May 16 Morning Edition

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— What will Mark Shaw do in his roles as the Co-Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party and the President of the Illinois Republican County Chairman’s Association to organize Illinois conservatives and to “lead conservative and grassroots outreach for the” IRP? Will he:
– Identify who the conservative leaders are in each county in Illinois?
– Meet with them on a one on one basis, meet with them at regional meetings, and/or meet with them at statewide meetings?
– encourage Dave Diersen to form the “Republican Assembly of DuPage County” to represent the conservatives in DuPage County?
– encourage all Illinois conservatives and Republicans to read GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails?
– encourage all Illinois conservative and Republican leaders to keep [email protected] on their press advisory and press release lists? – Dave Diersen
https://gopillinois.com

 

JEANNE IVES
— Ives Responds to ILGOP Leadership Compromise
https://mailchi.mp/30bcb705619a/ives-response-to-gop-leadership-compromise?e=985ad8c00b
(FROM THE ANNOUNCEMENT: Late last night, the two candidates for ILGOP Chair, Chairman Tim Schneider and Lake County GOP Chairman Mark Shaw, announced a compromise that has the candidates sharing the seat. State Representative Jeanne Ives, a former Republican candidate for Governor, released the following statement in response: “This is an encouraging about face by Rauner and his surrogates including Tim Schneider who spent the primary campaign ridiculing conservatives and telling us to leave the party. If this compromise elevates the party’s conservative base in terms of both policy views and party leadership, that would be good. If this compromise turns out to be the typical surrender Republican Rauner play of buying people off with money and titles, that would not be good. While I’m guardedly optimistic, I’ll reserve judgment to see how the deal operates in practice.)

 

ILLINOIS REPUBLICAN PARTY
— Leadership Announcement: ILGOP Chairman Tim Schneider and Lake Co. GOP Chairman Mark Shaw announce a reorganization plan that focuses on grassroots organizing dedicated to reelecting Gov. Rauner and Republicans statewide (DIERSEN: It certainly looks like the Democrat news media in Illinois was given advance notice of when this announcement would be sent out.)
https://illinois.gop/category/news/
(FROM THE ANNOUNCEMENT: “Chairman Mark Shaw is a great asset to the Illinois Republican Party, and I’m very pleased to announce a new joint effort with him to refocus our party’s efforts on grassroots and county-level organizing. This year’s election might be the most consequential one in our state’s history, so we must be more organized than ever before. That is why I wholeheartedly endorse Mark Shaw to lead the Illinois Republican County Chairmen’s Association as President. Mark will also serve as co-Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party and lead conservative and grassroots outreach for the party. With Mark joining me at the helm, the state party and Republican organizations across Illinois will coordinate new efforts to reelect Gov. Bruce Rauner and our Republican ticket statewide.” – Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider “Many conservatives sent Governor Rauner a message in the primary. On the night of the primary, Governor Rauner said he heard them, and I heard them – loud and clear. But Republicans must focus on the issues that unite us and the election ahead of us. Conservatives in Illinois must come together to reelect Governor Rauner, or we won’t have a voice in state government for the next decade. “That is why I’ve decided to join together with Chairman Tim Schneider in a unity effort to lead Republicans in Illinois. I’m asking the State Central Committee to reelect Tim Schneider to another term as our party chairman, and I am honored to serve as co-Chairman of the party. The joint unity effort will make our conservative voice louder and ultimately make our party stronger. I look forward to working with Tim in my new role to focus our party’s attention on the grassroots and do the important organizing work to reelect Gov. Rauner, elect more Republicans statewide, and build our party at the statewide and local level.”  – Lake County Republican Party Chairman Mark Shaw Today, Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider and Lake County Republican Party Chairman Mark Shaw announced an agreed reorganization plan that restructures party leadership and refocuses party efforts on grassroots and county-level organizing dedicated to reelecting Governor Rauner and the statewide Republican ticket. With the full support of Chairman Shaw, Chairman Schneider will continue to serve as Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, and Chairman Shaw will serve as Co-Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party and lead conservative and grassroots outreach. Additionally, with the full support of Governor Bruce Rauner and Chairman Schneider, Chairman Shaw will run for President of the Illinois Republican County Chairmen’s Association. Both leadership positions will be elected this Saturday, May 19, at organizational meetings in Springfield. Chairman Schneider and Chairman Shaw look forward to working together over the next six months to unify Republicans in Illinois, reelect Gov. Rauner, and defeat Mike Madigan.)

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Republican Party leadership truce (DIERSEN: It certainly looks like the Democrat news media in Illinois was given advance notice of when this announcement would be sent out.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-bruce-rauner-kwame-raoul-death-penalty-20180514-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Illinois Republican Party late Tuesday night announced a plan that would leave Gov. Rauner’s hand-picked chairman in his role, likely avoiding a potentially messy leadership challenge. While Cook County Commissioner Tim Schneider would remain chairman of the state party, Lake County GOP leader Mark Shaw would become its co-chairman to “lead conservative and grassroots outreach.” Previously, Shaw had been planning a challenge to Schneider ahead of a Saturday vote for chairman. Now, Shaw will run to lead the Illinois Republican County Chairmen’s Association. The plan comes as Rauner continues to try to unify the party after he narrowly won the March primary over state Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton, who backed Shaw to be the next party chairman. Rauner had backed Schneider. A battle for the post represented a continued outgrowth of dissatisfaction among the party’s social conservatives with the governor. “With Mark joining me at the helm, the state party and Republican organizations across Illinois will coordinate new efforts to reelect Gov. Bruce Rauner and our Republican ticket statewide,” Schneider said in a statement.)

— Rauner’s hand-picked Republican Party chairman set to keep his job in truce over looming leadership battle – Rick Pearson  (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Who calls those who support the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and the rest of the planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform “conservative insurgents?” ANSWER: 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.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-bruce-rauner-republican-party-20180516-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Gov. Bruce Rauner and his supporters headed off a challenge to his leadership of the Illinois Republican Party amid his difficult re-election bid, reaching a compromise with conservative insurgents that will keep his handpicked state GOP chairman serving for another term. The state Republican Party, which has been heavily subsidized by Rauner’s wealth, announced that Cook County Commissioner Tim Schneider would keep his chairmanship when party leadership holds their organizational meeting on Saturday.)
— Democratic AG candidate Raoul calls Rauner’s death penalty plan a ‘stupid diversion’ – Monique Garcia and Bill Lukitsch
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-bruce-rauner-kwame-raoul-death-penalty-20180514-story.html
— State lawmakers trying to license Illinois gun stores again after Gov. Rauner vetoed last attempt – Monique Garcia
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-illinois-legislature-gun-shops-20180515-story.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— New study offers 25 ideas to take on Chicago-area segregation – Tanveer Ali
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/new-study-offers-24-ideas-to-take-on-chicago-area-segregation/

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER (DIERSEN: It certainly looks like the Democrat news media in Illinois was given advance notice of when this announcement would be sent out.)
— Illinois GOP leaders strike deal, avert party leadership fight
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180516/illinois-gop-leaders-strike-deal-avert-party-leadership-fight
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Illinois Republican Party announced late Tuesday night an agreement that would head off what many expected to be an intense fight Saturday for the group’s chairmanship. In an email released at 11:15 p.m., Illinois GOP chair Tim Schneider said he will support Mark Shaw, who had intended to challenge him for the chairmanship, to serve as co-chairman of the state party. In addition, Shaw, Lake County’s GOP chair, also will run for president of the Illinois Republican County Chairmen’s Association “with the full support of Governor Bruce Rauner and Chairman Schneider.” Shaw in turn said in the release he would offer Schneider his “full support” to remain the party chair. Both positions will be elected at a meeting Saturday in Springfield.)
— Illinois lawmakers trying again with new version of gun dealer bill – Brenden Moore
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180515/illinois-lawmakers-trying-again-with-new-version-of-gun-dealer-bill
— Christian County adopts gun sanctuary resolution – John Reynolds (DIERSEN: Who on your county board will introduce a gun sanctuary resolution? When will your county board pass a gun sanctuary resolution?)
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180515/christian-county-adopts-gun-sanctuary-resolution
— Waffle House shooter’s father, Jeff Reinking, sued in Tazewell County – Andy Kravetz
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180515/waffle-house-shooters-father-jeff-reinking-sued-in-tazewell-county
— Don’t play politics on death penalty – Editorial
http://www.sj-r.com/opinion/20180515/our-view-dont-play-politics-on-death-penalty

 

NPR ILLINOIS
— Lawmakers’ New Gun Dealer Licensing Proposal Addresses Illegal Gun Sales – DAISY CONTRERAS
http://nprillinois.org/post/lawmakers-new-gun-dealer-licensing-proposal-addresses-illegal-gun-sales#stream/0

 

WAND
— Sen Harmon makes new attempt at gun dealer bill – Doug Wolfe
http://www.wandtv.com/story/38198151/sen-harmon-makes-new-attempt-at-gun-dealer-bill

 

CHICAGO READER
— Officials hope much-hyped drug can slow state’s opioid crisis, but is it worth the costs? – Bill Myers
https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/vivitrol-opioid-crisis-alkermes-pritzker/Content

 

CHICAGO ARGUS
— Rauner wants to undo Illinois’ death penalty reforms to get himself votes – Gregory Tejeda
http://chicagoargus.blogspot.com/2018/05/rauner-wants-to-undo-illinois-death.html

 

TRUTH IN ACCOUNTING
— Fiscal grading for 10 Chicago suburbs (DIERSEN: Wheaton only gets a “C.”)
https://www.truthinaccounting.org/library/doclib/IL-Suburbs-2016-2017-2pagers.pdf#new_tab

 

WIRE POINTS
— Former Governor Edgar bragged about increasing state pension benefits when he left office – Mark Glennon (DIERSEN: Starting in 1966 when I was 18 years old, my earning credits toward a Civil Service Retirement System pension helped endure tremendous efforts by my Democrat superiors to get rid of me. Further, because I have always been a Republican, were it not for federal civil service protections, a) the Post Office would NOT have hired me in 1966 or let me work there for almost 3 years, b) IRS would NOT have hired me in 1971 or let me work there for almost 9 years, c) IRS would NOT have promoted me in 1972, 1973, or 1974, d) GAO would NOT have hired me in 1980 or let me work there for almost 18 years, and e) GAO would NOT have promoted me in 1986.)
http://www.wirepoints.com/former-governor-edgar-bragged-about-increasing-state-pension-benefits-when-he-left-office-quicktake/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “The governor approved the most significant increase in pension benefits for state workers in a quarter century.,” Edgar wrote. “A concerted effort was made to improve state employee benefits and make a career in government service more attractive.” The book also noted Edgar agreed to other improvements, like adding vision and dental coverage and long-term care insurance, according to the Journal-Register. As for the “Edgar Ramp,” it was central to the finding by the Securities & Exchange Commission that Illinois misled investors in connection with bond sales after Edgar left office. The Edgar Ramp was unworkable, the SEC basically said, and Illinois should have told bond buyers. The fraudulent nondisclosure was not Edgar’s fault, but the relevance of the Edgar Ramp to the fraud finding and the state’s financial mess is clear. With his party in control of both houses of the General Assembly during much of his term, and an economy “like a rocket in flight,” as described by a counterpart governor at the time, Pete Wilson in California, Edgar had the stars aligned to sensibly fix the pension system. He did the opposite. Today, he’s often asked for his wisdom on how to fix our problems. Listen to his answers. There’s nothing of substance there. Just milquetoast platitudes like “we need strong leadership” and “we’ll just have to pay the pensions.” Edgar’s pension started at age 55. It’s $161,000 today.)

 

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK
— Accounting watchdog: Each Illinois taxpayer on hook for $50,000 in unpaid pension, other costs – Cole Lauterbach
https://www.ilnews.org/news/economy/accounting-watchdog-each-illinois-taxpayer-on-hook-for-in-unpaid/article_b7d8ffee-588e-11e8-8bd4-ff2cb66122e5.html

 

ILLINOIS WATCHDOG
— Illinois lawmakers: State won’t be able to gamble its way to prosperity – Benjamin Yount
https://www.watchdog.org/illinois/illinois-lawmakers-state-won-t-be-able-to-gamble-its/article_960bd48b-97d9-5e9f-95b5-cdbcb65ae7e4.html

 

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— DEPAUL UNIVERSITY’S LGBT CENTER HOSTS EVENT ON POLYAMORY (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will DePaul rescind my 1980 master’s degree in accounting because I am “too conservative?”)
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/05/depaul-universitys-lgbt-center-hosts-event-on-polyamory.html
— Tillman slams Sun-Times: “We will not be silenced”
https://capitolfax.com/2018/05/16/tillman-slams-sun-times-we-will-not-be-silenced/

 

POLITICO ILLINOIS
— GOP avoids LEADERSHIP showdown, touts ‘joint unity effort’ (DIERSEN: It certainly looks like the Democrat news media in Illinois was given advance notice of when this announcement would be sent out.)
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/illinois-playbook/2018/05/16/gop-avoids-leadership-showdown-touts-joint-unity-effort-mendoza-hits-senger-on-duckworth-in-new-ad-chicago-most-corrupt-in-us-269989
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Illinois Republicans proved they could be a big-tent party last night after announcing a leadership restructuring reminiscent of an end-of-the-season Little League ball club: everyone gets an award! Two candidates for GOP chair were bracing for an all-out brawl this weekend — current party Chairman Tim Schneider and challenger Lake County Chairman Mark Shaw. Shaw was buoyed by conservatives angry with Gov. Bruce Rauner. But a deal announced late Thursday instead has Schneider and Shaw sharing the chairmanship, avoiding a risky vote and a messy fight that’s already involved legal action. In his role, Shaw would lead “conservative and grassroots outreach” for the party and also have Schneider’s backing to lead the Illinois Republican County Chairmen’s Association. “Many conservatives sent Governor Rauner a message in the primary. On the night of the primary, Governor Rauner said he heard them, and I heard them – loud and clear,” Shaw said in a statement (emphasis was his own). “But Republicans must focus on the issues that unite us and the election ahead of us. Conservatives in Illinois must come together to reelect Governor Rauner, or we won’t have a voice in state government for the next decade.” “Joint Unity Effort” — Shaw was referencing what’s at stake if Republicans lose the governor’s mansion in November: loss of control over redistricting. “The joint unity effort will make our conservative voice louder and ultimately make our party stronger,” Shaw said. “I look forward to working with Tim in my new role to focus our party’s attention on the grassroots and do the important organizing work to reelect Gov. Rauner, elect more Republicans statewide, and build our party at the statewide and local level.” There was already chatter last night about who was capitulating here. Yes, sharing the chairmanship shows Rauner’s weakness, since he has almost single-handedly funded the party. This never could have happened under Rauner two years ago. And yes, Shaw lost his chance at potentially knocking out Goliath. And it will remain to be seen how real Shaw’s role will be. For now, what’s important is this is a much-needed move for a Republican party trying to get itself back on track. Rauner desperately needed some declaration of unity after months of high-profile post-primary sparring with his opponent Jeanne Ives and the realization Republican Sam McCann is running as a third party candidate. The governor can now move on to the next fire.)

 

CAPITOL FAX
— ILGOP’s Schneider and Shaw make peace, will share some power (DIERSEN: It certainly looks like the Democrat news media in Illinois was given advance notice of when this announcement would be sent out.)
https://capitolfax.com/2018/05/16/ilgops-schneider-and-shaw-make-peace-will-share-some-power/
— Leader Durkin’s latest reason for supporting the death penalty
https://capitolfax.com/2018/05/16/leader-durkins-latest-reason-for-supporting-the-death-penalty/

 

GOPUSA
— Millennials shift Democrats even farther to the left
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=45972
— Too many people of color arrested so NYC must overhaul pot policy
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=45988
— Twitter to demote tweets that get complaints (DIERSEN: It would be great if those who complain about GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails would come out of their closets. They should be required to disclose who pays them to complain, and if they are not being paid, who they are operatives or dupes for, who they glorify and praise, who they pander to, who they give money to, etc.)
http://www.gopusa.com/twitter-to-demote-tweets-that-get-complaints/
— Sheriff Israel needs money to hire more deputies to confiscate guns
http://www.gopusa.com/sheriff-israel-needs-money-to-hire-more-deputies-to-confiscate-guns/

 

DAILY CALLER
— Liberal Writers Say Democrats Should Give Up On White Republicans – PETER HASSON (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats make it clear that they want to get rid of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older people, rich people, gun owners, German Americans, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://dailycaller.com/2018/05/16/liberal-writers-democrats-win-respect-white-trump-voters/

 

FOX NEWS
— Trump attacks leaking ‘cowards’ as anonymous sources undermine White House – Howard Kurtz
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/05/16/trump-attacks-leaking-cowards-as-anonymous-sources-undermine-white-house.html

 

THE HILL
— Trump renews call for immigration crackdown – JORDAN FABIAN
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/387769-trump-renews-call-for-immigration-crackdown

 

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
— Judge Amy St. Eve Who Scolded Trump Confirmed for US Appellate Seat US district judge who scolded Trump as he testified in 2013 civil trial confirmed for seat on the 7th US District Court of Appeals. – AP (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, and especially those who promote patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation are overjoyed about this and will use this against me. St. Eve denied me my 7th Amendment rights in Diersen v. GAO, that is, she denied me a jury trial. SEE: https://gopillinois.com/documents/)
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/illinois/articles/2018-05-16/judge-who-scolded-trump-confirmed-for-us-appellate-seat
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A U.S. district judge who scolded Donald Trump as he testified in a 2013 civil trial on the sale of condos at Chicago Trump Tower has been confirmed for a seat on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. District Court of Appeals. That scolding didn’t stop now-President Trump from nominating Amy St. Eve in February. The Senate approved her nomination 91-0 Monday. On the witness stand, Trump repeatedly clashed with a lawyer for retiree Jacqueline Goldberg. Goldberg accused Trump of enticing her to buy two luxury condos by promising profit sharing. She said he yanked the offer after she committed to the purchase. Trump and the attorney continually raised their voices and interrupted each other. St. Eve once told them to stop their verbal “boxing.” The visibly exasperated judge also told them to “get control” of themselves. Jurors later concluded Trump hadn’t cheated Goldberg.)

 

FED WEEK
— Congress Starts Considering Trump’s Agenda for Federal Workforce (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, my Democrat superiors were encouraged to take adverse actions against me to get rid of me because they knew that I was a conservative and that those who dominated the Illinois Republican Party have always been anti-conservative.)
https://www.fedweek.com/fedweek/congress-starts-considering-trumps-agenda-for-federal-workforce/

 

NARFE
— How Much Money Do YOU Need for a Secure Retirement? (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Who should sign up for this? ANSWER: Those who should expect to be forced to take early retirement “offers,” that is, those who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who did not make GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40.)
https://www.narfe.org/webinar/reg/index.cfm?specialOfferCode=6XL

 

WINDY CITY TIMES
— Experts say large health disparities exist between Chicago LGBTQs – Jesse Arnholz (DIERSEN: As everyone knows, if you engage in LGBTQ activity, you dramatically increase the likelihood that you will have serious health problems.)
http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Experts-say-large-health-disparities-exist-between-Chicago-LGBTQs/62897.html

 

DAILY MAIL
— Sarah Sanders says she’ll fire ‘total and complete coward’ West Wing aides who leak to reporters – DAVID MARTOSKO (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, those who claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican who leak to anti-religious, anti-conservative, and/or anti-Republican reporters should be fired.)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5735803/Sarah-Sanders-says-shes-fired-total-complete-cowards-leak-press.html

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.