— Government, citing ruling, again will accept requests for DACA protection – Martin Weil and Clarence Williams (DIERSEN: Accepting requests for DACA protection a) encourages people to come to America illegally, b) encourages people to stay in America illegally, and c) encourages people to bring other people to America illegally.)
— University Park getting forensic audit of misappropriated TIF funds – Zak Koeske (DIERSEN: I bought a new town home in University Park in 1972 when I was 24 years old. I lived in it full-time while I worked for IRS in Harvey, 63rd & Halsted in Chicago, and Joliet 1972-1974, then weekends while I worked for IRS in the Loop 1974-1976, then I rented it out 1976-1984, and then I sold it in 1984.)
–DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps focus on turning women against men.
— He almost died in Iraq. Now, an Aurora cop and ex-Marine owes the VA $16K due to a clerical error. – Denise Crosby
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD IN NAPERVILLE SUN: Hotel tax hike, new Airbnb tax on Naperville council docket – Erin Hegarty
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps glorify and praise citizens of foreign countries.
— Pritzker campaign passes test after Rauner’s new attack ad – Rich Miller
— Sun-Times/WBBM Religion Roundup: A higher power? – Robert Herguth
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Churchgoers seek a connection to God. But a survey by Addictions.com puts a new twist on what constitutes a “higher power” in the pews. The website — dedicated to helping people with substance abuse — recently conducted a nonscientific, online survey on drugs and church with responses from more than 1,000 people who said they “regularly use drugs.” Among the findings: More than 3 percent of Protestants responding to the survey said they’ve bought “illicit substances at their place of worship.” Roughly one in five Catholics relayed being “high” at mass “at least once.” Catholics and Protestants were found “more likely to have used marijuana” than atheists. But agnostics — those not sure whether there’s a God — reported the most drug use. The stated goal of the survey: raise awareness about the help available for addictions. Another survey is planned on other faiths, including Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.)
— Kennedy is right about Madigan conflict – Editorial
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE: How Sears created modern retail in Illinois – Eric Peterson
— Start planning your 2018 vacation now – Andrea Sachs (DIERSEN: During 2017, the Diersens took no vacations at all, and therefore, we spent no money on vacations. The main reason for that is that a) the cost of living in Wheaton is very high and b) my Civil Service Retirement System pension was only $50,856 (only 41% of my 1997 salary in today’s dollars) and my Social Security was only $2,028. Our SALT taxes were $26,769, which includes prepaid real estate tax, our medical and dental expenses were $13,459, our Roth IRS contributions were $13,000, our utilities were $11,433, our federal withholding taxes were $8,889, our home delivery newspapers with online access were $3,621 (Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald, Crain’s Chicago Business, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY, Naperville Sun, and Wheaton Leader), and our 501(c)(3) contributions were $1,940.)
— Graduate school: Where student loan debt is a real problem – Jeffrey J. Selingo (DIERSEN: I paid for tuition and books a) to earn an MBA from Loyola in 1976 with my Firestone Stores salary and my IRS salary, b) to earn a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul with my IRS salary and my GAO salary, and c) to earn a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997 with my GAO salary.)
— $20K (or more) to every baby born in the United States? Here’s how it would work – Heather Long (DIERSEN: How much money would your parents have gotten under this proposal? What would your superiors say that they did to fight income inequality? My Democrat GAO superiors would stress that they forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, got rid of my mentor in 1987, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 (1986-1988) of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take an $18,847 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980. My Democrat IRS superiors would stress that they did not promote me beyond GS-12, disallowed my education deductions in 1978, got rid of my mentor in 1975, and disallowed my partial day per diem claims in 1974. My Democrat Post Office superiors would stress that they forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests in 1969 and 1968. My aforesaid Democrat superiors would stress that the aforesaid adverse actions that they took against me directly benefited their employees who were poor, and especially their poor employees who were Democrat, minority, female, younger, and/or veteran.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Under the Baby Bonds proposal, kids of incredibly rich parents such as Beyoncé and Jay-Z would get the lowest amount, $500, while babies born into extremely poor families would get the highest amount, $50,000. There would be a sliding scale to determine how much each baby would receive based on the parents’ wealth. A typical middle-class baby would receive around $20,000. Forget baby showers. There’s a proposal to give every newborn in the United States a “Baby Bond” account with somewhere between $500 to $50,000 in cash. Neither the kids nor their parents would be able to touch the money until the child turned 18. Then the young adult could spend the trust fund on attending college, buying a home or starting a business. The whole point of Baby Bonds would be to dramatically lessen wealth inequality in the United States, according to the economists who came up with the idea, Darrick Hamilton of the New School and William Darity of Duke University.)
— Report: GOP tax law to strain IRS resources – Jeff Stein
SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Gambling expansion in Illinois no sure bet – Brenden Moore (DIERSEN: If you promote gambling, you promote destruction.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: In an editorial unethically made to look like a news article, the SJ-R a) glorifies and praises Durbin’s credibility and b) demonizes, denigrates, and condemns Trump’s credibility. I should write a book about those who demonize, denigrate, and condemn my credibility, my judgment, my motives, my ethics, my accomplishments, my etc. They include activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who claim to be conservative and/or Republican. They include people who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout. They are not conservative or Republican. They are Democrat Party plants, Libertarian Party plants, Green Party plants, or RINOs.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: In an editorial, the SJ-R a) glorifies and praises Durbin’s credibility and b) demonizes, denigrates, and condemns Trump’s credibility.
— That’s no way to treat your big accomplishment – Doug Finke
QUAD CITY TIMES
— To fix DACA, Democrats must bargain – Editorial (DIERSEN: Will the Democrats offer to stop demonizing, denigrating, and condemning Republicans as being White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, and bigots? Far too many Democrats in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in DuPage County, in Illinois, in America, and across the world talk and act like the Democrat Party has directed them to demonize, denigrate, and condemn Republicans as being White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, and bigots.)
PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Evangelical rift intensifies over Trump immigration remarks.”
ALTON DAILY NEWS
— State Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield, Alleges Bogus Budgeting – Greg Bishop
RIVER CITIES’ READER
— Ads Up the Battle Between Rauner and Pritzker – Rich Miller
CHICAGO DAILY OBSERVER
— Jeanne Ives Routs Rauner with 90% of the Vote in Wheeling Township
— Dick Durbin: Race-Baiting Hypocrite – Daniel John Sobieski
— California and Illinois Rank as Worst States and People are Moving Out in Droves – Warner Todd Huston
— Zuckerberg lost $3.3 billion after announcing major changes to Facebook news feed – Teri Webster (DIERSEN: Does Zuckerberg consider www.gopillinois.com to be “media outlet?”)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg announced major changes to his social media empire this week that caused stocks — and his fortune — to tumble, Bloomberg news reported. Zuckerberg lost $3.3 billion Friday after he said content from family and friends, and not media outlets and businesses, will dominate Facebook’s news feed. Facebook’s shares fell as much as 5.5 percent, to $177.40,” Bloomberg reported.)
LIFE SITE NEWS
— Who’s Lying, Trump or Durbin? ‘The Ingraham Angle’ calls out Illinois Democrat senator’s history of making highly questionable comments about Republicans – Brendan Kirby (DIERSEN: Democrats are moral relativists who believe their end (including dumping Trump) justifies their means (including lying about Trump). Democrat are disciples of Saul Alinsky.)
— GOP may increase IRS’s budget – NAOMI JAGODA
— Trump tweets DACA ‘probably dead’ – Jason Hoffman
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: The anti-Trump CNN says “These lawmakers were in the Trump immigration meeting. Here’s what they had to say.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps use epithet to turn “immigration debate into new Trump drama.”
NEW YORK TIMES
— DACA Participants Can Again Apply for Renewal, Immigration Agency Says – Matt Stevens
— When Mercy Collides With the Law – Editorial (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes paint themselves as being extremely merciful. They hint/imply/argue/shout that they would let homeless people sleep in their basements if zoning codes and municipal regulations allowed it.)
(FROM THE EDITORIAL: A man’s home may be his castle, but even castles are governed these days by zoning codes and other local ordinances. An Illinois man named Greg Schiller had that lesson reinforced after he opened his basement to homeless people, letting them sleep there overnight during the recent deep freeze that enveloped much of the country. No way, said city officials in Elgin, the Chicago suburb where he lives. They shut down Mr. Schiller’s “slumber parties,” as he has called them, on grounds that they violated a fistful of municipal regulations, among them ventilation and fire-safety requirements.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps demonize, denigrate, and condemn Trump and his supporters as being White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things.
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps glorify and praise foreign countries and their citizens.
–DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “A Year Later, Trump Is Less Popular Across Voting Blocs. See by How Much.”
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Jailed, shunned, but now hired in tight market – Ben Casselman (DIERSEN: From what I see, more and more and more employers are members of Group A and they do not want to hire 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, anti-draft avoiders, 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, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
CBS LOS ANGELES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps report that anti-Trumps call Trump a racist.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats and RINOs say “Trump’s Wavering on Immigration Puts Deal in Doubt.” Democrats want immigrants because they vote for Democrats. RINOs want immigrants because they work for less money.