April 27, 2024


— University of Chicago students hold pro-Palestinian rally, demand divestment from Israel – Sabrina Franza

— College students from multiple universities in Chicago marched down Michigan Avenue Friday in support of Palestine.
— Make six figures? Here’s how much you must earn to afford a house in 2024 – Stephanie Weaver (COMMENT: Back in the good old days, in September of 1972, when I was 24 years old, my $66,942/year IRS salary in today’s dollars and my part-time Firestone Store salary enabled me to buy a new town home in University Park. In October of 1971, my $54,728/year IRS salary in today’s dollars and my part-time Firestone salary enabled me to buy a new 1972 Corvette. In addition, starting in January of 1972, my IRS salary enabled me to pay for tuition and books for graduate evening business courses at Loyola.)
— Woman’s IVF success story shines light during Infertility Awareness Week – Sylvia Perez (COMMENT: My wife and I got married in 1978 when I was 29 and she was 27. I should write a book about my Democrat GAO superiors who used against me the most our giving up trying to have children without trying IVF, our not adopting, and our not becoming foster parents.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: This week is National Infertility Awareness Week. It comes before Mother’s Day and is used as a chance to talk about an issue 15% of couples will have to deal with. But it’s also a great time to see how far we have come. The first IVF baby was born 41 years ago. In a FOX 32 Special Report, Sylvia Perez took a look at the advances in medicine since that happened. Her name was Louise Brown and the year was 1978. As the world’s first test tube baby, she was considered a miracle child. Today, more than 8 million babies around the world have been born through IVF, and it’s still considered one of the great triumphs of modern medicine. Dr. John Rinehart of Rush University Medicine was there from the beginning. He was part of the first IVF delivery at Brigham Young Hospital in 1983. Since then, he’s helped more than 3,800 couples with successful pregnancies via IVF. “I’ve seen a lot of positive changes over the years,” Rinehart said.)

— Democrat leaders ever-increasingly promote more illegal immigration.

— The effort to recall Chicago’s mayor picks up police union – Brian Althimer

— Democrats ever-increasingly promote more LGBTQ.

— Migrant arrests are up, but they’re rarely accused of violent felonies – JOE MAHR and LAURA RODRÍGUEZ PRESA (COMMENMT: Democrat and RINO leaders ever-increasingly promote more illegal immigration.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: As 40,000 asylum-seekers have arrived in Chicago in less than two years, a Tribune analysis of crime data shows the impact of migrants has been mostly felt in nonviolent offenses, particularly driving-related and thefts, and few arrests for violent felonies. The analysis of crimes since Aug. 31, 2022, when Texas’ Republican governor, Greg Abbott, began busing asylum-seekers to Chicago, shows that as more migrants have arrived, the number of their arrests has increased. But they’re typically picked up for traffic infractions and thefts, and any misdeeds they’re committing do not appear to have fueled a crime wave. Researchers say they’re not surprised by the Tribune’s findings. They point out that most migrants come for a better life, and they surmise that those who end up committing crimes typically steal out of desperation.)
— Protests continue for second day at Northwestern
— Pro-Palestine protests sweep across Chicago area’s college campuses, as students demand schools divest from Israel – REBECCA JOHNSON, ALYSA GUFFEY, SARAH MACARAEG, KATE ARMANINI, and NELL SALZMA
— What we do — and don’t — know about the gun-related arrests at Naperville’s Topgolf. – TESS KENNY (COMMENT: I have had an FOID card since I was 20 years old in 1968.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: What grants someone the right to carry a gun in Illinois? In order to lawfully purchase and carry a gun in Illinois, two different requirements need to be satisfied, according to DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin. First, to purchase any kind of firearm or ammunition, they would need a Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) Card issued by the state, Berlin said. The kinds of guns someone can purchase is also subject to the state’s assault weapon ban. To be eligible for an FOID card, a person must be at least 21 years old or have a parent or guardian sponsor who is eligible for a card, the Illinois State Police website says. There are a slew of disqualifying factors, including felony convictions, narcotic addiction and intellectual disability. An FOID card, Berlin said, is for someone looking to own a gun and keep it at their home or business. To carry a firearm concealed on their person or in their car, someone would also need a Concealed Carry License (CCL). As long as a person obtains both licenses, they’d be allowed to conceal carry — unless they’re in a prohibited area. Those include schools, state property and public transportation. Private businesses can also prohibit the carrying of guns inside their establishments if they post a sign. Topgolf, for example, has such a sign. That means that anyone who has a firearm with them cannot bring it inside and must leave it in their vehicle in a place that’s concealed from view. The person can be arrested if police discover they do not have an FOID and a CCL for the weapon, Berlin said. “The gun has to be … in a case or in a locked container, out of plain view within the vehicle,” he said. “Or they can put it in the trunk.” If I’m licensed, can police arrest me just for leaving a weapon inside a car in plain view? Even if someone has the proper licenses, leaving a firearm inside their vehicle in plain view is a violation of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, which is a Class B misdemeanor, Berlin said. However, such a violation would likely “result in a citation, where they would be given a court date” not a full-blown arrest, he said. When someone isn’t properly licensed or legally allowed to possess a firearm or their firearm is modified in some way, that’s when officers take enforcement action.)
— 140,000 people did their taxes with the free IRS direct file pilot, but the program’s future is unclear – AP (COMMENT: When my Democrat IRS superiors disallowed my education deductions in 1978, they showed that IRS is an arm of the Democrat Party.)
— Democrats ever-increasingly blame Republicans for all the problems that Blacks have. I should write a book about the success/failure that my Democrat superiors in the federal government had turning my many Black superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates against me.

— Hundreds join pro-Palestinian protests at Chicago universities, colleges as Northwestern encampment grows. Hundreds of protesters from the University of Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago and Roosevelt University rallied in support of people living in Gaza. – Isabel Funk, Sophie Sherry and Violet Miller (COMMENT: I am 100% German national origin. None of my ancestors ever rallied in support of people living in Germany. My grandfather on my father’s side fought the Germans in WWI. My uncles on my mother’s side fought the Germans in WWII. My father would have the Germans in WWII if he had not
— Democrats ever-increasingly promote more LGBTQ.

— Skokie Republican to challenge Schakowsky for U.S. House seat – Russell Lissau
— About 1 in 4 US adults 50 and older who aren’t yet retired expect to never retire, AARP study finds. – AP (COMMENT: I should write a book about being forced into early retirement.)
— Democrat and RINO leaders ever-increasingly promote more illegal immigration.
— Illinois public schools see another year of enrollment declines – Jake Griffin

— Slow work authorizations frustrate new migrants and industry leaders alike – Leigh Giangreco (COMMENT: Employers want cheap labor. Illegals drive wages down.)
— Illinois Elections Board to hear case on Dan Proft’s PAC – Leigh Giangreco
(FROM THE ARTICLE: More than a year after the Illinois State Board of Elections began its probe of right-wing talk radio host Dan Proft’s super PAC, the board will hold a hearing to determine whether the independent expenditure group colluded with Republican gubernatorial nominee Darren Bailey in the 2022 election. On April 29, hearing officer Jim Tenuto will examine the complaint against Proft, Bailey and the People Who Play By the Rules PAC. Democratic Party of Illinois Executive Director Ben Hardin filed the complaint, which the board agreed to hear last year. Proft, now a Florida resident who vowed to Crain’s that he would never live in Chicago again “unless the political leadership changes,” is expected to appear in person at the Cook County Building next week. Hardin alleges that the millions of dollars funneled into Proft’s PAC to oppose Gov. J.B. Pritzker should be considered illegal, in-kind contributions to Bailey’s campaign since the two parties coordinated. Hardin’s team pointed to Proft’s radio show, where Bailey was a frequent guest in the months leading up to the 2022 election and where the two exchanged ideas that later ended up in the PAC’s advertisements, according to the 2023 hearing officer report. The complainant said “the idea that anything said in a public forum is off limits for coordination would frustrate the entire purpose of having a coordination standard,” according to the report. “You would end up in a place where candidates and (independent expenditure) committees would be completely free to coordinate as long as they stand up on a stage and they agree on an ad strategy in front of a crowd, which (the complainant says) just doesn’t make sense.” The case would test the definitions of political coordination, a key question in the increasingly murky world of super PACs. It’s not the first time Proft has come under fire for attempting to circumvent campaign contribution rules. In 2018, he filed a suit against then-Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and members of the Illinois State Board of Elections over restrictions on independent expenditure committees, Courthouse News reported. Both Bailey and Proft should be found in violation of contribution limits, the complainant said.)
— Johnson eyes legalizing video gaming in Chicago – Justin Laurence (COMMENT: Democrats ever-increasingly promote more gambling.)
— Illinois can’t afford another public pension boondoggle – Editorial (COMMENT: I should write a book about those who have held my Civil Service Retirement System pension against me the most.)

— Democrats ever-increasingly promote more illegal immigration.

— Republican National Committee urges moving protest area farther from Milwaukee RNC venues – Alison Dirr

— Campaigns will spend ‘hundreds of millions’ in Wisconsin, party chairs say. Republican chair pledges to use all ‘things that are legal and on the books,’ including early voting. – ROBERT D’ANDREA

— Handful of supporters defend Nienburg at Downers Grove library board meeting

— GOP senators sound alarm on illegal migrants ‘hijacking’ food delivery services – JACKSON WALKER

— Democrat and RINO leaders ever-increasingly encourage minorities to hate Trump.

— Illinois EPA giving money for schools to switch to electric buses

— Afternoon briefing
— Did Dan Proft’s independent expenditure PAC illegally coordinate with Bailey’s campaign? The case will go before the Illinois Elections Board next week


— Recruiting Republican Precinct Committee People: Join the Frontline of Grassroots Politics!  (COMMENT: I have been a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999. I should write a book about those who have worked the hardest to stop me from being a Republican Precinct Committeeman.)
(FROM THE BULK EMAIL: Are you passionate about conservative values, fiscal responsibility, and individual freedom? Do you want to make a difference in your local community? Look no further! The Tazewell County Republican Party is seeking dedicated individuals to serve as Precinct Committeepersons (PCs). Here’s your chance to be a vital link in advancing Conservative principles and shaping Republican party policy. What Is a Precinct Committeeperson (PC)? A Precinct Committeeperson is an official position within the Republican political party system. PCs establish a direct link between the party and voters in their local election district or precinct. As a Republican PC, you’ll represent GOP voters in your precinct, serving as the face of the party and ensuring maximum Republican voter turnout on Election Day. Your role includes: Year-Round Engagement: PCs are year-round campaign volunteers, working to grow the GOP and deliver Republican votes from their precincts. Foot Soldiers: You’ll be the conduit of information from the party to Republican voters, often being the only party official voters meet in person. Policy Shapers: PCs help shape party policy and participate in candidate selection processes. The Five Cs of Being a Republican Precinct Committeeperson: Commitment: PCs commit to executing their duties, whether elected or appointed. You’ll be actively involved in creating a strong and vibrant party. Communication: Be the voice of the GOP within your precinct. Listen to voters and ensure their concerns are heard. Connection: Build relationships with Republican voters. Recruit and train volunteers to help you in your precinct. Candidate Support: Identify, recruit, select, and support qualified Republican candidates. Campaign Efforts: PCs are essential for grassroots campaigns. Register voters, knock on doors, and turn out the vote!
How to Become a Precinct Committeeperson: Qualifications: Be a United States citizen. Be at least 18 years of age. Be a registered voter of your precinct (if running for elected office) or of Tazewell County (if you are seeking an appointment). Petition: (During the applicable election cycle) Fill out a Precinct Committeeperson Primary Petition form and gather valid signatures from eligible electors in your precinct. After filing your election paperwork with the Tazewell County Clerk’s office, you will appear on the applicable Primary General Election ballot for your precinct to run for the elected office. Appointment: County Chairs can also appoint precinct committeepersons to vacant precincts at any time. Join Us! Make a real impact by becoming a Tazewell County Republican Precinct Committeeperson. Help secure conservative values, defend liberty, and strengthen our party. There are many precincts in Tazewell County which need a Republican Precinct Committeeperson. Currently, we are looking for energized people to appoint to open precincts throughout the county. Your precinct needs you!)

— Election confidence rattled after voter receives wrong ballot – Catrina Petersen

— Brick Placed on Jeff Keicher’s Senior Citizen Driver’s License Reform Legislation (COMMENT: I am 75 years old. I have been driving since I was 16. I have never caused an accident.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Here is what Keicher wrote: “…the ratio of bills being taken up in the House is still frustratingly one-sided. “Of the 324 bills that passed the House last week, only 33, a mere 10.2%, were filed by Republican members while all the rest were Democrat bills. “And I’m disappointed, despite having more than three dozen bipartisan co-sponsors, my legislation to end the ageist requirement for senior drivers to retake the driving test when they renew their license (HB 4431), regardless of driving record or ability, was not called for a vote and we couldn’t get an answer from the Speaker’s office on why it wasn’t called.”)
— McHenry County GOP: Oops, Executive Committee Nomination of State’s Attorney Replacement Candidate Inadequate
— Murders Falling in Big Cities
— Pro-Israel PAC Donations to Local Members of Congress


— The Federal Election Commission has fined the campaign fund of a former Illinois congressman Rodney Davis $43,475 for failing to refund excess contributions in a timely manner. – John O’Connor
— Democrats’ welfare for journalists brings us closer to state-run media. Increased favorable coverage of their agenda and candidates. (COMMENT: My critics/opponents are beyond furious that I have the time, money, knowledge, experience, ability, and motivation needed to put together and to send out a GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletter each and every morning that is free of charge, contains no advertising, and contains no donation requests. I should write a book about my critics/opponents who have done the most since 2000 to stop me from sending the newsletters out and/or to stop everyone from reading them. I would focus on those who have the most religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois.)
— United Methodist delegates approve plan giving U.S. churches more autonomy on LGBTQ issues – Mark A. Kellner (COMMENT: How successful have Democrats and RINOs been getting your church to promote more LGBTQ?)
— DEI is not what Jefferson hoped for when he wrote ‘all men are created equal’ – Michael McKenna

— Envisioning a post-Trump GOP – Peter Laffin (COMMENT: Trump got elected in 2016 by promising to defend and advance the Republican Party platform.)
— Democrats ever-increasingly promote more LGBTQ.

— At 2,000 illegal crossings a day, San Diego becomes new ground zero for Joe Biden’s open border – Monica Showalter

— Groups Organizing College Protests Funded by Soros-Tied Entities – NICK GILBERTSON
— Pro-Sanctuary City Democrat Mayor Fights Recall After Laken Riley Murder – JOHN BINDER
— Democrats ever-increasingly promote more LGBTQ.

— WALTERS: Anti-Israel Rot Runs Deep And Widespread In Our Education System Starting In Kindergarten
— Major Teachers Union Wants To Cement Its Grip Over Chicago – MAILEE SMITH

— We’ve Crossed The Rubicon. Race Hoaxers Are Now Using AI. – Matt Walsh
— Why Woke Healthcare Is Just Bad Medicine – Jeff Gunter

— House Committee Aims to Stop Illegal Aliens from Slanting Congressional Apportionment – Kari Jacobson

— Illegal immigrant influx leads to special needs children being displaced from their school in New York City – Sarah Akey
— Spineless police chiefs hurt law enforcement when they bend the knee to the woke left

— PBS Tries To Blame Conservatism For Mass Stabbing – Alex Christy
— UT Austin Pro-Palestine Protest Causes DEI Rally to be Postponed – EVAN POELLINGER

— Shirley Jackson Lee and Reparations Group Urge Biden to Buy Black Vote With Reparations Commission – R. Cort Kirkwood

— Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, and Oklahoma Are Making It Illegal For Illegal Immigrants To Enter – Tyler Durden (COMMENT: Needless-to-say, Illinois should do that too.)


— Calls for NAACP Illinois conference president to resign after racist remarks – Peter Curi

— Democrats ever-increasingly promote more LGBTQ.
— What Is a ‘Decent Wage’? France’s Michelin Raises a Debate. – Liz Alderman (COMMEMT: I should write a book about those who have demonized me, denigrated me, and condemned me the most as being overpaid. I would focus on those whose parents were wealthy, who bought them cars, who paid for their college expenses, who got them jobs, etc. I would focus on those who have ignored/dismissed/belittled my earning three job-related master’s degrees, six job-related professional certifications, and a job-related professional license the most.)

— GOP urges Secret Service to move protesters from park near convention arena – Josh Dawsey

— Republican Party sues over absentee ballots, voter rolls in battleground states – Erin Mansfield
— Wyoming GOP convention recap: Republican Party goes all in for Trump, all out for governor. Wyoming’s Republican Convention saw the censure of Governor Mark Gordon, the endorsement of Donald Trump, long debates over party bylaws, and the endorsement of far-right legislation. – Cy Neff
(FROM THE ARTICLE: While party members were divided regarding the bylaws, there was more consensus regarding the proposed resolutions, which were similar to policy proposals designed to align with the party’s platform. The party passed all but two of its over 90 proposed resolutions, including a censure of Wyoming’s Governor Mark Gordon, a fellow Republican. “We have a quote-unquote Republican that vetoed the strongest bills the party passed this year concerning some of our key platform planks,” said Troy Bray, a delegate from Park County. “If you’re not going to be a Republican, and believe the things Republicans believe, then please go find a party that represents you.” The censure only carries symbolic weight but is indicative of the growing rift within Wyoming’s Republican Party, notably frustration from the further-right wings over the governor’s recent vetoes. Convention Chairman and State Representative (R—Wheatland) Jeremy Haroldson said Wyoming conservatives were setting the standards for Republicans around the country. “We’re making the decisions that will guide this great state into the future,” Haroldson said. “How we conduct ourselves today they will write about in history. We’re making history today.” Other resolutions mirrored conservative talking points across the country, including a call to “stop the invasion at the border,” labeling DEI as unconstitutional, a pledge to support the nation of Israel, a resolution recognizing the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, a resolution to ‘roll back leftist ideological indoctrination,’ and the imposition of a state felony on anyone found to be in Wyoming illegally. Honorary Convention Chair and State Representative John Bear (R-Gillette) compared America’s divisions today to the level of fractures before the American Revolution and the Civil War. The attendees were on the side of moral righteousness and needed to stand their ground, according to Bear. “This is not a time for unity, but a time for moral clarity. And as I often say, let’s fight for Wyoming. America’s last hope,” Bear said.)
— Could the chaos and violence of the 1968 Democratic convention happen again? (COMMENT: What did you do during the summer of 1968? I worked all the hours that I could for the Park Forest Post Office. I drove a 1968 Oldsmobile 442. I lived with my parents and brother in Crete. I saved all the money that I could so that I could buy a 1969 Dodge Charger SE that year and transfer from UIC to NIU in 1969.)

— Chicago Was Hardly Misled. Terry Takash writes, “Most Chicagoans agree that something has to change” (Letters, April 23). How so? In the last election to replace a soft-on-crime mayor, Chicagoans chose the radical candidate. It would appear the citizens are getting the administration they voted for. – Ron Wohlust
— The Biden EPA’s Plan to Ration Electricity. New rules are designed to eliminate fossil-fuel power plants. Energy scarcity is sure to result. – Editorial

— Wall Street giddy over mass migration – Joe Guzzardi

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— Focusing on gun rights, parental rights and border control: Maine GOP convention begins. Maine Republicans say they feel more united than ever before. – Jacob Murphy (COMMENT: What are the registered Republican voters in your county, township, municipality, school district, and precinct focused on? I should survey the registered Republican voters in my precinct and ask them what they want me to focus on at the Illinois Republican Party State Convention in Collinsville May 24 and 25.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: On Saturday, the party will announce and adopt any potential changes to the party platform. “Maine Republicans are excited to present a clear, strong alternative to the failed far-left policies the Democrats have been pushing. We’ll be making the case that the GOP is the party that will Restore Freedom here in Maine. It’s an effort that’s sorely needed as Democrats pass restrictive, future-killing social and economic policies far outside the norm. We appreciate all the people who are going to get involved this weekend to make our state a better place,” said Maine GOP Executive Director Jason Savage.)

— Why the Utah GOP is avoiding a controversial vote on IVF this weekend. The move comes as Donald Trump, the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, walks back comments that he supports national abortion restrictions. – Emily Anderson Stern
(FROM THE ARTICLE: An Alabama Supreme Court ruling earlier this year has raised questions about how state abortion bans could limit access to IVF and forced conservative politicians to take a position on whether they would protect the technology annually used by tens of thousands of Americans looking to expand their families. That decision inspired Voice for the Voiceless president and elected state GOP delegate Kriss Martenson to sponsor a resolution to “urge the Utah legislature to enact legislation to abolish in vitro fertilization,” and a party platform amendment to call for “equal protection laws for preborn children from the moment of fertilization.” Martenson told The Salt Lake Tribune that he submitted the proposals “well before” the March 28 deadline and that he had secured the five other required delegate endorsements. The party’s Platform/Resolution Committee rejected the proposals and they are not on the agenda for Saturday’s state nominating convention — which lands on the last day of National Infertility Awareness Week. Leadership for the Utah Republican Party did not respond to multiple requests for clarification on why Voice for the Voiceless’ platform amendment and resolution won’t come up for a delegate vote — the results of which would be made public. From Martenson’s perspective, the reasons were “absolutely” political. Former Weber County Republican Party Chair Lacy Richards is sponsoring a separate amendment to the “Right to Life” portion of the party platform that will be considered this weekend, which adds “we support adoption” into the text. “I think it’s important that we as a party don’t just tell people what not to do, but that we offer real, viable alternatives,” Richards said, adding that she was “not super familiar” with Voice for the Voiceless’ proposals. ‘Every opportunity to try to grow our family’ Voice for the Voiceless, which will have a booth at the convention, differentiates itself from abortion opponents who call themselves “pro-life,” saying they are “abolitionists” because they don’t believe there should be any exceptions to abortion bans. Members of the group often attend state legislative hearings to speak against bills restricting abortion, saying they don’t go far enough. Martinson characterized IVF practices as “taking the lives of babies.” Embryos created as part of IVF are either transferred into a person’s uterus or frozen for future use. Both in natural and assisted reproductive processes, it’s common for embryos not to survive long enough to become pregnancies. . .Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has distanced himself from past comments that he would support a 15- or 16-week national abortion ban and has said abortion policymaking should be left to states. Trump has also said he supports access to IVF, but hasn’t clarified whether he would protect that access.)

— GOP convention was success, despite negative media reports – Elizabeth Rohr, Toledo (COMMENT: How many delegates will there be at the Illinois Republican Party State Convention in Collinsville May 24-25 a) from your county, b) from your township, and c) from your municipality?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: We, the Lewis County Republican Party, were honored to attend the 2024 Washington state Republican Party Convention in Spokane April 18-20. Our delegation brought 40 elected representatives from Lewis County, who participated in this historic event. The convention was a great success, and we hope the residents of Lewis County were encouraged by the actions taken. However, we feel the need to address the coverage and mischaracterizations by reporters and the media regarding what transpired at the convention. The convention, attended by over 1,800 delegates from all 39 counties in Washington, had the purpose of endorsing candidates for statewide positions, electing delegates to the national convention and voting on the party’s platform and resolutions. The delegates, elected at county conventions, came to Spokane to engage in a true grassroots Republican election process, primarily endorsing their choice for the gubernatorial candidate, either Dave Reichert or Semi Bird. The Washington State Republican Party’s Candidate Committee vetted both candidates, initially approving them for the endorsement ballot. However, late in the process, the committee recommended rescinding their approval of Semi Bird, leading to a contentious moment during the convention. Despite this, through the proper process and with an overwhelming majority, the delegates reversed the committee’s ruling, allowing the endorsement process to proceed.)

— A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater says “It’s Not Too Late for the GOP to Dump Trump. Here’s How.”

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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.