May19 Evening Edition

— Coronavirus Illinois Live: COVID-19 cases top 98K with over 4K deaths as Republicans criticize Pritzker’s order allowing businesses to be penalized – Jessica D’Onofrio
— Reopening Illinois: Rockford mayor calls for restaurants, childcare facilities to reopen on June 1 – Diane Pathieu

— Lawmakers Can Be Kicked Out of House for Not Wearing a Mask Under Madigan’s Proposed Rules At least three Republicans in the House had previously indicated that they would not be wearing face coverings when legislators return to Springfield on Wednesday
— Illinois Hits Significant Coronavirus Testing Milestone
— Illinois GOP Says Graduated Tax ‘Cash Grab’ Will Stifle Pandemic Recovery – John O’Connor
— Illinois Bar Sent Cease and Desist After Opening in Defiance of Stay-at-Home Order JB’s Hideout in Blue Mound, located just outside of Decatur and near Springfield, opened up on Friday for what owner Jason Bliesner called an “anti-corona party”
— States Accused of Fudging or Bungling COVID-19 Testing Data The result is Americans who are making decisions about reopening and other day-to-day risks are being left with a false impression – Michelle R. Smith, Colleen Long and Jeff Amy

— Illinois overtakes NY in COVID-19 testing per capita; state on track for Phase 3 by May 31

— Pritzker says state now leads nation in per capita daily COVID-19 tests as officials report 1,545 new known cases and 146 more deaths
— The glaring hole in Springfield’s to-do list: A corruption cleanup bill – Editorial
— Will masks be a magnet for racial profiling? Some African Americans put in a tough spot – NAOMI ISHISAKA

— 146 more Illinois coronavirus deaths, but state still on track for next stage of reopening
— Madigan to make masks a must? Speaker wants bare-faced members booted from session “Staff and members of the public not observing the rules will be asked to leave the premises immediately,” Madigan said “I look forward to focusing on the critical work needed to ensure our state can continue to respond to the COVID-19 health crisis and provide relief to people struggling around the state and not on needless distractions.” – Mitchell Armentrou
— A pandemic does not suspend the rule of law Courts are beginning to recognize that a government’s public health powers, while broad, are not a blank check. – Jacob Sullum

— 146 more dead from COVID-19, another 1,545 infections reported – Jake Griffin
— Bipartisan group seeks to reduce size of DuPage County Board – Robert Sanchez
— Elmhurst mayor to governor: Let us reopen sooner – Bob Smith

— Franks fined after refusing to disclose details about Illinois Integrity Fund ‘Friendly contempt’ order allows county board chairman to seek additional appeal – KATIE SMITH

— Illinois Republicans hope to block rules that making some business openings a crime – PETER HANCOCK

— Illinois GOP Take on Governor – Cole Lauterbach

— DuPage County Sheriff’s Office Won’t Enforce Stay-At-Home Order
— Chamber of Commerce hosts Virtual Town Hall with Lawmakers

— Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has been spending time in Wisconsin during quarantine – Tess Klein

— Pritzker expresses concerns after Reopen Illinois rallies – Mike Miletich

— President Trump calls out Pritzker for coronavirus response efforts

— Illinois Has Most Coronavirus Restrictions In Country: Study Here’s how strict Illinois has been with its stay-at-home order compared to other U.S. states, according to WalletHub. – Rebecca Bream

— Elmhurst Mayor Keeps Emergency Powers The City Council extends the emergency powers for Mayor Steve Morley, who is calling for the governor to end his stay-at-home order. – David Giuliani

— Will coronavirus-related job losses eventually return? Chicago Booth scholar estimates 42% of pandemic-related layoffs could be permanent

— Jack Franks Held in Indirect Contempt of Court & Fined $100 a Day for Refusing to Answer Questions in Illinois Integrity Fund Suit by County Clerk Joe Tirio
— Millionaire Jack Franks Wants to Cut Salaries of Lower Income Elected Officials
— Photos from Woodstock’s Friday Rally Against Pritzker’s Coronavirus Order

— Governor Pritzker’s financial disclosure raises questions – you may not like the answer – KIRK ALLEN
— Pritzker’s nightmare hit the court docket in Clay County today – Legal Brief in Support of Darren Bailey Motion for Summary Judgment – KIRK ALLEN

— JB’s Hideout gets hit with a cease and desist order
— 1,545 new cases, 146 additional deaths
— Dr. Ezike upbeat about latest numbers – Pritzker says no to lump-sum budget – Dr. Ezike talks data challenges, death counts – With $240 million spent on purchases, Pritzker says state watching for fraud – Pritzker says new emergency rule will be re-tooled in 10 days – Refuses to bend to mayors – Dr. Ezike talks excess deaths – “Disgusted by the failure of so many people” to call out extremism at rallies – Will be in Springfield Wednesday – “Optimistic that we are falling from a peak” – Dr. Ezike says it will take some time to see if peak has passed – “The very definition of a blind trust is that it’s blind” – Again commits to making full pension payment – Defends decision not to cut staff – Addresses mask scam – Can’t do widespread testing without more tests – Dr. Ezike says feds urge go-slow on nursing home visits
— COVID-19 roundup
— Madigan proposes changes to House rules requiring masks, temperature checks – Violators could be removed by vote of the chamber
— Some of what you can expect this week
— A poorly drafted rule is causing unnecessary panic and may even be unneeded

— House Democrats just informed the Supreme Court that they may impeach President Trump again by the end of this year – Phil Shiver
— California governor says first responders will be ‘first ones laid off’ without federal government bailout Economic shutdowns taking their toll – Aaron Colen (DIERSEN: GAO employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who had not made GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40 were gotten rid of first by the Democrats who ran GAO in response to Republican-led budget cuts during the 1980s and 1990s.)

— Rep. Rodney Davis to Newsmax TV: Dems Want to Weaponize Election Process With Ballot Harvesting – Solange Reyner

— IL Governor Pritzker Announces What Will Happen to Business People Who Defy Restrictions – RICK MORAN

— How Long Should We Keep Bribing People Not to Work? – ROBERT VERBRUGGEN

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “We Can Prevent a Great Depression. It’ll Take $10 Trillion. Don’t think of that number as “big” or “bold.” Just think of it as the appropriate dosage for a once-in-a-century economic affliction.”

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.