May 4 Evening Edition

— Trump, Pence speak at NRA convention in Dallas


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in getting high school students to act as their operatives and as their dupes.


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot pushers use the “opioid crisis” to push pot.
— Aurora Ranked 4th-Best City to Live the American Dream – Jonathon Sadowski


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot pushers use the “opioid crisis” to push pot.


— Ives Says She Will Vote For Rauner, But Doesn’t Necessarily Think He Will Win – CRAIG DELLIMORE
(FROM THE ARTICLE: State Representative Jeanne Ives, who lost the narrow GOP Primary election to Governor Bruce Rauner, said he has her vote, but not necessarily her confidence, or that of other conservatives. Representative Jeanne Ives has not resolved her differences with Governor Rauner after their often bitter race. Still, she indicates she’ll vote for him in November. But she doesn’t necessarily expect him to win. “I’m a republican. I will vote for our republican nominee, but other folks are going to make their decisions differently and as I said in the primary, which I still believe is true today, there’s many conservatives who will just skip the top of the ticket, as they did in the Mark Kirk race, and vote Rauner out of office,” she said. Make no mistake, Ives feels that if democrat JB Pritzker wins, his plans for a progressive income tax will drive more people out of the state. “If we go down the road for the democrats. If we go to the progressive income tax, you can watch that you’ll have far more out migration…that is my prediction this year…because of that 32 percent tax increase,” Ives said. So she predicts this will be an interesting time for Illinois. Meanwhile, conservative and moderate republicans may clash over the future of the Illinois GOP as well. Governor Rauner is supporting Illinois GOP chairman Tim Schneider, a Cook County Commissioner, to continue in his role. “We have a very important vote coming up on May 19 as to who is going to be the leader of Illinois GOP. And obviously Governor Rauner has put forward Tim Schneider and many of us conservatives want an alternative to Mr. Schneider and so you have this inter-party feud going on,” she said. Ives said conservatives support Mark Shaw of Lake County over incumbent chairman Tim Scheider, and allies of the Governor are exerting pressure on GOP committeemen. She said the struggle continues.)


— Trump salutes 2nd Amendment, urges NRA members to vote GOP in November – AP
— A Nobel Peace Prize for Trump? – Steve Chapman
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Trump spent his business career swindling people. Nothing’s changed.”
— Iowa governor to sign 6-week abortion ban into law – AP


— Trump salutes NRA, slams Chicago and thanks Kanye West – AP
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot pushers a) push pot and b) oppose any kind of drug testing.
— Public universities can’t get past the lingering effects of state budget crisis – Rich Miller (DIERSEN: GAO can’t get past the lingering effects of its budgets being cut by Republicans during the 1980s and 1990s. The agency is just a shell of what it once was.)
— Google to verify, disclose identities of US political ad buyers – AP (DIERSEN: What about illegal pot pushers who use illegal pot money to buy illegal pot ads?)
— U.S. House says ‘No Catholic Need Apply’ to be next chaplain – Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who work the hardest against Protestants.)


— Even pre-screened leader candidates need critical eye – Editorial (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, if you have ever done anything that subjects you to blackmail or to prosecution, you should not seek or hold any kind of government or political job or office.)
(FROM THE EDITORIAL: There are several cautionary messages that emerge from the short, bumpy tenure of former Des Plaines school superintendent Floyd Williams Jr., but perhaps the most surprising is that apparently a school district would be wise to thoroughly vet and critically question the search firm they hire before they seriously consider the candidates it produces. In 2015, the Des Plaines Elementary District 62 school board paid a highly regarded search firm $24,750 to help it find and ultimately hire Dr. Williams, who resigned a year and half into the job under allegations he sexually harassed five female district employees.)
— Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is sending every family an election-year check. Democrats call it bribery. – Jeff Stein


— Suburban mayors are fighting state aid cuts – GREG HINZ


— House Republicans push for wage freeze for Illinois lawmakers (DIERSEN: What did you do to qualify yourself for better paying jobs? I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32.)


— Trump, Pence Address NRA Convention




— OUTRAGEOUS: Cheers to Illinois’ 200th birthday with state-themed tequila


— Illinois needs to come up with $21 billion a year to pay for repairs to its infrastructure, according to a new report.


— Should The Algonquin Township Highway Department Be Abolished? County Board Chairman Jack Franks thinks so and is calling on the township board to put a referendum on the Nov. ballot to abolish it. – Amie Rowland


— DIERSEN HEADLINES: Anti-Americans illegally encourage people a) to come to America illegally, b) to stay in America illegally, and c) to bring others to America illegally.


— Bill allowing special pension allowance for 17 Chicago police fund members passes House – Angela Underwood (DIERSEN: My Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates remain beyond furious to this day because I got Civil Service Retirement System credit for the almost 9 years that I worked for IRS 1971-1980 and for the almost 3 years that I worked for the Post Office 1966-1969.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: During Illinois’ colossal pension crisis, Democrats proposed to carve out funds for the Chicago Police Benefit Fund for work performed a decade ago. HB5177, sponsored by Rep. Kelly Burke (D-Evergreen Park), amends the Illinois Pension Code to allow for 17 police officers to receive a hearing to reconsider service credit for investigatory work they performed prior to 2008. . .“It’s actually unaffordable,” Ives said. The bill is just one of many examples over the past few years of that permits pension carve-outs for employees who want to move from one plan to another. “What you see here is the need for massive pension reform, not just at the state level, but really at the local level,” Ives said. The focus should not be on these 17 officers, according to Ives. “Our pension problems that are literally bankrupting local governments,” Ives said. Using Danville as an example of destroying pension debt, Ives said the town has seen a 112 percent increase in the cost of the local pension plans. “They have no idea how they are going to pay back the $105 million in debt they have accumulated, and Chicago is far worse off,” Ives said. Why should the board go back as far as 2008 to possibly reimburse the officers, Breen asked.)


— 49th House District candidate Khouri votes to freeze her pay on DuPage County Board – Glenn Minnis
— Addison Police Pension Fund would go bankrupt in 11 years without taxpayer subsidy (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who are not getting a pension and who are not in line to get a pension a) declare the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) to be bankrupt and b) demand that the CSRS cut if not eliminate my pension?)


— Public employee union chief: Higher taxes won’t drive people from Illinois (DIERSEN: In addition to high taxes, individuals, organizations, companies, and governments that are members of the following groups drive people from Illinois: 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, inti-draft avoiders, and anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— Springfield Swampsters Fear ONLY Private-Schooling Parents – Laurie Higgins


— Over 96% of job-able Americans are employed now, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday (DIERSEN: What about jobs that are appropriate for those who have qualifications (work experience, education, professional certifications, professional license, etc.) similar to yours? What is the prevailing wage for those who have qualifications similar to yours?)


— Twenty-one percent of legislative incumbents have left or are leaving


— Facebook Investigating Whether It Has Anti-Conservative Bias – Michael Gryboski



— At least 158 Central American migrant ‘caravan’ members admitted into US port of entry – Jana Pruet


— Kanye West’s Music Blacklisted by Detroit Radio Station – JOHN NOLTE (DIERSEN: Who blacklists you and why? I should write a book about those who blacklist me and why they do it.)
— Nearly 40 Shot over 3 Days in Gun-Controlled Chicago – AWR HAWKINS
— DHS Nielsen Approves Extra H-2B Workers – NEIL MUNRO (DIERSEN: Have you taken jobs that other Americans refuse to take? I have. I did yard work and delivered newspapers 1962-1964; washed dishes 1964-1966; cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline in 1966; delivered mail 1966-1969; worked on an automobile assembly line and as a security guard in 1970; sold tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971; pumped gasoline 1971-1972; collected delinquent taxes 1971-1980; and audited federal agencies 1980-1997. Because the aforesaid jobs were so bad, my superiors had an extremely hard time finding qualified minorities, qualified women, and qualified younger people who would take them.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: President Donald Trump’s federal agencies will allow companies to bring in an additional 15,000 foreign “guest workers” for use in landscaping, forestry, resorts, and seafood processing, say Maryland seafood executives. The expected offer of 15,000 visas “is very late, and it is not enough,” said Jack Brooks, owner of a seafood company, J.M. Clayton Company, in Cambridge, Md. Maryland’s crab industry has already gotten 300 of 500 H-2B workers it sought, but the absence of the 200 workers has generated an emotional editorial by the Baltimore Sun. The 15,000 extra workers will be added to the annual inflow of 66,000 H-2B visa workers, but few of the extra visas will go to the seasonal seafood industries in Maryland, Texas, and Alaska, Brooks told Breitbart News. The extra visas likely will be distributed via lottery, so the more numerous landscaping and resort companies are likely to win the largest shares of the cheaper workers, said Brooks, who has already received a set of H-2B visas for work this year. The worker giveaway to business is bad news for Republican politicians because it reduces the pressure on business to deliver wage increase to voters before the next election, said Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies.)


— Perhaps Canada should build a wall
— DISGUSTING, OUTRAGEOUS, TREASONOUS: U.S. Government sues Albertsons for requiring employees to speak English
— National Day of Prayer seeks to unify U.S., but some secular Americans see discord, division (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who talk and act like they are anti-Protestant, and especially about those who talk and act like they are especially anti-Missouri Synod Lutheran.)


— Under Trump, Congress has expanded use of controversial legislative tool to ‘tear down’ regulations – CHO PARK and ALEX HOSENBALL (DIERSEN: When will “Trump, Congress” tear down regulations that encourage, if not require, federal agencies to waste the careers of and to get rid of their employees who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who do 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?)



— Dispatched by the Trump Administration, a Federal Agent Is Shot on the Streets of Chicago – Julie Bosman and Ali Watkins
— Actually, National Democrats Should Interfere in Primaries – Elaine Kamarck (DIERSEN: What if Trump, Pence, Helland, Harold, Senger, Dodge, Shimkus, Roskam, Hultgren, Kinzinger, Davis, Bost, LaHood, Brady, Durkin, and/or etc. had campaigned for Ives?)
— A Fast-Food Problem: Where Have All the Teenagers Gone? – Rachel Abrams and Robert Gebeloff (DIERSEN: Were you a fast-food worker when you were in high school? I was. I washed dishes for the minimum wage in the basement of the S.S. Kresges in Chicago Heights during my junior and senior years at Crete-Monee High School and the summer in between 1964-1966. If there was as much legal/illegal immigration back then as there is now, a citizen of Mexico or of some other foreign country would have had that job. I was able to earn and save enough to buy a new 1966 Pontiac Tempest Sprint to use to commute to classes at UIC from my parents’ home in Crete.)


— Trump says immigration laws were written by people who ‘could not love our country’ – Philip Bump (DIERSEN: Democrats and RINOs wrote America’s immigration laws. Democrats 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. RINOs want cheap labor.)
— Trump got a ‘do-over’ with white evangelicals. Will continuing Stormy Daniels news affect that? – Eugene Scott


— America is minting more millionaire retirees than ever – Suzanne Woolley (DIERSEN: My Civil Service Retirement System pension is $4,322/month and my federal health, dental, and vision insurance subsidy is $1,500/month for a total of $5,822/month. For me to buy an annuity that would pay me that much for life, it would cost me about $1 million.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: One of every six retirees in the U.S. is a millionaire (if you include the value of their homes), according to the new report. Their average wealth has risen more than 100 percent since 1989, to $752,000, and the share of those who are millionaires has doubled. More retirees-62 percent-are enjoying life without physical or cognitive limitations, according to the data. That number is up from 49 percent in 1963, the first year such data was taken. . .Income inequality has remained about the same among retirees since 1989. The picture changed dramatically when a household’s financial assets came into play, however. A rising stock market led to a 42 percent rise in wealth inequality among older Americans. “People have held incomes and spending constant over time,” said Matt Fellowes, United Income’s founder and chief executive officer. “The wealthiest retirees are wealthier but are not spending more, relative to previous generations.” Fellowes believes many Americans are being unnecessarily frugal in their spending and are leading “overly contained” lives as a result. The gap between the wealthy and the ultra-wealthy has also widened. The wealth of the median millionaire rose by about 12 percent from 1989 to 2016, while the median millionaire’s equity position was swelling from 27 percent of financial accounts to 55 percent. The wealth of the top 1 percent of millionaires, meanwhile, more than doubled, from $14.9 million to $31.3 million, in 2016 dollars, as their equity positions jumped from 30 percent to 69 percent, according to the report. ”It’s clear that the dividends from being an investor are paying off for retirees fortunate enough to have savings and investments,” said Fellowes. “What’s discouraging is that those who are not saving or investing are just getting left progressively farther and farther behind as each successive generation enters retirement.”)


— Denver Post Editor Who Criticized Paper’s Ownership Resigns – Jack Healy
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Chuck Plunkett said he knew that he was risking his job as the editorial page editor of The Denver Post when he wrote an impassioned editorial last month blasting the newspaper’s hedge-fund owners as “vulture capitalists” who had hobbled Colorado’s largest newspaper with deep layoffs and cost-cutting.)


— Mandatory LGBT History Lessons for Schoolchildren Approved by Illinois Senate (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who promote LGBTQ activity, their operatives, and their dupes who have harmed me because I refuse to promote LGBTQ activity.)

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.