March 1 Evening Edition

— Trump gives support to toughest gun control measures in decades – Tanja Babich


— New Ad Urges Rauner to Show Leadership on Gun Reform Effort
— How Many Homes Do the Candidates for Illinois Governor Own? – Mary Ann Ahern (DIERSEN: In 2015, my critics/opponents gerrymandered my home into the same precinct with Jeanne Ives’ home. My critics/opponents tell me that the precinct line was then redrawn at Ives’ request so that she would be in Precinct 65. In its February 1978 4-page article on me, Money Magazine stressed that I owned two homes; I owned a one bedroom condo in the Outer Drive East building and I rented out a town home that I owned in University Park.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “I think if you can’t remember how many houses you have, you probably are not qualified to be the governor of the state of Illinois,” Kennedy continued, in a lightly-veiled shot at Pritzker. But Kennedy didn’t go so far as to agree with Biss. “I don’t think Americans believe in class warfare and I think for Sen. Biss to introduce that notion that somehow success in life disqualifies people from higher office, I think that’s wrong-headed and un-American,” he said. And on the Republican side, while Rauner’s nine properties – including his Winnetka mansion, two condos in Chicago, two Montana ranches, a Wyoming farm, a Utah condo, a New York penthouse and a beachfront Florida home – made headlines in 2014, his primary opponent state Rep. Jeanne Ives, owns just one residence in suburban Wheaton. Regardless of how many homes the candidates may own, the one that wins election – not just the March primary, but the general in November – will have one more home to live in: the Springfield governor’s mansion.)


— Bill to License Gun Shops Sent To Rauner For Approval – Derrick Blakley


— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Illinois Senate approves marijuana ballot question (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)
— Illinois General Assembly approves Medicaid funding plan – AP


— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Legal marijuana question a step closer to being on November ballots in Illinois – Monique Garcia (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps glorify and praise citizens of foreign countries.
— WeatherTech’s founder lost three dogs to cancer. He says his new pet bowls are safe enough for a human. – Robert Channick
— IRS releases tool you can use to check if your employer is messing up your taxes – Jeff Stein
— Former NFL linebacker knocks child-size mannequin to floor as lawmakers consider banning tackle football for young people – Bill Lukitsch
— Berrios skips hearing on his property tax assessment practices weeks before election – Hal Dardick
— Congress leaves Washington with no action on gun control or school safety – Seung Min Kim, Mike DeBonis and Ed O’Keefe


— NO ENDORSEMENT: Illinois House, 42nd District GOP primary
— ENDORSEMENT: Jim Durkin for Illinois House in 82nd District GOP primary
— ENDORSEMENT: Kinzler for Ill. House in the 46th District Republican primary
— ENDORSEMENT: Tonia Jane Khouri for Ill. House in the 49th District GOP primary
— ENDORSEMENT: Marko Sukovic for Illinois House in 59th District GOP primary
— All you need to know on early voting, registration, IDs—even selfies – Alexandra Arriaga
— Rauner mum on gun bill action as opponents set him in their sights – Mitchell Armentrout
— Kennedy dubs Rauner ‘worst governor’ and ‘ugly’ Disney character – Stefano Esposito


— Palatine GOP stacked deck to get Rauner endorsed – State Rep. Tom Morrison, Palatine
— Trump says some lawmakers too fearful of NRA to take action – AP (DIERSEN: How many will vote for Trump in 2020 if he demonizes, denigrates, and condemns the NRA and its members?)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps crow about their success in demonizing, denigrating, and condemning Trump as being a racist.
— Schaumburg trustees recommend rules for mayor’s travel costs – Eric Peterson
— Glen Ellyn could lease McKee House site sooner than planned – Robert Sanchez
— Naperville city prosecutor Katita Athanikar stepping to bench as DuPage judge – Marie Wilson
— Longtime Elk Grove Township trustee Andrea Koshaba resigns – Chacour Koop


— Anti-gay views of Madison County Mental Health Board candidate cause flap – KELSEY LANDIS (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that promote LGBTQ activity a) dominate everything and b) get rid of those individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that do not promote LGBTQ activity.)
— Bost applauds Trump’s foreign steel tariffs; United Steelworkers endorses Kelly – JOSEPH BUSTOS


— How DuPage County’s Judicial Candidates Stack Up: Bar Association See how the county Bar Association rated the candidates for circuit court judge. – Lisa Marie Farver (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes side with my Democrat superiors in the federal government who took the following adverse actions against me: My Democrat GAO superiors forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, got rid of my mentor in 1987, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take an $19,203 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980. My Democrat IRS superiors did not promote me beyond GS-12, disallowed my education deductions in 1978, got rid of my mentor in 1975, and disallowed my partial day per diem claims in 1974. My Democrat Post Office superiors forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests in 1969 and 1968. They dismiss/belittle the fact a) that IRS promoted me in 1972, 1973, and 1974, b) that GAO promoted me in 1986, and c) that my ending salary in 1997 was $122,325 in today’s dollars.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The recommendations were made after DCBA reviewed written applications from all six candidates, in addition to looking into their backgrounds and completing interviews. The reviewing committee included DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin, retired judges Edward R. Duncan and William Ferguson, several former DCBA presidents, and other DCBA members.)


— Ives gets $400K, Biss raises $150K in small donations (DIERSEN: What do you say to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who stress that I do not make political contributions? In my defense, a) GOPUSA ILLINOIS email subscriptions are worth at least $1,000 a year and b) I give those email subscriptions free of charge and without any advertising to activists, to candidates, to elected officials, to party leaders, to major donors, to political consultants, to etc.)
— IEA says it helped McSweeney “kill” Rauner’s pension tax shift
— RGA responds *** DGA runs expensive digital ad attacking Rauner over guns
— A look at the Democratic candidates’ many houses


— Hallucinating Foes Blinded to CPAC’s Very Real Inclusiveness – Deroy Murdock (DIERSEN: From what I see, ever-increasingly, a) CPAC is more and more and more Libertarian and b) CPAC welcomes and promotes individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are anti-conservative.)


— Jordan Peterson explains why boys become school shooters – and it’s not ‘toxic masculinity’ – Dorothy Cummings McLean


— Michael Steele deserves so much more credit for his RNC leadership – SHERMICHAEL SINGLETON (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who blame me for all that problems that TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Milton Township Republican Central Committee, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, and other organizations in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and Illinois have had since 2000.)


— No, Michael Steele doesn’t need to show ‘grace’ when insulted on his race – Jonathan Capehart (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors in the federal government are extremely proud that they a) gave preference to their employees who were Democrat, minority, female, younger, and/or veteran and b) that they discriminated against their employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran, and that they especially discriminated against their employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who did not make GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40.)


— YouTube Hiring for Some Positions Excluded White and Asian Males, Lawsuit Says – Kirsten Grind and Douglas MacMillan (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will employers announce they are no longer hiring members of the following groups and that they are getting rid of their employees who are members of the following groups: Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
A former employee alleges tech firm set quotas for hiring minorities


— FOR SALE: 426 West Elm Street, Wheaton – $324,900

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.