May 30 Evening Edition

— Lawmakers set to pass budget Republicans — with Rauner’s OK — call ‘balanced’ – Tina Sfondeles
— Appellate court in Chicago won’t throw out ex-Rep. Aaron Schock’s indictment – Jon Seidel
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats shout at young people and at everyone else that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things.
— Illinois House sends governor bill raising teacher salaries – AP
— Lawmakers OK graduate research assistant unions – AP


— Appeals court refuses to toss Aaron Schock charges – AP
— Roseanne Barr blames Ambien for tweet, drug maker says ‘racism is not a known side effect’ – AP
— ‘Two Evanstons’: As Starbucks workers get sensitivity training, city looks at local racial divide – Brian L. Cox
— Trump Tower sign invisible in marketing brochure — and the web takes notice – Tessa Weinberg
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump uses Barr to demonize, denigrate, and condemn Trump supporters.
— Tom Cullerton passes measure to increase budget transparency


— Festivals: Taste of Wheaton, Rose Festival, cruise nights, beer fests & more (DIERSEN: Please visit the Milton Township Republican Central Committee booth at the Taste of Wheaton Saturday, June 2.)–more


— Illinois budget deal seems set—but votes await – GREG HINZ
— Wall Street watching as state staggers toward budget – GREG HINZ
— Chicago attracting more young, well-off residents – GREG HINZ (DIERSEN: When did you start earning $100,000-a-year in to today’s dollars? I did in 1988 when I was 40 years old. By then, I had worked for GAO for almost 9 years, I had worked for IRS for almost 9 years, I had become a licensed CPA in 1981, I had passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981, I had earned a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, I had passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979, and I had earned an MBA from Loyola in 1976.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: If you think you’ve been seeing a lot more bright young people living in Chicago lately, you have. Between 2010 and 2016, the city of Chicago gained more households in a key category—total income of more than $100,000 with the head of household under age 45—than any city in the country except for far larger New York, according to newly analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data. Specifically, the number of such households here grew from just under 105,000 to an estimated 131,000, according to the American Community Survey data. That increase of 26,000 led Houston (24,000), San Francisco (23,000), Washington, D.C. (19,000) and Los Angeles (16,000). And while on a percentage basis that demographic grew faster in San Francisco than in Chicago (57 percent versus 27 percent), the Windy City outpaced cities such as Houston and L.A. and tied red-hot Denver.)


— Illinois Senate OKs temporarily taking guns from dangerous people – AP


— State Lawmakers Approve Gun Restraining Orders – SAM DUNKLAU


— Teacher salary bill passes House, moves to governor (DIERSEN: What if schools were like the federal government? What if schools got rid of their non-veteran White male teachers who did not make GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40?)


— Why DuPage County Jail Is Giving Tablets To Inmates The sheriff hopes the project will help inmates pass time and learn new things while incarcerated. – Lisa Marie Farver


— BEYOND OUTRAGEOUS: Five DuPage House Republicans (Durkin, Breen, Olsen, Winger, and Bellock) join Democrats to back local gun store ban


— 72-Hour Waiting Period Bill Passed – Roll Calls
— McConnaughay Bill Allows Police Nationwide Ongoing, Real-Time Notifications about Perp’s Run-ins with Police
— Lakewood President Paul Serwatka Accomplished What He Promised
— Ex-Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller’s Wife Anna May Miller’s Time Card
— View of Budget from Illinois Environmental Council




— Ives to attend tomorrow’s press conference about “leading lawmaker” who is “longtime abuser”
— Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-West Dundee, cites “Red Dawn” as reason to oppose gun dealer licensing bill
— Rauner considers budget deal “balanced”

— ‘Ingraham Angle’ Highlights Passages From Starbucks’ Racial Bias Handbook
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Laura Ingraham highlighted some of the passages in the racial bias handbook handed out to employees in the training sessions. She said a Starbucks employee she spoke to on Tuesday pointed out that several black and Hispanic workers were “laughing through the book.” The book lays out so-called “Ground Rules,” including “honor[ing] other people’s truth.” Another section of the manual asked employees to recall when they first noticed their racial identity. Another asked employees about going “to work with your natural hair.” Fox News contributor Gianno Caldwell said the training sessions are all about protecting Starbucks’ bottom line, since some African-Americans vowed to boycott Starbucks after the April arrests. Democratic strategist Michael Starr Hopkins said he appreciates what the company did, arguing “far too often in this country we’re afraid to talk about race.”)
— Weak parties = More partisanship – Chris Stirewalt |


— Kevin McCarthy: GOP ‘Very Close’ to Immigration Deal – Neil Munro
— Michaela Angela Davis: All Trump Voters Are Racist – Pam Key


— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Marijuana: Big Tobacco 2.0 – J. J. MCCULLOUGH


— Trump accuses ABC of double standard on ‘Roseanne’ cancellation – JORDAN FABIAN


— Silicon Valley is stumped: Even A.I. cannot always remove bias from hiring AI software to eliminate the prejudice of human hiring managers has produced encouraging early results at corporations. But tech executives with experience at Google, Microsoft and Facebook say the algorithmic revolution in hiring is moving too fast. Algorithm auditing firms want to see the code; public policy experts want to press governments to force the algorithms into the open before it’s too late, they say. – Eric Rosenbaum (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, employers talk and/or act like they only want to hire, retain, and promote those who are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— Federal Reserve votes to ease rule aimed at preventing big banks from making risky financial bets – Renae Merle
— Walmart to offer employees a college education for $1 a day – Abha Bhattarai (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that the undergraduate and graduate courses that I took a) were not job-related, b) did not help me carry out my job duties, c) were taken by me to get a job in the private sector, and d) were a distraction. To keep their jobs and to get promoted, my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates focused on getting rid of federal employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Walmart, the country’s largest private employer, announced Wednesday that it will pay for its workers to go back to school — as long as they get degrees in business or supply-chain management. The retailer is partnering with three universities to offer associate’s and bachelor’s degrees to 1.4 million part-time, full-time and salaried Walmart and Sam’s Club employees — a pitch to improve employee retention rates and engagement at work, while also drawing new workers. Walmart will cover the costs of tuition, books and fees, while employees will be required to pay $1 a day for the duration of their studies. “We know there [are] a lot of benefits from a business perspective,” Drew Holler, vice president of people innovation for Walmart U.S., said on a call with reporters. “We know we’re going to see an influx of applications.” Degrees will be offered by the University of Florida in Gainesville, Brandman University in Irvine, Calif., and Bellevue University in Bellevue, Neb., all nonprofit institutions with online programs for working adults. Rachel Carlson, chief executive of Guild Education, a Denver-based company that will oversee the program, pointed out that the program allows employees to earn a degree without amassing college debt.)


— Is Trump Saving the Blue States? Tax reform #andGorsuch could rescue even Illinois and New Jersey. – James Freeman


— Trump Moves to Curb Federal Employee Labor Protections – KALENA THOMHAVE (DIERSEN: Because I have always been a Republican, were it not for federal civil service protections, a) the Post Office would NOT have hired me in 1966 or let me work there for almost 3 years, b) IRS would NOT have hired me in 1971 or let me work there for almost 9 years, c) IRS would NOT have promoted me in 1972, 1973, or 1974, d) GAO would NOT have hired me in 1980 or let me work there for almost 18 years, and e) GAO would NOT have promoted me in 1986.)


— The Illinois House has approved a 72-hour waiting period for delivery of all guns after purchase.
— What Happens if We All Run Out of Money for Retirement? Start saving now to stay prepared for a looming retirement crisis. – Geoff Williams (DIERSEN: What do you say to those who rather than saving for their retirement, purposely plan on going on welfare when they get old?)


— The White House Is Not Complying With Inquiries From Government’s Top Watchdog GAO – Eric Katz (DIERSEN: I worked for GAO 1980-1997.)

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.