November 14 Evening Edition

— Impeachment Hearings: Democrats simplify President Trump’s alleged Ukraine actions as ‘bribery’ – AP
— Chicago casino bill fails in Springfield – Craig Wall

— Lightfoot Walks Back Comments Accusing Uber of ‘Paying Off’ Black Ministers

— House Approves Cap On Insulin Costs, Plan Returns To Senate – AP

— Students disciplined after racist video sparks fight in Tinley Park high school
— Pritzker backs better lobbyist disclosure; House overwhelmingly approves measure

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot firms look to hit jackpot in Friday lottery to determine locations of city’s 1st recreational shops – Tom Schuba
— Chicago casino plan craps out in waning hours of veto session The House “needs to stop the regionalism and take a leap of faith that will allow Chicago to move forward appropriately and responsibly with a casino,” State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago said. – Tina Sfondeles and Mitchell Armentrout
— Illinois Senate President John Cullerton to retire after more than a decade as Dem leader The Chicago Democrat told the Senate Democratic caucus on Thursday that he plans to retire next year. – Tina Sfondeles
— Lightfoot comes up empty in Springfield; No wonder she tamped down expectations in advance The rookie mayor came up empty on both of her top priorities. – Fran Spielman
— Once recreational pot is legal in Chicago, beware of overly harsh penalties for abuses It will make no sense for cops to confiscate somebody’s car because they found a bag of weed, or to impose a $500 fine for smoking in public. – Editorial

— Illinois House adjourns without addressing Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s request to overhaul taxes for Chicago casino – DAN PETRELLA and JOHN BYRNE
— Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot keeps up attack on Uber, which still denies her allegations the company sought to pay black ministers to fight her plan – JOHN BYRNE
— Embattled Ald. Edward Burke faces challenge for Democratic committeeman post – RICK PEARSON
— Illinois lawmakers approve measure to cap insulin cost at $100 for 30-day supply – JAMIE MUNKS
— Illinois Senate passes public safety pension consolidation plan, giving Gov. J.B. Pritzker a big fall session win – JAMIE MUNKS
— How much credit should corporations get for the advancement of LGBTQ rights? – AP (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout a) glorify and praise LGBTQers, b) pander to LGBTQers, c) give money to LGBTQers, and d) destroy individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that do not promote LGBTQ activity.)

— Pension consolidation coming to suburban fire and police departments – Marni Pyke
— Police report: ‘Miscommunication’ strained racial confrontation at Buffalo Wild Wings in Naperville – Marie Wilson

— Senate President John Cullerton to retire Capitol sources tell Crain’s the announcement came in a caucus of Democratic Senate members shortly after the Legislature adjourned for the year. – GREG HEINZ

— Ethics commission, watered down disclosure bill head to governor House Republicans grudgingly support proposals they claim are partisan, lacking – JERRY NICKI

— Skillicorn Criticizes House Passage of Price Controls on Insulin 
— Republicans Continue Pressure on Dems to Pass Ethics Legislation, Dems Counter with Task Force Proposal 
— Skillicorn Joins Super-Majority in Police and Fire Pension Consolidation

— Laurie Higgins Addresses “Trans” Ideology – David E. Smith
— GOP Needs to Ignore Media’s ‘Advice’ and Go Smart, Not Left – Robert Knight

— The greatest peril: A divided GOP – Jennifer Harper

— McCarthy brands Schiff a liar, Pelosi accuses Trump of bribery as impeachment war heats up – Brooke Singman

— How Journalists Became Fahrenheit 451–Style ‘Firemen’ – Jack Cashill

— Bill Clinton to Trump: Ignore Impeachment, Pass Gun Control Now — ‘You Got Hired to Do a Job’ – Pam Key
— Donald Trump Asks Supreme Court to Block Subpoena for His Taxes – AP

— Chick-Fil-A Food Truck Triggers Oregon Students, Sparks Walkout – Emily Zanotti

— Immigration Enforcement Is Not Racism – Clarence McKee

— Republican National Committee to Hold Meeting at Trump Doral Resort The party confirmed that its winter gathering would take place at the Florida hotel, continuing a pattern of its giving business to the president’s company. – Eric Lipton

— RNC to hold winter meetings at Trump resort that was considered for G-7 summit – David A. Fahrenthold and Michael Scherer
— The Trump card: Congress is more polarized now than during past impeachments Partisanship is both a sword and a shield for the president. – Philip Bump

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.