February 25 Evening Edition

— Davis, Kennedy introduce legislation to increase taxes on guns, ammunition


— Threat Made To Mundelein High School – Charlie De Mar


— 3 killed, 14 men wounded, in shootings across Chicago since Friday night
— Republicans call for immediate suspension of Broward Sheriff


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats say: “Seven in 10 favor tighter gun laws in wake of Parkland shooting.”


— Sex-harassment, taxes, Rauner v. Madigan key in Illinois races – AP


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Someone who a) glorifies and praises those who come to America illegally, who stay in America illegally, and who bring others to America illegally and who b) promotes hatred of those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time says “Too cowardly to express raw hatred for immigrants, foes slur them as criminals.”


— NRA rejects Trump’s call for raising the age limit to buy rifles – Laura King


— Mundelein High School taking extra precautions after social media post – Steve Zalusky
— Two Mundelein High School students charged after social media post – Steve Zalusky
— Endorsements: For Lake County Board, GOP: Barr, Werfel, Bartels, Starkey
— Grasso returns improper campaign contributions – Jake Griffin


— PANTAGRAPH ENDORSEMENT: A reluctant nod for Rauner


— Pritzker working to shed Blagojevich baggage Republicans already targeting frontrunning Democrat in Illinois governor’s race – Jim Niedelman


— Ives Release New TV Ad: Jeanne Ives Stands With Our Veterans
— Skillicorn: This is Not the Person We Voted for Three-and-a-Half Years Ago.


— CPAC Crowd Boos Notion Mexicans Have More In Common With Conservatives Than Democrats – Samuel Smith


— Reporters Told To Not Report On Obama Speech – Thomas Phippen (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents do not want me to know about their events or their other activities, promote their events or their other activities, attend their events, or report on their events or their other activities. My critic/opponents a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid and/or they are 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 longer than their ancestors.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “Following the panel, the sharing or reporting of its contents on public platforms (including social media) will not be permitted,” the conference organizers typed in correspondence to media, according to The Boston Globe. “Those who fail to adhere to this policy will be subject to removal from the conference and denied tickets to future SSAC conferences.” An event spokesperson clarified “sharing or reporting of its contents” is forbidden when The Globe inquired further. “This policy applies to all attendees, credentialed media included,” the email availed.)


— CPAC speaker Mona Charen criticizes attendees for supporting ‘brainless, sinister, clownish thing called Trumpism’ – BRETT SAMUELS


— Trump’s Takeover of Conservatism Is Complete and Total At this year’s CPAC, the room for criticizing the president was vanishingly small. – TIM ALBERTA


— Behind a Key Anti-Labor Case, a Web of Conservative Donors – Noam Scheiber and Kenneth P. Vogel (DIERSEN: GAO did not unionize until 2007. If GAO had been unionized in 1997, I might still be a GAO employee. No conservative donors backed Diersen in Diersen v. GAO. Conservative donors in Illinois are anti-union, pro-employer, and they have no problem with patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The mailing, sent by a group called the Illinois Policy Institute, may have seemed like disinterested advice. In fact, it was one prong of a broader campaign against public-sector unions, backed by some of the biggest donors on the right. It is an effort that will reach its apex on Monday, when the Supreme Court hears a case that could cripple public-sector unions by allowing the workers they represent to avoid paying fees. One of the institute’s largest donors is a foundation bankrolled by Richard Uihlein, an Illinois industrialist who has spent millions backing Republican candidates in recent years, including Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, and Gov. Bruce Rauner of Illinois. Tax filings show that Mr. Uihlein has also been the chief financial backer in recent years of the Liberty Justice Center, which represents Mark Janus, the Illinois child support specialist who is the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case. And Mr. Uihlein has donated well over $1 million over the years to groups like the Federalist Society that work to orient the judiciary in a more conservative direction. They have helped produce a Supreme Court that most experts expect to rule in Mr. Janus’s favor.)


— Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Public-Sector Unions Illinois state worker challenges unions’ ability to collect fees from unwilling employees – Jess Bravin
— Rich Candidates Square Off in Democratic Party Primaries Party looks to build on sentiment against Trump, but slate of contenders may be hard for some voters to relate to Democrats running for Illinois governor, from left, J.B. Pritzker, Chris Kennedy, state Sen. Daniel Biss, Robert Daiber, Tio Hardiman and Robert Marshall, participated in a televised forum Jan. 23, 2018, in Chicago. – Reid J. Epstein


— Three Steps To Hire With Lower Education Requirements: Coping With The Tight Labor Market – Bill Conerly

(FROM THE ARTICLE: What will you, the employer, get if you hire the college dropout rather than college grad, or high school dropout rather than high school grad? You’ll probably get less of those three signaling elements: brains, persistence, acceptance of rules. Here’s how to work through the issues.)

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.