March 28 Evening Edition

— Jussie Smollett update: City of Chicago asks Jussie Smollett to pay for $130,000 cost of investigation$130k-for-cost-of-investigation/5221901/

— Bill to abolish some township clerks creates political storm in Will County – Ted Slowik
— Chicago sends letter trying to recoup $130K from Jussie Smollett, Mayor Rahm Emanuel calls on President Trump to ‘sit this one out’ – John Byrne
— Two prosecutors’ groups rip handling of Jussie Smollett’s case by state’s attorney’s office – Megan Crepeau
— Kim Foxx will and should lose her job over the Jussie Smollett case – Eric Zorn
— Pro-legalization group says recent studies underestimate marijuana demand in Illinois – Javonte Anderson (DIERSEN: If/when pot pushers succeed in legalizing pot for recreational use in Illinois, how successful will they be in making stoners out of the following: you, people who you have to rely on, your spouse, your children, your grandchildren, your brothers and sisters, your parents, your grandparents, the rest of your relatives, your neighbors, politicians who represent you in your municipality, township/ward, county, and Illinois, etc.?)
— DuPage County early voting numbers up in Naperville compared to 2017 election – Erin Hegarty
— York Township Supervisor John W. Valle Participates in National March for Meals – Amy Kofink

— Cardinal Cupich calls abortion-rights bills ‘attack on human dignity’ – Tina Sfondeles
— Rahm tells Trump to ‘stay out of this’ after president calls for Smollett probe – Lynn Sweet, Fran Spielman and Stefano Esposito
— I’ll punch the bully in the mouth: Puerto Rico Gov. warns Trump over relief – USA Today

— Cook County men charged with gunrunning in DuPage – Justin Kmitch

— State chamber backs 25-cent-a-gallon gas tax hike The Illinois Chamber of Commerce is floating a plan that would inject an additional $2 billion a year into the state budget for transportation, largely by raising the state’s motor-fuel tax from 19 cents a gallon now to 44 cents. – GREG HINZ

— Illinois College Republican Federation owes $10,975 in fines

— How did Jim Oberweis spend campaign funds in the fourth quarter?

— College of DuPage – Candidate Dunne claims of being Adjunct Professor not accurate – KIRK ALLEN

— Tucker Carlson: CNN is really a super PAC, colluding with the Democratic Party on the news you hear
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders, Pelosi hang transgender pride flags in Congress

— Eric Holder goes on MAGA attack: ‘Exactly when did you think America was great?’ – Greg Norman (DIERSEN: Ever since Democrats lost the Civil War, Democrats have not thought that America is great.)
— Trump threatens to close southern border amid ‘breaking point’ warning – Brooke Singman
— US asylum policies need to be changed to combat illegal immigration: Border & Commerce Security Council president – Lucas Manfredi

— Hope? Survey suggests young Republicans are turning away from LGBT agenda – CALVIN FREIBURGER

— Donald Trump: Mexican, Central American Leaders ‘Do Nothing’ to Stop Migrants – Neil Munro

— Whistleblower Leaks Google’s ‘White Privilege’ Diversity Training – Alexander Hall (DIERSEN: Democrats use Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion quotas, goals, and targets to not hire, to not retain, to not promote, and to get rid of Republicans, and especially Republicans who are White, male. older, and/or non-veteran.)

— Illinois state legislator Michael McAuliffe proposes JUSSIE Act to revoke tax credits for film companies hiring actor – Bailey Vogt
— Mexico braces for ‘mother of all caravans’ – AP

— 86% of ICE arrests have prior criminal charges, immigrants second-biggest prison group – Paul Bedard |
— Our Border Patrol agents are now full-time babysitters and caretakers

— Google, Amazon try to stop Texas from passing religious freedom protections – Calvin Freiburger

— Will Democrats be held accountable for diverting attention from border crisis when there was time to fix it? – NOLAN RAPPAPORT
— Trump says Schiff should be forced to resign – KYLE BALLUCK AND MICHAEL BURKE

— Mexican president says illegal immigration to U.S. ‘is not up to us’

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “How Donald Trump inflated his net worth to lenders and investors.”

— Illinois Democrats Offer Relief From Deduction Cap, But Not Repeal Lawmakers who won GOP-held seats want to increase $10,000 cap on state and local tax deduction – Richard Rubin (DIERSEN: Trump should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Republicans imposed the $10,000 cap as part of the 2017 tax law, which also cut tax rates, doubled the child tax credit and sharply narrowed the alternative minimum tax. Most taxpayers, even in high-tax states, received tax cuts, but the cap still proved unpopular with suburban voters. That provision contributed to GOP election losses in high-tax states such as New York, New Jersey, California and Illinois, where Mr. Casten defeated Rep. Peter Roskam, a chief author of the tax law.)

— Moderate Democrats Look for Middle Ground on SALT Deduction Cap – Laura Davison (DIERSEN: Trump should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Marijuana Banking Bill Approved By Congressional Committee – Tom Angell

— Socially Responsible Investing (DIERSEN: From what I see, disgustingly, tragically, and ever-increasingly, more and more and more companies are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— Trump signs executive order implementing federal pay raise – Jessie Bur

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.