November 17 Evening Edition

— Illinois COVID-19: New IL restrictions announced as state reports 12,601 new coronavirus cases, 97 deaths All of Illinois moves into Tier 3 Mitigation Friday at 12:01 a.m.
— Facebook, Twitter CEOs pressed by Senate Judiciary Committee on election handling – AP

— 8,000 fraudulent voter registration applications submitted on behalf of homeless people in LA – Mary Stringini

— Gov. J.B. Pritzker lowers capacity for retail shops and shuts down casinos in latest effort to slow COVID-19 surge – DAN PETRELLA, JAMIE MUNKS and GREGORY PRATT
— Coronavirus in Illinois updates: 12,601 new COVID-19 cases, 97 more deaths reported; Gov. Pritzker announces new restrictions; CPS to resume in-person classes in January
— Rudy Giuliani is said to seek $20,000 a day payment for Trump legal work – MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT AND MAGGIE HABERMAN
— Naperville officials are considering mask mandate, mayor says at COVID-19 town hall meeting – RAFAEL GUERRERO
— Chicago updates city’s COVID-19 travel list, urges people to cancel ‘traditional Thanksgiving’ – JOHN BYRNE
— How ’defund the police’ sabotaged Democrats on Election Day – CLARENCE PAGE
— Trump fires director of federal agency that vouched for the reliability of the 2020 election – AP
— New Trier High School Caucus announces slate of candidates – DANIEL I. DORFMAN
— Northbrook Caucus slates candidates for spring election, including pick to replace President Sandy Frum – KAITLIN EDQUIST
— Final election tally confirms Lake County riding crest of a ‘blue wave’ – STEVE SADIN
— Duckworth says she’s talking to Biden team | Pritzker gets personal about Thanksgiving | State shutting casinos, reducing capacity at some retail outlets – LISA DONOVAN

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater says that he is “Struggling to understand GOP cowardice.”

— Dangerous COVID surge brings more restrictions Pritzker announces new limits on retail, casinos and museums. – GREG HINZ

— Wednesday rally opposes Blue Lives Matter resolution – Scott Cousins

— Facebook And Twitter Defend Election Policies To Skeptical Senators – SHANNON BOND

— Oswego Township Republican Caucus set for Dec. 1

— Algonquin Township Republicans Plan February Primary Elections
— High School District 155 Set to Borrow $9.8 Million Without a Referendum
— Nunda Township Republicans Holding Primary Election
— Cal, Sr., vs. Cal, Jr.
— McConchie Sends Email to Constituents about New Role as Senate GOP Leader
— Could Lauren Underwood Be on the Fast Track to the U.S. Senate?

— Tier 3 mitigations announced statewide
— React rolls in to Pritzker’s Tier 3 mitigations
— 12,601 new confirmed and probable cases, 97 additional deaths, 5,887 hospitalized, 1,158 in ICU, 12.5 percent case positivity rate, 14.5 percent test positivity rate
— Rep. John Cabello has lost his race Cabello said he is considering asking for a recount.
— Pritzker: “Put yourself in the shoes of a high school girl who is being weaponized against her father by his political opponents. Weaponized with lies”

— Hawley accuses Facebook of coordinating with social media platforms to control information – Ryan Lovelace
— Georgia secretary of state: Trump netted about 800 votes after ‘memory stick’ issue – David Sherfinski
— Propagandists masquerading as pollsters skewed surveys – Michael McKenna
— Zuckerberg: Facebook put warnings on or removed 150 million pieces of content surrounding election – Ryan Lovelace (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents want to put warnings on articles if not remove articles linked in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails that they do not like.)
— Electoral College protects minorities from passions of majority – Guy Reschenthaler (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the majority in America is anti-law enforcement, anti-Trump, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-heterosexuals, anti-married people, anti-non poor people, anti-gun owners, anti-Christian, anti-Protestant, anti-Italian American, anti-German American, anti-draft avoiders (except Joe Biden and Bill Clinton), and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Conservatives, beware: The politics of retribution begins now – Editorial
(FROM THE EDITORIAL: Conservatives, beware — the politics of retribution and score-settling are upon you. If you think for a second that your vote to reelect President Donald Trump was interpreted as a ballot cast for the candidate you believe best championed your everyday concerns of life, liberty and the pursuit of justice, former First Lady Michelle Obama begs to differ. According to her and, one might assume, the DNC apparatus, “tens of millions” of you voted for the president even though it meant “supporting lies, hate, chaos, and division.” Comments like this deserve scorn and are normally best passed over unremarked. Except the sentiments of Mrs. Obama are part of an unsettling indication that unspecified forms of payback are coming. Last week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ominously tweeted: “Is anyone archiving these Trump sycophants for when they try to downplay or deny their complicity in the future?” And almost as if by sorcery, former staffers of Barack Obama and Pete Buttigieg responded. Why yes, they publicly noted, we are keeping lists, and we call our Little Red Book “The Trump Accountability Project.” The stated purpose of this (vague) initiative is to “Remember what [Trump supporters] did” by compiling a database of the names of anyone who “worked for the Trump for President campaign, Republican National Committee, and affiliated organizations”; those who “worked as political appointees in the Trump Administration”; and “individuals who used their wealth and influence to bundle money for Trump.” Political witch-hunts — straight from Mao Zedong and Pol Pot playbooks, will expand the definition of “Trump supporter.” For a short time, the former Democratic staffers left up the public Excel sheet so interested parties could read the names of the accused in real-time. Tabs for donors, endorsers, appointees, judges, campaign staff — you name it — were all searchable. Access has since been restricted, but will doubtless soon open again to the public. After all, that’s the whole point. To name, shame and enshrine in perpetuity anyone with the slightest affiliation to the Trump administration. So, conservatives, no matter how honorable and kind-hearted you may be, no matter the good you’ve done in the world, the people behind the Trump Accountability Project are here to ensure that future employers, friends, loved ones, strangers, your priest, rabbi, neighbors and, if possible, God himself, know your crimes. Or as NBC’s Jake Tapper recently put it, “I truly sympathize with those dealing with losing — it’s not easy — but at a certain point one has to think not only about what’s best for the nation (peaceful transfer of power) but how any future employers might see your character defined during adversity.” So, the stuff of dystopias is happening. The question, for all Americans, now becomes: What are we going to do about it?)

— Mike Lee blasts Feinstein over claim that Trump tweets incite violence – Andrew Mark Miller

— When do states certify election results? Here are the dates Before certification day, election officials canvass results and verify the outcome – Morgan Phillips (DIERSEN: For Illinois, it is December 4.)

— CNN’s Christiane Amanpour regrets comparing Trump presidency to Nazis’ Kristallnacht – Brian Flood

— Democrats Discover ‘Defund Police’ Message Hurt Them In The Election

— Dick Blumenthal Complains Facebook Not Censoring Breitbart News Enough – ALLUM BOKHARI

— Democrats Claim They Want ‘Unity’ But Keep Calling Me A Nazi – Ian Haworth

— Dominion Confirms Clinton Foundation Donation, Former Pelosi Staffer Link The Denver-based firm disputes other claims – JACK PHILLIPS
— Lindsey Graham: Joe Biden Not President-Elect Until Court Cases Dismissed, States Certify Election – JACK PHILLIPS

— Inside Black Lives Matter’s push for power. Black Lives Matter leaders turned out the vote. Now they want a piece of the political action. – MAYA KING (DIERSEN: What does BLM want your mayor and your city council to do? What has your mayor and your city council agreed to do for BLM? What have candidates for city council and mayor agreed to do for BLM?)

— Republicans home in on bias complaints. – David McCabe

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater says “The president is golfing and exercising White male privilege.”
— Deadlocked board in key Michigan county fails to certify vote totals by deadline – Kayla Ruble and Tom Hamburger
— Trump fires top election security official – Felicia Sonmez, Colby Itkowitz and John Wagner

— Latino voters who fled dictatorships fear election was stolen from President Trump – Romina Ruiz-Goiriena

— Despite soaring COVID-19 numbers, TN House Republican Caucus holding weekend retreat – Kathleen Serie

— After Embracing Trump, MassGOP Faces Leadership Challenge – Matt Murphy (DIERSEN: In your opinion, to what extent have the leaders of the Illinois Republican Party, your Republican county party organization, and your Republican township/ward party organization embraced Trump?)

— The Republicans Calling on Trump to Concede, Congratulating Biden – JACOB JARVIS (DIERSEN: The more that you dump Trump, the more that hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters glorify and praise you.)

— New High of 60% Say China Should Pay Some of World’s Coronavirus Costs

— FOR SALE: 1018 James Court, Wheaton – $425,000

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.