May 5, 2024


— 68 people arrested at Pro-Palestinian protest outside Art Institute of Chicago
— Future journalists at Learn South Chicago sharpen skills on school’s newscast (COMMENT: Much of what GAO Analysts do is very similar to what journalists do. I was a GAO Analyst for almost 18 years, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 Levels, currently $115,439-$150,075/year.)

— Dozens arrested at pro-Palestinian demonstration on Art Institute of Chicago campus. According to police and museum officials, an estimated 50 people were arrested for criminal trespass to property after failing to disperse from the Art Institute’s downtown campus.
— Mayor’s proposal to relocate migrants from downtown shelter to Chicago’s South Side faces opposition. Located just blocks away from Guaranteed Rate Field, the proposed shelter would be located in a building near Canal Street and Pershing Road in the city’s 11th Ward. – Vi Nguyen

— Chicago Police arrest dozens of pro-Palestinian protesters outside Art Institute
— Pro-Palestinian protesters face off with police at Art Institute in downtown Chicago – Sara Machi
— Chicago high school sees 100% of its grads accepted to college (COMMENT: When you were in high school, were you viewed as being “college material.” I was not.)

— Dozens arrested after pro-Palestinian demonstrators rally at Art Institute of Chicago

— Dozens of pro-Palestinian protesters arrested outside Art Institute of Chicago

— About 50 protesters arrested from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as campus unrest continues
— Democrats ever-increasingly push more pot. Pot is poison.
— Blame for pension problem is pinned on the wrong people – Paul Breit, Tinley Park

— Nearly 70 arrested as police clear pro-Palestinian encampment at Art Institute of Chicago. Police said the museum asked them to clear the encampment on Saturday, hours after organizers set up a number of tents in the Art Institute’s North Garden that they said was intended to pressure the school to disclose its investments, give amnesty to demonstrators and divest from those supporting the “occupation of Palestine.” – Violet Miller and Kade Heather
— Democrats and RINOs ever-increasingly blame “extremists” for the problems that those who are the following have: minority, female, younger, LGBTQ, non-Protestant, non-Italian American, non-German American, have ancestors who have not been in America for a long time, in America illegally, boozers, gamblers, stoners, criminals, etc.
— Is a tax on services in Illinois’ future? Pritzker no longer rules it out. Gov. J.B. Pritzker unexpectedly backed off his longstanding opposition to taxing services as lawmakers search for ways to fund and reform the Chicago region’s mass transit system. – Rich Miller (COMMENT: What qualifications do you have for the services that you provide? Mine include serving as the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000 and as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999. They include what I learned working for GAO as an Analyst for almost 18 years, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 Levels, currently $115,439-$150,075/year. They include what I learned serving as the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman 2005-2012 and as an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007.)

— Illinois voters could be asked about IVF coverage, millionaire tax in November – ALEX DEGMAN

— Democrats ever-increasingly promote more abortion.

— Pro-Palestine Encampment Enters Seventh Day on Quad


Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform. The Republican Party platform is conservative. For your congressional district, who represents you on the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Convention Platform and Resolution Committee? Has the IRP and/or your IRP State Central Committee (SCC) member provided you with his/her contact information? The committee’s first meeting had been scheduled for April 29. I have been removed from that committee. – Dave Diersen

The following are questions for the IRP State Convention Platform and Resolution Committee members and for the IRP SCC members who appointed them:

— Do you want direct election of IRP SCC members,
— Do you accept the personal responsibility plank, that is, do you oppose the promotion of dependency on government and charity,
— Do you accept the traditional marriage and family plank, that is, do you oppose the promotion of LGBTQ,
— Do you accept the right to life plank, that is, do you oppose the promotion of abortion,
— Do you accept E-Verify and the enforcement of immigration law plank, that is, do you oppose the promotion of illegal immigration,
— Do you accept the Second Amendment rights plank, that is, do you oppose diminishment of those rights,
— Do you accept the discouragement of vices plank, that is, do you oppose the promotion of booze, gambling, pot, and other vices,
— Do you accept the equal opportunity plank, that is, do you oppose race and gender based preference giving, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination?

Should I write about news organizations and other organizations that act like they do not want me to include links to their articles in GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters? – Dave Diersen

— Kenneally v. Illinois State Medical Society on DCFS’ Being Allowed Not to Notify State’s Attorneys of Drugged Mothers Who Give Birth


— ‘Tortured Poets’ by Taylor Swift exposes troubling worldview for Christian listeners, parents.

— From Idealism to Irresponsibility: Comparing College Protests Then and Now – Roger Kimball

— Pro-Palestinian Encampment at University of Chicago Demands Reparations, Defunding Police – ELIZABETH WEIBEL

— Texas college uses alumni group to organize LGBT graduation – Brendan McDonald

— Google Reverses Decision To Ban Trump Ad Targeting Biden On Inflation, Illegal Immigration – Ryan Saavedra

— College campus chaos works in Republicans favor. Collegiate unrest and the war in the Middle East are dividing Democrats, and Republicans are making sure voters know ahead of the election. – Chad Pergram
— Anti-Israel protesters arrested after breaking into Chicago Art Institute building. At least 50 people were arrested Saturday after protesters barricaded a campus building, officials said.
— Anti-Israel groups accuse Chicago, DNC of trying to ‘protect’ Biden from protests at 2024 Dem convention. A coalition of anti-Israel agitators hope to protest at the Democratic National Convention to take their message ‘directly’ to President Biden. – Kyle Morris
— ‘Stop the invasion’: Migrant flights in battleground state ignite bipartisan backlash from lawmakers. A sheriff told Fox News Digital that Wednesday was just ‘one of many instances’ where migrants have come to Montana seeking asylum. – Aubrie Spady, Adam Shaw

— Another Government Agency Falls for DEI Quackery. – IAN KINGSBURY (COMMENT: Democrat and RINO leaders ever-increasingly shout at those who are the following that Republicans cause all their problems: minority, female, younger, LGBTQ, non-Protestant, non-Italian American, non-German American, have ancestors who have not been in America for a long time, in America illegally, boozers, gamblers, stoners, criminals, etc.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services won’t let tragedy go to waste. A newly released report implicates “discrimination” in 70 percent of pregnancy-related deaths in the state and recommends a suite of leftist policies to remedy this alleged epidemic of hatred. Yet a quick diagnosis — free from political bias — reveals that the report and its conclusions are ideology masquerading as science.)

— The Selfish Idiocy of Modern, Woke ‘Martyrs’ – CATHERINE SALGADO

— Democrat Accused of ‘Deliberately’ Misleading Arizona House to Host Drag Story Hour at the Capitol – Sarah Arnold


— MAGA Is Demoting the Anti-Abortion Forces It Once Coddled – Michelle Goldberg (COMMENT: What changes do Trump want to the Republican Party platform?)
— At Donor Retreat, Trump Calls Biden Administration the ‘Gestapo’ – Maggie Haberman and Shane Goldmacher
— Chief Counsel at R.N.C. Pushed Out After Two Months on the Job. Charlie Spies, a veteran election-law lawyer, had been under attack since soon after he joined the Republican National Committee in March. – Maggie Haberman
— Politics Without Trump? His Youngest Fans Barely Remember It. Democrats call Donald J. Trump dangerous. Republicans see him as revolutionary. For young Trump voters, he is just normal. – Charles Homans (COMMENT: I am 75. I have ever-increasingly followed government and politics and especially since I became a postal employee when I was 18.)
— From Free Speech to Free Palestine: Six Decades of Student Protest. The protests against Israel’s war in Gaza are merely the latest in a tradition of student-led, left-leaning activism dating back at least to the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War protests of the 1960s. – Richard Fausset (COMMENT: Beyond overwhelmingly, my UIC and NIU classmates opposed the Vietnam War.)

— Democrats ever-increasingly crow about their success in getting religion to promote LGBTQ.
— Democrats ever-increasingly promote more LGBTQ.

— College protests updates: Police arrest dozens at Art Institute of Chicago
— Trump will speak at the Libertarian National Convention as he woos independent voters – AP (COMMENT: Because I have always opposed pot, Libertarian plants in the following have always worked very hard against me: Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Milton Township Republican Organization, Illinois, DuPage County, Milton Township, Wheaton, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Illinois Center Right Coalition, etc.)

— ‘No Bailouts for Campus’: Will Joe Biden block anti-Israel protesters from getting student loan forgiveness? – Shweta Kukreti

— Democrat and RINO employers ever-increasingly promote more illegal immigration.

— What’s Your Retirement Number? (COMMENT: I should write a book about being forced into early retirement.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: What will it take for you to retire comfortably? For years, people would contact me to help them figure out their “NUMBER”, as if there were one magic number that anybody could use. A recent oft-quoted survey from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance tried to boil the results down to one number and (drumroll, please) it is $1.46 million, up “a whopping 53% from the $951,000 target Americans reported in 2020.” Obviously, the survey result number is much higher than the median ($86,900) or mean ($333,940) amount of money held in a retirement account, according to the Federal Reserve. It is unclear how respondents determined their numbers. My guess is that they had $1 million in their heads and then tried to factor in inflation and longer life expectancy to come up with some number that vaguely resembled their specific number.)

— Why So Many Men are Bad at Retirement. Older men today came of age amid the social upheavals of the 1960s and ’70s, but their formative years were deeply planted in the traditional world of segregation and sexual stereotyping. – DAWN FALLIK (COMMENT: I should write a book about being forced into early retirement.)

— Velma Butler motivated me to pass the CPA examination and to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980.
(FROM THE 1978 REPORT: Velma Butler, auditor, spoke on “The Advantages of Being a CPA and the Opportunities Available to Young People in the Accounting Profession,” at the Archdiocese of Chicago Schools, Aug. 19.)

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.