July 27 Morning Edition

— Illinois Tollway boss Liz Gorman alleges threats from board member Joseph Gomez – Mary Wisniewski
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The usually sedate Illinois Tollway board’s monthly meeting erupted in controversy on Thursday, when the agency’s executive director accused a board member of threatening her. Board member Joseph Gomez, an appointee of Gov. Bruce Rauner and the senior vice president of Byline Bank, told the board that Tollway Executive Director Liz Gorman had refused to meet with him one-on-one before the meeting. Gorman told the board that she refused the meeting because of threats Gomez had made against her. “I feel uncomfortable and very threatened,” Gorman said. She said she had been willing to meet with Gomez with someone else present, but Gomez declined. The dispute between Gomez and Gorman comes at a time of increased scrutiny of Tollway operations. On Tuesday, members of the state Senate Transportation Committee questioned Tollway officials about contracts awarded to firms with political connections or ties to the agency. After Thursday’s meeting, Gorman told reporters the threats were “verbal” but declined to elaborate further, telling reporters they could request information under the Freedom of Information Act. Gomez denied Gorman’s charge and said he had not spoken to Gorman before Thursday morning. A former Republican Cook County commissioner, Gorman was named executive director in February. “I don’t know what she’s talking about,” Gomez told reporters after the meeting, noting that he had voted to approve her appointment.)
— Roskam, Casten clash over Trump, taxes, abortion in first televised debate of fierce suburban race for Congress – Patrick M. O’Connell
— Naperville man among 4 charged in Wheaton armed robbery in which car rolled over victim, police say – Rafael Guerrero
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot pushers push pot.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps use illegals to demonize, to denigrate, and to condemn Trump and his supports, and especially to demonize, to denigrate, and to condemn Trump’s supporters who are Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON ILLINOIS TIGHTENS: Naperville police holding college safety, self-defense classes next week – Rafael Guerrero
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PICTURE IN NAPERVILLE SUN: ‘Narcan in my purse’: Overdose antidote training expands to public as opioid epidemic continues – Rafael Guerrero (DIERSEN: Legal and illegal drug pushers are overjoyed.)
— Voting information to be sent to Aurora residents who live in Will County
— Gov. Rauner, Mr. Pritzker, Illinois voters want to hear more from you – Editorial
(DIERSEN: It would be great if Rauner would a) pledge to not take any actions against the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) platform, and especially its traditional family, right to life, immigration, and Second Amendment planks and better yet, pledge to defend and advance the IRP platform, and especially its traditional family, right to life, immigration, and Second Amendment planks.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Casten promoters promote Casten.


— Roskam, Casten accuse each other of obscuring facts in 6th District debate – Marie Wilson
— Mundelein joins agencies opposing Wisconsin’s controversial deal for a Foxconn plant – Russell Lissau


— Roskam, Casten battle in 6th Congressional District debate in Chicago Hundreds pack Union League Club in Chicago to hear candidates face off on taxes, Trump, future of U.S. – ED KOMENDA


— Central Illinoisans support Trump’s message in Granite City – Bernard Schoenburg
— Employment stats: Springfield area loses 1,400 jobs over one-year period
— LaHood foe claims GOP shenanigans in Petersburg – Phil Luciano


— ‘They fight for you’: Trump praises Davis, other Illinois GOP congressmen during Illinois visit – RYAN VOYLES (DIERSEN: In Illinois, Republican activists, Republican candidates, Republican elected officials, Republican party leaders, Republican major donors, Republican political consultants, Republican etc. should focus on fighting for the Illinois Republican Party platform.)


— How did Gov. Rauner pick Peoria instead of a visit with Donald Trump? – Chris Kaergard


— Illinois is No. 6 in exports, which is why tariffs are bad for us – STANFORD L. LEVIN


— Chicagoist Helped Make the Media Landscape that Chance the Rapper Hates If he wants to stop the eagle-eye coverage of his every move, the rapper will need a better model than hyperlocal news aggregator. – KRIS VIRE (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who continue to do everything that they can to destroy me because I included links in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to articles that they do not like.)


— Which Are You Willing To Give Up To Stay In IL: Your Job, Your Pension, Or Your Home? (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, those who run Illinois work harder and harder and harder to drive those who share my demographics out of Illinois. What keeps you in Illinois? My ancestors have lived in northeast Illinois since the 1844. I lived in Crete 1948-1972, University Park 1972-1976, Chicago 1976-1978, and Wheaton since 1978. My wife and I have spent a lot of money on our home at 915 Cove Court. My brother continues to live in Crete in a home that my grandfather had built in 1926 on land that his grandfather bought in 1864. I earned my bachelor’s degree, three master’s degrees, six professional certifications, and a professional license (CPA) in Illinois. All of the jobs I held were in Illinois (Chicago Heights, Flossmoor, Park Forest, Belvidere, DeKalb, Harvey, Joliet, and Chicago). My wife’s brother lives in Naperville and her sister who has serious health problems lives in Wheaton. I have P.O.A. for health and property for my father’s sister who lives in an assisted living facility in Flossmoor. My mother’s sister lives in a nursing home in Beecher. I have been a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999 and the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000. Prosperity and safety are above average in Wheaton, in Milton Township, and in DuPage County.)


— CHICAGO-AREA WATER DISTRICT OFFICIAL RESIGNS WITHOUT EXPLANATION, COLLECTS $95K SEVERANCE PACKAGE David St. Pierre is the latest Illinois government employee to receive a generous severance package, despite leaving under questionable circumstances. – Eddie Damstra (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes hint/imply/argue/shout that I left the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairmanship, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee membership, Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster service, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee membership, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board membership, GAO, IRS, and the Post Office “under questionable circumstances.”)


— Illinois gets increasingly more federal funds year after year, still deficit spends – Greg Bishop


— Meghan McCain: ‘Republicans Are Not Welcome’ in NYC – Cathy Burke (DIERSEN: I should write a book about anti-Trumps who work the hardest to make those who are religious, conservative, and/or Republican in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois feel unwelcome.)
— Conservative Republican Jordan to Run for House Speaker – Todd Beamon


— Banned – David Horowitz
(FROM THE POSTING: Congressman Keith Ellison — a good friend of Jew hating, anti-white Louis Farrakhan — is demanding Amazon ban the Freedom Center from selling our books and pamphlets. Worse, he’s using the Southern Poverty Law Center’s so-called “hate list” to fuel this baseless attack. . .You and I both know that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is just a vehicle for the radical Left to bully conservatives into submission and suppress free speech. If they see you as an enemy of the Leftist agenda, they label you a hate group no matter what you actually stand for. And now, a member of Congress is acting as their middle man and demanding the largest digital outlet for book sales censor us. This is straight out of Saul Alinsky’s playbook, and we must act now.)


— Five Reasons Facebook’s Stock Plunged by Almost 20% in a Day – Lucas Nolan
— Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Loses $17 Billion as Shares Plummet – Charlie Nash
— Facebook Shareholders Propose Ousting Chairman Mark Zuckerberg – Lucas Nolan
— Establishment-backed GOP U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir falsely claimed in a fundraising letter that she drives a Ford, when, in reality, she drives a Toyota. – Matthew Boyle


— Another anti-Trump newspaper (New York Daily News) hurting – Peter Skurkiss


— Anti-Trump New York Times writer predicts easy Trump re-election in 2020 – Eddie Scarry


— Meghan McCain: ‘Republicans are not welcome’ in New York City – JOE CONCHA (DIERSEN: I should write a book about anti-Trumps who work the hardest to make those who are religious, conservative, and/or Republican in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois feel unwelcome.)


— Trump rips Twitter for ‘discriminatory’ ‘shadow banning’ practices “Shadow banning” is a vague term that refers to the idea that certain Twitter profiles have become more difficult for users to find and see. – Adam Edelman (DIERSEN: If you are a GOPUSA ILLINOIS email subscriber and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS morning edition email does not show up in your inbox by noon and if my GOPUSA ILLINOIS evening edition email does not show up in your inbox by 10:00 PM, a) please view the emails at www.gopillinois.com and b) please phone me at 630-653-0462 ASAP.)


— ‘I’m Not the Only Young Conservative’ – Dan Levin (DIERSEN: If I had been active in Republican politics while I attended Crete-Monee High School 1962-1966, the Post Office would not have hired me in 1966. If I had been active in Republican politics while I attended UIC 1966-1968 and/or NIU 1969-1970, IRS would not have hired me in 1971. If I had been active in Republican politics while I attended Loyola 1972-1976 and/or DePaul 1976-1980, GAO would not have hired me in 1980.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: About 700 teenage conservatives visited the nation’s capital this week for a four-day leadership conference organized by Turning Point USA, a group founded in 2012 to promote activism skills among high school and college students and help young conservatives network with leaders in the movement. Many of the biggest names in the Trump administration and conservative activist circles, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions (who echoed the crowd’s chants of “lock her up” during his speech to the conference on Tuesday), former White House spokesman Sean Spicer, Donald Trump Jr. and billionaire Mark Cuban, led sessions at the conference about battling liberal college bias, opposing big government, protecting the Second Amendment and promoting free markets. We sat down with a few attendees to hear what it’s like for them to be red in schools they say are overwhelmingly blue. The interviews have been edited for clarity and brevity.)
— Trump Officials Scoff at ‘Medicare for All’ Drive – Robert Pear (DIERSEN: Federal employees have paid Medicare taxes since 1983. I paid Medicare taxes 1983-1997.)
— Explore the 2016 presidential election results in new detail with our interactive map. Pick a familiar spot or a childhood home to get started. (DIERSEN: This map shows that only 137 voted for Trump in my precinct while 211 voted for Clinton.)
— Microsoft Employees Question C.E.O. Over Company’s Contract With ICE – Sheera Frenkel (DIERSEN: What percent of Microsoft employees are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, 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 for a long time?)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats glorify and praise immigrants. Overwhelmingly, immigrants vote for Democrats. RINOs glorify and praise immigrants. RINOs want cheap labor.


— Connecticut is drowning in debt. Should the rest of us have to pay? – Mitch Daniels


— Teen wins $25K settlement over Trump T-shirt suspension – Amanda Woods (DIERSEN: How severely would anti-Trumps punish you if you wore a Trump T-shirt?)


— You’re a CEO—Stop Talking Like a Political Activist – Sam Walker (DIERSEN: More and more and more CEOs paint themselves as being anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— U.S. Household Formation Spikes to Multi-Year Highs
— Homeownership Keeps Climbing But the rate remains historically low – Josh Mitchell
— The Market Isn’t Going to Save You From Saving Too Little Looking at the long run performance of markets probably overstates what you can expect to earn in the future – James Mackintosh


— MARCH 9, 2018 FLASHBACK: Reading Your Corvette After a Long Storage – James Berry (DIERSEN: After not starting it since 2009, my 1972 Chevy Corvette, with only 5,081 miles on it, is at D & M Corvette in Downers Grove. My excuse for not starting the car and not driving it each summer is my spending 10+ hours each and every day putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out. In addition, since 2005, I have had a 2005 Corvette to drive; since 2012, a 2013 Dodge Charger R/T Max to drive; and since 2016, a 2016 Ford Mustang to drive. The carburetor is being rebuilt today. So far, D & M has replaced the car’s 5 tires with correct Firestone Wide Oval White Letter replica tires from Coker Tire, replaced all four calipers, replaced the master brake cylinder and fuel pump, fixed a fuel leak, fixed a passenger door latch problem, installed a new battery, changed the oil and filter, etc. D & M has not yet checked A/C and or taken it on a test drive. After investing all this money in the car, I am increasing its stated value insurance from $30,000 to $35,000. From now on, I will start and drive the car at least once each summer. The car is a Steel Cities Gray Coupe with the base 350 engine, automatic, power steering, A/C, black leather seats, AM/FM stereo radio, and heavy duty battery. The VIN is 1Z37K2S503860. I ordered the car in August of 1971 after my 1969 Dodge Charger SE was stolen in Chicago. I paid for the car with the $2,500 insurance settlement, $500 from my savings, and a $3,000 from a car loan. I took delivery on October 14, 1971. I paid the car loan off with money that I earned working for IRS full-time and working for Firestone Stores part-time. I stored the car in my mother’s garage in Crete 1971-1984 and in my attached, insulated, and heated garage in Wheaton since then, and since 1995, on a hydraulic lift. Money Magazine’s February 1978 “one person’s finances” article on me mentioned the car and included a picture of the car with me in it.)


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.