— Springfield, you’ve got 10 days. Do it in less. – Editorial
— Why it’s foolish not to appeal your property tax assessment – Eric Zorn (DIERSEN: I should write a book about the assessment history of 915 Cove Court in Wheaton and related litigation.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE IN THE NAPERVILLE SUN: DIERSEN HEADLINE: In front page top of fold editorials with a big color picture unethically made to look like news articles, anti-Trumps promote Islam big time.
— New poll of rural Americans shows deep cultural divide with urban centers – Jose A. Delreal and Scott Clement (DIERSEN: What is your connection with rural America? During the 1950s, I spend a lot of time during the summers at my mother’s parents’ farm in Grant Park on the Indiana border.)
— Chicago’s first murder — ‘bad blood’ and a butcher’s knife on the American frontier – Colleen Connolly (DIERSEN: My ancestors on my father’s side immigrated to Chicago from what is now Germany in 1844. They worked in a brick factory until they homesteaded a farm in southeast Crete in 1854.)
— Privatize air traffic control, watch efficiency soar – John Stossel (DIERSEN: There are tremendous conflicts between the Libertarian Party platform and the Republican Party platform. Libertarians and Libertarian plants demonize, denigrate, and condemn government, government employees, and government retirees, and especially the federal government, federal employees, and federal retirees. I should write a book about my Libertarian and Libertarian plant critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes. They have always worked very hard against me above the table and under the table.
— Where can you afford a two-bedroom apartment on minimum wage? Nowhere in U.S. – Tracy Jan (DIERSEN: If you ever worked for the minimum wage, when, how old were you, and what did you do with the money that you earned? I washed dishes for the minimum wage 1964-1966 in the basement of the S.S. Kresges in Chicago Heights when I was 16 and 17 years old. I used the money that earned to buy a new 1966 Pontiac Tempest Sprint to commute to/from classes at UIC from my parents’ home in Crete.)
CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Governor candidate Biss is a traitor, say private-equity investors – LYNNE MAREK
SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Illinois’ future dimmed by keeping the status quo – Editorial
— LaHood hopes unity that grew from tragedy lasts – Bernard Schoenburg
— It’s that special (session) time of year – Doug Finke
CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Fear and loathing rattle Statehouse – Rich Miller
— Get ‘er done – Editorial
— ‘Democracy In Chains’ Traces The Rise Of American Libertarianism – Editorial (DIERSEN: There are tremendous conflicts between the Libertarian Party platform and the Republican Party platform. Libertarians and Libertarian plants demonize, denigrate, and condemn government, government employees, and government retirees, and especially the federal government, federal employees, and federal retirees. I should write a book about my Libertarian and Libertarian plant critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes. They have always worked very hard against me above the table and under the table.
ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK
— State Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, criticizes capital spending bill, calls projects ‘earmarks,’ ‘wasteful’ – Dan McCaleb and Cole Lauterbach
— Are GOP reforms enough to justify $5.4 billion tax hike? – Cole Lauterbach
— HUMOR: Illinois Democrat Sponsors Bill to Kill all White Puppies in State Because They Have White Privilege – Warner Todd Huston
— Illinois taxpayers fund golden parachute form NIU president resigning amid scandal investigation – Thomas Lifson
— Davis calls baseball shooting ‘political terrorism’ – HANNA TRUDO
NEW YORK TIMES
— How ‘Snowflake’ Became America’s Inescapable Tough-Guy Taunt – AMANDA HESS (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would call me a snowflake a) because I avoided the draft and b) because I have never engaged in aggressive sports.)
— I’m O.K. — You’re Pure Evil – Frank Bruni (DIERSEN: Those who demonize me, denigrate me, and condemn me as being evil stress that I am a Trump supporter; baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran; conservative; Republican; American; White; male; old (68); non-poor; gun owner; 100% German American; draft avoider; ancestors have been in America since 1844; federal retiree since 1997; former union member; childless and pet-less; American-nameplate car owner; and even worse things.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps want America to pander to foreign countries and to their citizens.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote LGBTQ activity.
— Why Are So Many Young Voters Falling for Old Socialists? – SARAH LEONARD (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote dependency on government and on charity.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump asks, “Does Trump Embarrass You?”
— Liberals in Strange Places – Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (DIERSEN: How many in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, in Illinois, and in America want Trump to be impeached? Why do the aforesaid live in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, in Illinois, and in America?)
— Rooting for Scalise Through Hospital Ordeal: His 3 Capitol Roommates – KATIE ROGERS
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “The initial report about his injury was a little Pollyannaish,” Mr. Shimkus said. “It’s going to be a tough rest of the year for us.” His roommates said the home they share, about a mile and a half from the Capitol in southwest Washington, had offered a bit of solace during a week marked by violence. Their living arrangement, complete with scuffed-up furniture, children’s toys and baseball photos on the wall, continues the Washington tradition of lawmakers who have decided to split the bill on an affordable, collegelike crash pad where they can spend a few days a week with like-minded colleagues. (Mr. Shimkus bought the home 15 years ago, and they split the mortgage costs, an amount they would not disclose, four ways.) Their shared politics help: Policy discussions tend to creep up amid viewings of the western movie “Tombstone” or of endless sports coverage on ESPN, Mr. Shimkus said. But a love of baseball is what has drawn these colleagues together. Mr. Scalise, 51, who is popular in his heavily Republican district and has been a Trump supporter, has been known as the night owl of the group, still able to wake up for practice and be out the door within minutes. “You’ve got three boring guys and one guy who’s kind of lively,” Mr. Shimkus said. “It’s been really quiet.” In the days since the shooting, they said, life has been a blur of hospital visits, phone calls and, of course, the bright lights of a ballgame, this city’s last best attempt at bipartisan showmanship. The game included a prayer at second base in honor of Mr. Scalise, and staff members wore T-shirts emblazoned with a photo of the four congressmen, taken at a game years ago. “With my roomies @RepShimkus @RepKevinBrady supporting @SteveScalise at congressional baseball game & pray for his recovery,” Mr. Paulsen tweeted on Thursday, posting a photo of him and his housemates wearing mismatched jerseys and yellow Louisiana State University hats, a tribute to Mr. Scalise’s alma mater. . .“The vitriol and the debate has gone so far to the extreme,” Mr. Shimkus said. “Compromise, which is the essence of public policy and passing laws, has been disparaged by extremes on both sides.”)
— Congress is considering a bill that would expand Jeff Sessions’s power to escalate the war on drugs – Christopher Ingraham (DIERSEN: Which individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries push illegal/addictive/destructive drugs and/or other vices in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, in Illinois, and in America?)
— APRIL 27, 2017 FLASHBACK: IVF: How to pay for an expensive and emotional process – Emily Starbuck Crone (DIERSEN: I should write a book about how my Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates viciously demonized, denigrated, condemned, and punished me because my wife and I gave up trying to have children, because we did not adopt, and because we did not become foster parents. They would not have done that if I had been a Democrat, a minority, a female, or a veteran. Of course, since the 1970s, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have used my childlessness against me.)
— The U.S. is where the rich are the richest – Ben Steverman (DIERSEN: What do those who have more money than you have think of you? I should write a book about those who look down on me because I have less money than they have. What do those who have less money than you have think of you? I should write a book about those who look down on me because I have more money than they have.)
— Federal Employee Pension, G Fund Used to Avoid Government Default – Ralph R. Smith
— Fatherhood Still Seen as Man’s Most Important Role (DIERSEN: I should write a book about how my Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates viciously demonized, denigrated, condemned, and punished me because my wife and I gave up trying to have children, because we did not adopt, and because we did not become foster parents. They would not have done that if I had been a Democrat, a minority, a female, or a veteran. Of course, since the 1970s, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have used my childlessness against me.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Count me out: Conservative staffers have no desire to work for ‘radioactive’ Trump administration.”