November 20 Evening Edition


— DONALD TRUMP: MELANIA AND BARRON WILL NOT MOVE TO THE WHITE HOUSE INITIALLY – CNN  (DIERSEN: Have you moved to be closer to your job?  In 1974, when I was 25 years old, after IRS promoted me to a GS-12 (currently $77,899) Revenue Officer position in its Loop office, I bought a studio condo in the Outer Drive East building and walked to work and to Loyola to take graduate business courses.  I spent weekends at the town home in University Park that I had bought new 2 years earlier.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: During a photo op at his Bedminster Golf Club as he was saying goodbye to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Trump said yes when asked if he intended to live in the White House.)


— Trump Children’s Roles Blur Line Between Transition, Company  Trump has insisted he will build a wall between his White House and his company – Jonathan Lemire–402142975.html


— Schock Allegedly Profited Off His Voters’ Washington Visits – AP


— Ex-US Rep. Schock allegedly profited off voters’ DC visits – AP
— Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts meets with President-elect Donald Trump


— The Sunday Spin: Politics with Rick Pearson Full Show 11/20/16 – JASMINE COOPER
(FROM THE ARTICLE: And last but not least, we’ll speak to Matt Murphy, Senior Government Relations Director of Mac Strategies Group & former Republican State Sen. of Palatine. He joins the show this morning to talk about what’s in store for Republicans in Illinois and in Springfield.)


— Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock allegedly profited off voters’ DC visits
— Reince Priebus: Trump will avoid conflicts of interest; Jeff Sessions criticism ‘very unfair’ – Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Kristine Guerra
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump won by rejecting the political rules” and ask “Will the GOP Senate give him more leeway with Cabinet nominees?
— Performance of Chicago ‘Hamilton’ disrupted – Chris Jones
— Fake Donald Trump returns to ‘SNL,’ and the real one is not happy
— Mike Pence doesn’t rule out waterboarding under Trump administration – Amy B. Wang
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump needs to earn mandate from wary public.”


— Trump meeting with Ari Emanuel: Rahm brother, Trump’s former agent – Lynn Sweet
— Ruling underlines no clear path to AFSCME-Rauner resolution – Tina Sfondeles
— Trump, Pence address potential of Romney, Mattis in Cabinet – AP


— Chicago’s Statue of Liberty looks familiar, doesn’t he? – ROGER SCHILLERSTROM
— Grubhub: Mixing business and politics: A cautionary tale – Editorial
— Why we all need to embrace regionalism – GREG HINZ
— How Trump is lifting the fortunes of Chicago’s banking sector – STEVE DANIELS


— Trump says ‘SNL’ was biased, asks for ‘equal time for us’  President-elect criticizes ‘SNL,’ ‘Hamilton’ on Twitter – Frank Pallotta
— ‘Hamilton’: The latest feud Trump won’t let go  Trump calling for cast’s apology – CNN


— Trump again slams ‘Hamilton’; Pence says he wasn’t offended – AP


— This state’s costly exodus – Editorial


— Study finds hormones, medications in Illinois groundwater – AP
— Halt! In the name of the state employee union police! – Editorial


— BGA: Illinois FOIA Appeals Linger With No End In Sight – John Kraft




— The Untold Story: How One 91 Year-Old Woman Helped Donald Trump Win Election – Roddy McCorley


— Nikki Haley: Trump Won Despite Republican Officials, Not Because Of Them – Christian Datoc  (DIERSEN: All politics is local.  How many more or fewer votes did Trump get in your precinct because things that your a) Republican Precinct Committeeman/Captain, b) the officers of your Republican township/ward party organization, c) the officers of your Republican county party organization, and d) your representative on the Illinois Republican Party State Central Committee said and/or did?)
— Trump Supporter Disrupts Chicago Performance Of ‘Hamilton’ – Kerry Picket
— Tucker Carlson Eviscerates Journalist Smearing Jeff Sessions As Racist – Rachel Stoltzfoos


— Mike Pence Responds To ‘Hamilton-Gate’


— Priebus: No Religious Registry But Some Must Be Kept Out – Cathy Burke
— NY Post: Melania Trump and Barron Staying in New York
— NBC Blasted, Bias Reporting on Priebus’ Muslim Registry Rejection – Cathy Burke  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, television stations, newspapers, radio stations, websites, etc. act as arms of the Democrat Party.)


— House GOP Warns Obama Bureaucrats: We Will Reverse ‘Midnight Rules’ – NEIL W. MCCABE


— ‘SNL’ skit roasts the mainstream media and their election bias against Donald Trump – Chris Enloe


— Danny Davis wants ‘state of emergency’ declared after grandson’s killing – NATASHA KORECKI


— Ex-US Rep. Schock Allegedly Profited off Voters’ DC Visits – AP
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The indictment of a 35-year-old disgraced former Republican congressman jolted residents of his central Illinois district, shaken by prosecutors’ claims that Aaron Schock illegally dipped into campaign and government coffers to subsidize a lavish lifestyle, including his Capitol Hill office done up in the style of “Downton Abbey.” Perhaps more stunning was an allegation found on page 34 of the charging document: Schock’s apparent willingness to pocket thousands of constituents’ dollars by arranging annual Washington tours combined with meet-and-greets. “I know that some people feel very hurt, angered and betrayed,” said Quincy insurance agent Jack Freiburg, who attended such an event in 2014. State political observers say the alleged scheme stands out — even with Illinois’ long-established reputation for corruption, including a former governor’s attempt to sell President Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat. House rules require excess fees from such visits be returned to constituents or donated to charity, according to the indictment. “That’s a new one on me,” said David Melton of Illinois Campaign for Political Reform. “I have never heard of anything quite that audacious.” The three-day extravaganza attended by Freiburg and about 50 others in July 2014 included bus rides to the National Zoo and a reception at the Japanese ambassador’s residence. Freiburg paid a $785 “Fly-in Conference Fee” to Schock’s office — meant to cover meals, transportation and other hosting costs — on top of $2,000 to $3,000 for a plane ticket, hotel room and other expenses. Schock, the once-rising GOP star and prodigious party fundraiser, secretly kept at least $11,000 from that event, the indictment said. Freiburg recalled that many on the trip were well-off but others weren’t, including several recent college graduates. “Some sacrificed financially to go,” the 63-year-old said. Prosecutors say in 2011, Schock set up a Florida bank account under the name of a factious company, “Global Travel International,” and instructed staff to deposit that year’s fly-fee money into it. He allegedly kept at least $4,482 from the 2011 fly-in, which happened in the same month he appeared on the cover of Men’s Health, his shirt unbuttoned to show off his six-pack abs. Landing the magazine cover — with the blurb “Rep. Aaron Schock is willing to give you the shirt off his back” — drew mockery on late-night TV but boosted Schock’s profile nationally.)
— Priebus Dismisses Controversy Over Sessions: ‘He Will Be Confirmed’


— Reince Priebus Defends Trump’s $25M Settlement  (DIERSEN: In 1998, in Diersen v. Ford Motor Company and Packey Webb Ford, just before the trial was to start, I accepted the defendants’ settlement offer to a) fix the defects in my 1996 Thunderbird LX, b) give me $6,000, and c) give my attorney $6,000.)


— Priebus defends controversial remarks about Islam – David Lauter  (DIERSEN: Islam is more like a political party or a country without borders than a religion.)
— Alec Baldwin fires back with some presidential advice after Trump angrily tweets about ‘SNL’ – Jessica Roy


— College kids are proving Trump’s point – George F. Will
— Priebus: Trump considering fund cuts for sanctuary cities – Marisa Schultz
— Keep crying wolf about Trump, and no one will listen when there’s a real crisis – Kyle Smith


— Breaking Down ‘Bottleneckers’  From music therapists to funeral directors, licensing schemes keep out competition. – DICK CARPENTER and  CHIP MELLOR  (DIERSEN: Would my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes tell Rauner that I am a bottlenecker because I became a licensed CPA in Illinois in 1981?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Gov. Bruce Rauner last month established the Illinois Competitiveness Council, which will scrutinize occupational-licensing requirements and other regulations constraining economic growth. In targeting occupational licensing, Mr. Rauner has joined the Obama White House, several other governors, and commissions in states including Michigan, Virginia, Indiana and even regulation-happy California. But despite bipartisan support, licensing reform is likely to face ferocious opposition from members of licensed occupations. Those working in an industry that requires licensing learn that they can use an occupational license to choke out the competition. They can even command higher prices without delivering improved products or services. In our forthcoming book, we describe those who use government regulations to perpetuate their own advantages in a market as “bottleneckers.”)
— Trump’s Supreme Court Priority  An early nomination is important to deal with Obama’s regulations. – Editorial


—  Hundreds of Vineyarders stand together in Oak Bluffs Rally, organized in less than a week, calls for patience and action in wake of the election. – Bill Chaisson


— This 1972 Corvette Rules the Autocross 43 Years and Counting  Danny Popp carries on his Corvette’s long history on the track with another victory – Taylor Kempkes  (DIERSEN: I have owned my 1972 Corvette since I took delivery of it in on October 14, 1971 when I was 23 years old.)

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.