August 29 Evening Edition

— OUTSTANDING: Naperville resident organizing rallies against recreational pot – Marie Wilson
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Jennifer Bruzan Taylor does not want her children living near recreational marijuana dispensaries. She feels so strongly about the issue that she’s organizing a movement encouraging her hometown to #OptOutNaperville. Bruzan Taylor is one of about 15 people planning rallies to push the Naperville City Council to prohibit recreational marijuana shops from opening under the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, which goes into effect Jan. 1. The city could enact a ban as soon as Tuesday; the issue is expected to be up for a vote during a meeting at 7 p.m. in the municipal center at 400 S. Eagle St. The Opt Out Naperville movement is hosting rallies at 10 a.m. Saturday in Central Park and 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Free Speech Pavilion along the Riverwalk to gather people who want the ban put into effect. Bruzan Taylor said she expects around 100 people to attend the Saturday event. “I would never have moved here if we had opted into selling recreational marijuana,” said Bruzan Taylor, a Naperville native who moved back to her hometown because of its strong reputation as a kid-friendly place. “I would have picked a suburb that didn’t.” In Chicago, where Bruzan Taylor and her family lived for about 10 years, she said neighbors using marijuana in their condo building would overwhelm the place with the smell of weed. If Naperville allows shops selling the drug for recreational purposes, she said she fears the same would happen in the state’s fourth-largest city. “I know it’s supposed to be on private property only,” she said about recreational use. “And yet, that’s not what happens.” . . . Bruzan Taylor hopes Naperville leaders will decide the best location for these businesses is nowhere. “I just don’t see this as being good for Naperville economically and also for its image as being family conscious,” she said. “I decided to organize this (rallies) in order to show the councilmen that people in Naperville care about this.”)

— DISGUSTING, OUTRAGEOUS, TRAGIC: Illinois awards its first five recreational marijuana licenses, including locations in Naperville, Mundelein – ALLY MAROTTI and DAN PETRELLA
— Impeach Trump? More and more Democrats realize there’s no harm in asking. – Eric Zorn
— Mayor Lightfoot’s ‘mayday’ moment for Chicago — and Illinois – Editorial

— DISGUSTING, OUTRAGEOUS, TRAGIC: First 5 recreational pot shops get state OK, but potential conflict emerges Illinois is expected to license dozens more dispensaries in the weeks ahead. – Mitchell Armentrout
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot warns of ‘hard choices’ and ‘sacrifice’ ahead: ‘We don’t have a moment to lose’ Lightfoot said her two principles in guiding her revenue options are relieving the financial burden of those who can least afford it, and working to not drive businesses out of Chicago. – Tina Sfondeles and Rachel Hinton
— And it’s off — Arlington racino rejection another sign new gambling law is flawed This is exactly the sort of thing that can happen when the state Legislature moves awfully darn fast on a big bill that has many moving parts. – Editorial

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot says city faces $838M budget deficit in State of the City address – Craig Wall$838m-budget-deficit/5501510/
— City of Milwaukee urges everyone to stop vaping immediately, 16 hospitalized with chemical pneumonia

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot Says Chicago Has $838 Million Budget Deficit in Speech The mayor confirmed the number in her state of the city address

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot Says City Has $838 Million Budget Shortfall, Warns Of Consequences If Casino, Pension Reform Don’t Go Through

— Walsh: ‘I’ll get in Trump’s face every day’

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot pushers push pot.

— Afzal to make second run for DuPage County Board seat

— How to get your cannabis charges expunged – Nikki McGee (DIERSEN: Doing things that are illegal demonstrates your disrespect for the rule of law. Your past predicts your future.)
— US Surgeon General issues warning on marijuana use in young adults and pregnant women – Kristine Frazao

— There are more single working women than ever (DIERSEN: Democrats do everything that they can to destroy traditional marriage and the traditional family.)

— DuPage County Board Debates Marijuana – Christine Lena

— Oswego survey finds widespread support for local marijuana businesses More than 1,300 responded to online survey – JOHN ETHEREDGE (DIERSEN: How many pot pushers are there in your neighborhood, in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, and in your county? I do not want to have anything to do with pot pushers.)

— Overdue, outdated financial report shows Illinois’ deficit grew by $6 billion – Greg Bishop

— Former Rauner aide Ben Noble posts, then removes, attack on Ives congressional bid – W.J. Kennedy


— If you care about journalism, you’re defending Brian Karem and Joel Pollack Both do actual journalism, and petty politicians have no right to sit in judgment. – Tiana Lowe (DIERSEN: I should write a book about petty politicians who have sat in judgment of me since 2000.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Snowflakery knows no political bent, and hostility towards the free press is a grievance centuries older than the First Amendment. The twin tales of Playboy’s Brian Karem and Breitbart’s Joel Pollak exemplifies the oft ignored fact that people in power of all political stripes simply despise answering to the Fourth Estate. Karem’s currently fighting the Trump administration in the courtroom to reclaim his hard pass, which the White House suspended following the journalist’s verbal sparring match with an equally belligerent Sebastian Gorka during the president’s social media summit in the Rose Garden. Beto O’Rourke staffers booted Pollak from a campaign event, with the 2020 longshot’s spokeswoman lambasting as “hateful” and bordering on “perpetrat[ing] hate speech.” Both fights are absurd, and not because of the journalists prolonging them. Neither Karem nor Pollak have hidden their ideological or partisan affinities. The Playboy White House correspondent openly excoriates the president on Twitter, while Pollak’s persona and outlet are openly conservative. But both do actual journalism, and petty politicians have no right to sit in judgment. As long as they’re going to claim they support a free press, the Trumps and Betos of the world must tolerate the scrutiny, tough questions, and even intentional rhetorical provocations that come as a natural responsibility of power.)

— Mark Levin: ‘Unpatriotic’ news media hates Trump, treats ‘half of America’ contemptuously – Charles Creitz

— Liberal media can’t handle minorities who praise Donald Trump – Jeffery Rendall

— The Media Is Making It Very Lucrative To Sabotage Trump – ADAM WEISS

— Kansas Professors Demand University Remove ‘Bastion Of Bigotry’ Chick-Fil-A From Campus – Timothy Meads

— Will the Growing Acceptance of Cannabis Send Drug-Screening Policies Up in Smoke? (DIERSEN: Are you an employee? How stoned will your employer allow its employees to be?)

— The Hypocritical Accusations that Donald Trump Is Racist – Deneen Borelli

— FOX NEWS’ JEANINE PIRRO CLAIMS DEMOCRATS PLOTTING TO ‘REPLACE AMERICAN CITIZENS WITH ILLEGALS’ – CHRISTINA ZHAO (DIERSEN: While I worked for GAO 1980-1997, the Democrats who ran the agency focused on replacing their Republican, White, male, and/or older employees with Democrat, minority, female, and/or younger employees. Ever-increasingly, the Republican Party, Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Milton Township Republican Central Committee, America, Illinois, DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton focus on replacing those who are White, male, and/or older with those who are minority, female, and/or younger.)

— How to fight age discrimination in the workplace – Rachel Ranosa  (DIERSEN: Democrats and RINOs use Affirmative Action, Diversity, Inclusion, and up-or-out to get rid of their Republican employees who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)

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.