— State needs to find solutions other than tax hikes – Linda McDaniel-Hale
— FRONT PAGE WITH BIG PICTURE: Trump-haters promote Underwood.
— U.S. has approved thousands of child bride requests, government data shows – AP
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Rauners and anti-Trumps say “Take it from Illinois, this government shutdown is cruel and dumb.”
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Latest Sears plan promises more severance – Bloomberg (DIERSEN: My Democrat GAO superiors’ success in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old forced my Civil Service Retirement System pension to be reduced by 12%. Instead of $60,586/year, it is only $53,316/year, or $7,270/year less. SEE: http://www.opm.gov/retirement-services/csrs-information/computation/)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In his sweetened offer valued at more than $5 billion, Lampert promised to provide up to $43 million of additional severance and jobs for as many as 50,000 employees. The company “also expects to reinstate the pre-petition Sears severance program for the benefit of all eligible employees that accept their employment offer,” Lampert wrote in a letter to Lazard, the investment bank representing Sears.)
— President Trump visits U.S.-Mexico border, threatens emergency declaration
CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— The shutdown is delaying hundreds of cases in Chicago’s federal court “There’s that famous saying that ‘justice delayed is justice denied,’” says one prominent Chicago attorney. “The court system is slow enough without something like this occurring.” – CLAIRE BUSHEY
— New Illinois legislature underway with big Democratic majorities – Doug Finke (DIERSEN: Will “bipartisan” Republican legislators join with Democrats and get rid of once and for all individuals, organizations, companies, and governments that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
— Border official shows Trump tunnels under border wall
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats encourage children to engage in LGBTQ activity.
— Outgoing Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti Talks Legacy And Influence On Bruce Rauner – DAISY CONTRERAS
KANE COUNTY CONNECTS
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Anti-Republicans push video gambling in Campton Hills.
— Rep. Sean Casten To Discuss Government Shutdown In Wheaton Casten will give an update on the ongoing government shutdown and offer guidance for residents who have been impacted. – Lisa Marie Farver
DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Wheaton council member Phil Suess praises legacy Ives will leave – Glenn Minnis
PRAIRIE STATE WIRE
— 9 Republicans (William E. Brady, Dave Syverson, Tim Butler, Tom Demmer, Jim Durkin, Norine K. Hammond, Michael P. McAuliffe, Michael D. Unes, and Keith Wheeler) voted ‘yes’ on bill to hike pay for department heads (DIERSEN: To get a government job, how big of a pay cut would suffer? In 1980, to get a job working for GAO, I suffered a $19,203/year (26%) pay cut in today’s dollars. I had worked for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $81,071-$91,880/year. I had passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979. I had almost completed the requirements for a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul. I had earned an MBA from Loyola in 1976. I had earned a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU in 1970.)
— 49 state employees to get 15 percent raises – Kyla Asbury
— Most board members of Tollway Authority ousted – Kyla Asbury
— Thompson: Lang becoming lobbyist illustrates depth of state corruption – Karen Kidd
NORTH COOK NEWS
— Morrison says Ives will be sorely missed – Glenn Minnis
— Morrison: Lawmakers should wait two years before becoming lobbyists – Glenn Minnis
WILL COUNTY GAZETTE
— Rep Margo McDermed re: Ives – Glenn Minnis
— Skillicorn: Ives will be missed – Glenn Minnis
ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
— Anti-Family Legislation in 2019 (DIERSEN: What does the pastor of your church say against anti-family legislation?)
— Pastors Breakfast: Marijuana in Your Church and Community (DIERSEN: What does the pastor of your church say against marijuana?)
— REPUBLICANS KINZINGER, DAVIS SIDE WITH DEMS AGAINST TRUMP ON SHUTDOWN VOTES
— A Stalemate as Trump Goes Factual, Democrats Illogical – Michael Barone
— Hold Tight on the Wall, President Trump – David Limbaugh
— The Racist Nerve of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez -Rabbi Yaakov Menken
— TLAIB, THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, AND JEW-HATE The Democrats’ silence in the face of vile comments by one of their own. – Ari Lieberman
— Dem Rep. Jayapal: Trump Wants to Make America ‘Pure’ Again by Eliminating All Immigration of ‘Folks of Color’ – Pam Key
— To obstruct Trump’s agenda, Democrats and the media have to pretend borders don’t matter – Sean Hannity
— The Democratic Party is running on fumes (and Trump knows it) – Patrick J. Walsh
— MEDIA THROW EVERYTHING AT THE WALL TO SEE WHAT STICKS – ANN COULTER
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, if you do not promote Islam, those who dominate the Republican Party get rid of you. There are tremendous conflicts between a) Islam and b) the Republican Party platform and the U.S. Constitution. Islam is more like a political party or a country without borders than a religion.
WORLD NET DAILY
— BUILD THE WALL — PROTECT US ALL Alan Keyes calls Trump TV speech ‘an act of impeccable statesmanship’
— Dems and NeverTrumpers Are ‘the Cruelest,’ as They Treat Victims of Illegal Immigrant Crime with Scorn – Kathryn Blackhurst
— FROM THE ARTICLE: The Constitution gave the federal government (very few) expressly identified and defined powers – and left the rest to the states (what the colonies would become) and We the People. Because they wanted less government – they gave the federal government only the powers the states by themselves couldn’t handle. To wit: Mexico is invading California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. Which is a geographical anomaly – only those four states share a border with Mexico. But from those states – the invaders invade the rest of the nation. It is not left to those four states to deal with the invasion. It is our national sovereignty that is under assault – so it is the national government’s responsibility to stop the invasion. – Stan Motley
LUTHERAN CHURCH CHARITIES
— Seek to Glorify God – Tim Hetzner (DIERSEN: What do you do to glorify God? I a) promote the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and Second Amendment planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform, b) promote the illegal drugs and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks in the Republican Party platform, c) promote the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling, and d) oppose the promotion of welfare, dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.)
— Republican defections (including Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger) on House spending bills to end shutdown tick up – Lindsey McPherson
— Trump moves to brink of emergency declaration – NIALL STANAGE
— Trump says ‘the law is 100% on my side’ for national emergency – EMILY BIRNBAUM
— Starbucks exploring adding needle-disposal boxes in bathrooms following petition “Employees risk getting poked, and DO get poked, even when following ‘protocol’ of using gloves and tongs to dispose of used needles,” said an online petition. – Minyvonne Burke (DIERSEN: What percent of Starbucks customers are illegal drug users?)
NEW YORK TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say that there is no border crisis.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say that the media was Trump’s accomplice in 2016.
— At White House, Empty Desks and Unpaid Bills as Trump Shows No Sign of Relenting – Katie Rogers
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “The Political Benefits of Shutting It Down.”
— FRONT PAGE: Twitter Users in China Face Detention and Threats in New Beijing Crackdown – Paul Mozur (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all news and commentary is fake except for the news and commentary that they put out or bless. They a) do not want me to know about their press conferences, fundraisers, or other activities, b) do not want me to promote their press conferences, fundraisers, or other activities, c) do not want me to attend their press conferences, fundraisers, or other activities, d) do not want me to speak with anyone at their press conferences, fundraisers, or other activities, e) do not want me to ask questions at their press conferences, fundraisers, or other activities, and f) do not want me to report on their press conferences, fundraisers, or other activities.)
— A new migrant caravan is forming in Central America, with plans to leave next week – Sarah Kinosian and Kevin Sieff
NEW YORK POST
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps argue against The Wall.
— A Texas county GOP’s faction seeks to remove ‘unsuitable’ Muslim vice chair – Doug Stanglin (DIERSEN: There are tremendous conflicts between a) Islam and b) the Republican Party platform and the U.S. Constitution. Islam is more like a political party or a country without borders than a religion.)
— ‘The age of self-inflicted American shame is over,’ Pompeo declares in rebuke of Obama’s policy – Deirdre Shesgreen
— This is now the second-longest government shutdown ever. On Saturday, it becomes No. 1 – William Cummings (DIERSEN: What were you doing during the 1995-1996 shutdown? I worked for the Democrats who ran GAO’s Chicago Office. Of course, that shutdown motivated them even more to get rid of their employees like who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who they had not promoted to GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The longest shutdown on record lasted from Dec. 5, 1995, to Jan. 6, 1996, when Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Democratic President Bill Clinton faced off over taxes.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “6 real emergencies that should be more important to Donald Trump than the wall.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who benefit from illegal immigration deny that there is a crisis.
— Baker holds nation’s ‘most popular governor’ status, again – MARY MARKOS (DIERSEN: Do you want to be a popular Republican elected official and/or party leader in Illinois? What if “Republican” political consultants and “Republican” major donors in Illinois told you that to be popular, you had to a) dump the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and Second Amendment planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform, b) dump the illegal drugs and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks in the Republican Party platform, c) dump the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling, and d) dump those like Diersen who support the aforesaid planks and resolution?)
WALL STREET JOURNAL
— The Silly Arguments Against a Border Wall – Dan Crenshaw
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats and RINOs oppose The Wall.
— The Hiring Bias That Nobody Talks About – Jack Kelly (DIERSEN: What do your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress about you? Mine stress that I am no longer a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member, GAO employee, etc. They hint/imply/argue/shout that I am no longer the aforesaid because I am a White supremacist, Nazi, KKK member, hater, racist, sexist, bigot, and even worse things. Should I sue my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: It’s a terrible feeling when you lose your job. To make matters worse, it is awful to be discriminated against because you’re out of work. Government data touts that we have broken records of having the lowest level of unemployment in decades. The statistics conveniently leave out those who have exhausted their unemployment claims and still haven’t found a new job. These people, who need the most help, are conveniently ignored and treated as if they don’t exist, especially since it ruins the narrative of full employment. Society shies away from discussing the unemployed—and especially the long-term unemployed (someone who is out of work for 27 weeks or more). In December 2018, there were 1.3 million long-term unemployed individuals. Yet, it is still one of those touchy taboo subjects that we all feel could happen to us and would prefer to avoid talking about it. Rationally, you’d believe that with full employment (and the accompanying challenge for companies to find qualified candidates), they would quickly scoop up anyone out of work. Sadly, this does not happen. There is a discrete, unspoken thought process amongst corporate executives that if someone is unemployed for a certain length of time, there must be a problem and they’d rather just pass on the candidate. An unrealistic expectation exists in which hiring managers feel that a person should have found a job within a reasonable time frame after being unemployed—and if they haven’t, something may be wrong with him. The bias against the unemployed is as common and pernicious as age discrimination.)
— Trump’s DOJ Acts On Threat To Trial Lawyers Who Sue On Behalf Of The Government – Daniel Fisher
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters argue against The Wall.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats celebrate their success in getting rid of those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: LGBTQers side with Muslims against the Republican Party. There are tremendous conflicts between a) Islam and b) the Republican Party platform and the U.S. Constitution. Islam is more like a political party or a country without borders than a religion.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Obviously, members of Forward Illinois 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 for a long time.