March 3 Evening Edition

— Illinois Budget Process – BGA


— Ad war tells plenty in race for governor – Rich Miller


— ‘We haven’t bottomed out’: Growing anxiety in White House as Trump shocks and rages – Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker and Josh Dawsey
— One chef’s social experiment: Charge minorities $12, white people $30 – Maura Judkis (DIERSEN: Who should pay the price of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion? According to the Democrats, the more of the following that you are, the more that you should pay: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, non-veteran, draft avoider, and if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Activists urge Bezos to choose LGBT-friendly state for new headquarters – Jonathan O’Connell (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that promote LGBTQ activity are taking over everything. Soon, if not already, if you do not promote LGBTQ activity, you will barred from a) getting an education, b) getting a job, c) joining organizations, d) buying things, e) owning things, f) getting elected to any government or political office, g) etc.)
— The ballot mess in Cook County – Editorial


— Endorsement: Harold for Illinois attorney general in Republican primary
— Community colleges combat hunger through campus food pantries – Madhu Krishnamurthy (DIERSEN: Where did the money come from to pay for your college expenses? My outstanding parents provided me with room and board in their home in Crete a) 1966-1968 while I was a student at UIC, b) weekends during my first semester at NIU in 1969, and c) the summer of 1969. The money to pay for tuition, books, a new 1968 Oldsmobile 442 in 1967, a new 1969 Dodge Charger SE in 1968, and room and board at NIU 1969-1970 (three semesters at University Plaza Dormitory ( and then a summer session at Lincolnshire West Apartments ( ) came from my part-time Park Forest Post Office job 1966-1969 that paid $15.85-$16.91 an hour in today’s dollars and my part-time jobs working on a Chrysler automobile assembly line in Belvidere ( and as a security guard at the University Plaza Dormitory in 1970. The aforesaid enabled me to graduate debt-free from NIU in August of 1970 owning a 1969 Dodge Charger SE.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Hunger for knowledge may be not be the only pang some college students feel. Students nationwide face a tough choice among paying for books and tuition, rent and buying food.)
— GOP 10th congressional district candidate’s ad contains inaccuracies about an opponent – Russell Lissau
— Gun control gains strong support from 6th District Democratic candidates – Marie Wilson–


— Rauner lucks out on gun bill timing – Doug Finke


— Wheaton College celebrates life of Billy Graham – ERIC SCHELKOPF


— Ives’ Challenge Forces Rauner to Keep Eyes on GOP Primary Ives Maintains Governor Has ‘Betrayed’ the GOP Platform – AP


— Rauner, Ives Both Expected Sunday at Lincoln Day Dinner – Greg Sapp


— Jack Franks Wanted to Have Cal Skinner Arrested
— Pop-Up Committee Reminiscent of Committee that Attacked Steve Reick Mails


— Candidates get more strident, mistake-prone as election day nears


— Durbin Says Americans’ Homeland Must Be a ‘Nation of Immigrants’ – Forever – NEIL MUNRO (DIERSEN: Ever-increasing, Democrats make it clear that they are anti-American, anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, 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.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: But if America must be “a nation of immigrants,” then Americans and their children are not allowed to have a normal nation of assimilated citizens or even normal pocketbook politics, said John Fonte, director of Center for American Common Culture at the D.C.-based Hudson Institute. In a nation of immigrants — legal and illegal — politics is all about enforced “Diversity” where a central elite treats people as members of competing identity groups and then balances each group against the others to achieve desired results, such as a desired percentage of women serving as fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy, Fonte said. In contrast, people in a nation of citizens — both native-borns and assimilated immigrants — are free to participate in the “normal give-and-take of bread-and-butter politics,” in local, state and federal levels, he said.)


— Corporate America throws weight behind gun controls – MELANIE ZANONA (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, “corporate America” paints itself as being 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, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— Ives’ Challenge Forces Rauner to Keep Eyes on GOP Primary The insurgent primary campaign of Republican state Rep. Jeanne Ives against GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner signals the right’s weariness of a governor they say is all talk. – AP

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.