March 13 Evening Edition

— Illinois governor vetoes bill to license gun stores – AP


— Gov. Rauner vetoes bill to license gun dealers – Craig Wall (DIERSEN: The power to license an activity is the power to manipulate, dominate, if not end, that activity. Of course, my critics/opponents want journalists to be licensed. Of course, if/when they succeed in doing that, they will grant the first license to Rich Miller and refuse to grant me a license. They will stress that I do not have a degree in journalism, that no one pays me for what I do, that my website and my emails do not contain any advertising, that no one pays to visit my website, that no one pays me to get my emails, that “conservative” and/or “Republican” leaders have treated me like I am not a journalist, for example, when they refuse to keep my email address on their press advisory and press release lists, etc. Will they require journalists like me who state that they are conservative and/or Republican to be approved by conservative and/or Republican leaders before they can use Facebook, publish websites, post things on websites, end out emails, etc.?)


— Rauner Vetoes Gun Dealer Licensing Bill – Shelby Bremer


— Rauner Vetoes Gun Dealer Licensing Legislation
— Rauner Guns Veto Sparks Tough Talk From Chicago’s Mayor Governor Rauner rejected the latest move to license gun dealers. That sparked tough talk from Chicago’s Mayor and Police Chief. Derrick Blakley has the story.
— Chicago Area Students Prepare For National Walkout (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the Democrats who run education in America use their students as operatives or as dupes for the Democrat Party.)


— State Rep. Jeanne Ives makes her case for being the Republican candidate for governor – JEFF CARLIN


— Rauner vetoes gun dealer licensing bill – Bill Cameron


— Rauner vetoes gun store licensing bill, saying it would ‘do little to improve public safety’ – Monique Garcia
— After Gov. Rauner’s veto of gun sellers bill, what comes next? – Editorial
— How low can politicians go? Rauner’s attack ads show the way – Eric Zorn (DIERSEN: Who would Rauner and his supporters say that you are a lackey of? Who would Rauner and his supporters say that I am a lackey of? He who pays the piper calls the tunes. Would they say that I am a lackey of the Civil Service Retirement System?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Syndicated conservative columnist Scott Reeder wrote that Rauner’s central accusation, that Ives is a “lackey” of Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, “is a lie, wrapped in a prevarication, enveloped with deception, packaged in falsehood and bound up with a fabrication.” Opinion editor Jim Slusher of the Daily Herald called that same claim “utterly laughable” and “perhaps the most ludicrous of the accusations being posited this campaign cycle.” “Hyperbole and exaggeration are commonplace in political ads, but this … struck us as not just over the top but over the moon,” wrote PolitiFact Illinois in an extended examination of the gobs of mud Rauner is hurling at Ives. They “turn credibility and rational argument inside out. That is why we give them our lowest possible credibility rating, Pants on Fire!” At issue here are three 30-second commercials that fall under Rauner’s rubric “Jeanne Ives: Madigan’s Favorite Republican.” Let’s unpack:)
— No good reason for Sen. Warren to avoid a DNA test – John Kass


— Rauner: Policy, not primary, triggered veto of gun dealer licensing measure – Tina Sfondeles and Mitchell Armentrout
— Bruce Rauner, rattled by Ives, sides with the NRA against Illinois – Editorial
— Pritzker tries to link Kennedy to gov; Kennedy sticks to family in dueling ads – Tina Sfondeles
— GOP-linked Illinois Manufacturers Association helps ‘friends’ in Democratic County Board races – Mark Brown
— Chicago students march against gun violence — to the polls – Alexandra Arriaga (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the Democrats who run education in America use their students as operatives or as dupes for the Democrat Party.)
— Study: False stories travel 6x faster on Twitter and 3 whoppers led the way – AP
— Many schools endorse anti-gun walkout — and then there’s Northbrook . . . – Neil Steinberg


— Second lawsuit argues Dundee Township park president Frank J. Scarpelli Jr. committed fraud, breached duty – Harry Hitzeman


— 2018 Governor’s Race Forum: Republican Jeanne Ives – Paul Caine


— Illinois Has Issues: Gov Candidates Talk Income And Property Taxes – Daniel Tucker


— Gov. Rauner vetoes gun store licensing bill – Brenden Moore


— Turnout for UI student elections doesn’t bode well for primary – Adalberto Toledo


— Southern Illinois firearm retailers applaud governor’s veto of gun control measure – K. JANIS ESCH


— Gun shop owner pleased with Rauner’s veto – Keith Stewart


— DuPage County sheriff candidates address gun control, school security – ERIC SCHELKOPF

— Glen Ellyn village leaders vote to increase home-rule sales tax Increase to take effect July 1 – ERIC SCHELKOPF


— A referendum will be put on next week’s ballot questioning if voters think the elected office of the Peoria County Auditor should be eliminated. (DIERSEN: I passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 and the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981. I became a licensed CPA in 1981, Certified Fraud Examiner in 1990, Certified Government Financial Manager in 1994, Certified Financial Services Auditor in 1996, and Forensic Accountant in 1997.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Currently there are no professional requirements to the county’s auditor. If this referendum passes, the Auditor will be appointed for 5 years by the board. Additionally if appointed the candidate must hold a number of credentials including a bachelor’s degree, professional certification (CPA, CGAP or CIA) and be a Peoria county resident. “The county board has got a draft ordinance that they would move to adopt if the referendum is successful and that has requirements for a selection process which they would appoint similar to how they appoint the supervisor assessments,” said county administrator Scott Sorrel.)
— San Diego’s Republican mayor says that San Diego police work to protect everyone regardless of immigration status, an apparent dig at Trump’s approach to immigration enforcement.


— New Study Says Illinois Has Highest Overall Effective State and Local Tax Rate  Rate Is 38-Percent above the U.S. Average For The Median U.S. Household Income


— Local republican Bill Bloom: Illinois gubernatorial primary getting too personal – JONATHAN KETZ


— Dems Say They’ll Try To Override Rauner’s Veto On Gun Legislation


— New Website to Access DuPage County Election Results


— Ives Makes Her Closing Argument to GOP Primary Voters with New TV Ads


— Rauner Must Be Worried about His Polls – Cal Skinner


— Illinois Towns Want More Independence From State – MARY HANSEN


— With few options, local towns take loans, sell property to pay growing pension tab – Cole Lauterbach


— Wheaton-Warrenville CUSD200 – Laws? What Laws? – SCHOOL Districts using “Lease” to avoid the legal requirement for referendum to build new school. – KIRK ALLEN
— Governor Rauner named in OEIG Ethics complaint – KIRK ALLEN


— A Better Way to Respond to School Violence – Laurie Higgins


— What would a fall campaign look like between Jeanne Ives and Daniel Biss?
— Rauner veto react
— Ives launches two new ads
— Edgar County Watchdogs files OEIG complaint
— Rauner says he’s been an NRA member “for many years,” claims politics played no role in veto


— Vatican hires pro-gay law firm to shut down Catholic website critical of Pope Francis – Michael Hichborn


— Hillary: Trump won ‘backwards’ voters who ‘didn’t like black people’ (DIERSEN: While 211 voted for Hillary in my precinct, only 137 voted for Trump. While 93 voted for Kasich in the primary, only 21 voted for Trump.)
— Apple protests highlight growing concerns about smartphone addiction


— Hillary Reminds America Why She Lost In case we’d forgotten – Editorial


— Axios: Most Vulnerable House Republicans Rebuff Trump’s Help




— Hillary Clinton insults millions of Americans again — here’s what she said – Carlos Garcia (DIERSEN: What do Hillary supporters think of you? In my precinct, 211 voted for Hillary, that is about one in each residence on average.)
— Hillary trashes Middle Americans as racist and sexist, Glenn Beck calls her ‘tragically sad’


— Hillary in India: Trump voters ‘didn’t like black people getting rights, don’t like women getting jobs’ – Samantha Chang (DIERSEN: While 211 voted for Hillary in my precinct, only 137 voted for Trump. While 93 voted for Kasich in the primary, only 21 voted for Trump.)


— Only 2 vulnerable House Republicans want Trump’s help with campaign: report – JOHN BOWDEN
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “We have not requested the president’s assistance and we don’t plan on requesting his assistance,” a spokesman for Illinois Rep. Pete Roskam (R) said.)
— VA chief under investigation for allegedly having staffer run errand with him at Home Depot: report – JACQUELINE THOMSEN (DIERSEN: In 1997, GAO was not unionized. In 1997, to force me to take their early retirement “offer,” they made it clear to me that if I did not take their “offer,” they would constructively if not literally demote me to GS-12, to GS-11, to GS-10, to GS-9, to GS-8, to GS-7, to GS-6, to GS-5, to GS-4, etc.)


— New Jersey governor proposes tax hikes, legal marijuana in first budget – Hilary Russ


— To attract GOP moderates, House immigration bill could become more generous for DACA recipients – Mike DeBonis (DIERSEN: “GOP moderates” work against those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— The Exhaustion of American Liberalism White guilt gave us a mock politics based on the pretense of moral authority. – Shelby Steele


— 10 Ways to Lose a Job in the Trump Administration, Ranked – AMANDA WHITING


— Rex Tillerson Gets Fired the Day After He Criticized Russia – John Cassidy (DIERSEN: In 1997, when my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer,” they acted like my Black subordinate had threatened to quit if GAO did not get rid of me. My Democrat GAO superiors gave him my preferred corner office.)

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.