FROM ILLINOIS CENTER-LEFT LEANING SOURCES
— Democrats say “Chicago mayoral election results: Brandon Johnson wins race after Paul Vallas concedes.” What does this mean not only for Chicago, but a) for Illinois, b) for your county, c) for your county district, d) for your township, e) for your municipality, f) for your municipal district, g) for your school district, h) for your precinct, and i) for you personally?
— Democrats say “Election Results.”
— Democrats say: “Trump pleads not guilty to 34 felony counts; indictment unsealed.”
— Democrats ask “Who is Brandon Johnson?” and say “What to Know About Chicago’s Next Mayor.”
— Democrats say “Highland Park Mayor Addresses School Incident ‘Once Again” saying “Our Community Was Terrorized.”
— Democrats say “Full Trump indictment charging him with 34 felony counts.”
— Democrats say “Trump Pleads Not Guilty to 34 Charges; Admonished by Judge.”
BRANDON JOHNSON FOR CHICAGO
— Endorsements (COMMENT: They include Danny K. Davis, Jesús “Chuy” García, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., Toni Preckwinkle, Kwame Raoul, Bernie Sanders, Jan Schakowsky, and Elizabeth Warren.)
— Democrats say Johnson “vows to represent all” and says “Today, the dream is alive.”’
— Democrats say “What can we expect from Brandon Johnson — Chicago’s next mayor” and ask “What will the incoming mayor do about high crime rates and low test scores?” and say “Here is what Brandon Johnson said on the campaign trail.”
— Democrats say “5 students in custody after reports of possible gun at Highland Park High School.”
— Democrats say “4 takeaways from Chicago’s mayoral election between Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson.”
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Democrats say “Kulovits, Long top the field in Wheaton Warrenville District 200.” My precinct includes the district’s headquarters, a middle school, and a grade school. While Rutledge, Kulovits, Long, Hjerpe, and Bharadwa got 141, 140, 124, 107, and 65 votes respectively, Hobbs, Erkenswick, Sohmer, and Garrett got only 54, 51, 51, and 43 votes respectively. Of the 490 voters in my precinct, 198 (40%) voted. The DuPage County overall turnout was only 19%. According to the DuPage County Election Division, 80,380 Vote-By-Mail ballots were requested countywide, but only 35,548 have been tabulated. In Wheaton Warrenville School District 200, those who voted for the anti-slate candidates ( https://negatetheslate.com/ ) voted to continue, if not to increase, teacher emphasis on promoting the Democrat, Libertarian, and Green party platforms instead of improving student performance. Why are only 53% of White students in the district reading at grade level while 63% are reading at grade level in Naperville CUSD 203? Why are only 24% of Hispanic students in the district reading at grade level while 41% are reading at grade level in Naperville CUSD 203? Why are only 16% of Black students in the district reading at grade level while 30% are reading at grade level in Naperville CUSD 203? Why are only 43% of Asian students in the district reading at grade level while 81% are reading at grade level in Naperville CUSD 203? How are male students doing compared to female students?
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Four challengers — Spencer Garrett, Amy Erkenswick, David Sohmer and Kimberly Hobbs — campaigned together under the banner of “parental rights” for majority control of the board. When the dust cleared over Wheaton Tuesday night, at least three of the four slate candidates appeared to come up short in their bids. Incumbents Julie Kulovits and Dave Long emerged from the crowded field with 8,040 and 6,888 votes, respectively, according to unofficial totals as of 11 p.m. Erkenswick led newcomer Erik Hjerpe for third place by a margin of just 61 votes. Trailing were Sohmer with 6,139 votes and Garrett with 5,997. Anjali Bharadwa, running a solo campaign for the second straight election, had 3,172 votes. In the contest for the lone 2-year seat on the board, John Rutledge, a former city councilman, bested Hobbs 8,107 to 6,744 votes. . .Garrett, Sohmer, Erkenswick and Hobbs first showed up to District 200 school board meetings last year to raise objections to “Gender Queer,” an illustrated memoir by nonbinary author Maia Kobabe. The book, which the American Library Association named the most challenged title of 2021, is available in high school libraries. “I can’t believe the pictures that I saw from this disgusting, lewd book,” Garrett told the board in August. Propelled off the sidelines, the like-minded parents formed a local political action committee that reported raising more than $26,000, according to Reform for Illinois’ Sunshine Database. Some of the committee’s donors were evangelical church elders and Christian school board members. Awake Illinois, a Naperville group that has pushed back against mask mandates and called Gov. J.B. Pritzker “a groomer” for signing a controversial law updating sex education standards in K-12 schools, also endorsed Garrett, Erkenswick, Sohmer and Hobbs. The slate candidates believe parents ought to have a greater say over what is taught in public schools and perceive “ideological issues” in the district’s curriculum. The nearly 12,000-student district has an opt-out process for parents to excuse teens from materials they find objectionable. But the four-person slate favored another approach: an opt-in system. School board incumbents and their allies opposed limiting access to books that feature LGBTQ characters and deferred to librarians in curating materials. “The fact that every student would want to see materials that represent their experience, whether they’re gay, straight, transsexual, still deciding, I think that’s very reasonable,” Hjerpe said. Board members defended the district’s process for developing curriculum. The teachers union supported Long, Kulovits, Hjerpe and Rutledge. “Seventy-three percent of our educators have their master’s degree, and they are very well-qualified and capable of doing the job,” said Kulovits, who was appointed to a vacant board seat last summer. Critical race theory, a university-level academic discipline that examines how racism is embedded within legal and social systems, is not taught within District 200 schools. But several slate candidates still broached the topic during the campaign. They also criticized the district’s equity initiatives, particularly implicit bias training for teachers. “I don’t believe in showing partiality in any way in the classroom and the district. We should treat all people the same. With that said, regarding the word ‘equity,’ it gives, just the word itself, gives me great concern,” Garrett said. “We should not lower standards and expectations.” District 200 covers Wheaton and Warrenville, as well as portions of Carol Stream, Winfield and West Chicago.)
— Democrats say “5 in custody after gun threat at Highland Park High School.”
— Democrats say “Wehrli tops White in Naperville mayoral race.”
— Democrats say “Kelly, Longenbaugh, and McBroom show victories in Naperville City Council.”
— Democrats say “Counting Mail-In Ballots Delays Results, But Doesn’t Denote Fraud.” According to the DuPage County Election Division (DCED), 80,380 vote-by-mail (VBM) ballots were requested countywide, but only 35,548 have been tabulated. How many of the un-tabulated VBM ballots are from Warrenville School District 200 voters? For Wheaton Warrenville School District 200, Erkenswick leads Hjerpe by just 61 votes, 6,507 to 6,446. Based on past experience, anticipate that as DCED tabulates VBM ballots, Erkenswick will gain few if any votes.
DUPAGE COUNTY ELECTION DIVISION
— Democrats say “Election Results.” (COMMENT: According to this, for Wheaton City Council (2 seats), Erica Bray-Parker got 5,949 votes, Brad Clousing got 5,613 votes, and Frank Hudetz got 4,627 votes and for College of DuPage Trustee (2 seats), Christine Fenne got 61,530 votes, Andrew Manno got 44,967 votes, and Haroon Atcha got 39,401 votes.)
CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Democrats ask “What’s next for Mayor-elect Johnson — and Chicago?”
— Democrats say “Trump indictment and statement of facts.”
— Democrats say “Why Brandon Johnson Is Chicago’s Next Mayor.” The majority of Chicago voters want more a) dependency on government and charity, b) sexualization and LGBTQ, c) abortion, d) mass/illegal immigration, e) diminishment of Second Amendment rights, f) booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, and g) Affirmative Action, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, CRT, 1619, BLM, reparations, and wokeness/wokeism, that is, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination. The aforesaid bring forth more poverty and more crime.
SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Democrats crow about their success in infiltrating, infesting, conquering, and destroying religion.
— Illegal placement of election signs should be prosecuted – Ray Hanania
— Democrats ever-increasingly promote LGBTQ in Bloomington/Normal.
— Democrats say “Illinois Senate Republicans say Democrats’ deceptive practice bill aims to silence abortion opponents.”
ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO
— Democrats ask “What is gender-affirming health care?” and say “The Missouri GOP is dead set on limiting it.” What is the Illinois Republican Party, your Republican county party organization, and your Republican township/ward party organization doing to limit gender-affirming care, that is, to limit the ever-increasing Democrat promotion of LGBTQ?
— Democrats ever-increasingly promote transgenderism.
— Democrats say “It’s Mayor Johnson in a stunner.”
— Democrats say “Afternoon roundup.”
— Democrats say “Freedom Caucus claims to be “exploring an ethics complaint” over potential rules violation, while member asks top justice about recusals in gun case.”
FROM ILLINOIS CENTER-RIGHT LEANING SOURCES
— Chicagoans vote to double down on the same policies that cost Lightfoot her job – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner (COMMENT: In Wheaton Warrenville School District 200, those who voted for the anti-slate candidates ( https://negatetheslate.com/ ) voted to continue, if not to increase, teacher emphasis on promoting the Democrat, Libertarian, and Green party platforms instead of improving student performance. Why are only 53% of White students in the district reading at grade level while 63% are reading at grade level in Naperville CUSD 203? Why are only 24% of Hispanic students in the district reading at grade level while 41% are reading at grade level in Naperville CUSD 203? Why are only 16% of Black students in the district reading at grade level while 30% are reading at grade level in Naperville CUSD 203? Why are only 43% of Asian students in the district reading at grade level while 81% are reading at grade level in Naperville CUSD 203? How are male students doing compared to female students?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: But what Chicagoans voted for on April 4 was someone more extreme and exactly opposite of what the city needed. To reduce Chicago’s nation-high homicide rate, Chicago needed a new mayor willing to take on Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s unwillingness to prosecute dangerous criminals. A mayor willing to challenge Judge Tim Evans’ decarcerationist agenda. A mayor willing to jam shut the system’s revolving door for criminals. Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson won’t do any of that. Instead, look for him to embrace the policies of Foxx and Evans. In his own words, he’s for defunding the police and defends looting as “an outbreak of incredible frustration and anguish” tied to “a failed racist system.” Watch for police morale to fall further, for criminals to be emboldened and for crime to continue to spike in Chicago. To improve Chicago’s dismal educational outcomes – only 1 in 20 black students at CPS can do math at grade level – the city needed a new mayor to champion math and reading proficiency as well as educational excellence, merit and achievement. You won’t get that from Brandon Johnson and his Chicago Teachers Union. Johnson has already said that as a teacher he pushed to eliminate standards, stopped giving homework, and reduced test prep as a way of “rebelling against the structure.” For him, the concept of “equity,” not excellence, will dominate, and kids will lose. Watch for student outcomes to worsen as standards are removed. And as for the city’s economic climate and business friendliness, Chicago needed a new mayor who would make the city affordable again by growing the tax base, not the tax rate. Who would encourage companies to come to the city, not lambast them as a cause of social ills. Johnson will do the opposite. He’s promised to target businesses and the wealthy to pay for his social programming. We’ve already seen leaders in business and finance – like Ken Griffin and Citadel and Boeing – leave. Don’t be surprised to see a continued, steady outflow. The damage could be deep. The silver lining in all this? A few years under Johnson may finally push the center left in Chicago to finally give a reformer the support of 50 percent plus one. The question is, how bad of a hit will Chicago have taken during that time? To its safety. To its social cohesion. To its finances. To its population. To its economic base. Will it be fixable, especially with all its debts? We hope so.)
— What has Chicago done? – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
— Update on Chicago Mayor-Elect Brandon Johnson in his own words
MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Unofficial Election Returns D158 and D300 – Election Night Final – Union Wins in Algonquin, Conservatives Win in Huntley
DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Hinsdale 86 & Indian Prairie 204: Illinois’ education system is characterized by low performance, elevated taxes, and minimal accountability.
— When it Comes to Hush Money, Congress in Glass House Mansion – Mark Vargas
FROM NATIONAL CENTER-RIGHT LEANING SOURCES
— Trump defies onslaught of legal attacks: ‘A persecution, not an investigation’ – Susan Ferrechio
— Chronic ‘Trump Derangement’ disorder turns Democrats Into obsessed political zombies – Charles Hurt
— George Mason students protest Youngkin’s graduation speech over transgender policies – Haris Alic
— Ron DeSantis takes fire from Trump, Democrats ahead of likely 2024 bid – Haris Alic
— President Biden is responsible for inflation, but so are his voters – R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. (COMMENT: To vote for a Democrat is to promote a) dependency on government and charity, b) sexualization and LGBTQ, c) abortion, d) mass/illegal immigration, e) diminishment of Second Amendment rights, f) booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, and g) Affirmative Action, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, CRT, 1619, BLM, reparations, and wokeness/wokeism, that is, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination.)
— Biden is deliberately increasing Immigration Court backlog – Tom Homan and Matt O’Brien
— Hush money charges just the start of Trump’s legal worries – Susan Ferrechio
— Donald Trump arrested: Trump calls for prosecution of Bragg, depicts apocalyptic US from Mar-a-Lago – Brady Knox
— Donald Trump arrest: Trump says country is ‘going to hell’ in post-arrest Mar-a-Lago address – Brady Knox
— This is how schools are trying to gender-transition children without parents’ knowledge – Christopher Tremoglie
— Marjorie Taylor Greene calls Bragg ‘a tool for the Democrats’ in fiery protest rally – Ryan King
— Trump arrest: Former Illinois Democratic governor Blagojevich pardoned by Trump calls indictment ‘apocalypse of our democracy’ – Brady Knox
— Florida NAACP tells black people to stay out of Florida – Timothy P. Carney
WASHINGTON FREE BEACON
— Tennessee Dems Face Expulsion From State House for Staging ‘Insurrection’ – Ben Wilson
NEW YORK POST
— For the left, putting Trump through a painful prosecution is the point – Andrew C. McCarthy
ACCURACY IN MEDIA
— NBC News criticizes school choice group over funding – Spencer Irvine
AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE
— New York Hits a New Pandemic Low on Student Testing – Nat Malkus
— Migrant remittances to Mexico and Central America are soaring – Monica Showalter (COMMENT: None of my ancestors sent any money back to their motherland. They all immigrated during the 1840s and 1850s from what is now Germany. On my father’s side, they worked in a brick factory in Chicago before they homesteaded a farm in southeast Crete Township. On my mother’s side, they were sharecroppers on a farm in Grant Park along the Indiana border before they bought that farm.)
BIZ PAC REVIEW
— Transgender pastor defends ‘marginalized’ Nashville killer, compares to Jesus’ crucifixion – Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
— Wyoming Dem lawmaker accused of pushing ‘politically-motivated murders’ on social media – Tom Tillison
— Trans Pastor Compares Nashville Shooter Audrey Hale to Jesus – THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.
— ‘Trans Angels’ Rally at Tennessee Gun Control Protest Following Mass Shooting – SPENCER LINDQUIST
— Gender dysphoria most common among teenage girls with ‘exceptionally high intelligence’ – Ryan Foley
— Parents Report Child’s ‘Mental Health Deteriorated Considerably’ After Transitioning – Tim Pearce
— Trump Declares Manhattan DA Has ‘No Case’ in First Statement After Pleading Not Guilty – Caden Pearson
— GOP Lawmakers Call for Alejandro Mayorkas to Lose Salary Over Border Crisis – Ross Muscato (COMMENT: Democrats pay Mayorkas to flood America with as many illegals as he can. Democrats paid my superiors in the federal government to hire, to retain, and to promote as many Democrats as they could.)
— No One Is Banning Books in Your School Library – Lance Christensen
FEDERATION FOR AMERICAN IMMIGRATION REFORM
— Biden Administration Calls the Asylum System Broken, But Won’t Use Their Tools to Fix It – Michael Capuano (COMMENT: Trump should have E-Verify the law in America.)
— President of largest teacher union declares racial, social justice a ‘pillar’ of educators’ efforts. National Education Association President Becky Pringle said teachers need to also be talking about ‘ housing justice, food inequality.’ – Joshua Q. Nelson
— Far-Left Democrat Brandon Johnson Wins Chicago Mayoral Race – RYAN MILLS
— Parents’ Survey of Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoric Kids Finds Preexisting Mental-Health Issues and Pressured Parents – WESLEY J. SMITH
— Reforms, Not Reparations Will Ensure Access, Opportunity – Patrice Lee Onwuka (COMMENT: Affirmative Action, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are reparations.)
— ‘Our Country Is Going to Hell’: Trump Fired Up in Mar-a-Lago Speech – Julio Rosas
FROM NATIONAL CENTER-LEFT LEANING SOURCES
— Democrats say “Chicago mayoral race: Brandon Johnson wins runoff, Paul Vallas concedes.”
— Democrats ever-increasingly promote LGBTQ.
— Democrats say “Brandon Johnson’s Chicago Election Win Is the Police’s Worst Nightmare.”
— Democrats say “Brandon Johnson’s Win in Chicago Gives Progressives Something to Celebrate.”
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
— Democrats crow that they give illegals college financial aid. Because my parents could not get college financial aid, a) I washed dishes in the basement of the S.S. Kresge in Chicago Heights for the minimum wage 1964-1966, b) I cleaned golf shoes in Flossmoor and chipped slag and pumped gasoline in Chicago Heights in 1966, and c) I delivered mail in Park Forest 1966-1969.
NEW YORK TIMES
— Democrats crow that “Brandon Johnson Elected Chicago Mayor, Turning Back Tough-on-Crime Opponent.” Anticipate that crime will ever-increasingly increase not only in Chicago, but a) in Illinois, b) in your county, c) in your county district, d) in your township, e) in your municipality, f) in your municipal district, g) in your school district, h) in your precinct, and i) in your neighborhood.
— Democrats say “Marjorie Taylor Greene attacks Democrats as protesters converge at the courthouse.”
NEW YORK SUN
— Democrats say “Bad Day for Conservatives in Wisconsin, Chicago Balloting.”
— Democrats say “Mitt Romney, among Donald Trump’s biggest Republican critics, comes to his defense in New York case.” My critics/opponents stress that when they take adverse actions against me, no one comes to my defense.
WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Chicago, the Second Tough-on-Crime City? The mayoral race could decide the fate of progressive antipolice rhetoric. – William A. Galston
— Donald Trump Faces 34 Felony Charges in Hush-Money Case. Former president pleads not guilty to criminal charges related to money paid during his 2016 campaign. – Joe Palazzolo, Corinne Ramey, Rebecca Ballhaus, and James Fanelli
— Democrats crow that “Former teacher and union organizer Brandon Johnson wins Chicago mayor’s race in victory for Democrats’ left wing.” What are you a “former” of? I am a former GAO Analyst (the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 Levels, currently $109,732-$142,650/year and IRS Revenue Officer (the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 Levels, currently $92,279-$104,583/year.
— Democrats say “What Trump’s 34 Felony Charges Are All About.” Starting in 1974, my Democrat IRS superiors assured that all my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates knew that they had disallowed my travel vouchers. Starting in 1978, my Democrat IRS superiors assured that all my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates knew that they had disallowed my education deductions.
GREENSBURG DAILY NEWS
— Equal opportunity doesn’t mean equal outcome – Paul W. Barada (COMMENT: My Trinity Lutheran Grade School, Hope Lutheran Grade School, and Crete-Monee High School teachers stressed individual responsibility and meritocracy. But what if instead, they had a) stressed my demographics (White, male, Protestant, German American, my ancestors had been in America only since 1844, my parents had less money than many of my classmates’ parents, my parents never attended college, my father was only the first of my ancestors to earn a high school diploma, and my mother never attended high school) and b) hinted/implied/argued/shouted that those who did not share my demographics (minority, female, non-Protestant, non-German American, those whose ancestors had been in America longer than mine, those whose parents had more money than mine, and those whose parents had college degrees) and who did better than me, did so because they got preference? I only just barely made it into the upper 20% of high school class and my ACT score was only 24. Because my teachers stressed individual responsibility and meritocracy, I blamed myself for my not getting better grades and for my ACT score not being higher. But what if I had blamed preference that my classmates got because they did not share my demographics? Many of those who did better than me were female, non-Missouri Synod Lutheran, non-100% German American, had ancestors who had been in America longer than mine, had parents who had more money than mine, and had parents who had college degrees.)
— Democrats say “Brandon Johnson’s election as Chicago mayor, a massive victory for progressives.”
— Democrats say “Werfel sworn in as IRS commissioner, to lead $80B agency overhaul.” In 1971, I was one of the last Republicans who IRS hired. GAO audits IRS. In 1980, I was one of the last Republicans who GAO hired.
— Democrats say “U.S. journalists’ beats vary widely by gender and other factors.” According to this, of journalists like me who cover government and politics, 60% are male, 14% are 65+, and 78% are White. I have been the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000. I should write a book about my critics/opponents who have taken the most/biggest adverse actions against me because of what I have done as the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000. Better yet, I should sue them. Ever-increasing, my critics/opponents see that when they take adverse actions against me, no one comes to my defense.
— I should write a book about my Facebook friends a) who read my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters, b) who blame me and my newsletters for all of their problems, c) who have me on their enemies lists, d) who have taken the most/biggest adverse actions against me, and e) who like just about everything that each other posts. I would focus on those who I have done the most to help elect and to help reelect.
— Scapegoating: Why We Blame Others for Our Problems – Thomas Henricks Ph.D. (COMMENT: Who blames you for their problems? I should write a book about those who blame me for their problems and why they do that. I would focus on those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, and/or Illinois. I would focus on those who have taken the most/biggest adverse actions against me.)
— To vote for Democrats is to vote for a) dependency on government and charity, b) sexualization and LGBTQ, c) abortion, d) mass/illegal immigration, e) diminishment of Second Amendment rights, f) booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, and g) Affirmative Action, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, CRT, 1619, BLM, reparations, and wokeness/wokeism, that is, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination. – Dave Diersen