December 21 Evening Edition

— 5 Counties File Suit Against Pharmaceuticals Over Opioid Crisis – Ash-Har Quraishi


— 4 reasons why Rauner says things will be different next time, honest – Eric Zorn
— Ford CEO apologizes for harassment cases at Chicago plant – AP
— Chicago police say Facebook did not cooperate in drug and gun-running probe – Peter Nickeas
— 5 suburban counties suing drug companies over opioid epidemic – Ted Gregory
— Legislature’s new watchdog to keep looking into 10 cases, drops 17 others – Monique Garcia
— Dorothy Brown’s 17 years of broken promises – Editorial
— Pritzker has a Berrios problem, and he won’t touch it – John Kass


— New legislative inspector to look into 10 ethics cases – Tina Sfondeles
— Year of the Woman? Apparently not in county politics – Mary Mitchell
— Fact check: Trump’s ‘middle-class miracle’ favors wealthy – AP
— Dozens arrested after sting of Facebook groups selling guns, drugs – Mitch Dudek
— Trump’s phony postcard tax return – Jacob Sullum


— Suburban counties sue opioid drug manufacturers over overdose deaths – James Fuller
— Facebook changing how it identifies ‘fake news’ stories – AP
— District 94 teachers vote ‘no confidence’ in school board president Gary Saake – Robert Sanchez
— How to prepay property taxes in the suburbs


— Rep. Peter Roskam on the GOP tax bill – MARY SANDBERG BOYLE
— The Business of Campaigning – IL’s Gubernatorial Race – BENNETT WAKENIGHT


— Counties sue drug companies over opioids – AP
— The rush is on—to pay taxes before cap kicks in – STEVEN R. STRAHLER


— Rep. David McSweeney opposes Rep. Steve Reick’s consolidation bill requiring cost study – ED KOMENDA


— Rauner: No one will buy Normal auto plant (it’s already been sold and re-opened) – Bernard Schoenburg


— Governor candidates should follow Ives’ lead – Scott Reeder


— Here’s why some candidates may be kept off the 2018 ballot – JOSEPH BUSTOS


— Rauner Thinks GOP Tax Overhaul Bill Could Have Been Better


— GOP Circular firing squad holiday battles
— Lipinski to speak at annual March for Life in midst of Democratic primary
— Legislative Inspector General finds 10 of 27 backlogged complaints “warrant further consideration”
— Sun-Times wants Rauner apology to WBEZ (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the Main Stream Media (MSM) a) promotes news that it can spin to promote the Democrat, Libertarian, and/or Green party platforms and b) downplays if not censures news that shows the Republican Party platform is the way to go. Ever-increasingly, the MSM publishes editorials that are unethically made to look like news articles.)
— Accelerated population loss could mean Illinois loses two congressional seats


— University of Michigan training session devoted to ‘unpacking Whiteness’ (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Whites make it clear that they want to manipulate/dominate Whites if not get rid of Whites.)
— ‘Dreamers’ say Democrats have broken promises to protect them (DIERSEN: What are your demographics? Which organizations, companies, governments, and countries have promised to protect you and protect those who share your demographics?)


— Illegal Immigrants Stage Second DACA Protest At US Capitol After Release From Jail – Will Racke


— Top 6 ways the GOP tax bill affects average Americans – LARRY LIGHT (DIERSEN: Government should encourage homeownership.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: State and local tax deductions are reduced. Dwellers in blue-leaning states on the coasts have long benefited from being able to write off their high state income taxes, as well as their hefty local property taxes. But the new bill lets them deduct these only up to $10,000 per year. Currently, nearly half of US homes are worth itemizing — but under the legislation, that would shrink to 14 percent because of the lost tax breaks, a study by real estate company Zillow said.)


— Despite Haley threat, UN votes to condemn Trump’s Jerusalem decision – Nicole Gaouette


— 10 reasons Democrats think the tax bill will be a political loser for Trump’s GOP in the midterms – James Hohmann
— Forget what they say — House Democrats are readying for impeachment – Paul Kane–house-democrats-are-readying-for-impeachment/2017/12/20/c9ad6548-e5c5-11e7-833f-155031558ff4_story.html


— U.N. Vote Rebukes U.S. for Jerusalem Move General Assembly votes overwhelmingly in favor of resolution despite Trump’s threats of consequences – Farnaz Fassihi

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.