October 14 Morning Edition

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Second City cast member Peter Kim blames Trump for “offensive behavior from audiences.”  Are you an anti-Trump?  If so, what do you blame Trump for?)


— CPS deal with CTU would cost about $8.9 billion over 4 years – Fran Spielman and Lauren FitzPatrick
— Metra board to weigh alternatives to planned 8.5% fare increase – Rosalind Rossi
— Endorsement: Bob Dold goes for the smart middle ground  (DIERSEN: Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform.  The more planks in the Republican Party platform that you reject, the more that anti-Republicans like you, but they will still vote for the Democrat candidate.)


— DuPage renews third-party worker’s comp firm contract; New office furniture, carpeting – Gary Gibula
— Gays and Catholicism: Pope’s words open door to confusion – AP  (DIERSEN: The Pope asks “Who am I to judge?”  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois are extremely judgmental. They blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems.  The blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for all the losses that Republicans have suffered in Illinois since 2000.  They hint/imply/argue/shout that they will send straight to HELL any individual, any organization, any company, any government, or any country that does not join them in destroying me.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: An ideological tug of war over the firing of a Rhode Island church music director for marrying his same-sex partner illustrates the confusion that permeates some U.S. Roman Catholic parishes over Pope Francis’ words on homosexuality. Francis’ famous declaration “Who am I to judge?” in 2013 energized Catholics who had pushed the church to accept gays and lesbians. Now, some gay Catholics and supporters who hoped for rapid acceptance find themselves stymied by many bishops and pastors. Francis is being cited by both the music director, Michael Templeton, and by Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin, known for taking a hard line on church teaching about marriage and abortion. Tobin has criticized Francis, writing after the pope’s summit on the family two years ago that “Francis is fond of ‘creating a mess.’ Mission accomplished.” The pope has upheld Catholic teaching on homosexuality, reiterating the church’s opposition to same-sex relationships. But his shift in tone and broad statements about mercy have left a trail of comments that amount to a Rorschach test open to interpretation, say those who have closely followed Francis.)
— Tammy Duckworth for U.S. Senate from Illinois – Editorial
— SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 FLASHBACK: Wheaton group home (SEE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Group_home) for developmentally disabled moves forward  Proposed 15-resident care location would be northeast of downtown Wheaton – Bob Goldsborough
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Plans for a proposed 15-resident group care home for developmentally disabled individuals just northeast of downtown Wheaton cleared another hurdle, as the city’s Group Care Home Commission voted 3-1 to grant the project a necessary group care home license. The Wheaton-based nonprofit STARS Family Services, which operates another four-person group care home called Washington House on Wheaton’s north side, wants to construct a new group care home on vacant land at the southeast corner of Cross Street and Union Avenue. The project would be constructed on land currently owned by St. John Lutheran Church, zoned for single-family residential use and used for two parking lots. Plans call for two structures that would be linked by a common courtyard. Each would have six private bedrooms, a great room, a shared kitchen and shared baths for each pair of bedrooms. The project also will include housing for a couple who would live in the home and oversee the evening and the overnight. A volunteer or staff person also will be present in the home during the day. The project has drawn opposition from some neighbors, who criticize the scale of the proposal. In addition, they have questioned STARS’ financial strength and how the home would be used were STARS to no longer be economically viable. “None of the neighbors oppose a group care home,” said neighbor Kathy Langlois. “We embrace it, we applaud it and we welcome it. And it’s absolutely not a case of ‘Not in my back yard.’ It’s a question of scale.” Langlois also said she and her neighbors would welcome the construction of one single-family home on the site. “What happens if STARS runs out of money?” she asked. “This will be a group care home. It can’t go back to being a single-family home.” STARS president Ray Chase noted that the organization has taken great pains to ensure its financial viability. STARS plans to pay cash for the land and has vowed never to open a group care home until it has 150 percent of that home’s projected first year’s operating expenses. In addition, STARS’ College Avenue resale shop generates more than 40 percent of the group’s annual need, he said. “I think we’re pretty stable,” he said. “I think we’ve taken a very conservative approach financially.” Chase also said the group is continuing to try to work with neighbors. “We’ve also done some things to make sure the home looks like it would fit in a neighborhood and isn’t overwhelming in size,” Chase said. “There even are architectural variations between the two homes so they look like different homes.” Wheaton’s Planning and Zoning Board unanimously voted in June to recommend that the City Council approve the project. Last week, three-fourths of the Group Care Home Commission’s members signed off on the project as well. Group Care Home Commission board member Chris Ellerman praised STARS for proposing two linked structures rather than one larger one. He also lauded the group’s model, which involves a married couple living with the developmentally disabled adults, with the adults’ aging parents or relatives being involved on a weekly basis and typically coming by to visit over the dinner hour. “In terms of a home for disabled adults in the community they have grown up in, absolutely,” Ellerman said. “This is their town. I live two blocks away, and I’d be ashamed if I didn’t want to welcome them in my community..” Group Care Home Commission board member Matthew McNear was the lone vote against the license. In an interview on Friday, he noted his concerns about the “scope” of the proposed home and some of the other issues that neighbors had raised. “I think STARS is a great organization and they do a lot of good there, but I think this probably could use some more discussion or some more review,” he said. With the group care home license now in hand, the proposal next heads to the Wheaton City Council for its consideration, likely sometime in October, said Jim Kozik, the city’s director of planning and economic development.)
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Job-matching program results promising – Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz  (DIERSEN: In 1997, in today’s dollars, I was earning $120,427 a year.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats demonize, denigrate, and condemn Trump’s supporters.


— Endorsement: Grogan for DuPage auditor
— New programs ease homebuyers’ path to mortgages – Ken Harney  (DIERSEN: How old were you when you got your first mortgage?  I was 24 years old in 1972 when I got my first mortgage; it was for a new town home at 774-5 Sunset Court in University Park (current Zillow estimate is $59,012).  I worked for IRS in its Harvey office as a GS-9 (currently $53,717) Revenue Officer, and in addition, I worked part-time for the Firestone Store in Chicago Heights.  I owned a 1972 Corvette and a 1962 Chevy Impala.)
— APRIL 10, 2015 FLASHBACK: Five women ‘STARS’ looking to new group home in Wheaton  STARS Ministry opens new facility for women in Wheaton – Susan Dibble
— What do political candidates owe to their voters? – Gail Chaney Kalinich


— FOR CONDOS, A LOST DECADE  When the housing market crashed in 2006, Chicago was awash in unsold condominiums—and the wave tripled in size as the crisis deepened. The meter is still running. Today, condos are worth about 7 percent less than they were 10 years ago. – DENNIS RODKIN  (DIERSEN: My wife and I got married in 1978.  In 1978, a) after owning a one bedroom condo in the Outer Drive East building for less than 2 years, sold it a $10,000 profit; b) I used that profit to buy a new 1978 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale and a new 1978 Chevy Chevette; and c) my wife and I bought 1017 East Harrison in Wheaton using her savings for the 20% down payment.)


— Michael Madigan: The Movie – Paris Schutz


— Endorsement: U.S. Senate: Mark Kirk


— Rauners to live at fairgrounds during Executive Mansion closure – Tim Landis


— Will Rauner be Madigan’s next scalp? – Jay Jamison


— Rauner Vague About Trump Support – AMANDA VINICKY


— Ryan, McConnell scramble to protect GOP majorities amid Trump turmoil  GOP majorities in jeopardy – CNN
— Tweets show why women don’t report sex assault  #WhyWomenDontReport followed #NextFakeTrumpVictim – CNN
— Trump has ‘betrayed First Amendment values,’ journalists say – CNN  (DIERSEN: What do you say to “Republican” politicians in Illinois, in DuPage County, in Milton Township, in Wheaton, and in Glen Ellyn a) who do not want me to know about their events or their activities, b) who do not want me to promote or report on their events or activities, c) who do not want me to attend their events, and/or d) who pander to Rich Miller and to the rest of the Democrat news media?)


— Prison issue looms large for Southern Illinois politicians – K. JANIS ESCH


— League of Women Voters to hold candidate forum Oct. 16 – Nathan Lurz


— Donald Trump Has a 0% Chance of Winning the Election, According to U of I Computer Scientists  Election forecasting group at the University of Illinois says their model is better than FiveThirtyEight. – Jim Dallke


— “Low blow and cheap shot” *** Citing Kirk’s stroke, Tribune endorses Duckworth
— “Their minds or their bodies are too broken for them to work”  (DIERSEN: The Democrats who run the federal government wasted my career and forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old.  They would not have done that if I had been a Democrat, a minority, a female, or a veteran.)




— Donald Trump’s Invisible Shackles – Michael Barone (DIERSEN: Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform.)
— NBC Held Trump ‘P***y Grab’ Tape For Maximum Election Impact – Guy Benson (DIERSEN: What do you say to those who wanted Trump to win the Republican primary because they believed he would be the easiest to defeat in the general election?)


— SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 FLASHBACK: Is Charlotte Our Future? – Patrick J. Buchanan


— After Michelle Responds to Lewd Tape, White House Issues Warning to Trump About Attacking First Lady – JUSTEN CHARTERS


— Clinton camp’s cozy relationship with Coca-Cola – Catherine Boudreau


— Donald Trump vs. a Free Press – Editorial
— The Professor Wore a Hijab in Solidarity — Then Lost Her Job  When Larycia Hawkins, the first black woman to receive tenure at Wheaton College, made a symbolic gesture of support for Muslims, the evangelical college became divided over what intellectual freedom on its campus really meant. – RUTH GRAHAM
— A 44% Pay Divide for Female and Male Law Partners, Survey Says – ELIZABETH OLSON


— What happened to ‘America’s Mayor’? How Rudy Giuliani became Trump’s attack dog. – Paul Schwartzman and Ben Terris
— The shocking pain of American men – Jeff Guo  (DIERSEN: The Democrats who run the federal government wasted my career and forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old.  They would not have done that if I had been a Democrat, a minority, a female, or a veteran.)


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PICTURE OF CLINTON: HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Clinton courts Trump’s core: White man – Heidi M. Przybyla
— Where do I vote? Google now will tell you, and show you the ballot – Jessica Guynn


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Trump’s Path to Victory Diminishes  Donald Trump angrily denies sexual misconduct claims amid fresh polls that indicate his path to the White House is constricting – MICHAEL C. BENDER and JANET HOOK
— The Press Buries Hillary Clinton’s Sins  As reporters focus on Trump, they miss new details on Clinton’s rotten record. – KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
— Voters’ Education Level a Driving Force This Election  Whites without college degree tend to back Donald Trump, many of those with four-year degree back Hillary Clinton – AARON ZITNER and DANTE CHINNI


— RNC Transfers $6.35 Million to Down Ballot Races  The move comes at a difficult moment for the Trump campaign. – Kevin Cirilli
— It’s Official: This Election Is Driving Americans Nuts  And it’s the oldest among us who are suffering the most. – Deena Shanker


— Chicago Tribune endorses Duckworth, cites Kirk’s health – AP


— GM honored by chamber for $770K investment – CHARLES A. MASON


— Rutherford Institute Defends First Amendment Rights of Federal Employee Prohibited From Displaying Pro-Trump Political Sign on His Personal Vehicle


–Committee to Protect Journalists Says Trump is Threat to Press Freedom
— Should There be Legislation in Place Preventing Politicians from Banning the Press? – Sean Stroh  (DIERSEN: What do you say to “Republican” politicians in Illinois, in DuPage County, in Milton Township, in Wheaton, and in Glen Ellyn a) who do not want me to know about their events or their activities, b) who do not want me to promote or report on their events or activities, c) who do not want me to attend their events, and/or d) who pander to Rich Miller and to the rest of the Democrat news media?  These “Republican” politicians talk and act like they are Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, or RINOs.)

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.