December 4, 2023


— Brighton Park migrant tent site is too much of a problem. J.B. Pritzker should kill this plan. – Editorial
— Illinois GOP should challenge voting district map in court. Here’s why it won’t. – Ray LaHood and Jim Nowlan
— Group of swing state Muslims vows to ditch Biden in 2024 over his war stance – Claire Savage
— Map: Illinois Underground Railroad historical sites, plus what to know before you go – Darcel Rockett, Tina E. Akouris and Claire Malon (COMMENT: What is your hometown? My relative Tim Piepenbrink is the Vice-President of the Crete Historical Society and Museum. My ancestors on my father’s side homesteaded a farm in southeast Crete Township in 1854. They sold that farm in 1864 and bought 10 acres just northeast of downtown Crete and raised and sold horses. Then they operated Crete’s only hardware store at the northeast corner of Main & Exchange. My parents and I lived in an apartment above that store 1948-1954. Then we lived at 1286 Wood Street that my grandfather had built on that 10 acres in 1926. My father lived in that house until he died suddenly in 1969, my mother until she died in 2016, and my brother until he died suddenly last year. I lived in that house 1954-1972.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Crete Congregational Church and Cemetery. The National Park Service added this church property and cemetery to its Network to Freedom listings in 2018. The church is the sole existing south suburban building associated with the Underground Railroad. Church members aided freedom seekers traveling through Illinois, and the area is known for having passed one of the earliest anti-slavery resolutions in the state. . .The cemetery is also part of the Network to Freedom, as key players in the abolition movement are buried in the cemetery, including Samuel Cushing. Address: 550-570 W. Exchange St. . .Since early 2022, efforts have been underway to turn the church into the Crete Historical Museum, thanks to efforts by the Crete Area Historical Society. . .While the cemetery is open to the public year-round, appointments are required to visit the church. More information: 708-414-0002, .)
— The system worked during Watergate. This time around, I am not so sure. – Laura Washington (COMMENT: While I worked for IRS 1971-1980, I was one of its extremely few Republican employees. Durning and after Watergate, my Democrat IRS superiors a) disallowed my travel vouchers, b) disallowed my education deductions, c) ignored, dismissed, and belittled my earning an MBA from Loyola and passing the CPA examination on my first attempt, and d) made it clear that they would never promote me to GS-13.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG PICTURE: Democrat leaders ever-increasingly promote more illegal immigration.

— Chicago City Hall is owed billions of dollars it hasn’t managed to collect. A Sun-Times analysis finds that thousands of scofflaws — many from the suburbs — have dodged city debts over the years, depriving City Hall of a massive sum of money as Mayor Brandon Johnson faces steep budget challenges. – Mitchell Armentrout and Tim Novak
— Democrat leaders ever-increasingly promote more illegal immigration.
— Man fatally shot at Oakbrook Terrace hotel – Emmanuel Camarillo
— What defines Pritzker-Johnson relationship so far? Tension. Don’t be fooled by the mayor’s winning smile and soaring, preacher’s son rhetoric, nor by the governor’s make-nice statements from the podium. There is real frustration and tension behind the scenes on both sides. – Fran Spielman and Tina Sfondeles
— City Hall and civic groups need to plot a downtown rescue. With vacancy rates rising and valuations falling hard, civic and business leaders are starting to talk about what can be done with office space few companies want anymore. – David Roeder

— Democrats and RINOs ever-increasingly push more pot.

— Hearing in court Monday on Brighton Park migrant camp restraining order – Jessica D’Onofrio
— Thieves crash into Magnificent Mile Neiman Marcus store in burglary attempt – Jessica D’Onofrio (COMMENT: How safe is your home against this type of crime?)
— Living with Diabetes – Kay Cesinger (COMMENT: My spending 10+ hours each and every day putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters together and sending them out each and every morning and evening directly resulted in my becoming obese and my coming down with type 2 diabetes.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Dr. Vieth said for many, it’s possible to prevent type 2 diabetes with diet, lifestyle and medication.)

— Shooting at Oakbrook Terrace hotel leaves 1 dead; person of interest in custody – JERAMIE BIZZLE, DARIUS JOHNSON

— Vehicle thefts on the rise on Chicago’s South Side (COMMENT: My 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air was stolen in 1973 while I was working inside IRS’s office at 63rd & Halsted.)

— Today is the filing deadline for candidates ahead of March 19 primary – Steven Spearie (COMMENT: Today, in DuPage County, will Republican candidates a) file for Circuit Court Clerk, b) file for County Board Districts 3 and 4, and c) file for the 55 open Milton Township Precinct Committeeman positions?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: On Wednesday afternoon, Roseanne Pulido of Springfield filed for the 12th District seat on the county board. She is the only Republican to file and would challenge incumbent Marc Ayers in the general election.)

— Anne Hathaway, Indiana’s first female to lead GOP – Brian Howey (COMMENT: Ever since Judy Baar Topinka became the chairman of the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) in 2002, the party has become even more anti-conservative, that is, even more anti-Republican. In 2004 the Milton Township Republican Organization (MTRO) rudely ended my service as its webmaster, rudely ended my bid to serve as its Treasurer, and rudely refused to make me an IRP State Convention delegate. In 2006, the Illinois Center Right Coalition (ICRC) rudely almost censured me for my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters. In 2007, ICRC rudely ended my membership on its Steering Committee. In 2010, MTRO again rudely ended my service as its webmaster. In 2012, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois rudely ended my service as its chairman. In 2015, MTRO rudely gerrymandered my precinct. In 2021, RINOs who ran Wheaton rudely ended my service as the Republican fundraiser for Wheaton Independence Day parades and fireworks.)

— Want to run as a Republican in Christian County? You’ll have to prove yourself first. – Marta Mieze (COMMENT: Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform. The Republican Party platform in conservative. Far too many candidates run as Republicans but reject many, most, if not virtually all the planks in the Republican Party platform, most commonly, its individual responsibility, traditional marriage and family, right to life, immigration, illegal drugs, Second Amendment, and/or equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks. Far too many of those candidates destroy Republicans like me who support those planks.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Those wanting to run for office in Christian County as Republicans are now required to undergo a vetting process. While those leading the new effort want to see it expanded state-wide, some counties and the Missouri Republican Party remain cautious. Don Carriker, chairman of the Christian County Republican Central Committee, told the News-Leader the goal of vetting candidates is to make the Republican brand stronger and gain more voters that he said the party has lost because of a lack of strength and cohesion. Without the vetting process, Carriker said candidates can simply run with an “R” by their name on the ballot to gain voter support in red counties without actually holding values that align with the party. “The job of the party is not to deceive people by letting people put an ‘R’ by their name when they’re really not a Republican,” he said. The vetting process will be proctored and include an “objective review” of each candidate’s background, a 25-question multiple choice “values survey” based on the state party platform and will require candidates to sign a statement pledging their allegiance to both the state and federal Republican Party platforms and constitutions, according to a news release. Those who refuse to go through vetting or fail the process will not have their filing fees accepted. Incumbents and those who have held office in the past will have their voting records reviewed.)

— Democrats push more pot at NIU. Democrats tried but failed to get me to smoke pot when I was a NIU student 1969-1970.
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Discounts are offered to several groups of people including 20% off for medical cardholders, 20% for veterans and 10% for NIU students and faculty.)

— Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters promote Liz Cheney. I should write a book about those who have done the most to promote hatred against me.


— States supporting Universal School Choice increasingly surround Illinois. Tennessee next.

— Who made the biggest political contributions in Illinois during week ending Oct. 21?
(FROM THE ARTICLE: DuPage County Republican Central Committee Inland Real Estate Group, Inc. In-kind Contribution $15,000)

— 5 JOBS ILLINOIS IMPOSES HEAVIEST LICENSING BURDENS ON – Joe Tabor (COMMENT: I passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 when I was 30 and I became a licensed CPA in 1981. My Democrat IRS and GAO superiors ignored, dismissed, and belittled that. They would not have done that if I had been a Democrat, minority, female, younger, and/or veteran. Extremely few of my IRS and GAO coworkers passed the CPA examination and virtually none became licensed CPAs.)


— Electric vehicle shock coursing through America. Socialists are wrecking the land of the red, white and blue. – Robert Knight

— The Senate’s border security farce – Editorial
— Majority of voters support impeachment of Secretary of Homeland Security – Christopher Tremoglie
— Charter schools must avoid the DEI blunder – Jason Bedrick

— Republicans suckered into expelling George Santos and the most conservative voting record in NY: ‘To hell with this place’ – Miranda Devine
(FROM THE ARTICLE: You don’t have to approve of George Santos to understand it should have been left to his constituents in Long Island and Queens to decide on his suitability to remain in Congress. Nonetheless, despite a slim majority in the House and crucial votes looming as they head into an election year, 105 Republicans were suckered by moral vanity into expelling one of their own Friday. The 35-year-old gay son of Brazilian immigrants, Santos had the most conservative voting record of the entire New York delegation, and now he is gone, taking his vote with him. “To hell with this place,” he said as he exited the US Capitol after the vote, vowing revenge on the former colleagues who had turned on him. Perfect. Just what Republicans need: more friendly fire. Who knows who will fill his place in the Democratic district he miraculously flipped last year? Gov. Hochul has to hold a special election in the next couple of months, and you can bet that Democrats will use all their wiles to regain a seat that they used to take for granted.)
— Venezuelan migrants arrested in latest string of shoplifting from Oak Brook Macy’s
— Sagging birth rates are as bad for the US as illegal migrants – Steven W. Mosher (COMMENT: Democrat leaders ever-increasingly promote LGBTQ and abortion, that is, Democrat leaders ever-increasingly destroy traditional marriage and destroy the traditional family. I owe my successes in life to my being a product of traditional marriage and family.)

— For the West to Live, Immigration(ism) Must Die – Selwyn Duke
— Making a silk purse from the crime-ridden rubble of ‘anti-racism’ – M.B. Mathews (COMMENT: My critics/opponents have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I got jobs that should have been given to Blacks. I should write a book about my critics/opponents and those jobs. My critics/opponents have always stressed that the jobs I had were bad jobs that they would never stoop to take.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Much has been said by many trying to excuse bad behavior. Inner cities have crime because… racism. Blue cities are dirty and noisy because… racism. White flight happens because… racism. Black unwed motherhood is on the rise and has become epidemic because… racism. No other reasons are given by black leadership for the failures of blacks to thrive except for… racism. But racism does not account for these failures. Failure accounts for these failures: Failure to educate. Failure to instill a work ethic. Failure to be good and to do good. Failure to teach respect and good manners to young children. Failure to revere and promote healthy two-parent families. Failure to discourage sexual profligacy. Failure to demand excellence. Failure to reject profanity and embrace decency and honor. Instead, too many in the Black community have embraced the dysfunction within the Black culture with pride, claiming a unique historical experience that they say no one understands but other Black people. It has been long enough making excuses for Black failures and it is past time for the respectable Black people of America to rise up against the jealous race-baiters and say “No more.” There is nothing preventing Black success that a Judeo-Christian perspective cannot address successfully. Love your neighbor means don’t steal, don’t do the crime. Be nice to each other. Respect the property and lives of others. Be on time (terribly unfashionable among “anti-racists”), work hard (ditto), have a plan to succeed, and above all get educated at a school that does not indoctrinate but educates, which excludes most urban government schools. Unasked-for advice: Do not respect, honor, or adopt the malignant principles of those who teach anti-white racism in the guise of Critical Race Theory, Diversity-Equity-Inclusion, or “Anti-Racism” (anti-white racism with an oxymoronic name.) When a group blames others, they will not succeed because they are always relying on those others to change. When the blamed ones don’t change, the professional victims believe that it’s perfectly okay to steal, cheat, lie, and break other people’s stuff in the name of reparations. That is not the path to success or to a better place in life, although it is a temporary frisson of schadenfreude. Crime in Blue cities is off the charts because Soros-appointed district attorneys have banded together to excuse crime committed by Black perpetrators. This harms Black people first, then Black neighborhoods, Black aspirations and in itself is criminal. When you teach theft, you get theft. When you get theft, good businesses leave your neighborhood. When they do leave, they take the economic base with them, and who gets hurt? Innocent, freedom-loving, decent people get hurt because they’re often stuck there with the crime they tolerated. The raped businesses will leave and set up shop where they are welcomed. No one is helped by trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear: The sow’s ear cannot up and leave the sow. And silk is never made from putrefying pig flesh. The time is now for decent Black people everywhere to confront those among them who are committing the crimes. Refund the police. Create deterrence to crime by actually prosecuting it, from Broken Windows to retail theft, to murder. Don’t be Chicago, LA, or NYC. And for God’s sake, stop blaming others for the failures of your own house. Blame is not a strategy that keeps very long without starting to rot.)

— ‘Asylum seekers’ arrested for stealing from Oak Brook Macy’s – promptly released by judge – Vivek Saxena
— ‘Woke’ Pope Francis claims climate has ‘run amok,’ faults ‘drive to produce and possess’ – Melissa Fine
— ‘Righteous crusade’: Trump promises American ‘comeback’ as he rallies in Iowa weeks before caucus day – Kate Anderson
— Chevrolet getting kudos for holiday ad – Chris Donaldson (COMMENT: I bought the following Chevrolets: 1958 Bel Air, 1962 Bel Air, 1962 Impala SS, 1972 Corvette, 1978 Chevette, 1997 Cavalier, 2003 Cavalier LS, 2005 Corvette, 2018 Cruze LT, and 2021 Malibu Premier. I still own the 1972 Corvette, 2005 Corvette, 2018 Cruze, and 2021 Malibu.)

— 2 Venezuelans Shoplift from Oak Brook Macy’s as Migrant Crime Skyrockets – OLIVIA RONDEAU
— Kamala Harris Pleads ‘We Have to Revitalize the Palestinian Authority’ – SIMON KENT

— The woke war against Christianity – William Haupt III |

— U. Chicago pro-Palestinian group condemns removal of its ’emergency art build’ – DAVE HUBER
— Gender-transition critic speaks at Syracuse despite cancel attempts by LGBTQ ‘experts’ – DAVE HUBER

— Gov. Abbott Pledges To Sign Law Authorizing Texas Police To Arrest Illegal Immigrants – Brandon Drey

— It’s Time to Rethink Society’s Definition of a ‘Good Job’ – Mike Rowe (COMMENT: According to my critics/opponents, all the jobs that I had were bad jobs that they would never have stooped to take. They have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I had to take those bad jobs because I have always been a loser and a bad person. They have always stressed that I only just barely made it into the upper 20% of my high school class and that my ACT score was only 24. I should write a book about my critics/opponents. I would focus on how much money their parents had/have.)

— ‘Escaping Twin Flames’ Shows How Easy It Is To Brainwash People With Radical Gender Ideology – JORDAN BOYD

— Senate Democrats Demand Amnesty in Return for Tightening Asylum Laws and Border Security

— More Venezuelan migrants residing in Chicago caught stealing from Oak Brook Macy’s – Stephen Sorace
— ‘Extraordinary danger’: Greg Abbott spotlights Chinese nationals entering US-Mexico border. 52,700 migrants from China entered the US in FY2023.

— Residents of Chicago Have a Message for the DNC About That Little Convention They Have Planned: “If you think you’re going to have a peaceful Democratic National Convention in Chicago while our people are starving? Stay tuned!”

— Swing State Muslim Leaders Call To #AbandonBiden In 2024

— Abbott Announces Texas Border Officers Will Be Allowed to Arrest Illegal Aliens – Sarah Arnold
— Dept. of VA Under Fire for Treating Illegal Aliens While Ignoring Care for Veterans – Sarah Arnold

— She’s Back: Biden Pulls Pelosi Out of Mothballs For New Role Attacking Trump – Jack Davis (COMMENT: My critics/opponents have always had their operatives and their dupes attack me. They had their operatives and their dupes a) end my service as the Republican fundraiser for Wheaton Independence Day parades and fireworks in 2021, b) gerrymander my precinct in 2015, c) end my service as the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman in 2012, d) end my service as a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member in 2011, e) end my service as the Milton Township Republican Organization (MTRO) webmaster in 2010 and 2004, f) end my service as an Illinois Center Right Coalition (ICRC) Steering Committee member in 2007, g) almost got ICRC to censure me for my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters in 2006, h) end my bid to serve as MTRO Treasurer in 2004, and I) end my service as an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member in 2004. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes. They all falsely paint themselves as being religious, conservative, and/or Republican.)
— Woke Disney’s New Kid’s Christmas Film Features Homosexual Parents, Sexually Charged Dialogue – Warner Todd Huston


— Republican presidential candidates descend on Iowa

— Many books should be written about why people voted for Santos.

— Nikki Haley’s GOP ascent adds to the well-deserved humiliation of desperate Ron DeSantis. Nikki Haley’s rise in the Republican primary race is yet another glorious float in Ron DeSantis’ ongoing parade of humiliations. – Rex Huppke

— Trump’s revenge? GOP braces for daily blasts from ‘orange Jesus’ His recension, as nominee or the eventual winner, threatens to spark the same clashes with the Hill GOP that took a heavy toll on the party. – BURGESS EVERETT, OLIVIA BEAVERS and MERIDITH MCGRAW (COMMENT: According to my critics/opponents, since Trump got elected in 2016, he has caused all the losses that Republican candidates have suffered. Because my critics/opponents cannot punish Trump for that, they punish me. They stress all the demographics that I share with Trump: conservative, Republican, White, male, old, draft avoider, gun owner, non-poor, married, Protestant, German American, and our ancestors have been in America for a long time. They ended my service as the Republican fundraiser for Wheaton Independence Day parades and fireworks in 2021. It is called displaced aggression. I should write a book about my critics/opponents.)

— Know thy enemy. – ADAM HANFT (COMMENT: I should write a book about my enemies. I would focus on why they are my enemies. I would focus on those who have taken the most/biggest adverse actions against me.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: First, recognize reality. Just because you’re running a company doesn’t mean you don’t have enemies that are as aggressive a threat to your economic well-being as the UAW is to the Big Three. Trust me, your enemies are just as real and more diverse. You have direct competitors, existing ones, and those studying your business in search of vulnerabilities. Your enemies can also include regulators who are bent on limiting your ability to operate freely; retailers who want to crush your margins; and consumers who are badmouthing you on social media for one reason or another. Even–or especially–the trends can be your enemies. If you are in the preservative business, you know whereof I speak. Once you frame your leadership mission that way, you can develop strategies to attack and deflect your enemies, based on your strengths. As I followed Fain’s moves, it struck me that he might have hip-pocketed a copy of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. This legendary approach to strategy and warfare was written around 400 B.C.E. and is still followed today. Take this quote: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” So my question for you, as a business leader, is: Do you really and truly know your enemies, declared and undeclared, as well as you should? I doubt it. We don’t spend a lot of time thinking about winning in a world of enemies. One reason is that the “enemy frame” is inconsistent with how we think about business today. We dream about our “why” and our purpose. We have become so mission-y and vision-y that we forget the hard-knuckled street fight that business often is. That’s why Fain’s lesson is so important. I don’t believe that business leaders spend nearly enough time thinking long and hard, about who their enemies are, what motivates them, and where their vulnerabilities lie. As a corollary, I don’t believe business leaders spend enough time, introspectively, on “knowing themselves”–the other half of Sun Tzu’s formulation.)

— Democrats and RINOs have always used Affirmative Action, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to get rid of Republicans.

— Civil rights lawyers blast woke Illinois school district’s racial SEGREGATION of math and English classes in bid to boost black children’s scores – and warn it may be illegal. Evanston offers Algebra 2, pre-calculus, AP calculus and an English seminar in what’s called AXLE – Advancing Excellence, Lifting Everyone. They also offer GANAS – from a Spanish expression meaning ‘giving it all you got’ – for black and Latino students. Civil rights lawyers have come out against the programs and believe they may be violating federal law. – STEPHEN M. LEPORE
— Pennsylvania governor slams anti-Semitic mob who screamed ‘You can’t hide, we charge you with genocide’ into Jewish-owned Philly FALAFEL restaurant…hours after students at nearby UPenn called for ‘intifada’ A mob the Democrat governor of Pennsylvania called anti-Semitic protested a Jewish-owned Philadelphia falafel restaurant Sunday night. At the same time, a group of students at the University of Pennsylvania went viral for calling for an ‘intifada’
The Philadelphia chain is owned by Mike Solomonov, an Israeli-born, Pittsburgh raised chef who has won the James Beard Award in the past – STEPHEN M. LEPORE
— ‘Agents are overrun and undermanned’: Arizona congressman calls for the NATIONAL GUARD to be deployed to Mexico border as Border Patrol is swarmed by nearly 10,000 migrants per day. The request, aired by Republican Congressman Juan Ciscomani Thursday, comes as the Tucson Border Sector grapples with an increase in migrant traffic. That same day, CBP reported more than 9,400 migrant encounters in a span of 24 hours – 7,700 of whom were apprehended by Border Patrol agents. In the letter, Ciscomani – a 41-year-old who was born in Mexico – called on Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas to fix the ‘dire situation’ – ALEX HAMMER

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.