May 10 Evening Edition

— Coronavirus Illinois: IL COVID-19 cases top 77K with over 3K deaths; State to receive supply of drug remdesivir
— Chicago church opens its doors Sunday in ‘passive resistance’ to Illinois stay-at-home order

— Illinois Reports 1,656 New Cases of Coronavirus, 57 Additional Deaths
— Blue Angels Flyover Set for Tuesday, State Reports 1,656 New Cases

— Nearly Half Of Illinois’ COVID-19 Deaths Tied To Nursing Homes

— For first day in almost a week, Illinois COVID-19 deaths drop below 100

— More than 1,600 coronavirus cases reported in Illinois, as Pritzker defends extended order – AP
— A distinct possibility: ‘Temporary’ layoffs may be permanent – AP

— Mnuchin predicts bounce back for economy while health experts fear more COVID-19 cases as states reopen – AP
— Illinois Gov. Pritzker on COVID-19 fight: ‘We’re going it alone, as the White House has left all the states to do’ – Hannah Leone
— More businesses are realizing their ‘temporary’ layoffs due to COVID-19 may become permanent – AP

— Illinois reports another 57 coronavirus-related deaths as state’s total case count nears 78,000 and 1,656 new cases of coronavirus
— Pritzker says he’s ‘going it alone’ to ramp up COVID-19 testing, state won’t reopen without ‘standards’ met Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper, the Democratic governor said states continue to “go it alone” to ramp up testing. – Tina Sfondeles
— Illinois won’t reopen without ‘standards’ met, Pritzker says
— Albany Park church hosts Sunday service in defiance of stay-at-home order after suing Pritzker Cristian Ionescu, the senior pastor of Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church, said the move to hold services is “not a rebellion for the sake of rebellion” and claimed the Constitution grants them the right to worship during the COVID-19 pandemic. – Tom Schuba
— On Mother’s Day, leaders search for optimism amid pandemic “I think you’re going to see a bounce-back from a low standpoint,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, speaking on “Fox News Sunday.” – AP
— Time for the Illinois Legislature to get back to work — safely and remotely State lawmakers are running out of time to vote on crucial matters, including a new state budget. – Editorial

— Illinois’ COVID-19 death toll dips below 100 for first time in five days – Steve Zalusky
— Two suspects in custody after woman beaten, robbed at Naperville motel – Steve Zalusky

— Illinois Now Has Just Over 16-Hundred New Cases Of Coronavirus Disease

— Will County elected officials express concern with plan to reopen Illinois – ALEX ORTIZ

— Illinois state health officials announce 57 new COVID-19 deaths – Blake Sammann

— Illinois Coronavirus Update May 10: 77,741 Cases, 3,406 Deaths The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years, state health officials said. – Lorraine Swanson

— Illinois governor: Virus restrictions needed ‘until we’re able to eradicate it’ – Valerie Richardson
— Elected officials abuse of power keeps citizens away from work and church Malevolent tyrants side-step the Constitution – Andy Biggs

— Illinois governor: Trump administration has ‘not delivered’ on coronavirus promises – Madison Dibble

— Supreme Court Rebuffs Activists, Reinstates Ban on Encouraging Illegals to Stay in U.S. – MATTHEW VADUM

— Officials warn of worsening economic woes after dismal April jobs report – REBECCA KLAR

— Pritzker: Illinois is ‘going it alone’ on tackling coronavirus The state is currently in “phase two” of Pritzker’s five-part reopening plan. – MAYA PARTHASARATHY

— White House considers more coronavirus aid as jobs picture worsens – David Morgan, Susan Heavey

— ‘Scary to Go to Work’: White House Races to Contain Virus in Its Ranks With two White House staff members testing positive, some officials fear the disease is already spreading rapidly through the West Wing. – Michael D. Shear and Maggie Haberman
— Carnage in the job market could get much worse.

— Mnuchin says unemployment will get worse before it gets better amid coronavirus pandemic
— Doctors keep discovering new ways the coronavirus attacks the body Damage to the kidneys, heart, brain — even ‘covid toes’ — prompts reassessment of the disease and how to treat it – Lenny Bernstein and Ariana Eunjung Cha
— This is how economic pain is distributed in America Job losses due to the coronavirus shutdown have fallen unequally on Americans according to age, gender, educational attainment and race – Tracy Jan (DIERSEN: Of course, Trump-haters hint/imply/argue/shout that those who have suffered less economic pain are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “As deaths mount, Trump tries to convince Americans it’s safe to inch back to normal.”
— Top White House advisers, unlike their boss, increasingly worry stimulus spending is costing too much Conservatives are eyeing potential policies to reduce long-term budget impact but say Trump probably won’t go along – Jeff Stein, Josh Dawsey and John Hudson
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “Republicans grow nervous about losing the Senate amid worries over Trump’s handling of the pandemic.”

— Pandemic doctor predicts coronavirus will spike, blames Trump for wasting weeks of lockdown – DAVE GOLDINER

— Jobs picture will get worse before improving, Treasury secretary says – LAURA KING

— Workers in Pennsylvania with preexisting health conditions fear a call to return to work – Brett Sholtis

— Nearly 1 in 4 hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Utah has diabetes, data shows – Ashley Imlay

— More Covid-19 Patient Data, Please New York finds some surprising results about those who test positive. – Editorial (DIERSEN: What if only those who are most vulnerable had been locked down instead of everyone?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Twenty-two percent of those who entered the hospital came from a nursing home or assisted living facility. Ninety-six percent had an underlying health condition. Yet only 17% were employed, and only 4% in New York City had been taking public transportation. “We were thinking that maybe we were going to find a higher percentage of essential employees who were getting sick because they were going to work—that these may be nurses, doctors, transit workers. That’s not the case,” he said. “They’re not working, they’re not traveling, they’re predominantly downstate, predominantly minority, predominantly older.” More investigation is needed, but the virus may be spreading mostly within multigenerational households or public housing. Collecting more information about infected individuals’ habits would have been especially useful early in the pandemic before most businesses were shut down. This data could reveal patterns that suggest the most likely venues for transmission.)

— Death Toll Conspiracy: Why Conservative Media—And Soon, Possibly Trump—Are Doubting Coronavirus Mortality Figures – Matt Perez
— 3 Bitter Truths About The Coronavirus Job Losses And The Economy – Terina Allen
(FROM THE ARTICLE: 1. The bitter truth is that 42% of all coronavirus job losses will be permanent. . .2. The bitter truth is that the coronavirus recession will last far longer than many will admit. . .3. The bitter truth is that unemployment is currently closer to 25% instead of 14.7%.)

— Trump Officials Say Unemployment Could Pass 20% Joblessness nears levels seen during the Great Depression as coronavirus cases pass 1.3 million in the United States. – Susan Milligan,

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “The Coronavirus Was an Emergency Until Trump Found Out Who Was Dying The pandemic has exposed the bitter terms of our racial contract, which deems certain lives of greater value than others.”

— Lost your job because of coronavirus? You might face an identity crisis — but you can overcome it – Anna Kelsey-Sugg and Maria Tickle (DIERSEN: I should write a book about being forced to take early retirement. I would focus on how your critics/opponents use that against you.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: When we lose the ‘organizing principle of our lives’. . .Recovering from a sudden career change. . .Seeing the silver lining)

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.