August 22 Evening Edition

— IBIC APPLAUDS PUBLIC REPORTS THAT GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER WILL SIGN TRUST ACT SB 31 ON MONDAY AUGUST 28  (DIERSEN: Obviously, Rauner is taking the advice of those who not only want Rauner to lose in 2018, but who want all Republicans to lose in 2018.)


— Rauner to sign immigration bill — sparking anger on right – Tina Sfondeles  (DIERSEN: Obviously, Rauner is taking the advice of those who not only want Rauner to lose in 2018, but who want all Republicans to lose in 2018.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Gov. Bruce Rauner plans to sign into law on Monday both an automatic voter registration and an immigration measure that would limit the role of local law enforcement in federal efforts —a move that may spark some backlash among his conservative base. Conservative firebrand Joe Walsh tweeted if he signs the immigration bill, “Governor Rauner is done.” Last week the governor on WBEZ-FM called the immigration measure — the Illinois Trust Act — “very reasonable,” but would not confirm whether he’d sign it. On Tuesday, the governor’s office confirmed he’d sign the immigration and voter registration measures on Monday. The immigration legislation would prohibit police in Illinois from detaining or arresting a person based on their immigration status or on federal immigration detainer. It would allow law enforcement officials, however, to detain a person with a judge’s order. The bill passed with bipartisan support and was supported by faith leaders, law enforcement and businesses. But Republicans initially opposed the measure, arguing it will cause a conflict with federal laws. State Sen. Dave Syverson of Rockford has said Republicans are concerned the “blanket prohibition could result in leaving criminal illegal immigrants, including those accused of violent crimes, on the streets.” The conservative news organization Breitbart just wrote an article on the bill suggesting Rauner would be helping Democrats “frustrate federal immigration enforcement.” And Walsh, a former congressman and talk radio personality, weighed in on Tuesday, tweeting that if Rauner “allows Illinois to become a sanctuary state, I will not support his reelection. No way.” When TV reporter Mary Ann Ahern tweeted that Rauner planned to sign the bill, Walsh responded: “If true, bad terrible day for Illinois. Gov Rauner is done.” Rauner has steered clear of making comments about federal issues, specifically about “sanctuary cities.” He has said he’s in support of a comprehensive immigration policy, however. The automatic voter registration measure will automatically register people to vote at state drivers’ facilities, when applying for, updating or renewing a driver’s license or state ID — unless they opt out. It also creates a similar program for other state agencies. The governor vetoed a similar measure last year, citing concerns over voter fraud, and federal election laws. Illinois will be the ninth state to approve automatic voter registration. The measure was sent to the governor June 29.)
— ‘White male’ Rauner opts not to weigh in on racial debate over cartoon – Tina Sfondeles  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps and anti-Rauners demonize, denigrate, and condemn as being White supremacists, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things those who are Trump supporters, Rauner supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Noting that he is “a white male,” Gov. Bruce Rauner does not plan to wade into the controversy over a cartoon by a conservative think tank that sparked bipartisan outrage in the General Assembly and charges that it was racially offensive. “The governor would never try to talk anyone out of their reaction to any piece of art, political or nonpolitical, right or left, good or bad,” Rauner spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said Tuesday. “The governor has great respect for the black caucus and members of the General Assembly who voiced concerns about the cartoon. “The governor’s office has also heard from members of the black community who found truth in the imagery and do not find the cartoon offensive. Here is where things stand: The cartoon was removed days ago. And the governor – as a white male – does not have anything more to add to the discussion.” The cartoon by the Illinois Policy Institute depicted a black child in a Cubs cap begging for money for school from a wealthy cigar-smoking white man, who was showing one pocket empty and the other stuffed with tax-increment financing money. State Rep. Jaime Andrade denounced the cartoon on the floor of the General Assembly, drawing a bipartisan standing ovation when he denounced it as “s—.”  State Rep. Christian Mitchell, D-Chicago, called it a “Sambo” cartoon.  State Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, agreed, tweeting “Cartoons don’t make racism any more palatable @illinoispolicy should delete their cartoon and apologize. That has no place in policy debate.” The response from Rauner’s office on Tuesday did not go over well with Mitchell. “Wait what? So being a white male removes @GovRauner from a position of moral leadership? This is more disgraceful than saying nothing,” Mitchell tweeted. The Illinois Policy Institute defended the cartoon, which was intended to depict how Chicago siphons money from education with TIF funds. The think tank denied that it was racist, but removed it from its website, saying it was distracting from the debate over education funding and “the failure of political leaders to address the root cause of our struggling education system.” The think tank has been aligned with the governor, and Rauner has tapped its staff to replace senior members of his own administration since his budget veto was overridden earlier this year. Even after the institute removed the cartoon, NBC5 Political Reporter Mary Ann Ahern kept the issue alive on Twitter, repeatedly questioning whether the governor had seen the cartoon and what his reaction was. Patrick finally responded Tuesday. “Charges of racism must be taken very seriously,” she said. “The tragedy in Charlottesville and its aftermath serve as sobering reminders that even today, some remain who would use violence and hate to divide us. We must never relent in working toward a future built not on what divides us, but what unites us.”)
— If overtaxed, how do we explain gambling and Kardashians? – Phil Kadner
— Rauner signs bill to end arrests for being seen with gang members – Tina Sfondeles  (DIERSEN: Criminals are overjoyed.)
— Pence says Confederate statues are state, local decision – AP  (DIERSEN: What if members of Group A get enough votes together in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, in Illinois, and/or in America to get rid of those in Group B?  Members of Group A 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.  Members of Group B are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Our ‘howling manchild’ president can be made irrelevant.”


— Rauner will sign immigration bill, aide says – Kim Geiger (DIERSEN: Obviously, Rauner is taking the advice of those who not only want Rauner to lose in 2018, but who want all Republicans to lose in 2018.)
— State officials put off decision on Trump panel’s request for voter data – Rick Pearson  (DIERSEN: How many people who have moved out, people who are dead, illegals, and other ineligibles are on the voter rolls in Illinois, in your county, in your township/ward, in your municipality, and in your precinct?)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “The anxiety caused by President Trump.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump asks “Why doesn’t Donald Trump just quit?”
— Councilwoman Patty Gustin running for DuPage County Board – Erin Hegarty


— Naperville council member Gustin seeking DuPage County District 5 Board seat – Marie Wilson
— Rauner says no comment on political cartoon as ‘white male’ – AP


— No August recess for politics in Roskam’s district – GREG HINZ
— The data behind CPS’ hemorrhaging finances – GREG HINZ


— 25,000+ sign petition to jail Missouri lawmaker who wished for Trump’s assassination


— Rauner Spokeswoman Confirms Governor to Sign Immigration Bill – Brandis Friedman  (DIERSEN: Obviously, Rauner is taking the advice of those who not only want Rauner to lose in 2018, but who want all Republicans to lose in 2018.)
— Legislators Condemn Rauner’s Reaction to Political Cartoon – Amanda Vinicky


— Poverty striking rural Illinois at a faster rate than cities


— Fake newspaper causes stir in Springfield – Raquel Martin




— Rauner takes more heat over SB31 legislation
— Mayor Emanuel, Pritzker campaign, Rep. Christian Mitchell respond – Full statement *** “As a white male” Rauner doesn’t have “anything more to add to the discussion”
— Rauner in TIF tiff with mayors
— Sweeney: McCann “definitely wants to run” for governor


— Liberal law center demonizes Christian foes of LGBTQ agenda as ‘hate groups’ – PETER LABARBERA


— Left-Wing SPLC Donations Multiply as J.P. Morgan, Clooneys Give $2.5 Million – Aly Nielsen


— George Clooney Donates $1M to Southern Poverty Law Center to Fight ‘Bigotry and Hate’ – JEROME HUDSON  (DIERSEN: SPLC fights those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Protester Attacks 225-Year-Old Christopher Columbus Monument with Sledgehammer – AWR HAWKINS  (DIERSEN: The more of the following that you are, the sooner that protesters will attack you: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoider (except Bill Clinton), and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— McClatchy: Trump Aides Plot Big Immigration Deal — That Breaks a Campaign Promise


— WATCH: ‘Woke’ Millennials Hilariously Say They’d Prefer Venezuela’s Food Lines Over America’s Income Inequality  Venezuela’s “a lot like the rest of the world, which is a lot more dignified than us.” – JAMES BARRETT


— WHAT IS ‘HATE’ AND WHO DEFINES IT? THE SPLC?  Jerry Newcombe on how organization went from discerning to dangerous
— THE GRAVE DESECRATORS Moving Confederate monuments to cemeteries won’t stop the mobs – ANDY SCHLAFLY


— Breitbart goes after Trump – JONATHAN EASLEY


– Two Kennedys arrested after wild party in Cape Cod – Max Jaeger


– J.P. Morgan Is Giving $1 Million to Nonprofits Exposing Hate Groups in the Wake of Charlottesville – Kevin Lui  (DIERSEN: SPLC promotes hatred against Christians.)


— Trump Staff Still Short on Relevant Experience – George E. Condon Jr.  (DIERSEN: I worked for GAO 1980-1997, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13, Step 1-10 levels, currently $94,610-$122,991. I worked for IRS 1971-1980, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12, Step 1-5 levels, currently $79,563-$90,173.)

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.