May 24 Evening Edition

— Coronavirus Illinois: COVID-19 cases top 110K with over 4.8K deaths; Pritzker releases business reopening guidelines – Will Jones

— More Than 2,500 New Coronavirus Cases Reported in Illinois Sunday
— Trump’s Pitch to Voters: Trust Me, Economy Will Soar in 2021 – Jill Colvin and Zeke Miller
— Chicago Churches Continue to Violate Stay-at-Home Orders, Fear City May Shut Them Down A pair of Chicago churches once again violated limitations on gathering sizes and fear the city may shut them down – Chris Hush

— Illinois reports 67 coronavirus deaths Sunday, more than 2,500 new cases
— Judge won’t reconsider lawsuit brought by Michael Madigan opponent – AP
— Illinois churches holding services say they’re taking precautions – AP

— Churches holding services across Illinois say they’re taking precautions – AP

— Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces reopening rules for businesses as Illinois is poised to move to next phase and loosen restrictions – JAMIE MUNKS
— You’re getting used to masks. Will you wear a face shield? – KNVUL SHEIKH

— Facing fines and threat of closure, churches continue to hold services: ‘There is not going to be a stand down’ Despite a harsh new warning from Chicago’s public health chief, two Chicago churches defiantly held services Sunday in violation of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order. – Tom Schuba
— Illinois announces 67 more coronavirus deaths as state inches toward Phase 3 reopening The deaths and 2,508 new cases were announced on the same day Gov. J.B. Pritzker unveiled specific guidelines for more businesses to open in coming days. – Ben Pope
— Governor releases guidelines for more Illinois businesses to reopen in coming days Pritzker stressed that as more businesses reopen, the No. 1 priority will continue to be the health and safety of Illinois residents and workers. – Suzanne McBride
— After rocky start, legislative session like no other delivers casino win to boost Chicago and state The grownups asserted themselves in the Illinois Legislature, settled things down and accomplished more than we might have predicted. – Editorial

— State reports 61 more COVID-19 deaths, as Pritzker releases new reopening guidelines – Steve Zalusky

— Big wins for Lightfoot and Pritzker in the just-wrapped Springfield session Chicago’s got its casino, Springfield Dems got their budget—plus the authority to borrow billions from the feds. Here’s what you need to know. – GREG HINZ

— Illinois’ Pandemic-Era Budget Looks to Feds for More Help – Amanda Vinicky

— At Issue: Jeanne Ives, 6th District Republican Congressional Candidate

— Despite budget approval, much is in limbo after Illinois session – JERRY NOWICKI

— ‘Patriot Rally’ in Marion brings opposition to Illinois’ coronavirus response – Brian Munoz

— B-N Lawmakers Pan State Budget – CHARLIE SCHLENKER

— ‘Toxic’ Illinois budget relies on federal bailout that might not come – Greg Bishop

— Ugaste “Strongly Opposes” Budget
— Mid-State Legislator Summarizes Session Tom Bennett
— McConchie Reacts to Session, Points Out Lack of Action by Dems Will Result in Automatic $1,600 Legislative Pay Hike
— Female Democrat Surfaces to Challenge Republican Marty McLaughlin for David McSweeney’s State Rep. Seat
— Marci Suelzer, Opponent to Republican Marty McLaughlin, Surfaces
— Illinois an Outlier in Coronavirus Reopening
— IL-14: State Senate Approves Changes to Vote-by-Mail for November Election
— Point-Counterpoint: Jack Franks’ Plan to Cut County Board Salaries
— Barrington Hills Village Board Unanimously Passes Resolution to Open Village Businesses and Churches and Raises Questions About Governor’s Legal Authority
— Did “Outlander’s” Col. Tryon Inspired Pritzker to Limit Public Gatherings to Ten People?
— Court Order Finds Jack Franks “Willfully and Contumaciously” in Indirect Contempt of Court
— IL-14: Pinning the Extremist Label on Lauren Underwood
— McHenry County Turkeys Harvested, No Politicians Were Killed This Season

— Pritzker foot-dragging Bailey case, claims no emergency exists – JOHN KRAFT

— Pritzker unveils business guidance; takes questions on budget, legislature, EO

— Illinois Lawmakers Approve Vote-by-Mail Expansion for November Election – HANNAH BLEAU

— White House economic adviser: Unemployment rate could be ‘double digits’ in November – REBECCA KLAR
— The Memo: Trump agenda rolls on amid pandemic – NIALL STANAGE

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.