March 17 Evening Edition

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Two choices for Trump supporters in Chicago: Be silent or be bullied – SUZZANNE MONK  (DIERSEN: How nasty are the anti-Trumps in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, and in your county?  One would expect that the fewer votes that Trump got in the aforesaid jurisdictions, the nastier that the anti-Trumps would be there. One would expect that the more religious, government, political, and/or financial clout that anti-Trumps have in the aforesaid jurisdictions, the nastier that the anti-Trumps would be there.)
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170317/ISSUE07/170319882/two-choices-for-trump-supporters-in-chicago-be-silent-or-be-bullied
(FROM THE LETTER: For 24 years, I have loved living in Chicago with my husband, a native Chicagoan. I have loved doing business in Chicago. The food, the sports, the culture and the arts, and the diversity of people have been a fertile ground for our life, and I have been proud to call myself a Chicagoan anywhere I went in the world. But for the last year I have not loved living in Chicago. I am ashamed of you, Chicago, and the intolerance you now accept in the name of politics. You see, I am a Trump supporter. My husband is a Trump supporter, too. And because we support Trump, we no longer feel proud, or safe, being in this city. Chicago, you have always been a Democrat-run town, but this year you have become a one-party city terrorizing anyone not in your party for their beliefs. From the constant protests blocking roads and businesses, to the attacks on Trump supporters, to the verbal and online bullying going on every day across this city, Chicago, you have made it quite clear that Trump supporters are not welcome. When my fellow Chicagoans praised the riot at UIC that shut down the Chicago Trump rally I attended, I was angry and ashamed. You have made it quite clear, there are two choices for Trump supporters in Chicago: Be silent about your politics or be bullied for them. Since I am not one to be silent, I have been bullied. My husband and our music store, Worlds of Music Chicago, are still being bullied. Our store has had to cut employee hours due to the bullying, and soon we will have to cut our employee altogether. We will close at the end of April, because we are no longer willing to subject our staff, our customers, our neighbors and ourselves to the daily risk. Sadly, my story is not unique. Other Chicago Trump supporters are experiencing the same hate, bullying and intimidation. If you need any further evidence of Trump supporters being unwelcome, you need merely turn on the local news, pick up a local paper or read your alderman’s latest newsletter bashing and misrepresenting our president. So, after 25 years, after a lifetime for my husband, we have to leave. In the end, it wasn’t the high taxes, constant road construction or high crime. It wasn’t the unchecked gang violence or political cronyism. In the end, we have to leave because of the hate you are willing to tolerate. I’d like to say, it’s not you, it’s me—but Chicago, I’ve got to be honest . . . it’s you. You’ve changed. You are no longer the nose-to-the-grindstone hardworking Democratic City of the Big Shoulders. You have a Trump-sized chip on that big shoulder, and it has turned you into a city of fear, hate and division. A city that encourages political bullying. A city I can no longer call home.)
— State’s pile of unpaid bills hits $12.8 billion – Reuters
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170317/NEWS02/170319877/illinois-unpaid-bills-total-12-8-billion

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— How to close dark money loophole in Illinois political campaigns – Editorial
http://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/how-to-close-dark-money-loophole-in-illinois-political-campaigns/
— Brides-to-be sue Trump over travel ban, fiancés can’t come to US – Jacob Wittich
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/trumps-revised-travel-ban-challenged-in-new-lawsuit/
— Cubs title a big factor in record $194M police and fire OT bill – Fran Spielman and Mick Dumke
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/cubs-title-a-big-factor-in-record-200m-police-and-fire-ot-bill/
— Chicago FOP candidate’s suburban home prompts residency ruckus – Andy Grimm
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/chicago-fop-candidates-suburban-home-prompts-residency-ruckus/
— Ending residency a sticky subject for generations – Dan Mihalopoulos
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/mihalopoulos-ending-residency-a-sticky-subject-for-generations/
— Public to have its say at City Council meetings – Fran Spielman
http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/public-to-have-its-say-at-city-council-meetings/
— Rahm’s high bar for new City Colleges chief: 25% graduation rate – Fran Spielman
http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/rahms-high-bar-for-new-city-colleges-chief-25-graduation-rate/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Rauner asks state Supreme Court to get involved in fight with union – Kim Geiger
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-bruce-rauner-afscme-supreme-court-met-20170317-story.html
— State Sen. Jim Oberweis explains how the term ‘wage theft’ is like, um, wife-beating – Kim Janssen
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chicagoinc/ct-jim-oberweis-wife-beating-0319-chicago-inc-20170317-story.html
— Last call for common sense: No drinking before 21 at restaurants – Editorial
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-underage-drinking-parents-restaurants-illinois-general-assembly-edit–0318-jm-20170317-story.html
— COD Board of Trustees Votes to Keep Tuition Flat for the Next Year
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/glen-ellyn/community/chi-ugc-article-cod-board-of-trustees-votes-to-keep-tuiti-2017-03-17-story.html
— College of DuPage Board of Trustees Approves New Intergovernmental Agreement with Village of Glen Ellyn
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/glen-ellyn/community/chi-ugc-article-college-of-dupage-board-of-trustees-approves-2017-03-17-story.html
— Wheaton council to consider project that would lead to historic mansion’s demolition – Bob Goldsborough
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/wheaton-glen-ellyn/news/ct-wheaton-convent-development-0319-20170317-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump’s inability to fill key positions makes America weak.”
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-wp-trump-admin-b0233204-0b1b-11e7-b77c-0047d15a24e0-20170317-story.html
— South suburban airport plan needs resolution – Editorial
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/opinion/ct-sta-editorial-south-suburban-airport-st-0319-20170317-story.html
— Emanuel challenges Trump budget proposal on its values, priorities – John Byrne and Hal Dardick
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-rahm-emanuel-trump-budget-met-20170317-story.html

 

DAILY HERALD
— Glen Ellyn, COD putting feud behind them – Robert Sanchez
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170317/news/170318918/
— Hanover Township voters to decide fate of road district – Eric Peterson
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170317/news/170318906/

 

ABC7
— TRUMP, MERKEL TRY TO SIDESTEP DIFFERENCES IN FIRST MEETING – AP
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/trump-merkel-try-to-sidestep-differences-in-first-meeting/1805791/

 

WLS AM
— Congressman Roskam:  Trump budget is a “wish list.” – John Dempsey
http://www.wlsam.com/2017/03/17/congressman-roskam-trump-budget-is-a-wish-list/

 

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— Trump administration ramps up efforts to block media  Trump says he can ‘get around the media’ – DYLAN BYERS
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/politics/trump-administration-ramps-up-efforts-to-block-media/674156292
— Facing soaring costs, Palm Beach officials ask Trump to pay up  Trips cost county $60,000 a day – DAN MERICA
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/politics/facing-soaring-costs-palm-beach-officials-ask-trump-to-pay-up/674193791

 

WREX
— Rauner takes union fight to Illinois Supreme Court – AP
http://www.wrex.com/story/34942166/rauner-takes-union-fight-to-illinois-supreme-court

 

WSIL TV
— Many Trump voters would feel program cuts in budget proposal – AP  (DIERSEN: Only 137 out of 506 registered voters in my precinct voted for Trump in the November 8, 2016 election, so few in my precinct would feel Trump’s program cuts.)
http://www.wsiltv.com/story/34936440/many-trump-voters-would-feel-program-cuts-in-budget-proposal

 

EFFINGHAM DAILY NEWS
— Adam Andrzejewski to host ‘Open the Books’ dinner in Effingham March 23
http://www.effinghamdailynews.com/community/adam-andrzejewski-to-host-open-the-books-dinner-in-effingham/article_f2293775-1242-5297-b78d-67377f7b13eb.html

 

DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Villa Park ranked 131th in state in lottery ticket sales for May 2016
http://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511089287-villa-park-ranked-131th-in-state-in-lottery-ticket-sales-for-may-2016

 

ILLINOIS WATCHDOG
— Northwestern student government endorses ‘viewpoint diversity’ – Ashe Schow
http://watchdog.org/291054/northwestern-student-government-passes-resolutions-aimed-viewpoint-diversity/

 

ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE
— ILLINOIS UNIVERSITIES CHARGE HIGH PRICE FOR PERVERSE PRIORITIES  More than 50 percent of the state’s $4.1 billion budget for public universities is spent on retirement costs alone. –
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/illinois-universities-charge-high-price-for-perverse-priorities/
— ILLINOIS POLITICIANS VOTE TO DIVERT $300M FROM STATE COFFERS TO FUEL LOCAL SPENDING – Amy Korte
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/illinois-politicians-vote-to-divert-300m-from-state-coffers-to-fuel-local-spending/

 

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— DOCTOR, PREGNANCY CENTERS SUE RAUNER OVER LAW FORCING ABORTION INFORMATION DISCLOSURE
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2017/03/doctor-pregnancy-centers-sue-rauner-over-law-forcing-abortion-information-disclosure.html
— THORNER/INGOLD: TRUMP’S HONORING OF ANDREW JACKSON’S HERMITAGE ANGERS LIBERALS
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2017/03/thorneringold-trumps-honoring-of-andrew-jacksons-hermitage-angers-liberals.html

 

CAPITOL FAX
— Bill backlog now equals $1,000 per Illinoisan
https://capitolfax.com/2017/03/17/bill-backlog-now-equals-1000-per-illinoisan/

 

PUBLIUS FORUM
— ESPN Attacks Tim Tebow as ‘Failure’ on First Day of Spring Training – Warner Todd Huston (DIERSEN: If you are a non-veteran White male federal employee, you will be attacked as being a failure if you do not make GS-13 ($94,610) by age 25, GS-14 ($111,801) by age 30, GS-15 ($131,508) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service ($161,900) by age 40.)
http://www.publiusforum.com/2017/03/16/espn-attacks-tim-tebow-failure-first-day-spring-training/

 

FOX NEWS
— Spicer Treated Like a Rock Star at Trump’s Nashville Rally
http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/03/16/sean-spicer-treated-rock-star-president-trump-nashville-rally-photos-reaction
— University Employee Says She Was Fired for Defending Trump’s Immigration Policies
http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/03/16/university-employee-says-she-was-fired-defending-trumps-immigration-executive-order

 

GOPUSA
— CNN tries to smear Sean Hannity
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=21985
— Break rules, make threats, get what you want
http://www.gopusa.com/break-rules-make-threats-get-what-you-want/

 

BREITBART
— Six out of 10 People in France ‘Don’t Feel Safe Anywhere’ – VIRGINIA HALE
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/03/17/six-ten-france-dont-feel-safe-anywhere/
— ‘After School Satan Club’ Received Fast-Tracked Tax-Exempt Status from IRS – DR. SUSAN BERRY
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/16/school-satan-club-received-fast-tracked-tax-exempt-status-irs/
— Professional Journalists Freak Out over President Trump’s Retweets – DAN RIEHL
http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2017/03/17/media-freaks-out-president-trump-retweets/

 

BLAZE
— You don’t get to lecture about ‘Christian values’ while you support killing babies – Matt Walsh
http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/you-dont-get-to-lecture-about-christian-values-while-you-support-killing-babies/

 

POLITICO
— Trump praises Irish ‘fight’ at White House ceremony – HENRY C. JACKSON
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-irish-reception-white-house-236155

 

HUFFINGTON POST
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Protestants and anti-Americans say “Anti-Muslim, Anti-Refugee Rhetoric Poses a Big Threat to Our Communities.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/anti-muslim-anti-refugee-rhetoric-poses-a-big-threat_us_58cc2243e4b0537abd95704b

 

WASHINGTON POST
— Trump’s budget makes perfect sense and will fix America, and I will tell you why – Alexandra Petri
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2017/03/16/trumps-budget-makes-perfect-sense-and-will-fix-america-and-i-will-tell-you-why/

 

LOS ANGELES TIMES
— Trump’s budget takes an ax to California – Benjamin Oreskes, Shelby Grad
http://www.latimes.com/newsletters/la-me-ln-essential-california-20170317-story.html

 

WORLD NEWS POLITICS
— Illinois Republican Lawmakers Just Stopped Illinois Democrats From Spending $1M
https://www.worldnewspolitics.com/2017/03/16/republican-lawmakers-just-stopped-democrats-spending-1m/

 

FORBES
— The U.S. Industries With The Most Immigrant Workers – Niall McCarthy  (DIERSEN: One could expect that therefore, these industries are the most anti-Trump.)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2017/03/17/the-u-s-industries-with-the-most-immigrant-workers-infographic/#beb02355ffb8

 

FED SMITH
— House Passes Legislation to Streamline VA’s Hiring Procedures – Ian Smith (DIERSEN: GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job.  IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.  The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)

https://www.fedsmith.com/2017/03/17/house-passes-legislation-to-streamline-vas-hiring-procedures/
— House Passes Legislation Making It Easier to Fire VA Employees – Ian Smith  (DIERSEN: Were it not for federal civil service protections, because I have always been a Republican, a) the Post Office would NOT have hired me in 1966 or let me work there for almost 3 years, b) IRS would NOT have hired me in 1971 or let me work there for almost 9 years, c) IRS would NOT have promoted me in 1972, 1973, or 1974, d) GAO would NOT have hired me in 1980 or let me work there for almost 18 years, and d) GAO would NOT have promoted me in 1986. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always promoted patronage.)
https://www.fedsmith.com/2017/03/17/house-passes-legislation-making-it-easier-to-fire-va-employees/

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.

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