December 16, 2023


— With Iowa’s caucuses a month away, can any GOP challenger beat Donald Trump? – AP
— Giuliani trial: Jury awards election workers nearly $150 million in damages

— New paid leave law begins in Illinois in 2024, but what about Chicago and Cook County? As part of the Paid Leave for All Workers Act, Illinois employees who work for companies with at least five employees will be eligible for a minimum of 40 hours of paid leave per year.

— CBS 2 Investigators: Chicago spent $138M so far on newly-arrived migrants – SABRINA FRANZA
— Chicago homeless encampment to be dismantled amid crime concerns – TARA MOLINA, ASHLEY SCHIEDENHELM

— Illinois NAACP conference president suspended after racist remarks – Peter Curi

— Chicago’s Fulton Market Association demands migrants be relocated. The Fulton Market Association is raising concerns regarding the use of buildings meant for manufacturing that now house migrants, calling out Mayor Brandon Johnson over the apparent zoning violation.
— Fulton Market Assoc. accuses Chicago mayor of ‘breaking the law’ for housing migrants in certain buildings

— All Migrants Now Moved Out of Chicago Police Stations, Mayor Brandon Johnson Announces – Heather Cherone
— Chicago Tribune Journalists Push for Contract Deal, Accuse Company Owner of Stripping Assets Ahead of Planned Rally – Nick Blumberg
— Illinois Leads the National in Medicaid Renewals Amid Federal Enrollment Update – Amanda Vinicky

— City to remove West Loop homeless encampment in order to clean area – Jake Sheridan
— Illinois NAACP president apologizes for saying migrants are rapists and likening them to ‘savages’ – Robert McCoppin
— Pace official gives stark outlook to Chicago area public transit during budget presentation – George Wiebe

— Rep. Blaine Wilhour of the Illinois Freedom Caucus has a primary fight on his hands. If nothing else, a barrage of union money aimed at Wilhour could divert “Eastern Bloc” resources away from their hoped-for battle against Rep. Dave Severin. – Rich Miller (COMMENT: In 2000, when I first ran for DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 Republican Committeeman, those to the left of me had a woman to the left of me run against me. But with a written endorsement from both Randy Hultgren and Peter Roskam, I won.)
(FRM THE ARTICLE: Several weeks ago, Illinois Department of Corrections employee Matt Hall started quietly circulating petitions to run against Wilhour in the Republican primary. The Illinois Education Association confirmed it had been looking for a candidate to challenge Wilhour. A union spokesperson said the IEA did not recruit Hall but said, “We are excited about his candidacy and believe our members who live in the district will be as well.” Asked if he would accept union contributions, Hall said, “I will accept everyone’s support, and I expect to get everyone’s support.” He said he decided to run because Wilhour “quit doing what I think a state representative needs to do,” including being responsive to constituents. “He just doesn’t do anything,” Hall said. “In my opinion, all he does is kick and scream and doesn’t get anything passed.” Wilhour also hasn’t stopped any Democratic bills, Hall claimed. “We need to learn how to work together and get things done and care about this district.” In response, Rep. Wilhour said: “A primary fight with the teachers’ union has been a foregone conclusion. It’s always been about them finding their tool willing to carry their woke agenda.” People on Wilhour’s side are convinced House GOP Leader McCombie is somehow behind Hall’s race. “I prefer not to speak of who I’ve had contact with,” Hall said when asked if he’d spoken with McCombie about his candidacy. A McCombie aide said the leader was focused on holding and picking up seats. Hall ended up filing his petitions. They were solid, and he had help from the IEA. Interestingly enough, a formal objection was filed against Rep. Wilhour’s petitions. “It looks like a concerned citizen filed the complaint, and we’re interested to see what comes of it,” said an IEA spokesperson. Sure. Anyway, if Hall manages to beat Wilhour, a shockwave will reverberate through the far right of the party. But, if nothing else, a barrage of union money aimed at Wilhour could divert Eastern Bloc resources away from their hoped-for battle against Rep. Severin.)
— West Loop homeless encampment will be cleared, Ald. Conway says. The area, adjacent to Union Station and the Ogilvie Transportation Center, gets heavy foot traffic from commuters, and neighbors have said they’ve witnessed daytime drug-dealing and drug use. – Dorothy Hernandez (COMMENT: I used Ogilvie very often 1978-1997 and Union Station often 1992-1997.)
— Newspapers ever-increasingly act as arms of the Democrat, Libertarian, and Green parties.
— Did your ancestors live/work in Chicago? My ancestors on my father’s side lived in Chicago 1844-1854 while they worked in brick factory. In 1854, they homesteaded a farm in southeast Crete Township. Did/do you live in Chicago? I lived in Chicago in 1971 and then 1974-1978. My wife and I bought a house in Wheaton in 1978. Do/did you work in Chicago? I worked in Chicago in 1971 and then 1973-1997. Do/did you take classes in Chicago? I took classes in Chicago 1966-1968, 1971-1981, and 1992-1997.

— Illinois NAACP president Teresa Haley suspended for comments – Patrick M. Keck

— Chicago threatens to impound buses dropping migrants in the middle of traffic – Tom Gantert, Shirleen Guerra and Brett Rowland

— ‘Sanctuary city’ Chicago to impound migrant buses, redirect migrants elsewhere. – Andrew Hensel

— With Iowa’s caucuses a month away, Trump urges voters to hand him not just a victory, but a blowout – AP

— Migrants Describe Inhumane Conditions At Chicago’s Largest Shelter. Just days after Gov. JB Pritzker shut down a proposed shelter due to health concerns, Venezuelan migrants living in the Pilsen shelter say they are being treated “like dogs.” – Mauricio Peña, Katrina Pham, and Nissa Rhee

— Afternoon roundup


— ‘Sanctuary city’ Chicago to impound migrant buses, redirect migrants elsewhere. – Andrew Hensel

— Mark Rice, candidate for the 8th Congressional District: ‘Krishnamoorthi thinks it’s ok taxpayers were forced to pay the $32 million probe costs of investigating a democrat-led and created witch hunt’



— Billions in Middle East donations to U.S. universities linked to campus antisemitism – Valerie Richardson
— The Democrats’ war on American competence. What good is equality if nothing works? – Kelly Sadler (COMMENT: All my coworkers who my Democrat superiors promoted over me were Democrats a) who were minority, female, younger, veteran, non-Protestant, non-German American, and/or had ancestors who had not been in America for a long time and b) who had less job-related work experience, less job-related education, and/or no professional certifications or licenses. I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree in 1970, b) job-related master’s degrees in 1976, 1980, and 1997, c) job-related professional certifications in 1979, 1981, 1990, 1994, 1996, and 1997, and d) a job-related professional license in 1981.)

— Chicago wants to keep poor students in failing schools for equity – Zachary Faria
— Chicagoan sues employer and union for being denied transgender breast removal surgery – Breccan F. Thies
— Major automakers tell Biden to reconsider rule propping up EVs that would kill gas-powered cars. – Brady Knox
— Philadelphia highway protesters are the latest out-of-control left-wing activism – Christopher Tremoglie
— Wokeness wrecked Disney. What’s next? – Corey Walker

— Joe Biden’s Senior Moment of the Week (Vol. 73)
— Los Angeles Hate Crime Suspect Was Arrested and Released on Cashless Bail Hours Before Anti-Semitic Attack – Jessica Costescu
— ‘Historic’ Biden Judicial Nominee Sits on Board of Group Founded by Cop-Killing Domestic Terrorist – Chuck Ross

— Why is Michigan hate preacher Ahmad Musa Jibril allowed to call for the murder of Americans? – Editorial

— Immigration courts overloaded … it’s all part of the plan – Chad Groening

— University of Wisconsin System Accepts Deal to Receive $800M in Exchange for Cutting Diversity Effort – Eric Lendrum

— Blue city achievement: San Francisco hits its highest overdose count in history – Monica Showalter
— Leftists And The ‘Imperial Presidency’ – Ted Noel

— Shocking new details emerge about Jill Biden’s bizarre Christmas dance group – Tom Tillison
— Tens of thousands of uneaten taxpayer-funded migrant meals being ‘trashed’ in NYC – Melissa Fine
— Virginia School board member gets sworn in on a stack of ‘LGBTQ themed’ books – Chris Donaldson

— Mayor and Chicago City Council Vote to Nix Measure to Ask Voters About Keeping ‘Sanctuary City’ Status – WARNER TODD HUSTON
— Chicago Mayor Secretly Paying Higher Than Market Prices to Rent Migrant Shelter Buildings – WARNER TODD HUSTON
— Jill Biden’s ‘Nutcracker’ Dance Troupe Promotes Abolishing Police Departments, Rants About ‘White Supremacy’ – DAVID NG
— Tuberville: ‘We’re Going to Do Everything We Can to Run the Illegals Out of the VA’ – JEFF POOR

— Jury Determines Rudy Giuliani Owes Nearly $150 Million In Damages In Defamation Case – KATELYNN RICHARDSON

— Climate Change Is Not Responsible for Mass Migration – Simon Hankinson

— From Woke Walkouts To Dumping Selective Enrollment, Illinois Schools Are Melting Down – SHAWN FLEETWOOD

— Elon Musk says ‘DEI must DIE,’ explains why. Tesla CEO says DEI policies are simply another form of discrimination. – Breck Dumas (COMMENT: My critics/opponents reject the equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) plank in the Republican Party platform and promote Affirmative Action and DEI, that is, they promote patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination. I should write a book about my critics/opponents the many/big adverse actions that they have taken against me.)

— Chicago to move away from school choice, center neighborhood schools to rectify ‘structural racism’ ‘This resolution declares a new chapter in CPS,’ said Chicago Public Schools Board of Education President Jianan Shi. – Joshua Q. Nelson
— ‘Party does not exist’: Illinois incumbent wants primary opponent disqualified for misspelling ‘Republican’ The IL candidate allegedly filed to run as a member of the ‘Republian Party’ – AP

— Trump Leads Biden In 7 Key Swing States
— Alabama Senate Republicans Introduce Bill To Prevent Non US Citizens From Voting In Federal Elections

— LAPD swears in police officers who are DACA recipients and entered US illegally – Pat Droney

— Chicago Board of Education Passes Plan That Could End School Choice in the City. They don’t care about the kids. They consider the move a “critical step toward closing opportunity and achievement gaps.” – Mary Chastain

— Chicago: Equality in Misery – NOAH ROTHMAN

— Impeachment Inquiry Ignores Border Invasion – R. Cort Kirkwood (COMMENT: The Republican Party is ever-increasingly dominated by those who want cheap labor.)

— Military’s Quest for Marxist DEI Imperils Nation – Brig Gen (ret) Blaine Holt

— Border Walls Are Most Effective Way to Stop Illegal Immigration – Sarah Arnold

— Illinois ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban to Take Effect in Just a Few Weeks After Supreme Court Declines to Block It. – Warner Todd Huston
— Chicago Residents Denied Say in Ending Sanctuary City Status – Jack Davis

— Illinois NAACP President Apologizes, Then Blames AI Deepfake, After Referring To Immigrants As “Savages” – TYLER DURDEN


— Democrats ever-increasingly use DEI to get rid of Republicans.

— The 2024 Republican presidential primary could be over in a month. Unless he drops out, Donald Trump is extremely likely to win the GOP nomination. – G. Elliott Morris
— What to know about the candidates for the special election to replace George Santos, and why it matters. The special election will occur on Feb. 13, 2024. – Oren Oppenheim and Brittany Shepherd (COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, political parties want candidates who have high DEI scores. My DEI score is extremely low because I am not liberal, moderate, minority, female, younger, LGBTQ, veteran, non-Protestant, non-German American, and my ancestors have been in America for a long time, that is, because I am conservative, White, male, old, heterosexual, non-veteran, Protestant, German American, and my ancestors have been in America since 1844.).

— Giuliani must pay $148 million to Georgia election workers he defamed, jury says – Robert Legare, Musa Ali

— Hispanic support for Trump raises red flag for Biden – Tim Reid

— Republicans Nominate Mazi Melesa Pilip To Succeed George Santos – Daniel Marans (COMMENT: From what I see, the leaders of the Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Milton Township Republican Organization ever-increasingly want candidates who do not share Trump’s demographics: conservative, White, male, older, married, Protestant, German American, and/or have ancestors who have been in America for a long time.)
— Strip club paid mayor of Harvey for years to allow prostitution at the venue, feds say – Minyvonne Burke

— Unvaccinated Migrants Fuel Dramatic Spike in Chickenpox Cases in Chicago – Andrew Stanton
— Greg Abbott Breaks Sanctuary City Democrats – Andrew Stanton
— he Biden Administration Just Keeps Making Our Border Crisis Worse – Mark Green
— Melania Trump’s Immigration Journey Speech Mocked – Kaitlin Lewis

— Democrat and RINO leaders ever-increasingly promote more illegal immigration.
— Democrats say “A Historical and Hysterical House Flees After a Tumultuous Year. An ousted speaker, internal divisions and a race to the exits characterized the first year of the chaos-wracked Republican majority.”
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: American Dream Deferred: Why Housing Prices May Pose a Problem for Biden. Buying a home is a less attainable goal for many young people, and rents are expensive. Could that dog Democrats in the 2024 election? – Jeanna Smialek, Jim Tankersley and Conor Dougherty. (COMMENT: Back in the good old days, that is, back in 1972 when I was 24, I bought a new townhome ( ) in University Park. The downpayment came from what earned a) working for IRS for 15 months, b) working part-time for the Firestone Store in Chicago Heights for 18 months, and c) working full-time for that store for 7 months before that. That money also enabled me to buy a new Corvette in 1971 and to pay tuition for graduate business courses at Loyola in 1972. In today’s dollars, my IRS salary was $52,022/year in 1971 and $63,633/year in 1972.)
— DeSantis Says Trump Will Declare Iowa Caucuses Stolen if He Loses. The former president “will try to delegitimize the results,” Mr. DeSantis said while campaigning in New Hampshire on Friday. – Nicholas Nehamas

— Lawsuit claims CPAC knew of past allegations of sexual misconduct by Matt Schlapp – Beth Reinhard and Isaac Arnsdorf
— Ever-increasingly, under the Democrats and under the RINOs, the more of the following that you are, the more that you can get away with: liberal, moderate, minority, female, younger, LGBTQ, veteran, non-Protestant, non-German American, and/or if your ancestors have not been in America for a long time.

— Democrats and RINOs ever-increasingly use DEI to get rid of Republicans who are conservative, White, male, older, non-veteran, Protestant, German American, and/or who have ancestors who have been in America for a long time, etc.

— Governor Cox says diversity programs at colleges are ‘divisive’, not unifying – Lucy Nelson (COIMMENT: Affirmative Action (AA), Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are extremely divisive. Democrats and RINOs have always used AA and DEI to get rid of Republicans.)

— ‘Diversity, Equity And Inclusion’ Are “Propaganda Words”: Elon Musk The billionaire is chief executive officer and the largest shareholder of Tesla, the electric-vehicle maker which has boasted that underrepresented groups make up the majority of its US workforce. – Dana Hull (COMMENT: Ever-increasingly more and more and more humans are the following: minority, female, younger, poor, LGBTQ, unmarried, non-Christian, non-Protestant, non-Italian American, and/or non-German American, that is, ever-increasingly fewer and fewer and fewer humans are White, male, older, non-poor, heterosexual, married, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, and/or German American. Democrats and RINOs are overjoyed about that.)

— Illinois Concedes on Pregnancy Centers. The state won’t enforce its law targeting pro-life activists as fraudsters. – Editorial
— U.S. Homeless Count Surges 12% to Highest-Recorded Level. – Jon Kamp and Shannon Najmabadi (COMMENT: The more destruction of traditional marriage and family, the more homelessness.)
— Mary Barra Spent a Decade Transforming GM. It Hasn’t Been Enough. The CEO pushed GM hard into electric and driverless cars. The finish line keeps moving farther away. – Mike Colias
— What Universities Have Done to Themselves. They ‘have gone from being centers of excellence to institutions pushing political agendas.’ – Peggy Noonan

— Musk Joins University Donors And Lawmakers Targeting DEI Amid Antisemitism Concerns – Brian Bushard

— The Immigration Policy Spiral. Joe Biden, from a position of weakness, is trying to cut a punitive deal on border policy without the House. – DAVID DAYEN

— The Democrats who run GAO ever-increasingly promote more patronage, more political affiliation discrimination, more reverse discrimination, and more age discrimination. Soon, if not already, all federal employees will be Democrats who are minority, female, younger, LGBTQ, unmarried, veteran, non-Christian, non-Protestant, non-Italian American, non-German American, and/or have ancestors who have not been in America for a long time.

— From what I see, because of Democrat and RINO leaders, the more of the following that you are, the bleaker that your future is: conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, heterosexual, non-veteran, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.

— Chicago’s migrant crisis spirals out of control: City spent nearly $1 million on failed camp before pulling the plug – as officials now IMPOUND buses bringing migrants to the city from Texas on Gov. Greg Abbott’s orders. The city spent over $985,000 on the shuttered migrant camp at Brighton Park. Locals had opposed the camp, with two residents filing a lawsuit. There are currently more than 13,000 migrants staying in Chicago’s shelter system and the city has spent more than $250M handing the crisis this year. – GERMANIA RODRIGUEZ POLEO
— Senate closes in on deal on new hardline border policy that could ban asylum after 5,000 crossings a day: Mayorkas heads to Capitol Hill for talks on new migration plan to get billions in Israel and Ukraine aid. Talks are still in the phase of ‘concepts’ rather than ‘legislative text,’ Senate GOP Whip John Thune told reporters. ‘Members need to be here next week,’ Schumer urged. ‘We have to get this done. We WILL vote on a supplemental proposal next week’ – MORGAN PHILLIPS
— Elon Musk SLAMS Microsoft Word’s inclusiveness checker as it prompts him to reconsider using the word ‘insane’ – as his fans vent ‘wokeism has literally infiltrated everything on this planet’ Elon Musk took to X to complain that he had been ‘scolded’ by Microsoft Word. Musk and his supporters railed against the ‘woke’ word processor’s suggestions. – WILIAM HUNTER

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.