March 26 Evening Edition

— Coronavirus update: Illinois’ COVID-19 cases top 2.5K, including 26 deaths; Pres. Trump approves disaster declaration – Craig Wall, Eric Horng and Liz Nagy
— Democrats more worried than Republicans about virus, but all concerned: Polls – QUINN SCANLAN

— Illinois Coronavirus Cases Now Total 2,538 With 26 Deaths Patients range in age from less than 1 year old to 99 years old

— ‘This Virus Doesn’t Care That You’re Bored’: Gov. JB Pritzker Rips Crowds Who Gathered On Lakefront, As Illinois COVID-19 Cases Surge Past 2,500

— United States now leads the world in number of confirmed coronavirus cases, surpassing China – where the virus originated – AP
— World coronavirus infections near 500,000 as European health systems buckle under the strain – AP
— Illinois golf courses shut down after a reversal from state officials – Teddy Greenstein
— Durbin, Duckworth break down what Illinois would get from $2 billion coronavirus relief bill passed by Senate – RICK PEARSON
— Trump says new federal guidelines will rate counties by coronavirus risk as he seeks to ease restrictions nationwide – AP
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater promotes hatred of Trump.

— Pritzker dips into his millions to help nonprofits— as Illinois announces another seven COVID-19 deaths Also on Thursday, President Donald Trump approved Illinois’ request for a disaster proclamation, which will give the state federal funds to deal with the coronavirus response. – Tina Sfondeles
— Cook County delays collecting booze, tobacco, other taxes to give struggling businesses ‘some breathing room’ The county’s Home Rule taxes — which include the alcoholic beverage, amusement, tobacco, gasoline and hotel accommodations taxes — have been deferred for the February and March tax periods until May. No penalties or interest will be applied during the extension period. – Rachel Hinton
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater promotes hatred against Trump.
— What’s in the coronavirus bill for Illinois: First details emerge Per Illinois Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth: $16 million for the Illinois Department of Public Health and $9 million for the Chicago Department of Public Health. – Lynn Sweet
— Trump grants Illinois request for disaster declaration; another one pending The disaster status will allow federal funding to be available for crisis counseling for affected individuals across the state. – Lynn Sweet
— What Duckworth said to her daughter while off mute during conference call Parents across the country working from home this week know how the Illinois senator feels. – Lynn Sweet
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Chicago Democrats say “Doing without tree-trimming and other city services will help us beat COVID-19 No one likes staying inside or losing services, but both are necessary. It’s part of the new world we are living in.”

— Illinois just lost 2 years’ worth of job gains A stunning 114,114 residents applied for unemployment insurance in the state in the week that ended March 21, more than 14 times the total from the same week a year ago. – GREG HINZ
— The lakefront is closed, aldermen say The trail and parks along Lake Michigan, as well as the 606 Trail and the downtown Riverwalk, are off limits to citizens now, one day after Mayor Lightfoot threatened to a shutdown because of people not obeying the governor’s shelter in place order. – A.D. QUIG
— Illinois logs biggest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases The state reports 673 new cases, bringing the total to over 2,500.

— State Sen. DeWitte predicts talk of air travel ban, severe state spending cuts – James Fuller
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Elgin allows delivery, curbside pickup of alcohol – Elena Ferrarin

— The ‘Devastating Impacts’ of COVID-19 on Illinois Finances – Amanda Vinicky

— City leaders balance social distancing and public access Davenport’s mayor assures residents the city is in business, even as aldermen and staff practice social distancing and self-isolation. – Giang Nguyen

— LaHood Doesn’t Want Stimulus Bill To Mirror ’08 Bailout – ERIC STOCK

— What next for Illinois? – Ted Dabrowski, Mark Glennon and John Klingner

— “Republicans are not just losing ground; we’re getting clobbered”
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Even the traditionally-Republican stronghold of DuPage County saw a massive dip. The west suburban county used to be so important that in November of 2000, then Governor George W. Bush made a huge appearance at the College of DuPage with over 25,000 supporters in an effort to actually win Illinois. In 2004, during the Primary Election, Republicans pulled 58% of the Primary Election ballots, nearly 87,000 voters. This year, Republicans in DuPage County only made up 26% of the ballots cast, down nearly 50,000 voters.)
— 133,763 Illinoisans have so far filed for uninsurance claims this month
— Pritzker says POTUS approved major disaster declaration request – Scolds people who congregate outside – Unemployment has dropped one in four households below $50,000 – 450 people returning to healthcare service e- Penny Pritzker heads up new relief fund – Talks about Trump – Addresses UI problems – Hopes for more stimulus bills – No “do not resuscitate order” under consideration – Has contributed $4 million to relief fund
— An unintended consequence of the stay at home order
— 673 new cases, 7 new deaths
— COVID-19 roundup: Searchable EO posted; Trump can’t countermand Pritzker order; Filing extension was automatic; Chicago closes parks, beaches and trails

— White House dismisses doomsday COVID-19 death toll – Rowan Scarborough
— Coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt diverted to Guam – Mike Glenn

— Fed-up Italian leader threatens to send flamethrower-armed police officers to storm parties during lockdown Quite a step to take – Sarah Taylor

— University of Illinois warns students against ‘racist and xenophobic’ coronavirus language – Blair Nelson (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will Illinois Democrats use coronavirus to suspend the First Amendment in Illinois?)

— Cuomo calls $2T stimulus ‘reckless,’ says it fails to meet New York’s needs – ZACK BUDRYK
— Top CDC official warns New York’s coronavirus outbreak is just a preview – REID WILSON
— States brace for massive budget gaps in coronavirus recession – REID WILSON
— Lobbying blitz yields wins for airlines, corporations, banks, unions – ALEXANDER BOLTON AND ALEX GANGITANO
— US now leads the world in known coronavirus cases – PETER SULLIVAN

— US stocks surge despite the worst jobless claims data in history

— Stocks Surge as Washington’s Aid Package Advances
— U.S. Now Has More Known Cases Than Any Other Country

— U.S. deaths from coronavirus top 1,000, amid incomplete reporting from authorities and anguish from those left behind – Abigail Hauslohner, Reis Thebault and Jacqueline Dupree
— Poll finds recession fears high amid layoffs and pay cuts from coronavirus fallout – Scott Clement and Dan Balz
— Stocks roar, with Dow spiking 1,300 points, after Senate passes $2 trillion stimulus bill The Dow is on pace for one of its best weeks ever, surging more than 20 percent in three days – Rachel Siegel and Thomas Heath

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “Andrew Cuomo and Gavin Newsom deliver the leadership and straight talk Trump won’t.”

— Trump, G-20 leaders say they’re ‘injecting’ $5 trillion into global economy – David Jackson (DIERSEN: To “inject” money into a country’s economy is to drive up that country’s national debt.)

— Spend Generously, Take Care of Workers: Coronavirus Stimulus Takes Lessons From TARP The 2008 bailouts helped end the financial crisis but created resentment among Americans who felt banks took most of the benefits. The current plan puts individuals and Main Street at the center, with pledges of large amounts of cash. – Greg Ip and Jacob M. Schlesinger

— Is There Wasteful Spending In The Coronavirus Stimulus Bill? – Adam Andrzejewski

— ‘Tip of the iceberg’: Experts warn record 3.28 million jobless claims could signal coming depression

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.