October 23 Morning Edition

— VIDEO: Governor Rauner Launches Reelection Campaign

— Ives gears up, Walsh waits in wings
— Dems pounce on new Rauner ad
— Poll: Pritzker leads Kennedy and Biss 39-15-6
— Rauner’s federal pension idea allows “some level of bankruptcy”
— “I’ve had hands up my skirt. I’ve had my hair pulled – There’s just kind of nothing you can really do”
— Will Illinois really break the spending record?

— Primary? – Natasha Korecki
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The news also comes as another Republican, state Rep. Jeanne Ives, began circulating petitions and has told colleagues she’s all in if she receives the support and financial backing. And as we told you earlier this month, there is talk of a conservative challenging Rauner as an independent in the general election. Rauner’s base — As it happens, a group of Illinois conservatives met on Saturday to hash out the primary options and to solidify their unity — in turning their backs on Rauner — in both the primary and, if necessary, the general election. On Friday, we reported that U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam was rethinking his support for Rauner after the governor’s decision on HB40. WLS’ “Big John Howell” asked Rauner about that. “Reasonable people can reasonably disagree,” Rauner said. “As Ronald Reagan said, we are a big tent. As Ronald Reagan said, we don’t speak ill of our fellow Republicans.” In an interview with POLITICO Sunday, Family PAC’s Paul Caprio countered that it’s Rauner who has failed to embrace his fellow Republican — in the White House. “The governor did not endorse the Republican president of the United States. He’s never even said anything positive — every time I see Rauner and Trump in the same breath — he either punts or he criticizes,” Caprio told POLITICO. He noted that Rauner shouldn’t count on conservatives to support him even if it’s between him and a Democrat. “The party loyalty argument and the lesser of two evils?” Caprio said. “That’s dead.”)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Last week, Rauner (along with deputy governor Leslie Munger) made a surprise appearance at a New Trier Republican dinner. He created another surprise by making a couple of declarations, according to people in attendance: one, he singled out National Republican Committeeman Richard Porter for his role in a federal effort to allow the restructuring of public pensions. The state has the worst-in-the-nation pension liability, estimated now at an eye-popping $130 billion. “The governor tells us we should all thank Richard Porter and congratulate him on the work he’s doing — that he’s trying to get federal legislation passed affecting public pensions which would supersede the Illinois constitution and allow us to restructure our pension system,” one of the attendees told us. Porter, an attorney at Kirkland & Ellis, is not a registered lobbyist, so it isn’t clear what role he is playing in advocating for Rauner in Congress. Our efforts to reach Porter since last week by phone and email were unsuccessful. A GOP spokesman who followed up referred us to the Rauner campaign, which did not have a comment. Rauner also told the crowd he was working to reverse a tax increase (something he reiterates today in his reelection rollout). Timing: Rauner’s talk about revamping pension debt and a lower tax rate comes just as the state is in the midst of a massive, $6 billion bond issue — attempting to borrow money at as low a rate as possible to pay down a bill backlog that’s reaching $16 billion. When Illinois made its offer letter to potential investors, it was under certain assumptions — including that the state now had a “permanent” revenue stream under a recently approved 5 percent income tax rate and 7 percent corporate income tax. Politically, however, it’s a tall order to advance a federal law to circumvent state constitutions. And any agreement would need 60 votes in the U.S. Senate, which Republicans don’t have. At an event last month before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Rauner talked about his efforts. “We’ve got a bill now, we’re working with Congress. (If) Congress passed a law, we’re lobbying right now, allow states to restructure their pensions, supersede the restrictions that the special interest groups have put on the state,” Rauner said at the Sept. 28 event. (Audio) “And I’m hoping to get it done with the tax overhaul that we’re doing. If we can get this bill passed — transformative for Illinois government and taxpayers.” Roskam, the Ways & Means Tax Policy chairman, who is taking a lead role in the tax overhaul effort, said there isn’t a separate bill but added: “I’ve heard the concept discussed, I’ve not seen the language. Not pension funds — but there’s some theory about the capacity of federal courts to get the jurisdiction to allow some level of bankruptcy,” Roskam said in an interview. “There is some discussion … there is no language that I’m aware of. I think it’s conceptual.”)
— ROSKAM TAKES TAX LEAD – Natasha Korecki (DIERSEN: I worked for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 of which at the GS-12, Step 1-5 levels, currently $79,563-$90,173. I worked for GAO on audits of IRS for 3 years at the GS-13, Step 1-3 levels, currently $94,610-$100,917.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Returning to Roskam, the suburban congressman spent last week meeting with groups of small business owners, among others in his district, to talk about how to tackle what’s expected to be the most sizeable income tax overhaul the county has seen in 30 years. “You’ve got to have two things: Number one: middle income tax relief and number two, a better business climate through tax policy,” Roskam said. As he talked to one group of business leaders last week, Roskam heard concerns from business owners who said major decisions, including the sale of business real estate, hinged on the tax hit they anticipated. Why he has hope for tax success — Roskam said unlike the health care debate, everyone agrees the Internal Revenue Code needs fixing. He also noted that there are numerous ways to negotiate aspects of an overhaul by dialing down or up percentages rather than declaring an item in our out of the plan. Asked if Republicans can keep their majority in Congress if they can’t come up with tax relief: “There’s an expectation that this gets done. I think we have to deliver on it. The policy on it is significant. The politics are less significant, but they matter as well. I think it becomes very important for a Republican majority,” Roskam said. How worried is he about losing the majority if it fails? “I’d rather be running in the 2018 election with Republican tax reform at our backs.”)

— Gov. Rauner announces re-election bid (DIERSEN: What have your critics/opponents done to “publicly embarrass” you? My critics/opponents succeeded in rudely ending my TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairmanship in 2012, my Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee membership in 2011, my Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster service in 2010 and 2004, my Illinois Center Right Coalition (ICRC) Steering Committee membership in 2007, my American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board membership in 2004, my GAO employment in 1997, etc. At the start of ICRC’s 2006 Annual Convention, they unsuccessfully tried to get ICRC to censure me for what I do for you as your GOPUSA Illinois Editor.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Rauner’s announcement comes as lawmakers will be returning to Springfield Tuesday to talk vetoes Rauner made to laws they passed this year. Democrats are expected to press on with override to bills that would serve to publicly embarrass the governor.)

— Rauner officially announces re-election bid for governor with campaign video – COURTNEY GOUSMAN (DIERSEN: What have you fought for? While I was a federal employee for almost 30 years, I fought for equal employment opportunity for federal employees, that is, I fought against patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation. Because of that, my Democrat superiors wasted my career and forced me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old. Since 1999, I have fought for all the planks in the Republican Party platform and the Illinois Republican Party. Since 2009, I have fought for the Milton Township Republican Central Committee (MTRCC) Resolution Against Video Gambling. Because of that, those who reject planks in the aforesaid platforms and those who reject the aforesaid resolution have fought against me. )
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The campaign video has been called “I Choose to Fight,” and in it, we see a less ‘official- looking’ Rauner, riding his motorcycle throughout Illinois– dressed in a leather vest, that features a ‘governor patch’ on his chest.)

— Bruce Rauner Announces Re-Election Bid With New Ad

— Rauner vows he’ll keep fighting corruption in re-election announcement – Tina Sfondeles
— Can Chicago handle an influx of hurricane-weary Puerto Ricans? – Rachel Hinton
— Congress should take steps to improve Affordable Care Act – Dick Durbin
— Young feminists tackle obstacles to change at Chicago conference – Rachel Hinton (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps shout at women that men are sexists and even worse things.)

— Donald Trump, the poster boy for white privilege – Leonard Pitts (DIERSEN: How privileged are you, that is, how many demographics to you share with Trump? I am Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, old (69), non-poor, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, married, pet-less, and my ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: In a front page editorial with a color photo unethically made to look a news article, anti-Trumps use Vadim Shapiro and his hometown to demonize, to denigrate, and to condemn Trump and his supporters as being White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things. What is your hometown? My hometown is Crete. I lived there 1948-1972. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes hint/imply/argue/shout that during the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, everyone in Crete was a White supremacist, Nazi, KKK member, hater, racist, sexist, bigot, German-American, Lutheran, and/or even worse things.)
— Abortion rights PAC calls on Rauner to recruit moderates – Kerry Lester (DIERSEN: “Moderate” Republicans work harder against Republicans than they work against Democrats. I should write a book about “moderate” Republicans in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who work harder against Republicans like me than they work against Democrats.)
— ‘Roadkill?’ – Kerry Lester
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The legislation Rauner signed Sept. 28 ensures abortion remains legal in Illinois even if Roe v. Wade is overturned and also allows state employees and Medicaid recipients access to abortions. Rauner’s move shocked some, though he had declared differing views on abortion. As a gubernatorial candidate, he told Personal PAC and others that he supported abortion rights. Then he flipped on the issue, twice telling conservatives he’d veto the measure before ultimately supporting it. “Rosemary Mulligan used to tell her colleagues, ‘There’s a word for people who try to walk the middle of the road on abortion: Roadkill,'” Cosgrove says of his good friend, the late state representative from Des Plaines, who was one of the few pro-abortion rights Republicans in the statehouse.)
— Could Roskam pull support? – Kerry Lester
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton says he’s “reevaluating” his support for Rauner over the abortion law. Spokeswoman Veronica Vera says Roskam’s primary focus right now is on crafting a new tax policy, but that the Wheaton Republican thinks Rauner’s signing of the bill was a mistake.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Whites protest in Berlin.

— Speed could pay off for Pritzker – Rich Miller

— Debt Transparency Act: Overriding this veto is a no-brainer – Editorial

— Rauner looks to Washington for the power to change pension benefits, weaken unions Governor wants feds to be able to override state’s constitution – Kim Geiger

— McCain appears to mock Trump’s draft deferments Suggests the rich avoided Vietnam – DAN MERICA (DIERSEN: Were you 1-A, that is, were you fit for military service? In 1966, when I was 18 years old, I was 1-A notwithstanding the fact that my eyesight could not be corrected to 20/20, that I had partial red/green color blindness, and that I had Osgood-Schlatter disease (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osgood%E2%80%93Schlatter_disease). If I would seek a government office or a political office, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would stress that got student draft deferments 1966-1970 while I attended UIC and NIU and a financial hardship deferment 1970-1971. They would demonize me, denigrate me, and condemn me as being a patriotic hypocrite, a coward, and even worse things.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Sen. John McCain, in an interview about the Vietnam War, appeared to take a swipe at President Donald Trump when he criticized people from “the highest income level” who avoided the draft by finding a doctor who “would say that they had a bone spur.” Trump, who attended the private New York Military Academy as a young man, received five military draft deferments during the Vietnam War, including one medical deferment after he was diagnosed with bone spurs in his foot. McCain and Trump have feuded since the businessman-turned-president used an early event in his 2016 campaign to derided the Arizona Republican’s military service, claiming he was not a war hero because he was captured during the Vietnam War. Trump refused to apologize and their feud has carried into his administration, where McCain has been one of his most fervent Republican critics on Capitol Hill. “One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest income level of America and the highest income level found a doctor that would say they had a bone spur,” McCain told C-SPAN3, American History TV, in an interview about the Vietnam War. “That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.” McCain never mentions Trump by name in the interview, but the President’s deferment because of a bone spur is widely known and the President’s family was well off at the time. Trump told The New York Times in 2016 that a doctor “gave me a letter — a very strong letter — on the heels.” “Over a period of time, it healed up,” he said. In a 2015 biography, Trump told Michael D’Antonio that the bone spurs were “not a big problem, but it was enough of a problem.”)

— Illinois 2018 governor race becomes history making – AP

— Could Trump’s Presidency Play a Role in Illinois’ 2018 Elections? – TONY ARNOLD
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A spokesman for the Republican Governors Association says there’s no evidence to show Trump’s possible impact on 2018 elections. That group is supporting Bruce Rauner for re-election.)

— Rauner Wants Congress To Lift State Pension Mandate

— Rauner: 200 Million Just Start Of Budget Cuts (DIERSEN: All during the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO 1980-1997, GAO’s budget was cut in relative or absolute terms. GAO is just a shell of what it once was.)

— The DuPage County Election Commission is releasing the proposed DuPage County Officers’ Electoral Board Rules of Procedure prior to adoption for the upcoming Electoral Board season.

— Kelly vetting “clean” candidates for Ives’ open 42nd district seat
(FROM THE ANNOUNCEMENT: William J. Kelly, Governor Rauner’s Republican opponent in the 2018 primary, has released the following statement: We welcome Bruce Rauner’s supporter, Jeanne Ives, to the Governor’s race. However, we are calling on her to return the money from Governor Rauner and his wife. I announced my campaign for Governor against Bruce Rauner back in May and opposed his sanctuary state bill and taxpayer-funded abortion bill when all of Rauner’s supporters, like Ives, were silent. More importantly, we are very excited that the 42nd state house seat currently held by Jeanne Ives is open. We are looking for a candidate to run in this open seat. This is a tremendous opportunity and a safe seat in a Republican district. Whomever is elected to this seat will be an elected state representative for life unless they do something really, really stupid. This time, we need a “clean” 42nd district candidate with zero money ties to Bruce Rauner or his henchmen John Tillman and Dan Proft, which is why we will be vetting this candidate very, very closely. If you are interested in running for the 42nd state house district seat, please contact us directly through the campaign website here.)

— Rauner And Durkin Are Perfect Partners

— Democratic Party Candidate for County Clerk Andrew Georgi Lays Out Campaign
— Joe Tirio Responds to County Clerk Opponent Andrew Georgi’s Charges
— Loren Underford Ready to Take on Congressman Randy Hultgren
— Nunda Township Trustee Ed Dvorak Resigns
— Republican Political Activists Gather for Steve Reick Pig Roast
— Sean Casten, Carole Cheney, Democratic Party Aspirants to Oppose Republican Peter Roskam in McHenry County
— Carole Cheney, the Second Democrat Who Wants to Face Off Against Peter Roskam
— Remembering Running for Office at Age 23
— For Those Who Think the Bob Miller 5-Year Contract with Local 150 Is Too Long
— Gravel Pit Company Gives Franks $2,500 Four Days Before Citizens Come to Complain about Expansion

— Burr Ridge mayor Mickey Straub angers Durkin with decision to run against him – Giovanni Whaley

— Chicago’s high costs, taxes push cloud computing to suburbs

— Rep. Maxine Waters says she wants to ‘take out’ Trump

— John McCain Seems To Take Shot At Trump Over Vietnam Deferment – Chuck Ross (DIERSEN: Were you 1-A, that is, were you fit for military service? In 1966, when I was 18 years old, I was 1-A notwithstanding the fact that my eyesight could not be corrected to 20/20, that I had partial red/green color blindness, and that I had Osgood-Schlatter disease (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osgood%E2%80%93Schlatter_disease). If I would seek a government office or a political office, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would stress that got student draft deferments 1966-1970 while I attended UIC and NIU and a financial hardship deferment 1970-1971. They would demonize me, denigrate me, and condemn me as being a patriotic hypocrite, a coward, and even worse things.)

— Mitch McConnell’s Former Chief of Staff Calls Steve Bannon a ‘White Supremacist’ – SEAN MORAN (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Republicans say that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things.)
— Progressives Push Universities to Aid Illegals, not American Youth – PENNY STARR (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps make it clear a) that they prefer citizens of foreign countries over citizens of America, b) that they want to replace citizens of America with citizens of foreign countries, and c) that they want to get rid of citizens of America.)

— Jimmy Carter lets loose: Knocks Obama and Hillary, says Russia didn’t alter election, praises Trump – Chris Enloe
— Hollywood’s biggest movies flop big time as industry implodes from sexual misconduct scandals – Chris Enloe

— White House Rips Sherrod Brown’s ‘Outrageous and Slanderous’ White Supremacist Slams on Bannon and Miller – David Rutz (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Republicans say that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things.)

— In state capitols, women see rampant sexual harassment – REID WILSON

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “California Republicans go gaga for Trump. The state’s withered GOP base loves the president, even if he drags down their House incumbents.”
— Embattled Illinois governor to run for second term – NATASHA KORECKI

— Sen. Sherrod Brown: Steve Bannon ‘Is A White Supremacist’ Echoing comments by Rep. Frederica Wilson, he cites “studies” that say allies of white supremacists are “sprinkled around the White House.” – Igor Bobic (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Republicans say that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things.)

— Bannon’s mention of Sen. John McCain, George W. Bush draws boos at California GOP convention – Seema Mehta and Phil Willon (DIERSEN: McCain and Bush reject many planks in the Republican Party platform.)

— Fox Was Aware of Bill O’Reilly Harassment Settlement at Contract Renewal Former Fox News host signed four-year deal in February, following $32 million agreement with accuser – Joe Flint
— Trump May Be Following Palin’s Trajectory Support for her cooled due to antic statements, intellectual thinness and general strangeness. – Peggy Noonan

— Twitter Users Support McCain’s Vietnam War Remarks About Draft Dodgers – RIDDHIMA KANETKAR (DIERSEN: Were you 1-A, that is, were you fit for military service? In 1966, when I was 18 years old, I was 1-A notwithstanding the fact that my eyesight could not be corrected to 20/20, that I had partial red/green color blindness, and that I had Osgood-Schlatter disease (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osgood%E2%80%93Schlatter_disease). If I would seek a government office or a political office, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would stress that got student draft deferments 1966-1970 while I attended UIC and NIU and a financial hardship deferment 1970-1971. They would demonize me, denigrate me, and condemn me as being a patriotic hypocrite, a coward, and even worse things.)

— Steve Bannon’s return blurs the line between Breitbart News and his political operation – Eliza Collins (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the Main Stream Media acts like it is an arm of the Democrat Party.)
— With tax reform we can make it morning in America again – President Trump
— John McCain mocks Donald Trump’s deferment ‘bone spurs’ (without naming him) – EJ Montini (DIERSEN: Were you 1-A, that is, were you fit for military service? In 1966, when I was 18 years old, I was 1-A notwithstanding the fact that my eyesight could not be corrected to 20/20, that I had partial red/green color blindness, and that I had Osgood-Schlatter disease (
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osgood%E2%80%93Schlatter_disease). If I would seek a government office or a political office, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would stress that got student draft deferments 1966-1970 while I attended UIC and NIU and a financial hardship deferment 1970-1971. They would demonize me, denigrate me, and condemn me as being a patriotic hypocrite, a coward, and even worse things.) 

— Reince Priebus Vows Loyalty to President Trump at Greek-American Event – Tasos Kokkinidis (DIERSEN: What are you loyal to? I am loyal to the Republican Party platform, the Illinois Republican Party platform, and the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and to those who defend and advance the aforesaid.)

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.