May 4, 2024


— Mayor Johnson considers moving downtown migrant shelter to South Side ahead of DNC
— University of Chicago protest: President says pro-Palestinian encampment ‘cannot continue’ University president said protesters have vandalized buildings, flown Palestinian flag on school flagpole. – Stephanie Wade
— 9 Chicago police officers on leaked Oath Keepers list will not be punished, CPD says. Far-right, anti-government Oath Keepers played large role in Jan. 6 insurrection. (COMMENT: According to my critics/opponents, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois and Illinois Center Right Coalition not only played a role in Republican defeats, they caused Republican defeats.)

— Pro-Israel, pro-Palestinian demonstrators rally on University of Chicago campus. Students and university officials on Friday reached an “impasse” during talks about the encampment, which was set up on Monday by pro-Palestinian demonstrators.

— University of Chicago United for Palestine protesters clash with counter-protesters; police head to scene
— Dueling protests as University of Chicago United for Palestine encampment continues. University of Chicago police officers were seen in the center of the Main Quad, separating the UChicago United for Palestine protesters from a group with American flags. – Darius Johnson
— Chicago activists make plea for 48 hours of peace this weekend. Community leaders in Pilsen issued a call to action ahead of the Cinco de Mayo weekend. They called for a 48-hour unity challenge – a message they’re spreading not only through a video on social media, but also to neighborhoods outside of their own. – Marybel Gonzalez
— Police come to University of Chicago amid clash between protest groups. The university has said the UChicago United for Palestine tent encampment that has been on the Main Quad since Monday must come to an end. – Darius Johnson

— Pritzker signs election bill that would favor Democrats in November – RICK PEARSON
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG PICTURE: University of Chicago prepares to ‘intervene’ to remove pro-Palestine encampment from campus – REBECCA JOHNSON, ALICE YIN, CAROLINE KUBZANSKY
— Alderman opposes Johnson’s proposed new migrant shelter location ahead of Democratic convention – ALICE YIN
— Jewish students grapple with how to respond to pro-Palestinian campus protests – JESSE BEDAYN

— University of Chicago officials, protesters hit ‘impasse’ over pro-Palestinian encampment. On a mostly peaceful day, tensions briefly bubbled over when counter-protesters confronted the demonstrators at the university’s Edward Levi Hall. An altercation prompted campus police to respond. – Violet Miller, Jessica Ma and David Struett

— Republicans slam new state election law favoring incumbents – JERRY NOWICKI

— Democrats ever-increasingly push more pot. Pot is poison.
— Democrat leaders ever-increasingly shout at Blacks that discrimination against Blacks has caused, is causing, and will forever cause all the problems that Blacks have had, are having, and will have.

— Local officials feel Illinois bill is aimed at Madison County Republican Jay Keeven. Bill to eliminate ‘slated’ General Assembly candidates awaits JB Pritzker’s action. – Scott Cousins

— Illinois gun lawsuits headed to U.S. Supreme Court? – Greg Bishop

— IRS Acts To Address Wide Disparity In Audit Rates Between Black Taxpayers And Other Filers – AP

— Scientists welcome new rules on marijuana, but research will still face obstacles – Rhitu Chatterjee (COMMENT: What percent of scientists are stoners?)

— Democrats ever-increasingly push more pot. Pot is poison.

— IRS says it will boost audits on wealthy, address racial disparities

— 108 paid sick days? Illinois school district superintendent’s contract sparks outrage – KRISTINA WATROBSKI

— Pro-Palestine Encampment Enters Fifth Day on Quad

— DUPAGE VETERANS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 10th ANNUAL FUNDRAISER – Sat, May 4, 2024 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton

— Afternoon roundup


— See Who Supports and Who Opposes Restoring Direct Elections
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Below are two lists of public officials, party officials, civic leaders, grassroots leaders, activists, and candidates who have communicated either their support or their opposition to giving back to all Republican voters the right to directly elect their representatives to the Illinois Republican Party’s state central committee, our state party’s senior governing board.)
— Help Me, Help You
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Thank you to everyone who has already stood up for fellow Republican voters in Illinois by demanding that our vote be restored in OUR state party. Please keep spreading the word and encouraging others to sign-on. Any Republican in Illinois is invited to do so HERE. And my latest piece with some interesting history about the Illinois GOP and how we got to where we are (i.e., Republicans losing the big races most all of the time), is HERE. Thanks again and have a great weekend.)

— Candidates feel ‘cheated, violated, robbed’ after Pritzker enacts law ending slating. Despite law, elections board will accept petitions. – Greg Bishop
— Illinois taxpayer cost to consolidate transit system could be out $1.5 billion – Catrina Petersen

— With less than one month to go, session hits high gear in Springfield

— Kenneally Opposition to Bill Eliminating Mandatory DCFS Reporting of Drug Positive Babies to Local State’s Attorney’s Draws Avalanche of Criticism
— Free Ride for GOP State’s Attorney Candidate Randi Freese and County Board Candidates Deena Krieger, Carl Kamienski

— Supermajority Passes Election Bill That Protects Democratic Incumbents as IL GOP Leaders Fail to Identify 50 Candidates to Run in November


— Noncitizens caught voting in U.S. elections — here’s how they did it. Illegal noncitizen voters were three times more likely to be Dems than GOP. – Stephen Dinan (COMMENT: Illegals use false identifications.)

— Denial of equal protection for whites: How culture countered the Constitution in America – William Perry Pendley (COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Americans who are White, male, older, heterosexual, non-veteran, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and/or have ancestors who have been in America for a long time should not count on equal protection.)

— Joe Biden’s Senior Moment of the Week (Vol. 92)

— US taxpayers shouldn’t be subsidizing idiotic college extremism – David Harsanyi

— How much value does a college degree hold in 2024? (COMMENT: According to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, degrees from non-Ivy League colleges are WORTHLESS, that is, a) my 1970 bachelor’s degree in management from NIU is WORTHLESS, b) my 1976 MBA from Loyola is WORTHLESS, c) my 1980 master’s degree in accounting from DePaul is WORTHLESS, and d) my 1997 master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT is WORTHLESS. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes.)

— Biden approves 100,000 illegals for Obamacare next year – AP
— ‘Enough is enough’: Survey shows Americans fed up with illegal immigration – Chad Groening

— University of Chicago Protesters Demand Defunding of Police, Reparations, and Emissions Reductions – Eric Lendrum
— House Speaker Johnson Finally Has Border Crisis Concerns

— Illegals fly Florida – Mike McDaniel

— J.D. Vance Blasts Joe Biden Giving Americans’ ‘Hard-Earned Money’ to DACA Illegal Aliens via Obamacare – JOHN BINDER
— Blue State Blues: Democrats Should Skip Chicago, Hold Zoom Convention Again – JOEL B. POLLAK

— Why no room at the inns? Feds filled ’em with people here illegally. – Brian Lonergan

— Will States Prevent Illegal Immigrants From Unlawfully Voting In November?
— Want To Alleviate The Border Crisis? Follow Texas’ Blueprint
— To promote DEI is to promote hatred against Republicans who are conservative, White, male, older, non-veteran, Protestant, German American, and/or have ancestors who have been in America for a long time.

— Congressional Subpoena Reveals Airports Used to Facilitate Illegal Immigration – Kari Jacobson
— Illegal Aliens Issue List of Demands After Hundreds Take Over City Park and Refuse to Leave – Joey Chester

— ‘Stop caving to the woke mobs’: GOP ramps up attacks on vulnerable Dems amid anti-Israel campus unrest. A veteran political strategist argues that protests sweeping college campuses are ‘problematic for Democrats on several fronts’ – Paul Steinhauser

— When God’s design is rejected, the whole community suffers – Stacey Eising (COMMENT: Politics is nasty/vicious. I should write a book about my critics/opponents who have used against me the most my having been baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran. I would focus on those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois. I would focus on those who have stressed the most that unlike them, I am not a member of a church, I do not attend church services, and I do not give money to a church. I would focus on the aforesaid who have taken the most/biggest adverse actions against me including removing me from the 2024 Illinois Republican Party State Convention Platform and Resolution Committee and ending my service as the Republican fundraiser for Wheaton Independence Day parades and fireworks in 2021.)

— Northwestern Hit with Lawsuit, Civil-Rights Complaints over Concessions to Encampment Organizers – ZACH KESSEL
— Biden Giving Obamacare to 100,000 Illegal Immigrants Is Gross Executive Overreach – PHILIP KLEIN

— Illegal Immigrants Ambush Michigan State Capitol to Demand Driver Licenses – Sarah Arnold
— Investigating the Investigators | Dan Proft & Amy Jacobson with Andrew McCarthy on Trump case
— The Left’s Radicalization Of Our Children – Scott Hogenson

— Biden Parole Program Has Flown Illegals To More Than 45 US Cities – TYLER DURDEN


— University of Chicago President Says ‘Encampment Cannot Continue’ The university is home to the Chicago statement, a framework for free expression that has been embraced by other colleges. – Mitch Smith and Robert Chiarito
— Joe Biden, Pot President? The president’s allies say the Justice Department’s chill take on marijuana has a political upside. – Jess Bidgood (COMMENT: Pot is poison.)

— 134 protesters arrested on 2 campuses had no connection to schools, NYPD says. More than a quarter of protesters arrested Tuesday at Columbia and 60 percent at the City College of New York had no connections to the schools. – Daniel Wu

— Politics is nasty/vicious. I should write a book about my critics/opponents who have hinted/implied/argued/shouted the most that I am a White supremacist, NAZI, KKK member, hater, racist, sexist, bigot, and even worse things who should be gotten rid of once and for all. I would focus on those who have taken the most/biggest adverse actions against me.

— Nikki Haley calls former president ‘diminished’ and ‘unhinged’ (COMMENT: What do the Haley supporters in your congressional district, county, township, municipality, school district, and precinct say about Trump? How many would rather see Biden elected than Trump?)

— Trump vows to fight ‘anti-white feeling’ in US. His allies have a plan – Gram Slattery and Nathan Layne (COMMENT: To curry favor more with minorities, White Democrats and White RINOs ever-increasingly paint themselves as being anti-White.)

— In a second term, Trump intends to address ‘a bias against white’ As his team prepares to protect white people from discrimination, Donald Trump says he’s concerned about the “problem” related to the “bias against white.” – Steve Benen (COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Americans who are White, male, older, heterosexual, non-veteran, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and/or have ancestors who have been in America for a long time should not count on equal protection.)

— Lara Trump’s Plan For RNC Is Utterly Shredded By Former Chair – Lee Moran
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The duty of the RNC, Steele said, was raising money for all Republican candidates on the ballot and putting in place “the infrastructure every candidate will need.” “You are required, Lara, so let me give you a little bit of training here since you want the job,” he continued. “You are required to organize and coordinate every state party and the territories of the United States who are in the Republican family and you are to provide them the platform from which you will launch a platform to talk about what the party believes in.” “Oh, I’m sorry, we don’t have a platform so is that your number one priority, madame co-chair? No, I don’t think so,” Steele added. “You gotta understand what a party is there for.”)

— FRONT PAGE: Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters ever-increasingly use the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape to promote more hatred against Trump.
— Illinois’s Plan to Fund Public Universities on the Basis of Race. Schools with abysmal graduation rates would get more money simply for enrolling minorities. – Neetu Arnold
— OUTRAGEOUS, DISGUSTING: The UAW Has a Gaza Policy. Auto workers chief Shawn Fain signals the union’s solidarity with violent protesters. – Editorial
— Are Americans Ready for War? As our enemies advance, a prescient author considers what it would take for the U.S. to avoid defeat. The answer is sobering. – Barton Swaim (COMMENT: Democrat and RINO leaders ever-increasingly flood America with anti-Americans.)
— Biden Needs to Learn From the Democrats’ Disaster in ’68. The lesson of that tumultuous political summer is clear: The fireworks may be on the party’s left, but the votes needed for victory are on the right. – James Traub
— ‘Follow Your Dreams’ and Other Terrible Career Advice. Want to make a strong professional start? Be open to every opportunity and embrace the lowliest tasks. – Bonnie Hammer (COMMENT: After you earned your bachelor’s degree, what was the lowliest task that your boss gave you? In 1971, when I was 22 years old, when I was in my 7th month as the Retail Sales Manager in the Chicago Heights Firestone Store, while the store was open, my boss had me get on a ladder and clean the white walls on moldy tires that had been hanging on the walls of the showroom for many years. That was too much for me. I politely gave him my 2-week notice that I had accepted a job offer from Oldsmobile. He immediately rudely/threadedly fired me. But then, Oldsmobile withdrew its job offer saying that it had just agreed to stop hiring Whites to settle an EEOC complaint. Previously, my Firestone Store boss had me pump gasoline, mount, balance, and install tires, change engine oil and filters, remove and install batteries, deliver major appliances, etc. He did not approve of my demographics including my being a draft-avoider, college graduate, conservative, Republican, Protestant, German American, Crete resident, and my ancestors had been in America since 1844. He had not hired me, the Firestone district office had hired me and assigned me to his store. He refused to let me start in his store until I passed a 2-week probationary period in Firestone’s Gary Indiana store. What little understanding/tolerance/sympathy he had for me was because a) I had worked my way through college and b) my father had died suddenly in October of 1969 and I was living with and helping support my mother and brother because of that.)
— The Government-Spending Jobs Boom. Most new jobs are in healthcare, government and social assistance. – Editorial
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In many states run by progressives such as Oregon, California and Illinois, government, healthcare and social assistance account for more than all of the net new jobs. That means those states are losing jobs in other industries. Illinois has added about 52,000 jobs in government, healthcare and social assistance over the last year—about double the number of its overall new jobs.)

— Public accounting had absolutely no interest in me even though a) I had passed the CPA and Certified Internal Auditor examinations on my first attempt, b) I had become a licensed CPA, c) I had earned four other job-related professional certifications, d) I had earned master’s degrees in business, accounting, and finance, e) I had worked for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at GS-12 Step 1-5 Levels, currently $97,079-$110,020/year, and f) I had worked for GAO for almost 18 years, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 Levels, currently $115,439-$150,075/year a) because I was “too old” (30) when I passed the CPA examination and b) because I am not minority, female, veteran, non-Protestant, non-German American, and my ancestors have been in America since 1844.

— Election 2024: Trump Now +10 Over Biden

— University of Chicago protestors at pro-Palestine encampment rattle off list of demands on their Instagram – including HIV tests and Plan B. Students protestors at UChicago posted a list of supplies they need to camp. UCLA Protestors demand gluten free and vegan supplies. – ALEXA CIMINO

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.