May 17 Morning Edition

— Here’s what’s holding up the Illinois marijuana bill The legislation’s co-author, state Sen. Heather Steans, says “threading the needle” on expungement may be the biggest challenge. Crain’s has the story. – JOHN PLETZ (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, the following should be speaking out strongly against the marijuana bill in Illinois: Trump and Pence,  Illinois, Republican congressmen, Illinois Republican Party (IRP) National Committeeman and Committeewoman, IRP officers, Republican House and Senate leaders, your representative on the IRP State Central Committee, the officers of your Republican township/ward/county party organizations, you Republican Precinct Committeeman/Captain, Republican officials who represent you in your municipality, township/ward, county, and Illinois, etc.)
— A new report shows just how much Chicago’s Loop is booming The Chicago Loop Alliance measured how the central area has fared and how it has changed over the past decade. – BRIANNA KELLY (DIERSEN: Have you lived in downtown Chicago? I did week-days 1974-1976 and full-time 1976-1978. Have you worked in downtown Chicago? I did in 1971 and 1973-1997. Have you taken courses in downtown Chicago? I did 1966-1968, 1971-1983, and 1992-1997.)

— Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady has concerns about recreational marijuana legislation in Springfield – JEFF CARLIN

— House GOP releases one-page state budget proposal – Jerry Nowicki
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: America-haters promote hatred against Trump.
— COD interim president talks about his vision for the school – Robert Sanchez

— McSweeney’s township consolidation bill heads to Pritzker’s desk for consideration – DREW ZIMMERMAN

— Chicago’s Racial Disparities In The Sights Of Its First Chief Equity Officer – Alden Loury (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, since the Civil War, Democrats blame Republicans for all the problems that minorities have had, are having, and will have.)

— House Republicans again say budget can be balanced without higher taxes – Doug Finke

— Appeals court upholds teacher’s firing for using sick days for vacation – Jim Dey

— Democratic legislation would take appointments away from GOP county board chairman – JOSEPH BUSTOS

— New bill calls for stricter rules for owning a gun – Katie Bandish

— Republicans Press For Admission To Budget Talks – BRIAN MACKEY

— Democrat’s Rx for Illinois will make matters worse – Dennis Byrne

— Psychologist Warns Lawmakers Against Marijuana Legalization – David E. Smith
— AOC’s Stupid Abortion Comments – Laurie Higgins

— Trump wants to use point-based immigration system – Tom Howell Jr.

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Biden encourages Hispanics to hate Republicans.
— Trump to use ‘tremendous powers’ of the Insurrection Act to combat illegal immigration – John Gage (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote insurrection.)

— Taming the Bench: MAGA Means Ending Judicial Precedent – Selwyn Duke

— Why Trump’s New Immigration Plan Won’t Be Enough – Pedro Gonzalez

— Trump to Illegals: Don’t Get Comfy, You’re ‘Leaving Soon’ – Eric Mack

— SAN ANTONIO OFFICIALS WANT TO HIDE COMMENTS CONDEMNING CHICK-FIL-A Discriminated against company owned by Christians in airport contracting

— Trump’s Immigration Plan Prioritizes Skilled, Educated Immigrants over Low-Skilled Immigrants – Melanie Arter

— 2-in-3 Americans Oppose Releasing Border Crossers into U.S. Interior – John Binder

— JOE BIDEN: TRUMP AN ILLEGITIMATE PRESIDENT Says ‘I absolutely agree’ with fan who makes charge (DIERSEN: Who hints/implies/argues/shouts that you are illegitimate? I should write a book about those who hint/imply/argue/shout that I am illegitimate. Better yet, I should sue them.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater argues “Trump’s immigration plan endangers America’s ability to integrate foreigners. It’s family reunification, not highly skilled workers, that allows the U.S. to form a cohesive national identity.”

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats want the Republican Party to dump “Old White Men.”
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: SAT’s New ‘Adversity Score’ Will Take Students’ Hardships Into Account – Anemona Hartocollis (DIERSEN: What is you adversity score? Everyone should be required to disclose their adversity score.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats use neo-Nazi James Alex Fields to promote hatred against Republicans.

— Buying a car for your teenager? Here’s what you should keep in mind – Dalvin Brown (DIERSEN: When you were a teen, did you expect your parents to buy your first car? I did not. Neither of my outstanding parents attended college. My father fought type 1 diabetes from age 14, was the first of his ancestors to earn a high school diploma, worked in the office of a nasty chemical plant, almost always worked second jobs to pay the family’s bills, did not buy a new car until he 45 and it was a bottom of the line 2-door Chevy with almost no options, and died suddenly of heart failure in 1969 when he was 47 and I was 21. My mother never attended high school. I bought my first car, a 1958 Chevy BelAir, as soon as turned 16 in 1964.)

— Florida officials worry U.S. may send them hundreds of migrants and no resources – JENNY JARVIE (DIERSEN: Because Democrat and RINO voters encourage illegal immigration, Democrat and RINO voters should be required to provide illegals with housing, food, clothing, healthcare, education, transportation, jobs, etc.)

— Oldham Co. Police claim social media posts, not age, were factor in decision not to hire officer  Officer Dennis Clark, with West Buechel Police, claims Oldham County Police didn’t hire him for a position because of his age. – Tyler Emery

— FRONT PAGE: SAT to Give Students ‘Adversity Score’ to Capture Social and Economic Background New score comes as college admissions decisions are under scrutiny – Douglas Belkin (DIERSEN: What is you adversity score? Everyone should be required to disclose their adversity score.)
— The New and Unimproved SAT The college test’s ‘adversity score’ may foment more cynicism. (DIERSEN: What is you adversity score? Everyone should be required to disclose their adversity score.)
— Think CEOs Are Overpaid? See How They Compare With Hollywood Celebs and Sports Stars Jennifer Aniston vs. Tim Cook and other marquee matchups on the pay scale; nearly $500,000 a show for Celine Dion (DIERSEN: Are/were you accused of being overpaid? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always accused me of being overpaid. In my defense, I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 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.)

— The Trump administration reportedly sent ‘no-match letters’ to over 570,000 employers telling them they might have undocumented workers – Alexandra Ma (DIERSEN: Employers that hire illegals work against individuals, against organizations, against companies, against governments, and against countries that oppose illegal immigration.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats want open borders because immigrants vote for Democrats. RINOs want open borders because RINOs want cheap labor.
— Trump Immigration Plan Sidesteps Income Inequality – Erik Sherman (DIERSEN: 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.)

— FORCE TRUMP HOTELS TO TAKE IN HOMELESS ASYLUM SEEKERS, SAYS FLORIDA MAYOR: ‘ASK THE PRESIDENT TO OPEN HIS HEART AND HOME’ – CHANTAL DA SILVA (DIERSEN: Because Republican-haters encourage people to come to America illegally and to stay in America illegally, Republican-haters should be forced to house, feed, clothe, and educate illegals, provide them with healthcare, etc.)

— Candace Owens is Suspended From Facebook – TODD NEIKIRK

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.