March 26 Evening Edition

— Chicago Public Schools’ huge pension debt just got $1 billion deeper, new estimates show – Juan Perez Jr. (DIERSEN: Since 1997, if I was still working for GAO, in today’s dollars, I would have paid $179,841 into the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) instead of the CSRS paying me $1,063,212.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats say “Suburban voters angry with Trump threaten GOP control of the U.S. House.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats use Miguel Perez Jr. to promote mass/illegal immigration.
— Wall Street’s average bonus in 2017? Three times what most US households made all year. – Renae Merle


— Why should you have to tell an election judge you’re a Democrat or Republican? – Madeleine Doubek (DIERSEN: In your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, in Illinois, and in America, what percent cast Republican ballots in primary elections but then vote for Democrats in general elections? 105 cast Republican ballots in my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 in Wheaton, but in the uncontested races, only 81 voted for Helland, only 81 voted for Senger, only 80 voted for Dodge, only 87 voted for Roskam, only 84 voted for Connelly, only 78 voted for Ruscitti, only 81 voted for Cronin, only 80 voted for Hinds, only 84 voted for Henry, only 75 voted for Cantore, only 76 voted for Wilson, only 75 voted for Mackay, and only 77 voted for me. Maybe 21 to 30 of those who cast Republican primary ballots were Democrats.)
— Illinois’ next governor will have to deliver the goods on education funding – MarySue Barrett, President, Metropolitan Planning Council.
— Aldermen demand that IDOT clean up cesspool along Dan Ryan Expressway – Fran Spielman (DIERSEN: Have you driven the Dan Ryan? I did 1966-1968 from my parents’ home in Crete to/from classes at UIC. I drove a 1966 Pontiac Tempest Sprint 1966-1967 and a 1968 Oldsmobile 442 during 1968.)
— We need to revive King’s campaign against poverty – Jesse Jackson


— Wall Street’s average bonus in 2017? 3 times what most U.S. households made all year. – Renae Merle (DIERSEN: In today’s dollars, I was earning $125,325/year in 1997 when I was 49 years old. Are/were you accused of being overpaid? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always accused me of being overpaid. In my defense, I 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.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Wall Street bonuses are climbing toward record highs again, according to government data released Monday showing that in 2017, the average bonus payout reached $184,220. That is an 17 percent increase compared to the previous year and the closest Wall Street has come in more than a decade to its all-time high of $191,360, according to the New York State Comptroller. That follows an 15 percent increase in 2016, when the average bonus was about $157,660. . .The government figures also continue to reflect how much more Wall Street executives earn compared to the rest of the private sector. Including bonuses, the average Wall Street salary was $375,200 in 2016, the most recent year available, five times higher than in the rest of the private sector, with an average of $74,800, according to the Comptroller’s office. In New York City, about 25 percent of the industry’s employees took home more than $250,000, compared with 2 percent in the rest of the city’s workforce, the report said.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot promoters promote pot. If you promote pot, you promote destruction.


— Sen. Brady seeks bipartisan solutions to gun violence, urges GOP unity against Pritzker – Howard Packowitz


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats blame Republicans for gun violence. Democrats crow about their success in using people as their operatives and their dupes.


— Rauner victim of disorganized thinking, GOP political analyst Chris Robling says – W.J. Kennedy
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Gov. Bruce Rauner startled many of the Republican faithful late last week when he insisted he still has no social agenda as he heads into his general election race against Democrat J.B. Pritzker. “I do not have a social agenda,” Rauner said after an appearance at Ace Sign Co. in Springfield. “You’ve never ever seen me, or heard me, or watched me advocate on social issues. I’ve never done it.” Chris Robling, a Republican political analyst, said that Rauner’s comments are indicative of delusional thinking. “Sounds like he has dissociative disorder,” Robling said. “He keeps talking like that and he’s going to have the people in white smocks with all kinds of letters after their names coming after him.” In his first term, Rauner signed bills that show that he harbored a social agenda, even as he never campaigned on one. He signed HB 40, the taxpayer-funded abortion bill (a bill he promised he would not sign), and held a press conference afterward. The law provides unlimited state funds through Medicaid and state health insurance plans for elective abortions. Rauner also signed SB 31, the Trust Act, which makes Illinois a “sanctuary state” by preventing law enforcement from detaining anyone based solely on their immigration status. The law also limits the cooperation of local law enforcement with federal immigration officials. He also signed HB 1785, which allows individuals to switch genders on their birth certificates. And this year he sponsored and attended Equality Illinois’ fundraiser at the Hilton Chicago. Equality Illinois supports the LGBTQ community statewide. It was this social agenda, in fact, that nearly led to Rauner losing in the Republican primary election last week to state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) whose campaign focused heavily on Rauner’s signatures on those same bills, characterizing his actions as a betrayal. “Rauner can pretend that he had — or has — no social agenda,” Ives said in an email, “but he will go down in history among Republicans for his signature on liberal social policy by signing off on taxpayer funding of abortion, expanding transgender initiatives and making Illinois a sanctuary state.” In the general election, Rauner needs the Ives voters. But Robling said that even some sort of agreement moving forward with Jeanne Ives won’t help him pull in those votes. “No one individual can save Bruce Rauner,” Robling said. “He can’t go back and undo his record.)


— Rauner win prompts Republican Hispanic group’s state chairman to step down – Glenn Minnis


— Reick advises Rauner to treat General Assembly as equal – Glenn Minnis


— The ERA Harms Our Unborn Children – Elise Bouc


— Research: Amnesty for Illegal Aliens Would Cost U.S. Taxpayers $2 Trillion – JOHN BINDER
— Zuckerberg ‘Fundamentally Uncomfortable’ Deciding what Counts as ‘Hate Speech’ – ALLUM BOKHARI (DIERSEN: Members of the following groups are extremely judgmental, they routinely determine what is and what is not hate speech: anti-Trump supporters, 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 for a long time.)


— Secondhand marijuana smoke may be worse than secondhand tobacco smoke, research shows – Jana J. Pruet


— Congress muddles on H-1B reform to the detriment of U.S. workers – DALE WILCOX
— Interior secretary questioned importance of diversity: report – MIRANDA GREEN (DIERSEN: Ever-increasing, everyone has to say that diversity, that is, getting rid of those who are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran, is their top priority. How strongly do those who dominate your municipality, your township/ward, your county, and Illinois focus on promoting diversity?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke downplayed the importance of diversity in the workforce and at his department on multiple occasions, CNN reported Monday. Zinke made a number of off-the-cuff remarks that insinuated he did not prioritize diversity within the Interior Department, multiple senior administration sources told the network. The officials said that the secretary instead said multiple times that he valued finding the best people and most qualified applicants, regardless of their cultural or racial backgrounds. Interior Department spokeswoman Heather Swift denied that Zinke ever made the comments about diversity and denied the claims in the report.)


— Kentucky Democrats accuse GOP of ‘sexist, white-male agenda’ over budget negotiation’s makeup – Phillip M. Bailey and Morgan Watkins


— Military “Transgender” Ban


— Fiscal policy is ‘spinning out of control’: Ex-GAO head David Walker under Clinton and Bush – Michelle Fox


— California’s New Pot Laws Face Bumpy Rollout Critics cite cumbersome and costly regulations for operators – Nour Malas


— Federal employee turnover increases in Trump administration’s first year – Jory Heckman

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.