August 8 Evening Edition

— No welcome wagon for Blago: Top Illinois pols unhappy with Trump clemency talk “President Trump has some pretty important things that he ought to be dealing with, not the least of which is the mindless killings over the last week and gun safety. I wish he focused on that,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker told reporters at the Illinois State Fair. “Governor Blagojevich should remain in prison.” – Tina Sfondeles
— Illinois Senate prez says indicted Sen. Thomas Cullerton is still ‘a valued member of the caucus and a friend of mine’ The Villa Park Democrat has raised about $30,000 in campaign contributions since the first news report, in April, that he was under investigation, records show. – Robert Herguth
— How a Waukegan truck stop became a gambling gold mine — the latest installment in ‘The Bad Bet’ The owners of one of Illinois’ largest video slot and poker companies are behind efforts to influence city politics, expand gambling and build a casino near land they control. – Jason Grotto

— Voter leagues helping DuPage clerk prepare for potentially historic turnout in 2020 – Marie Wilson–
— Palatine village council to vote on video gambling Monday
— GOP freezes Twitter spending after McConnell account locked – AP

— Blagojevich clemency would turn rule of law on its head A presidential pardon or merely a commutation, if either occurs, would cause significant if unpredictable political damage to both Democrats and Republicans here. – GREG HINZ

— Nearly 2 Billion Opioid Pills Supplied to Illinois Over 7 Years – Kristen Thometz

— OUTSTANDING: Sugar Grove officials not likely to allow marijuana sales in village Topic debated at Aug. 6 village meeting – MEGANN HORSTEAD

— Illinois leaders: Keep Blagojevich in prison – JERRY NOWICKI

— Adam Kinzinger: ‘Serious movement’ brewing to overturn entire Second Amendment – Nick Givas
— McConnell says Senate will consider gun background checks – AP

— How does a mayor (Lightfoot) defend 7 killings and 52 wounded? By attacking a Trump.

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Cory Booker continues to promote hatred against Trump.

— Trump Haters Cover Up Years of His Unifying, Anti-Racist Rhetoric – Deroy Murdock

— Shootings Are Not About Gun Control Or White Supremacy. Just Ask Chicago The real issue at the heart of these mass shootings lies with the pain the men who commit these acts are feeling. – Justin McClinton

— NY Times Finds That All of Its Trump-Bashing Isn’t Working as Planned – STEPHEN KRUISER

— Media finds way to up ante on Trump-is-Hitler stories – Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters promote hatred against Trump.

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters promote hatred against Trump.–and-different-messages/2019/08/07/f7946a6e-b874-11e9-bad6-609f75bfd97f_story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters promote backlash against billionaire owner of SoulCycle, Miami Dolphins over Trump fundraiser.

— The link between pot and mass shootings may be closer than we think – Miranda Devine

— McConnell Greeted at Home by Protests, Pressure Over Gun Laws – Laura Litvan

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater promotes hatred against Trump.

— BEYOND DISGUSTING, BEYOND TRAGIC: America’s Growing Embrace of Cannabis

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.