May 2 Evening Edition

— Pritzker the first Democrat to air TV ads in bid to take on Rauner – Rick Pearson
— Trump donor Gidwitz’s trustworthiness placed at heart of court case – Kim Janssen  (DIERSEN: Who focuses on destroying your credibility? I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who focus on destroying my credibility.  Of course, they include those who I have sued, their operatives, and their dupes.)
— Emanuel says Thompson Center sale tied to ‘L’ station – John Byrne
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: The anti-Trump and anti-GOP Eric Zorn says “Trump and GOP, not campus radicals, pose the real threat to freedom.”


— Rauner fans and Madigan fans all so pleased while Illinois fails – Phil Kadner
— Emanuel puts brakes on Rauner plan to sell Thompson Center – Fran Spielman
— Friends gave Rahm Emanuel sports tickets, covered travel expenses – Mitchell Armentrout and Fran Spielman
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot pushers push pot in Illinois.  If you push pot in Illinois, you promote the destruction of Illinois.
— Would this read better if Medill were accredited? – Neil Steinberg  (DIERSEN: Since I became the GOPUSA Illinois Editor in 2000, to discredit me, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have shouted that I do not have a degree in journalism.  In my defense, I worked for GAO for almost 18 years 1980-1997, the last 11 years of which, at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $94,610-$122,991. Much of what I did for GAO is similar to what journalists do – interviewing, conducting surveys, gathering facts, summarizing facts, analyzing facts, and writing reports. Two of the GAO reports that I worked on are at (FINANCIAL DERIVATIVES: Actions Needed to Protect the Financial System) and at (OTC DERIVATIVES: Additional Oversight Could Reduce Costly Sales Practice Disputes).)


— Hultgren, Roskam undecided on Obamacare repeal – Marni Pyke


— State gets new reminder of slipping finances – GREG HINZ


— Vandalism at Ald. Joe Moreno’s office targets gentrification


— Sen. Durbin On Recent Heart Procedure – Derrick Blakley
— Vandals Target Alderman’s Office, Gentrification Of Neighborhood
— Retired Police Officer Waits On Online Lottery Winnings – Dana Kozlov


— Sale of Thompson Center Hits Snag – Mary Ann Ahern
— University of Illinois-Springfield Professors Go on Strike
— Sen. Durbin Undergoes Outpatient Procedure at Northwestern




— G Whiz: Rauner Explainin’ About Talkin’ The Way He Does – David Matthews


— A week before final exams, UIS professors go on strike


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say that the Trump administration has “discriminatory public policy.”)


— Kinzinger Faces Challenges From Left And Right: How Safe Is He? – DAN KLEFSTAD (DIERSEN: What does Kinzinger think of those who share your demographics?)


— Does Recreational Weed Have a Chance in Illinois?  The political tide has turned against marijuana in recent months. So why are two state lawmakers introducing a legalization bill now? – TATIANA WALK-MORRIS  (DIERSEN: If you promote pot in Illinois, you promote the destruction of Illinois.)


— Rauner seeks court guidance on what to do with illegally hired patronage workers in wake of special report – Jonathan Bilyk


— Ives strengthens push for Mautino ouster – Matt Smith




— Illinois Republican Party: Hotel Scion Pritzker Using Inherited Wealth on Inherited Agenda  (DIERSEN: Should everyone involved in government, politics, news media, etc. be required to disclose exactly how they acquired their wealth?  For me, it was money that I earned doing yard work and delivering newspapers 1962-1964; washing dishes 1964-1966; cleaning golf shoes, chipping slag, and pumping gasoline in 1966; delivering mail 1966-1969, working on an automobile assemble line and as a security guard in 1970; selling tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971; pumping gasoline 1971-1972; collecting delinquent taxes 1971-1980; auditing federal agencies 1980-1997; collecting a Civil Service Retirement System pension since 1997; collecting Social Security since 2010; and inheriting from my mother $56,073 and half interest in 1286 Wood Street in Crete last year.)
— New Planned Parenthood TV ad targets Roskam


— Popular homeschooling resource quietly promotes LGBT to children – Fr. Mark Hodges


— Federal Legislative Ratings  (FOR 2016: Hultgren-88, LaHood-84, Roskam-67, Shimkus-64, Bost-52, Kinzinger-44)


— CNN Refuses To Run Trump’s ‘100 Days’ Ad That Calls Mainstream Media ‘Fake News’ – Peter Hasson
— Hillary: I Am Now ‘Part Of The Resistance’ – Amber Athey
— ‘It Was An Invasion’: How Hungary Managed To Erase Illegal Immigration In Just A Few Months – JACOB BOJESSON
— Al Franken Wonders Aloud If Steve Bannon Inspires Hate Crimes – Chuck Ross  (DIERSEN: Soon, if not already, all anti-Trumps will accuse all Trump supporters of inspiring hate crimes.)
— Immigrant Workers Stunned To Be Fired After Skipping Work For Protest – WILL RACKE
— DNC Chairman Claims ‘No Human Being Is Illegal’ – TED GOODMAN (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will the DNC officially declare war on America?)


— New York Times Promotes Attack on Christians Who ‘Shield’ Bill O’Reilly – Tim Graham


— Austin, Texas: All day sit-in protest of ‘sanctuary cities’ bill ends in arrests
— Which side are you on? Illegals are given “sanctuary” by liberals. Where is the sanctuary for American conservatives?
— Legislatures tell universities ‘free speech’ or else


— Ingraham: GOP Will Have ‘Hell to Pay’ as Dems Claim Victory on Spending


— Trump Campaign Claims CNN Rejected 100 Days Ad – Jeffrey Rodach


— Will the Second Civil War Turn Violent? – DENNIS PRAGER


— Public Employees and the Shadow World of American Carnage – JOHN CARNEY  (DIERSEN: Many millions have not and will not seek a job with the federal government a) because the pay and benefits are terrible, b) because the advancement opportunities are terrible, c) because they lack required education, work experience, professional certifications, and/or professional licenses, d) because they cannot pass an employment examination, e) because they cannot pass a background investigation, f) because they cannot pass a physical examination, g) because they cannot take the demonization, denigration, and condemnation that comes with being a federal employee or federal retiree, and/or h) because they are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran and they know that the federal government discriminates against the aforesaid.)


— Trump’s quest to stop bad media coverage threatens our Constitution – JONATHAN TURLEY  (DIERSEN: What do you say to those who focus on a) stopping me from putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out and b) stopping everyone from reading those emails?  Further, what do you say to those who read the emails, but fail/refuse to come to my defense?)


— Jim DeMint officially ousted at Heritage Foundation – Theodore Schleifer


— Could libel laws change under President Trump? – LAUREN PEARLE and MEGHAN KENEALLY


— GAO report says government not doing enough against fraud


— A week to publicly recognize the good work of federal employees – Tom Fox  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, just about everyone viciously demonizes, viciously denigrates, and viciously condemns federal employees and federal retirees. How would you react if you were a member of a group that is ever-increasingly viciously demonized, viciously denigrated, and viciously condemned?)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “The real reason Trump is so frustrated with Congress: He keeps on taking bullets for Republicans.”  Trump has promised to defend and advance the Republican Party platform.)
— Interns at these 25 companies make more than the median U.S. worker – Jena McGregor  (DIERSEN: What are/were you paid? In 1971, when I was 22 years old, IRS hired at the GS-7 level, currently $44,853/year. In 1972, IRS promoted me to GS-9, currently $54,864/year. In 1973, IRS promoted me to GS-11, currently $66,379/year. In 1974, IRS promoted me to GS-12, currently $79,563/year. My critics/opponents 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 33.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Summer is nearing, and workplaces everywhere are awaiting the arrival of this year’s interns to help out on extra projects and shoulder the seasonal load. But among certain companies, they’re likely doing more than getting coffee and making copies. Or at least, they’re being paid that way. According to a new report by the jobs site Glassdoor, the 25 best-paying companies for internships each pay their median summer worker more than $4,500 a month. That amount, if it was paid over the course of a full year, would be north of $54,000, exceeding the median annual pay for a U.S. worker, according to Glassdoor’s own local pay reports ($51,350), and the annual figure calculated from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest weekly earnings data for full-time wage and salary workers ($44,460). Topping the list was Facebook, where the median pay for interns is $8,000 a month, according to the reports from the newest analysis. That’s $1,800 more than the $6,200 the social media giant reportedly paid interns when Glassdoor last issued its last highest paying internship report, in 2014. The next three were Microsoft (which pays a median $7,100 a month), ExxonMobil ($6,507) and Salesforce ($6,450).)
— Why did Trump win? New research by Democrats offers a worrisome answer. – Greg Sargent
— Kansas City Archdiocese boots Girl Scouts, calls group reflective of ‘troubling trends’ – Samantha Schmidt  (DIERSEN: To what extent have the Girl Scouts been taken over by those who are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors?)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump administration continues to threaten a free press. Newest attacks by the president, Preibus erode U.S. moral authority.”


— Professors Walk Picket Lines at U of Illinois-Springfield  Officials with the union that represents nearly 170 professors at the University of Illinois-Springfield say they’re going on strike starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. – AP


— Medill Drops Efforts at Accreditation in Blow to Watchdog Groups  Northwestern’s journalism school says process delivers little value; students loans not at risk – Douglas Belkin (DIERSEN: Since I became the GOPUSA Illinois Editor in 2000, to discredit me, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have shouted that I do not have a degree in journalism.  In my defense, I worked for GAO for almost 18 years 1980-1997, the last 11 years of which, at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $94,610-$122,991. Much of what I did for GAO is similar to what journalists do – interviewing, conducting surveys, gathering facts, summarizing facts, analyzing facts, and writing reports. Two of the GAO reports that I worked on are at (FINANCIAL DERIVATIVES: Actions Needed to Protect the Financial System) and at (OTC DERIVATIVES: Additional Oversight Could Reduce Costly Sales Practice Disputes).)
— Facebook’s Female Engineers Claim Gender Bias  Analysis found female engineers received 35% more rejections of their code than men – Deepa Seetharaman


— How Soaring Benefit Costs Are Coming Back To Haunt Gov’t Workers – STEVEN MALANGA  (DIERSEN: From the beginning of time and ever-increasingly, government workers have been viciously demonized, viciously denigrated, and viciously condemned.  Because of that, governments have had to provide better salaries and better benefits to hire and to retain workers.)


— Zillow Launched A New Tool To Help Millennials Buy Their First Home – Jennifer Calfas  (DIERSEN: How old were you when you bought your first home?  I bought a new town home in University Park in 1972 when I was 24 years old.)


FOX 11
— More than half not saving for retirement – Mark Leland  (DIERSEN: When did you start saving for your retirement?  Since 1966, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have been furious that constructively, I started saving for my retirement in 1966 when I started working part-time for the Park Forest Post Office and earning BOTH full-time Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) credits AND Social Security credits.  However, my Social Security is dramatically reduced because I get a CSRS pension.)


— Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani to Ivanka Trump: Don’t use my story – CNN  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps promote hatred.)


— Why a Congress that’s protesting wasteful spending wants $77 million more for itself – KATE IRBY
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The legislative increase primarily goes to the Library of Congress, with $32 million more; the Capitol Police, with $18.3 million more and the Government Accountability Office, Congress’ auditing arm, with $13.5 million more.)


— Pay Parity For Federal Employees and Military? – Ralph R. Smith


— House passes enhancement to Whistleblower Protections Act – Eric White  (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, I blew the whistle on patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.  Because they benefited personally from one or more of the aforesaid, virtually none of my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, or subordinates sided with me.)


— Barack Obama’s former lawyers sue Donald Trump’s team over alleged intimidation of federal workers  United to Protect Democracy says its goal is ‘protecting the civil service from purges, intimidation or politicisation’ – Samuel Osborne (DIERSEN: 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. In Diersen v. GAO, all of the following made it very clear that they favored patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation: the District Court Judge Amy J. St. Eve and the U.S. Attorney for GAO Patrick Fitzgerald, U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald who appointed the aforesaid, and the 7th Circuit Appellate Court Justices.)


— The next 100 days will be even worse: Right-wing bigots urge Trump to sign anti-LGBT order allowing broad discrimination  Conservatives have been pressuring Trump to take even more action targeting the LGBT community for months. – NICO LANG  (DIERSEN: From what I see, ever-increasingly, the less that you promote LGBTQ activity, the more that you are discriminated against.)

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.