May 28, 2024

— What steered you away from vices, poverty, and crime? What steered you toward your successes in life? For me, it was my parents who were conservative Republicans who stressed personal responsibility and becoming a productive member of society. They had me baptized as a Missouri Synod Lutheran (MSL), raised me as a MSL, and had me confirmed as a MSL. Even though neither of them attended college and my father was only the first of my ancestors to earn a high school diploma and my mother never attended high school, their upbringing of me motivated/enabled me to work my way through college and earn a bachelor’s degree, three masters degrees, six professional certifications, and a professional license. – Dave Diersen

— Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform. The Republican Party platform is conservative. Illinois Republicans anxiously await the Illinois Republican Party a) to issue a detailed press release on its State Convention and b) to post on its website its new platform and its 12 new resolutions. – Dave Diersen

— Do you know who represented you at the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Convention on its National Committeeman and National Committeewoman Committee and on its Platform and Resolutions Committee? Do you know how they voted and why? Questions for your representative on the National Committeeman and National Committeewoman Committee: when the final vote was taken, a) did you vote for White or for Shaw for National Committeeman and why and b) did you vote for Belford or for Lasonde for National Committeewoman and why? Which candidates did you vote for in earlier rounds of voting and why? Questions for your representative on the Platform and Resolutions Committee, when the final vote was taken, did you vote for or against the following and why a) each of the proposed resolutions including direct election of IRP State Central Committee members and b) the IRP platform? How did you vote in earlier rounds of voting and why? If I had not been removed from the Platform and Resolutions Committee, I would have answered the aforesaid questions. – Dave Diersen

— In my opinion, Republican Precinct Committeemen/Captains should include the following in their next precinct letter concerning the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Convention: a) who the speakers were, b) how many delegates there were in total and from their congressional district (CD), county, and township/ward, c) the names of the delegates from their CD, county, and township/ward, d) who their IRP State Central Committee (SCC) member appointed to represent them on the IRP State Convention committees and how they voted on the new IRP platform, the 12 new resolutions, direct election of IRP SCC members, National Committeeman, and National Committeewoman, e) links to the new platform and to the 12 new resolutions on the IRP website, and f) lots of information on the new IRP National Committeeman Dean White and the new IRP National Committeewoman Rhonda Belford. – Dave Diersen

— PARTY POLITICS: Illinois Republicans united behind former President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign during their state convention in Collinsville over the weekend. They also got behind a platform that attacks Democrats for supporting abortion rights, eliminating cash bail and promoting transgender identity, according to the Tribune’s Rick Pearson and Jeremy Gorner. Cheering for Trump: “Joe Biden’s vision for the country and JB Pritzker’s vision for the state is, it’s a disaster, and may I say, even that it’s evil,” Congresswoman Mary Miller, a member of the far-right House Freedom Caucus, said during the conference. Roll call: Miller was also elected to be the delegation leader of Illinois and could be the voice we hear during roll call to support Trump at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee. There was drama: The election to determine the new Republican National Committee members became divisive. An election had to be held because current members Richard Porter and Demetra DeMonte will see their terms come up at the end of the convention. How it played out: Republican State Central Committeeman Dean White was elected to replace Porter after Lake County GOP Chair Mark Shaw was twice rejected during voting on the convention floor. Shaw dropped out, opening the lane for White. Rhonda Belford, the Hardin County GOP chair, will replace DeMonte after the convention. “There are always going to be disagreements. You see that among Democrats, too,” DeMonte told Playbook after the convention. Her take: “There wasn’t any disunity.” If you are Mark Shaw, Playbook would like to hear from you. Email – SHIA KAPOS


— At least 41 shot, 9 fatally, in citywide Memorial Day weekend violence
— Dad gets into shootout with group trying to steal cars while 5 daughters sleep inside Winnetka home. Suspects broke into Sheridan Road house to steal keys before trying to take Range Rover, Maserati. (COMMENT: Winnetka today, your municipality tomorrow. What are you doing to avoid car theft? While I worked for IRS in Chicago, my 1969 Dodge Charger SE was stolen in Chicago in 1971 and my 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air was stolen in Chicago in 1973.)

— Winnetka homeowner exchanges gunfire with suspect in attempted car theft. The suspects fled the scene after the exchange of gunfire. (COMMENT: Winnetka today, your municipality tomorrow. What are you doing to avoid car theft? While I worked for IRS in Chicago, my 1969 Dodge Charger SE was stolen in Chicago in 1971 and my 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air was stolen in Chicago in 1973.)

— UChicago to withhold degree from at least one pro-Palestinian demonstrator – Sabrina Franza
— What happens if Trump is convicted in New York? No one can really say – Graham Kates
— Activists, leaders work to prevent violence in Chicago this summer (COMMENT: The Democrat Party platform promotes poverty and crime.)
— 5-year-old among 9 killed, 30 hurt in Chicago shootings during Memorial Day weekend – Jeramie Bizzle, Beth Lawrence (COMMENT: The Democrat Party platform promotes poverty and crime.)
— Winnetka homeowner exchanges gunfire with suspects trying to steal car – John Dodge (COMMENT: Winnetka today, your municipality tomorrow. What are you doing to avoid car theft? While I worked for IRS in Chicago, my 1969 Dodge Charger SE was stolen in Chicago in 1971 and my 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air was stolen in Chicago in 1973.)

— Over 30 fall victim to shootings over Memorial Day weekend in Chicago (COMMENT: The Democrat Party platform promotes poverty and crime.)

— Chicago crime: 27 shot, 7 killed so far in Memorial Day weekend violence – Tia Ewing (COMMENT: The Democrat Party platform promotes poverty and crime.)

— Chicago police officer takes teens on a camping trip to give them a ‘safe place’ over Memorial Day weekend. – (COMMENT: When you were young, how safe was your municipality? While I lived in Crete 1948-1972, it was very safe.)

— Closing arguments, jury instructions and maybe a verdict? A major week looms in Donald Trump’s hush money trial. – ERIC TUCKER
— FRONT PAGE: Gov. J.B. Pritzker continues clashing with Illinois Senate over parole board – DAN PETRELLA and JEREMY GORNER
— FRONT PAGE: CTA could provide up to 250 buses for use during the DNC. Will that leave enough for regular bus service? – Sarah Freishtat

— 9 killed, 30 wounded in Memorial Day weekend gun violence across Chicago. Among the dead are 5-year-old Reign Ware, who was fatally shot in the abdomen while sitting in a parked car in the 200 block of South Campbell Avenue. (COMMENT: The Democrat Party platform promotes poverty and crime.)
— 2 ex-jail officials say they were fired after claiming they were coerced into political work for Sheriff Tom Dart. Drake Carpenter and Aracelis Gotay were suspended without pay in March of 2022 amid a federal investigation involving the sheriff’s office. – Andy Grimm

— Prairie Band Potawatomi land deal clears Illinois Senate, returns to House – PETER HANCOCK (COMMENT: If you run for a government office or for a political office as a Republican, anticipate/expect that sooner or later, if any of your ancestors homesteaded a farm, Democrats and RINOs will use that against you. They will hint/imply/argue/shout that you directly, substantially, and unfairly benefitted from that and that therefore, you should pay reparations. If I ran for an office, they would stress a) that my ancestors on my father’s side homesteaded a 240-acre farm in southeast Crete Township in 1854, b) that they sold that land and bought 10 acres just northeast of downtown Crete in 1864, c) that my grandfather had a home built on that land in 1926, d) that I lived in that home 1954-1972, and e) that I inherited that home and sold it in 2022.)

— Illinois Senate Democrats send $53.1B spending plan to House – Jerry Nowicki

— Pastor Criticized For No Transit Experience Withdraws From RTA Board Nomination. Rev. Ira Acree said the City Council and most agency boards should be vacated if alderpeople now want to only go off experience. – Mack Liederman (COMMENT: GAO audits IRS. After working for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 Levels, currently $97,079-$110,020/year, I transferred from IRS to GAO in 1980 when I was 31 years old. The Democrats who ran GAO wasted my knowledge of IRS. The kept me off audits of IRS except 1986-1988 and forced me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old.)

— CHICAGO CONFRONTS DISMAL MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND WITH 7 DEATHS AMID SURGE IN GUN VIOLENCE – Damon R. Sheffield (COMMENT: The Democrat Party platform promotes poverty and crime.)

— Morning briefing
— Welch to convene House at noon Tuesday.


— In Part 2 of our interview w/the Big Tent Coalition’s CEO, Tim Ozinga, the discussion focuses on the dearth of real political leaders in IL and the key challenges facing the State. – Alana Goodman

— New Trier School District set to produce next $8 million superintendent pensioner – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner

— ILLINOIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS LOSE 127,000 STUDENTS – Hilary Gowins (COMMENT: Illinois parents a) who cannot avoid public schools because they cannot afford religious schools and b) who do not want Illinois teachers to make their children “good little Democrats,” take their children and move out of Illinois. My parents sent me to religious schools 1953-1962 even though my father never made more than $50,000/year in today’s dollars and my mother never worked outside of the home until after he died.)
— How Illinois can give parents more choice within public school system. – Hannah Schmid (COMMENT: Yes, but ever-increasingly, Illinois parents are Democrats who therefore by definition are anti-conservative and anti-Republican and want teachers a) to make their children sexually active LGBTQers and b) to promote dependency on government and charity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, diminishment of Second Amendment rights, and race and gender based preference giving, that is, Affirmative Action and DEI, that is, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination.)


— NewsGuard primes children in public schools for life of leftist activism. The latest way K-12 students are being indoctrinated. – John Tillman

— Harvard Graduation Marred by Anti-Semitism Controversy as Speaker Accuses Critics of Smearing Her for ‘Money and Power’ Commencement speaker Maria Ressa employs anti-Semitic trope to blast critics, prompting Harvard rabbi to walk off the stage. – Alana Goodman
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “Because I accepted your invitation to be here today, I was attacked online and called anti-Semitic by money and power because they want money and power,” she told Harvard graduates during the May 23 ceremony.)

— Here’s why the case against Trump should end in ‘not guilty’ – Jonathan Turley

— Denver Offers How-To Guide on Turning Cities into Taxpayer-Funded Immigrant Sanctuaries – WARNER TODD HUSTON

— America Has Become The Land Of The Selfish, Home Of The Indoctrinated – M.D. KITTLE
— Trans Activists Quietly Build ‘Gender-Affirming’ Monopoly On Centers For Abused Children – LAURA BRYANT HANFORD

— States and Localities Can Determine Whether to Resettle Refugees In Their Communities – Shari Rendall

— Non-white Privilege? Anti-white Racism Reigns in U.S., Says Jeremy Carl – Selwyn Duke (COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, to get more votes from non-Whites, candidates, elected officials, and party leaders hint/imply/argue/shout that they are anti-White.)

— Sheltering Migrants Jacks Up Costs of NYC Hotel Rooms – Mark Swanson


— Democrats ever-increasingly promote more LGBTQ.

— Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters have bombarded the jurors, as well as everyone else in the world, with ever-increasing hatred against not only Trump, but against those who share his demographics: conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, married, non-poor, non-veteran, gun owner, Protestant, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. The aforesaid has hurt Biden because Biden shares the aforesaid demographics with Trump except that Biden is liberal, Democrat, Catholic, and Irish American.

— Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters say “How a right-wing internet broadcaster became Trump’s loyal herald.”

— Democrats ever-increasingly promote more LGBTQ.

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.