May 16 Evening Edition

— Principles
(FROM THE STATEMENT: We have joined ourselves together within the Republican Party to achieve our common goals –To give definition and strength to the Conservative movement within these United States. In these, we proudly affirm our belief in the following principles: This nation was established by men humbly seeking the guidance of Almighty God. Our hope for God to bless our country exists only if we again seek his divine guidance. We support the United States Constitution in the tradition of the Founding Fathers as the Supreme law of the land. The power of the Federal Government and State must be strongly bound by the chains of the Constitution to allow maximum individual achievement through freedom. Our country is a sovereign nation. We must never compromise our national sovereignty to other nations, the United Nations, or any other world organization. Our foreign policy must always reflect our national self-interest and founding principles. Our Founding Fathers firmly held to the conviction that religious freedom was fundamental to a free society. We also express the conviction that we are a God-fearing people, according one another the equal right of religious freedom and acknowledging with reverence the duty of obedience to the will of God. Our state has sovereign authority to govern the land and people within our border. We will not abide usurpation of state sovereignty by Federal mandate or economic extortion. We believe that each of us should be free to achieve, or fail according to our individual abilities, without the need for governmental assistance or quotas.)
— Beliefs
(FROM THE STATEMENT: That all political power and influence should flow from the grassroots upward. That all human rights are granted by God, not government. Government exists primarily to protect the God-given rights of its citizens. That the Constitution was written by wise men under the inspiration of God and that the original intent of the Founders is as valid and binding today as it was in their day. That the Constitution was written to govern a moral and religious people and it is being destroyed by those who are neither. That the traditional family is the foundation and cornerstone of our society – and we will oppose any attempt to undermine or redefine the family unit. The sanctity of human life is paramount in any free society. The unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. This sacred right extends to all persons regardless of age or infirmity and also would not allow for euthanasia, assisted suicide, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning or public funding for any of these practices. That the Founders never intended to separate God from government but did intend to prevent government from establishing a single state religion or from inhibiting the citizen’s right to the free exercise of religion in any setting, public or private. That free market capitalism is the only economic system that creates the opportunities and incentives that will allow maximum productivity and prosperity for its citizens. It is the necessary partner of political freedom.)
— Membership Application


— Illinois GOP: Conservative, Moderate To Share Leadership – AP (DIERSEN: Illinois conservatives support all the planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform. Illinois moderates reject the platform’s traditional family, right to life, immigration, and/or other planks. Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform. Will Rauner sign a pledge that he will defend and advance all the planks in the IRP platform?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Illinois Republican Party officials say they’ve reached an agreement to share leadership of the party, heading off a weekend fight between moderates and conservatives over who should be the next state GOP chairman. Conservatives were backing Lake County GOP Chairman Mark Shaw against Tim Schneider, the current state chairman hand-picked by Gov. Bruce Rauner. The election is scheduled for Saturday. In a news release late Tuesday, the party says Shaw and Schneider have agreed Schneider will continue as chairman while Shaw will be co-chairman, leading “conservative and grassroots outreach.” Shaw also will run Saturday for president of the Illinois Republican County Chairmen’s Association. Conservatives have been critical of Rauner’s actions on issues such as abortion and immigration, prompting state Rep. Jeanne Ives to challenge him in a closer-than-expected March primary. Ives said Wednesday she’s “guardedly optimistic” about the new arrangement but reserving judgement until it’s put into practice.)


— Rauner’s Republican Party spreads its wings to embrace the right – Tina Sfondeles
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Facing calls to resign over his handling of sexual harassment allegations within the party, Mike Madigan faced no opposition this year in being elected the longest-serving chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party. But after Gov. Bruce Rauner eked out a contentious and very narrow victory over state Rep. Jeanne Ives in the March primary, the Illinois Republican Party the GOP governor has bankrolled announced it would split leadership posts as a way to unify a political party that has seen its fair share of dissension.)
— Pritzker paints Rauner as MIA on ERA — as Dems scramble to ensure it’s not DOA – Mark Brown


— Rauner under pressure to support Equal Rights Amendment – Craig Wall
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Opponents, including social conservatives, point to fact that Illinois already has its own Equal Right Amendment. And there are also concerns about abortion. “We believe the ERA amendment is all about extending abortion right across the country where taxpayers have to fund it, at will, on demand,” said State Representative Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton. With concerns about taking any stand that might further anger his base this election year, Governor Rauner has refused to directly support the Amendment.)
— UN-AMERICAN, DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Carpentersville board votes to repeal resolution designating English as official language – Michelle Gallardo


— Illinois considers changing gun transfer rules following Waffle House shooting – Monique Garcia
— Black people: Call 1-800-TOO-WITE, report ‘suspicious’ white meddlers – Rex Huppke (DIERSEN: What do say to White people who encourage Black people to hate White people?)
— Half of kids experience trauma, new report says. Chicago teacher and Diana Rauner offer ideas on how to help.
— Bill to keep pregnant women out of jail while they await trial reaches governor’s desk – Elyssa Cherney
— Flower town grapples with blossoming pot industry’s stench – AP
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats want immigrants because immigrants vote for Democrats. RINOs want immigrants because RINOs want cheap labor. Libertarians want illegal immigrants because illegal immigrant bring them pot.)


— Mundelein trustee apologizes for ‘lipstick on a pig’ comment – Russell Lissau
— Where black votes mean more than black well-being – Walter E. Williams (DIERSEN: Those who are Democrat, Libertarian, Green, and/or RINO encourage those who are 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, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time to get involved in politics to get rid of those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— Roskam draws sharp line on taxes in re-election fight – GREG HINZ (DIERSEN: Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly. Government should encourage marriage and homeownership.)
— Trump discloses ‘over $5 million’ in income from Chicago tower – DANNY ECKER
— Illinois needs a ‘fair’ income tax – TASHA GREEN CRUZAT (DIERSEN: Knowing that the more income that you earn, the more of that income will be taxed away, discourages you from earning more income.)


— Gun dealer licensing compromise passes Senate – Brenden Moore


— Illinois Republican Party Makes Deal To Avoid Leadership Fight – DAISY CONTRERAS


— With his death-penalty ploy, Rauner uses an old trick he learned from his enemy: Mike Madigan – Ben Joravsky


— With new resolution, Ives scoffs at economists’ proposal to raise property taxes – Angela Underwood


— Elmhurst Republican Nybo joins Democrats in move to ban Illinois gun dealers – W.J. Kennedy
— 8 local officials publicly oppose graduated income tax; Mussman, Connor don’t agree


— Bailey glad to see Ives step up to offer a solution to financial crisis – Glenn Minnis


(FROM THE ARTICLE: Any chance the conservative wing of the Illinois Republican Party had to take over party leadership next Saturday has been dealt away, with an announcement from the party headquarters Wednesday. Governor Rauner’s pick Tim Schneider will remain the IL GOP State Chairman for another four years, and Lake County Chairman Mark Shaw will “co-chair” in a new position on the SCC. And everyone – the Rauner wing of the party and the IL GOP Platform wing will be happy and united …? . . . In other words, the IL GOP conservatives will return to their worker bee positions in the party apparatus – knocking on doors, making phone calls, canvassing voters – while the IL GOP Rauner-paid staff hive queen bees call the shots and make public policy with no regard whatsoever to the IL GOP Platform. That’s the way many are seeing their “compromise” – one the Rauner Wing was willing to initiate because the conservatives on the SCC were confident they had the votes to elect Mark Shaw as the new party chairman – taking the IL GOP in a direction that simply would not blend well with Governor Rauner’s checkbook and piper tunes. The SCC members that told Illinois Review they were confident that they had the votes for a party leadership upheaval backed off Wednesday. “Jeanne Ives made a good statement on this agreement this morning. My views are very similar to hers,” 17th CD SSC member Stan Bond said Wednesday. “This agreement will give conservatives a stronger voice within the ILGOP and additionally provides the County Chairmen a permanent seat and voice on the party’s executive committee which surprisingly they have not had up until now.” . . . It’s too bad Mr. Shaw didn’t see fit to fight for the takeover of the IL GOP – so that the state’s party would reflect the rest of the nation’s Republican stance and not continue in the failed Democrat-lite direction its leadership has been pursuing for years. Those conservatives that hold to conservative principles first and the Republican Party affiliation second have been left with no political home for this election cycle. That’s an ugly reality, and one that must be processed.)
— GUTIERREZ BLASTS TRUMP AND FOX NEWS FOR MCCAIN COMMENTS (DIERSEN: What do your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes want you to apologize for? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes want me to apologize for causing their problems, for causing your problems, for causing my problems, and for causing everyone’s problems. Some demonize, denigrate, and condemn my intelligence, my motives, my judgment, and my efforts to help them.)


— More Millennials Would Rather Date a Convicted Felon Over a Trump Supporter


— Pit Bulls Kill Elderly Woman In Mississippi – Scott Greer


— Professor Notes Men Are Taller Than Women On Average, SJWs Storm Out Angrily – JOHN SEXTON


— Here’s how much money Americans think you need to be considered ‘wealthy’ – Kathleen Elkins


— BEYOND TRAGIC: Study: More parents are smoking weed – SAM BERMAN


— Illinois House schedules vote on Equal Rights Amendment – AP


— Amazon drops resistance to proposal requiring it interview women, blacks, Hispanics for board – Elizabeth Weise (DIERSEN: GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job. IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job. The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)
— Cremation gaining in popularity fast as burial costs rise – Svetlana Shkolnikova (DIERSEN: Reasons why my wife and I have decided on cremation include our not having children and the success that my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois have had in painting me as being a White supremacist, Nazi, KKK member, hater, racist, sexist, bigot and even worse things.)


— Trump convenes friendly Californians to rally opposition to sanctuary laws – Joe Garofoli
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The GOP desperately needs the injection of energy in California. Democrats have targeted several of the 14 congressional seats now held by Republicans as part of their effort to win back the House. The two main Republicans running for governor, Travis Allen and John Cox, have seized on the issue in hopes that at least one of them will survive the June 5 top-two primary. Failing to field a candidate in the November runoff could depress Republican turnout throughout the state. Trump said opposition to the law in California “has sparked a rebellion.” Ten counties and three dozen cities have supported the administration’s anti-sanctuary stance, nearly all of them in conservative parts of Southern California and the Central Valley.)


— OPM director justifies proposed retirement cuts – Jessie Bur


— Rauner Forced to Cede Control of Party, Still Hasn’t Talked to Ives

(FROM THE ARTICLE: The nation’s most vulnerable incumbent was forced to partially cede control over his party’s operations this morning, as news broke Rauner’s hand-picked party chairman agreed to be a “co-chairman” to avoid a divisive party vote. Politico Illinois wrote Rauner’s bowing to reality shows “weakness” and would “never could have happened under Rauner two years ago.” But Rauner still has not solved his biggest problem — winning back state Representative Jeanne Ives and the 48% of Republicans that supported her. Ives was skeptical of today’s news, warning that if this was the “typical surrender Republican Rauner play of buying people off with money and titles, that would not be good.” Her statement also showed she was not involved in the deal. She told CLTV last week they still have not spoken. “Bruce Rauner is fighting for his political life and he only has himself blame,” said DGA Illinois Communications Director Sam Salustro. “Rauner still has to find a way to win back the 48% of Republicans that voted to throw him out two months ago, and the millions of Democrats and Independents that are tired of watching Illinois fall behind under his failed leadership.”)

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.