July 22 Evening Edition

— John Curran appointed to State Senate  County Board Vice Chairman picked as Radogno replacement
(FROM THE ANNOUNCEMENT: Downers Grove, Ill. — The Republican 41st Senate District Selection Committee announced today the appointment of John Curran to the Office of State Senator for the 41st Senate District of Illinois. “John Curran will be an excellent State Senator for the 41st District,” said DuPage County GOP Chairman Brian Krajewski. “As the Vice Chairman of the DuPage County Board, John is a strong advocate for fiscal restraint and good government reforms, has deep roots in the community, and knows the pressing issues that southwest suburban residents face.” After interviewing about a dozen candidates, the committee members agreed that Curran is the most qualified person to serve the remainder of Christine Radogno’s term. “We interviewed many outstanding candidates who applied to fill this vacancy,” said Will County GOP Chairman Kathy Havel. “John’s record in support of respectful, responsible, representative government and his extraordinary commitment to constituent service was clear.” Since 2008, Curran has served the 3rd District of the DuPage County Board, where he led the effort to ban the end-of-career pension enhancements that is projected to save taxpayers $28 million. During his public service, he has pushed for transportation infrastructure development and cost-saving public employee reforms. For his professional career, he is a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney focusing on employment and labor litigation. He also has municipal experience as a former trustee for the Village of Woodridge and is a current resident of Downers Grove. The 41st Senate District is in Cook, DuPage, and Will Counties. The Selection Committee consisted of Chairman Krajewski, Chairwoman Havel, Lyons Township GOP Committeewoman Christine Cook, and Lemont Township GOP Committeeman Howie Ludwig. Also present were Downers Grove Township GOP Chairman Bob Grogan, Lisle Township GOP Chairman Jay Fisher, and Homer Township GOP Chairman Brian Burian.)


— Trump’s new message man begins by deleting inconvenient tweets – AP
— Chris Kennedy links his family’s tragedies to Chicago shootings – Sam Charles


— Kennedy recounts his family’s history with gun violence as he unveils his plans – Rick Pearson


— Who’s telling the truth about state school funding—Rauner or Dems? – GREG HINZ


— Rauner, Madigan duel; legislators flee in frustration – Editorial


— TRAGIC: Kewanee Park District to add video gaming at 19th Hole – By Will Buss


— Scaramucci sorry for calling Trump a ‘hack’ with a ‘big mouth’ in 2015  ‘I should have never said that,’ he said – MATT EGAN


— Trump’s new message man deletes inconvenient tweets – AP
— Minneapolis shooting brings unwelcome attention to Somalis – AP
(FROM THE ARTICLE: But negative comments have included former U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s recent statement that Noor was an “affirmative-action hire by the hijab-wearing mayor of Minneapolis” – an apparent reference to the fact that Mayor Betsy Hodges has worn a head scarf when meeting with leaders of the city’s Somali-American community. Bachmann also suggested Noor may have shot Damond for “cultural” reasons.)


— Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls applauded tax increase, GOP says – Kacie Whaley


— Survey reveals how many Americans have tried marijuana — and the results are stunning – Justin Haskins  (DIERSEN: If you want to destroy an individual, push pot on that individual. If you want to destroy an organization, push pot on that organization. If you want to destroy a company, push pot on that company. If you want to destroy a government, push pot on that government. If you want to destroy a country, push pot on that country. If you want to destroy a race, push pot on that race.)


— Trump Says USS Ford Is Message to the World – Reuters  (DIERSEN: The USS Ford sends a message to countries that might officially declare war on America, but what about those countries that have unofficially declared war on America, like Mexico?  Mexico has unofficially declared war on America by illegally sending many millions of its citizens into America illegally, by illegally keeping many millions of its citizens in America illegally, and by illegally sending mountains of illegal drugs into America illegally.)


— Trump’s plan to dump agencies fizzles out  A conservative Republican Congress refuses to go along. – William Douglas and Anshu Siripurapu


— Lawmakers Agree on Sweeping Russia Sanctions Package – AP  (DIERSEN: My Democrat GAO superiors agreed on the following sanctions package for me:  force me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, always rank me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, do not promote me beyond GS-13, keep me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and force me to take an $18,847 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980.  My Democrat IRS superiors agreed on the following sanctions package for me: do not promote me beyond GS-12, disallow my education deductions in 1978, and disallow my partial day per diem claims in 1974.  My Democrat Post Office superiors agreed on the following sanctions package for me: force me resign in 1969 and disallow my sick leave requests in 1969 and 1968.)


— Mexican Drug Smugglers High on Ford  Trump’s Wall is an epic fail in the making. Here’s how the Sinaloa Cartel smuggles drugs into the U.S. from a Ford plant in Sonora. – Jeremy Kryt


— Legislation Introduced to Make Federal Employees ‘At-Will’ Employees – Ian Smith (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always promoted patronage. Because I have always been a Republican, were it not for federal civil service protections, 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.)

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.