December 1, 2023


— Migrant handouts and the stifling of the American Dream – Juan Rangel
— Restricting Chicagoans from their own City Council chamber is a terrible Brandon Johnson move – Editorial

— Corruption in Illinois breeds voter cynicism, but what about voter apathy? People might be more cynical and their government more expensive, but voter interest in state elections has only increased in the face of seemingly endless corruption. – Dave McKinney
— Democrats and RINOs ever-increasingly promote more illegal immigration.
— Biden lets Chicago replace dangerous lead water lines much slower than other cities. The president is ordering cities to replace lead pipes for drinking water within a decade. Chicago is getting at least 40 years to fix the problem. – Brett Chase (COMMENT: How much lead did you ingest when you were young? For the first 5 years of my life, I lived in an apartment above a hardware store built in the mid-1800s. For the next 19 years, I lived in a house built in 1926.)

— Religious leaders ever-increasingly promote more illegal immigration.

— Chicago Public Schools student tops $1 million in offers for college scholarships. – NATALIE GOLDSTICK (COMMENT: What scholarship offers did you get? I got none. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always stressed that and that I only just barely made it into the upper 20% of my graduating high school class and that my ACT score was only 24.)
— Thieves try to steal ATM in Chicago crash-and-grab (COMMENT: How strongly is your home protected against crash-and-grab?)

— Congress demands transparency about aliens. A handful of members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are saying the truth is out there, and the American people have a right to know it.
— Chicago teen earns doctoral degree. A 17-year-old Chicago girl has just earned her doctorate. Dorothy Jean Tillman is now Dr. Dorothy Jean Tillman after she successfully defended her dissertation to earn a doctoral degree in Integrated Behavioral Health from Arizona State University. (COMMENT: Timing is everything. I did not earn my first master’s degree (MBA) until I was 27 in 1976. In retrospect, with benefit of hindsight, that was a big mistake. I took only one graduate evening business course at a time at Loyola starting when I was 23 in 1972 while I was an IRS employee. I should have taken two if not three if not four courses at a time, but my focus during that time was my new IRS job first in Harvey 1972-1973, then at 63rd & Halsted in Chicago 1973-1974, and then downtown Chicago starting in 1974. Further, I could have afforded to pay more tuition faster if I had not a) bought a new Corvette in 1971, b) bought a new town home in University Park in 1972, c) bought a studio condo in downtown Chicago in 1974, or d) bought a one bedroom condo in downtown Chicago in 1976. In today’s dollars, between 1972 and 1976, my IRS salary increased from $52,022/year to $98,431/year. Because I had not made GS-13 ($109,732/year in today’s dollars) by the time I was 25 in 1974, IRS wrote off as being much too old to have a successful IRS career.)

— Illinois Supreme Court Rules FOID Records Exempt From Public Disclosure – Peter Hancock
— Johnson Drops Plan to House Migrants at Amundsen Park Field House After Backlash – Heather Cherone

— New seating protocols at Chicago’s City Council meetings draw sharp criticisms. “There should not be VIP seating for residents of Chicago to watch their government at work,” the ACLU said of the new policy. – Mariah Woelfel
— Religious leaders ever-increasingly promote more illegal immigration.
— HUD says aldermanic prerogative limits housing options in Chicago (COMMENT: Elected officials want voters in their districts to share their demographics (race, gender, age, religion, national origin, etc.), but only those who have lots of money to give them.)
— How does corruption impact democracy? Take a look at Illinois. A WBEZ analysis shows that while people may be more cynical and government is more expensive, voter interest in state elections has only increased. – Dave McKinney

— The pros and cons to becoming a landlord. – Michael DeLeonardis, Ashley Bihun (COMMENT: I reluctantly was a landlord 1976-1984 because I could not sell my University Park town home ( ) without suffering a big loss.)

— Most Asian Americans say they face discrimination and are often treated as foreigners – Ayana Archie (COIMMENT: While I worked for the Democrats who ran IRS 1971-1980 and GAO 1980-1997, they a) assigned me to work for, work with, and/or supervise all their Asian American employees and b) did everything that they could to turn them against me.)

— Why Does This West Side High School Have Only 33 Students? Frederick Douglass Academy High School’s low enrollment numbers are a microcosm of the West Side’s history of disinvestment over the years, neighbors said. – Trey Arline
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Statistically, the low enrollment means Douglass has some of the highest per-pupil spending in the district. The high school is spending just over $68,000 per student compared to the district average of $18,287, statistics from the Illinois State Board of Education show. Douglass’ spending per student is up 20 percent this year, according to the state.)

— Morning briefing
— Afternoon roundup


— Illinois households are burdened with $40,000 in pension debt. Without reform, that’s coming out of your wallet.

— Ron DeSantis Crushes Gavin Newsom in Head-to-Head Debate. No doubt DeSantis representing mainstream conservatism overwhelms Newsom defending 2020s leftist/progressivism as Newsom flames out on biggest stage – John Lopez
— Illinois State Police Provide Place to Report Public Corruption, a Subject which Democratic Party Attorneys General Virtually Ignore
— Kane County Board Republicans Coming off Their Victories Stopping Multiple Tax Hikes Are a Wide Awake Bunch!
— Uberwaste in Chicago School System
— IL-11 UPDATED with COMMENTS: No Surprises with Congressional Filings as all Five Candidates Filed Monday
— Ness Files Petitions for Third Term
— Higher Prices Under Joe Biden’s Watch
— When Albie Adams Was McHenry Township Supervisor
— 11th Congressional District Dems Pressure Bill Foster to Call for Gaza Ceasefire
— Chicago Mayor Intimates Republicans Unhappy the Civil War Freed Slaves
— Fox River Grove School Districts Goes for Almost 10% Real Estate Tax Hike


— DeSantis-Newsom Fox faceoff turns into food fight over everything – Seth McLaughlin
— House passes bill to shut down N.Y. migrant camp on national park land – Stephen Dinan
— More people carrying concealed weapons even as permits drop. John Lott study finds geographical, social shifts for guns as ‘constitutional carry’ spreads. – Stephen Dinan
— Government must encourage personal responsibility – Steve Moses and Brian Blase (COMMENT: My parents and teachers promoted individual responsibility. That motivated me to earn four college degrees, six professional certifications, and a professional license.)

— Four takeaways from DeSantis-Newsom debate: ‘Lion’s den’ – Naomi Lim
— Brandon Johnson turns to wild racism accusations to excuse his failures – Zachary Faria
— A look inside the Mayorkas migration machine – Simon Hankinson
— Auto dealers call on Biden to hit brakes on unrealistic, unachievable electric vehicles mandate – Diana Furchtgott-Roth
— DeSantis says Florida GOP chairman should ‘step aside’ amid sexual assault investigation – Julia Johnson

— Nikki Haley rakes in cash — from Democrats looking to stop Trump – Lydia Moynihan
— Rep. Carlos Gimenez warns ‘growing trend’ of Chinese nationals illegally entering US – Josh Christenson
— Europe’s clash of cultures — and antisemitism — is coming to America – Douglas Murray
— We can solve NYC’s migrant crisis — we did 100 years ago – Jeremy Beck
— DeSantis, Newsom debate is a glimpse of Sunshine, America – Isaac Schorr
— DeSantis mocks Newsom over his father-in-law leaving California for Florida in fiery Fox News debate – Victor Nava

— Schumer suddenly realizes he’s leading the party of anti-Semitism – Monica Showalter
— The moral abyss of the Left’s anti-Semitism – Molly Slag

— Top takeaways from Newsom’s one-on-one face-off with DeSantis. It exceeded expectations. – Melissa Fine

— Durbin (D-IL) acknowledged that “we have to have a new process at the border, which brings order to the situation, which has been overwhelmed by the numbers of refugees from all over the world.” But denounced eliminating the president’s parole authority to unilaterally allow people to enter the country. – IAN HANCHETT (COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, the longer that your ancestors have been in America, the more hatred that Democrats and RINOs promote against you. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always stressed that my ancestors have been in America since 1844.)
— Foreign-Born Population Hits 49.5 Million Under Biden – Largest Ever in American History – JOHN BINDER

— Darin LaHood: ESG policies put retirement savings plans ‘at risk’ – Kevin Bessler

— 6 Takeaways From Newsom-DeSantis Debate – Jarrett Stepman
— House Passes Bill Barring Funding to House Illegal Aliens on Federal Land – Virginia Allen

— DeSantis Shows San Francisco Poop Map During Newsom Debate
— DeSantis Shows Smut Featured In Woke Children’s Books In Schools
— Liberal Ford Foundation Pours Millions Into Pro-Amnesty Groups As Border Crossings Surge. Foundation with $16 billion endowment pledges to fight for immigrants to ‘live free of fear, regardless of documentation status’ – Spencer Lindquist

— Chicago residents rail against planned migrant shelter. Chicago residents say the city has ignored their concerns about a new winterized migrant encampment being built in Brighton Park. – Chris Pandolfo
— Target honchos ‘haven’t learned their lesson’ despite widespread backlash to Pride merchandise. ‘They’ll probably stick their finger in the eye of the consumers once again,’ Consumers’ Research executive director says. – Brian Flood
— Takeaways from the fiery Ron DeSantis-Gavin Newsom debate
— DeSantis rips Newsom for praising Biden’s presidency
— DeSantis vs Newsom face off on abortion, transgenderism, wokeness and more
— DeSantis: We exposed Gavin Newsom, and failed liberal policies

— Graham Advises Abbott to Send “Thousands of Illegal Immigrants” to Ten States (CA, IL, NJ, HI, NM, MA, NJ, OR, MA, and RI) – KAREN TOWNSEND

— Ron DeSantis and Gavin Newsom Give America a Real Debate – Editorial

— Crime Rise Due to Appeasement – Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Pa.

— What Did DeSantis vs Newsom Do for DeSantis vs Trump? – STEPHEN KRUISER
— 2800+ Illegals Enter Tucson Sector in One Day – CATHERINE SALGADO


— Trump widens lead over DeSantis in new national poll – JULIA MUELLER (COMMENT: I have been a DuPage County Republican Precinct Committeeman (RPC) since 1999. DuPage County RPCs are obligated to help elect those candidates who win Republican primary elections win general elections. I have always done that. But far too many DuPage County RPCs have not done that. Far too many of them destroy their fellow RPCs who did not support their candidates in primaries. I should write a book about those RPCs. I would start with those RPCs who supported Jim Ryan in the 2002 Republican gubernatorial primary. I would focus on those RPCs who did not support Trump in the 2016 or 2020 Republican primaries and are not supporting Trump in 2024 Republican primary. I would focus on those RPCs who have taken the most/biggest adverse actions against me.)
— Businesses ever-increasingly get rid of those who do not promote LGBTQ.

— Senate Judiciary Committee hearing descended into chaos Thursday, with Republican members criticizing Chairman Dick Durbin, saying that he will face “consequences” for not allowing GOP members to speak. – Matthew Impelli

— Chicago mayor warns of right-wing extremists fueling migrant hate. Mayor Brandon Johnson called out right-wingers who’ve used the influx of migrants to his state as a wedge issue in his city. – Ja’han Jones (COMMENT: Democrats ever-increasingly a) run America and b) make it clear that they are going to use government get rid of Republicans once and for all.)

— Democrats Clash Over Move to Add Asylum Changes to War Funding Bill – Karoun Demirjian
— Democrat leaders ever-increasingly use the Pope to advance the anti-religious Democrat Party platform.

— Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters ever-increasingly use Romney to promote more hatred against Trump.

— Cities crack down on homeless encampments. Advocates say that’s not the answer. – AP (COMMENT: Democrat destruction of traditional marriage and Democrat destruction of the traditional family promote homelessness.)

— DeSantis-Newsom Debate Shows the 2024 Campaign That Could Have Been. Florida and California governors clash amid speculation about their futures as potential party standard-bearers. – Molly Ball

— Ever-increasingly, the more of the following that you are, the faster that Democrats and RINOs get rid of you: conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, Protestant, German American, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.

— Abbott: Sanctuary Cities Should Prepare for More Busloads of Illegals – Cliff Saunders

— Ever-increasingly, the more of the following that you are, the faster that Democrats and RINOs get rid of you: conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, Protestant, German American, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.

— Gamblers think DeSantis won the debate: Odds on Florida Governor to win in 2024 get shorter as Newsom’s performance sees his chances swing from 10/1 to 12/1. Despite neither men being at the forefront of their parties’ presidential candidate ticket, scores show gamblers were more impressed with DeSantis. The two men have spent months going at each other’s throats on airwaves and finally got the chance to meet-up face-to-face. – CLAUDIA AORAHA
— America’s foreign-born population has swollen to record-breaking 49.5 MILLION – or 15% of the population – driven by a 2.5 million influx of migrants since Biden entered office. Immigrants now make up 15 percent of America’s 332-million population. Debate rages over whether they stretch social services or grow the economy. – JAMES REINL (COMMENT: If there had been as many immigrants when I was young as there are now, they would have gotten the jobs that I got, and if not that, the wages that I got would have been much lower.)

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.