July 13 Morning Edition

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— The DuPage County Election Commission (DCEC) has been asked by your GOPUSA Illinois Editor to immediately and individually notify by regular mail and by email each and every elected Precinct Committeeman in precincts affected by DCEC’s proposed precinct line changes.  Please join me in this request by emailing and/or by phoning the following: Cathy Terrill – Chairperson at
cterrill@dupageco.org and 630-407-5697; James S. Lowe – Vice Chair at jlowe@dupageco.org and 630-407-5699; John J. Boske – Secretary at john.boske@dupageco.org and 630-407-5698; and Joseph H. Sobecki – Executive Director at joseph.sobecki@dupageco.org and 630-407-5614.  To see the numerous proposed changes, visit: http://www.dupageco.org/Election/Election_Commission_News/2017/55317/.  My understanding is that the DCEC is scheduled to vote on these numerous proposed changes at its July 26, 2017 meeting. My understanding is a) that about 100 precincts in Downers Grove Township would be affected by the proposed changes and about 12 new precincts would be added and b) that about 27 precincts in Milton Township would be affected and about 6 new precincts would be added. If you are an elected Precinct Committeeman like I have been since 2000, you understand my concerns about this. – Dave Diersen
http://www.gopillinois.com    

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Shock, fears and tears as heads roll in Rauner administration – Michael Sneed (DIERSEN: What if someone concluded that Rauner is striking a more Libertarian tone instead of a more conservative tone?  Conservatives like me do NOT promote dependency on government or charity, redistribution of wealth, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, vices including booze, gambling, and pot, Islam, race or gender based preference giving, age discrimination, diminishment of the First or Second Amendments, etc.)
http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/govs-house-cleaning-leaves-staff-in-shock-and-it-may-not-be-over/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: It was a massacre.  It wasn’t pretty. There was no forewarning; it happened quickly and abruptly. And Sneed hears there is more to come. To wit: While Gov. Bruce Rauner’s press and policy troops were busting their butts during budget negotiations, plans were already afoot to make a hard right politically — clean house and bring in a new team. First up! On Monday morning, Rauner personally ousted his Chief of Staff Richard Goldberg, who was described by his troops as fiercely loyal to the governor and his mission. It would be the only one the governor would personally fire. “Everyone was in shock,” said a Rauner staffer who asked to remain anonymous. “I mean everyone came to work Monday morning. But when we were told Richard [Goldberg] was out, we had a feeling if he could do that to him — who was a leader and fiercely loyal — who wouldn’t they do that to? “Over the next 24 hours everyone was a wreck,” the source added. “Staff fear was at its height. Doors were shut. People were crying. We then watched one person’s head roll after another. When you see a friend you respect who has worked so hard get dismissed just like that, it’s very difficult.”  On Tuesday morning, Rauner’s communications director, Brad Hahn, was fired by Rauner’s new Chief of Staff Kristina Rasmussen — who had served as president of the Illinois Policy Institute, a conservative-leaning think tank. The buckshot: Hahn was calmly told his services were no longer required and was asked to clean out his office before being escorted out of the building. Laurel Patrick, who worked for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, is now head of communications. On Tuesday evening, Catherine Kelly, deputy director of communications for Rauner’s administration, was also abruptly fired by Rasmussen. Kelly, however, who was also asked to clean out her office before being escorted out, was in the process of delaying an anticipated move to Texas in August, where her husband had been offered a job with a law firm. Did he see the handwriting on the wall? Lance Trover, the gov’s prickly deputy chief of staff for communications, had given his notice last month. The big question: Will Mike Mahoney, the governor’s policy chief, be told to leave? “Mike was the guy who kept the troops together, but the expectation is that there is a lot more to come in the cleaning house department,” a Rauner source said. “It’s been tough. The morale is bad. People are afraid. It has been a coup d’etat type of environment. The conservative Illinois Policy Institute has taken charge.” Sneed hears Rauner and his wife, Diana, were planning on making these changes earlier — especially in the communications department — but surprised some of their advisers on how quickly they moved to do so. “I knew a few heads would roll, but am told there’s more to come.”)

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOE PHOTO OF RAUNER: Rauner-CPS feud could hold up school money for rest of state – Hal Dardick and Kim Geiger
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-cps-state-funding-rauner-met-20170712-story.html
— Democratic leaders could fill open Cook County Board spot Thursday – John Byrne
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-cook-county-board-steele-20170713-story.html

 

DAILY HERALD
— Former Daily Herald paperboy now state elections chief – Kerry Lester (DIERSEN: What did you do formerly?  I am a former yard worker and paperboy 1962-1964; dish washer 1964-1966; golf shoe cleaner, slag chipper, and gasoline pumper in 1966; mailman 1966-1969; automobile assemble line worker and security guard in 1970; tire, automotive service, and major appliance salesman 1970-1971; gasoline pumper 1971-1972; delinquent tax collector 1971-1980; and federal agency auditor 1980-1997.  I am a former TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman 2005-2012, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011, Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2000-2004 and 2008-2010, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007, and American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member 2001-2004.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170713/lester-former-daily-herald-paperboy-now-state-elections-chief

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Michael Madigan blasts Rauner
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170713/OPINION/170719940/rauner-to-blame-for-illinois-budget-crisis-speaker-madigan

 

CBS2
— Emanuel Laments Rauner’s ‘Radical, Reactionary’ Staff Shakeup – Craig Dellimore
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/07/13/rahm-emanuel-bruce-rauner-staff-shakeup-radical-reactionary/

 

NBC5
— Governor Bruce Rauner Prepares for New Fight Over School Funding – Mary Ann Ahern
http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/governor-bruce-rauner-prepares-for-new-fight-over-school-funding-434158353.html
— Four Illinois Colleges Rank Among Nation’s ‘Best For Your Money’ – James Neveau
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/four-illinois-colleges-rank-among-nations-best-schools-for-your-money-434092473.html

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Some new hires, like Rauner, challenge public unions – Bernard Schoenburg  (DIERSEN: Are/were you a member of a public union? I was 1966-1969 while I worked for the Post Office and 1971-1980 while I worked for IRS. GAO did not unionize until 2007. If GAO had been unionized in 1997, I might still be a GAO employee.)
http://www.sj-r.com/opinion/20170712/bernard-schoenburg-some-new-hires-like-rauner-challenge-public-unions
— Rauner administration lays off 8 at IDOT – Bernard Schoenburg  (DIERSEN: My Democrat IRS superiors got rid of the IRS manager who promoted me in 1972, 1973, and 1974.  My Democrat GAO superiors got rid of the GAO manager who hired me in 1980, who got me assigned to audits of IRS in 1986, and who promoted me in 1986.  Are/were you a member of a public union? I was 1966-1969 while I worked for the Post Office and 1971-1980 while I worked for IRS. GAO did not unionize until 2007. If GAO had been unionized in 1997, I might still be a GAO employee.)
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20170712/rauner-administration-lays-off-8-at-idot
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The administration of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner issued layoff notices to eight employees of the Illinois Department of Transportation Wednesday, saying there was a “lack of work” for them to do, but also saying the action is part of “cleaning up past hiring mistakes and personnel practices.” Don Craven, a lawyer representing the members of Teamsters Local 916, said the union would “take all appropriate actions to defend the rights” of the members.)

 

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— New hands on deck – Editorial (DIERSEN: What if someone concluded that Rauner is striking a more Libertarian tone instead of a more conservative tone?  Conservatives like me do NOT promote dependency on government or charity, redistribution of wealth, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, vices including booze, gambling, and pot, Islam, race or gender based preference giving, age discrimination, diminishment of the First or Second Amendments, etc.)
http://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2017-07-13/new-hands-deck.html

 

BLOOMINGTON PANTAGRAPH
— State Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet: Madigan ‘holds schools hostage’ in new budget – Derek Beigh
http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/rose-madigan-holds-schools-hostage-in-new-budget/article_e0e8c015-9123-552d-95f1-fed65c905c7f.html

 

WJBD RADIO
— White House: Introduction of impeachment article ‘ridiculous’
http://www.wjbdradio.com/politics/2017/07/13/white-house-introduction-of-impeachment-article-ridiculous

 

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— FBI director nominee vows independence: No ‘pulling punches’  Chris Wray appears before Senate committee – TOM LOBIANCO AND DAVID SHORTELL  (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors and Democrat supervisors in the federal government never painted themselves as being “independent.” They painted themselves as being blindly loyal operatives or dupes for Democrat politicians and for the Democrat Party platform.)
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/politics/fbi-director-nominee-vows-independence-no-pulling-punches/763598665
— Trump threatens anger if health care fails  President says he’s waiting to sign bill – DAN MERICA  (DIERSEN: I should write a book about all the threats that have been made against me a) because of what I have done or have refused to do as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999 and as your GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000 and b) because of what I did or refused to do as a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman 2005-2012, a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011, the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2000-2004 and 2008-2010, an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007, an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member 2001-2004, a GAO employee 1980-1997, an IRS employee 1971-1980, etc.)
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/politics/trump-threatens-anger-if-health-care-fails/763894210

 

NPR ILLINOIS
— Illinois Issues: The Battle Over Transparency And Privacy In The Digital Age – DAISY CONTRERAS
http://nprillinois.org/post/illinois-issues-battle-over-transparency-and-privacy-digital-age#stream/0

 

CHICAGO NOW
— The next big Illinois tax increase is waiting in the wings – Dennis Byrne
http://www.chicagonow.com/dennis-byrnes-barbershop/2017/07/the-next-big-illinois-tax-increase-is-waiting-in-the-wings/

 

SANGAMON SUN
— Pritzker offers ‘laughable’ rationale for property tax cut, GOP says – Caitlin Nordahl
http://sangamonsun.com/stories/511123167-pritzker-offers-laughable-rationale-for-property-tax-cut-gop-says
— Rauner strikes conservative tone in staff shakeup – Hoang Tran (DIERSEN: What if someone concluded that Rauner is striking a more Libertarian tone instead of a more conservative tone?  Conservatives like me do NOT promote dependency on government or charity, redistribution of wealth, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, vices including booze, gambling, and pot, Islam, race or gender based preference giving, age discrimination, diminishment of the First or Second Amendments, etc.)
http://sangamonsun.com/stories/511147367-rauner-strikes-conservative-tone-in-staff-shakeup

 

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK
— Loser: Property owners – Dan McCaleb (DIERSEN: How much property tax have you paid?  I paid property tax on a new town home in University Park 1972-1984, on a studio condo in downtown Chicago 1974-1976, and on a one bedroom condo in downtown Chicago 1976-1978.  My wife and I paid property tax on 1017 East Harrison in Wheaton 1978-1984 and we have paid property tax on 915 Cove Court in Wheaton since 1984.)
https://www.ilnews.org/loser-property-owners/article_ed3322f6-6752-11e7-b9c0-037bc8996efe.html

 

ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
— The “Trans” Ideology Damages Children – Laurie Higgins
https://illinoisfamily.org/homosexuality/trans-ideology-damages-children/
— Trump Admin Pressures Schools to Reinforce Transgenderism
https://illinoisfamily.org/education/trump-admin-pressures-schools-reinforce-transgenderism/

 

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— AND WHAT ABOUT THAT NEW 5 CENTS PER GALLON GAS TAX HIKE?
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2017/07/and-what-about-that-new-5-cent-per-gallon-gas-tax-hike.html

 

CAPITOL FAX
— More firing/hiring fallout for Rauner
https://capitolfax.com/2017/07/13/more-firinghiring-fallout-for-rauner/

 

LIFE SITE NEWS
— U.S. archbishop: Active gays must repent and change lifestyle before receiving Communion – Pete Baklinski
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/oregon-archbishop-active-gays-must-confess-sins-and-change-lifestyle-before

 

FOX BUSINESS
— Illinois narrowly avoids downgrade to junk after breaking budget impasse – Karen Pierog
http://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/2017/07/12/illinois-narrowly-avoids-downgrade-to-junk-after-breaking-budget-impasse.html

 

THE BLAZE
— New study names the 10 most post-Christian cities in the U.S. – Tré Goins-Phillips  (DIERSEN: Virtually all of my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes disapprove of if not despise if not hate Missouri Synod Lutherans and/or promote dependency on government and charity, redistribution of wealth, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, vices including booze, gambling, and pot, Islam, race and gender based preference giving, age discrimination, diminishment of the First or Second Amendments, etc.)
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/07/12/new-study-names-the-10-most-post-christian-cities-in-the-us/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: To qualify as “post-Christian,” respondents in the cities had to meet at least nine of the 16 identifying factors in Barna’s list, which included such categories as “Do not believe in God,” “Disagree the Bible is accurate,” “Identify as atheist or agnostic,” “Have never made a commitment to Jesus,” and “Disagree that faith is important in their lives.”)

 

DAILY CALLER
— Media Holds Up Seemingly Normal Police Stop As Example Of Racial Profiling – Amber Randall  (DIERSEN: How bad are your demographics? Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps demonize, denigrate, and condemn those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/12/media-holds-up-seemingly-normal-police-stop-as-example-of-racial-profiling-video/

 

CONSERVATIVE REVIEW
— Get your amnesty card: Shocking summer spike in illegal aliens – Daniel Horowitz
https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/get-your-amnesty-card-shocking-summer-spike-in-illegal-aliens

 

THE HILL
— Trump should stand up to liberals, Republicans alike to win on immigration – FORMER REP. TOM TANCREDO
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/immigration/341792-trump-should-stand-up-to-liberals-republicans-alike-to-win-on

 

POLITICO
— Illinois braces for most expensive election in U.S. history  Party officials on both sides expect a governor’s race that could cost more $300 million. That’s right, $300 million. – NATASHA KORECKI and ALEX ISENSTADT (DIERSEN: How much of that $300 million will be spent a) trying to manipulate/dominate Dave Diersen and his GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, b) trying to stop Dave Diersen from putting those emails together and sending them out, and c) trying to stop everyone from reading those emails?  Which individuals, organizations, companies, and governments support the First Amendment and will come to Diersen’s defense?)
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/13/illinois-governor-race-rauner-240480
— Illinois governor cleans house after budget showdown  Republican Bruce Rauner, the most politically vulnerable governor in the nation, fires top staffers in office shake-up. – NATASHA KORECKI
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/12/bruce-rauner-fires-top-staffers-240460
— Trump crafting plan to slash legal immigration  Senior aide Stephen Miller has been working with conservative senators to make good on Trump’s campaign promise. – ELIANA JOHNSON and JOSH DAWSEY (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps do everything that they can to make immigrants 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 (except Bill Clinton), and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/12/trump-legal-immigration-cuts-240478
— Senate Republicans release new Obamacare repeal bill  Republicans meet Thursday to see if they can ever find the votes to repeal Obamacare. – BURGESS EVERETT, JENNIFER HABERKORN and SARAH KARLIN-SMITH
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/13/senate-republicans-health-care-bill-cruz-lee-240498

 

REUTERS
— U.S. appeals court upholds Wisconsin ‘right-to-work’ law – Timothy Mclaughlin
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-wisconsin-labor-idUSKBN19X34T

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— Campaign Opposition Research Is Standard. But Not ‘Oppo’ From Hostile Nations. – JONATHAN MARTIN  (DIERSEN: If you sought a government office or a political office, what “dirt” would your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes throw at you?  They would throw the following “dirt” at me: I am a Trump supporter; baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran; conservative; Republican; American; White; male; old (68); rich; gun owner; 100% German-American; draft avoider; my ancestors have been in America since the 1840s; childless; pet-less; American-nameplate car owner; former union member; former federal employee; federal retiree for almost 20 years; Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999; GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000; TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman 2005-2012; Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011; Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2000-2004 and 2008-2010; Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007; American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member 2001-2004; etc.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/12/us/politics/donald-trump-jr-opposition-research-foreign-power.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Many campaign accusations and revelatory news stories about a candidate or elected official are the fruits of what is euphemistically called the research division of campaigns and political parties, where low-profile aides search for dirt.)
— What We Lose When the World Moves On From Email – Farhad Manjoo  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have avoided putting into writing things that incriminate them.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/12/technology/what-we-lose-when-the-world-moves-on-from-email.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Though its political implications are yet unclear, the publication of an email chain in which Donald Trump Jr. arranged a June 2016 meeting with a lawyer peddling the Russian government’s help for his father’s presidential campaign ought to inspire some pretty obvious tech advice: Step away from the inbox, stupid! That’s not a partisan slight. I said pretty much the same thing last year about the emails of John D. Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, whose inbox emptied across the internet after he clicked on a link he shouldn’t have.)
— Why Millennials Should Lead the Next Labor Movement – KASHANA CAULEY  (DIERSEN: Are/were you a member of a union? I was 1966-1969 while I worked for the Post Office and 1971-1980 while I worked for IRS. GAO did not unionize until 2007. If GAO had been unionized in 1997, I might still be a GAO employee.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/13/opinion/millennial-labor-movement.html

 

WASHINGTON POST
— Shoplifting in Chicago dropped after a change in the food stamp program – Sahil Chinoy
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/07/13/shoplifting-in-chicago-dropped-after-a-change-in-the-food-stamps-program/

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Racial Division, Made Possible by Viewers Like You  The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is pushing identity politics—except at pledge time. – Howard Husock
https://www.wsj.com/articles/racial-division-made-possible-by-viewers-like-you-1499898974
— Trump Teaches Western Civilization  It was a speech about values and traditions that neither Hillary Clinton nor any Democrat would give anymore. – Daniel Henninger
https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-teaches-western-civ-1499898949
— In Good Company  GM’s Alfred Sloan once argued that industry should ‘lend a helping hand’ to workers and protect them ‘against the vicissitudes of life.’ Bryan Burrough reviews ‘The End of Loyalty’ by Rick Wartzman. – Bryan Burrough  (DIERSEN: From what I see, ever-increasingly, companies promote dependency on government and on charity, redistribution of wealth, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, vices including booze, gambling, and pot, Islam, race and gender based preference giving, age discrimination, diminishment of the First or Second Amendments, etc.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-good-company-1499899125

 

USA TODAY
— Illinois pension problem: Coming to a state near you – Editorial
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/07/12/illinois-pension-problems-budgets-bruce-rauner-editorialsnd-debates/459746001/
— States should stick to pension promise – Crosby Smith, President, AFSCME Local 2645
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/07/12/states-should-stick-pension-promise/473727001/
— Online harassment is on the rise. Americans want tech co.’s to stop it. – Rachel Sandler (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes are discouraged from putting their insults, their harassment, and their threats against me in writing because they know that I will put their insults, their harassment, and their threats against me at the top of the next GOPUSA ILLINOIS email.)
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2017/07/12/online-harassment-rise-americans-want-tech-co-s-stop-it/469122001/

 

GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE
— House-Backed Bill Would Ramp Up Punishment for Federal Employees Who Discriminate – Eric Katz  (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were required to promote Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion, that is, they were required to discriminate against, that is, to punish federal employees like me who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2017/07/house-backed-bill-would-ramp-punishment-feds-who-discriminate/139391/

 

RASMUSSEN REPORTS
— Voters See Anti-Semitism As a Serious Problem In U.S. (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats encourage anti-Semites to come to America.)
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/israel_the_middle_east/voters_see_anti_semitism_as_a_serious_problem_in_u_s

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.