June 16 Morning Edition

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Nybo urges lawmaker support of introduced ‘Capitol Compromise’ budget proposal – Tim Bryers
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elmhurst/community/chi-ugc-article-nybo-urges-lawmaker-support-of-introduced-ca-2017-06-15-story.html
— Day after shooting, members of Congress step up to plate – Katherine Skiba
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-congressional-baseball-game-illinois-met-0616-20170615-story.html
— Bipartisan baseball: Dems best GOP, give trophy to wounded Scalise – Erica Werner and Kevin Freking
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-congressional-baseball-game-20170615-story.html
— OUTRAGEOUS: Cook County to stop prosecuting some traffic offenses because it lacks resources, Foxx’s office says – Megan Crepeau
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-states-attorney-traffic-offense-prosecution-20170615-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Donald Trump’s tweets are accelerating his own political death spiral.”
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-donald-trump-tweets-investigation-rosenstein-20170616-story.html
— Will County officials discuss freight, heroin during DC trip – Susan DeMar Lafferty
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-will-county-dc-trip-st-0614-20170615-story.html
— Emanuel friend, alderman’s husband both illegally lobbied mayor via his personal email, ethics board finds – Bill Ruthhart  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes lobby against me and against my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.  Should they register as lobbyists?)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-chicago-lobbying-violations-met-0616-20170616-story.html
— Todd Stroger among city employees who didn’t file ethics statement on time
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-morning-spin-friday-edition-20170615-story.html
— Facebook page of Virginia shooter’s wife becomes heated public battleground – Leonor Vivanco
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-james-hodgkinson-wife-facebook-page-met-20170615-story.html
— OPRF principal, assistant wrestling coach reprimanded after investigation into off-campus incident – Steve Schering
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-sex-misconduct-punishment-tl-0608-20170616-story.html
— District 128 officials turn themselves in on perjury charges – Jim Newton
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/crime/ct-lns-school-perjury-bail-st-0616-20170615-story.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Emanuel donor and alderman’s husband face fines for improper lobbying – Fran Spielman  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes lobby against me and against my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.  Should they register as lobbyists?)
http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/emanuel-donor-and-aldermans-husband-face-fines-for-improper-lobbying/

— Madigan: Emanuel ‘scared’ of federal oversight of CPD, but door open – Fran Spielman

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/madigan-emanuel-scared-of-federal-oversight-of-cpd-but-door-open/
— Union group offers details of potential bid for Sun-Times – Mitch Dudek  (DIERSEN: If sought a government job or a political job, my “Republican” critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would stress that I was a union member for almost 12 years (almost 3 years while I worked for the Post Office and almost 9 years while I worked for IRS). Virtually all of my “Republican” critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes paint themselves as being vicious union haters.)
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/union-group-offers-details-of-potential-bid-for-sun-times/

 

DAILY HERALD
— Cullerton: No stopgap budget will pass Senate – Kerry Lester
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170615/cullerton-no-stopgap-budget-will-pass-senate
— Outgoing NIU president to get $600,000 severance deal – AP  (DIERSEN: In 1997, when I was 49 years old, my Democrat GAO superiors did not offer me any kind of “deal” to get me to take their early retirement “offer.” Instead, they threatened to constructively demote me and make the rest of my GAO career a living hell.  They would not have done that if I had been a Democrat, a minority, a female, a veteran, or if GAO had been unionized.  GAO did not unionize until 2007.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170616/news/306169952/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Northern Illinois University will pay President Doug Baker about $600,000 plus benefits when he steps down later this month. Baker announced Thursday that he is resigning in the wake of a state investigation accusing him and other administrators of mismanagement when it comes to hiring consultants. Later that day trustees emerged from a nearly seven-hour closed session to announce his severance arrangement. Under the deal Baker will receive a full year’s salary of $450,000 and $137,000 to not serve as a member of the College of Business faculty.)
— Indicted Libertyville school officials turn selves in – Ellen Mauer
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170615/indicted-libertyville-school-officials-turn-selves-in
— District 59 residents blame low home values on test scores – Chacour Koop  (DIERSEN: How high/low are the test scores in the school districts that your home is in?  What drives those scores up/down in the school districts that your home is in?)
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170616/district-59-residents-blame-low-home-values-on-test-scores
— Leftward shift would be a disaster for Democrats – Steven & Cokie Roberts (DIERSEN: In Illinois, ever-increasingly, Democrats focus on destroying and/or driving out of Illinois individuals, organizations, companies, governments, etc. that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20170616/leftward-shift-would-be-recipe-for-disaster
— Trump acknowledges he’s being investigated – AP (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, my Democrat superiors were always investigating me a) because I had not become a Democrat, b) because I had not painted myself as being a yes-man, c) because I had not helped my Democrat superiors get rid of their employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran, d) because I had complained about patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation for complaining about the aforesaid, and e) because I had become an active member in a class action lawsuit that charged my Democrat superiors with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170616/news/306169949/

 

CBS2
— Groups Anticipate Gov. Rauner Will Sign Anti-Hate Measure – Craig Dellimore  (DIERSEN: From what I see, ever-increasingly, the more of the following groups that you are a member of, the more that anti-Trumps paint you as being a hater: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, draft avoider (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/06/15/groups-anticipate-gov-rauner-will-sign-anti-hate-measure/

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— McDonald’s ends longtime Olympics partnership – JESSICA WOHL
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170616/NEWS06/170619916

— Who’s best suited to oversee Chicago police reform? Lisa Madigan, that’s who. – MATT TOPIC
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170616/OPINION/170619932

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Local leaders brainstorming ways of attacking opioid use – Dean Olsen  (DIERSEN: Which individuals, organizations, companies, and governments in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, in Illinois, and in America focus on promoting destructive/illegal behavior?)
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20170615/local-leaders-brainstorming-ways-of-attacking-opioid-use

 

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Legislators headed back to Springfield next week for special session – Tom Kacich
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2017-06-16/legislators-headed-back-springfield-next-week-special-session.html

 

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— In the fight to reform funding, Illinois ‘school districts are pawns in a serious political game’ – Pam Adams
http://www.pjstar.com/news/20170615/in-fight-to-reform-funding-iilinois-school-districts-are-pawns-in-serious-political-game

 

PEORIA PUBLIC RADIO
— Rep. Steve Scalise is a Roommate of Southern Illinois Congressman John Shimkus – JENNIFER FULLER
http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/rep-steve-scalise-roommate-southern-illinois-congressman#stream/0

 

NPR ILLINOIS
— Rauner Calls For Compromise As GOP Attacks – BRIAN MACKEY
http://nprillinois.org/post/rauner-calls-compromise-gop-attacks#stream/0

 

WSIL TV
— Trump to announce plan to stop cash flow to Cuban military – AP
http://www.wsiltv.com/story/35679105/trump-to-announce-plan-to-stop-cash-flow-to-cuban-military

 

  1. LOUIS TODAY
    — Before Scalise shooting, Wagner had reported five death threats to Capitol Police – Chuck Raasch
    http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/before-scalise-shooting-wagner-had-reported-five-death-threats-to/article_6b44a6fa-f0ea-5b1d-a680-459493807022.html

 

CHICAGO MAGAZINE
— Should We Be Worried About Milwaukee’s Attempt to Lure Us Up North?  Our northern neighbors want to win Chicagoans’ hearts—really, really bad. – ROD O’CONNOR  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly the Democrats who run Illinois focus on driving out of Illinois individuals, organizations, and companies that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.  I should write a book about Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs who focus on driving me out of my precinct, out of Wheaton’s West District, out of Wheaton, out of Milton Township, out of DuPage County, and out of Illinois. They would love it.)
http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/July-2017/Milwaukee-vs-Chicago/

 

DAILY LEGAL NEWS
— High Court: Police removal of Occupy Chicago protesters was constitutional
https://www.isba.org/dailylegalnews/2017-06-16/highcourtpoliceremovalofoccupychica

 

ILLINOIS 21TH SHOW
— Sen. Dick Durbin: Alleged Congressional Shooter James T. Hodgkinson Emailed Office For Past 8 Years – NIALA BOODHOO, SEAN NEUMANN AND ALAN MONTECILLO
https://will.illinois.edu/21stshow/program/sen.-dick-durbin-alleged-congressional-shooter-james-t.-hodgkinson-emailed

 

ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE
— 7 REASONS THE ILLINOIS REPUBLICANS’ BUDGET PLAN FAILS TAXPAYERS – Craig Lesner and John Klingner
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/7-reasons-the-illinois-republicans-budget-plan-fails-taxpayers/

 

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— WHERE’S WEYERMULLER? CELEBRATING PRESIDENT TRUMP’S BIRTHDAY ON FLAG DAY
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2017/06/wheres-weyermuller-celebrating-president-trumps-birthday-on-flag-day.html

 

GOPUSA
— MSNBC’s Ratings Lead to Blood – Cliff Kincaid
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=25902

 

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Pelosi: ‘Outrageous’ for Republicans to blame Democrats for heated rhetoric – Sally Persons
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/15/nancy-pelosi-outrageous-republicans-blame-democrat/
— Congressional staffers boo Trump at unity baseball game – Stephen Dinan  (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, those “congressional staffers” should be immediately terminated.)
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/15/congressional-staffers-boo-trump-unity-baseball-ga/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Rep. Mark Sanford, South Carolina Republican, sides with the anti-Trumps.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/15/mark-sanford-donald-trump-partially-blame-heated-r/

 

JOHN BIVER
— D.C. Shooter a Fan of the Southern Poverty Law Center
http://johnbiver.com/d-c-shooter-fan-southern-poverty-law-center/

 

DAILY CALLER
— OUTSTANDING: Trump Administration Rescinds Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents Amnesty Program – Peter Hasson (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always badmouthed my parents and the rest of my ancestors.  But none of them came to America illegally, none of them stayed in America illegally, and none of them brought others to America illegally.)
http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/15/promise-kept-trump-admin-rescinds-dapa-amnesty-program/
— ESPN Host Says NFL Injects Politics ‘By Playing The National Anthem’ – KENT STROBL  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, members of the following groups are taking over sports in America: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/15/espn-host-says-nfl-injects-politics-by-playing-the-national-anthem-video/

 

THE BLAZE
— Trump just revoked an Obama amnesty program for illegal aliens – Carlos Garcia  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always badmouthed my parents and the rest of my ancestors.  But none of them came to America illegally, none of them stayed in America illegally, and none of them brought others to America illegally.)
https://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/06/16/trump-just-revoked-an-obama-amnesty-program-for-illegal-aliens/
— Pelosi falls back into partisan rhetoric, blames Fox News for GOP baseball shooting – Brandon Morse
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/06/15/pelosi-falls-back-into-partisan-rhetoric-blames-fox-news-for-gop-baseball-shooting/

 

WORLD NET DAILY
— ‘PROOF POSITIVE OF TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME’  Bachmann blames assassination attempt of GOP lawmakers on ‘ravings of ‘lunatic left’ – GARTH KANT
http://www.wnd.com/2017/06/proof-positive-of-trump-derangement-syndrome/

 

HOT AIR
— Hey, One Left-Wing Gunman Doesn’t Make A Movement – MICHAEL TOMASKY
http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2017/06/15/hey-one-left-wing-gunman-doesnt-make-a-movement/

 

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— News website Fusion calls Steve Scalise ‘bigoted homophobe’ as he lies in critical condition
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news-website-fusion-calls-steve-scalise-bigoted-homophobe-as-he-lies-in-critical-condition/article/2626204

 

POLITICO
— Trump won’t alter status of current Dreamers  Work permits won’t be canceled, but 2014 Obama immigration moves that were iced by courts are revoked. – JOSH GERSTEIN
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/15/trump-immigration-dreamers-status-239621
— Trump’s new NY HUD director planned Eric Trump’s wedding, has no housing experience – JAKE SHERMAN, ANNA PALMER, and DANIEL LIPPMAN  (DIERSEN: GAO audits IRS.  After working for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $79,563-$90,173, I transferred to GAO. During the first 6 years and the last 9 years of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, my Democrat superiors refused to assign me to audits of IRS, that is, they wasted my knowledge of IRS. If I had been a Democrat, a minority, a female, or a veteran, they would not have done that.)
http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/playbook/2017/06/16/ny-daily-news-trumps-new-ny-hud-director-planned-eric-trumps-wedding-has-no-housing-experience-dems-drub-gop-at-baseball-game-a-record-24-959-tickets-sold-pence-hires-mcguirewoods-cullen-bday-bres-220870
(FROM THE ARTICLE: THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: “President Trump chooses inexperienced woman who planned his son Eric’s wedding to run N.Y. federal housing programs,” by Greg Smith: “She’s arranged tournaments at Trump golf courses, served as the liaison to the Trump family during his presidential campaign, and even arranged Eric Trump’s wedding. Now President Trump has appointed longtime loyalist Lynne Patton — who has zero housing experience and claims a law degree the school says she never earned — to run the office that oversees federal housing programs in New York.)

 

CNN
— New gun control action after congressional shooting? Don’t bet on it – Gregory Krieg
http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/15/politics/steve-scalise-baseball-shooting-gun-control/index.html

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— Trump Will Allow ‘Dreamers’ to Stay in U.S., Reversing Campaign Promise – MICHAEL D. SHEAR  (DIERSEN: Of course, anti-Trumps will use this as a mandate to accelerate their efforts to get rid individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that at Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/us/politics/trump-will-allow-dreamers-to-stay-in-us-reversing-campaign-promise.html

 

WASHINGTON POST
— America’s new tobacco crisis: The rich stopped smoking, the poor didn’t – William Wan
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/americas-new-tobacco-crisis-the-rich-stopped-smoking-the-poor-didnt/2017/06/13/a63b42ba-4c8c-11e7-9669-250d0b15f83b_story.html

 

LOS ANGELES TIMES
— California: John Cox, GOP candidate for governor, gives himself another $2 million – Phil Wilson
http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-john-cox-gop-candidate-for-governor-1497565104-htmlstory.html

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Believers Need Not Apply – Sohrab Ahmari (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will employers in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois post signs that say members of the following groups “need not apply:” Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/liberalism-believers-need-not-apply-1497570751

 

USA TODAY
— Facebook taps artificial intelligence in new push to block terrorist propaganda – Jessica Guynn  (DIERSEN: My critic/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are full of propaganda. My critic/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes say “the platform is the problem” and they a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid.)
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2017/06/15/facebook-using-artificial-intelligence-to-crack-down-on-terrorism/102887032/
— Technology start-ups founded by women hire more women – Rachel Sandler  (DIERSEN: Soon, if not already, GAO will be the first federal agency in which 100% of its employees are Democrat AND ALSO minority, female, under age 40, and/or veteran.)
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2017/06/14/technology-start-ups-founded-women-hire-more-women-study-finds/102861592/

 

STANDARD EXAMINER
— An attack on a lawmaker — an attack on our way of life – Editorial
http://www.standard.net/Our-View/2017/06/15/Steve-Scalise-Louisiana-Republicans-James-Hodgkinson-Illinois-Gabrielle-Giffords-Arizona-gun-violence-editorial-1.html

 

HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW
— When Leaders Are Hired for Talent but Fired for Not Fitting In – Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Clarke Murphy  (DIERSEN: How could you have “fit in” better where you worked?  I would have fit in better if I a) had become a Democrat, b) had painted myself as being a yes-man, c) had helped my superiors get rid of their employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran, d) had not complained about patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, or retaliation for complaining about the aforesaid, and e) had not become an active member in a class action lawsuit that charged my employer with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.)
https://hbr.org/2017/06/when-leaders-are-hired-for-talent-but-fired-for-not-fitting-in
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Understand their own organizational culture: Knowing a leader’s motives and values is pointless unless organizations are also able to decode their own culture. Sadly, most organizations underestimate the importance of accurately profiling their culture so they end up relying on intuitive and unrealistic ideas that say more about what they would like to be than what they actually are. This is why a large number of companies today describe themselves as “entrepreneurial,” “innovative,” “results-oriented,” or “diverse,” even when their own employees perceive a very different type of culture. Well-designed climate surveys, which crowdsource people’s views and experiences of the organizational culture, are a much better indicator of a company’s true values than the aspirational competencies curated by senior executives.)

 

PBS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump signs executive order to roughly double to $200 million the taxpayer money spent on learn-to-earn programs. What did you do to “learn-to-earn?”  I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 33.)
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/watch-live-trump-expected-sign-executive-order-apprenticeships/

 

FEDERAL NEWS RADIO
— 100 House Democrats voice opposition to Trump’s proposed federal retirement cuts – Nicole Ogrysko  (DIERSEN: If I sought a government job or a political job, my “Republican” critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would viciously demonize me, viciously denigrate me, and viciously condemn me as someone who was in line for Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) pension since 1966 when I was 18 and who has been getting a CSRS pension since 1997 when I was 49.)
https://federalnewsradio.com/congress/2017/06/100-house-democrats-voice-opposition-to-trumps-proposed-federal-retirement-cuts/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “These are highly skilled and dedicated public servants,” members of Congress wrote. “Taking their pensions away and gutting their pay would have the effect of pushing those skilled people out of the civil service and impairing the recruitment of new talent.” . . . But these proposals are particularly offensive, lawmakers said, because they would impact current and future retirees, not just prospective federal employees. “This breaks a promise to current federal employees and retirees,” they wrote. “We should not alter policies that families have planned their lives around, particularly when it affects current retirees with limited ability to make up for unforeseen reductions in expected income.” Several federal employee unions and organizations have adamantly voiced their own concerns over the president’s retirement proposals. “In exchange for years of hard work over long careers, our government made a commitment to middle-class federal and postal workers in the form of modest federal pensions in retirement,” the coalition said. “Those pensions are not gifts; they were earned. Diminishing their value in any way for current employees and retirees fails to honor the commitments made to our public servants.”)

 

GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE
— House Democrats Pen Letter Blasting Proposed Federal Retirement Cuts – Erich Wagner  (DIERSEN: If I sought a government job or a political job, my “Republican” critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would viciously demonize me, viciously denigrate me, and viciously condemn me as someone who was in line for Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) pension since 1966 when I was 18 and who has been getting a CSRS pension since 1997 when I was 49.)
http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2017/06/house-democrats-pen-letter-blasting-proposed-fed-retirement-cuts/138737/

 

EDITOR & PUBLISHER
— Rooted in Their Communities, Local Newspapers are Still Optimistic – Tim Gallagher  (DIERSEN: Tragically, no newspaper in rooted in Wheaton.)
http://www.editorandpublisher.com/columns/business-of-news-rooted-in-their-communities-local-newspapers-are-still-optimistic/

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.