May 18 Evening Edition

— Republican and social justice leaders condemn anti-Semitic signs, rhetoric Pritzker protests – Ravi Baichwal
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Politicians were implored to denounce the anti-Semitism, and two leading state Republicans did so Monday. “There is no place for hatred in our state, and I will continue to speak out, as will members of my caucus, against hateful speech,” said State Senator Bill Brady. “I don’t support hate speech, though, so this doesn’t reflect the good people in the Republican party or Independents. They have nothing to do with us, and I would ask in the future that they stay home. We don’t need them,” said House Republican Leader Rep. Jim Durkin.)
— Coronavirus Illinois: COVID-19 cases top 96K with over 4K deaths
— Trump says he’s taking malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in case he gets coronavirus – AP

— Illinois Coronavirus Cases Surpass 95,000 With 2,294 New Cases Reported All four state healthcare regions remain within the limits prescribed by the governor’s phased reopening plan
— Much of Illinois is On Track to Enter Phase 3 at End of May, But What About Chicago? Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has unveiled different guidelines for the city
— Chicago to Fine Churches That Held Services in Violation of Stay-at-Home Order Religious gatherings have been limited to 10 people under Gov. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order

— Illinois reports 59 more COVID-19 deaths Monday; 3rd straight day death toll under 100

— Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Pritzker announces effort to ramp up contact tracing; 2,294 new known COVID-19 infections and 59 additional deaths reported
— With a new, stricter grading system — plus warmer weather — Cook County is now getting a D on social distancing – Hal Dardick
— State legislators who defy the mask requirement should be barred from session – Eric Zorn
— Why churches, for now, should remain closed – Editorial
— Illinois can safely start to reopen, if we follow these measures – ROBERT A. WEINSTEIN AND CORY FRANKLIN
— Mayor Lightfoot, it’s time to reopen the lakefront – EDITORIAL
— Business owners now face misdemeanor charge if they reopen in spite of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order – JAMIE MUNKS and RICK PEARSON

— Putting his message where his mouth is? Downstate Republican hopes to make a point by not wearing mask Bailey said not wearing a mask is his way of making Democrats face facts. “These Chicago legislators are making more of a deal of wearing a mask in Springfield than they are about, you know, getting this $7.2 billion deficit that we’re staring at with our budget,” he said. – Neal Earley
— GOP: Graduated tax ‘cash grab’ will stifle pandemic recovery House Minority Leader Jim Durkin said this week’s special session in Springfield should consider dumping the plan to alter the state Constitution and discard the current flat-rate income tax. – AP
— Illinois reports 3rd straight day with fewer than 100 COVID-19 deaths (LIVE UPDATES) Here’s what we know today about the continuing spread of coronavirus and its ripple effects in Chicago and Illinois.
— Showdown looming over Pritzker’s stay-at-home order before skeptical downstate judge A Clay County judge, who is clearly opposed to the order, told lawyers the controversy “begs to be resolved. It’s got to be resolved in this court, and it’s going to be and it’s going to be resolved Friday.” – Jon Seidel
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters use coronavirus a) to promote illegal immigration and b) to demonize, denigrate, and condemn Trump.
— City looks at fines against churches that defied stay-home order “There were some churches that congregated in excess of the allowable number and we will be taking action as to those individuals and those churches,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday. – Fran Spielman
— Pandemic shutdown of Chicago economy to cost city ‘probably in excess of $500 million’ says top mayoral aide Mayor Lori Lightfoot has repeatedly refused to project the size of Chicago’s budget shortfall, but under questioning at Monday’s Finance Committee meeting, Chief Financial Officer Jennie Huang Bennett did just that. – Fran Spielman
— A message to my fellow liberals: Working people are getting angrier and angrier It seems to be therapeutic to many of my friends to have their beliefs reinforced each night that anyone who complains about shutdowns is unintelligent or malevolent. – Richard J. Gonzalez

— ‘I am not going to be anybody’s boogeyman’: DuPage sheriff says county is ready to reopen – Robert Sanchez
— DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick’s Facebook message about Gov. Pritzker and COVID-19

— GOP leaders turn up heat on Pritzker’s ‘fair tax’ proposal Springfield Democrats are unlikely to heed a call to pull the proposed graduated income tax amendment off the November ballot, but Republicans smell a good issue. – GREG HINZ
— Coronavirus will end the golden age for college towns These engines of regional growth will struggle with state funding cuts, fewer foreign students and destroyed household finances. – NOAH SMITH
— McDonald’s franchisees face steep costs to bring back dine-in One Illinois franchisee estimates it could cost $1,000 per day per restaurant in added expenses to reopen a dining room. – DALTON BARKER
— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON ILLINOIS, ON COOK COUNTY, AND ON CHICAGO TIGHTENS: The economic tsunami effect of COVID-19 for Latinos here The disproportionate economic damage Latinos have suffered in addition to the tragic physical toll is a crisis within a crisis. It’s hurting the entire state. – SYLVIA PUENTE
— Pritzker defends new penalties for stores that break shutdown rules The punishments—up to a $2,500 fine and a year in jail—are needed to protect public health, the governor said, and are actually less severe than what the law had allowed. – GREG HINZ

— Illinois GOP seeks to remove graduated tax measure from ballot – JERRY NOWICKI

— Business owners now face misdemeanor charge if they reopen in spite of Pritzker’s stay-at-home order – JAMIE MUNKS and RICK PEARSON

— Lawmakers announce resolution to withdraw income tax hike from Nov. ballot

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, if you do not promote LGBTQ activity, Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs demonize you, denigrate you, and condemn you.

— Bailey v. Pritzker: Summary Judgement Motion filed, hearing on Friday – KIRK ALLEN
— Governor Pritzker’s nightmare – Executive Order power trumped by Illinois Supreme Court case law and Lisa Madigan written opinion – KIRK ALLEN
— If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck…Pritzker legal case is crumbling in Darren Bailey lawsuit – KIRK ALLEN

— Governor Pritzker Wants to Criminalize Lock-Down Opposition – David E. Smith


— Brady and Durkin announce resolution to remove “Fair Tax” from the ballot
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters side with Pritzker against Amy Jacobson. I should write a book about pot pushers who sided with pot pushers against me when I spoke against pot at a DuPage County Board meeting last year.
— State announces two counties will run pilot contact tracing program – Pritzker explains new IDPH rule – Says it’s a “tool” for law enforcement – “Within the existing law” – Hopeful that people can get back to work at Ford plant – Talks about horse racing reopening – Full investigation of data breach – Blames Deloitte for breach – Free credit reports for victims – Says he’s “reluctant” to interfere with churches – Fall surge would mean “big trouble” – No need for legislation on EO – Worried about family’s safety – Slams legislators who were “perfectly willing” to speak to a crowd displaying Nazi and swastika signs – Won’t ask ISP to enforce mask rule in Clay County court – “Balance weighs in favor of keeping people safe” – Asked about map – “The GOP wants to keep people from voting” on Fair Tax – Repeats that he wants help for small biz, including restaurants – Mail-in ballots top election-related session priority
— 2,294 new cases, 59 additional deaths
— COVID-19 roundup

— Many low-wage workers earn more on unemployment than in their former jobs – KHRISTOPHER J. BROOKS

— Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine to protect against coronavirus, dismisses safety concerns

— News not so unbiased with political influence – Brian Pannebecker (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who demonize, denigrate, and condemn my judgment. I would focus on those who demonize, denigrate, and condemn a) the decisions that I make to include hyperlinks to articles in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails and/or b) the comments that I make on those articles.)

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.