March 26 Morning Edition

— ‘Fake news’ in Malaysia could land peddlers in prison for a decade (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all news is fake except for the news that they put out or bless.)


— McCarthy says he’s running for mayor ‘to save black lives’ – John Byrne
— Judge seeks smooth transition following vote to eliminate Aurora Election Commission – Steve Lord
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Bad politicians gerrymander political districts a) to reward those who glorify and praise them, who pander to them, who serve as their operatives or dupes, and/or who give them money and b) to punish those who do not do the aforesaid.–supreme-court-redistricting-20180326-story.html–redistricting-lawsuits-20180326-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats blame Republicans for gun violence. Democrats crow about their success in getting students to act as their operatives and as their dupes.–student-gun-protests-20180325-story.html
— In four letters, why people leave Cook County: J-O-B-S – Editorial (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the Democrats who run Cook County make it clear that they want individuals, organizations, and companies that are members of the following groups to leave Cook County: Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Rick Santorum: Students should learn CPR, not seek ‘phony gun laws’ – AP
— Study blames ‘ACLU effect’ for spike in Chicago’s violence in 2016, but experts differ – Jeremy Gorner
— Instead of campaigning, here’s what Rauner, Pritzker should do with those millions – Allen R. Sanderson


— Why property taxes are staying flat in Naperville – Marie Wilson
— Wheeling may lift cap on video gambling cafes – Chacour Koop
— Soldier’s passion influences GIs’ buying decision – Matt Avery


— You won the primary. Now it’s time to get serious on pension reform. – Editorial
— Madigan comes out of primary season battered but far from broken – GREG HINZ


— More McHenry County Democrats voted early than Republicans


— New Financial Statements: Illinois’ Net Worth Plummets Deeper Into The Red – Mark Glennon and John Klingner


— Rep. Reick’s Message: Rauner, You Need Us – Cal Skinner (DIERSEN: What are your demographics? Which candidates talk and/or act like they want votes from those who share your demographics?)


— Obama wants to ‘create a million young Barack Obamas’ – David Leonhardt

— The Growing College Graduation Gap – David Leonhardt  (DIERSEN: What percent of your fellow high school graduates earned a college degree? What percent earned a graduate degree? What percent earned a professional certification? What percent earned a professional license?) 

(FROM THE ARTICLE: First, some good news: In recent decades, students from modest backgrounds have flooded onto college campuses. At many high schools where going to college was once exotic, it’s now normal. When I visit these high schools, I see college pennants all over the hallways, intended to send a message: College is for you, too. And thank goodness for that message. As regular readers of this column have heard before, college can bring enormous benefits, including less unemployment, higher wages, better long-term health and higher life satisfaction. Now for the bad news: The college-graduation rate for these poorer students is abysmal. It’s abysmal even though many of them are talented teenagers capable of graduating. Yet they often attend colleges with few resources or colleges that simply do a bad job of shepherding students through a course of study.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats blame Republicans for gun violence. Democrats crow about their success in getting students to act as their operatives and as their dupes.
— Most Stressful Job on the Road: Not Driving an Autonomous Car Safety drivers have critical job of backing up the computers that largely control the vehicles – Greg Bensinger and Tim Higgins
— Colleges Make It Easier for Older Students – Lisa Ward (DIERSEN: Because GAO assigned me to audits of federal financial system regulators in 1990, I started taking graduate finance courses at IIT in 1992 when I was 43 years old, and I earned a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997.)
— Saving More for Retirement vs. Work Longer Staying on the job, even for a little while, can have a much bigger impact on your nest egg than saving more – Lisa Ward (DIERSEN: My Civil Service Retirement System pension is dramatically less because my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats say “In the Hot Seat: The Path to a Peter Roskam Loss. It’s time to admit political climate change is real.”


— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON CHICAGO TIGHTENS: Over 80,000 youth and students in Chicago protest against mass violence

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.