August 5 Morning Edition

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump’s immigration plan is dead in the water.”
— Chicago to sue US Justice Department over funding threat – AP


— OUTSTANDING: Wheaton Sixth-Safest City in U.S. – James Neveau  (DIERSEN: Wheaton is safe and prosperous because of conservative Republicans. Wheaton is the DuPage County Seat. U.S. Congressman Peter Roskam, Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, Illinois Representative Jeanne Ives, DuPage County Recorder Fred Bucholz, DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba, DuPage County Coroner Richard Jorgensen, DuPage County Treasurer Gwen Henry, DuPage County Board Members Robert Larsen, Grant Eckhoff, and Amy Grant, DuPage County Forest Preserve Commissioner Tim Whelan, DuPage County Republican Party Treasurer Gwen Henry, Milton Township Highway Commissioner Gary Muehlfelt, Clerk Gail Hinkle, and Trustee Martin Keller, and Appellate Court Judges Ann Jorgensen and Joe Birkett live in Wheaton. Republicans who represent Wheaton include Illinois Senators Mike Connelly and Chris Nybo and Illinois Representative Peter Breen.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: That ranking, compiled by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, features numerous Chicago suburbs, with Wheaton ranking as the sixth-safest city in the United States. The ranking cites Wheaton College and the Cosley Zoo as two of the biggest attractions in the city, and also cites the high number of churches in the community. Four more Illinois cities are in the top 20 in the ranking, with Arlington Heights, Hoffman Estates, and Palatine ranking 15th through 17th, respectively. Mount Prospect rounds out the top 20. Des Plaines (35), Naperville (41), Tinley Park (46), Oak Lawn (79), and Bolingbrook (86) all appeared on the extensive list.)
— Rauner Names New Lead for DC Team – Mary Ann Ahern  (DIERSEN: If you taught a course, how would your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes anonymously rate you?  What do you base your knowledge of the federal government on?  I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years. While I worked for GAO for almost 18 years, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently, $94,610-$122,991, I worked on audits of federal financial industry regulators for almost 9 years, audits of many other federal agencies for almost 6 years, and audits of IRS for 3 years. I worked for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently, $79,563-$90,173.  The aforesaid experience helped me become a Certified Government Financial Manager.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Friday he’s chosen Sam Pfister to lead his Washington DC team. Pfister replaces Kathy Lydon, who had served Illinois in DC for years dating back to Sen. Charles Percy. Lydon quit three weeks ago as the governor overhauled his staff and more than two dozen of his inner circle were either fired or quit in protest. Pfister will be paid $75,000. Pfister’ most event job is four years as the associate director of state outreach for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The think tank was founded by Richard Fink, who heads the Koch Industries lobbying group in Washington, DC. Charles Koch is also a board member of the Center. The Wall Street Journal has called the Mercatus Center “the most important think tank you’ve never head of.” The Koch brothers have given more than 100 million to conservative and libertarian policy and advocacy groups. Rauner has also hired a deputy director of communications Beth Tomev. She started earlier this week, but no announcement was made. She will be paid $117,000. Tomev has been a public affairs consultant, worked at Fox News Chicago, as Walter Jacobson’s producer, and taught communications and journalism classes at Columbia College and Loyola University. “I did not know what I was getting into when I took Tomev’s class,” according to a review of Tomev on Rate My Professor. “Her lectures are nonsensical, she takes up class time with irrelevant stories, grades unreasonably tough without providing clear expectations for assignments, and has purposely ambiguous exam questions that can tank your grade. All for an intro course. Would not recommend to anyone.”)
— Where in the World is President Obama? – Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Congress Leaves Town Exhausted, Unsuccessful and Frustrated  They have control of Congress and the White House but little to show for it so far.”


— Illinois Republicans are ready to negotiate on school funding. Are Democrats? – Bill Brady, Illinois Senate Republican Leader-Designee, and Jim Durkin, Illinois House Republican Leader
— New school funding plan could cost taxpayers billions over a decade or longer – Diane Rado
— U.S. attorney nominee and former Ivy Leaguer called ‘more Joliet than Harvard’ – Katherine Skiba
— Federal court judge halts enforcement of Illinois abortion notification law – Steve Schmadeke


— Federal judge bars enforcement of Illinois abortion notification law – AP
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: When people do not vote for Democrats, Democrats blame Republicans.
— Same-day voter registration challenge tossed back to lower court – Sam Charles
— Preckwinkle goes too far in suing retailers for damages – Editorial


— Jobless rate raises question: How much better can it get? – AP (DIERSEN: The lower that unemployment is, the more that employers are pressured a) to pay higher salaries and b) to hire, retain, and promote those who they disapprove of, namely, those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job.  IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.  The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)


— Durbin, Duckworth signal fast OK for Trump’s U.S. attorney choice – GREG HINZ
— How does Rauner’s veto affect your school? – GREG HINZ


— Seattle’s minimum wage lesson for Illinois – Jordan Bruneau


— State budget deal may cost drivers at the pump – Ben Zigterman
— Medical-pot enrollment, sales up, but less than expected – Debra Pressey  (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction. Far too many of my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes talk and act like they smoke pot, like they want to smoke pot legally, like they want to make money selling pot, and/or like they want to generate tax revenues from the sale of pot. If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)


— OUTSTANDING: No Fed Money For IL Sanctuary Cities – Greg Bishop


— Adios Illinois; more consider fleeing tax unfriendly Illinois – Dan McCaleb  (DIERSEN: The Democrats who run Illinois want individuals, organizations, and companies that are members of the following groups to flee Illinois: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— DeKalb schools superintendent takes vacation a month into new role – DREW ZIMMERMAN  (DIERSEN: When I started working for IRS in 1971, I did not take any vacation days until I was in the “use-it-or-lose-it” status in 1973.)


— Area districts could end up losers in school funding battle – Pam Adams


— Illinois nearing the precipice on school funding – Editorial


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump supporters’ optimism starting to wear off.  1 in 6 GOP voters mainly pessimistic.”


— Naperville Among 100 Safest U.S. Cities  The city joins nine other Illinois towns on the list. – Shannon Antinori


— Democrats plan another farce in slate-making – Russ Stewart


— Young women offered free self-defense training session – Caitlin Nordahl


— OUTSTANDING: Chicago, Urbana, likely won’t get federal grants because of sanctuary status – Greg Bishop
— Illinois workers’ comp costs could drop, but state would remain uncompetitive with neighbors – Cole Lauterbach


— BEYOND OUTRAGEOUS: John McCain says he hopes to work with Schumer to revive immigration reform upon return to Congress
— Women trash Chick-Fil-A restaurant


— Why CNN’s Jim Acosta Is Wrong About the Statue of Liberty – CHARLIE MARTIN


— DINESH D’SOUZA: LEFT’S ‘RESISTANCE’ A SPIRITUAL BATTLE  ‘The political debate is the tip of the iceberg’ – ART MOORE


— Denver is trying to restrict ICE enforcement without triggering Trump defunding – Carlos Garcia


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Republicans have made too many promises to repeal ObamaCare easily.”


— Affirmative Action Is an Example of How Polls Can Mislead – Nate Cohn (DIERSEN: Democrats use Affirmative Action to screw Republicans, and especially to screw Republicans who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
— Why Trump Supporters Distrust Immigration and Diversity – FREDERICK R. LYNCH  (DIERSEN: Democrats use immigration, Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion to screw Republicans, and especially to screw Republicans who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
— Chinese Court Sentences Activist Who Documented Protests to 4 Years in Prison – AUSTIN RAMZY  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents would love to send me to prison a) for including links in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to articles that they do not like, b) for including my comments in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails that they do not like, c) for using GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to promote planks in the Republican Party platform and the Illinois Republican Party platform that they do not like, d) for promoting the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling, e) for failing/refusing to pander to them, f) for failing/refusing to serve as one of their operatives or dupes, g) for failing/refusing to give them money, h) for promoting candidates who they do not like, and/or i) for having sued them.)
— Venezuela’s New Leaders Begin Their March Toward Total Control – NICHOLAS CASEY  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents focus on destroying individuals like me, destroying organizations like TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, destroying companies, and destroying governments that they cannot manipulate/dominate.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: DIERSEN HEADLINE: In a front page top of fold editorial unethically made to look like a news article, anti-Trumps argue that Trump should not take credit for jobs growth and stock market gains.


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps want cheap labor.


— Migrant message: The legal prosper, the illegal don’t – Editorial


— Applying for Social Security? These 3 Factors Will Impact Your Benefits – Maurie Backman  (DIERSEN: My $2,028 Social Security is dramatically reduced because I get a $50,856/year Civil Service Retirement System pension. I paid into Social Security 1964-1974 when I washed dishes; cleaned golf shoes; chipped slag; pumped gasoline; delivered mail; worked on an automobile assemble line; worked as a security guard; sold tires, automotive services, and major appliances; and did yard work.)

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.