June 5 Evening Edition

— Gov. Runner Signals ‘Concerns’ About 9-1-1 Bill And Pension-Tax Component – Steve Miller


— ‘We will do whatever is necessary’: Does that include a balanced CPS budget? – Editorial
— Getting Washington out of the air traffic control business – Editorial
— Congressman Quigley: Russian operatives hacked Illinois elections board – Rick Pearson
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Trump’s advisers are only enabling his erratic behavior.”
— Taxi union wants a tax and fee waived in the age of Huber and Left – Hal Dar dick


— DuPage County may seek referendum to dissolve election commission – Robert Sanchez
(FROM THE ARTICLE: County officials have been told the election commission could be dissolved with a binding referendum. But the county can’t form a bipartisan election commission board without a state law change. One of the obstacles facing the proposed state law is that Democratic leaders in DuPage have criticized it. For example, they didn’t like the proposed process to appoint election commissioners. They’ve also voiced concern about the suggested salaries of the commissioners. Cronin, meanwhile, said he wants a consolidation of the election commission and the clerk’s office because it’s expected to save taxpayers at least $300,000 a year. The savings would be achieved by combining staff and finding efficiencies. “My priority is — and always has been — savings for the taxpayers,” Cronin said. “If we can do the same quality service more efficiently and save taxpayers money, that’s the direction we should take.” Before taking any steps to dissolve the election commission, Cronin said he first would have a “robust discussion” with county board members.)
— What are the advantages of hiring a multigenerational workforce? (DIERSEN: Non-veteran White males who are seeking a job with the federal government should be advised that with only rare exceptions, 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. More is expected of non-veteran White males a) because they were born with silver spoons in their mouths, b) because they have always been privileged, and c) because they benefited from their parents’, their grandparents’, their great grandparents’, and the rest of their ancestors’ racism and sexism. Non-veteran Whites males are expected to pay the price of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion.)
— Tom Cullerton and Kain help Addison Township residents find additional savings


— Davis, LaHood interviewed candidates for prosecutor, marshal – Bernard Schoenburg


— McHenry County Board member fined $1,500 for delay in statement of economic interests – KEVIN P. CRAVER


— Sen. Brady: No need for special session; Democrats should keep working on budget – Eric Stock


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps side with London’s mayor against Trump.


— Illinois’ public pensions are worse off than state claims – Michael Carroll


— Rauner boasts delivery of ‘economic engine’ to Chicago’s South Side – Caitlin Nordahl


— Would Congress Authorize Bankruptcy for Illinois and Other States? Yes, Inevitably. – Mark Glennon


— New Pritzker robocalls slam House Republicans, defend House Democrats
— Hardiman claims “anybody” can beat Rauner, tosses his hat in the ring
— “Kooks” on the fringe and “cooperation”  (DIERSEN: The stronger that you support for the Republican Party platform, the Illinois Republican Party platform, and/or the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution on video gambling, the more that you will called a kook.)


— Illinois bars social workers and foster families from working with children if they reject transgenderism – Jardine Malado  (DIERSEN: Soon, if not already, Democrats will bar you from getting an education, getting a job, etc. unless you promote dependency on government and on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, etc.)


— Armed forces plan to celebrate LGBT Pride Month – Rowan Scarborough (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, if you do not promote LGBTQ activity, individuals, organizations, companies, governments, countries, etc. that promote LGBTQ activity get rid of you.)


— Gay ‘marriage’ receives highest approval rating ever in Gallup poll – Peter LaBarbera (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, if you do not promote LGBTQ activity, individuals, organizations, companies, governments, countries, etc. that promote LGBTQ activity get rid of you.)


— Leftist Celebrities Put Their Hypocrisy on Display


— #FakeNews: CNN Caught Arranging Muslims As Backdrop – ROBERT KRAYCHIK


— 5 Ways To Stay Positive And Engaged While Job-Hunting – Lisa De Pasquale  (DIERSEN: Sadly, from what I see, ever-increasingly, employers are 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 for a long time.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump’s travel ban is useless. Terrorists mostly come from our own back yard.”
— It’s time to bust the myth: Most Trump voters were not working class. Trump voters were actually pretty affluent. – Nicholas Carnes and Noam Lupu


— Under Siege Public sector auditors can face intimidation, isolation, retaliation, suspension — even termination — just for doing their job. – Russell A. Jackson  (DIERSEN: I have always been a Republican. I worked for GAO for almost 18 years 1980-1997.  Overwhelmingly, all during that time, my superiors, my supervisors, my coworkers, and my subordinates were Democrats.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The sad reality is that public sector auditors can face retaliation – isolation, smear campaigns, diminution of duties, even suspension and termination – just for doing their jobs. If the fruits of the audit function’s labors conflict with an agency head’s political agenda, too often the political agenda wins and the auditor loses. The threat is so real, and the stakes so high, that many practitioners embroiled in sticky political situations have to inform their colleagues anonymously – or with the approval of a lawyer. That’s why Patton’s tale is attributed directly to him; all his comments have been approved by counsel so they don’t impact the ongoing litigation. Solutions are few, but they do exist. If other practitioners know what to watch for and how to prepare for the worst, some may avoid the untenable situations their colleagues deal with. As an internal auditor under fire at a mid-level school district says, “Exposure of these issues may help someone else.” Ultimately, of course, some public sector auditors caught up in politics will simply have to fall on their swords. At the end of the day, the public servant trying to suppress the truth likely won an election or received an appointment from someone in office, so the auditor trying to tell the truth may be pressured to get on board or get out. But in many cases, targeted relationship-building and a firm grasp of the agency’s governance structure will go a long way toward avoiding catastrophe. The political motivation to punish an auditor often involves information that’s incriminating to the person who ordered the audit in the first place – sometimes under a law or regulation. In one case, an audit investigation found evidence that a school board CEO had been less than honest about his credentials; in another, a culture audit – which, in law enforcement is often going to be politically sensitive – contained pretty damning results; and another uncovered fraud in a university’s program accepting bodies of people willed to science. Often, it’s a more mundane reason, like auditors looking into contracts or programs that executive directors don’t want exposed or, as in Patton’s case, assisting outside agencies in their investigations. Sometimes it’s as simple as an executive director who insists that the audit function in general has a “gotcha” mentality. In fact, one anonymous practitioner facing retaliation at a local school district says she has come to believe that “any audit that falls under the chief operating officer or chief financial officer’s (CFO’s) jurisdiction or any audit that makes a board look like it isn’t providing governance and oversight will be political.” The means of punishing auditors vary as well, within fairly defined limits.)


— How Do Federal Employees Rate President Trump? – Ralph R. Smith  (DIERSEN: If I was still working for GAO, my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates would have killed me figuratively, if not literally by now.  Members of the following groups have always blamed me for all problems : 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.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: According to this survey, 67.8% of those responding are current federal employees and 28.5% are retired federal employees. There were small percentages of those who were military or retired military, contractors, union staffers or no federal affiliation. The most common rating for the President’s performance was “Unsatisfactory.” 53.07% of those responding selected this option. A total of about 62% selected unsatisfactory of “Below Expectations.” 13.58% selected “Outstanding.” 38.3% selected categories from “Outstanding” to “Meets Expectations.” . . . Among Republicans, 73.4% rate President Trump at “Meets Expectations” or higher. 85.5% of Democrats gave the president an “unsatisfactory” rating. . .About 37% of respondents indicated they agreed with the priorities of the Trump administration. That is close to the same percentage that have a favorable opinion of the President’s performance so far. 58.5% indicated they disagreed with the priorities of the administration. . .Among Democrats, 85.5% of those taking the survey disagree with the priorities of the administration. Among Republicans, 73.8% agree with the administration’s priorities. And, among Independents, 34.3% agree and 61.4% disagree. . .44.5% of those responding to the survey identified themselves as Independent voters. Republicans were 24.2% of respondents and Democrats 23.5%. The remaining selected the “other” option. . .46.6% of those responding to this survey indicated they voted for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. 38% indicated they voted for Donald Trump—roughly as the overall percentage of people who indicated they voted for him in the presidential election and the percentage that provides “meets expectations” or higher in this survey. Among Republicans, 78.4% voted for Donald Trump in the election. 10.8% voted for Hillary Clinton and 10.7 voted for another candidate. 89% of those who identified as Democrats voted for Hillary Clinton; 5.7% voted for Donald Trump; and 5.2% voted for another candidate. . .25% of those responding indicated they were more optimistic and more favorable about their federal career. 57% were less optimistic and 17.9% are still undecided.)

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.