June 30 Morning Edition

— Bill Brady named GOP leader of Illinois Senate, replacing Radogno – Tina Sfondeles
— Water Management employees file federal lawsuit – Fran Spielman
— Cash-strapped Northeastern Illinois University paid big for speakers despite ‘optics’ – Dan Mihalopoulos and Tina Sfondeles
— Mika & Joe reply: ‘Donald Trump is not well’ – Lynn Sweet (DIERSEN: Of course, anti-Trumps could/would/will use Trump’s Brzezinski tweet against all Trump supporters.)
— Springfield weighted down with testosterone. Where are the women? – Laura Washington


— FBI Vetting John Lausch as Search for New U.S. Attorney Narrows  (DIERSEN: If your critics/opponents vetted you, what negatives would they uncover?  Would they publish those negatives to destroy you or would they use those negatives to blackmail you?)


— Local Government Leaders Fear Continuing Budget Stalemate – Craig Dellimore


— What to expect if no Illinois state budget deal is reached – Christopher Ingraham
— What you need to know about deadline day in Springfield
— Are Illinois taxpayers finally waking up? – Kristen McQueary
— The other looming health crisis: Americans’ lack of dental care – Eric Zorn  (DIERSEN: Even though my wife and I a) pay $228/month for Medicare and b) $99/month for dental insurance (the federal government pays $297), our out-of-pocket dental costs are extremely high.)
— Embattled Evanston librarian resigns after Facebook post criticizing library diversity – Genevieve Bookwalter

— Trump’s voter fraud commission wants voting history, party ID and address of every voter – Christopher Ingraham (DIERSEN: Democrats and RINOs discriminate against Republicans. From what I see, ever-increasingly, a) employers are Democrat or RINO, b) Democrat and RINO employers promote patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation, c) Democrat and RINO employers do not want to hire Republicans, and d) Democrat and RINO employers get rid of their employees who are not Democrat or RINO, especially those who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran. If I had been a Democrat or a RINO, the federal government would have promoted me into its Senior Executive Service long before I was 40 notwithstanding the fact that I am not a minority, a female, or a veteran.)


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURES: beloved fixtures in suburban July 4 parades – Jamie Sotonoff  (DIERSEN: I urge everyone to watch Wheaton’s fireworks Monday evening, July 3, and watch Wheaton’s Independence Day parade on July 4.  For event details,  visit
https://wheatonparkdistrict.com/events/july4/. So far, Peter Roskam for U.S. Congress; Jeanne Ives for Illinois House and Mike Connelly for Illinois Senate; Peter Breen for Illinois House; Bob Berlin for DuPage State’s Attorney; Grant Eckhoff, Tim Elliott, Amy Grant, and Tim Whelan for DuPage District 4; James Mendrick for DuPage Sheriff; Karen Wilson for DuPage Judge; and Milton Township Republican Central Committee have entries. This year, for the 12th year in a row, “DuPage Republicans” will help sponsor the parade.  They will be one of the two $2,500 “Star” sponsors and again sponsor the Wheaton high school bands and the Tunes of Glory Pipes and Drums parade entries and again have a booth at the July 3 fireworks. Outstandingly, again this year Tim Whelan will coordinate Republican use of the booth at the fireworks. This year again, I have delivered flyers to the residences and businesses on the parade route. The flyers list the Republican entries in the parade and the Republicans who helped sponsor entries. Outstandingly, the flyers were printed courtesy of Alpha Graphics. This year, outstandingly, Roger Claar is a $500 contributor, Chris Nybo is a $250 contributor, Phil Suess is a $150 contributor, and Bob Berlin, Peter Breen, Mike Connelly, Grant Eckhoff, Tim Elliott, Amy Grant, Gwen Henry, Paul Hinds, Jeanne Ives, Marty Keller, Deanne Mazzochi, Paula McGowen, James Mendrick, Peter Roskam, Darlene Ruscitti, and Tim Whelan are $100 contributors. Please plan on watching the 22-minute fireworks Monday evening July 3 at Graf Park, and stopping by the DuPage Republicans booth.  Please plan on watching the parade on Tuesday morning July 4 or walking in the parade with one of the Republican entries. If you want to walk with one of the Republican entries, I suggest being at the staging area at Fifth Third Bank on north Main Street at 9:00 AM.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: These parades have been around for generations — Wheaton’s Fourth of July parade has been going on for more than 100 years — and each one has a little something extra that you won’t find in other towns. While this is not a comprehensive list, here are some of the beloved suburban parade fixtures: (PICTURE CAPTION: Bernie Hurley walks down Main Street with Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti during the 2016 Fourth of July parade in Wheaton.) Bernie the Leprechaun It makes no difference that St. Patrick’s Day was four months ago. For the past 60 years, everyone looks forward to seeing Bernie the Leprechaun at Wheaton’s Fourth of July parade. His real name is Bernie Hurley, and he’s a 94-year-old local man of Irish heritage. “He walks the entire parade in costume. Heat or cold, he’s there. He’s our goodwill ambassador,” said Sherry Krajelis, a parade organizer and assistant director of special facilities. “Everyone knows Bernie.” One year, Hurley wore roller skates. Another year, he rode a scooter (“That was harder than walking! I was sore afterward,” he said). This year, he hopes he can walk the entire two-mile route. “That’s up to the good guy upstairs,” he said with a laugh. “I’m an old gym teacher. So I know that if you keep moving, it helps.” Hurley spent 31 years teaching gym at Hawthorne and Emerson elementary schools in Wheaton, and loves bringing joy to people. “I’m a big showoff, too,” he said. “I’m a teacher, so I love every kid. The good ones, the bad ones and the in-betweens.” He ends the interview by saying, “Stay young! Keep moving! God Bless!”)
— Lawmakers approve new plan to increase 911 fees – AP
— Man paints over rainbow stripe on Elgin house – Elena Ferrarin
— MSNBC ‘Morning Joe’ hosts fire back at Trump Twitter blasts – AP  (DIERSEN: Of course, anti-Trumps could/would/will use Trump’s Brzezinski tweet against all Trump supporters.)
— Authorities shut down suspected ‘high-volume’ brothel near Des Plaines – Chacour Koop
— Naperville council member Rebecca Boyd-Obarski wants ‘state of kids’ town hall – Marie Wilson  (DIERSEN: Of course, anti-Republicans would use any such town hall to blame Republicans for all the problems that children have.)
— Naperville data portal releases public information for analysis – Marie Wilson  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Americans talk and act like they want federal jobs and promotions to be given to those who are Democrat, minority, female, younger, and/or veteran. If the federal government had always released employment information, because I am not a Democrat, not a minority, not a female, and not a veteran, a) the Post Office would NOT have hired me in 1966 or let me work there for almost 3 years, b) IRS would NOT have hired me in 1971 or let me work there for almost 9 years, c) IRS would NOT have promoted me in 1972, 1973, or 1974, d) GAO would NOT have hired me in 1980 or let me work there for almost 18 years, and e) GAO would NOT have promoted me in 1986.)


— Chicago’s ‘Fair Workplace’ ordinance is a bad idea – STEVE MILLER (DIERSEN: While I worked part-time for the Park Forest Post Office 1966-1969, my work schedule was extremely unpredictable and my paychecks were not stable. Frequently, I was called in to work because my coworkers had called in sick.)


— Bishop Paprocki: Upholding church teachings is my job – John Reynolds
— With time running out, Madigan to call budget for vote – Doug Finke
— Senate Republican Leader Radogno calling it quits – Doug Finke
— Rauner looks to high court for ‘transformative’ changes – Bernard Schoenburg


— Union, others rally against Rauner’s proposed cut to seniors’ in-home care  Seniors, caregivers protest Thursday – Linda N. Weller


— GOP lawmakers blast Trump’s ‘Morning Joe’ tweets  Several call tweets below president’s office – DANIELLA DIAZ (DIERSEN: Of course, anti-Trumps could/would/will use Trump’s Brzezinski tweet against all Trump supporters.)


— GOP Senate leader Radogno departs, Sen. Brady said to be possible replacement – Howard Packowitz


— MSNBC anchor team strikes back at Trump’s tweets – AP (DIERSEN: Of course, anti-Trumps could/would/will use Trump’s Brzezinski tweet against all Trump supporters.)
— Illinois House to vote on $36.5 billion spending bill Friday – AP


— Fox News Channel is giving Trump tweets a tough look – AP


— Local lawmakers expect to vote on budget Friday – Ron DeBrock
— Remember those who back mean-spirited health bill – William Seaver, Milan  (DIERSEN: According to anti-Republicans, you are mean-spirited if you do not promote dependency on government and on charity, abortion, LGBTQ activity, mass/illegal immigration, vices, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, retaliation, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, etc.)


— After 2 Years Without A Budget, Debt And Pain Are Mounting In Illinois – BRIAN MACKEY


— Karen McConnaughay Seeking To Become Senate Republican Leader


— BGA: An explainer of Rauner’s contract war with AFSCME


— VIDEO: Junk Madigan


— LAWYERS LENDING A HAND – PEOPLE’S RESOURCE CENTER  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always demonized me, denigrated me, and condemned me for not doing enough to help those who have financial, health, and/or other problems.  They hint/imply/argue/shout that I am not a churchgoer like they are, that I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth, that I have always been privileged, that I avoided the draft, that the federal government overpaid me, that my wife and I should not have given up trying to have children, that we should have adopted and/or became foster parents, and that my Civil Service Retirement System pension, my and my wife’s federal health, dental, and vision insurance subsidy, and my Social Security are too generous.  I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes.)


— ILLINOIS REPUBLICAN SPENDING PLAN PACKED WITH MILLIONS IN WASTE  Despite calls for new taxes from Republican lawmakers, Senate Bill 2216 contains funding for several grants across the state. – John Kristof


— The Essential Difference Between Christianity and Islam – Dr. Michael Brown  (DIERSEN: Islam is more like political party or a country without borders than a religion.)


— Lawmakers Avoid Discussions of First Principles – Laurie Higgins


— House approves budget proposal, will remain in session at least through Saturday
— Edgar didn’t know about anti-Rauner ad prior to its release
— Bill Brady chosen as new Senate GOP leader
— GOP pulls down ad *** GOP tries to tag Madigan with “junk” label


— Limbaugh rips media’s Trump-tweet fears: It’s Republicans who are being fired upon


— House passes toughest illegal immigration crackdown in two decades with aid of some Democrats – Stephen Dinan
— GuideStar removes ‘hate group’ tags on nonprofits after conservative backlash – Valerie Richardson  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, if your group is conservative, Democrats call your group a hate group.)


— GAO: Obamaphones Fraud As High As 65 Percent – Luke Rosiak  (DIERSEN: What did you do 1980-1997?  I worked for GAO, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $94,610-$122,991.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A massive portion of Obamaphone recipients are receiving the benefit after lying on their applications, according to a new 90-page report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). An undercover sting operation showed ineligible applications were approved 63 percent of the time, and a review that found that 36 to 65 percent of beneficiaries in various categories had lied in easily-detectable ways but were approved anyway. The fraud reached unheard-of proportions because the Federal Communications Commission let the task of screening for eligibility fall to phone companies that profit off of enrolling as many people as possible. GAO undercover investigators applied for free government phones 19 times using criteria that should have been rejected, and “we were approved to receive Lifeline services by 12 of the 19 Lifeline providers using fictitious eligibility documentation.” All someone has to do to apply for free cell phone service is say that they are on another welfare program, such as food stamps or disability, known as SSI. But nationwide, “only 35.5 percent of people claiming eligibility based on SSI could actually be confirmed as eligible,” the GAO found. That means 64.5 percent of people appear to have lied and may not even be poor. The rate at which GAO’s undercover applications were approved works out to a nearly identical figure as the SSI metric. The FCC took applicants at their word and did not consult intra-governmental databases to see whether they were actually on SSI. In Georgia, the percentage who appear to have lied about their SSI status to attain benefits is 79 percent. That national rate of 64.5 percent is three times higher than the next-highest fraud-ridden federal program, the Earned Income Tax Credit, at 24 percent, according to PaymentAccuracy.gov. Yet because the FCC doesn’t run data checks necessary to uncover fraud, it officially reports an improper-payment rate of 0.45 percent — a clearly implausible figure that would make it the second-cleanest program in government. Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri requested the audit after she received a mailer at her home encouraging her to sign up for what it assured was a “free” phone. She called for criminal charges against phone company executives. “Universal service fees” cell phone subscribers pay on their monthly bills supplies the money for the program, formally known as Lifeline, rather than funding from Congress. The Anti-deficiency Act prevents agencies from spending more than funds appropriated by Congress, so the move effectively allowed the FCC unlimited spending. Mignon Clyburn, the daughter of South Carolina Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn, headed the FCC for much of the period scrutinized, and she remains a commissioner. “While the Anti-deficiency Act applies to appropriated funds, since 2004, Congress has exempted the USF from the Anti-deficiency Act,” GAO said. Special interests have aggressively employed a bootleggers-and-Baptists model, with companies who profit greasing the wheels of government with donations and influence-peddling and using poor people as props in marketing campaigns. When Congress considered reforms, phone companies took out daily full-page ads in publications read by Capitol Hill staffers. The wife of the CEO of TracFone, the largest beneficiary of Obamaphones, was a mega-fundraiser for former President Barack Obama. A Republican operative who later worked for President Donald Trump’s campaign took money from phone companies and set up a front group that implied that veterans would die if free phones came with more scrutiny. In an infamous YouTube video during the 2012 presidential campaign, a woman said she would vote for Obama because “he gave us a phone,” adding that “everybody in Cleveland low minority got an Obamaphone.” The cause of the fraud rates, shocking even by federal government standards, was always clear: The FCC allowed companies with a profit motive to sign up as many people as possible to determine eligibility. Phone companies swooped into housing projects in vans with neon flashing lights to register users. A woman approached by one such representative outside of a welfare office told The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group the man encouraged her to enroll her two-year-old. The companies weren’t checking eligibility, and the FCC wasn’t ensuring they did or punishing those who didn’t. Additionally, the FCC failed to provide many companies with the intra-government databases that would give them the ability to perform some checks, the GAO found. The program “relies on a ‘pay-and-chase’ model of oversight. ‘Pay-and-chase’ refers to making disbursements on the front end and relying on audits or reviews after the funds have been disbursed to check for any noncompliance,” GAO said. Only no one was doing much checking. “These reviews are fairly limited,” GAO said. “FCC awarded a contract to … improve the oversight and operation of universal service programs. However, FCC officials told us that FCC subsequently terminated the contract and the study was not conducted.” When GAO focused on the program and analyzed data, investigators quickly found numerous red flags, any one of which could have been used to deny eligibility, but no one used them. “We found a total of 5,510 potential internal duplicates whereby the last name, first name, date of birth, and last four digits of the SSN of one record matched another record exactly,” GAO wrote. More than 6,300 recipients were in government databases that showed the phone recipient as being dead. The only available evidence was that the poor didn’t need the program, and it might not have been fulfilling its stated mission. The FCC has declined to assess whether the program actually provides phones to low income citizens even in the face of previous negative audits. For a time, there were more Obamaphones in Maryland than there are poor people in the state. And a Pew Research Center report found that the problem of lack of access to technology is far less than it once was, the GAO noted. The FCC’s own data shows that “millions of Lifeline-eligible households are obtaining voice service without Lifeline,” while the fraud rates show that many of the people who do sign up are wealthier than those who don’t. “While some academic studies have raised questions whether Lifeline is a costly and inefficient means of achieving universal service, FCC has not evaluated the program to determine whether it is efficiently and effectively meeting its goals, as we recommended in our March 2015 report,” GAO chided. Instead, the program is being expanded to include free internet.)
— 10 Republican AGs Threaten To Sue Trump Admin If DACA Isn’t Rescinded – Chuck Ross  (DIERSEM: If Trump dumps his supporters, will anti-Trumps vote for him in 2020?)


— ‘Help Us, Help Us’: Swedish National Police Commissioner Begs as Number of No-Go Zones Rises – CHRIS TOMLINSON
— Paris Gets ‘No-Go-Zone’ Warning App – VICTORIA FRIEDMAN


— House Takes Action to Crack Down on ‘Sanctuary’ Jurisdictions  Lawmakers pass bill to cut off funds for local governments that thwart federal immigration enforcement – Brendan Kirby


— New GOP angst over Trump tweets – NIALL STANAGE (DIERSEN: Of course, anti-Trumps could/would/will use Trump’s Brzezinski tweet against all Trump supporters.)


— The Fallout From Trump’s Twitter Attack On Mika Brzezinski And Brzezinski’s response. – Lauren Weber  (DIERSEN: Of course, anti-Trumps could/would/will use Trump’s Brzezinski tweet against all Trump supporters.)


— Illinois legislative leaders meet; no word on budget deal – AP


— ‘Everything’s in Danger’: Illinois Approaches 3rd Year Without Budget – JULIE BOSMAN and MONICA DAVEY
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Finally, Your Teenagers Will Beg You to Drop Them Off at School – Tom Voelk  (DIERSEN: What cars did your parents own while you attended college?  I attended UIC 1966-1968 and NIU 1969-1970.  My parents owned a bottom of the line 1961 4-door Chevy 1966-1967 and then a bottom of the line 1967 2-door Chevy 1967-1970. However, because they providing me with room and board, I was able to buy a new 1966 Pontiac Tempest Sprint in 1966, a new 1968 Oldsmobile 442 in 1967, and a new 1969 Dodge Charger SE in 1968 with money that I earned doing yard work and delivering newspapers 1962-1964; washing dishes 1964-1966; cleaning golf shoes, chipping slag, and pumping gasoline in 1966; and delivering mail 1966-1969.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Republicans call Republicans cruel.  Anti-Republicans run America.  How soon will those anti-Republicans get rid of Republicans once and for all?)


— If you weren’t raised in the Internet age, you may need to worry about workplace age discrimination – Lauren Rosenblatt  (DIERSEN: How old are you?  When you were 25, 30, 35, and 40, how much were you earning in today’s dollars?  Non-veteran White males who are seeking a job with the federal government should be advised that with only rare exceptions, you will considered to be “old” and your career will be wasted and you will be gotten rid of if you do not make GS-13 ($94,610) by age 25, GS-14 ($111,801) by age 30, GS-15 ($131,508) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service ($161,900) by age 40. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes promote age discrimination.)


— Illinois Is in Deep Trouble: What Investors Need to Know  Here are answers to questions investors may be asking – Heather Gillers
— States Threaten to Sue Trump Administration Over ‘Dreamers’ Policy  Some conservatives think president hasn’t done enough to crack down on illegal immigration – Laura Meckler


— Illinois Legislature Losing a Voice of Compromise as Budget Standoff Goes to Wire – Quint Forgey


— Illinois Races to Cobble Budget Deal as Downgrade to Junk Looms – Elizabeth Campbell


— Does the Government Track Anti-Public-Land Extremists?  House Democrats allege that the Department of the Interior isn’t doing enough to protect public-land employees. – ROBINSON MEYER (DIERSEN: One could ask does the government track those who 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?)


— July 4th and Federal Employees – Ralph R. Smith


— Donald Trump breaks campaign promise and will not deport immigrant children known as ‘Dreamers’  The fate of their parents, however, is still uncertain – Mythili Sampathkumar  (DIERSEN: Sooner or later, if not already, employers will shout a) that they have hired Dreamers and b) that they have fired their employees who 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.)

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.