January 9 Evening Edition


— Chicago anti-abortion activists rally at Federal Plaza as Roe vs. Wade anniversary nears. Pro-choice counter protesters set up across street. – Evelyn Holmes
— OUTRAGEOUS, DISGUSTING, TRAGIC, UNACCEPTABLE: New NYC law allows its 800,000 noncitizens and ‘Dreamers’ to vote. Mayor Eric Adams allowed legislation approved by the City Council to automatically become law.
(COMMENT: Democrats shout at noncitizens, at Dreamers, and at everyone else that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things who should be gotten rid of once and for all.)
— Is there school Monday for CPS? Mayor, CPS CEO reject latest Chicago Teachers Union proposal. ‘This is a solution to what we are experiencing in this moment,’ Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Stacy Davis Gates says. – Tre Ward and Maher Kawash
— Plainfield school district cancels class Monday due to ‘spiking number of bus drivers with COVID’

— Chicago Public Schools are still without a deal to reopen Monday; talks with teachers union ongoing – GREGORY PRATT

— The Illinois legislature needs a new watchdog now. Once again, the post of legislative inspector general is vacant. – Editorial

— Top Kane County GOP official calls election precinct redraw ‘a farce’ – James Fuller
(COMMENT: What have the following told your Republican Precinct Committeeman about the redraw: a) the chairman of your Republican township party organization, b) the chairman of your Republican county party organization, c) your representative on the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Central Committee, and d) the IRP chairman?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A behind-the-scenes process of redrawing election precincts in Kane County sparked concerns Friday about election integrity and what will be one of the shortest primary election campaign seasons in recent history. Recent state legislation approved in the wake of the decennial redistricting effort requires counties to redraw election precinct boundary lines by Jan. 15. The changes will affect every race on the 2022 ballot. New rules require precincts to sit within a single congressional and state legislative district whenever possible as well as a single county board district and municipal ward. Many counties regularly split or merge precincts to avoid them becoming too large or small for Democrat and Republican Party committeemen to properly represent constituents on partisan matters. Party committeemen are the foot soldiers of local political parties. The influence of those roles carries particular intrigue for local Republicans who are loyal to former President Donald Trump and continue to support the debunked claims of fraud in the 2020 election. The 2022 elections bring an opportunity for Trump loyalists to take control of the local party. Which voters live in which precincts will be a factor in that GOP battle. Kane County hasn’t adjusted its 291 precincts in nearly 20 years. That’s created 28 precincts that contain far more registered voters than the 1,200-voter cap target suggested by state legislation. Multiple precincts contain fewer than the 500 registered voters state law suggests is too small for a stand-alone precinct. A self-appointed team of workers in the county clerk’s office, information technology department, graphics information system staff, lawyers in the state’s attorney’s office and the chairman of the county board’s public service committee have spent the past several weeks redrawing the precinct boundaries. Kane County Board Chair Corinne Pierog has also been involved. She serves as vice chair of the Kane County Democrats. Except for Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham, who is a Republican, all the elected officials involved so far are Democrats. The public will get a look at the redrawn precincts on Tuesday. There will be a final vote on the remap Friday, one day before the state deadline. That’s not enough review or involvement in the process for several GOP members of the county board. “It’s a farce to suggest this committee has had any role or involvement in this at all,” said Ken Shepro, a county board member and chairman of the Kane County Republican Party. “No member of this committee has been asked to participate in any of these meetings or give any guidance.” Fellow Republican Tom Koppie said the process and the tight deadlines mean the county board will be “forced to accept maps generated by the bureaucracy.” “I do not believe this is what the voting public anticipated or expects,” Koppie said. Anita Lewis, a Democrat on the board who tends to side with Republicans, questioned the process. “And I’m not going to be able to say beyond a shadow of a doubt that everything was done right,” Lewis said. “I just don’t have that comfort level.” Even if the county board approves the new precinct boundaries next Friday, the county staff said it may take up until the first week of February to have maps paired with voter rolls that will allow candidates to collect accurate petition signatures. Petition filing for candidates seeking the top ballot spots is March 7. Candidates normally have 90 days to circulate petitions. Both county board members and the clerk’s office staff said they expect more petition challenges to kick candidates off the ballot because of the tight window and an increased likelihood of signatures from people who find themselves in different precincts.)
— Almost half of patients at McHenry County’s Northwestern Medicine hospitals have COVID-19 – Ben Szalinski

— Lightfoot on CTU: ‘They abandoned kids and their families’ Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the mayor called out the Chicago Teachers Union over the ongoing standoff while also signaling some compromise is possible on the issue of expanded COVID testing.

— Toyota is the first non-U.S. company to be the country’s top seller – Ayesha Rascoe

— Six sources of Chicago Teachers Union power – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner

— Jan. 6 committee member floats proposal to block Trump from a potential return to White House. Rep. Jamie Raskin cites Reconstruction-era law intended to bar Confederates from office. – Ryan Lovelace
— OUTRAGEOUS, DISGUSTING, TRAGIC, UNACCEPTABLE: NYC mayor says Dems need to become ‘radically practical’ as he clears way for noncitizens to vote – Ryan Lovelace
(COMMENT: Democrats shout at noncitizens and at everyone else that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things who should be gotten rid of once and for all.)

— Joe Biden, the Divider in Chief, (unknowingly) kicks off the campaigns of the GOP and President Trump – Rajan Laad

— Democrats quietly plot to use provision in Constitution to bar Trump from holding political office – CHRIS ENLOE

— Indiana Moves to Bar Critical Race Theory From Being Taught in Public Universities. Senate Bill 167, which is sponsored by seven Republican lawmakers, states that no “state educational institution” can “engage in training, orientation, or therapy” that includes stereotypes on the basis of “sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, [and] political affiliation.” – Mike LaChance

— Kinzinger says Jan. 6 panel already has ‘powerful and substantive narrative’ – MYCHAEL SCHNELL

— Full Kinzinger: ‘There are people that live in a totally different reality’
— Kinzinger: Jan. 6 select committee ready to put out a ‘substantive narrative’
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and RINOs illegally encourage illegal immigration.

— OUTRAGEOUS, DISGUSTING, TRAGIC, UNACCEPTABLE: Noncitizens’ Right to Vote Becomes Law in New York City. Starting next year, 800,000 legal permanent residents will be eligible to vote in municipal elections. – Grace Ashford
(COMMENT: Democrats shout at noncitizens and at everyone else that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things who should be gotten rid of once and for all.)

— DECEMBER 14, 2021 FLASHBACK: What to know about midterm elections
(COMMENT: Democrat, Libertarian, Green, Independent, and RINO major donors, political consultants, fundraisers, and pollsters a) want Republican candidates to lose elections, b) tell Republican leaders to recruit candidates who are minority, female, younger, LGBTQ, non-Christian, non-Protestant, non-Italian American, non-German American, and/or those whose ancestors have not been in America for a long time, c) tell Republican leaders to recruit candidates who are anti-law enforcement, anti-Trump, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-heterosexual, anti-traditional marriage/family, anti-non-poor people, anti-gun owners, anti-Christian, anti-Protestant, anti-Italian American, anti-German American, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time, d) tell Republican leaders to recruit candidates who reject the traditional marriage/family, right to life, immigration, illegal drugs, Second Amendment, and/or equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks in the Republican Party platform, and e) tell Republican leaders to recruit candidates who promote dependence on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination.)


(FROM THE ARTICLE: Republicans are putting a big effort into recruiting more women and minority candidates up and down the ballot to compete with Democrats, who generally have a bigger slate of minority candidates.)

— U.S. to Spend $10 Billion to Boost Small Businesses. Part of the Treasury Department funding will target disadvantaged communities, but some Republicans say spending overlaps with money available in existing programs. – Amara Omeokwe
— Facebook’s Former Elections Boss Now Questions Social Media’s Impact on Politics. Katie Harbath says she left Facebook disillusioned; now she pushes for more online guardrails. – Jeff Horwitz

— Congress Should Refer Trump for Prosecution Over Jan. 6, Say 41% of Americans in New Poll – JASON LEMON

— Capitol riot committee could present damning case against Trump even if it concluded today, says Kinzinger. Available evidence shows Trump delayed call for supporter to leave. – John Bowden

— Kinzinger blames ‘profit-driven radio’ for turning Trump fans into ‘angry, fearful victimized group’

— COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR SALE: 520 West Roosevelt Road, Wheaton – $349,900

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.