December 11 Evening Edition

— Gov. Rauner: Assessor Joe Berrios Should Quit – Derrick Blakley


— The Chicago Way w/John Kass (12/11/17): Sitting down with State Rep. Ives as she sets her sights on Gov. Rauner


— Rauner describes Dem leadership as a “rats nest” – Bill Cameron
— Rauner wants to build toll lanes on Stevenson – John Dempsey


— Four days after filing to run for Patti Bellock’s seat in the Illinois General Assembly, a Western Springs man withdrew from the race. Anthony R. Arendt, 41, withdrew his nomination Friday to run in the Republican primary for the 47th House district, which means Deanne Marie Mazzochi of Elmhurst will run unopposed in the March 20 primary. – Kimberly Fornek
— Rauner rips ‘unholy trinity’ as profiting from Cook County property tax system – Kim Geiger
— A would-be suicide bomber inspired by Islamic State extremists strapped on a crude pipe bomb, slipped unnoticed into the nation’s busiest subway system and set the device off at rush hour Monday in a scenario that New York has dreaded for years, authorities said. – AP
— Trump accusers renew sexual misconduct charges against him, say it was ‘heartbreaking’ to see him elected – Mark Berman and Frances Stead Sellers
— Homewood mayor, 80, rescued from icy lake while retrieving family dog – Kate Thayer
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Trump calls media ‘stain on America,’ but he keeps lying.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Sexual harassment should be treated as a hate crime.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps use children as cannon fodder.
— Gubernatorial Forum in Schaumburg to Target Opioid, Mental Health Challenges – David Ormsby


— Quit pro quo: Rauner and Berrios each demands the other resign – Tina Sfondeles
— Going after Joe Berrios is good politics — and good for you – Editorial
— 3 Trump accusers speak out, call for congressional probe – AP
— All women and men ought to be treated with dignity at work – Madeleine Doubek
— Divorce Court judges can now ask, who’s a good pet owner? – Mark Brown


— Rauner, Cook County assessor call on each other to resign
— Will misconduct scandals make men wary of women at work? – AP (DIERSEN: My superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government knew full well that women are members of a protected class who should be given preference. Therefore, they and I treated women with dignity, respect, and deference and gave them preference.)
— Holocaust survivor recounts Nazi terrors to Mundelein High students – Russell Lissau (DIERSEN: Many, if not most of my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes are anti-German-American. What if from the beginning I had pretended to be Swedish-American? While all my ancestors immigrated from what is now Germany to northeast Illinois during the 1840s and 1850s, according to DNA Ancestry at, my ancestry is 33% Europe West, 28% Scandinavia, 24% Great Britain, 11% Ireland, 2% Europe East, 1% Finland/Northwest Russia, and 1% Italy/Greece. My grandfather on my father’s side fought the Germans in WWI. My uncles on my mother’s side fought the Germans in WWII. My father would have fought the Germans in WWII if he had not been 4-F.)


— Fact check: Did Rauner or Pritzker release more tax info? – Matthew Dietrich


— GOP tax negotiators slowly but surely hammer out bill details Lawmakers dig in on specific provisions – PHIL MATTINGLY
— Women detail sexual allegations against Trump At least 13 women make accusations – DAN MERICA
— White House claims Trump’s immigration plans could have prevented NYC attack President wants end to ‘chain migration’ – TAL KOPAN
— Democratic congresswomen call for Trump investigation 54 female House members write committee – MJ LEE


— Shimkus Says Conceal Carry Permits Should Cross State Lines


— BEYOND DISGUSTING, BEYOND OUTRAGEOUS: Proposal for Illinois medical marijuana laws to combat opioid crisis – Taylor Clark


— Cook County Republican Jim Dodge Files For Illinois Treasurer Seat – JACLYN DRISCOLL


— Former Comptroller Candidate Jim Dodge Running For Illinois Treasurer – JACLYN DRISCOLL


— John Reinert’s State Senate Petitions Challenged By Steve Verr


— Teachers’ union to Rauner: Thanks for the money, now we’re endorsing your opponent – Mark Glennon


— Rahm yuks it up with Colbert while Chicagoans die


— Henry County GOP hopes Jon Zahm can unseat incumbent clerk/reporter, official says


— Ives Responds to Property Tax Article, Calls for Berrios to Step Down – Steve Balich


— Kaegi fires back – Berrios responds to Kaegi *** Ives says Rauner “late to the game” on Berrios


— Bakery sues Oberlin College for slandering them as ‘racist’


— Who’s teaching your kids? – Bob Kellogg (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would despise if not hate those who taught me at Trinity Lutheran Grade School in Crete 1953-1961 and at Hope Lutheran Grade School in Park Forest 1961-1962.)


— Sexual harassment accusers of Trump are uniting and making one big demand – Carlos Garcia


— Increase job opportunities: Fire illegals and deport them. – John Lucas


— Trump accusers demand Congress investigate his alleged sexual harassment – JORDAN FABIAN AND JONATHAN EASLEY
— Republicans fret over tax bill’s unpopularity – ALEXANDER BOLTON AND NAOMI JAGODA


— Port Authority Bomber Was Inspired by ISIS Christmas Attacks, Officials Say – Sarah Maslin Nir, Jonah Engel Bromwich and William K. Rashbaum


— Judge rules transgender people can enlist in military, denying Trump bid to delay deadline – Spencer S. Hsu and Ann E. Marimow

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.