March 16 Morning Edition

— VIDEO: DIERSEN HEADLINE:  Rauner disgustingly, outrageously, falsely, and unethically hints/implies/argues/shouts that Ives has surrendered to Madigan. What next will Rauner disgustingly, outrageously, falsely, and unethically hint/imply/argue/shout? Will he hint/imply/argue/shout that Diersen has surrendered to the Democrats, to the Democrat plants, to the Libertarians, to the Libertarian plants, to the Greens, to the Green plants, and to the RINOs who run Illinois?


— National Review Endorses Ives for Governor “Ives is both a superior candidate to the governor and a solid politician in her own right.”


— Jeanne Ives for Governor – Editorial


— Democrats Attack Jeanne Ives, Just 7 Points Behind Bruce Rauner in Illinois – JOEL B. POLLAK


— Ives Within Striking Distance Of Rauner – Rick Pearson


— State Representative Jeanne Ives talks about her run against Governor Rauner in the Republican primary


— Gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives on who is worse for the future of the state, Rauner or Mike Madigan – MARY SANDBERG BOYLE


— Ives says she can win, Rauner’s support is thin – Bill Cameron


— After spending millions in Dem primary, Rauner accuses “Washington liberals” of “hijacking” the GOP primary
— Rauner attended Quincy campaign event after Quincy veterans’ home presser


— It’s Rauner who divided state GOP – Chuck Smith, Wheaton
(THE LETTER: The March 12 “Opinion — The Choice for Governor,” clearly shows that the Daily Herald has a very liberal agenda as well as a flawed crystal ball, which you also used to support and predict Hillary Clinton in the last presidential election. It was very obvious in that election that the Daily Herald editorial staff clearly missed the wave of support for Donald Trump. You continue to report that Jeanne Ives cannot win in November. It is obvious that you recognize that Gov. Rauner has lost his base of support that marginally put him in office. As such, he cannot statistically win re-election in November. Rauner is your choice to run against the winner of the Democratic primary. Jeanne Ives has a rapidly growing wave of support while Gov. Rauner has lost his base that put in him in office. In your endorsement, it is stated that Rauner has demonstrated his commitment to the fundamental values of the Republican Party. This could not be further from the truth. Rauner lied to Cardinal Cupich and his constituents when he said he would not sign the bill authorizing Medicare funding of abortions. He also approved the bill making Illinois a sanctuary state. Rauner owns the 32 percent income tax increase, because he failed to do his job as a leader to keep the Republican leaders unified to the values of the constituents that put them in office. These are not Republican values. It is Gov. Rauner that has divided the Republican Party. Jeanne Ives has the knowledge, legislative experience, and drive to lead this great state from the brink of financial disaster. She has a reputation as a smart, honest, and committed legislator that truly represents the financial interests of the Illinois taxpayer.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Most suburban school districts increased cash reserves last year – Jake Griffin
— FRONT PAGE WITH COLOR PICTURE: DuPage judge Patrick O’Shea’s legal woes provide fodder for lawyers’ ‘Hannibal O’Shea’ skit – Charles Keeshan and Susan Sarkauskas
— More layoffs hit Chicago Tribune newsroom – Robert Feder (DIERSEN: All during the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO 1980-1997, the agency shrank. It was almost always under hiring and/or promotion freezes. During my last 4 years there, all its employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran who had 25 or more years of federal service and who had not made Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40 were strongly “encouraged” to take GAO’s early retirement “offer.”)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in using students as their operatives and as their dupes.


— Trump factor looms large in Illinois governor primary campaigns – Rick Pearson (DIERSEN: What will the anti-Trump voters in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township, in your county, and in Illinois do? Will they cast a Republican primary ballot and vote for those candidates who are the most anti-Trump?  Or will they cast a Democrat primary ballot and vote for those candidates who are the most anti-Trump? How many of the voters are anti-Trump in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois? Only 137 voted for Trump in my precinct, while 211 voted for Clinton.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: For Republicans, it’s a question of whether the enthusiasm that gave Trump more than 2 million votes and victories in 91 of the state’s 102 counties in 2016 (despite an overall loss to Hillary Clinton here) will manifest itself in the primary for governor. . .When Republican state Rep. Jeanne Ives explains to voters why she’s challenging Gov. Bruce Rauner in the primary election, she cites the honor code of her West Point alma mater: “I will not lie, cheat or steal or tolerate those that do.” The governor, Ives contends, lied to her and other social conservatives in 2014 when he said he had no social agenda, and she points to his signature on a law to expand abortion rights. At the same time, however, the Wheaton legislator has embraced Trump and urges what she calls the “silent majority” that elected him to rise up against Rauner. Trump’s lies in office are well chronicled — just Wednesday, he boasted that he made up facts on trade during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trump also has a history of cheating, including his affair with actress Marla Maples that broke up his first marriage, and the current fallout from $130,000 paid by his lawyer to a porn star who goes by the name Stormy Daniels as “hush money” about an alleged affair. How does Ives reconcile campaigning on an honor code that prohibits lying and cheating as a rationale to take on Rauner, while not only tolerating but actively promoting Trump? Asked that question recently, Ives paused for several seconds. “For me, it’s a personal affront to what Gov. Rauner has done because I’m part of that Republican caucus he lied to, OK?” she said. “So, it’s a very personal thing. That’s the thing. I can affect him (Rauner) and the outcome of this election. I can’t necessarily affect Donald Trump.” . . . “These two primary races at the governor’s level are pretty good examples of this issue of differentiation. Jeanne Ives has been very clear and very pointed about differentiating herself from Rauner in very specific ways,” he said. “Whereas the Democrats have to say, ‘Well, I’ve got this slightly different take on (things).’ Nuances are a problem.” With Ives, there’s not much nuance to her support for the president. “I think we should have a working relationship with (Trump),” she said after a recent gathering of the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents at Water Tower Place. “And look, I’ve been disappointed by a lot of other politicians who have lied about what their intentions are, have done the wrong thing. But you still work with them. You still work with them,” she said. “But in the case of Rauner, I can actually affect change where he has personally lied about his policies.” Ives has supported Trump attacks on sanctuary cities and illegal immigration while criticizing Rauner’s approval of legislation that would prevent local law enforcement from holding someone based solely on their legal status or detaining someone without a judicially issued warrant. Ives’ challenge means Rauner’s attempts to distance himself from Trump have become a factor for the governor ahead of the primary, Mooney said. “Rauner’s spent his time ignoring (Trump), (the president) is sort of a pariah in the state, and that’s annoyed the Trump supporters in the state, and then Jeanne Ives comes along,” Mooney said. “If she wouldn’t have been there, raising (Rauner’s) ambiguity about Trump and all of that, in the fall, the Democrat, whoever it would be, would definitely hammer him on Trump, associate him with Trump,” he added. “But without Ives putting out these sort of RINO (Republican In Name Only) criticisms and so forth, those (Trump) people might have just gone ahead and would vote for (Rauner).” Trump presents a problem for a Republican governor running in a Democratic-leaning state. For nearly two years, Rauner routinely has avoided using the president’s name in public, and he skipped the 2016 GOP convention that nominated Trump. Asked by reporters about Trump-proposed policies on immigration, health care and other issues and Rauner regularly demurs — at one point saying he had “no obligation” to discuss “every policy change in Washington.” Instead, Rauner has focused his primary campaign on his frequent political target, veteran Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, going so far as to try to link Madigan to Ives despite vast ideological differences between the Democratic leader and the GOP challenger. The assertion rated a “Pants on Fire” from PolitiFact Illinois. The election, Rauner told reporters, is “about the people against a corrupt, broken system. It’s about the people of Illinois demanding more value for their taxes and a lower tax burden, the people of Illinois demanding more jobs, more economic opportunity and the people of Illinois demanding an end to the corruption in our system by getting term limits.” The governor said his campaign message is one of “unification” that transcends party labels. But Rauner has had difficulty finding a base. His approval of legislation expanding taxpayer-funded abortions to women covered by Medicaid and state employee health insurance motivated Ives to challenge him. GOP conservatives viewed Rauner’s move as a betrayal after he had vowed to veto the bill. On the other hand, Rauner’s support of the measure could help him if he makes it to the November general election, winning favor with GOP-leaning moderate suburban women, a critical demographic in an evolving collar county landscape. Rauner followed that up, however, with his Tuesday veto of legislation that would have required the state licensing of gun shops. That’s legislation those same suburban women, many of them mothers of school-age children, would support. Before then, however, Rauner has to win the primary election, and he knows the voting power of Downstate gun-rights supporters. David Yepsen, the former head of the Paul Simon Public Policy Center at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, said the Trump impact in the primaries may only be just the beginning heading toward the outcomes of the November general election. “There is a Trump effect, and it can be a harmful one to Republican chances in Illinois in November. There is a Democrat wave starting to form, and it manifests itself in the energy you see in these groups, the turnouts in primaries in other states,” said Yepsen, a former national columnist for The Des Moines Register. “It’s history. It’s the midterm election and the party in power (in the White House) is going to take a hit.” he said. “In Illinois, Republicans don’t have a lot of margin.”)
— National Democrats get into Republican governor race – Rick Pearson
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Democratic Governors Association is launching two ads in the closing days of the primary campaign, electing to play in the Republican sandbox. One ad goes after Gov. Rauner. The other takes on his challenger, state Rep. Jeanne Ives. In ad about Rauner, a definition of the word “worst” appears on screen as a female narrator says: “Worst. It’s not a word we like to hear in Illinois but worst is where Gov. Rauner has taken Illinois since he took office.” In ad about Ives, a male narrator says: “When is a conservative leader too conservative for Illinois? Meet Jeanne Ives. She’s been rated as one of the most conservative in the state.” Each spot ends with a phone number on screen for people to call either Rauner or Ives. The numbers are not their campaign offices, however. They’re state government phone numbers in Springfield. The DGA’s decision to play in the Republican primary comes after Rauner forces have been doing it for nearly a year in the Democratic governor primary. Back-to-back ads back in May from the state Republican Party, which Rauner heavily subsidizes, and from Rauner’s campaign sought to contrast Rauner’s wealth as “self-made” compared with Pritzker’s “inherited” wealth. Rauner is a private equity investor, while Pritzker, a billionaire entrepreneur and investor, is an heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune.)
— DuPage ranked No. 1 healthiest county in Illinois – Suzanne Baker



— National Review endorses Ives in GOP primary over Rauner – Stefano Esposito
— New Democratic ad attacks Jeanne Ives — but gets her message out against Rauner – Mitchell Armentrout


— Progressive Democrats: Madigan Offered Deal to Keep Power – Paris Schutz (DIERSEN: What if Republicans offered Rauner a deal to keep him in power? But wait, he who pays the piper calls the tunes, and Rauner pays the piper, that is, a) Rauner pays the Illinois Republican Party and many if not virtually all the Republican county, township, and ward party organizations in Illinois and b) Rauner pays many, if not most, of the Republican candidates and elected officials in Illinois.)


— Ives Blasts Rauner Over Ads – Greg Bishop


— Ives, Harold to speak at Lockport Township GOP event – Glenn Minnis


— Rauner’s sanctuary law born in DuPage County – W.J. Kennedy


— Ives: Rauner is doubling down on his lies – Greg Bishop


— Rauner pays his staff more than $10 million – not $4.9 million


— Big Names and Big Money in Illinois as Governor Faces Challenges on All Sides – Julie Bosman




— Ethics complaint filed against Sheriff Kramer Complaint alleges Kramer committed ethics violation – BRENDA SCHORY
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Jon Zahm, a political consultant to the Tindall campaign, alleged that in wearing official clothing and driving the county-issued car, Kramer used taxpayer resources for political gain in violation of the county’s ethics ordinance against prohibited political activities. “No officer or employee shall intentionally perform any prohibited political activity during any compensated time, as defined herein,” the ethics ordinance states. “No officer or employee shall intentionally use any property or resources of the County of Kane in connection with any prohibited political activity.” Among the prohibited political activities is, “Managing or working on a campaign for elective office” Zahm’s complaint alleges that Kramer wore an official shirt and drove his official police car when he attended two election events.)


— Republicans use Lincoln-Reagan Day to build enthusiasm for elections – Edward Husar


— A break from nasty election ads? If only – Jim Dey


— Push for gun laws faces resistance in most states – AP
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in getting students to serve as operatives and as dupes for the Democrat Party.


— Northern Illinois gun range to offer free classes to teachers – AP


— Illinois Senate passes gun bills, participates in walk out – BRENDEN MOORE AND MAXIMILIAN KWIATKOWSKI


— DuPage County referendum seeks voter support for election commission, clerk merger – BOB RAKOW


— Our antiweed governor better take note: downstate is also going to pot – Ben Joravsky (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)


— Why Are Student Opinions Being Trivialized? – Editorial (DIERSEN: Students are dominated by their teachers.)


— White House blasts Hillary Clinton for remark about ‘backward’ Trump voters – Dave Boyer (DIERSEN: 211 voted for Hillary in my precinct, but only 137 voted for Trump. To what extent do those 211 demonize, denigrate, and condemn me as being backward? How should I react to that?)


— Bill Gates: ‘I don’t agree with the America first rhetoric’
— Brown wants more money for census fearing non-citizens will not be counted


— Union Leader Argues Job Training Isn’t Enough – Connor D. Wolf (DIERSEN: IRS and GAO provide their employees with lots of training. IRS wasted the training that it provided me 1971-1980 by its refusal to promote me beyond GS-12. GAO wasted the training that it provided me 1980-1997 by its refusal to promote me beyond GS-13 and its forcing me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old. IRS and GAO would not have wasted that training if I had been a Democrat, a minority, a female, or a veteran.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Trumka addressed the issue while speaking during a panel discussion at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. He argued that training alone isn’t enough and that more needs to be done to ensure workers aren’t hurt by these new technologies. He added that unions already train many workers but that hasn’t fully addressed the issue. “We train people, that’s what we do,” Trumka said during the discussion. “That’s not the issue, training them to do what? And if in fact the logical conclusion is technology shrinks all the jobs so that there are not enough jobs for those in the society, that training only makes you, first it makes you, in my instance, you’re an unemployed miner, then you get trained to be a computer programmer, so then I was an unemployed computer programmer.” The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found in a 2011 report that the federal government spends about $18 billion annually on job training programs. Former President Barack Obama, for instance, invested $90 million into a federal program focused exclusively on apprenticeships – an area the current administration has been looking to expand.)


— Democrat Bobby Rush Forced To Pay 15 Percent Of Salary Annually Due To $1 Million Loan He Never Paid – Henry Rodgers (DIERSEN: I would not be surprised at all to learn that Bobby Rush played a major role in GAO’s forcing me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old. While I worked for IRS’s Collection Division 1971-1980, I served many wage garnishments. SEE:
— Liberals Mock Don Jr. After Vanessa Trump Files For Divorce – Peter Hasson (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always painted me as being someone who no woman would marry, let alone stayed married to. Of course, a) they were furious when I got married in 1978 and b) they remain furious we are still married. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes a) who have never been married, b) who have been divorced, and c) who have major marital problems.)
— Hillary Can’t Stop Hating The Deplorables – Scott Greer (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois a) who state that they are conservative and/or Republican and b) who can’t stop hating me and other deplorables.)


— We’re going to court against Google


— Republicans insist tax law will help in midterms – ALEXANDER BOLTON (DIERSEN: All Republicans would get many more votes in November if Roskam increased the SALT cap from $10,000 to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)


— Time for conservatives to accept Trump’s imperfections and learn how to work with him Supporting Trump is not quite the profound moral dilemma it’s been made out to be. – Keith Koffler (DIERSEN: Who stresses your imperfections? Who hints/implies/argues/shouts that your imperfections as fatal? I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who stress my imperfections and hint/imply/argue/shout that they are fatal. They would not do that if I glorified and praised them, if I pandered to them, if I served as one of their operatives or dupes, or if I gave them money.)


— Teacher put on leave for questioning school walkout – Jackie Salo (DIERSEN: Constructively, my Democrat GAO superiors have had me on leave since 1997 because in 1988, when I was 40 years old, I became an active member in a class action lawsuit that charged them with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation. Constructively, so far, they have had the Civil Service Retirement System pay me $1,063,212 ($4,322/month X 246 months) in today’s dollars to stay home and to not come to work.)


— In Illinois Primary, Democrats Take Aim at One of Their Own Veteran Rep. Dan Lipinski faces a primary challenge from the left – Natalie Andrews (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who state that they are conservative and/or Republican who took the lead in a) ending my TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairmanship in 2012, b) ending my Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee membership in 2011, c) ending Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster service in 2010 and 2004, d) ending my Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee membership in 2007, and e) ending my American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board membership in 2004.)




— House Dems Concerned About Whistleblower Reports of Targeting Career Federal Employees – Ian Smith (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors in the federal government always focused on getting rid of their employees who were not sufficiently “supportive” of the Democrat Party platform. It is called political affiliation discrimination.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Two Democrats in the House of Representatives said in a letter today that they have information from a whistleblower indicating that high-level officials at the White House and State Department communicated about the need to conduct a “cleaning” of career federal employees that they believed were not sufficiently “supportive” of President Trump’s agenda.)


— If the Internet Didn’t Exist, Where Would Newspapers Be? – Paul Fanlund (DIERSEN: GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails drive lots of traffic to newspaper websites.)

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.