November 17 Evening Edition

— Pritzker campaign asks for dismissal of racial discrimination suit – AP (DIERSEN: Federal judges kept my lawsuit against GAO alive for almost 7 years 1998-2005. SEE:
— Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus discusses economic issues affecting Latinos (DIERSEN: What are your demographics? What economic issues affect those who share your demographics?)


— Mayoral Candidates Can Begin Filing Petitions Monday Mayoral candidates for the upcoming election need 12,500 signatures – from registered voters who have signed only one petition – Mary Ann Ahern (DIERSEN: What offices will be on the April 2, 2019 ballot in your precinct? Which candidates are circulating petitions for those offices?)


— Trump jumps in to offer help to Democrat Pelosi’s speaker bid – AP


— Correction: Media-CNN vs Trump story In a story Nov. 14 about CNN’s lawsuit against the Trump administration, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the AP and other news organizations had filed an amicus brief in support of CNN on Wednesday. The amicus brief has not been filed yet. – AP–media-cnn-vs-trump-20181114-story.html


— With changing political landscape, outgoing state Sen. Rooney saw defeat coming – Christopher Placek (DIERSEN: How successful were the Democrats in your precinct in a) promoting hatred against Trump and b) getting voters to punish Trump by voting for Democrats?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Outgoing Republican state Sen. Tom Rooney of Rolling Meadows is staying out of elected politics for now — if not at least keeping a toe in his local GOP organization in an effort to build it back into a party of ideas, he said. But Rooney, considered a moderate in some Republican circles, said he doesn’t see an immediate path forward for the party in suburban elections. He attributed his recent narrow defeat at the polls to suburban dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump. “Absolutely no doubt people had nationalized this election, and quite frankly I spoke to people at doors who said, ‘Sorry, I’m not doing anything with an R,'” said Rooney, a Marco Rubio presidential delegate who even wrote in the Florida senator on the 2016 general election ballot. “The suburban vote is tough for Republicans at this point.”)
— Election shows how gerrymandering is difficult to overcome – AP
— Four DuPage towns (Aurora, Downers Grove, Naperville and Wheaton) begin the 2019 election process on Monday – Robert Sanchez
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In Wheaton, Mayor Michael Gresk and two at-large council members — Suzanne Fitch and John Prendiville — have terms that expire in May. Gresk, first elected in 2007, is stepping down after three terms. Prendiville and Councilman Phil Suess already have announced that they will run to succeed Gresk. That means no incumbent will be running for Prendiville’s at-large seat on the council. Fitch has said she intends to seek re-election to her at-large seat. The Wheaton City Council is composed of six representatives and the mayor. Four council members represent the city’s four voting districts, while two members and the mayor are elected at-large.)
— Filing period begins Monday for candidates in Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates
— Local elections need citizen candidates – Editorial (DIERSEN: Based on the tremendous success that Democrats had in promoting hatred against Trump and getting voters to punish Trump by voting for Democrats in November 6, 2018 election, we should expect that Democrats will do that again for the April 2, 2019 election.)


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— Democrats Can’t Dig Illinois Out Of Debt, Ives Says – CRAIG DELLIMORE


— Rauner loses first week of veto session – Doug Finke


— NIU-area precincts vote dark blue – Eric Olson


— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Another new form of gambling in Illinois — betting on ‘historical’ horse races — moves closer to approval – Robert McCoppin


— With Pritzker backing idea, prospect of legal marijuana should prompt IL cities, others to prepare: Attorney – Karen Kidd (DIERSEN: If recreational pot is legalized in Illinois, but if municipalities can stop its sale in their jurisdictions, I will lead the effort to get Wheaton to be the first city to vote to stop the sale of pot in its jurisdiction.)


— Just because your foe fails, doesn’t mean you’re a success – Scott Reeder


— Another 3,300 Caravan Migrants Arrive in Tijuana, Says Mexico – Robert Arce


— Trump and the Decline of the Suburban Republican – RAMESH PONNURU


— America’s Election Grid Remains a Patchwork of Vulnerabilities – Mike McIntire, Michael Wines and Alan Blinder


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Trump nearly succeeds in purging women from House GOP.”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “GOP’s Woman Problem Just Got Worse.”

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.