January 14, 2024


— Chicago opens warming centers across city, including for migrants staying at ‘landing zone’ – Matt Stefanski

— Democrats ever-increasingly promote more illegal immigration.
— Extreme cold prompts Chicago to open additional warming centers for residents and migrants – Beth Lawrence

— Community input sought by Aurora groups on how to help asylum seekers – Denise Crosby (COMMENT: Democrats ever-increasingly promote more illegal immigration.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG PICTURE: Out of work and running out of time, migrants struggle to find jobs in Chicago – Nell Salzman (COMMENT: If offered to them, will migrants take the bad jobs that I took? I did yard work 1962-1964, delivered newspapers 1962-1966, washed dishes 1964-1966, cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline in 1966, delivered mail 1966-1969, worked on an automobile assembly line in 1970, sold tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971, pumped more gasoline 1971-1972, collected delinquent taxes 1971-1980, and audited federal agencies 1980-1997.)
— MLK taught us to love our neighbor. Unity between Black and Jewish Americans is vital. – Seth M. Limmer (COMMENT: My Democrat superiors in the federal government had great success in uniting my Democrat Jewish and Black superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates against me. I should write a book about that. It culminated in 1997 when I was 49 when my Democrat Jewish GAO superiors forced me to take their early retirement “offer” and gave my job and my preferred corner office to my Black subordinate.)
— The 1833 Treaty of Chicago forced Native Americans off their land, but legal disputes continued for years. – Ron Grossman (COMMENT: What have your ancestors taken from Native Americans? My ancestors on my father’s side were farmers who immigrated from what is now Germany to Chicago in 1844. They worked in a brick factory there until they had saved enough money to homestead a farm in southeast Crete Township in 1854. They sold that farm in 1864 and bought 10 acres on the north side of downtown Crete. My grandfather had 1286 Wood Street built on that land in 1926. I lived in that house 1954-1972. My father lived in that house until he died in 1969. My mother lived in that house until she died in 2016. My brother lived in that house until he died in 2022. I sold that house in 2022. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have aways used the aforesaid against me.)
(COMMENT: In June 1905, the Tribune recalled that some 70 years earlier, diplomacy had been a thriving industry on Lake Michigan’s shore, far removed from its accustomed focal point in the nation’s capital. “In the days of Chicago’s youth, treaties were negotiated here. Representatives of the United States and of the Potawatomi and other tribes held solemn councils here and entered into agreements by which the Indians gave up much and got little.” Collectively, those treaties stripped the Indians of their tribal lands. They proceeded apace with the westward movement of European farmers and ranchers. Indians not only lost their hunting grounds, they became foreigners in someone else’s country. Until 1924, Indians weren’t American citizens.)
— Racial equity activist must pay at least $38,000 after judge dismisses her lawsuit alleging harm from Awake Illinois leader. – Alex Hulvalchick and Pam DeFiglio (COMMENT: Have you supervised a racial equity activist? I did during all of the last 8 years that I worked for the Democrats who ran GAO’s Chicago office. He was a younger Black CPA who always led the office’s many Black events. My Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates did everything that they could to turn him against me. They stressed to him that I was conservative, Republican, Protestant, and 100% German American. They stressed to him that my ancestors had been in America since 1844 but that none of them joined the Union Army. They stressed to him that I lived in Crete 1948-1972 and that I had lived in Wheaton since 1978. They hinted/implied/argued/shouted at him that I gave him unfair job assignments, performance expectations, and performance appraisals. They shouted at him that I sabotaged his career advancement. They stressed to him that I supported the equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) plank in the Republican Party platform. But they stressed the most to him that was an active member in a class action lawsuit that charged GAO with reverse discrimination and age discrimination. In September of 1997, when I was 49 years old, they succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” that expired at the end of that month. I was not eligible for regular retirement for another 6 years and they made it clear that if I did not take their “offer,” my next 6 years would be a living hell. They gave my younger Black activist subordinate my job and my preferred corner office. I should write a book about the aforesaid.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: After conviction, ex-Ald. Ed Burke gets pension bump; former Speaker Mike Madigan now in line for hike before new trial date – Ray Long (COMMENT: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes complaint that my Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) pension is too generous. They especially complain that for computing my pension, a) I got almost 3 years full-time CSRS credit while I worked for the Post Office 1966-1969 even though I worked only part-time and b) I got more than a full year CSRS credit for my unused sick leave that I had when my Democrat GAO superiors forced me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG PICTURE IN NAPERVILLE SUN: Naperville narrowly avoids landing on state list for Illinois’ least affordable cities – Tess Kenny (COMMENT: What helped you and your spouse afford your first home? Our salaries and my wife’s savings helped us buy 1017 East Harrison in Wheaton ( https://www.redfin.com/IL/Wheaton/1017-E-Harrison-Ave-60187/home/18135528 ) in 1978: I had worked for IRS for 7 years and my wife had worked for the U.S. League of Savings Institutions for 8 years. In today’s dollars, my IRS salary was $106,785/year. I had earned an MBA from Loyola in 1976 and I was taking graduate accounting courses at DePaul.)

— Democracy not at risk, but not operating optimally – Michael Barone (COMMENT: Democrat and RINO leaders run America. They ever-increasingly use democracy to screw Republicans.)
— How the accountant shortage is affecting businesses, markets – Brian Davidson
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Although one could point to a number of factors driving this change, one of the most significant is the general decline in the number of certified professional accountants (CPA) and the impact of this decrease on professional firms and businesses.)

— As ‘mansion tax’ catches on in U.S. cities, Los Angeles offers lessons. – Sarah Holder

— Kane County officials draft proclamation amid asylum seeker influx

— Trump fraud trial: Trump calls civil charges politically motivated (COMMENT: All the many adverse actions that my Democrat GAO (1980-1997), IRS (1971-1980), and Post Office (1966-1969) superiors took against me were politically motivated.)

— Evanston’s Reparations Committee selects which descendants will get grants first – Carlos D. Williamson (COMMENT: Democrats promote who gets reparations, but not who pays for them.)

— Trump likes to call people losers. Now Biden’s using the insult on him – Tamara Keith (COMMENT: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I am a loser. In my defense, I stress that I earned three master’s degrees (Loyola-business-1976, DePaul-accounting-1980, and IIT-finance-1997), six professional certifications (accounting-1979, internal auditing-1981, fraud examination-1990, government financial management-1994, financial services auditing-1996, and forensic accounting-1997), and a professional license (CPA-1981).)

— Major disparities among minority children in Illinois – Kevin Bessler (COMMENT: Because Democrats run education in Illinois, Democrats cause disparities.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The report analyzed 12 indicators representing well-being milestones from cradle to career and converted them into a scale ranging from 0 to 1,000. In Illinois, Asian and Pacific Islander children have the highest index score at 837, followed by white children at 740. Black children received an index score of 341. . .The report shows that poverty levels improved between 2007–2011 and 2017–2021, but too many families still struggle to make ends meet. More than half of Black (58%), American Indian or Alaska Native (57%) and Latino (53%) kids live below the federal poverty level.)

— Darin LaHood endorses Donald Trump for president ahead of Iowa caucuses – Tim Shelley


— Bailey: ‘Joe Biden’s handling of the border, ceding control to cartels involved in human trafficking, is despicable’

— Congressman Darin LaHood Endorses President Donald J. Trump

— The Modern Democrats’ Legacy and the Devastation of Inflation – John F. Di Leo


— MTG threatens to oust Speaker Johnson over border deal – Alex Miller
— Projection and denial: That’s the Biden way – Robert Knight

— The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear the question of whether homeless people have a right to camp on public property. – Kaelan Deese
— The wheels are falling off of the forced transition to electric vehicles – Zachary Faria
— Ron DeSantis is running against corporate America – Timothy P. Carney

— Claudine Gay Was the Embodiment of Woke Academia – Peter W. Wood

— The Democrat-to-English Dictionary — updated for 2024 – Eric Utter
— We Are in an Abusive Relationship with Our Government – J.B. Shurk
(FROM THE ARTICLE: California is now covering the costs of genital-mutilating surgeries for illegal aliens. Leftism’s slippery slope invariably leads to depraved absurdity. Consider how Governor (receding) Hairdo and the Pyrite State’s other communist saboteurs have greased the shifting ground under Californians’ feet: (1) There is no illegal immigration crisis. (2) There may be a crisis, but California taxpayers won’t be paying for it. (3) Taxpayers may have to foot the bill for the illegal immigration crisis, but California will do nothing to incentivize illegal immigration. (4) After further review, these aliens aren’t “illegal,” but rather “undocumented.” (5) Health care is a human right. (6) California must provide “undocumented” aliens healthcare. (7) Mutilating the genitals to make them look like the opposite sex is health care. (8) California taxpayers must pay for “undocumented” aliens’ genital surgery. (9) Californians who object to paying for undocumented aliens’ genital surgery may be guilty of “hate” crimes and will be prosecuted. Why punish the people who illegally enter the United States when you can punish the people who do not want to subsidize immigration crimes while canceling their votes with the votes of those here illegally?)
— Claudine Gay debacle is the end result of a 1968 Xerox memo – Michael Bertolone (COMMENT: Since the 1960s, employers have been under ever-increasingly pressure to hire, to retain, and to promote young minorities and young females, that is, to discriminate against older Whites and older men.).
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The genesis of the policy that led to her hiring can be found in a 1968 memo that then-Xerox CEO Joseph C. Wilson wrote in which he directed his hiring managers to hire underqualified and outright unqualified minorities in the name of “diversity.” Using Claudine Gay’s example as a case study, we can now clearly see the dismal fruit of this well-intentioned but sadly naive policy. Xerox CEO Wilson implemented the policy in reaction to the riots sweeping the U.S. in 1968, particularly after Martin Luther King’s assassination. This reaction foreshadows corporate America’s reaction to the killing of George Floyd by the ramping up of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) programs. Wilson’s directive also included a warning that read, “The full and unqualified cooperation of all Xerox managers is expected in reaching our minority hiring goals.” He could have added “or else” to that statement. Similar hiring directives have been issued at universities and corporations over the last several decades. The only difference is that the decision-makers have gotten clever and usually don’t memorialize these policies in writing. Word of mouth is the preferred method to avoid the blowback of conservatives and the general public. But now, leftists have deluded themselves into thinking that there will be no repercussions for their out-of-touch machinations.)
— You just might be a Democrat if … – Eric Utter

— DeSantis lays out his border plan, including funding the wall with remittance fees – Vivek Saxena

— DeSantis lays out his border plan, including funding the wall with remittance fees – Vivek Saxena
— Washington Dem in hot seat for saying ‘nobody stays awake at night worrying about the southern border’ – Vivek Saxena
— AOC facing backlash after she’s asked about migrants being placed in schools: ‘It’s not in my district’ – Vivek Saxena

— Pro-Palestinian Protesters Swarm White House Fence, Secret Service Deployed – PAUL BOIS

— The Largest Terror Attack in US History Has Already Happened. Here It Is. – Wayne Allyn Root
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Have you seen the polls? Most Americans are angry and shocked about our open borders. They are literally in shock that any U.S. president would allow this to happen. A huge majority defines this as an “invasion.” A huge majority also says this is a national security crisis. Here is what most Americans can see and understand: Open borders are leading to massive increases in spending: welfare, food stamps, national debt — the bankruptcy of America. And of course, a massive decline in our quality of living.)

— Delusional Biden Says Southern Border Is Not In Crisis As Illegal Crossings Surge – Leif Le Mahieu

— Democrats Talk About Illegal Immigrants The Same Way They Used To Talk About Slaves – EVITA DUFFY-ALFONSO

— White House accuses Abbott of trying to ‘politicize the border’ after Texas seizes park along Rio Grande. Texas has battled with the federal government over border security. – Adam Shaw
— Eric Adams rips Texas Gov. Abbott for ‘mean-spiritedness’ on illegal immigrant crisis. NYC Mayor Eric Adams called for a national ‘decompression strategy’ to place migrants throughout the country. – Chris Pandolfo
— DHS claims Border Patrol blocked by Texas from entering area to rescue migrants who later drowned. DHS says an adult and two children drowned in the incident. – Adam Shaw

— Biden Admin Spent $700K to Prevent Pregnancy in ‘Transgender Boys’

— Democrats for children? NYC Mayor Eric Adams kicks more students out of their school to house illegals. – Noah Webster

— Executives Say They’re Still Committed to DEI Policies Despite Rising Backlash – Mike LaChance (COMMENT: Democrat and RINO leaders use DEI to get rid of Republicans who are conservative, White, male, older, non-veteran, Protestant, German American, and/or have ancestors who have been in America for a long time. I should write a book about that.)

— A Threat to Our Democracy in 2024, Enabled by the Biden Administration – TOMMY VALENTINE

— Rep. McCaul: Mayorkas Impeachment Could Come in Weeks – Nick Koutsobinas (COMMENT: Mayorkas is an operative for Biden.)
— Rep. Burlison to Newsmax: Shut Down Border or We Shut Down Govt – Jim Thomas

— DoJ Asks Supreme Court To Tell Texas Not to Block Border Patrol From Patrols – RICK MORAN
— WHO Appoints Transgender Majority for Panel on Raising Children. – MILT HARRIS

— Illinois governor begs Texas to stop sending illegal immigrants to Chicago. “Your callousness, sending buses and planes full of migrants in this weather, is now life-threatening to every one of the arrivals.” – Katie Daviscourt
— Biden takes Texas to Supreme Court over armed National Guard blocking illegal immigrants from entry – Thomas Stevenson

— You Won’t Believe What Dem Jerry Nadler Said About Illegal Migrants – Sarah Arnold
— Biden Admin Dishes Out $700,000 Into Another Woke, Radical Transgender Program – Sarah Arnold
— Florida Introduces Several Anti-Woke LGBTQ Bills Aimed to Destroy the Grooming of Children – Sarah Arnold
— Maine Builds Rent-Free Apartments for Illegal Migrants Paid for by American Taxpayers – Sarah Arnold
— Biden Admin Dishes Out $700,000 Into Another Woke, Radical Transgender Program – Sarah Arnold


— Many Older Immigrants in New York Are Struggling: ‘I Have No Future’ Immigrants are the majority of New York City’s 65-and-over population. Many have no nest egg, and some are coping with social isolation. – Winnie Hu and Jeffrey E. Singer (COMMENT: RINO employers want immigrants because RINO employers want cheap labor.)

— Democrats ever-increasingly a) paint themselves as having been the Union Army in the Civil War and b) paint Republicans as having been the Confederate Army in the Civil War.

— Joe Biden Faces Backlash After Refusing to Call Southern Border a ‘Crisis’ – Natalie Venegas

— MAGA Furious at Border Deal Backed by Republican Senators: ‘Surrender’ – Thomas Kika


— Democrats and RINOs use DEI to get rid of Republicans.

— Eatonville hosts 47th MLK Day parade (COMMENT: Democrats ever-increasingly use MLK to promote more hatred against Republicans who are conservative, White, male, older, Protestant, German American, and/or have ancestors who have been in America for a long time.)

— American Civil Rights activist reconnects with children she met during work to desegregate South (COMMENT: Have you supervised a Black activist? I did during all of the last 8 years that I worked for the Democrats who ran GAO’s Chicago office. He was a younger Black CPA who always led the office’s many Black events. My Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates did everything that they could to turn him against me. They stressed to him that I was conservative, Republican, Protestant, and 100% German American. They stressed to him that my ancestors had been in America since 1844 but that none of them joined the Union Army. They stressed to him that I lived in Crete 1948-1972 and that I had lived in Wheaton since 1978. They hinted/implied/argued/shouted at him that I gave him unfair job assignments, performance expectations, and performance appraisals. They shouted at him that I sabotaged his career advancement. They stressed to him that I supported the equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) plank in the Republican Party platform. But they stressed the most to him that was an active member in a class action lawsuit that charged GAO with reverse discrimination and age discrimination. In September of 1997, when I was 49 years old, they succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” that expired at the end of that month. I was not eligible for regular retirement for another 6 years and they made it clear that if I did not take their “offer,” my next 6 years would be a living hell. They gave my younger Black activist subordinate my job and my preferred corner office. I should write a book about the aforesaid.)

— Pat Gill running for eighth term as Woodbury County Auditor – Caitlin Yamada (COMMENT: Government is nasty/vicious. Politics is nasty/vicious. I should write a book about my critics/opponents in DuPage County who since 2000 have discouraged me the most from running for DuPage County Auditor, something that I never wanted to do. I would focus on those discouragers who have taken the most/biggest adverse actions against me. I would focus on those who have ignored/dismissed/belittled/badmouthed my qualifications the most. I worked for GAO for almost 18 years, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 Levels, currently $118,439-$150,075/year. I worked for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at GS-12 Step 1-5 Levels, currently $97,079-$110,020/year. I became a licensed CPA. I passed the CPA and Certified Internal Auditor examinations on my first attempt. I became a Forensic Accountant, Certified Financial Services Auditor, Certified Government Financial Manager, and Certified Fraud Examiner. I earned master’s degrees in finance, accounting, and business. In my role as an Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Chicago Chapter Executive Committee member 1983-1996, I tried to recruit former DuPage County Auditor Bill Jacklin and his deputy Jim Rasins. I recruited Rasins to speak at an AGA Chicago Chapter training event. I worked hard to elect Rasins County Auditor in 2000 and 2004 and I worked hard to elect Bob Grogan County Auditor in 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020. Grogan’s deputy was Peter Balgemann who is one of my relatives.)

— ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S EMBRACE OF FOREIGN-BORN FIGHTERS More than a quarter million immigrants took up arms for the United States. – HAROLD HOLZER (COMMENT: Democrat leaders have declared a Second Civil War against Republicans. Illegals are soldiers in the Democrat Army. All my ancestors were farmers who immigrated during the 1840s and 1850s from what is now Germany. My harshest critics/opponents stress that none of them enlisted in the Union Army. In my defense, I own a Civil War sword that I inherited from a relative who did enlist in the Union Army. I have it in my closet by my front door for my self-defense.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In the earliest days of Union enlistment in New York City, anyone willing to volunteer was welcome at recruitment offices—including the foreign-born. Language barriers proved no obstacle, particularly among Germans. After all, German support had helped Abraham Lincoln win the presidency in 1860. After the fall of Fort Sumter and the call for 75,000 militia to suppress the rebellion, Lincoln wisely concluded that a war to save the Union must not be an exclusively native-born undertaking. So he launched a concerted effort to lure marquee commanders from various ethnic backgrounds, regardless of their politics (though he did resist abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ early pleas for the enlistment of free Blacks). One of Lincoln’s first such acts was to order his secretary of war to appoint “Col. Julian Allen, a Polish gentleman, naturalized,” who proposed “raising a Regiment of our citizens of his nationality, to serve in our Army.” After some initial resistance from the War Department, Allen got his commission. Army regulations at the time explicitly stated: “No volunteer will be mustered into the service who is unable to speak the English language.” That rule would simply be ignored. From the outset, the restriction hardly stemmed the early enthusiasm of the foreign-born to don the U.S. Army uniform, even if the uniforms themselves reflected more the ethnic background of the recruits than the cohesion of the supposedly united states. That spring, German-born New York Herald correspondent Henry Villard seemed “surprised”—but clearly proud—to observe freshly minted “infantry dressed in the genuine Bavarian uniform….Prussian uniforms, too; the ‘Garibaldi Guards’ in the legendary red blouses and bersaglieri [Italian infantry] hats,” as well as “‘Zouaves’ and ‘Turcoes’ [North African infantrymen], clothed as in the French army, with some fanciful American features grafted upon them.” Before long, Lincoln granted a request by Carl Schurz, the recently named U.S. minister to Spain, to abandon his post in Madrid and raise a regiment in New York. Although his initial recruitment efforts fell short, Schurz won a military commission anyway, and served in the Army of the Potomac. In 1863, however, he earned damning criticism when his men fled from a Confederate assault at Chancellorsville. Most officers subject to such castigation would have faced demotion or dismissal. But Schurz still exerted enormous influence—over the German-born community as well as Lincoln—for his tireless work in the 1860 campaign. A gifted orator, he managed to convince Lincoln to continue backing him even as he leveled injudicious criticism (privately, at least) on his commander-in-chief. Then there was the case of Franz Sigel, a 36-year-old German-born general who notched an even more dubious record in the West. From the outset of the war, however, Sigel proved a magnet for German recruitment. “I Fights Mit Sigel” became a rallying cry among German-speaking soldiers. Each time Lincoln sought to downgrade Sigel, the outcry from Germans proved overpowering. In 1864, when Lincoln briefly faced a third-party reelection challenge, many of those expressing support for the insurgency cited the president’s alleged injustices against Sigel. IRISH LEADERS, MIXED RESULTS If German Americans contributed the largest foreign-born contingent in the Federal army, Irish Americans proved a close second. Some 150,000 Irishmen took up arms for the Union.)

— The Civil War Was Won by Immigrant Soldiers – DON H. DOYLE
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Why did they fight? What were they fighting for? Recruitment posters in the New York Historical Society provide hints at the answers.
One poster reads: Patrioti Italiani! Honvedek! Amis de la liberté! Deutsche Freiheits Kaempfer! (Italian patriots! Hungarians! Friends of liberty! German freedom fighters!) Then, in English, it urges “250 able-bodied men . . . Patriots of all nations” to fight for their “adopted country.” One immigrant mother gave testimony in 1863 to an antislavery convention as to why her 17-year-old son was fighting for the Union. “I am from Germany where my brothers all fought against the Government and tried to make us free, but were unsuccessful,” she said. “We foreigners know the preciousness of that great, noble gift a great deal better than you, because you never were in slavery, but we are born in it.” Following the failed Revolution of 1848, thousands of young Germans fled to America. They took up arms in what they saw as yet another battle in the revolutionary struggle against the forces of aristocracy and slavery. “It isn’t a war where two powers fight to win a piece of land,” one German enlistee wrote to his family. “Instead it’s about freedom or slavery, and you can well imagine, dear mother, I support the cause of freedom with all my might.” In another letter written to his family in Europe, a German soldier gave a pithy explanation of the war: “I don’t have the space or the time to explain all about the cause, only this much: the states that are rebelling are slave states, and they want slavery to be expanded, but the northern states are against this, and so it is civil war!”)

— Biden has forced the Texas National Guard to take control of a 2.5-mile stretch of the U.S. border with Mexico. The Texas National Guard has repeatedly denied U.S. Border Patrol agents access to the Shelby Park area in Eagle Pass, Texas. The Civil War began when South Carolina refused to allow federal authorities to access Fort Sumter.

— Chicago’s progressive mayor refuses to answer THREE times when asked if he’ll raise city’s taxes to help pay for the migrant crisis. The Windy City’s mayor made the empty comments during a sit-down with CBS 2 Thursday, where talks hovered around the looming task of setting a city budget. The discussion, however, quickly turned to his predecessors’ pledge to house arriving asylum seekers – a promise he has vowed to continue into next year. With shelters now packed – and busses arriving from states like Texas daily – Franza asked the ex-teacher who succeeded Lori Lightfoot about his response. – ALEX HAMMER
— Texas national guards use riot shields to hold back horde of migrants trying to cross through razor wire in Eagle Pass with one person hurling a rock towards a soldier’s head. Texas National Guard members are seen struggling to push back against migrants in new footage taken at the border last month. Eagle Pass has become a flash point for the migrant crisis with a record number of crossings taking place. – BETHAN SEXTON

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.