March 29 Evening Edition

— Illinois sees 1K+ spike in COVID-19 cases in 1 day as state seeks to increase testing capacity – Eric Horng, Michelle Gallardo and Jesse Kirsch
— Dr. Fauci predicts 100K to 200K Americans will die from COVID-19 – AP

— Illinois Reports 1,105 New Coronavirus Cases; Deaths Now Total 65

— Chicagoland COVID-19 Testing Locations

— U.S. social distancing guidelines extended to April 30, President Trump says The initial 15-day period set by the federal government was set to expire Monday. Now it’s set to last through next month. – AP
— Illinois sees surge in coronavirus cases with increased testing
— Illinois confirms more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases as testing capacity grows The 1,105 new cases reported Sunday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker include 18 deaths and bring Illinois total number of cases to 4,596 and 65 deaths. – Tom Schuba, Jake Wittich, and Madeline Kenney
— Officers enforcing stay-at-home order break up funeral service in Pulaski Park A crowd consisting of between 40 and 60 people — many of whom were elderly — was found gathering Sunday morning at St. Odisho Church, 6201 N. Pulaski Road. – Tom Schuba

— President Trump extends coronavirus shutdown until April 30 – AP
— Coronavirus prompts crackdown on crowds in Cook County forest preserves, and more closures possible if public doesn’t comply – John Keilman
— DuPagePads and DuPage County joining forces to feed and shelter the homeless during the coronavirus pandemic – Robert McCoppin

— Governor vows to increase testing as COVID-19 cases surge – AP
— Man in his 60s succumbs to COVID-19 at Edward Hospital in Naperville – Steve Zalusky
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: We have 5 weeks to end gerrymandering here – Editorial
— Rhode Island door knocks in search of fleeing New Yorkers – AP
— Arlington Park won’t open until at least June 1 – Jim O’Donnell

— Session is canceled, but lawmakers are still working – Doug Finke

— Illinois residents, governments part of $2 trillion federal coronavirus package – Greg Bishop

— COVID-19 case-tracking website here today, gone tomorrow County mum on mysterious disappearance of site with data specific to suburbs – Michael Romain,-gone-tomorrow/

— IDHS expanding services by phone and online; 14 offices will remain open – Ray Hanania

— COVID-19: Attacking Our Health and Our Jobs Illinois’ New Unemployment Claims Leap Nearly 1000% – Brendan Rigney and Wagner Acerbi Horta

— Kane County Treasurer Dave Rickert Proposes Legislation to Allow Taxpayers to Postpone June Real Estate Tax Payments Until September without Interest Penalty (DIERSEN: One could argue that this should only be available to those who have suffered a substantial decrease of income and/or a substantial increase in expenses because of coronavirus and efforts to fight it.)

— A civics lesson on the importance of Due Process during an emergency – coming to courtrooms across the country – KIRK ALLEN

— Pritzker says 4,000 tests per day being done, 10K tests per day in ten days – Bemoans federal red tape – Warns landlords against evictions – Asked about construction sites – “We have not hit the peak” – Promises Downstate visit; “Weeks to go” before peak – Says “There’s not enough [hospital] capacity,” points to efforts to expand
— 1,105 new cases, 18 new deaths
— COVID-19 roundup
— A look at that University of Washington COVID-19 study and how Illinois fares

— Steve Bannon predicts Trump will opt for ‘harder lockdown’ to fight coronavirus – Daniel Chaitin

— British Govt Furious Over China’s Virus Lies, ‘Reckoning’ Expected Post-Pandemic – KURT ZINDULKA

— ‘It can’t be right’: Wuhan residents say Chinese government is under-reporting coronavirus deaths They are paying hush money to grieving families as furnaces cremate bodies around the clock – Giancarlo Sopo

— De Blasio, NYC Officials Downplayed COVID-19 Threat After Trump Restricted Travel To China. Here Are 5 Examples – CHRIS WHITE
— Media Blames Trump For Man Eating Fish Tank Cleaner – AMBER ATHEY

— Biden: It’s ‘Too Harsh’ To Claim ‘Blood’ On Trump’s Hands For Coronavirus Deaths In U.S.

— Take Note, Anti-Gunners: Trump Administration Declares Gun Dealers and Manufacturers ‘Essential Businesses’ – Beth Baumann

— University of California tells students ‘do not’ say ‘Chinese Virus’ and ‘do not allow’ others to say it either – Arik Schneider

— Trump shifts, says distancing to go to April 30 – BRETT SAMUELS
— Governors should focus on tackling coronavirus rather than shift blame – JONATHAN TURLEY
— Fauci says US could have ‘millions’ of coronavirus cases and over 100,000 deaths – JUSTIN WISE
— Governors, health experts warn coronavirus restrictions must stay in place – REBECCA KLAR (DIERSEN: The longer that coronavirus restrictions stay in place, the more individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries will file bankruptcy.)
— We need a ‘pay everything’ policy to combat coronavirus recession – DAVID SOUDER

— Trump extends federal social distancing guidelines to April 30 – Paul LeBlanc, Jason Hoffman and Kevin Liptak

— Trump Extends Social Distancing Guidelines to April 30 as U.S. Cases Top 135,000 The global count has passed 670,000, an official warns Britain that some kind of lockdown may last for months and Joe Biden urges mail-in elections. More than 894,000 tests have been performed in the United States, according to the Trump administration’s point man for testing.
— Governors plead for supplies as Nancy Pelosi attacks Trump for early ‘denial’ she called ‘deadly.’
— Largest One-day Jump in Coronavirus Deaths in New York State
— Facebook, Google and Twitter Struggle to Handle November’s Election After spending billions to avoid a repeat of 2016, the tech giants are careening from crisis to crisis as their foes change tactics. – Kevin Roose, Sheera Frenkel and Nicole Perlroth
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters use coronavirus to get Asian-Americans, and everyone else, to hate Trump.

— Trump says federal guidance urging social distancing will stay in place through April 30
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters use coronavirus to promote hatred of Trump.

— Massive field hospital for coronavirus patients going up in Central Park – Reuven Fenton, Julia Marsh and Bruce Golding
— 900 NYPD members will be positive for coronavirus by Monday, commissioner says – Craig McCarthy

— A whiplash world waits to see if coronavirus stimulus can help markets – JUSTIN CARRIGAN

— After Three Coronavirus Stimulus Packages, Congress Is Already Prepping Phase Four Push for yet more government support to culminate in April, before election-year politics undermine further compromise – Jacob M. Schlesinger and Joshua Jamerson

— Dow Jones Futures: Can Stock Market Rally Survive Amid Coronavirus Crisis? Amazon, AMD Lead Six Stocks To Watch – ED CARSON

— Ageism is starting to run deep as virus disaster continues – MARY SCHMICH (DIERSEN: To promote age discrimination, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs use Affirmative Action, Diversity, Inclusion, and up-or-out. Now they will also use coronavirus.)

— Coronavirus makes it harder for campaigns to ask for money – AP

— NBC’s Chuck Todd Asks Biden If Trump Has ‘Blood’ on His Hands Over Coronavirus Response Todd’s question enraged many Trump supporters to on social media, and Biden called it the assessment “a little too harsh.” – Justin Baragona
— It’s Every State for Itself Now in Pandemic Panic If the Syrian refugee crisis fueled the global rise of nationalism, the COVID-19 crisis is an accelerant, leading to more localism as states and cities fend for themselves. – Matt Lewis

— Churchgoers all over world ignore physical distancing advice – Andrew Roth, Shaun Walker, and Dom Phillips
— Pelosi accuses Trump of costing US lives with coronavirus denials and delays House speaker criticizes president on CNN while Dr Anthony Fauci says as many as 200,000 Americans may die – Ed Pilkington and Victoria Bekiempis in New York and Oliver Laughland

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.