November 24 Evening Edition

— Demonstrators march on Mag Mile in Black Friday protest – Diane Pathieu


— Protesters Hit Michigan Avenue on Black Friday


— Get ready, guys, for the Year of the Woman – Laura Washington
— Trump wants to end welfare as Bill Clinton knows it – AP
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Phil Kadner cites services that governments provide and defends paying taxes. I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years. I worked for the Post Office for almost 3 years 1966-1969 at the GS-4 Step 1-3 levels, currently $15.56/hour-$16.60/hour. I worked for IRS for IRS for almost 9 years 1971-1980, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $79,563-$90,173. I worked for GAO for almost 18 years 1980-1997, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $94,610-$122,991.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: I don’t believe news stories that claim federal income tax reform will be a financial windfall for the middle class. Perhaps I’m too cynical. I tend to distrust politicians. And it seems to me that every time there’s “tax reform” I end up paying more in taxes and the country ends up deeper in debt. The thing is, I don’t mind paying taxes because I have always needed the stuff the government provides. I went to public schools. I drive on publicly-funded streets. I drink water treated by government filtration systems. I use toilets connected to government sewer systems, one of the most underrated inventions in the history of mankind. Listening to my neighbors and friends complain about their taxes over the years, I always felt that I was missing something important. Why did they feel so burdened? Some of them used far more government services than I did. Some were public employees. That’s right. Government employees often complain about their taxes being spent on undeserving people too lazy to work for a living. Yet, they become angry when people claim that government workers are lazy and overpaid. I don’t mind paying taxes.)


— How will Trump’s presidency impact 2018 DuPage, Kane County elections? – Suzanne Baker
— 2018 ballots to start taking shape in south suburbs – Mike Nolan
— Small Michigan Avenue protest is third Black Friday demonstration since release of Laquan McDonald video – John Byrne
— What the report card says about Illinois teachers – Editorial (DIERSEN: Performance evaluation is extremely subjective. My Democrat superiors and supervisors in the federal government used that subjectivity to waste the careers of and to get rid of their employees who were Republican, and especially those who were White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: You’ve read about the recent state school report card statistics that parse student achievement in every district. But you may not have seen much about another compelling statistic. It concerns teacher evaluations statewide. That measurement is just as vital as student scores. The quality of the teacher in front of the class is the single most important factor in helping kids learn — or not.)


— McHenry County College board president resigns citing rising taxes in county – Madhu Krishnamurthy


— East St. Louis Township trustees strip Alvin Parks’ power to spend tax money except for petty cash – GEORGE PAWLACZYK


— As Congress focuses on tax reform, charitable deduction in jeopardy – Susan N. Dreyfus and Brian Gallagher


— Algonquin Township Clerk violates FOIA- plays games with requests. – KIRK ALLEN


— Why So Much Hatred Against Christians in America Today? – Dr. Michael Brown


— Trump says he passed on being TIME’s ‘Person of the Year’ – Elizabeth Zwirz


— Seattle judge strikes down ‘wealth tax’ on people earning more than $250K


— Voters say sexual harassment worst in Hollywood, federal government, news media – Jennifer Harper


— Why Itemizers Should Fear The GOP Tax Plan – Miles J. Zaremski


— Why ‘Made in America’ Is Stitched Into the Law, but Not the Uniforms – Ana Swanson


— House moves toward mandatory anti-sexual harassment training for members, aides – Michelle Ye Hee Lee
— Private school enrollment contributes to school segregation, study finds – Moriah Balingit


— Trump Counties Give Economy Strongest Marks Data indicate how politics shape Americans’ views – Dante Chinni


— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Firm becomes 1st in U.S. to offer online virtual-sport betting – AP


— Donald Trump wants welfare reform, says ‘people are taking advantage of the system’ – AP

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.