May 19 Evening Edition

— Illinois GOP chairman re-elected; Republicans display unity – Brenden Moore
— Statehouse Insider: Is the happy talk for real? – Doug Finke


— Will new GOP ties bind with Shaw, Schneider merger? – Marni Pyke
— A new column that will point out real fake news – John Lampinen (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all news is fake except for the news that they put out or bless.)


— Not all GOP candidates want Trump to stump – AP–2018-midterms-trump-20180519-story.html


— Rahm housing aid program helps buy pricey digs in posh neighborhoods – Tim Novak
— Property tax hikes shock some North Side homeowners – Stefano Esposito


— Should Illinois townships go away? Legislation would make it easier to do exactly that – RYAN VOYLES (DIERSEN: To get me to be against township government, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes might try to stress the many adverse actions that Milton Township elected officials and Milton Township employees have taken against me.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “Illinois needs to rise up for air, and they need to be able to keep their money rather than turn it over to multiple forms of government,” GOP Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti told the Herald & Review in an interview last week, echoing a common criticism raised by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. A bill that would make it easier to mount township abolition campaigns in McHenry County passed through the Illinois House on an 80-22 vote, though it has faced adversity since arriving in the Senate. If approved before the session ends this month, the plan sponsored by state Rep. David McSweeney, a Republican from Barrington Hills, would allow townships to consolidate via a majority vote in a referendum, and could be placed on the ballot by a majority vote of the county board or by at least 5 percent of the total voters in the prior election. . .Many took the report to single out townships, of which there are more than 1,400 across the state, but Sanguinetti said the intent was to focus on ways to reduce the number of all units of government, specifically things like mosquito abatement districts. Sanguinetti said that in some cases townships can be valuable for the community. . .“We realize that no township in Illinois is created equally,” she said. “There are communities where townships are needed, especially in the rural areas.” The idea of locals looking after themselves has always been the purpose of the discussions about consolidation, Sanguinetti said. With the task force and the proposed legislation, the entire point has been to strengthen the ability for communities to push for consolidating, merging or even discontinuing whatever local forms of government they see as being unnecessary, said. “The purpose of our task force was to alleviate the hurdles,” Sanguinetti said, “so that local government could decide what it could do with and what it could do without.”)


— Gov. Rauner’s death penalty, public safety proposals to get House hearing Monday – Greg Bishop


— Germany Acts to Tame Facebook, Learning From Its Own History of Hate A country taps its past as it leads the way on one of the most pressing issues facing modern democracies: how to regulate the world’s biggest social network. – Katrin Bennhold (DIERSEN: What does Germany say about the Democrat Party’s success in promoting hatred against individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)


— China agrees to buy ‘significantly’ more U.S. goods and services in bid to ease trade tensions, according to joint statement – David J. Lynch (DIERSEN: If your critics/opponents asked you what goods have you produced and what services have you provided that China might want to buy, what would you say? My critics/opponents would stress that I did yard work and delivered newspapers 1962-1964; washed dishes 1964-1966; cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline in 1966; delivered mail 1966-1969; worked on an automobile assembly line and as a security guard in 1970; sold tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971; pumped gasoline 1971-1972; collected delinquent taxes 1971-1980; and audited federal agencies 1980-1997.)

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.