November 1 Evening Edition

— Rauner public approval drops in new poll – John Dempsey

— ‘Babies Before Bezos’: Union protests $2 billion for Amazon bid amid child care cuts – John Byrne
— Ex-Gov. Pat Quinn is back among the living pols – Charles Selle
— McMahon won’t seek nomination for Illinois attorney general – Hannah Leone
— Orland Park taking new look at video gambling after complaints from business owners – Mike Nolan
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In the message, the clerk said that allowing video gambling would change “the look and feel of Orland Park as we know it.” “I share in the concern of many residents who think this is a ramp up to a road to ruin,” Mehalek said in the letter. “We are better than that.” He is encouraging residents to voice their “opinions and concerns” at next Monday’s Village Board meeting, although no formal discussion of the topic is expected to be on the board’s agenda.)

— Union uses Amazon argument to push for universal child care – Fran Spielman
— Emanuel says Chicago will learn from NYC terror attack – Fran Spielman
— Governors’ ad for Rauner misses the point – Editorial
— Senator named at harassment hearing stripped of leadership post – Tina Sfondeles

— Suburban lawmaker Steve Reick says anti-harassment effort needs to ‘name names’ – Kerry Lester
— Americans are really stressing out about the nation’s future – Bloomberg (DIERSEN: Members of Group A want not only to stress out members of Group B, they want to get rid of members of Group B. Members of Group A 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, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors and members of Group B are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— LaHood unsure who he’ll support for governor – Bernard Schoenburg

— Rauner returns to headline DeKalb County Economic Development Corp. annual dinner – Paul Borek

— Blumenshine tries to unseat Rep. Brady in Republican Primary – Howard Packowitz

— Straight talk on Illinois’ budget deficit – Dennis Byrne

— Kane County State’s Attorney Joseph McMahon Endorses Erika Harold

— Ives points to Palatine as evidence of need to let taxpayers in on school contracts – W.J. Kennedy

— Wehrli demands immediate action on legislative inspector general – Angela Underwood
— Conservative base could be concrete step in Ives’ bid to oust Rauner – Glenn Minnis

— County Clerk Candidate Joe Tirio Had $8,800 in the Bank at the End of September
— Reducing Levy 5%, Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser Urges Other Tax Districts to Reduce Theirs 1%
— McConnaughay Introduces Bill to Increase Power of County Board Chairman

— As more harassment claims made at Capitol, lawmakers ask why inspector general post remains vacant – Cole Lauterbach

— Rep. Reick (R-Harvard) says he will refuse to take sexual harassment training (DIERSEN: The federal government requires all its employee to take such training. Overwhelmingly, the training presumes that a) Protestants harass non-Protestants, b) conservatives harass liberals, c) patriotic people harass non-patriotic people, d) Republicans harass Democrats, e) Americans harass non-Americans, f) Whites harass non-Whites, g) males harass females, h) older people harass younger people, i) rich people harass poor people, j) gun owners harass non-gun owners, k) German Americans harass non-German Americans, and/or l) those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time harass those whose ancestors have not been in America for a long time.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: I said above that I have no sympathy for those who think that they’re entitled to act like boorish clods. The reason I have no use for it is that I was brought up that way, I had parents who taught me that human nature is imperfectible and it was my job to resist the baser instincts to which we’re all subject. In that regard, Senator Steans is right, training won’t be enough. Nothing will be enough until human nature bends toward androgyny. But if my colleagues want me to sign on to this, they’re certainly not doing it the right way. I’m not saying I’m blameless, but I’m damned sure not going to allow myself to be painted with their broad brush, nor will I subject myself to whatever “training” is imposed. By implying that I’m part of the problem simply by occupying a seat on the House floor or through the accident of birth of having been born male, they’re giving me every reason to say “no”. I assume the culture extends beyond Ira Silvertein. If they want my support, then name names.)
— Ives roundup (DIERSEN: If Mitchell had dealt with the sharp, sarcastic, sardonic, mordant, trenchant, cutting, razor-edged, biting, piercing, stinging, searing, scathing, caustic, bitter, acrimonious, astringent, abrasive, harsh, wounding, hurtful, unkind, cruel, virulent, vitriolic, venomous, malicious, vicious, mordacious, manipulative, divisive, destructive, belittling, dismissing, arrogant, bombastic, condescending, nasty, rude, crude, mean, threatening, and even worse “Republican” activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. that I have dealt with since 1999, he would not be critical of Ives.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: She has an acerbic personality, Mitchell said.)

— New York attack: Time to suspend Islamic immigration? – BRYAN FISCHER

— Singer asked whites to move to back of audience, people of color to move to front. Then it got ugly.

— Latino Victory Fund pulls hate ad showing GOP truck terrorizing children of color
— What 65.5 Million Non-English Speakers Means For America
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The memories of those many hours I spent teaching rushed back to me as I read the Census Bureau report that in 2016 a record 65.5 million people age five or older speak a language other than English at home, a total that has increased six million since 2010, and more than 34 million since 1990. The largest increases from 2010 to 2016 were among Spanish speakers, up 3.5 million; Chinese, up 564,000; Arabic, up 366,000; Hindi, up 201,000; Telugu, up 143,000; Vietnamese, up 129,000; Tagalog, up 128,000; Haitian, up 109,000; Bengali, up 101,000; Tamil, up 89,000, and Urdu, up 86,000. Telugu and Tamil are spoken in India, and Tagalog is the national language of the Philippines; Bengali is spoken in India and is also the national language of Bangladesh. Huge increases in the non-English speaking population – now more than one in every five households converses in a language other than English – don’t surprise me. As I entered the second half of my teaching career, the special green card and refugee programs ended, and the school district replaced them with open enrollment sessions. Enrollment became more diverse – more immigrant students from different corners of the world. In the end and sadly, however, few students demonstrated a commitment to learning English. That is, when they left the classroom, they returned to their homes in ethnic enclaves, and resumed speaking their native language. In California, not speaking English was particularly easy since most every government and retail service is offered in multiple languages. Learning a new language is hard, and more challenging when there’s no pressing need to adapt linguistically. But one statistic in the Census data jumped out at me. Many of those who speak a foreign language at home aren’t immigrants, but rather are born in the United States – 44 percent, or 29 million, of the 65.5 million. The U.S. born citizens, then, grow up in a household where the heads of family don’t speak English. My final takeaway from two decades of English language instruction was that the experience was personally enriching, but with generous amounts of frustration included in the mix. I would tell my students that to fully take advantage of the American way, English is essential. Without English, newcomers are limited to an unsatisfying life of low-paying jobs or welfare dependency. To Congress, pause in the unsustainable policy of admitting one million legal immigrants annually. Maintaining the current immigration pace guarantees an increasingly fractured America.)

— Latino group’s race-baiting ad insults all hard-working Americans – MARY VOUGHT

— Trump Officials Rebuff GAO Auditors – Charles S. Clark (DIERSEN: I worked for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $79,563-$90,173. I worked for GAO for almost 18 years, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $94,610-$122,991. It is outrageous that Democrat politicians wasted my knowledge of IRS and GAO, but it is even more outrageous that Republicans wasted my knowledge of IRS and GAO.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: GAO’s enabling legislation goes back to the 1921 Budget and Accounting Act and threads through updated audit-related laws in 1945, 1950, 1970, 1974, 1984, 1990 and 1994. It began with a broad role of investigating “all matters relating to the receipt, disbursement, and application of public funds” and to “make recommendations looking to greater economy or efficiency in public expenditures,” its website says. Such authority was later expanded to include audits of financial statements, program evaluation and contractor protests. “For the vast majority of agencies we deal with, we get very good cooperation and are able to access the data we need,” GAO spokesman Chuck Young told Government Executive, adding that “Like anything, there are some exceptions. In those instances where we hit a roadblock, we elevate the issue within that agency, and here at GAO, and typically can get issues resolved.” GAO’s tendency to try to negotiate agency resistance was confirmed by David Walker, who led GAO as comptroller general from 1998-2008. “We had a general process for accepting engagements and a review process,” he said in an interview. “After agreeing to accept [a project], we would have a meeting every week to talk about how the engagements progress was going and ask, ‘Are we having difficulty obtaining access to records or other challenges in executing GAO’s statutory responsibilities?’” Walker explained. “We rarely had access problems, and when we did, we’d try to work through them, and in most cases we were able to.” The notable exceptions, added Walker, who is now running for governor of Connecticut, required the agency to issue a “demand” letter to a non-cooperating agency.)

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.