April 12 Evening Edition

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— Representative Ives, Senator Connelly, and many other elected officials speak at Milton Township Republican Central Committee meeting – Dave Diersen
http://www.gopillinois.com
(THE ARTICLE: Representative Jeanne Ives, Senator Mike Connelly, and many other elected officials spoke at the outstanding Milton Township Republican Central Committee meeting Wednesday evening, April 12, 2017, at the Wheaton Bowl Banquet Hall.  Attendees included Austin, Bibbiano, Carlson, Cherry, Cooper, Crane, Dangelo, Eckhoff, Falbo, Fitzpatrick, Amy Grant, Hopkins, Jorgensen, Kachiroubas, Keller, Kinzler, Krzyzewski, LeVan, Lewis, Marquardt, McGowen, Mendrick, Molitor, A. Murphy, Nathwani, Ryan, Shaw, Wehling, Whelan, Wiley, Wilson, and Zaruba.  I spoke in favor keeping the ban on video gambling in DuPage county; against the legalization of pot for recreational use in Illinois; and in favor of DuPage County candidates and elected officials donating to help sponsor entries in Wheaton’s Independence Day Parade.)

 

NBC5
— Illinois Lawmakers Say Recreational Weed Could Help State Budget Crisis  (DIERSEN: If you promote pot in Illinois, you promote the destruction of Illinois.)
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Illinois-Lawmaker-Says-Recreational-Weed-Could-Help-State-Budget-Crisis-419327964.html

 

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Two Illinois lawmakers want to legalize pot for tax revenue – Mike Flannery (DIERSEN: If you promote pot in Illinois, you promote the destruction of Illinois.)
http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/248249940-story

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Legislators seek feedback on legalizing recreational marijuana – Andrea Salcedo  (DIERSEN: According to the state website, the hearing is at noon in the Bilandic Building in room C-600.  I had the honor today of being the first to file a witness slip in opposition.  If you promote pot in Illinois, you promote the destruction of Illinois.)
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/legislators-seek-feedback-on-legalizing-recreational-marijuana/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The first hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday, April 19 at 10 a.m. at the Bilandic Building. A second forum will be held that night at a location to be announced, likely in one of their districts.)
— Two more aviation cops on leave after passenger-dragging incident – Mitch Dudek and Stefano Esposito
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/united-ceo-wont-let-police-on-airplane-in-that-situation-again/amp/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Running for Illinois governor? Offer real solutions – Christine Radogno
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-illinois-governor-democratic-candidates-radogno-perspec-0413-20170412-story.html
— Burr Ridge Mayor Mickey Straub lauded for time and effort to recognize Lincoln – Kevin Beese
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/burr-ridge/news/ct-dbr-straub-lincoln-honor-tl-0420-20170412-story.html
— Chicago State dean accused of taking $650,000 from national organization for personal gain – Dawn Rhodes
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-state-carmita-coleman-lawsuit-20170412-story.html

 

DAILY HERALD
— Businesses urge DuPage County to lift video gambling ban – Robert Sanchez  (DIERSEN: At DuPage County’s April 11, 2017 board meeting, four spoke in favor keeping ban: Anita Bedell, Kathy Gilroy, Bill Bryan, and myself.  In addition, I urged the board to pass a resolution in opposition to legalizing the sale of marijuana in Illinois for recreational use – SB 316 and HB 2353.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170412/news/170419598/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Meanwhile, several gambling opponents attended Tuesday’s county board meeting to urge officials to leave the ban in place. “This board has no duty to level the playing field for bars,” said Kathy Gilroy, an anti-gambling advocate from Villa Park. “This board has a duty to the welfare of county residents — not just liquor licensees desiring to make money from customers who lose their money in a slot machine.” Counties and municipalities that allow video gambling receive 5 percent of each machine’s profit. The state takes 25 percent, while establishment owners and the terminal operators evenly split the rest. County board member Robert Larsen said he believes it would be difficult to repeal DuPage’s ban. “I understand some private entities like the VFWs would like to have the revenue,” Larsen said. “But where that money comes from tends to be from folks who can least afford it. I just don’t think it’s a good way to raise money for these organizations.”)

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Why United won’t live down this screw-up anytime soon – Editorial
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170412/ISSUE07/170419946/why-united-wont-live-down-this-screw-up-anytime-soon
— Schakowsky bill aims to prevent another United-style incident – GREG HINZ
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170412/BLOGS02/170419944/schakowsky-bill-aims-to-prevent-another-united-style-incident
— United CEO: We won’t do that again – JOHN PLETZ
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170412/NEWS10/170419954/united-ceo-we-wont-do-that-again

 

DNA INFO
— Legal Weed Hearing Set For Next Week, Touted As Help For State Budget Woes – Heather Cherone
https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170412/edgewater/legal-weed-hearing-set-for-next-week-boosted-as-help-for-state-budget-woes
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The first hearing on the topic is at noon April 19 in the Michael A. Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle St. Gov. Bruce Rauner said the idea needed more study. “I think recreational marijuana is a very, very difficult subject,” Rauner said Tuesday during an appearance in Rock Island, saying Illinois should look at the impact that legalizing marijuana has had on the states that have already decriminalized the drug. “I am not in support of Illinois going there until we study the ramifications of what’s happening in other states,” Rauner said, according to WQAD-TV.)

 

TIMES
— Barickman proposes school funding fix – Derek Barichello
http://www.mywebtimes.com/news/local/barickman-proposes-school-funding-fix/article_80ddef3b-58ed-5136-82fc-1811d84e2fdc.html

 

RIVER BENDER
— Governor Rauner delivers message of Republican values at St. Louis Regional Airport – Cory Davenport  (DIERSEN: In Illinois “Republican values” are spelled out in the Illinois Republican Party platform.)
https://www.riverbender.com/articles/details/governor-rauner-delivers-message-of-republican-values-at-st-louis-regional-airport-19964.cfm#.WO60dYjyuM8

 

CHICAGO WIRE
— GOP goes virtual to counter Rauner protest – Carol Ostrow
http://chicagocitywire.com/stories/511102261-gop-goes-virtual-to-counter-rauner-protest

 

SANGAMON SUN
— Pritzker accused of long push for higher income taxes – Caitlin Nordahl  (DIERSEN: Democrats always want Republicans to pay more taxes.)
http://sangamonsun.com/stories/511102247-pritzker-accused-of-long-push-for-higher-income-taxes

 

ILLINOIS LEAKS
— Better Government Association offering free FOIA training April 24 in Naperville
http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2017/04/better-government-association-offering-free-foia-training/
— Effingham County violates FOIA – State’s Attorney now involved – Kirk Allen
http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2017/04/effingham-county-violates-foia-states-attorney-now-involved/

 

ILLINOIS FAMILY ACTION
— Empty Talking Heads Wasting Chances to Inform Voters About the Real Problem – John Biver
https://illinoisfamilyaction.org/2017/04/empty-talking-heads-wasting-chances-to-inform-voters-about-the-real-problem/

 

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— DEMOCRATS LINING UP TO CHALLENGE ROSKAM IN 2018
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2017/04/democrats-lining-up-to-challenge-roskam-in-2018.html
— THORNER: EPA’S COMPLETE FAILURE CALLS FOR DISSOLUTION
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2017/04/thorner-epas-complete-failure-calls-for-dissolution.html
— SPEAKING OUT ON THE DAY OF SILENCE
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2017/04/speaking-out-on-the-day-of-silence.html

 

CAPITOL FAX
— Pritzker says he supports legalizing marijuana  (DIERSEN: If you promote pot in Illinois, you promote the destruction of Illinois.)
https://capitolfax.com/2017/04/12/pritzker-says-he-supports-legalizing-marijuana/
— ILGOP chairman “disturbed” by United Airlines incident
https://capitolfax.com/2017/04/12/ilgop-chairman-disturbed-by-united-airlines-incident/
— Pro-legalization group wants “feedback” (DIERSEN: If you promote pot in Illinois, you promote the destruction of Illinois.)
https://capitolfax.com/2017/04/12/pro-legalization-group-wants-feedback/

 

DAILY CALLER
— Trump Loyalists Take Over State Republican Parties – Kerry Picket (DIERSEN: What about the Illinois Republican Party (IRP)? Who does Trump want the next IRP State Central Committee members to be in each of the 18 congressional districts in Illinois?)
http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/12/trump-loyalists-take-over-state-republican-parties/
— Sessions Is ‘Surprised’ At Public Backlash To His Marijuana Rhetoric – STEVE BIRR  (DIERSEN: If you promote pot in America, you promote the destruction of America.)
http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/12/sessions-is-surprised-at-public-backlash-to-his-marijuana-rhetoric/

 

BREITBART
— Jeff Sessions: ‘The Border Is Not Open — Please Don’t Come’ – JEFF POOR (DIERSEN: One could argue that under Bush and under Obama, the border was open.)
http://www.breitbart.com/video/2017/04/12/jeff-sessions-border-not-open-please-dont-come/
— Swedish Journalist: Sweden Will Collapse Without Illegal Migrants – Chris Tomlinson  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, members of the following groups argue the same thing about America: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/04/12/swedish-journo-sweden-collapse-without-illegal-migrants/

 

NEWSMAX
— Melania Trump Wins $2.9 million Damages From Daily Mail Publisher
http://www.newsmax.com/Europe/EU-Melania-Trump-Lawsuit/2017/04/12/id/783911/

 

GOPUSA
— Claremont College Allowed Ugly Protest of Pro-police Journalist  (DIERSEN: I am a pro-police journalist.)
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=23003

 

THE BLAZE
— Transgenders in Wisconsin file lawsuit to force taxpayers to pay for gender reassignment surgeries – Sara Gonzales
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/04/12/transgenders-in-wisconsin-file-lawsuit-to-force-taxpayers-to-pay-for-gender-reassignment-surgeries/

 

WASHINGTON POST
— ‘Charging Bull’ sculptor says ‘Fearless Girl’ distorts his art. He’s fighting back. – Katie Mettler  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/04/12/charging-bull-sculptor-says-fearless-girl-distorts-his-art-hes-fighting-back/

 

LOS ANGELES TIMES
— After transgender bathroom battle, North Carolina looks to ban same-sex marriage – Kurtis Lee
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-north-carolina-same-sex-marriage-ban-20170412-story.html

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— The Science of ‘I Was Just Following Orders’  New research on why seemingly good people do terrible things – Alison Gopnik (DIERSEN: Operatives and dupes who work for my critics/opponents talk and act like they are just following orders from those who have the most religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-science-of-i-was-just-following-orders-1492008532

 

FEDERAL TIMES
— Mulvaney wants to reward ‘good government employees’ with reorg plan – Carten Cordell (DIERSEN: According to my Democrat superiors in the federal government, the only good federal employees were those who were Democrat, minority, female, younger, and/or veteran.)
http://www.federaltimes.com/articles/mulvaney-wants-to-reward-good-government-employees-with-reorg-plan

Author: David Diersen

The opinions that I express in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are based on experience that I have gained doing many things since 1948. I base my opinions on what I learned a) working for the federal government for almost 30 years -- Post Office 1966-1969, IRS 1971-1980, and GAO 1980-1997, serving on the Executive Committee of the Association of Government Accountants Chicago Chapter 1983-1996, and being a union member while I worked for the Post Office and IRS; b) earning an MBA from Loyola in 1976, a masters degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, and a masters degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997; c) passing the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 and passing the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981; c) serving as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999, the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000, the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois Chairman 2005-2012, a member of the 2008 Illinois Republican Party (IRP) Platform and Resolutions Committee, a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011, the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004, an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007, and an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member 2001-2004; d) attending the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 IRP State Conventions as a delegate; e) being the subject of a nasty 4-page article in the February 1978 issue of Money Magazine; f) pursing litigation including Diersen v. GAO and Diersen v. Chicago Car Exchange; g) being married since 1978; h) living in Crete 1948-1972, in University Park 1972-1976, in Chicago 1976-1978, and in DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton since 1978; and i) being baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran.

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