March 31 Morning Edition

— MARCH 31, 2019 DUPAGE COUNTY HARDCOPY EDITION: DIERSEN HEADLINE: The Nine DuPage County Township Governments take out a full-page ad (Page 8). They stress their general assistance, emergency assistance, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and food pantry services.
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD IN DUPAGE EDITION: DuPage ballots to include questions about taxes, consolidation – Robert Sanchez
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Naperville Township Voters in Naperville Township will decide whether a previously approved plan to consolidate a road district should be scrapped in favor of another proposal to dissolve the small unit of government. Residents in Naperville and Lisle townships in 2017 approved a measure to combine their road districts to form one agency. The consolidation is scheduled to take effect May 2021. But Naperville Township officials put a new question on the ballot that asks voters if they want to follow a state law that allows the township government to absorb the road district. Naperville Township officials say they believe the outcome of Tuesday’s vote would supersede the decision from two years ago. But they don’t know for certain that the idea of absorbing the road district into the township legally can replace the previously approved — and now required — merger.)
— FRONT PAGE: Daily Herald wins 46 awards from Illinois Press Association (DIERSEN: I wonder what the Illinois Press Association thinks of me, my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, and my website?)

— ‘Saturday Night Live’ follows Up on Jussie Smollett scandal – Danielle Turchiano
— Love your job? Tell us about it. Nominate your company as a top workplace. (DIERSEN: What if back in 1997 one of my Democrat GAO Chicago Office superiors, supervisors, coworkers, or subordinates had nominated GAO for this while still worked there? What if GAO had agreed to participate? What if the Chicago Tribune had distributed a confidential survey to me? Back then, my Democrat GAO superiors used Affirmative Action, Diversity, Inclusion, up-or-out, and Republican-led budget cuts a) to hire, retain, and promote young Democrat minorities and young Democrat females and b) to make way for them by getting rid of their employees like me who were Republican, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A top workplace can be described this way: It’s an organization that is successful because its employees enjoy their work, embrace their mission and feel like valued teammates. Compensation and perks are factors, but the more important components include opportunities for professional growth and being treated with respect. To qualify, a workplace must have at least 100 employees in the Chicago area. Nominations are open to all employers, including nonprofits. Nominated companies that agree to participate will distribute to employees between April and July an easy-to-complete, confidential survey developed by the Tribune’s research partner, Energage, which will calculate the list of top workplaces.)

— No end in sight: Algonquin Township officials predict lawsuits will brew for years Algonquin Township officials predict lawsuits will brew for years – ED KOMENDA (DIERSEN: To get me to turn against township government, those who want to abolish township government could stress the adverse actions that Milton Township officials and Milton Township employees have taken against me since the 1980s.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “It’s been a long winter in Algonquin Township,” Chirikos said at the board’s March 20 meeting. “Longer still is the discontent felt by township taxpayers who have funded a two-year campaign to discredit township government through protracted and expensive legal challenges.”)

— MARCH 1, 2019 FLASHBACK: Smaller governmental units cost less – Bryan Smith, Decatur
(FROM THE LETTER: I am responding to the Herald & Review’s piece (“Time to address reducing some governing layers,” Feb. 24) in which it’s stated that Illinois’ taxes are high because there are too many forms of government. As the executive director of the Township Officials of Illinois, I’d like to share some important data from the Illinois Comptroller’s office that clearly dispels those claims. Indeed, state reporting shows that smaller units of local government in Illinois cost taxpayers less than larger units of government. This can be seen among municipalities where taxes per resident tend to be higher where governments are larger. There has been an aggressive push to eliminate township government in Illinois, often based on information that is simply not true. Townships, which are generally smaller, have had the lowest tax increase rates in recent decades among the various types of government in the state. Further, township labor costs per employee are also the lowest of any government type. Local democracy is stronger where local governments are smaller. If townships were to be eliminated and forced into consolidating with units of government with higher cost structures, taxes, spending and debt are likely to increase. Just as bad, it would make local governments less responsive to constituents. This is no way to reduce taxes.)

— Anti-smoking advocates think raising age limit to 21 is answer – Tracy Crane

— Chicago attorney Sato has no defense for proposed city tax on higher-end law, accounting firms – Glenn Minnis

— AUDIO CLIP: Link to WLS Interview regarding HJR 55

— Trump Halts Aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras as Flood of Migrants Overwhelms Border Patrol – John Hayward

— Smollett and the Deep State: We Deserve Justice – Lloyd Marcus

— The Hate Crimes of Jussie Smollett – Carl M. Cannon
— Can the Federal Government Rescue Campus Free Speech? – Peter Berkowitz


— Trump Repeats Warnings About the Border: ‘We Will Take No More Illegals’ President’s Saturday tweets demonstrated that he’s doubling down on stopping the flow of unlawful individuals into U.S. – Elizabeth Zwirz

— Chick-fil-A pulled from another airport a week after backlash in Texas. Fascist abuse of power starting to scare people. – Vivek Saxena

— Trump seeks to cut foreign aid to 3 Central American nations Trump takes first steps to cut aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras in response to border issues – AP

— Trump cuts aid to Central American countries as migrant crisis deepens – Julia Harte, Tim Reid

— Trump Turns U.S. Policy in Central America on Its Head – Elisabeth Malkin
— The $70,000-a-Year Minimum Wage A small Seattle company shows that capitalism can have a heart. – Nicholas Kristof (DIERSEN: When did you start earning more than $70,000-a-year in today’s dollars? I did in 1974 when I was 25 years old. I had worked for IRS for 3 years. I was taking graduate business courses at Loyola. I had earned a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU in 1970.)
— It’s Dangerous to Be a Boy They smoke more, fight more and are far more likely to die young than girls. But their tendency to violence isn’t innate. – Michael C. Reichert

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “How Trump used financial documents to exaggerate his wealth and hide debts.” (DIERSEN: While I worked for IRS’s Collection Division 1971-1980, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $82,579-$93,592/year, I saw many cases in which individuals, organizations, and companies understated their income and assets and overstated their expenses and debts to get tax delinquencies declared uncollectible or to get more favorable payment agreements.)

— Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Come To LA To Court The LGBTQ Vote (DIERSEN: What about the heterosexual vote?)

— Trump is blamed for everything – Howie Carr (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have blamed me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails the most for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems. They blame me a) for all the losses that Republican candidates have suffered in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois since 2000, b) for all the problems that the Milton Township Republican Central Committee, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Illinois Republican Party has had, is having, and will have, and c) for all the problems that TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, etc. has had, is having, and will have.)

— Democrats plan to bring down the American system by overwhelming it – Wayne Allyn Root

— There really is no one more anti-Semitic than Democrats – ALVIN GORDON (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors at GAO 1980-1997, at IRS 1971-1980, and at the Post Office 1966-1969 stressed that I was 100% German American and Missouri Synod Lutheran. They routinely had their Jewish supervisors take adverse actions against me.),68501

— JUNE 21, 2018 FLASHBACK: What Is a Christian Hypocrite? – MARK DRISCOLL (DIERSEN: What do you say to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who demonize me, who denigrate me, and who condemn me as being a Christian hypocrite because a) I am not a member of any church, b) I do not attend church services, c) I do not give money to a church, and d) I put GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and send them out on Sunday mornings? They hint/imply/argue/shout that they manipulate/dominate/control all the churches in Wheaton.)

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.