August 30 Evening Edition

— OUTSTANDING: NOW SIX IL GOP LAWMAKERS (Kyle McCarter, Tim Bivins, Davidsmeyer, David Reis, Cabello, and David McSweeney) FILE EFFORT TO REPEAL SANCTUARY LAW


— Republicans file TRUST Act repeal bills while Rauner dodges questions
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Those aren’t going anywhere, of course, but filing legislation does make them look good to their constituencies. Gov. Rauner was asked about GOP legislator criticism about the TRUST Act yesterday, but he refused to answer because, Rauner said, it was an “off-topic” question and he was only taking questions about the school funding bill… (VIDEO) Less than a minute later, however, the governor answered a different off-topic question.)
— Rauner signs school funding reform bill
— Get ready for another intra-party rumble
(FROM THE ARTICLE: I’ve heard the $30 million number, too. Heaven help the governor, because the US Attorney won’t, if there was even an “understanding” that the initial round of staff firings was in any way tied to a $30 million campaign contribution. Also, Proft called House GOP Leader Jim Durkin a “pansy” on his radio show yesterday. So, things aren’t going well.)


— Rauner pivots to center as romance with right wing cools – GREG HINZ  (DIERSEN: Those in the “center” of the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) have always focused on driving out of the party those like me who support the IRP platform, that is, they have always focused on destroying the IRP. Especially since 2000, they have had great success in destroying the IRP. Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend their platform. Most commonly, those in the “center” are Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, and Green plants. Most commonly, they reject the traditional family, right to life, and immigration planks in the IRP platform. Most commonly, they promote LGBTQ activity, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices. In Illinois, if you got elected or appointed to a government office or to a political office as a Republican, if you have not, and/or, if you will not defend and advance the IRP platform, you should immediately resign.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Things could heat up even more if Rauner signs a pending bill to guarantee abortion coverage for women on Medicaid and state employees. Doing so might infuriate much of the political right, but that didn’t stop the governor from recently signing an almost-as-controversial “motor voter” registration measure and a bill limiting the ability of local police to arrest immigrants who are in the country illegally. . .Such events sparked personal complaints to Rauner from Jim Durkin and Bill Brady, the GOP leaders of the Illinois House and Senate. In a meeting with him on Aug. 23, both complained about attacks on their members and asked him to step in, four sources close to the matter tell me. Durkin and Brady’s spokeswomen declined to comment on what they categorized as a private meeting. But in the wake of that get-together, the Proft group moved to run its own legislative operation without Rauner, sources close to the matter tell me. And Rauner began veering to the left on key legislative matters, notably praising the schools bill that he’s spent a month ripping as a “bailout” of Chicago Public Schools. Another source tells me some of the conservatives met a few days ago with Diana Rauner, the governor’s wife, in what is described as a “very difficult” session. At the moment, Rauner has no known opponent in the GOP primary. But this nasty divorce could play out in unexpected ways. One veteran GOP operative says it’s not quite clear who’s doing what. But other outside political consultants brought in by Rauner when Zolnierowicz left likely have told him that, in Democratic-leaning Illinois, it’s smarter to act like former GOP Gov. Jim Thompson and Jim Edgar. Rauner himself may not know. But continue to look for more rolling-pin-wielding in his bumpy marriage with the GOP’s hard right.)


— Rauner Signs Historic Education Funding Reform Bill  “Today we ensure that in the future, every child in Illinois has an equal chance at excellent education, every student in Illinois has an equal opportunity to achieve the American dream. This is a wonderful achievement.”


— Trump pledges $1M to Harvey relief from personal funds
— He couldn’t find a teaching job, so his backup plan was dealing drugs


— Rauner signs historic bill waging ‘war on poverty in the classroom’ – Tina Sfondeles
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps a) glorify and praise those who come to America illegally, who stay in America illegally, and who bring others to America illegally and b) demonize, denigrate, and condemn Trump and his supporters.
— Trump administration slashes funds for health care sign-ups – AP
— Emanuel says property tax hike needed to avoid CPS ‘train wreck’ – Fran Spielman
— What Labor Day means to my South Side and black union family – Dorian Warren  (DIERSEN: GAO did not unionize until 2007. If GAO had been unionized in 1997, I might still be a GAO employee.)
— Chicago, once a swamp, also could be walloped by a catastrophic flood – Stephen F. Eisenman (DIERSEN: My subdivision was build on a “watershed area” and a former septic field. Since 1984, because Wheaton approved a lot drainage plan for my subdivision that was woefully inadequate and because Wheaton let the subdivision’s developer violate building and construction codes, I have had to spend many thousands of dollars and many hundreds of hours of my time and labor to mitigate damage from storm water.)


— Gov. Rauner signs major Illinois school funding bill into law – Rick Pearson and Monique Garcia
— Bloomberg spends $3 million more on campaign to back soda pop tax as repeal showdown looms – Hal Dardick


— Employers: Learn how to ease stress in workplace at Aurora seminar – John Russell  (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates did everything that they could to cause me stress. My Democrat GAO superiors forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take an $18,847 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980.  My Democrat IRS superiors did not promote me beyond GS-12, disallowed my education deductions in 1978, and disallowed my partial day per diem claims in 1974.  My Democrat Post Office superiors forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests in 1969 and 1968. Were it not for federal civil service protections, a) the Post Office would NOT have hired me in 1966 or let me work there for almost 3 years, b) IRS would NOT have hired me in 1971 or let me work there for almost 9 years, c) IRS would NOT have promoted me in 1972, 1973, or 1974, d) GAO would NOT have hired me in 1980 or let me work there for almost 18 years, and e) GAO would NOT have promoted me in 1986.)




— Winners and Losers Of Education Funding In Illinois


— GERRYMANDERING IN ILLINOIS: NEW NUMBERS CHALLENGE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM – Tim Jones & Patrick Judge (DIERSEN: In retrospect, with benefit of hindsight, in 2015, I should have filed a lawsuit to stop the redrawing of my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 borders.)


— Pam Althoff Stikes Back at McHenry Township GOP, Which Did Not Nominate Her Favorites
— Craig Wilcox Sate Senate Fundraiser Kickoff September 21st


— NIU appears to be pirating software or is lying to the AG – JOHN M. KRAFT
— Maine Township Supervisor Laura J. Morask hired friend outside statutory provisions – KIRK ALLEN


— SPLC Says Army Bases Are Confederate Monuments That Need To Come Down – Peter Hasson
— Feds Quickly Release Trump Lawyer’s Emails To Liberal Group, Bury Dem Records For Years – Ethan Barton


— Illinois GOP Gov. Rauner puts criminal aliens over Illinois voters
— Illini end ‘war chant’ song at sporting events
— Bernie Sanders to lead new party?


— IRS doesn’t tell 1M taxpayers that illegals stole their Social Security numbers – Stephen Dinan


— Jeb Bush Praises Illinois Gov. for Signing Tax Credit Scholarship Bill


— Trump to donate $1 million for Harvey relief efforts – JONATHAN EASLEY


— RNC chief of staff resigns amid rash of departures  Sara Armstrong is the sixth staffer to exit in the past month. – ALEX ISENSTADT


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps a) glorify and praise those who come to America illegally, who stay in America illegally, and who bring others to America illegally and b) demonize, denigrate, and condemn Trump and his supporters.


— In GOP Primaries, Candidates Battle to Be the Trumpiest  Dozens of people vying for elected offices echo the president’s slogans and style, testing the extent of his impact on the Republican Party – Janet Hook  (DIERSEN: In Illinois, under Rauner, expect GOP primary candidates to battle to be the most anti-Trumpiest, that is, to be the most anti-Republican.)

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.