July 26 Evening Edition

— Trump talks tariffs at reopened downstate steel plant
— Rauner skips Trump’s first presidential visit to Illinois – Sarah Schulte
— Yacht owned by DeVos family vandalized


— Trump Hails Illinois Steel Mill as Economic Success Story – Jill Colvin


— Twitter: It Doesn’t ‘Shadow Ban’ After Trump Tweet

— Lawmakers Question Possible Tollway Contract Conflicts


— Trump hails Illinois steel mill as an economic success story – AP


— In first Illinois trip, Trump touts Downstate steel mill, blasts trade policy – AP
— Trump laments decades of US trade policy at downstate steel plant – AP
— Rauner not formally invited to Trump event — but ‘couldn’t be there anyway’ – Tina Sfondeles
— Rauner’s schedule keeps his distance from Trump as president visits state – Tina Sfondeles
— Twitter finds itself a target of a Trump tweet – AP
— Unions seek end to Trump executive orders on federal employee work rules – Mitch Dudek (DIERSEN: GAO did not unionize until 2007. If GAO had been unionized in 1997, I might still be a GAO employee. Because GAO was not unionized, my Democrat GAO superiors were able to force me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, to give me unfair performance expectations and appraisals (especially in 1989), to always rank me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, to not promote me beyond GS-13, to get rid of my mentor in 1987, to keep me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and to force me to take an $19,203 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: On May 25, Trump signed the orders that included provisions that make it easier to fire federal employees; prohibit an employee’s ability to file a grievance over a poor performance rating; lessen the time union representatives will be able to act on a member’s behalf during work hours, and set time limits for labor negotiations. In addition, performance would become a more important factor than seniority when it comes to layoffs. . .Bob Reiter, head of the Chicago Federation of Labor, said the orders — especially limiting the interactions of union members during work hours — show the hypocrisy of the president. “You can’t say you’re for the American worker, it’s a complete joke. To use President Trump’s words: Sad,” Reiter said Wednesday at a news conference held at the CFL’s downtown office. National Treasury Employees Union attorney Michael J. McAuley said what many people may not know about the federal unions is that no one is forced to join and that federal unions don’t bargain over pay, retirement or health insurance benefits, which are all decided by Congress. Federal unions handle mostly working conditions and due process related issues. What the executive orders are really about, according to McAuley: “They want to take the unions and decrease their powers significantly so our membership is intimidated and afraid and finds us irrelevant so that when it comes time to go to the polls … we don’t have the ability to deliver our membership’s votes,” he said.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps glorify and praise a) those who come to America illegally, b) those who stay in America illegally, and c) those who bring others to America illegally.
— In search of workers, businesses turn to an underused labor pool: People with disabilities – Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz and Hailey Mensik (DIERSEN: While I worked for GAO 1980-1997 in its Chicago office, at one time or another, my Democrat superiors assigned me to supervise all of their disabled employees. All the employees who they assigned me to supervise were Democrat, minority, female, disabled, veteran, and/or employees who they wanted to get rid of. They made it clear to all my subordinates that they wanted to get rid of me
— It’s the spoiled children of America who are drawn to socialism – Cal Thomas (DIERSEN: Did your parents have lots of money and did they use that money to spoil you? My outstanding parents did not have lots of money and they did not spoil me.)
— The glut of low-brow gubernatorial TV ads – David Greising
— Trump touts ‘great victory’ at Downstate steel plant in first visit to Illinois since taking office – Monique Garcia

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Opioid pushers are overjoyed that “Overdose antidote training expands to public as opioid epidemic continues.”
— OUTRAGEOUS, TRAGIC: Plan to allow bets on ‘historical’ races at horse tracks moves ahead despite legal questions – Robert McCoppin
— ABUSED BY STUDENTS, FAILED BY ADULTS Chicago children sexually attacked by peers at school amid lax supervision – Gary Marx, Jennifer Smith Richards, David Jackson and Juan Perez Jr.
— Betsy DeVos’ $40 million yacht untied from moorings and set adrift, causing damage – AP


— Tariffs, taxes and Trump questions converge at Rauner’s Itasca campaign stop – Marni Pyke
— Tollway promises new transparency policies amid CEO/board member blowup – Marni Pyke
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump touts trade win in Illinois steel town as others lose.”


— Here’s what Chicago’s higher minimum wage really did – ROBERT RIVKIN AND ROSA ESCARENO
— One reason so few houses are on the market When they sell their homes, Chicagoans reap some of the smallest gains among sellers in the 20 largest U.S. cities, according to a new report. – DENNIS RODKIN


— ‘He saved the steel mill’: Trump visiting Granite City to promote ‘American industry’ – JOSEPH BUSTOS (DIERSEN: While I lived with my parents at 1286 Wood Street in Crete 1954-1972, steelworkers lived in two of the homes across the street.)


— Protesters To Rally Against Roskam Outside Debate More than 1,000 people are expected to protest Roskam outside the debate, organizers said. – Lisa Marie Farver


— Cook Political Report rates governor race as ‘Lean Democrat’ – Kasey Schefflin-Emrich


— Khouri commends turnout for GOP rally, reminds voters what is at stake – Glenn Minnis


— Illinois – Governor approves two versions of same law – Illinois Congressman request briefing from US Attorney General & DHS – KIRK ALLEN


— Rauner pushes petition against abolishing ICE
— Rauner skirts Trump questions in Peoria
— Trump and Rauner visits: Things are a bit tense today, apparently
— Tollway chairman Robert Schillerstrom forms new committee after Senate hearings


— REPUBLICANS PUSH MASSIVE FOREIGN WORKER VISA EXPANSION IN DHS SPENDING BILL – Will Racke (DIERSEN: The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, 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. GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job.)


— Trump to steelworkers: “If you don’t have steel, you don’t have a country”— live updates (DIERSEN: While I lived with my parents at 1286 Wood Street in Crete 1954-1972, steelworkers lived in two of the homes across the street.)


— Mueller Examining Trump’s Tweets in Wide-Ranging Obstruction Inquiry – Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman (DIERSEN: Since 2000, my critics/opponents have hinted/implied/argued/shouted that my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails obstruct Republican victories in Illinois. They do not want the emails to include links to articles that defend/promote the traditional family, right to life, immigration, Second Amendment, and/or other planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump uses taxpayer-funded trip to campaign for GOP candidates.”
— Facebook loses more than $100 billion in value — the biggest drop in Wall Street history — as privacy concerns finally take a toll – Craig Timberg and Elizabeth Dwoskin


— A Lot of Governor Seats Are Up for Grabs in November — and Democrats Could Make Big Gains – Ed Kilgore

(FROM THE ARTICLE: The man in most dire straits at present is Illinois Republican governor Bruce Rauner, whose second-quarter approval ratio is 27/60 — third-worst in the country, behind term-limited Republican Mary Fallin of Oklahoma and retiring Democrat Dan Malloy of Connecticut. Rauner’s popularity has not improved a whit since his very narrow March primary win over little-known conservative legislator Jeanne Ives. And his fabulous wealth won’t save him against his even more fabulously wealthy Democratic opponent, J.B. Pritzker (who outspent the incumbent by a $20.1 million to $7.8 million margin in the second quarter). Aside from his poor numbers (in both approval ratings and horse-race polls), Rauner must also deal with a minor-party conservative candidate sure to deny him some votes, particularly given his rare-for-a-Republican pro-choice stance.)

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.