March 5 Morning Edition

— FRONT PAGE WITH COLOR PICTURE: As Ives hits the road against Rauner, her firebrand reputation precedes her – Kim Geiger
(FROM THE ARTICLE: To a large extent, Ives is testing how the DuPage County brand of conservatism plays on the statewide stage. Still focused on abortion and immigration on the campaign trail, she’s dialed back the Alan Keyes-style bomb throwing, even if she’s still not exactly Henry Hyde, the late longtime congressman and abortion rights opponent from Wood Dale who was praised for his ability to disagree without being disagreeable. . .In Peoria, Ives’ digression from abortion to education was in part an attempt to illustrate she cares enough about policy matters to dig into the details, unlike Rauner, who she says has been a “disinterested” governor. Still, Ives’ reputation precedes her, and audiences expect to hear from an aggressive, intense politician. . .It’s that segment of the party that’s now backing Ives’ bid. Chief among them is Dan Proft, a morning radio talk show host and longtime political operative with ties to the Illinois Policy Institute, a libertarian think tank. Proft’s campaign funds have counted as top donors both Rauner, who he’s now opposing, and Lake Forest businessman Richard Uihlein, who jump-started Ives’ campaign with $2.5 million. Introducing Ives at a McHenry County fundraiser early last month, Proft recounted how he’d soured on the governor, who he said had shown a failure to understand “that elections are the means to policy ends.” “I was a supporter of Bruce Rauner’s, I’m a friend of Bruce Rauner’s, I like Bruce,” Proft said, noting that Rauner had donated $4.5 million over the years to Proft’s super political action committee. “But here’s the thing. If you’re going to betray the Republican Party, if you’re going to lie to people, if you’re going to advance the flag of the left, then I don’t need your money and neither does the Republican Party.” Proft called Ives a “once-in-a-generation candidate,” generating cheers from the more than 100 people who snacked on crudites and croissant sandwiches beneath the vaulted wooden rafters of a tony county club near Woodstock. . .Ives, whose turn to speak came after dinner was served and once the governor was long gone, gave a pointed pitch. “You have a choice. This is a governor who doesn’t understand what it means to be a Republican,” Ives said. “We have to take the fight to the Democrats, I do agree with him on that. But Gov. Rauner is the wrong vehicle for that.” Ives offered her usual critique of the governor, and contended that he’d be unable to win the general election without enthusiastic support from conservatives. “The truth is our caucus does not trust him,” Ives said. “And when you can’t trust a commander, then you’ve got to worry about going to battle for him because you’re not sure he has your back.”)
— Rep. Lipinski warns Democrats of ‘tea party of the left’ – Rick Pearson (DIERSEN: Democrats would say the Lipinski is a DINO (Democrat in Name Only). To be a Democrat is to be a morale relativist who believes that their end justifies their end. To be a Democrat is to be a disciple of Saul Alinsky. To be a Democrat is to promote dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot and other vices, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, retaliation, and even worse things. To be a Democrat is to be 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, anti-draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
— Ives ad compares Rauner to Obama: Republican state Rep. Jeanne Ives’ campaign said Sunday it is up with a new TV ad that compares Gov. Rauner to former Democratic President Barack Obama. “Bruce Rauner lies so much he reminds us of another Chicago politician,” a narrator says. The ad then cuts to a June 15, 2009, clip of Obama talking about a concept of the Affordable Care Act that didn’t happen. “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period,” Obama says. It’s unclear how widespread Ives’ ad will appear. No new advertising contracts for Ives have been posted by Chicago TV stations or cable since last month. – Rick Pearson


— Early voting starts today
— Wheaton gun show bans AR-15 sales, landing it at center of gun-control debate – Mark Guarino (DIERSEN: Guarino should acknowledge that ever-increasingly, those who are members of the following groups are hypocritically moving into Wheaton, into Milton Township, and into DuPage County to take advantage of the prosperity and safety that religious, conservative, and Republican values have brought forth there: 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-draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The last place one might expect to hear pushback against the National Rifle Association would be at a gun show here in Wheaton, which reliably votes Republican every election cycle and is the proud home of the Billy Graham Center Museum.)
— U-46’s approach to bullying doesn’t focus on punishment – Madhu Krishnamurthy (DIERSEN: Who are the biggest bullies and punishers in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois? I should write a book about the biggest bullies and punishers in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who have the most religious, government, political, and/or financial clout. They crow over their success in bullying me and in punishing me. They know that I believe in a) forgiving those who trespass against me and b) “vengeance is mine saith the Lord.”)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: What towns have you lived and worked in and for how long? Tom Teune of Wheaton demonizes, denigrates, and condemns Jeanne Ives’ South Dakota just like my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes demonize, denigrate, and condemn my hometown of Crete where I lived 1948-1972. They stress a) that none of my grade school and high school classmates were minorities, b) that back then, Crete was overwhelmingly German-American and Lutheran, and c) that back then, Crete had far less poverty and crime. In my defense, a) I bought a new town home in University Park in 1972 and b) I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years. During that time, virtually all of my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were Democrats and many of them were minorities. My current critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have little or no experience working for, working with, or supervising minorities or women. Few of my current critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have lived or worked outside of Wheaton, outside of Glen Ellyn, outside of Milton Township, or outside of DuPage County. I lived in Crete 1948-1972, in University Park 1972-1976, in Chicago 1976-1978, and in Wheaton since 1978. I worked in Chicago Heights 1964-1966 and 1970-1972, in Flossmoor in 1966, in Park Forest 1966-1969, in Chicago 1971 and 1973-1997, in Harvey 1972-1973, and in Joliet 1973-1974.)
— West Suburban Community Pantry introduces shopping model to enhance experience – Morgan Abate (DIERSEN: Soon, under the Democrats and under the RINOs, everyone in America will be either a) handing out charity or b) getting charity.)


— Rauner tells supporter he may veto gun control bills – Keith Stewart
— Rauner and Ives appear in Altamont Governor and his GOP challenger attend Lincoln Day Dinner – Keith Stewart Daily


— Rauner, Ives face off in Republican gubernatorial primary – Kristina Karisch (DIERSEN: What are your approval and disapproval ratings, and what reasons do raters give for those ratings? Those who disapprove of me parrot the nasty, if not vicious, if not slanderous things that my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes say about me. My critics/opponents in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Rauner and the state legislature still remain at odds on a number of issues, and he has remained a deeply unpopular governor across the state. A Morning Consult poll released in January found that Rauner held a 31 percent approval rating in the last quarter of 2017, and a disapproval rating of 55 percent for that same time period.)


— Her Speaker Under Fire, State Rep. Flynn-Currie Drafts House Harassment Plan


— Amazon Celebrates More Than 10,000 Full-Time Employees in Illinois (DIERSEN: According to Crain’s Chicago Business, the federal government employed 42,663 in the Chicago area as of December 31, 2016.)


— Rauner’s head-spinning claim that arch conservative opponent Jeanne Ives is a Mike Madigan lackey – Brett Chase (DIERSEN: Rauner’s claim against Ives is as head-spinning as if anyone claimed that I was a lackey for those who have the most religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, or in Illinois. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes hint/imply/argue/shout that “You Can’t Tell Diersen What To Do,” that is, that you cannot manipulate or dominate Diersen.)


— Illinois Household Income Up 111% In Past 30 Years; State Pension Benefits …. Up 1,061% – Gary St. Fleur (DIERSEN: 30 years ago, in 1987, in today’s dollars, my GS-13 Step 2 GAO salary was $99,617. My Civil Service Retirement System pension today is $51,864, or 52% of my 1987 salary in today’s dollars.)


— OBITUARY: Robert S. “Bob” Redfern


— McClellan Signs
— Joe Walsh McHenry County Endorsements
— John Jung Draws Both McHenry County Board Salary and Pension
— Former Democratic County Board Member Nick Chirikos Gets $550 in Bonuses Miscellaneous Income from Bob Miller
— Village of Bull Valley’s Methods to Attract Affordable Housing
— Tiffany Davis Sends Letter in Campaign for Full-Term as Judge
— Illinois Family Institute Sounds Warning about Proposed School Curriculum Mandate
— Tirio Rebuts Hit Piece, e.g., “I haven’t hired four cronies (I haven’t even hired four regular people!)”
— Slate Promoted in Mailing on West Side of County
— New Republican Group Surfaces
— Orville Brettman Emails for County Board


— Complaining Doesn’t Help – Tim Hetzner (DIERSEN: When do you complain? I complain when activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who claim that they are conservative and/or Republican say and/or do things against the Republican Party platform, against the Illinois Republican Party platform, and/or against the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling. While I was a federal employee for almost 30 years, I complained about political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.)


— 33,000 kids sign up for Illinois private school scholarships in program’s opening minutes – Cole Lauterbach (DIERSEN: My outstanding parents saved Crete-Monee School District 201-U ( lots of money during the 1950s and 1960s by sending my brother and me to Trinity Lutheran Grade School in Crete and then to Hope Lutheran Grade School in Park Forest to stay with the Missouri Synod. But my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, and especially those who are anti-Protestant and/or who are anti-German American, have always used that against me.)




— Rauner blasts Ives, who doesn’t have the cash to fight back


— Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei applauds the idea of guns being banned in US
— Study shows most Americans blame government mistakes, not guns, for Florida shooting


— No Senate Confirmation For White Men – Scott Greer (DIERSEN: In early 1971, when I was 22 years old, Oldsmobile withdrew a job offer that I had accepted saying that it had just agreed to stop hiring Whites to settle an EEOC complaint. That directly resulted in my accepting a job offer from IRS in early 1971.)


— Churchill Wasn’t ‘Over the Hill’ in 1940 His example should prompt us to question ageist assumptions. – Paul Irving (DIERSEN: All my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always promoted age discrimination.)
— A New Business Takes On Fake News The internet often feels like a mass of pages scattered randomly on the floor. – L. Gordon Crovitz (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all news is fake except for the news that they publish or bless.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The internet broke down barriers by enabling everyone to become a publisher. The unintended consequence was the fake-news epidemic. Teenagers in Macedonia discovered they could make a small fortune from online advertising by concocting outlandish clickbait stories., one of the top news sources on YouTube, doesn’t disclose that it is funded by the Russian government, and in 2009 changed its name from Russia Today. One cause of the problem is the weakening of news brands, an effect of social media and search engines. A 2017 study by the Reuters Institute and Oxford, “I Saw the News on Facebook , ” found that most people couldn’t remember the news brand of stories they accessed through social media. That makes it easy for purveyors of knowingly false news or propaganda to fool users by looking like legitimate news publishers. A site called “Denver Guardian” was set up before the 2016 election to show how easy it is to publish knowingly false stories, according to its founder. Before the internet, displays of newspapers and magazines featured well-known brands. No one mistook the National Enquirer for the Philadelphia Inquirer. The internet often feels like a mass of pages ripped out of publications and scattered randomly on the floor.)
— Lock Her Up! Lock Him Up! They Could Lock You Up Be careful about urging prosecution of your political foes. Almost anyone can be prosecuted. – Mike Chase
— College or Trade School? It’s a Tough Call for Many Teens As worries about student debt rise, states and businesses increasingly push faster, cheaper paths to the workplace; parents are stumped – Douglas Belkin (DIERSEN: Were you considered to be college material? While I attended Crete-Monee High School 1962-1966, I took college preparatory courses notwithstanding the fact that many, if not most, if not virtually everyone at the time viewed me as NOT being “college material.” Neither of my parents had attended college. My father was the first of his ancestors to earn a high school diploma. My mother never attended high school. I spent my junior and senior years and the summer in between washing dishes for the minimum wage in the basement of the S.S. Kresges in Chicago Heights. I just barely made into the top 20% of my class, my ACT score was only 24, I was draft bait, my eyesight could not be corrected to 20/20, I had partial red/green color blindness, and I had Osgood-Schlatter disease ( Further, my father had fought type 1 diabetes from age 14. I am sure that many thought that I would soon come down with type 1 diabetes too.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: What do you say to those who by their words and/or by their actions discourage marriage and homeownership? Roskam should immediately raise the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.
— Retirement planning: Older Americans face tough long-term care choices – Robert Powell
— In the red before you wed? Talk debt with your partner – Sean Pyles (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes remain furious a) that I had saved enough money to buy a new town home in University Park in 1972 when I was 24 years old, a studio condo in the Outer Drive East building when I was 25, and a one bedroom condo in that building when I was 27 and b) that my wife had saved enough money (about $74,000 in today’s dollars) that we could buy a home in Wheaton when I was 29. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I was able to do that only a) because I avoided the draft and b) because IRS grossly overpaid me. To this day, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes remain beyond furious that IRS promoted me to GS-9 (currently $55,905) in 1972, to GS-11 (currently $67,638) in 1973, and to GS-12 (currently $81,071) in 1974.)
— FRONT PAGE: Surgery near the end of life is common, costly — and often not what patients want – Liz Szabo
— Willing and able: Disabled workers prove their value in tight labor market – Paul Davidson (DIERSEN: While I worked for the Democrats who ran GAO’s Chicago office 1980-1997, they assigned me to supervise all the office’s disabled employees at one time or another.)


— The Widening Cost-of-Living Gap Expenses in different regions are diverging more now than in the recent past. – MIKE MACIAG (DIERSEN: The cost of living in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, and in DuPage County is very high. What did you do to qualify yourself for better paying jobs? I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32. I was able to do the aforesaid notwithstanding the fact that my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always viciously demonized, denigrated, and condemned me as being stupid, lazy, and worse things. Therefore, then, if I could do the aforesaid, anyone should be able to do the aforesaid.)


— Social Issues, Not Trump, Take Center Stage at Oscars – Ted Johnson (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Hollywood a) glorifies and praises the Democrat, Libertarian, and Green party platforms and b) demonizes, denigrates, and condemns the Republican Party platform.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Stars wore Times Up buttons, Twitter bought a MeToo inspired ad, Walmart and Nike channeled diversity and empowerment, presenters were at the ready with statements. There was even an Oscar salute to activism, via the Oscar nominated song “Stand Up for Something,” sung by Common and Andra Day and introduced by Dave Chappelle. “If you are a nominee tonight who isn’t making history, shame on you,” Kimmel said in his opening monologue, a nod to the anticipation of a more diverse set of nominees and the show’s hopes of social change ahead. He urged winners to say whatever they wanted — whether it be on sexual harassment or gun violence — but he also jokingly offered a Jet Ski to anyone who gave the shortest speech.)

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.