August 1 Evening Edition

— NYC art gallery owner says he was attacked for wearing MAGA hat

— Hundreds Gather As Illinois EPA Holds Public Meeting On Sterigenics

— Trump says he’d rather rallygoers not chant ‘Send her back!’ – AP

— Secret meeting, offer of money latest revelations in Sterigenics controversy – MIKE LOWE

— Respected lawmaker should have kept distance from a disreputable practice Lawmakers should avoid any actions that could be interpreted as an exchange of favors, and a cannabis company’s willingness to hire state Rep. Kelly Cassidy’s spouse fits that profile – Editorial
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Durbin blames Trump for immigration problems.
— So, you want Canadian health care? Medical care is subsidized by taxes, but the price comes in another form as well — rationing – Mona Charen

— Gerrymandering and Gov. Pritzker’s promises – Editorial
— Illinois lawmakers to investigate wealthy families using loophole in state guardianship law to qualify children for more financial aid – Dawn Rhodes
— Plaintiffs in lawsuit that claimed racism in water department want Mayor Lori Lightfoot to release city records – JOHN BYRNE

— Pelosi, Scalise headed to this year’s Illinois State Fair The national party bigwigs will be in Springfield in mid-August to rally troops from their respective political parties. – A.D. QUIG
— Crain’s Chicago Business’ second Notable LGBTQ Executives features 84 leaders in business and nonprofits (DIERSEN: If you do not promote LGBTQ activity, these leaders, businesses, and nonprofits disapprove of you.)
— Upper-end home sales in area take steep dive Million-dollar-home buyers pulled back in the first half of 2019, resulting in a double-digit drop in the number of luxury homes sold in the metropolitan area. – DENNIS RODKIN

— Trump rallying in Cincinnati hoping to capitalize on Democratic debates

— Rep. Scalise to keynote Republican Day at Illinois State Fair – Doug Finke

— City council gets ready for new law legalizing cannabis – Vinde Wells (DIERSEN: Counties and municipalizes that do not ban the sale of pot shout that they are NOT family friendly.)

— Virginia and Kelly Lancey: August Yard of the Month winners in Highland – BARB STALLARD

— When is more gambling too much? How would Illinois know? – Jim Nowlan

— State senator Curran files legislation banning emissions of cancer-causing gas Downers Grove Republican ‘ready to go’ for special session aimed at Sterigenics – JERRY NOWICKI

— Suburbs do not want to sully their character by allowing marijuana sales – Dr. Brian Miller
— Rethink Rezoning, Save Main responses share similar concerns – Dr. Brian Miller
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The suburb in which I live and the neighboring suburb both have proposed redevelopment ideas and each has attracted opposition from residents. Both sets of opposition have yard signs to voice their displeasure and residents have spoken at public meetings. Part One of this analysis involves the basics of the proposed projects and how this fits into what suburbs generally try to do. The Rethink Rezoning group is responding to a study commissioned by the city of Wheaton to improve development along the busy Roosevelt Road corridor that runs east-west through the center of the suburb. . .Neither of these projects are unusual for suburban communities. Indeed, they both attempt to take advantage of unique traits already in the suburb. In Wheaton, the Roosevelt Road corridor has been an area of interest for the city for decades. With tens of thousands of cars passing through each day, it presents an opportunity, particularly since it is just south of the downtown (and traffic does not necessarily turn off Roosevelt to go downtown) and north of the other major shopping area at Danada (along the busy Butterfield Road corridor). But, Wheaton has generally been conservative about what development they allow along this stretch. Compared to Glen Ellyn to the east or the Ogden Avenue corridor in northwest Naperville, the Roosevelt Road stretch in Wheaton is relatively void of strip malls, fast food restaurants, car repair places, and rundown facilities. Again: this has been an intentional effort to maintain a certain level of quality. The proposed changes would build on this by updating some uses (most suburbs utilize single-use zoning but this can be restrictive in certain areas) and try to encourage some cohesiveness across stretches. What is now a hodgepodge of offices, some older houses, some more recent office buildings, could have a more uniform character and present a more pleasing aesthetic. I don’t know how many people will walk along such a busy road but it certainly does not lend itself to that now. All of this could help improve aesthetics and bring in more revenue from taxes in a revitalized district. Having a more uniform plan could help bring in more money for the city which then helps relieve local tax burdens. . .If these projects are in line with suburban plans – let alone the long-term plans for each community – what are the residents objecting to? More on that in Part Two tomorrow.)

— Ives falsely claims primary foe did not publicly oppose a controversial Illinois abortion bill – Kiannah Sepeda-Miller

— Congressional candidate Ives returns to the campaign trail in DuPage County – Glenn Minnis

— Joe Biden blames Trump, saying economy ‘collapsing because of this presidency’ – Jessica Chasmar

— The Democratic debate wasn’t about socialism, it’s worse – Salena Zito

— Donald Trump Jr.: ‘Screaming racism has become the easy button’ for left-wing politicians

— Gillette’s ‘toxic masculinity’ ad costs P&G as shaving giant takes $8B writedown (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, big corporations make it clear that they exist NOT to make a profit, but to a) advance the interests of foreign countries and b) advance the Democrat, Libertarian, and/or Green party platforms.)

— President Trump should ‘Make Baltimore Great Again’ – Thomas Lifson (DIERSEN: When Democrats move into an area, poverty and crime increase.)

— HuffPost: Charlotte Worried About the Bad People GOP Convention Could Bring to Town – Brian McNicoll

— Sen. Rand Paul Marks ‘The Death of the Tea Party Movement in America’ – Susan Jones

— Again, Dems With Hateful, Counter-Trump, Radical Leftist Positions – Dave King
— Racism: The Latest Attack Fad By Democrats – Jim Clayton

— Democrats Call Any Criticism Of Their Proposals A ‘Republican Talking Point’ – AMBER ATHEY
— Democrats Don’t Care About Baltimore – TUCKER CARLSON AND NEIL PATEL

— New Poll Finds Trump Far More Popular Than Pelosi, ‘The Squad’ – Guy Benson
— Slaughterhouse Owner Sentenced 18 Months For Employing Illegal Aliens, Avoiding Millions In Taxes – Timothy Meads

— AOC dishes out dangerous rhetoric: People in marginalized communities have ‘no choice but to riot’ – Frieda Powers

— AOC: PEOPLE MUST RIOT AGAINST ISRAEL Democrat claims Middle East democracy ‘absolutely’ criminal
— DEMS DON’T CARE ABOUT HELLHOLE BALTIMORE — THEY CREATED IT ‘Progressivism isn’t about helping the people beneath you’ – Tucker Carlson & Neil Patel

— The Price Of Getting A Pass Into The U.S.? – $80 For A Child – John Romero

— Applause for Reparations at CNN’s Democratic Presidential Debate – Ellen McGirt (DIERSEN: If you surveyed the Democrats in your precinct, what percent would say they support promoting a) dependency on government, b) dependency on charity, c) LGBTQ activity, d) abortion, e) mass/illegal immigration, f) booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, g) abolition of the First and Second Amendments, h) patronage (reparations), i) political affiliation discrimination (reparations), j) reverse discrimination (reparations), k) age discrimination (reparations), and l) retaliation (reparations)?)

— Ben Carson injects himself into Trump’s feud with Dems with Baltimore press conference – ANNE FLAHERTY

— LGBTQ issues nearly absent from 10 hours of Democratic debates Over four nights of Democratic presidential debates, there was barely any extended mention of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. – Tim Fitzsimons (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, if you do not promote LGBTQ activity, you are barred from getting an education, barred from getting a job, etc.)

— Owner of NYC Art Gallery on Billionaire’s Row Claims Group Attacked Him for Wearing MAGA Hat

— Another Victim of Facebook Romance Scams: A U.S. Congressman After battling social media impostors for years, Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois wants to force Facebook to do more to combat fake accounts. – Jack Nicas

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater promotes hatred against Trump.

— Political signs say who we vote for, not who we are – Tracy Simmons

— Democrats’ ‘Big Ideas’ May Re-Elect Trump From Medicare for All to the Green New Deal, candidates work hard to repel swing voters. – Karl Rove

— IBM accused of age discrimination after layoffs (DIERSEN: While I worked for GAO 1980-1997, its top goals were to bring down the average age of its work force while at the same time increasing the percentage of its employees who were Democrat, minority, and/or female.)

— 25% of Americans are disabled. So why aren’t the Democratic candidates talking about it? – Rebecca Cokley (DIERSEN: As more and more and more Americans smoke pot, 30%, 35%, 40%, 45%, 50%, 55%, 60+% will be disabled.)

— News roundup (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, I blew the whistle on political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation. If I had not been a whistle blower, the federal government would have promoted me into its Senior Executive Service long before I was 40 years old. Should I put that in my resume?)

— FOR SALE: 609 Frazier Court, Wheaton – $529,900

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.