October 3 Evening Edition

— Gov. Rauner Still Won’t Officially Say He’s Running for Re-election – Mary Ann Ahern (DIERSEN: So far, I have gathered 34 signatures on Rauner/Sanguinetti nominating petitions from registered Republicans voters in my precinct. Since I became the Republican Precinct Committeeman for DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 in Wheaton in 1999, my policy has been to gather signatures on nominating petitions from registered Republican voters in my precinct for all the candidates on Republican primary ballots. So far, I have also gathered about 30 signatures for: U.S. CONGRESS: Peter Roskam; STATE OF ILLINOIS: Erika Harold, Attorney General; ILLINOIS SENATE: Michael Connelly, Senator; ILLINOIS HOUSE: Jeanne Ives, Representative; DUPAGE COUNTY: Dan Cronin, Board Chairman; James Mendrick, Sheriff; Frank Bibbiano, Sheriff; Paul Hinds, Clerk; Gwen Henry, Treasurer; Darlene Ruscitti, Regional Superintendent of Schools; DUPAGE COUNTY BOARD: Grant Eckhoff, Amy Grant, Paula McGowen, Beth Tatro; DUPAGE COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE: Joseph Cantore, President; CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE: Richard Russo, Karen Wilson)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Since Rauner signed the controversial abortion bill House Bill 40 last month, conservative members of his own party have called for a primary challenger. GOP State Rep. Jeanne Ives said she is “hoping that he decides on his own” not to run. The governor said “reasonable people can reasonably disagree, this was a very emotional issue,” adding, “I respect both sides; I tried to find compromise.”)


— IL’s GOP congressional delegation criticizes Rauner, touts its own abortion bill
— Ives: “I’m letting it kind of boil up”
— New JB Pritker online ad calls President Trump “a racist and a xenophobe”  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats say that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things.  How should Republicans react?)


— Illinois Republicans in Congress rebuke Rauner over abortion bill – Rick Pearson
— Abortion funding, truthfulness and a question: Can Rauner recover? – Editorial
— Emanuel criticizes Trump over Las Vegas response; Rauner wants ‘dialogue’ about guns – John Byrne and Monique Garcia
— Naperville liquor commission to mull ‘happy hour’ revival – Bill Bird  (DIERSEN: For most of my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, the more that they drink, the more bombastic, sarcastic, nasty, rude, mean, threatening, etc. that they get.)
— Father of Las Vegas shooter lived in Chicago, where he did time and started a family – Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas
— Pennsylvania Republican lawmaker repeatedly promoted pro-life stance a week after reportedly telling mistress to get abortion – Aaron Blake
— Whitney Young Magnet High school students to host gubernatorial primary debate Wednesday – Marissa Page
— Naperville activists advocate for gun law changes at vigil for Las Vegas victims – Alicia Fabbre


— Illinois GOP congressmen: Rauner ‘let down’ state on abortion bill – Tina Sfondeles
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps want to abolish the Second Amendment.


— Inspector blasts police for abusing overtime – GREG HINZ


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps glorify and praise a) those who come to America illegally, b) those who stay in America illegally, and c) those who bring others to America illegally.


— McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks named to Amazon headquarters task force – ED KOMENDA


— Abortion law costs estimated at $1.8M – Rebecca Susmarski


— Judge: Prosecutors must list other ‘falsehoods’ in Aaron Schock case – Andy Kravetz


— Rauner Wants to Focus on Unity of Republican Party  (DIERSEN: Illinois “Republicans” who reject planks in the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) platform destroy the IRP.)
— Rauner defends HB 40, remains cagey about re-elex plans


— Reacting To Las Vegas Shooting, Illinois Politicians Follow Party Lines – BRIAN MACKEY


— War on Cops or War on Blacks?: Watch Jeff Berkowitz w/Heather Mac Donald


— Will County Board Concluded It Could NOT Take Away Countywide Elected Officials’ Pensions, as Jack Franks Is Proposing
— Skillicorn Hosting Thursday Property Tax Appeal Seminar


— 49th District candidate Tonia Khouri ‘offended’ by Rauner’s signing of abortion bill – Angela Underwood


— McCarter working to repeal Trust Act in Illinois – Robert Hadley


— Politicians react to Las Vegas massacre  President Trump leads moment of silence – Mark Maxwell


— Are Rauner’s allies pushing Rep. Jeanne Ives to spoil GOP primary?
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Conservative claim they are furious at Governor Rauner for signing HB40, which expands taxpayer-funded abortions in Illinois. Can we really believe them? Rauner’s money grubbers betrayed conservatives on abortion. Terri Koyne, a writer at the Illinois Review made this point. She wrote, “Rauner didn’t betray or deceive anyone [on abortion]- Rauner money grabbers did.” Terri is correct: Rauner’s conservative money grubbers can’t be trusted. Read Koyne’s piece which details Rauner’s pro-abortion history and his questionnaire statements. Is Jeanne Ives Rauner’s spoiler in the Republican primary for Governor? Rep. Jeanne Ives told Politico that she won’t rule out challenging Rauner in a primary and that operative DAN PROFT, who received $5 million from Rauner, is pushing Ives’ candidacy. It could be that Ives is Rauner’s spoiler candidate in the Republican primary to ensure a Rauner victory. Why would GOP voters support any candidate connected to Rauner and his allies, including REP. JEANNE IVES, whose ties to the Illinois Policy Institute and the Illinois Opportunity Project are long and deep? Will Dan Proft return Rauner’s donations? Proft and Pat Hughes of Illinois Opportunity Project blasted Rauner in a statement this weekend: “Gov. Rauner has mandated taxpayer funding of abortions at any time, for any reason. He additionally signed a law to make Illinois a sanctuary state. Do those initiatives sound like the priorities of a governor with ‘no social agenda?’ They sound like the priorities of a social justice warrior. No conservative reform governor has ever done so much for the liberal agenda.” Real GOP Illinois is relieved that Proft and Hughes are finally condemning Governor Rauner after supporting him and takes his donations for at least the last five years. Will Proft be returning the $5 million he received from Rauner or the millions he received from Rauner’s second biggest donor Dick Uihlein? How can Dan Proft’s word can be trusted due to the donations he has taken from Rauner? Greg Hinz at Crain’s just confirmed a deal between John Tillman, Dan Proft and Governor Rauner for Richard Uihlein to raise $30 million for Rauner if Proft could control Republican legislative races and jobs for IPI staffers. Does that sound like good conservative values to you? Too little too late from John Tillman of Illinois Policy Institute In a recent Facebook post, JOHN TILLMAN, CEO of the “conservative” Illinois Policy Institute and one of Rauner’s biggest allies, wrote, “Benedict Rauner going back on his word and signing HB40. Whether you are pro life or pro choice, a politician loses when he gives his word to many people and goes back on it, including to Cardinal [Blase] Cupich. Further, if you care only about economic issues, he has put that entire agenda at risk by betraying those to whom he gave his word.” Tillman, until now, has been quiet on Rauner. He’s been called the “defacto governor” due to his close ties to the Illinois Governor. Tillman and his Illinois Policy Institute group have also been silent on the Trust Act, which Rauner signed to keep illegal immigrants safe from deportation by making Illinois a sanctuary state. Tillman’s groups not returning Rauner’s large donations  Illinois Policy Institute has received more than $500,000 from Rauner’s family foundation in the past and millions more from donors tied-to Rauner. Illinois Opportunity Project is connected to the Illinois Policy Institute and is the political hit group for Rauner. IOP’s donors are not public which begs the question how much as IOP received from Rauner? Real GOP Illinois believes they made millions from Rauner. Illinois Policy Institute and Illinois Opportunity Project are squawking about Rauner’s abortion betrayal now but they took his money for years even after he continued to fund Planned Parenthood with taxpayer money and after he signed a bill to force doctors and crisis pregnancy centers to refer abortion cases in 2016. Rauner’s conservative supporters, including Rep. Ives, have been silent on these too. Where was their outrage then? Can we believe John Tillman and Illinois Policy Institute when they condemn Governor Rauner? Do they really want to defeat Rauner or help him? Will they return the millions of dollars he has donated to them? Bruce Rauner was a danger to the Illinois Republican Party in 2014. Despite his extreme social positions, Republican leaders knelt before him for the money. Why should conservatives of conscience trust these money grubbers again?)


— SHOOTER IN BLOODY VEGAS GUN MASSACRE WAS LONGTIME FEDERAL AGENT – LEO HOHMANN  (DIERSEN: Will my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress that I worked for the Post Office 1966-1969, for IRS 1971-1980, and for GAO 1980-1997?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: More than 48 hours after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, police still don’t have a motive for the horrific crime. But a more complete profile of the killer is beginning to emerge. Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter who killed 59 people at a country music festival Sunday night, worked over a 10-year period as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, an IRS agent and a defense auditor. A spokeswoman for the federal Office of Personnel Management told the Associated Press Tuesday that Paddock’s employment included two years as a mail carrier from 1976 to 1978. That was followed by a six-year stint with the Internal Revenue Service until 1984. And then he worked as a defense auditor for about 18 months. The latest revelation suggests the U.S. government should have an extensive file on its former employee, Stephen Paddock, who not only worked directly for the government for nearly a decade but then worked another year-and-a-half for federal weapons contractor Lockheed Martin. With his institutional knowledge of how the federal bureaucracy works, Paddock was anything but the typical mass shooter. He would have been able to cover his tracks in the planning stages of his attack. The Islamic State, or ISIS, has doubled down on its claim of responsibility for the attack, saying Paddock had converted to Islam in recent months and become a “soldier of the caliphate.” But given the rapidly degrading status of the Islamic State, some analysts believe it could be entering a new phase where it is willing to risk credibility in its propaganda message in exchange for a short term boost in its prestige among Islamic terrorists worldwide. In other news, leaked photos of the scene inside Paddock’s hotel room at the Mandalay Bay resort appeared to show a note on a small table near the shooter’s dead body. As of this report, no details have been released about what may have been written on that note. . .Video everywhere. . .Girlfriend back in the spotlight)


— Detroit councilwoman: Ban rifles in hotel rooms facing public spaces


— CNN White House Correspondent: Country Music Fans ‘Are Likely Trump Supporters’ – KATHERINE RODRIGUEZ (DIERSEN: From what I see, likely Trump supporters are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Chain Migration of Potentially 19M Foreign Nationals Would Follow Amnesty for Illegal Aliens – JOHN BINDER
— DHS Official: Donald Trump Wants DACA Illegals to Get Amnesty, Become Citizens – NEIL MUNRO
— GOP Bill to Import 1 Million Low-Wage Replacements for U.S. Food Workers – NEIL MUNRO


— Breaking: Las Vegas Massacre Sniper Filmed Himself Shooting During Carnage


— GOP establishment doubts Bannon’s primary powers – BEN KAMISAR  (DIERSEN: What if Bannon took on Rauner?)


— Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) threatened to back out of a pro-immigration news conference on Wednesday unless Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) was disinvited, Curbelo told The Hill on Tuesday. – SCOTT WONG (DIERSEN: I should write a book about Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, and RINOs in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who have not invited me to their events because I support a) the traditional family, right to life, immigration, equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving), and the rest of the planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform and the Republican Party platform and/or b) the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling.)
— House passes 20-week abortion ban – JESSIE HELLMANN
— E-Verify saves jobs for American workers – REP. LAMAR SMITH (R-TEXAS)


— Gerrymandering Is A Threat To Our Republic  Today’s Supreme Court justices would do well to heed the warning of one of their most famous forebears. – Jane Dailey (DIERSEN: In your precinct and in the political jurisdictions that your precinct is in, what percent of the voters are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors?)


— Trump administration backpedals on citizenship for ‘Dreamers’ – Yeganeh Torbati, Richard Cowan


— Las Vegas Shooting: Gunman’s Rifle Had ‘Bump Stock’ to Make It Rapid-Fire Weapon


— How big is the federal workforce? Much bigger than you think. – Joe Davidson
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A new study on “The True Size of Government,” by Paul C. Light, professor of public service at New York University, says the government’s “blended” workforce is 7 to 9 million strong — including contractors and grantees. Grantees include a range of folks, such as the Ohio State University team that studied “Swedish massages for rascally rabbits,” as former senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) described in his “Wastebook 2014.”)


— Supreme Court Appears Divided Over Gerrymandering  Justices reviewing Wisconsin case express concern, but some seem reluctant to intervene – Jess Bravin and Brent Kendall (DIERSEN: I should write an article about how and why my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 in Wheaton was gerrymandered in 2015.)


— Vegas shooter was longtime federal employee (DIERSEN: Will my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress that I worked for the Post Office 1966-1969, for IRS 1971-1980, and for GAO 1980-1997?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: More than 48 hours after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, police still don’t have a motive for the horrific crime. But a more complete profile of the killer is beginning to emerge. Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter who killed 59 people at a country music festival Sunday night, worked over a 10-year period as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, an IRS agent and an auditor for the U.S. Department of Defense. A spokeswoman for the federal Office of Personnel Management told the Associated Press Tuesday that Paddock’s employment included two years as a mail carrier from 1976 to 1978. That was followed by a six-year stint with the Internal Revenue Service until 1984. And then he worked as a defense auditor for about 18 months. Defense auditors are required to undergo background checks to receive security clearances. The latest revelation suggests the U.S. government should have an extensive file on their former employee, Stephen Paddock, who not only worked directly for the government for 10 years but then worked another year-and-a-half for federal weapons contractor Lockheed Martin.)


— Use It Or Lose It — Trump’s Agencies Spent $11 Billion Last Week In Year-End Spending Spree – Adam Andrzejewski


— Nikki Haley learns the hard way that retweets are endorsements  When is a tweet an endorsement? Pretty much all the time, the government says – TAYLOR LINK

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.