December 29 Evening Edition

— Stimulus update: McConnell blocks House bill for $2K checks. However, McConnell says he will ‘begin a process’ to bring $2,000 checks to the table. – AP$2k-stimulus-checks/9164433/
— Biden criticizes pace of COVID-19 vaccine rollout, vows to accelerate – AP

— Illinois Reports 5,644 New Coronavirus Cases, 106 Additional Deaths Tuesday. Illinois saw another uptick in COVID-19 positivity rates Tuesday.

— Boston removes statue of slave kneeling before Abraham Lincoln – William J. Kole

— Kinzinger not ruling out bid for governor | Why Lipinski voted against $2,000 payments | Chicago’s surge in homicides tied to COVID-19, Mayor Lightfoot says – LISA
DONOVAN (DIERSEN: Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump haters want Kinzinger to drive out of the Republican Party the 2,446,891 in Illinois who voted for Trump, the 193,611 in DuPage County who voted for Trump, the 20,080 in Milton Township who voted for Trump, and the157 in my precinct who voted for Trump.)
— Illinois weed sales on pace to top $1 billion in year one of recreational sales, with plenty of room to grow – ROBERT CHANNICK
(DIERSEN: To push pot on a country, state, county, township, municipality, or individual is to destroy that country, state, county, township, municipality, or individual.)
— Recounts in Underwood-Oberweis, DuPage auditor and 2 other races don’t change election results
— Coronavirus in Illinois updates: 5,644 new COVID-19 cases and 106 more deaths reported as Wisconsin removed from ‘red’ tier states in Chicago travel order and city’s health commissioner gets Pfizer vaccine
— What I learned about white privilege through 150 interviews across America – LOREN GHIGLIONE
(DIERSEN: In my defense, I would ask my critics/opponents, if I benefitted so much from White privilege, why did I do yard work and deliver newspapers 1962-1964; wash dishes 1964-1966; clean golf shoes, chip slag, and pump gasoline in 1966; deliver mail 1966-1969; work on an automobile assembly line and as a security guard in 1970; sell tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971; pump gasoline 1971-1972; collect delinquent taxes 1971-1980; and audit federal agencies 1980-1997. According to my critics/opponents, the aforesaid jobs were bad jobs that they would never stoop to take.)

— Former DuPage County auditor Bob Grogan wants full recount after losing by 75 votes – Susan Sarkauskas
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In the petition, Grogan says 436 paper ballots cast Election Day in three precincts are invalid because election judges were required to initial the paper ballots, but did not do so. All the precincts voted at a polling place at First Christian Church in Downers Grove. The petition says an examination of those ballots in December shows 259 votes were for White and 177 votes for Grogan. If all those votes were tossed, Grogan would be the winner, according to the petition. It also alleges that election judges failed to initial 240 vote-by-mail paper ballots — 148 for White and 92 for Grogan. The petition also states there were an unexplained additional 1,626 ballots cast, compared to the number of people that voted; and that electronic voting machines favored White. The machines were available for use by people who had disabilities, including visual and hearing impairments. The petition alleges the machines highlighted White’s name, leading people to vote for him. Republicans pointed out the issue with the machines during the early-voting period. The petition says the machines would first highlight the office being voted. But if the voter didn’t select a candidate within 10 seconds, the machine would then highlight the first candidate listed, which were Democrats. The clerk agreed to put stickers on the machines warning people, but by then approximately 120,000 people had voted by machine, according to the petition. “I’m confident that I will prevail in the litigation,” said White, adding that Grogan was pursuing “technicalities” to invalidate votes. During the discovery recount, ballots from 286 of the county’s 930 precincts were recounted. Pat Bond, the county’s election attorney, said the disputed ballots in the three precincts in Downers Grove were initialed electronically in the poll book. Judges were instructed to sign there and on the ballot. he said, because state law only refers to paper ballots.)

— Pritzker Yielded More Power in 2020 Than Typical of Office – Cole Lauterbach

— Some GOP senators warm to $2K stimulus checks – Raquel Martin

— Gallup Poll: President Trump And Michelle Obama Most Admired Man And Woman In America – DUSTIN JONES

— Trump lashes out at GOP after override vote on defense bill – AP

— 1,600 Marijuana Convictions Expunged In Will County. Will County Chief Judge Dan Kennedy said, “Restorative justice is important to Will County and to our society as a whole.” –
John Ferak (DIERSEN: To have used pot illegally is to have demonstrated disrespect for the rule of law.)

— Kelly: Rep. Kinzinger has Destroyed His Future with GOP

— McHenry Township Road District Tax Levy Suit Against Trustees Lost, Allowing Next Year’s Levy Cut over $900,000 to Stand
— No Decision in Algonquin Township Abolition Petition Objection Hearing
— Charges Modified Against Antioch Resident Kyle Rittenhouse
— IL-14: Lauren Underwood Seeking District Residents for Advisory Councils
— McHenry County Departments Exploring Impact of Consolidating Algonquin Township into McHenry County

— American youth too flabby to defend nation, retired generals say – Mike Glenn (DIERSEN: In 1966, when I was 18 years old, I was 1-A for the draft notwithstanding the fact that my eyesight could not be corrected to 20/20, that I had partial red/green color blindness, and that I could not run because I had Osgood-Schlatter disease (SEE: ).)

— CNBC Survey: Vast Majority Of Top Investors Believe Stocks Will Be ‘Worse’ Under Biden – Ryan Saavedra

— It’s Official: Trump Is the Most Admired Man in America, Edging Out the Top Democrat – TYLER O’NEIL
— Democrats Are Right to Worry About the Georgia Runoffs – TYLER O’NEIL

— Trump: Unless Republicans Have ‘Death Wish,’ Must Approve $2,000 Stimulus Checks – ZACHARY STIEBER

— How state marijuana legalization became a boon for corruption. By making local officials the gatekeepers for million-dollar businesses, states created a breeding ground for bribery and favoritism. – MONA ZHANG

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: LGBTQers crow about their success in destroying those who do not promote LGBTQ.

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.