April 19 Evening Edition

ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
— Does Illinois Want to be Like Colorado? – David E. Smith
http://www.standardnewswire.com/news/2666912358.html
https://jwcdaily.com/2017/04/19/opinion-does-illinois-want-to-be-like-colorado/

 

ABC7
— ILLINOIS LAWMAKERS HEAR TESTIMONY ABOUT LEGAL MARIJUANA FROM COLORADO – John Garcia
http://abc7chicago.com/news/illinois-lawmakers-hear-testimony-about-legal-marijuana-from-colorado/1893210/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “They shouldn’t be going to make illegal narcotics legal just to balance the budget,” said Chief Tom Weitzel, Riverside Police. The police chiefs said potential problems an increase in impaired driving, higher health care expenses, even an increase in homelessness.)

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Illinois lawmakers ponder proposal to legalize marijuana – Robert McCoppin  (DIERSEN: Those who oppose legalization who attended the hearing included Peter Bensinger, Kathy Gilroy, Judy Kreamer, Ralph Rivera, Thomas Weitzel, and myself.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-marijuana-legalization-bill-hearing-met-20170419-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The hearing generated some hard feelings by marijuana opponents who weren’t allowed to testify. Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel represented the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, which opposes the measure. “I don’t know why they didn’t reach out before this and ask us for our opinion and see if there’s some compromise,” he said, “because our officers are the ones doing the enforcement.” . . . Some Republican lawmakers on the panel expressed concerns about public safety and how the industry operates largely with cash, because federal regulations discourage normal banking and credit card use. Peter Bensinger, a former administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, cited federal statistics showing marijuana use among teenagers initially increased 20 percent in the first two years after legalization in Colorado, compared to the two years prior. Bensinger also cited a near-doubling of emergency department visits and an increase in traffic death related to marijuana.)
— Boeing gives $1 million to Trump inauguration committee, among many Illinois donors – Katherine Skiba
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-trump-inaugural-donors-illinois-met-0419-20170419-story.html
— Rauner’s abortion bill veto pledge puts issue at early forefront of governor’s race – Rick Pearson
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-bruce-rauner-abortion-issue-illinois-governor-race-0420-20170419-story.html
— Bill O’Reilly fired by Fox News after 20 years over sexual harassment claims – AP
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-bill-oreilly-fired-20170419-story.html
— Democrats turn to Bernie Sanders and his star power to rebuild the party – David Weigel
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-democrats-bernie-sanders-20170419-story.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Safety, homelessness come up during discussion on legal pot – Mitch Dudek
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/safety-homelessness-come-up-during-discussion-on-legal-pot/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Dale A. Righter (R-Mattoon), noting that “there’s a price” in social ills that would accompany an increase in tax revenue, asked about a news report that attributed marijuana legalization with an increase in homelessness in Denver.)
— Cubs’ Todd Ricketts withdraws name for Trump’s Cabinet – Lynn Sweet
http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/cubs-todd-ricketts-withdraws-name-for-trumps-cabinet/amp/
— Abortion rights group says Gov. Rauner and first lady ‘lied’ – Tina Sfondeles
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/abortion-rights-group-dubs-gov-rauner-and-first-lady-liars/
— OUTRAGEOUS, TREASONOUS: City Council approves municipal ID after emotional debate – Fran Spielman
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/city-council-approves-municipal-id-after-emotional-debate/
— Bill O’Reilly and sexual harassment in the workplace – Editorial
http://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/bill-oreilly-and-sexual-harassment-in-the-workplace/
— Mayor’s high school plan defies soft bigotry of low expectations – Dennis Byrne
http://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/mayors-high-school-plan-defies-soft-bigotry-of-low-expectations/

 

WGN TV
— First hearing held on legalizing marijuana in Illinois  (FROM THE ARTICLE: But not everyone is convinced.)
http://wgntv.com/2017/04/19/first-hearing-held-on-legalizing-marijuana-in-illinois/

 

DNA INFO
— Can Legal Marijuana Fund CPS? Lawmakers Learn How It’s Done In Colorado – David Matthews
https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170419/downtown/can-legal-weed-help-fund-cps-lawmakers-learn-how-its-done-colorado
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The lawmakers were met with a crowd, including suburban police and other Illinoisans, mostly against legalizing marijuana. One opponent of the measure is Judy Kreamer of Naperville, who said she has a friend with a son in rehab after ingesting marijuana edibles. “Primarily, I’m worried about children and what will happen to them,” Kreamer said.)

 

BELLEVILLE NEWS DEMOCRAT
— State lawmakers hold hearing on recreational marijuana. Where does your legislator stand? – BRIAN BRUEGGEMANN
http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article145435754.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon: “Medical marijuana, owned by lobbyists, became decriminalization last year, and now it’s legalizing pot for recreation under the guise of a budget solution. I will not lead Illinois on this radical path to exchange good sense and morality for pain, suffering and corruption.”)

 

CBS ST. LOUIS
— Illinois Lawmakers Get Advice on Legalizing Recreational Marijuana
http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2017/04/19/illinois-lawmakers-get-advice-on-legalizing-recreational-marijuana/

 

NBC5
— Rauner’s Plan to Veto Abortion Protection Bill in Illinois Draws Support, Criticism – Mary Ann Ahern
http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Rauner-Plans-to-Veto-Abortion-Protection-Bill-in-Illinois-419903924.html
— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON CHICAGO TIGHTENS: Most of 2016 Increase in Murder Rate Came From Chicago: Study  “Chicago alone was responsible for 43.7 percent of the rise in urban murders in 2016,” the study finds.
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-murder-rate-study-419726093.html

 

CBS2
— Personal PAC Makes Announcement On Gov. Rauner’s Position On Abortion Rights – Steve Miller
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/04/19/personal-pac-rauner-abortion-rights/

 

WLS AM
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Emanuel sides with citizens of foreign countries against citizens of America.
http://www.wlsam.com/2017/04/19/rahm-whacks-trump-rauner-over-immigrants/

 

DAILY HERALD
— Rauner to suburban business group: State ‘very close’ to budget deal – Kerry Lester
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170419/rauner-to-suburban-business-group-state-x2018very-closex2019-to-budget-deal
— We must make lawmakers accountable to the public ahead of their party leaders – Editorial
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20170419/editorial-we-must-make-lawmakers-accountable-to-the-public-ahead-of-their-party-leaders
— Attorney general: Lisle library complied with open meetings law – Robert Sanchez
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170419/attorney-general-lisle-library-complied-with-open-meetings-law
— Suburban counties rate well in health rankings – James Fuller
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170419/suburban-counties-rate-well-in-health-rankings

 

CRAIN’s CHICAGO BUSINISS
— Caterpillar picks Deerfield for HQ – CLAIRE BUSHEY
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170419/NEWS05/170419835/caterpillar-picks-deerfield-for-hq

 

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— RAUNERS GIVE $50,000 TO CELEBRATE PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S 100TH ANNIVERSARY
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2017/04/rauners-give-50000-to-planned-parenthood.html
— THORNER: AUSTRALIAN LAWMAKER TALKS LIBERTARIANISM AT HEARTLAND INSTITUTE
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2017/04/thorner-australian-lawmaker-talks-libertarianism-at-heartland-institute.html

 

GOPUSA
— Universities Requiring Professors to be Left Wing Activists?
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=23222
— Police: Fresno shooter had posted online of ‘white devils’
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=23233

 

BREITBART
— Illinois GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner $50K Sponsor of Planned Parenthood – DR. SUSAN BERRY
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/19/illinois-gop-gov-bruce-rauner-50k-sponsor-of-planned-parenthood/
— Fox News Parting with Bill O’Reilly – BEN KEW
http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2017/04/19/report-fox-news-parting-with-bill-oreilly/
— UC Berkeley Bans Ann Coulter – But She Plans to Speak Anyway! – CHARLIE NASH
http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/04/19/uc-berkeley-bans-ann-coulter/

 

DAILY CALLER
— KILLING O’Reilly: Fox News Tells Host He’s Done – Betsy Rothstein
http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/19/killing-oreilly-fox-news-tells-host-hes-done/

 

NEWSMAX
— Fox News Fires Bill O’Reilly Amid Sexual Harassment Storm
http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/fox-oreilly-fired/2017/04/19/id/785262/

 

THE HILL
— O’Reilly out at Fox News – ELLIOT SMILOWITZ AND JOE CONCHA
http://thehill.com/media/329541-oreilly-out-at-fox-news

 

CNN
— New court filing: Government denies misconduct in Aaron Schock investigation – Laura Jarrett
http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/19/politics/aaron-schock-court-filing/
— Bill O’Reilly out at Fox News – Alex Koppelman, Dylan Byers, and Brian Stelter
http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/19/media/bill-oreilly-out-fox-news/index.html

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— Bill O’Reilly Is Forced Out at Fox News – EMILY STEEL and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/business/media/bill-oreilly-fox-news-allegations.html

 

WASHINGTON POST
— Berkeley cancels conservative firebrand Ann Coulter’s speech over fears of more violent protests – William Wan  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps are getting more violent.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/04/19/berkeley-cancels-ann-coulter-speech-over-fears-of-more-violent-protests/
— EPA plans to offer buyouts as part of Trump push to shrink workforce – Brady Dennis
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/04/19/epa-plans-to-offer-buyouts-as-part-of-trump-push-to-shrink-workforce/

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Bill O’Reilly Won’t Return to Fox News, Company Says  Tucker Carlson is moving up one hour into Mr. O’Reilly’s time slot – Joe Flint
https://www.wsj.com/articles/21st-century-fox-bill-oreilly-wont-be-returning-to-fox-news-channel-1492627732

 

PALM BEACH POST
— Trump spends too much time at Mar-a-Lago, says GOP senator; 20 percent of presidency – George Bennett  (DIERSEN: I did not take any vacation days during my first 2 years that I worked for IRS 1971-1973.)
http://postonpolitics.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/04/19/trump-spends-too-much-time-at-mar-a-lago-says-gop-senator-20-percent-of-presidency/

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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