March 2 Morning Edition


— DuPage County to elect first new sheriff in 20 years – Sarah Schulte

— Gun dealer licensing bill waits for Rauner’s signature – Craig Wall

— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON CHICAGO TIGHTENS: Armed guards begin patrolling in Loop – Cate Cauguiran



— Berrios a No-Show at Hearing On Property Tax Assessment Practices – Charlie Wojciechowski



— Tackle Football For Kids Under 12 Could Soon Be Banned



— Commanders sue sheriff, link layoffs to their union activity (DIERSEN: Are/were you a member of a government union? I was a union member 1966-1969 while worked for the Post Office and 1971-1980 while I worked for IRS. GAO did not unionize until 2007. If GAO had been unionized in 1997, I might still be a GAO employee. Overwhelmingly, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes hate unions, hate former union members, hate current union members, and hate future union members.)



— $50,000 gets ‘gold’ sponsorship of Rauner dinner featuring Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker  (DIERSEN: What do you say to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who stress that I do not make political contributions? In my defense, a) GOPUSA ILLINOIS email subscriptions are worth at least $1,000 a year and b) I give those email subscriptions free of charge and without any advertising to activists, to candidates, to elected officials, to party leaders, to major donors, to political consultants, to etc.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state GOP already are planning past his March 20 primary race against state Rep. Jeanne Ives, announcing a fundraising dinner in April featuring Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Tickets for the fourth annual Illinois Republican Party Governor’s Dinner in Chicago start at $500 per person and go all the way up to $50,000 for the honor of being a “gold sponsor.” That includes four tickets to a “private roundtable,” 10 reception tickets with a photo and a “premium” table for 10 for dinner, according to an invitation. The money raised will go to the Illinois Republican Party, which Rauner has largely funded in recent years.)

— Democratic debate: Kennedy says Pritzker used ‘the language of racists’ on Blagojevich call – Rick Pearson and Kim Geiger

— Beer drinkers and car buyers among losers from Trump’s tariffs on imported steel and aluminum

— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON CHICAGO TIGHTENS: Armed private guards will patrol State Street to aid security downtown – Samantha Bomkamp



— Gun dealer licensing sent to Rauner after emotional pleas by Cupich, activists – Tina Sfondeles

— ENDORSEMENT: Eddie Corrigan for Illinois House in 53rd District GOP primary



— Endorsement: Yes to disband Aurora Election Commission

— Palatine Township shutdown averted as budget passes – Bob Susnjara



— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Recreational marijuana referendum bill passes Senate – Brenden Moore  (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)



— Emails paint a sad, cold reaction to crisis – Editorial



— Attorney general candidate Gary Grasso touts courtroom, administrative experience during Quincy visit – Doug Wilson



— 54th Senate candidates strive to stand out – Keith Stewart



— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps glorify and praise those who were brought to America illegally, those who come to America illegally, those who stay in America illegally, and those who bring others to America illegally.



— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ives to Speak at Institute of Politics Monday. Ever-increasingly, Democrats call you controversial if you do not promote dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, abolition of the Second Amendment, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and even worse things.

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps rally for illegals.



— Ives votes in defense of Second Amendment rights; joins bipartisan action on common-sense ban of devices that transform legal firearms into ones that function like automatic weapons



— Illinois: Tell Gov. Rauner Not to Shut Down Your Local Gun Store



— If You’re Not With Rauner, You’re A Tool Of Madigan



— Gun Control Bills Pass Illinois House – Roll Calls

— Majority of House Say They Oppose Shift of Madigan/Rauner Teacher Pension Cost to Local Taxpayers



— Calls for spending caps return as population shrinks, tax burden grows – Greg Bishop



— Illinois rated worst in “financial stability” in US



— Kennedy says Pritzker used “the language of racists”



— Rauner’s budget out of tune with reality – Bill Knight

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Illinois’s Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner returned to a tired, failed refrain in his Feb. 14 budget address: attacking unions, retirees and schools. It’s the same old song and dance. His latest budget proposes that the state escape some of its pension obligations by shifting their responsibility to local school districts and colleges, and that lawmakers dramatically cut health care. Seeking to spend $37.6 billion from projected revenues of $38 billion, Rauner contrives $1.3 billion in savings by abandoning pension contributions and leaving those to local schools. It’s mostly an accounting gimmick since taxpayers would still be underwriting the programs, but it’d be through local property taxes, not state taxes. So the ploy would take $1.3 billion off the state’s balance sheet, and then burden local schools with the spending.)



— Poll shows voters are unhappy, GOP majority at risk

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Poll shows Gov. Rauner trailing Democratic opponents in Illinois – Politico: “With roughly three weeks until the Illinois primary election and more than $100 million of their personal funds already invested, billionaire Democrat J.B. Pritzker and multi-millionaire Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner hold double-digit leads against their respective primary challengers, according to a new poll by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. But the results suggest Rauner, considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the nation, is in serious jeopardy of being denied a second term in November. Both Pritzker and Democrat state Sen. Daniel Biss are ahead of the governor by double-digits in general election match-ups tested by the Carbondale-based institute. … General election match-ups show Pritzker would beat Rauner by 15 points and Biss would beat Rauner by 14. The poll didn’t ask about a prospective Kennedy-Rauner match-up.”)



— Greg Gutfeld slams liberal-run California ranked dead last in quality of life – Carlos Garcia



— Merkel Admits ‘No-Go’ Zones Exist in Germany – VIRGINIA HALE (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will there be “no-go” zones in Illinois, in Chicago, in Cook County, in your county, in your township/ward, in your municipality, and in your precinct?)

— L.A. Times: How Can L.A. ‘Continue to Function’ with 58,000 Homeless? – JOEL B. POLLAK

— Condoleezza Rice: Guns Helped My Father Protect Our Family During Segregation – PAM KEY

— Kroger Joins Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods: No Gun Sales Unless 21 Years Old – AWR HAWKINS



— When you let a closet Democrat like Trump lead the GOP, this is what you get  He can’t defend traditional, conservative Republican positions when he doesn’t know what they are. – Rick Wilson  (DIERSEN: Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform.)



— GOP California gubernatorial candidate John Cox speaks out against sanctuary state policy – John Wildermuth



— A Hillary Staffer Goes to CPAC  ‘Try not to get killed,’ a friend warned. But I was greeted with open arms. – Annafi Wahed (DIERSEN: What do you say to those who claim to be conservative and/or Republican, but who pander to those who 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, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors?)

— ‘This Is Your Daughter? When Was She Born?’ U.S. Border Agents Test Migrants’ Claims of Family Ties  Immigrant seeking asylum turn themselves in to patrol officers, who decide if relationships are legitimate – Laura Meckler, Alicia A. Caldwell and Dudley Althaus



— Key Senator James Lankford, R-Okla Calls Trump’s Pay Freeze Plan Ill-Advised – Eric Katz  (DIERSEN: How do you view a) past, present, and future federal employees and b) federal retirees? Overwhelmingly, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes are full of hatred against a) past, present, and future federal employees and b) federal retirees.)

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.