February 17 Evening Edition

— What voters should know before March primary – BGA


— Can a middle-class candidate defeat millionaires in Illinois? – AP


— Speaker Madigan: ‘I take responsibility’ for not doing enough on sexual harassment issue – Monique Garcia and Bill Lukitsch
— Rauner’s budget cuts raise concerns among advocates for children, people with disabilities – Monique Garcia, Bill Lukitsch
— States consider protecting benefits for DACA, TPS immigrants facing loss of status – Antonio Olivo (DIERSEN: What benefits are you getting and a) who wants to defend those benefits and b) who wants to cut if not eliminate those benefits? I should write a book about those who want to cut if not eliminate a) my Civil Service Retirement System pension, b) my federal health, dental, and vision insurance subsidy, and c) my Social Security. They hint/imply/argue/shout a) that the aforesaid benefits are much too generous, b) that taxpayers can no longer afford to pay me the aforesaid benefits, and c) my wife and I are undeservedly filthy rich, and therefore, we do not need the aforesaid benefits.)
— Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets – AP (DIERSEN: Instead of guns, they should protest the factors that created Cruz.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: From a mosaic of public records, interviews with friends and family and online interactions, it appears Cruz was unstable and violent to himself and those around him — and that when notified about his threatening behavior, law enforcement did little to stop it. Cruz’s mother died in November and his father died years ago. He reportedly left a suburban Palm Beach County mobile home where he had been staying after his mother’s death because his benefactor gave him an ultimatum: you or the gun. The Palm Beach Post reports Rocxanne Deschamps said, “He bought a gun and wanted to bring it into my house” in public comments that have since been removed from her Facebook page. Chad Bennett, a friend of Deschamps’, said Cruz “chose the gun and he left.” He then went to live with another family. Earlier, Florida’s child welfare agency investigated after Cruz cut himself in an online video, but found him stable, according to state records. The Sun-Sentinel reported that Florida’s Department of Children and Families investigated when Cruz posted a video on the social media network Snapchat showing him cutting his arms in 2016. The agency was called to investigate. Cruz, then 18, was listed as an “alleged victim” of medical neglect and inadequate supervision; his adoptive mother, then-68-year-old Lynda Cruz, the “alleged perpetrator.” “Mr. Cruz was on Snapchat cutting both of his arms,” the Florida DCF abuse hotline was told in August 2016, the paper reported. “Mr. Cruz has fresh cuts on both his arms. Mr. Cruz stated he plans to go out and buy a gun. It is unknown what he is buying the gun for.” According to the paper, DCF’s investigation was completed that Nov. 12. The agency concluded Cruz had not been mistreated by his mother, was receiving adequate care from a mental health counselor and was attending school. Mental health center staff “came out and assessed the (victim and) found him to be stable enough not to be hospitalized,” the DCF report said. Cruz had been diagnosed with autism, a neurological disorder that often leads to social awkwardness and isolation, and attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. The FBI said a person close to Cruz called the FBI’s tip line and provided information about Cruz’s weapons and his erratic behavior. The caller was concerned Cruz could attack a school. The agency acknowledged the tip should have been shared with the FBI’s Miami office and investigated, but it was not. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said his office had received more than 20 calls about Cruz in the past few years.)
— Naperville City Prosecutor Kavita Athanikar appointed associate circuit court judge in DuPage County – Erin Hegarty


— At major Northwest Side bakery, labor issues pit blacks vs. Hispanics – Frank Main and Dan Mihalopoulos


— 3 years later, Rauner tells similar incomplete story; Grasso vs. Harold – Bernard Schoenburg


— Re-energized Rauner makes his pitch for re-election – Chuck Sweeny (DIERSEN: What energizes you? For me, it is candidates who can and will a) a) defend and advance all the planks in the Illinois Republican Party and Republican Party platforms, including their traditional family, right to life, immigration, Second Amendment, equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks and the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and b) oppose the promotion of LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation if they are elected.)


— Don’t spend that tax cut all at once – Doug Finke


— Rauner’s pension shift proposal “financially devastating” to QPS – Deborah Gertz Husar


— Rauner’s budget plan makes property taxpayers cringe – Editorial




— Dems say GOP focus on mental health is redirection from gun control – PETER SULLIVAN


— To Stir Discord in 2016, Russians Turned Most Often to Facebook – Sheera Frenkel and Katie Benner (DIERSEN: Facebook is a Democrat website.)

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.