November 11 Evening Edition

— Trump says he should have left UCLA players in Chinese jail – KATHERINE FAULDERS


— Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Hold Forum – Mary Ann Ahern (DIERSEN: When will the Republican gubernatorial candidates hold a forum?)—democratic-governors-candidate-forum_Chicago-458630443.html


— Emanuel’s 2018 budget surrounded by red flags – Fran Spielman


— GOP tax plan would have Illinoisans paying a tax on a tax – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Washington
(FROM THE LETTER: Let me try to follow the tortured logic of your editorial of Nov. 15, “Illinois’ giant pacifier tastes like SALT.” I oppose the GOP tax plan because it gives permanent tax breaks to the wealthy and a mixed bag of temporary tax breaks and tax increases to middle-income families. Particularly objectionable to Illinois is the reduction or elimination of the deductibility of state and local taxes (SALT) from federally taxable income. Itemizers in our state under these Republican plans will indeed pay a federal tax on Illinois income taxes paid, as well as sales taxes and property taxes. In brief, the GOP tax plan will have Illinoisans paying a tax on a tax. You defend the elimination of this deduction on federal returns because it lessens the impact of the state and local taxes on our families. You call this deduction “a pacifier.” This “pacifier” is currently worth $24 billion to Illinois families. This is hard-earned money they don’t have to send to Washington. It’s a real break that lessens the impact of state and local taxes on the savings of families in our state.)
— Aldermen, start asking: What’s in those labor contracts? – Editorial
— Dolton schools paid for board member to get 2-day grant training, hired her for $110K grant-writing job – Zak Koeske (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. In today’s dollars, my starting salary at IRS in 1971 was $44,853 and ending salary in 1980 was $90,173. In today’s dollars, my starting salary at GAO in 1980 was $71,326 and ending salary in 1997 was $122,991.)
— Talk Show Host Dan Proft to Headline local Christmas Benefit Luncheon


— Public transportation rates rise, RTA chairman Kirk Dillard says current budget is not sustainable – Rick Pearson
— WTTW’s Amanda Vinicky talks about the race for governor


— Illinois state lawmakers believe Illinois on right path to address sexual harassment Republican Anderson and Democrat Halpin press for accountability – Jim Niedelman


— COD wins battle for the old Glen Ellyn police station


— University of Illinois graduate instructor Tariq Khan has been arrested for assaulting two conservative students at an anti-Trump protest this past Thursday – Timothy Meads


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps encourage people to come to America illegally, to stay in America illegally, and to bring others to America illegally. Anti-Trumps want anti-Trumps to take over America.


— Guess what party Roy Moore and Donald Trump belonged to during their indiscretions – Brian C. Joondeph
— Mall Never Banned Moore and Other Lies – Daniel John Sobieski (DIERSEN: Who wants to ban you from their events? The following want to ban me from their events: those who 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. They would love it if activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. who claim to conservative and/or Republican as well as the Milton Township Republican Central Committee, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultant, etc. WOULD OFFICIALLY BAN ME FROM THEIR EVENTS.)


— A University of Illinois graduate instructor was arrested for assaulting two students during an anti-Trump protest Thursday, stealing the phone of one student and throwing it on the sidewalk. Tariq Khan charged the students in a rage after one of them mocked the 39-year-old by asking, “Don’t you have anything better to do? Don’t you have kids?” After accusing the students of threatening his children, Khan chased after one of them, stealing his phone and hurling it to the sidewalk. – Andrew Minik


— Dems eager to use tax bill against GOP in ’18 – BEN KAMISAR AND LISA HAGEN


— White House: No, Trump isn’t jet-lagged but full of energy – ZEKE MILLER (DIERSEN: What shows that you have energy? Since 2004, I have put together and sent out a GOPUSA ILLINOIS email each and every morning, and since 2015, each and every evening too. Those emails have included links to almost 287,400 articles and information on many upcoming events.)


— Democrats see backlash over Republicans’ tax bill as a key to winning in the suburbs – David Weigel
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Coming off Election Day wins from Seattle to Long Island, Democrats are starting to see the shape of a new majority, built on a potential suburban backlash to changes in the tax code. “It’s incredible,” said Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), a vice chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee who has helped the party recruit candidates in suburban west coast districts. “I don’t understand why they think raising taxes on the middle class to benefit the rich would be better for them electorally than doing nothing at all.”)


— A middle-class tax cut? Hardly. – DOYLE MCMANUS


— Senate Tax Reform Bill Must Include Housing Incentives (DIERSEN: Mortgage interest and real estate taxes being deductible a) encouraged me to buy a new town home in 1972 when I was 24 years old, a studio condo in 1974, and a one bedroom condo in 1976 and b) encouraged my wife and I to buy a home in 1978 and to have one built in 1984.)
(FROM THE AD: With the House passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, NAHB is focused on pressing the Senate to include meaningful housing tax incentives for middle class families and critical tax relief for the small business community. The Senate has an important opportunity to deliver significant tax reform that benefits more than just major corporations. The House bill hurts hard-working families, threatens affordable rental housing and puts small businesses at competitive disadvantage to corporations. The Senate bill offers positive signs that the needs of all Americans and small businesses will be considered. NAHB will continue to fight for their interests.)


— Donations pour in for Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore after he’s accused of sexual misconduct with minors – HANNAH PARRY


— FOR SALE: 426 West Elm Street, Wheaton – $318,900

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.