March 15 Evening Edition

— Conservative Jeanne Ives Gains Ground on Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner in Primary Race – MAIREAD MCARDLE
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Rauner has alienated the Republican base by taking moderate positions in deep-blue Illinois, signing sanctuary-state legislation and bills that allocated taxpayer funding for abortion. He is currently polling at 42 percent to Ives’s 35 percent, according to an internal poll released yesterday by Ogden & Fry.)


— Democrats meddle in Illinois GOP primary The Democratic Governors Association is running an ad calling Gov. Bruce Rauner’s primary challenger, Jeanne Ives, ‘too conservative’ for the state. – NATASHA KORECKI and DANIEL STRAUSS (DIERSEN: Who calls you “too conservative?” My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I am “too conservative” a) because I support all the planks in the Republican Party platform and in the Illinois Republican Party platform and b) because I support the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling.)


— Primary race for governor heads into home stretch – Craig Wall


— GOP Watches Vote Count in Pa. House Race, Seeks Complaints Election officials in the four counties in the Pittsburgh-area district had identified about 400 uncounted provisional, military and overseas ballots by Thursday – Marc Levy


— Flawed assessments under Assessor Berrios caused $2 billion shift in Chicago property taxes, study finds – Jason Grotto
— University of Chicago study on tax assessments from 2011 to 2015
— Even with $1 billion upgrade, Deep Tunnel swamped by winter storm as streets and basements flooded – Michael Hawthorne
— Queer black Chicagoans talk about isolation, lack of safe spaces where they can explore identity – Sadé Carpenter
— The Irish were the original bad hombres – Ruben Navarrette Jr.
— Pot tourists can smoke it where they buy it in San Francisco – AP–marijuana-smoking-lounges-20180315-story.html
— Will your teen activist grow up to be a liberal? Maybe. – Cindy Dampier
— DuPage judge still not back on bench following acquittal in gun incident – Clifford Ward
— OUTSTANDING: Aurora sets limit on video gambling terminals – Steve Lord


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Who should pay the price of Affirmative Action (AA), Diversity, and Inclusion? According to individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are members of Group A, those who are members of Group B should pay the price of AA, Diversity, and Inclusion. Members of Group A are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors and members of Group B are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Kennedy, Biss spar over who should drop out of race, Pritzker drops from sight – Mark Brown


— DuPage County judge returning to work after acquittal in gun incident – Justin Kmitch
— Echoes of Al Capone heard in today’s gun-control debate – AP
— Kane County judge hopefuls diverge on top needs and priorities – Harry Hitzeman
— 11th GOP hopefuls differ on future of ‘Dreamers’ – Katlyn Smith


— VIDEO: Governor’s Race Forum: Republican Jeanne Ives


— Rauner: Replace Legionnaires’-Stricken VA Home With New ‘Ultra-Modern’ Facility – Dave McKinney


— McCann says Rauner threatened to ‘destroy’ him in 2015 over vote – Bernard Schoenburg


— Ives asks Savoy rally attendees if they’re ‘ready to turn state upside down’ – Tom Kacich


— Tea Party PAC backs Republican challenger James Marter in 16th District


— Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti visits with Courier writer to discuss key issues – ADAM LARCK


— DuPage County judge acquitted in reckless conduct case assigned to administrative duties Patrick O’Shea allegedly discharged gun last fall in Wheaton apartment – ERIC SCHELKOPF


— Pritzker Denies Offshore Accounts Voided Taxes – AP (DIERSEN: If I sought a government or a political office, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would hint/imply/argue/shout that I improperly avoided federal taxes and that I took advantage of loopholes. They would stress a) that I deducted what I paid for tuition and books to take graduate business courses at Loyola 1972-1976, graduate accounting courses at DePaul 1976-1980, and graduate finance courses at IIT 1992-1997, b) that I deducted what paid for mortgage interest until the 1990s and real estate taxes and state income tax every year since 1972, and c) that I have itemized every year since 1972.)


— Rauner: Teachers should not be armed – Bill Cameron


— Illinois candidates at all levels rake in campaign cash – Brandon Richard


— Ives Response to DGA Ads On policy, Rauner and the DGA are two sides of the same counterfeit bill.
— Ives Closes, Rauner Hides No Show for Chicago Tonight; Tribune’s Kass Opines


— “This Isn’t Smoke. This Is Fire.” Ives to Call for Action on Inspector General Complaint Against Rauner


— Did Rauner staff do political work on taxpayer dime?


— New DGA ads bash Jeanne Ives, Bruce Rauner
— Report: Regressive property tax adjustments made poor pay more, rich pay less
— Fact-checking Kennedy on retirement income tax and legalizing marijuana
— Rauner said he didn’t know what “pants on fire” meant


— CHICAGO GOP TO FILE LAWSUIT OVER STUDENT WALKOUT Accuse public schools of ‘political indoctrination, pure and simple’


— California appoints illegal alien to state government post – Sarah Taylor


— Western Journal: Facebook’s Algorithm Change Disproportionately Hits Conservative Sites – ALLUM BOKHARI
— Food Stamp Enrollment Drops by More than 1.3 Million Since Trump’s Inauguration – KATHERINE RODRIGUEZ
— CNN Exploits Holocaust, Suggests ICE Agents are Nazis – JOEL B. POLLAK (DIERSEN: The more of the following that you are, the more likely that anti-Trumps will hint/imply/argue/shout that you are a Nazi: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, and if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— Illinois Democrats wage brutal, pricey primary fight in governor’s race – Aamer Madhani


— Illinois Loses Out as Companies Move Out Budget woes and political chaos have businesses and workers fleeing Illinois. – Anna Marie Tomczyk

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.