March 22 Evening Edition

— ILLINOIS LAWMAKERS INTRODUCE BILL TO LEGALIZE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA FOR ADULTS  (DIERSEN: If you push pot in Illinois, you push the further destruction of Illinois.)


— Chicago lawmakers introduce bills calling for marijuana legalization, taxation  (DIERSEN: If you push pot in Illinois, you push the further destruction of Illinois.)


— Illinois Lawmakers consider ending marijuana prohibition – Courtney Cruse  (DIERSEN: Which individuals, organizations, companies, and governments in Illinois are leading the opposition against SB 316 and HB 2353?  Please ask them to phone me at 630-653-0462.  I am considering asking the Milton Township Republican Central Committee (MTRCC) to pass a resolution against the legalization of marijuana for recreational use similar to MTRCC’s 2009 resolution against video gambling.  I would ask all of the Republicans who represent all or part of Milton Township to endorse the resolution including U.S. Representative Roskam; Governor Rauner; Lt. Governor Sanguinetti; Illinois Senators Connelly and Nybo; Illinois Representatives Breen and Ives; DuPage County officials Berlin, Bucholz, Cantore, Cronin, DiCianni, Eckhoff, Elliott, Grant, Grogan, Henry, Hinds, Jorgensen, Kachiroubas, Larsen, Murphy, Noonan, Redick, Ruscitti, Whelan, Wiley, Zaruba, and Zay; Milton Township officials Falbo, Heidorn, Hinkle, Keller, LeVan, Molitor, Muehlfelt, and Nathwani; and all the MTRCC members.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE:  Illinois lawmakers are considering a plan to regulate and tax legal marijuana use for adults. Legislation introduced in the House and Senate Wednesday would allow adults 21 and older to purchase marijuana legally from a business licensed by the state. The Senate bill, SB 316, is sponsored by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Heather Steans (D-Chicago), while the House version, HB 2353, was presented by Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago). “Marijuana prohibition is a quagmire that creates far more problems than it prevents,” Cassidy said. “Several states have adopted sensible alternatives to prohibition, and it is time for Illinois to develop its own exit strategy.” Each bill would make it legal to possess, grow, and purchase limited amounts of marijuana. The state would license and regulate businesses to cultivate, process, test, and sell marijuana to adults, and it would create and enforce strict health and safety regulations, such as testing and labeling requirements and restrictions on marketing. “Right now, all the money being spent on marijuana is going into the pockets of criminals and cartels,” Steans said. “In a regulated system, the money would go into the cash registers of licensed, taxpaying businesses. It would generate hundreds of millions of dollars per year in new revenue for our state.”  The bills propose taxing marijuana at a rate of $50 per ounce at the wholesale level, and retail sales would be subject to the state’s standard 6.25% sales tax. Based on current usage rates and the market price of marijuana being sold for adults’ use in Colorado, the Marijuana Policy Project estimates regulated marijuana sales could generate between $349 million and $699 million per year in new revenue for Illinois.)


— Bruce Rauner: Terror Attack In Illinois ‘Just A Matter Of Time’


— Trump to Deliver Commencement Address at Liberty University  President George H.W. Bush was the last president to deliver the Virginia-based university’s keynote address in 1990  (DIERSEN: What were you doing in 1990?  I worked for GAO on audits federal financial industry regulators.)
— Labor Nominee Says He Won’t Let Politics Influence Hiring  Senate Democrats want to know how he would enforce worker protections in an agency the president wants cut by 20 percent – Laurie Kellman  (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors in the federal government always promoted patronage and political affiliation discrimination. Because I have always been a Republican, were it not for federal civil service protections, 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.)


— Illinois lawmakers propose legalizing recreational marijuana – Robert McCoppin  (DIERSEN: If you push pot in Illinois, you push the further destruction of Illinois.)
— Most Illinois House Republicans follow party on health care – Katherine Skiba
— GOP health care plan, facing conservative revolt, lacks the votes for House passage – Mike Debonis, Juliet Eilperin, David Weigel
— Chicago Public Schools chief fires back at Gov. Rauner – Juan Perez Jr.
— Aurora mayoral candidates announce more endorsements – Steve Lord
— Chicago lawyer fights Army veteran’s deportation order – Manya Brachear Pashman  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted a) that instead of me, the Post Office should have hired a veteran in 1966, b) that the Post Office should gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a veteran could have my job, c) that instead of me, IRS should have hired a veteran in 1971, d) that instead of me, IRS should have promoted veterans in 1972, 1973, and 1974, e) that instead of me, GAO should have hired a veteran in 1980, f) that instead of me, GAO should have promoted a veteran in 1986, and g) that GAO should gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a veteran could have my job and my preferred corner office.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Obamacare replacement bill could harm disabled Illinoisans.”
— Neil Gorsuch earns his Supreme Court seat – Editorial


— GOP briefing leaves Trump ‘somewhat’ vindicated, Dems outraged – Julie Pace and Deb Riechmann
—  Reince Priebus Getting Trumped? – Michael


— Hultgren questions GOP health plan hours before crucial vote – Randall Hultgren
— Endorsement: Yes to merge Lisle, Naperville township road districts
— Rauner wants to replace prison guards in watchtowers with cameras – AP
— Police: Schaumburg man posted anti-Semitic fliers at University of Chicago – Katie Smith
— TRAGIC: Why video gambling will likely remain legal in St. Charles regardless of April election – James Fuller
— IMRF: Simple resolution could end pensions for elected DuPage forest officials – Robert Sanchez  (DIERSEN: I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years.  My knowing that I was earning credits toward a Civil Service Retirement System pension helped me withstand tremendous efforts by my Democrat superiors to waste my career and to get rid of me.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Forest preserve commissioners are paid $50,000 a year; the president is paid $75,000. The elected officials also are eligible to receive medical and dental insurance through the district. Commissioner Tim Whelan is questioning whether it’s a good idea to end the practice of offering pensions. He said the pension is an incentive for commissioners “to put in the time to benefit the taxpayers.” Whelan is one of five commissioners enrolled in IMRF. The others are Redick, Marsha Murphy, Linda Painter and Al Murphy. Redick, Painter and Marsha Murphy already are eligible for an IMRF pension — and will receive it regardless of whether the district does away with the perk. Whelan and Al Murphy are not yet vested.)
— District 200 asking voters for funds for improvements – Jeff Schuler  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would hint/imply/argue/shout that I should support the tax increase because I am UNDERSERVEDLY FILTHY RICH a) because my Civil Service Retirement System pension and federal health insurance subsidy are far too generous, b) because my wife and I gave up trying to have children, we did not adopt, and we did not become foster parents, c) because the federal government grossly overpaid me, d) because I avoided the draft, e) because I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth and I have always been privileged, f) because my parents had enough money to send me to a parochial grade school, g) because my ancestors have in America since the 1840s, h) because I was born a White male, i) because I do not give money to a church, j) because etc.)
— Why two lines on Naperville property taxes will decrease – Marie Wilson
— Ethics accusation in Geneva mayor race goes to court – Susan Sarkauskas


— New shots at Ryancare from Hultgren, Rauner – GREG HINZ
— Here’s what’s at stake for Chicago under Trump’s budget – GREG HINZ


— Republicans rebelling against health care risk Trump’s wrath – AP  (DIERSEN: What have you rebelled against?  I have always rebelled against the promotion of dependency on government and on charity, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, booze, pot, gambling, and other vices, LGBTQ activity, abortion, illegal/mass immigration, erosion of the First and Second Amendments, and other bad things.  Consequently, I have always incurred the wrath of those individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that promote the aforesaid bad things.)


— Frerichs Wants “Clarity” on Medical Marijuana from Trump Administration – JEFF BOSSERT


— Trump to deliver Liberty University commencement address  Trump spoke at university in January 2016 – DAN MERICA
— Anti-Trumps say “Grieving father: ‘I don’t play Trump songs anymore’  Man says he feels betrayed by new health care bill.”


— Potheads rejoice: Illinois lawmakers move to legalize recreational weed – Lee V. Gaines  (DIERSEN: Virtually all of my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes talk and act like a) they smoke pot and/or b) they want to smoke pot legally.)


— 8 Arrested At Downtown Protest Against Trump’s Proposed HUD Cuts
— IL Lawmakers Introduce Bills To Legalize Marijuana Sales To Adults – STEPHEN GOSSETT  (DIERSEN: If you push pot in Illinois, you push the further destruction of Illinois.)


— Recent Votes at Naperville City Council Meeting
— District 203 Abates Tax Levy


— Ives honors hero to homeless veterans Robert Adams – Hoang Tran


— COD tuition freeze leaves room for anxiety – Lucas Koprowski
— College of DuPage board of trustees places a freeze on tuition for the third straight year – Vandy Manyeh


— The yearn to return to 1950s-era culture – Jennifer Harper (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps talk, write, and act like they hate the 1950s and like they hate all those Whites and men like me who were alive during the 1950s.)


— Trump Admin Makes Fight Against Sanctuary Cities Personal, Releases List ‘Naming and Shaming’ Them – PARKER LEE


— Trump Slams His Own Supreme Court Nominee: ‘I’ll Criticize Judges’ – Jeffrey Rodack


— Illegal Aliens Found Carrying Half Ton of Pot into U.S. – BOB PRICE


— Naperville Makes Effort to Educate On Crime Victim Rights – Allison Thibault
— Chelsea Clinton To Receive Lifetime Impact Award For Some Reason – CHUCK ROSS  (DIERSEN: Were you born with a silver spoon in your mouth?  Have you always been privileged?  I should write a book about those who hint/imply/argue/shout that I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth and that I have always been privileged.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Clinton’s other achievements include being born to one of the most skilled politicians in American history, growing up in the White House, landing a $600,000 contract with MSNBC, marrying a hedge fund millionaire, and tweeting constantly about President Trump.)


— HIGH SCHOOL ‘MUSLIM PRAYER ROOM’ CHALLENGED  Texas attorney general takes notice but ACLU ‘nowhere to be found’ – LEO HOHMANN


— Federal staffers panicked by conservative media attacks  A spate of stories in Breitbart and other outlets have singled out individual career employees, questioning their loyalty to Trump. – NAHAL TOOSI and ANDREW RESTUCCIA


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Leanna Powell blasts those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors, etc.


— Trump: Most people don’t know President Lincoln was a Republican – John Wagner
— Secret Service asked for $60 million extra for Trump-era travel and protection, documents show – Drew Harwell and Amy Brittain


— AT&T Pulling Ads From Google Over ‘Hate’ Videos  Latest company to act over concerns ads were placed on YouTube videos supporting terrorism – JACK NICAS


— Inside The Wealthy Family That Has Been Funding Steve Bannon’s Plan For Years  (DIERSEN: Where did your money come from? My money came from what I earned doing yard work and delivering newspapers 1962-1964, washing dishes 1964-1966, cleaning golf shoes, chipping slag, and pumping gasoline in 1966, delivering mail 1966-1969, working on an automobile assembly line and working as a security guard in 1970, selling tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971, pumping gasoline 1971-1972, collecting delinquent taxes 1971-1980, and auditing federal agencies 1980-1997.)


— Understanding risks as Congress, President review feds’ pay, benefits – Randy Silvey
— Why some lawmakers are making recruitment calls to get new talent into the VA – Nicole Ogrysko  (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.)


— Human resources problems causing hiring, retention headaches for VA – Leo Shane III  (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.)

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.