October 8 Morning Edition

— Christopher Columbus statue in Near West Side park defaced ahead of holiday


— Rep. Jeanne Ives Inching Toward a GOP Primary Run Against Rauner – Mary Ann Ahern (DIERSEN: If Ives runs for Governor, who would her running mate be and who would run for her House seat?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: State Rep. Jeanne Ives has not ruled out a run for governor and is even being urged to challenge Gov. Bruce Rauner in the upcoming Republican primary. Conservatives have voiced disappointment with Rauner’s record, particularly his recent signing of House Bill 40, an abortion funding and access measure. Ives told NBC 5 she’s “exploring the option by having important conversations with folks around the state” about “challenging the unprincipled and morally bankrupt politicians who have failed to deliver reforms demanded by taxpayers, business and ordinary citizens that have played by the rules and yet, find themselves ignored by leader in both parties.” For now, Ives has not begun circulating petitions for governor, but other conservative members of the Illinois GOP are hoping she will, saying Rauner “has major problems with the base.” Other policies that more conservative members of the party have disagreed with include Rauner’s signing of a bill to effectively turn Illinois into a sanctuary state for undocumented immigrants, as well as a landmark rewrite of the state’s school funding formula. GOP mega donor Dick Uhlein has supported Ives in previous races, and is among those that the Wheaton lawmaker would likely court if she decides to move forward with a statewide run. “This is the people’s seat, not the financiers – even as I recognize that campaigns take financial support. I am fortunate to have had his support before and would hope to gain his and many others’ support in any future race I decide to get involved in – state rep. or otherwise,” Ives said. A West Point graduate, Ives has served in the Illinois House for five years.)


— President Trump’s Weekly Address; Democrats’ Weekly Address


— Rep. Jeanne Ives Inching Closer to Run for Governor – Paris Schutz  (DIERSEN: If Ives runs for Governor, who would her running mate be and who would run for her House seat?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, despite buckets of campaign cash, may be in for a primary fight in his 2018 re-election battle for governor. Suburban Republican lawmaker Jeanne Ives (Wheaton) is considering getting in the race, citing her frustration with the governor’s signing of HB40, a law that will increase access to abortion for state Medicaid recipients and would continue to make abortion legal in Illinois should the U.S. Supreme Court choose to overturn it. “Our team is having important conversations around the state about challenging the unprincipled and morally bankrupt politicians who have failed to deliver reforms demanded by taxpayers, businesses and ordinary citizens that have played by the rules and yet, find themselves ignored by both parties,” Ives said. Rauner is facing a revolt from the grassroots of his party, with several Republican lawmakers saying they can’t support him for re-election and are actively looking for an alternative. Former ally John Tillman, head of the libertarian think tank The Illinois Policy Institute, referred to him as “Benedict Rauner” for allegedly “going back on his word” and signing HB40. Ives would appear to be at a significant financial disadvantage, but could level the playing field if she garners the support of political operatives like Dan Proft and uber-funder Dick Uihlein. Last week, Ives told Chicago Tonight she had received numerous calls from people who want her to run. “Absolutely we need to find an alternative to Gov. Rauner. We need to challenge him if he decides to run again,” she said at the time. Ives says she will be speaking at an event in the Rock Island area on Monday.)


— County job supplements pol John O’Sullivan’s $161-an-hour Worth Township gig – Dan Mihalopoulos
— Prominent Fourth Presbyterian pastor Shannon Johnson Kershner: ‘God’s not a Christian . . . We are’ – Robert Herguth (DIERSEN: I was baptized as a Missouri Synod Lutheran (MSL) in 1948, attended MSL grade schools 1953-1962, and was confirmed as a MSL in 1962. I met my wife at a Fourth Presbyterian singles event in 1977. She was baptized as a Catholic, attended a Catholic grade school and high school, and was confirmed as a Catholic.  Virtually all of my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes are anti-MSL. They demonize, denigrate, and condemn MSLs as being much too conservative.)


— Richard Spencer leads another white nationalist march at Lee statue in Charlottesville – Susan Svrluga


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who want Republicans to lose in Illinois want Republican activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Illinois to a) dump the Illinois Republican Party platform and especially the platform’s traditional family, right to life, and immigration planks and b) dump those like me who support those planks.


— Rift in the Republican Party? – Doug Finke  (DIERSEN: Harris glorifies and praises himself and others who reject planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: With the fallout continuing over Gov. BRUCE RAUNER’s decision to sign the abortion rights bill into law, questions are being raised about whether a significant rift is developing in the state Republican Party. In the immediate aftermath of the bill signing, several Republican lawmakers said they can no longer support Rauner. Since the legislature currently isn’t in session, we have yet to see how that will translate when it comes time to actually vote on something the governor wants — or doesn’t want — to pass. Then there was the announcement last week by Rep. DAVID HARRIS, R-Arlington Heights, that he would not run for re-election. Harris was one of the handful of House Republicans who voted for the final tax and spending package. He gave an impassioned speech as the House was preparing to override Rauner’s veto of the deal in which he said he didn’t get elected to preside over the financial ruin of the state. His vote, though, drew the ire of anti-tax Republicans and also drew himself a primary opponent. In announcing his decision not to run again, Harris told media outlets the Republican Party is at war with itself. He told public radio that he did not see how the infighting would make the party stronger. Rauner was asked about all of that during an appearance in Chicago last week. “We have many passionate members of the Republican Party,” Rauner said. “Not everybody is going to agree on every issue. We can have reasonable disagreements. Reasonable people can reasonably disagree.” He ticked off issues that Republicans can find common ground on, such as lower taxes, more economic growth, less regulations, more efficient government and political reform like term limits. He said “no group is defined by any one issue.” That’s no doubt the case, but we’ll see if the abortion issue — and Rauner’s position on it — is the dominant one as things move forward.)
— In 2016, Springfield dined out a lot, bought less stuff – Tim Landis  (DIERSEN: What is the main reason why you spent less money in 2016? I would have had at least $72,135 more to spend in 2016 if my Democrat superiors had not wasted my career and forced me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old. My GS-13 Step 10 salary back then was $122,991 in today’s dollars, but my Civil Service Retirement System pension is only $50,856, or $72,135 less.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Blame the state budget, online competition or both, but traditional sales tax collections in Springfield continue to fall behind rapid changes in shopping habits. Local consumers spent more on automobiles, groceries and dining out in 2016, according to a just-completed retail market analysis by The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, while they cut back in areas such as general merchandise, household goods and agricultural products. The annual chamber report showed overall retail sales of $2.682 billion, down 1.3 percent from 2015 to the lowest level in three years. But trends varied across 10 spending categories from 2015 to 2016. A more than 18 percent increase in food sales, including supermarkets, pushed spending in the category over $200 million for the first time since the reports started in 2006. The largest declines were for general merchandise, down 12.6 percent, and agricultural equipment and products, down 7.7 percent.)


— Rauner’s unforced error – Editorial
(FROM THE EDITORIAL: Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner unleashed a political firestorm within his own party by signing controversial abortion legislation into law. The merits of the abortion issue aside — more on that later — it’s patently clear that Gov. Bruce Rauner made a political mess for himself when he signed a new law that provides for taxpayer-funded abortions in Illinois. He double-crossed Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich, to whom he promised a veto, alienated Republican legislators he has demanded loyalty from and outraged single-issue abortion opponents who now consider him an unreliable and, probably, an immoral turncoat. What, politically, did Rauner gain from signing the bill? Nothing. Abortion-rights proponents perceive decisions like the one the governor made as the minimum they are due. They are angry that Rauner waited as long as he did to announce his support for the measure. So Rauner won himself no friends among Democrats and abortion-rights groups; they have at least 100 other reasons to dislike his brand of governance. In one respect, of course, Rauner’s decision vindicates the self-description he provided voters when running in 2014. Rauner said he wasn’t a politician, something he considered a bad thing, but a businessman who knew how to identify and solve problems, something he suggested Illinois desperately needed. Well, it’s abundantly clear that he’s not a politician. The best of politicians are able to read the tea leaves, weigh costs and benefits, and reach conclusions on dual policy and political questions that are not self-destructive. Rauner did the opposite when he signed the abortion legislation. There’s no doubt Democrats intentionally put him in a trick bag when they passed this cynical measure. That’s what members of one party often do to members of the other party — present them with no-win choices sure to raise vigorous criticism. But just because Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan handed Rauner a gun, it didn’t mean the governor had to shoot his own foot. That’s where the substance of this legislation comes into play. People want to cast House Bill 40 as either pro- or anti-abortion. But abortion is legal and has been since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, a constitutionally guaranteed right that abortion opponents, no matter how hard they try, cannot abridge. Despite that, abortion-rights proponents have steadily and dishonestly warned since 1973 that Roe is on the verge of being overturned, something that has not happened and remains unlikely to happen. H.B. 40 does two things. It would keep abortion legal if Roe were someday overturned. How ironic it is that our legislators busy themselves passing legislation addressing issues that are not, and may never be, problems while they studiously avoid addressing existing problems that are crippling the state? That provision is essentially meaningless because, in the unlikely event Roe is overturned, the issue would return to the individual states for a legislative solution. Does anyone really think that Illinois legislators wouldn’t rush to reinstate legal abortion? Democrats control Illinois, and few if any of them are willing to challenge the party’s abortion-rights litmus test. The second measure, one much more obnoxious to rank-and-file citizens, is the new mandate that provides taxpayer-funded abortions for individuals covered by state-employee health insurance or those on the Medicaid welfare program. Given the disgraceful fact that one in four Illinois residents is on Medicaid, it’s a virtual certainty that many thousands more abortions will be performed — all at taxpayer expense. Despite what abortion-rights proponents want to acknowledge, there are deep moral questions involved here. To compel all taxpayers — especially those with legitimate and sincere antipathy about the medical procedures that terminate lives of unborn children — to finance abortions is a real slap in the face. On that question alone, Rauner would have been on solid ground to explain — in a persuasive and principled way — why it would be a mistake to press financial responsibility for funding abortions on the public at large. There is no question that Rauner is, for understandable reasons, a flawed chief executive, a duck out of water. It’s not clear whether he’s hard-headed and impulsive, the recipient of bad advice or someone who ignores good advice. But he makes unforced errors, and signing this legislation is one of them. That said, he’s one of the few powerful politicians in Illinois who recognizes the extent to which the state is failing and offers real solutions to restore the state’s weak economy, improve our dire financial standing, eliminate the self-dealing and outright corruption in government and smash a discredited political status quo that is driving productive people from the state. Unfortunately, he made his job that much harder going forward and his retention of the job in 2018 even more problematic with his inept and inconsistent handling of an issue that was, on the merits, much less a Hobson’s choice than he perceived it to be.)
— Harold pledges she’ll combat public corruption – Tom Kacich
— Changing map drawing – Jim Dey


— Janus v. AFSCME could hurt funding for Democrats in 2018 – Chuck Sweeny


— Counties across Wisconsin, prominent Republicans want to end gerrymandering – Editorial  (DIERSEN: I should write an article about how and why my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 in Wheaton was gerrymandered in 2015. In retrospect, with benefit of hindsight, I should have filed a lawsuit to stop that gerrymandering. Which activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois a) would have supported me and that lawsuit and b) would have opposed me and that lawsuit?  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes hint/imply/argue/shout that those who have the most religious, government, political, and/or financial clout should have power to destroy whichever individuals, organizations, companies, and governments that they want to destroy.)


— WHAT DOES WISCONSIN GERRYMANDERING CASE MEAN FOR ILLINOIS? – Andy Shaw  (DIERSEN: I should write an article about how and why my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 in Wheaton was Gerrymandered in 2015.)


— Barb Wheeler Reveals New Approach to Springfield
— Salary Cap for Elected County Officials Passes Finance Committee
— Chicago-Based Publication Explains Why Those Not in Cook County Don’t Cry When Chicago Taxes Go Up
— More Blagojevich Crooks Off to Prison
— Franks Push for Patronage Employees’ Approval Gains Victory in Second Committee
— McHenry County College Board Saves Taxpayers Over $20 Million by Having Flat Tax Levy for Five Years Running


— My Home and Car Vandalized Because I’m a Conservative Writer – Warner Todd Huston  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps promote hatred of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Naturally, as a conservative writer I write on subjects such as Islam and immigration that would goad a liberal to call me such a name. I also have frequently had political yard signs in my yard for the more conservative candidates in my area. S, my home is well known (or at least easily known) as a place where a conservative Republican lives. As to my writing, I’ve never tried to hide where I live nor written under kitschy Internet names. I have always written under my full name, so it probably isn’t too hard for someone to find me if they are serious enough about doing so. At this point, with those two bits of graffiti I began to wonder, is someone was targeting me because of what I do for a living? So, I made a second police report after the garage door incident. Thus far none of these incidents were really too major but they did show signs of coming faster and picking up in severity. I have no troubles with my immediate neighbors. In fact, our neighbors across the street had been on an extended visit to Mexico for the last several months and the neighbors right behind us just moved in and weren’t even here for much of this vandalism. The other neighbors are two elderly neighbors and a middle eastern family I haven’t even really met. I have had no cross words with any of them. But last night it went into high gear. At about 1 AM or so on Saturday morning, I was awakened by a noise outside my home. I can’t really say what the noise was as it woke me from a deep sleep. It was just a shout that awoke me. I looked at my window and saw what struck me as a strange light outside. So, I went to the front door… And saw my car interior on fire… (PICTURE) The surface of my passenger seat was set aflame and the entire interior of the car destroyed. Fortunately it isn’t a new car (it’s a 1999 Oldsmobile 88). But unfortunately, because it is so old I took off the comprehensive coverage and only have liability. So, insurance won’t cover this destruction and I am now without a car. Naturally the police became involved, but they say they won’t classify it as arson because they don’t have any evidence to show for it. A plastic pop bottle was left inside by who ever did this. It smelled of gas to me. Police wondered if I smoked in the car. I don’t smoke cigarettes and only occasionally smoke a cigar but NEVER in a car. If you’ve ever smoked a cigar you know that doing so in a car is a messy, ashy endeavor. I don’t do it. So, there is nothing that should have set my car on fire  7 hours after I last drove it. Also, it was the surface of the seats that went up in flames. Nothing electrical any where near the burn zone. I firmly believe that this is an attack on me because of my writing. This is the tolerant left in action. They are trying to intimidate me. I will not be silenced.)


— Start Giving To Others – Tim Hetzner  (DIERSEN: If you were asked what do you give to others, how would you respond? I would respond that since 2000, I have given GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to others free of charge and without any advertising. Since 2004, those emails have gone out each and every morning.  Since 2015, they have gone out each and every evening. Since 2004, they have contained links to more than 283,700 articles and information on many upcoming events. To put those emails together and send them out, I give to others a) 10+ hours of my time each and every day, b) 70+ hours of my time each and every week, c) 300+ hours of my time each and every month, d) 3,650+ hours of my time each and every year, and e) 36,500+ hours of my time each and every decade.)


— The Best Way Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month: Build the Wall! – Arthur Schape  (DIERSEN: What is your national origin? What if your motherland was a) illegally sending many millions of its citizens into America illegally, b) illegally keeping many millions of its citizens in America illegally, and c) illegally sending many mountains of illegal drugs into America illegally? My national origin is Germany. While Germany never did any of the aforesaid, my grandfather on my father’s side fought the Germans in WWI, my uncles on my mother’s side fought the Germans in WWII, and my father would have fought the Germans in WWII if he had not been 4-F.)


— Sen. Durbin Spills the Beans on Amnesty: Admits ‘DREAM Act’ a Ploy for Open-Ended Amnesty – JOHN BINDER AND NEIL MUNRO
— Nancy Pelosi Hails ‘Debt We Owe’ to Parents Who Bring Kids to U.S. Illegally – WARNER TODD HUSTON  (DIERSEN: What if your parents had gone to a foreign country illegally and brought you with when you were a child/)
— Through Week 4, the NFL Shows Massive Viewer Loss Among All Key Demos – WARNER TODD HUSTON


— DECOLONIZE, ABOLISH & BEND A KNEE  Decoding the resistance. – Dawn Perlmutter
(FROM THE ARTICLE: NFL Football players are bending a knee in protest during the National Anthem for the same reason that cities across the country are abolishing Columbus Day and for the same reason that there are widespread attacks on Confederate monuments, Columbus statues, fallen officer memorials and veterans’ monuments. Symbols of American history and heroism have been methodically transformed into symbols of oppression, genocide and racism, not that the football players understand this. They are just the latest group of useful idiots being manipulated by a long-established resistance movement. Current American resistance movements and their armies of anarchist protesters thoroughly understand the subversive significance of these iconoclastic acts. The abolition of national holidays, the destruction of historic statues, the desecration of heroes’ memorials and publicly disrespecting traditional civic rituals are time tested revolutionary strategies. Bending a knee is just another gesture in the plan to fundamentally transform America’s past and future. The American resistance movement existed long before Trump became president. It is comprised of many surprisingly unrelated national and global organizations from communists to environmentalists to black nationalists. Identity is their philosophy; decolonization is their doctrine; victimhood is their strategy; grievance is their industry; protest is their tactic; and revolution is their goal.)


— The left’s crowing that Lois Lerner’s IRS targeted even-handedly all along rings hollow – Monica Showalter


— GOP leaders look to avoid a fight with base over guns – ALEXANDER BOLTON, SCOTT WONG AND MIKE LILLIS


— White nationalists hold torch-lit protest in Charlottesville


— Pinpointing Racial Discrimination by Government Officials – JUSTIN WOLFERS  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, you are called a White supremacist, Nazi, KKK member, hater, racist, sexist, bigot, and even worse things if you do not give preference to those 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, and anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
— Don’t Get Too Comfortable at That Desk – STEVE LOHR  (DIERSEN: In 1990, GAO moved to new office space in a new building – 200 West Adams in Chicago. I got a preferred corner office because a) I had been promoted to GS-13 in 1986 and b) I had more federal seniority because I had worked for IRS for almost 9 years and I had worked for the Post Office for almost 3 years.  Needless-to-say, my Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were beyond furious.)
— The Flagrant Sexual Hypocrisy of Conservative Men – Jennifer Weiner  (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, if you have ever done anything that subjects you to blackmail, you should not seek or hold any kind of government or political office. This is especially true if you paint yourself as being a Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, draft avoider (except Bill Clinton), and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Mr. Trump’s Attack on Birth Control – Editorial  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps promote abortion.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: QUESTION: Who demonizes, denigrates, and condemns Bannon? ANSWER: Those 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.
— ‘The New Washington’: Once Racing to Flee the Senate, Marco Rubio Now Digs In – CARL HULSE
— Minus Electrical Grid, Puerto Rico Becomes Generator Island – RICHARD FAUSSET, FRANCES ROBLES and DEBORAH ACOSTA  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes are extremely judgmental. I should write an article about those who demonize, denigrate, and condemn my decision to buy a whole-house gas-fired backup electric generator.)
— Mexican Radio Host’s Resignation Highlights Ties Between Government and Media – AZAM AHMED and PAULINA VILLEGAS (DIERSEN: He who pays the piper calls the tunes.  Everyone involved in media should fully disclose all the sources and all the amounts of all their income.  I get a $50,856/year Civil Service Retirement System pension, a $17,288/year federal health, dental, and vision insurance subsidy, and $2,028 Social Security.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In Mexico, the government accounted for 38 percent of the spending on TV advertising in 2016, and more than 16 percent of radio advertising, leaving many media companies highly dependent on official money. Advertisements in the nation’s media paid for by federal, state and local authorities totaled about $2 billion from 2013 to 2016, the first three full years of Mr. Peña Nieto’s administration, according to data provided by the government. This money, say critics, is one of the most severe restrictions on the media’s freedom of expression here, often subjecting reporters and editors to government influence, with overtly critical journalists fired, negative stories censored and investigative reporting thwarted. “The ties between government and media is like diabetes: It’s a disease that stops you from leading a normal life,” Mr. Curzio added. “It generates such an alarming feeling that that this is how the establishment works.”)




— White Nationalists Gather at Emancipation Park – Emmy Freedman  (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Who demonizes, denigrates, and condemns people as being White nationalists? ANSWER: Those 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.)


— Charlottesville mayor slams ‘despicable visit’ after torch-lit rally – Mike Signer

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.