November 17 Evening Edition

— Sanctuary city mayors dig in for fight with Trump administration  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats put the interests of foreign countries and their citizens ahead of the interests of America and its citizens.)


— Rauner Gets Edge Over State Employee Union, Will Strike Follow? – Derrick Blakley
— Illinois Workers To Demonstrate Over Rauner’s Planned Cuts


— Man Accused of Smashing Trump’s Star Charged  James Otis was arrested after allegedly smashing the Trump star in October – Jason Kandel


— How DePaul students missed out on a timely lesson about Trump – Editorial
— SUFFERING IN SECRET: Illinois hides abuse and neglect of adults with disabilities – Michael J. Berens and Patricia Callahan
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The house had no address; the dead man had no name. Illinois officials blacked out those details from their investigative report. Nobody else was supposed to learn the man’s identity or the location of the state-funded facility where his body was found. The investigation was closed as it began, with no public disclosure, and the report was filed away, one of thousands that portray a hidden world of misery and harm. No one would know that Thomas Powers died at 3300 Essington Road in unincorporated Joliet, in a group home managed for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Or that his caregivers forced a 50-year-old man with the intellect of a small child to sleep on a soiled mattress on the floor in a room used for storage. Or that the front door bore a building inspection sticker that warned, “Not approved for occupancy.” Not even Powers’ grieving family knew the state had looked into his death and found evidence of neglect. As Illinois steers thousands of low-income adults with disabilities into private group homes, a Tribune investigation found Powers was but one of many casualties in a botched strategy to save money and give some of the state’s poorest and most vulnerable residents a better life. In the first comprehensive accounting of mistreatment inside Illinois’ taxpayer-funded group homes and their day programs, the Tribune uncovered a system where caregivers often failed to provide basic care while regulators cloaked harm and death with secrecy and silence.)
— Developer shelves Starbucks-anchored retail plan at historic Wheaton site – Bob Goldsborough
— How the Trump family will profit from their father’s presidency – Paul Waldman
— 100 state workers rally in Homewood – Nick Swedberg


— O’Hare Airport low-wage workers threaten holiday-season strike  Labor leaders Thursday said “hundreds” of low-wage workers at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport have voted to strike. – Andy Grimm  (DIERSEN: When were you a low-wage worker?  I was 1964-1966 while I washed dishes, cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline.)
— Rahm, Rauner find common ground, and it’s at the Vatican – Michael Sneed


— Booth, Kellogg drop in MBA rankings—and methodology is questioned – STEVEN R. STRAHLER  (DIERSEN: He who determines the methodology determines the outcome.)


— Stand up to Russia, Obama advises Trump – AP


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps want America to surrender to China.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: New York mayor sides with illegals against Trump.


— Durbin staying in U.S. Senate to deal with Trump – Bernard Schoenburg


— Park Ridge Disappointed As Donald Trumps Hillary – ANNE LUNDE
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Hillary Rodham Clinton didn’t get quite enough electoral votes to win the White House on Nov. 8, but it wasn’t due to any failure from her home town of Park Ridge, which gave her a 14% lead over Republican candidate Donald Trump. There was initial hope at a local gathering organized by Hillary supporters of all persuasions, held at the Centennial Activity Center, especially when the ABC national anchor team announced moments after the Illinois polls closed at 7 p.m. (Central time) that she and running mate Timothy Kaine had won Illinois. The key was not getting the popular vote, which Clinton appeared to be winning nationally with 47.61% over Trump’s 47.28% based on election night unofficial reports. The winner had to have a majority of electoral college votes, which are determined by different formulas by state. Trump received 290 electoral votes, well ahead of Clinton’s 232, based on returns announced on election night. Her blue-colored states on the national map clustered out east, and on parts of the west coast. Trump’s campaign captured many of the states which were initially too close to call, leaving a sea of Republican “red” on the map by the end of the evening. Neither Libertarian Gary Johnson and his running mate Bill Weld or the Green Party’s Jill Stein with her running mate Alumu Baraka earned electoral votes. In Park Ridge, only three precincts gave Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, a majority of the popular vote: In Maine 43, Trump had 266 votes to Clinton’s 237, Johnson’s 26 and Stein’s 6. In Maine 67, Trump received 458 to Clinton’s 407, Johnson’s 26 and Stein’s 6. In Maine 88, Trump had 230 to Clinton’s 180, Johnson’s 31 and Stein’s 5. Clinton carried the rest of Park Ridge’s Maine precincts, Leyden 23, and Norwood Park Township’s precincts 3, 11 and 14. Local precinct totals in Park Ridge put Clinton ahead overall, earning 11,123 (54.30%), followed by Trump with 8,255 (40.30%), Johnson’s 842 (4.10%) and Stein’s 249 (1.21%).)


— ACCT Taps Frank Napolitano for Public Policy Committee – Brian Kleemann


— David Limbaugh: A Response Needed to Leftist Attacks Written By Monte Larrick




— BEYOND TRAGIC: Pot revenues jump in Colorado
(FROM THE ARTICLE: I went to Denver last weekend on a spur of the moment break just to get the heck outta here for a bit. The flight was cheap, the hotel wasn’t bad and the steaks were awesome. Denver is not a very walkable city, but I liked it. And unless you went to a couple of different “hipster” strips, the pot shops were practically invisible. Yeah, I smelled it walking down the street a couple of times, but I’ve smelled pot in Bucktown, too. So, really, if you weren’t looking for it you didn’t notice it. One reason for that is people aren’t legally allowed to consume the product in public places. You have to smoke it in your home. So, if you don’t live in Denver or live in a building that forbids smoking, you have to smoke it on the sly. My hotel, for instance, imposed $500 fines and immediate evictions if caught smoking weed in your room or even on your room’s balcony. Of course, regulating the public consumption of “edibles” is a lot tougher. But Denver’s voters just approved a public consumption ordinance by a 53-47 margin. So things are about to change…  Even with the restrictions, pot tourism is already a big thing out there. Every waiter I had assumed that’s why I was in town (maybe it’s the beard). But public consumption will surely attract more people, as long as they work to keep everything reasonable.  A legalized, regulated and taxed production, distribution and consumption chain is the ideal way of doing things. If you buy weed in Denver you’re not supporting criminals. Thumbs up!)


— TREASONOUS: Mexican Government Colluding With U.S. ‘Sanctuary Cities’? – Clyde Hughes
— Trump Diversity Leader Juan Pablo Andrade: Law-Abiding Illegals Have Nothing to Fear  (DIERSEN: If you are in America illegally, you are not law abiding.  Diversity leaders focus on getting rid of those like me who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)


— ‘It’s Time to Grow Up’: Hannity Goes Off on ‘Coddled, Crybaby Liberals’
— San Fran Teacher’s Lesson Plan: Pres-Elect Trump a ‘Racist and Sexist Man’


— Venezuelan Diplomat Joins Chicago Communists Plotting Trump Resistance – Michael Volpe


— Obama uses last overseas trip as president to blast fake news – Jon Street
— Krauthammer: Trump ‘within his rights’ to withhold funding from sanctuary cities – Jon Street (DIERSEN: If Trump withholds federal funding from sanctuary cities, what will the Democrats who run those cities do?  Will they confiscate the income and assets of individuals, organizations, and companies that are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors?)
— Tom Hanks: I hope Trump does so well that ‘I vote for his re-election’ – Tre Goins-Phillips  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps want Trump to use the federal government a) to take income, assets, opportunities, etc. away from individuals, organizations, companies, and governments that are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors and b) to give that income, assets, opportunities, etc. to individuals, organizations, companies, and governments that are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.  It is called redistribution of wealth, that is, socialism, communism, dictatorship, and even worse things.)


— Ill. Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) Wants to Sanction Firms That Help Trump Build Border Wall – Barbara Hollingsworth  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats put the interests of foreign countries and their citizens ahead of the interests of America and its citizens.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Lindsey Graham encourages people to come to America illegally, to stay in America illegally, and to bring others to America Illegally.


— Trump and the Neoconservatives  John Bolton for secretary of state? – JON BASIL UTLEY


— Obama urges Trump to stand up to Russia – LOUIS NELSON  (DIERSEN: What about standing up to countries like Mexico a) that illegally send their citizens into America illegally and b) that illegally send mountains of illegal drugs into America illegally?)


— For Trump, filling 4,000 government jobs will be easier than you think – Peter Van Buren  (DIERSEN: If you wanted one of those 4,000 positions, what would you stress?  I would stress a) that I worked for GAO for almost 18 years, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels (currently $92,632-$120,427); b) that I worked for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels (currently $77,899-$88,286); c) that I passed the CPA examination and the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt; d) that I am a licensed CPA, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Government Financial Manager, Certified Financial Services Auditor, and Forensic Accountant; e) that I have a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU, an MBA from Loyola, a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul, and a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT; and f) that I served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Government Accountants Chicago Chapter for 13 years.  I would stress that I know a lot about political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps make it clear that they side with foreign countries and their citizens against America and its citizens.


— Facebook fake-news writer: ‘I think Donald Trump is in the White House because of me’ – Caitlin Dewey  (DIERSEN: I should write a book about activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for all defeats that Republicans have suffered in Illinois since 2000.)


— Vandal who wrecked Donald Trump’s Hollywood star is charged – Andrea Mandell


— J.P. Morgan Settlement Lays Bare the Practice of Hiring ‘Princelings’  So-called Sons and Daughters program in Asia sought to hire well-connected offspring to win business – ARUNA VISWANATHA  (DIERSEN: Are/were you a princeling? I was not.  Neither of my outstanding parents attended college.  My father was the first of his ancestors to earn a high school diploma.  My mother never attended high school.  My father fought type 1 diabetes from age 14, worked in the office of a chemical plant, almost always worked second jobs to pay the family’s bills, and died suddenly when he was 47 and I was 21.)


— Why Did So Many White Women Vote for Donald Trump? – Laura Morgan Roberts, Robin J. Ely


— U.S. House Votes to Stop Sales of Boeing Jetliners to Iran – Laura Litvan


— TREASONOUS: Rutgers group hosts college fair for students in the U.S. illegally – Dan Alexander


— Rooting for Trump’s agenda to fail – Ron Ostrosky  (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who want members of the following groups to fail: Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps ask “Will Trump’s Administration Be an Ethics-Free Zone?”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “The Media Is Failing to Explain Trump’s Recklessness.”


— TVA: Breaking the Million Dollar Compensation Level as a “Federal Employee” – Ralph R. Smith

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.