May 28 Evening Edition

— President Trump signs order to fight online censorship

— Trump signs executive order targeting social media companies after fact checks applied to his tweets

— One Day Before Entering Phase 3, Illinois Reports 1,527 New Coronavirus Cases Much of Illinois is set to enter its next stage of reopening Friday
— All 4 of Illinois’ Health Regions Will be Allowed to Enter Phase 3 Friday: Pritzker As of Thursday, just two days remained in the statewide stay-at-home order, but regions can begin entering phase three Friday

— Lightfoot : Phase 3 In Chicago Begins June 3

— Pritzker bolsters testing rules for nursing homes, issues Phase 3 ‘guidance’ for churches Each long-term care facility will be required to report to public health officials the number of residents and staff tested, and the number of positive and negative test results. The facilities must also make sure a copy of infection control policies and procedures is provided to residents and to the families of residents. – Mitchell Armentrout and Tina Sfondeles
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trump stomps on his Twitter megaphone The president’s assault on social media for daring to fact-check him is a reminder: He will take everything down with him.”

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot says Chicago will move to phase 3 of her reopening plan on June 3 but warns: ‘COVID-19 is still very much part of our present’ – JOHN BYRNE, DAN PETRELLA and ADAM LUKACH
— COVID-19 spurs union pushes among Chicago-area essential workers. ‘We’re not just burger flippers. We’ve been essential.’ – Ally Marotti
— For second straight day, crowd confronts Chicago police making arrest on gun charges – Deanese Williams-Harris
— Bosses say $600 coronavirus unemployment boost makes reopening harder. Some workers ‘are making more money than they’ve ever made by not working right now.’ – Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz

— State reports 104 more COVID-19 deaths, passes 115,000 total cases – Marni Pyke
— Job losses continue to mount in U.S. despite reopenings – AP

— Kaegi to cut assessments on homes, condos by 8 to 12 percent The Cook County Assessor has unveiled his plan to reduce the tax burden on most residential and commercial properties to account for the coronavirus pandemic. – ALBY GALLUN

— Pay hike coming for legislators? Dems, GOP at odds on question – Jim Dey

— Stung By Twitter, Trump Signs Executive Order To Weaken Social Media Companies – BOBBY ALLYN

— Police State of Illinois Hits the Neighborhood
— Ugaste Summarizes Legislation Session
— IL-6: Jeanne Ives Critiques State Budget…Again
— Wilcox on Pay Raise
— Skillicorn-Pritzker in Conflict
— IL-06/IL-14/IL-17: Jeanne Ives and Jim Oberweis Promoted to Top Tier of NRCC
— Ugaste Puts Forth Checks and Balances Idea
— AJ Friend DCFS Caseworker Carols Acosta’s Disciplinary Records Secret Until Final Decision
— Questions Governor Pritzker Should Answer, But Hasn’

— McSweeney forces removal of Blagojevich video, outs person behind it
— 1,527 new cases, 104 additional deaths
— Pritzker says IDPH has offered “suggestions” to churches – Says he’s received “pushback” from some private nursing homes – IDPH will file new rule on nursing homes – Still looking at what to do about IDPH rule – Dodges question about Willie Wilson – Employers should use “common decency” when bring workers back – Will wait on feds before making any more budget decisions – Central Illinois hospitalization numbers improve – “We might potentially have to move backwards in the phases – “Not our intention” to make changes to Phase 4 guidance – No plans to dine at restaurant this weekend – No decision about ending daily briefing – Repeats that he has never encouraged police enforcement – Suggests GOP demand for IDES audit could be a “political move” – Still pondering school reopening – All testing is free – Asked about dangers of Legionella in large buildings – Testing and tracing metrics are “internal goals” – Points to federal rules on unemployment and workers who refuse to return – “Difficult for us to open theaters in the near future” – Dr. Ezike talks rules for malls – Dr. Ezike monitoring outbreak at county jail with ICE detainees
— COVID-19 roundup
— Justice Kavanaugh orders Illinois to respond to church filing by tonight
— Poll finds support for Clean Energy Jobs Act, Pritzker approval 56-40, State legislative Democrats more popular than Trump
— 21 million Americans currently receiving unemployment assistance

— Joe Biden confuses D-Day date with Pearl Harbor attack – Naomi Lim

— Democrats Hate Trump More Than They’ll Ever Love America – Patrick Murray

— Trump signs order targeting social media firms’ legal protections – CHRIS MILLS RODRIGO AND MORGAN CHALFANT

— Trump move could scrap or weaken law that protects social media companies – Nandita Bose, Jeff Mason
— U.S. weekly jobless claims still elevated; core capital goods orders fall – Lucia Mutikani
— What’s in the law protecting internet companies – and can Trump change it? – Jonathan Weber, Elizabeth Culliford

— Legal Shield for Social Media Is Targeted by Trump Section 230, from a 1996 federal law, was meant to protect young internet companies from liability. Lawmakers have threatened to change it. – Daisuke Wakabayashi (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have attacked me for my including links in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to articles that others have published. I would focus on candidates, their political consultants, their campaign managers, their staff members, their volunteers, their operatives, and their dupes. I would focus on the articles that candidates did not like because they were critical of the candidate or were positive about the candidate’s opponent. I would focus on candidates who focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate or dominate.)
— Trump’s Order on Social Media Could Harm One Person in Particular: Trump Without certain liability protections, companies like Twitter would have to be more aggressive about policing messages that press the boundaries — like the president’s. – Peter Baker and Daisuke Wakabayashi
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “How White Women Use Themselves as Instruments of Terror.”

— Trump signs order that could punish social media companies for how they police content, drawing criticism and doubts of legality – Tony Romm and Elizabeth Dwoskin

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trump’s Dangerous Desire for an In-Person Political Convention.”

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Employer Rights Go Up in Smoke: NYC Largely Bans Marijuana Testing of Prospective Employees

— The Voters Who Don’t Like Trump Or Biden – Geoffrey Skelley (DIERSEN: Trump and Biden share the following demographics: older, White, male, married, Christian, non-poor, gun owners, draft avoiders, and their ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— 27% of Blacks Say Black Voter Who Chooses Trump Over Biden Is Not Really Black

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.