December 23 Evening Edition

— Lax oversight of Ill. nuclear power plants – BGA


— Miss America leadership resigns in email shaming scandal – AP
— 10 things you might not know about fingerpointing – Mark Jacob and Stephan Benzkofer


— 3 Miss America officials resign, 1 apologizes to ex-winner – AP


— Rauner’s top 2017 achievement is school funding reform? Really? – Doug Finke
— Will the 2018 elections be about Trump or peace and prosperity? – Ed Rogers
— Tax bill will be big issue in 2018 elections – Bernard Schoenburg


— Twas the night before public pension reform, when we sold our house – Editorial


— We need more talk about school consolidation – Scott Reeder


— BEYOND TRAGIC: Statewide test results: 90 percent of Whittier students failed math
— BEYOND TRAGIC: Statewide test results: 80 percent of Whittier failed English language arts
— BEYOND TRAGIC: Analysis: 85 percent of Whittier students fail annual tests


— Bridgeview, Like Chicago, Sells Its Future To Back Bonds. Many More Will Follow. – Mark Glennon


— Media warn about a tax apocalypse and other outlandish journalistic offenses – Dan Gainor


— Patriotism in U.S. driven by faith, politics


— After Close Elections, Why Isn’t Meticulous Scrutiny Of The Vote Routine? – Alan Keyes


— Wealthy Americans Flood Advisers to Take Advantage of Tax Law


— WSJ: The Democratic Party Is Rooting Against The American Worker And Our Country’s Success – Matt Vespa


— Border Hawks Scoff at Durbin’s ‘Compromise’ on DACA Democrat DREAM Act sponsor from Illinois hopes opponents accept token provisions of proposed immigration security law – Brendan Kirby


— Trump’s tax law creates new challenges for IRS – NAOMI JAGODA
— Republicans, fearing midterm disaster, seek course correction – ALEXANDER BOLTON
— Democrats see tax bill as giving them midterm advantage – AMIE PARNES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, members of the following groups a) glorify and praise citizens of foreign countries and b) demonize, denigrate, and condemn citizens of America: 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.)


— Trump Could Save More Than $11 Million Under the New Tax Plan – JESSE DRUCKER and AUDREY CARLSEN


— A preview of the U.S. without pensions – Peter Whoriskey
— Extreme poverty returns to America The U.N. finds growing numbers of Americans are living in the most impoverished circumstances. How did we get here? – Premilla Nadasen
— Will Americans punish Republicans for cutting taxes for the rich? Maybe not: Voters often hope to become rich themselves. – Stephanie Leiser


— Mass Exodus From States Run By Top Democratic Governors Continues – Patrick Gleason


— Wealthy Americans Are Already Trying to Exploit the New Tax Law The legislation changes incentives on homeownership, commuting, and even marriage and divorce. – Ben Steverman

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.