May, 3, 2024


— Activists sue Johnson administration over DNC protests, say city isn’t ready – NELL SALZMAN
— Chicago aldermen and residents criticized Fire Department brass and officials from Mayor Brandon Johnson’s administration for not attending a Thursday meeting on a lack of diversity in the ranks of the Chicago Fire Department. – OLIVIA STEVENS
— Steve Balich wins tiebreaker to reclaim Homer Township Republican post – MICHELLE MULLINS (COMMENT: Based on how a certain leader of the Milton Township Republican Organization is treating me, he will get a registered Republican voter in my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 59 in Wheaton to run against me for Precinct Committeeman in 2026.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD IN NAPERVILLE SUN: AS NAPERVILLE EVER-INCREASINGLY MOVES TO THE LEFT: Tattoo studio proposed for Fort Hill Drive wins OK from Naperville planners – TESS KENNY

— Chicago Police won’t discipline nine officers who signed up for extremist group. Mayor Brandon Johnson and Chicago Police Supt. Larry Snelling had earlier vowed to rid the department of officers on the anti-government group Oath Keepers rolls. – Dan Mihalopoulos and Tom Schuba (COMMENT: I should write a book about my critics/opponents who have demonized me, denigrated me, and condemned me the most as being an extremist. They stress that served as the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman 2005-2012 and as an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007.)
— Hiring, promotion of Black firefighters falling short, City Council committee told. Three city department heads, including Fire Commissioner Annette Holt, stayed away from Thursday’s hearing at the direction of Mayor Brandon Johnson. That infuriated members of the Council’s Police and Fire Committee. – Fran Spielman (COMMENT: My Democrat superiors in the federal government crowed about their success in retaining and promoting their Democrat employees who were minority, female, and/or younger, that is, they crowed about their success in wasting the careers of and getting rid of their Republican employees who were White, male, and/or older.)
— Petition seeks to stop Johnson’s Chicago male strip club from opening in former Berlin Nightclub space. More than 1,200 people have signed a petition to stop Johnson’s Chicago, a Florida-based male strip club, from opening at 954 W. Belmont Ave. – Cindy Hernandez
— If you promote certain activities, for example, if you promote LGBTQ, abortion, booze, gambling, and pot, it should be presumed that you partake of those activities.

— Abortion rights groups sue Chicago over permit to protest outside United Center during DNC – Craig Wall
— Chicago-area college protest organizers push back against accusations of antisemitism. Quiet day Thursday at University of Chicago encampment on quad. – Mark Rivera

— Richest person in Illinois revealed in new Forbes Magazine ranking. The former richest person in Illinois, Citadel founder Ken Griffin, moved to Florida in 2023.
— IRS aims to more than double its audit rate for wealthiest taxpayers in strategic plan update – Kate Dore (COMMENT: I worked 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 worked for GAO for 3 years on audits of IRS at the GS-13 Step 1-3 Levels, currently $115,439-$123,136/year.)

— Meetings held as Pro-Palestinian protests continue at DePaul, University of Chicago
— Pro-Palestinian protests continue at several Chicago universities
— ACLU and reproductive rights groups sue Chicago after permit for DNC protest denied
— Lawsuit accuses Northwestern University of enabling harassment at pro-Palestinian encampment. – Adam Harrington
— 93 Chicago city employees made over $100,000 in overtime in 2023 – Suzanne Le Mignot, Carol Thompson (COMMENT: While I worked for the Park Forest Post Office 1966-1969, I worked all the overtime hours that I could.)

— ACLU sues Chicago over DNC march denial – Christine Flores

— Chicago rejects ACLU march request for 2024 DNC
— Jewish United Fund slams Northwestern’s response to campus protests – Terrence Lee

— Democrats muscle through changes to ballot access, advisory questions. – Jerry Nowicki, Hannah Meisel, Peter Hancock

— College commencements mark the beginning of new opportunities for graduates – Janet Gooch (COMMENT: What was your situation when you earned your bachelor’s degree? When I earned a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU in August of 1970, I was debt-free and I owned a 1969 Dodge Charger SE. I had accepted the only job offer that I had gotten, to be the Retail Sales Manager for the Chicago Heights Firestone Store. My father had died suddenly in October of 1969. I lived with and helped support my mother and brother in Crete. My financial hardship draft deferment application was pending.)

— The IRS is overhauling how it audits. Here’s who is a target – Alix Martichoux (COMMENT: I should write a book about why the Democrats who ran IRS in 1978 disallowed my education deductions.)

— Encampment continues to day 5 on Main Quad

— LGBTQ advocacy group sues Chicago over protest permit denial

— Morning briefing
— Afternoon roundup


— Read the Chicago Tribune’s reporting on the 1986 Illinois GOP convention that robbed your vote
(FROM THE 1986 ARTICLE: Critics of electing state central committeeman, including State Senate Minority Leader James “Pate” Philip (R., Wood Dale), long have argued that the unpaid office–which in effect is a seat on the party’s board of directors — ought to be taken off the ballot. They successfully supported a plan adopted last year by the state legislature which allowed political parties to choose whether to popularly elect or to have party committeemen pick the state central committee members. . .The opponents charged the decision abolishing the election ballot procedure was aimed at Mary Jo Arndt of Lombard, who is the Republican state central committeeman for the 6th Congressional District. Arndt, the only woman on the 22-member state central committee, embarrassed Philip in 1982 by defeating his choice for the post. “The decision was regrettable,” said Arndt, declining to comment further about the decision. But Philip argued that Arndt has as good a chance of being re-elected as she does now. “We’re talking about three years from now,” he said. “Who can say what will happen between now and then?”)

— Since 1986, continuing to stop direct election of Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Central Committee (SCC) members has been the top priority of the IRP, DuPage County Republican Central Committee (DCRCC), and Milton Township Republican Organization (MTRO). Nevertheless, I have promoted direct election of IRP SCC members big time since I became an elected a Republican Precinct Committeeman in 2000. I should write a book about what I have done to promote direct election and the many big adverse actions that past and present IRP, DCRCC, and MTRO leaders have taken against me because of that. In 2004, they rudely ended my bid to serve as MTRO Treasurer. In 2004 and 2010, they rudely ended my service as MTRO webmaster. In 2021, they rudely ended my service as the Republican fundraiser for Wheaton Independence Day parades and fireworks. Last week, they rudely ended my membership on the IRP State Convention Platform and Resolution Committee. The procedure used to elect IRP SCC members since 1986 has resulted in the IRP becoming ever-increasingly anti-conservative if not anti-Republican. – Dave Diersen

— What discourages your Republican Precinct Committeeman from attending meetings of Republican organizations? For me it includes my vivid memories of the many big adverse actions that leaders of those organizations, their operatives, and their dupes have taken against me before, during, and after those meetings since 1999. I should write a book about those leaders, their operatives, and their dupes and the many big adverse actions that they have taken against me before, during, and after those meetings since 1999. – Dave Diersen

— If you were asked what things have you done politically that your critics/opponents have used against you the most, how would you respond? I would respond that:

— I have strongly supported direct election of Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Central Committee members since 2000 and especially as an IRP State Convention Platform and Resolutions Committee member in 2008 and this year,
— I have served as the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000,
— I supported Pat O’Malley in the 2002 Republican gubernatorial primary,
— I supported Jim Oberweis in Republican primaries in 2002, 2004, and 2006,
— I served as an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007,
— I ran for Milton Township Republican Organization Treasurer in 2004,
— I served as the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman 2005-2012,
— I served as the Republican fundraiser for Wheaton Independence Day parades and fireworks 2005-2019,
— I supported Alan Bolds for Wheaton Mayor in 2007,
— I successfully led efforts to stop video gambling and the sale of pot in Wheaton,
— I supported Donald Trump in the 2016 and 2020 general elections,
— I sought to be appointed to a vacant Wheaton City Council West District position in 2019,
— I have always promoted personal responsibility, that is, I have always opposed the promotion of dependency on government and charity,
— I have always promoted traditional marriage and family, that is, I have always opposed the promotion of LGBTQ,
— I have always promoted right to life, that is, I have always opposed the promotion of abortion,
— I have always promoted E-Verify and enforcement of immigration laws, that is, I have always opposed the promotion of illegal immigration,
— I have always promoted Second Amendment rights, that is, I have always opposed diminishment of those rights,
— I have always promoted conservative values, that is, I have always opposed the promotion of booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, and
— I have always promoted equal opportunity, that is, I have always opposed race and gender based preference giving, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination. – Dave Diersen

— Rep. Grant Statement on HB2412
(FROM THE ARTICLE: State Representative Amy Grant recently made a statement regarding the House Republican Caucus’s decision to place a unified “present” vote on the last-minute Election Omnibus bill (HB2412) brought forward by Illinois Democrats. Grant expressed her concerns about the bill, stating, “I voted present on HB2412 because it is another example of the abuse Illinois politicians bring to our sacred legislative process within the Statehouse. The majority party should be ashamed of filing last-minute legislation that completely lacks transparency and wreaks of self-serving political corruption.” She further emphasized the need for legislative priorities to focus on keeping families healthy, neighborhoods safe, and taxes low, rather than serving partisan political agendas. The statement comes in response to the controversial bill and highlights Grant’s stance on the importance of transparency and accountability in the legislative process.)

— Lawsuit says Northwestern failed Jewish students by ‘coddling’ pro-Hamas, ‘terror-supporting’ encampment

— Chicago Mayor Panics, Runs From Reporters Asking About Slain Cop’s Funeral

— Pritzker doubles down with $827 million of taxpayer money for expansion by troubled electric vehicle maker, Rivian – Mark Glennon
— To tell media students to “advocate for emotions, not the facts” is dangerous for society

— Dems Putting Three Referendum Questions on the Ballot to Prevent Citizen Initiatives
— McHenry County GOP Convention Nominates Randi Freese for State’s Attorney in Unanimous Vote


— Student protesters should be arrested, charged and expelled. Break the rules, face the consequences. – Scott Walker
— Biden again reads speaking instructions in North Carolina remarks – Jeff Mordock
— Muslim group blasts Biden speech addressing chaos on college campus – Jeff Mordock
— IRS says it will need more money soon – Stephen Dinan (COMMENT: I worked 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 worked for GAO for 3 years on audits of IRS at the GS-13 Step 1-3 Levels, currently $115,439-$123,136/year.)
— Democrats ever-increasingly crow about their success in getting religion to promote LGBTQ.
— Biden grants DACA migrants access to Obamacare money

— Denver mayor promotes how to deal with migrants ‘playbook’ – Barnini Chakraborty
— DeSantis keeps DEI out of teacher training in new Florida law – Jenny Goldsberry (COMMENT: My Democrat IRS and GAO superiors required their employees to take lots of DEI training. Democrats use DEI to promote hatred against Republicans.)
— When the woke begin to hate – W. James Antle III
— Republicans raise national security threat concerns over admitting Gazan refugees – Anna Giaritelli

— Biden Admin Funneled $1.3 Million to Taliban – Adam Kredo

— Trump suggests when he might make VP pick as these four contenders reportedly emerge – Diana Glebova
— College idiots calling for ‘Intifada’ have no idea how many innocents have died from that word – Douglas Murray

— America’s immigration nightmare: The economic and social fallout – Joseph Ford Cotto

— 13 House Democrats vote for resolution that condemns ‘the Biden administration’s open-borders policies’ – ALEX NITZBERG

— House Republicans Demand DHS Update Report On Number Of Illegal Aliens In US
— Northern Border Patrol Sector Sets New Record In Migrant Encounters

— Dems Worried About College Protests Galvanizing Americans To Vote For Trump – Hank Berrien

— ‘$50 Billion’ Chicago Teachers Union Contract Demands Higher Pay And Lower Expectations – ANGELA MORABITO (COMMENT: While I worked for the Democrats who ran the federal government for almost 30 years, they ever-increasingly lowered promotion requirements to hire, retain, and promote more Democrats who were minority, female, and/or younger. That ever-increasingly rendered WORTHLESS my job-related a) bachelor’s degree and three master’s degrees, b) six professional certifications, and c) professional license.)

— AP/NORC Poll: Only 14% of Americans Trust the Media – ED MORRISSEY

— Dems Urge For Biden Orders On Reparations To Boost Black Vote – ERIC SCHEINER (COMMENT: Reparations for Black voters today, reparations tomorrow for voters who are the following: liberal, moderate, Democrat, Libertarian, Green, Independent, RINO, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, female, younger, LGBTQ, veteran, non-married, non-rich, non-Protestant, non-Italian American, non-German American, those whose ancestors have not been in America for a long time, illegals, boozers, gamblers, stoners, criminals, etc.)
— People are simply ignorant of what journalists do, and that they’re their friends and neighbors, according to an Associated Press (AP) article attempting to explain away results of a new survey showing that more than half of Americans greatly trust the election news they’re being fed. – CRAIG BANNISTER
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The national poll of adults by the American Press Institute and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, conducted March 21-25, reveals that Americans do, indeed, distrust the media’s election coverage. The AP article fails to report that the survey results show that more than four of five – 83% – of adults say they’re at least “somewhat” concerned about the accuracy of what the media’s reporting about the upcoming election. Still, the article does disclose that more than half of adults have even more serious concerns about the integrity of what the media’s telling them: 53% are “extremely“ or “very“ concerned that news organizations will report inaccuracies or misinformation during the election. 52% have little, or no confidence at all, in the information they receive from national news organizations regarding the 2024 elections. 53% have little or no confidence in the information they receive from local news organizations regarding the 2024 elections. Americans also say they’re either extremely or very concerned that news organizations’ election coverage will: “Focus too much on divisions or controversies” (48%), “Report information that has not been confirmed or verified.” (47%), and
“Report factual information that favors one side of an issue.” (44%) In an effort to absolve the media from blame for the results, AP cited the reaction of one of the survey’s sponsors, American Press Institute CEO Michael Bolden. Bolden blamed the Americans’ distrust, not on media bias or inaccuracy, but on the public’s ignorance and politicians: “Years of suspicion about journalists, much of it sown by politicians, is partly responsible, he said. People are also less familiar with how journalism works.” … “There may have been a time when people knew a journalist because one lived on their block…that’s much less likely today.” Americans’ ignorance has caused their “disconnect” from the media, so news outlets need to educate them, especially about “what journalists do” and how they’re actually their “friends and neighbors,” Bolden advised: “There’s a growing disconnect between news organizations and communities that the outlets need to address, by helping to let people know what journalists do and how people reporting news are their friends and neighbors, he said. “Outlets should lean into a convenor role, bringing people together for newsworthy events, he said.” Thus, the people and politicians are really the ones to blame for the public’s growing distrust of the news they’re getting, the AP article suggests.)

— Don’t Bring Gaza to America – Editorial

— Ariz. Dems Slammed for Drag Story Hour at Capitol – Jim Thomas
— Rep. Tiffany to Newsmax: Gaza Refugees Won’t Be Vetted ‘Properly’ – Nicole Wells

— Wait Until You See How Many Venezuelans Were Arrested in Chicago This Year – KEVIN DOWNEY JR.

— Democrat Unity on Border Crisis Showing Signs of Cracking – Jenny Beth Martin

— Well, that didn’t take long. The United Methodists quickly abandon Biblical Christianity. – R. Albert Mohler


— IRS addresses disparity in audit rates of Black taxpayers – Fatima Hussein (COMMENT: I should write a book about why the Democrats who ran IRS in 1978 disallowed my education deductions.)

— Democrats ever-increasingly crow about their success in making young people sexually active LGBTQers.

— Nearly 3-in-5 Illegal Alien Households Are on Taxpayer-Funded Welfare

— Universities Face an Urgent Question: What Makes a Protest Antisemitic? Pro-Palestinian student activists say their movement is anti-Zionist but not antisemitic. It is not a distinction that everyone accepts. – Katherine Rosman (COMMENT: My Democrat Chicago office GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates had a hard time demonizing, denigrating, and condemning me as being antisemitic because in 1990, I volunteered to work for the office’s only GS-15 (currently $160,458-$191,900/year) group leader who was Jewish. Further, while I worked for her 1990-1997, I succeeded in getting IIT to appoint her to its board of advisers for its master’s program in financial markets and trading. Many, if not most, if not virtually all of my Democrat Chicago office GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were antisemitic and did not want to work with her or for her. But nevertheless, in 1997, she led the successful effort to force me to take GAO’s early retirement “offer.”)
— Biden Calls Japan and India ‘Xenophobic’ in Defending U.S. Immigration. President Biden also referred to Russia and China, saying they “don’t want immigrants.” A spokesman said the president was trying to make a comment about America’s immigrant “DNA,” not insult other countries. – Michael D. Shear
— Democrats ever-increasingly shout at women and at everyone else that giving women free immediate no-questions-asked abortions should be everyone’s top priority. How successful have Democrats been doing that in your county, in your township, in your municipality, in your school district, and in your precinct? Why are there so many unwanted pregnancies?

— Democrats ever-increasingly crow about their success in getting religion to promote LGBTQ.

— Rules for Campus Radicals, 2024 A website reveals the planning and strategy behind the current college mayhem. – Editorial
— Why It’s Hard to Get Hired Despite Glowing Jobs Reports – Callum Borchers (COMMENT: Under the Democrats and under the RINOs, ever-increasingly, the more of the following that you are, the harder that it will be to get hired: conservative, Republican, White, male, older, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— A strong preretirement plan helps you enjoy post-work years. – Stephen Kreider Yoder and Karen Kreider Yoder (COMMENT: When I was 48 years old in 1997, my Democrat GAO superiors misled me to believe that they were going to let me work until I was 55 in 2003 and eligible for regular retirement. But when I was 49 years old in September of 1997, they succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer.”)

— Democrats ever-increasingly run America. Democrats have declared a Second Civil War on Republicans. Illegals are soldiers in the Democrat army.–impossible/
— Democrat and RINO employers ever-increasingly use DEI to not hire Republicans and to get rid of their Republican employees.–sustainable-dei-work/
— Democrat and RINO leaders ever-increasingly promote more illegal immigration.–impossible/

— ACLU, abortion rights group sue Chicago over right to protest during Democratic National Convention – Michael Loria
— Democrats ever-increasingly crow over their ever-increasing success in getting religion to promote more LGBTQ.

— Student journalists assaulted, others arrested as protests on college campuses turn violent,249556

— Civil War 2? Many Voters Think It’s Likely (COMMENT: Democrats have declared a Second Civil War against Republicans. Illegals are their soldiers.)

— Moment boatload of migrants sprint off a YACHT after sneaking into America via sea. About 20 migrants arrived by boat at a marina in Newport Beach, California. Sprinted across the jetty and into the city to be picked up by accomplices. Migrants last month used a speedboat to zoom up to a beach near San Diego. – NIC WHITE and MARYANN MARTINEZ

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.