December 24 Evening Edition

— RTA Chairman Kirk Dillard welcomes Trump infrastructure bill for roads and mass transit – Bill Cameron


— Trump retweets image depicting ‘CNN’ squashed beneath his shoe – Amy B. Wang
— Departing GOP lawmakers warn that their party could lose majorities in 2018 – Karoun Demirjian


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Tumps hint/imply/argue/shout that Jesus is a liberal Democrat/Libertarian/Green.
— Sen. Flake dangles possibility of running against Trump – AP


— Illinois residents strugglings with Christmas overspending issues – DaLaun Dillard


— GOP Rep Dent: Trump Does Not ‘Inspire Party Loyalty’ — He Is ‘Nominally’ a Republican – PAM KEY


— Trump Tax Overhaul Leads to End-of-year Rush to Pre-Pay Property Bills


— Ex-GOP lawmaker Joe Walsh warns Trump: FBI attacks are ‘gonna bite you in the ass’ – JACQUELINE THOMSEN


— Democrats Leave Few Seats Unchallenged in Quest for House Control – RACHEL SHOREY and LILIA CHANG
— After a Chaotic Start, Congress Has Made a Conservative Mark – SHERYL GAY STOLBERG


— Democrats are fooling themselves about how the tax cut will play out – David Harsanyi


— Minnesota nonprofits, foundations decry federal tax law, fear more pain with new federal budget The groups worry that as fewer taxpayers itemize, donations will plummet. – Shannon Prather


— 10 Relatively Stress-Free Year-End Moves To Make To Save On Taxes After Tax Reform – Kelly Phillips

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.