December 13 Evening Edition



— Rauner on Facebook Live: Madigan, Dems Trying to ‘Create a Crisis’ – Tom Schuba
— Chicago Homeless Shelter Threatens Closure Ahead of Holidays, Advocates Blame Budget Impasse  The group, which consists of homeless residents, community organizers and clergy, claimed the state’s inability to come up with $100,000 to fund the North Side Housing & Supportive Services shelter is directly tied to the state’s ongoing budget stalemate. – Tom Schuba
— Mayor Emanuel Welcomes 100 New Chicago Police Recruits  “Being a police officer is more than a job,” Mayor Emanuel said in a statement. “It is more than a career. It is a calling.” – Tom Schuba  (DIERSEN: In June of 1971, when I was 22 years old, as a newly hired GS-7 (currently $43,915) Revenue Officer, I and 20 others started a 6-month IRS training program in downtown Chicago.)
— Illinois GOP Robocall Links J.B. Pritzker to Blagojevich – Tom Schuba


— Trump Supporters Flock To Wisconsin To See President-Elect – Derrick Blakley


— From ‘oops’ to DOE chief; Rick Perry is Trump’s pick for Energy


— DuPage Election Commission could be merged with clerk’s office by end of 2017 – Gary Gibula
— Rauner’s GOP launches 2018 governor’s race with robocalls attacking Democrat Pritzker – Rick Pearson
— For Trump transition, Rahm Emanuel to attend chiefs of staff meeting – John Byrne
— Judge demands group home business hand over residents, cites risk of ‘injury’ – Patricia Callahan
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Citing the possibility of “irreparable injury,” a Cook County judge Tuesday gave a troubled group home business four hours to turn over 18 adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities so they could be moved to safer homes. The decision ended a standoff between Disability Services of Illinois and the state’s Department of Human Services, which had revoked the license of the group home network last month and sought to transfer its residents to new facilities. Disability Services, however, was obstructing caseworkers from doing their jobs, according to the state. Judge Kathleen Pantle gave the business a 4 p.m. deadline Tuesday. At 5 p.m., Disability Services dropped off five residents but not the others, a Human Services spokeswoman said, and Illinois State Police were helping the department locate the remaining 13 people Tuesday night. At Tuesday’s hearing, Pantle said she was especially troubled by affidavits from caseworkers and a state doctor that alleged some Disability Services residents already moved hadn’t been getting their medicines and one was malnourished. In addition, the affidavits alleged that some residents who remained in the homes had no blankets or comforters despite the plunging temperatures. “I can’t have residents living in an unlicensed facility where they’re not getting care, where they’re not getting medication,” Pantle said. She ordered Disability Services to pack warm clothing and at least a 24-hour supply of medications. Said Pantle, “Their care and safety is the most important thing.” The Tribune’s “Suffering in Secret” investigation exposed injuries and deaths linked to neglect at group homes, including one run by Disability Services, which until earlier this year went by the name Southwest Disabilities Services & Supports.)
— Energy Department rejects Trump’s request to name climate change workers, who remain worried – Joe Davidson  (DIERSEN: What if Trump asked all the federal agencies to name their employees who focused on wasting the careers of and getting rid of federal employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran, that is, what if Trump asked all the federal agencies to name their employees who focused on promoting Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion?)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “The founders provided a solution to Trump: impeachment.”
— What has Obama really accomplished as president? – Victor Davis Hanson
— Why one alderman voted against Emanuel’s immigrant legal fund – Hal Dardick
— Rauner’s property tax, term limit demands for budget make no sense – Ted Slowik
— Hart to lead Will County Forest Preserves – Susan DeMar Lafferty


— GOP uses Blago tapes to blast possible Dem gov candidate Pritzker – Tina Sfondeles
— Emanuel’s $1.3M Legal Defense Funds sails through — with a caveat – Fran Spielman  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats encourage people to come to America illegally, to stay in America illegally, and to bring others to America illegally.  That is a major reason why Democrat Clinton lost and why Republican Trump won.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s newly expanded plan to create a $1.3 million Legal Protection Fund to assist immigrants threatened with deportation sailed through a City Council committee Tuesday, but not before African-American aldermen demanded a piece of the pie. South Side Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd), chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Human Relations, said she’s all for the idea of assisting immigrants living in anxiety and threatened with deportation after the election of Donald Trump.)
— Latino Caucus foundation spent big to raise little – Dan Mihalopoulos


— DuPage unveils plan to merge election commission, clerk’s office – Robert Sanchez
— Lauzen gets his way on new leadership appointments – James Fuller
— Escort: East Dundee murder suspect paid her $450 an hour – Harry Hitzeman  (DIERSEN: What should be said to my critics/opponents, to their operatives, and to their dupes in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who hint/imply/argue/shout that what I do for you as your GOPUSA Illinois Editor is worthless because I am not paid anything for what I do?  One could ask the operatives and the dupes how much an hour are my critics/opponents are paying them to harass me.  Is it more than $15 an hour?)
— Transgender debate likely to play role in District 211 race – Eric Peterson
— Tollway spat with Canadian Pacific heats up over land for O’Hare bypass – Marni Pyke


— State Lawmakers Sue for Paychecks – Nick Blumberg


— British Man Sentenced In Trump Assassination Plot – ABC Radio


— Judge tells home to turn over disabled residents – AP


— Edgar: Lack Of Budget Causing Damage Worse Than Blagojevich – AMANDA VINICKY


— Canadian government moves toward legalizing recreational pot – AP  (DIERSEN: Many, if not most, if not virtually all of my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes talk and act like they smoke pot or like they want to smoke pot legally.  Will they move to Canada?)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Rauners say “Rauner Trots Out Turnaround Agenda Again On Facebook Live Today.”


— Pastor Corey Brooks touts Rauner’s economic-reform agenda to curb gun violence, create jobs


— Chairman Proposes Merger of DuPage Election Commission and County Clerk’s Office


— Oppo dump! ILGOP goes off on Pritzker for second time in a day
— Pritzker camp responds *** GOP targets JB Pritzker over Blagojevich tapes
— Abortion bills could see light of day soon  (DIERSEN: For non-Republicans, promoting abortion is one of their top priorities.)
— Sente, Fine and Mussman added to GOP enemies list  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have millions if not billions of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, countries, etc. on their enemies lists.  My critics/opponents blame me for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems.)


— Congress moves to strengthen authority of inspectors general – Andrea Noble
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The act also would require the Government Accountability Office to examine the problem of long-vacant inspector general positions — though there likely will be two fewer open posts to scrutinize. The Senate on Saturday confirmed the nomination of Peggy E. Gustafson as the Department of Commerce inspector general and Jay Neal Lerner as Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation inspector general. Both positions still require a presidential commission to become official, but action by the Senate closes the loop on two long-open watchdog posts. The approval of the two pending nominations will leave vacant nine of 36 inspector general positions that require presidential nomination, said Mr. Horowitz. Vacancies currently span more than 2,800 days for the Department of Interior position to close to 200 days for the National Security Agency, according to the Project on Government Oversight. The act requires that the GAO study the impact of long-term vacancies on inspector general positions, and to brief congressional committees on findings within nine months.)


— Lying Leftists Organize Anti-Breitbart Blacklist to Scare Advertisers… And So Far It’s Working – Warner Todd Huston


— In One Detroit Precinct 52 Ballots Yielded 307 Votes
— Federal Judge Rules Electors Must Vote for Statewide Winner in Presidential Election


— Trump’s Administration Is More Conservative Than Reagan’s – Richard A Viguerie


— Tony Perkins: Trump’s secretary of state pick ‘should be particularly alarming to conservatives’ – Jon Street
— Fox’s Tucker Carlson: Silencing ‘fake news’ is ‘purely authoritarian’ – Leigh Munsil  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would say that anything in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails that they disapprove of is “fake news.”)


— Washington State professors denounce ‘discourses of free speech’ – JENNIFER KABBANY


— America as Animal Farm — Again – VICTOR DAVIS HANSON


— Electoral College voters under intense pressure – JONATHAN EASLEY AND BEN KAMISAR


— Donald Trump’s Real Threat to the Press  Worry about the Espionage Act, not libel laws. – PETER STERNE


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps demonize, denigrate, and condemn “Real America.”
— Aaron Schock once turned to Jesus. Now he faces federal charges of political corruption. – Daniel Silliman
— He was minutes from retirement. But first, he blasted his bosses in a company-wide email. – Peter Holley
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “I really didn’t want to retire yet,” he wrote. “I like my job. The first 30 years were great but the last 5 years are terrible. (10 years as a toll collector, during which I served a few years as a union officer, 25 years in management).”  Asked in the questionnaire what the most upsetting part of the job was, Stuban unloaded. “The phoneyness,” he wrote. “Giving us classes where we are being told we are not political,” he wrote. “That’s bulls – – – . Jobs/Promotions are filled by the politicians, it’s who you know, not what you know. Positions created for people who are not qualified. Hiring people off the street when we have qualified [personnel] in our ranks.” Stuban also claimed that commission employees “have no morale” and that executive-level management is “out of touch with the average employees” and “only looking out for themselves.” “Everything is a state secret, no input is asked from the until after decisions are made,” he added. “Employees are kept in the dark.” The message was not well received by Sean Logan, chairman of the Turnpike Commission. Logan, a former Pennsylvania state senator, decided to fire back at the outgoing employee and also hit the reply-all button, writing: “Mr. Stuban . . . I don’t believe we ever met, and after reading your Exit Questionnaire, I am grateful that we didn’t.” He added that the commission “couldn’t be to [sic] bad of a place considering you stayed for 35 years. Best of luck in your retirement.” Stuban told the Daily News that he found out about Logan’s reply from his former colleagues. “He did miss the point,” Stuban said. “If it was an effective company and someone told you there are problems and no morale, you don’t have to believe me, but maybe someone should check into it.” “They hire a lot of people that are dumb as rocks,” he added.)


— Trump is inheriting a world that’s gone to hell – Benny Avni


— Trump could prompt nightmare for ‘DREAMers’ – Editorial


— When Donald Trump Hate-Tweeted Lockheed Martin, Hedge Funds Were Ready – Jen Wieczner


— Personal success trumps political experience in cabinet of generals and billionaires – Rob Crilly


— Barack Obama Reveals Why He Won’t ‘Vanish’ During Trump Presidency – Sarah Grant


— Google Still Fuels Fake-News Websites Through Its Complex Web – Ross Benes


— White House honors federal workforce – Chase Gunter


— Will Federal Employees Receive an Extra Day Off at Christmas? – Ralph R. Smith
— Calculating Your 2017 GS Salary With Pay Calculator for Federal Employees – Ralph R. Smith  (DIERSEN: When my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in forcing me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, GAO paid me at the GS-13 Step 10 rate.  For 2017, the GS-13 Step 10 rate for the Chicago area is $122,999 a year.  My critics/opponents have always accused me of being overpaid. In my defense, I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 33.)

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.