June 3 Evening Edition

— CALL FOR ACTION: Please email the following ASAP and urge them to let DuPage County Republicans help sponsor Wheaton’s 2021 Independence Day Parade: Wheaton Mayor Philip Suess at psuess@wheaton.il.us and Councilman East District Michael Barbier at mbarbier@wheaton.il.us and Councilman North District Scott Brown at sbrown@wheaton.il.us and Councilwoman At-Large Erica Bray-Parker at ebrayparker@wheaton.il.us and Councilwoman At-Large Suzanne Fitch at sfitch@wheaton.il.us  and Councilwoman West District Lynn Robbins at lrobbins@wheaton.il.us and Councilman South District Scott Weller at sweller@wheaton.il.us  and Wheaton Park District President Bob Frey and Vice President John Kelly and Commissioners John Kelly and William Barrett and Kevin Fahey and Terry Mee and Ray Morrill and John Vires at commissioners@wheatonparks.org .

(BACKGROUND: Wheaton’s Independence Day Parades have always been very important. DuPage County has more residents than six states and Wheaton is its County Seat. Bob Dole walked in the parade in 1996. The Obamas walked in the parade in 2004. Many U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, Illinois statewide officials, Illinois Senators, Illinois Representatives, DuPage countywide officials, DuPage County District officials, judges, and justices have walked in the parades.

Since 2005, DuPage Republicans have helped sponsor Wheaton’s Independence Day Parades. For many years, DuPage Republicans have been the parade’s top sponsor by contributing $2,500 with $1,200 earmarked for the combined Wheaton North and Wheaton-Warrenville South Bands and $1,000 earmarked for bagpipers. I have had the honor of raising those contributions from Republican candidates, Republican elected officials, and Republican party leaders. In 2007, I raised an additional $2,000 from Republicans for an elephant to walk behind Peter Roskam in the parade. But today, Wheaton Park District Superintendent of Marketing & Special Events Amy Seklecki advised me by phone that for this year’s parade, parade sponsorships will not be allowed. I told her that I would appeal that decision. For many years, Wheaton has given the Wheaton Park District $30,000 a year with $20,000 earmarked for fireworks and $10,000 earmarked for parade entries.

I certainly hope that the Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Milton Township Republican Organization are encouraging all the candidates who will be on 2022 Republican primary ballots in DuPage County, Milton Township, and especially Wheaton a) to have an entry in Wheaton’s 2021 Independence Day Parade and b) help sponsor the parade. This is especially true for Republican candidates for U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, Illinois statewide offices, Illinois Senator, Illinois Representative, DuPage countywide offices, DuPage district offices, and judicial races.

Republican entries in Wheaton’s outstanding 2019 Independence Day Parade were Bob Berlin, Amy Grant, Chris Kachiroubas, Evelyn Sanguinetti, Ann Celine Walsh, and Milton Township Republican Central Committee. Those who walked with the entries included Almiron, Anderson, Carlson, Caruso, Colgan, Collins, Falbo, Fisher, Furstenau, Ives, Keller, LeVan, Marquardt, Marshall, Monino, Muehlfelt, Nathwani, Ruhl, Ryan, Saake, Shaw, and Whelan. With their $2,500 contribution, “DuPage County Republicans” were again the top sponsor for the parade and fireworks. Contributions were: $500 from Roger Claar; $250 each from Berlin, Sanguinetti, Phil Suess, and Tim Whelan; and $100 each from Michael Barbier, Grant Eckhoff, Tim Elliott, Grant, Chris Heidorn, Babette Holder, Jeanne Ives, Marty Keller, Bob Larsen, and Walsh. I hand-delivering 500 flyers (printed courtesy of Alpha Graphics) to the residences and businesses on the parade route that included the Republican entries in the parade, the sponsor’s names, and the amounts they contributed.

Information on the parade and fireworks is at https://wheatonparkdistrict.com/events/july4/

Again, please email the aforesaid Wheaton and Wheaton Park District officials ASAP and urge them to let DuPage County Republicans help sponsor Wheaton’s 2021 Independence Day Parade.)

— Illinois Governor JB Pritzker hints he may not seek reelection to 2nd term – Craig Wall
— Trump increasingly talking like he plans to mount 2024 presidential run – AP
— Illinois COVID-19 Update: IL reports 674 cases, 24 deaths – Michelle Gallardo, Jesse Kirsch
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote LGBTQ.

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters get Boehner to say “Trump Bears Some Blame for Jan. 6 Insurrection.”
— Trump’s July Fourth Fireworks Show Caused More Than $42,000 in Damage, Records Show

— One-On-One With Gov. JB Pritzker: Reopening Unemployment Offices, A Vaccine Lottery, And The Governor’s Future Political Plans – Dana Kozlov

— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON ILLINOIS, ON COOK COUNTY, AND ON CHICAGO TIGHTENS: Illinois exodus: Residents leaving the state in droves, data shows

— Kinzinger on his political future: ‘I’m not freaking out about anything. I’m living my life’ GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger is chill, for now, about the prospect of Illinois Democrats getting rid of his district in the congressional remap. He also said Thursday he was “frightened” over the turn culture-war politics has taken in this Trump era. – Lynn Sweet
(DIERSEN: Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters promote Kinzinger.)
— Pritzker says he will announce his political plans ‘shortly’ Virtually no one in politics has any doubts Pritzker will seek a second term – only wondering when he will make it official – but the governor portrayed himself as still mulling it over. “I have not [decided to run], I’m talking to my family about that, and I promise you there will be some decision about that shortly,” Pritzker told the Chicago Sun-Times. – Rachel Hinton
— DISGUSTING, OUTRAGEOUS, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.

— As vaccine incentive, Joe Biden must offer to reinstate Donald Trump as president – REX HUPPKE
— Lawsuit alleges LGBTQ discrimination at Christian colleges, including Chicago’s Moody Bible Institute: ‘I felt so unwelcome, and it hurt so much to be there’ – NARA SCHOENBERG
(DIERSEN: From what I see, ever-increasingly, the less that you promote LGBTQ, the more unwelcome that you are made to feel.)
— Lightfoot says Chicago’s COVID-19 restrictions will lift June 11 with the rest of Illinois | Mayor Lightfoot vs. Ald. King, state Sen. Robert Peters | Legislature approves police deception bill – LISA DONOVAN

— Kinzinger says he’ll run for Congress again in 2022 – Russell Lissau
— McHenry County Board chairman postpones vote on new maps – Emily K. Coleman
— Drive-through the preferred option for June’s suburban Pride celebrations – Barbara Vitello
(FROM THE ARTICLE: OUTspoken Leaders, which supports LGBTQ+ youth and young adults, will host a Wheaton/Glen Ellyn Drive By Pride Parade from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 27. Organizers encourage participants to decorate cars and residences for the hybrid event, which executive director Jacob Kniep says will be livestreamed on the #WelcomeHome app available through Apple or Google Play. The app also includes information on other village Pride events.)

— How are we spending our time now? As we transition back to in-person life, let’s take the wisdom we’ve gained during the pandemic to guide our choices. – EMILY DRAKE and TODD CONNOR
(DIERSEN: I continue to spend 10+ hours each and every day putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters together and sending them out. That is 70+ hours a week, 300+ hours a month, 3,650+ hours a year, and 36,500+ hours a decade.)

— ILGOP fundraising email
— 674 new confirmed and probable cases; 24 additional deaths; 997 hospitalized; 273 in ICU; 1.5 percent average case positivity rate; 1.7 percent average test positivity rate; 37,328 average daily doses; Chicago to fully reopen June 11

— Pence says he and Trump may never ‘see eye-to-eye’ on Jan. 6 Says GOP must unite and ‘move forward’ from Capitol riot – Dave Boyer

— White House tepidly endorses House reparations legislation – Naomi Lim
— Biden administration squeezing suburbs out of existence with zoning laws – Barnini Chakraborty

— Illinois Gov’t Redefines ‘Infertility’ So To Force Insurers To Cover In Vitro Fertilization For Same-Sex Partners – P. Gardner Goldsmith

— Of Course The Virus Came From The CCP’s Wuhan Lab We Revealed The Evidence In April 2020 – George Rasley

— The American ‘Cultural Revolution’ Is Underway – Alexander Liao

— The Incredible Illinois Gerrymander Democrats are even rigging state Supreme Court districts. – Editorial

— Half of GOP Voters Believe Party Leaders Aren’t Conservative Enough

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: The Democrats who run Evanston promote LGBT big time.

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.