January 7 Morning Edition

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— As his own primary-care spin doctor, Rahm struggles to heal self – Dan Mihalopoulos
http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/as-his-own-primary-care-spin-doctor-rahm-struggles-to-heal-self/
— The grace and dignity of our first black president – Editorial
http://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/editorial-the-grace-and-dignity-of-our-first-black-president/
— Obama fans in line as early as 4:30 a.m. for speech tickets – Sam Charles
http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/not-in-line-for-obama-ticket-yet-too-late-chicago-police-say/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Dairy Queen ending franchise agreement with Zion store after racial slur incident – Frank S. Abderholden
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-dairy-queen-racial-slurs-zion-st-0107-20170106-story.html
— Now, the hangover: Rising interest costs will give taxpayers many headaches – Editorial  (DIERSEN: Far more Republicans than Democrats are savers.  Higher interest rates benefit savers.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-interest-rates-trump-recession-debt-edit-0107-20170106-story.html
— Crete Township residents oppose intermodal plan, overpass – Susan DeMar Lafferty
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-crete-residents-oppose-intermodal-st-0108-20170106-story.html
— As Obama exits scene, Chicago legacy debated – Bill Ruthhart, Rick Pearson and John Byrne
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-barack-obama-presidency-chicago-met-0108-20170106-story.html

 

DAILY HERALD
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: OUTRAGEOUS: Gas stations in Naperville may soon sell alcohol – Marie Wilson
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170106/business/170109363/

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— How Illinois Democrats would reform workers’ comp – JAY HOFFMAN
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170106/OPINION/170109903/illinois-democrats-blame-insurers-for-high-workers-compensation-rates

 

BLOOMINGTON PANTAGRAPH
— Sanguinetti speaks at Hispanic festival about American dream – Roger Miller (DIERSEN: When did the lights in your life turn on? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would hint/imply/argue/shout that they never came on for me.  They would stress a) that my Democrat GAO superiors forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, did not promote me beyond GS-13, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take an $18,459 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980, b) that my Democrat IRS superiors did not promote me beyond GS-12, disallowed my education deductions, and disallowed my partial day per diem claims, and c) that my Democrat Post Office superiors forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests.)
http://www.pantagraph.com/news/state-and-regional/illinois/government-and-politics/sanguinetti-speaks-at-hispanic-festival-about-american-dream/article_a912d43e-2431-5ec1-9e12-250588fd91af.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Evelyn Sanguinetti, Illinois’ first Latina lieutenant governor, spoke at a Hispanic festival Friday about her own life as the daughter of immigrants and how education is the key to a better life. “The American dream is alive and it is incumbent upon all of us to create the environment to make it happen,” she told reporters at the celebration of Three Kings’ Day at Western Avenue Community Center, Bloomington. Blending Spanish and English in brief remarks to the audience of about 70 children and adults, Sanguinetti spoke of her mother, a 15-year-old Cuban refugee, and her Ecuadorian immigrant father. They worked hard to give her a good life but money was tight in her native Hialeah, Fla., she said. She said her mother, whom she described as her “shero,” told her, “In this country, you’ll always be able to rise like the foam.” She said she was an “uninspired” student in grade school, but her love and talent for the piano won her a place at The New World School of the Arts in Miami. “That’s when all the lights in my life turned on,” said Sanguinetti, who eventually earned a law degree. She said she and Gov. Bruce Rauner believe all Illinois children deserve the opportunity that comes from a first-class education. To help make that possible, Illinois must have a “complete, comprehensive, balanced budget” and a business environment free of “punitive” regulations that spurs growth and keeps jobs in the state, she told reporters.)

 

NORTHWEST HERALD
— Thumbs up to children helping others – Editorial  (DIERSEN: More evidence of the failed Democrat Party platform.  Under the Democrats, more and more and more people need lots of help just to survive.)
http://www.nwherald.com/2017/01/05/our-view-thumbs-up-to-children-helping-others/axbhyn5/

 

FOX ILLINOIS
— Local Students Going To D.C. For Inauguration Day – Esther Kwon
http://foxillinois.com/news/local/local-students-going-to-dc-for-inauguration-day
— Study: Central Illinois Would Lose 6,700 Jobs if ACA is Repealed – Brendan Cullerton
http://foxillinois.com/news/local/study-central-illinois-would-lose-6700-jobs-if-aca-is-repealed-01-07-2017

 

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— Mexico’s Fox trolls Trump: ‘Are you a legitimate president?’ – CNN  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps side with Fox against Trump.  Anti-Trumps side with foreign countries and with their citizens against America and against its citizens.)
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/mexicos-fox-trolls-trump-are-you-a-legitimate-president/637044714

 

WSIL TV
— Youth programs in jeopardy amid budget impasse – Brandon Richard
http://www.wsiltv.com/story/34203861/youth-programs-in-jeopardy-amid-budget-impasse
— US report: Putin ordered effort to help Trump, hurt Clinton – AP  (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Which individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries wanted Clinton to win?  ANSWER: Illegals and those that are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, 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.)
http://www.wsiltv.com/story/34198327/after-intel-brief-trump-says-hack-had-no-impact-on-election

 

  1. ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH
    — Inauguration speaker Franklin Graham: God allowed Donald Trump to win – EMILY MCFARLAN MILLER
    http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/inauguration-speaker-franklin-graham-god-allowed-donald-trump-to-win/article_92b4da36-4d18-5d27-bb53-4062491296a4.html

 

POSITIVELY NAPERVILLE
— WARRENVILLE, NAPERVILLE, WOODRIDGE, AND LISLE MAYORS TO HOLD JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE MONDAY IN WHEATON  (DIERSEN: Just kidding, but when will petitions be circulated for Cook County to annex DuPage and the other collar counties?)
http://www.positivelynaperville.com/2017/01/06/warrenville-naperville-woodridge-lisle-mayors-hold-joint-press-conference-monday/68849
(FROM THE ARTICLE: At the bottom of the Daily Herald story (Jan. 5, 2016), find this commentary from Stan Zegel, Executive Director at Citizen Participation Institute in Winfield where he states a referendum would be binding. It appears the petitions are invoking a procedure established by state law 65 ILCS 5/7-1-16 whereby 250 electors in a municipality (a village or a city) can cause a referendum like this to be held. It is a binding referendum. It further appears that no such referendum is necessary in the acquiring municipality. That explains why no petitions have been circulated in Naperville. If the voters in a particular municipality vote against it, then it cannot be submitted again in that municipality until at least 22 months later, and then it will take it will take far more than 250 signatures to put it on the ballot again in that municipality. If it passes in any municipality, then that place automatically becomes part of Naperville. Any bonded indebtedness of an approving municipality, and of Naperville, get merged together and everyone shares in paying off the combined debt. Thus the taxpayers in Lisle, Woodridge, Warrenville (if the annexation is approved in their municipality) would take on a share of Naperville’s debt, and Naperville taxpayers would take on a share the other places’ debt. It follows that, with everything then part of Naperville, Naperville’s ordinances are in effect throughout the combined area, and everyone can then elect the mayor and members of the Naperville City Council as their terms come up in 2019 and after.)

 

UPSTREAM IDEAS
— Steve Cortes, Trump’s National Hispanic Advisory Council
http://upstream-ideas.com/upstream-ideas/ideas/ju6qy8luijdrvnw3zf685x9y87fhzz

 

DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Rauner implored to take tougher stance in battle with AFSCME
http://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511069536-rauner-implored-to-take-tougher-stance-in-battle-with-afscme

 

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— DECLASSIFIED REPORT POINTS TO PUTIN AND RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT IN U.S. ELECTION  (DIERSEN: How successful were the Russians in promoting Trump in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, and in your county?  Based in all the votes that Clinton got, the Russians failed miserably in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Milton Township, and in DuPage County.  Clinton voters in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Milton Township, and in DuPage listened to those who are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, 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.)
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2017/01/declassified-report-points-to-putin-and-russia-government-involvement-in-us-election.html

 

BREITBART
— ‘Audit the Fed’ May Finally Pass Congress – CHRISS W. STREET
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/01/07/audit-the-fed-pass-congress/

 

FREEDOM’S JOURNAL
— DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO HIRE BLACKS FOR TOP JOBS IN THE U.S. SENATE – Raynard Jackson
https://freedomsjournalinstitute.org/latest-news/opinion/democrats-refuse-to-hire-blacks-for-top-jobs-in-the-u-s-senate/

 

CNS NEWS
— Record 95,102,000 Americans Not in Labor Force; Number Grew 18% Since Obama Took Office in 2009 – Susan Jones
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/susan-jones/record-95102000-americans-not-labor-force-number-grew-18-obama-took-office

 

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— The battle for Trump’s soul on immigration – W. JAMES ANTLE III  (DIERSEN: Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs want Trump a) to flush America and its citizens down the toilet and b) to give America to Mexico and to other foreign countries and their citizens.)
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/the-battle-for-trumps-soul-on-immigration/article/2611074

 

CBS NEWS
— Obamacare repeal warning: “massive job losses” – AIMEE PICCHI
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obamacare-repeal-warning-massive-job-losses/

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— HARDCOPY EDITORIAL TITLE: The Biggest Losers as Interest Rates Rise  (DIERSEN: Far more Republicans than Democrats are savers.  Higher interest rates benefit savers.)
http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/06/opinion/did-we-take-low-interest-rates-for-granted.html
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Trump Nominees’ Filings Threaten to Overwhelm Federal Ethics Office – ERIC LIPTON and STEVE EDER
http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/06/us/politics/trump-nominees-federal-ethics-office.html
— For Millennials, It’s Never Too Early to Save for Retirement – ZACH WICHTER  (DIERSEN: All the operatives and all the dupes for my critics/opponents are filled with envy and have serious financial problems.  They are furious a) that I began earning credits toward a Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) pension in 1966 when I was 18 years old, b) that since 1997, I have been getting a CSRS pension, currently $50,720/year, c) that as a federal employee and retiree, my health, dental, and vision insurance has been subsidized, currently $16,854, and d) that I could and did save lots of money for my retirement.)
http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/06/your-money/millennials-retirement.html

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Make Inaugurals Dignified Again  Advice for the new president on his first day—and for the media covering it. – PEGGY NOONAN
http://www.wsj.com/articles/make-inaugurals-dignified-again-1483661648
— Trump’s Auto Bluster  He should stick to making the U.S. a better place to invest. – Editorial  (DIERSEN: Virtually all my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes are filled with hatred of a) unions, b) past and present union members, c) General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler, and d) past and present owners of General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler vehicles.)
http://www.wsj.com/articles/trumps-auto-bluster-1483744913
— A Final Farewell to a Year to Forget – JO CRAVEN MCGINTY  (DIERSEN: What were the negatives for you last year?  For me, they include my mother dying, only 137 in my precinct voting for Trump in the November 8th election, my brother’s health problems, my aunt’s health problems, and my continuing weight, digestive, and dental problems.)
http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-final-farewell-to-a-year-to-forget-1483714801

 

BLOOMBERG
— A Sensible Plea for Limits on Immigration – Ramesh Ponnuru  (DIERSEN: Did you benefit from lower immigration in the past?  I did. If legal and illegal immigration was as high during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s as it is now, immigrants may very well have gotten the jobs that I did doing yard work, delivering newspapers, washing dishes, cleaning golf shoes, chipping slag, pumping gasoline, delivering mail, working on an automobile assembly line, working as a security guard, selling tires, automotive services, and major appliances, collecting delinquent taxes, and auditing federal agencies. Immigration advocates, their operatives, and their dupes look down on me, despise me, if not hate me for taking jobs that immigrants could have had.)
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-01-07/a-sensible-plea-for-limits-on-immigration
— Some Blue-Collar Workers Probably Shouldn’t Do Pink Jobs – Megan McArdle
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-01-06/some-blue-collar-workers-probably-shouldn-t-do-pink-jobs

 

USA TODAY
— Thousands of protesters to test inaugural security operation – Kevin Johnson
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/06/thousands-protesters-test-inaugural-security-operation/96250794/

 

CORNELL CHRONICLE
— Study examines how bias affects hiring practices – Jay Wrolstad  (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.news.cornell.edu/stories/2017/01/study-examines-how-bias-affects-hiring-practices

 

MONEY MAGAZINE
— Here’s the Salary of Every Quarterback in the NFL Playoffs  Two of them are making less than a million. – Brad Tuttle (DIERSEN: Are/were you accused of being overpaid?  My critics/opponents have always accused me of being overpaid. In my defense, I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 33.)
http://time.com/money/4626448/heres-the-salary-of-every-quarterback-in-the-nfl-playoffs/

 

FEDERAL NEWS RADIO
— What kind of federal employee will you be under the Trump administration?  (DIERSEN: In the Chicago metropolitan area, Democrats have always run the federal government, and Democrats will continue to run the federal metropolitan area under Trump.  If you want to get hired, retained, and/or promoted, you need to be a Democrat, and preferably minority, female, and/or young.)
http://federalnewsradio.com/workforce/2017/01/what-kind-of-fed-will-you-be-on-inauguration-day/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: What happens to federal employees when a new president shakes things up? Do they stay or do they go? A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research looks at this trend and sorts government workers into one of three categories. The study, “Elections, Ideology and Turnover in the U.S. Federal Government,” comes from three political science professors: Alexander Bolton of Emory University, John M. de Figueiredo of Duke University and David Lewis of Vanderbilt University. They looked at Office of Personnel Management data spanning 1988 and 2011 and developed departure models to run against it. So what kind of federal employee will you be under President Donald Trump’s administration? Take our survey and see where you stand among other government employees.)

 

FED WEEK
— Rules Set Goals, Address Obligations  (DIERSEN: While I worked for GAO in its Chicago office 1980-1997, the Democrats who ran the office assigned me to supervise at one time or another ALL THE OFFICE’S EMPLOYEES WHO HAD DISABILITIES.)
http://www.fedweek.com/federal-managers-daily-report/rules-set-goals-address-obligations/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The final EEOC rule on affirmative action requires each federal agency to adopt the goal of having 12 percent of its workforce be people with disabilities, and 2 percent of its workforce be people with targeted disabilities. The goals are to apply at both higher and lower salary levels.)

 

WORLD SOCIALIST WEB SITE
— Intelligence report offers no evidence of Russian hacking of US election – Patrick Martin
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/01/07/hack-j07.html

 

GUARDIAN
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: The anti-American Guardian promotes Mexico and promotes other anti-American countries.
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jan/07/mexico-auto-industry-jobs-donald-trump-manufacturing-cars

 

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES
— Dairy Queen Controversy: Zion Franchise Owner Caught In Racist Dispute With Young Mother, Branch Closed – SEERAT CHABBA
http://www.ibtimes.com/dairy-queen-controversy-zion-franchise-owner-caught-racist-dispute-young-mother-2471495
— Stop Donald Trump? #DisruptJ20 Wants To Shut Down Inauguration Day Parade – JOSH KEEFE
http://www.ibtimes.com/stop-donald-trump-disruptj20-wants-shut-down-inauguration-day-parade-2470470

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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