March 27 Evening Edition

— DuPage County officials reveal cause of delayed primary election results – Megan C. Hickey
— Gun safety advocates seek to override Rauner’s veto of gun dealer license measure – Craig Wall (DIERSEN: Did those who put an extremely high priority on the Second Amendment plank in the Illinois Republican Party platform vote for Rauner?)


— Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Calls For Repeal Of 2nd Amendment


— Kennedy, Rauner and marijuana get Park Ridge voter support during primary election – Jennifer Johnson (DIERSEN: How many votes did each of the Republican candidates get in your precinct? How many registered voters are there in your precinct? How many of them and what percent a) cast a Republican ballot, b) cast a Democrat ballot, and c) did not vote? Has your Republican Precinct Committeeman/Captain provided that information to the Republican voters in your precinct?)
— General election in 9th Congressional District pits first-time candidate against veteran lawmaker – Karen Ann Cullotta
— Southland leaders seek exemptions from new prevailing wage requirements – Ted Slowik (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 (CPA), 32 (Certified Internal Auditor), 41 (Certified Fraud Examiner), 45 (certified Government Financial Manager), 47 (Certified Financial Services Auditor), and 48 (Forensic Accountant), and c) a job-related professional license (licensed CPA) when I was 32.)
— Bans on bump stocks, body armor move forward in Chicago – Hal Dardick, Bill Lukitsch
— Loyola’s legacy: Rejecting racial preference in pursuit of excellence – John Kass (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes a) would stress that the federal employees a) who hired me in 1966, 1971, and 1980 and b) who promoted me in 1972, 1973, 1974, and 1986 were White males and b) hint/imply/argue/shout that if I had been a minority or a female, they would not have hired me or promoted me. But wait, all those who hired me and promoted me were under tremendous pressure to hire and promote minorities and females. But wait, my Democrat superiors got rid of the a) IRS manager who promoted me in 1972, 1973, and 1974 and b) the GAO manager who hired me in 1980 and promoted me in 1986.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: That season, George Ireland, the Catholic school’s legendary coach, rejected racial preference in sport. He defied the unwritten rule that limited the number of black players on a court. Instead he started his best players in the pursuit of excellence. Four were black. One was white.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats say “Census question on citizenship is bad news for Illinois.” What percent of those who live in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois are NOT citizens of America?
— Working people in Illinois deserve a fairer state income tax – Editorial (DIERSEN: Democrats want individuals, organizations, and companies that are members of the following groups to pay more taxes: Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Madigan to break bread with only committeeman to break ranks on party leadership – Tina Sfondeles (DIERSEN: What congressional district do you live in? Who do you want to represent you on the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Central Committee (SCC)? Who do you want to be the next IRP chairman? Who do you want to represent you on the 2020 IRP Platform & Resolutions Committee? What weighted vote will your next representative on the IRP SCC have, that is, what percent of the approximate 700,000 Republican primary ballots cast statewide were cast in your congressional district?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Mike Madigan has a lunch date next week with an unexpected guest: the lone progressive candidate to win a Democratic state central committeeman post last week. And that newly elected party leader has no plans to vote for Madigan for chairman of the Democratic party, the position the powerful House speaker has held since 1998.)
— Trump accusers in denial about #MeToo movement – MARY MITCHELL


— DuPage County officials: Faulty cards not tested before election night – Robert Sanchez
(FROM THE ARTICLE: On Tuesday, county board members blasted the commission for not testing the ender cards. “You didn’t test everything,” board member James Healy said. “That’s the problem. I hope that from now on, every single piece of paper in the box will be tested.” County board member Don Puchalski said this has been the third election cycle where the commission has had problems. “This was such an important election …” he said. “We should have done better than this.” The most recent blunder came as county board Chairman Dan Cronin is pushing for a state law change to merge the election commission with the county clerk’s office. He has supported that concept for years, but the legislature has been reluctant to give the county permission to do it.)
— McKee House group, Elmhurst Art Museum receive Landmarks Illinois preservation grants – Katlyn Smith


— Lisa Madigan sues to block Trump census move – GREG HINZ (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats side with illegals against citizens of America.)


— Illinois Lawmakers May Override Rauner On Gun Bill – Dave Dahl


— Top state health department aide campaigned for GOP during Legionnaires’ crisis – AP


— Davis, LaHood split on $1.3 trillion federal spending plan – Bernard Schoenburg


— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: California ‘pot resort’ asking people to toke up privately – AP


— McHenry County school employees take gun class in preparation for Trump proposal to arm


    — Is this what democracy looks like? – Mike Wiley


— Rep. Davis: Too Soon to Judge Tax Reform – CHRISTINE HERMAN (DIERSEN: It is NOT too soon to increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)


— Rauner’s Uphill Climb To A Second Term – KATIE BUCK (DIERSEN: Who voted for Rauner in the primary? It must be those who reject the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and many other planks in the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) platform. In light of that, how will Rauner respond to those who advise him a) to officially dump the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and many other planks in the IRP platform and b) to officially dump all those individuals, organizations, companies, and governments that support the aforesaid planks?)


— Court: State worker union to get automatic pay hikes (step increases) despite Rauner freeze (DIERSEN: I got many step increases while I worked for the federal government 1966-1969 and 1971-1997. Step increases recognize the work experience that you gain. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always viciously demonized, viciously denigrated, and viciously condemned the work experience that I gained working for the Post Office 1966-1969, for IRS 1971-1980, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $81,071-$91,880, and for GAO 1980-1997, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $96,403-$125,325. What opinion does Rauner and his supporters have of the work experience that you have? Based on their words and their actions, Rauner and his supporters have an extremely low opinion of the work experience that I have.)


— Democrats, Republicans Both Willing To Compromise Morals For Party Line, One Scholar Says (DIERSEN: To be a Democrat, you have to be 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, anti-draft avoiders, and anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— IDPH Issues Warning About Synthetic Cannabinoids 6 cases of severe bleeding report using synthetic cannabinoids


— PRESS RELEASE: A special board meeting of the DuPage County Election Commission will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 4:00 PM. The meeting will be held in room 3500-A of the Jack T. Knuepfer building, 421 N. Country Farm Road, Wheaton, Illinois.


— Voters chose business as usual, Skillicorn says – Robert Hadley
— Skillicorn blames Rauner for state’s shrinking net worth – Glenn Minnis


— State’s sinking net worth a product of fiscal mismanagement, Ives says – Glenn Minnis
— Steps can be taken to fix Illinois’ tanking net worth, Oberweis says – Robert Davis


— Mitt Romney Runs as Immigration Hawk: ‘DACA Kids Shouldn’t All Be Allowed to Stay Legally’ – CHARLIE SPIERING


— The ‘waste, fraud, and abuse’ of university foundations


— Mitt Romney says Dreamers must ‘do more to justify’ legal status – Thomas Burr (DIERSEN: From what I see, Dreamers agree with the Democrats that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things who should be gotten rid of.)


— Kilmer bill helps federal workers who started in temporary role – Julianne Stanford (DIERSEN: I started working for the federal government as a part-time temporary employee in 1966. My Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government were beyond furious when I got almost 3 years of full-time Civil Service credit when I paid the Civil Service Retirement System 7% of the salary (plus interest) that the Park Forest Post Office paid me while I was a part-time employee there 1966-1969.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: But when he started to plan for retirement, he learned the years that he worked as a temporary employee didn’t count toward it because of a change in the federal system that went into effect the year he was hired at the shipyard. Under the new system, employees who transitioned into full-time positions could no longer retroactively contribute to their retirements for the time they worked as temporary employees, although they had been able to do so under the previous system. As a result, Hodge is now witnessing other employees retire who were hired at the shipyard as permanent employees after he started there. He must either work longer or retire early by the government’s standards with penalties to his benefits. “It’s hard to keep a good attitude, but as a manager I do it,” Hodge said. “We’re starting to see more people leave and it’s very frustrating.” After seeking out other avenues for assistance without result, Hodge and a few other shipyard workers sought help from U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer. After learning about the complexities of Hodge’s case, Kilmer said he saw an opportunity to right what he says is a wrong.)


— Why agencies’ firing problems are also their hiring problems – Nicole Ogrysko (DIERSEN: Because I have always supported the equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) plank in the Republican Party platform, because I have always opposed patronage and political affiliation discrimination, and because I have always opposed age discrimination, my Democrat superiors in the federal government always blamed me for their problems hiring and retaining young Democrat minorities and young Democrat females.)


— Prospects Unclear for Trump’s $1 Billion Performance Fund – Erich Wagner (DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government. Democrats use budget cuts to get rid of their employees who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who Democrats did not promote to 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.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: The omission of one White House management proposal from the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill for fiscal 2018, approved by Congress and signed by President Trump last week, could serve as a bellwether for the administration’s plans to transform the federal workforce. The spending package includes a number of provisions that specifically prohibit agency leaders from enacting plans to downsize or reshape their organizations without consulting Congress. And totally absent from the more-than 2,000-page document was the White House’s proposed $1 billion inter-agency performance fund, which the White House wanted to enact this fiscal year. That fund would be used by agencies for designing programs like performance-based pay and to pay bonuses for individual high performers across government.)

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.