August 8 Evening Edition

— Ivanka Trump tours college’s welder training center in Godfrey, Ill. – AP
— Lake County Ill. Board chairman Aaron Lawlor ends re-election effort amid investigation into county credit card use – AP


— Ex-rep Nick Sauer withdraws from ballot after sex-photo scandal – AP


— Rauner: Jobs are solution to Chicago’s gun violence – Bill Cameron


— All-talk politicians should shut up about Chicago violence; they’re not helping – Rex Huppke
— Dems push Gov. Rauner to sign bill advocates say could bring women more equal pay – Monique Garcia


— Alderman rejects temporary fix, wants cops moved permanently to troubled areas – Fran Spielman
— Emanuel accused of ‘victim shaming’ for talking values and character after crime – Fran Spielman


— Wheaton council members announce mayoral bids – Katlyn Smith
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Wheaton voters will elect the city’s first new mayor in 12 years next spring, and two city council veterans already have announced bids for the post. Mayor Michael Gresk is stepping down after three terms, clearing the path for a new leader to take the city’s helm. John Prendiville and Phil Suess have emerged as the first two mayoral candidates seeking to succeed Gresk, who first was elected in 2007. Prendiville served on the council from 2007 to 2011 and again since 2013 after an unsuccessful run to unseat Gresk as mayor. His at-large seat on the council also is up for election in April 2019. Suess ran unopposed last year to retain his seat representing the North District. His fourth term on the council doesn’t expire until 2021. Councilwoman Suzanne Fitch said Wednesday she intends to seek re-election to the other at-large seat. Candidates will begin filing their nominating petitions for the city’s municipal offices in November. Prendiville is the managing director and senior managing counsel for The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, a firm that acts as a trustee for municipal bond issues. If elected, he said his background will serve him in helping to keep the city on “very good financial footing” since Wheaton weathered the economic recession. “The type of work I’ve done in the legal world is not adversarial. I’ve always been part of transactions where people are working together toward a common goal,” he said. That consensus-building work will translate to leading city council meetings that, under Gresk, are orderly and on track, Prendiville said. “I want to be a leader of this intelligent and dedicated group,” Prendiville said of his council colleagues. In his last mayoral run as Gresk’s challenger, Prendiville said he visited “at least 80 percent of homes” of municipal election voters. But he said Gresk “deservedly” had “a tremendous amount of support.” Gresk captured 57 percent of the vote. “I wasn’t running against him. I was just running because I was a little bit ambitious there,” Prendiville said. Suess is a partner in an investment consulting firm. He said his 14-year tenure on the council makes him the best candidate for the office. “I just think it’s the consistency of positions over time,” said Suess, who has lived in Wheaton for 30 years. “I’ve been a very strong advocate of living with the money we have.” He’s also sat on the DuPage Water Commission board for the past eight years. Wheaton is the second-largest customer of the agency that supplies Lake Michigan water to most of the towns in DuPage County. “I joined that commission in August of 2010 when they were basically in the depth of their problems with respect to their debt and have been part of the team that has turned around the water commission since January of 2011,” Suess said. Fitch said she’s running for a second term to continue addressing flooding and economic development issues as the council’s liaison to the Downtown Wheaton Association, a group of shops and restaurants. An attorney, Fitch highlighted her push for a new program to install sidewalks in neighborhoods for kids to walk safely to and from school. She also was a vocal supporter of lowering the speed limit on residential streets from 30 mph to 25 mph. The new limit went into effect Aug. 1. “I’ve been responsive to resident concerns, and I’ve really taken the time to engage the residents to address their issues,” Fitch said. Filing paperwork is expected to become available through the city clerk’s office later this month.)
— Lawlor frequently used county card for personal expenses – Jake Griffin


— Black aldermen struggle amid violence wave The City Council members whose wards are most affected by gang violence want more help. But there’s no consensus on a way out, and they say more than money is needed. – Greg Hinz
— Biz, civil rights groups put Rauner in middle of anti-discrimination fight A measure awaiting action by the governor would apply the state’s human-rights laws to all companies, not just those with at least 15 employees. The bill has big fans—and foes. – GREG HINZ


— Keep marijuana away from Illinois kids – Kathy Valente, Director of Operations, Illinois Family Institute


— Carlinville woman among group suing Rauner, claiming ‘retaliation’ layoffs – AP


— State workers say layoffs ‘retaliatory’ Federal court case contends politics resulted in reassignment, job loss – AP


— Hultgren to host town hall meetings throughout 14th Congressional District
— District 99 begins new year with enhanced security measures Armed lead security officer stationed at both schools – BOB RAKOW


— Conspiracy theory posts cost Bill Fawell GOP support in race against Bustos


— Lethal Failure By Chicago Political Ruling Class


— Ives supporters blocked on Twitter, called right-wing “propaganda bots” – Glenn Minnis
— IL Rising – Springfield’s forfeiture of ethics


— Don’t look to Springfield for reform this year, try McHenry County instead – Brett Rowland




— Roskam calls Casten “shady” in new TV ad
— Pritzker slammed for finger-pointing on gun violence
— Republicans withdraw support from conspiracy theorist candidate and write-in candidate emerges to counter Nazi Repub
— Wilson lashes out after AG requests more info about his charity


— Barack Obama was a food stamp president; Donald Trump is not
— Oregon voters have opportunity to drop ‘sanctuary’ law in November


— Political hatred has gone wild – Americans need to work together – Neal Urwitz and Harry J. Kazianis


— Censorship: The Dark Heart Of The Democratic Party – George Rasley (DIERSEN: I am a Republican. Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs who fraudulently claim to Republican want to censure me.)


— Rauner Will Not Send National Guard to Chicago Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will not dispatch the Illinois National Guard to Chicago to stem gun violence. – AP


— The Civil Service is Becoming Fractured. Should We Care? – Jeff Neal (DIERSEN: Because I have always been a Republican, 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.)


— ICE Employee Who Repeatedly Told Coworkers to Vote Hillary Is Barred From Federal Service – Eric Katz

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.