November 13, 2023


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: City ID card event cancellations frustrate migrants desperate for official identification – Alice Yin and Laura Rodríguez Presa
— FRONT PAGE WITH PICTURE: Families lament, public school advocates celebrate end of controversial scholarship tax credit – Jeremy Gorner, Dan Petrella and Alysa Guffey (COMMENT: My father, grandfather, great grandfather, and great great grandfather all had less money because they all sent their children to Trinity Lutheran Grade School in Crete.)

— Pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protesters rally in Chicago, Northbrook. A large gathering in Streeterville sought to draw attention to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, while in Northbrook, pro-Israeli demonstrators call for the release of nearly 240 hostages being held by Hamas. – Phyllis Cha and Violet Miller

— Bullying and intimidation have no place at City Hall. Or do they? – Editorial

— At least 15 shot, 5 killed in weekend gun violence across city
— Pro-Palestinian protesters march down Michigan Avenue as Northbrook demonstrators support Israel – Michelle Gallardo
— Chicago migrants get help with work authorization paperwork from attorneys at legal aid clinic – Sarah Schulte
— Helping Veterans Experiencing Homelessness – Kay Cesinger

— Chicago weekend shootings: 6 dead, 12 others hurt – JERAMIE BIZZLE

— Pro-Palestinian protesters gather in Downtown Chicago while pro-Israel protestors rally in Northbrook – Angelica Sanchez

— Trump unveils ambitious 2nd term agenda: mass deportation, new Muslim ban, tariffs on all imports – Jill Colvin
— Minimum wage to increase for Illinois workers in January Workers in Illinois aged 18 and older who currently earn the minimum wage can expect a pay increase starting in January. The state will raise the minimum wage from $13 to $14 per hour. (COMMENT: I worked for the minimum wage 1964-1966. It was $1.25/hour, and adjusted for inflation, it was $12.21/hour. I washed dishes in the basement of the S.S. Kresge in Chicago Heights 4 evenings a week and Saturdays while I was a Junior and Senior at Crete-Monee High School and full-time during the summer in between. With the money that I earned and saved, I bought a new 1966 Pontiac Tempest Sprint in May of 1966 (a poor man’s GTO), to use to commute to/from classes at UIC and my parents’ home in Crete.)

— Chicago Democrat leaders ever-increasingly promote more illegal immigration.

— Illinois ranked 29th in healthcare due to quality, cost – Kate Steven

— House Republicans grapple with abortion messaging and policies after election losses – Emily Brooks
— Nikki Haley will launch a $10M ad campaign to try to overtake Ron DeSantis in the GOP primary – AP

— Democrat leaders ever-increasingly promote more illegal immigration.

— Morning Briefing


— Proft: ‘Sex is not assigned by a doctor, it’s determined by God’

— Lake in the Hills Trump Supporter Pleads Guilty to January 6th Charges
— How Bad Was Air Quality This Summer?
— McHenry Township Republicans Elect Officer Replacement
— Elections 2023: Trump Exhaustion Syndrome in Kentucky & Ohio Portends Awful Horror of 2024 Elections
— Woodstock Hobby Farmer Makes Front Page of the Sunday Tribune in Article about Canadian Forest Fire Smoke
— 7.8% Cut in Bond Payments at Cary Grade School District Partially Offsets 5.8% Operating Fund Tax Hike
— UPDATED: 2023 Mental Health Board Validation Legislation Passes, But with a 2nd Twist
— Chicago Teachers Union Gloats Over Illinois Being the First State to Kill School Vouchers
— Republican Position on Abortion?


— RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel pins election losses on candidates – Ramsey Touchberry (COMMENT: I should write a book about those Republican candidates on ballots in my precinct since 2000 who have blamed me the most for their defeats. I would focus on those who have taken the most/biggest adverse actions against me.)
— Republicans must go on the offensive and call out Democrats’ extremism to win 2024 elections. Talking about Biden’s age or incompetence doesn’t cut it. – Robert Knight
— Tim Scott announces he is dropping out of the 2024 race – Meg Kinnard
— Marjorie Taylor Greene makes case for impeaching DHS chief Mayorkas – Stephen Dinan

— Nikki Haley hits at Trump’s electability: ‘Drama and chaos follow him’ – Brady Knox (COMMENT: America did great while Trump was President.)
— I should write a book about LGBTQ-promoting Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, Independent plants, and RINOs who have taken the most biggest adverse actions against me since 2000.
— Ted Cruz calls college universities ‘the Wuhan lab of the woke virus’ – Asher Notheis
— Republicans navigate culture war setback on abortion – David Sivak

— Israel’s Enemies Get Away With Murder—And Human Shields and Genocide – Drew Holden

— Residents of rural Mexican town are struggling to cope with migrant crush — and say American cities should brace for impact. – Selim Algar
— Hamas AND ‘pro-Palestine’ protesters unite in wanting war to destroy Israel – Editorial
— Gay Israeli soldier proudly displays LGBTQ flag on Gaza soil in war against Hamas – David Propper
— Rabbis at woke colleges describe ‘unnerving’ antisemitism as campuses become hotbeds of hate – Reuven Fenton and Isabel Keane
— ‘SNL’-version of Trump finally appears at debate to roast GOP rivals – Ryan King
— 500K pro-Palestinian demonstrators mob London as American protest held near Biden’s Delaware mansion – Alyssa Guzman and Olivia Land

— The Damage of the ‘White Privilege’ Smear. It’s past time for Americans to reject all racial stereotyping. – Victor Davis Hanson

— A Deceitful Narrative Regarding the U.S. Civil War – Hugh Myers

— Air Force instructing ‘woke’ airmen on how to add their pronouns to signature – Vivek Saxena

— Tim Scott Drops Out of the 2024 Presidential Race – PAUL BOIS
— Wokeness, DEI, Target Jewish Community – Bari Weiss (COMMENT: My many liberal Jewish superiors and supervisors in the federal government promoted Affirmative Action, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion big time, that is, they gave lots of preference to their employees who were liberal, Democrat, minority, female, and/or younger, that is, they discriminated against their employees who were conservative, Republican, White, male, and/or older big time. They wasted my career and forced me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old and gave my job and my preferred corner office to my subordinate who was liberal, Democrat, Black, and younger.)

Our Society Is Run By The Wimpy, Weak And Woke – JOHN COOPER

— The Anti-White Racism Governing The Democrat Party Inevitably Spawns Violence – B.L. HAHN

— Chicago migrants return to Venezuela ahead of winter: ‘There’s nothing for us here’ The Illinois city has seen more than 19,000 migrants since August 2022 – Lindsay Kornick
— We recently spoke to Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz about his new book, Unwoke: How to Defeat Cultural Marxism in America.
— Pope Francis removes conservative Texas bishop who was critical of him. The pontiff asked Diocese of Tyler Bishop Joseph Strickland to resign on Thursday, but he refused. – Brie Stimson

— “It’s an anti-Western culture on campuses which is revealing itself as antisemitism” – William A. Jacobson

— Democrat leaders and RINO leaders ever-increasingly give more and more and more preference to young minorities and to young females to get rid of Republicans who are White and/or male. I should write a book about that.

— Putting Americans first: Trump’s REAL promises to fight illegal immigration, human trafficking in second term. Under Joe Biden, more than 7 million illegal immigrants have crossed into the US unlawfully. – Libby Emmons

— MTG Files Articles of Impeachment Against DHS Secretary After Two of Her Constituents Killed by Human Smugglers in Texas – SAVANAH HERNANDEZ


— Nikki Haley will launch a $10M ad campaign to try to overtake Ron DeSantis in the GOP primary – STEVE PEOPLES
— South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott abruptly ends 2024 presidential bid, shocking even his campaign staff – MEG KINNARD

— Chicago is so unpleasant migrants are fleeing BACK to Venezuela after being dumped in shelters and refused jobs, with 20,700 border crossers so-far bused to Dem-run ‘sanctuary city’ – Claudia Aoraha

— Democrats want Republican candidates to lose. Democrats promote DeSantis and Haley.
— House Speaker Mike Johnson’s plan to avert shutdown draws criticism from conservatives – David Jackson

— In Iowa, Ron DeSantis criticizes polls, says he’d succeed as GOP’s presidential nominee – Phillip Sitter

— As Migrants Keep Coming, El Paso Spends Millions to Keep Them Off the Streets. Record numbers of migrant families overwhelm nonprofits and camp downtown, prompting the city to spend $3.8 million for its first public shelter. – Alicia A. Caldwell
— School Choice Dies in Illinois. The union-Democratic machine kills scholarships for 9,600 poor children. Gov. J.B. Pritzker lets it happen. – Editorial
— ‘Insulin’ Review: A Century of Saved Lives. The 1921 discovery of insulin led to vastly improved diabetic care. But obstacles remain. – James S. Hirsch (COMMENT: My father fought brittle type 1 diabetes from childhood. I died suddenly in 1969 when he was 47 and I was 21.)
— With interest rates and prices high, Americans are postponing their home searches by years, not months. – Rachel Wolfe (COMMENT: I bought a new town home in University Park in 1972 when I was 24 years old. The downpayment came from what I had earned a) working for IRS in Chicago and then Harvey for the previous 15 months and b) working part-time for the Firestone Store in Chicago Heights for the previous 18 months and full-time for 7 months before that.)
— The Low-Wage Pay Surge Is Over, Threatening the Consumer Boom. While a loosening labor market is cutting into the leverage and spending power of workers at the bottom, they aren’t moving backward. – Amara Omeokwe (COMMENT: To qualify myself for better paying jobs, a) I earned a job-related bachelor’s degree in 1970 when I was 21, b) I earned job-related master’s degrees in 1976, 1980, and 1997, c) I earned job-related professional certifications in 1979, 1981, 1990, 1994, 1996, and 1997, and d) I earned a job-related professional license in 1981.)

— Democrats and RINOs reject the Supreme Court Affirmation Action (AA) decision because they use AA and DEI to get rid of Republicans.
— 8 Ways To Overcome Fear, Anxiety, And Stress To Enhance Effective Decision Making – Brent Gleeson (COMMENT: What decisions do you make every day? Mine include deciding which articles I should include links to in my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters and what comments if any I should make on them.)

— Voters are worried about Biden’s age. He knows it. – SHIA KAPOS (COMMENT: The issue is not Biden’s age. The issue is Biden’s health problems.)

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.