February 4 Morning Edition

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Nordstrom to drop Ivanka Trump’s clothing, accessories line – AP  (DIERSEN: Are you a Trump supporter?  How soon, if not already, will the anti-Trumps drop you?  How soon, if not already, will the anti-Trumps post signs that say members of the following groups are NOT WANTED: Trump supporters, Protestants, conservatives, Republicans, Americans, Whites, males, older people, rich people, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-bc-us–nordstrom-ivanka-trump-20170203-story.html
— Troubled times call for congressmen to open doors to constituents – Editorial
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/opinion/ct-ecn-editorial-congress-roskam-immigration-st-0205-20170203-story.html
— Illinois’ students need fair school funding – Allison Jack, River Forest  (DIERSEN: Jack would be one of those who would hint/imply/argue/shout that Crete-Monee School District 201-U was filthy rich when I attended Crete-Monee High School 1962-1966 and that is why I got into the upper 20% of my class, why I got an ACT score of 24, and why UIC accepted me in 1966.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/ct-illinois-students-need-fair-school-funding-20170203-story.html
— Arlington Heights candidate facing backlash after Facebook post about women’s marches – Karen Ann Cullotta
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/arlington-heights/news/ct-womens-march-facebook-candidate-tl-0209-20170203-story.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Munger vows to ‘help people in need’ in new job – Michael Sneed  (DIERSEN: Have you ever been “in need?” I have not. Because of that, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always demonized me, denigrated me, and condemned me as being someone who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and as being someone who has always been privileged.  If that were true, I never would have taken the bad dead end jobs that I did doing yard work, delivering newspapers, washing dishes, cleaning golf shoes, chipping slag, pumping gasoline, delivering mail, working on an automobile assemble line, working as a security guard, selling tires, automotive services, and major appliances, collecting delinquent taxes, and auditing federal agencies.)
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/sneed-exclusive-munger-appointed-to-deputy-guv-post/
— Political football: Bears battle players union over workers’ comp – TINA SFONDELES AND PATRICK FINLEY
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/political-football-bears-battle-players-union-over-workers-comp/

 

DAILY HERALD
— EDITORIAL: Don’t keep secrets  The already embattled DuPage County Election Commission didn’t help itself by waiting more than a month to announce that longtime Executive Director Robert Saar effectively retired in mid-December, although his last day isn’t really until March 14. Saar has the right to his accumulated time off, but why keep his departure secret for so long?
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170204/discuss/170209512/
— EDITORIAL: Congressman speaking up  Despite the risks he took criticizing President Trump’s immigration ban, U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren didn’t go far enough for several dozen people who showed up at his Campton Hills office this week. A spokesman said the 14th District congressman will host a town-hall meeting and promised appointments to all who showed. That’s decent service.
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170204/discuss/170209512/

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— If only voters got as flabbergasted as ratings agencies over state budget – RICH MILLER
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170203/NEWS02/170209923/if-only-voters-got-as-flabbergasted-as-ratings-agencies-over-state

 

NAVIGATOR
— State Representative David Reis named Assistant House Republican Leader
http://www.navigatorjournal.com/news/article_5be05f70-ea26-11e6-9363-0bb0319fff51.html

 

WVIK
— A Look At How Rauner, Emanuel Are Handling Trump – LAUREN CHOOLJIAN AND TONY ARNOLD
http://wvik.org/post/look-how-rauner-emanuel-are-handling-trump#stream/0

 

WJBC
— OUTSTANDING: Normal could prohibit new video gaming establishments close to single family neighborhoods – Adam Studzinski
http://www.wjbc.com/2017/02/03/normal-could-prohibit-new-video-gaming-establishments-close-to-single-family-neighborhoods/

 

HERALD & REVIEW
— Hello? People swamp Congress with calls in era of Trump – RYAN VOYLES
http://herald-review.com/news/local/hello-people-swamp-congress-with-calls-in-era-of-trump/article_26f56af1-30f3-5410-b69d-d48f7d7f3ed3.html

 

BELLEVILLE NEWS DEMOCRAT
— Could the next state holiday be Obama’s birthday? – AP
http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article130743344.html

 

SUBURBAN LIFE
— District 89 superintendent recommends delaying boundary changes  Parents had voiced concerns about proposal – ERIC SCHELKOPF
http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2017/02/03/district-89-superintendent-recommends-delaying-boundary-changes/ax6z9j4/

 

CHICAGO PATCH
— Illinois Budget Deal: The Wheels Can’t Come Off Until There’s a Cart – Reboot Illinois
http://patch.com/illinois/chicago/illinois-budget-deal-wheels-cant-come-until-theres-cart

 

CHICAGO BUSINESS JOURNAL
— Here are Chicagoland’s wealthiest ZIPs (INTERACTIVE MAP)  (DIERSEN: According to this, South Wheaton (60189) has a population of 30,184, 11,775 households, $98,856 median household income, and $347,663 median net worth.)
http://www.bizjournals.com/chicago/news/2017/02/04/here-are-chicagolands-wealthiest-zips.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: According to Esri, the Top 10 wealthiest ZIP codes in the Chicago area are: 60043 – Kenilworth, 60022 – Glencoe, 60093 – Winnetka, 60521 – Hinsdale, 60045 – Lake Forest, 60091 – Wilmette, 60558 – Western Springs, 60523 – Oak Brook, 60184 – Wayne, 60015 – Deerfield)

 

ILLINOIS BUSINESS JOURNAL
— Jeremy Plank earns Certified Fraud Examiner credential  (DIERSEN: I became a CFE in 1990 based on my having a) worked for GAO for more than 10 years, the last 4 years of which at the GS-13 level, b) worked for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 level, c) passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination in 1981, d) becoming a licensed CPA in 1981, e) passing the CPA examination in 1979, f) earning a master’s degree in accounting in 1980, g) earning an MBA in 1976, and h) earning a bachelor’s degree in management in 1970.)
http://www.ibjonline.com/local-headlines/5277-plank-earns-certified-fraud-examiner-credential
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and leading provider of anti-fraud training and education, has awarded Jeremy Plank, of Wood River, the Certified Fraud Examiner credential. Plank met a stringent set of criteria and passed a rigorous exam administered by the ACFE. Plank had to demonstrate knowledge in four areas critical to the fight against fraud: fraudulent financial transactions, fraud prevention and deterrence, legal elements of fraud and fraud investigation. Plank is currently a CPA with CJ Schlosser and Company, LLC in Edwardsville and Alton. CFEs have the ability to: examine data and records to detect and trace fraudulent transactions; interview suspects to obtain information and confessions; write investigation reports; advise clients as to their findings; testify at trial; understand the law as it relates to fraud and fraud investigations; and identify the underlying factors that motivate individuals to commit fraud. CFEs on six continents have investigated more than 1 million suspected cases of civil and criminal fraud.)

 

BELOIT DAILY NEWS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “BOYCOTTS, TRUMP’S TIRADES PART OF NEW BUSINESS LANDSCAPE.”
http://www.beloitdailynews.com/article/20170204/AP/302049936

 

NORTHWEST INDIANA TIMES
— Crete CSX intermodal rail terminal is subject of open house – Andrew Steele
http://www.nwitimes.com/business/transportation/crete-csx-intermodal-rail-terminal-is-subject-of-open-house/article_8303046c-73b0-5ef4-9aaf-5b9b4572d95c.html

 

TIMES
— GOP introduces federal ‘right-to-work’ bill – Brent Bader
http://www.mywebtimes.com/news/local/gop-introduces-federal-right-to-work-bill/article_5983d0c9-8a7b-5c5d-a67c-3d376608d671.html

 

GOPUSA
— California Democrats want to make entire state a sanctuary for illegal aliens
http://www.gopusa.com/california-democrats-want-to-make-entire-state-a-sanctuary-for-illegal-aliens/
— Hail the Gender-Fluid Scouts?
http://www.gopusa.com/hail-the-gender-fluid-scouts/

 

DAILY CALLER
— Whites Need Not Apply To Teach At Barnard – David Krayden  (DIERSEN: From what I see, anti-Trumps want to post signs or have already posted signs that say members of the following groups are NOT WANTED: Trump supporters, Protestants, conservatives, Republicans, Americans, Whites, males, older people, rich people, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/03/whites-need-not-apply-to-teach-at-barnard/

 

THE BLAZE
— Protesters plan to expose their rears at Trump Tower in Chicago to get Trump to release his tax returns – Brandon Morse  (DIERSEN: Those who protest against you say more about you than anything that you can say about yourself.  I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes.)
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/02/03/protesters-plan-to-expose-their-rears-at-trump-tower-to-get-trump-to-release-his-tax-returns/

 

LIFE SITE NEWS
— Over 25 groups unite to fight sex trafficking at the Super Bowl  (DIERSEN: What is the Libertarian Party’s position on this?  I should write a book about Libertarians and about Libertarian plants in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who have always worked against me. They demonize, denigrate, and condemn me as being much “too conservative” on social issues.)
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/we-must-tackledemand-for-sex-trafficking-at-the-super-bowl-and-beyond

 

DAILY CALLER
— Federal Employees Trying To Undermine Trump Need To Go – Neil Siefring  (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, I never tried to undermine its Affirmative Action (AA), Diversity, or Inclusion efforts. The federal government never charged me with that because I always carried out all the AA, Diversity, and Inclusion orders that I was given.  I can provide many examples in which I was ordered to give preference to my subordinates because they were Democrat, minority, female, younger, and/or veteran, and that I carried out those orders.)
http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/03/federal-employees-trying-to-undermine-trump-need-to-go/
— $27B In Federal Funds Now At Risk For Sanctuary Cities – Ethan Barton
http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/03/27b-in-federal-funds-now-at-risk-for-sanctuary-cities/

 

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON
— Sanctuary Cities Received $27 Billion From Feds Each Year  1 in 5 city residents in Los Angeles are illegal immigrants – Elizabeth Harrington  (DIERSEN: What percent of Chicago residents are illegals?)
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/report-sanctuary-cities-received-27-billion-feds-year/
— Gun Sales Dip in January as Trump Takes Office  FBI ran half a million fewer checks than same time last year – Stephen Gutowski  (DIERSEN: As anti-Trumps increase their threats of violence, Trump supporters will start buying more firearms and ammunition again for their self-defense.)
http://freebeacon.com/issues/gun-sales-dip-january-trump-takes-office/

 

INDEPENDENT JOURNAL REVIEW
— ‘Refuse Fascism’ Group That Fanned Anti-Free Speech Flames at UC Berkeley is Soros-Funded – ANGIE MCPHERSON
http://ijr.com/2017/02/793907-refuse-fascism-group-that-fanned-anti-free-speech-flames-at-uc-berkeley-is-soros-funded/

 

NATIONAL REVIEW
— The open war between the establishment and President Trump – MATTHEW CONTINETTI (DIERSEN: Who heads The Establishment in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois?  Are they at war with Trump and his supporters?)
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/444602/donald-trump-establishment-washington-insiders-everything-they-can-destroy

 

THE HILL
— The Trump opposition: Hell hath no fury like Democrats’ scorn – RUSSELL PAUL LA VALLE  (DIERSEN: What plans do the Democrats and the RINOs have to get rid of Republicans in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, in Illinois, and in America?)
https://origin-nyi.thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/national-party-news/317785-the-trump-opposition-hell-hath-no-fury-like-democrats

 

HUFFINGTON POST
— Black History Month: A Time to Celebrate, but Also a Time to Remember the Work Left Undone – Marsha Levick  (DIERSEN: Levick would agree with my critics/opponents, with their operatives, and with their dupes who say that a) that instead of me, the Post Office should have hired a Black in 1966, b) that the Post Office should gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a Black could have my job, c) that instead of me, IRS should have hired a Black in 1971, d) that instead of me, IRS should have promoted Blacks in 1972, 1973, and 1974, e) that instead of me, GAO should have hired a Black in 1980, f) that instead of me, GAO should have promoted a Black in 1986, and g) that GAO should gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a Black could have my job and my preferred corner office.  Further, Levick would agree with those who say that instead of me, Blacks should have been hired to do yard work, deliver newspapers, wash dishes, clean golf shoes, chip slag, pump gasoline, work on an automobile assembly line, work as a security guard, and sell tires, automotive services, and major appliances during the 1960s and 1970s.)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-tragedy-of-wordsworth-academy_us_5894faaee4b061551b3dfe87

 

REUTERS
— German magazine sparks furor with image of Trump beheading Statue of Liberty  (DIERSEN: From what I see, anti-Trumps have NO PROBLEM with this image. Anti-Trumps are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, 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.  Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps promote Islam.)
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-germany-spiegel-idUSKBN15J0EU

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— Not ‘Lone Wolves’ After All: How ISIS Guides Plots by Remote Control – RUKMINI CALLIMACHI  (DIERSEN: Operatives and dupes for my critics/opponents in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois try to paint themselves as being “lone wolves.”  My critics/opponents have lots of clout in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois. They blame me for all of their problems, for all of your problems, for all of my problems, and for all of everyone’s problems.  I should write a book about them.  They would love it.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/04/world/asia/isis-messaging-app-terror-plot.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say that Pence tells Trump what to do and that Trump does what Pence tells him to do.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/03/opinion/trump-with-a-tail.html
— ‘White Privilege’ Essay Contest Stirs Up a Connecticut Town – DANIEL VICTOR  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always demonized, denigrated, and condemned me as being some who has benefited immensely from “White privilege.”  They hint/imply/argue/shout that the only reason why I was able to get jobs, to buy cars, to earn college degrees, to buy real estate, to past professional certification tests, to get a professional license, to get promotions, to get professional certifications, to save for retirement, to etc., WAS BECAUSE OF WHITE PRIVILEGE.  Should I write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who DEMONIZE ME, DENIGRATE ME, AND CONDEMN ME THE MOST?  NOTE: ALL OF THE AFORESAID ARE WHITE.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/03/nyregion/white-privilege-essay-contest-westport-connecticut.html

 

WASHINGTON POST
— Ninth Circuit battle: May Arizona deny driver’s licenses to beneficiaries of Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program? -Eugene Volokh
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/02/04/ninth-circuit-battle-may-arizona-deny-drivers-licenses-to-beneficiaries-of-obamas-deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals-program/

 

NEW YORK POST
— White House to investigate leaks of Trump’s calls to Mexico, Australia – Reuters  (DIERSEN: Just kidding, but not completely – my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes will hint/imply/argue/shout that I am the leaker.)
http://nypost.com/2017/02/04/white-house-to-investigate-leaks-of-trumps-calls-to-mexico-australia/
— Ocean may one day swallow Trump’s ‘Winter White House’ – Jackie Salo  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps blame Trump and blame his supporters for everything that is bad, including bad weather.)
http://nypost.com/2017/02/04/ocean-may-one-day-swallow-trumps-winter-white-house/

 

USA TODAY
— What is a Black Bloc? The tactic that unleashed chaos in Berkeley.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/02/02/what-black-bloc/97393870/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “As concerns mount over LGBT rights, study shows lack of protections.”  From what I see, those who promote LGBTQ activity run America, run Illinois, run Cook County, run Chicago, run etc. and they will get rid of you if you do not promote LGBTQ activity.  Ever-increasingly, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes promote LGBTQ activity.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/02/03/concerns-mount-over-lgbt-rights-study-shows-lack-protections/97402482/

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— FRONT PAGE: Will Lady Gaga Take on Trump at the Super Bowl? Place Your Bets!  Offshore bookmakers are split on whether the outspoken pop star will mention the president in her halftime show; ‘I believe in a passion for inclusion’ – HANNAH KARP  (DIERSEN: The more that you demonize, denigrate, and condemn Trump, Trump’s supporters, Protestants, conservatives, Republicans, Americans, Whites, males, older people, rich people, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time, the more money that members of the following groups will give you: anti-Trumps, anti-Protestants, anti-conservatives, anti-Republicans, anti-Americans, anti-Whites, anti-males, 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.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-super-bowl-tossup-will-lady-gaga-take-on-donald-trump-1486143787

 

FORBES
— Another Travel Ban: IRS Moves To Revoke Passports For Unpaid Taxes – Robert W. Wood
http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2017/02/02/another-travel-ban-irs-moves-to-revoke-passports-for-unpaid-taxes/#1e10b18c7df6

 

SPARTANBURG HERALD JOURNAL
— Loose talk of being ‘un-American’  A pause in immigration from seven Muslim-majorities countries isn’t a violation of our nation’s creed. – RICH LOWRY  (DIERSEN: If there had been as many illegal and legal immigrants in America during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s as there are today, in all likelihood, they would have gotten the jobs that I did doing yard work, delivering newspapers, washing dishes, cleaning golf shoes, chipping slag, pumping gasoline, delivering mail, working on an automobile assemble line, working as a security guard, selling tires, automotive services, and major appliances, collecting delinquent taxes, and auditing federal agencies.)
http://www.goupstate.com/opinion/20170203/lowry-loose-talk-of-being-un-american
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Levels of immigration spiked in the 1880s, dropped in the 1890s, and reached new highs before World War I. They declined precipitously during the war and bounced back afterward. Then the 1924 immigration law brought a new phase of lower immigration that didn’t end until the late 1960s. In 1965, fewer than 300,000 immigrants were admitted to the United States. We have been at elevated levels for decades since then and now admit about 1 million a year. The proportion of the foreign-born population is set to hit a record in 2025.)

 

WYOMING NEWS
— Keep illegal immigrants at bay by axing freebies – Joe Elkins, Cheyenne
http://www.wyomingnews.com/opinion/keep-illegal-immigrants-at-bay-by-axing-freebies/article_832ac2b0-ea9d-11e6-b706-cb7f7fcfb0ca.html

 

WTOP
— Protesters dance from Trump Hotel to White House – Michelle Basch
http://wtop.com/dc/2017/02/protesters-dance-trump-hotel-white-house/slide/1/

 

KRGV
— GAO: IRS Falls Short of Protecting Taxpayers Against Fraud  (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have wasted my knowledge of IRS.  I worked for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $79,563-$90,173.  I worked for GAO on audits of IRS’s Criminal Investigation Division for 3 years at the GS-13 Step 1-3 levels, currently $94,610-$100,917.)
http://www.krgv.com/story/34424851/gao-irs-falls-short-of-protecting-taxpayers-against-fraud

 

OPPOSING VIEWS
— Neighbors Greet Obama Family With Yard Signs – Lauren Briggs
http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/neighbors-greet-obama-family-yard-signs-photos-0

 

NPR
— Trump Backers Want Ideology Test For Extreme Vetting – Deborah Amos  (DIERSEN: From what I see, anti-Trumps have NO PROBLEM with letting into America those who despise, if not hate, if not want to get rid of members of the following groups: Trump supporters, non-Muslins, conservatives, Republicans, Americans, Whites, males, older people, rich people, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/02/04/513289953/trump-backers-want-ideology-test-for-extreme-vetting
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “It’s Not Just The Media — Trump Administration Closed-Lipped With Public Too.”  (DIERSEN: I should write a book about activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Wheaton in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican, but a) who do not want me to know about their activities or their events, do not want me to promote their events, do not want me to attend their events, and/or do not want me to report on their events and b) who pander to Rich Miller and to the rest of the Democrat news media.)
http://www.npr.org/2017/02/03/513311281/advocates-fear-trumps-stance-against-media-will-block-flow-of-information

 

GUARDIAN
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Americans protest in Australia.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/feb/04/protests-held-across-australia-against-donald-trumps-travel-ban
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump’s courtiers bring chaotic and capricious style to White House.  Two weeks in, the new administration resembles the court of a Renaissance king, with favorites infighting and Steve Bannon a Cardinal Richelieu in cargo pants.”
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/04/trump-inner-circle-white-house-court

 

NAPERVILLE AREA AAUW
— Pink Brain, Blue Brain: A Fascinating Look At Gender Differences  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote gender confusion.)
https://www.meetup.com/American-Association-of-University-Women-Naperville-Area/events/236728719/

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.