December 12 Evening Edition

— Attack ads from Bruce Rauner, Joe Berrios heat up – Craig Wall


— Emanuel Declares Chicago a ‘Trump-Free Zone’ on Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ – Shelby Bremer (DIERSEN: Who sides with Emanuel? ANSWER: Those individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— Gov. Rauner Accuses Pritzker Of Working The Tax System
— Tammy Duckworth Slams Trump Over Tweet, Calls Him ‘Cadet Bone Spurs’ (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, if you are not a combat veteran like Duckworth, and especially if you are an old White male Republican, and even more especially if you avoided the draft like I did, you are viciously demonized, viciously denigrated, and viciously denigrated as being a patriotic hypocrite, a coward, and even worse things. In 2006, Duckworth had one of her thugs throw me out of an event in Wheaton that was open to the news media.)


— Rauner declines to explain quick reversal on top lawyer’s departure – Monique Garcia
— On probation, Hastert faces new restrictions on porn, contact with minors – Jason Meisner
— Southland homeowners feel impact of Cook’s flawed assessment system – Ted Slowik
— Trump attacks Gillibrand in tweet Democrats say is sexist, crude Trump says senator ‘would do anything’ for cash – AP
— Poll shows that large majorities of Americans oppose plan to repeal net neutrality rules – Brian Fung
— Carol Stream police to be first in Illinois to try new drug test for high drivers – Robert McCoppin (DIERSEN: If pot is legalized for recreational use in Illinois, more and more and more will drive while they are high. There will be more and more and more traffic accidents.)
— Don’t penalize workers for retiring later – Ferdinando Giugliano (DIERSEN: If my Democrat GAO superiors had not forced me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old, I might be paying $8,609 a year into the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) instead of the CSRS paying me $50,856 a year.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The last decade has seen most countries in the rich world raise the retirement age in order to improve the sustainability of their pension systems at a time when people are living longer, healthier lives.)


— Rahm to Rauner: Look in the mirror before demanding Berrios resign – Fran Spielman
— Judge to Dennis Hastert: Stay away from porn, sex phone numbers – Jon Seidel


— DuPage voters to decide if election commission should be dissolved – Robert Sanchez (DIERSEN: How much have you dealt with the DuPage County Election Commission (DCEC)? I have dealt with the DCEC a lot as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999, as the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2000-2004 and 2008-2010, as committeeman of a precinct that lost its nearby polling place, and as a committeeman of a precinct that was gerrymandered in 2015. I should write a book about that.)


— GOP tax overhaul will hit these Chicago-area home values hardest – DENNIS RODKIN (DIERSEN: Are you a homeowner? How much will the “GOP tax overhaul” drive down the value of your home?)
— 7,000 reasons for Illinois taxpayers to rise up – ANDY SHAW


— Emanuel critical of Rauner’s criticism of Berrios – Bill Cameron


— ‘IT COULD TURN INTO A NIGHTMARE’ Your internet freedom could be at risk if FCC ends net neutrality – Ali Braboy


— Cedar Rapids Iowa governor Reynolds disagrees with congressman King’s diversity comments But she plans to keep him as a 2018 campaign co-chair (DIERSEN: Democrats use Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion to get rid of Republicans, and especially Republicans who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: LaHood says “Tax Reform Plays in Peoria.” What about those who itemize their deductions?


— Tax overhaul could mean major changes to your paycheck APA issues warning – JEANNE SAHADI (DIERSEN: I have not had a paycheck since I was 49 years old in 1997. Back then, in today’s dollars, GAO was paying me $122,991/year.)


— Ives wants answers from Rauner on firing of general counsel – Glenn Minnis


— Ives calls for Berrios to step down as Cook County assessor – Glenn Minnis


— Straub: “Sanctuary state” bill should be repealed – Glenn Minnis
— Will County Board member Steve Balich criticizes ‘sanctuary state’ legislation – Angela Underwood


— ILGOP talks about Berrios, DGA talks about Trump
— Ives, Pritzker slam Rauner on a wide range of topics
— Kennedy on Pritzker: “If that’s not tax cheating, I don’t know what is”


— NY officials tell public that terrorist attacks are reality and the new normal
— Fordham U. coffee shop boots College Republicans for violating ‘safe space’


— CNN’s Acosta: ‘Journalists Make Honest Mistakes’ – They Don’t ‘Intentionally Mislead’ – IAN HANCHETT (DIERSEN: From what I see, far too many journalists deny it, but they do everything that they can to promote the Democrat, Libertarian, and Green party platforms.)


— Elizabeth Warren Says Trump Is Guilty Of ‘Slut’ Shaming – Robert Donachie


— Why Do We Continue To Let These Vipers Into America? – George Rasley


— Franken and Others Are Entitled to Due Process and Shouldn’t Resign – WILL RICCIARDELLA


— GAO finds regression for black managers in financial services industry – Joe Davidson (DIERSEN: Will GAO tell the financial services industry to treat its old White male non-veteran employees like GAO treated me? In 1997, even though I had earned a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997, even though I had become a Forensic Accountant in 1997 and a Certified Financial Services Auditor in 1996, and even though I had worked on audits of federal financial industry regulators since 1990, my Democrat GAO superiors forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old. Previously, they had always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take an $18,847 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980.)


— The Reason Why Millennials Don’t Want The Typical Office Job – Rocco Baldassarre (DIERSEN: I had typical office jobs 1971-1997; IRS 1971-1980 and GAO 1980-1997.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: According to a 2014 report by the Intelligence Group, 72% of millennials want to be their own boss one day. Being your own boss defines freedom. It determines a certain lifestyle, making choices for yourself and shows a meaning of independence. With the technology we have today, anyone can do anything with the right set of tools and aspirations.)


— Maximized Pension vs Survivor Protection: A Fresh Take on an Age Old Debate – Tom Walker (DIERSEN: My Civil Service Retirement System pension would be much less with full survivor protection. Instead, with minimum survivor protection, I have carried more life insurance.)

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.