January 31 Evening Edition

— Rauner calls for property tax freeze, term limits in State of the State address – Craig Wall
— Congressional Black Caucus dons traditional African garb in protest of ‘s—hole countries’ remark – Danny Clemens
— 3 Illinois GOP lawmakers (Bost, Hultgren, and Roskam) on (chartered) train that hit truck, 1 on truck killed – AP
— Trump’s immigration agenda already a sticking point – AP (DIERSEN: Democrats want immigrants because they vote for Democrats. RINOs want immigrants because they want cheap labor.)
— AP Fact Check: Trump’s State of the Union stretches on taxes, energy – AP (DIERSEN: Are/were you a fact checker? While I worked for GAO 1980-1997, the last 11 years of which at GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $96,403-$125,325, I increasingly worked as a referencer, that is, as a fact checker. That work required assuring the accuracy and support for each and every word, number, table, graph, chart, conclusion, opinion, and recommendation in GAO reports.)


— Rauner Delivers State of the State Address


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps use Miguel Perez to promote mass/illegal immigration.


— Rauner pushes term limits in “State of the State” – Bill Cameron (DIERSEN: Those who wanted to destroy TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois and succeeded in destroying TAPROOT pushed for term limits.)


— Rauner changes tone, hits positive notes in play-it-safe State of the State speech – Kim Geiger, Monique Garcia and Bill Lukitsch
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Members of the following groups say “Illinois is not a sanctuary state:” 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 (except Bill Clinton), and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.
— The 2018 imperative: How to save Illinois – Editorial
— Democrats can’t see compromise while stabbing their eyes over Trump’s speech – John Kass
— Two Democrats in primary to take on Roskam stand out in cash race, thanks to their own checkbooks – Katherine Skiba
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.


— Democrats applaud Rauner — with the back of the hand – Mark Brown
— Gov. Rauner’s State of State vow: ‘Time we do what the people of Illinois want’ – Tina Sfondeles (DIERSEN: What about those people in Illinois who want government to get rid of people who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
— Listen up, Bannon has a right to speak at U. of C. – Editorial
— If only Trump’s nice words meant anything at all for Chicago – Editorial (DIERSEN: Those who run Chicago hint/imply/argue/shout at everyone that Trump is a White supremacist, Nazi, KKK member, hater, racist, sexist, bigot, and even worse things.)


— Roskam, Hultgren, (and Bost) on (chartered) train that hit dump truck
— AP FACT CHECK: Trump inflates impact of some initiatives – AP (DIERSEN: Are/were you a fact checker? While I worked for GAO 1980-1997, the last 11 years of which at GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $96,403-$125,325, I increasingly worked as a referencer, that is, as a fact checker. That work required assuring the accuracy and support for each and every word, number, table, graph, chart, conclusion, opinion, and recommendation in GAO reports.)


— As Rauner pushes for unity, foes ask: What about the jobs? – GREG HINZ


— Ives endorsed by colleagues ahead of Rauner speech – Brenden Moore
— Rauner: Restore trust, grow the state – Doug Finke
— General Assembly overrides Rauner AV of school funding follow-up – Doug Finke
— Lottery board chairman resigns over tweet about East St. Louis – Bernard Schoenburg
— Rauner’s opponents dismiss State of the State address – Brenden Moore and Maximilian Kwiatkowski


— What’s In A Name? – Benjamin Yount (DIERSEN: Should those who share demonized, denigrated, and condemned demographics consider changing the names of their demographics? What are your demographics? How successful have those who despise/hate those who share your demographics been in demonizing, denigrating, and condemning your demographics? Members of Group A have had tremendous success in demonizing, denigrating, and condemning 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.)


— Promises Of A Balanced Budget Earn Big Reaction For Rauner


— Illinois GOP praises State of the Union; Duckworth calls it ‘reckless rhetoric’ – Eric Stock (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrat news media in Illinois treats Pat Brady like he is the Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party.)


— GOP Challenger Jeanne Ives Reacts to Rauner’s State of the State – RACHEL OTWELL


— Evanston GOP Chief Mimics Trump With East St. Louis Slur State lottery board chair Blair Garber resigned after describing the downstate city as the “s—hole of the universe.” – Jonah Meadows


— Conservatives Endorse Tonia Khouri Tonia Khouri is the ONLY candidate in the 49th District who is endorsed by the top 3 conservative groups: Illinois Citizens For Life, Illinois Family, Illinois Family PAC Federal Action PAC


— Ives Responds to Rauner’s Final State of the State
— Ives Calls on Rauner to Remove His Crony Lottery Chairman for “Disgusting” Attack on East St. Louis “Rauner will have to decide if his loyalties lie with people supporting him politically or the people he was elected to serve.”


— New PRITZKER ad stars (surprise!) JEANNE IVES – Natasha Korecki
(FROM THE ARTICLE: When it comes to meddling in other party’s primaries, J.B. Pritzker has a new message for Gov. Bruce Rauner: two can play at that game. Pritzker is out with a new ad with an unlikely star: Rauner’s primary opponent state Rep. Jeanne Ives. The ad, which will run digitally only, attempts to capitalize on an onslaught of bad press Rauner’s received after Monday’s live-streamed Chicago Tribune debate between Rauner and Ives. The ad is peppered with snippets of Ives’ criticisms of Rauner from that debate, including Ives declaring that no Republican from the congressional delegation will come out in support of the governor. “It’s embarrassing at this point,” Ives is seen telling the Tribune edit board. “He’s basically disqualified himself from reelection.” The ad concludes: “Bruce Rauner: even his own party doesn’t think he’s qualified to be governor.” Here’s a first look: Watch Rauner’s campaign has looked past Ives in the primary and instead has exacted its resources on Pritzker, who is battling five others for the Democratic nomination. Rauner fears the unlimited resources of Pritzker, a billionaire. The governor has spent more than $1.3 million to date on two TV ads that play a conversation between Pritzker and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich that was caught on wiretap. The Pritzker ads aren’t going on TV but the campaign says it is a substantial buy that will feature the ad on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube.)


— Judiciary Grabs Power While Executive & Legislative Branches Snooze – John Biver


— DUPAGE COUNTY CONSERVATIVES TO RAUNER SUPPORTERS: YOU DON’T SHARE OUR VALUES (DIERSEN: What do you say the anti-conservatives in DuPage County, their operatives, and their dupes who succeeded in destroying TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois in 2012? What do you say to those in DuPage County who state that they are conservative and/or Republican, but who let if not helped anti-conservatives in DuPage County, their operatives, and their dupes destroy TAPROOT? Anti-conservatives in DuPage County, their operatives, and their dupes will forever stress those in DuPage County who state that they are conservative and/or Republican, but who failed/refused to help me try to save TAPROOT.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Republican DuPage County leaders that endorsed Governor Rauner in the upcoming IL GOP gubernatorial primary upset local conservatives like West Suburban Patriot founder Carol Davis. Davis’ group <members> – known as one of the nation’s largest active Tea Party orgs – officially endorsed supports Jeanne Ives in the upcoming IL GOP primary race. (See endorsement correction below the fold) “I founded West Suburban Patriots nine years ago, and I lead the group to this day. Some DuPage County ‘leaders’ on this list portray themselves as people who share the principles and values of our organization. Some have been given brief opportunities to speak at our meeting,” Davis said on her Facebook page. (NOTE: IR apologizes and corrects the story to list those groups that HAVE endorsed Ives – which this group did not. Ives lists groups that have endorsed her as the Northwest Side GOP Club, Wheatland Township Republican Organization, Fremont Township Republican Organization, Republican Organization of Wheeling Township, Chicago GOP, Batavia Township Republican Organization, Wauconda Township Republican Organization, Republican Assembly of Lake County, and Tax Accountability (Taxpayers United of America).) “I am putting them on notice: if YOUR NAME is legitimately on this list endorsing Rauner, you DO NOT share our values. As long as I lead this organization, your opportunity to address our attendees is over. In your endorsement of Rauner you have betrayed every value & principle that we stand for and work our @#$%& off for every day. “YOU are part of the problem in this state: a GOP which stands for NOTHING and has NO MORAL COMPASS.” Last week, Rauner challenger Jeanne Ives held a press conference in which several of her Illinois House colleagues endorsed her bid to oust the governor. DuPage County elected leaders that endorsed Rauner this week include:)


— Mendoza, Senger respond *** Madigan: “Better the governor continue sitting on the sidelines and pretend he is ‘not in charge’”
— Illinois ranked 31st


— ‘Crain’s Chicago Business’ Warns Gov. Bruce Rauner Not to Underestimate Jeanne Ives Primary Challenge – WARNER TODD HUSTON
— Conservative Jeanne Ives Rips IL Gov. Bruce Rauner for Abortion Flip-Flop – JOEL B. POLLAK
— CNN’s Tapper: Trump’s ‘Americans Are DREAMers, Too’ Statement ‘Offensive’ to Dems – JOHN BINDER (DIERSEN: When you were in your early 20s, what was your career dream? My dream of getting a job in the automotive industry that had better potential for advancement ended in 1971 when Oldsmobile withdrew a job offer that I had accepted saying that it had just agreed to stop hiring Whites to settle an EEOC complaint.)


— DACA Recipients Are Furious Trump Used ‘Dreamers’ To Describe American Citizens – Will Racke (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps shout at illegals and at everyone else that members of the following groups are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things who should be gotten rid of: Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Liberals Offended By Joe Kennedy’s Spanish – Amber Athey (DIERSEN: Every time that I have to “hit 1” to continue in English, I am not only offended, I am furious.)


— Gutierrez mocks Trump’s SOTU: ‘Whoever translated it for him from Russian did a good job’ – Gregg Re


— Solution for ‘DREAMers’ at hand but Democrats prefer to use them for political gain
— Taxaholic Governors Try to Dodge Federal Tax Law (DIERSEN: What do you say to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who demonize me, denigrate me, and condemn me for not doing enough to keep real estate taxes down and state income taxes down? What do you say those who want me to focus more on Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, and DuPage County issues and less on state and federal issues?)


— ACLU Whines That Trump Saying ‘America’ Too Many Times During State of the Union Was ‘Exclusionary’ – Chris Reeves (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, ACLU makes it clear that it is anti-American.)


— Gutierrez walks out of Trump’s State of the Union as progressives write off bipartisanship permanently – Philip Wegmann


— FBI scandal proves we need term limits for federal workers – Jake Novak (DIERSEN: Many millions have not and will not seek a job with the federal government a) because the pay and benefits are terrible, b) because the advancement opportunities are terrible, c) because they lack required education, work experience, professional certifications, and/or professional licenses, d) because they cannot pass an employment examination, e) because they cannot pass a background investigation, f) because they cannot pass a physical examination, g) because they cannot take the demonization, denigration, and condemnation that comes with being a federal employee or federal retiree, and/or h) because they are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran and they know that the federal government discriminates against the aforesaid.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Recent FBI scandal and financial liabilities prove we need to regularly refresh the federal bureaucracy with new workers. As it is now, too many federal workers are unaccountable to the public, have too much job security and get too many benefits Limiting federal government work to four or eight year terms is one sure way to at least partially alleviate this problem. . .But if scandals aren’t enough to convince you that something big needs to change, perhaps some harrowing financial facts will do the trick. America can’t afford to pay the liabilities we owe our current federal workers in pensions alone. A Moody’s report issued in October estimated that unfunded the liability for federal worker pensions alone is $3.5 trillion. That’s just the pensions, and not the health care and other benefit costs. There’s no simple and quick solution for this problem, but there are ways to make things better. Limiting every federal government worker to a certain amount of years on the job would be a good start to avoiding pension and benefit payments accrued over a lifetime on the job. A better and cheaper idea would be to pay them more in salary for a shorter tenure rather than reward them with a generous defined benefit pension for staying with a job they really couldn’t ever lose anyway. As it is, federal workers have enormous job security. In fact, it’s too much. It’s too difficult to fire federal workers, even those who perform badly. Firing federal workers involves a cumbersome process laden with appeals procedures and other roadblocks not seen in the private sector. A 2013 GAO report showed that the time period to fire a federal employee can take as much as 370 days. Pay for federal employees is also better than their peers in the private sector. Even a recent CBO report confirmed that federal workers make about 17 percent more on average. But why throw out the good with the bad? That’s a fair question when we’re referring to some seasoned and expert workers who will take time to replace. That’s another area where higher pay as opposed to guaranteed pensions for just sticking around should attract a steady stream of high quality replacements. Demand for government work, even temporary, has generally been strong in this country even in the wake of government shutdowns. But obviously, people in essential positions needn’t be forced to leave until suitable replacements are found. Federal worker term limits needn’t be enforced to the minute. The hope here is that by focusing our resources and attention to those truly essential positions, there will be a renewed effort to eliminate those non-essential positions in the first place. During the last shutdown, several agencies deemed most of their workers “non-essential.” Sure, that might only be a temporary designation. But that label should have us asking some hard questions about over staffing. When we get to the point where most federal workers truly are essential, maybe we can revisit the idea of limiting their tenure. The point is that as much as we want to respect our government workers, they are the ones who are supposed to be working for us and not the other way around. Getting the chance to serve their country and get paid better for it over four to eight years should be enough respect for anyone. Political appointees may feel the need to be beholden to the politicians who appoint them, but government workers should have some accountability to the taxpayers they’re supposedly serving. It is called “public service” after all. Either way, no net benefits come from a massive workforce that doesn’t really have to fear for their jobs, gets paid more than the rest of us, and isn’t really accountable to anyone. That has to stop, and the only way to effectively deal with this problem is to give each and every one of their jobs a real expiration date.)


— Illinois governor pitches bipartisanship to aid state finances – Karen Pierog


— Twitter Followers Vanish Amid Inquiries Into Fake Accounts Federal and state authorities are investigating the sellers of artificial followers and other fraudulent social media engagement. – NICHOLAS CONFESSORE, GABRIEL J.X. DANCE and RICH HARRIS


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Fact-checking the 2018 State of the Union address.” (DIERSEN: Are/were you a fact checker? While I worked for GAO 1980-1997, the last 11 years of which at GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $96,403-$125,325, I increasingly worked as a referencer, that is, as a fact checker. That work required assuring the accuracy and support for each and every word, number, table, graph, chart, conclusion, opinion, and recommendation in GAO reports.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “State of the Union underscores why Trump is his own worst enemy.”


— Facebook Posts 61% Rise in Operating Profit in the Fourth Quarter – Deepa Seetharaman (DIERSEN: As the Democrat/Libertarian/Green Facebook takes over not only America but the world, ever-increasingly, its victims a) visit fewer and fewer and fewer websites, b) read fewer and fewer and fewer emails, and c) send fewer and fewer and fewer emails. Of course, members of the following groups are overjoyed about that: 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.)


— Trump Call to Limit Civil Service Protection Riles Democrats – Toluse Olorunnipa (Diersen: Because I have always been a Republican, were it not for federal civil service protection, a) the Post Office would NOT have hired me in 1966 or let me work there for almost 3 years, b) IRS would NOT have hired me in 1971 or let me work there for almost 9 years, c) IRS would NOT have promoted me in 1972, 1973, or 1974, d) GAO would NOT have hired me in 1980 or let me work there for almost 18 years, and e) GAO would NOT have promoted me in 1986.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump’s Olive Branch to Democrats Cut Short by Divisive Tone.”


— Chicago activists stage dramatic protest against law prohibiting rent control A coalition of Chicago community groups said it’s time for rent control in Illinois. – CASEY QUINLAN

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.