August 30 Evening Edition

— Trump to appear next month at suburban Chicago fundraiser – Rick Pearson
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will appear at a big-dollar luncheon fundraiser Sept. 12 in Bolingbrook. A copy of the fundraiser invitation shows tickets for the event at the Bolingbrook Golf Club ranging from $1,000 per person to $250,000 per couple. The top tickets include “prime seating” a “photo opportunity” and a place at a special “VIP roundtable” even prior to the luncheon, which is co-hosted by the southwest suburb’s mayor, Roger Claar. The event will start at 11:30 a.m. with the special roundtable, followed by a noon luncheon, according to the invitation. Among other hosts are Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, and Chicago businessman Ronald Gidwitz, who is a finance chair of the Trump Victory effort. Proceeds go to Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee that benefits the presidential campaign, the RNC, and 11 state Republican Party operations. Illinois is not among them. The Bolingbrook event comes after Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, last week canceled a scheduled Chicago fundraising dinner for the Republican presidential ticket and the RNC.)
— Joe Walsh and Illinois director of Trump campaign to speak at GOP event in Park Ridge September 15 – Jennifer Johnson
— Chicago gangs no longer know or fear the police, and bodies pile up – John Kass
— Cops taunted, victim disrespected and the violence goes on – Eric Zorn


— Trump hits Bolingbrook Sept. 12 for fundraiser – Lynn Sweet
(FROM THE ARTICLE: GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump hits south suburban Bolingbrook for a Sept. 12 fundraiser targeting major donors from Indiana and the Chicago area. The organizers are Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar; Illinois Trump Victory Chair Ron Gidwitz; Dan Dumezich, the Trump-Pence Victory Indiana Finance co-chair; and Robert Grand, the Trump-Pence Victory National Finance co-chair. The contribution tiers on the invite for the lunch at the Bolingbrook Golf Club range from $1,000 to $250,000. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the GOP vice presidential nominee, canceled an Aug. 23 fundraiser that was to have been in Chicago’s Loop. Trump Victory is a joint fundraising committee created by the Trump for President Committee, the Republican National Committee and 11 state GOP parties, not including Illinois or Indiana. This will be first time Trump has been in Illinois since July 12, when he headlined a fundraiser at his Trump International Hotel and Tower at 401 N. Wabash in Chicago. Trump was in Chicago the Friday before the March 15 Illinois primary, but he never surfaced publicly because he canceled a rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion when protests erupted.)


— Protesters pay Lake County taxes with dollar bills – Russell Lissau
— Illinois prison population decreased since 2014 – AP
— TRAGIC: Planned Long Grove pub will offer video gambling – Erin Hegarty


— THIS DAY IN HISTORY 96 YEARS AGO: WOMEN GAIN THE RIGHT TO VOTE  (DIERSEN: How long have your ancestors been in America?  The longer before 1920, the more that you can/will be charged with benefiting from your ancestors’ discrimination against women.)


— NBC 5 Exclusive: Rauner Pushes Redistricting Reform, Term Limits  During an interview with NBC 5’s Zoraida Sambolin Tuesday morning, Gov. Bruce Rauner continued to push for redistricting reform despite a recent ruling from the Illinois Supreme Court that will keep the initiative off the ballot in November. – Tom Schuba


— Trump To Attend September Fundraiser In Bolingbrook
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump plans to return to the Chicago area next month for a fundraiser. Longtime GOP fundraiser Ron Gidwitz confirmed he will be co-hosting a luncheon for Trump on Sept. 12 at the Bolingbrook Golf Club. Details on the event were not immediately available. Trump hasn’t been seen much around Chicago since his aborted campaign rally at UIC in March. He canceled his March 11 rally at the UIC Pavilion amid security concerns, after thousands of protesters and supporters faced off outside. Trump said he decided to cancel the event after meeting with law enforcement officials, but Chicago police said they never met with the Trump campaign, nor did they suggest canceling the rally. Police and protesters clashed outside the UIC Pavilion after the event was cancelled. Four people were arrested and at least one officer was injured. A few days later, Trump returned to Illinois for a campaign rally in Bloomington. Trump flew into Chicago in July for a private fundraiser at the Trump International Hotel & Tower, although he didn’t make a public appearance.)


— Rauner appears on WGN for 1st time since taking office


— Rauner talks about IL Board of Elections hack – John Dempsey


— Trump plans big fundraiser in Bolingbrook – GREG HINZ
(FROM THE ARTICLE: GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump is due to hit the Chicago area on Sept. 12 in search of big campaign cash. But it’s unclear how much of a response the event will get from the Republican business establishment here. Invites that went out overnight say Trump will star at a luncheon at the Bolingbrook Golf Club; tickets will go for as much as $250,000 a couple. A mere ticket (with no photo op) will cost $1,000. Proceeds will go to Trump Victory, which will share the take with the Republican National Committee and some state parties. What’s interesting about the invite is the lack of big local names that usually show up in the weeks before a presidential election. Of the six hosts listed, three are national figures, including RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. Of the other three, one is Trump’s Indiana finance co-chair and two are from Illinois: businessman Ron Gidwitz and Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar. One source close to the event confirmed that some frequent givers are taking a pass. But sponsors still are hoping to raise multiple millions of dollars. The Trump campaign did not respond to an email as to whether the New York businessman has anything else on his schedule. The event will be his second stop in the Chicago area since his spring event at the University of Illinois at Chicago that ended up being canceled amid raucous protests. The second event, in July, was at the downtown Trump Tower.)
— Amend the state constitution to cut public pensions? – GREG HINZ


— Moody’s says lowering TRS investment rate is positive for the state – Doug Finke


— Voters deserve the power over parties – Editorial  (DIERSEN: In Illinois, Democrats directly elect Illinois Democrat State Central Committee members while Republican do not directly elect Illinois Republican State Central Committee members.)


— Rodney Davis promotes “A Better Way” to address poverty  (DIERSEN: Employment is a zero-sum game, that is, if a rich Republican, a rich White, a rich male, a rich older person, or a rich non-veteran holds a job, that means that a poor Democrat, a poor minority, a poor female, a poor younger person, or a poor veteran does not.  What would your superiors say that they did to address poverty?  My Democrat GAO superiors would stress that they forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, 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 $18,459 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980.  My Democrat IRS superiors would stress that they did not promote me beyond GS-12, that they disallowed my education deductions, and that they disallowed my partial day per diem claims.  My Democrat Post Office superiors would stress that they forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests.  My aforesaid Democrat superiors would stress that the aforesaid adverse actions that they took against me directly benefited their employees who were poor, and especially their poor employees who were Democrat, minority, female, younger, and/or veteran.)


— Rich Miller’s Sorry Hit Piece on Gov. Rauner and Gun Legislation – Brittany Clingen
— When You Draw a Line on Benefits, Some People Will Always Be on the Other Side – Eric Kohn




— Syria: Their War, Not Ours – Patrick J. Buchanan


— Baltimore Residents Beg Police To Protect Their Neighborhoods – Amber Randall


— Kaine defends Clinton’s health amid Trump attacks – Lisa Hagen


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-conservatives say “How Conservative Media Learned to Play Politics.”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump risks alienating voting blocs with wavering on immigration.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump can’t fake love of ‘the blacks’”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are anti-“older whites” want Trump to dump “older whites.”

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.