— Central High School in Kane County promposal goes viral, some classmates call it racist – Will Jones (COMMENT: Did you attend your high school prom? I did not attend my 1966 Crete-Monee High School prom. I lacked self-confidence back then. I had spent my junior and senior years and the summer in between washing dishes for the minimum wage in the basement of the S.S. Kresge in Chicago Heights. My understanding is that I was the first and only White male who held that job. If I had more self-confidence back then, I would have a) majored in accounting at UIC, NIU, and Loyola and b) taken and passed the CPA examination much sooner than I did. I got more motivated to take and pass the CPA examination after I learned that my Trinity Lutheran, Hope Lutheran, and Crete-Monee classmate 1953-1966 who had gotten me the dishwashing job had passed the CPA examination.)
— Running Car With Child Inside Stolen From Wheaton Business, Police Say
— Former Oakbrook Terrace Mayor Anthony Ragucci charged in red light camera bribery scheme – TODD FEURER
— Gas station owners threatening to go to court to block Illinois from posting a notice on fuel pumps – Mike Flannery
— UIC grad workers go on strike. The 1,500 members of the Chicago campus’ Graduate Employee Organization walked out over stalled contract bargaining. – Andy Grimm
— Illinois poised to take a big step toward ending HIV epidemic. A few decades ago, the thought of preventing HIV with one pill would have been unbelievable. HB 4430 would make PrEP widely available in Illinois by increasing access through community pharmacies. – Dr. Allison Arwady
— Standardized exams are a terrible way to measure student learning. – Gina Caneva (COMMENT: Because of my terrible demographics, if I had not passed standardized tests, I would not have gotten anywhere. According to Democrats, standardized tests discriminate against Democrats, and especially against Democrats who are minority, female, younger, LGBTQ, Trump-haters, moderate, liberal, non-patriotic, non-married, non-Christian, non-Protestant, non-German American, those whose ancestors have not been in America for a long time, those who have less money than others, those who do not have dependents, criminals, boozers, gamblers, stoners, etc.)
— City should purge police brass, including top cop David Brown, and return integrity to promotions – PAUL VALLAS
— FRONT PAGE WITH COLOR PICTURE: Former Oakbrook Terrace Mayor Ragucci charged with taking thousands in red-light camera scheme – Chicago Sun-Times
— Election Day timing creates questions about checks, rebates on the way from the state. We’ll accept the checks and rebates coming to Illinoisans — but with no illusions about the timing. – Editorial
CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— ‘Chicago cartel’ of Pritzker-, Wrigley-linked firms controls pot market: lawsuit A small band of companies collude to control prices, with a pound of branded marijuana in Illinois going for about $4,000, compared with $300 in a competitive market like California, a lawsuit contends. – Bloomberg
— COMMENT: Democrats run America. Ever-increasingly, Democrats push pot. To push pot on an individual, municipality, township, county, state, or country is to destroy that individual, municipality, township, county, state, or country.
— Citizen Ken: What kind of politician would Illinois’ richest man make? With Griffin eyeing a run for office “at some point,” Crain’s sizes up the mogul as a candidate. – STEVE DANIELS
— Math education is ‘unjust’, plagued by ‘privilege’ and ‘oppression’, leadership org says – ZACHARY ROGERS
— COMMENT: Democrats run America. Democrats do not want Sarah Palin to win the Alaska Republican congressional primary.
BLOCK CLUB CHICAGO
— COMMENT: Democrats use a Chicago city worker to promote hatred against those who do not promote BLM.
— Vehicle Stolen with Child Inside
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats encourage College of DuPage students to be LGBTQers.
CENTER SQUARE ILLINOIS
— Report ranks Illinois in bottom ten for economic competitiveness – Kevin Bessler
— Lawsuit abuse costs Illinoisans more than $12 billion annually – Andrew Hensel (COMMENT: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes not only side with all the defendants in all the lawsuits that I filed, they glorify and praise them, pander to them, serve as their operatives and dupes, cover up their wrongdoing, and/or give money to them. I should write a book about those lawsuits.)
— Nine things Gov. Pritzker didn’t tell you about Illinois’ 2023 budget – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
— DITCHING COLLEGE
— IL GOP TAKES ON THE ONION WITH SATIRICAL PRESS RELEASE
— WHERE’S WEYERMULLER? AT CHICAGO NORTHSIDE GOP OFFICES’ GRAND OPENING
— More universities holding segregated graduation events – Sean Salai (COMMENT: Democrats used to promote integration. How they promote segregation.)
— Leftists’ damaging school ‘intervention’ – H. LEE LAPOLE, Loveland, Ohio
— Kinzinger toys with primary challenge against Trump in 2024 – Ryan King
— Disney made itself an arm of the Democratic Party on a losing issue – Zachary Faria
— Leftists have disconnected punishment from crime. Leftists have emboldened criminals. – Greg Gutfeld (COMMENT: Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and RINOs have emboldened those who are anti-law enforcement, anti-Trump, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-heterosexual, anti-traditional marriage/family, anti-non-poor people, anti-gun owners, anti-Christian, anti-Protestant, anti-Italian American, anti-German American, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Wisconsin teacher who performed for students in drag says he received outpouring of support.- Emma Colton (COMMENT: Ever-increasingly. Democrats encourage children to be LGBTQers.)
— Elizabeth Warren in NY Times: Democrats must pass stalled agenda or brace for ‘big losses’ in midterms. Warren called on Biden to forgive student loan debt ‘entirely on his own’ – Hanna Panreck (COMMENT: To win, will Democrats use government even more a) to take opportunities. income, and assets away from Republicans and b) to give those opportunities, that income, and those assets to Democrats?)
— New York Times’ Hannah-Jones became star with liberal media help despite ‘flawed’ 1619 Project. ‘They are glazing the 1619 Project with this kind of really protective coating of celebrity, which in American culture today goes far,’ Ashley Rindsberg says. – Brian Flood
— Leftists’ Utter Mindlessness about Voter Fraud – Brett Higby
— Farewell to America’s military meritocracy – James Poplar (COMMENT: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes reject meritocracy. They have always treated me like I never did the following: I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree (NIU-management) when I was 21 in 1970, b) job-related master’s degrees when I was 27 (Loyola-MBA), 31 (DePaul-accounting), and 48 (IIT-finance), c) job-related professional certifications when I was 30 (CPA), 32 (Certified Internal Auditor), 41 (Certified Fraud Examiner) , 45 (Certified Government Financial Manager), 47 (Certified Financial Services Auditor), and 48 (Forensic Accountant), and d) a job-related professional license (CPA) when I was 32 .)
— Happy Easter! The Pope Thinks You’re Racist
— On Monday, Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson laid the rising crime across the United States at the feet of the “angry white liberal” academics, who he said held “all of the political power” in the nation’s major cities. – Trent Baker
— Catholic Charities Coordinates Migrant Arrivals: ‘All We Know’ Is They ‘Need Help’ – ASHLEY OLIVER (COMMENT: Every-increasingly, Democrats successfully hint/imply/argue/shout at religious people that GOD is anti-law enforcement, anti-Trump, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-heterosexual, anti-traditional marriage/family, anti-non-poor people, anti-gun owners, anti-Christian, anti-Protestant, anti-Italian American, anti-German American, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— National math council calls on schools to focus on social justice in their mathematics lessons to combat ‘privilege’ and ‘oppression’ – CARLOS GARCIA (COMMENT: How much did you benefit from your father’s’, your grandfathers’, your great grandfathers’, and the rest of your male ancestors’ discrimination against women and against minorities?)
— Twitter Is Not A Business, It’s A Political Operation – George Rasley
— Is Critical Race Theory In Your Kid’s Math Textbook? – George Rasley
— Rep. Brooks: Illegals ‘Searching for Border Patrol Agents in Order to Get into Air-conditioned Vans and be Given Refreshments’ – Craig Bannister
— ‘Do No Harm’ Nonprofit Launches to Combat ‘Woke’ Healthcare – Michael W. Chapman (COMMENT: Of course, Democrats want those in healthcare to get rid of non-Democrats.)
— Representation through illegal immigration – William Haupt III
— ‘Democrats Are Headed Toward Big Losses’: Warren Predicts Bleak Midterm Results If Dems Don’t ‘Deliver’ – BRIANNA LYMAN (COMMENT: To win, will Democrats use government even more a) to take opportunities. income, and assets away from Republicans and b) to give those opportunities, that income, and those assets to Democrats?)
— White House Economic Report Cites Leading Critical Race Theorist
— Illinois Expanding Taxpayer-Funded Illegal Alien Healthcare Program – Tim Meads
— Kansas Governor Vetoes Bills Banning Biological Males From Women’s Sports, Protecting Parental Education Rights. – Mary Margaret Olohan
— How Joe Biden’s Immigration Policies Wage War On American Women – Ben Johnson
— The Only Way To Fight Disinformation Is To Fight Political Censorship – STELLA MORABITO (COMMENT: My critics/opponents want the following to censure me and to censure my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters: a) leaders of the Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Illinois Republican Party, b) Republican leaders of Wheaton, Wheaton Park District, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois, c) leaders of TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Illinois Center Right Coalition, and American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, d) Republican candidates on ballots in my precinct and their political consultants, major donors, fundraisers, pollsters, campaign managers, campaign staff members, and campaign volunteers, and e) those who I have sued.)
— Groomer School in Massachusetts Sued for Hiding ‘Gender Identity’ From Parents – MEGAN FOX
— U.S. Life Expectancy Declines for This Surprising Group (non-Hispanic White men), So Where’s the Leftist Outrage? – GWENDOLYN SIMS (COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, under the Democrats, under the Libertarians, under the Greens, under the Independents, and under the RINOs, older White conservative men are not welcome, are per sona non grata, and are to be gotten rid of. I should write a book about those in the following who focus on getting rid of older White conservative men: a) Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Illinois Republican Party, b) Wheaton, Wheaton Park District, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois, and c) Republican candidate campaigns.)
— Kevin O’Leary Says Censorship Is Why Twitter’s Business Is Shot to ‘Hell’ – Jeffrey Clark
— In School Board Elections, a Time for Warriors – Mark Davis (COMMENT: How strongly do your school board members promote dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ, CRT, 1619, BLM, reparations, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and the rest of the Democrat Party platform?)
— Racially segregated ‘listening sessions’ at Christian university canceled following criticism – MATT LAMB
— WOKE INVESTING: KILLS RETIREMENT, KILLS CAPITALISM, EMPOWERS SOCIALISTS – STEVE MILLOY
— Twitter Faces the “Nightmare” of Being Forced into Free Speech
— ‘Anti-racist’ author Ibram Kendi claims GOP are ‘grooming’ children to be racist by banning critical race theory. Ibram X. Kendi criticized the GOP and defended critical race theory in a Saturday op-ed, saying that people that have a problem with the theory are “white supremacists.” – James Anthony
— Illinois Starts Providing Free Health Care to More Illegal Immigrants – Zachary Stieber
— House GOPers Preparing Political Earthquake With Legislation to Withdraw NEA’s Federal Charter – Mark Tapscott
— 6 Crises Brought About by the US Political Class. The US political class is destabilizing the American Republic. – Stu Cvrk (COMMENT: How strongly does the political class in your municipality, in your township, and in your county promote dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ, CRT, 1619, BLM, reparations, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and the rest of the Democrat Party platform? Last year, the political class in Wheaton, in Milton Township, and in DuPage County stopped Republicans from helping sponsor Wheaton’s Independence Day parade and fireworks. The year before, they promoted BLM and LGBTQ big time in downtown Wheaton.)
— Border Patrol Union: Abbott Should ‘Absolutely’ Use Constitutional ‘Invasion’ Powers on Border – Charlotte Cuthbertson (COMMENT: How soon, if not already, will Democrat-led illegals officially announce their invasion of and their eventual total conquering of Illinois, of your county, of your township, your municipality, and your precinct?)
— IMF says Russia’s war in Ukraine will ‘severely set back’ global economy – Julia Horowitz (COMMENT: Overwhelmingly, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always promoted globalism at the expense of America’s economic security and national security.)
— COMMENT: Democrats use Fred Upton and Adam Kinzinger to promote hatred against Republicans.
— COMMENT: If you have ever done anything that subjects you to blackmail or prosecution, you should not seek or hold any kind of government or political office.
U.S. NEWS & WORD REPORT
— A Safe Bet: if You Want a Casino Job, Odds Are on Your Side – AP (COMMENT: I never sought jobs that directly promoted booze, gambling, pot, or other vices.)
ABC LOS ANGELES
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats want teachers to promote dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ, CRT, 1619, BLM, reparations, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and the rest of the Democrat Party platform.
NEW YORK TIMES
— COMMENT: Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters promote hatred against a group of lawyers and associates that is continuing efforts to decertify the 2020 vote.
— COMMENT: Democrats run America. Ever-increasingly, Democrat promote hatred against “Straight White Men.”
— COMMENT: Disney LGBTQers use hugs to encourage children to be LGBTQers.
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote hatred against Republicans.
— David Price sees echoes of the 1994 Republican Revolution in the 2022 midterms – Blake Hounshell (COMMENT: What were you doing in 1994? I was an active member in a class action lawsuit that charged my GAO superiors with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation. I worked on audits of federal financial industry regulators. I completed graduate courses in financial markets and trading at IIT. I bought a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T collector car.)
— Chicago Pot Cartel by Pritzker, Wrigley Families Alleged in Suit – Steve Stroth and Tiffany Kary
— More than 1,800 congressmen once enslaved Black people. This is who they were, and how they shaped the nation.
— COMMENT: Democrats run America. Ever-increasingly, Democrats get rid of those who do not promote LGBTQ.
— COMMENT: As pressure ever-increasingly builds on employers to hire, to retain, and to promote more women, employers ever-increasingly promote abortion.
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote hatred against Republicans.
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats do everything that they can to make children anti-law enforcement, anti-Trump, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-heterosexual, anti-traditional marriage/family, anti-non-poor people, anti-gun owners, anti-Christian, anti-Protestant, anti-Italian American, anti-German American, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
— Some Americans who retired early during COVID are returning. Can they solve the labor shortage? – Paul Davidson (COMMENT: I am a baby boomer. I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who have promoted the most hatred against baby boomers, and especially against baby boomers who are Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, heterosexual, married, non-veteran, non-poor, gun owners, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— COMMENT: Democrats use Tracey Meares to promote hatred against Republicans.
— COMMENT: Democrats use Colin Kaepernick to promote hatred against Republicans.
— College graduates are interviewing for jobs, and they have a lot of questions for you. To recruit and retain new graduates, employers must have systems that promote workplace equity and inclusion as well as career advancement. – Dave Merry (COMMENT: To recruit young Democrat minorities, females, and LGBTQers, my Democrat superiors can stress how they waste the careers of and how they get rid of their employees who are older, Republican, White, male, and/or heterosexual. They can stress that hey forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, gave me unfair job assignments, performance expectations, and performance 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 a $20,901 (21%) pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980.)
— A test of Trump’s influence: What to expect from the Michigan Republican Convention
ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION
— COMMENT: Democrats run America. Ever-increasingly, Democrats get rid of those who do not promote LGBTQ. – Alyssa Burr (COMMENT: What if the Illinois Republican Party held a convention this year?)
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote hatred against those who do not promote LGBTQ and illegal immigration.
OHIO CAPITOL JOURNAL
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote hatred against those who do not promote LGBTQ.
— Baby boomers, Gen X, millennials and more: Your guide to the generations. Each generation has a reason behind its name, as well as cultural events that shaped the personalities of the people in them. – Ashley Nash (COMMENT: I am a baby boomer. I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who have promoted the most hatred against baby boomers, and especially against baby boomers who are Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, heterosexual, married, non-veteran, non-poor, gun owners, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Baby boomers: Born between 1946 and 1964. 58-76 years old. Following World War II, there was a “boom” in the birthrate — hence the name baby boomers. The population of this generation peaked in 1999, at 78.8 million boomers, according to CNN. “Because of their high numbers and the relative prosperity of the U.S. economy during their careers, the baby boomers are an economically influential generation,” reported Investopedia. Baby boomers are defined as the “gloomiest generation,” by Pew, given they have rated their satisfaction of life lower and levels of anxiety higher than any other adult generation.)
— Adam Kinzinger Says He ‘Would Love’ to Run Against Donald Trump – ANDREW STANTON
— 12 Practical Ways Managers Can Ensure Junior Employees Are Supported (COMMENT: I transferred from IRS to GAO in 1980 when I was 31 years old. My earning a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, my passing the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981, and my becoming a licensed CPA in 1981 frustrated my Democrat GAO superiors’ early efforts to get rid of me.)
INDEPENDENT JOURNAL REVIEW
— Kinzinger Claims It Would Be ‘Fun’ to Run Against Trump in 2024 – Bradley Cortright
WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Keep Politics Out of the Doctor’s Office. Woke ideology and policies have become quite literally a hazard to your health. – Stanley Goldfarb (COMMENT: Of course, Democrats want those in healthcare to get rid of non-Democrats.)
— U.S. Companies Face Hurdles in Moving Production Closer to Home. It may take years to duplicate the supplier networks and availability of raw materials on a scale found in Asian manufacturing hubs, experts say. – Lydia O’Neal
— How Should We Teach Our Nation’s History?
— A Crime Scene Where the Victims Wore Masks. The image of last week’s Brooklyn subway attack was emblematic of the failure of American government at all levels. – Gerard Baker (COMMENT: Wearing a mask a) dramatically reduces your ability to communicate and b) allows criminals to hide their identity.)
— Tesla Calls California’s Factory Racism Suit Abuse of Power. Automaker discloses probe by federal EEOC in court filing. Company accuses state agency of seeking ‘quick publicity grab’ – Dana Hull and Robert Burnson
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats shout at Blacks that Republicans have caused, are causing, and will forever cause all the problems that Blacks have had, are having, and will have.
— Three Ways To Help Your Employees Feel Known – Natalie Baumgartner (COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, under the Democrats and under the RINOs, employers, organizations, governments, etc. give preference to, glorify and praise, and pander to those who are minority, female, younger, LGBTQ, moderate, liberal, Trump-haters, non-Christian, non-Protestant, non-Italian American, non-German American, and those whose ancestors have not been in America for a long time.)
INSIDE HIGHER EDUCATION
— COMMENT: Democrats run America. Ever-increasingly, Democrats get rid of those who do not promote LGBTQ.
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats demonize, denigrate, and condemn Republicans as being oppressors.
SOCIAL MEDIA TODAY
— Demographics of Social Networks: Who’s Who? – Anthony Baisi (COMMENT: Aside from the Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians, and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, Independents and Independent plants, and RINOs who read my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters for “opposition research,” I expect that many, if not most, of my readers share one or more of my demographics: conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older (baby boomer), heterosexual, married, non-poor, gun owner, Christian, Protestant, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Social media websites are just like cities, towns or Countries, if you’re Facebook. Most of these websites attract a certain type of person with common interests, opinions or activities.)
— Republican Senators Have a Plan to Fix the ‘Dysfunctional’ Federal Hiring Process. Lawmakers aim to allow agencies to bring new employees on more quickly. – ERIC KATZ (COMMENT: 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.)
— U.S. National Security Getting Worse, Most Voters Say
WORLD SOCIALIST WEB SITE
— University of Illinois at Chicago grad student workers strike against poverty wages – Jessica Goldstein
— Kinzinger says he “would love” to run against Trump in 2024
— There’s nothing Democrats can do to stop Latinos from abandoning Biden in droves. When he and his party chose socialism and wokeism over the American Dream they lost us, writes GLORIA ROMERO, former Democratic leader of the California State Senate – GLORIA ROMERO
— Motivate (COMMENT: What do you do? I put together and send out GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters. What motivates you to do what you do? The failure/refusal of the following to defend and advance the individual responsibility, traditional marriage/family, right to life, immigration, illegal drugs, Second Amendment, and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks in the Republican Party platform and the adverse actions that the following have taken against me motivates me: a) leaders of the Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Illinois Republican Party, b) Republican leaders of Wheaton, Wheaton Park District, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois, c) leaders of TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Illinois Center Right Coalition, and American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, d) Republican candidates on ballots in my precinct and their political consultants, major donors, fundraisers, pollsters, campaign managers, campaign staff members, and campaign volunteers, and e) those who I have sued.)
— Don’t take it personally (COMMENT: The more demographics (political affiliation, conservative/moderate/liberal, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, financial status, religion, national origin, length of time ancestors have been in America, etc.) that people share with me, the more that my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes take adverse actions against them. I am Republican, conservative, White, male, baby boomer, heterosexual, married, draft avoider, non-poor, baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran, 100% German American, my ancestors have been in America since 1844, federal employee for almost 30 years, federal retiree for almost 25 years, union member for almost 12 years, Crete resident for 24 years, etc.)