May 24 Morning Edition

— Chicago Shooting: 48 shot, 11 fatally, in weekend violence across city. Teen shot, 12-year-old girl cut by broken glass in Rogers Park: police

— Police Say 9 People Were Arrested As Crowds Of Young People Gathered, Fought In Millennium Park; Man Was Also Shot Nearby

— Illinois Exodus: Our tax burden is 39% above the national average – Editorial
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats encourage citizens of foreign countries to seek asylum in America.

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats encourage citizens of foreign countries to seek asylum in America.

— Who says Democrats don’t like gerrymandering? The new maps are out for General Assembly seats, and it’s a bloodbath for Republicans. – SHIA KAPOS
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Using population estimates that show declines downstate, Democrats have consolidated districts, forcing some incumbents — mostly Republicans — to face each other in 2022. (Here’s another version of the map.) The most dramatic is in the new 107th District, which could see a primary between four sitting Republican representatives: Dan Caulkins (R-101), Brad Halbrook (R-102), Blaine Wilhour (R-107) and Adam Niemerg (R-109). Political analyst Andrew Ellison has pulled together a map of what the new district could look like once approved. Republicans, who have spent weeks calling for an independent process, were quick to condemn the maps and called on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to veto them. “When politicians like the House Democrats are allowed to draw their own maps, they will only work to preserve their power,” House GOP spokeswoman Eleni Demertzis said. Democrats defended the maps: “This is a fair map that reflects the great diversity of our state and ensures every person receives equal representation in the General Assembly,” Sen. Omar Aquino, who chairs the Senate Redistricting Committee, said in WBEZ’s report. Ellison says other pairs play out this way: 46th District: Deb Conroy (D-46) and Deanne Mazzochi (R-47); 47th District: Amy Grant (R-42) and Seth Lewis (R-45); 50th District: Keith Wheeler (R-50) and Dan Ugaste (R-65); 51st District: Chris Bos (R-51) and Thomas Morrison (R-54); 87th District: Keith Sommer (R-88) and Mark Luft (R-91); 90th District: Tony McCombie (R-71) and Andrew Chesney (R-89); 99th District: Randy Frese (R-94) and C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-100); 108th District: Avery Bourne (R-95th) and Mike Murphy (R-99); and 115th District: Charles Meier (R-108) and David Friess (R-116). A few pairings of incumbents are happening in the state Senate, too. In the new 23rd District: Thomas Cullerton (D-23) and Suzanne Glowiak (D-24) would face each other; and in the 55th District: Jason Plummer (R-54) and Darren Bailey (R-55) would compete. Both of those are interesting for different reasons. Cullerton has been serving under the shadow of embezzlement charges. He goes to trial in February. And Bailey is running for governor. It will be a challenge if he has to worry about a state Senate primary, too. . .Amusing side note: There was chatter in Springfield that House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch and House Minority Leader Jim Durkin’s districts were going to be combined. Not true, but their districts are close to each other. . .Stephens gains ground: Republican Rep. Brad Stephens (20th) was an exception among GOP House lawmakers. His seat gained ground in Chicago (from the 41st and 38th Wards) and Rosemont, where he is mayor. Relief for McConchie: The redraw of Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie puts primary competitor Casey Urlacher in a different district.)

— Illinois lawmakers want to cement union powers into the state constitution – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
— More political indoctrination coming to Illinois classrooms as ‘media literacy’ mandate nears passage

— Suburban High School (Glenbard South) Principal Politicizes and Ruins Graduation


— White House attests ‘rise in hate’ despite Biden pitch as ‘unity’ president. Biden’s senior adviser Cedric Richmond says hate crimes have increased ‘in drastic numbers’ – Danielle Wallace

— Critical Race Theory Or Critical Insanity?

— No Race Has Ever Done More for Another Race than White Americans Have Done for Black Americans – Vasko Kohlmayer
(DIERSEN: Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion are reparations.)
— Progressives and the concept of truth – Patrick Luscri

— Wokeism as Salem Daydream. Wokism is a child of Salem’s twisted gospel, a radicalized version of the Christianity, rooted in a tapestry of heresies and perversions of the Christian faith. – Jay Whig

— Rand Paul immediately triggers critics after declaring he won’t get COVID vaccine: ‘Senate’s village idiot’ – CHRIS ENLOE

— CNNer Admits CNN Is Intolerant of Conservatives, Panel Smears GOP – Nicholas Fondacaro
(DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who are the most intolerant of conservatives. I would focus on leaders of the Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Milton Township Republican Organization, Illinois, DuPage County, Milton Township, Wheaton, and Wheaton Chamber of Commerce. I would focus on those who focus on destroying conservatives.)

— Bring on the ‘Asperger’s Republicans’ – Kurt Schlichter
— Stop Calling Them Progressives! – Joy Overbeck
— When Resounding Failure Is Viewed as Success: Biden’s Ball of Confusion – Loyd Pettegrew

— Texas Legislature Bans Critical Race Theory From Public Schools; Needs to Pass ‘1836 Project’ Bill – BRYAN PRESTON

— Judge’s ruling supports Biden policy that forces schools to open dorms to opposite sex – JENNIFER KABBANY

— Support for Black Lives Matter Movement Collapses Among Whites and Hispanics, Drops For Blacks – William A. Jacobson
(DIERSEN: To promote BLM or LGBTQ is to promote hatred against individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are law enforcement, Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, heterosexual, married, non-poor, gun owners, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— Legal Group Led by Stephen Miller Asks Pentagon To Release Records Over Concerns of Politicization in Military – JANITA KAN

— Conservatives tee off on Biden for pushing to bolster IRS. Republicans are divided on whether Biden should try to collect $700 billion from tax cheaters for his families plan. – ANITA KUMAR
(DIERSEN: I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who have used my having had worked for IRS for almost 9 years against me the most.)

— Latino journalist explains why he turned down interview with Chicago’s mayor – Allison Morrow

— Rep. Adam Kinzinger: GOP must ‘take ownership for what happened’ on Jan. 6 or it will impact 2022 midterm elections – John L. Dorman
(DIERSEN: Would Kinzinger argue that the more of the following that you did, the more responsible that you are for January 6: a) voted for Trump in 2016 primary election, b) voted for Trump in 2016 general election, c) voted for Trump in 2020 primary election, d) voted for Trump in 2020 general election, e) displayed yard signs for Trump in any of the aforesaid elections, f) donated money to Trump for any of the aforesaid elections, g) etc.?)
— Texas passes bill banning critical race theory requirement – Jamal A. Hansberry

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater promotes hatred against Kevin McCarthy.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats and RINOs use every argument that they can a) to promote LGBTQ and abortion, that is, to destroy traditional marriage and the traditional family and b) to promote immigration.
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Crime Surging, Cities Reassess Policing Limits – Tim Arango

— The woke takeover of the US military endangers us all – Dakota Wood and Mike Gonzalez

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrat educators focus on making their students anti-law enforcement, anti-Trump, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-heterosexual, anti-traditional marriage/family, anti-non-poor people, anti-gun owners, anti-Christian, anti-Protestant, anti-Italian American, anti-German American, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.

— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE: George Floyd’s murder fueled the Black Lives Matter movement. A year later, activists and families are clashing over what comes next. – Marc Ramirez, Romina Ruiz-Goiriena and Trevor Hughes
— How much money should you have to buy your first home? – Tanisha A. Sykes, Andrea Kramar
(DIERSEN: What enabled you to buy your first home? I bought a new town home in University Park September 1972 when I was 24 years old. The down payment came from what I had earned a) working for the Firestone Store in Chicago Heights full-time August 1970-March 1971 and then part-time since March 1971 and b) working for IRS in Chicago and then in Harvey since June 1971. That money also enabled me to buy a new 1972 Corvette in October 1971 and to pay tuition and books for graduate business courses at Loyola starting in January 1972. I had graduated debt-free from NIU August 1970 owning a 1969 Dodge Charger SE. The money for tuition, books, and room and board came from what I earned delivering mail for the Park Forest Post Office November 1966-September 1969.)

— Should You Let Your Employee With Another Job Offer Leave? – Rachel Feintzeig
(DIERSEN HEADLINE: When I graduated from NIU in 1970, I took the only job offer that I received; to be the Retail Sales Manager in the Chicago Heights Firestone Store. The job did not really require a college degree. Constructively, I served as the store’s salesman. Firestone’s district office hired me; the store’s manager would never have hired me. He disapproved of my avoiding the draft, my being a college graduate, my being Missouri Synod Lutheran, and my being 100% German American. He refused to let me start until I passed a 2-week probationary period working in Firestone’s Gary store. He rudely fired me when I gave him my 2-week notice in early 1971. I had accepted a job offer from Oldsmobile. But Oldsmobile withdrew that job offer saying that it had just agreed to stop hiring Whites to settle an EEOC complaint. The aforesaid directly resulted in my accepting a job offer from IRS.)

— GOP Trump Critics Cheney, Kinzinger Land New Lobbyist Donors. Outspoken lawmakers see surge in donations from K Street. – Megan R. Wilson

— Poised To See His Influence Grow, Here’s How Right-Wing Pundit Dan Bongino Dominates On Facebook – Jemima McEvoy

— Banks experiment with tying executive pay to diversity goals – Laura Alix
(DIERSEN: To get promoted beyond GS-12 at IRS and to get promoted beyond GS-13 at GAO, you have to excel at getting rid of employees who were Republican, and especially those who were White, male, non-veteran, and had not made GS-13 (currently $102,188) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $120,755) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $142,041) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $172,500) by age 40. Extremely few IRS and GAO employees make the aforesaid promotion deadlines.)

— The $100,000 minimum wage – Marc Cenedella
(DIERSEN: When did you first start earning $100,000 in today’s dollars? I did in 1986 when I was 38 years old. By then, a) I had worked for GAO for almost 7 years, b) I had worked for IRS for almost 9 years before that, c) I had passed the CPA and Certified Internal Auditor examinations on my first attempt in 1979 and 1981 respectively, d) I had earned a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, an MBA from Loyola in 1976, and a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU in 1970, and e) I had become a licensed CPA in 1981.)

— OUSTED AP JOURNALIST SAYS SHE WAS “HUNG OUT TO DRY” BY THE NEWS AGENCY The AP’s decision to fire news associate Emily Wilder over social media activity, following right-wing pressure, is sparking outrage among journalists. – CHARLOTTE KLEIN
(DIERSEN: If I had been active in Republican politics when I attended high school 1962-1966, the Post Office would not have hired me in 1966. If I had been active in Republican politics when I attended UIC 1966-1968 or NIU 1969-1970, IRS would not have hired me in 1971. If I had been active in Republican politics when I attended Loyola 1972-1976 or DePaul 1976-1980, GAO would not have hired me in 1980.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats run America, but ever increasingly, since the Civil War, Democrats blame Republicans for the problems that Blacks have had, are having, and will have.

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: I should write a book about leaders of the following who got rid of the most conservatives: Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Milton Township Republican Organization, Illinois, DuPage County, Milton Township, Wheaton, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, etc.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater promotes Cheney.

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.