November 22 Evening Edition

— How will Trump presidency impact 2018 elections? – Suzanne Baker

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: South suburbs reaped $7 million in video gaming taxes in past year – Ted Slowik

— Empty questions on Chicago’s March ballot mock our democracy – Editorial
— Dan Rutherford federal sex harassment suit dismissed – SAM CHARLES

— Lausch Sworn in as U.S. Attorney in Chicago – Richard Ray–459382273.html


— Bill Cameron talks to Governor Bruce Rauner’s GOP primary challenger, State Representative Jeanne Ives. Bill gets details on Rep. Ives stand on topics including state budget/finances, sexual harassment in the Illinois Statehouse, as well as her support of President Trump, and how she can reform Illinois in ways Governor Rauner has been unable to do.


— Would your employer excuse workplace violence like the Chicago Bulls are? – WILLIAM CHOSLOVSKY
— The Senate tax bill’s chances just got better – Bloomberg (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, if you itemize your deductions, you are viciously demonized, viciously denigrated, and viciously condemned as being undeservedly filthy rich by members of the following groups: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors. 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. To support the GOP tax bill is to say that a) you want those who take the standard deduction to pay less federal income tax and b) you want those who itemize their deductions to pay more federal income tax. 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. From what I see, Republican leaders want those who itemize their deductions to take the biggest tax hit. I itemized 1972-1977 and my wife and I have itemized since 1978. Government should encourage homeownership and taking job-related graduate courses. The deductibility of mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and job-related education a) encouraged me to take job-related graduate courses 1972-1983 and 1992-1997, b) encouraged me to buy a new town home in 1972, a studio condo in 1974, and a one bedroom condo in 1976, and c) encouraged my wife and I to buy a home in 1978 and to have one built in 1984.)


— Sex-harassment lawsuit against Rutherford dismissed – AP


— Dems showing measured disapproval on harassment claims – Jim Dey
— Davis hoping conference committee keeps tuition-waiver exemption – Tom Kacich (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)


— Disparaging the Prevailing Wage Act – Bill Knight


— Elected leaders should make call on gambling (DIERSEN: Gambling is a vice. Gambling is destructive.)


— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC, ILLEGAL: Illinois Lawmaker Don Harmon’s Plan To Combat Opioid Abuse With Cannabis – JACLYN DRISCOLL


— Ives Among The Trump Supporters At MAGA Rally In Rockford – SUSAN STEPHENS


— COD commits itself to transparency after the HLC’s lifting of probation


— Ives calls for redacted sexual harassment complaints to be released – Caitlin Nordahl


— A near-perfect way to hike property taxes in Illinois – Ted Dabrowski


— “MARGINALIZED” SOCIAL CONSERVATIVES FIELD RAUNER OPPONENT (DIERSEN: Are you a Republican Precinct Committeeman in Illinois? If so, who takes the lead in marginalizing socially conservative Republican Precinct Committeemen in your township and in your county? I should write a book about those who have taken the lead in marginalizing socially conservative Republican Precinct Committeemen in Milton Township and in DuPage County since 1999.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Conservative radio talk show host Dan Proft, who ran for governor in 2010, is pushing the Ives candidacy. She is utterly unknown, and needs money, like about $10 million, and some issues. Attacking the governor as pro-choice would (1) ingratiate Rauner to a lot of socially liberal independents, and would (2) isolate her as a one-issue fringe candidate. Rumors abound that mega-donor Dick Uihlien, who has given a lot of money to Republicans over the years, or even the Koch brothers, might fund Ives. But the Republican Governors Association will do everything possible to re-elect Rauner.)


— DeKalb Court Nullifies Former NIU President Baker’s Golden Parachute – KIRK ALLEN


— THIS THANKSGIVING, NEARLY 1M ILLINOIS HOUSEHOLDS FORCED TO RELY ON FOOD STAMPS The failure of lawmakers to enact policies that spark growth will render millions of Illinoisans dependent on assistance for meals this holiday season. – Vincent Caruso (DIERSEN: Hopefully, the percentage of those on food stamps who fail/refuse to take “bad” jobs is small. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always demonized, denigrated, and condemned all the jobs that I have had as being “bad.” I did yard work and delivered newspapers 1962-1964; washed dishes 1964-1966; cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline in 1966; delivered mail 1966-1969; worked on an automobile assembly line and as a security guard in 1970; sold tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971; pumped gasoline 1971-1972; collected delinquent taxes 1971-1980; and audited federal agencies 1980-1997. Further, hopefully, all those on food stamps are doing everything that they can to qualify themselves for better paying jobs. Notwithstanding the fact that my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always viciously demonized me, viciously denigrated me, and viciously condemned me as being stupid and lazy, I nevertheless earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32.)




— Chris Matthews rips Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama for looking down on ‘white working people’ (DIERSEN: Who looks down on you? My critics/opponents look down on not only me, but they look down on all individuals, all organizations, all companies, all governments, and all countries that they cannot manipulate/dominate. If they do not look on you, it is because you glorify and praise them, because you pander to them, because you serve as one of their operatives or dupes, and/or because you give them money.)
— Don’t Make Taxpayers Subsidize Sex Bullies


— Ticket Prices for Thanksgiving NFL Game Tumbling to Less than $15 as Anthem Protests Continue – WARNER TODD HUSTON


— Harvard intentionally limits Asian student admissions, suit says—and Justice Dept. is investigating – Dave Urbanski (DIERSEN: GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job. IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job. The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)


— Sanctuary cities and states are alienating the American citizenry The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and POTUS Trump are continually clashing over executive orders. – Wil Pixton


— Conservatives need a strategy for dealing with weak GOP ‘leaders’ – JENNY BETH MARTIN


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: The stronger that you blast Trump, the stronger that anti-Trumps promote you.

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.