February 10 Evening Edition

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: The newest location to buy Girl Scout cookies in Chicago? Outside of a recreational marijuana dispensary. – Ally Marotti
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: State’s stoners help set pace for near-record pot sales – CHARLES SELLE

— Former Bears kicker Thomas to retire from state Supreme Court, sparking GOP worries of turnover Thomas, elected to the Supreme Court’s Second District seat in 2000, will step down from the court on Feb. 29. He was a placekicker for the Chicago Bears for nine full seasons, and remains the team’s fourth-leading scorer. – Neal Earley
— State rep says rival candidate ‘put up’ by Ed Burke — she calls that ‘offensive’ Alicia Elena Martinez interned in Ald. Ed Burke’s 14th Ward office and helped Burke’s re-election campaign last year. And now she’s trying to win the state House seat held by state Rep. Aaron Ortiz, who ousted Burke’s brother two years ago. – Rachel Hinton 

— Fundraising filings show different strategies in 6th Congressional District – Marie Wilson (DIERSEN: How did you gain your knowledge about how the federal government operates? I worked for GAO as an Analyst for almost 18 years, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $101,176-$131,532/year. I worked on audits of federal financial institution regulators for almost 9 years, on audits of IRS for 3 years, and on audits of many other federal agencies, including Railroad Retirement Board, Department of Defense, U.S. Postal Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, Immigration and Naturalization Service, General Service Administration, Federal Highway Administration, Department of Labor, Federal Aviation Administration, Veteran Administration, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Department of Health and Human Services, for almost 6 years. I worked for IRS as a Revenue Officer for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $85,084-$96,431/year. I worked for the Post Office as a part time carrier/clerk for almost 3 years at the GS-4 Step 1-3 levels, currently $16.64-$17.75/hour. I learned a lot about federal court procedures as an active member in a class action lawsuit and as the plaintiff in two lawsuits. I learned a lot about arbitration procedures as a grievant four grievances and as a Financial Regulatory Authority arbitrator since 1998). 
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Kinzler’s campaign employs two paid staff members. His team also is made up of “a bunch of loyal volunteers,” including a “kitchen cabinet” of 20 people handling duties such as campaign literature and high school outreach. He said this approach represents his view that politics shouldn’t be a long-term gig. “I believe that representing the people isn’t a career, it’s more of part-time honor that you do for a couple years,” Kinzler said. Ives said her campaign includes eight paid staff members and is “blessed to have over 300 self-identified volunteers.” She is involved in day-to-day decisions about data collection, fundraising, communications and strategy.)
— DuPage County District 5 Forest Preserve hopefuls (Wehrli and Schultz) talk about their differences – Robert Sanchez

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-conservatives want you to wear protest hairstyles.

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: WIU will offer cannabis minor.

— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON ILLINOIS TIGHTENS: Illinois poised to lose Shimkus seat after census

— First Chief judge from DuPage County Bob Thomas announces retirement

— Reparations panel hopes to finish work by June – Bill Smith (DIERSEN: Do those who run your municipal district, your municipality, your township, your county, and Illinois want you to pay reparations, and if so, how much?)

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Girl Scout Troop Selling Cookies Outside North Side Weed Dispensary – Joe Ward

— IL-14: Sue Rezin Releases First TV Commercial
— IL-14: Ted Gradel Releases New Video on Both Springfield & Washington Not Working
— Rep. Dan Ugaste Concentrating Agenda on Property Tax Relief

— Supreme Court Justice Bob Thomas to retire and join law firm that represented him in defamation case
— Rep. Bailey says the quiet part out loud: Illinois separation is “not gonna happen”

— Coming to America for a bigger house – Stephen Dinan (DIERSEN: Overwhelmingly, immigrants vote for Democrats. Ever-increasingly, to get more and more and more citizens of foreign countries who are minority, female, and/or younger to immigrate to America, Democrats promise to give them more and more and more preference over citizens of America.)

— Classical architecture is now racist because Trump – Madeline Fry

— Bernie Sanders: ‘We Have a Racist Society From Top to Bottom’; Warren: ‘We Need…Race-Conscious Laws’ – Susan Jones (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes hint/imply/argue/shout that if I had been a minority or a female, discrimination against minorities and discrimination against females would have stopped me from earning a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32. In 1971, when I was 22 years old, Oldsmobile withdrew a job offer that I had accepted saying it had just agreed to stop hiring Whites to settle an EEOC complaint.)

— Klobuchar: Supporters of President Trump fail a ‘patriotism check’ – Frieda Powers (DIERSEN: According to Trump-haters, to be patriotic is to be: 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, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.) 

— Inclusion 101: The whiteness of higher education – LOURDES TORRES (DIERSEN: Will higher education follow GAO’s lead and get rid of those who are White, male, and/or older?) 

— Federal employee retirement benefits would be cut under Trump’s budget – Eric Yoder (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always wanted my Civil Service Retirement System pension and my Social Security to be cut.) 

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.