June 14 Evening Edition

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— Milton Township Republican Central Committee held an outstanding meeting Wednesday evening, June 14, 2017, at the Wheaton Bowl Banquet Hall.  Senator Mike Connelly and Representative Jeanne Ives gave outstanding updates on state budget problems and related issues.  Attendees included Almiron, Bibbiano, Carlson, Cherry, Cooper, Dangelo, Eckhoff, Elliott, Falbo, Fitzpatrick, Amy Grant, Henry, Keller, Krzyzewski, LeVan, Lofgren, Mazzochi, McGowen, McNeily, Molitor, Nathwani, Orel, Ryan, and Wilson. – Dave Diersen
http://www.gopillinois.com

 

ABC7
— Politicians react to shooting of Majority Whip Scalise at Virginia Park
http://abc7chicago.com/news/politicians-react-to-shooting-of-majority-whip-scalise/2097407/

 

NBC5
— Ill. Congressman Who Was at Va. Baseball Practice During Shooting: ‘This Could Be the First Political Rhetorical Terrorist Act’  Davis tweeted Wednesday morning “Please pray for Steve and all those injured”
http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Ill-Teamembers-React-to-Shooting-at-Congressional-Baseball-Practice-428403553.html
— Illinois Politicians React to Shooting at Congressional Baseball Practice – Mary Ann Ahern
http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/illinois-politicians-react-shooting-congressional-baseball-practice-428448883.html

 

CBS2
— Rep. Rodney Davis: “This Would Have Been A Massacre” If Not For Capitol Police
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/06/14/rep-rodney-davis-this-would-have-been-a-massacre-if-not-for-police/
— Shooter Had Disappeared From Illinois After Erratic Behavior
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/06/14/shooter-had-disappeared-from-illinois-after-erratic-behavior/
— Rauner and Other Illinois Elected Officials React To Virginia Shooting
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/06/14/rauner-and-other-illinois-elected-officials-react-to-virginia-shooting/

 

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Witness captures video of shooting where US congressman, three others wounded
http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/261343212-story

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— In 18 letters to paper, shooter ripped GOP, urged ‘progressive’ taxing
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/in-18-letters-to-paper-shooter-ripped-gop-urged-progressive-taxing/
— Ballfield gunman ‘always angry’ in contacts with congressman’s office – Frank Main, Lynn Sweet, Sam Charles and Stefano Esposito
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/alleged-baseball-practice-gunman-was-james-hodgkinson-of-belleville/
— Republicans say they have Rauner-backed ‘compromise’ budget plan – Tina Sfondeles
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/republicans-say-they-have-rauner-backed-compromise-budget-plan/
— When you get 90 percent, declare victory – Editorial
http://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/when-you-get-90-percent-declare-victory/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Rep. Scalise remains in critical condition after attacker opens fire on GOP baseball practice – Erica Werner and Chad Day
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-steve-scalise-shot-gop-baseball-practice-20170614-story.html
— Illinois congressman Rodney Davis at Virginia shooting: ‘It’s my breaking point’ – Katherine Skiba
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-illinois-congressman-virginia-shooting-20170614-story.html
— Amid Democratic criticism, Rauner’s Republicans offer ‘compromise’ plan to end stalemate – Kim Geiger
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-rauner-republicans-illinois-budget-met-0615-20170614-story.html
— Suspected Va. gunman identified as James T. Hodgkinson of downstate Illinois – David Heinzmann
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-james-hodgkinson-shooter-20170614-story.html
— In Belleville, gunman who shot GOP rep remembered ‘as a very irascible, angry little man’ – David Heinzmann and Jeff Coen
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-james-hodgkinson-shooter-20170614-story.html
— Let’s take a step back, then demand clarity – John Kass
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-virginia-shooting-kass-0615-20170614-column.html
— One man’s leap from activist to shooter is a warning for all of us to step back – Editorial
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-steve-scalise-shooting-baseball-congress-edit-20170614-story.html

 

DAILY HERALD
— Who was the shooter? – Belleville News-Democrat
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170614/who-was-the-shooter
— Hodgkinson letters: ‘I have never said life sucks, only the policies of the Republicans’ – Belleville News-Democrat
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170614/hodgkinson-letters-i-have-never-said-life-sucks-only-the-policies-of-the-republicans
— Historic Wheaton mansion may be saved after all – Katlyn Smith
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170614/historic-wheaton-mansion-may-be-saved-after-all
— Former, current Illinois lawmakers don’t see big security changes coming – Jake Griffin
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170614/former-current-illinois-lawmakers-dont-see-big-security-changes-coming

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Rauner promises to back GOP budget plan—but not Madigan – GREG HINZ
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170614/BLOGS02/170619944/rauner-promises-to-back-gop-budget-plan-but-not-madigan
— Shooting suspect’s back story: tales of gunfire and online rants – Bloomberg
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170614/NEWS07/170619943/shooting-suspects-back-story-tales-of-gunfire-and-online-rants
— Illinois congressional alumni ‘never felt unsafe,’ but expect talks of more security – Jake Griffin
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170614/illinois-congressional-alumni-never-felt-unsafe-but-expect-talks-of-more-security

 

WTTW
— Durkin: Madigan ‘Needs to Work With Us’ on Balanced Budget – Eddie Arruza
http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/06/14/durkin-madigan-needs-work-us-balanced-budget

 

BLOOMINGTON PANTAGRAPH
— Davis calls for end to ‘hateful political rhetoric’ after shooting
http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/davis-calls-for-end-to-hateful-political-rhetoric-after-shooting/article_3cc893b9-5239-5afe-a4a9-a4d0a14c6b3b.html

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Rauner mum on Trump, but ‘superstar’ CHARLIE KIRK praises president – Bernard Schoenburg
http://www.sj-r.com/opinion/20170614/bernard-schoenburg-rauner-mum-on-trump-but-superstar-praises-president
— Will these Republican ideas break the state budget stalemate? – Doug Finke
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20170614/will-these-republican-ideas-break-state-budget-stalemate

 

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Gunman from Illinois had ‘a lot of ammo’ – AP
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/nationworld/2017-06-14/update-gunman-illinois-had-lot-ammo.html

 

WJBD RADIO
— GOP Offers ‘Compromise’ State Budget with Familiar Reforms  House Republican Leader Promises Support for 4-Year Income Tax Increase With Reforms
http://www.wjbdradio.com/local-news/2017/06/14/gop-offers-compromise-state-budget-with-familiar-reforms

 

STATE LINE
— Three IL Congressman on Republican Baseball Team Targeted by Gunman  One witnessed shooting
http://www.mystateline.com/news/three-il-congressman-on-republican-baseball-team-targeted-by-gunman/741007852

 

SOUTHERN
— GOP offers ‘compromise’ state budget with familiar reforms – AP
http://thesouthern.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/gop-offers-compromise-state-budget-with-familiar-reforms/article_884253af-0a36-545c-a810-bf446fefafa1.html

 

  1. LOUIS POST DISPATCH
    — Belleville-area man named as shooter of congressman had run-ins with police here
    http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/belleville-area-man-named-as-shooter-of-congressman-had-run/article_45e271e3-15b8-5664-8f45-05e0cd0f998c.html

 

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK
— Belleville, Ill., man who shot at GOP congressional members posted anti-Trump messages on Facebook
https://www.ilnews.org/news/statewide/belleville-ill-man-who-shot-at-gop-congressional-members-posted/article_6ab749c6-5111-11e7-82ef-23166cd0cfcb.html

 

WIU
— WIU Alumnus Gabriel Grchan Heading IRS Criminal Investigation Division – Chicago  (DIERSEN: I worked for GAO on audits of IRS’s Criminal Investigation Division 1986-1988.)
http://www.wiu.edu/news/newsrelease.php?release_id=14641

 

DUPAGE COUNTY
— Notice of Appointment – Joseph H. Sobecki New Executive Director at the DuPage County Election Commission
http://www.dupageco.org/Election/Election_Commission_News/2017/55234/

 

CAPITOL FAX
— Republicans file their bills
https://capitolfax.com/2017/06/14/republicans-file-their-bills/
— Mendoza blasts Rauner, dings legislators
https://capitolfax.com/2017/06/14/mendoza-blasts-rauner-dings-legislators/
— CTA also hit with credit downgrade
https://capitolfax.com/2017/06/14/cta-also-hit-with-credit-downgrade/

 

GOPUSA
— Golden State Warriors decline invitation to the White House before being invited
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=25752

 

DAILY CALLER
— Shooting At GOP Baseball Practice Latest In Pattern Of Violence Against Republicans – Peter Hasson
http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/14/shooting-at-gop-baseball-practice-latest-in-pattern-of-violence-against-republicans/

 

TOWNHALL
— Shooter Identified As James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois; Facebook Page Shows Bernie Sanders Support – Christine Rousselle
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/christinerousselle/2017/06/14/shooter-identified-n2341086

 

WORLD NET DAILY
— GUNMAN AT GOP BALLGAME: ‘ARE YOU DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS?’  Congressman among several shot by ‘white male’ in ‘deliberate attack’ – LEO HOHMANN
http://www.wnd.com/2017/06/gop-rep-steve-scalise-others-shot-by-gunman/

 

DAILY WIRE
— ALLEGED SHOOTER IDENTIFIED: James T. Hodgkinson, 66, Apparent Bernie-Supporting Trump-Hater
http://www.dailywire.com/news/17524/alleged-shooter-identified-james-t-hodgkinson-66-ben-shapiro#

 

THE HILL
— Capitol Hill shaken by baseball shooting – JONATHAN EASLEY
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/337787-capitol-hill-shaken-by-baseball-shooting
— Rand Paul gives dramatic first-hand account of shooting – REBECCA SAVRANSKY
http://thehill.com/news/337721-rand-paul-shooting-would-have-been-much-worse-if-capitol-police-werent?rnd=1497445073
— Shooter had professed deep disgust with GOP – KATIE BO WILLIAMS
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/337843-shooter-had-professed-deep-disgust-with-gop?rnd=1497477712

 

POLITICO

— Scalise remains in critical condition after mass shooting – LOUIS NELSON and JOHN BRESNAHAN
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/14/house-majority-whip-scalise-wounded-in-northern-virginia-shooting-reports-of-multiple-shots-fired-239539

— House Republicans fear politically motivated shooting  ‘This political rhetoric and political discourse that has led to hate, has led to gunfire,’ Rep. Rodney Davis said. – RACHAEL BADE , HEATHER CAYGLE and JOHN BRESNAHAN
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/14/house-republicans-fear-congress-baseball-shooting-239552
— Tyson lobbyist critical after being shot in chest in GOP baseball practice attack – JENNY HOPKINSON , THEODORIC MEYER and HELENA BOTTEMILLER EVICH
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/14/matt-mika-tyson-lobbyist-congress-baseball-shooting-victim-239546

 

CBS NEWS
— Trump makes statement on shooting in Alexandria
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-makes-statement-on-shooting-in-alexandria/

 

NBC NEWS
— After Shooting, Some in GOP Blame Incitement by Democrats – ALEX SEITZ-WALD
http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/after-shooting-some-gop-blame-incitement-democrats-n772586

 

ABC NEWS
— Assailant who shot at GOP lawmakers had history of criminal run-ins – MEGHAN KENEALLY
http://abcnews.go.com/US/suspect-congressional-baseball-shooting-identified/story?id=48032649

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— Virginia Shooting Suspect Was Distraught Over Trump’s Election, Brother Says – NICHOLAS FANDOS
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/us/politics/virginia-shooting-suspect-james-hodgkinson.html

 

LOS ANGELES TIMES
— President and first lady visit Rep. Scalise at hospital – AP
http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-president-and-first-lady-visit-rep-1497490083-htmlstory.html

 

USA TODAY
— ‘It’s time to destroy Trump & Co.:’ Scalise shooting suspect raged on Facebook – Kevin Johnson and Ray Locker
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/06/14/illinois-suspect-va-shooting-raged-against-trump-republicans/102846780/

 

NEWSWEEK
— ALEXANDRIA SHOOTING MOTIVE: DID ANTI-TRUMP RHETORIC INSPIRE JAMES HODGKINSON? – MAX KUTNER
http://www.newsweek.com/james-hodgkinson-shooting-sanders-supporter-625792

 

EDUCATION AND CAREER NEWS
— Career-Specific Educations Launch Careers and Keep Companies Competitive  General Assembly CEO Jake Schwartz weighs in on career-bolstering education and why modern employers should prioritize it in their workers. – Paula Andruss  (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that the undergraduate and graduate courses that I took a) were not job-related, b) did not help me carry out my job duties, c) were taken by me to get a job in the private sector, and d) were a distraction.  To keep their jobs and to get promoted, my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government focused on getting rid of federal employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
http://www.educationandcareernews.com//higher-education/career-specific-educations-launch-careers-and-keep-companies-competitive
— Learning Fast and Often Is Your New Career Mantra  If you’re thinking of changing careers or even advancing in your current one, odds are good that you’ll need further education. But what kind? – David Schejbal
http://www.educationandcareernews.com/higher-education/learning-fast-and-often-is-your-new-career-mantra

 

DAILY BEAST
— Congressional Shooter Loved Bernie, Hated ‘Racist’ Republicans, and Beat His Daughter  James Hodgkinson’s first foster daughter committed suicide by lighting herself on fire, and he beat his second foster daughter. Three months ago he took “target practice” at home. – BRANDY ZADROZNY, KELLY WEILL, KATIE ZAVADSKI, EMMA KERR
http://www.thedailybeast.com/congressional-shooter-loved-bernie-sanders-hated-racist-and-sexist-republicans

 

DAILY MAIL
— Scalise, rising conservative star and gun rights advocate – AFP
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-4604306/Scalise-rising-conservative-star-gun-rights-advocate.html

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.