June 1, 2024


— Illinois Republicans slam Trump conviction. ‘Stalin would be proud’ said state Rep. Adam Niemerg, R-Dieterich. Even more moderate Illinois Republicans who don’t support the former president said they were “troubled” by the case that resulted in a conviction on 34 felony counts in New York. – Mitchell Armentrout
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In a state where Donald Trump has divided many Republicans, Illinois GOP leaders were united in their condemnation of the former president’s conviction for falsifying business records, blasting what they deemed a “sham trial,” a “fraud case” — and downright “chicken s—.” Soon after a New York jury on Thursday found the presumptive GOP presidential nominee guilty in a hush-money case, Illinois Republican Party chairman Don Tracy called it “a political prosecution the likes of which occur in banana republics but not previously in these United States.” “Democrat activist investigators and prosecutors have relentlessly hounded President Trump for years,” Tracy said in a statement. “This weaponization of the judicial system has weakened our country here and in the eyes of the world, which I’m sure President Biden will savor while he vacations in Delaware as his handlers make critical decisions for the country.” Illinois Republican National Committee member Richard Porter, who has criticized Trump — and who backed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in the GOP presidential primary — accused Democrats of “perverting the judicial system for political purposes.” “Everyone sees what happened in Manhattan, the second most Democrat county in the nation — where Democrat prosecutors are trying to take his money, with a fraud case in which no one was defrauded, and take his liberty with a criminal case in which no crime was committed,” Porter said in an email. “It’s just another example of how Democrats turn all institutions against the people they are supposed to be serving. Democrats will rue the day that they chose this path,” he said, suggesting President Joe Biden could face prosecution down the line. “There are many, many more Republican county prosecutors than Democrat county prosecutors across the country, and they are watching what the New York County district attorney did and are taking notes,” Porter said. “Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, too.” How will the Biden campaign exploit the Trump hush money guilty verdict? Even self-declared “Never-Trump” Illinois Republicans slammed the verdict, including former Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, who said he was “troubled by how this case was charged.” “People in Manhattan were looking for a reason to convict. He was low-hanging fruit, based on electoral results in that area,” Durkin said, adding that he thought the case should have been brought to election authorities, not a criminal court. “It’s easy to dislike Donald Trump… But I also have respect for the way the justice system is applied, and I thought this was an egregious example of selective prosecution by the Manhattan district attorney,” Durkin said. “Now he can say he got a conviction on Donald Trump. I’m still not sure what crime it was.” The barbs were even sharper from Republicans downstate, where Trump remains immensely popular outside the solid blue Chicago area. “Joseph Stalin would be proud,” said state Rep. Adam Niemerg, R-Dieterich, a member of the far-right Illinois Freedom Caucus of the General Assembly. “The Democrats have shown that they cannot be trusted to be anywhere near power. They must be stopped and the only way to do that is for Donald Trump to win in a landslide in November.” Fellow Freedom Caucus Blaine Wilhour, R-Beecher City, bemoaned “the trampling of our Constitution by the worst people imaginable.” “The same people who allow criminals to murder, rape, and commit unspeakable acts of violence have the audacity to prosecute a former President of the country,” Wilhour said in a statement. “The American people see right through this, and they will come out in huge numbers to vote for President Trump because they understand the battle facing us is not one of politics and political disagreement — it is truly good versus evil.” Former gubernatorial and congressional candidate Darren Bailey — and a former Freedom Caucus member until he gave up his southern Illinois state Senate seat — exclaimed on social media: “I don’t cuss, but this is chicken s—!” Rep. Mike Bost, a staunch Trump supporter who beat Bailey as GOP nominee for the 12th Congressional District, said “New York’s six-week sham trial against President Trump has eroded the public’s trust in our legal system in a way that will take years to overcome… Even after today’s verdict, he is strengthened with an American public that is fed up with liberals weaponizing the legal system for their partisan political gain.” Rep. Darin LaHood, the central Illinois congressman who has periodically criticized Trump but endorsed his 2024 comeback bid, said, “This political prosecution undermines the rule of law and faith in our justice system. It should be overturned on appeal.” LaHood is hosting House Speaker Mike Johnson Saturday at the Peoria-Tazewell Lincoln Day Dinner, a marquee event on the state GOP calendar. “This was a purely political exercise, not a legal one,” Johnson said in a statement. “President Trump will rightfully appeal this absurd verdict—and he WILL WIN.”)
— 10,560 Illinois-based Mexican nationals to vote in historic presidential election. Up to 1,500 Mexicans with a voting ID will be eligible to vote at the Mexican Consulate of Chicago by 6 p.m. on Sunday. – Andrea Flores (COMMENT: Constructively, Mexico and many other countries have declared war on America. I am 100% German American. I am proud to say that my grandfather on my father’s side fought the Germans in WWI, that my uncles on my mother’s side fought the Germans in WWII, and that my father would have fought the Germans in WWII if he had not been 4-F.)
— Mexican nationals in Chicago get to vote for the first time to elect Mexico’s president. The election marks the first time that Mexicans abroad are able to vote by mail, electronically or in person across 23 locations around the world, including several U.S cities. – Adriana Cardona-Maguigad (COMMENT: Constructively, Mexico and many other countries have declared war on America. I am 100% German American. I am proud to say that my grandfather on my father’s side fought the Germans in WWI, that my uncles on my mother’s side fought the Germans in WWII, and that my father would have fought the Germans in WWII if he had not been 4-F.)
— Michigan Avenue, once a picture-perfect postcard, is now a depressing mess. “I inhale smoke from so much weed I wonder why I don’t feel high. Adults, apparently mentally ill, scream on street corners.” – Carol Felsenthal (COMMENT: During 1974, 1975, and 1976, I walked Michigan Avenue to/from my IRS job in the Loop, graduate evening business classes at Loyola, and my Outer Drive East condo.)
— University of Chicago faculty, City Council members criticize withholding degrees of encampment protesters. At a news conference Friday morning, Denis Hirschfeldt, a math professor at the university, said its disciplinary process had lost “all credibility.” – Violet Miller (COMMENT: When you were in high school and college, were you an activist? I was not active in Republican politics while I attended Crete-Monee High School 1962-1966, UIC 1966-1968, NIU 1969-1970, Loyola 1972-1976, and DePaul 1976-1980. If I had been active in Republican politics, the Democrats who ran the Park Forest Post Office in 1966, IRS in 1971, and GAO in 1980 would not have hired me.)
— Breaking down tense moments in the Illinois House as it passed a budget package. You really have to wonder if House Speaker Chris Welch could’ve mollified a few more of his members before he locked in a budget deal. – Rich Miller
— Democrats ever-increasingly promote more LGBTQ.
— Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters ever-increasingly promote more hatred against Trump.

— Biden says questioning Trump’s guilty verdicts is ‘dangerous’ and ‘irresponsible’ – AP (COMMENT: While I worked for the Democrats who ran the federal government for almost 30 years, I not only questioned, I opposed their race and gender based preference giving, that is, I opposed their political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination.)
— Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters crow about their success in convicting Trump.
— Chicago to provide free sidewalk snow removal services in four areas next year, Mayor Brandon Johnson announces. – ALICE YIN (COMMENT: My wife and I walked to/from Wheaton train stations 1978-1997. We greatly appreciated those homeowners who shoveled their sidewalks.)

— FRONT PAGE: Not surprisingly, suburban political leaders divided on Trump verdict – Russell Lissau
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Across the aisle, Will County Republican Party Chair Christina Clausen defended Trump and said the verdict “represents a profound crisis for our democratic process.” Clausen, of Homer Glen, alleged the trial was unfair and said the verdict interferes with the upcoming presidential election.
“It is deeply troubling that, despite living in what many consider the most free and fair society in history, a judge and prosecutor in New York City can wrongfully condemn and imprison one of our nation’s greatest presidents,” said Clausen, overlooking that a jury handed down the verdict. “I stand firmly with Donald Trump during these challenging times and hope that justice will prevail, demonstrating his innocence to the world.” Republican congressional candidate Mark Rice of Chicago, who’s challenging Democratic U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Schaumburg in the entirely suburban 8th District, said he expects the verdict will be overturned by an appellate court. “What a farce,” Rice said Friday in a Facebook post. . .In a statement on social media, Seth Cohen, a Skokie resident and the GOP’s nominee for Illinois’ 9th Congressional District seat, supported “the role and authority” of the justice system while “respectfully” disagreeing with the verdict. Cohen also said he opposes the weaponization of the system by members of either major political party. Cohen is vying to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky in the 9th District, which includes parts of Cook, Lake and McHenry counties. . .Republican state Rep. Martin McLaughlin of Barrington Hills turned to social media after the verdict, posting a photo of the U.S. flag displayed outside his office and a jab at the people of New York City. “I left the office flag flying high and proud,” wrote McLaughlin, of the 52nd District. “Thankfully there are still a lot of ‘Old Souls’ still present in our Great Nation if not in Manhattan. Blue skies ahead.”)
— Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters say “Trump responds to his guilty verdict by falsely blasting a ‘rigged trial’ and attacking star witness.”
— What do you say to those who promote opioid abuse?
— College of DuPage board appoints interim president – Katlyn Smith

— 16 alderpersons call on UChicago to reconsider withholding diplomas for 4 sanctioned students – Mark Rivera (COMMENT: When you were in high school and college, were you an activist? I was not active in Republican politics while I attended Crete-Monee High School 1962-1966, UIC 1966-1968, NIU 1969-1970, Loyola 1972-1976, and DePaul 1976-1980. If I had been active in Republican politics, the Democrats who ran the Park Forest Post Office in 1966, IRS in 1971, and GAO in 1980 would not have hired me.)
— Mayor Johnson unveils sidewalk snow removal pilot; alderman says it will bring blizzard of trouble – Fran Spielman (COMMENT: My wife and I walked to/from Wheaton train stations 1978-1997. We greatly appreciated those homeowners who shoveled their sidewalks.)
— Mexico presidential election: Chicago Mexicans to vote in-person at consulate for 1st time. Mexican voters set to make history with expected election of female president. – Sarah Schulte (COMMENT: Constructively, Mexico and many other countries have declared war on America. I am 100% German American. I am proud to say that my grandfather on my father’s side fought the Germans in WWI, that my uncles on my mother’s side fought the Germans in WWII, and that my father would have fought the Germans in WWII if he had not been 4-F.)

— President Biden says questioning Trump’s guilty verdict is ‘dangerous’ and ‘irresponsible’ – AP (COMMENT: While I worked for the Democrats who ran the federal government for almost 30 years, I not only questioned, I opposed their race and gender based preference giving, that is, I opposed their political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination.)
— Diplomas withheld from 4 University of Chicago students following pro-Palestine encampment. The four students on Friday were supported by two professors who believe the decision is inconsistent with free speech values. – Natalie Martinez (COMMENT: When you were in high school and college, were you an activist? I was not active in Republican politics while I attended Crete-Monee High School 1962-1966, UIC 1966-1968, NIU 1969-1970, Loyola 1972-1976, and DePaul 1976-1980. If I had been active in Republican politics, the Democrats who ran the Park Forest Post Office in 1966, IRS in 1971, and GAO in 1980 would not have hired me.)
— Donald Trump holds news conference day after guilty verdict in hush money trial

— Private security patrols come to Chicago’s Fulton Market District – Jermont Terry (COMMENT: As crime ever-increasingly increases under the Democrats and under the RINOs, how soon, if not already, will your neighborhood have to hire private security?)
— Chicago minister gets another “Chance” as his church is rebuilt after fire – Shardaa Gray (COMMENT: When my father was a leader of the Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Crete, he questioned the need to replace the congregation’s existing wooden church with a brick one and he paid the price for doing that.)
— University of Chicago withholding degrees from four students
— Chicago kids swing into confidence through First Tee Chicago (COMMENT: Because I majored in business at UIC 1966-1968, UIC required me to take a course in either golf or bowling.)

— Where do Chicago, other Midwest cities rank in retiree Social Security income? – Katie Smith, Jeremy Tanner (COMMENT: I paid into Social Security 1964-1974. But my Social Security is only $2,935/year because I get a Civil Service Retirement System pension.)

— Chicago aldermen criticize CPS budget cuts to top-performing schools. Some Chicago City Council members are voicing concerns that Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is disproportionately making budget cuts to top-performing schools in favor of increasing funds for under-enrolled neighborhood schools.

— Illinois legislative staff union sues Speaker Welch demanding recognition. Members of the Illinois Legislative Staff Association filed a lawsuit against House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch Friday, alleging he’s violating their right to organize as workers. – Alex Degman

— Are Illinois Republicans still backing Trump after being found guilty? – Patrick M. Keck (COMMENT: How many of those who could/should have attended the Illinois Republican Party State Convention but failed/refused to do so to protest Trump?)

— Democrats ever-increasingly push more pot in Danville.

— Democrats ever-increasingly promote more LGBTQ.

— Chicago police misconduct records to be searchable by officer name – SAM CHARLES (COMMENT: Constructively, federal employment records are in the public realm. Potential employers could find out about the adverse actions that my Democrat superiors took against me including a) GAO forcing me to take its early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old, b) GAO always ranking me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, c) GAO never promoting me beyond GS-13, d) GAO requiring me to take a $22,996 (21%) pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980, e) IRS never promoting me beyond GS-12, f) IRS disallowing my education deductions in 1978, g) IRS disallowing my travel vouchers in 1974, h) the Post Office forcing me to resign in 1969 and disallowing my sick leave requests in 1969 and 1968.)

— Several GOP senators on Friday signed a forceful letter to their Democratic colleagues revoking their cooperation on any legislation that does not affect the safety of the American people in the wake of the verdict against former President Donald Trump.

— Republicans join Trump’s attacks on justice system and campaign of vengeance after guilty verdict – AP
— Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters crow about their success in convicting Trump.

— Legal experts say Trump’s conviction is unlikely to lead to a prison sentence
— Trump allies say his felony conviction has helped unify Republicans – Franco Ordoñez

— Illinois Republican Party Chairman Don Tracy joined WJPF to discuss upcoming elections and the importance of engagement and participation.

— Replica Vietnam Memorial Wall at College of DuPage honors veterans – Jesus Cortez,
— New legislation could end feud between DuPage County Board and county clerk – Will Payne

— SIU uses $186K grant to fully fund training for counselors as drug, alcohol problems rise. – Christi Mathis (COMMENT: Democrats ever-increasingly promote more vice.)

— Chicago Could Start Plowing The Sidewalks Under Pilot Program. The pilot program launching in late 2025 and would target specific “zones” throughout the city. If the initiative moves forward, Chicago would be the largest city in the U.S. to pilot a sidewalk plowing program. – Molly DeVore (COMMENT: My wife and I walked to/from Wheaton train stations 1978-1997. We greatly appreciated those homeowners who shoveled their sidewalks.)


— IL Supreme Court rewrites attorney ‘discrimination’ rule; Critics predict court challenges forthcoming


— Joe Biden’s Senior Moment of the Week (Vol. 96)

— Institutions have violated the trust of Americans, and a new revolution is coming – Victor Davis Hanson

— Mass Migration Hurting, Not Helping, Western Economies – Andrew Shirley

— Worse Than Woke, the Libertarians Have Gone Globalist – M. Walter

— Armed thugs try to steal Chicago homeowner’s Ferrari and Range Rover, but he grabs his gun and foils their plan – CARLOS GARCIA (COMMENT: What are you doing to protect your vehicles from theft?)
— Even Dems alarmed as illegal aliens, 11-year-olds allowed to vote on some Boston expenditures – CORTNEY WEIL

— ‘We’re Going to Fight’: Donald Trump Vows to Appeal Guilty Verdict – WENDELL HUSEBØ
— Migrants Arriving from ‘Corners of the Globe’ – JOHN BINDER

— Trump Campaign Says It Raked In $34 Million After Guilty Verdict – REAGAN REESE
— Rod Blagojevich Says Black Voters Will ‘Rise Up’ Against Democrats Following Trump Verdict – HAILEY GOMEZ (COMMENT: Blagojevich defeated Jim Ryan in 2002. I should write a book about those who have blamed me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters the most for that. I would focus on past and present a) leaders of the Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Milton Township Organization, b) Republican leaders in Illinois, DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton, c) Republican candidates on ballots in my precinct and their political consultants, major donors, fundraisers, pollsters, campaign managers, campaign staff members, and campaign volunteers, c) conservative leaders and activists, and d) religious leaders and activists.)
— Democrats Are The Real Racists. But There’s An Even Bigger Problem – GAGE KLIPPER

— Soros-Backed DA’s Office Gave Free Consultations to Illegal Aliens Charged With Violent Crimes – Jason Hopkins
— The Sick, Sociopathic Symbiosis of the Woke Left and Jihadi Enthusiasts – Peter Berkowitz

— Elon Musk Slams Politically-Motivated Trump Trial: ‘Great Damage Was Done’ To America – Ryan Saavedra

— Chicago watchdog agency warns police unprepared for protests ahead of Democratic National Convention. Democratic National Convention will be held in August. – Lindsay Kornick

— Illegal Immigrants Driving up NYC Hotel Costs

— Biden’s Border Crisis Promotes Foreign Espionage in Plain Sight – Simon Hankinson

— Biden’s Latest on Handling Illegal Immigration: Send Them to Greece or Italy – KAREN TOWNSEND

— Judicial Watch Denounces Abuse of Trump!
— Air Force Paid For Drag Queen To Appear At ‘Bingo’ Event And ‘Glow Party’

— Denver, which cut police and fire budget, issues ‘playbook’ for handling illegal immigrants, calls them ‘newcomers’ – Matthew Holloway (COMMENT: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in Wheaton, Milton Township, and DuPage County continue to demonize me, denigrate me, and condemn me as being a newcomer. They stress that I have lived in Wheaton only since 1978.)

— The Conviction Probably Isn’t Good for Trump’s Electoral Prospects – CHARLES C. W. COOKE

— Biden Wants Illegals Voting – Texas AG Paxton
— Democrats ever-increasingly promote more LGBTQ.

— Facebook Being Used to Facilitate Illegal Immigrants’ Infiltration of the US, from Border Crossing to Fake Work Credentials – Christine Favocci

— 10 Million Illegals Later, Biden To Use Executive Orders To Fix It. – TYLER DURDEN


— How Trump’s Most Loyal Supporters Are Responding to the Verdict – Elizabeth Dias and Richard Fausset (COMMENT: Who heads the Trump campaign in Illinois, your county, your township, and your municipality?)
— Trump Verdict Hardens Many Views, but Changes Some, Too. For the remaining undecided voters, the decision to pick former President Donald J. Trump could be more difficult now that he is a felon. – Jonathan Weisman, Kellen Browning and Maya King (COMMENT: Generally, the more adverse actions that are taken against you, the more that people dump you. I should write a book about that.)
— Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters crow about their success in destroying him.
— Democrats ever-increasingly promote more LGBTQ.

— Democrats ever-increasingly promote more LGBTQ.

— Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters say “The Texas GOP’s new platform is a terrifying preview of MAGA’s future. There are many, many horrors to behold in the latest platform.” Illinois GOP platforms and resolutions have never been anywhere near as conservative as the Texas GOP platforms and resolutions. But nevertheless, Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, Independents and Independent plants, and RINOs who run Republican organizations in Illinois have always a) demonized, denigrated, and condemned Illinois GOP platforms and resolutions as being too conservative and b) blamed Illinois GOP platforms and resolutions for Republican defeats.
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Now, their latest platform, which delegates voted on last weekend, endorses the conspiracist “great reset” theory, declares that “abortion is not health care, it is homicide,” and calls for a new election law requiring candidates running for statewide offices to win a majority of Texas’ 254 counties, effectively barring any Democrat from the position. And that’s just the start. Yet the chief politics reporter for the Austin American Statesman just called the platform “more of a wish list for the most activist members of the GOP than a road map that will be followed to the letter by lawmakers in Austin or Washington.” Even the Texas Tribune’s otherwise thoughtful, comprehensive reporting on the convention describes the party platform as “traditionally … seen not as a definitive list of Republican stances, but a compromise document that represents the interests of the party’s various business, activist and social conservative factions.” . . . There are many, many horrors to behold in the latest platform, and they must be taken seriously not in spite of how terrifying the document is, but because of how terrifying the document is. It is because the latest Texas GOP platform endorses “prohibiting the teaching of sex education, sexual health, or sexual choice or identity” that we should take it seriously. It is because the platform equates abortion and murder that we should take it seriously. It is because the platform aims to ban any Democrat — and indeed, any noncompliant Republican — from ever holding statewide office, that we should take it seriously.)

— Texas GOP platform calls for ban on same-sex parenting because being gay is “abnormal” – Daniel Villarreal
— 50,000 New Yorkers died fighting slavery — is that not reparations? – Bob McManus (COMMENT: Affirmative Action and DEI are reparations.)

— Hate-filled Republican-hating Republican-haters say “Texas Republicans want rural voters to count more than city slickers, pushing radical policies.”

— Democrat and RINO leaders have made it impossible for Trump to get a fair trial. Further, the more demographics that you share with Trump, especially being conservative, Republican, Protestant, and/or German American, the more that you will be discriminated against if not gotten rid of.)
— The Long View of Higher Ed’s Decline. Harvey Mansfield arrived at Harvard in 1949. By the time he retired last year, he was practically the last conservative standing. – Tunku Varadarajan (COMMENT: In 1966, 1971, and 1980, I was one of last Republicans that the Post Office, IRS, and GAO hired respectively.)

— Hate-filled Republican-hating Republican-haters say “Texas GOP Exposes Ugly Truth About Letting States Ban Abortion.”

— Will Mexico Decide the U.S. Election? Top officials from the two countries are wrangling over immigration policy. What they resolve will have huge implications on both sides of the border. – Stephania Taladrid (COMMENT: How many millions of Mexican illegals will use their false identifications to vote for Biden?)

— Court Takes Restrictive Reading on Completing Probationary Period (COMMENT: In 1970, Firestone Store’s Chicago district office hired me and assigned me to its Chicago Heights store. My Chicago Heights Firestone Store boss would never had hired me. He forced me to pass a 2-week probationary period in Firestone’s Gary Indiana store before he would let me report to work. He disapproved of my having avoided the Vietnam War draft, my having more education than he did, my having been a federal employee for almost 3 years, my being Protestant, my being German American, and my ancestors having been in America for a long time. In 1980, when I transferred from IRS to GAO, my Democrat GAO superiors were furious that they could just fire me because I had already passed the federal employee probationary period while I worked for IRS.)

— Good old days (COMMENT: When you were working, when were your good old days? For me, they were 1971-1974 when IRS promoted me from GS-7 (currently $54,728/year) to GS-12 (currently $97,079/year). During that time, I bought a new Corvette, a new town home, and a studio condo and I completed 12 graduate evening business courses at Loyola. But then my Democrat IRS superiors got rid of the IRS manager who had promoted me in 1972, 1973, and 1974. Then the good old days for me were 1986-1988 when the GAO manager who had arranged my transfer from IRS in 1980 was finally able to get me assigned me to audits of IRS in 1986 and to promote me to GS-13 (currently $115,439/year) in 1986. In today’s dollars, my GAO salary was $123,136/year in 1988. But then my Democrat GAO superiors got rid of him.)

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.