August 17 Evening Edition

— Illinois Democrats rally at Chairman’s Brunch at State Fair – Craig Wall
— Chicago historian weighs in on Confederate monuments – Sarah Schulte
— Trump decries confederate monument removals, ‘history ripped apart’ – AP


— Madigan Leaves Democrat Brunch Without Listening to Speakers – Mary Ann Ahern
— ‘I’m Your Man’: Secretary of State Jesse White Announces Run for Sixth Term – Mary Ann Ahern


— Illinois Democrats Speak Their Mind On The Gridlock In Springfield
— Chicago Lincoln Bust Vandalized – Sandra Torres


— Rep. Jackie Speier calls for Trump’s removal under 25th Amendment
— CNN pundit Angela Rye calls for removal of all Washington, Jefferson monuments


— Democrat Day at the Illinois State Fair – TAHMAN BRADLEY


— Pritzker dubs Trump ‘racist,’ ‘liar,’ as Dems rip prez, Rauner at fair – Tina Sfondeles  (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Who votes for Democrats?  ANSWER: Those who are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
— Under seige, Trump fires back at critics — inside party and out – AP
— Cook County retailers report beverage sales decline – Rachel Hinton
— Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee: Trump must ‘move beyond himself’ to what’s best for U.S. – AP  (DIERSEN: If you blast Trump, anti-Trumps love you.)
— Bloomberg throws support behind embattled Cook County soda tax – Michael Sneed
— Emanuel: Nation witnessing ‘slow-motion crash’ of Trump presidency – Fran Spielman (DIERSEN: If you blast Trump, anti-Trumps love you.)
— Traitors to our country should never have been honored – Neil Steinberg  (DIERSEN: While all my ancestors immigrated to America during the 1840s and 1850s, they all immigrated to and stayed in northeast Illinois.)
— Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White running for re-election – Stefano Esposito
— Putting Balbo Drive on trial – Editorial
— Banish the term ‘alt-right,’ be wary of labeling people – Natalie Moore


— Rauner could announce decision on immigration bill Friday – Rick Pearson and Monique Garcia  (DIERSEN: The TRUST Act encourages people a) to come to America illegally, b) to stay in America illegally, and c) to bring others to America illegally. If Rauner signs it, he dumps not only the immigration planks in the Republican Party platform and in the Illinois Republican Party platform, he dumps all those who voted for him in 2014 and all those who might vote for him in 2018.)
— Democratic governor candidates say Rauner too late in criticizing Trump – Rick Pearson and Monique Garcia
— ‘Hard work’ behind Gov. Rauner’s 20-pound weight loss – Kim Janssen
— Info on 1.8M Chicago voters was publicly accessible, now removed from cloud service: election officials – Kim Geiger
— Emanuel pushes back at Sessions in podcast with longtime ally Axelrod – Hal Dardick
— Gurnee seeks removal from national hate group map – Jim Newton and Frank S. Abderholden
— Evanston violated Open Meetings Act with June council session on minimum wage, attorney general says – Genevieve Bookwalter
— One way short of bankruptcy to stabilize Chicago’s schools – Editorial
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Someone filled with hatred of Trump and filled with hatred of his supporters says “If you still support Donald Trump.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who are filled with hatred of Trump and filled with hatred of his supporters say “Others will have to provide the leadership Trump has not.”


— Kinzinger rips Trump on response to bigotry – GREG HINZ
— Here’s what’s in that Bloomberg ad defending Preckwinkle’s pop tax – GREG HINZ
— Watch Bloomberg’s ad backing Preckwinkle’s pop tax – GREG HINZ


— State Rep. Andersson: No room for moderate voices in statehouse – Kerry Lester  (DIERSEN: Republican “moderates” reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks.  Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform. If you get elected or appointed to a government office or a political office as a Republican in Illinois, you obligate yourself to defend and advance the Republican Party platform and the Illinois Republican Party platform.)
— Trump assails ‘publicity seeking’ Lindsey Graham – AP
— President Trump’s ardent backers support him more than ever – AP (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps demonize, denigrate, and condemn Trump and his supporters as being White supremacists, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things. Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps make it clear that they are going to get rid of Trump and his supporters. How should Trump and his supporters respond?)
— Glenbard hosts picnic for Hispanic parents – Peg Mannion (DIERSEN: To give preference to one group is to discriminate against another group. Democrats used to promote integration, but now they promote segregation.  Republicans promote what unites us.  Democrats promote what divides us.)


— Jesse White to seek sixth term as Illinois secretary of state – AP
— Candidates line up on Democrat Day to criticize and link Rauner, Trump – Doug Finke


— Lisa Madigan: ‘I know nothing about’ possible opponent Harold – Tom Kacich


— Haskell feels Kinzinger not in touch with constituency – Paul Westermeyer


— Talk of township consolidation premature, officials say – Rebecca Susmarski


— Facebook post divides McLean County republicans  A post defending President Trump’s comments has sparked a debate. – Lindsey Harrison
— Lehigh University alums want to rescind Trump’s honorary degree  Petition garners more than 13,000 signatures – ANNECLAIRE STAPLETON


— Democratic Hopefuls Target Trump As Well As Rauner  Spokeswoman for Rauner Dismisses Attacks By Would-Be Democratic Challengers – AP
— Confederate symbols across US highlight nation’s divided past  (DIERSEN: While all my ancestors immigrated to America during the 1840s and 1850s, they all immigrated to and stayed in northeast Illinois.)


— Smaller Republican crowd insists party is strong on Governor’s Day At State Fair – Benjamin Yount


— Poll: Cook County Board Chair Preckwinkle has worse approval rating than President Trump


— Ives and Breen Accuse House Democrats of Playing Games With K-12 Funding


— Former Miss America Wants to Unseat Lisa Madigan as Illinois Attorney General – Dan McCaleb


— Sparks fly on Democrat Day
— Bloomberg pop tax ad called “act of desperation”
— Bed-and-breakfast which refused service loses another round in court


— Charlottesville riot brings out leftist hatred for Trump, defense of Antifa


— Missouri Senator: ‘I Hope Trump Is Assassinated!’ – Chuck Ross


— George Soros spending more than ever to push his liberal agenda worldwide – Fr. Mark Hodges


— Hit List: CNN Publishes Map of Confederate Monuments in U.S. – AWR HAWKINS


— Activists replace statue of Robert E. Lee with statue of a pregnant black woman in Baltimore – Brandon Morse


— Alt-Left Insanity: Liberals Vandalize, Attack, Riot and Burn, But Aren’t Violent – Dan Gainor


— Black Christian Leaders Detest Claim That Trump Is the ‘Driver’ of Racial Division in America – Samuel Smith


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump fans the flames with Confederate defense.”


— ‘Antifa’ Grows as Left-Wing Faction Set to, Literally, Fight the Far Right – THOMAS FULLER, ALAN FEUER and SERGE F. KOVALESKI

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.