December 16 Morning Edition

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Rauner, Democrats praise criminal justice plan as their budget fight continues – Kim Geiger
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-bruce-rauner-offender-id-met-1216-20161215-story.html
— Report says Clinton got more votes in suburban Cook County than Obama did – Hal Dardick
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-hillary-clinton-donald-trump-cook-county-story.html
— Trump calls on Pennsylvania crowd to cheer African-Americans who ‘didn’t come out to vote’
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-pennsylvania-rally-20161215-story.html
— Aurora passes ‘very lean’ 2017 budget – Steve Lord
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/news/ct-abn-aurora-budget-st-1216-20161215-story.html
— FRONT PAGE WITH COLOR PICTURE IN NAPERVILLE SUN: Eighteen of the 25 best public elementary schools in Illinois are in Naperville – Suzanne Baker
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/news/ct-nvs-niche-top-elementary-schools-st-1216-20161214-story.html
— The Trump Cabinet: Bonfire of the agencies – Charles Krauthammer
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-trump-cabinet-pruitt-epa-education-devos-krauthammer-perspec-1216-jm-20161215-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Five weeks before becoming president, Donald Trump once again is spreading falsehood.”
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-analysis-donald-trump-spreading-falsehood-20161215-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump’s Twitter falsehoods fire up his base, provoke opponents and distract from larger issues.”
http://www.chicagotribune.com/la-na-pol-trump-truth-20161215-story.html
— Tollway OKs $1.7B budget, including funds for western access to O’Hare – Mary Wisniewski
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-tollway-budget-20161215-story.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Racial segregation is seldom a matter of choice – Natalie Moore  (DIERSEN: If you are White, the fewer minorities that live in your precinct, that live in your municipality, that live in your township/ward, and that live in your county, the more that Democrats hint/imply/argue/shout that you are a racist and even worse things.)
http://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/natalie-moore-racial-segregation-is-seldom-a-matter-of-choice/
— Rahm Emanuel back in Washington DC today: White House, Pentagon – Lynn Sweet
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/rahm-emanuel-back-in-washington-dc-today-white-house-pentagon/

 

DAILY HERALD
— FRONT PAGE: McMahon on the move? – Charles Keeshan and Susan Sarkauskas
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20161216/news/161219190/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Could Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon be in line for a role in the Trump administration? McMahon’s name has been floated — along with that of DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin — as a possible choice for U.S. attorney from Chicago, should Republican leaders decide not to stick with the current officeholder, Zachary Fardon. When asked about it this week, McMahon quickly stressed that the position is filled. “I am honored to have my name attached to the U.S. attorney’s office. I have great respect for what they do,” he said, adding that he would welcome the opportunity to serve citizens across the state. “I respect (Fardon’s) role and the work he’s accomplished there.” McMahon’s profile has been on the rise in recent months. In August, he was sworn in as special prosecutor in the case of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, charged with first-degree murder in the 2014 killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in Chicago. An appointment as U.S. attorney would place McMahon, or Berlin, among the most powerful government officials in Illinois, responsible not only for prosecuting cases involving gangs and white-collar criminals but also political corruption.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20161216/news/161219190/
— Challenger Schultz withdrawing from Naperville Township road district race – Marie Wilson
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20161215/news/161219231/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Schultz also has been appointed to a temporary seat as a Naperville Township trustee. He assumed the role Tuesday, filling the unexpired term of former Trustee Janice Anderson, who recently was elected and sworn in as a DuPage County Board member for District 5.)
— Good for District 211 to video record meetings – Editorial
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20161215/discuss/161219295/
— BEYOND TRAGIC: Recreational marijuana law takes effect in Massachusetts – AP
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20161215/news/312159992/

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Trump’s attempt to out climate scientists rattles Argonne – STEVEN R. STRAHLER  (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates always assured that all my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates knew that a) I was a Republican, b) I was conservative, c) I avoided the draft with student and financial hardship draft deferments, d) I was 100% German national origin, e) my ancestors had been in America since the 1840s, f) I was born in 1948, g) I was not poor, h) I opposed political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation, i) I had became an active member of a class action lawsuit in 1988 that charged GAO with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation, j) my Democrat Post Office superiors forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests, k) my Democrat IRS superiors did not promote me beyond GS-12, disallowed my education deductions, and disallowed my partial day per diem claims, and l) my Democrat GAO superiors forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, 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 $18,459 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980.)
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20161216/NEWS13/161219924

 

ABC7
— VA Secretary ‘Most Difficult’ Position to Fill in Trump Cabinet, Transition Team Official Says – ABC News
https://abc7chicago.com/news/va-secretary-most-difficult-position-to-fill-in-trump-cabinet-transition-team-official-says-/1658828/

 

WTTW
— Will Madigan Face Challenge for Speaker of the House? – Paris Schutz
http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2016/12/15/will-madigan-face-challenge-speaker-house

 

JOURNAL TOPICS
— VERY SAD: Video Gambling In Palatine?  Council Talks Possible In Spring
http://www.journal-topics.com/news/article_344194c0-c2e9-11e6-864c-5fa7d9003d9b.html

 

POSITIVELY NAPERVILLE
— CONSOLIDATION OF TOWNSHIP ROAD DISTRICTS COULD BE THE FUTURE IN NAPERVILLE
http://www.positivelynaperville.com/2016/12/15/consolidation-township-road-districts-future-naperville/68357

 

CAPITOL FAX
— Republicans highlight Democrat Rep. La Shawn Ford’s call for term-limiting Madigan
http://capitolfax.com/2016/12/16/republicans-highlight-democrats-call-for-term-limiting-madigan/

 

GOPUSA
— Facebook will be flagging ‘fake’ news
http://www.gopusa.com/facebook-will-be-flagging-fake-news/

 

DAILY SIGNAL
— Facebook’s Reliance on Liberal Fact-Checkers Means Your News Is About to Be Censored – Katrina Trinko
http://dailysignal.com/2016/12/15/facebooks-reliance-on-liberal-fact-checkers-means-your-news-is-about-to-be-censored/

 

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Business is expected to boom with the new president – Editorial
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/dec/15/business-expected-to-boom-under-president-trump/
— Obamacare subsidies increase by $10 billion as costs spiral out of control  Republicans scramble to rewrite health care law that’s ‘not sustainable’ – Tom Howell Jr.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/dec/15/obamacare-subsidies-increase-by-10-billion-as-cost/
— Democrats’ bill to force Donald Trump to divest business empire  Seeks to eliminate conflicts of interest – David Sherfinski
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/dec/15/democrats-bill-to-force-donald-trump-to-divest-bus/
— Aloha: President Obama’s Hawaiian vacations have an $85 million price tag – Jennifer Harper
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/dec/15/obama-heads-to-hawaii-for-the-holidays/

 

DAILY CALLER
— CBS News Analyst Calls Trump And Roof ‘Brothers In White Resentment’ – DEREK HUNTER
http://dailycaller.com/2016/12/15/cbs-news-analyst-calls-trump-and-roof-brothers-in-white-resentment/

 

AMERICAN THINKER
— Hollywood Celebs seek to Disenfranchise Voters – Daniel John Sobieski
http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/12/hollywood_celebs_seek_to_disenfranchise_voters.html
— Unions Playing Defense Now – Peter Skurkiss
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/12/unions_playing_defense_now.html
— The Washington Post’s Islam vs. Donald Trump’s Islam – Paul Austin Murphy
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/12/the_washington_empostems_islam_vs_donald_trumps_islam.html

 

OP ED NEWS
— Tea Partier Joe Walsh Blasts “Treasonous” Trump – Meryl Ann Butler
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Tea-Partier-Joe-Walsh-Blas-by-Meryl-Ann-Butler-Republican_Treason_Trump-russia-Ties-161215-865.html

 

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— With early supporters, Trump faces loyalty test – W. JAMES ANTLE III
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-faces-test-of-loyalty-with-his-early-supporters/article/2609807
— The Expendables: Why Trump left Giuliani, Gingrich and Christie outside his Cabinet – SARAH WESTWOOD
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/the-expendables-why-trump-left-giuliani-gingrich-and-christie-outside-his-cabinet/article/2609808

 

THE HILL
— Bette Midler mocks ‘fragile’ Trump over Vanity Fair attack – MARK HENSCH
http://origin-nyi.thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/310685-bette-midler-mocks-fragile-trump-over-vanity-fair

 

POLITICO
— Spicer: Trump won’t ban news outlets from White House briefing room – LOUIS NELSON  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents want me to be banned from all briefing rooms.  Further, they want me to be banned from everything else.  What do you say to those activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. who pander to my critics/opponents?)
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/trump-white-house-briefings-sean-spicer-232730
— Why Trump can’t stop counterpunching  ‘Sometimes, you think, you’re the president now, why do you care about that person or insult?’ one transition aide said. – JOSH DAWSEY
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/trump-counterpunching-232722

 

POLITIFACT
— In Illinois energy debate, Ives’ German anecdote is Mostly True – Kevin Hoffman
http://www.politifact.com/illinois/statements/2016/dec/15/jeanne-ives/illinois-energy-debate-ives-german-anecdote-mostly/

 

HUFFINGTON POST
— House Democrats Convene Their Own Hearing To Talk About Donald Trump’s Conflicts Of Interest  It’s a preview of how Democrats can provide oversight without Republican support. – Paul Blumenthal
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-conflicts-of-interest-hearing_us_5852d7f6e4b012849c05e9a6

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— Democrats at Crossroads: Win Back Working-Class Whites, or Let Them Go? – JONATHAN MARTIN and ALEXANDER BURNS  (DIERSEN: Democrats and RINOs have let members of the following groups go: Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owner, German American, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.  That is why Trump won.)
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/15/us/politics/democrats-joe-biden-hillary-clinton.html
— Facebook Joins Fight Against Fake News – PUI-WING TAM  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes dispute anything and everything that does not glorify and praise them and/or glorify and praise what they want.)
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/16/technology/daily-report-facebook-joins-fight-against-fake-news.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Facebook is now taking steps to limit the misinformation on its site. On Thursday, Mike Isaac reports, the company began a series of experiments to better identify, flag and reduce the prominence of false articles, as well as making ad changes to hurt the bottom lines of fake news purveyors. If the tests are successful, they will be rolled out to a bigger audience, the company said. The new measures include partnering with groups that can help fact-check articles. If an article is deemed fake, it will carry a “disputed” designation on Facebook. If people still want to share it, they will see a pop-up that reminds them that the veracity of the information is in question. In an interview, James Goldston, the president of ABC News, which is one of the groups that will be doing the fact-checking, explained how the partnership would work.)
— How Facebook’s Fact-Checking Partnership Will Work – MIKE ISAAC (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes dispute anything and everything that does not glorify and praise them and/or glorify and praise what they want.)
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/15/technology/facebook-fact-checking-fake-news.html
— Facebook Mounts Effort to Limit Tide of Fake News – MIKE ISAAC  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes dispute anything and everything that does not glorify and praise them and/or glorify and praise what they want.)
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/15/technology/facebook-fake-news.html
— Excitement and Worry as Trump’s Inauguration Draws Near – MATTHEW ROSENBERG and JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/16/us/politics/donald-trump-transition.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps ask “Is Donald Trump a Threat to Democracy?”
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/16/opinion/sunday/is-donald-trump-a-threat-to-democracy.html

 

NEW YORK POST
— Wall St. CEOs have made an insane amount of money since Trump’s win – Kevin Dugan
http://nypost.com/2016/12/16/wall-st-ceos-have-made-an-insane-amount-of-money-since-trumps-win/

 

NEW YORK SUN
— Bitterness of Liberals Begets a Campaign To Foil Trump Voters – SETH LIPSKY
http://www.nysun.com/foreign/bitterness-of-liberals-begets-a-campaign-to-foil/89839/

 

DENVER POST
— Facebook rolls out tools to curb fake news after uproar  Rolling out Thursday, new features add flagging, tweak algorithm and restrict advertising – Bloomberg
http://www.denverpost.com/2016/12/15/facebook-rolls-out-tools-to-curb-fake-news-after-uproar/

 

USA TODAY
— Electors’ lawyer: Founding Fathers ‘anticipated’ Trump – Heidi M Przybyla
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/12/15/electors-lawyer-founding-fathers-anticipated-trump/95455178/
— $253,088 monthly in retirement? That’s what’s coming for some CEOs – Kevin McCoy (DIERSEN: How much is or will be your monthly retirement income?  My Civil Service Retirement System monthly pension is dramatically reduced because my Democrat superiors in the federal government wasted my career and forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old.)
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/12/15/253088-monthly-retirement-s-whats-coming-some-ceos/95445950/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Electors, dump Trump.”
http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/12/15/rep-himes-electors-dump-trump/95491248/
— It’s unanimous: Supreme Court playing small ball – Richard Wolf
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/12/16/supreme-court-decisions-unanimous-samsung-apple-insider-trading/95470098/
— FRONT PAGE WITH COLOR PHOTO OF ZUCKERBERG: Fake-news fighters enter breach left by Facebook, Google – Jon Swartz
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2016/12/15/pitched-fight-against-fake-news-takes-shape/95110032/
— Fake news spread by 23% of Americans, study says – Mike Snider  (DIERSEN: Your GOPUSA Illinois Editor is not part of that 23%.)
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/12/15/fake-news-spread-23-americans-study-says/95462424/
— Here’s how Facebook (and you) are going to fight fake news
http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/2016/12/15/here’s-how-facebook-(and-you)-going-fight-fake-news/95483606/
— Facebook unveils first serious effort to wipe out fake news – Jessica Guynn
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/12/15/facebook-taking-on-fake-news/95444334/

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— A Bill to Police Campus Speech  Senate legislation aimed at anti-Semitic speech runs afoul of the First Amendment. – ERWIN CHEMERINSKY and  HOWARD GILLMAN  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, under the Democrats and under the RINOs, demonizing, denigrating, and condemning members of the following groups is not only OK, it is encouraged: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-bill-to-police-campus-speech-1481846338
— A New ‘Benevolent Empire’ to Cure Social Maladies  The classic American virtues were inculcated by philanthropy—and modern reformers can do the same. – KARL ZINSMEISTER  (DIERSEN: DEMOCRATS AND DEMOCRAT PLANTS, LIBERTARIANS AND LINTARIAN PLANTS, GREENS AND GREEN PLANTS, AND RINOS FOCUS ON PROMOTING MALADIIES INCLUDING LGBTQ ACTIVITY, ABORTION, POT, BOOZE, GAMBLING, AND EVEN WORSE THINGS.)
http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-new-benevolent-empire-to-cure-social-maladies-1481846265
— TRAGIC: U.S. Home Prices Soar, But Minorities and Young People Miss Out  Study shows decline in homeownership is steepest among African-Americans – LAURA KUSISTO  (DIERSEN: Since 1972 when I was 24 years old, I have lived in a town home, a condo, or single family home that I have owned.)
http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-home-prices-soar-but-minorities-and-young-people-miss-out-1481828400

 

FORBES
— Is The IRS Losing To Scammers? – Lee Reams  (DIERSEN: The Democrats who run GAO audit the Democrats who run IRS.  The Democrats who ran GAO 1980-1997 wasted my knowledge of IRS.  They would not have done that if I had been a Democrat, a minority, a female, younger, and/or a veteran. I transferred from IRS to GAO in 1980 after having worked for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $77,899-$88,286.)
http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesfinancecouncil/2016/12/16/is-the-irs-losing-to-scammers/#5577ae8067e9

 

DAILY MAIL
— Donald Trump’s cabinet is already worth more than the bottom THIRD of all American households combined – LIAM QUINN
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4041094/Donald-Trump-s-cabinet-worth-bottom-American-households-combined.html

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.

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