March 15 Morning Edition

— The Milton Township Republican Central Committee (MTRCC) held an outstanding meeting Wednesday evening, March 14, 2018, at the Wheaton Bowl Banquet Hall. MTRCC Committeemen voted to recommend John Monino to fill the Marty Kelly Milton Township Trustee vacancy. Attendees included Almiron, Berlin, Carlson, Caruso, Cherry, Chinchilla, Cooper, Crane, Dangelo, Eckhoff, Elliott, Falbo, Fawell, Fitch, Galvin, Grant, Heidorn, Hinkle, Jacobsen, Keller, Kinzler, A. & C. LeVan, Lofgren, Lollino, MacKay, McGowen, Menna, Minor, Monino, Muehlfelt, B. Murphy, Nathwani, Prater, Rash, Romano, Ryan, Shaw, Slinger, Tatro, Wehling, Wiley, C & J. Zaruba, and Zay. – Dave Diersen


— Will it be difficult for Republicans to back Governor Rauner if he defeats Jeanne Ives? – PETER ZIMMERMAN


— Attempt to override Rauner gun veto put off as assault weapons restrictions approved – Monique Garcia, Bill Lukitsch
— Illinois pushes ahead with gun curbs after Rauner veto – AP–gun-legislation-20180314-story.html
— Pritzker called ‘liar,’ ‘fraud’ during final Democratic governor debate – Rick Pearson and Kim Geiger
— New wage requirements will deliver ‘devastating blow’ to Southland development, mayors say – Ted Slowik (DIERSEN: What is the prevailing wage for those who have education, work experience, professional certifications, and professional licenses comparable to what you have? In today’s dollars, in 1997, when I was 49 years old, GAO paid me $125,325/year or $60.25/hour. I had almost 18 years of experience working for GAO and almost 9 years of experience working for IRS. I had earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats blame “politicians” for gun violence.
— Judge duns U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush for delinquent loan, taps his congressional pay – BGA
— Candidates change, but political tactics remain the same – Mary Mitchell
— Students gather at City Hall, condemn school closings as acts of violence – Julie Whitehair


— Ex-Lake County coroner Thomas Rudd pleads guilty to disregarding election law – Lee Filas
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: San Francisco one of few US cities with marijuana lounges – AP
— Mendrick: Unquestioned integrity for DuPage sheriff – John Millner, Elmhurst
— At last, public knows of deception in Lisle merger drive – Editorial


— These Chicago suburbs are seeing white flight – DENNIS RODKIN
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In 24 census tracts mostly clustered in the southern end of Cook County, around places like Lynwood, Matteson and Homewood, the share of the white population declined at least one-quarter during that decade. The raw number of the decline had to be at least 100 people to be counted in Kye’s study. While data for other suburban Chicago counties are not reported in Kye’s paper, he dug into the data at Crain’s request and found seven census tracts in northeastern Will County, around Bolingbrook and Romeoville, and three scattered tracts in DuPage County that met his study’s criteria. There were none in Lake, Kane or McHenry counties, Kye said.)
— A startup for you debt-burdened millennials – ARI BENDERSKY (DIERSEN: Where did the money come from to pay for your college expenses? My outstanding parents provided me with room and board in their home in Crete a) 1966-1968 while I was a student at UIC, b) weekends during my first semester at NIU in 1969, and c) the summer of 1969. The money to pay for tuition, books, a new 1968 Oldsmobile 442 in 1967, a new 1969 Dodge Charger SE in 1968, and room and board at NIU 1969-1970 (three semesters at University Plaza Dormitory ( and then a summer session at Lincolnshire West Apartments ( ) came from my part-time Park Forest Post Office job 1966-1969 that paid $15.85-$16.91 an hour in today’s dollars and my part-time jobs working on a Chrysler automobile assembly line in Belvidere ( and as a security guard at the University Plaza Dormitory in 1970. The aforesaid enabled me to graduate debt-free from NIU in August of 1970 owning a 1969 Dodge Charger SE.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: There was a time when job seekers weighed benefits like medical coverage, retirement accounts and in-office kegerators before accepting an offer. Today, with tens of millions of Americans weighed down by student loan debt, applicants also are judging would-be employers by whether they’ll chip in on those college bill payments. Chicago’s Peanut Butter is there to help companies offer that perk. In 2014, while working as senior director of business development at Sears Holdings, David Aronson, 36, read something that startled him: Most people in their 20s and 30s weren’t making maximum contributions to their 401(k) accounts because their student loan payments – a 2015 college graduate left school owing $34,000 on average – sucked away too much of their disposable income.)


— Illinois Senate passes gun bills, participates in walk out – Brenden Moore and Maximilian Kwiatkowski


— Crystal Lake gun range sees overwhelming response to concealed carry lessons for teachers On Target plans to host course exclusively for school employees – KATIE SMITH
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in getting students to serve as their operatives and as their dupes.
— McHenry County facing shortage of homes for less than $200K Current market has far more buyers than sellers – MIKE MALLORY


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Special election rebuff builds Trump’s losing streak.”


— Candidates want downstate votes. Have they paid enough attention to Southern Illinoisans? – JOSEPH BUSTOS


— Rauner’s big lie about Ives – SCOTT REEDER
— Negative ads justified, let voters decide truth – HOHN DONALD O’SHEA


— Preliminary OK given for video gambling to continue in St. Charles Final vote for reauthorization expected to take place March 19 – MARTHA QUETSCH (DIERSEN: If you promote video gambling, you promote destruction.)


— First, let’s kill all the political consultants – Jim Nowlan


— Jeanne Ives campaigns in Marion, calls out Rauner – Brandon Richard


— Gun Curbs Get Illinois Senate OK, Wait-Period Plan to Rauner Senate Approves Ban on Bump Stops and Age Limit to Own Assault-Style Weapons – AP


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot promoters promote pot. If you promote pot, you promote destruction.


— How Do We Keep Bias Out of Stories? We stick with the facts, and several editors read every story. – Jason Grotto (DIERSEN: Democrats, Libertarians, and Greens dominate the news media in America, in Illinois, in DuPage County, in Milton Township, in Glen Ellyn, in Wheaton, in etc. For those Democrats, Libertarians, and Greens, something is news only if it can be a) spun to promote the Democrat Party platform, the Libertarian Party platform, or the Green Party platform or b) spun to badmouth the Republican Party platform.)


— Chapter Eight: Money Can’t Buy You Love


— Sunshine Week…….except in the Office of Illinois Governor Rauner – KIRK ALLEN


— Trump pushes again for ‘Phase Two’ of tax cuts – Dave Boyer and S.A. Miller (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, the $10,000 SALT cap should be increased to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)


— Lamb’s Win Points to GOP Losing 60 House Seats, Senate Control – John Gizzi


— Now Inclusion Means Exclusion – KYLE SMITH


— FACEBOOK’S WAR ON ‘CONSERVATIVE’ SITES Joseph Farah on how ‘politically motivated gatekeeper’ manipulates users
(FROM THE ARTICLE: It is true that what I call “independent media” are facing monumental obstacles intentionally placed in their way by companies like Facebook. But Facebook is hardly alone in this regard. Another big player in the war on independent media is Google. This one has had a more dramatically negative impact on WND. You might not know it, but back in the day when Google gave preference to the most viewed breaking news stories on the internet, WND fared very well. But Google changed its algorithms, too. Today, the Google News page, which regularly featured WND content years ago, is devoid of any. In fact, WND is not even viewed as a legitimate news content provider. Why? It might have something to do with the gatekeepers Google has partnered with to define news. One of them is the Southern Poverty Law Center, a far left-wing money machine that is not southern, doesn’t fight poverty but increases it, scarcely practices law and doesn’t respect it, and an outfit about which the word “center” should never be associated in any way. The SPLC considers me a racist and a hate-monger in its annual reports and regards WND, my creation, no more charitably. When I launched WND, then known as WorldNetDaily, more than 20 years ago, the idea was to use this new level playing field with a low barrier to entry to reinvigorate the American press by returning it to what it was intended to be – an important check on government power and overreach, waste, fraud, abuse and corruption in high places. It worked initially. WND was propelled by audiences to become one of the very top-ranked news sites in the world. That was before Google took over pre-eminence among search engines. Since then, Google has made it a mission to ensure any search traffic that goes our way is an accident. I’m not exaggerating. Google news alerts typically don’t even recognize WND stories until 24 hours after they break. The point here is simple. Is the world better off with more diversity of opinion, more reporting from different viewpoints? Facebook doesn’t think so. Google doesn’t think so. And this Digital Cartel has made part of its mission the stamping out of all meaningful ideological diversity in online media.)
— CONFIRMED: FACEBOOK’S ALGORITHM HURTING CONSERVATIVES But recent change boosting liberal sites


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PHOTO OF LAMB IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Tax-cut law may not lift GOP up this fall – Chathleen Decker (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, the Republicans should raise the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)


— White Men Challenge Workplace Diversity Efforts Several recent legal cases have implications for recruiting in the tech industry as it faces continued scrutiny over lack of diversity – Lauren Weber (DIERSEN: Will the tech industry bring in Charles Bowsher? During the 1980s and 1990s, Bowsher had great success in promoting diversity at GAO, that is, he had great success in wasting the careers of and getting rid of GAO employees like me who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who failed to 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.)
— Trump Floats Idea on Extending Dreamer Protections GOP aides say DACA extension could be tied to border-wall funding – Kristina Peterson and Laura Meckler


— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Happiest country on Earth is Finland – Jane Onyanga-Omara (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I am not happy enough. They have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I should be happy that they have not harmed me more than they already have. If you were me, how would you deal with my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes?)

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.