October 25 Evening Edition

— Chicago City Council Committee Votes to Remove Trump Street Sign  “When you hit Chicago, Chicago hits back,” Alderman Anthony Beale said – Tom Schuba and Mary Ann Ahern


— Illinois has highest number of registered voters since 1970  (DIERSEN: How many of the many millions who are in America illegally will use their false identifications to vote for Clinton and for the other Democrats in the November 8, 2016 election?)
— Trump stops holding high-dollar fundraisers that were raising big cash for the GOP – Matea Gold
— Cook County poised to adopt $13 hourly minimum wage affecting suburbs – Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz
— Chicago aldermen make move to remove Trump street sign – John Byrne


— Chicago ‘hits back,’ strips Trump of honorary street designation – Fran Spielman
— Cher to headline Hillary Clinton Chicago fundraiser – Lynn Sweet

— Greens say GOP ploy adds ‘insult,’ but no injury – Mark Brown
— Cook County Democrat boss making a list and checking it twice – Dan Mihalopoulos
(FROM THE ARTICLE: It ain’t easy being a Chicago political boss these days. Just ask Joe Berrios, the supposed leader of the party that dominates Cook County. Berrios expected each committeeman from Chicago’s 50 wards and the 30 suburban Cook townships to “buy a table” at the county Democratic Party fundraiser on Oct. 13. Some have not done their share, prompting a terse letter from county party headquarters. In an email obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times, a top Berrios aide comes off sounding more like the Nicor collections department than a political boss’ enforcer. “You are receiving this notice because you did not support our 10/13 fundraiser by purchasing any tickets,” wrote Jacob Kaplan, the county Democrats’ executive director. “The Chairman asked all committeemen to support the event by purchasing 10 tickets (at $200 each).” I talked to one committeeman who’s openly bucking Boss Berrios and three others who said they were withholding payment to the party but didn’t want to be publicly identified. Berrios is threatening to out the scofflaws at Friday’s meeting of party brass at the Erie Cafe, a Near North Side restaurant where the chairman’s own political funds have dropped more than $70,000 in the last few years. Kaplan warned the committeemen: “A report on the October fundraiser will be produced at our committeemen pre-election meeting next Friday (10/28) at Erie Cafe. Several committeemen have requested a list of committeemen who have not supported the party’s October fundraiser. If you do not want to be on this list, please reply and let us know how many tickets you will be sending a check into the party for.” Kaplan would not name the committeemen who have not complied with the boss’ fundraising request. Nor would he tell me which of the nice committeemen requested a list of the naughty. “There’s about 15 or so holdouts,” Kaplan said Tuesday. “Some [contributions] may come in by Friday.” Kaplan acknowledged that “it’s not like the old days,” when a Cook County Democratic boss such as Dick Daley could growl an order and every committeeman would heel instantly. “We just ask everybody to contribute something they can afford, even if it’s just one ticket, to share the burden of keeping the party going,” Kaplan said. Many committeemen already paid their share, or even gave much more than what was sought, according to campaign-finance reports. The party reported getting $10,000 from two campaign funds controlled by 14th Ward boss Ed Burke, while John Daley’s 11th Ward Democrats contributed $2,000. In June, the county party organization got $25,000 from Toni Preckwinkle, the County Board president who’s also 4th Ward committeeman and an executive vice chairman of the county Democrats. But 1st Ward Ald. and Committeeman Proco Joe Moreno says he won’t give a dime. He noted that Berrios, Kaplan and other county party officials helped a candidate who tried to unseat him in the committeeman’s race earlier this year. In 2014, Moreno supported a successful challenger against Berrios’ daughter Toni, who had been a state representative. “I have a strong, powerful, progressive ward organization,” Moreno said. “I don’t need to give money to his a– to work against me.” Moreno said he’s considering running against Berrios for the chairman’s day job as county assessor. Another committeeman, who asked not to be identified, said of Berrios, “Why give him money? I don’t understand. He hasn’t done anything for me.” Berrios may manage to placate them. But the only person he really must be sure to please is the true boss — the state party chairman and Illinois House speaker, Mike Madigan. If the fundraising request had come from Madigan, there’s little doubt all 80 committeemen would pull out their checkbooks as quickly as the Erie Cafe’s waiters hustle to serve Berrios.)

— New Glen Ellyn elected officials won’t get paid – Katlyn Smith  (DIERSEN: How much are you paid for what you do?  What do you say to my nasty troubled failed vicious critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who hint/imply/argue/shout that because I am not paid for what I do as your GOPUSA Illinois Editor, a) I am not a reporter or a journalist, b) GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are worthless, and c) I am worthless?)
— Wheaton council decides not to allow for backyard chickens – Jessica Cilella
— Foster, Khouri take different stances on national security, guns – Jessica Cilella
— DiCianni, Krishnamoorthi compare plans to help working families – Eric Peterson
— Naperville career panelists aim to inspire black students – Marie Wilson


— Duckworth, Kirk Vie For Black Vote – Natalie Moore (DIERSEN: What are your demographics?  Which candidates vie for votes from those who share your demographics?)
— Big Donors Creating ‘New Political Landscape’ in Illinois, Group Says – Dan Weissmann


— Live Thursday: U.S. Senate debate


— Fearing Election Day trouble, some U.S. schools cancel classes – AP  (DIERSEN: Will Democrat teachers tell their students to go to polling places and to harass potential Trump voters?  Just kidding, but not completely.)


— Poll: Most see a Clinton victory and a fair count ahead  Most say Trump will not accept results, concede – CNN  (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Who wants a Clinton victory? ANSWER: Individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— Clinton Ramps Up Surrogate Operation as Trump’s Withers


— Why You Should Definitely Go Vote In Your Local Races, Chicago  (DIERSEN: If Clinton wins, successful Democrat down ballot candidates will help her get rid of those who are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— Election Day voter registration easier in urban areas than in rural locations – Dawn Geske


— CITIZENSHIP BACKLOG SILENCES POTENTIAL ILLINOIS VOTERS – Nona Tepper  (DIERSEN: Democrats run America.  Democrats shout at potential Illinois voters that Republicans have caused all their problems, are causing all their problems, and will forever cause all their problems.)




— Huntley High School Students Vote for Trump
— Another Republican Precinct Letter
— Roskam, McConchie, McSweeney Headline Algonquin Republican Luncheon




‘Clear Bias’ Against Hiring Veterans Under Obama Administration, Says Former VA Official – Fred Lucas  (DIERSEN: In the federal government, hiring Democrats, and especially Democrats who are minority, female, and/or young, has always been the top priority.)


— Obama’s 2013 Golf Trip That Included Tiger Woods Cost $3.6 Million – Jason Devaney
— Trump Slams Primary Opponents for Not Endorsing Him – Todd Beamon


— 20K at Trump rally in Tampa yesterday
— Hillary Clinton’s Daffy idea: Stalking Donald Trump with duck
— Planned Parenthood: Husbands no part in abortion decision


— TRUMP: HILLARY PUSHING FOR SOCIALIZED MEDICINE  Slams ‘Obamacare lie’ as rates set to spike – ART MOORE


— Rudy Giuliani: If NeverTrump Conservatives Elect Hillary Clinton, ‘They’re Giving Away the Next 20 to 30 Years’ – JOHN HAYWARD


— Four teens charged after youth flash mob attacks college students, cop — one even punches police horse in the face – Dave Urbanski


— Free-tuition activists stoked over arrests for blocking Michigan Ave – Amber Athey
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Three University of Chicago students were arrested during another “Moral Mondays” event in May that also targeted Griffin, suggesting he was responsible for the budget crisis in Illinois. “I did this in protest of the budget crisis being inflicted on Illinois by Gov. Rauner, a man financed by billionaire Ken Griffin, who makes $90,000 an hour,” one protester wrote, according to the Maroon. Even though the students expressed disgust with the budget crisis in May, they still demonstrated vehemently in favor of free tuition, claiming students only have to pay for school because billionaires are not paying their “fair share.” One sign at the protest read, “Bruce Rauner, Ken Griffin, and IL tax dodgers: Pay up for free higher ed,” while another said, “Make LaSalle St. pay, not the 99%.” “Griffin paid $300 million for one painting. Wonder how many student artists that could’ve sent to college?)


— Report: Trump campaign all but ends big-money fundraising operations, leaving the RNC in the lurch; Update: Retreat?


— Taxpayer Tab For Obama Trip That Included Golf With Tiger Woods: $3.6 Million – Alex Pappas
— Flash Mobs 50-100 Strong Pounce On Random Pedestrians, Cops At Temple University – Amber Randall


— A Catholic University Bows to Black Lives Matter  To avoid ‘provoking’ the group, DePaul will not allow its pro-life students to post messages – Deirdre Reilly


— Portland Could Be The First City To Tackle Outrageous CEO Pay  Of course the progressive Oregon city would be a pioneer on this. – Emily Peck


— BEYOND TRAGIC: Spike In Immigrants Illegally Crossing Into U.S. Ahead Of Election


— GOP schedules RNC member call as Election Day approaches – Tal Kopan


— The RNC’s suckers and sellouts are helpless to Trump – Kathleen Parker
— Trump will claim the election was stolen. This new poll shows GOP voters may believe him. – Greg Sargent
— In the federal government, how likely is it that a woman will make more than a man? – Leslie Shapiro and Ted Mellnik
— For some conservative female pundits, this election has been a nightmare – Kelsey Snell
— Women who want to get ahead should look to the federal government, not corporate America – Lisa Rein  (DIERSEN: To get women to accept job offers, GAO could have female job applicants read every word in every document that was filed in Diersen v. GAO.  SEE: https://gopillinois.com/documents/  Those documents show that GAO gives preference to its Democrat employees who are female, as well as to those who are minority, younger, and/or veteran. )
(FROM THE ARTICLE: For every chair occupied by a woman in the corporate C-suite, six are filled by a man. In the federal government, it’s 1 out of every 3. Women are gradually advancing to the highest levels of government, where they now represent 33.7 percent of the leaders known as senior executives. These are the mostly career managers who carry out the mandate of the White House, occupying key roles just below top presidential appointees. In the civilian world, they’re the generals and admirals who run their agencies day-to-day. Women and men have not reached parity in the top ranks of government. But among the 7,187 career senior executives, they’ve reached pay parity, with women getting a slight edge. Their $175,451 average salary is $479 more than men’s.  Women have climbed further than their male counterparts at private companies, where just 16 percent of executives are women, according to an analysis by McKinsey & Company, working with the Partnership for Public Service. The Government Accountability Office, a little-known agency that acts as the government’s fiscal watchdog, has quietly cultivated a culture that has helped women thrive. The result? Women make up 41 percent of the senior executives there, substantially above the government-wide average. The GAO has what’s best described as an unglamorous mission: It audits government programs for Congress to ensure that taxpayers get the most efficient and accountable spending for their money. The audits released this month include titles such as “Agencies Have Sound Procedures for Managing Exchanges but Could Improve Inventory Monitoring” (on nuclear material) and “Guidance Needed for Completing Required Impact Assessments Prior to Presidential Drawdowns” (on security assistance). Arcane as the work is, it gets results: Federal agencies act on about 80 percent of the GAO’s recommendations to improve their operations, even if some guidance takes years to be implemented. Yet the GAO is not just a good place to work (it consistently ranks near the top among midsize agencies in the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government annual rankings) but a good place to work for women. Of the agency’s 121 senior executives, 50 are women, including the general counsel and chief operating officer. “With the wide variety of work we’re doing, you want to have a representative workforce,” Eugene Dodaro, the comptroller general of the United States and GAO head, said in an interview. Government agencies have long prided themselves on helping their employees balance their work and personal lives. The GAO’s approach is more serious than most: day care on site at the Washington headquarters, a student loan repayment program, a generous telework policy — 65 percent of the staff worked from home one day or more per pay period last year — and a flexible relocation policy. When she was hired 26 years ago as an entry-level analyst right out of graduate school, Orice Williams Brown told herself she would do this for a few years until the financial markets, still reeling from a crash, recovered. Her first assignment was to investigate why the Internal Revenue Service was not using interest on municipal bonds that local governments had returned to the federal government. “I was totally hooked,” she recalled. She was promoted to senior executive in 2005, in charge of the team that audits financial markets and community investment. Five years ago, she was made a managing director. “The work is extremely appealing,” Williams Brown, 50, said. “It’s a family-friendly culture. I’ve seen people advance regardless of where they are in their personal life. I’ve seen people promoted who are out on maternity leave.” She said that by having employees work in teams with experts from different disciplines, the GAO puts a premium on collaborative skills and coming to collective decisions. “That’s one of the things women are really socialized to do.” For Susan Poling, the GAO’s stable leadership is a big factor in why she and other women thrive. The agency is not run by a political appointee whose face changes every four years, but by a nonpartisan civil servant who serves a 15-year term. Like many lawyers, Poling found that government gives women opportunities to advance without working the 70-and 80-hour weeks that are essential to making partner at corporate firms. “One of the things I bring is that I’ve been a working mother, and I have other men and women on my staff who are working parents,” she said. When she was hired to the GAO in 1990 from the Department of Education, she worked part time so she could spend more time with her young son. “But they didn’t shunt me over and not give me great things to do,” she said. Today, as a full-time senior executive, Poling supervises 156 lawyers. And at 68, she has no plans to retire anytime soon. “I’m still enjoying myself.”)

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.