March 27 Morning Edition

— Illinois Congressional Delegation Heads to DC for Vote on Coronavirus Relief Package – Carol Marin and Don Moseley
— Pritzker Taps Obama Aide – His Sister – for Coronavirus Relief – AP

— Essential business coronavirus: City to enforce paid sick leave rules for employees during ‘stay-at-home’ order – Samantha Chatman

— No masking pain coronavirus will inflict on state finances – but no one knows ‘exactly how bad it will be’ The coronavirus pandemic has thrown state government into flux, as the legislative session has been put on pause. And now state officials are scrambling – largely by phone – to try and figure out how to manage Illinois’ already precarious financial situation. – Neal Earley
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: How recreational weed went from illegal to essential in 3 months The state allowing pot shops to stay open despite a “stay-at-home order” that closed other businesses is “a sign of how far we’ve come on this issue,” one advocate said. – Tom Schuba
— Live map of Illinois coronavirus cases Track the latest confirmed COVID-19 cases across the state with this state map, updated daily with public health department data.
— Coronavirus stimulus bill House vote could require members to assemble

— House vote on $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill hits a last-minute snag: Conservative Republican wants to force quorum to return to D.C. for vote – AP
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-haters blame Trump for coronavirus.

— As Andrew Cuomo ascends during coronavirus pandemic, Joe Biden fades – John Kass

— Politicizing this pandemic gets us nowhere – Armstrong Williams
— Coronavirus highlights importance of paid leave for workers – Jill Gigstad
— Our cellphones give us an ‘A’ for social distancing – Editorial

— ‘Just damage containment’: Cost of the coronavirus shutdown keeps rising Millions of Americans are out of work, most others are slashing their spending and businesses are getting crushed. – BEN WHITE
— DuPage Medical puts staff on unpaid time off Patient volumes at the area’s largest independent physicians group have “dropped steadily” due to COVID-19, according to an internal memo obtained by Crain’s. – STEPHANIE GOLDBERG

— Illinois Prisons Refusing New Prisoners As COVID-19 Spreads – Shannon Heffernan

— ‘Grim’ barely describes state’s financial fallout from coronavirus pandemic – Jim Dey

— Sen. Brady: Key To Restarting Economy Is More COVID-19 Testing – RYAN DENHAM

— 300 People Released From Cook County Jail as Coronavirus Spreads As the Coronavirus begins to spread inside the walls of the Cook County jail, officials have released at least 300 people this week.

— Best-Case Scenario: August Peak For Virus In Cook County If everyone in Cook County adheres to social distancing, coronavirus may not peak until late summer, according to a recent analysis. – Shannon Antinori

— Best-Case Scenario: August Peak For Virus In DuPage County If everyone in DuPage County adheres to social distancing, coronavirus may not peak until late summer, according to a recent analysis. – Shannon Antinori
(FROM THE ARTICLE: If severe control measures including strict social distancing are not put in place, coronavirus infections could top 210,000 in DuPage County by early May — 23 percent or more of the population. That’s the conclusion of Columbia University researchers as reported by the New York Times, which compiled maps showing the estimated spread of the virus in every county in America under varying scenarios for control measures. Under the best-case scenario, including strict imposition of measures like closing schools, banning mass gatherings, and testing and quarantining sick people and their contacts, the peak of infection could be pushed past July 31, with as few as 9,000 cases — just 1 percent of the DuPage County population. But even in a scenario falling somewhere between these two extremes, the number of infections could top 160,000 by the middle of June, about 18 percent of the population, the researchers concluded.)

— Best-Case Scenario: August Peak For Virus In Kendall County If everyone in Kendall County adheres to social distancing, coronavirus may not peak until late summer, according to a recent analysis. – Shannon Antinori

— Coronavirus In Chicago: City Becoming A ‘Hot Spot’ As Cases Hit 1,149, White House Warns Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Chicago could expect upwards of 40,000 hospitalizations in coming weeks. “That number will break our health care system.” – Kelly Bauer

— TGIF, Illinois, and shoutout to Hinsdale Central High School teacher Chris Wilbur and his AP government and civics classes. They’re reading Playbook during this time of e-learning so they can keep up on government and politics in Illinois. Thanks for reading! – SHIA KAPOS (DIERSEN: Will Republican leaders in Hinsdale encourage Wilbur to read GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails in his classes? What if I joined my Democrat, Libertarian, Green, and RINO competitors who claim to be nonpartisan?)

— Group of Illinois House Republicans push for reforms to ‘kick start’ state’s economy amid COVID-19 crisis – Greg Bishop

— Unacceptable: Illinois and Certain Other States Not Releasing COVID Hospitalization Numbers – Mark Glennon

— Bellmont Mayor to reporter: “Maybe I outta get out and jist whip yer ass” – JOHN KRAFT

— Carol Davis on Social Media in Politics – David E. Smith (DIERSEN: Thanks to everyone who reads my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. I would greatly appreciate it if you would a) ask the following who do NOT encourage people to read GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails why they do NOT encourage people to read the emails and b) let me know what they say: a) your Republican Precinct Committeeman/Captain, b) the leaders of your Republican township, ward, and/or county party organizations, c) the leaders of the Illinois Republican Party, d) the Republican elected officials who represent your precinct, municipal district, municipality, township, and county, and e) the leaders of conservative organizations.)

— Oh, the “New Illinois” folks ain’t gonna like this

— ‘Made in America’ solutions will defeat COVID-19 and stop China’s economic invasion Why United States’ supply chain must no longer be based overseas – Jeff Landry
— Trump says GOP convention will go forward in August – Dave Boyer

— Identity politics is the purveyor of real racism during coronavirus pandemic – Ying Ma
— ‘He’s not playing with a full deck’: Trump campaign lobs unsubtle attack on Biden – Naomi Lim
— Biden blames record unemployment surge on Trump: ‘Didn’t do his job when it mattered’ – Emily Larsen (DIERSEN: Who blames you and for what? I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems. I would focus on those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton’s West District, Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois. I would focus on those who paint themselves as being religious, conservative, and/or Republican.)

— Most Americans Think Media Have Done A Terrible Job Covering Coronavirus Most Americans are correct – Andrew Stiles

— Trump says US working closely with China on coronavirus after call with Xi – Edmund DeMarche
— Trump downplays worst-case coronavirus scenarios: ‘I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators’ – Charles Creitz, Samuel Chamberlain
— Ilhan Omar calls for ‘national lockdown’ amid COVID-19 outbreak – Michael Ruiz

— Coronavirus relief costs over $100B, Trump says Federal and state agencies are receiving billions of dollars and health care resources to combat COVID-19 – Cortney Moore

— Donald Trump Casts Doubt on China’s Coronavirus Numbers – CHARLIE SPIERING
— New Orleans Mayor on Coronavirus: Trump Admin Should Have Warned Us to Stop Mardi Gras – PAM KEY
— Pew Research: 95 Percent of Americans Say Trump’s Travel Bans ‘Necessary’ to Stop Coronavirus – JOHN BINDER
— Coronavirus Will Bring a New Era of Borders, Walls, Distancing, Dispersion, and Self-Defense – JAMES P. PINKERTON

— ‘Who’s the sh*thole country now?’: Journalist mocks US as COVID-19 infections rise Disgusting – Breck Dumas

— Trump: Testing Boost Puts US at No. 1 for Coronavirus Cases – Fred Lucas
— China’s Outrageous Coronavirus Blame Game – Helle Dale

— Sanctuary Cities More Prone to Coronavirus – A.J. Rice

— DESPICABLE! Blaming Trump and Conservatives for Coronavirus – Geoffrey Dickens
— NY Times: Those Trump Virus Briefings We Wanted Could Be ‘Dangerous’ Television – Clay Waters

— Scientist behind U.S., U.K. lockdowns drastically lowers death estimate Initial shocking figures cited by White House prompted unprecedented virus response – Art Moore

— Coronavirus and the Reordering of America’s Priorities – CHRISTIAN JOSI (DIERSEN: Hopefully, the promotion of a) booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, b) LGBTQ activity, c) abortion, d) mass/illegal immigration, e) abolition of the Second Amendment, f) patronage, g) political affiliation discrimination, h) reverse discrimination, i) age discrimination, and j) retaliation for opposing the aforesaid will go down.)

— Lawmakers brace for more coronavirus legislation after $2 trillion bill – JORDAIN CARNEY
— Poll: 72 percent of voters now believe coronavirus will impact their personal lives (DIERSEN: So far, how has coronavirus impacted your household’s income and net worth? The value of our retirement savings in the stock market has decreased dramatically. I am sure that the value of our home, vehicles, possessions, etc. has decreased dramatically. Interest rates available when our CDs and treasury strips mature will be dramatically less. As inflation rages for necessities, the purchasing power of our income and retirement savings decrease dramatically.)
— TRUMP-HATERS ARE OVERJOYED: Economic disaster poses danger for Trump – NIALL STANAGE
— Democratic fears rise again as coronavirus pushes Biden to sidelines – AMIE PARNES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters blame Trump for everything that is bad.

— Trump: I don’t believe you really need that many ventilators – MATTHEW CHOI
— Democrats delayed stimulus bill to tighten ban on Trump family profiting – ANITA KUMAR

— Trump Threatens TV Stations If They Air Coronavirus Response Criticism Trump is threatening to take away licenses from television stations if they air an ad that is critical of his response to the coronavirus. – JASON EASLEY (DIERSEN: What if Pritzker stops my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to punish Trump?)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters use coronavirus to get Asian-Americans to hate Trump.

— Singapore penalizing social distancing violators
— Indianapolis 500 postponed until Aug. 23 because of coronavirus

— As coronavirus spreads, U.S. military to withhold some infection data – Phil Stewart, Idrees Ali
— China’s Xi offers Trump help in fighting coronavirus as U.S. faces wave of new patients – Se Young Lee, Lusha Zhang

— Coronavirus impacts: Disrupted lives, elevated stress, and soaring worry Many report stress, worry, over the virus; 77% have experienced disruption – Gary Langer
— A third report a job loss, half a pay cut as coronavirus crisis grips the economy One in three in say they or an immediate family member have lost their job. – Gary Langer

— British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trump touts great success as US becomes world’s worst virus epicenter.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “You said you stand with Michigan — prove it.”

— The coronavirus may be deadlier than the 1918 flu: Here’s how it stacks up to other pandemics – Berkeley Lovelace Jr.
— Trump says the US and China are ‘working closely together’ in fight against coronavirus – Evelyn Cheng

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trump administration sending ‘mixed messages based on ignorance’ for coronavirus response.”

— As Coronavirus Crisis Unfolds, Sanders Sees a Moment That Matches His Ideas With the odds of winning long, some Democrats wonder why Bernie Sanders is still in the presidential race. He’s still pushing his agenda, though it’s not clear who’s listening. – Sydney Ember (DIERSEN: Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs are using coronavirus to get rid of Republicans once and for all.)
— Trump Says He Will Not Cancel August Republican Convention – Reuters
— After Considering $1 Billion Price Tag for Ventilators, White House Has Second Thoughts
— The Most Powerful People in American Politics Are Over 65 President Trump is 73. His leading rival is 77. And many of their strongest supporters — vulnerable to the coronavirus but enormously influential politically — are eligible for Social Security. – Katie Glueck and Sabrina Tavernise (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, members of the following groups promote age discrimination: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, 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.)
— U.S. Officials Push for Expelling Suspected Chinese Spies at Media Outlets Trump administration officials are discussing taking action after China said it would expel almost all American journalists for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. – Edward Wong and Julian E. Barnes (DIERSEN: I should sue my critics/opponents who have hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I am a spy for their critics/opponents.)
— Surging Traffic Is Slowing Down Our Internet With people going online more in the pandemic, internet traffic has exploded. That’s taking a toll on our download speeds and video quality. – Cecilia Kang, Davey Alba and Adam Satariano

— It was the worst week for the economy in decades. The pain is just beginning. ‘It’s making me go into a depression,’ said LaTonua Bowens, a laid-off cook. ‘I’m worried if I’m going to still have a job.’ – Heather Long
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “In coronavirus clash with China, Trump chooses name-calling over leadership.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trump’s effort to bury the truth about his coronavirus fiasco is failing.”

— Increased anxiety and depression top college students’ concerns in coronavirus survey – ARIT JOHN

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trump Is Haggling Over Ventilator Prices While Coronavirus Patients Die.”

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “The Trump O’Clock Follies The President’s mendacious nightly press briefings on the coronavirus will go down in history for their monumental flimflammery.”

— Washington’s Trillions Alone Can’t Stop the Jobpocalypse A record surge in U.S. jobless claims is a foretaste of even worse numbers with a danger of cascading losses – Justin Lahart
— We May Well Be in a Recession – Jeffrey Sparshott
— China Is Open for Business, but the Postcoronavirus Reboot Looks Slow and Rocky Factories are back, stores are opening, but demand has crashed as buyers wait for the pandemic to end – Mike Bird, Jon Emont and Shan Li
— Short-Term Yields Go Negative in Scramble for Cash One-month and three-month Treasury bills sported negative yields for the first time in more than four years – Caitlin Ostroff and Paul J. Davies
— Rationing Care Is a Surrender to Death Limiting treatment for the old or chronically ill may also violate civil-rights law. There are better ways. – Allen C. Guelzo
— The Coronavirus Debt Threat Developing nations as well as advanced ones will soon face a health emergency and its economic consequences. – Carmen M. Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff
— Big-Government Contagion Appropriators throw hundreds of billions at the virus—and at everything else. – Kimberley A. Strassel

— Trump Campaign’s Threat on TV Licenses May Be Mostly Bluster (DIERSEN: What if Pritzker stops my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to punish Trump?)
— Desperate Airlines Swap Passengers for Cargo to Stay Afloat

— See How Much Coronavirus Testing Is Happening In Each State – Eric Mack
— COVID-19 Travel News: Hotels As Hospitals, More Airline Cuts, Solo Activities – Will McGough

— How the coronavirus affects stock prices and growth expectations – NIELS GORMSEN AND RALPH S. J. KOIJEN

— Will coronavirus lead to a wave of bank failures? – Brendan Pedersen, Jim Dobbs

— If you are at higher risk How to reduce risk of infection and what to do if you get sick

— GM Employees Hit With Salary Reduction During Coronavirus Pandemic – JONATHAN LOPEZ


— As advertising dries up amid coronavirus shutdown, Washington news outlets lay off staff – Katherine Khashimova Long
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Coronavirus has infected Washington’s media ecosystem. The statewide shutdown of most businesses and a halt to events, ordered to slow the virus’s spread, have dried up advertising revenues at news outlets across the state. Layoffs and furloughs have followed, putting additional pressure on the remaining reporters and editors, who are already working overtime — and usually working from home — to feed the public’s need for news about the virus. Almost no paper in Washington has remained unscathed.)

— Lawsuit: Former Portland police officer forced to resign due to ‘intolerable’ environment – Kara Berg (DIERSEN: I should write a book about the adverse actions that my Democrat superiors in the federal government took against me. They would not have taken those actions if I had been a Democrat, minority, female, and/or veteran.)

— Local journalism needs a coronavirus stimulus plan, too – Margaret Sullivan
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Media readership and viewership is soaring as citizens seek life-or-death information about the coronavirus: Where to get tested? Does my hospital have enough ventilators? Is it safe to go outside? But the accompanying economic decline is killing off advertising – for restaurants, cars, travel, entertainment – and other support that has kept many news organizations going. For some, the events of the past few weeks have already proved too much for their fragile existence. Alternative weeklies have stopped printing. Local dailies are laying off staff at already decimated newsrooms. Many others, including digital-only newsrooms, are hanging on by a thread. It’s happening around the world: Newspapers in Australia and Britain announced in the past few days that they were going out of business or suspending print publication. “Journalists are essential in this moment,” Craig Aaron, president and co-CEO of Free Press, a Washington-based advocacy nonprofit, told me in an interview. “We need to keep reporters working, and we have to do it now.”)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “CNN, MSNBC Bosses Ignore Staff Pleas to Cut Trump Coronavirus Pressers ‘NO PUBLIC BENEFIT’ Trump’s daily pandemic briefings have devolved into an “open-mic night” full of “misinformation,” cable staffers said, but networks are still broadcasting nearly every moment live.”

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Members of the following anti-groups see coronavirus as opportunity: anti-Trump, 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.

— Cities after coronavirus: how Covid-19 could radically alter urban life – Jack Shenker
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-hating governors fight Trump.

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trump makes extraordinary claim Gov. Cuomo is exaggerating NY’s need for ventilators in wild Hannity interview as the nation’s coronavirus epicenter tops 37,000 cases and hospitals verge on the edge of collapse.”

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.