April 5 Morning Edition

— Trump-supporting mayor Roger Claar appears to survive re-election scare – AP
(FROM THE ARTICLE: BOLINGBROOK, Ill.  — A longtime suburban Chicago mayor who held a fundraiser for President Donald Trump last year was holding on to a narrow lead in his re-election battle with a union organizer backed by top Democrats. With all precincts reporting late Tuesday, Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar held a 62-vote lead over Will County Commissioner Jackie Traynere. The county clerk’s office said vote by mail ballots postmarked by April 4 and provisional ballots remain to be counted. The vote tally will be made official April 24. Traynere spokesman Tom Bowen acknowledged because of the number of outstanding votes, Traynere is facing an “uphill battle.” “Jackie called him and congratulated him on a great race,” Bowen said. Claar did not return telephone calls seeking comment late Tuesday.)


— Some Suburban Elections Still In Question With Many Close Races – Bernie Tafoya
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Tuesday’s suburban elections saw a handful of possible upsets and several tight contests, with some races for mayor separated by only a handful of votes. In southwest suburban Bolingbrook, incumbent Mayor Roger Claar faced his strongest challenge in years, triggered by his support for President Donald Trump. Last September, Claar invited the then-presidential candidate Donald Trump to a fundraiser at the village-owned Bolingbrook Golf Club. Democratic mayoral candidate Jackie Traynere is one voter who hasn’t forgiven Claar. “We went and petitioned the Mayor with 1,100 signatures and we asked him not to invite Donald Trump here [Bolingbrook]. We didn’t feel his message of hate was in step with the community,” Traynere said. Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, won 66 percent of the vote in Bolingbrook, but Claar appeared to hold on for a narrow victory on Tuesday. He led by 104 votes, according to unofficial vote totals in Will and DuPage counties, but Claar acknowledged the race likely won’t be decided for a couple weeks.)


— Longtime Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar Seeks Reelection in Tight Battle Seen as Referendum on Trump – Christian Farr


— Bolingbrook mayor may have avoided getting Trumped – Mitchell Armentrout
— President Donald Trump takes aim at Chicago schools – Lynn Sweet, Fran Spielman and Lauren FitzPatrick
— Rauner needs better duct tape – Mark Brown
— CTU leaders not recommending strike on May 1, ‘action’ instead – Lauren FitzPatrick
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps promote LGBTQ activity.


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that promote LGBTQ activity to use U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to further force all individuals, all organizations, all companies, all governments, and all countries to promote LGBTQ activity.
— OUTSTANDING: Park Ridge elected officials put brakes on ‘sanctuary city’ talks – Jennifer Johnson
— Owe the IRS? The tax man’s coming, and he’s got private help – AP  (DIERSEN: I worked for IRS’s Collection Division for almost 9 years and I worked for GAO on audits of IRS for 3 years.)
— When a boss’ politeness closes career doors to women – Clarence Page  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps demonize, denigrate, and condemn Republican men as being sexists, haters, racists, bigots, and even worse things, and especially Republican men who are Protestant, conservative, White, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. Anti-Trumps want everyone to hate Republican men and to view Republican men as being potential rapists, rapists, or even worse things.)


— Bolingbrook’s Trump-supporting Roger Claar appears to survive re-election scare – AP
— Irvin claims Aurora mayoral race – Marie Wilson
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Pecak upsets Broda to become Lisle mayor – Robert Sanchez
— IS PROFILING OK? – Walter E. Williams  (DIERSEN: How bad are your demographics? Ever-increasingly, members of the following groups are viciously demonized, viciously denigrated, and viciously condemned as being haters, racists, bigots, and even worse things: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, draft avoider (except Bill Clinton), and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. What should members of the aforesaid groups do to defend themselves?)
— 2 incumbents, 2 newcomers win seats in Wheaton District 200 school board race – Katlyn Smith
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Wheaton Warrenville District 200’s $132M request defeated – Katlyn Smith
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: By 11-vote margin, Glen Ellyn District 41 borrowing request appears to pass – Katlyn Smith
— Naperville chooses 3 returning members, 1 newcomer for council – Marie Wilson
— Scalzo, Barbier win in Wheaton City Council races – Katlyn Smith  (DIERSEN: My “Republican” critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes will hint/imply/argue/shout that if I had not endorsed McNeilly and Saline, they would have won. Since 2000, my “Republican”  critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have hinted/implied/argued/shouted that no one should support any candidate that support. I should write a book about my “Republican” critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes; they have always worked harder against me and against my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails than against any Democrat.)
— Voters approve merger of Naperville, Lisle township road districts – Justin Kmitch


— Is Rauner’s property tax freeze plan a balm or time bomb for local taxpayers? – TIM JONES


— Amid Deportation Fears, Sales Down 40 Percent At Little Village Restaurant – Stephanie Lulay


— Gordon Gates defeats incumbent Kent Gray for LLCC trustee seat – Bernard Schoenburg
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Gray, a 47-year-old attorney, is an 18-year member of the board. Among accomplishments, he said he has pushed hard to make sure the college had adequate programs for career and technical education. He called the college “a wonderful jewel and an asset to this community.” “I congratulate Gordon and wish him the best in his service on the board,” Gray said Tuesday night. “I’ve enjoyed the 18 years I’ve been there, and I’m sure he will do a great job.” Gray has long worked in campaigns, and during last year’s primary season, was Illinois and Missouri state director for the campaign of President Donald Trump. He has also run for offices including judge and state representative. Gray also got backing of Sangamon County Republicans for his re-election.)
— Manar questions state’s $2.4M lease of former Springfield furniture warehouse – Brian Robbins


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Theaters screen ‘1984’ to protest Trump.”


— Loretto Club plans moving forward in Wheaton  Wheaton officials unanimously approve preliminary plans, development agreement – ERIC SCHELKOPF


— Eliminating duplicates from Illinois’ 6,968 layers of government – Editorial


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: TRAGIC: According to unofficial results, the following Republican township candidates lost: Tamburello for Wayne Township Highway Commissioner, Ossyra for Naperville Township Supervisor, Greenberg for Naperville Township Clerk, Wojtasiak for Naperville Township Highway Commissioner, Bejda, Malm, and Ruhl for Naperville Township Trustee, Tarulis for Lisle Township Supervisor, and Buch for Lisle Township Trustee.


— Chicago Area Disparities in Car Insurance Premiums – Al Shaw, Jeff Larson and Julia Angwin


— Maybe Trump Is Just What Rahm Needs  Defying the president might be the only chance for our embattled mayor to hold on to his seat. – EDWARD MCCLELLAND  (DIERSEN: Who paints themselves as being the biggest Trump-haters in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois?)


— Irvin Defeats Guzman in Close Race For Aurora Mayor


— ‘Dark money’ bill’s real aim is blacklisting, radio hosts say – Karen Kidd  (DIERSEN: Should publish a list of those individuals, organizations, companies, governments, activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. that blacklist me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails?  The aforesaid blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for all of their problems, for all of your problems, for all of my problems, and for all of everyone’s problems.  They stress that I am no longer the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster, an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member, GAO employee, etc.)


— McCann’s name floated for 2018


— Bernie Sanders, Pramila Jayapal introduce bill to make college free for many  (DIERSEN: In today’s dollars, when I was in high school, my father earned about $40,000 and my mother was a homemaker/housewife.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal has teamed up with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to introduce a bill that would make four-year public college free for families making less than $125,000, and make community college free for all. The $600 billion cost would be funded by a tax on Wall Street speculation. The College for All Act would also reduce student-loan debt by cutting all student- loan interest rates for new borrowers in half; enable existing borrowers to refinance loans based on the interest rates available to new borrowers; and prevent the federal government from profiting off the student-loan program. Its sponsors say the bill would reduce student debt by allowing existing federal aid to cover other college costs, including books, housing and transportation. It would require states and tribes participating in the program to cover the full cost of college for their poorest students. It would also increase the size of work-study programs. The bill’s co-sponsors, all Democrats, include Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. It’s been endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the American Association of University Professors, among others.)


— IS PROFILING OK? – Walter E. Williams  (DIERSEN: How bad are your demographics? Ever-increasingly, members of the following groups are viciously demonized, viciously denigrated, and viciously condemned as being haters, racists, bigots, and even worse things: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, draft avoider (except Bill Clinton), and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. What should members of the aforesaid groups do to defend themselves?)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump’s immigration enforcement plan misses the big picture.”


— RAUNER GETS PRESSURE FROM THE RIGHT; U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, who has been under perhaps the most intense scrutiny he’s faced in his career as Congressman, is still hauling in cash; Roskam targeted in new DCCC ad on health care.


— Gay rights organizations hail court ruling as ‘game changer’ – MICHAEL TARM  (DIERSEN: Soon, if not already, if you do not promote LGBTQ activity, you will be denied education and employment, and eventually, you will be denied housing, food, clothing, transportation, etc.  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes promote LGBTQ activity.)


— For Trump, a Focus on U.S. Interests and a Disdain for Moralizing – PETER BAKER
— Ceding to One Side on Health Bill, Trump Risks Alienating Another – ROBERT PEAR and THOMAS KAPLAN
— Fox Losing More Advertisers After Sexual Harassment Claims Against O’Reilly – EMILY STEEL and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: ISIS sides with anti-Trumps.


— Ned Price: Why I’m Leaving: A Federal Employee Resigns Under Trump – Shumita Basu


— BMW, Glaxo and Allstate Join Wave of Advertisers Withdrawing From Bill O’Reilly’s Show  Brands flee controversy after revelations that Fox News star and 21st Century Fox paid $13 million to settle five harassment claims – ALEXANDRA BRUELL
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Trump Administration Considers Far-Reaching Steps for ‘Extreme Vetting’  Foreigners entering U.S. could be forced to hand over phones, answer questions on ideology; changes could apply to allies like France and Germany – LAURA MECKLER
— ‘Extreme Vetting’ Would Target Foreigners’ Cellphones


— Pay-Equity Fight Quickens Even Without U.S. Cheerleader-in-Chief – Jeff Green (DIERSEN: GAO should issue a report on how much more GAO pays its female employees than its male employees who have comparable work experience, education, professional certifications, and professional licenses.)


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: WWI: Trump and the war that helped make America great in the first place – Rick Hampson  (DIERSEN: My grandfather on my father’s side fought the Germans in WWI.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Soon, if not already, if you do not promote LGBTQ activity, you will be denied education and employment, and eventually, you will be denied housing, food, clothing, transportation, etc.  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes promote LGBTQ activity.)
— New Jersey teen accepted by all 8 Ivy League schools  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always stressed that neither my bachelor’s degree nor any of my three master’s degrees are from an Ivy League school.)
— FRONT PAGE: Here’s what the U.S. could learn from Singapore’s plan for aging workers – Thomas Maresca  (DIERSEN: How old are you?  I am 68.  All my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always promoted age discrimination.)


— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Are you the driver or the passenger on the road to bad decisions? – Peter Dunn


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say that Trump is a bigot.


— 5 ways millennials have it harder than their parents did when it comes to money – Beth Kobliner  (DIERSEN: Do you have a “good job?” Were the jobs that you held in the past “good?”  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and the dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that none of the jobs that I had were “good” and that they would never stoop to take them.  I did yard work and delivered newspapers 1962-1964; washed dishes 1964-1966; cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline in 1966; delivered mail 1966-1969; worked on an automobile assemble line and as a security guard in 1970; sold tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971; pumped gasoline 1971-1972; collected delinquent taxes 1971-1980; and audited federal agencies 1980-1997.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: It’s harder to get a good job  In 2016, according to data from the Economic Policy Institute, the unemployment rate for college grads was 5.6%, only a tenth of a point higher than the pre-recession rate in 2007. Not too shabby. What’s a concern, though, is underemployment — a figure that includes jobless people looking for work, part-time workers who want to go full time, and unemployed people who have recently given up looking. The current underemployment rate for young college grads? 12.6%. A three-percentage-point jump from 2007. The picture is worse if you don’t have a college diploma: The underemployment rate for high school grads is 33.7%. (in 2007, it was 26.8%.)

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.