— Observations on March 20, 2018 primary election results for Diersen’s DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 in Wheaton: Of the precinct’s:
– 504 registered voters, 207 (41%) are Republican, 137 (27%) are Democrat, and 160 (32%) are unaffiliated.
– 504 registered voters, 219 (43%) voted and 285 (57%) did not vote.
– 207 registered Republicans, 112 (54%) voted and 95 (46%) did not vote.
– 137 registered Democrats, 107 (78%) voted and 30 (22%) did not vote.
– 160 unaffiliated registered voters, 0 (0%) voted.
– 504 registered voters, 23 (5%) changed their affiliation from Republican to Democrat.
– 504 registered voters, 21 (4%) changed from unaffiliated to Democrat.
– 504 registered voters, 16 (3%) changed from unaffiliated to Republican.
– 504 registered voters, 2 (.04%) changed their affiliation from Democrat to Republican.
– 504 registered voters, at least 20 (4%) no longer live in the precinct. – Dave Diersen
— The possible lasting effects of the Financial Disclosure Reports – Rick Pearson
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Rick Pearson talks with NPR Illinois Springfield correspondent, Brian Mackey, about the Financial Disclosure Reports and how the money candidates spend can impact voting. Brian and Rick also take a look at the latest entry in the race for Governor by Sam McCann and what this means for Bruce Rauner.)
— Sean Hannity fuels the far right’s paranoia – Daniel Pupo, Orland Park
— FRONT PAGE WITH COLOR PICTURE IN NAPERVILLE SUN: Lisle Township considering spending $2.6 million on new assessor’s office building – Erin Hegarty
— Are lower tax rates linked to higher home appreciation? – Kenneth R. Harney
— Aurora eyes $1 million grant for job training program – Steve Lord (DIERSEN: What did you do to qualify yourself 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. I spent lots of my time and my money a) earning a bachelor’s degree from NIU in 1970, b) earning an MBA from Loyola in 1976, c) passing the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979, d) earning a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, e) passing the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981, f) earning a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from III in 1997, g) etc.)
— Free food for thought: Campus food pantries proliferate – AP (DIERSEN: Where did the money come from to pay for your college expenses? My outstanding parents provided me with room and board in their home in Crete a) 1966-1968 while I was a student at UIC, b) weekends during my first semester at NIU in 1969, and c) the summer of 1969. The money to pay for tuition, books, a new 1968 Oldsmobile 442 in 1967, a new 1969 Dodge Charger SE in 1968, and room and board at NIU 1969-1970 (three semesters at University Plaza Dormitory (https://www.uplaza.com/) and then a summer session at Lincolnshire West Apartments (http://www.lincolnshirewest-apts.com/ ) came from my part-time Park Forest Post Office job 1966-1969 that paid $15.85-$16.91 an hour in today’s dollars and my part-time jobs working on a Chrysler automobile assembly line in Belvidere (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belvidere_Assembly_Plant) and as a security guard at the University Plaza Dormitory in 1970. The aforesaid enabled me to graduate debt-free from NIU in August of 1970 owning a 1969 Dodge Charger SE.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats use Nathan Etter to encourage children to engage in LGBTQ activity.
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in getting students to serve as their operatives and as their dupes.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats use Nathan Etter to encourage children to engage in LGBTQ activity.
QUINCY HERALD WHIG
— Automatic voter registration big step forward – Editorial (DIERSEN: What about registered voters who do not vote? Of the 207 register Republicans in my precinct, 95 (46%) did not vote in the March 20, 2018 primary. Of the 137 register Democrats in my precinct, 30 (22%) did not vote in the primary. None of the 160 registered unaffiliated voters in my precinct voted in the primary.)
PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— Peoria Recovery Project reaches toward addiction solutions – Kelsey Watznauer (DIERSEN: What do you say to activists, to candidates, to elected officials, to party leaders, to major donors, to political consultants, to etc. who promote booze, gambling, pot, and other addictive vices? I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, DuPage County, and in Illinois who promote booze, gambling, pot, and other addictive vices. Of course, they work extremely hard against me.)
CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Who will pay and how much? – Editorial (DIERSEN: Who wants you to pay more taxes? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always wanted me to pay more taxes. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes.)
— Nursing home decisions weigh heavily on board – Tom Kacich
ALTON DAILY NEWS
— Money Will Direct Governor’s Race
— Keeping Track of Employees for Governor – Benjamin Yount
RIVER CITIES’ READER
— Weirdness in the Gubernatorial Race Just Beginning – Rich Miller
CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— Reaching for a solution to addiction problems – Andrew Harvey (DIERSEN: What do you say to activists, to candidates, to elected officials, to party leaders, to major donors, to political consultants, to etc. who promote booze, gambling, pot, and other addictive vices? I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, DuPage County, and in Illinois who promote booze, gambling, pot, and other addictive vices. Of course, they work extremely hard against me.)
MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Rauner Touts Value of Trip to Germany
— Pritzker ‘glad’ to see McCann amplify Rauner’s negatives – Mark Maxwell (DIERSEN: In your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois, who focuses on amplifying the negatives of others? What demographics do they paint as being negative? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes both paint and amplify the following demographics as being negative: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, ancestors having been in America for a long time, retired federal employee, former union member, American nameplate car owner, childless, pet-less, not living in the municipality that you grew up in, etc.)
INDEPENDENT JOURNAL REVIEW
— Trump Threatens to Make DNC Lawsuit Backfire — He Wants to Countersue for Servers, Emails – SAM DORMAN (DIERSEN: When it serves their purposes, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes demonize me, denigrate me, and condemn me as being litigious because of all the lawsuits that I have filed. One thing that I learned from filing all those lawsuits is that plaintiffs should always get strong restraining orders (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restraining_order) against defendants. I should write a book a) about the defendants in the lawsuits that I have filed and b) about what they have done, are doing, and will forever do to destroy me.)
— Identity Theft: Illegal Aliens’ Stock and Trade – BOB DANE
— Liberal Media Target Hannity; Attack Backfires – Jeffrey Lord (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who since 2000 have attacked me for my including links in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to articles that they do not like. Each chapter in the book would include the article, its author, who attacked me, how they attacked me, and why. Of course, the aforesaid attackers continue to do everything that they can to destroy me.)
— Trump struggles to get new IRS team in place – NAOMI JAGODA (DIERSEN: I am one of the very few Republicans who has worked for IRS. I am one of the extremely few Republicans who has worked for GAO on audits of IRS. I worked IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $81,071-$91,880. I worked GAO on audits of IRS for 3 years at the GS-13 Step 1-3 levels, currently $96,403-$102,830.)
— The new normal: We will have no idea how much Trump made in 2017 – Philip Bump
— To Save Democracy, This Economist Wants to Kill Its Core Principle Dambisa Moyo’s Edge of Chaos makes an argument for weighted voting—giving more voting power to the educated, and taking it away for others. – PETER COY (DIERSEN: How informed are the voters in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, in Illinois, and in America? Why do they vote? To vote for Democrats is to vote 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 American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: As is often the case, though, Moyo’s solutions aren’t as persuasive as her diagnosis. If you think about it, even devoted democrats draw the line somewhere on ballot box access: The right to vote is generally denied to prisoners, children, noncitizens, and people judged mentally incompetent. But imagine the envy and anger that would be unleashed if voting power were based on profession or education. Who would decide how to divide the public into first-, second-, and third-class citizens? Would biology professors be certified as “highly qualified” but high school history teachers ranked “standard qualified”? What about journalists vs. carpenters vs. actors vs. the unemployed? And how much of the public would be consigned to the lowest tier of “unqualified” voters—would it be 1 percent or 10 percent or more? A civics test seems a more defensible way to implement weighted voting, but not really. It implicitly equates knowledge with good judgment, which experience tells us isn’t a sound equation. As the conservative writer William F. Buckley Jr. once said, “I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.” In the end, Moyo comes across as a well-meaning meritocrat. Democracy has its flaws, all right, but elitism isn’t the way to cure them.)
— Another election problem: no tax return – Harry Shirley, Brush Valley (DIERSEN: One could argue that if candidates should disclose their tax returns, than voters should too. What percent of voters vote for a candidate because that candidate promises to use government to give preference to those who share that voter’s demographics? What percent of voters vote for a candidate because that candidate promises to use government to get rid of those individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: These tax returns disclose all income and who pays them so the voter can tell if the governor or presidential candidate was later making decisions that would benefit the voter or increase the candidate’s income.)
ALBANY TIMES UNION
— Pulitzer winners flee journalism Industry’s decline prompts many to find other careers – AP
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats use Emily Nakano, a high school senior from Illinois, to call for “stricter gun laws.”
— Certifying online journalists: A bad idea whose time has come? – FRANK CATALANO (DIERSEN: I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who have since 2000 hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I am NOT a journalist. They dismiss/belittle/badmouth/demonize/denigrate/condemn the fact a) that much of what GAO Analysts do is very similar to what journalists do, and that 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-$125,325 and b) that I have been the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000. Instead, they stress a) that I do not have a degree in journalism, b) that no one pays me for what I do as your GOPUSA Illinois Editor, c) that GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are free and do not contain any advertising or pictures, and d) that certain people who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in DuPage County, and in Illinois shout that I am NOT a journalist. Inconsistently, outrageously, many of the aforesaid at the same time hint/imply/argue/shout that I AM A JOURNALIST, AND THEREFORE, I SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO: a) be a Republican Precinct Committeeman, b) be a Milton Township Republican Central Committee (MTRCC), DuPage County Republican Central Committee (DCRCC), or Illinois Republican Party (IRP) officer, and c) attend MTRCC, DCRCC, or IRP events that are closed to journalists.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Part of the difficulty in any kind of certification is the notoriously independent nature of many attracted to the craft of journalism. Another is that even professional journalism organizations may be hard-pressed to agree on specifics of any credential, or be able to manage it when their membership ranks are in decline due to deep staffing cuts within traditional media organizations. “Professional journalists do, at nearly unanimous numbers, adhere to the professional standards of organizations like SPJ (Society of Professional Journalists ) and NPPA (National Press Photographers Association) and RTDNA (Radio Television Digital News Association), whether they have a certification that says so or not,” said Caley Cook, journalism lecturer at the University of Washington and an investigative and feature reporter. “I don’t think it hurts, really, to get a journalistic certification, but I don’t think an average news consumer is going to take one look at that and say, well I trust you now.” Those doubts are shared by SPJ Washington board member Daniel Person. “When you look at the sites/pages/accounts that are disseminating false information, there are all sorts of red flags suggesting that it’s not a reputable source: goofy URLs, lack of citation, bad grammar, etc.,” Person, a former Seattle Weekly editor, said. “Yet people seem willing to blow past these caution signs so long as the ‘news’ they are reporting confirms their worldview … If people are willing to share a story from SpicyAmericaNewz.Ru, what’s to say they’ll check the reporter’s credentials beforehand?” While there may be a place for some kind of voluntary certification for journalism newbies or freelancers who don’t belong to a professional media organization, Cook thinks a better solution lies beyond the outflow end of the story pipe. “When normal people truly don’t consider the source of their information or how it was gathered, we have a greater problem than certification of journalists could solve,” Cook said. Instead, she points to the oft-cited need for better media literacy, “what makes information reliable, how to question the source of information, media industrialization and consolidation, etc,” she said “I think you’d find this would have a far greater impact on the perception of ‘fake news’ than if you put that onus on the journalists.”)
— Trump attacks New York Times journalist over Michael Cohen article – Lauren Gambino (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who since 2000 have attacked me for my including links in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to articles that they do not like. Each chapter in the book would include the article, its author, who attacked me, how they attacked me, and why. Of course, the aforesaid attackers continue to do everything that they can to destroy me.)