December 11 Evening Edition

— Lottery Results Certificate

— Immigrants, non-citizens could face deportation if caught smoking legal weed in Illinois: attorneys – AP

— Cook County State’s Attorney to File First 1,000 Cannabis Expungements

— Interim Police Supt. Charlie Beck Says He Won’t Be Issuing Merit Promotions (DIERSEN: While I worked for GAO 1980-1997, it was almost always under promotion freezes.)

— Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives $5 million to committee backing his graduated income tax plan – JAMIE MUNKS and DAN PETRELLA
— State’s Attorney Kim Foxx kicks off effort to expunge tens of thousands of minor marijuana convictions – Megan Crepeau

— Beck’s decision to abolish merit promotions could shortchange blacks and Hispanics, aldermen warn Aldermen Chris Taliaferro and Ariel Reboyras say it makes no sense to abolish a tool used to diversify the Chicago Police Department’s supervisory ranks. – Fran Spielman (DIERSEN: The federal government uses the subjectivity in its promotion systems to promote its employees who are Democrat, and especially those who are minority, female, and/or younger. Passing the CPA examination used to be required to get promoted at IRS and GAO, but that requirement was dumped because too few minorities and women took/passed the examination.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: But Taliaferro contended the department needs to find some middle ground to elevate and cultivate a new generation of police leaders who may not be the greatest of test-takers. “You’ll see a class of 100 officers [and] without merit


, you’re gonna see probably 80 to 90 of those being white. … You have folks who work very hard but may not test well. . .Sources said Mayor Lori Lightfoot agrees with Taliaferro about the need to find an on-the-job alternative to merit promotions to elevate black and brown supervisors who may not perform well on written tests.)
— 1,000 pot convictions being tossed as Kim Foxx moves to expunge records of marijuana busts Foxx went to court Wednesday to expunge records of people caught up in the drug war — her first move to wipe the books clean after the state legalized recreational marijuana. – Matthew Hendrickson

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Geneva mayor breaks tie vote to allow cannabis sales – Bob Oswald
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Schaumburg approves rules for recreational pot sales – Eric Peterson
— OUTSTANDING: Lake Barrington says ‘no’ to marijuana businesses – Bob Susnjara
— OUTSTANDING: Lincolnshire bans pot growers, recreational sales – Russell Lissau
— Batavia picks new alderman to fill vacant seat – Bob Oswald
(FROM THE ARTICLE: When the opening was announced, three residents stepped forward, Mayor Jeff Schielke said. Baerren, along with Chris Solfa and Jason Stoops, were interviewed by aldermen during the committee of the whole meeting. The council then went into executive session to make its decision. . .Baerren said she favors the sale of recreational cannabis.)

— How much does your town or school district owe? See the data here. Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas releases her annual look at local government debt for pensions and other costs, and though it’s especially high in the city, it’s rising faster in the suburbs. – GREG HINZ

— OUTSTANDING: Mount Prospect Opts-Out Of Recreational Cannabis Sales – Nic F. Anderson

— IL-14: State Board of Elections Ballot Lottery Results 
— IL-14: Catalina Lauf Fundraiser in Crystal Lake Tonight 
— AJ’s Caseworkers, Their Supervisor No Longer Working for DCFS 
— Defection of Jack Franks Voter 
— IL-14: State Board of Elections Ballot Placement Lottery & Objections 
— FOI Card Attack by Guns Save Lives Taking Another Judicial Route
— Two Mayors Running for State Rep. Have Hefty Public Sector Incomes 
— IL-14: State Board of Elections Ballot Placement Lottery & Objections

— Food stamps in restaurants, gender-neutral bathrooms among 250 new laws coming to Illinois on Jan. 1 – Greg Bishop


— Syverson’s backing of Rockford casino pick draws questions

— More Catholics likely to vote for a Democrat over Trump, poll finds – Christopher Vondracek

— Farm bill panned as mass ‘amnesty’ for illegal immigrants heads to vote in House – Adam Shaw

— Pelosi: Impeachment Has Been Going on ‘Two and a Half Years, Actually’ – Pam Key
— Ocasio-Cortez ‘Tired’ ‘of Being Told Free College, Medicare for All Are Handouts – HANNAH BLEAU

— The Most Corrupt, Partisan, Vindictive, Unjust Impeachment In American History
— Conservative Leaders: Congress Should Reject ‘Fairness for All Act’

— Biden signals to aides that he would serve only a single term Advisers weigh the merits of a one-term pledge by the 77-year-old former vice president. – RYAN LIZZA

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.