November 4 Evening Edition

— Burt Minor is running for the 42nd Illinois House seat currently held by Jeanne Ives – Dave Diersen
(THE ARTICLE: Winfield Township Republican Party Chairman Burt Minor is running for the 42nd Illinois House seat currently held by Jeanne Ives. His Facebook page is at, – we have 130 mutual friends. He is a former United States Air Force Lt. Col. He has served as a Warrenville Alderman for 4 years. He has more than 50 endorsements already including Janice Anderson, Joseph Cantore, Jay Fisher, Bob Grogan, Martin Keller, Tonia Khouri, Brian Krajewski, Robert Larsen, Chris LeVan, Al Murphy, Randy Ramey, Carl Schultz, Kevin Wiley, and Jim Zay. He said a) that if Ives ultimately does not file for Governor and asks him to withdraw, that he would withdraw, b) that if Ives files for Governor but withdraws before the March 20, 2018 primary election and asks him to withdraw, that he would consider withdrawing, and c) that if Ives loses the March 20, 2018 primary and asks him to withdraw, that he would not withdraw.)

— As soon as the Kathryn Creswell vacancy is certified; Judge James Orel will run for the vacancy. – Dave Diersen
(ACCORDING TO A DECEMBER 10, 2010 DAILY HERALD ARTICLE: “Wheaton attorney James Orel has been named to replace retiring DuPage Associate Judge Joseph Bongiorno, officials of the 18th Judicial Circuit in DuPage County said Friday. Orel is a 1983 graduate of the John Marshall School of Law in Chicago. He most recently worked at the law firm of Garretson, Santora, Urgo and Nugent in Wheaton. Before that, Orel was a partner at Loss, Pavone and Orel in Lombard and also has served as assistant corporation counsel for the city of Chicago.”)

— Sen. Rand Paul assaulted in his Bowling Green, Ky., home, police say – CNN
— Illinois sending 150 national guardsmen to Puerto Rico – AP

— Under Pressure, Illinois Lawmakers to Select New Legislative Inspector General – Mary Ann Ahern

— Rep. Ives’ Bid To Unseat Gov. Rauner – Craig Dellimore

— George H.W. Bush calls Trump a ‘blowhard’ in new book: ‘I don’t like him’ (DIERSEN: The Bushes have always rejected many planks in the Republican Party platform. One could argue that Clinton and Obama were elected and reelected because of that.)

— GOP’s proposed tax plan could hit Chicagoans in areas with high property taxes
— Both Bush presidents openly condemned Trump, book claims. One even voted for Clinton. – Avi Selk (DIERSEN: The Bushes have always rejected many planks in the Republican Party platform. One could argue that Clinton and Obama were elected and reelected because of that.)
— They prepared to live with Alzheimer’s disease. The GOP tax bill may upend those plans. – Carolyn Y. Johnson
— Both high-crime and trendy Chicago neighborhoods see surge in carjackings – Jeremy Gorner
— More companies are buying insurance to cover executives who sexually harass employees – Danielle Paquette
— Is that service dog a fake? Under federal law, you can’t even ask – Mark Davis

— Aldermen want sex harassment rules to apply to pols – Michael Sneed

— Illinois legislators need sexual harassment training – Editorial (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-males demonize, denigrate, and condemn males as being White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, bigots, and/or even worse things. They especially demonize, denigrate, and condemn males who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Positive stories about the GOP are ignored – Lawrence Falbe, President, Lake County Republican Federation (DIERSEN: It would be great if those who organize conservative and Republican events in Illinois would for each event a) email me at the event’s host, speakers, date, time, and location ASAP, b) after the event, post an event report ASAP on your website, and c) email me at the hyperlink to that event report. Please include in your event report the event’s host, speakers, date, time, location, approximate number of attendees, and the names of candidates, elected officials, and party leaders who attended.)
— Bicyclist, pedestrian fatalities on the rise in suburbs – Marni Pyke
— In Illinois, cyclists have same rights as drivers – Marni Pyke

— State says 116 jobs have been moved to Springfield – Doug Finke
— More Democrats jump in state, county races – Bernard Schoenburg
— How to go from good to bad, General Assembly-style – Doug Finke

— Rep. Jeanne Ives will take on Rauner in GOP primary – Chuck Sweeny

— Local voting districts seen as crucial to election security – AP

— “Technicality” Results in Backlog of Ethical Complaints at Capitol – JACLYN DRISCOLL
— DeVos Comments On LGBT Rules; Her Husband’s Political Contributions Questioned – ANYA KAMENETZ

— Protesting American Flag is misguided – James Kirk Wall

— Mount Prospect nurse Katie Miller has announced her candidacy for state representative in the 53rd Illinois House District

— Edwardsville mayor stays course with Rauner – Chandra Lye

— Skillicorn warns of ‘decimated’ GOP if Rauner stays on ticket – Justin Stoltzfus

— Breen withholds gubernatorial endorsement for now – Caitlin Nordahl

— HOUSE CONSIDERS LEGISLATION TO REMOVE CRIMINAL PENALTY FROM SB 1905 An amendment has been filed in the Illinois House of Representatives that would remove language making local government officials criminals simply for enacting Right-to-Work laws. But significant problems remain. – Mailee Smith

— Fiscal Conservative and Pro-Family Candidate for Governor Jeanne Ives Needs Your Help Gathering Signatures – John Biver

— Police reveal what could be a possible motive in the Las Vegas shooting – Sarah Taylor (DIERSEN: Gambling is extremely destructive.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: According to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, Stephen Paddock — the man responsible for the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S. — was a “status-driven,” high-rolling gambler who had been steadily losing money for two years. In a wide-ranging interview with KLAS-TV in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Lombardo revealed that Paddock may have seen his image declining. What does this have to do with a motive? “He was going through some bouts of depression. But he was status-driven,” Lombardo told KLAS in the interview, which was given in an attempt to clarify the murkiness surrounding the October shooting. “Since September 2015, he’s lost a significant amount of wealth, and I think that might have been a determining factor on what he was determined to do,” Lombardo added.)

— George W. Bush: ‘I’m worried that I will be the last Republican president’ – ALICIA COHN (DIERSEN: The Bushes have always rejected many planks in the Republican Party platform. One could argue that Clinton and Obama were elected and reelected because of that.)
— White House strikes back at Bushes over weak legacy – BRANDON CARTER
— Rand Paul assaulted at Kentucky home: police – MAX GREENWOOD

— Man charged with assault after altercation with Rand Paul – BRENT D. GRIFFITHS

— Trump breaches boundaries by saying DOJ should be ‘going after’ Democrats – Philip Rucker and Matt Zapotosky

— TRUMP IS A ‘BLOWHARD,’ ‘I DON’T LIKE HIM’ AND I VOTED FOR HILLARY, GEORGE BUSH SAYS IN NEW BOOK – GREG PRICE (DIERSEN: The Bushes have always rejected many planks in the Republican Party platform. One could argue that Clinton and Obama were elected and reelected because of that.)

— Have Republicans Abandoned the Ownership Society? Encouraging people to buy a home was a hallmark of President George W. Bush’s economic policy. The new GOP tax bill marks a retreat from that philosophy. – RUSSELL BERMAN (DIERSEN: Government should encourage home ownership.)

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.