January 11 Evening Edition

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— Milton Township Republican Central Committee Meeting – Dave Diersen
http://www.gopillinois.com
(THE ARTICLE: Attendees at the outstanding Milton Township Republican Central Committee Meeting Wednesday evening, January 11, 2017, at the Wheaton Bowl Banquet Hall included Almiron, Austin, Bennet, Bolds, Chirchirillo, Eckhoff, Falbo, Fenne, Fitch, Fitzpatrick, Formento, Grant, Henry, Hinkle, Jorgensen, Keller, Kinzler, Krzyzewski, Lofgren, Lowe, McGowen, McNeily, Mendrick, Molitor, Muehlfelt, Nathwani, Orel, Ryan, Zaruba, and Zay.)

 

ABC7
— TRUMP DENOUNCES ‘DISGRACE’ OF REPORTS OF RUSSIAN TIES TO HIM – AP
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/trump-denounces-disgrace-of-reports-of-russian-ties-to-him/1697045/
— ILLINOIS’ 100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY SWORN IN – Michelle Gallardo
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/illinois-100th-general-assembly-sworn-in/1697115/

 

NBC5
— Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin Sends Message at Inauguration – Mary Ann Ahern
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/illinois-house-minority-leader-jim-durkin-sends-message-410461835.html
— Inaugural Parade Performers Include Midwest Groups – Mary Ann Ahern
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/midwest-performers-trump-inauguration-410449195.html
— Localize It: Illinois Communities Set Their Own Marijuana Fines  (DIERSEN: The lower that you set fines for pot, the more that you promote pot.)
http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/illinois-marijuana-fines-local-410447715.html

 

CBS2
— Trump Rails Against ‘Fake News,’ Previews His White House Agenda – Derrick Blakley
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/01/11/trump-rails-against-fake-news-previews-his-white-house-agenda/
— DuPage Looking To Merge Election Commission With County Clerk – Craig Dellimore
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/01/11/dupage-looking-to-merge-election-commission-with-county-clerk/

 

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Madigan re-elected Illinois speaker, nears US tenure record – AP
http://www.fox32chicago.com/politics/228565212-story

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Madigan re-elected speaker for 17th time, lays out Democratic economic agenda – Monique Garcia and Kim Geiger
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-michael-madigan-reelected-met-0112-20170111-story.html
— Sen. Oberweis: 100th General Assembly brings new challenges, new opportunities
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/wheaton/community/chi-ugc-article-sen-oberweis-100th-general-assembly-brings-2-2017-01-11-story.html
— Trump administration member Todd Ricketts to join Cubs at Obama White House – Kim Janssen
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chicagoinc/ct-cubs-obama-white-house-0112-chicago-inc-20170111-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps “Fact-checking President-elect Donald Trump’s news conference.”
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-fact-check-trump-news-conference-20170111-story.html
— Judge asked to rule on spending of Aaron Schock campaign money
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-aaron-schock-trial-20170111-story.html
— What the bleep happened at the Trump news conference? – Alexandra Petri
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-trump-news-conference-commentary-20170111-story.html
— Mom to remove girl from Elmwood Park school over racist phone message
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elmwood-park/news/ct-elm-racist-locker-message-tl-0119-20170111-story.html
— Why didn’t Sasha Obama join her family in Chicago for farewell address? – Samantha Schmidt
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-sasha-obama-president-obama-farewell-address-20170111-story.html
— Same as ever: Madigan re-elected House speaker with only one holdout – Editorial
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-michael-madigan-speaker-again-edit-0112-md-20170111-story.html
— FBI, CIA, DNI, NSA all agreed: Tell Trump about explosive claims – Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima, Karen DeYoung
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-dossier-intel-20170111-story.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Former state Rep. Ron Sandack is Springfield’s newest lobbyist – Tina Sfondeles
http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/former-state-rep-ron-sandack-is-springfields-newest-lobbyist/
— Madigan starts record-setting term hoping ‘to end the acrimony’ – Tina Sfondeles
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/madigan-says-house-dems-will-propose-budget-agenda/
— Chicago, Illinois scored big projects during Obama terms – Lynn Sweet
http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/sweet-chicago-illinois-scored-big-projects-during-obama-terms/
— CPS watchdog launches data unit, hires investigative reporters – Lauren FitzPatrick
http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/cps-watchdog-launches-data-unit-hires-investigative-reporters/

 

DAILY HERALD
— Trump news spreads faster than reporters can verify – AP
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170111/news/170119740/
— Districts hoping state legislation will keep referendums valid – Robert Sanchez
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170111/news/170119703/
— New Legislature, same old problem in Illinois: No budget – AP
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170111/news/301119928/

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Budget peace looms—and biz groups check their wallets – GREG HINZ
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170111/BLOGS02/170119968/illinois-budget-deal-looms-and-business-groups-assess-damage
— Underwater homeownership more common in minority neighborhoods – DENNIS RODKIN
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20170111/CRED0701/170119974/underwater-homeownership-more-common-in-minority-neighborhoods

 

QUINCY HERALD WHIG
— Jil Tracy dives into new role in Illinois Senate – Doug Wilson
http://www.whig.com/20170111/jil-tracy-dives-into-new-role-in-illinois-senate

 

NORTHWEST HERALD
— New McHenry County lawmakers take seats in Springfield, face hard battles ahead – KEVIN P. CRAVER
http://www.nwherald.com/2017/01/11/new-mchenry-county-lawmakers-take-seats-in-springfield-face-hard-battles-ahead/a8i642n/

 

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— Michael Madigan elected to 17th term as Illinois House Speaker
http://www.pjstar.com/news/20170111/michael-madigan-elected-to-17th-term-as-illinois-house-speaker

 

JOURNAL & TOPICS
— Area Reps Start Congressional Session With Republicans In Lead  Dems Say They’ll Search For Common Ground, But Stand Against Trump, GOP Where They Must – TOM ROBB
http://www.journal-topics.com/news/article_2ff63d52-d82f-11e6-9d86-034f04aa2c62.html

 

SUBURBAN LIFE
— DuPage Election Commission to consider 7 candidacies in challenge hearing – NATHAN LURZ
http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2017/01/09/dupage-election-commission-to-consider-7-candidacies-in-challenge-hearing/abuatft/
— Public responds to proposed DuPage County Election Commission, clerk consolidation – NATHAN LURZ
http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2017/01/10/public-responds-to-proposed-dupage-county-election-commission-clerk-consolidation/awz0jun/
— Breen says he won’t keep stipend for leadership post – ERIC SCHELKOPF
http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2017/01/10/breen-says-he-wont-keep-stipend-for-leadership-post/af08ie1/

 

CHICAGO MAGAZINE
— UIC Study Busts Stereotype That  Liberals Don’t Hold Anything Sacred  People on both sides of the political spectrum take stances that defend the sacred—depending on the topic. – BETTINA CHANG
http://www.chicagomag.com/city-life/January-2017/Moral-Sanctity-Study/

 

WHEATON PATCH
— Wheaton Native Found Fatally Shot in Still-Running Car Near Chicago School He Worked At   A GoFundMe campaign has been started to help the family of Jason Goodfriend, who was the business manager at Chicago Tech Academy. – Joe Vince
http://patch.com/illinois/wheaton/wheaton-native-found-fatally-shot-still-running-car-near-chicago-school-he-worked

 

ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
— Feds Are Simply Out-of-Touch – David E. Smith
https://illinoisfamily.org/marriage/feds-simply-touch/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently claimed in a press release that the cost of raising a child from birth through age 17 is $233,610, or almost $14,000 annually. As the father of seven children, let me say that this is utter nonsense. Moreover, the USDA fails to identify the multiple benefits of raising children, such as the physical, spiritual, intellectual and emotional advantages. These benefits are not just unquantifiable, but inestimable. The value of raising, nurturing and training children far surpass the outlandish financial estimates of Washington D.C. bureaucrats. With the USDA’s exaggerated estimates, how do we expect to encourage married couples to return to the healthy birth rate of more than 2.1 in the United States?  We’re shortsighted if we fail to see that the current U.S. trend is unsustainable and portends economic trouble, including lower living standards for most citizens. We simply have to look at Japan, Greece or Italy for a lesson in the detriments of low birth rates. Federal officials are simply out-of-touch with Middle America. Most of us don’t spend hundreds of dollars on a hammer and we spend far less than they estimate to raise our each child every year. Maybe the federal government can learn something from working families?)

 

ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE
— NAPERVILLE AND LISLE TOWNSHIPS TO VOTE ON CONSOLIDATING ROAD DISTRICTS  Voters in Naperville and Lisle townships will have the chance to vote on government consolidation after the success of a similar referendum in the November elections. – Mindy Ruckman
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/naperville-and-lisle-townships-to-vote-on-consolidating-road-districts/

 

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— WOOD: OBAMA GIVES FAREWELL SPEECH AS AMERICANS SAY FAREWELL TO DEMOCRAT PARTY
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2017/01/wood-obama-gives-farewell-speech-as-americans-say-farewell-to-democrat-party.html
— ILLINOIS 100TH SENATE SWORN IN WITH 37 DEMOCRATS, 22 REPUBLICANS
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2017/01/illinois-100th-senate-sworn-in-with-37-democrats-22-republicans.html
— PROPERTY TAX FREEZE PASSES ONE CHAMBER AS SESSION ADJOURNS
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2017/01/il-house-passes-permanent-property-tax-freeze.html
— DEMOCRAT FRANKS SPOTLIGHTS ILLINOIS’ PROPERTY TAX DEVASTATION
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2017/01/democrat-franks-spotlights-illinois-property-tax-devastation.html

 

CAPITOL FAX
— ILGOP says HDems “ignored the will of the people”
http://capitolfax.com/2017/01/11/ilgop-says-hdems-ignored-the-will-of-the-people/
— Senate imposes term limits on its leaders via rule change
http://capitolfax.com/2017/01/11/senate-imposes-term-limits-on-its-leaders-via-rule-change/

 

GOPUSA
— Trump Blasts CNN, BuzzFeed for Fake News; CNN Reporter Throws Fit at Press Conference
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=19120

 

INDEPENDENT JOURNAL REVIEW
— Trump Refuses to Take Question From ‘Fake News’ CNN, Calls BuzzFeed: ‘Failing Pile of Garbage’ – VIRGINIA KRUTA
http://ijr.com/2017/01/775536-trump-goes-toe-to-toe-with-buzzfeed-cnn/

 

CHRISTIAN POST
— Va. Governor Issues Executive Order Allowing Only Pro-LGBT Groups to Receive State Contracts – MICHAEL GRYBOSKI
http://www.christianpost.com/news/virginia-governor-executive-order-lgbt-state-contracts-nondiscrimination-religious-freedom-172798/

 

ANDY MARTIN
— The Failed Presidency of Barack Obama
https://contrariancommentary.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/andy-martin-the-failed-presidency-of-barack-obama/

 

RUSS STEWART
— DEMOCRATIC-TRENDING DEMOGRAPHICS CAUSE DOLD’S DEFEAT IN 10TH DISTRICT
http://www.russstewart.com/russ-analysis.html

 

BREITBART
— Trans Jenner to Attend Donald Trump’s Inauguration – JEROME HUDSON
http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2017/01/11/caitlyn-jenner-attend-donald-trumps-inauguration/

 

DAILY CALLER
— Why The Trump Presidency Will Bring A New Era For Racial Equality – Vijay Jojo Chokal-Ingam
http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/11/why-the-trump-presidency-will-bring-a-new-era-for-racial-equality/

 

THE HILL
— Trump’s frustration with press, intelligence community explodes – JONATHAN EASLEY
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/313813-trumps-frustration-with-press-intelligence-community-explodes
— Federal ethics chief blasts ‘meaningless’ Trump business plan – JORDAN FABIAN
http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/313864-government-ethics-chief-blasts-trump-business-plan

 

REUTERS
— Trump says won’t divest from his business while president – Andy Sullivan, Emily Stephenson and Steve Holland
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-finance-idUSKBN14V21I

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— 10 Key Moments and More From Trump’s News Conference – NICHOLAS FANDOS
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/11/us/politics/trump-news-conference-highlights.html
— In First Trump News Conference, Sound, Fury and a New Plan – GLENN THRUSH
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/11/us/politics/obama-trump-transition.html

 

WASHINGTON POST
— If colleges keep killing academic freedom, civilization will die, too – José A. Cabranes
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/if-colleges-keep-killing-academic-freedom-civilization-will-die-too/2017/01/10/74b6fcc2-d2c3-11e6-9cb0-54ab630851e8_story.html

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Donald Trump to Place Business Holdings in a Trust Run by Adult Sons  Some ethics experts say the trust and other measures don’t create the firewall needed to fully insulate him from his holdings –  PETER NICHOLAS and ALEXANDRA BERZON
http://www.wsj.com/articles/donald-trump-to-place-business-holdings-in-a-trust-run-by-adult-sons-1484152201

 

DALLAS NEWS
— Students want universities to act as parents, but they won’t like the results – Mark Yudof
http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/01/11/students-want-universities-act-asparents-like-results

 

FED SMITH
— Legislation Introduced to Target Tax Delinquent Federal Employees – Ian Smith
http://www.fedsmith.com/2017/01/11/legislation-introduced-to-target-tax-delinquent-federal-employees/

 

FED WEEK
— Civil Service System ‘Long Overdue’ for Reform, Says OPM  (DIERSEN: GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job.  IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.  The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)
http://www.fedweek.com/issue-briefs/civil-service-system-long-overdue-reform-says-opm/

 

DAILY MAIL
— Transgender reality star Caitlyn Jenner accepts invitation to attend Donald Trump’s Inauguration
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4109944/Transgender-reality-star-Caitlyn-Jenner-accepts-invitation-attend-Donald-Trump-s-Inauguration.html

 

GM AUTHORITY
— Vice President Joe Biden Plans To Purchase A Corvette Upon Leaving Office – SEAN SZYMKOWSKI
http://gmauthority.com/blog/2017/01/vice-president-joe-biden-plans-to-purchase-a-corvette-upon-leaving-office/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: We all know Vice President Joe Biden’s love affair with Corvettes; it’s a very well-documented obsession. In fact, he still owns a C2 Corvette given to him as a wedding gift decades ago.
However, Biden has big automotive plans upon leaving office. During VP Biden’s visit to the 2017 North American International Auto Show, he told reporters one of his first actions after exiting his current role will be to “Buy a Corvette.”  Biden was seen checking out numerous vehicle during the show and was greeted by Fiat-Chrysler Vice President Brian Harlow, Ford President and CEO Mark Fields and GM Executive Vice President Mark Reuss. But, it was Reuss’ team Biden was loving up on. The VP was seen sitting in numerous C7 Corvettes on the show floor, likely doing some window shopping at the same time.)

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.

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