March 18 Evening Edition

— Gubernatorial candidates head to church on final Sunday before primary – Craig Wall
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Governor Bruce Rauner had no public schedule, but Republican challenger Jeanne Ives preached a familiar message Sunday. “They know that this governor has betrayed us, they know that they can’t trust him, they know that he’s spending millions of dollars to lie about me and my record and that’s shameful,” Ives said.)
— Illinois primary puts focus on security of state voter rolls – AP
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats promote Democrat marchers.


— New Poll Released 2 Days Prior to Election – Mary Ann Ahern (DIERSEN: I have been a member of the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) ( since 2001. I served on the board of AAPC’s Midwest Chapter 2001-2004. I have always complied with AAPC’s Code of Ethics ( There are extremely few Republican AAPC members in Illinois. I am one of them. I should write a book about those in Illinois who claim to be Republican political consultants, who are not AAPC members, who reject AAPC’s Code of Ethics, who viciously demonize, denigrate, and condemn me, and who bring disgrace at all political consultants.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Victory Research is run by Rod McCulloch who is not aligned with either the governor’s race or the attorney general contest and has a thirty year polling track record. McCulloch was convicted of falsifying signatures 10 years ago.)


— Teams to monitor voting across Illinois for primary – AP


— Gubernatorial candidates race to sway voters as primary election nears – MARCELLA RAYMOND
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Gov. Rauner didn’t have any public appearances scheduled for Sunday, so those running against him took the opportunity to say why they think he’s a bad choice for four more years. His challenger Jeanne Ives says he’s running a smear campaign against her, and admits her campaign is doing damage control. “He’s pathetic. It’s pathetic. I don’t know how else to say it,” Ives said. “Why would you spend your millions of dollars trying to take me down? It’s because you don’t have a record you can run on.”)


— Here are the questions for Tuesday — the answers are up to you – Dan Mihalopoulos
— Race to the bottom: voters puzzled by primary slugfest – Neil Steinberg
— 15 got promotions from Court Clerk Dorothy Brown within 6 months of donations – Robert Herguth and Tanveer Ali
— Running tab for DOJ investigation of CPD: $7.4 million and counting – Fran Spielman


— Millions of dollars worth of TV ads later, governor candidates now need people to vote – Rick Pearson, Monique Garcia, Patrick M. O’Connell


— Candidates for Illinois governor spend $65.7 million on TV ads –– just for the primaries – Rick Pearson, Monique Garcia and Patrick M. O’Connell—-just-for-primaries


— About 5000 early ballots cast in McHenry County primary election


— Important ballot choices in Tuesday primary – Editorial


— Illinois governor race heating up, and adding up Race grows fiercer and costlier as primary nears – AP
— Disenfranchised Dems caught in the ups and downs of Illinois politics


— Few choices appear on primary ballot – BRIANNA KIRKHAM


— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON ILLINOIS TIGHTENS: Need help? Want to help? Here’s a roundup of area food pantries and upcoming events (DIERSEN: Soon, under the Democrats, everyone in Illinois will either be handing out charity or receiving charity.)


— Primary showdowns highlight tensions over Democratic Party identity


— The Radical Left’s Favorite Republican
— National Review Weighs in on Ives v. Rauner Editorial Board Interview – “It was a drubbing.”


— Berkowitz w/Gov Candidate Ives on Rauner’s lies- and more!


— Donald Trump’s other attorney general problem In Illinois, the race for the state’s top legal job has turned into a Democratic primal scream against the president. – NATASHA KORECKI


— Even more shenanigans!
— Still more shenanigans!
— Sunday campaign money roundup


— Student Canvassers Get out the Vote for Pro-Life Democrat Lipinski in Illinois – ALEXANDRA DESANCTIS


— Add Rep. Luis Gutierrez To List Of Dems Offering McCabe A Job – Scott Morefield


— Durbin says ‘friend’ Hillary Clinton’s comments about American voters ‘wrong’ – Joseph Weber (DIERSEN: What percent of the voters in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois a) agree with Hillary Clinton or b) agree with Dick Durbin on this?)


— The Rush Is On To Save McCabe’s Retirement – JAZZ SHAW (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress that there certainly has been no rush to save my retirement. My $51,864 Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) pension is dramatically less because my Democrat GAO superiors a) forced me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old, b) gave me unfair performance expectations and appraisals, c) always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, d) did not promote me beyond GS-13, e) got rid of my mentor in 1987, f) kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and g) forced me to take an $19,203 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980. My CSRS pension is dramatically less because my Democrat IRS superiors did not promote me beyond GS-12 and got rid of my mentor in 1975. My CSRS pension is dramatically less because my Democrat Post Office superiors forced me resign in 1969 when I was 20 years old.)


— Trump required staff to sign nondisclosure agreements that last past his presidency: report – JACQUELINE THOMSEN (DIERSEN: Would you sign a nondisclosure agreement to get a job? I would not.)


— Hillary Clinton ‘wrong’ about Trump voters, Durbin says – LOUIS NELSON (DIERSEN: What percent of the voters in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois a) agree with Hillary Clinton or b) agree with Dick Durbin on this?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Hillary Clinton’s remarks earlier this month characterizing voters who cast ballots for President Donald Trump as xenophobic and misogynistic are “not helpful at all,” Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin said Sunday, insisting that the Democratic Party is moving beyond Clinton as it approaches the midterm elections. Speaking at a conference in India, Clinton said her success in the 2016 election came in parts of the U.S. that are economically strong, “optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving-forward” while Trump won more downtrodden regions. “His whole campaign, ‘Make America Great Again,’ was looking backward,” she said. “You know, you didn’t like black people getting rights, you don’t like women getting jobs, you don’t want to see that Indian-American succeeding more than you are, whatever your problem is, I’m going to solve it.” The remarks prompted a quick rebuke from Republicans and especially the Trump administration, which used Clinton’s characterization to cast her once again as out of touch with the majority of the country. Durbin (D-Ill.), too, said Clinton was off base with her comments because a significant number of Trump’s supporters had previously voted for President Barack Obama. “My friend Hillary Clinton is wrong. Thirty percent of the people that voted for Donald Trump had voted for President Obama. Why?” Durbin told “Fox News Sunday.“ “The same people who looked for change with President Obama thought there wasn’t enough, as far as their personal lives were concerned, and they supported Donald Trump. That is a reality the Democrats acknowledge.” The Illinois senator said that while Clinton will continue to generate headlines, Democrats have turned the page from her surprise 2016 loss as they move toward efforts to unseat the president in 2020. “Hillary Clinton, like every American, has the right to express her point of view and she obviously gets press coverage,” he said. “But we are moving onto the next chapter in American history. We have new Democratic leadership, and more people aspiring to be candidates in 2020. It’ll be a different cast of characters completely.”)


— Trump had senior staff sign nondisclosure agreements. They’re supposed to last beyond his presidency. – Ruth Marcus (DIERSEN: Would you sign a nondisclosure agreement to get a job? I would not.)


— Andrew McCabe might have one last trick he could use to save his estimated $60,000-a-year pension – Michal Kranz (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents stress that after my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old, that neither they, nor anyone else offered me a federal job. They hint/imply/argue/shout that if I was any good, Henry Hyde, Peter Fitzgerald, Dennis Hastert, Peter Roskam, etc. would have offered me jobs.)


— DEMOCRATS ARE ‘MOVING ON’ FROM HILLARY CLINTON, SENATOR DICK DURBIN SAYS – CARLOS BALLESTEROS (DIERSEN: How many in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois are staying with Hillary?


— If I Were A Federal Employee The Message Is Be Loyal To Trump/Agenda Or Lose Your Pension.

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.