March 4 Evening Edition

— Washington: Senate GOP forces reading of 600-page COVID-19 relief bill aloud to delay vote – Kelly Hayes
— Illinois reports 1,740 coronavirus cases, 42 deaths

— Get. Kids. Back. In. School. – EDITORIAL
— In Kelly pick, Illinois Democrats look to decentralize | Rauner gave Florida governor $250K campaign donation after his wealthy enclave got early vaccines | Illinois pot sales on pace to surpass $1B this year
— In electing US Rep. Robin Kelly to succeed Michael Madigan as state party chair, Illinois Democrats make a move to decentralize power – RICK PEARSON
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater says “The Republican Party’s biggest problem is spelled T-R-U-M-P.”
— An Illinois House speaker talking about voter trust? More of that, please. – DAVID GREISING
— Elgin’s July 4 parade may be scratched by COVID-19 again this year, officials say – GLORIA CASAS
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Fourth of July Parade and Nightmare on Chicago Street, both of which attract upwards of 10,000 people, could not be held under the current Restore Illinois Plan rules. Staff will be monitoring changes, particularly as more people get vaccinated for COVID-19, in the hope they can be held, City Manager Rick Kozal said. However, Nightmare on Chicago Street requires months of planning if it is to be held Oct. 23. A decision will have to be made by April if it’s going to take place this year, Kozal said.)

— Robin Kelly takes reins from Mike Madigan, winning Democratic Party chair race: ‘Tonight we made history together.’ U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly of Matteson beat Ald. Michelle Harris (8th) in the hotly contested race to become chair of the Democratic Party of Illinois. Kelly won 51.7% to 48.3%. – Rachel Hinton
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Daily weed sales hit $2.88 million in February, a new high. Illinois dispensaries are on pace to sell over $1 billion worth of recreational pot products in 2021. – Tom Schuba
(DIERSEN: To push pot on an individual, municipality, township, county, state, or country is to destroy that individual, municipality, township, county, state, or country.)

— Taxpayers anticipated to save $9M with College of DuPage board refunding of bonds

— Election reform bill sharply divides Illinois Dems, Republicans. The state’s U.S. House members offer different visions on what’s needed, or not, for fair and honest voting. – GREG HINZ

— Peoria’s St. Patrick’s Day parade and party canceled for the second year in a row – Phil Luciano

— Peoria’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, party canceled

— White privilege school assignment causes controversy – PAUL STEENO
(DIERSEN: In my defense, I would ask my critics/opponents, if I benefitted so much from White privilege, why did I do yard work and deliver newspapers 1962-1964; wash dishes 1964-1966; clean golf shoes, chip slag, and pump gasoline in 1966; deliver mail 1966-1969; work on an automobile assembly line and as a security guard in 1970; sell tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971; pump gasoline 1971-1972; collect delinquent taxes 1971-1980; and audit federal agencies 1980-1997. According to my critics/opponents, the aforesaid jobs were bad jobs that they would never stoop to take.)
— Continued debate over the role cancel culture is playing in politics – SCOTT THUMAN
(DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who lead/led the cancel culture in Wheaton’s West District, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County’s 4th District, DuPage County, Illinois, Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Illinois Republican Party. I should write a book about those who led the cancel culture in TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, GAO, IRS, Post Office, etc.)

— Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training for Staff on March 10. Dr. Adrienne Coleman of Candid Conversations Matter will conduct training for Naperville Park District staff
(DIERSEN: Democrats use Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion to get rid of Republicans, and especially Republicans who are law enforcement officers, Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, White, male, older, heterosexual, married, non-poor, gun owners, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— Gasser-Miller Litigation Moves Toward Resolution: Anna Miller Out of the Suit, All Counts Dismissed Except Two Against Former Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Robert Miller, Summary Judgment Motion to be Heard Right Before Gasser’s Term Expires
— State Education Labor Relations Board Appointments Dominated by Teacher Union Appointees
— Worthless Statements of Economic Interest
— IL-16: Jack L Lombardi II Introduces Himself
— 12 Years for Supporting ISIS
— IL-16: James Marter Emails for Congress
— $700 Million More Can Be Spent on Goods and Services
–Proportionality – Cuomo: Coronovirus v. MeToo
— Obama on Reparations, 2008 and 2021

— 1,740 new confirmed and probable cases; 42 additional deaths; 1,200 hospitalized; 260 in ICU; 2.4 percent average case positivity rate; 2.9 percent average test positivity rate; 78,942 average daily doses
— Light shines on ex-governor after Florida contribution

— The GOP Is Not Going to Divide Over Gay Republicans – Kurt Schlichter
(DIERSEN: To promote LGBTQ is to reject the traditional marriage/family plank in the Republican Party platform. Those who reject that plank, their operatives, and their dupes work the hardest against those like me who support that plank.)
— What the WSJ Editorial Board Totally Missed in Their Op-Ed About Trump – Matt Vespa

— Maybe, just perhaps, environment influencing young adults A record number of Americans are identifying as homosexual, lesbian, or bisexual, at least according to a new poll, and a medical doctor says the jump is evidence that our rainbow flag-waving society is influencing younger generations. – Chris Woodward, Billy Davis

— YouTube CEO Says Trump Suspension to Last Until Violence Risk Decreases. Susan Wojcicki says a recent Capitol Police warning indicates an ‘elevated violence risk still remains’ – Sarah E. Needleman

— Adam Kinzinger Suggests Former Military ‘More Apt to Be Radicalized’ – MEGHAN ROOS

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.