April 22 Evening Edition

— For elected officials in Northwest Indiana, social media serves as a help line and a sounding board – Jerry Davich (DIERSEN: How friendly/accessible is your Republican State Representative? This afternoon is one example of my Republican State Representative Jeanne Ives’ outstanding friendliness and accessibility. She saw me going door to door in the part of my precinct that had been part of her precinct before the 2015 gerrymandering. I was delivering election results (https://gopillinois.com/documents/) to the 112 voters who had cast Republican ballots. She stopped her SUV and we talked for about 15 minutes about many current issues of the day.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “I try to make myself very accessible so people can get to know Tom McDermott, not only Mayor McDermott,” he said.)
— Suspect in Tennessee Waffle House shooting still at large and possibly armed, police say – AP
— Confederate group, activists hold competing ceremonies at Oak Woods Cemetery – Elvia Malagon
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who promote LGBTQ activity say “Your entire career can be derailed” and “For gay teachers, coming out remains risky.”


— Ex-Illinois man sought after 4 dead in Waffle House shooting in Tennessee – AP
— Aurora library apologizes for display criticized as Islamophobic – Charles Keeshan
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps crow about their success in promoting protests.


— Man wanted in deadly Waffle House shooting in Tennessee had delusions about Taylor Swift, arrested at White House – Chuck Goudie
— Aurora mayor apologizes after library displays poem some call anti-Muslim
— ‘Were you admitted on merit or quota?’ Former education official questions student’s Harvard acceptance – Danny Clemens (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.)


— Waffle House suspect had previous bizarre interactions with police


— Proposal would let more voters try to cut property taxes – Doug Finke


— It just keeps getting weirder – RICH MILLER


— Proposed LGBT history bill triggers controversy – Blaise Mesa


— GOP Misfits in Illinois Undermine President Trump’s Minority Outreach – DOUG IBENDAHL
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “What do you have to lose by trying something new?” – Donald J. Trump That was a question then-candidate Donald Trump regularly repeated on the campaign trail. It was part of a message he regularly directed specifically to African Americans. The obvious point being that black voters were being betrayed and taken for granted by politicians of the past like Hillary Clinton. This President is serious about rebuilding America and restoring economic opportunity to all, regardless of race or creed. And it’s not just rhetoric. We’re witnessing the results on a daily basis. Donald Trump is a man of his word. I wish we could stop there and declare to black citizens in Illinois that everything is fine. Just hold on, help is on the way. Unfortunately, we can’t. While our President is literally working night and day to make us proud again of Republican leadership, some local yokels in Illinois – actually let’s call them what they are, failed misfits – are actively undermining our President’s positive work and destroying the Republican brand in Illinois. I’ll give you just the latest illustration by telling the story of what I witnessed at a GOP event last week in Chicago. Last Wednesday, April 18, each of the 102 counties in Illinois held a Republican county convention. Every two years this is where the county GOP chair and other county party officers are picked. And every 4 years, this being one of those years, the county conventions are also the place where under the easily rigged system only the Illinois Republican Party uses, the 18 members of the state central committee (“SCC”) are picked. One member is selected from each of the state’s U.S. congressional districts. The SCC is the State GOP’s senior governing board and its members pick the state party chairman. The current state chair is Governor Rauner flunky, Tim Schneider of suburban Cook County.)


— McHenry Township Selects Erik Sivertsen as GOP Chairman
— County Board Members’ Compensation
— Saturday Afternoon Polling


— Southern Poverty Law Center Cashes In On Trump Era; Controversial Nonprofit Nears Half BILLION In Assets – Peter Hasson


— 4 dead in Waffle House shooting in Tennessee; suspect sought – AP


— Think it’s harmless? Now nine in ten teens at drug clinics are being treated for marijuana use Cannabis is responsible for 91% of drug addiction cases involving teenagers Skunk – high-potency herbal cannabis – causing more people to seek treatment Backs up research that skunk is having detrimental impact on mental health – Stephen Adams and Martin Beckford

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.