February 5, 2023

— Local Republican Leaders Select Lemont Mayor John Egofske, an Independent Who Endorsed Democrats, to Fill Jim Durkin’s Vacant House Seat (COMMENT: Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform. The Republican Party platform is conservative. How will Egofske respond to ever-increasing pressure from hate-filled conservative-hating leaders of the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) a) to officially abolish the individual responsibility, traditional marriage/family, right to life, immigration, Second Amendment, illegal drugs, equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving), and other planks in the Republican Party platform, b) to officially banish conservatives from the IRP, and c) to officially dissolve the IRP?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In 2020, Egofske endorsed Democratic US Rep. Daniel Lipinski and on October 22, 2022, just weeks before the midterm election, Egofske endorsed Illinois Democratic State Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr., a member of Democratic House Speaker Chris Welch’s leadership team – where he serves as Downstate Caucus Whip, saying, “Regardless of partisan politics, it’s all about getting things done, and I have seen firsthand that Larry Walsh Jr gets things done.” Sources confirm to Illinois Review that Durkin wrote a letter of support to the committee, expressing his support for Egofske to replace him in the Illinois House of Representatives. In announcing the formation of the committee tasked with finding Durkin’s replacement, DuPage Republican Chairman Jim Zay said, “Leader Durkin has been a tremendous advocate for our region and state, and we thank him for his extraordinary service. Our committee looks forward to a transparent and thorough process to fill this important position.” In addition to Zay, the committee includes Tim Ozinga (Will Co.), Michael Shackel (Lemont Twp.), Terrance Carr (Lyons Twp.), Cindy Nelson Katsenes (Orland Twp.) and Sean Morrison (Palos Twp.). The vote is weighted, with Zay’s vote having the most influence on the committee (44%). Carr, 24%; Shackel, 22%; Ozinga, 4%; Katsenes, 3%; and Morrison, 2%. During the Republican primary, Durkin, Morrison, Ozinga and Zay endorsed Richard Irvin’s campaign for governor. But in previous elections, Irvin not only pulled Democratic Primary ballots in 2014, 2016 and 2020, but he also spent years praising Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker – referring to him as a “great friend and a great leader.” And in 2020, Irvin attended a Black Lives Matter rally, yelling, “I can’t breathe!” During the midterm election, Durkin suffered embarrassing losses, giving House Democrats once again, supermajority control in the Illinois House. In media interviews after announcing his resignation as House GOP leader the day after the midterms, Durkin attempted to place all of the blame on the 45th President of the United States Donald Trump. “As long as we continue to say that we are the party of Trump and that we have to abide by the party principles in the platform, 100% we’re gonna continue down this path of losing.” When Durkin announced that he was resigning from his seat in the legislature in January, he once again blamed Trump for Illinois’ losses, saying, “I hope that at some point in the near future, and I think we’re getting there, that the party breaks its fever of Donald Trump and understands and learns from the past. Some people will never get there.” Durkin then suggested that pro-life and 2nd Amendment issues were “dragging” the Republican party down. “So I would just say the sooner that the public realizes that he’s not value added to the Republican Party, we can start looking at what this party used to be about. A party that didn’t insist upon this purity test. A party that is a fiscally conservative first of all, certainly, but we can have a fair and respectful debate within the party on issues related to the Second Amendment, to life and these other social issues, that have been dragging us down in areas that we have to compete in — mainly the suburbs and the collar counties.” In the last few months, Illinois Review has published several articles about Durkin using his political influence to target conservative grassroots candidates during the Illinois Primary. Sources also confirmed to Illinois Review that the IL GOP is blaming Durkin for the party’s postage discount abuse, where mailers “Paid for by the Republican Party of Illinois” were sent during the primary to viciously attack conservative Republican grassroots candidates that were challenging Durkin’s friends and political allies. And in January, before he resigned from the legislature, Durkin was the only Republican to join the Democrats, voting in favor of the assault weapons ban. Attorney and former Illinois Attorney General candidate Thomas DeVore has filed multiple lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the assault weapons ban on the equal protection clause, and so far, Judges in Effingham and White Counties, and the 5th District Appellate Court view the equal protection clause as the most credible argument in the case – and a literal “silver bullet” for DeVore and his plaintiffs. In another blow to Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker’s assault weapons ban, and following the directive of the Appellate Court, White County Judge T. Scott Webb on Thursday granted DeVore’s motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO), halting the ban while the lawsuit proceeds. The lawsuit raises the same claims as the one filed in Effingham County, where Judge Joshua Morrison granted the first TRO and names Gov. JB Pritzker, State Senate President Don Harmon, D, Illinois House Speaker Christopher Welch, D, and Attorney General Kwame Raoul, D, as defendants. The lawsuit filed in White County by DeVore includes over 1,600 plaintiffs, including former Illinois State Senator and Republican nominee for governor Darren Bailey; 68 federal firearms dealers and covers 92 counties. On Tuesday, 5th District Appellate Court affirmed Effingham County’s TRO and goes beyond the original 866 plaintiffs in the original lawsuit, and is now binding precedent on all lower courts statewide.)

— Northern Illinois Not Important Enough to Merit Overflight by Chinese Spy Balloon
— Will Crystal Lake Holiday Inn Cave to Antifa?
— An Editorial Cartoon Featuring Illinois Politics Groundhog Day Adaptation

— Republicans continue pushback against Pritzker’s consecutive executive orders – Andrew Hensel

— State Rep. Paul Jacobs (R-Pomona) calls Illinois’ new firearms ban law ‘a violation of the 2nd Amendment,’ pushes for repeal.

— COMMENT: Democrats say “New Illinois Supreme Court justices got major boost from hidden spending by Democratic group.”
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote illegal immigration.
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH PICTURE IN NAPERVILLE SUN: COMMENT: Democrats say “MoneyGeek report names Naperville safest city in America 2023, besting Aurora, Elgin and 260 other towns nationwide.”

— FRONT PAFE: COMMENT: Democrats say “Anti-abortion activists push GOP presidential hopefuls to back federal limits.”

— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats use 1619 to promote hatred against Republicans.
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats use Highland Park to abolish the Second Amendment.
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, since the Civil War, Democrats blame Republicans for all the problems that Blacks have had, are having, and will have.

— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats use Highland Park to abolish the Second Amendment.

— COMMENT: Democrats say “New US Race, Ethnicity Standards Proposed for First Time Since 1997.” Ever-increasing, under the Democrats, a) White is the most hated race in America and b) Italian and German are the two most hated national origins in America.
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats encourage citizens of foreign countries to claim refugee status in America.
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats encourage Blacks to be LGBTQers.

— COMMENT: Democrats say “US states take control of abortion debate with funding focus.” Soon, if not already, will Illinois Democrats give abortion providers enough money that they can provide abortions for free, but failing that, give women lots of money to have abortions?

— COMMENT: Democrats say “8 tax deductions, credits you may qualify for in 2023.” I should write a book about Money Magazine’s and IRS’s disallowance of my education deductions in 1978.
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Education There are roughly a dozen tax breaks related to education, according to Steber. One of the most common is a deduction for the amount of interest you’ve paid on your student loans. According to the IRS, you can deduct up to $2,500.)

— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats push pot.

— COMMENT: Democrats say “Area Republican leaders have chosen Lemont Mayor John Egofske as the new state representative for the 82nd District.”
— COMMENT: Democrats say “GOP ‘Confidentiality’ On Durkin Replacement. The public is being kept out of the loop until Saturday’s meeting of party insiders.”

— Abortion debate to dominate 2024 races with Republican Party doubling down on bans – Susan Ferrechio (COMMENT: I should write a book about anti-conservatives whose main, if not only, purpose since 2000 for doing the following in DuPage County has been to abolish the right to life plank in the Republican Party platform: a) serve as a Republican Precinct Committeeman, b) serve on township party and/or DuPage County Republican Central Committee (DCRCC) committees, c) chair township party and/or DCRCC committees, and d) serve as township party and/or DCRCC officers. Then I should write a book about those who have done the aforesaid to abolish the following additional planks in the Republican Party platform: individual responsibility, traditional marriage/family, immigration, Second Amendment, illegal drugs, and/or equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving).)
— China, with a single balloon, mocks and weakens America – Cheryl K. Chumley

— The Left’s never-ending war to force everyone to approve of its lifestyles – Editorial (COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote a) dependency on government and charity, b) LGBTQ, c) abortion, d) booze and pot, and/or e) gambling. Therefore, ever-increasingly, everyone should expect that Democrats are a) future wards of the state, if not already, b) LGBTQ, c) childless, d) impaired, and/or e) poor. Ever-increasingly, Pritzker is the champion of the aforesaid.)
— The State of Our Union under Biden: A weaker, less secure, more divided America – Editorial
— The ‘systemic’ problem with policing isn’t racism – Editorial (COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, since the Civil War, Democrats blame Republicans for all the problems that Blacks have had, are having, and will have.)
— ‘Promises made’: Here’s what House Republicans have accomplished one month after taking majority – Cami Mondeaux

— Revised AP African American Studies curriculum delivers course students deserve – Ilya Shapiro
— A new solution for New York’s gun problems: Enforcement and punishment – Kevin Williamson

— Overcoming the Woke Mob – Blaine Pardoe
— Does Inequality Make America Impossible? To make progress, the United States needs to get out of the race business. (COMMENT: If I had been a Democrat, the Democrats who ran the federal government would have promoted me into their Senior Executive Service before I was 40, and long before I was 40 if I had been a minority and/or female.)

— Whether it’s illegals or balloons, Joe Biden fails to protect the US – Monica Showalter
— American Students — Dumber and More Woke – Robert Weissberg
— ‘Equity’ or Fighting Crime: You Can Pick Just One – Ed Brodow (COMMENT: The Democrat Party platform promotes poverty and crime.)

— The Politically Incorrect Truth About America’s Rifle – Stephen P. Halbrook
— A Look At Some Of What To Expect In 2023 – JASON OUIMET, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NRA-ILA

— Vice Chair of FL GOP Christian Ziegler: Only 17,000 of the Net 1 Million Moving to the State Registered Democrat – HANNAH BLEAU
— Multiple States to Consider Bills to Shut Down Immigration Detention Centers – SPENCER LINDQUIST (COMMENT: Constructively, Democrats have abolished America’s borders and have surrendered America to its invading enemies.)

— Nikki Haley Says Older Politicians Like Biden Should Undergo ‘Some Sort of Cognitive Test’ (COMMENT: How old are you? I am 74. What do you stress in defense of your cognitive abilities? I stress my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters.)

— Schools To Host Black Lives Matter At School Week Which Teaches Kids About ‘Trans Affirmation,’ ‘Restorative Justice’ – REAGAN REESE

— Bills to Shut Down Immigration Detention Spring up in Multiple States – David Jaroslav (COMMENT: Constructively, Democrats have abolished America’s borders and have surrendered America to its invading enemies.)

— The left doesn’t want equality, they want special treatment – Lisa Boothe (COMMENT: Under the Democrats, ever-increasingly, minorities, females. LGBTQers, unmarried people, younger people, liberals, moderates, non-Christians, non-Protestants, non-Italian Americans, non-German Americans, those whose ancestors have not been in America for a long time, citizens of foreign countries, and those who have less money than others demand more and more and more preference over Whites, males, heterosexuals, married people, older people, conservatives, Christians, Protestants, Italian Americans, German Americans, those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time, citizens of America, and those who have more money than others.)
— Texas lawmakers want feds to reimburse states for the high cost of Biden’s border crisis. Texas has spent more than $3 billion on border security over the last 15 years. – Peter Kasperowicz

— NYC residents are just about fed up with the migrants
— Illegals overrunning Yuma’s only hospital – MEGAN MYERS

— Biden Admin Tried To Hide CCP Spy Balloon, Finally Shoots It Down After It Traverses Entire Nation.

— Democrats Becoming ‘Majority-Minority Party’ Led by College-Educated Whites – ARI BLAFF

— PBS Host, Top Journalism Dean Agree Black Officers Motivated by White Supremacy – Clay Waters (COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, since the Civil War, Democrats blame Republicans for all the problems that Blacks have had, are having, and will have.)

— Implement E-Verify

— Democrats Get Even More Racist – Derek Hunter

— COMMENT: To use pot is to impair yourself. Ever-increasingly, Democrats encourage everyone to use more and more and more pot. How much pot do those who you have to rely on use? Under the Democrats, expect that they will be ever-increasingly impaired. Ask my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes if I had been a pot user, would I have been able a) to take college preparatory courses and to graduate in the upper 20% of my Crete-Monee High School class in 1966, b) to get an ACT score of 24 in 1966, c) to earn a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU in 1970, d) to earn an MBA from Loyola in 1976, e) to pass the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979, f) to earn a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, g) to pass the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981, h) to become a licensed CPA in 1981, and i) to earn a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997. If I had been a pot user, a) S.S. Kresge would not have hired me in 1964, b) the Post Office would not have hired me in 1966, c) Firestone Stores would not have hired me in 1970, d) Oldsmobile would not have offered me a job in 1971, e) IRS would not have hired me in 1971, and f) GAO would not have hired me in 1980. If I had been a pot user, I would not have been able to buy new cars in 1966, 1967, 1968, 1971, etc. If I had been a pot user, I would not have been able to buy real estate in 1972, 1974, or 1976. If I had been a pot user, I would not have been able to get married in 1978.

— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats use 1619 to promote hatred against Republicans.

— COMMENT: Democrats say “West Virginia house bill would prevent credit card tracking of firearms sales.” If Democrats succeed in abolishing the Second Amendment, they will confiscate all firearms and ammunition from Republicans.
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats a) glorify and praise illegals and b) demonize, denigrate, and condemn citizens of America.

— COMMENT: Democrats say “Stolen Guns Are Fueling Violent Crime in the US.” I have had a FOID card since I was 20 years old in 1968. Of course, Illinois criminals know who the FOID card holders are in Illinois. That might encourage some criminals to avoid FOID card holders. That might encourage other criminals to invade the homes of FOID card holders to steal their firearms and ammunition. Of course, if/when semiautomatic firearms are registered in Illinois, Illinois criminals will know who has them.
— COMMENT: Democrats want to abolish the Second Amendment. As Democrats ever-increasingly destroy America, poverty and crime will ever-increasingly increase. Therefore, ever-increasingly, 911 response times will increase and Americans will need to buy more and more and more firearms for their self-defense.
(FROM THE ARTICLE: When the Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that the Second Amendment protects individuals’ right to gun ownership, it emphasized the ability “of law-abiding, responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home.” When it expanded that decision last year in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, the court noted that “ordinary, law-abiding citizens have a similar right to carry handguns publicly for their self-defense.”

— COMMENT: Democrats crow that “Immigration courts are bursting.”

— COMMENT: Democrats say “Border security won’t quell the crush of humanity seeking safety in the U.S.”

— COMMENT: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater calls the following RINOs: Trump, Josh Hawley, Kari Lake, Matt Gaetz, George Santos, Kevin McCarthy, Lauren Boebert, Jim Jordan, et al.

— COMMENT: Democrats want to outlaw AR-15s and say “This is why some members of Congress have been seen wearing lapel pins resembling miniature AR-15 rifles.”

— What to do if you didn’t get promoted – Mita Mallick (COMMENT: IRS promoted me to GS-12 Step 1 (currently $92,279/year) when I was 25 in 1974, but no promotions after that. To transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980, GAO forced me to take a downgrade from GS-12 Step 5 (currently $104,583) to GS-9 Step 10 (currently $82,720/year), a $21,863/year (21%) in today’s dollars. GAO did not promote me back to GS-12 Step 5 until 1982. GAO promoted me to GS-13 (currently $109,732/year) in 1986, but no promotions after that. QUESTION: What could I have done, but I refused to do, to get a) promoted by IRS to GS-13, GS-14 (currently $129,671/year), GS-15 (currently $152,527/year), and Senior Executive Service (SES) (currently $183,500/year) by age 40 and b) promoted by GAO to GS-14, GS-15, and SES by age 40? ANSWER: I refused to become a Democrat. I refused to help my IRS and GAO superiors get rid of their employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who they had not promoted to GS-13 my age 25, to GS-14 by age 30, to GS-15 by age 35, and to SES by age 40. If I had been a Democrat, minority, and/or female, IRS and/or GAO would have promoted me to SES long before I was 40 because I had earned an MBA when I was 27, passed the CPA examination on my first attempt when I was 30, earned a master’s degree in accounting when I was 31, passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt when I was 32, and became a licensed CPA when I was 32.)

— COMMENT: Democrats crow that “American universities are hiring based on devotion to diversity,” that is, that American universities discriminate against those who are heterosexual, conservative, Republican, White, male, older, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and/or have ancestors who have been in America for a long time.

— COMMENT: Democrats crow about their success in making younger voters anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-married people, rich people, anti-Christian, anti-Protestant, anti-Italian American, anti-German American, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.

— News aggregator (COMMENT: I am a conservative nonprofit Republican news aggregator. I should write a book about those a) who do not want me to drive traffic to their websites, b) who do everything that they can to stop me from sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters, and/or c) who do everything that that can to stop everyone from reading those newsletters. I would focus on those who paint themselves as being religious, conservative, and/or Republican. I would focus on those who destroy those like me a) who they cannot manipulate or dominate, b) who refuse to glorify and praise them, c) who refuse to pander to them, d) who refuse to serve as one of their operatives or dupes, e) who refuse to cover up their wrong doing, and/or f) who refuse to give them money. I would focus on those who taken the most/biggest adverse actions against me. I would focus on the aforesaid who paywall me. Obviously, those who reject the following planks in the Republican Party platform do not want me to include links in GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters to articles that promote the following planks: individual responsibility, traditional marriage/family, right to life, immigration, Second Amendment, illegal drugs, and/or equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving). Everyone in Illinois sees how the Illinois Republican Party, Illinois Senate GOP, and Illinois House GOP treat me and treat my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters. Everyone in DuPage County sees how the DuPage County Republican Central Committee treats me and treats my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters. Everyone in Milton Township sees how the Milton Township Republican Organization treats me and treats my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters.)

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.