May 3 Evening Edition

— Illinois achieves COVID-19 testing record of more than 19K tests in single day
— Multiple large gatherings held across Chicago this weekend draw outrage from local leaders – Will Jones and Jesse Kirsch
— Thursday, Friday were deadliest 48 hours in country’s fight against pandemic, WHO says
— Coronavirus US: Faced with 20,000 dead, care homes seek shield from lawsuits A look at state limits on suing care homes in virus crisis – AP
— 34 shot, 4 fatally so far in Chicago weekend shootings
— Pompeo: China has spread disease in the past, must be held accountable for coronavirus pandemic – AP (DIERSEN: Trump-haters want Trump to get all the blame.)

— Illinois Reports Nearly 3,000 New Coronavirus Cases Sunday
— Pritzker Says Lawmakers Should ‘Leave Politics Out of’ Negotiations for New COVID-19 Relief Bill

— On ‘Face The Nation,’ Pritzker Says There Is Progress In Fighting Coronavirus And Moving Toward Reopening Economy

— New Grim COVID-19 Milestone: More Than 3,100 New Cases, Largest One-Day Total

— Illinois reaches new high with almost 20,000 tests conducted in 24 hour period
— NRA lays off dozens of employees, cancels national convention and some shooting events

— Illinois processed record-setting 19,417 coronavirus tests Saturday Illinois sets new daily record by processing nearly 20K coronavirus tests, finding 2,994 new cases
— Illinois ‘getting ready for point where we can begin to reopen the economy,’ Pritzker says During an appearance Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Illinois has “really bent the curve significantly” while noting that hospitalizations have only been “increasing barely.” – Tom Schuba
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: The Trump-hating Sen. Tammy Duckworth “deplores use of Nazi slogan at Chicago stay-at-home protest” and blasted President Trump for “sucking up to the Communist head of an authoritarian regime in President Xi of China” instead of preparing for the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Care homes seek shield from lawsuits as coronavirus death toll surpasses 19,000
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trump’s blatant taxpayer-paid ploy to grab credit for stimulus checks: A note on White House letterhead. President Trump hijacked what should have been a routine IRS confirmation letter.”
— Too late to put ‘fair map’ amendment on Nov. 3 ballot — but never too late for reform There are still ways to minimize shameless self-interest in the redrawing of legislative and congressional districts in Illinois after the 2020 U.S. Census. – Editorial

— Your life or your livelihood: Americans wrestle with impossible choice – SABRINA TAVERNISE, JACK HEALY AND NICHOLAS BOGEL-BURROUGHS

— Nearly 3,000 more cases, 63 more deaths after record day of testing in Illinois – Steve Zalusky
— About 100 protest against stay-at-home order in Algonquin – Joe Lewnard
— May 3 COVID-19 cases per county; search by ZIP code

— Pritzker Expects Feds Will Help Illinois Offset COVID-19’s Budget Hit – Dan Mihalopoulos

— NRA cutting staff and salaries amid coronavirus pandemic – AP

— Local church that is suing governor defies stay-at-home order, nearly 100 people in attendance on Sunday – Michele Rave

— Indiana GOP sets rules for potential online party convention

— DHS report: China hid severity of coronavirus to hoard supplies – AP

— Photos from Algonquin Rally: Rights vs. Permission
— Applying Cost-Benefit Analysis to the Coronavirus Response

— Illinois – The numbers don’t add up – KIRK ALLEN
— AG: Maripat Oliver violated the Open Meetings Act five times last year – JOHN KRAFT
— AG: Ken Burgess violated the Open Meetings Act three times last year – JOHN KRAFT

— 2,994 new cases, 63 additional deaths
— Pritzker warns of scams – Addresses boater protests in Fox Lake – Says data requested is online – Points out (again) that public transportation is a local issue – Seriously asked if contract tracers will have arresting authority (they won’t) – Explains (again) why antibody results aren’t being counted yet – Explains difference between barbers and pet groomers – Points out he’s not negotiating federal package – “COVID-19 is causing this” – Asked if Illinois was going to do a stimulus program like the feds did – Says ISBE has issued graduation ceremony guidelines – Says no final decision made on extending implementation of hotel panic buttons – Believes state has enough ventilators in case of another surge – Kushner comment “a little bit inaccurate” – Look at positive testing rate, not total test numbers – Hopes plateau doesn’t last too long, but doesn’t know – Addresses violence in Peoria – Admits more messaging needed for young people of color – Explains DCFS policy – Church TRO denied – Out of state travel to visit dying family member is allowed
— Pritzker says federal judge denied church TRO request

— Illinois governor: White House ‘wasn’t helpful’ for many weeks on coronavirus response – REBECCA KLAR

— Backlash to the backlash: Governors, medical officials wary of rush to reopen “We have to keep doing the right thing, the next right thing,” one governor says. – JUAN PEREZ JR. and DAVID COHEN

— White House coronavirus expert Dr. Birx calls reopen protests ‘devastatingly worrying’ over lack of social distancing – DAVE GOLDINER

— Trump-haters side with foreign countries against America.

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.