February 8 Morning Edition

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Kevin Wiley Campaign Report  (DIERSEN:  GOPUSA ILLINOIS encourages Republican campaigns, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, etc. to email such reports to diersen@aol.com.  My spending 10+  hours each and every day putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS together and sending them out severely limits the number of events that  I can attend and report on.)
(THE REPORT: Last night’s fundraiser was a great success with just over 80 people in attendance and the contributions still coming in. Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti discussed how devastating it would be for Illinois with J.B. Pritzker as Governor, John Cullerton as the Senate President, and Mike Madigan as the House Majority leader. Erika Harold highlighted the state of corruption that exist in Springfield and made the case for how important it is to have a real Attorney General in office. Both speakers talked about how important it is to have elected leaders like Kevin Wiley in officer. Kevin has been serving us locally as a Fire District Board Trustee and now as you DuPage County Board Member. He has also been serving us for over 34-years in the United States Army and is now a Colonel in the 9th Mission Support Command in the Pacific. His family has chosen to serve as well. His daughter now sits on the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, his eldest son is serving with the 82nd Airborne, and his youngest son is an ROTC cadet at Wheaton College. Standing by their side making it all possible is Laura Wiley. Bob Larsen and Jim Zay talked about the County Boards accomplishments and emphasized how we have kept the property tax levy flat. Then to wrap the night up, Kevin Wiley thanked all in attendance and shared a quote from the Super Bowl Champions Head Coach Doug Pederson. “An individual can make a difference, a team can make a miracle”. Kevin highlighted that this is how we will win in November and beyond. The dignitaries in attendance include:


Elected Officials
Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti
Attorney General Candidate Erika Harold
DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan
DuPage County Clerk of the Circuit Court Chris Kachiroubas
DuPage County Corner Richard Jorgensen
DuPage County Recorder Fred Bucholz


Erik Spande – President, Village of Winfield
Ruben Pineda – Mayor, City of West Chicago


Party Chairman
Brian Krajewski – DuPage County Chairman
Burt Minor – Winfield Township Chairman
Marty Keller – Milton Township Chairman


DuPage County Board Members
Bob Larsen – CB 6
Brian Krajewski – CB 3
Grant Eckhoff – CB 4
James Healy – CB 5
Janice Anderson – CB 5
Jim Zay – CB 6
Tim Elliott – CB 4
Tonia Khouri – CB 5
Kevin Wiley – CB 6

Forest Preserve

Al Murphy – FP 6


Local Officials
Wayne Township Supervisor – Randy Ramey
Wayne Township Trustee – Tom Feltes
Wayne Township Trustee – Jackie Hayden
Wayne Township Assessor – Mike Musson
Winfield Township Assessor – Mark Malay
Winfield Township Clerk – Nicole Prater

23rd State Senate Candidate – Seth Lewis
46th State Rep Candidate – Jay Kinzler
Jim Mendrick – Candidate DuPage County Sheriff
Paula McGowen – Candidate for CB 4)


— Ives launches radio ad: Republican governor candidate state Rep. Jeanne Ives has launched a radio ad that begins by playing off the attention she has received for her controversial TV commercial. “Now that I’ve got your attention,” is how Ives begins narrating her ad. In the one-minute spot, Ives accuses Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner of having “betrayed conservative families” as she also touts “battling Chicago Democrats” in the legislature and opposing a bill she contends “took money from your schools to bail out the Chicago Public Schools.” “Rauner can’t win re-election. He said he’s not in charge,” she says in the ad. “With your help, I’ll lead the charge.” – Rick Pearson
— Preckwinkle backs Pritzker, day after he apologized for remarks on African-American politicians – Hal Dardick
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, members of Group A demonize, denigrate, and condemn members of Group B. Members of Group A 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, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors and members of Group B 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.
— Pritzker running mate wants to make it easier for jail inmates to vote – Monique Garcia (DIERSEN: What percent of criminals vote for Democrats – 98%, 99%, 100+%?)
— Lawsuit seeking first lady emails might end: A former member of Gov. Rauner’s communications team has asked to dismiss a lawsuit seeking emails from first lady Diana Rauner about a controversial abortion bill. – Monique Garcia
— Rauner denies clemency to green card-holding veteran facing deportation – Manya Brachear Pashman
— First, a military parade. Will a mock uniform with epaulets be next? – Jennifer Rubn (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who since 1978 have worked the hardest a) to discourage Republican participation in Wheaton Independence Day parades, b) to discourage Republican sponsorship of the parades, and c) to discourage people from watching the parades.)


— Small government think tank yields big bucks for nonprofit’s leaders – Mick Dumke and Tina Sfondeles (DIERSEN: Since 2000, to discredit me, my competitors, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress that a) no one pays me for what I do as your GOPUSA Illinois Editor, b) no one pays for GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, c) the emails do not contain any pictures or advertising, and d) many individuals, organizations, and companies that state that they are conservative and/or Republican do not read the emails, do not encourage others to read the emails, and some even discourage others from reading the emails.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Well before John Tillman began running the Illinois Policy Institute a decade ago, the nonprofit think tank was calling for major reforms to state government, especially its finances. But few in Springfield — or elsewhere in Illinois — paid attention. That changed when Tillman relaunched the institute in 2007. The organization steadily expanded its work and influence after the conservative activist took over, while contributions shot up from about $341,000 in 2007 to $6.4 million in 2016 — a nearly 19-fold increase in a decade. Tillman was also able to ratchet up the group’s output of research and advocacy. Its studies and opinion pieces on cutting government spending and boosting transparency became must-read material to many Republicans, some Democrats — and to the governor of Illinois. But while the institute attacked political insiders for profiting off the system, Tillman was able to increase his own bottom line, parlaying a small-government message into growing paychecks for himself and other top staff members, tax filings and audits show. . .In 2015, the Illinois Opportunity Project paid $102,000 to AKJ Consulting of Hinsdale —- an entity whose agent and manager is Pat Hughes, one of the co-founders and leaders of the Illinois Opportunity Project. Hughes also holds positions at the Liberty Justice Center and Illinois Policy Institute. In 2014, Think Freely Media reported paying $64,000 to Dan Proft as a consultant. Proft, another founder of the Illinois Opportunity Project, was a senior fellow at the institute until taking a leave to focus on political work, which includes running the political action committee Liberty Principles. During 2015 and 2016, Think Freely also paid $211,500 to Starfish Consulting LLC, which lists Proft as its president in its state registration . . .In 2013, Tillman held leadership positions at all five nonprofits, which reported to the IRS that he worked a total of 51 hours a week for $485,411 in total pay. The following year, he reported working 75 hours a week at the organizations, though his pay fell to $398,414. The reported numbers show that Tillman collected pay that was often well above how comparable organizations in other states compensated their leaders. His reported compensation dropped again in 2015, to $366,631. But that still exceeded the pay of top executives at other, similar organizations, including the Michigan-based Mackinac Center and the Texas Public Policy Foundation, tax records show. Those pay figures don’t include money that Tillman received from Crowdskout or other for-profit entities. Tillman said his pay was fair. “We compare my compensation to a variety of organizations of similar size, impact and growth, state-based and national, including ProPublica,” Tillman wrote.)
— Duckworth, Durbin call Trump parade a big waste for taxpayers – Lynn Sweet (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who since 1978 have worked the hardest a) to discourage Republican participation in Wheaton Independence Day parades, b) to discourage Republican sponsorship of the parades, and c) to discourage people from watching the parades.)
— Preckwinkle backs Pritzker, shrugs off ‘casual conversations’ with Blagojevich – Rachel Hinton
— When a Holocaust denier slithered into view, the Illinois GOP failed to act – Editorial (DIERSEN: From what I see, the Illinois Republican Party’s (IRP) top priority is to get rid of those like me who support the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and other planks in the IRP platform.)
— Uber study using Chicago data finds male drivers earn more than female drivers – Tanveer Ali


— 42nd GOP hopefuls Byrne, Grant, and Minor talk abortion bill, ‘religious freedom’ laws – Burt Constable
(FROM THE ARTICLE: All three are Catholic and describe themselves as “pro-life,” but Minor says that while he was “disappointed greatly” that Rauner signed a bill allowing tax dollars to pay for abortions, he would work with that existing law. Grant and Byrne disagree. “Taxpayers should not have to fund abortions,” Grant says, adding that she would like to see the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortions be overturned. Saying that he “wrestles” with the potential “threat of two lives lost” in an illegal abortion, Byrne says, “I don’t think it should be funded by taxpayer dollars.” The candidates also differed on so-called religious freedom laws that would allow medical facilities and business owners the right to discriminate against people who request services that are in opposition to the vendors’ religious beliefs. Grant and Byrne said businesses should have the right to discriminate for religious reasons, but should strive to be polite, compassionate and civil. Minor disagreed with the laws. “We have to protect anybody,” Minor said. All the candidates favor some form of term limits for politicians, as well as a restructuring of Illinois’ pension system to move future governmental employees into contribution plans such as 401(k) funds. Byrne supports the legalization of recreational marijuana, which he called a “great, untapped resource” for tax revenue, while Grant and Minor said they would not favor the legalization.)
— Rauner to run ads tying Ives to Madigan (DIERSEN: Who do your critics/opponents hint/imply/argue/shout that you are tied to?)
— Kane state’s attorney continues fight for victim’s advocate funding – Harry Hitzeman
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who reject the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and other planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform attack Ives.

— Will Jeanne Ives’ controversial ad help or hurt her campaign? – PETER ZIMMERMAN


— Bill extending medical marijuana program to opioid users passes committee – Brenden Moore (DIERSEN: To promote pot for medical use is to promote pot for recreational use. If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)
— Springfield woman’s trust to help needy families with veterinary services – John Reynolds (DIERSEN HEADLINE: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would stress that one reason why I can afford to spend 10+ hours each and every day and to spend thousands of dollars each year putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS together and sending them out free of charge and without any advertising is that I have never owned a pet. SEE: Owning a pet can cost you $42,000, or 7 times as much as you expect by Zack Guzman at https://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/27/how-much-does-it-cost-to-own-a-dog-7-times-more-than-you-expect.html)


— Trump Says He Will Focus On Opioid Law Enforcement, Not Treatment – GREG ALLEN (DIERSEN: Republicans focus on law enforcement. Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs focus on treatment.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pat Brady defends Tim Schneider, and therefore, he defends Bruce Rauner. From what I see, the Illinois Republican Party’s (IRP) top priority is to get rid of those like me who support the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and other planks in the IRP platform.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, “religious leaders” act as operatives or as dupes for the anti-religious Democrat Party.


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Rauner promoters say “Political smear campaigns stifle progress.”


— Cook County GOP’s endorsement of Rauner may not be what it seems – W.J. Kennedy


— Illinois’ pension crisis: Incompetence or malice? – Ted Dabrowski


— Rauner admits he doesn’t advocate for Illinois needs with Trump (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Rauner talks and acts like he rejects the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and many other planks in the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) platform. In Illinois, if you are not going to defend and advance the IRP platform, you should not seek or hold any kind of government or political office as a Republican.)


— Proposed ‘privilege’ tax on capital gains called ‘jobs killer’ by lawmaker – Cole Lauterbach




— Jeanne Ives — Not Bruce Rauner — Is the Future of the Republican Party – Frank Cannon (DIERSEN: Under Rauner, ever-increasingly, the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) acts like it is an operative or a dupe for those who reject the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and other planks in the IRP platform.)


— Rep. Keith Ellison at Rally Denouncing Trump as White Supremacist: ‘Justice for all … Whether You’re Born Here or Not’ – PENNY STARR (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the Democrat Party makes it clear that it is 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, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— Trump’s military parade draws bipartisan rebuke – BRYAN BENDER (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who since 1978 have worked the hardest a) to discourage Republican participation in Wheaton Independence Day parades, b) to discourage Republican sponsorship of the parades, and c) to discourage people from watching the parades.)


— Republican John Cox boosts personal investment in his campaign for California governor to $4 million – SEEMA MEHTA (DIERSEN: What are your connections with John Cox? I served with Cox on the Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee. The Daily Herald reported that Cox attended my July 5, 2003 picnic in the Prairie Path Park in my precinct that I had organized for the residents of my precinct and the residents of Jeanne Ives’ precinct to the east and Debra Olson’s precinct to west. Attendees got to meet the five announced Republican candidates for U.S. Senate – John Cox, Chirinjeev Kathuria, Andy McKenna, Jim Oberweis, and Jack Ryan. Cox brought Jays Potato Chips. Oberweis brought ice cream. The 200+ attendees included now Congressman Randy Hultgren. Jack Ryan won the primary, but withdrew. His replacement, Alan Keyes lost to Barack Obama.)


— FRONT PAGE: How YouTube Drives People to the Internet’s Darkest Corners Google’s video site often recommends divisive or misleading material, despite recent changes designed to fix the problem – Jack Nicas
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps want individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are members of the following groups to take over America and to destroy America: 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, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.


— Rising Tax Rate Can’t End Illinois’ Economic Drought Yet leading candidates to replace Gov. Bruce Rauner think the only problem with the state’s income tax rate is that it doesn’t go high enough. – Steve Chapman

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.