November 2 Evening Edition

— State Rep. Jeanne Ives Aligns With Trump In Potential Primary Challenge Against Rauner – Dave McKinney (DIERSEN: Trump won in 91 of Illinois’ 102 counties.)

— Inspector general position to be filled after 27 complaints went uninvestigated in Springfield – Craig Wall
— Hurricane relief center opens for Puerto Rican evacuees in Humboldt Park – John Garcia
— What’s in Republicans’ tax plan and what it means for you – MARY BRUCE

— Lack of Illinois Legislative Inspector General Leaves 3 Years of Complaints Uninvestigated – Mary Ann Ahern

— Harassment complaints ignored in Springfield – TAHMAN BRADLEY

— Illinois Democrats scramble to change law to keep alive ethics complaints stuck in limbo – Monique Garcia and Kim Geiger
— Growth, debt and a controversial GOP tax plan – Editorial
— Whoops! Pro-Rauner ad omits Minnesota and its successes – Eric Zorn
— Trump remains staunch supporter of death penalty, but many Americans souring on it – Mark Berman
— Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker unveils criminal justice plan – Rick Pearson (DIERSEN: Pritzker wants Illinois to “legalize marijuana.” To legalize marijuana in Illinois is to destroy Illinois.)
— Billionaire CEO Joe Ricketts shuts down DNAinfo and Gothamist, including Chicago operations – Robert Channick (DIERSEN: Since I began sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails in 2000, many of my competitors have come and gone.)

— Blunt talk from Democrats about legalizing marijuana – Tina Sfondeles (DIERSEN: To promote pot is to promote destruction.)
— Pat Quinn to ask slate makers to declare open primary – Michael Sneed
— Big GOP tax bill would cut rates, but also popular breaks – AP
— GOP tax plan may offer little aid for many in middle class – AP
— China now, Facebook later? ‘A new model of totalitarianism’ – Neil Steinberg
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps encourage people to come to America illegally, to stay in America illegally, and to bring others to America illegally.

— Roskam says new Republican tax plan is good for middle class – Doug T. Graham
— Winners and losers in the Republican tax plan – Heather Long
(FROM THE ARTICLE: LOSERS: People in high-tax blue states: Say goodbye to most of the state and local tax deduction (“SALT”). Over a third of filers in many Democratic states like California, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut claim the SALT deduction on their returns. Under the GOP plan, people will still be able to deduct up to $10,000 on the property taxes they pay locally, but they will no longer be able to deduct the other taxes they pay to state or local governments from their federal tax payments.)
— DuPage gets $3.9 million grant to bolster student learning – Robert Sanchez

— Roskam lauds GOP tax plan that could hit thousands of constituents – GREG HINZ
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Illinois congressman who’s one of the major authors of the big new GOP tax plan says he’s solidly behind it and intends to vote to enact it—even though local tax authorities say tens of thousands of homeowners in his district would be affected by a new cap on property-tax deductions, potentially cutting into and maybe eliminating any overall tax cut they would enjoy under the rewritten rules. . .The potential problem with that is that tens of thousands of residents in Roskam’s district, which is centered in DuPage County but also includes portions of Lake and Kane Counties, now pay more than that in property taxes. For instance, in DuPage, County Treasurer Gwen Henry reports that in the latest available year, 49,095 owners of single-family residences got annual tax bills of more than $10,000. That’s just under a fifth of the total 288,123 of such parcels in the county.) 
— Here’s what’s in the big GOP tax plan – GREG HINZ
— How the GOP tax plan would impact local homeowners – DENNIS RODKIN
— DNAinfo Chicago shuts down (DIERSEN: Since I began sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails in 2000, many of my competitors have come and gone.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Joe Ricketts, the billionaire founder of TD Ameritrade who owned DNAinfo’s New York and Chicago sites, has shut down both a week after the New York newsroom voted to join a union. The New York Times reports that the decision “puts 115 journalists out of work, both at the New York operations that unionized, and at those in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington that did not.” Ricketts’ decision will also affect the website Chicagoist, part of the Gothamist news network, also owned by Ricketts. The Chicago newsroom, which launched in 2012, employed dozens of journalists. DNAinfo reporters and editors are saying on Twitter that all their stories appear to be gone from the site.)

— State Rep. From Wheaton Jeanne Ives Blames Chicago Violence On A ‘Breakdown Of Family Structure’ – Daniel Tucker, Dave McKinney

— Lieutenant governor Evelyn Sanguinetti outlines continued goals for administration – JARAD JARMON

— Rauner offers Illinois’ help to Puerto Rico hurricane victims (DIERSEN: Which states have offered help for Illinois’ economic victims?)

— Illinois senator Karen McConnaughay: General Assembly can’t police itself – Doug Finke

— Expensive Illinois governor race spills over into big spending down the ballot – Ed Tibbetts

— Pension costs drive up Schaumburg property taxes – Ted Dabrowski

— State of Illinois donating to Citizens for Rauner? – KIRK ALLEN

— Rauner admin: Legislature breaking promises by passing unbalanced budgets – Greg Bishop

— Joe Ricketts shuts down news sites after employees unionize (DIERSEN: Since I began sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails in 2000, many of my competitors have come and gone.)
— AG Madigan responds *** Drury wants special counsel, grand jury to investigate sexual harassment allegations
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pritzker wants Illinois to “legalize marijuana.” To legalize marijuana in Illinois is to destroy Illinois.

— DEMS ‘KNOW GOP TAX PLAN DESIGNED TO HELP POOR’ Notion it will hurt minorities and women ‘just not the case’ – ALICIA POWE

— Barack Obama: Breitbart News Shifted Entire Media Narrative During 2016 Election – CHARLIE SPIERING (DIERSEN: Many in Illinois first learned of Breitbart News by reading GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)

— Why are these Midwestern governors thanking an Illinois Democrat? – Emily Jashinsky

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, “religious leaders” act as operatives or as dupes for the anti-religious Democrat Party.

— Diversity and Death

— Democrat shouts down black pro-life woman Star Parker at House hearing, accuses her of ‘ignorance’ – Claire Chretien

— Republican tax plan a blow to Democratic states, officials say – Laila Kearney, Karen Pierog

— Juul e-cigs: The controversial vaping device popular on school campuses – Josh Hafner

— Equals Act Would Improve the Federal Workforce – Andrew Biggs (DIERSEN: My Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were furious that when I transferred from IRS to GAO in 1980 when I was 31 years old, because I had been under a probationary period at IRS, I was not under a probationary period at GAO. Nevertheless, they did everything that they could to get rid of me. In my defense, I completed the requirements for a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981, became a licensed CPA in 1981, a Certified Fraud Examiner in 1990, a Certified Government Financial Manager in 1994, a Certified Financial Services Auditor in 1996, and a Forensic Accountant in 1997. In addition, completed the requirements for a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997.)

— Buy Out vs. Early Out – Which is Better? – Alexis Hongamen (DIERSEN: If I had taken my Democrat GAO superior’s $25,000 buyout offer in 1993 when I was 45 years old, my Civil Service Retirement System pension would have been dramatically reduced even more than it was when they succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997.)

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.