March 20 Morning Edition

— GOP Voters to Choose Between Rauner and Ives for Illinois Governor


— 8 things to watch when primary election results come in Tuesday night (FROM THE ARTICLE: Gov. Rauner will vote in Winnetka. Ives will vote in Wheaton. Republican and Democratic candidates up and down the ballot will have election parties at night.)
— Lack of exciting Democratic candidates could give us another four years of Rauner – Dahleen Glanton (DIERSEN: Those who reject the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and other planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform want Rauner to win.)

— U of C’s Booth school No. 1 for first time in U.S. News ranking – LYNNE MAREK (DIERSEN: I earned an MBA from Loyola in 1976 when I was 27 years old. What do you say to those who demonize, denigrate, and condemn those who do not have degrees from Ivy League universities? I earned a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU in 1970, a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, and a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997.)


— Nick Provenzano fired from US Rep. Randy Hultgren’s office after sexual encounter with teen boy


— Candidates scramble to finish line as Election Day arrives – Bernard Schoenburg
— Labor leader accuses city contractor of not paying prevailing wage – Crystal Thomas (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.)


— Marion County Clerk Projects Just 14% Turnout for Tuesday’s Primary


— Democratic ballots eclipsing Republicans in early voting in GOP strongholds – Cole Lauterbach


— Let’s make Pritzker and Rauner pay more—a lot more—in state income taxes – Ben Joravsky (DIERSEN: Who wants you to pay more taxes? I should write a book about those in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who have always wanted me to pay more taxes – federal income tax, state income tax, real estate tax, etc.)


— In Final Push, Ives Says Rauner Lacks ‘Dignity, Self-Respect’ Ives held a press conference responding to accusations that came after a Democratic ad seemed to tout her conservatism. – Lisa Marie Farver
— Long-Time Cops Face Off In GOP Primary For DuPage County Sheriff Undersheriff Frank Bibbiano and Patrol Commander James Mendrick will face off in the primary election. – Lisa Marie Farver


— National Review’s Closing Argument: Bruce Rauner Deserves to Lose




— Nybo suggests grandfather provision in gun legislation – Angela Underwood


— Which DuPage County school districts benefit most from state pension subsidies?




— VIDEO: Lying Cheating Bruce Rauner





— The magic number — Anecdotal reports suggest weak, unenthusiastic Republican voter turnout, which could explain why Rauner seemed especially unnerved by the DGA’s ploy to steer conservatives toward Ives. The conventional thinking is that if fewer than 550,000 Republicans turn out statewide, Ives can pull off an upset … If more than 600,000 Republicans show up at the polls, it’s likely smooth sailing for Rauner. – Natasha Korecki


— HRC does GOTV robo for JB
— Quinn’s Obama ad shenanigan prompts rebuke: “Black voters won’t be bamboozled by him again”


— Conservative Insurgent Inches Closer to Toppling Illinois GOP Governor – Robert Kraychik


— Former Miss America Could Become Republican Attorney General of Illinois – ALEXANDRA DESANCTIS


— Ives of March: It’s Primary Day in Illinois Meet the Republican challenger to wayward Illinois incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner. – BREANA NOBLE


— Could A GOP Governor Lose On Tuesday? What To Watch For In Illinois’ Primaries – Cameron Joseph


— Tucker: Demographics In America Are Changing ‘Bewilderingly Fast’ — ‘Without Any Real Public Debate On The Subject’ – JUSTIN CARUSO (DIERSEN: How bad are your demographics? Democrat and Democrat plant, Libertarian and Libertarian plant, Green and Green plant, and RINO political consultants tell activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. to dump members of the following groups: Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— Ingraham: ‘If Any Of Us Had Done What McCabe Did, We’d Already Be In Jail’ (DIERSEN: The federal government takes adverse actions against extremely few of its employees. Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress that and the many adverse actions that my GAO, IRS, and Post Office superiors took against me. They hint/imply/argue/shout that proves that I was one of the worse of the federal government’s worst employees.)


— Democrats on edge after Sessions attacks Andrew McCabe’s pension – Pete Kasperowicz (DIERSEN: In 1997, when my Democrat GAO superiors successfully attacked my pension, GAO employees who shared my demographics were “on edge,” and especially those who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran and who had not made 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.)
— Transparency on federal employee bonuses isn’t a privilege, it’s a right – Rep. Mark Sanford and Adam Andrzejewski (DIERSEN: Federal employees get bonuses for meeting/exceeding their Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion quotas, goals, and targets, that is, their success in getting rid of federal employees who are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)


— Illinois Democrats Seek to Chip Away at Republicans’ House Majority Second-in-nation primaries set stage for targeting GOP seats – Simone Pathé


— Anti-abortion Dem’s political career on the line in Illinois – LISA HAGEN


— Hultgren fires aide Nick Provenzano after sexual encounter with teenage boy – NATASHA KORECKI and JOHN BRESNAHAN
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Illinois GOP Rep. Randy Hultgren has fired a top aide after the staffer was found in a car last fall with a 17-year-old boy and no shirt on, according to multiple sources and a police report. Nick Provenzano, 56, was dismissed by Hultgren over the weekend, the sources said. Hultgren’s office declined to comment on the details of Provenzano’s firing. “Nick Provenzano is no longer with the office,” said a Hultgren spokesperson. The Hultgren spokesperson said the office only find out about the incident “late Wednesday and immediately placed him on leave before his eventual termination.” But through a Freedom of Information Act request, POLITICO obtained an Oct. 21, 2017, incident report from the city of McHenry Police Department in Illinois. That report shows police investigated Provenzano for public indecency and other potential criminal acts following the episode, but no charges were ever filed. The name of the teenager is redacted in the report. The report states that a homeowner became suspicious when she saw two men sitting in an SUV on a dead-end street with the lights off and called the police. After a police officer arrived, he approached the car and saw that Provenzano had no shirt on, although the other passenger was fully clothed. When Provenzano was questioned by the police about why he had removed his shirt, he said it was “hot.” Provenzano told the officer the two were “hanging out” and “talking about life.” Provenzano later told the officer that he “did not want to admit to anything, but stated that contact between him and [the teenager] was consensual in nature, that nobody was forced or coerced each other to engage in any acts they did not want to, and that he believed [the teenager] was eighteen (18) years old.” The teenager later told police he had met Provenzano on the gay dating site Grindr. The teenager said he was only 17, but the website changed his age to 18. The teenager said police interrupted them during the middle of their sexual encounter, according to the partially redacted report. Provenzano had removed most of his clothes at one point, the report states. After questioning by police, Provenzano was released without charges. He later hired a lawyer to respond to police inquiries, but Provenzano refused to be interviewed again. State prosecutors decided no criminal case would be filed against him. Provenzano was hired as Hultgren’s deputy district director in August 2016. Provenzano had earlier served as Hultgren’s field director during the 2012 and 2014 campaigns. Provenzano is a graduate of DeVry University with “training in electronics, computer technology and business management,” according to his candidate bio. He was paid more than $80,000 as Hultgren’s deputy district director last year, according to House disbursement records. He also earned another $28,000-plus from Hultgren’s reelection committee during 2017, according to records on file with the Federal Election Commission. Provenzano served as a McHenry County board member for 13 years. He was also the campaign manager for former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) in 2010, according to his LinkedIn biography. Hultgren was first elected to the House in 2010. He was once an aide to former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), who went to federal prison over secret payments to a man he allegedly sexually abused as a teenager. Hultgren, a lawyer, served in the Illinois Legislature for a dozen years before he was elected to Congress.)
— Roskam’s 6th Congressional District: Democrats face key test of Trump-era suburban strategy – ELENA SCHNEIDER
— Illinois primary: 5 things to watch Is there still room in the Democratic Party for a Blue Dog who opposes abortion rights? – NATASHA KORECKI (DIERSEN: One could say that Lipinski does not become a Republican because he sees how the RINOs who dominate Republican politics in Illinois treat conservatives. One could ask “is there still room” for conservatives in the Illinois Republican Party, the DuPage County Republican Central Committee, the Milton Township Republican Central Committee, etc. Activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. that seek/take money from Rauner obligate themselves to help Rauner get rid of conservatives.)


— ‘Socially responsible’ investors reassess Facebook ownership – Trevor Hunnicutt, David Randall (DIERSEN: Facebook is a Democrat website. What percent of those who own Facebook shares, work for Facebook, advertise on Facebook, etc. want Facebook to get rid of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, draft avoiders, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time – 98%, 99%, 100%?)


— Early voting for Illinois primary far exceeds last midterm – AP
— Famous names face off in historically expensive Illinois gov race – JOHN VERHOVEK
— Democrats’ ‘big tent’ gets big test in Illinois – RICK KLEIN and MARYALICE PARKS (DIERSEN: Members of the following groups use the Republican Party’s big tent policy to destroy the Republican Party: 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, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. I should write a book about members of the aforesaid groups who dominate the Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Milton Township Republican Central Committee, etc.)
— Sitting Democrat Lipinski fights to keep his seat in contentious primary battle – MOLLY NAGLE
— 5 things to watch for in the Illinois primary – JOHN VERHOVEK, MOLLY NAGLE, and EMILY GOODIN


— Illinois primaries offer ideological tests for both parties – David Weigel (DIERSEN: To vote for Rauner is to vote for getting rid of the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and other planks in the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) platform, that is, to vote for Rauner is to vote for the destruction of the IRP. How many Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs will vote for Rauner in 2018 like they did in 2004?)
— Progressives look to continue gains on Illinois primary day – AP
— The three most important races in Tuesday’s Illinois primaries – Amber Phillips


— Five Questions Illinois Voters Will Answer on Tuesday A sitting governor faces a primary challenge, while Democrats vie to contest GOP incumbents in several House districts – Reid J. Epstein
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Could Republican voters throw out their own governor?. . .Will opposing abortion rights cost a Democrat his House seat?. . .Is $70 million enough to win a primary?. . .Will Democrats pick new blood to face Republican congressmen?. . .How many people will vote?)
— Congress Grapples With Andrew McCabe’s Firing Some lawmakers call for hearings, Democrats extend job offers to the ex-FBI official, and a GOP senator says he doesn’t think Trump would dismiss Mueller – Aruna Viswanatha (DIERSEN: GAO works for Congress. Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes hint/imply/argue/shout that Republican U.S. Senators and Republican U.S. Representatives from Illinois DID NOT grapple with the adverse actions that GAO took against me. GAO forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, gave me unfair performance expectations and appraisals, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, got rid of my mentor in 1987, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take an $19,203 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980.)


— Stormy Daniels Has Already Raised $250,000 for Her Legal Fight Against Donald Trump – JULIA GLUM


— Illinois Primary Could Set up Most Expensive Governor’s Race Illinois voters are choosing nominees in what’s shaping up to be the most expensive election for governor in US history. – AP


— Trump White House denies claim senior staff are being ‘ordered to sign $10 MILLION NDAs’ but don’t deny the gag orders exist


— Rauner Refuses to Commit to Staying in Illinois if He Loses – Sights Set on Italy


— Career Challenges, Opportunities Contribute to Employee Wellness – Nancy Segal (DIERSEN: Those who make Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40 in the federal government helped their superiors and their supervisors get rid of federal employees who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who did not 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.)


— The Gay Vote: Your guide to the Illinois Primary Election (DIERSEN: To promote LGBTQ activity is to destroy the traditional family.)

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.