March 8 Evening Edition

— Sen. Duckworth: Babies should be allowed on Senate floor


— Find Out Who’s on Your Ballot Ahead of the Illinois Primary Election (DIERSEN: Twice I have delivered a copy of the sample ballot to all the households in my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 in Wheaton that have at least one Republican or one Independent registered voter.  I did that soon after the ballots were available and then again with literature from all the candidates that provided literature. The candidates in contested races in my precinct are Rauner/Sanguinetti v. Ives/Morthland; Harold v. Grasso; Minor v. Grant v. Byrne; Bibbiano v. Mendrick; and Eckhoff v. Almiron v. McGowen v. Zaruba v. Chinchilla v. Tatro.)


— They like Mike: Durbin, Duckworth go to bat for ‘progressive’ Madigan – Tina Sfondeles
— Illinois comptroller wants halt to payroll ‘off-shoring’ – AP
— Losing bidder claims city ID compromises security of personal information – Fran Spielman
— A man who supports Cook County Board of Commissioners candidate Alma Anaya was charged with misdemeanor theft for allegedly stealing yard signs bearing the name of Anaya’s chief opponent. – Rachel Hinton
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “How President Donald Trump’s tariffs will hurt Illinois.”


— 5 myths about gerrymandering – Ari Berman (DIERSEN: In 2015, to get rid of me, nasty vicious disgusting politicians succeeded in getting the DuPage County Election Commission (DCEC), the officers of the DuPage County Republican Central Committee (DCRCC), and the officers of the Milton Township Republican Central Committee (MTRCC) to outrageously gerrymander my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 in Wheaton. Without giving me a timely opportunity to object, the DCEC, DCRCC, and MTRCC took away about 100 residences from the west side of my precinct and gave me about 100 residences from the west side of Jeanne Ives’s precinct 86 to the east, including Ives’ residence. But then, they redrew Ives into Precinct 65 to the southeast, I am told, because she successfully insisted that be done. Nasty vicious disgusting politicians use gerrymandering to get rid of those like me a) who refuse to glorify and praise them, b) who refuse to pander to them, c) who refuse to serve as one of their operatives or dupes, or d) who refuse to give them money. I should have sued them; maybe I still can.)
— An FBI fable: The case of the cannabis candidate – Editorial (DIERSEN: I was an IRS Revenue Officer 1971-1980. IRS hired me at GS-7 (currently $45,703) when I was 22 years old and 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. I was a GS-12 Step 5 (currently $91,880) in 1980. I was a GAO Analyst 1980-1997. GAO hired me at GS-9 Step 10 (currently $72,677) when I was 31 years old and promoted me to GS-11 Step 10 (currently $87,933) in 1981, to GS-12 Step 5 (currently $91,880) in 1982, and to GS-13 Step 1 (currently $96,404) in 1986. When my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in forcing me to retire in 1997, they were paying me at the GS-13 Step 10 level (currently $125,325).)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: And, his campaign says he’s a former FBI agent. Nice resume highlight, if true. But it isn’t. Wolf was never an FBI agent. According to the FBI, Wolf was a “non-special agent professional support employee,” the Tribune’s Gregory Pratt reports. Not nearly as dazzling as “FBI agent,” right?)
— The Chicagoans who served in World War I – Ron Grossman (DIERSEN: My grandfather on my father’s side was one of the 16 from Crete who fought the Germans in WWI.)
— An Illinois town (Granite City) celebrates as Trump’s tariffs prompt U.S. Steel to bring jobs back – Samantha Bomkamp


— Will suburbs decide who wins Democratic primary for governor? – Marni Pyke
— Elk Grove Township seeking applicants for vacant trustee seat (DIERSEN: Milton Township Trustee Marty Keller has resigned and Milton Township Republican Precinct Committeemen will vote at their March 14, 2018 meeting to recommend a replacement.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: As the Democrats who run Illinois drive the state further and further and further down, more and more and more community college students cannot afford food. 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.)


— Illinois comptroller wants to stop governors’ payroll “off-shoring” – Doug Finke


— Chris Kennedy positions himself as anti-establishment candidate in governor’s race – Rebecca Susmarski (DIERSEN: The Republican establishment in Illinois sides with Rauner, that is, it rejects the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and many other planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: The Northern Star want to get rid of you if you do not promote LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, and even worse things.


— Illinois Governor Campaign takes politics to a new low – KIRK ALLEN
— “We need to use this to rewrite the narrative” – Polls, wife’s prodding drove Rauner’s change of heart on Chicago Schools’ Bailout – KIRK ALLEN


— Everyone is Talking About Jeanne Ives
— Ives Calls On Sessions, Trump to Come to Illinois
— More Diana Rauner Emails Reveal The Extent of the First Lady’s Political and Policy Influence “A First Lady with policy and messaging expertise and influence who is not controllable.”
— Chapter Six: No Budget For You (DIERSEN: What has limited your budget? Since 1997, my wife and I have had $73,461 less to spend each year in today’s dollars because my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer.” My GAO salary was $125,325 in today’s dollars, but my Civil Service Retirement System pension is $73,461 less than that, it is only $51,864.)


— Illinois vendor debt jumps to $9.38 billion – Glenn Minnis
— Ives, Rotheimer push for action on bill giving accusers in harassment cases more rights – Glenn Minnis
(DIERSEN: Have you ever accused anyone of anything? In 1988, when I was 40 years old, I became an active member in a class action lawsuit that charged my employer GAO with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation. My Democrat GAO superiors retaliated against me for that a) by throwing me off audits of IRS, b) by giving me unfair performance expectations and appraisals, c) by always ranking me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, d) by forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old, and e) by doing everything that they could to stop me from getting a job that would be appropriate for someone with my work experience, education, professional certifications, and professional license. What is Ives’ position on the aforesaid? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, many of whom read my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, side with my Democrat GAO superiors against me.)


— Advisory referendum on recreational use of marijuana should not be a priority, Nybo says – Angela Underwood (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)


— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: New plan could allow some Illinois students to use medical pot – Benjamin Yount


— Madigan paying for robocalls in state central committee races (DIERSEN: Who does Rauner want the next Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Central Committee (SCC) member to be for your congressional district? Who does Ives want the next IRP SCC member to be for your congressional district? Needless-to-say, the heavier the weighted vote that an IRP SCC member has, the more clout that IRP SCC member has.)
— Illinois Chamber is helping Dunkin again
— Ives TV ad may violate West Point’s rules
— Mendoza bill: “If an employee works in the Governor’s office, they will be paid from the Governor’s payroll”
— Mrs. Rauner’s e-mail shows her thoughts on last year’s staff purge (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have a policy of not putting into writing things that incriminate them.)
— Will Madigan’s #MeToo moment pass? Or is it different this time?


— NRA blasts comparisons with terrorist organizations – Seth McLaughlin


— Racial Quotas Kill Kids – Ann Coulter
(FROM THE ARTICLE: President Obama did a lot of bad things, but pound for pound, one of the worst was the January 2014 “Dear Colleague” letter sent jointly by his Education and Justice Departments to all public schools threatening lawsuits over racial discrimination in student discipline. The letter came after years of his administration browbeating schools for their failure to discipline every race of student at the same rate. As the Huffington Post put it: “American Schools Are STILL Racist, Government Report Finds.” The evidence? “Five percent of white students were suspended annually, compared with 16 percent of black students, according to the report.” Q.E.D. According to theory, there’s NO WAY blacks and Hispanics are doing things that require more school discipline than whites or Asians. So if more black students are expelled than Asians, well, gentlemen, we have our proof of racism. To comply, schools would have to stop suspending black kids for breaking a teacher’s jaw, but suspend Asians for dropping an eraser.)


— Take your kids out of class: Tucker Carlson and Jordan Peterson discuss the decline of masculinity – Dorothy Cummings McLean


— Report Shows Americans Forced to Send $1.5 Billion to Planned Parenthood Abortion Business – STEVEN ERTELT


— Keeping an Obama Holdover at VA Is Proving Disastrous – Michelle Malkin


— Illinois ‘cannabis candidate’ accused of abuse, misrepresenting resume – JOSH DELK
— White House budget office slams King’s ‘distasteful, condescending remarks’ about female director – NIV ELIS


— Rauner Not the Answer to Illinois’s Problems There isn’t much that Illinois has done, before 2015 or since, that your readers would recognize as something these pages would celebrate. – Jeanne Ives, Wheaton, Ill.


— GAO looks inward, setting up new plan – James Christian Blockwood (DIERSEN: Soon, if not already, all GAO employees will be members of one or more of the following groups: Democrat, minority, female, younger, and/or veteran, that is, GAO will not have any employee who are all of the following: Republican, White, male, older, and non-veteran.)
— New social media guidance to help feds comply with the Hatch Act – Eric White


— 61% Say Drug Testing for Jobs Is Needed (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, if you want to go on the dole, all you need to do is to use illegal drugs.)

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.