March 29 Evening Edition

— The Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Central Committee (SCC) governs the IRP. Every 4 years, at IRP county party conventions, one IRP SCC member for each of Illinois’ 18 congressional districts is elected for 4 year terms. All votes taken by the IRP SCC are by weighted vote. Weighted vote is determined by the number of Republican primary ballots that were cast statewide divided by the number of Republican primary ballots that were cast in each of the 18 congressional districts. Who are the applicants for each of the 18 IRP SCC positions? What are their backgrounds and qualifications? Why are they running? Exactly what do they promise to do if elected? Applications were due by 5:00 PM, Monday, March 26, 2018. SEE: IRP SCC members will be elected at April 18, 2018 IRP county party conventions. What weighted vote will each of those IRP SCC members have? Every 4 years, each IRP SCC member appoints a member of the IRP State Convention Platform and Resolutions Committee. I have already asked Bob Grogan, an announced candidate for the IRP SCC 6th Congressional District position, to appoint me to the 2020 IRP State Convention Platform and Resolutions Committee, like Ron Smith appointed me in 2008. – Dave Diersen


— Indiana GOP asking Hoosier Republicans to submit party platform suggestions – Dan Carden (DIERSEN: Outstandingly, in 2008, Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Central Committee member Ron Smith appointed me to IRP’s State Convention Platform and Resolutions Committee. Very few changes to IRP’s 2008 platform were made at IRP’s 2012 and 2016 State Conventions.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Indiana Republican Party is seeking suggestions about what it should stand for and what it should oppose, as GOP leaders work to craft a platform for delegates to consider adopting in June at the party’s biennial state convention. The Indiana GOP Platform Committee next month is holding three public hearings for Hoosier Republicans to recommend positions, policies and programs for the 2018 party platform. The hearing happening closest to Northwest Indiana is set for 6 p.m., Eastern time, April 12 at the St. Joseph County Republican Headquarters, 4133 S. Main St., South Bend. Additional hearings are scheduled for the same time April 4 at Greenwood City Hall and April 16 at Jeffersonville Township Public Library. Individuals can reserve a spot to testify during a hearing, or submit written platform suggestions without appearing by emailing “We’re the party of proven leadership and the party that’s delivering real solutions to Indiana’s biggest challenges,” said Kyle Hupfer, Indiana GOP chairman. “Our party platform and these hearings unite us as Republicans, bringing us all together under a set of people-focused principles that are making life better for all Hoosiers.” In addition to adopting a platform, Republican delegates to this year’s state convention in Evansville will nominate the party’s general election candidates for secretary of state, state auditor and state treasurer.)


— Laura Ingraham dropped by some advertisers after David Hogg, Parkland comments – AP
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Ingraham apologized Thursday on Twitter, saying, “On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland.” Ingraham tweeted that she thought she was the first to feature Hogg on her show after the shooting and added, “he’s welcome to come on my show anytime for a productive discussion.” Hogg tweeted later Thursday that an apology to save advertisers wasn’t enough and that he’d only accept Ingraham’s apology if she denounced the way Fox News has treated his friends. “It’s time to love thy neighbor, not mudsling at children,” Hogg wrote.)


— Robots working alongside humans in Amazon’s Monee warehouse — a first for the e-commerce giant in Illinois – Lauren Zumbach
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats encourage people to come to America illegally, to stay in America illegally, and to bring others to America illegally.
— 44 Naperville teens score perfect 36 on ACT
— Police chiefs, lawmaker say preschool funding leads to less crime – Ted Slowik (DIERSEN: Did your parents send you to kindergarten? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I have always had an unfair advantage in life because my parents sent me to kindergarten at Trinity Lutheran Grade School in Crete.)
— Rep. Litesa Wallace said aide who reported harassment was fired for credit card misuse, didn’t mention police had cleared her – Christy Gutowski, Ray Long and Stacy St. Clair
— Synthetic pot warning issued after 22 people in Illinois report bleeding from eyes, ears – Kate Thayer


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Emanuel encourages people to come to America illegally, to stay in America illegally, and to bring others to America illegally.
— Armed security officers are on the rise in U.S. schools: study – AP
— Plot thickens in sewage treatment race: Rauner pick could trigger court fight – Alexandra Arriaga
— Raoul counting on census citizenship flap to help define attorney general race – Mark Brown
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats use Dreamers to demonize, denigrate, and condemn Republicans.


— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON ILLINOIS, ON COOK COUNTY, AND ON CHICAGO TIGHTENS: More people using homeless shelters in DuPage – Robert Sanchez (DIERSEN: Democrats always blame homelessness on Republicans.)


— Rauner says state will find money for state worker step increases – Doug Finke (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.)
— Redistricting advocates lobbying Illinois lawmakers – AP
— Rauner supports new capital bill, but vague on how to pay for it – Brenden Moore


— Different pay-equity measures competing in Illinois Senate and House – AP (DIERSEN: The Illinois Equal Pay Act requires men and women to be paid the same for similar work. If I had not been denied my 7th Amendment rights in Diersen v. GAO, I would have provided a jury with many examples in which GAO paid its female employees not only more for the same work, but more for lesser work, including one example in which GAO paid one of my subordinates who was a female, a minority, and a veteran more than it paid me. She had less job-related work experience, less job-related education, no professional certifications, and no professional licenses. I had almost 18 years experience working for GAO, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $96,403-$125,325; almost 9 years experience working for IRS, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $81,071-$91,880; three job-related master’s degrees; six job-related professional certifications, and a job-related professional license.)


— 14 months and no federal prosecutor here? U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood says he’s ‘very frustrated’ – Chris Kaergard


— Employment Opportunity: 18th Judicial Circuit Court Title: Associate Judge


— Illinois Rising – Is there a choice for conservative between Rauner and Pritzker


— Court Orders NIU to pay $56,878 for Open Meeting Lawsuit stating “defendant must play by the rules” – JOHN KRAFT


— ‘Enough Is Enough’: Nearly 400 Sheriffs Demand Congress Reduce Immigration, Criminalize Sanctuary Cities – JOHN BINDER (DIERSEN: Hopefully, DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba is one of these nearly 400.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Sheriff Hodgson is requesting Congress pass Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-VA) “Securing America’s Future Act,” which would: Authorize full construction of a border wall Mandate E-Verify to keep illegal aliens from taking American jobs Reduce overall legal immigration to the U.S. to raise the wages of American workers For pro-American immigration reformers, for months, the Goodlatte plan has been considered the best option for the Republicans in Congress to help Trump fulfill his immigration promises. Though the plan would allow a small group of illegal aliens to stay in the U.S., the amnesty would be offset with immediate reductions in legal immigration, whereas the country currently admits more than one million legal immigrants every year.)


— Romney: I’m ‘more of a hawk on immigration’ than Trump
— Democrats do indeed want to repeal Second Amendment
— Left’s derangement raises the stakes for midterm fight


— Women seize on their past abuse to fuel political ambition – Kyung Lah and Alberto Moya


— Why pick a party? Poll says dislike of the other side plays a big role (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, to be a Democrat is 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/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— Members of Congress want GAO to investigate reassignments at the Interior Department – Eric White (DIERSEN: GAO audits IRS. I had worked for IRS for almost 9 years when I transferred from IRS to GAO in 1980. While I worked for GAO for almost 18 years, my Democrat GAO superiors refused to assign me to audits of IRS except for 3 years 1986-1988. If I had been a Democrat, minority, female, and/or veteran, they would not have done that.)

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.