September 11 Evening Edition

— 5 killed, 31 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings


— Mike Ditka warns NFL players, they better not take a knee on 9/11


— Mike Ditka: ‘Malcontents’ should hold off anthem protests on 9/11 – Phil Thompson
— Rauner’s re-election problems are his own — not Trump’s – Ron Panozzo, Orland Park
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps promote DACA recipients.
— Nearly 40 shot in Chicago over weekend as city nears 500 homicides – Elvia Malagon and Elyssa Cherney
— Pope Francis: If Trump is ‘pro-life,’ he should extend DACA – Julie Zauzmer  (DIERSEN: Aren’t abortions much easier to get in America than in foreign countries?)
— Key Rauner education aide Beth Purvis latest to leave administration – Monique Garcia
— City: Immigration rules could lead to other strings from Trump to get federal money – John Byrne
— Don’t expect Trump and Congress to do anything – Albert R. Hunt


— In court, city blasts Jeff Sessions’ ‘unprecedented seizure of power’ – Jon Seidel
— Poll: Residents not swallowing ads tying pop tax to health concerns – Tina Sfondeles
— Rauner’s education czar Purvis latest ‘superstar’ to seek new orbit – Tina Sfondeles
— Chicago CEOs on how 9/11 changed their career paths – Shia Kapos  (DIERSEN: In my opinion, Nixon changed my career path. In my opinion, because of what came out about Nixon in 1974, my IRS superiors decided to not only stop promoting Republicans beyond GS-12, but to get rid of Republicans.)


— Currier School bilingual teacher encourages culture (DIERSEN: All my ancestors immigrated to northeast Illinois during the 1840s and 1850s.  In my opinion, if they had not been stuck in the German culture, they, and therefore me, would have been much more successful. Neither of my parents attended college. My father was the first of his ancestors to earn a high school diploma. My mother never attended high school.)
— Flags foster Sept. 11 remembrance at Wheaton, North Central colleges – Marie Wilson


— Is Illinois’ New Budget Balanced? Oh, Please. – Wirepoints Original – Mark Glennon


— GOP precinct committeemen hopefuls: Start your petitions – Claudia Balthazar  (DIERSEN: In my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9, my goal, as it has been for Republican primary elections since 2000, is to get at least 30 petition signatures for myself and for each of the Republican candidates who will be on the March 20, 2018 Republican primary ballot in my precinct including:
U.S. CONGRESS: Peter Roskam
STATE OF ILLINOIS: Bruce Rauner, Governor and Evelyn Sanguinetti, Lieutenant Governor; William Kelly, Governor and Ray Tranchant, Lieutenant Governor; 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
CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE: Richard Russo, Karen Wilson)


— Watchdogs on Chicago’s Morning Answer


— U.S. Senate Democrats Grill Appointee Over Catholic Faith – Michael Gryboski


— Hillary: Trump inaugural speech was ‘cry from the white nationalist gut’
— Media should not rely on the Southern Poverty Law Center


— There’s A Huge Hole In Hillary Clinton’s Defense Of Her ‘Deplorables’ Comment – Peter Hasson
— Steve Bannon Hijacks White House Press Briefing – Alex Pfeiffer


— The Left’s Intimidation Tactics Against Conservative Opinion – Dennis Prager


— An Exit Interview With Richard Posner, Judicial Provocateur – ADAM LIPTAK


— Why Donald Trump Is Free to Show Independence From GOP  The president’s backers know he didn’t run as a traditional Republican – Gerald F. Seib  (DIERSEN: Trump did not run as an Independent, he ran as a Republican. That obligates Trump to defend and to advance the Republican Party platform.)


— Take an active role in protecting your retirement benefits – Randy Silvey

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.