December 28 Evening Edition


— Illinois COVID cases: IL reports 20,804 new cases, 96 deaths

— 50 New Illinois Laws Going Into Effect in 2022
— Illinois Among 5 States Where Pediatric Hospitalizations Are Rising Most

— Illinois lost 122,000 residents in 2021 — largest decline in state history
— Burr Ridge, Orland Park will defy Cook County’s new COVID mandate requiring proof of vaccination

— Illinois sets another grim COVID-19 record: Highest average daily case count since start of pandemic – JEREMY GORNER and JOE MAHR
— Minimum wage bump coming, Juneteenth to become a state holiday: Here are the new laws taking effect Jan. 1 in Illinois – DAN PETRELLA and JEREMY GORNER
— My college students seem to have lost their drive to engage. The pandemic has wounded all of us. – DAVID W. BERNER

— New COVID-19 cases top 20,000 for second time this week, for a 15% positive-test rate – Jake Griffin
— DISGUSTING, OUTRAGEOUS, TRAGIC, UNACCEPTABLE: Pot pushers push pot. To push pot on an individual, municipality, township, county, state, or country is to destroy that individual, municipality, township, county, state, or country.
— Northern Illinois Food Bank awards $454,000 in grants to 18 pantries – Rick West

— If you steal something, you must report it as income, IRS says. – BAILEY ALDRIDGE

— State Rep. Friess launches campaign for reelection

— Coronavirus Cases Surge In Naperville Ahead Of New Year. Total active COVID-19 cases in Naperville increased by more than 50 percent in the past week, according to the county health department. – Lisa Marie Farver

— Coronavirus Cases Surge In Wheaton Ahead Of New Year. The week’s total active COVID-19 cases in Wheaton nearly doubled compared to the previous week, according to the county health department. – Lisa Marie Farver

— Orland Park Board To Introduce Resolution Against Vax Mandate. Mayor Keith Pekau is set to discuss a resolution stating the village board will not enforce the new mandate, according to board documents. – Eileen O’Gorman

— Burr Ridge Won’t Enforce Vaccine Mandate. Mayor Gary Grasso’s position appears to be linked to his GOP congressional campaign. – David Giuliani

— Critical race theory takes aim at immigration law – Stephen Dinan
— ‘The View’ ‘struggling’ to fix Republican-free lineup – Jennifer Harper

— DeSantis takes action against communist China and ‘woke corporations’ – Heather Hamilton
— TikTok knocks Google out of first place for most popular website – Heather Hamilton

— ‘You’re a disgrace’: Chicago 911 dispatcher slams mayor over surge in crime – Jorge Fitz-Gibbon

— ‘The Ingraham Angle’ on Biden’s COVID ‘fear-mongering,’ green energy agenda
— ‘Hannity’ on Biden’s mishandling of COVID, Chicago violence

— The hunt for a GOP punching bag to succeed Meghan McCain on ‘The View’ isn’t going well – Monica Showalter

— Victor Davis Hanson: Elites Are Destroying America with Globalism, Leftism, and Tribalism – ROBERT KRAYCHIK

— Meghan McCain Warns Democrats About Becoming Party That Believes Parents Shouldn’t ‘Have Any Say’ In What Kids Are Taught – KATIE JERKOVICH
— MSNBC Panel Calls ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Dad An Insurrectionist, Suggests CIA Investigation – SHAKHZOD YULDOSHBOEV

— Nikole Hannah-Jones Says What The Rest Of The Left Won’t Admit Out Loud – TRISTAN JUSTICE

— Florida Leads Nation in Migration, Immigration Growth – Charlie McCarthy

— Racist Minnesota School Board Votes to Segregate Minority Teachers, Pay People Less Based on Skin Color. – KEVIN DOWNEY JR.

— “Ghost Flights” Flew Illegal Aliens into Pennsylvania on Christmas Night – Luis Miguel

— CNN, MSNBC ratings PLUMMET as Americans turn their backs on woke, liberal media. News networks have experienced a drastic dip in viewership in 2021, with left-leaning outlets faring the worst. – Hannah Nightingale

— Report Puts Fauci’s Retirement at $350K Per Year, Biggest in US Government Pension History – Mark Tapscott
— Finland Man Blows Up His Tesla After Claiming to Face $22,000 Replacement Battery Bill – Katabella Roberts

— GOP Finally Moves to Brutally Punish Cities, States That Allow Noncitizens to Vote – Samantha Chang

— Candace Owens on Trump’s Vaccine Comments: People Are Forgetting Where Trump Gets His News – Elizabeth Stauffer
(COMMENT: My critics/opponents want everyone to get their government and political news and commentary from them, and from them only. I should write a book about my critics/opponents.)

— Marjorie Taylor Greene calls Kwanzaa ‘a fake religion created by a psychopath’ “Stop. It’s a fake religion.” – Jenna Romaine
— Rep. Bobby Rush tests positive in breakthrough case. – JOSEPH CHOI
— Pentagon goes on offense vs GOP on vaccine mandates – ELLEN MITCHELL

— Which 2024 Candidates Won 2021? This time, it’s actually not too early to game out the next presidential contest. The potential contenders are already maneuvering. – BILL SCHER

— Dr. Anthony Fauci’s Retirement Pay Will Exceed $350,000 Per Year – The Largest In U.S. Federal Government History – Adam Andrzejewski
(COMMENT: In 1997, when I was 49 years old, my GS-13 Step 10 GAO salary was $132,845/year in today’s dollars. My Civil Service Retirement System pension is only $54,864/year today a) because my Democrat Post Office superiors forced me to resign in 1969 when I was 20 years old, b) because my Democrat IRS superiors refused to promote me beyond GS-12, c) because my Democrat GAO superiors refused to promote me beyond GS-13, and d) because my Democrat GAO superiors forced me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old and had worked for the federal government for almost 30 years and had almost a year of unused sick leave. Generally, you reach the 80% limitation when you have worked for the federal government for 42 years not including accumulated sick leave; that would have been 2010 for me. 80% of GS-13 Step 10 salary is $106,276/year. 80% of GS-14 Step 10 salary is $125,583/year. 80% of GS-15 Step 10 salary and Senior Executive Service salary is $138,000/year.)–the-largest-in-us-federal-government-history/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Fauci has 55 years of service as a federal employee. For the second year in a row, Fauci was the most highly compensated federal employee and out earned the president, four star generals, and roughly 4.3 million of his colleagues. As director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Fauci earned $434,312 in 2020, the latest year available, up from $417,608 in 2019. . .Federal employees with Fauci’s length of service can retire to earn “80 percent of [their] high-3 average salary, plus credit for [their] sick leave,” according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. . .So, at this point, we can use only the last three published years of his salary — 2018: $399,625; 2019: $417,608; and 2020: $434,312 — to calculate his potential retirement earnings. Dr. Fauci earned a total of $1.252 million from 2018-2020 in salary as a federal employee. If he’d left federal service at the end of FY2020, figuring 80% of his highest three-year average, would mean a federal pension of $333,745 a year, plus cost-of-living increases (($1,251,545/3) x 80% = $333,745). However, Fauci’s unpublished FY2021 and FY2022 salaries are likely commensurate, if not higher than his 2020 salary. Therefore, his retirement pay would be closer to $347,500 a year. (($1,302,936/3) x 80%).

(COMMENT: In 2022 dollars, I earned a) $136,387/year working for GAO in 1997, b) $104,915/year working for GAO in 1986, c) $99,994/year working for IRS in 1980, d) $88,229/year working for IRS in 1974, e) $73,611/year working for IRS in 1973, f) $60,840/year working for IRS in 1972, g) $49,738/year working for IRS in 1971, h) $18.40/hour working for the Post Office in 1969, and $17.25/hour working for the Post Office in 1966. My 2022 Civil Service Retirement System pension will be $58,101/year. That is a) $2,739/year less than what my IRS salary was in 1972 in today’s dollars and b) only 43% what my GAO salary was in 1997 in today’s dollars.)

— Is 2022 the start of big time inflation? – Mike Causey

— MAY 19, 2014 FLASHBACK: A wealth of advice. Nearly $2 billion flowed through consultants in 2003-2004 federal elections. – Sandy Bergo
(COMMENT: I should write a book about Republican candidates on ballots in my precinct since 2000 who have acted like they took advice from my critics/opponents a) to not read my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters and b) to blame me and my newsletters for all their problems, for all your problems, for all my problems, and for all of everyone’s problems. Previously, my critics/opponents blamed what I did raising funds from DuPage County Republicans so that they could help sponsor Wheaton’s Independence Day parades and fireworks 2005-2019 and my serving as a) the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman 2005-2012, b) a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011, c) the Milton Township Republican Organization webmaster 2008-2010, d) an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007, and e) an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member 2000-2004.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In the 2004 federal races, more than $1.85 billion flowed through a professional corps of consultants whose influence plays an important, though largely unexamined, role in the unrelenting escalation of campaign spending, a groundbreaking Center for Public Integrity study has found. The money going to these consultants amounted to more than half of the total spending by presidential candidates, national party committees, general election candidates for Congress, and so-called “527”s — independent political groups. The high cost of running for office raises concerns because fundraising demands can ultimately bind elected officials to special interest donors and lobbyists who help with fundraising — deepening the widely held perception that politicians serve the interests of large contributors over those of constituents. Potential candidates who can’t meet the fundraising demands are shut out.)

— How to Give Political Email Readers What They Want – Mindy Serin
— 7 Ways to Improve Your Next Campaign Plan – Caitlin Huxley
— 4 Common Campaign Myths About Investing Early in Research – Brent Buchanan, Ethan Todd

— Rating President Biden on the Issues. Most Voters Give Biden ‘Poor’ Rating on Crime, Immigration

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.