August 31 Evening Edition

— Illinois COVID Update: IL reports 4,871 cases, 26 deaths
— Biden praises Kabul airlift, defends departure from ‘forever war’ in Afghanistan – AP

— ‘They Have Better Things to Do’ – Major Republican Donors Are Staying Away From Trump – Brian Schwartz

— Biden defends departure from ‘forever war,’ praises airlift. “I was not going to extend this forever war,” President Joe Biden said in an address from the White House State Dining Room. “And I was not going to extend a forever exit.” – AP
— Pritzker ‘hopeful’ Illinois’ Delta surge is peaking as Chicago expands COVID-19 travel advisory. “We’ve got to really see the curve heading downward. But I’m very hopeful of that,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said. – Mitchell Armentrout

— OUTRAGEOUS, DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Cannabis smoking lounges off to successful start in Illinois. ‘60- and 70-year-old dudes walking in with their tie-dye.’ – ROBERT MCCOPPIN
— Chicago now asks unvaccinated travelers to quarantine — even with a negative COVID-19 test — and advises against Labor Day travel for unvaccinated kids – ALICE YIN, DAN PETRELLA and TRACY SWARTZ
— Biden defends decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan: ‘I was not going to extend this forever war’ – AP

— More than 500 Afghans likely to resettle in Chicago area – Katlyn Smith
(COMMENT: How many Afghan refugees have the following secretly agreed to accept: your county, your township, your municipality, your school district, and your church? Where is the money going to come from to house them, feed them, clothe them, provide them with medical care, provide them with legal representation, teach them English, educate them, provide them with vehicles, etc.? Of course, Democrats will do everything that they can to make them hate Republicans.)

— New version of Democratic-drawn legislative district map goes for approval – Dean Olsen

— Latest Illinois legislative maps spark contentious debate – PETER HANCOCK

— Catalina Lauf Promoting Elgin Rally Against Mandates for Masks and Vaccines

— As expected, Dems again tweaked their district maps today
— COVID-19 roundup: Pritzker asked if state is nearing peak

— Yes, I Miss Donald Trump
— When A Media Watchdog Calls Out A Fact-Checker
— Veterans’ Community Rallies Behind Marine Officer Fired For Video Condemning Afghanistan Chaos
(COMMENT: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes can stress those who could have, who should have, but who did not rally behind me when my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes a) stopped me from raising funds from DuPage Republicans so that DuPage Republicans could help sponsor Wheaton’s 2021 Independence Day parade and fireworks and b) ended my TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairmanship in 2012, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee membership in 2011, Milton Township Republican Organization webmaster service in 2010 and 2004, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee membership in 2007, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board membership in 2004, GAO employment in 1997, etc.)

— FAA Tells US Carriers Not to Fly Over Afghanistan After Final Withdrawal – ZACHARY STIEBER

— Illinois Democrats Expected to Eliminate GOP-Held District on Redistricting Map – MARY ELLEN CAGNASSOLA
— Victorious Taliban Says Defeat of U.S. Is a Lesson to the World

— More Americans Rate Schools ‘Poor’

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.