March 30 Evening Edition

— Illinois coronavirus: McCormick Place, two shuttered hospitals to be used as overflow medical facilities as COVID-19 cases surge over 5K with 73 deaths – Jessica D’Onofrio and Craig Wall
— Pres. Trump defends extending coronavirus distancing guidelines as spread continues in the US – AP

— Coronavirus Cases in Illinois Top 5,000 With 73 Fatalities With the newly confirmed cases, more than 50 of the state’s 102 counties have now reported at least one confirmed case of the virus
— How Will We Vote? Outbreak Revives Debate on Mail-in Ballots Democrats’ hopes for using the crisis to expand voting by mail face firm Republican opposition, as well as significant logistical challenges – Nicholas Riccardi and Rachel La Corte

— CPS To Distribute 100,000 Computers For E-Learning To Start April 13

— 8 more die in Illinois from COVID-19, cases tally rises to 5,057
— 29 more CPD members test positive for COVID-19
— Tampa megachurch pastor arrested after leading packed services despite ‘safer-at-home’ orders

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “The media shouldn’t muzzle Trump — no matter his lies and ineptitude.”
— Public sector pensions can bring reduced Social Security benefits – Elliot Raphaelson (DIERSEN: My Social Security is dramatically reduced because I get a Civil Service Retirement System pension.)
— Waukegan social-distancing itself from marijuana revenues – CHARLES SELLE
— More than 800 Chicago Police Department employees out sick Monday – Jeremy Gorner
— Rations of high-demand goods, shoppers in masks and reminders to keep your distance. This is the brave new world of pandemic shopping. – LAUREN ZUMBACH
— Who gets care for COVID-19 when the hospitals fill up? Gut-wrenching decisions will have to be made. – NEIL S. WENGER AND MARTIN F. SHAPIRO
— 7 residents at Carol Stream nursing facility test positive for coronavirus – Phil Thompson

— Coronavirus test sites added in Illinois, but Pritzker says limited capacity still ‘an enormous problem’
— Trump: Feds to pay 100% for Illinois National Guard COVID-19 deployment The Illinois National Guard was deployed earlier this month by Gov. J.B. Pritzker to help in the COVID-19 crisis. – Lynn Sweet
— CPS students unlikely to return to schools this year, alderman says after mayoral briefing “We have no expectation of them going back,” Ald. Ray Lopez (15th) told the Sun-Times after a conference call with Lori Lightfoot. “I don’t know why they’d have to go back if they’re all learning at home.” – Fran Spielman
— It’s a bad idea for journalists to censor Trump – instead, they can help the public identify what’s true or false Some television networks have started cutting away from Trump’s daily briefings, saying the events are no more than campaign rallies, and that he is spreading falsehoods that endanger the public. – David Cuillier (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is false except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless.)

— Most suburban GOP lawmakers endorse Pritzker’s COVID-19 stay-at-home rule – Marni Pyke
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Illinois GOP House Leader Jim Durkin and Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady supported Pritzker’s executive order issued March 20 that aims to nip the spread of the respiratory infection. Republican and DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin has appeared with Pritzker at several briefings and said “preserving people’s health and safety has to be the No. 1 consideration in an effort to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our communities. “I intend to let the public health recommendations and data drive decision-making, so we make the most informed decisions possible in this unprecedented situation,” Cronin said. Republican state Rep. David McSweeney of Barrington Hills, however, said last week that Pritzker’s order is “too broad” and the state should align with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “I am 100% totally supportive of what the health care professionals say at the federal level,” McSweeney said. “I believe the best information is at the CDC. No one in Washington has ordered a shutdown of the state of Illinois.”)
— Fair maps advocates hopeful with deadline looming for redistricting referendum – Elena Ferrarin
— DuPage introduces COVID-19 case map (SEE: )
— Illinois inmate dies from COVI-19; dozens more sickened – AP
— State announces 8 new deaths, 461 new coronavirus cases – Jake Griffin

— Ideas weighed to slowly relaunch Illinois economy – Greg Bishop

— House of Representatives will not return to DC until at least April 20 – SCOTT THUMAN

— New DuPage County COVID-19 Case Map

— New York Times Projects 33,000 McHenry County Coronavirus Infections


— Pritzker says 500 hospital beds this week at McCormick Place – Feds sent surgical masks instead of N95 masks – Ezike explains state prison strategy – Why no “recovered” data? Abbott can only produce 50K rapid tests per day- Drop in new cases today does not indicate anything – Not focused on costs except for gouging
— 461 new cases, 8 new deaths – 12 Stateville prisoners hospitalized

— How will county parties hold legally mandated conventions on April 15th?
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The ILGOP’s general counsel sent a memo to county chairs days ago. Excerpt… Other than the requirement that conventions be held on a particular date, the Election Code only directs that a county convention elect a county chairman, select delegates to the state convention and shall be held “within the county.” There is no statutory requirement that a convention must be conducted in any particular manner. In other words, for county organizations without bylaws that might direct otherwise, a convention could possibly be conducted by a conference call (so long as all participants are within the county), or by use of absentee ballots or other methods to elect a chairman and to conduct business. As for the requirement that state convention delegates are chosen at the county convention, that task may be delegated (as has traditionally been the case) to county chairmen if necessary. Of course, all notice requirements must be adhered to, as always. For counties with bylaws that dictate how their conventions are to be run, those bylaws will control, and county organizations should abide by them. I asked the same follow-up question to the ILGOP’s Joe Hackler about counties with in-person meeting requirements. His response… There may be a few that explicitly require personal presence for participation. However, each of these counties conventions would conceivably have a rules committee that could possibly help offer some relief.)

— Democrats fault Trump for spike in Asian harassment in light of coronavirus – Gabriella Muñoz (DIERSEN: The more of the following that you are, the more that Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs well blame you for coronavirus: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Democrats call for racial data in coronavirus testing – AP (DIERSEN: What about citizenship, age, gender, sexual orientation, BMI, illnesses, national origin, religion, political affiliation, income, net worth, veteran status, years ancestors have been in America, etc.?)

— Trump Has Risen to the Occasion, Dems Sink to New Lows

— Repeated Warnings from Feds About Lack of Ventilators Fell on Deaf Ears Under Bush, Obama – EDWIN MORA
— Biden Dismisses Numerous Reports of Mask Theft to Accuse Trump of ‘Conspiracy Mongering’ – JOHN NOLTE

— New York Times Now Blaming Christians for Coronavirus – Bill Donohue (DIERSEN: The more of the following that you are, the more that Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs well blame you for coronavirus: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— U.S. Rivals Are Exploiting Coronavirus As A Weapon In Propaganda War – J. D. GORDON

— De Blasio, NYC Officials Downplayed COVID-19 Threat After Trump Restricted Travel to China. Here Are 5 Examples. – Chris White

— German State Finance Minister Commits Suicide After Expressing Concern About Economic Effects of Wuhan Coronavirus – Leah Barkoukis

— Woke Stupidity Is Spreading As Fast As The Coronavirus Pandemic

— Let’s Remember the REAL Victims of the Coronavirus: Mildly Inconvenienced Journalists – JIM TREACHER

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters blast Trump’s efforts “to sell public on his coronavirus response.”

— How Will We Vote? Outbreak Revives Debate on Mail-In Ballots – AP
— White House Airlifts Medical Supplies From China in Coronavirus Fight Officials have teamed up with medical supply companies to speed the arrival of masks, gloves, gowns and other goods. – Ana Swanson
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trump Is Hurting His Own Re-election Chances.”
— Bail Out Journalists. Let Newspaper Chains Die. The coronavirus is likely to hasten the end of advertising-driven media, our columnist writes. And government should not rescue it. – Ben Smith (DIERSEN: What percent of advertisers are fronts for the Democrat Party?)
— How Much Should the Public Know About Who Has the Coronavirus? Amid calls for more transparency, a debate is raging among public health experts over how much data on the spread of the virus should be released. – Thomas Fuller

— Trump: Coronavirus rescue bill was almost nixed due to Democrats’ ‘junk’ – Mark Moore

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters use immigrants to promote hatred against Trump.

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trump beats a retreat on opening the country as coronavirus data, images show dark reality.”
— The Great American Migration of 2020: On the move to escape the coronavirus – Marc Fisher, Paul Schwartzman and Ben Weissenbach (DIERSEN: If everyone around you came down with coronavirus, where would you escape to?)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trump’s narcissism has never been more dangerous.”
— Trump berates ‘PBS NewsHour’ reporter for ‘threatening’ question, hits ‘nice’ question out of park – Katie Shepherd

— After Coronavirus, We Will Have to Reckon With the Debt The post-financial-crisis playbook may not be the right one this time – James Mackintosh
— The Lies We Tell at Work – Tessa West (DIERSEN: Notwithstanding the fact that I am White, male, and my ancestors have been in America since 1844, my Democrat superiors in the federal government would have promoted me into their Senior Executive Service, currently $170,800/year, long before I was 40 years old if I had successfully lied that I was a yes-man, Democrat, Swedish-American, non-Protestant, and/or 4-F.)
— How I Wrote Five Novels While Commuting – Ken Wells (DIERSEN: While I commuted 1978-1980, I studied to pass graduate accounting courses at DePaul and to pass the CPA examination. While I commuted 1980-1981, I studied to pass the Certified Internal Auditor examination. While I commuted 1992-1997, I studied to pass graduate finance courses at IIT.)

— Does The Second Amendment Protect Gun Stores From Being Closed During The COVID-19 Crisis? – Evan Gerstmann


— Reporter denied access to Florida governor’s briefing on COVID-19 (DIERSEN: I have been the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000. I should write a book about how politicians, their operatives, and their dupes have treated me. I would focus on those who denied me access to their press conferences and who threw me out of their press conferences. I would focus on those who made it clear that they a) did not want me to know about their press conferences, b) did not want me to attend their press conferences, c) did not want me to ask questions at their press conferences, d) did not want me to speak with other reporters at their press conferences, and e) did not want me to report on their press conferences. I would focus on those who falsely claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican.)

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Nearly 1 in 5 Americans misused or abused drugs in 2018 – Ronnie Das

— Federal Workers, Union Sue for Hazard Pay A federal class action lawsuit argues that agencies should be required to provide hazardous duty pay to federal employees who have been exposed to the coronavirus. – ERICH WAGNER
— Government Prepares to Send Stimulus Checks, IRS Begins Mandatory Telework for Nearly All Employees – COURTNEY BUBLÉ

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Op-Ed: Social distancing and the political divide in the U.S.”

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who promote LGBTQ activity promote hatred against Trump.

— CORONAVIRUS WILL BE ON THE BALLOT IN NOVEMBER The pandemic has upended traditional campaigning and may play a major role in voters’ decisions. The question for those running in 2020, says one Congressman, will be “how did you perform in the great crisis?” – ERIC LUTZ (DIERSEN: Each and every Republican candidate on November 3, 2020 ballots in Illinois should expect that their Democrat opponent will shout the number of coronavirus infections and deaths in their political jurisdiction and blame those infections and deaths on them.)

— Governor says Illinois will take over coronavirus testing after White House’s “profound failing” “The White House has promised millions of tests for weeks now, and they’re just not here,” J.B. Pritzker says – IGOR DERYSH

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.