April 28 Evening Edition

— White House corps toasts press freedom; Trump a no-show – CNN
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Trump, however, has had a notably contentious relationship with the media. The President routinely argues that he receives unfair media coverage and denounces “fake news.” He has even labeled the media the “enemy of the American people.” Earlier this month, the White House Correspondents’ Association, which represents the White House press corps, put out a statement saying that the White House had informed the association that the President would not be attending the dinner in 2018. The statement said, however, that White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will attend the event to represent the administration and that the President “will actively encourage members of the executive branch to attend and join us as we celebrate the First Amendment.)


— President Trump’s Weekly Address; Democrats’ Weekly Address


— Trump hosting rally with ‘favorite deplorables’ in Michigan – AP


— Congressional town halls: Old-fashioned and inefficient or vital to the fabric of democracy? – Erin Hegarty (DIERSEN: Ever increasingly, at town halls, Democrats make it clear that they want Republicans 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, draft avoiders, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam found himself in the national spotlight last year after critics said he refused to meet with constituents and dodged requests to hold a town-hall style public meeting. Roskam, however, dismissed the traditional in-person format as unproductive and boasted of his ability to reach far more people via convenient telephone town halls, which are arranged by his campaign. As election season returns. so does the debate over the way candidates communicate with voters. . .Roskam, of Wheaton, has been in office since 2007 and conducts tele-town halls once a month. The system auto-dials people in the district and invites them to join the call to listen or get in a queue for the chance to ask a question. While there is generally a specific topic assigned for each event, Roskam does not limit the questions to the theme. In a typical call, about a dozen people get the chance to ask questions. The calls allow Roskam’s office to “reach people where they are, in their homes, while maintaining the one-on-one, personal interactions,” according to Roskam’s office. Roskam has taken calls from both supporters and critics during the forums, which are arranged via his campaign website, roskamforcongress.com. “In these meetings, we engage in open dialogue where they share their perspective,” Roskam said. “Reasonable people can disagree, and I’ve met with people from all different walks of life holding many different views on any number of issues.” Roskam’s challenger in the November election, Democrat Sean Casten, a businessman from Downers Grove, is pushing the sitting congressman to engage in more public in-person forums. Instead, Roskam quickly called for a series of debates the day after Casten was declared winner of the March Democratic primary. . .U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren has conducted meetings with veterans and other town halls, including one in St. Charles last year that attracted about 750 supporters and opponents. But Cindy Mundell, a 67-year-old Naperville resident, has lobbied Hultgren of Plano, to hold more in-person town halls. “He is supposed to be listening to and representing us,” Mundell said. “He claims the majority of his constituents approve the way he votes, and I feel that is unlikely.” Democrat Lauren Underwood is challenging Hultgren in the general election.)


— The expensive risk College of DuPage has placed on taxpayers – Editorial (DIERSEN: How bad do your critics/opponents paint you as being? My critics/opponents paint me as being far worse than Breuder. Of course, they side with my Democrat superiors in the federal government and all the adverse actions that they took against me. My Democrat superiors in the federal government spent far more taxpayer dollars than $527,600 to waste my career and to get rid of me.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: It was almost three years ago that we warned that the College of DuPage Board was risking the public’s money in what we described as its “obsessive and oddly venomous” fixation with the destruction of onetime-president Robert Breuder. While allowing that reasonable people could disagree with Breuder’s style and performance, we also noted that his successor Joseph Collins conceded the controversies that enveloped him were “exaggerated” and his board nemesis Kathy Hamilton acknowledged they were “political.” . . .The legal case has yet to play out so theoretically, we suppose, the college could still win that gamble. But as of our latest tabulation in January, the college’s legal bills in the case had already reached $527,600 and who knows if that’s all of it. Transparency, thy name has not been COD when it comes to all the costs. What we do know is that those bills are going to climb considerably higher. And if the college loses, it not only would be on the hook for whatever damages Breuder wins but most likely also his legal bills as well as the college’s. It’s possible the college’s insurance will pay much of the legal bills. Comforting, although if so, it undoubtedly would affect its future premiums. But it’s also possible its insurer could end up challenging its responsibility if it’s found that the college egregiously mistreated Breuder.)
— Illinois debates effectiveness of racial profile data – AP
— Suburban firm has history of mishandled searches for school superintendents – Christopher Placek and Chacour Koop
— Islamic Relief volunteers join to pack meals for the hungry in Addison
— As states consider taxing opioids, drugmakers push back – AP
— Facebook’s handpicked watchdogs gave it high marks for privacy – Tony Romm (DIERSEN: GAO audits IRS. One would expect that my Democrat IRS superiors did not want GAO to assign me to audits of IRS. I transferred from IRS to GAO in 1980. My IRS superiors did not promote me beyond GS-12, disallowed my education deductions in 1978, got rid of my mentor in 1975, and disallowed my partial day per diem claims in 1974.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Facebook’s mishandling of its users’ personal information prompted stiff penalties from the U.S. government in 2011 — including a requirement that the social giant submit to regular privacy checkups for the next two decades. However, Facebook got to handpick its own reviewers, global accounting firm PwC, which didn’t appear to catch marketers, political consultants and malicious actors as they tapped public and private profile data on Facebook without users’ permission or knowledge, even years after the social giant’s first major privacy mishap.)


— Gun bills have seen mixed success in General Assembly – Brenden Moore


— For Colored Boys Who’ve Considered Career Suicide When Good Music Wasn’t Enough – RODNEY CARMICHAEL


— Illinois House OKs amended plan adding school therapists


— GOP Precinct Committeeman Sees Bias in NWH Reporting of Republican Party Leadership Elections
— Skillicorn Praises LITH Village Board
— McHenry County Clerk Candidate Joe Tirio Sues to Find Who’s Behind Illinois Integrity (sic) Fund
— Bob Miller Charged a Second Wisconsin Hooters’ Meal to Algonquin Township
— Madigan Introduces Progressive Income Tax Resolution, But Not a Constitutional Amendment
— McSweeney’s Bill Is Not About Township Consolidation
— Algonquin Township Trustee Rachael Lawrence Says She Didn’t Go to Springfield to Lobby
— Algonquin Township Officials Fear for Their Jobs
— Third Document on Bob Miller’s Enormous Back Sick Time Payment Surfaces
— Algonquin Township Supervisor and Highway Commissioner Feed Election Judges on Taxpayer’s Back


— Kanye West Condemns Black America’s Allegiance to the Democrat ‘Plantation’ in Song ‘Ye vs. the People’ – JEROME HUDSON


— Dershowitz: Dems Ignoring Civil Liberties to Get ‘Devil’ Trump – Sandy Fitzgerald

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.