November 21 Evening Edition

— Increased taxes, fees on phones, ride-hailing and concert tickets approved in 2018 Chicago budget – Sarah Schulte
— Cook County approves budget with 321 layoffs – Craig Wall


— Why Alabama Young Republicans Are Deserting Roy Moore “At some point, decency comes before politics”


— Trump discounts accusations against Senate candidate Moore – AP


— Rich candidates for gov might want throw that money at schools – Phil kadner
— We are witnessing a backlash against bullying of all kinds – Robert Reich


— (ILLEGAL) Immigrant Francisca Lino who sought sanctuary at Chicago church files civil rights lawsuit – Nereida Moreno
— 9 reasons not to be thankful for the GOP’s tax plans – Eric Zorn
(FROM THE ARTICLE: 9. They’re anti-education. . .8. They preserve much of the carried interest loophole. . .7. They eliminate the alternative-minimum tax. . .6. They weaken or eliminate the tax on high amounts of inherited wealth. . .5. They’re anti-health. . .4. They favor businesses over individuals. . .3. They favor the rich over the poor. . .2. They’re being rushed through. . .1. They’re being rammed down the throats of the American people.)
— Emanuel’s 2018 budget approved; cost of phone fees and ride-share trips to rise – John Byrne and Bill Ruthhart
— This is a new day for feminists, I reckon As a wave of sexual harassment scandals rock the world of men, brace yourselves for a backlash. – Clarence Page
— ‘We will not be silenced:’ Palos Township meeting unravels after activists confront controversial trustee – Zak Koeske
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Trump’s sickening decision to stand by Roy Moore.”
— FCC plan would give Internet providers power to choose the sites customers see and use – Brian Fung (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents want Internet providers a) to stop everyone from visiting and b) to stop everyone from receiving GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
— It’s always been our duty to report the truth. So why’d it take so long? – Dan K. Thomasson (DIERSEN: Democrats run the news media. If news cannot be spun to promote the Democrat Party platform, they delay it, they downplay it, they bury it, or they never report it.)


— DuPage County board, Zaruba clash over proposed cuts to sheriff’s office – Robert Sanchez (DIERSEN: Charles Bowsher ran GAO 1981-1996. Bowsher did not clash with Congress over budget cuts. Instead, Bowsher got rid of the agency’s employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
— FCC chairman sets out to scrap open internet access rules – AP (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents want internet providers a) to stop everyone from visiting and b) to stop everyone from receiving GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
— A man accused of pulling his estranged wife from her car and attacking her in a St. Charles industrial park earlier this year has pleaded guilty and must serve two years of probation. Mohammad B. Sultan, 43, of the 1300 block of North Main Street, Wheaton, recently pleaded guilty to one count of felony aggravated domestic battery and violating an order of protection, according to Kane County court records. – Harry Hitzeman


— House tax bill is littered with loopholes for Wall Street’s wealthiest – Bloomberg


— Roskam on GOP Tax Bill: ‘Best Way to Grow Economy’ (DIERSEN: The bill cuts taxes for those who take the standard deduction and increases taxes for those who itemize their deductions. Overwhelmingly, a) those who take the standard deduction are renters and younger and are more likely to vote for Democrats and b) those who itemize their deductions are homeowners and older and are more likely to vote for Republicans.)


— In Cairo on Tuesday, Comptroller Mendoza calls Gov. Rauner ‘All Carhartt and no heart’ – MOLLY PARKER


— U.S. Rep. Shimkus Says President Trump is Following Through on Promise to Disrupt Government (DIERSEN: Have you followed through on your promises? I have. As the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, I followed through on my promise to assure that TAPROOT would a) hold a breakfast meeting the third Saturday morning of every month except August and December, b) hold a picnic each August, and c) hold a Christmas party each December. But that was not good enough for my critics/opponents.)


— Property taxes remain flat in COD levy
— Wheaton city manager updates chamber on streetscape plan as construction wraps up – ERIC SCHELKOPF


— The Rauner Agenda at Western Illinois University – Merrill Cole is Professor of English at WIU. He is the Advisor for the WIU Queer Studies minor, a member of UCOSOGIE, and a member of the WIU Diversity Council. He lives in Macomb with his husband, Rick Ponce.


— Rising property taxes and stagnant incomes: A lethal combination for Illinoisans – Ted Dabrowski


— Cicero assessor calls township opposition to property tax freeze the ‘right thing to do’


— Lisle Township supervisor defends opposition to proposed property tax freeze legislation – Glenn Minnis
— Put taxpayer first when considering property tax freeze, Wheatland Township trustee says – Glenn Minnis


— New Proft TV ad claims Durkin and Madigan “like Illinois state government just as it is”
— Rauner: “Illinois is at the edge of disaster”
— Shimkus won’t endorse in gubernatorial primary
— Biss wants more tax return details (DIERSEN: What would your 2016 federal income tax return show? My and my wife’s 2016 federal income tax return shows that we had $30,890 in itemized deductions. We paid $21,433 in medical and dental expenses and we were able to deduct $13,859 of that, we paid $12,835 in real estate taxes, we paid $1,468 in state income taxes, and we made $2,728 in 501(c)(3) contributions.)
— Pritzker is taking a page from Rauner’s 2014 campaign (in a good way)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Pritzker is doing what Bruce Rauner did in 2013 and 2014. The ILGOP basically existed only on paper back then. Rauner opened a ton of field offices during the primary (Pritzker just opened his 15th field office) and hired a ton of field staff. Rauner’s press releases back then were also similar to Pritzker’s today. Pritzker doesn’t just do specific candidate-based releases, he sends out lots of releases that you’d normally see from state parties in other states. The difference is that Rauner completely took over the ILGOP after the primary, injecting tens of millions of dollars in the process. Pritzker won’t be able to do that unless Speaker Madigan steps aside, and that doesn’t seem likely.)
— Illinois Policy Institute’s lobbying arm got $2.5 million last year from group that bankrolled Merrick Garland fight


— University instructor arrested, allegedly assaulted students


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot promoters promote pot big time. If you promote pot, you promote destruction.


— Wealthy Illinois candidates face tax disclosure minefield – Matt Dietrich


— Nearly half of DHS uniforms bought south of the border Mexico makes 70 percent of TSA uniforms – Stephen Dinan (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps have no problem with America depending on a country a) that sends many millions of its citizens into America illegally, b) that keeps many millions of its citizens in America illegally, and c) that sends mountains of illegal drugs into America illegally.)


— Bloated Federal Agencies Have Become the Norm. Here’s the Key to Sizing Them Down. – John York (DIERSEN: Democrats run federal agencies. When they get rid of bloat, they get rid of their employees who are Republican, and especially Republicans who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)


— Time to Give Thanks to White Males – Noel S. Williams


— Promising Republican Candidates Are Being Torpedoed By Antiquated Notions Of Sexual Morality – Jim Jamitis (DIERSEN: If you have ever done anything that subjects you to blackmail, you should not seek or hold any kind of government or political office.)


— University of Illinois instructor arrested after confronting conservative students – Jessica Chasmar


— Establishment GOP conflicted over potential Moore win – ALEXANDER BOLTON (DIERSEN: When push comes to shove, establishment Republicans would rather see a Democrat elected than a conservative.)


— Conyers scandal rocks House Democrats – JOHN BRESNAHAN and HEATHER CAYGLE


— Trump Defends Roy Moore, Citing Candidate’s Denial of Allegations – Michael D. Shear


— Federal regulators unveiled a plan Tuesday that would give Internet providers broad powers to determine what websites and online services their customers can see and use. – Brian Fung (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents want Internet providers a) to stop everyone from visiting and b) to stop everyone from receiving GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
— Federal judge says Trump administration can’t stop funding sex-reassignment surgery for military members – Ann E. Marimow


— Former Israeli Actress Alleged to Be Operative for Corporate-Investigation Firm – Mark Maremont, Jacquie McNish and Rob Copeland (DIERSEN: Do you serve as an operative or as a dupe for someone? I do not. I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who serve as operates or dupes for those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Americans agree with GAO and CATO.


— Chicago Renews Legal Fund for Immigrants Facing Deportation (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the Democrats who run Chicago encourage people to come to America illegally, to stay in America illegally, and to bring others to America illegally.)


— Former ‘Saturday Night Live’ Female Stars, Staff Support Al Franken in Signed Statement – Jackie Strause (DIERSEN: Who supports you? My critics/opponents have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois. They have made it very clear that they will have their operatives and their dupes destroy any individual, any organization, any company, and any government that might support me. They crow about their success in a) baring me from political events, b) evicting me from political events, c) ending my TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairmanship, d) ending my Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee membership, e) ending my service as a Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster not only once, but twice, f) ending my Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee membership, g) ending my American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board membership, h) ending my GAO employment, i) etc.)

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.