August 14 Evening Edition

— OUTSTANDING: Bolingbrook board was blunt — no cannabis businesses in village – ALEX ORTIZ
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The village of Bolingbrook Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night to prohibit cannabis business establishments within its boundaries. The trustees voted 5-1 in favor of the prohibition. Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar said he was in favor of prohibiting cannabis businesses in the village and decried how the state government passed the legislation to legalize it. “I philosophically have a real problem with governments which have turned to drugs and gambling to balance their budgets,” he said. “That’s what the state’s come to.” The village’s ordinance cited the state’s Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, which allows municipalities to prohibit adult-use cannabis business establishments. Ken Teppel, the village’s public safety director, spoke about the Bolingbrook Police Department’s opposition to allowing cannabis businesses in town. He also talked about the challenges posed to police departments in other states that have already legalized recreational cannabis use, like Colorado. For example, Teppel said cannabis businesses have been targets for theft because they deal solely in cash to be in compliance with federal banking laws. He added that, for police, it’s more difficult to investigate such crimes without a paper trail. He also talked about other problems like black markets developing around legal dispensaries, the high potency of the drug nowadays, potential dangers with flammable materials used to grow the plant, and trying to develop a test for impaired drivers who have used the drug. During public comments, the opinions among the handful of residents who spoke were mixed. Trustee Bob Jaskiewicz was the only “no” vote. He said it was a mistake to not have a public hearing before holding a vote on the prohibition. “I want us to consider other points as to why a dispensary would be a good thing,” Jaskiewicz said. Claar told Jaskiewicz to take up the issue with state legislators because, unlike other states, which held a referendum, Illinois “chose to ignore the public” and didn’t ask voters. Claar said lawmakers were already discussing a possible trailer bill to clarify and fix issues with the initial law that passed. The mayor also made sure to emphasize that the ordinance was only prohibiting commercial businesses selling cannabis and not recreational use of the drug. Trustee Mary Alexander Basta made the point that the ordinance could be revised in the future. Recreational cannabis use and possession will be legal in Illinois starting Jan. 1, 2020.)

— Recreational Pot Up For Discussion In Glen Ellyn August 19 Do you think recreational marijuana should be sold in Glen Ellyn? – Lisa Marie Farver (DIERSEN: The Milton Township Republican Central Committee (MTRCC) should pass a resolution against the sale of pot in Milton Township and in the rest of DuPage County like it passed a resolution against video gambling in 2009. Republican Precinct Committeemen in Glen Ellyn should attend Glen Ellyn’s meeting on August 19 and Republican Precinct Committeemen in Wheaton should attend Wheaton’s meeting on August 26. They should call for banning the sale of pot in their municipalities. Past and present MTRCC officers should attend the aforesaid meetings and call for banning the sale of pot. At previous Wheaton City Council meetings, Bob Cherry, B. J. Slinger, Tim Whelan, and I have called for Wheaton to ban the sale of pot. At previous DuPage County Board meetings, Dick Furstenau and I have called for DuPage County to ban the sale of pot in the unincorporated parts of DuPage County.)

— Democrats rally on Governor’s Day at the State Fair – Craig Wall
— Trump administration official said Statue of Liberty inscription is about “people coming from Europe” – AP

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: ‘Blue Apron meets Chia Pet for growing cannabis:’ Companies eager to tap into marijuana market – Ally Marotti
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trump administration’s hostility toward Hispanics makes us stronger.”
— State seeks to disbar ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich from practicing law more than 8 years after conviction – JASON MEISNER

— Pelosi rips ‘Moscow Mitch’ at Gov Day in Illinois — but mum’s the word on Dem controversies U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Gov. J.B. Pritzker to try and bolster U.S. House candidates downstate on Wednesday as Democrats celebrated their first Governor’s Day in five years. – Tina Sfondeles

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Arlington Heights board open to allowing pot sales – Christopher Placek

— How an overlooked facet of the weed law could trip up two of the industry’s biggest players The fine print in the state’s 610-page recreational marijuana bill could provide some challenges to getting retail sales up and running. – JOHN PLETZ (DIERSEN: Of course, Democrat, Libertarian, Green, and RINO legislators will make it easier and easier and easier to grow, sell, and buy pot.)
— New group opposing graduated income tax puts Madigan in the middle Taking a page from Rauner’s book, a new group opposing the graduated income tax amendment puts the Illinois House speaker at the center of its campaign. – GREG HINZ

— Illinois congressman Mike Bost says he and others influenced Trump into backing off commuting Blagojevich’s sentence – JOSEPH BUSTOS
— House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urges Democrats to ‘catch the spark of Illinois’ in speech kicking off Governor’s Day at Illinois State Fair – RICK PEARSON

— OUTSTANDING: Park Ridge Decides To Opt Out On Cannabis Sales For Now – Anne Lunde

— U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood says he’s running for re-election in 2020 – Nick Vlahos

— IL GOP: Trump signs, banners stolen from state fair tent

— Recreational Marijuana Sales Public Forum Thursday, August 15

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Our Teens and Substances Abuse


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot pushers push pot.

— Lying the left’s new strategy? – LARRY VOLKENING, Houston
— The Second Amendment is imperiled like never before Without a spiritual and cultural renaissance in America, gun confiscation looms – David Thomas Roberts

— Trump’s new immigration rule exposes the current system as a global welfare scheme

— George Will Strikes Out by Attacking National Conservatism He quibbles over political means rather than ends, with little idea of what he actually wants to conserve. – EMILE A. DOAK

— The Statue of Liberty poem means the exact opposite of what immigrant welfare advocates think – Daniel Horowitz

— The Latest Google Blacklist May Include The Daily Caller

— Trump cites ‘Fredo’ Cuomo as an example of how red flag laws could work
— Following Walmart attack, Hispanics in El Paso flock to firearms classes
— O’Rourke: Fox News, Breitbart sowing ‘seeds of terror’

— What the El Paso Shooter Learned from Immigrants – Ann Coulter
— Well Look At That, Deportations Help American Citizens Find Jobs – Timothy Meads

— HOW LGBTQ ORGANIZATIONS ARE DISMANTLING CIVILIZATION Dennis Prager on the left: ‘Lying is not an issue when truth is not a value’

— MSNBC Analyst Likens Trump Supporters to Members of a ‘Terrorist Organization’ – Mark Finkelstein

— US citizens, mostly minorities, rush to fill jobs after raids – Vivek Saxena

— Rot of journalism ethics at New York Times has turned into leftist plague – Michael Goodwin

— How social casinos leverage Facebook user data to target vulnerable gamblers

— OUTSTANDING: ‘The McLaughlin Group’ Returning To PBS In January After Local Relaunch – Erik Pedersen

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.