August 23 Morning Edition

— Wheaton’s City Council has narrowed the field of its 10 applicants for its West District vacancy to 3, and I am not one of them. The Council will interview those 3 finalists in the coming weeks. Critics of the Roosevelt Road corridor study by Camiros, Ltd. and Valerie Kretchmer & Associates ( have called for the Council to halt all action on the study until it fills its West District vacancy. It appears, sadly, like before, when the Council filled its North District vacancy, that it will not disclose who the 3 finalists are. I hope that the 3 finalists will get together, issue a joint press release, and call for a candidate forum to be held. Residents of Wheaton’s West District, including me, should have the opportunity to urge the Council to select one of those 3 finalists. Obviously, one could determine who the 3 finalist are if all 7 of the unsuccessful candidates got together and issued a press release. – Dave Diersen

— Your GOPUSA Illinois Editor, Dave Diersen, calls for DuPage County to ASAP a) draft, b) propose, c) seek input on from journalists like me, d) discuss, and e) vote on official press credentialing policies and procedures. Press credentialing requirements should NOT include a) having a degree in journalism, b) being paid, c) claiming to be just a reporter and not a journalist, d) denying being an activist, e) or claiming to be nonpartisan. I have served as the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000. Since 2004, GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails have gone out each and every morning, and since 2015, each and every evening too. Those emails have included links to more than 344,100 articles and information on many upcoming events. I worked for GAO as an Analyst for almost 18 years, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $98,198-$127,654/year. What GAO Analysts do ( is extremely similar to what journalists do. In addition, I became a Forensic Accountant in 1997, Certified Financial Services Auditor in 1996, Certified Government Financial Manager in 1994, Certified Fraud Examiner in 1990, Licensed CPA in 1981, Certified Internal Auditor in 1981, and CPA in 1979. – Dave Diersen

— Government is nasty. Politics is nasty. Since 2005, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have demonized me, denigrated, me, and condemned be as being like Jeff Gannon. Since 2005, they have viciously used against me what happened with GOPUSA, Talon News, and White House Correspondent Jeff Gannon. SEE: They paint me as being a clone of Jeff Gannon and even worse things. Ever since I became a GOPUSA reporter in 2000, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I ask bad questions at press conferences and share privileged information with reporters that have caused Republican candidates to be defeated and even worse things. Of course, I should sue my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes. I should write a book about activists, candidates, elected officials, and party leaders in Illinois who claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican, but a) who do NOT want me to know about their press conferences, b) who do NOT want me to attend their press conferences, c) who do NOT want me to ask questions during their press conferences, d) who do NOT want me to speak with other reporters, e) who have barred me from attending their press conferences, f) who have had me thrown out of their press conferences, and/or g) who do not want me to report on their press conferences. – Dave Diersen

— SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 FLASHBACK: Offer disclosures and statements of values – CRAIG SILVERMAN (DIERSEN: Of course, journalists should disclose the sources and amounts of all their income. My Civil Service Retirement System pension is $53,316/year. My Social Security is $2,118/year. All the time and money necessary to send out a GOPUSA ILLINOIS email each and every morning and each and every evening comes from me. By definition, journalists who are employees of newspapers, television stations, radio stations, websites, or other organizations cannot claim to be independent of their employer. I should sue any individual, any organization, any company, or any government that hints/implies/argues/shouts that I am paid by the Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Milton Township Republican Central Committee, or any other organization. If the aforesaid organizations paid me, they would promote my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. In fact, the aforesaid organizations fail/refuse to promote my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. Further, journalists should disclose their citizenship status, gender, race, age, religion, national origin, how long their ancestors have been in America, if they are a veteran or not, political affiliation, work experience, education, professional certifications and licenses, etc.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Looking across the landscape, we conclude there are typically five situations when a disclosure needs to be added to a piece of content: Personal connections to sources, organizations or events mentioned in reporting. Organizational links to sources, organizations or events mentioned in reporting. Limitations of any data or material used. (Meaning: Here’s what we don’t know, or some mitigating factors.) When unusual methods are used to gather information (such as in the above example). When there is an unusual arrangement with sources (such as enabling them to remain anonymous or use a pseudonym). . .A reporter’s name, email, phone number and even Twitter handle are now common information that accompanies their content. . .Beyond disclosures about specific reporting, more reporters and organizations are offering pages that are updated over time to disclose any personal ties, investments or relationships. . .PunditFact, an offshoot of PolitiFact, offers a paragraph of disclosure about its sources of funding right on its homepage.)

— DECEMBER 1, 2012 FLASHBACK: What is the difference between a journalist and a reporter? – Ashutosh Sinha
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In professional news media, all reporters are journalists but not all journalists are reporters. “Reporter” is a specific role: Someone who gathers facts and information from multiple sources, verifies them and writes a story or relays (reports) those findings in a TV, radio or Internet broadcast. “Journalist” includes anyone who is part of the editorial process of gathering and disseminating news: Reporters, editors, producers, photographers, camera operators, news columnists, etc. In a literal sense, anyone can be a reporter by relaying their direct observations. (e.g. I saw a car crash.) With the advent of social media such as Twitter, amateur reporters are increasingly a breaking news alert network for traditional news organizations. Ordinary people can also commit acts of journalism by following the journalistic process of fact-gathering, multi-source verification and putting those facts in context (e.g. A high-speed police chase after a million dollar bank robbery yesterday ended when the suspect’s car crashed into a lamp post at a busy downtown intersection.) Today, reporters’ roles are being blurred as they are required to take on more tasks that include photography, editing, blogging, shooting and producing video, audio, etc., so “journalist” is increasingly the most appropriate catch-all term.)

— Sean Spicer responds to ‘Dancing with the Stars’ backlash The former Trump aide hopes the show is a “politics-free zone.” – Sara M Moniuszko
— Former high-ranking state Veterans’ Affairs official accused of sexually harassing workers, using racial slurs There were also several witnesses who told investigators that Harry Sawyer used racial slurs or other “inappropriate race-based language when referring to African-American” employees. – Rachel Hinton
— Workers, community members demand higher minimum wage sooner Workers, labor groups and community advocates held a rally for Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, calling on the Chicago City Council raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 by 2021. – Annie Geng
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters glorify and praise those who come to America illegally and/or stay in America illegally.
— Amid scrutiny, some parents back off giving up custody to help their kids get college aid  They say higher ed costs are exorbitant and that what they did is legal. A judge who’d OKed 9 guardianship transfers questions another, saying, ‘It doesn’t sound right to me. It just doesn’t.’ – Melissa Sanchez and Jodi S. Cohen (DIERSEN: When you were in high school and in college, were your parents wealthy? My outstanding parents were not. But nevertheless, to demonize me, denigrate me, and condemn me as being privileged, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always falsely hinted/implied/argued/shouted that my parents were wealthy.)

— Chicago’s newest polling location? The Cook County Jail Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a law this week making the Cook County Jail Chicago’s newest polling place, easing ballot access for roughly 6,000 pre-trial detainees locally. – A.D. QUIG

— Illinois House of horrors not exactly a surprise – Jim Dey

— Former Head of City’s Daley College Cited For Behavior ‘Unbecoming Of A Public Employee’ – Kate McGee

— Durbin faces 4 Republican challengers, and they all come out spitting fire – Greg Bishop

— Making a case to women: Trump female defenders go on offense – AP

— Beloit police fear more impaired drivers once marijuana legal in Illinois – Morgan Wolfe


— Elections have consequences (DIERSEN: What do you say to Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Milton Township Republican Central Committee leaders who take recent Republican losses as a mandate to get rid of Republican Precinct Committeemen/Captains like me who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those like me whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)

— Bill de Blasio’s love for illegals put citizens in danger – Cheryl K. Chumley
— The Cultural Marxist attack on Western society It’s at the root of the Democratic Party’s identity politics and political correctness – James Veltmeyer

— Trump’s ‘public charge’ rule is required to save immigration – Brian Brenberg

— Max Boot, Professional Former Republican How an Iraq war courtier left a party no one knew he was really a part of and now spends time taking swipes as former compatriots. – NEAL B. FREEMAN

— Paul Ryan Wanted Illegal Immigration, Ran a ‘Chamber of Commerce Congress’ – NEIL MUNRO
— Illegal Aliens Arrested in ICE Raid Stole Identities of American Citizens – John Binder

— Ethnic Studies Latest Ploy to Brainwash Kids
— Recipe for winning an election: Destroy America

— Democrats Perpetuate Urban Poverty Problems of poverty and homelessness are rising in the nation’s largest cities.

— Cornell scholar cited in NYT’s ‘1619’ series charged with fabricating quotes, evidence – CHRISTIAN SCHNEIDER

— Scottish university to pay 20 million pounds in slavery reparations (DIERSEN: How many millions, billions, or trillions of dollars in reparations do the Democrats want your municipality, your township/ward, your county, Illinois, and America to pay?)

— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: How Wayne LaPierre Survived a Revolt at the N.R.A. – Danny Hakim
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters are doing everything that can to destroy America’s economy to defeat Trump in 2020.
— Hiring Is Very Hard for Restaurants These Days. Now They May Have to Fire. Amid a severe labor shortage and a renewed U.S. crackdown on undocumented immigrants, owners are facing a choice: fire workers or risk prosecution. – David Yaffe-Bellany
— FRONT PAGE: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats want immigrants because immigrants vote for Democrats. RINOs want immigrants because RINOs want cheap labor.

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trump’s racism is about to get more scrutiny.”

— Google Disables YouTube Channels It Linked to Hong Kong Influence Operation Company said move was consistent with actions that Twitter and Facebook took when they cited evidence Beijing was behind efforts to discredit protesters – Robert McMillan (DIERSEN: Which individuals, organizations, companies, and government discredit you? I should write a book about those that discredit me, my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, and my service as a Republican Precinct Committeeman, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member, GAO employee, IRS employee, Post Office employee, etc.)
— Is Your Child Emotionally Ready for College? For many students, the transition to adult independence is unexpectedly difficult. Here’s how parents can help. – Anthony Rostain and B. Janet Hibbs (DIERSEN: My outstanding father died suddenly in 1969 when I was a 21 year old student in my senior year at NIU. After I graduated in 1970, I lived with and helped support my mother and brother in Crete. In 1972, when I was 24 year old, I bought a new town home in University Park.)

— Why Workplace Abuse Plagues Undocumented Workers – Tom Spiggle
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: RINOs want immigrants because RINOs want cheap labor.

— You Won’t Believe When the Average Millennial Reaches Financial Independence – Lyle Daly (DIERSEN: Thanks to my outstanding parents, I became financially independent when I was 21 years old in 1970 and started working for the Firestone Store in Chicago Heights.)
— Here’s Why Relying on Mom and Dad for Too Long Could Cost You When’s the right time to stop accepting financial support from your parents? – Lyle Daly (DIERSEN: My outstanding father died suddenly in 1969 when he was 47 and I was 21. My outstanding mother never attended high school. I helped support my mother and brother between August of 1970 and September of 1972. I worked full-time for the Firestone Store in Chicago Heights 1970-1971, and then part-time 1971-1972. I started working full-time for IRS in 1971. I bought a new town home in University Park in 1972.)

— One-third of teens don’t believe they will be financially independent by age 30 – Nicole Villalpando (DIERSEN: Thanks to my outstanding parents, I became financially independent when I was 21 years old in 1970 and started working for the Firestone Store in Chicago Heights.)

— Orange County GOP Chairman Goes to War with County Conservative Republicans – Phil Stilton (DIERSEN: I should write a book about how the Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Milton Township Republican Central Committee have gone to war against conservative Republicans like me.)

— Democrat Lawmaker: We Need Illegals to Mow “Our Beautiful Lawns” – Ken Webster Jr. (DIERSEN: I mow my lawn, I trim the bushes, I shovel the snow, I mulch/rake the leaves, I clean the gutters, etc.)

— Back to School with GAO What percentage of U.S. public school districts inspected their schools for lead-based paint in 2016-2017?

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters and America-haters promote Taylor Swift.

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.