules-to-12853257.php
http://altondailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=17&id=263853#.WtsPXHly-M8

 

DANVILLE COMMERCIAL NEWS
— Evangelicals can’t advance human dignity by dehumanizing others – Michael Gerson (DIERSEN: In your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois, who focuses on dehumanizing others? I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who dehumanize others. They focus on dehumanizing those like me who they cannot manipulate or dominate.)
http://www.commercial-news.com/opinion/gerson-evangelicals-can-t-advance-human-dignity-by-dehumanizing-others/article_3ffac64a-3359-586b-bde5-1ee29291a666.html

 

FOX ILLINOIS
— 2 million voters turned out for Illinois primary election (DIERSEN: What has your Republican Precinct Committeeman/Captain told the Republican voters in your precinct about the Republican primary election results in your precinct? In my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 in Wheaton, I have told them that of the precinct’s 504 registered voters, 219 (43%) voted, 112 (22%) cast Republican ballots, 107 (21%) cast Democrat ballots, and 285 (57%) did not vote. In the contested races, 68 voted for Ives/Morthland and 43 voted for Rauner/Sanguinetti; 64 voted for Harold and 32 voted for Grasso; 76 voted for Grant, 18 voted for Minor, and 8 voted for Byrne; 58 voted for Mendrick and 43 voted for Bibbiano; and 53 voted for Tatro, 42 voted for Eckhoff, 33 voted for Zaruba, 26 voted for Chinchilla, 14 voted for McGowen, and 4 voted for Almiron. In the non-contested races, 86 voted for Helland, 86 voted for Senger, 84 voted for Dodge, 90 voted for Roskam, 88 voted for Connelly, 83 voted for Ruscitti, 85 voted for Cronin, 84 voted for Hinds, 89 voted for Henry, 79 voted for Cantore, 80 voted for Wilson, 80 voted for Mackay, and 81 voted for me. 112 voted yes on the election commission consolidation question and 71 voted no. 62 (28%) voters changed their party affiliation. 23 (10%) changed from Republican to Democrat. 21 (10%) changed from no party to Democrat. 16 (7%) changed from no party to Republican. 2 (1%) changed from Democrat to Republican.)
http://foxillinois.com/news/local/2-million-voters-turned-out-for-the-illinois-primary-election
(FROM THE ARTICLE: More than 2 million voters cast ballots for last month’s primary election, according to numbers released by the Illinois Board of Elections on Friday. That’s less than 27 percent of registered voters in the state. Of those two million votes, 35 percent were Republican and 64 percent Democrat.)

 

NPR ILLINOIS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in using students as their operatives and as their dupes.
http://nprillinois.org/post/new-generations-political-awakening#stream/0

 

WAND
— Fight against opioids gains millions of dollars in Illinois
http://www.wandtv.com/story/38006836/fight-against-opioids-gains-millions-of-dollars-in-illinois

 

WIFR
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in using religious leaders as their operatives and as their dupes.
http://www.wifr.com/content/news/Rockford-Urban-Ministries-holds-prayer-vigil-for-Columbine-victims-480428823.html

 

WHEATON PATCH
— Kid’s Social Security Info Stolen, Used To File Taxes In Wheaton According to the IRS, you won’t be able to e-file if someone stole your information to file taxes. – Lisa Marie Farver
https://patch.com/illinois/wheaton/kids-social-security-info-stolen-used-file-taxes-wheaton

 

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Roskam bills protecting taxpayers overwhelmingly pass House (DIERSEN: Government should encourage marriage and encourage homeownership. Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2018/04/21/roskam-bills-pass-house/

 

PRAIRIE STATE WIRE
— McCann names ways he differs from Rauner amid third-party gubernatorial bid – Glenn Minnis (DIERSEN: In what ways do you differ with your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid and/or they 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, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://prairiestatewire.com/stories/511396262-mccann-names-ways-he-differs-from-rauner-amid-third-party-gubernatorial-bid

 

ILLINOIS CHRONICLE
— Will Rauner push Illinois into a budget impasse once again?
https://theillinoischronicle.com/chronicle-will-rauner-push-illinois-into-a-budget-impasse-once-again/

 

HOT AIR
— Far Left Protesters Target NRA Lobbyists’ Home – JOHN SEXTON
https://hotair.com/archives/2018/04/20/far-left-protesters-target-nra-lobbyists-home/

 

INDEPENDENT JOURNAL REVIEW
— Diamond and Silk Set to Testify Before Congress Due to Claims of Facebook Censorship – CALEB HULL (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents want Facebook, Google, etc. to censor me and to censor my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
https://ijr.com/2018/04/1086984-diamond-silk-set-testify-congress-due-alleged-facebook-censorship/

 

WORLD NET DAILY
— SCHOOLS IN 43 STATES BLASTED FOR PORN CURRICULUM Parents press for laws to ban ‘harmful’ material – BOB UNRUH
http://www.wnd.com/2018/04/schools-in-43-states-blasted-for-porn-curriculum/

 

COLLEGE FIX
— Syracuse promises ‘legal’ action against fraternity for ‘satirical sketch’ – GREG PIPER
https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/44171/

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS
— HARD COPY ARTICLE TITLE IN THE CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: In new walkouts, some rallies turn into voter registration drives
https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/nation/students-begin-school-walkouts-on-columbine-anniversary/article_0af66e36-3fc3-5151-9004-0691a585a928.html

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: In a front page editorial with a color picture unethically made to look like a news article, anti-Trumps side with citizens of foreign countries against citizens of America.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/20/us/immigrant-children-separation-ice.html

 

NEW YORK POST
— Just how bad is America, really? – Jonah Goldberg
https://nypost.com/2018/04/20/just-how-bad-is-america-really/

 

KIPLINGER
— All Aboard the Tax Volatility Train The passage of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was the beginning of tax change, not the end. It’s likely to touch off plenty more changes ahead … so be prepared to take advantage of them if you can. – BRIAN VNAK (DIERSEN: Government should encourage marriage and encourage homeownership. Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)
https://www.kiplinger.com/article/taxes/T055-C032-S014-all-aboard-the-tax-volatility-train.html

 

MOTLEY FOOL
— The Real Reason Millennials Aren’t Saving Enough for Retirement – Michael Douglass (DIERSEN: I have a $51,864/year Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) pension and an $18,000/year federal health, dental, and vision insurance subsidy because a) I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years and b) I contributed 7% of my salary into the CSRS.)
https://www.fool.com/retirement/2018/04/21/the-real-reason-millennials-arent-saving-enough-fo.aspx
(FROM THE ARTICLE: While noting that 66% of millennials have nothing saved for retirement, the report provides plenty of evidence that the shoddy state of their nest eggs has relatively little to do with millennial savings habits. Fact is, many millennials simply aren’t eligible to join their employer’s retirement plan — and without that extra support, it’s much tougher to save for retirement.)

 

ATLANTIC
— White Evangelicals Can’t Quit Donald Trump – ROBERT P. JONES (DIERSEN: Those who oppose Trump are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-draft avoiders, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/04/white-evangelicals-cant-quit-donald-trump/558461/

 

DAILY MAIL
— BEYOND TRAGIC: High demand: Stoners around the country celebrate 4/20 by sparking bongs, blunts and joints at huge public festivals as weed laws grow ever laxer April 20 is an annual holiday celebrated by marijuana enthusiasts across the US and around the world Smokers gathered in huge crowds in Denver, San Francisco, Ontario and elsewhere to puff up in public Nine US states and Washington DC have legalized recreational marijuana, with many more decriminalizing On Friday, top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer used the holiday to propose federal legalization of weed – Keith Griffith
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5640789/Stoners-celebrate-420-Day-huge-gatherings-San-Francisco-Denver-Ontario-elsewhere.html

 

WORLD SOCIALIST WEB SITE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Socialists commend Democrats on their success in using students as their operatives and as their dupes.
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/stud-a21.html

April 20 Evening Edition

ABC7
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success using students as their operatives and as their dupes.
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/students-across-chicago-area-take-part-in-walkout-on-columbine-anniversary/3369794/

 

CBS2
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: On 4/20, Sen. Schumer Introduces Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2018/04/20/chuck-schumer-marijuana-decriminalization/

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— DISGUSTING: TRAGIC: Pritzker pushes pot agenda on 4/20, Schumer backs decriminalization – Tom Schuba
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/pot-topics-pritzker-pushes-pot-agenda-on-4-20-schumer-backs-decriminalization/
— How Mike Madigan smoothed the way for a conservative challenger to Gov. Rauner – Rich Miller
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/how-mike-madigan-smoothed-the-way-for-a-conservative-challenger-to-gov-rauner/
— Nonprofit watchdog group Project Six closing down – Dan Mihalopoulos and Mick Dumke
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/nonprofit-watchdog-group-project-six-closing-down/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In February, the Chicago Sun-Times and ProPublica Illinois revealed that the right-leaning Illinois Policy Institute gave Project Six 98 percent of its first-year budget — a total of nearly $624,000 — in 2016. The Illinois Policy Institute has received extensive support from foundations tied to some of the country’s biggest Republican supporters, including the Koch, Mercer and Uihlein families, as well as Gov. Bruce Rauner and first lady Diana Rauner’s charitable foundation. Khan and Project Six board members did not return numerous messages this week or declined comment when contacted by the Sun-Times and ProPublica Illinois.)
— After losing assessor’s race amid ballot confusion, Raila wants court action – Alexandra Arriaga
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/election-cook-county-assessor-ballot-confusion-orr-raila-court-action-berrios-kaegi/
— In Ida B. Wells’ name, anti-racism groups to protest Confederate monument – Mary Mitchell
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/in-ida-b-wells-name-anti-racism-groups-to-protest-confederate-monument/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats encourage children to engage in LGBTQ activity.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/lgbt-curriculum-schools-illinois-history-illinois/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: What do you say to those who have more money who oppose COLAs for those who have less money?
https://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/automatic-pay-hikes-legislators-illinois-house-senate/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, pot pushers use children to push pot.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/illinois-senate-bill-kids-access-medical-pot-schools/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success using students as their operatives and as their dupes.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/ct-met-student-walkouts-columbine-0421-20180420-story.html
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-school-walkouts-columbine-anniversary-20180420-story.html
— Early voting in Illinois: Good idea, poor execution – Editorial
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-early-voting-illinois-raila-drury-20180419-story.html
— Will County rejects appointment of former Joliet mayor to Metra board – Susan DeMar Lafferty
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-no-metra-appointment-st-0422-story.html

 

DAILY HERALD
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success using students as their operatives and as their dupes.
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180420/protesting-students-theres-no-reason-kids-should-be-dying
— Assessor candidate says Cook County clerk, others violated court order – Bob Susnjara
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180420/assessor-candidate-says-cook-county-clerk-others-violated-court-order
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps promote Islam at COD
http://www.dailyherald.com/submitted/20180420/college-of-dupage-celebrates-islamic-culture-around-the-world

 

WBEZ
— Casino Sale Raises Questions About A Windfall – Or A Conflict – For Pritzker – Dave McKinney, Tony Arnold
https://www.wbez.org/shows/wbez-news/casino-sale-raises-questions-about-a-windfall-or-a-conflict-for-pritzker/a0857ecc-c177-44b2-8e4a-2a8b1c5bc79e

 

JOURNAL & TOPICS
— Will New Gambling Bill Spell Relief For City? Legislator Wants To End Sharing With South Suburbs – Todd Wessell
https://www.journal-topics.com/articles/will-new-gambling-bill-spell-relief-for-city/

 

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— Illinois in free fall, one last hope – Editorial
http://www.pjstar.com/opinion/20180419/editorial-illinois-in-free-fall-one-last-hope

 

BELLEVILLE NEWS DEMOCRAT
— 50,000 Illinois firearm owner ID cards due for renewal – AP (DIERSEN: My card is one of them.)
http://www.bnd.com/news/state/illinois/article209448799.html

 

WAND TV
— Election hacking danger in 2018 – Doug Wolf
http://www.wandtv.com/story/38006387/election-hacking-danger-in-2018

 

DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Curran withstands ribbing from both sides of the aisle during debate of his first bill – Angela Underwood
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511396163-curran-withstands-ribbing-from-both-sides-of-the-aisle-during-debate-of-his-first-bill
— Nybo speaks out against bipartisan Marketplace Fairness Act measure – Angela Underwood
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511395517-nybo-speaks-out-against-bipartisan-marketplace-fairness-act-measure

 

CHEROKEE TRIBUNE LEDGER NEWS
— Illinois House unanimously approves truth-in-hiring plan for governor’s office – Benjamin Yount
https://www.tribuneledgernews.com/extra/news/illinois-house-unanimously-approves-truth-in-hiring-plan-for-governor/article_3b07dfbe-9cdd-57c3-8152-9588528b69e1.html

 

ILLINOIS LEAKS
— Clark County fined $10,350 by IRS for Clerk’s failure – JOHN KRAFT
http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2018/04/clark-county-fined-10350-by-irs-for-clerks-failure/

 

ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
— Guns or Family Dysfunction Cause of Mass Killings?
https://illinoisfamily.org/podcast/podcast-guns-or-family-dysfunction-cause-of-mass-killings/

 

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK
— Task force on sexual harassment gets heated as lawmakers grapple with process accuser says is corrupt – Greg Bishop
https://www.ilnews.org/news/state_politics/task-force-on-sexual-harassment-gets-heated-as-lawmakers-grapple/article_911c582a-441f-11e8-adb4-4b7a56f87935.html
— State lawmakers approve tax reform sidestep Cole Lauterbach (DIERSEN: Democrats could hint/imply/argue/shout that Republicans imposed the $10,000 SALT cap a) to discourage marriage and to punish married people and b) to discourage homeownership and to punish homeowners. Government should encourage marriage and homeownership. Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who are a) furious that I paid less federal income tax 1972-1977 because I deducted the real estate tax that I paid and b) furious that my wife and I paid less federal income tax 1978-2017 because we deducted the real estate taxes that we paid. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who are overjoyed that my wife and I have paid the marriage penalty big time since 1978.)
https://www.ilnews.org/news/state_politics/state-lawmakers-approve-tax-reform-sidestep/article_824635e2-4419-11e8-af98-db02f789127b.html

 

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— DOWNSTATE ILLINOIS COUNTIES STAND FOR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/04/effingham-co-declares-itself-sanctuary-for-gun-owners.html
— TURNING POINT USA ILLINOIS CONFERENCE CRASHED BY ANTIFA GROUP
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/04/tpusa-illinois-conference-crashed-by-antifa-group.html
— THORNER/INGOLD: DAVID HOGG: A HERO OR A CONVENIENT SPOKESMAN FOR THE LEFT?
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/04/thorneringold-david-hogg-a-hero-or-a-convenient-spokesman-for-the-left.html
— PRITZKER-ENDORSING UNION WRITES $50K CHECK TO MCCANN JUST BEFORE ANNOUNCING GOV BID
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/04/mccann-to-run-independent-bid-for-gov.html

 

GOPUSA
— Half of Californians support deportations, Muslim travel ban, survey finds
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=44150
— ACLU sues Los Alamitos over city’s move to exempt itself from California sanctuary laws
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=44148
— Democrats claim that ‘women are dying’ because they are losing elections
http://www.gopusa.com/democrats-claim-that-women-are-dying-because-they-are-losing-elections/

 

BREITBART
— Chuck Schumer Backs Effort to Decriminalize Marijuana: My Position ‘Has Evolved’ – SEAN MORAN (DIERSEN: In my opinion, tragically, people who a) smoke pot or b) want to smoke legally have very serious mental problems.)
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/04/20/chuck-schumer-backs-effort-to-decriminalize-marijuana-my-position-has-evolved/
— People Are Less Religious in Places with More Government – KATHERINE RODRIGUEZ (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, “religious leaders” act as operatives or as dupes for the Democrat Party.)
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/04/20/study-people-less-religious-places-government/

 

DAILY CALLER
— In Private, Hillary Would Always Say That Trump Supporters Were ‘Deplorable’ During The Campaign – Justin Caruso (DIERSEN: Who calls you deplorable? In my precinct, 211 voted for Clinton and only 137 for Trump.)
http://dailycaller.com/2018/04/20/hillary-deplorables-trump-supporters/

 

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON
— Amnesty, Abortion, and Big Spending: Inside the Left’s Policy Playbook Analysis: Left-leaning policy group’s proposal gives far-out ideas to Democratic leaders – Charles Fain Lehman
http://freebeacon.com/politics/amnesty-abortion-big-spending-inside-lefts-policy-playbook/

 

CNN
— Comey writes in memo he laughed after Trump floated the idea of jailing journalists – Oliver Darcy
http://money.cnn.com/2018/04/20/media/james-comey-trump-jail-journalists/index.html

 

DENVER POST
— Colorado CEOs earn in three days what the typical worker earns in a year, new disclosures show New CEO pay ratio now part of company disclosures – ALDO SVALDI (DIERSEN: I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who demonize, denigrate, and condemn government employees as being over paid, but who have no problem with “Colorado CEOs earn in three days what the typical worker earns in a year.”)
https://www.denverpost.com/2018/04/20/colorado-ceo-worker-pay-gap/

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Democrats Sue Trump Campaign, Russia, WikiLeaks Over 2016 Election Lawsuit seeks damages over alleged hack into the DNC’s computer network –
Julie Bykowicz
https://www.wsj.com/articles/democratic-national-committee-sues-trump-campaign-russia-wikileaks-over-2016-election-1524240273

 

FORBES
— The $173 Million IRS Tech Team #Failed – Adam Andrzejewski
https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamandrzejewski/2018/04/20/the-173-million-irs-tech-team-failed/#7d1ad935970b

 

SALON
— Illinois gets it: Schools need therapists, not more armed guards Democratic lawmakers propose a plan to make schools safer and help curb the school-to-prison pipeline – RACHEL LEAH (DIERSEN: Democrats a) run education in America, b) focus on cranking out students who are “good little Democrats,” and c) focus on destroying the traditional family. One could argue that is why a) students need more therapy and b) there is more gun violence.)
https://www.salon.com/2018/04/20/illinois-gets-it-schools-need-therapists-not-more-armed-guards/

April 20 Morning Edition

PRAIRIE STATE WIRE
— Rauner pays $35K to firm of Pat Brady, ex-GOP Chairman, Ives critic (DIERSEN: Pat Brady is anti-conservative, so therefore, he is anti-Republican. If you hire an anti-conservative, you are an anti-conservative. If you hire an anti-Republican, you are an anti-Republican.)
https://prairiestatewire.com/stories/511395512-rauner-pays-35k-to-firm-of-brady-ex-gop-chairman-ives-critic
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Brady acted as a defacto spokesman for Rauner during the primary, making regular media appearances where he would attack Ives, though he was never formally identified as such. He dubbed Ives and her supporters “haters” for opposing Rauner’s policy positions as governor. “There is no room in the Republican Party for racist, bigoted, homophobic candidates like her,” Brady said in February, after Ives ran a television ad criticizing Rauner’s support of taxpayer-funded abortions, “Sanctuary State” legislation and allowing Illinoisans to change the biological sex on their birth certificates.” Brady said Ives was too “extreme” and could not win a statewide election. In 2016, Brady actively opposed President Donald Trump, saying a vote for him is “a vote for Hillary Clinton.” “(Trump) gets creamed by Hillary Clinton,” Brady said. “I don’t care what anybody says, there’s absolutely no way that if he goes against Hillary Clinton, that he’s going to prevail.” Brady served as Illinois GOP Chairman from 2009 to 2013 before he was forced to resign after trying to change the party platform to support gay marriage. He was later hired by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to lobby for gay marriage in Illinois. Next Generation Strategies, Brady’s lobbying firm, counts A T & T, SAS software, Deloitte Consulting, prison health care provider Corizon Health and the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines as clients.)
— Edgar County Watchdogs gathering evidence for FOIA lawsuit against Rauner administration – W.J. Kennedy
https://prairiestatewire.com/stories/511394348-watchdog-group-gathering-evidence-for-foia-lawsuit-against-rauner-administration

 

TRUTHOUT
— DHS Begins Compiling Lists of Journalists (DIERSEN: I should publish a list of Democrat plant, Libertarian plant, Green plant, and RINO activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. a) who falsely claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican, b) who hint/imply/argue/shout that I am not a journalist, and c) who fail/refuse to keep diersen@aol.com on their press advisory and press release lists. The aforesaid a) do not want me to know about their events or their other activities, b) do not want me to promote their events or their other activities, c) do not want me to attend their events, and d) do not want me to report on their events or their other activities. They pander to Rich Miller and to the rest of the Democrat news media in Illinois. They seek to curry favor with Rich Miller and the rest of the Democrat news media in Illinois by harming me. They blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for all of their problems, for all of your problems, for all of my problems, and for all of everyone’s problems. They focus on destroying individuals, organizations, companies, and governments that they cannot manipulate/dominate. They are disciples of Saul Alinsky.)
https://mailchi.mp/truthout/edge-of-dystopia-4867

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Rauner administration calls effort to get Illinois out of voter database ‘troubling’ – Monique Garcia
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-bruce-rauner-crosscheck-20180420-story.html
— McSweeney calls on Gov. Rauner to get Trump to help with the state-run Quincy veterans home – Bill Lukitsch
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-bruce-rauner-crosscheck-20180420-story.html
— Rauner’s point person on Quincy veterans home Legionnaires’ crisis makes $20K monthly – AP
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct–quincy-legionnaires-adviser-pay-20180419-story.html
— South Side Obama center activists removed after disrupting Plan Commission meeting – Lolly Bowean
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/obamacenter/ct-met-cba-activists-plan-commission-20180419-story.html
— The Madigan machine is hurting progressive reforms. I should know. I ran against it. – Candance Chow (DIERSEN: I ran for the open Milton Township Republican Central Committee (MTRCC) Treasurer office in 2004. I should write a book about those who campaigned against me and against my promise to get MTRCC to start using budgets.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-madigan-dual-role-problem-0420-20180418-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Whites hint/imply/argue/shout/ that law enforcement is racist.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-addictions-opioids-race-cocaine-drugs-0419-20180418-story.html
— Second lawsuit seeks to halt Deerfield’s assault weapons ban – Karen Berkowitz
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/deerfield/news/ct-dfr-assault-weapons-ban-second-lawsuit-tl-0426-story.html
— Walkouts on ‘Weed Day’? Chicago students, administrators balance gun reform rallies against 4/20 – Vikki Ortiz
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/ct-life-school-walkouts-on-weed-day-0418-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Whites hint/imply/argue/shout that all Whites are racists and should be gotten rid of.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/glanton/ct-met-dahleen-glanton-toilets-discrimination-20180418-story.html
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE IN NAPERVILLE SUN: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in getting students to serve as their operatives and as their dupes.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/news/ct-nvs-naperville-central-walkout-st-0420-story.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in getting students to serve as their operatives and as their dupes.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/chicago-students-expected-to-take-part-in-national-anti-violence-rally-today/
— Illinois to start program to boost retirement savings – AP (DIERSEN: While I worked full-time for the federal government 1971-1997, I was required to put 7% of my salary into the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). While I worked part-time for the federal government 1966-1969, I was not required or allowed to do that. However, subsequently, I could and did put 7% of my part-time salary plus interest into the CSRS to get full-time CSRS credit. Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always been furious about that and that in 1993 when I was 45 years old, I had the “option” to get a $25,000 buyout and take early retirement.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/?post_type=cst_article&p=1045484

 

DAILY HERALD
— Gingrich, Dean talk bipartisan cooperation at Judson forum – Madhu Krishnamurthy (DIERSEN: Bipartisanship is when Democrats and RINOs cooperate to destroy Republicans.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180419/gingrich-dean-talk-bipartisan-cooperation-at-judson-forum

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Is McCann part of Senate GOP caucus? Depends who you ask – Doug Finke
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180419/is-mccann-part-of-senate-gop-caucus-depends-who-you-ask

 

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Rauner has two election foes – Editorial (DIERSEN: Will anti-conservatives and anti-Republicans like Pat Brady work harder and harder and harder to reelect Rauner if Rauner takes more and more and more anti-conservative and anti-Republican actions?)
http://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2018-04-20/editorial-rauner-has-two-election-foes.html

 

HERALD NEWS
— Madigan should resign – Margo McDermed, state representative 37th District
http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/04/16/madigan-should-resign/a30qejs/

 

BELLEVILLE NEWS DEMOCRAT
— Madison County GOP chooses new party chairman – KELSEY LANDIS
http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article209320579.html
— Trump administration vows to fight injunction – AP
http://www.bnd.com/news/state/illinois/article209376999.html
— Illinois plan: Replace armed school officers with therapists – AP
http://www.bnd.com/news/article209349999.html
— Joke or mistake? Local state rep tells colleagues she hopes ‘we’ll all get raises.’ – JOSEPH BUSTOS
http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article209351364.html

 

CHICAGO READER
— Is Illinois ready for a potential influx of stoned drivers? – Ashley Mizuo (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, those who smoke pot should not be allowed to drive vehicles.)
https://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2018/04/19/is-illinois-ready-for-a-potential-influx-of-stoned-drivers

 

FORD COUNTY RECORD
— McCall re-elected chairman of Ford County Republican Party – Will Brumleve
http://www.paxtonrecord.net/news/2018-04-19/mccall-re-elected-chairman-ford-county-republican-party.html

 

WJBD RADIO
— Marion County Democratic and Republican Parties Reorganize Party Chairmen Remain the Same for the Coming Two Years
http://www.wjbdradio.com/local-news/2018/04/19/marion-county-democratic-and-republican-parties-reorganize-
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Republican Ben Stratemeyer won a contested race over Judy Shaefer 1,104 to 352, while Democrat Dan Stover won by acclamation. Stratemeyer feels the local Republican party is in good shape. “Our organization is strong, we have a lot of volunteers, and our slate is full. We basically have all incumbents except for one office, so we’re in very good shape heading into the fall. I do anticipate a very successful election of the local candidates in Marion County,” said Stratemeyer. Shaefer was unanimously elected as 1st Vice Chair after several others declined the nomination. Debby Smith beat Wayne Walker 11-8 to be party secretary and Wayne Putnum beat Bill Smith to be party treasurer. The Republican’s selected Bob Winchester over Chapin Rose as their Congressional District Representative on the State Republican Central Committee.)

 

WIRE POINTS
— Second domino falls in Illinois: North Chicago revenues garnished for pensions – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
http://www.wirepoints.com/second-domino-falls-in-illinois-north-chicago-revenues-garnished-for-pensions-wirepoints-original/

 

WEST CENTRAL REPORTER
— Harlan says his conservatism may have kept him from GOP committeeman seat in 17th District – Carrie Bradon (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes hint/imply/argue/shout that I am “too conservative,” that is, that I support too many planks in the Republican Party platform.)
https://westcentralreporter.com/stories/511395469-harlan-says-his-conservatism-may-have-kept-him-from-gop-committeeman-seat-in-17th-district
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “Democrats make their decision during the midterm elections while Republicans only allow just the elected precinct committeemen to vote on their state central committeeman,” Harlan told the West Central Reporter. “This results in what is called the ‘good ol boy club’ and it is extremely difficult to overcome an incumbent in this situation because they are typically hand-picked.” Harlan said his dedication to conservatism and unwillingness to sway from his values may have had a roile in his not being selected. “I am an unapologetic conservative that the establishment does not want to have in the executive committee,” Harlan said. While this election may be over, Harlan is not giving up on his passion for true political reform. “I am never opposed to running if no one else steps forward,” Harland said. “I believe that we should always provide an option for others to vote on. American democracy is best served when all people have an opportunity to have their voices heard.”)

 

COOK COUNTY RECORD
— Appeals court: College of DuPage wrong to fire scandal-plagued president without chance to contest accusations – Scott Holland (DIERSEN: If my Democrat GAO superiors had honestly stated why in 1997, when I was 49 years old, they forced me to take their early retirement “offer,” they would have stated that it was retaliation for my becoming in 1988, when I was 40 years old, an active member in a class action lawsuit that charged them with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.)
https://cookcountyrecord.com/stories/511395563-appeals-court-college-of-dupage-wrong-to-fire-scandal-plagued-president-without-chance-to-contest-accusations

 

REAL GOP ILLINOIS
— Big trouble for Rauner: Pro-life Sen. Sam McCann enters Illinois Governor’s race
https://realgopillinois.com/2018/04/19/sam-mccann-enters-governors-race/

 

ILLINOIS HOMEPAGE
— McCann: Rauner is a “pathological liar” – Mark Maxwell
http://www.illinoishomepage.net/capitol-connection/mccann-rauner-is-a-pathological-liar/1130961443
— Rauner’s veterans home project manager gets pay raise – Mark Maxwell (DIERSEN: What pay raises have you gotten? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes were furious a) when the Post Office hired me in 1966, IRS hired me in 1971, and GAO hired me in 1980; b) when IRS promoted me in 1972, 1973, and 1974 and when GAO promoted me in 1986; c) when I got step increases; and d) when I got COLAs. They were overjoyed a) when my Democrat GAO superiors forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, gave me unfair performance expectations and appraisals, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, got rid of my mentor in 1987, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take an $19,203 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980; b) when my Democrat IRS superiors did not promote me beyond GS-12, disallowed my education deductions in 1978, got rid of my mentor in 1975, and disallowed my partial day per diem claims in 1974; and c) when my Democrat Post Office superiors forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests in 1969 and 1968.)
http://www.illinoishomepage.net/capitol-connection/rauners-veterans-home-project-manager-gets-pay-raise/1130974314

 

ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
— Rocky Mountain High Brings State to New Lows – Kathy Valente
https://illinoisfamily.org/marijuana-2/rocky-mountain-high-brings-state-to-new-lows/

 

CAPITOL FAX
— Taking a sick day (DIERSEN: What do you say to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who dismiss, belittle, badmouth, demonize, denigrate, and/or condemn the fact a) that I have been sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails since 2000, b) that those emails have gone out each and every morning since 2004, c) that those emails have also gone out each and every evening since 2015, d) that those emails go out free of charge and without any advertising, and e) that since 2004, those emails have included links to 299,650 articles and information on many upcoming events? Needless-to-say, neither I nor anyone else could have done the aforesaid if they were a pot smokers.)
https://capitolfax.com/2018/04/20/taking-a-sick-day/

 

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Judges warn of Trump ‘tyranny’ in defending sanctuary cities – Stephen Dinan (DIERSEN: What do you say to judges who side with foreign countries and with their citizens against America and against its citizens?)
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/apr/19/trump-loses-appeal-punish-sanctuary-cities/

 

BREITBART
— Zuckerberg’s Investor Group Pushes for Pre-Election Amnesty – NEIL MUNRO (DIERSEN: Democrats want immigrants because they vote for Democrats. RINOs want immigrants because they want cheap labor.)
http://www.breitbart.com/2018-elections/2018/04/19/zuckerberg-lobby-joins-pre-election-amnesty-push/

 

NEWSMAX
— Dems Bringing in More Cash Than House GOP – Joe Crowe
https://www.newsmax.com/politics/democrats-fundraising-gop-house/2018/04/19/id/855518/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Some Republicans are doing well, however, including Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., and Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va. Both have brought in more than $1 million in districts that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won in 2016, Politico reported.)
— Jeb Bush: ‘Bad Behavior’ in Politics Has Consequences – Cathy Burke
https://www.newsmax.com/politics/republican-partisanship-politicization-ethics/2018/04/19/id/855610/

 

DAILY CALLER
— SPLC Pulls Controversial ‘Anti-Muslim Extremist’ List After Legal Threats – Peter Hasson (DIERSEN: SPLC is anti-Trump supporters, 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 anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://dailycaller.com/2018/04/19/splc-maajid-nawaz-muslim-extremist/

 

LIFE SITE NEWS
— BEYOND DISGUSTING, BEYOND TRAGIC: ‘Openly gay’ 3-year-old goes viral on social media – Calvin Freiburger
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/openly-gay-3-year-old-goes-viral-on-social-media

 

HUFFINGTON POST
— Comey Memo: Trump Floated Idea Of Jailing Journalists To Make Them ‘Talk’ The president wanted to stop leaks pouring from the White House. – Nick Visser (DIERSEN: Who wants you to be jailed? My critics/opponents have lots of religious, government, political, and financial clout in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois. If they succeeded in jailing me, who would come to my defense? My critics/opponents hint/imply/argue/shout that if anyone had come to my defense, I would still be a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member, GAO employee, etc. My critics/opponents stress those who could/should have come to my defense, but did not.)
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-jail-journalists-james-comey-memos_us_5ad96befe4b029ebe0229019

 

NBC NEWS
— Syracuse University fraternity suspended after ‘extremely racist’ video apologizes Kent Syverud, Syracuse’s chancellor, said of the video purportedly showing members of Theta Tau: “I am appalled and shaken by this.” – Erik Ortiz (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps paint Trump supporters as being White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things. Anti-Trumps are disciples of Saul Alinsky.)
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/syracuse-university-suspends-fraternity-after-extremely-racist-video-surfaces-n867401
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The videos, Syverud said in a letter to the campus, includes “words and behaviors that are extremely racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist, and hostile to people with disabilities. I am appalled and shaken by this and deeply concerned for all members of our community.” Earlier Wednesday, Syracuse students demonstrated in front of the chancellor’s building and the Theta Tau fraternity to demand the release of the videos after they were removed from Facebook. Later, The Daily Orange, an independently run school newspaper, shared a copy of a six-minute video from a new member ceremony last month. In it, the brothers take part in a performance that includes one person reciting an oath: “I solemnly swear to always have hatred in my heart,” he says, then referring to blacks, Hispanics and Jews in derogatory terms. He then mimics performing oral sex on another person. Participants laugh and cheer throughout. Theta Tau updated its website Thursday to apologize for the video and explain why it was done. The fraternity said that each semester, new members are given a chance to write a skit to roast the active brothers. One skit was meant as a parody in order to roast a brother who is a conservative Republican. The new members pretended to be racist conservative character. “It was a satirical sketch of an uneducated, racist, homophobic, misogynist, sexist, ableist and intolerant person. The young man playing the part of this character nor the young man being roasted do not hold any of the horrible views espoused as a part of that sketch,” Theta Tau said. The fraternity added that it has a diverse membership, but that “many bright lines were obviously crossed.” The group added that it would “maintain a dialogue” with fellow students.)

 

MERCURY NEWS
— Comey memos: Trump was concerned about Flynn’s ‘judgment’ – AP (DIERSEN: Who demonizes, denigrates, and condemns your judgment? The following demonize, denigrate, and condemn my judgment: those who a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid and/or those who are anti-Trump supporters, 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, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. I should write a book about the aforesaid.)
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/04/19/comey-memos-trump-was-concerned-about-flynns-judgment/

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats promote the ERA.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/19/opinion/a-rebuke-to-trump-a-century-in-the-making.html
— Cars That Will Get Your Grad Down the Road of Life – Tom Voelk (DIERSEN: Did you expect your parents to buy you cars? I did not. I bought a 1958 Chevy BelAir when I was 16 years old in 1964 with money that I had earned and saved delivering newspapers and doing yard work. I bought a new Pontiac Tempest Sprint when I was 17 years old in 1966 with money that I had earned and saved washing dishes part-time. I bought a new 1968 Oldsmobile 442 when I was 19 years old in 1967 with money that I had earned and saved delivering mail part-time. I bought a new 1969 Dodge Charger SE when I was 20 years old in 1968 with money that I had earned delivering mail part-time.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/19/business/cars-graduates.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The only thing more tearful than the goodbyes of dropping a freshman off at college are the four years of tuition, rent, food and books that follow. The College Board pegs the average annual cost, over all, at in-state institutions at $25,290. If your student is turning the tassel this spring, congratulations. Your checkbook deserves a well-earned breather. It might have to endure one last flogging, though. Should that sheepskin result in a job (and let’s hope so!) a vehicle may be needed. Or maybe you have a high school graduate who will be commuting to college, or one diving straight into the working world. Sending them off with a solid automobile is a terrific — albeit extravagant — graduation gift. Even if it’s simply a hefty down payment to get them started, think of it as a final investment. One that means that maybe they’ll come back only to visit, not to move back in.)

 

WASHINGTON POST
— Fraternity says oath pledging to hate blacks, Hispanics and Jews was satire — of a Republican – Avi Selk
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2018/04/20/fraternity-says-oath-pledging-to-hate-blacks-hispanics-and-jews-was-satire-of-a-republican/
— Mulvaney defends pay freeze even for feds he knows are underpaid – Joe Davidson (DIERSEN: Who demonizes, denigrates, and condemns you as being overpaid? I should write a book about those who since 1966 have demonized, denigrated, and condemned me the most as being overpaid. I would report what on they did to qualify themselves 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.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2018/04/20/mulvaney-defends-pay-freeze-even-for-feds-he-knows-are-underpaid/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney told a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing Wednesday that an “analysis of the way that we paid federal workers seemed to indicate that we overpay at the lower levels and underpay at the upper levels.” But he defended the freeze proposed in Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget plan, saying, “We’re going to freeze everybody, and then put a bunch of money in this pot to try to give us the flexibility necessary to reward the people that were really performing well.” Some employees “might be really good at their jobs,” he added, “and some of the might not be, yet we . . . come close to paying them pretty much the same. ” Mulvaney indicated that the General Schedule (GS), the federal pay system for 70 percent of federal employees, has outlived its usefulness. It was created in 1949 and “hasn’t really been dramatically overhauled since then,” he said. “And it’s led to a situation where we pay entry level more than we probably should, but we don’t pay the really advanced, experienced people as much as we should.”)

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow over their success in using students as their operatives and as their dupes.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/thousands-of-students-expected-to-walk-out-on-columbine-anniversary-1524216600
— Racial-Profiling Rule Reversal Only one Senate Democrat voted to repeal a car dealer con.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/racial-profiling-rule-reversal-1524179354

 

USA TODAY
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Pot pushers crow about their success in destroying America.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/04/20/marijuana-industry-growth-president-trump/520541002/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/04/18/420-bringing-massive-marijuana-party-denver-nations-largest-public-light-up/521371002/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2018/04/18/420-specials-deals-pot/522904002/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/04/19/weed-lore-420-marijuana-tradition-backstory/521051002/
— Couples in retirement face average health care costs of $280,000, Fidelity estimates – Adam Shell
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/retirement/2018/04/20/retiree-couples-face-medical-bills-280000-dollars/534438002/

 

PEW TRUSTS
— Amid DACA Uncertainty, States Open Professions to ‘Dreamers’ – Matt Vasilogambros (DIERSEN: I became a licensed CPA in 1981 when I was 32 years old.)
http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2018/04/20/amid-daca-uncertainty-states-open-professions-to-dreamers

 

DAILY BEAST
— Syracuse Frat: Racist Video Was Satirical ‘Roast’ of Republican Brother
https://www.thedailybeast.com/syracuse-frat-racist-video-was-satirical-roast-of-republican-brother

 

IRISH TIMES
— Trump worried about leaks and loyalty, say Comey memos (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents worry about leaks and loyalty.)
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/us/trump-worried-about-leaks-and-loyalty-say-comey-memos-1.3468131

April 19 Evening Edition

ILLINOIS REPUBLICAN PARTY
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: According to the Illinois Republican Party (IRP), the following were elected to the (IRP) State Central Committee yesterday evening:
Congressional District 1 – Shaun Murphy, Evergreen Park
Congressional District 2 – Judy Diekelman, Thornton
Congressional District 3 – Sean Morrison, Palos Park
Congressional District 4 – Jay Reyes, Riverside
Congressional District 5 – Jack Dorgan, Rosemont
Congressional District 6 – Bob Grogan, Downers Grove
Congressional District 7 – Mark Hosty, River Forest
Congressional District 8 – Ryan Higgins, Schaumburg
Congressional District 9 – Char Foss-Eggman, Park Ridge
Congressional District 10 – Mark Shaw, Lake Forest
Congressional District 11 – Roger Claar, Bolingbrook
Congressional District 12 – Barb Viviano, O’Fallon
Congressional District 13 – Fred Floreth, Springfield
Congressional District 14 – Stan Bond, Montgomery
Congressional District 15 – Chapin Rose, Mahomet
Congressional District 16 – John McGlasson, Pontiac
Congressional District 17 – Jan Weber, Geneseo
Congressional District 18 – Mike Bigger, Wyoming
https://illinois.gop/2018-scc/

 

SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS NEWS
— Ballot hijinks lead Southern Illinois Republicans to challenge party leadership vote – W.J. Kennedy
https://seillinoisnews.com/stories/511395529-ballot-hijinks-lead-southern-illinois-republicans-to-challenge-party-leadership-vote
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Governor Rauner and his hand-picked state GOP Chairman Timothy Schneider are declaring victory in Southern Illinois. But did they actually win? State party officials claim Southern Illinois Republicans voted for a new state central committeeman yesterday, replacing longtime incumbent, former legislator Bob Winchester of Rosiclare with State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet). Rose supports Schneider for another four year term; Winchester does not. But county chairmen say an examination of the vote count shows Rose didn’t win and that the fix was in. They’re promising to challenge what they say are manipulated results. “Rauner’s people showed their true colors yesterday,” a source told SE Illinois News. “They’re glad to cheat to win.” “This has made us even more bitter” In the balance is one of 18 spots on the State Republican Party Central Committee, which governs the party and exerts influence up and down the ballot. On Wednesday, GOP precinct committeemen voted to elect their county chairmen and the state central committee members, who will convene in May to choose a party chairman. Schneider recruited Rose to challenge Winchester, a Rauner critic representing Southern IIlinois’ 15 Congressional District, which includes 33 counties. Winchester supported State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) in the March primary. “Many of us were already bitter and this has made us even more bitter,” Rhonda Belford, Hardin County GOP Chair, told SE Illinois News. “Bob Winchester stood tall for southern Illinois and all of Illinois, and this is how they treat him.” Belford said that some of her fellow county chairmen were offered financial rewards by Schneider. Others were threatened with retribution if they didn’t support Rose over Winchester. “They know not what they do,” she said. “This is all about money, but it’s the wrong kind of money, and in the end it’s probably not going to win them the race anyway.” Winner takes all? Mark Shaw, State Central Committeeman from Lake County’s 10th congressional district, said that he is concerned that some counties may have voted by acclamation, a procedural move that would have given Rose 100 percent of the vote when he may have received just over 50 percent. Shaw, who grew up in Mt. Carmel in Wabash County, said that voting by acclamation could be a violation of state law and some legal action may be in order. Results do show that Winchester received zero votes in nine of 33 counties, including four of the ten most populated, a result that Shaw and others said would be an impossibility. Several counties, sources tell SE Illinois News, didn’t even offer Winchester as a candidate for consideration. In Fayette County, home to Rauner Downstate Director Randy Pollard, Winchester was not presented as an option, sources say. “Pollard asked for a voice vote by acclamation for Chapin (Rose) and just moved on,” a source said. “He didn’t even mention Winchester was a candidate, much less the incumbent.” Rose also received zero votes in 13 counties carried 100 percent by Winchester. In all, 22 of 33 counties voted by acclamation, representing 63 percent of Rose’s vote and 59 percent of Winchester’s. County votes are weighted based on their respective turn-out in the March primary. “There are a lot of irregularities here,” Shaw said. “We want to see the raw data on a precinct level presented to the party.” The Shimkus Machine Aides to U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville) actively recruited Rose to challenge Winchester, offering to help him replace Shimkus in Congress when the opportunity presents itself, sources say. Sources in Madison County, Shimkus’ home which carries the second-largest weighted vote in the district, say that when they, too, voted by acclamation for Winchester, a lawyer volunteer for Shimkus present protested and said acclamation votes were not legal. Shimkus’ District Director, Deb Detmers Fansler, then threatened Madison County precinct committee members by phone. Madison County submitted each candidate’s vote totals to the state GOP, sources say, along with the caveat that they voted by acclamation to deliver all of them to Winchester, who won 59 percent of the actual vote. State GOP officials didn’t include Madison County’s acclamation vote in their official totals; it would have meant Winchester won re-election by 644 votes. Chicago GOP Chairman Chris Cleveland said he would push to see the actual vote data as well. “This was a very contentious election, and it’s important that we have full transparency in the results,” Cleveland said. “That means complete, precinct-level reporting that we can verify.”)

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Pols high on marijuana legalization hope to clear the air on 4/20 pot ‘holiday’ – Tina Sfondeles (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/pols-high-on-marijuana-legalization-hope-to-clear-the-air-on-4-20-pot-holiday/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: On Thursday, Healthy & Productive Illinois, a “marijuana policy group” that has argued against legalization, released its own study. The group argues it would cost the state $670.5 million a year to legalize pot, outweighing annual estimated tax revenue projections of about $566 million. They’re not the only ones not joining the party. Gov. Bruce Rauner told a Downstate TV station in December that it would be a “mistake” to legalize marijuana in Illinois. The Republican governor has, in the past, said he wants more studies on the “ramifications” in states that have legalized the drug. “I do not support legalizing marijuana. I think that’s a mistake. You know there’s a massive, human experiment going on in Colorado, and California, other places. We should see how that’s impacted lives and addiction and hurt young people before we make any decision about it here,” Rauner said in an interview on WSIL in Marion. “I do not support legalizing marijuana.” Still, Rauner instituted a medical marijuana pilot program that started doling out weed to patients in 2015. And Rauner last year signed a bill that decriminalized the possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana, making it a ticketable offense subject to fines of $100 to $200.)
— Anti-cannabis group contends state would go to pot legalizing marijuana – Alexandra Arriaga (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/anti-cannabis-group-contends-state-would-go-to-pot-legalizing-marijuana/
— Babies OK in City Council, flowers and convicted aldermen not so much – Heather Cherone
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/babies-welcome-in-city-council-flowers-and-convicted-aldermen-not-so-much/
— Playboy runs a victory lap in Washington – Mona Charen
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/playboy-runs-a-victory-lap-in-washington/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Emanuel wins court ruling in sanctuary city lawsuit against Trump administration – John Byrne (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, those who run Chicago make it clear that they want to get rid of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-rahm-emanuel-sanctuary-city-ruling-20180419-story.html
— Downstate Republican’s third party governor bid poses new threat to Rauner – Rick Pearson
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-sam-mccann-illinois-governor-20180419-story.html
— Lake County sheriff Mark Curran talks mass shootings, the need for more resources for mental illness – Rick Kambic
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/libertyville/news/ct-lbr-school-community-safety-glmv-chamber-tl-0426-story.html
— As pay and benefits stagnate, nontenured faculty and graduate students in Illinois, Chicago look to unions – Dawn Rhodes
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-campus-labor-unrest-20180418-story.html
— Road to homeownership gets rockier this spring as rates rise – AP (DIERSEN: Mortgage rates were much higher when I took out mortgages in 1972, 1974, and 1976 and when my wife and I took out mortgages in 1978 and 1984. SEE: http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/pmms30.html)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-road-to-homeownership-20180418-story.html
— Some in GOP budge on recreational pot – Kurtis Lee (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)
https://www.pressreader.com/usa/chicago-tribune/20180419/281698320342311
— Senate allows babies in chamber despite concerns from older, male senators – Laurie Kellman
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-senate-babies-chamber-duckworth-20180418-story.html
— Duckworth brings baby to Senate floor to send message to ‘working parents everywhere’ – Kate Thayer (DIERSEN: Of course, Duckworth would agree with my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who have demonized, denigrated, and condemned me since the 1980s because my wife and I gave up trying to have children, we did not adopt, and we did not become foster parents. Those who my wife and I sued during the 1980s had counted on us spending our money on raising children rather than on legal fees.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/ct-life-tammy-duckworth-baby-senate-rules-change-0419-story.html

 

DAILY HERALD
— Kane County clerk wants disbanding Aurora Election Commission’s money – James Fuller
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180419/kane-county-clerk-wants-disbanding-aurora-election-commissions-money-
— Jeb Bush: Time to challenge ‘bad behavior’ in politics – Katlyn Smith
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180419/jeb-bush-time-to-challenge-bad-behavior-in-politics
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Bush offered his own prescription for challenging a “poisonous” political environment that he said is “disproportionately located in ZIP codes around Washington, D.C.” “First, voters should penalize rather than reward politicians irrespective of their party that use racist language or call people Nazis or disparage the disabled or make fun of people in order to push someone down to make themselves look better,” he said to loud applause. “That should be a penalty.” Public figures, Bush said, should be held to a higher ethical standard, regardless of party allegiance. “Bad behavior and the kind of language that we accept today, or the kind of actions that we find intolerable for someone we don’t agree with, should have the exact same response to someone that’s on your team,” he said. ” … Right now, we’re so hyperpartisan that if it’s a Democrat doing something outrageous, Republicans are just righteously there to attack, but if it’s a Republican, you hear nothing and vice versa. “To challenge this notion, sometimes bad behavior is just bad behavior.”)

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Will McCann take votes away from Rauner—or Pritzker? – GREG HINZ
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20180419/BLOGS02/180419816/will-mccann-take-votes-away-from-rauner-or-pritzker
— Chicago teen gun ownership rises even as it falls in L.A., N.Y. – GREG HINZ
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20180419/BLOGS02/180419821/chicago-teen-gun-ownership-rises-even-as-it-falls-in-l-a-n-y

 

ABC7
— Racially derogatory social media posts lead to drug arrest of Harvard man
http://abc7chicago.com/racially-derogatory-social-media-posts-lead-to-drug-arrest-of-harvard-man-/3366819/
— Sen. Duckworth makes history, casts vote with baby on Senate floor – CNN
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/sen-duckworth-makes-history-casts-vote-with-baby-on-senate-floor/3367107/

 

CBS2
— Parkland Survivor Seeks More Minority Input In #NeverAgain Movement – Jim Williams
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2018/04/19/parkland-survivor-mei-ling-ho-shing-never-again-movement/

 

WLS AM
— McCann hoping to win over Jeanne Ives supporters – Bill Cameron
http://www.wlsam.com/2018/04/19/mccann-hoping-to-win-over-jeanne-ives-supporters/

 

WTTW
— Third Candidate Enters Race for Illinois Governor – Paris Schutz
https://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2018/04/19/third-candidate-enters-race-illinois-governor

 

JOURNAL TOPICS
— Morrison Ready For Uphill Battle Against Schneider In Cook County Board Race Republican Incumbent Has Campaign Cash Advantage; Democrat Hoping For Blue Wave – Tom Robb
https://www.journal-topics.com/articles/morrison-ready-for-uphill-battle-against-schneider-in-cook-county-board-race/

 

HERALD & REVIEW
— State Sen. Sam McCann of Plainview launches independent bid for governor
https://herald-review.com/news/state-and-regional/crime-and-courts/state-sen-sam-mccann-of-plainview-launches-independent-bid-for/article_ce02e1d7-6049-5ac4-bcb4-47d69dbed29f.html

 

DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Public employee tally: Bottom 100 townships in Illinois
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511369314-public-employee-tally-bottom-100-townships-in-illinois
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Milton, Downers Grove and Naperville employ the fewest government workers per capita among townships in Illinois, according to 2017 Illinois State Comptroller financial reports.)

 

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Shannon Teresi Gets GOP Fall Ballot Nod for McHenry County Auditor
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2018/04/19/shannon-teresi-gets-gop-fall-ballot-nod-mchenry-county-auditor/
— Observer Kicked Out of McHenry County Democratic Party Convention
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2018/04/18/observer-kicked-mchenry-county-democratic-party-convention/

 

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— IL GOP RELEASES LIST OF THOSE ELECTED WEDNESDAY NIGHT TO THE STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/04/il-gop-releases-list-of-those-elected-wednesday-night-to-the-state-central-committee.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Illinois Republican Party has just released the list of those elected Wednesday night to the State Central Committee. Changes took place in four of the 18 CDs: Bob Grogan in the 6th, Mark Hosty in the 7th, Char Foss-Eggeman in the 9th and Chapin Rose in the 15th. Word is the 15th CD race may be disputed, but overall, the SCC leans more conservative post-election.)

 

CAPITOL FAX
— McCann denies he resigned from the SGOP caucus, threatens legal action over access to “key resources”
https://capitolfax.com/2018/04/19/mccann-denies-he-resigned-from-the-sgop-caucus-threatens-legal-action-over-access-to-key-resources/
— Pritzker camp responds *** Rauner campaign claims Dem shenanigans with McCann
https://capitolfax.com/2018/04/19/rauner-campaign-claims-dem-shenanigans-with-mccann/

 

EAGLE FORUM
— On April 20, Weed Out Marijuana Four Twenty is a Dangerous Day – Anne Schlafly Cori
http://eagleforum.org/publications/press-releases/on-april-20-weed-out-marijuana.html

 

GOPUSA
— Forget Reading, Writing and Arithmetic! Protest, Baby!
http://www.gopusa.com/forget-reading-writing-and-arithmetic-protest-baby/

 

POLITICO
— OUTRAGEOUS: Appeals court rules against Trump policy punishing sanctuary cities – JOSH GERSTEIN
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/19/appeals-court-ruling-trump-sanctuary-cities-537823

 

NBC NEWS
— New third party candidate could be a headache for Rauner in IL-GOV
https://www.nbcnews.com/card/new-third-party-candidate-could-be-headache-rauner-il-gov-n867516

 

CNN
— The typical Amazon employee makes less than you think – Seth Fiegerman
http://money.cnn.com/2018/04/19/technology/amazon-employee-salary/index.html

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Whites demonize, denigrate, and condemn Whites.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/18/opinion/history-white-power.html

 

WASHINGTON POST
— Giuliani says he is joining Trump’s legal team to ‘negotiate an end’ to Mueller probe – Robert Costa and Josh Dawsey
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/giuliani-says-he-is-joining-trumps-legal-team-to-negotiate-an-end-to-mueller-probe/2018/04/19/b175fc10-4411-11e8-8569-26fda6b404c7_story.html

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Why Asking About Current Pay Is the New Taboo for Prospective Employers New laws around the U.S. are trying to close wage gaps in the workforce – Kelsey Gee
https://www.wsj.com/articles/more-employers-avoid-salary-history-questions-when-hiring-new-workers-1524067909
— Is the GOP the Party of Trump? – Daniel Henninger
https://www.wsj.com/articles/is-the-gop-the-party-of-trump-1524091461

 

USA TODAY
— DHS: All we want to do is read the news Department of Homeland Security just wants a ‘news clip’ company to aggregate stories from around the world: Opposing view – Tyler Q. Houlton
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/18/dhs-news-service-editorials-debates/33962875/

— Financial stress is rising for low- and middle-income U.S. households – Paul Davidson
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/04/18/financial-stress-higher-low-middle-income-americans/391061002/

 

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
— Rauner’s Point Person on Legionnaires’ Makes $20K Monthly Gov. Bruce Rauner’s point person on the Legionnaires’ disease crisis at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy is making $20,000 a month. – AP
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/illinois/articles/2018-04-19/rauners-point-person-on-legionnaires-makes-20k-monthly
— Trump Administration Vows to Fight Injunction President Donald Trump’s administration has criticized a nationwide injunction preventing it from withholding public safety grants from cities that refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement policies. – AP
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/illinois/articles/2018-04-19/the-latest-chicago-claims-victory-in-immigration-lawsuit

 

GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE
— Agencies Must Change Their Recruiting Strategies – Meroe Park and Abby Cashman (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.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2018/04/agencies-must-change-their-recruiting-strategies/147565/

 

FEDERAL TIMES
— OMB director eyes redistribution of federal pay – Jessie Bur (DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government. They want to redistribute pay a) away from their employees who are Republican, and especially away from those who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran and b) toward their employees who are Democrat, and especially toward those who are minority, female, and/pr younger.)
https://www.federaltimes.com/management/pay-benefits/2018/04/19/omb-director-eyes-redistribution-of-federal-pay/

 

CORVETTE MUSEUM
— 2019 CORVETTE ZR1 TO PACE 102ND INDIANAPOLIS 500
http://www.corvettemuseum.org/2019-corvette-zr1-to-pace-102nd-indianapolis-500/

April 19 Morning Edition

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— According to the Illinois Republican Party (IRP), the tabulation of votes for all the IRP State Central Committee (SCC) races is not complete. I have asked IRP to issue a press release as soon as the votes are tabulated, and also, to issue a press release with the weighted vote that each IRP SCC member will have as soon as that information is available. – Dave Diersen
http://www.gopillinois.com

 

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— 214 of DuPage County’s 471 (45%) elected Republican Precinct Committeemen attended the DuPage County Republican Central Committee’s (DCRCC) outstanding biannual county convention Wednesday evening, April 18, 2018, at the Jack Knuepfer Administration Building in Wheaton, and unanimously reelected Brian Krajewski as DCRCC Chairman and unanimously elected Paul Hinds as DCRCC Secretary.

 

Program participants included Atkinson, Cronin, Cuzzone, Diersen, Durante, Elliott, Fitzpatrick, Grogan, Hakim, Hayden, Henry, Holder, Holz, Jackson, Kachiroubas, Keller, LeVan, Lollino, Mackay, Mendrick, McGowen, Minor, Morretti, Morrisey, Musson, Prater, Reboletti, Santucci, Schultz, Swatkowski, Throwbridge, Valle, Veenstra, Wehling, Wilkins, Wilson, and Yetski.

 

Attendees include Anderson, Bohn, Bucholz, Carlson, Carlyle, Caruso, Crane, Dabrowski, Dangelo, Dillard, Eckhoff, Falbo, Furstenau, Given, Hart, Higgins, Hogan, Holan, Hundhausen, Khouri, Kmiecik, Larsen, Lewis, Lowe, Marchese, Monino, A. Murphy, Nathawani, Puchalski, Romano, Ryan, Sender, Shaw, Slinger, Tully, Vician, Yurgaitis, Zannis, Zay, Zegel, and Zito.

 

Winfield Township had the best turnout of elected committeemen with 17 of 26 (65%), then Naperville Township with 15 of 27 (56%), then Milton Township with 41 of 76 (54%), then Downers Grove Township with 47 of 100 (47%), then Addison Township with 21 of 45 (47%), then Bloomingdale Township with 24 of 56 (43%), then Lisle Township with 15 of 37 (41%), then Wayne Township with 15 of 42 (36), and then York Township with 19 of 62 (31%). – Dave Diersen
http://www.gopillinois.com

 

NBC5
— Sen. Sam McCann Announces Run for Illinois Governor as Conservative Party Candidate Gov. Bruce Rauner issued a statement calling McCann “the worst kind of political opportunist”
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/sam-mccann-illinois-governor-race-conservative-party-rauner-pritzker-480262403.html

 

CBS2
— Jeb Bush Remembers His Mother: ‘She Taught Us To Serve Others’ – Derrick Blakley (DIERSEN: How do you serve others? I serve Illinois Republicans by spending 10+ hours each and every day and thousands of dollars each year putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out each and every morning and each and every evening free of charge and without any advertising.)
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2018/04/18/jeb-bush-speech-barbara-death/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Those in attendance remembered Barbara Bush as a classy woman with a backbone of steel, whose own kids called her “The Enforcer.” “Her sweetness always carried through the toughness, but they’re both there and they go together,” said Regional Transportation Authority chairman Kirk Dillard, a former Illinois state senator.)

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— New county Democratic chief Preckwinkle pledges to expand party appeal – Hal Dardick (DIERSEN: The Democrat Party appeals to 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.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-toni-preckwinkle-democratic-chairman-20180418-story.html
— Democrats still looking votes to override Rauner’s gun store licensing veto – Bill Lukitsch
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-bruce-rauner-gun-veto-20180419-story.html
— Disgraced ex-supervisor Philippe Loizon with Cook County Probation Department sues judge, saying he was fired because he’s white – Todd Lighty (DIERSEN: In all likelihood, because Loizon is an old White male, Loizon, like me, will be denied his right to a jury trial. Ever-increasingly, old White males lack “jury appeal” because ever increasingly, to curry favor with those who are younger, minority, and/or female, Democrats demonize, denigrate, and condemn old White males as being White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, and bigots. To hint/imply/argue/shout that I am disgraced federal employee, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress a) that my Democrat GAO superiors forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, gave me unfair performance expectations and appraisals, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, got rid of my mentor in 1987, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take an $19,203 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980; b) that my Democrat IRS superiors did not promote me beyond GS-12, disallowed my education deductions in 1978, got rid of my mentor in 1975, and disallowed my partial day per diem claims in 1974; and c) that my Democrat Post Office superiors forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests in 1969 and 1968.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-loizon-evans-lawsuit-20180418-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A white supervisor in the Cook County Adult Probation Department has filed a federal lawsuit claiming he was wrongly dismissed last year, while numerous black employees in the department have received little or no discipline for alleged misconduct. Philippe Loizon, a former deputy chief who made about $115,000 a year, on Tuesday sued Chief Judge Timothy Evans, alleging that Evans, the county’s first African-American chief judge, had discriminated against him because of his race. Evans fired Loizon in May 2017 following a series of Tribune investigations into accusations that a rogue unit of officers under Loizon’s command had improperly teamed up with Chicago police and the FBI to conduct warrantless searches of homes, and coerced probationers to work as police informants. The county paid $110,000 to two Chicago men who alleged in federal civil rights lawsuits that probation officers, joined by the FBI and city police, conducted illegal searches of homes. And a series of gun cases fell apart following accusations of those questionable searches. Loizon, who was assigned to desk duty for two years before he was dismissed, said the Tribune’s accusations were false and were “based primarily on information provided to the reporters by convicted felons.” He said he had a “clean personnel record” and received outstanding job reviews during his 29 years with the probation department. He alleged Evans treated him differently because he is white. “Evans imposed discipline against Loizon in a manner and at a level he had never imposed on an African-American employee of the (department), despite conduct of an egregious nature by some of the African-American employees,” according to the suit. Evans’ spokesman, Pat Milhizer, declined to comment, citing a state Supreme Court rule that he said forbids judges and court personnel from commenting on pending court matters. One of Loizon’s lawyers, Gregory Friedman, declined to comment Wednesday, referring the Tribune to a statement he issued last June. In that statement, Friedman said Loizon was an exemplary employee who was wrongly fired, and that the Tribune had “done a great disservice to a good man. “Throughout his employment, Mr. Loizon performed his duties in an outstanding manner and in conformity with Departmental polices,” Friedman wrote then. “Philippe Loizon was a diligent and dedicated probation officer and Deputy Chief.” In his suit, Loizon identified 12 current and former probation officers, all of whom are black, who allegedly committed misconduct or violated department policy, yet received little or no punishment at all. The suit cited a probation officer who frequently worked to turn probationers into police informants; an officer who falsely claimed to meet with probationers who actually turned out to be in jail or dead; and an officer who shot and wounded a 14-year-old boy. Loizon said that none of those employees were disciplined. Loizon is seeking reinstatement as deputy chief, back pay with interest, compensatory and punitive damages, and his lawyers’ fees and expenses.)
— Jeb Bush speaks in Chicago area day after mother’s death: ‘She would have been very upset if I stayed home’ – Graydon Megan
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elmhurst/news/ct-dob-jeb-bush-elmhurst-tl-0426-story.html
— AG candidate Kwame Raoul’s campaign hired ex-Blagojevich aide convicted in state fraud scheme – Bill Lukitsch, Monique Garcia (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents have made it clear that they would hire a convict before they would hire me.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-kwame-raoul-campaign-worker-20180418-story.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Southern Illinois state Sen. Sam McCann running for gov as third-party candidate – Tina Sfondeles
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/southern-illinois-senator-joins-govs-race-as-third-party-candidate/
— Pritzker, other Illinois Democrats in DC: Foxx Emily’s List ‘rising star’ – Lynn Sweet
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/pritzker-other-illinois-democrats-in-dc-foxx-emilys-list-rising-star/

 

DAILY HERALD
— Downstate conservative roils governor race by declaring candidacy – Marni Pyke
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180419/downstate-conservative-roils-governor-race-by-declaring-candidacy
— Why new gun control walkouts are drawing mixed responses from schools – Marie Wilson
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180417/why-new-gun-control-walkouts-are-drawing-mixed-responses-from-schools

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Here’s where the real estate market has been hottest in 2018 – DENNIS RODKIN
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20180419/CRED0701/180419837

 

LASALLE NEWS TRIBUNE
— La Salle County Republicans buck state party wishes in choosing leadership Jerry Long backed colleague Demmer but McGlasson still region committeeman – Tamara Abbey
http://www.newstrib.com/free/la-salle-county-republicans-buck-state-party-wishes-in-choosing/article_cfdb2a76-43ea-11e8-8d98-3355804d297a.html

 

QUINCY HERALD WHIG
— McCann launches Conservative Party bid for Illinois governor – Doug Wilson
http://www.whig.com/20180419/mccann-launches-conservative-party-bid-for-illinois-governor

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Gun licensing proponents ‘making progress’ on override vote – Brenden Moore
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180418/gun-licensing-proponents-making-progress-on-override-vote
— Remap proponents trying to get issue before voters, but it’s not looking good – Doug Finke
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180418/remap-proponents-trying-to-get-issue-before-voters-but-its-not-looking-good
— McCann to run for governor as Conservative Party candidate – Doug Finke
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180419/mccann-to-run-for-governor-as-conservative-party-candidate

 

NORTHWEST HERALD
— Shannon Teresi appointed as McHenry County auditor
http://www.nwherald.com/2018/04/18/shannon-teresi-appointed-as-mchenry-county-auditor/a9dg6g1/

 

MORRIS HERALD
— Grundy Republicans host candidates at dinner Candidates gearing for November elections – KEVIN SOLARI
http://www.morrisherald-news.com/2018/04/16/grundy-republicans-host-candidates-at-dinner/at7wlks/

 

ALTON DAILY NEWS
— More Progressive Tax Talk in Springfield – Greg Bishop
http://altondailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=17&id=263726#.WtiDD3ly-M8

 

SUBURBAN LIFE
— OUTRAGEOUS: Downers Grove North students plan April 20 walkout in memory of Columbine – BOB RAKOW
http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2018/04/16/downers-grove-north-students-plan-april-20-walkout-in-memory-of-columbine/awb2bd3/

 

POLITICO ILLINOIS
— Illinois governor’s race rattled by new candidate Illinois state Sen. Sam McCann – NATASHA KORECKI
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/19/illinois-governor-race-new-candidate-537367

 

FOX ILLINOIS
— Sen. McCann announces run for Illinois governor
http://foxillinois.com/news/local/sen-mccann-announces-run-for-illinois-governor

 

NPR ILLINOIS
— Gubernatorial Candidates Have Fence-Mending Ahead – DAISY CONTRERAS (DIERSEN: What does Rauner say to his advisors who tell him that the harder that he works against the Illinois Republican Party platform, the more votes that he will get from Democrats and from Independents?)
http://nprillinois.org/post/gubernatorial-candidates-have-fence-mending-ahead#stream/0
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Last month, the state’s voters decided on the Republican and Democratic nominees for governor. But the primaries behind them, the winners still have to convince those who wanted someone else at the top of the ticket. Incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner probably thought he didn’t need to worry about his only Republican opponent, state Rep. Jeanne Ives, during the primary campaign. In the past, he’d called her a “fringe candidate” and decided to forgo campaigning against her until just a few weeks before election day. When the votes were tallied election night, Rauner had snuck past Ives by just 3 percentage points. It was closer than most expected, and the governor acknowledged that in his victory speech by saying he had heard the message those dissatisfied voters were sending him. “I have traveled the state and I have listened to you,” he said in his election night speech. . .Rauner, on the other hand, must try to get more than the 50 percent of Republicans who voted to renew their trust in him and get them out to the polls in November. Chris Mooney, a political science professor at the University of Illinois Chicago, said the governor has the more difficult task of restoring trust with a large segment of his party’s base. “And so the question is can Rauner look to them – he doesn’t have to worry about them voting for Pritzker, I think that’s pretty clear. What he has to do is get them to come out to vote in November.” . . . Rauner has done his best to separate himself from President Trump, but there are similarities in their backgrounds. Both tout success in business and very wealthy. Rauner’s wealth has been a key rallying point for Democrats, who view him as out of touch with the working class and spotlight his attacks on organized labor to make their point. . .Rauner has been traveling the state campaigning, it appears he has yet to bring Ives’ backers into the fold. This may not be an easy feat to accomplish – even for the wealthy governor. Ives was heavily outspent, but she was able to easily tap into the dissatisfaction among conservatives who felt Rauner had broken his promise on key legislation, including a measure to allow public funding for abortions. Despite a push from conservative groups – and even Chicago Cardinal Blaise Cupich – to hold the governor to his word, Rauner signed the legislation into law. Ives herself makes that point, saying many of her supporters feel betrayed. “There are supporter voters of mine, they are saying we are not going to vote for him regardless of what he says.” While the circumstances might be different, the insurgent campaign Ives ran harkens to Donald Trump defeating establishment Republicans on his way to the White House. Those who felt left out, or maybe taken for granted, went for Trump and sent a message. In Illinois, Rauner doesn’t deny there is still work for him to do. Soon after election night, Rauner hit the campaign trail to acknowledge there were some divisive issues. “And I know now, as I’ve known for a while that we need to find common ground to bridge the divides.” As for Ives, she has said she will vote for Rauner but made it clear she has no plans to campaign for him. While both Pritzker and Rauner will spend the next several months telling all voters why they should be elected, they’ll also be busy mending fences – in their own political backyards.)

 

NRA ILA
— Illinois: Committee Passes Bill to Allow Local Infringement of Second Amendment
https://www.nraila.org/articles/20180418/illinois-committee-passes-bill-to-allow-local-infringement-of-second-amendment

 

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Three Women, One Man Elected to Lead McHenry County Republicans – Cal Skinner
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2018/04/18/three-women-one-man-elected-lead-mchenry-county-republicans/
— Number of Petition Signatures Needed to Township Abolition Petitions – Cal Skinner
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2018/04/18/number-petition-signatures-needed-township-abolition-petitions/

 

DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Khouri: More taxes will cause people to flee Illinois – Glenn Minnis
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511393049-khouri-more-taxes-will-cause-people-to-flee-illinois

 

METRO EAST SUN
— Illinois GOP criticizes Bristow for comment about lawmaker raises – Robert Davis (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors in the federal government talked and acted like they had been threatened by Democrat politicians with adverse actions they did not meet/exceed the Affirmative Action (AA), Diversity, and Inclusion quotas, goals, and targets that they had been given. Democrats use AA, Diversity, and Inclusion quotas, goals, and targets to get rid of Republicans, and especially Republicans who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
https://metroeastsun.com/stories/511394529-illinois-gop-criticizes-bristow-for-comment-about-lawmaker-raises
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “Does Monica Bristow honestly believe that she, (House Speaker Mike) Madigan, and her fellow Democrat colleagues deserve a pay raise? If anything, they deserve a pay cut after all the damage they’ve done to Illinois. Monica Bristow is the worst kind of politician – one who is in it for the money, not the middle class,” Illinois Republican Party Spokesman Aaron DeGroot said in the release.)

 

ILLINOIS CHRONICLE
— Rauner outspent Ives 4-1 for lackluster 3-point victory
https://theillinoischronicle.com/chronicle-rauner-outspent-ives-4-1-for-lackluster-3-point-victory/

 

ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
— Homosexual Teacher Shames First-Graders at Illinois School – Laurie Higgins
https://illinoisfamily.org/education/homosexual-teacher-shames-first-graders-at-illinois-school/

 

CAPITOL FAX
— DGA, ILGOP, Pritzker, Rauner respond – Brady accepts caucus resignation *** Sen. Sam McCann announces for governor as Conservative Party candidate Sen.
https://capitolfax.com/2018/04/19/sen-sam-mccann-announces-for-governor-as-conservative-party-candidate/

 

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON
— Gun-Rights Groups File Suit on Behalf of Illinois Day-Care Operators ‘We’re in court to make sure that the state cannot discriminate against day care operators’ – Stephen Gutowski
http://freebeacon.com/issues/gun-rights-groups-file-suit-behalf-illinois-day-care-operators/
— Dream Democrat Agenda Includes Reparations Behind closed doors, wealthy liberal donors plot universal healthcare, free college, and reparations – Brent Scher and Joe Schoffstall (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have hinted/implied/argued/shouted the most that those who share my demographics should pay reparations.)
http://freebeacon.com/politics/revealed-dream-democrat-agenda-includes-reparations/


DAILY CALLER
— Tucker: Affirmative Action College Admissions Are Benefitting Foreigners, Hurting American-Born Minorities – Christian Datoc (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes glorify and praise Affirmative Action (AA), Diversity, and Inclusion. Democrats and RINOs use AA, Diversity, and Inclusion to get rid of Republicans, and especially to get rid of Republicans who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
http://dailycaller.com/2018/04/18/tucker-affirmative-action-college-admissions-are-benefitting-foreigners-at-the-detriment-of-american-born-minorities/

 

HOT AIR
— You Won’t Believe What Tax Reform Will Cost Wealthy Californians In 2019 – ED MORRISSEY (DIERSEN: Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)
https://hotair.com/archives/2018/04/18/wont-believe-tax-reform-will-cost-wealthy-californians-2019/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: President Donald Trump’s tax cuts will be anything but for about 1 million California taxpayers who will owe Uncle Sam more money a year from now. They’re the Californians who will lose a collective $12 billion because the new law caps a deduction they have been able to take for paying their state and local taxes, according to a new analysis by the Franchise Tax Board. Very wealthy Californians earning more than $1 million a year will pay the lion’s share of that money, with 43,000 of them paying a combined $9 billion. It’s not all coming from the wealthy. Another $1.1 billion will come from households earning less than $250,000, hiking their tax liability $4400 on average. That’s not peanuts, but it’s a far cry from the average $209,302 per family that will be owed by those households earning more than a million dollars a year. Put this another way. That represents the federal tax liabilities that everyone else in the country subsidized through SALT. The “progressive” income tax used taxes paid by people in low-tax states to repay the wealthy for their taxes in places like California. The SALT deduction really only comes into play for people who can itemize enough to outstrip the standard deductions, so its benefit plays mostly to the wealthy anyway. It also plays mostly to the benefit of a very few states. California and New York taxpayers soak up almost third of all benefits from SALT deductions; add in New Jersey, Illinois, Texas, and Pennsylvania, and they account for more than half of its benefits.)

 

PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY
— Illinois Senate Republicans Betray Pro-Life Movement in Vote for Equal Rights Amendment – John Schlafly
https://mailchi.mp/cbc03f3e5849/stop-con-con-in-iowa-1225969?e=665804f6c7

 

LIFE ZETTE
— OUTSTANDING: GOP Candidate for Governor Sees Anti-Sanctuary ‘Revolution Brewing’ Republican John Cox highlighted an increasing number of jurisdictions in the Golden State that are opting out of controversial policies – Kathryn Blackhurst
https://www.lifezette.com/polizette/gop-candidate-governor-sees-anti-sanctuary-revolution-brewing-in-california/

 

LIFE SITE NEWS
— Illinois students facing radical LGBT sex ed indoctrination – Elizabeth Johnston
https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/illinois-students-facing-radical-lgbt-sex-ed-indoctrination

 

GOPUSA
— Cuomo restores voting rights to paroled felons by executive order (DIERSEN: What percent of felons vote for Democrats?)
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=44067

 

PARENTS OPPOSED TO POT
— MEDICAL STUDIES DOCUMENT DANGERS RELATED TO MARIJUANA
http://www.poppot.org/2018/04/18/medical-studies-document-dangers-related-to-marijuana/

 

THE HILL
— Guest clashes with Ingraham over losing advertisers – JACQUELINE THOMSEN
http://thehill.com/homenews/media/383899-guest-removed-from-ingrahams-fox-news-show-after-knocking-her-for-losing

 

HUFFINGTON POST
— Laura Ingraham’s Guest Mocks Her On Live TV For Losing Advertisers “A high school kid shut you down!” – Ed Mazza (DIERSEN: Who is dismissive of you? I should write a book about those who have been most dismissive of me. They have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois. They count on me keeping my policy of forgiving those who trespass against me.)
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/laura-ingraham_us_5ad82393e4b03c426dab4120
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Fox News host appeared to reach her limit with Morones before he even made the crack, saying he was being dismissive of fellow guest John Cox, a Republican candidate for governor in California, during a debate over immigration. “You’ve been so incredibly rude and nasty since almost the first second of this appearance,” she said, according to footage posted online by Media Matters. Moments later, Morones vanished from the screen.)

 

CNN
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump is running again. An anti-Trump says that “many Republicans aren’t ready to back him” again.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/19/politics/congress-republicans-trump-second-term/index.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats use a baby to demonize, denigrate, and condemn Republicans.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/18/politics/tammy-duckworth-senate-baby-rules/index.html

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS
— Trump rewrites history on rationale for firing Comey – ZEKE MILLER (DIERSEN: Of course, officially, my Democrat GAO superiors deny that they forced me to take the early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old. But why then did they a) give me unfair performance expectations and appraisals, b) always rank me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, c) not promote me beyond GS-13, d) get rid of my mentor in 1987, e) keep me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and f) force me to take an $19,203 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980?)
https://apnews.com/9dc286128f7b441aafc04f45a86d0c37/Trump-rewrites-history-on-rationale-for-firing-Comey

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— Robot Conquers One of the Hardest Human Tasks: Assembling Ikea Furniture Researchers in Singapore explained how they created a robot that could devise and execute a plan to put together an Ikea chair. – Niraj Chokshi (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, researchers will never be able to create a robot that can put GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and send them out.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/18/science/robots-ikea-furniture.html

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Tax Overhaul Remains Unpopular, Poll Shows Overall, 27% view law as good idea, while 36% see it as bad idea; Republicans hoped law would become more popular after enactment – Janet Hook (DIERSEN: Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/tax-overhaul-remains-unpopular-poll-shows-1523912555

 

CHEAT SHEET
— These Are the Presidents Who Came From Poverty (and How Donald Trump Compares) – Jess Bolluyt (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth and that the I have always been privileged. I should write a book how much money the parents of my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes had/have.)
https://www.cheatsheet.com/culture/presidents-who-came-from-poverty.html/

 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
— Gov. Cuomo’s cruel, chilling threat to community organizers – JAVIER VALDES and JONATHAN WESTIN
http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/gov-cuomo-cruel-chilling-threat-community-organizers-article-1.3942017

 

WCNC
— Man says someone torched his Corvette because he’s gay Torched tires, charred rims and a smoldering V8 engine are all you can make of what used to be Seth Headley’s 1992 Corvette. The 27-year-old said his roommate frantically woke him up around 5 a.m. telling him his car was engulfed. – Fred Shropshire, Mitzi Morris
http://www.wcnc.com/article/news/man-says-someone-torched-his-corvette-because-hes-gay/275-542956530

 

FED SMITH
— Is Pay-for-Performance Coming? – Jeff Neal (DIERSEN: Democrat supervisors in the federal government use the tremendous subjectivity in Pay-for-Performance a) to reward their employees who are Democrat, and especially their Democrat employees who are minority, female, and/or younger and b) to get rid of their employees who are Republican, and especially their Republican employees who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)

https://www.fedsmith.com/2018/04/18/pay-performance-coming/

 

AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE
— Ford Mustang Celebrates Its 54th Birthday – Todd Lassa
http://www.automobilemag.com/news/ford-mustang-celebrates-its-54th-birthday/?wc_mid=4035:11757&wc_rid=4035:1595831&_wcsid=F7E1FD70A3F1997719B31E6DC7785DA48A5E9717FFA530FD
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Ford also took the opportunity to announce that the Mustang is the world’s bestselling sports car for its third year in a row. Ford sold 125,809 Mustangs in 146 countries in 2017, with sales of 81,866 in the U.S., and 7,125 in China. Ford says it has sold 418,000 globally since the Mustang went international again in 2015, and despite the cost of gasoline elsewhere, the GT with its 5.0-liter V-8 is the most popular model. So perhaps the marque might claim “world’s bestselling muscle car,” too.)

April 18 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Jeb Bush talks about mom at Elmhurst College forum: “I’m so blessed to be her son” – Will Jones
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/jeb-bush-talks-about-mom-at-elmhurst-college-forum-im-so-blessed-to-be-her-son/3361838/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Court hears arguments in appeal by former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock on corruption charges – AP
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-aaron-schock-appeal-charges-20180418-story.html
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE IN NAPERVILLE SUN: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in getting teens to serve as their operatives and as their dupes.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/news/ct-nvs-gen-z-civic-engage-st-0415-story.html
— Pedal pubs banned citywide in Naperville – Erin Hegarty
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/news/ct-nvs-pedal-pub-ban-naperville-st-0420-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who want to abolish the Second Amendment say “A ‘sanctuary county’ in Illinois for paranoid gun owners? I’ll help you move!”
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/huppke/ct-met-effingham-county-gun-sanctuary-huppke-20180418-story.html
— Bill that would ban tackle football for kids under 12 in Illinois won’t be called for vote, likely is dead – Steve Sadin
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-tackle-football-ban-bill-illinois-20180418-story.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Now it’s Madame Chairman: ‘Proud’ Democrat Preckwinkle makes party history – Rachel Hinton email and Alexandra Arriaga
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/now-its-madame-chairman-preckwinkle-makes-history-as-new-cook-county-dem-chief/
— Ex-Rep. Aaron Schock asks appellate court in Chicago to toss his indictment – Jon Seidel
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/aaron-schock-federal-appeals-court-argument-charges-dismissed/
— When you can buy a sports team and live on a yacht, why run for governor? – Phil Kadner
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/when-you-can-buy-a-sports-team-and-live-on-a-yacht-why-run-for-governor/
— What about kids trapped in cars? Aldermen want to protect them by fining parents – Fran Spielman
https://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/what-about-kids-trapped-in-cars-aldermen-want-to-protect-them-by-fining-parents/

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Illinois House approves Trump tax-cap workaround – GREG HINZ
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20180418/BLOGS02/180419842/illinois-house-approves-trump-tax-cap-workaround
— A new effort to bring remap reform to Illinois – GREG HINZ
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20180418/BLOGS02/180419845/a-new-effort-to-bring-remap-reform-to-illinois

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in getting religious leaders to serve as their operatives and their dupes.
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180417/cardinal-cupich-to-illinois-lawmakers-show-moral-courage-override-gun-law-veto

 

NORTHWEST HERALD
— Rep. David McSweeney’s township bill passes Illinois House, 80-22
http://www.nwherald.com/2018/04/17/rep-david-mcsweeneys-township-bill-passes-illinois-house-80-22/alvz9ky/

 

WAND
— Disability caregivers rally for living wage
http://www.wandtv.com/story/37985435/disability-caregivers-rally-for-living-wage
— Volunteers rally for override of Governor’s Gun Dealer Licensing Act veto
http://www.wandtv.com/story/37984537/volunteers-rally-for-override-of-governors-gun-dealer-licensing-act-veto

 

WHEATON PATCH
— DuPage County To Hold Discovery Recount Of Some Primary Results The April 25 recount will include votes from the Fox River and Countryside Fire and Rescue Districts. – Lisa Marie Farver
https://patch.com/illinois/wheaton/dupage-county-hold-discovery-recount-some-primary-results

 

BRUCE RAUNER
— AUDIO: Governor Rauner Discuss Trade Mission on WLS Radio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIhUIxihxLM&feature=youtu.be

 

PRAIRIE STATE WIRE
— Relying on Rauner, Illinois GOP, House Republicans had just 2 individual donations in 1st quarter
https://prairiestatewire.com/stories/511394195-relying-on-rauner-illinois-gop-house-republicans-had-just-2-individual-donations-in-1st-quarter

 

ILLINOIS CHRONICLE
— Republican State Senator McCann expected to challenge Rauner, on Conservative Party line
https://theillinoischronicle.com/chronicle-republican-state-senator-mccann-expected-to-challenge-rauner-on-conservative-party-line/

 

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— 17TH CD STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEEWOMAN JAN WEBER RE-ASSERTS HER DESIRE FOR RE-ELECTION
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/04/17th-cd-state-central-committeewoman-jan-weber-re-asserts-her-desire-for-re-election-.html
— PRECKWINKLE ELECTED NEW CHAIRMAN OF COOK COUNTY DEMOCRATS; BERRIOS OUSTED
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/04/preckwinkle-elected-new-chairman-of-cook-county-democrats-berrios-ousted.html
— THORNER & O’NEIL: BIASED, PROGRESSIVE MEDIA IS UPROOTING THE NATION’S FOUNDING PRINCIPLES
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/04/thorner-oneil-biased-progressive-media-is-uprooting-the-nations-founding-principles.html
— WHO’S AFFECTING CHANGE IN YOUR STATE CAPITOL? THIS WEEK IN ILLINOIS, IT’S PLANNED PARENTHOOD
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/04/whos-affecting-change-in-your-state-capitol-.html
— MCCANN’S NOTHING BURGER COULD NOW BE APPEARING THURSDAY
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/04/mccanns-nothing-burger-could-now-be-appearing-thursday-.html

 

CAPITOL FAX
— Pritzker hit yet again on taxes
https://capitolfax.com/2018/04/18/pritzker-hit-yet-again-on-taxes/

 

GOPUSA
— Dick’s destroying all the guns it pulled from its shelves (DIERSEN: Those who want to destroy America are overjoyed about that.)
http://www.gopusa.com/dicks-destroying-all-the-guns-it-pulled-from-its-shelves/
— France’s futile hope to ‘reform’ Islam
http://www.gopusa.com/frances-futile-hope-to-reform-islam/

 

CHRISTIAN POST
— Evangelical Leaders’ Wheaton College Meeting Was Not Anti-Trump, Organizer Clarifies – Samuel Smith
https://www.christianpost.com/news/evangelical-leaders-wheaton-college-meeting-was-not-anti-trump-organizer-clarifies-223070/

 

NEW AMERICAN
— Evangelical Leaders Critical of Trump Strategize at “Invitation Only” Meeting – Dave Bohon
https://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/faith-and-morals/item/28782-evangelical-leaders-critical-of-trump-strategize-at-invitation-only-meeting

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— The Wages of Tax Reform Are Going to America’s Workers In a dynamic, competitive economy, what’s good for companies is good for their employees. – Kevin Hassett
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-wages-of-tax-reform-are-going-to-americas-workers-1524005516

 

BROOKINGS
— Trump voters in Democratic primaries? A closer look at Illinois’s 3rd Congressional District – Elaine Kamarck, Alexander Podkul, and Nicholas W. Zeppos (DIERSEN: 219 voted in the March 20, 2018 primary in my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 in Wheaton. 62 (28%) changed their party affiliation. 23 (10%) changed from Republican to Democrat. 21 (10%) changed from Independent to Democrat. 16 (7%) changed from Independent to Republican. 2 (1%) changed from Democrat to Republican.)
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2018/04/18/trump-voters-in-democratic-primaries-a-closer-look-at-illinoiss-3rd-congressional-district/

 

FED WEEK
— New Document Spells Our Carrot-and-Stick Approach to Workplace Policy
http://www.fedweek.com/fedweek/administration-stresses-focus-on-federal-employee-performance/

 

WINDY CITY TIMES
— Log Cabin Republicans claims to be locally reactivated – Matt Simonette
http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Log-Cabin-Republicans-claims-to-be-locally-reactivated/62630.html

 

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— APRIL 13, 2016 FLASHBACK: 241 of DuPage County’s 539 elected Republican Precinct Committeemen attended the DuPage County Republican Central Committee’s (DCRCC) biannual county convention Wednesday evening, April 13, 2016, at the Jack Knuepfer Administration Building in Wheaton, and unanimously elected Brian Krajewski as DCRCC Chairman and Chris Kachiroubas as DCRCC Secretary. Attendees include Abbate, Anderson, Atkinson, Berlin, Blass, Boltz, Bond, Brennan, Bucholz, Canzolino, Carlson, Carlyle, Caruso, Crane, Cronin, Dabrowski, Dangelo, DiCianni, Dillard, Durante, Eckhoff, Elliott, Fawell, Fichtner, Fisher, Given, Grasso, Grant, Grimsby, Grogan, Healy, Henry, Hinds, Hois, Holan, Hundhausen, Keller, Khouri, Kmiecik, Kovacevic, Krzyzewski, Kubinski, Larsen, LeVan, Lewis, Lofgren, Loftus, Lowe, Malm, Marchese, Martinez, McGowen, McNeily, Mendrick, Minor, Muehlfelt, Murphy, Nathawani, Noonan, Olsen, Painter, Pollastrini, Puchalski, Redick, Reboletti, Ryan, Santucci, Schultz, Shaw, Slinger, Stern, Straub, Tornatore, Tornga, Valle, Veenstra, Wehling, Whelan, Wiley, Winger, Wozniak, Wurster, Yurgaitis, and Zay. Addison township had the best turnout of elected committeeman – 40 of 54 (74%), then Downers Grove with 53 of 105 (51%), then Lisle with 19 of 39 (49%), then Milton with 40 of 89 (45%), then Wayne with 21 of 49 (43%), then Naperville with 11 of 26 (43%), then York with 27 of 79 (34%), then Bloomingdale with 23 of 70 (33%), and then Winfield with 7 of 28 (25%). – Dave Diersen
http://www.gopillinois.com

 

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— APRIL 17, 2014 FLASHBACK: Illinois Republicans anxiously await the Illinois Republican Party to post on its website www.weareillinois.com the following information from the 102 Republican county conventions held Wednesday evening, April 16, 2014. – Dave Diersen
http://www.gopillinois.com
— The names of the 102 county party chairmen and other officers who were elected.
— The weighted vote that each of Illinois’ 18 congressional districts has.
— The names of the 18 Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Central Committee (SCC) member who were elected.
— For each of the 18 IRP SCC races, the number of votes that each of candidates received broken out by county, township, and ward.
— The number of elected precinct committeemen who attended each of the 101 county conventions outside of Cook County broken out by townships

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— APRIL 17, 2014 FLASHBACK: Ruscitti and Fawell reelected to lead the DuPage County Republican Party; 284 Republican Precinct Committeemen attend; Attendees include Bellock, Biggert, Breen, Bucholz, Cantore, Carlin, Cerne, Connelly, Cronin, Dillard, Fichtner, Grasso, Grant, Grogan, Hamilton, Healy, Henry, Hinds, Holan, Hultgren, Ives, Kachiroubas, King, Kleeman, Krajewski, Larsen, Lewis, Murphy, Noonan, Painter, Schillerstrom, Tornatore, Whelan, Wiley, Winger, Wozniak, Zannis, and Zaruba. – Dave Diersen
http://www.gopillinois.com

284 of DuPage County’s 517 elected Republican Precinct Committeemen attended the DuPage County Republican Central Committee’s (DCRCC) biannual county convention Wednesday evening, April 16, 2014, at the Jack Knuepfer Administration Building in Wheaton, and unanimously reelected Darlene Ruscitti as DCRCC Chairman and Jeff Fawell as DCRCC Secretary.

– 59 of the 104 elected Republican Precinct Committeemen in Downers Grove Township attended including Bellock, Biggert, Dillard, Grogan, Krajewski, Olsen, and Painter
– 48 of the 90 in Milton Township attended including Bucholz, Carlson, Caruso, Cherry, Crane, Falbo, Fawell, Galvin, Grasso, Grant, Heidorn, Hinkle, Ives, Jacobsen, Keller, Krzyzewski, Larsen, Levan, Lofgren, McGowen, Molitor, Muehlfelt, Ryan, Shaw, Smith, Wagner, Wehling, and Zaruba
– 40 of the 64 in Bloomingdale Township attended including Dabrowski, Hundhausen, Levato, Ruscitti, and Tornatore
– 33 of the 55 in Addison Township attended including Durante, Kachiroubas, Moretti, Veenstra, and Winger
– 30 of the 67 in York Township attended including Breen, Cantore, Cronin, Fichtner, Hinds, Kordik, Ledonne, Stern, and Valle
– 25 of the 45 in Lisle Township attended including Carlin, Connelly, Loftus, Martinez, and Wozniak
– 23 of the 40 in Wayne Township attended including Marchese, Murphy, Pollastrini, Ramey, and Wiley
– 14 of the 34 in Naperville Township attended including Carlyle, Dixon, Fee, Furstenau, Healy, Schillerstrom, Vician, and Yurgaitis
– 12 of the 18 in Winfield Township attended including Brown, Hultgren, Johnson, Tornga, and Zegel

Attendees also included Anderson, Bond, Cattoni, Cerne, Colgan, Dorgan, Dusza, Filipello, Hamilton, Henry, Holan, Jatczak, Kain, King, Kmiecik, Lewis, Morrissey, Noonan, Puchalski, Salerno, Schroeder, Trowbridge, Whelan, Wilkins, and Zannis.

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— APRIL 17, 2014 FLASHBACK: DuPage County Republicans anxiously await the DuPage County Republican Party to post on its website http://www.dupagegop.com/ a) the weighted vote that each Illinois Republican Party State Central Committee candidate received and the number of committeemen who voted for them broken out by township and b) the names of the newly elected township party officers. – Dave Diersen
http://www.gopillinois.com

April 18 Morning Edition

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— If you live outside of Cook County, if you have an elected Republican Precinct Committeeman, questions to ask him/her today – Dave Diersen
http://www.gopillinois.com
– Are you going to attend your Republican county party convention this evening, and if not, why not?
– What is your weighted vote, that is, how many Republican ballots were cast in your precinct for the March 20, 2018 primary?
– Who are the candidates for Republican county party offices, how well do you know them, what have they promised to do if elected, who has endorsed them, which ones are you going to vote for, and why?
– Who are the candidates for the Illinois Republican Party State Central Committee position for your congressional district, how well do you know them, what have they promised to do if elected, who has endorsed them, which ones are you going to vote for, and why?
– Who are the newly elected officers of your Republican township party organization, how well do you know them, what did they promise to do if elected, who endorsed them?

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Toni Preckwinkle expected to ascend to Cook County Democratic chairman today – Hal Dardick (DIERSEN: Why isn’t the Chicago Tribune reporting like this on races for a) Illinois Republican Party (IRP) county and township party offices and b) IRP State Central Committeemen offices?)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-preckwinkle-democratic-chairman-20180417-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Every two years, potential candidates line up to make their pitches to party leaders. The ones who win endorsement are asked to contribute $40,000 to the party, which uses the money on election mailings, robocalls and get-out-the-vote efforts. And when the primaries are done, the party works to elect the nominees in the general election. The names of endorsed candidates are placed on palm cards — lists of party-endorsed candidates handed out by precinct committeemen. But what was once a monolithic effort is no longer. Many ward and township committeemen now go their own way, omitting the names of endorsed candidates and sometimes replacing them with their preferred candidates — as happened with Kaegi in many townships and wards.)
— Emanuel to appear at event sponsored by conservative Koch brothers – Rick Pearson and Bill Ruthhart
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-rahm-emanuel-koch-brothers-20180418-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats promote Casten
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/news/ct-nvs-roskam-casten-campaign-money-st-0418-story.html
— Trump campaign rebukes Indiana candidate signs – AP
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-bc-us–indiana-senate-rokita-20180418-story.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Machine shifting gears? Toni Preckwinkle poised to make history – Alexandra Arriaga (DIERSEN: Why isn’t the Chicago Sun-Times reporting like this on races for a) Illinois Republican Party (IRP) county and township party offices and b) IRP State Central Committeemen offices?)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/machine-shifting-gears-toni-preckwinkle-poised-to-make-history/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “Given this moment of heightened racial awareness … having a black woman as head of the political party in Cook County says that at least there is an overt acknowledgement that African Americans and women are good leaders,” said Jacky Grimshaw, a former aide to Mayor Harold Washington, the city’s first black mayor. “That’s not to say that the party has overcome its racial bias.” The party that Preckwinkle would lead looks different than the one Berrios took over in 2007. Berrios spokeswoman Monica Trevino said in a statement that under Berrios’ leadership, the number of minority Democratic candidates increased by 76 percent, and twice as many women have been slated for countywide office. “The leadership of the Cook County Democratic Party is mostly men, mostly white and mostly old school,” Carol Marin wrote in a 2007 Sun-Times column prior to Berrios’ election as chairman. Berrios took over shortly before Barack Obama won his election as the first African American U.S. president. “There’s even more reason to breathe some life, some youth and some real diversity into the leadership of this sickly organization,” Marin wrote back then.)
— The question now is what can Blago offer Trump? – Editorial (DIERSEN: What should I offer to do to curry favor with my critics/opponents? Should I offer to a) include in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails only what they want me to, b) stop sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, c) resign as a Republican Precinct Committeeman, d) glorify and praise them, e) pander to them, f) serve as one of their operatives or dupes, g) give them lots of money, and/or h) accept blame for causing all of their problems, for causing all of your problems, for causing all of my problems, and for causing all of everyone’s problems? Just kidding.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/editorial-the-question-now-is-what-can-blago-offer-trump/

 

WGN TV
— IRS extends tax-filing due to glitch with agency’s website – AP
http://wgntv.com/2018/04/17/irs-extends-tax-filing-due-to-glitch-with-agencys-website/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Immediate help needed: IRS badly needs a new computer system – Stephen Mihm
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-irs-computer-system-outage-0418-story.html
— Doctor working for Cook County tallied $248K in unauthorized expenses — including piano, flights, iTunes charges – Gregory Pratt
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-cook-county-doctor-expense-reports-20180413-story.html

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— The top large companies to work for – MONICA GINSBURG (DIERSEN: The Democrats who run the federal government could hint/imply/argue/shout that the federal government is the best place to work for if you are a Democrat, and especially if you are minority, female, younger, and/or veteran. The federal government uses Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion to waste the careers of and to get rid of its employees who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran that it does not promote to GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40.)
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20180412/ISSUE01/180419965#utm_medium=email&utm_source=ccb-morning10&utm_campaign=ccb-morning10-20180418

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— UNACCEPTABLE: Bill giving cities control over assault weapons rules passes Senate committee – Brenden Moore
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180417/bill-giving-cities-control-over-assault-weapons-rules-passes-senate-committee
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Critics charged, however, the legislation would threaten people’s constitutional rights and the lack of uniformity in the “patchwork” of ordinances could lead to confusion that would open up gun owners to criminal liability. “When you talk about patchwork and you bring in cell phones and cigarettes, they don’t compare,” said Ed Sullivan of the Illinois Rifle Association. “You don’t have a right to a cigarette or a right to a cell phone, but you do have a constitutional right to a semiautomatic weapon.”)
— Time to throw away golden parachutes for public employees – Editorial (DIERSEN: Do/will my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes paint my early retirement as being a “golden parachute?” Since September of 1997, my Democrat GAO superiors have had the Civil Service Retirement System pay me $4,322/month in today’s dollars TO NOT COME TO WORK. So far, in today’s dollars, that has been $1,067,534. However, being forced to retire is an “adverse action.”)
http://www.sj-r.com/opinion/20180417/our-view-time-to-throw-away-golden-parachutes-for-public-employees

 

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Both of C-U’s statewide-office candidates (Harold & Raoul) in good financial shape – Tom Kacich (DIERSEN: One could hint/imply/argue/shout that if you have sought or accepted money from Rauner, that is, from the Illinois Republican Party (IRP), after Rauner dumped the traditional family, right to life, and immigration planks in the IRP platform, you too have dumped the traditional family, right to life, and immigration planks in the IRP platform.)
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2018-04-18/tom-kacich-both-c-us-statewide-office-candidates-good-financial-shape.html
— Police, fire pensions putting heavy pressure on towns – Jim Dey
http://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/columns/2018-04-18/jim-dey-police-fire-pensions-putting-heavy-pressure-towns.html

 

ALTON DAILY NEWS
— Lawmakers in Springfield are moving resolutions to oppose President Donald Trump’s policies in Washington D.C. – Greg Bishop (DIERSEN: To get elected, Trump promised to defend and advance the Republican Party platform. Trump’s policies should be opposed when they do not defend and advance the Republican Party platform.)
http://altondailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=17&id=263655#.WtcaiYyKSM8

 

EVANSTON ROUNDTABLE
— Nichols’ Use of Racial Affinity Groups Questioned, and Defended – Larry Gavin
http://evanstonroundtable.com/Main.asp?SectionID=16&SubSectionID=27&ArticleID=14941
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Commissioner Kirsanow’s Letter Mr. Kirsanow, an African American who is generally regarded as holding conservative views, made clear in his letter that he was sending the letter as one member of the Commission, not on behalf of the Commission. Mr. Kirsanow said he assumes the segregated meetings were instituted in response to a recommendation in District 65’s May 2017 Equity Report that the District create “social identity affinity groups.” He said, “I am astonished that District 65 spent taxpayer money on a report that includes the recommendation, ‘separate teachers by race.’ Separating teachers by race fosters racial division and is prima facie unlawful. By its nature, it forces teachers to view themselves in terms of what divides them, rather than what they have in common. It also encourages a binary view of society that, depending on your perspective, is either, ‘whites against everyone else’ or ‘everyone else against whites.’ It may even foster a sense among both groups that they are threatened by the other. “However well-intentioned, this is segregation for the 21st century,” Mr. Kirsanow said. “Unless a legitimate, nondiscriminatory educational reason can be articulated, the segregation almost certainly would be found unlawful. Discussions of politically correct notions of ‘privilege,’ unsupported by methodological rigor, do not qualify as legitimate reasons, and they are by their own definition discriminatory.” The letter also suggested that the District’s hiring practices may run afoul of prohibitions against racial discrimination in hiring. He also raised a question about the Equity Report’s analysis of the achievement gap. While stating that the achievement gap is concerning, he says, “It’s interesting that the equity report assiduously avoids any examination of the home lives of the children as a possible partial explanation for the achievement gap. “The racially-conscious efforts you and District 65 have undertaken will foster racial division instead of racial understanding. Sending teachers to racially separate meetings is a stark picture of the future you are sowing. You are encouraging students and teachers to view each other as members of groups, not as individuals.”)

 

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Bill Allowing Voters to Abolish Township Government Passes House
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2018/04/18/bill-allowing-voters-abolish-township-government-passes-house/

 

NORTH COOK NEWS
— Q&A with GOP State Central Committee candidate Charlene Foss-Eggemann – Glenn Minnis
https://northcooknews.com/stories/511393071-q-a-with-gop-state-central-committee-candidate-charlene-foss-eggemann

 

DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Ives disappointed with House members who shot down victims right to notification about ethics complaints – Glenn Minnis (DIERSEN: Constructively, federal employees who file complains about patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation have “no rights at all.” The federal government is run by Democrats who promote patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation. Republican Presidents, Republican U.S. Senators, and Republican U.S. Representatives have done little or nothing about the aforesaid. They certainly threw me under the bus, they certainly flushed me down their toilet.)
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511392329-ives-disappointed-with-house-members-who-shot-down-victims-right-to-notification-about-ethics-complaints
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) has rarely ever been more disappointed in the actions of lawmakers in Springfield than she is over the way they ultimately responded to House Bill 4840. “I thought this would be an easy bill to get out of committee,” Ives told the Prairie State Wire of the bill she argues would have given Illinois residents who file an ethics complaint with the sate inspector general more of a voice in the process. “It made complete sense to me because as it is they have no rights at all.”)

 

FREEDOM’S JOURNAL
— A MAYOR’S MOST IMPORTANT JOB – Walter E. Williams
https://freedomsjournalinstitute.org/latest-news/opinion/a-mayors-most-important-job/
— TRUMP’S VITALLY IMPORTANT ANTI-POVERTY INITIATIVE – Star Parker
https://freedomsjournalinstitute.org/latest-news/opinion/trumps-vitally-important-anti-poverty-initiative/

 

BREITBART
— Business, GOP, Squash E-Verify Ballot in Florida – NEIL MUNRO (DIERSEN: If you oppose E-Verify, you are anti-American, anti-Republican, anti-employee, anti-Trump supporter, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://www.breitbart.com/2018-elections/2018/04/17/business-squashes-e-verify-ballot-florida/

 

DAILY CALLER
— OUTRAGEOUS: Gorsuch Joins Liberals To Make Deportations Harder – Kevin Daley
http://dailycaller.com/2018/04/17/gorsuch-joins-with-liberals-deportations/
— AP’s Latest History Textbook Says Christians And Conservatives Are Racists – JOSHUA GILL (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps promote hatred against those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older people, rich people, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://dailycaller.com/2018/04/17/ap-us-history-textbook-christians-conservatives-racists/
— Starbucks’ Latest Controversy Demonstrates The Elite’s Racial Hypocrisy – Scott Greer
http://dailycaller.com/2018/04/18/starbucks-elite-racial-discrimination/
— 6 Rules To Remember When Building A Website For Your Business – ROB TEITELMAN (DIERSEN: Beyond tragically, ever-increasingly, conservatives and Republicans a) dump their websites, b) stop sending out emails, and c) jump in bed with the Democrat Facebook. Facebook is anti-conservative and anti-Republican.)
http://dailycaller.com/2018/04/17/6-rules-to-remember-when-building-a-website-for-your-business/

 

ROLL CALL
— NRCC Chairman Urges Members to Keep Talking Taxes Republicans view the tax overhaul as a salient campaign issue – Bridget Bowman (DIERSEN: The problem with that is that many millions of voters a) have never paid any federal income tax, b) have paid very little federal income tax, and/or c) will pay very little or no federal income tax for the rest of their lives. Overwhelmingly, the aforesaid voters want members of the following groups to pay lots more federal income tax: Trump supporters, Protestant, conservatives, patriotic people, Republicans, Americans, Whites, males, older people, rich people, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time, married couples, homeowners, those who have no dependents, etc.)
https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/nrcc-chairman-urges-members-to-keep-talking-taxes

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— I.R.S. Website Crashes on Tax Day as Millions Tried to File Returns – Alan Rappeport
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/17/us/politics/want-to-pay-your-taxes-come-back-later-says-irs.html

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Facebook Provides a Preview of Its Privacy Makeover – Deepa Seetharaman (DIERSEN: If you want privacy, government and politics are not for you. I you have any skeletons in your closet, government and politics are not for you. Government is nasty. Politics is nasty. Your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes will use everything that they can find out about you against you.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-provides-a-preview-of-its-privacy-makeover-1524027600
— Prizes for Everyone: How Colleges Use Scholarships to Lure Students Merit awards are important component of many schools’ enrollment strategies – Melissa Korn (DIERSEN: When you were in high school, how much “merit” did you display? Were you considered to be college material? While I attended Crete-Monee High School 1962-1966, I took college preparatory courses notwithstanding the fact that many, if not most, if not virtually everyone at the time viewed me as NOT being “college material.” Neither of my parents had attended college. My father was the first of his ancestors to earn a high school diploma. My mother never attended high school. I spent my junior and senior years and the summer in between washing dishes for the minimum wage in the basement of the S.S. Kresges in Chicago Heights. I just barely made into the top 20% of my class, my ACT score was only 24, I was draft bait, my eyesight could not be corrected to 20/20, I had partial red/green color blindness, and I had Osgood-Schlatter disease (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osgood%E2%80%93Schlatter_disease). Further, my father had fought type 1 diabetes from age 14. I am sure that many thought that I would soon come down with type 1 diabetes too.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/prizes-for-everyone-how-colleges-use-scholarships-to-lure-students-1523957400
(FROM THE ARTICLE: At George Washington University, nearly half of all undergraduates receive the school’s Presidential Academic Scholarship. The prizes go to “the most competitive applicants in the pool,” admissions materials say, and include awards of $5,000 to $30,000 for each student. At some other colleges, a solid majority of students get similarly hefty scholarships. At still others, virtually everyone gets them. Hundreds of colleges and universities are using academic scholarships and other merit-based financial aid to gain an edge in a battle for students. The scholarships make students feel wanted and let families think they’re getting a good deal, like a shopper who buys an expensive sweater on sale.)

 

MONEY MAGAZINE
— A Growing Cult of Millennials Is Obsessed With Early Retirement. – ELIZABETH O’BRIEN (DIERSEN: The earlier that you retire, the less money that you will have to spend during your retirement, that is, the lower that your standard of living will be while you are retired.)
http://time.com/money/5241566/vicki-robin-financial-independence-retire-early/

 

FEDERAL TIMES
— Former Minnesota FBI agent pleads guilty to leaking to media – AP (DIERSEN: Should I sue my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who falsely claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican and have hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I leak to the Democrat news media? They routinely leak to Rich Miller and to the rest of the Democrat news media and they do not want me to a) know about their events and other activities, promote their events and other activities, c) attend their events, or d) report on their events and other activities.)
https://www.federaltimes.com/federal-oversight/doj-fbi/2018/04/17/former-minnesota-fbi-agent-pleads-guilty-to-leaking-to-media/

April 17 Evening Edition

WLS AM
— Congressman Roskam: Trump should “put away the twitter feed” – Kimberly Kaczmarek
http://www.wlsam.com/2018/04/17/congressman-roskam-trump-should-put-away-the-twitter-feed/

 

ABC7
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in getting Democrats to call for abolishing the Second Amendment.
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/cupich-loyola-medicine-call-on-ill-lawmakers-to-pass-gun-bill/3356385/
— World leaders and friends offer condolences after former First Lady passes
http://abc7chicago.com/society/outpouring-of-condolences-after-barbara-bush-passes-away/3358303/

 

NBC5
— Locals Boycott Starbucks After Racial-Bias Training (DIERSEN: Federal employees are required to take lots of racial-bias training.)
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/locals-boycott-starbucks-after-racial-bias-training-480055953.html

 

CBS2
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in getting Democrats to call for abolishing the Second Amendment.
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/video/category/spoken-word-wbbmtv/3847329-cupich-urges-lawmakers-to-override-rauner-veto-of-gun-dealer-licensing-legislation/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Rauner, Pritzker spent more than $100 per vote to win Illinois governor primaries – Rick Pearson (DIERSEN: I wonder how much of my time and how much of my money do I spend for each time someone reads one of my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-rauner-pritzker-campaign-spending-20180417-story.html
— The ERA would take away rights from women – Anne Schlafly Cori, Alton, Ill.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/ct-era-illinois-womens-rights-schlafly-20180416-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in getting Democrats to call for abolishing the Second Amendment.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-cardinal-cupich-gun-dealer-bill-20180417-story.html
— Illinois sanctions Blue Cross for Medicaid program violations – Lisa Schencker
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-medicaid-blue-cross-sanctions-0419-story.html
— Crisis hits Harvey, but money pressures squeeze many towns – Ted Slowik
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/opinion/ct-sta-slowik-harvey-pension-crisis-st-0418-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, if you oppose the promotion of LGBTQ activity, those who promote LGBTQ activity get rid of you.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-gay-teacher-rally-burlington-20180417-story.html
— Based on Boehner’s reversal, pot politics can depend on when you ask – Clarence Page (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/page/ct-perspec-page-marijuana-legalization-boehner-20180417-story.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Rauner seeks Illinois jobs in Germany, Poland — and intel on budget, Pritzker – Tina Sfondeles
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/rauner-seeks-illinois-jobs-in-germany-poland-and-intel-on-budget-pritzker/
— Chuy goes after Burke for property tax appeals work for Trump Tower – Fran Spielman
https://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/chuy-goes-after-burke-for-property-tax-appeals-work-for-trump-tower/
— Enough with the golden parachutes for top public executives – Editorial
https://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/editorial-enough-with-the-golden-parachutes-for-top-public-executives/
— Skip the political ads, Mr. Pritzker and Gov. Rauner, and save Illinois – Arne Duncan and Michael Pfleger
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/skip-the-political-ads-mr-pritzker-and-gov-rauner-and-save-illinois/
— Trump lawyer’s family lent $20M to wife of Chicago cab mogul – Tim Novak
https://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/trump-lawyers-family-lent-20m-to-wife-of-chicago-cab-mogul/
— Bills to curtail LGBTQ rights are failing in state legislatures – AP (DIERSEN: What are your demographics? What rights do you have because of your demographics?)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/lgbtq/lgbtq-rights-legislation-curtail-failing-state-legislatures/

 

DAILY HERALD
— Appellate court: Breuder lawsuit can continue against College of DuPage – Robert Sanchez
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180417/appellate-court-breuder-lawsuit-can-continue-against-college-of-dupage-
— IRS electronic filing system breaks down hours before tax deadline – Jeffrey Stein and Mike DeBonis
http://www.dailyherald.com/business/20180417/irs-electronic-filing-system-breaks-down-hours-before-tax-deadline
— DuPage expanding its response to the opioid crisis – Robert Sanchez
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180417/dupage-expanding-its-response-to-the-opioid-crisis
— California city approves ordinance against sanctuary policy – AP
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20180417/news/304179933/

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— GOP PAC doles out ad dollars for House races—and the omissions are interesting – GREG HINZ
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20180417/BLOGS02/180419867/gop-pac-doles-out-ad-dollars-for-house-races-and-the-omissions-are
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Make of this what you will, but U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, is line for only mid-level support so far from a top GOP PAC. And neighbor Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, isn’t getting anything at all.)
— Rauner stops sending Medicaid patients to Blue Cross – KRISTEN SCHORSCH
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20180417/NEWS03/180419858/rauner-stops-sending-medicaid-patients-to-blue-cross

 

WBBM NEWS RADIO
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in getting Democrats to call for abolishing the Second Amendment.
https://wbbmnews.radio.com/media/audio-channel/cupich-joins-call-lawmakers-override-rauners-vetol

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— 24,000 state workers are still owed $63M. SB 2269 would finally pay them. – Doug Finke
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180417/24000-state-workers-are-still-owed-63m-sb-2269-would-finally-pay-them

 

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Davis has a million-dollar fundraising lead on his challenger – Tom Kacich
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2018-04-17/davis-has-million-dollar-fundraising-lead-his-challenger.html

 

HERALD & REVIEW
— Appellate court agrees former College of DuPage president’s contract was valid – Stacy St. Clair
https://herald-review.com/news/state-and-regional/appellate-court-agrees-former-college-of-dupage-president-s-contract/article_9b0bf6d2-5743-57ab-85f4-95fa5b821ea5.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in getting Democrats to call for abolishing the Second Amendment.
https://herald-review.com/news/state-and-regional/cardinal-cupich-calls-on-state-lawmakers-to-override-gun-law/article_6b6be8ab-2b87-5af2-ad39-9966f1fc4042.html

 

BELLEVILLE NEWS DEMOCRAT
— Tax relief to put $2,232 in pocket of average Southern Illinois family – U.S. REP. MIKE BOST
http://www.bnd.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article209109334.html

 

STATELINE
— Illinois lawmakers take action against social media school threats
http://www.mystateline.com/news/illinois-lawmakers-take-action-against-social-media-school-threats/1127173595

 

NPR ILLINOIS
— Trump Asks For More Time To File His Taxes – AYESHA RASCOE
http://nprillinois.org/post/trump-asks-more-time-file-his-taxes#stream/0

 

CHICAGO NOW
— Are Gov. Rauner, Pat Brady et al in denial? – Jeff Berkowitz
http://www.chicagonow.com/public-affairs-with-jeff-berkowitz/2018/04/are-gov-rauner-pat-brady-et-al-in-denial-watch-berkowitz-wbrady-and-you-decide-cable-and-web/

 

CATHOLIC CITIZENS OF ILLINOIS
— ILLINOIS RIGHT TO LIFE ACTION RELEASES LOWERED RATINGS FOR REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED FOR ERA – Mary Anne Hackett
https://catholiccitizens.org/news/78566/illinois-right-life-action-releases-lowered-ratings-republicans-voted-era/

 

CHAMBANA SUN
— Ives questions racial bias issues raised by proposal aimed at diversifying pension fund management – Angela Underwood
https://chambanasun.com/stories/511393032-ives-questions-racial-bias-issues-raised-by-proposal-aimed-at-diversifying-pension-fund-management

 

NORTH COOK NEWS
— Politics has paid for Illinois GOP Chairman Schneider (DIERSEN: Where did your money from? I did yard work and delivered newspapers 1962-1964; washed dishes 1964-1966; cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline in 1966; delivered mail 1966-1969; worked on an automobile assembly line and as a security guard in 1970; sold tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971; pumped gasoline 1971-1972; collected delinquent taxes for IRS 1971-1980; audited federal agencies for GAO 1980-1997; collected Civil Service Retirement System pension payments since 1997; and collected Social Security payments since 2010.)
https://northcooknews.com/stories/511393548-politics-has-paid-for-illinois-gop-chairman-schneider
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In 1997, he traded up to become Hanover Township highway commissioner, lording over 13 miles of roadway in one of the smallest road districts in the state. Voters officially abolished the district, and Schneider’s former post, in a referendum last year. Schneider first sought a seat on the Cook County board in 2002, challenging then-76-year-old Carl Hansen, a conservative who had served on the board for 28 years. He lost, but tried again in 2006 and narrowly won, with 3,481 votes to Hansen’s 3,429. Rauner tapped Schneider to run the Illinois GOP in 2014. . .Schneider recently came under fire for revelations that a car wash he owns in Elgin owes $21,448 in back taxes. In addition, Schneider has faced withering criticism for standing by Rauner, whose decision to back taxpayer-funded abortions and make Illinois a sanctuary state resulted in a fracture in the Illinois conservative block and a very narrow win in a primary challenge from state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton). Schneider appears to be facing an uphill battle in his pursuit to remain as the head of the Illinois Republican party.)

 

KANKAKEE TIMES
— GOP State Central Committee candidate Pearson says he’s running to help steer party to victory – Karen Kidd
https://kankakeetimes.com/stories/511393663-gop-state-central-committee-candidate-pearson-says-he-s-running-to-help-steer-party-to-victory

 

DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Grant promotes fiscal responsibility in run for 42nd House District – Glenn Minnis
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511392987-grant-promotes-fiscal-responsibility-in-run-for-42nd-house-district

 

CAPITOL FAX
— Pritzker hit on taxes, Rauner hit on spending
https://capitolfax.com/2018/04/17/pritzker-hit-on-taxes-rauner-hit-on-spending/
— Today’s number: 39 percent decrease. . .A report by the National Governor’s Association showed enrollment in bachelor’s level teacher programs in Illinois declined from 24,206 to 14,685 between 2000 and 2015, and those completing the programs dropped by an equal percentage. (DIERSEN: If teachers are so grossly overpaid, why are fewer getting teaching degrees?) READER COMMENT: If you treat a profession with contempt and disdain for long enough, folks will decide to do something else.)
https://capitolfax.com/2018/04/17/todays-number-39-percent-decrease/

 

LIFE SITE NEWS
— Federal judge: Trump admin must inform illegal immigrants of ‘right’ to abortion – Calvin Freiburger
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/federal-judge-trump-admin-must-inform-illegal-immigrants-of-right-to-aborti

 

GOPUSA
— Women’s March extremism bedevils Democrat allies on campaign trail
http://www.gopusa.com/womens-march-extremism-bedevils-democrat-allies-on-campaign-trail/

 

BLAZE
— Starbucks manager who called police on two black customers reveals that there’s more to the story – Sarah Taylor
https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/04/17/starbucks-manager-who-called-police-on-two-black-customers-reveals-that-theres-more-to-the-story

 

ONE NEWS NOW
— High school history text: Trump deranged, all whites racist – Michael F. Haverluck
https://www.onenewsnow.com/education/2018/04/17/high-school-history-text-trump-deranged-all-whites-racist

 

COLLEGE FIX
— ‘It is a bizarre thing to say “f-ck the law” when you are in law school’ (DIERSEN: Democrats reject the rule of law except when they can use it to get rid of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are anti-Trump supporters, 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, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.thecollegefix.com/bulletin-board/it-is-a-bizarre-thing-to-say-f-ck-the-law-when-you-are-in-law-school/

 

THE HILL
— How Washington will spend your taxes in 2018 – BRIAN RIEDL
http://thehill.com/opinion/finance/383539-how-washington-will-spend-your-taxes-in-2018
(FROM THE ARTICLE: This year, Washington will spend a near-record $33,054 per household and collect $26,198 per household in taxes. The resulting budget deficit of $6,856 per household will bring the total national debt to nearly $170,000 per household. Federal spending has soared more than $5,000 per household since 2007 and is projected to rise another $9,000 over the next decade (all numbers in this article are adjusted for inflation). Unless spending is reined in, similar tax increases must eventually result. Washington will spend this year’s $33,054 per household as follows: . . . Federal employee retirement benefits: $1,098. A portion of this cost is offset by federal employee payroll contributions)

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— Starbucks to Shut 8,000 U.S. Stores for Racial-Bias Training After Arrests – Rachel Abrams (DIERSEN: Federal employees are required to take lots of racial-bias training.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/17/business/starbucks-arrests-racial-bias.html

 

WASHINGTON POST
— Starbucks to close 8,000 stores for racial-bias education on May 29 after arrest of two black men – Rachel Siegel and Alex Horton (DIERSEN: Federal employees are required to take lots of racial-bias training.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2018/04/16/two-black-men-were-arrested-at-starbucks-ceo-now-calling-for-unconscious-bias-training/
— IRS to delay tax deadline by one day after agency’s Tax Day technology collapse – Jeff Stein, Damian Paletta and Mike DeBonis
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/irs-electronic-filing-system-breaks-down-hours-before-tax-deadline/2018/04/17/4c05ecae-4255-11e8-ad8f-27a8c409298b_story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Whites us Starbucks to demonize, denigrate, and condemn Whites as being racists.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2018/04/17/what-white-people-can-learn-from-the-starbucks-arrests/?utm_term=.be370b6791d7

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Starbucks Plans Racial-Bias Training Following Criticism Over Arrest More than 8,000 company-owned cafes will close for an afternoon, after backlash over arrests of black men (DIERSEN: Federal employees are required to take lots of racial-bias training.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/starbucks-plans-racial-bias-training-for-employees-at-u-s-stores-1523993353

 

CATO
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that oppose E-Verify 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, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
https://www.cato.org/blog/democrats-republicans-should-oppose-e-verify

April 17 Morning Edition

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Governor’s race price tag: $150 million — and it’s only half over – Tina Sfondeles
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/governors-race-price-tag-150-million-and-its-only-half-over/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, who gave Rauner a run for his money in the primary, spent about $12.58 per vote. She garnered 341,836 statewide votes, while spending about $4.3 million since first announcing her run. Ives received $3.926 million in contributions, with $2.5 million from Richard Uihlein and $20,000 from conservative radio host Dan Proft. Illinois Policy Institute CEO John Tillman also contributed $5,000 to Ives’ campaign. The bulk of Ives’ campaign money — $2.74 million — was spent on advertising. She also spent $385,680 on a pamphlet called “The Governor You Don’t Know: The Other Side of Bruce Rauner,” which was published and sent out to voters’ homes.)
— Judges order state to hand over $1.4M in withheld tax revenue to Harvey – Mitchell Armentrout
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/judges-order-state-to-hand-over-1-4m-in-withheld-tax-revenue-to-harvey/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— State legislators pounce on Harvey’s pension woes to push reform, appellate court rules in city’s favor – Zak Koeske
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-harvey-legislative-reform-st-0417-story.html
— Rauner spent four times more than Ives en route to narrow primary victory
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-bruce-rauner-jb-pritzker-cash-20180417-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner spent over four times more than state Rep. Jeanne Ives in the months before his narrow primary victory on March 20. The first-term governor spent about $17.7 million in the first quarter, according to campaign records filed late Monday. That’s compared with about $4.3 million spent by Ives, who lost by just three percentage points. And Democrat J.B. Pritzker spent nearly double what Rauner did, reporting $34 million in expenses this year, far more than state Sen. Daniel Biss’ $5.8 million and Kenilworth businessman Chris Kennedy’s $3.9 million. Rauner starts the fall campaign with about $38.5 million in his campaign fund for what some observers predict could be the most expensive governor campaign in history. Pritzker showed about $8.1 million in the bank at the start of the month. He’s given his campaign $7 million since the primary ended, bringing his self-funding total to $76.5 million.)
— Mock Indiana? Think again – Kristen McQueary
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-mcqueary-indiana-finances-illinois-20180416-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats paint Republicans as being White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, and even worse things.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/glanton/ct-met-dahleen-glanton-starbucks-20180416-story.html
— FRONT PAGE: Emanuel plan to get police to buy homes in more violent neighborhoods hasn’t netted many sales yet – John Byrne (DIERSEN: What do you say to Democrats who despise if not hate religious people, conservatives, and/or Republicans, but who hypocritically move into and/or stay in religious, conservative, and/or Republican areas to take advantage of the prosperity and safety that religious principles, conservative principles, and/or Republican principles bring forth?)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-police-home-buying-program-20180410-story.html

 

DAILY HERALD
— Starbucks to train workers on ‘unconscious bias,’ CEO says – AP (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats hint/imply/argue/shout that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20180416/news/304169875/
— Elgin pet food pantry wants to serve veterans, open second location – Elena Ferrarin (DIERSEN: Government is nasty. Politics is nasty. My government and/or political critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes a) glorify and praise dogs, b) pander to dogs, c) claim that dogs love them, d) own dogs and spend lots of time and money on dogs, e) want to own dogs or own more dogs, and/or d) demonize, denigrate, and condemn those like me who do not glorify and praise dogs, pander to dogs, claim that dogs love them, own dogs and spend lots of time and money on dogs, and/or want to own dogs or own more dogs. They are furious that I have lots more time and lots more money because I have never owned a dog. My parents never owned dogs. My grandparents on my father’s side never owned dogs. I was a mailman 1966-1969. I see and hear far too many dogs that are neglected, mistreated, if not abused by their owners.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180416/elgin-pet-food-pantry-wants-to-serve-veterans-open-second-location

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— The best workplaces for baby boomers – ANNE MOORE (DIERSEN: If you are a baby boomer working for the federal government, your Democrat superiors are doing everything that they can to get rid of you unless you are a Democrat, a minority, a female, or a veteran.)
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20180412/ISSUE01/180419962

 

EFFINGHAM DAILY NEWS
— OUTSTANDING: Effingham County now a ‘sanctuary’ for gun owners – Graham Milldrum (DIERSEN: Who is leading the effort to make your county, your township/ward, and your municipality a sanctuary for individuals, organizations, and companies that anti-Trumps are doing everything that they can to get rid of including those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
http://www.effinghamdailynews.com/news/local_news/effingham-county-now-a-sanctuary-for-gun-owners/article_325483da-d0cd-53dc-a983-61abf873834d.html

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot pushers hint/imply/argue/shout that if pot is legalized, no one would push synthetic pot.
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180416/woman-arrested-for-allegedly-selling-synthetic-marijuana-in-springfield

 

NORTHWEST HERALD
— State funding to provide additional $7.26M for McHenry County schools
http://www.nwherald.com/2018/04/16/state-funding-to-provide-additional-7-26m-for-mchenry-county-schools/a9y6rnu/

 

JACKSONVILLE JOURNAL COURIER
— State honors bicentennial farm family – AP (DIERSEN: What is your connection with farming? During the 1950s and early 1960s, I spent lots of time at my mother’s parents’ farm in Grant Park. My father’s mother was raised on a farm in Crete. My ancestors on my father’s side homesteaded a farm in Crete in 1854.)
https://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/article/State-honors-bicentennial-farm-family-12839796.php

 

ALTON DAILY NEWS
— Illinois Lawmakers Talk Net-Neutrality – Cole Lauterbach
http://altondailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=17&id=263593#.WtXp1YyKSM8

 

WSIU
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats encourage children to engage in LGBTQ activity.
http://news.wsiu.org/post/committee-considering-bill-urge-illinois-schools-note-historic-contributons-lgbtq-people#stream/0

 

CHICAGO READER
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot promoters promote pot. If you promote pot, you promote destruction. What if Rauner’s advisors succeed in convincing him to promote pot to get reelected?
https://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2018/04/17/weed-week-rauners-reefer-madness-rules-despite-overwhelming-support-for-legal-pot

 

BGA
— Fact-Check: Is Chicago Gun Violence Really ‘Killing’ the City’s Bottom Line? Chicago’s former top cop, now a challenger to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s re-election, says murders and shootings cost city taxpayers more than is spent on all other programs combined. The claim is a wild exaggeration based on a misreading of research. – Kiannah Sepeda-Miller
https://www.bettergov.org/news/fact-check-is-chicago-gun-violence-really-%E2%80%98killing%E2%80%99-the-citys-bottom-line
— Following BGA Analysis, Sen. Cullerton Introduces Plan to Limit Rich Severance Packages Cullerton legislation was prompted by BGA examination of multiple golden parachute cases that cost Illinois taxpayers millions along with research on best practices in other states.
https://www.bettergov.org/news/following-bga-analysis-sen-cullerton-introduces-plan-to-limit-rich-severance-packages

 

ROBERT FEDER
— Journalism’s would-be savior ends ‘scandalous reign’
http://www.robertfeder.com/2018/04/16/robservations-journalisms-savior-ends-scandalous-reign/

 

JEANNE IVES
— Taxpayers Beware – House of Cards Begins Epic Collapse
http://www.jeanneives.org/2018/04/taxpayers-beware-house-of-cards-begins.html

 

CHICAGO CITY WIRE
— Police pension fund changes bring questions from GOP House panel members – Angela Underwood
https://chicagocitywire.com/stories/511392989-police-pension-fund-changes-bring-questions-from-gop-house-panel-members

 

DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— House backs disconnection measure called unneeded, seen as special deal for one suburb – Angela Underwood
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511390708-house-backs-disconnection-measure-called-unneeded-seen-as-special-deal-for-one-suburb

 

ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE
— MORE THAN 100 TOWNSHIP GOVERNMENTS FILE IN OPPOSITION TO TOWNSHIP CONSOLIDATION BILL A House bill that would allow communities to consolidate local township governments has earned support from both parties – and the opposition of township officials. – Vincent Caruso (DIERSEN: Did your township file a witness slip?)
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/more-than-100-township-governments-file-in-opposition-to-township-consolidation-bill/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: One common critique of consolidation measures by government officials is that services would be diminished. But HB 3133 provides that the responsibilities and obligations of a dissolved township be transferred to its receiving county, suggesting that residents could expect continued delivery of public services at a reduced cost. This concept is not without precedent: DuPage County has eliminated multiple units of local government, while consolidating the services of others, since the passage of a 2013 consolidation law that only applied to DuPage County. In a 2015 report, Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti held up the DuPage example as a model for fiscal reform for other counties. Sure enough, lawmakers representing Lake and McHenry counties successfully pushed through the General Assembly a similar consolidation bill that extended much of DuPage County’s consolidation powers to both counties.)
— 18 EMPLOYEES MAKE MORE THAN $100K AT PARK DISTRICT OF HIGHLAND PARK Two tennis pros make more than $100,000 in total compensation at Highland Park’s park district. – Brendan Bakala (DIERSEN: Are/were you accused of being overpaid? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always accused me of being overpaid. In my defense, 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.illinoispolicy.org/18-employees-make-more-than-100k-at-park-district-of-highland-park/

 

ILLINOIS HOMEPAGE
— State EPA suffering from lack of staff – Raquel Martin (DIERSEN: Those who run the federal government face less scrutiny because Republican U.S. Senators and Republican U.S. Representatives a) successfully led the effort to gut GAO during the 1980s and 1990s and b) continue to assure that GAO continues to be just a shell of what it once was.)
http://www.illinoishomepage.net/news/local-news/state-epa-suffering-from-lack-of-staff/1126233695

 

ILLINOIS FAMILY ACTION
— The Consequences of Implementing the ERA
https://illinoisfamilyaction.org/podcast/the-consequences-of-implementing-the-era-illinois-family-spotlight-090/

 

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— 17TH CD STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEEMAN RACE HEATS UP AS GOP ELECTION NEARS
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/04/17th-cd-state-central-committeeman-race-heats-up-as-gop-election-nears.html
— IVES: PUSHES “B” WORD AS OPTION FOR DEBT-RIDDEN LOCAL ILLINOIS GOVERNMENTS
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/04/ives-pushes-b-word-as-option-for-debt-ridden-local-illinois-governments.html
— LAWSUIT CLAIMS U OF ILLINOIS MUZZLED STUDENT JOURNALISTS
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/04/lawsuit-claims-u-of-illinois-muzzled-student-journalists.html

 

AMERICAN THINKER
— Has Giving Leftists What They Want Made America Better? – Lloyd Marcus (DIERSEN: Which elected officials who represent/represented you have given the most to lefties? Which of them who claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican have done the most to promote dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, erosion of First and Second Amendment rights, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and even worse things?)
https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/04/has_giving_leftists_what_they_want_made_america_better.html

 

FEDERALIST
— DISGUSTING, BEYOND OUTRAGEOUS, BEYOND UNACCEPTABLE: Law Students Protest Free Speech Talk With Shouts Of ‘F-ck The Law’ A protestor’s sign put it, ‘Rule of law = white supremacy, violence against [people of color], violence against immigrants.’ These were law students protesting the rule of law. – Ilya Shapiro
http://thefederalist.com/2018/04/17/law-students-protest-free-speech-talk-shouts-f-ck-law/

 

GOPUSA
— Hogg boycott increased Laura Ingraham’s viewers by 20%
http://www.gopusa.com/hogg-boycott-increased-laura-ingrahams-viewers-by-20/
— Colo. teachers: ‘Weed money’ must go to teacher’s salaries
http://www.gopusa.com/colo-teachers-weed-money-must-go-to-teachers-salaries/
— Kids being used to sue Florida governor over climate change (DIERSEN: How soon will the Democrats have their children wear brown shirts?)
http://www.gopusa.com/kids-being-used-to-sue-florida-governor-over-climate-change/

 

BLAZE
— DISGUSTING, OUTRAGEOUS, TRAGIC: Canada’s Liberal party to consider making all illicit drugs legal – Breck Dumas
https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/04/16/canadas-liberal-party-to-consider-making-all-illicit-drugs-legal

 

LIFEZETTE
— Big Tech Leading Censorship ‘War’ on Conservatives, Report Says From Google to Facebook to Twitter, social media firms are blocking and diminishing right-leaning views at every turn – Brendan Kirby (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes side with Google, Facebook, and Twitter.)
https://www.lifezette.com/polizette/big-tech-leading-censorship-war-on-conservatives-report-says/

 

FOX NEWS
— California’s crazy-intrusive politicians can’t keep their hands off anything — Next up? Homeschoolers! – Sam Sorbo
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/04/17/californias-crazy-intrusive-politicians-cant-keep-their-hands-off-anything-next-up-homeschoolers.html

 

LUTHERAN CHURCH CHARITIES
— Don’t Try To Please Everybody – Tim Hetzner (DIERSEN: Should I stop trying to please my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who hint/imply/argue/shout a) that I am a White supremacist, Nazi, KKK member, hater, racist, sexist, bigot, and even worse things, b) that I cause all of their problems, all of your problems, all of my problems, and all of everyone’s problems, and c) that blame me for all defeats that Republicans have suffered in Illinois since 2000?)
http://devotions.lccharities.org/2018/04/17/dont-try-to-please-everybody/

 

THE HILL
— OUTRAGEOUS: Trump pick Gorsuch casts deciding Supreme Court vote against deporting immigrant Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s selection last year for the Supreme Court, cast the deciding vote in a decision released Tuesday that sided with an immigrant who had fought his deportation. Gorsuch ruled with the court’s four liberal justices in favor of the immigrant, James Garcia Dimaya, who argued that his convictions on two burglary charges did not represent a violent crime. – LUIS SANCHEZ
http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/383512-supreme-court-invalidates-law-requiring-the-deportation-of

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— No One’s Talking About the New Tax Law Republicans hoped to make their $1.5 trillion overhaul the centerpiece of the 2018 midterm elections. But Americans, including President Trump, have lost interest. – Jim Tankersley and Karl Russell
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/16/business/economy/tax-law-talking.html

 

WASHINGTON POST
— Trump fills the job of White House communications director — with himself – James Hohmann
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2018/04/17/daily-202-trump-fills-the-job-of-white-house-communications-director-with-himself/5ad5664530fb046acf7bccab/
— GAO Report on Scott Pruitt’s Installation of a Secure Phone Booth in His Office In this April 16, 2018 report, the Government Accountability Office found that Environmental Protection Agency violated federal appropriations law and the Antideficiency Act by spending $43,000 to install a secure phone booth in EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s personal office without notifying Congress first. (DIERSEN: Before federal agencies take adverse actions against their employees, they should be required to formally notify the employee’s U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that since 1966, my Republican U.S. Representatives, my Republican U.S. Representatives, and their staffs have despised me if not hated me and wanted the Post Office, IRS, and GAO to take adverse actions against me.)
http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/national/gao-report-on-scott-pruitts-installation-of-a-secure-phone-booth-in-his-office/2903/

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Tax Overhaul Remains Unpopular, Poll Shows Overall, 27% view law as good idea, while 36% see it as bad idea; Republicans hoped law would become more popular after enactment – Janet Hook (DIERSEN: Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly. Those who oppose that a) do not want government to encourage marriage or homeownership, b) are not married or have a spouse who has little or no income, and/or c) pay little or no real estate tax.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/tax-overhaul-remains-unpopular-poll-shows-1523912555
— FRONT PAGE: BEYOND OUTRAGEOUS: Yes, It’s Tax Day and You’re Still Doing Returns for Your Adult Children Parents are preparing returns for their grown children even into their 40s, with no plans to hand over the chore – Katherine Bindley (DIERSEN: Do you prepare your own tax returns? Because they make tax laws for all of us, all U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators should be required to prepare their own tax returns, and they if fail/refuse to do that, they should be barred from having anything to do with tax laws. I have prepared my own tax returns since I was 16 years old in 1965. I have filed itemized returns since I was 24 year old in 1973. I worked for IRS 1971-1980, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 levels, currently $81,071-$91,880. I worked for GAO on audits of IRS 1986-1988 at the GS-13 Step 1-3 levels, currently $96,403-$102,830. I passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979. I earned master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980. I paid less federal income tax 1972-1977 because I itemized and my wife and I have paid less federal income tax since 1978 because we have itemized. However, because of the marriage penalty, my wife and I have paid more federal income tax since 1978. It seems that those who are not married and those whose spouse has little or no income want to keep the marriage penalty or even increase it. It seems that those who pay little or no real estate tax and/or state income tax want those deductions to be capped. I am more than happy to teach U.S. Representatives, U.S. Senators, and their staffs how to use Quicken and Turbotax.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/yes-its-tax-day-and-youre-still-doing-returns-for-your-adult-children-1523891041
— Sean Hannity Was a Client of Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen The Fox News commentator’s name is ordered revealed by a federal judge – Erica Orden and Nicole Hong (DIERSEN: Government is nasty. Politics is nasty. Needless-to-say, if anyone paid me for my consulting services, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes a) would shout at the rooftops that those clients were White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things and b) would viciously destroy those clients.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/sean-hannity-was-a-client-of-trump-lawyer-michael-cohen-1523908997
— FRONT PAGE: Facing Historic Labor Shortages, Companies Snap Up Teenagers – Jennifer Levitz and Eric Morath (DIERSEN: What jobs did you have when you were young? I did yard work and delivered newspapers 1962-1964; washed dishes 1964-1966; cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline in 1966; and delivered mail 1966-1969.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/facing-historic-labor-shortages-companies-snap-up-teenagers-1523895726

 

BLOOMBERG
— Hey, Republicans: Whose Party Is This, Anyway? – Jonathan Bernstein (DIERSEN: What do you say to those who believe that Bruce Rauner bought and paid for, that is, owns, the Illinois Republican Party lock, stock, and barrel? He who pays the piper calls the tunes.)
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-04-17/hey-republicans-whose-party-is-this-anyway
— Democrats’ ‘Civil War’ Is More Civil Than War Forget the talk of a crackup. The party will stick together until Trump is gone. – Francis Wilkinson
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-04-17/democrats-will-be-unified-as-long-as-trump-is-president
— Delivering Your Tax Refund Is the Least of the IRS’s Problems – Ben Steverman (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have done the most to waste my knowledge of IRS. They include my Democrat and IRS and GAO superiors, Republican U.S. Senators, Republican U.S. Representatives, and their staffs. I worked for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 levels, currently $81,071-$91,880. I worked for GAO on audits of IRS for 3 years at the GS-13 Step 1-3 levels, currently $96,403-$102,830.)
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-17/delivering-your-tax-refund-is-the-least-of-the-irs-s-problems

 

DAILY ADVERTISER
— Steve Scalise is liked and respected. But will he be elected House speaker? – Deborah Barfield Berry (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, it is all but impossible to be “liked and respected” if those who have the most religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in your state a) hint/imply/argue/shout that you are a White supremacist, Nazi, KKK member, hater, racist, bigot, and even worse things, b) blame you for all of their problems, for all of your problems, and for all of everyone’s problems, and c) demonize, denigrate, and condemn those who share your demographics.)
https://www.theadvertiser.com/story/news/2018/04/17/steve-scalise-liked-and-respected-but-he-elected-house-speaker/521153002/

 

NEWS PATROLLING
— Illinois Governor issues Proclamation on Hindu prayers at Illinois Senate & House
http://www.newspatrolling.com/illinois-governor-issues-proclamation-on-hindu-prayers-at-illinois-senate-house/

April 16 Evening Edition

CAPITOL FAX
— The circular firing squad heats up ahead of state party vote (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, in Illinois, under Rauner, if you support a primary candidate who supports the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and other planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform, anti-conservatives question your “judgment and political acumen.”)
https://capitolfax.com/2018/04/16/the-circular-firing-squad-heats-up-ahead-of-state-party-vote/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Mary Ann Ahern: IL GOP Conservative members of the State Central Committee from the 16th District, who supported Jeanne Ives and James Marter are told NOT to run again, questioning their “judgment and political acumen”)
— How did Ives spend her money?
https://capitolfax.com/2018/04/16/how-did-ives-spend-her-money/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: I took a quick look at her expenditures and found a few interesting items. For instance, that book her campaign published and mailed to voters about Gov. Rauner cost her $385,680 via Jameson Books Inc., which is based in Ottawa. Ives spent $2,748,284.85 on advertising, including $64,660 to run spots on the Illinois News Network, which used to be run by the Illinois Policy Institute. She reported spending $257K on media production and just $3,759.65 on polls. Her spokesperson Kathleen Murphy was paid a mere $1,000, which is really odd. Pundit and PR person Dennis Byrne was paid $20,000 for contractual services. Locality Labs, which is owned by Dan Proft ally Brian Timpone, was paid $37,908 for a website, newspaper advertising and contractual work. Timpone’s Newsinator LLC was paid $750. Trump Tower got $1,294 for lodging and an event, while Uline Ship was paid $352.68. And, finally, a company called Union Signs and Printing received $4,200 for yard signs out of a total of $35K spent on the signs. A look at her in-kind contributions show Proft’s Illinois Opportunity Project paid for a plane ride the day before the election.)
— What’s Sam McCann up to?
https://capitolfax.com/2018/04/16/whats-sam-mccann-up-to/
— How the Pritzker campaign fought off “fake news”
https://capitolfax.com/2018/04/16/how-the-pritzker-campaign-fought-off-fake-news/

 

NBC5
— 16th District Letter Suggests Divide in Illinois GOP – Mary Ann Ahern
https://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/mcglasson-16th-district-letter-479917943.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A letter mailed to Republicans in one Illinois district shows just how divided the state party is after the contentious primary. The message is directed to 16th District Committeeman John McGlasson — who did not support Gov. Bruce Rauner, but rather Jeanne Ives. McGlasson also did not support Congressman Adam Kinzinger. The letter, signed by four current lawmakers, asks McGlasson not to run for committeeman again. The same letter was also mailed to all of the newly elected precinct committeemen in the 16th District. (THE LETTER) McGlasson tells NBC 5 he will not be deterred and is going to run for the committeeman post again and expects to win. He sees the letter from the lawmakers as a way to silence his voice. McGlasson says he will “certainly support Rauner over JB Pritzker, even if I would have preferred Ives.” The letter in question is signed by state representatives David Welter and Jerry Long, as well as state senators Chuck Weaver and Dave Syerson. Weaver tells NBC 5 “The letter focused far more on the congressional race” than McGlasson’s support for Ives. Welter says the letter was not just sent to McGlasson but also “every newly elected precinct committeeman in the 16th district”. He adds “myself and several leaders feel that it would be in the best interest of the party and to achieve unity moving forward if McGlasson were to not run again and allow new leadership.”)
— ‘Roseanne’ Hasn’t Changed Much, But the City That Inspired It Has “It is crazy to me that she’s a Trump supporter because that is so divisive and he is so divisive” (DIERSEN: What percent of those who have moved into Elgin in recent decades 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.nbcchicago.com/entertainment/entertainment-news/Changes-in-Elgin-City-That-Inspired-Roseanne-479880063.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: When “Roseanne” was first on TV from 1988 to 1997, the Chicago suburb of Elgin that inspired the show’s setting was predominantly white and Republican, with a rusted out economy. Not anymore, NBC News reports. In the years when “Roseanne” was off the air, it became majority Hispanic and voted for Obama and Hillary Clinton. Its economy is on the rebound, too, featuring a huge riverboat casino. At the Dutch Inn West, a dusty bar where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump voters of various ethnic backgrounds watched the latest episode over $2 beers, some residents said they love “Roseanne,” even if it doesn’t get the city’s diversity right.)
— Ives on Harvey: ‘Bankruptcy is The Only Way Out’ – Mary Ann Ahern
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/ives-harvey-bankruptcy-479935603.html

 

ABC7
— Proposal seeks to ban city business for banks with clients without safe gun sales policies – Sarah Schulte (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats make it clear that they want a abolish the Second Amendment.)
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/proposal-seeks-to-ban-city-business-for-banks-with-clients-without-safe-gun-sales-policies/3352707/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Democrats had strong showing in DuPage County Board primary – Kimberly Fornek (DIERSEN: What about your precinct? According to final results that I received today, of the 504 registered voters in my precinct, 219 voted, 112 cast Republican ballots, 107 cast Democrat ballots, 68 voted for Ives, and 43 voted for Rauner.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/hinsdale/news/ct-dhd-dupage-county-board-elect-tl-0419-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: More Democratic ballots, 15,740, were cast in the District 3 primary than Republican, 13,934 ballots, according to the DuPage County Election Commission. Greg Hart of Hinsdale, with 8,427 votes, and Downers Grove Mayor Martin T. Tully, with 6,924 votes, won the Republican primary for District 3, defeating Woodridge Village Board member Greg Abbott, who received 5,793 votes. Democratic voters also outnumbered Republican voters in the primaries for County Board seats in Districts 1 and 2. Peickert suspects that may be due to more independent voters going to the polls than traditional Republican voters pulling Democratic ballots. In District 1, Democratic ballots totaled 10,326 compared to the 9,936 Republican ballots cast. The difference was even greater in District 2, where 16,614 Democratic ballots were cast compared to 13,141 Republican ones. In District 2, where two seats will be up for election in November, incumbent Democrat Elizabeth (Liz) Chaplin of Downers Grove was the top vote-getter among both parties. She received 10,203 votes, followed by Arlene Kendorski, also of Downers Grove, who received 5,429, to win the Democratic primary. Coming in third was Claire Goldenberg of Lisle with 5,232 votes. Incumbent Peter DiCianni of Elmhurst and Steve Nero ran uncontested in the Republican primary and received 8,189 and 7,621 votes respectively. District 2 includes all or parts of Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Elmhurst, Lombard, Westmont, Downers Grove and Naperville. The Democratic primary in District 1, where two seats also were up election, was uncontested. Ashley J. Selmon received 6,417 votes and Zahra Suratwala received 5,431. In a three-way Republican primary for District 1, incumbent Sam Tornatore of Roselle was the top vote-getter with 6,819 votes, followed by Dino Gavanes of Itasca with 4,226 votes. They bested Paul DeMichele of unincorporated Bensenville, who received 4,079 votes. District 1 includes at least portions of portions of Elmhurst, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Itasca, Lombard, Roselle, Villa Park and Wood Dale.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-conservatives are overjoyed that Phyllis Schlafly is dead. To get her endorsement, Trump promised to defend and advance the Republican Party platform.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-selle-equal-rights-amendment-illinois-st-0417-story.html
— From good to great How to understand the difference at work – Scott Mautz (DIERSEN: Assessing job performance in extremely subjective. In the federal government, Democrat supervisors use that subjectivity to get rid of their employees who are Republican, and especially those who are White, male, and/or non-veteran who they did not promote to GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40.)
https://www.pressreader.com/usa/chicago-tribune/20180416/281917363667538
— Trump is right that the Postal Service needs reform – Joe Nocera (DIERSEN: I worked for the Postal Service 1966-1969. If my Democrat superiors had not succeeded in forcing me to resign, I might still be working for the Postal Service.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-postal-office-reform-amazon-jeff-bezos-0416-story.html
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Jobs at Facebook: Slithering into government – Maurine Berens
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-facebook-jobs-political-honest-ads-act-0416-story.html
— Let the Blagojevich saga be an important lesson for all Illinois politicians – Editorial
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-blagojevich-governor-illinois-corruption-20180416-story.html
— You’re losing a major tax deduction this year. Stop the whining. – Dalton Conley (DIERSEN: Do your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes want you to pay higher federal income taxes? Mine do. Since 1972, they have been furious that I have deducted real estate taxes. Since 1978 they have been a) furious that my wife and I have deducted real estate taxes and b) overjoyed that we have paid the marriage penalty. Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-deductions-0417-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: For many upper-middle-class residents of high-tax states, Tuesday will be the last time we can file to receive a full tax deduction for our state and local income and property taxes. Many Democratic voters in high-tax states cried foul when the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act capped these deductions at $10,000 from 2018 onward, and some are trying to fight back. “We’re attempting to come up with ways to negate and blunt the harsh and unfair Republican tax policy,” Kevin de Leon, the Democratic leader of the California Senate, told CNBC. Several states are devising schemes to allow residents to pay some of their state tax liability as a gift to a charitable fund rather than directly to the state government, restoring its deductibility. Such efforts are misguided. The overall tax bill may be a disaster, but nixing those deductions was the progressive thing to do. Liberals should train their ire elsewhere.)

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Emanuel’s ‘Safe Guns Policy’ stalled amid opposition from banking industry – Fran Spielman (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats make it clear that they want a abolish the Second Amendment.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/finance-committee-to-consider-emanuels-safe-guns-policy/
— With mayor’s blessing, women-only social club heading to Chicago – Stefano Esposito (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, those who either a) hate men or b) pander to those who hate men dominate the Democrat Party.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/controversial-women-only-social-club-heading-to-chicago-with-mayors-blessing/

 

DAILY HERALD
— Comey says Trump ‘morally unfit to be president,’ possibly susceptible to Russian blackmail – Matt Zapotosky and Devlin B
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180416/comey-says-trump-morally-unfit-to-be-president-possibly-susceptible-to-russian-blackmail

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Can Roskam, GOP make tax cuts a winning election issue? – Bloomberg (DIERSEN: Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly. Government should encourage marriage and homeownership.)
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20180416/NEWS02/180419908/can-roskam-gop-make-tax-cuts-a-winning-election-issue
— Illinois’ pension crisis: Is there a way out? – GREG HINZ
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20180416/BLOGS02/180419895/illinois-pension-crisis-is-there-a-way-out

 

WBEZ
— Rauner Administration’s Report Alludes To More Legionnaires’ Cases At Quincy Home – Dave McKinney
https://www.wbez.org/shows/wbez-news/rauner-administrations-report-alludes-to-more-legionnaires-cases-at-quincy-home/8ec64fe8-fea1-4e2a-8960-88348a09f097
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, those who run Illinois make it clear that they are going to get rid of you if you do not promote LGBTQ activity. How soon, if not already, will those Democrats impose quotas on teachers to crank out “good little Democrats” who are LGBTQ?)
https://www.wbez.org/shows/morning-shift/illinois-could-become-2nd-state-to-require-teaching-of-lgbtq-history/26960b0b-0c9f-413a-9b20-7404e2e15b6b

 

MADISON RECORD
— Madison County GOP chair calls for more political diversity on bench; Says it will help shed ‘judicial hellhole’ reputation – Ann Maher
https://madisonrecord.com/stories/511392965-madison-county-gop-chair-calls-for-more-political-diversity-on-bench-says-it-will-help-shed-judicial-hellhole-reputation

 

NPR ILLINOIS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats make it clear that they will get rid of you if you do not promote Islam.
http://nprillinois.org/post/bullied-its-faith-muslim-family-fights-back-through-education#stream/0

 

WGLT
— Nation’s Large Newspapers Bolstered By Trump Coverage – MIKE MCCURDY
http://wglt.org/post/nations-large-newspapers-bolstered-trump-coverage#stream/0

 

AURORA PATCH
— Teacher Shoots Himself, Faced Child Porn Charges: Aurora Cops The retired teacher was wanted for multiple child pornography charges. – Lisa Marie Farver
https://patch.com/illinois/aurora/teacher-facing-child-porn-charges-shoots-himself-aurora-police

 

CHICAGO NOW
— Berkowitz with one of Rauner’s strongest boosters, moderate Republican Pat Brady (DIERSEN: Pat Brady is an anti-conservative, so therefore, he is an anti-Republican.)
http://www.chicagonow.com/public-affairs-with-jeff-berkowitz/2018/04/watch-berkowitz-with-rauners-last-booster-moderate-republican-pat-brady-cable-and-web/

 

JEANNE IVES
— “‘Bankruptcy’ is Not a Four-Letter Word” Ives and Dabrowski Discuss the Path Forward for Communities Struggling Under Pension Debt (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would be overjoyed if the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) would file bankruptcy. I stress to them that if my Democrat GAO superiors had not succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old, and if I was still working for GAO as a GS-13 Step 10, in today’s dollars, I would have paid $180,572 into the CSRS instead of the CSRS paying me $1,067,534. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes rail against government waste, but they side with my Democrat GAO superiors and their wasting my career and forcing me to retire.)
https://mailchi.mp/4c31ec8cc33b/bankruptcy-is-not-a-four-letter-word

 

ILLINOIS LEAKS
— Algonquin Township – Blame-shifting coupled with deficient reporting leaves public clueless – KIRK ALLEN (DIERSEN: What do you get blamed for? Since 2000, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have blamed me for all the losses that Republicans have suffered in Illinois.)
http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2018/04/algonquin-township-blame-shifting-coupled-with-deficient-reporting-leaves-public-clueless/

 

ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE
— REPORT: AVERAGE COLLAR COUNTY PROPERTY TAX BILL REACHES AS HIGH AS $8,890 – Joe Kaiser
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/report-average-collar-county-property-tax-bill-reaches-as-high-as-8890/

 

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK
— Rauner says Illinois revenue estimate is a starting point – Greg Bishop
https://www.ilnews.org/news/state_politics/rauner-says-illinois-revenue-estimate-is-a-starting-point/article_a040baa2-3f52-11e8-adca-c7bbb830816e.html
— Illinois lawmakers to vote on local net neutrality – Cole Lauterbach
https://www.ilnews.org/news/state_politics/illinois-lawmakers-to-vote-on-local-net-neutrality/article_21a3b4bc-3e92-11e8-a8be-97f9e1f9d575.html

 

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— ILLINOIS CONSIDERS REQUIRING PUBLIC SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS INCLUDE LGBT EFFECT ON HISTORY
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/04/bills-mandating-textbooks-include-sexual-orientations-of-historical-persons.html
— UNIV. OF ILLINOIS STUDENT GOV. IMPEACHES STUDENT FOR CONSERVATIVE VIEWS (DIERSEN: I am still waiting for my critics/opponents to put in writing the reasons why they wanted the Illinois Center Right Coalition to censure me at its 2006 Annual Convention in the Wheaton Bowl Banquet Hall.)
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/04/univ-of-illinois-student-gov-impeaches-student-for-conservative-views.html

 

ONE NEWS NOW
— VERY SAD: Pro-Trump evangelicals ‘personae non gratae’ at Wheaton College meeting – Steve Jordahl
https://www.onenewsnow.com/church/2018/04/16/pro-trump-evangelicals-personae-non-gratae
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Several dozen anti-Trump evangelical leaders are meeting today and tomorrow at Wheaton College to discuss how to rescue the movement they contend has become tainted by its association with President Trump. Doug Birdsall of the Lausanne Movement and Darrell Bock of Dallas Theological Seminary have arranged the invitation-only meeting of likeminded pastors, authors, and seminary staff together. According to The Christian Post, they want to refocus the movement away from politics but fully expect Trump to be the “elephant in the room.” Attendees reportedly include Pastor Tim Keller, Wheaton College’s Ed Stetzer, Fuller Seminary President Mark Labberton, NYC megachurch pastor A.R. Bernard, and many others who have publicly expressed their displeasure with President Trump. Other high-profile individuals in evangelicalism – like Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse, Jerry Falwell Jr. of Liberty University, Dr. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist-Dallas, and a host of other evangelicals who support President Trump – are “not involved in [the] discussions yet,” Birdsall responded when asked. “I have been in touch with two of their offices with a desire to engage in a meaningful conversation,” CP quotes Birdsall saying. “I don’t think they are globally perceived as evangelical thought leaders by virtue of what they have written or by virtue of the values that are reflected in their public statements.” Dr. Richard Land of Southern Evangelical Seminary says a look at who’s invited – and who’s not – betrays their real purpose: marginalizing evangelicals who support President Trump. “Any definition of ‘thought leaders’ and any definition of evangelicalism that excludes the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Franklin Graham is a pale imitation – anemic and incomplete,” says Land. The organizers’ complaint is that supporting Trump excuses his past indiscretions and taints the evangelical movement. Robert Jeffress – who is among Trump’s evangelical advisors – says the president’s past and very public failings are immoral and offensive, but still better than the alternative in 2016.)
— Protesters claim Starbucks is anti-black – AP
https://www.onenewsnow.com/ap/business/protesters-claim-starbucks-is-anti-black

 

GOPUSA
— Pressure mounts on Contra Costa sheriff to stop posting inmate release dates for ICE (DIERSEN: Needless-to-day, all county sheriffs should be posting release dates for ICE.)
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=43783
— What will you say when your doctor asks about your guns?
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=43773
— RINO Colorado senator holds up Trump nominations for deal on Marijuana
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=43770
— Background Check: Will waiting 5 days instead of 3 stop school shootings?
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=43777

 

BLAZE
— OUTRAGEOUS: Trump tells Colorado senator not to worry about Jeff Sessions’ memo on marijuana – Mike Ciandella
https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/04/16/trump-tells-colorado-senator-not-to-worry-about-jeff-sessions-memo-on-marijuana

 

CAMPUS REFORM
— The University of Illinois Student Government voted Wednesday to impeach a conservative student based primarily on his political activity -Joel Valdez (DIERSEN: I am still waiting for my critics/opponents to put in writing the reasons why they wanted the Illinois Center Right Coalition to censure me at its 2006 Annual Convention in the Wheaton Bowl Banquet Hall.)
https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=10738

 

THE HILL
— White House lashes out at Comey after explosive interview – JORDAN FABIAN AND BRETT SAMUELS
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/383345-trump-lashes-out-at-comey-after-explosive-interview

— Gig economy is no excuse for lax protections for American workers – DAVID WEIL
http://thehill.com/opinion/finance/383334-gig-economy-is-no-excuse-for-lax-protections-for-american-workers

 

REUTERS
— GAO slams Trump Cabinet on spending – Timothy Gardner (DIERSEN: I worked for GAO for almost 18 years, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $96,403/year-$125,325/year.)
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-epa-pruitt/u-s-government-watchdogs-slam-trump-cabinet-on-spending-idUSKBN1HN287

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— Report for America Supports Journalism Where Cutbacks Hit Hard – Nellie Bowles
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/15/business/media/report-for-america-service.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A group of journalists have decided to do something about the diminution of newsrooms at the local level. They’re making reporting part of a national service program. Report for America, a nonprofit organization modeled after AmeriCorps, aims to install 1,000 journalists in understaffed newsrooms by 2022. Now in its pilot stage, the initiative has placed three reporters in Appalachia. It has chosen nine more, from 740 applicants, to be deployed across the country in June.)

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Enthusiasm Gap Between the Parties Widens – Janet Hook (DIERSEN: What diminishes your political enthusiasm? For me, it is seeing candidates who claim to religious, conservative, and/or Republican to get elected, but once elected, they increasingly do anti-religious, anti-conservative, and/or anti-Republican things.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/democrats-maintaining-advantage-over-gop-in-voter-sentiment-poll-1523797200
— In Praise of the News on Paper You can read and read online, but unread stories are still everywhere. – Barton Swaim (DIERSEN: I spend more than $3,000 dollars a year for home delivery and full website access to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Naperville Sun, Wheaton Leader, and Crain’s Chicago Business.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-praise-of-the-news-on-paper-1523817821
— Give Amnesty for College Writings It’s dangerous to punish judicial nominees—or anyone else—for thinking while immature. – David Lat (DIERSEN: Your past predicts your future.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/give-amnesty-for-college-writings-1523819122

 

GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE
— Officials Highlight Pay for Performance, Streamlined Firing in New Management Document – Erich Wagner (DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government. They will use this to get rid of their employees who are Republican, and especially those who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
https://www.govexec.com/management/2018/04/officials-highlight-pay-performance-streamlined-firing-new-management-document/147477/

 

GLOBE AND MAIL
— Marijuana-induced psychosis behind Toronto lawyer’s bat attack, judge rules – GEOFF ROBINS
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-lawyer-mark-phillips-pleads-guilty-in-st-thomas-ont-baseball-bat/

 

MIDDLE EAST EYE
— Wave of Muslim candidates across US look to reverse Trump policies Muslim Americans say they feel energized to run for public office because of Donald Trump’s Islamophobic policies – James Reinl
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/wave-muslim-candidates-across-us-look-reverse-trump-policies-61809681