March 27 Evening Edition

— Trump signs $2.2T coronavirus stimulus package after swift congressional votes – AP$22t-coronavirus-package-after-swift-congressional-votes/6055124/
— Federal officials focuses in on Cook County as cases rise in Illinois – Jesse Kirsch
— Illinois expands food stamp access as COVID-19 cases top 3K, with 34 deaths
— Disneyland, Walt Disney World to remain closed ‘until further notice’ amid coronavirus outbreak

— White House Health Experts Worry Cook County May Be Among Nation’s Next Hotspots Chicago’s total confirmed cases topped 1,000 Thursday, a number that is nearly double the amount of cases the entire state of Illinois had less than a week earlier

— Coronavirus In Illinois: Gun Sales Skyrocket Amid Uncertainty; ‘Ammunition Is Selling Out Within A Day’ – Marissa Parra
— Civic Federation’s Laurence Msall: Staggering Unemployment Claims Will Put Major Strain On Illinois, Chicago Budgets

— Surgeon general warns Chicago ‘will have a worse week next week’ for COVID-19 cases – AP

— Confronting the coronavirus, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says crisis could peak in April: ‘Popular or not, you have to do what’s right’ – Gregory Pratt
— Aurora mayor, police chief test positive for coronavirus – MEGAN JONES and SARAH FREISHTAT
— 12 nurses at U. of I. Hospital in Chicago test positive for coronavirus – DAVID HEINZMANN
— How to spot fake coronavirus news on social media – Jessica Roy (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is fake except for government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless. I should write a book about my critics/opponents. They focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate or dominate.)
— Illinois’ stay-at-home order likely to extend ‘deep into April,’ Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says; Pritzker doesn’t rule it out – Gregory Pratt
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “No, this is not the time for fiscal restraint.”
— Illinois’ House delegation backs coronavirus stimulus bill, but some say more will be needed – RICK PEARSON
— Commentary: Exactly how much power do we really want to give the government right now? – JON HEALEY
— Pritzker hasn’t ruled out extending stay-home order | President Trump’s surgeon general calls Chicago a coronavirus ‘hot spot’ | President signs $2.2 T relief package – LISA DONOVAN

— ‘Nothing set in stone’ for stay-at-home order as Illinois tallies 8 more deaths, Pritzker says Health officials also announced another eight deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the state’s total to 34. Friday marked the largest number of people killed in the state, with an additional 488 cases bringing the Illinois total to 3,026 confirmed cases. – Tina Sfondeles
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Legalizing pot deliveries gains momentum during coronavirus crisis Rep. Sonya Harper introduced legislation last month that would allow cannabis dispensaries to deliver weed. Now, she’s calling on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to take immediate action. – Tom Schuba
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters use coronavirus to promote illegal immigration.
— How much longer will we be inside — and then what happens? Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order ends on Tuesday, April 7, but he’s likely to extend it as the coronavirus outbreak continues. Just how long? – Ed Zotti
— Trump signs $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package into law Trump thanked members of both parties for putting Americans “first” as he signed the bill in the Oval Office, flanked only by Republican lawmakers. – Lynn Sweet (DIERSEN: Of course, Trump-haters believe that the bill will help them defeat Trump on November 3, 2020.)

— 41 votes: One DuPage County Board primary race still too close call – Robert Sanchez
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Nearly two weeks after the March 17 primary election, the race to pick the Democratic nominee for DuPage County Board District 4 isn’t over — and only 41 votes separate the two leading candidates. Hadiya Afzal, a college student from Glen Ellyn, has a narrow lead over Lynn LaPlante, a violist from Glen Ellyn. As of Friday, Afzal had 4,431 votes, or 28.21% of those cast, and LaPlante had 4,390 votes, or 27.95%, according to unofficial totals. Three other candidates trailed behind. “I think it’s going to come down to a handful of votes,” LaPlante said. County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek said officials will check for mail-in votes through the end of Tuesday. In addition, there are roughly 225 provisional ballots that still need to be counted for the entire county. It’s unclear how many of those ballots will apply to the District 4 race, Kaczmarek said.)
— Access to be further limited at DuPage County courthouse
— Number of Cook County inmates with coronavirus up to 24
— Illinois COVID-19 cases now over 3,000; 8 more deaths reported – Marni Pyke
— Food Insecurity Crisis Fund created to help District 200 families

— Pritzker again rips Trump, saying lack of COVID-19 action could be ‘deadly’ The governor renews his push to get the White House to do more—and move more quickly—to fight the fast-growing pandemic. And as Pritzker was still speaking, President Trump did what the governor wanted, at least in part. – GREG HINZ
— U.S. House passes $2 trillion coronavirus aid package
— State aims to turn this Marriott into a COVID-19 command center—but there’s a hitch The owner of the Schaumburg property is ready to play ball. So why isn’t the deal done? Here’s the story. – ALBY GALLUN
— Chicago population dips again The tri-state metropolitan area lost an estimated 26,000 residents in the past year, this time joined by drops in metro New York and Los Angeles. – GREG HINZ

— Costs for Treatment of Conoravirus 
IL-06: Sean Casten Complains in Twitter Rant He Says Is Not Political 
— Will McHenry County’s Hospitals Have a “Do-Not-Resuscitate” Policy Imposed Upon Them By Northwestern Medicine? 
— Unemployment Spike Unprecedented: IL v FL

— Bellmont Mayor locked Trustees out of Village Hall – JOHN KRAFT


— Pritzker sets up new Emergency Alert System – Pleads with president to use Defense Production Act – Announces expanded childcare, food and homeless programs – Evaluating whether to extend EO – More cases because of additional tests and virus is spreading – Pleased with Trump invoking Defense Production Act – Working on hospitalization numbers over the weekend – “We’ll get around to talking about” biz demands

— Trump signs $2 trillion economic rescue plan to rush aid to businesses, workers hurt by pandemic – Dave Boyer and S.A. Miller
— House passes $2 trillion coronavirus aid package on voice vote – Gabriella Muñoz and Dave Boyer

— Coronavirus: Italy Sees Worst Day Yet, 969 Dead in 24 Hours; Death Toll Exceeds 9,000 – ALANA MASTRANGELO 

— The Red Chinese Aim To Use The Wuhan Virus To Win Their War Against America – George Rasley

— Gallup Poll: Majority Of Americans Disapprove Of News Media Handling Of Wuhan Coronavirus – Tristan Justice

— Tech Firms Bear Brunt of Affirmative Action Witch Hunt – Drew Johnson

— US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 – PETER SULLIVAN

— Governors’ coronavirus pacts could thwart Trump goal of reopening country Some governors and public health experts say the localized lifting of restrictions could create new clusters of disease that leave officials chasing the outbreak well into the summer. – DAN GOLDBERG

— House passes historic $2 trillion stimulus despite objections from GOP lawmaker

— Can Trump Legally Order the Country Back to Work From Coronavirus by Easter? Such a declaration, in the midst of a health crisis, would have to come from local authorities. – Neil MacFarquhar (DIERSEN: As Trump-haters see it, the longer that they prolong the shutdown, the more likely that they can defeat Trump on November 3, 2020.)

— Trump signs $2 trillion coronavirus bill into law as companies and households brace for more economic pain The new law amounts to the largest emergency spending measure in U.S. history. – Paul Kane, Mike DeBonis and Erica Werner
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “U.S. cities have acute shortages of masks, test kits, ventilators as they face coronavirus threat.”
— Trump orders GM to manufacture ventilators under the Defense Production Act – John Wagner and Colby Itkowitz

— Martial Law Would Sweep the Country Into a Great Legal Unknown The prospect, while still remote, is not purely hypothetical in the current crisis, and the risk is great. – Stephen Dycus and William C. Banks (DIERSEN: Of course, if Marshall Law was declared, my critics/opponents would want it to be used to stop me from sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: he last time martial law—military control of the government—was declared in the United States was December 1941, just hours after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The territorial governor, acting under a turn-of-the-century statute, handed the government of the Hawaiian islands over to the commander of U.S. forces there. The military governor, as he styled himself, immediately ordered the closure of courts, shut down schools, froze wages, suspended labor contracts, and imposed censorship of newspapers, radio, and civilian mail. He also decreed a curfew and blackout, as well as a ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages—a wildly unpopular measure that was quickly reversed. Despite the fact that there was no threat of a Japanese invasion after the Battle of Midway in 1942, martial law remained in place for another two years.)

— The Deranged Push to Get Americans Back to Work Some conservatives want ordinary citizens to return to their jobs and absorb the unfolding coronavirus catastrophe on everyone’s behalf. – OSITA NWANEVU

— 61% of Republicans See America Getting Back on Its Feet By Easter

— FOR SALE BY OWNER: 403 West Park Avenue, Wheaton – $217,000

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.