October 7 Morning Edition

— 2018 PETITIONS  (DIERSEN: How many signatures on how many nominating petition sheets, for how many candidates, and from how many homes have you gathered so far? So far, from 19 homes in my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 in Wheaton, I have gathered 559 signatures from registered Republican voters on 56 nominating petition sheets for the 19 announced candidates who will be on the March 20, 2018 Republican primary ballot in my precinct. The candidates are: U.S. CONGRESS: Peter Roskam; STATE OF ILLINOIS: Bruce Rauner, Governor and Evelyn Sanguinette, Lieutenant Governor and Erika Harold, Attorney General; ILLINOIS SENATE: Michael Connelly; ILLINOIS HOUSE: Jeanne Ives; DUPAGE COUNTY: Dan Cronin, Board Chairman; James Mendrick and Frank Bibbiano, Sheriff; Paul Hinds, Clerk; Gwen Henry, Treasurer; Darlene Ruscitti, Regional Superintendent of Schools; DUPAGE COUNTY BOARD District 4: Grant Eckhoff, Amy Grant, Paula McGowen, and Beth Tatro; DUPAGE COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE: Joseph Cantore, President; CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE: Richard Russo and Karen Wilson; and REPUBLICAN PRECINCT COMMITTEEMAN: Dave Diersen.  Outstandingly, yesterday evening, my State Farm Insurance Agent Mark Prutzman notarized the aforesaid 56 nominating petitions and my Statement of Candidacy, Oath of Registration Officer, and Loyalty Oath. Ever since I was first elected Republican Precinct Committeeman in 2000, my policy has been to gather signatures on nominating petition sheets for all the candidates who will be on Republican primary ballots in my precinct.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Please help gather signatures for our Republican candidates. Any assistance you can provide to help them secure ballot access would be greatly appreciated. To help, click the links, print the petition sheets, and get signatures from your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. For statewide candidates, anyone who lives in Illinois can sign. For countywide and judicial candidates, signees have to live within DuPage. Federal, state, and county legislators need signatures from those who are registered to vote in their districts. We will update this page when we receive more petitions from the campaigns. Please mail completed, notarized petitions to P.O. Box 893, Wheaton, IL 60187, your local Republican township organization, or the candidate’s campaign office.)


— Berrios moonlights in Las Vegas for video poker friends – Mark Brown


— University of Illinois leads $25M military initiative – AP
— Elk Grove Village mayor wants total tobacco sales ban – Chacour Koop


— Longtime Glen Ellyn volunteer remembered for community work  Memorial service for Jim Rasins set for Sunday – ERIC SCHELKOPF


— Turnover benefits seniors – Rich Miller


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Contentious speaker met with peaceful protests near Illini Union.” (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, schools crank out “good little Democrats” who 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.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE:  Controversial conservative speaker Charlie Kirk’s appearance Thursday night on campus was pretty much a political version of the battle of the bands. Before the Turning Point USA founder began his 40-minute talk inside the Illini Union, a mostly-student crowd of 67 marched across the Quad in that direction, many of them chanting slogans like “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Charlie Kirk has got to go.” Several onlookers grabbed their cellphones to snap selfies in front of the protesters. “He promotes racist policies,” said Elizabeth Dean of the International Socialist Organization. “He wants to build a wall on the border with Mexico. He promotes the ‘professor watch list,’ which asks students to give information about professors they think are left wing. I think his views are harmful to students on campus.” Inside the Union, close to 200 people packed Illini Room B to hear Kirk, a member of President Donald Trump’s transition team, extol the virtues of capitalism, fiscal responsibility and limited government. Attendees launched their own chant: “USA! USA! USA!” One woman squealed when Kirk suggested the U.S. move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “College students are so used to hearing one side of the political agenda,” said Debbie Bernal, president of the UI chapter of Turning Point USA. “It is important to know there are other beliefs out there that young people are open to, as well.” UI police were stationed both inside and outside the union, but no violence was reported. Most of the conflict was of the verbal variety as each side promoted its views, separated by a hallway. Outside, Nilly Kumar of Urbana carried a sign reading “Open mic for anyone who hates fascism.” “Charlie Kirk is openly against the immigrant community and the undocumented community,” Kumar said. “He supports ideas that should have stayed in the racist 20th century. They don’t belong in this time period.” Inside, Kirk’s talk was interrupted only by loud applause from supporters, many of whom sported buttons reading “I love capitalism” and “Socialism sucks.” “Whether you agree or disagree, it is so important to fight for free speech on campuses today,” Kirk told the crowd. Among his remarks: a call for colleges to move from four-year to three-year degrees. “College should not be about life exploration,” he said. “It should be about career preparation.”)


— Blame The Auditors? Coliseum Fraud Case Isn’t Clear Cut – RYAN DENHAM


— Illinois Lawmakers Introduce Various Post-Vegas Gun Proposals – BRIAN MACKEY


— Gov. Rauner declares October Built in Illinois Month  (DIERSEN: What manufacturing jobs have you had in Illinois? During the summer of 1966, when I was 17 years old, I helped build railroad cars for Thrall Car in South Chicago Heights. Early during 1970, I helped Chrysler build cars in Belvedere.)


— Do Republicans Still Love Rauner? (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Rauner talks and acts like he is taking advice from those who want him and all the other Republican candidates to lose on November 6, 2018. Those advisors tell him to dump individuals, organizations, companies, and governments in Illinois that are Trump supporters, religious, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. Those advisors tell him to dump the Republican Party platform and the Illinois Republican Party platform and especially their traditional family, right-to-life, immigration, illegal drugs, and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks.)


— Durkin: Purveyor Of Debt In State Drowning In Debt


— Legislative leaders consider using state tax dollars meant for roads to help pay for Obama museum – Cole Lauterbach


— FROM THE ARTICLE: The Capitol Fax newsletter reported Thursday how many people are refusing to sign the nominating petitions for the slate of preferred Democratic candidates running in Cook County because it contains Preckwinkle’s name. – Gregory Tejeda
— Can big bucks buy J.B. human persona? – Gregory Tejeda (DIERSEN: Neither of my outstanding parents attended college. My father fought type 1 diabetes from age 14, was the first of his ancestors to earn a high school diploma, worked in the office of a chemical plant, almost always worked second jobs to pay the family’s bills, did not buy a new car until he was 45, a bottom-of-the-line 2-door Chevy, and died suddenly of heart failure in 1969 when he was 47 and I was 21. My mother never attended high school.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Instead, we get to hear a first-hand story of how wonderful his mother, Sue, was. He talks about how after his father, Donald, died when J.B. was merely a 7-year-old, his mother struggled to support he and his siblings. Her efforts were made all the more difficult by the fact that she was an alcoholic. She could easily have been overwhelmed by becoming a widow. Instead, she managed to raise all her children to adulthood where they succeeded in life, and J.B. says he gained “a kind of empathy and understanding” about people who struggle. HE CLAIMS THAT empathy will be put to use if he becomes governor. He’ll sympathize with all of us. . .BUT IT IS because this statement is so much like something just about anyone would say about their mother. I could easily come up with a similar accounting of how strong my late mother became following her divorce from my father – all because she wanted me and my brother to not suffer due to the split some four decades ago. In fact, my quarrel would be to say that my mother was just as special as his mother. Something I’m sure just about every voter would argue.)


— ICE threatens ‘at-large arrests’ after California passes sanctuary city law
— NFL ticket prices plunge amid backlash over players kneeling during national anthem
— Welcome to Vegas: Billboards ask for tips on gunman’s motive


— DACA Renewals Drop 21 Percent – PENNY STARR


— California declares itself a ‘sanctuary state’ – here’s how ICE responded – Carlos Garcia
— Company that created iconic feminist statue just settled the most ironic lawsuit possible – Carlos Garcia


— Trump Administration Announces New Anti-Sexual Harassment Initiative as Democrats Seek to Distance Themselves From Weinstein  ‘No woman should be made to feel unsafe in her own home’ – Elizabeth Harrington


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, “religious leaders” act as operatives and dupes for the anti-religious Democrat Party.


— Gerrymandering Isn’t a Republican Problem – Philip DeVoe


— Some Gay Republicans Are Embracing Identity Politics, Even if That Identity Doesn’t Go Beyond Supporting Trump – COURTNEY VINOPAL


— Aspiring Surgeon Highlights Need to Pass Dream Act – Hank Johnson  (DIERSEN: What shattered your career dreams? For me, it was the Vietnam War, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination. If I had been a minority, a female, or a veteran, the federal government would have promoted me into its Senior Executive Service long before I was 40 years old.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: But now her dreams of becoming a doctor could be shattered forever. That’s because Cinthya is one of about 800,000 DREAMers nationwide – young children brought to this country by their parents. Thanks to President Trump’s craven decision to reverse the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program or DACA, Cinthya’s contributions and those of hundreds of thousands of other DREAMers to our community and country could come to an end. Make no mistake, Congress has to now fix this problem that Trump created. I’m hopeful that Republicans can come together with Democrats and pass the bipartisan DREAM Act. Deporting DREAMers like Cinthya means destroying the lives of hundreds of thousands of patriotic young people, costing the economy billions and betraying the fundamental values of the American Dream.)


— How to get fired by Donald Trump (and how not to) – Zach Wolf


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump asks “Is President Trump a ‘textbook racist’?”


— Why do Americans own so many guns? Because they don’t trust the protected elites to protect them. – Peggy Noonan  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps hint/imply/argue/shout that they are going to get rid of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Data on What Makes a Car ‘American’ Is Not-So-Fine-Tuned  A Wall Street Journal analysis of 2017 model-year data on the origin of the thousands of components that make up an automobile found a lack of consistency in how companies report – Adrienne Roberts
— As 2018 Nears, Parties Work to Reclaim Once-Loyal Voters – Dante Chinni (DIERSEN: What are the officers of your Republican township/ward party organization, your Republican county party organization, your representative on the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Central Committee, the IPR officers, the IRP National Committeeman, and the IRP National committeewoman doing to reclaim once-loyal voters?  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes want the aforesaid to dump voters who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. They want them to dump the Republican Party platform and the Illinois Republican Party platform and especially their traditional family, right-to-life, immigration, illegal drugs, and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks.)
— FRONT PAGE: Farewell, Valedictorian: High Schools Drop Tradition of Naming Top Student  More institutions are naming multiple valedictorians—or none at all – Tawnell D. Hobbs  (DIERSEN: What was your GPA in high school? If I sought a government office or a political office, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would stress that I only just made it into the upper 20% of my 1966 Crete-Monee High School class.)


— Discrimination Is the Big Winner in the Justice Department’s New Religious Guidelines – Heather L. Weaver (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps make it clear that they will get rid of you if you do not promote LGBTQ activity, Islam, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, dependency on government, dependency on charity, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, and even worse things.)


— Undocumented ‘Dreamers’ look to an uneasy future as Daca closes down – Amanda Holpuch (DIERSEN: As GAO shrank during the 1980s and 1990s, its employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran looked to an uneasy future. As the Illinois Republican Party increasingly dumps its platform and dumps those who support it, Illinois Republicans look to an uneasy future.)

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.