May 31 Morning Edition

ABC7
— Illinois budget deadline looms, lawmakers did not work overnight – Laura Podesta
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/illinois-budget-deadline-looms-lawmakers-did-not-work-overnight/2058529/
— Protesters stage overnight sit-in over budget outside Gov. Rauner’s office – Sarah Schulte
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/protesters-stage-overnight-sit-in-over-budget-outside-governors-office/2056593/

 

NBC5
— Chicago Dem Chris Kennedy Touts ‘Radical Change’ Agenda  Kennedy added that, if elected, if he can’t balance Illinois’ budget in his first term as governor, he won’t seek re-election – Charlie Wojciechowski
http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Chicago-Dem-Chris-Kennedy-Touts-Radical-Change-Agenda-425363284.html

 

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Budget protesters in Springfield demand lawmakers ‘tax the rich’ – AP  (DIERSEN: According to Democrats, anyone who is not on welfare is rich.)
http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/257850517-story

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

— White House has names for new U.S. Attorneys in Illinois – Jon Seidel and Lynn Sweet
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/durbin-duckworth-escalate-battle-over-federal-appointments/

— As clock ticks, future of Illinois state budget up in air – Tina Sfondeles
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/future-of-budget-up-in-air-ahead-of-last-scheduled-day/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— FRONT POAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PICTURE: Lawmakers begin last scheduled day without budget plan, just like last year – Monique Garcia, Kim Geiger and Haley BeMiller
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-illinois-legislature-budget-met-0531-20170530-story.html
— Will flaying Trump bring us to normalcy? – John Kass
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-donald-trump-america-kass-met-0531-20170530-column.html
— U.S. home prices rising 2 times faster than wages – Josh Boak
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/ct-home-prices-20170530-story.html
— Trump misspells press ‘covfefe,’ and Twitter takes notice – Brian de los Santos
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-tweet-covfefe-20170530-story.html
— Emanuel praises CPS chief a week after union’s no-confidence vote – Hal Dardick
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-rahm-emanuel-forrest-claypool-20170531-story.html

 

DAILY HERALD
— RACIST: Growing pot industry offers breaks to entice minorities – AP  (DIERSEN: If you want to destroy a demographic, you push pot on that demographic.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170531/news/305319975/
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Where rising assessments are boosting property tax bills most – Jake Griffin
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170531/where-rising-assessments-are-boosting-property-tax-bills-most
— Kane may resort to layoffs to address midyear budget deficit – James Fuller
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170531/kane-may-resort-to-layoffs-to-address-midyear-budget-deficit
— Local TV news continues sharp drop in ratings – Robert Feder
http://www.dailyherald.com/entlife/20170530/feder-local-tv-news-continues-sharp-drop-in-ratings
— The value of independent thinking in Springfield – Editorial  (DIERSEN: Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20170530/editorial-the-value-of-independent-thinking-in-springfield
— While other controversies rage, work on border wall moves forward – Byron York
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20170531/while-other-controversies-rage-work-on-border-wall-moves-forward

 

WTTW
— Protesters Demand Budget as Legislators Edge Closer to Adjourning – Amanda Vinicky
http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/05/30/protesters-demand-budget-legislators-edge-closer-adjourning

 

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Budget issue tests House Dems – Editorial
http://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2017-05-31/budget-issue-tests-house-dems.html

 

PEORIA PUBLIC RADIO
— House Dem On Budget: ‘We Can’t Do It On Our Own’ – BRIAN MACKEY
http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/house-dem-budget-we-cant-do-it-our-own#stream/0

 

QUAD CITIES ONLINE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Republicans want Rauner to “sign smart voter registration bill.”
http://www.qconline.com/editorials/editorial-gov-rauner-sign-smart-voter-registraton-bill/article_e7eb1984-a5bb-5a46-bc3c-37d305b51ae9.html

 

DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Ives argues wage theft bill would put business owners behind bars – Hoang Tran
http://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511121775-ives-argues-wage-theft-bill-would-put-business-owners-behind-bars
— Ives works to defeat bill allowing noncitizens to become Illinois pharmacists – Giovanni Whaley
http://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511119274-ives-works-to-defeat-bill-allowing-noncitizens-to-become-illinois-pharmacists
— Ives wants Chicago as testing ground before raising minimum wage statewide – Hoang Tran
http://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511121797-ives-wants-chicago-as-testing-ground-before-raising-minimum-wage-statewide

 

ILLINOIS FAMILY ACTION
— Illinois: Saturated in Vice – Benjamin Smith
https://illinoisfamilyaction.org/2017/05/illinois-saturated-in-vice/

 

PUBLIUS FORUM
— Political Bias or Sloppiness? – Gary Krasner
http://www.publiusforum.com/2017/05/30/political-bias-sloppiness/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: On CNN’s State of the Union, with Dana Bash, on May 28, 2017, the topic of Sanctuary Cities was discussed with Sanctuary City Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago. The definition of a “sanctuary city” is one which allows illegal aliens to reside within its jurisdiction, flouting state and federal immigration laws. And the operative word is “illegal.” But, the word “immigration” was spoken 8 times, without the prefix “illegal”. “Immigrant” was used spoken 4 times, with the prefix “illegal” zero times, but “undocumented” used only once.)

 

LUTHERAN CHURCH CHARITIES
— Keeping Your Anger in Check – Tim Hetzner  (DIERSEN: So far, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have failed in their efforts to make me angry.)
http://devotions.lccharities.org/2017/05/31/keeping-anger-check/

 

CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN NEWS
— LIBERAL UNIVERSITIES INDOCTRINATE STUDENTS BEFORE THEY EVEN ARRIVE FOR THE FALL SEMESTER – Kent Kellar
http://conservativerepublicannews.com/2017/05/30/study-liberal-universities-indoctrinate-students-before-they-even-arrive-for-the-fall-semester/

 

FEDERALIST
— Illinois Purges Social Workers And Foster Families Who Don’t ‘Facilitate’ Transgenderism  Illinois’s child welfare agency has proclaimed staff must ‘affirm’ gender ideology and ‘facilitate’ LGBT identities for kids—or be fired. – Mary Hasson
https://thefederalist.com/2017/05/30/illinois-purges-social-workers-foster-families-dont-facilitate-transgenderism/

 

FREEDOM’S JOURNAL
— TRUMP BUDGET FIXES OUR BROKEN CULTURE – Star Parker
https://freedomsjournalinstitute.org/latest-news/opinion/trump-budget-fixes-our-broken-culture/
— FREE TRADE MUST BE FAIR TO AMERICAN WORKERS – Ken Blackwell
https://freedomsjournalinstitute.org/latest-news/opinion/free-trade-must-be-fair-to-american-workers/

 

THE HILL
— Trump’s impatience with GOP grows – ALEXANDER BOLTON
http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/335715-trumps-impatience-with-gop-grows
— Trump faces shrinking talent pool for new hires – JONATHAN EASLEY AND JORDAN FABIAN  (DIERSEN: GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job. IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job. The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/335711-trump-faces-shrinking-talent-pool-for-new-hires

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— As Trump Weighs Shake-Up, He Faces Recruiting Challenge – PETER BAKER and MAGGIE HABERMAN  (DIERSEN: GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job. IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job. The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/30/us/politics/trump-dubke-white-house-staff-changes.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats have no problem with poor people using illegal drugs.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/31/opinion/scott-walker-drug-test-medicaid.html

 

NEW YORK POST
— Trump to personally take over his battles with the press – Marisa Schultz and Bob Fredericks
http://nypost.com/2017/05/31/trump-to-personally-take-over-his-battles-with-the-press/

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE HEADLINE: Just one drink can harm – Sumathi Reddy
https://www.wsj.com/articles/just-one-drink-raises-the-risk-of-breast-cancer-1496055603

 

BLOOMBERG
— Illinois Budget Crisis Is About to Get Even Harder to Resolve – Elizabeth Campbell
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-31/illinois-budget-crisis-is-about-to-get-even-harder-to-resolve

 

GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE
— D.C.-Area Lawmakers Vow to Fight Proposed Federal Retirement Benefit Cuts  Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock, Va., said: “We cannot balance the federal budget on the backs of our federal workers.” – Erich Wagner
http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2017/05/dc-area-lawmakers-vow-fight-proposed-federal-retirement-benefit-cuts/138266/

 

BENZINGA
— Civil Servants Push Back At Trump, GOP Characterizations Of Career Feds As Lazy, Entitled Sloths Nursed On Taxpayer Dollars – Mark Fritz
https://www.benzinga.com/markets/futures/17/05/9524780/civil-servants-push-back-at-trump-gop-characterizations-of-career-feds
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The GOP-controlled Congress and President Donald Trump have hammered away at what they characterize as slackers with too many benefits and too much time on their hands, and, frankly, civil servants are sick of it. “Contrary to what you may have heard in a recent congressional hearing, my members are barely holding on to a middle-class standard of living,” Pam Sturm, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents 822 IRS workers in St. Louis, said in a statement. “They struggle to pay for housing, utilities, rising health-care costs, tuition and care for children or elderly parents,” Sturm said. She said 65 percent of her members are Grade 5 to Grade 8, which means their starting salary is $33,000. The highest salary for Grade 8 employees is $58,962.)

 

ALTERNET
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Republicans say “Endangered GOP Lawmaker Darrell Issa Hides out on Roof While Avoiding Angry Constituents. Instead of engaging with constituents, Issa cowers and lashes out at reporters.”
http://www.alternet.org/right-wing/darrell-issa-hides-out-roof-while-avoiding-angry-constituents

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.