September 17 Morning Edition

— Trump, Ivanka heading to town for fundraisers – Michell Sneed  (DIERSEN: Far too often, political news of interest to Illinois Republicans is a) first given to the Democrat news media, b) then reported by the Democrat news media, c) then included in a GOPUSA ILLINOIS email, and d) then read by Illinois Republicans.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Ivanka Trump is on the way. The Donald isn’t . . . yet. “It’s hush, but father and daughter are coming at the end of the month,” a top Republican source said. “They aren’t on the campaign trail. No press. It’s private fundraisers,” the source added. “Trump’s poll numbers are soaring and he’s got to focus on the swing states — and Illinois is so blue it’s almost frozen,” the source said. Sneed hears Ivanka, one of her father’s top advisers, has scheduled three fundraisers at the end of September. Two downstate. One in Chicago. “There is huge interest now. People sense now is the time to get on board,” the source said. With his numbers rising in the polls, Trump abruptly canceled his Bolingbrook luncheon appearance Monday to hit Florida. “I get it,” said Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar, a huge Trump supporter who has already postponed the Trumpster’s luncheon twice: now reset for Sept. 28. “He needs to put his attention on the swing states. But I’ll tell you what,” said Claar. “Tickets for the luncheon are selling. Originally set for only 100 people, now 300-350 are anticipated. “People who couldn’t make time on their calendars before now have calendars dates available. It’s great. People who were expecting to come and now can’t are really disappointed.”  Sneed hears rumbles DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin may be attending. Psst, word is Trump’s jet will fly into Chicago. Does that mean he will drive from the city to Bolingbrook? Stay tuned.)


— Trump frees Republicans from rigid litmus tests – Bloomberg
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, if you protest the Pledge of Allegiance, Democrats and RINOs will a) paint you as favorably as they can and b) paint those who oppose your protesting as negatively as they can.)
— Amid jeers, Chicago State pays president $600,000 to leave, names interim leader – Dawn Rhodes  (DIERSEN: Ultimately, that $600,000 comes from the taxpayers.  To get rid of me, in today’s dollars, so far, the Democrats who ran GAO in 1997 have gotten the Civil Service Retirement System to pay me $963,680 ($50,720 X 19 years).)
— OUTSTANDING: More towns seek curbs on gambling – Mike Nolan
— OUTSTANDING: Court ruling gives boost to Hometown video gambling plans – Mike Nolan
— BEYOND TRAGIC: Video gambling spending, losses on rise – Mike Nolan  (DIERSEN: Video gambling is a vice.  Individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that promote video gambling promote vice.  Questions to ask video gamblers include a) how much time do you spend video gambling per day, per week, per month, and per year, b) how much money do you typically lose per day, per week, per month, and per year, c) can you afford the lose the time and money that you do gambling, d) where does the money come from that you gamble away, and e) how much have you saved for your retirement?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: What is being spent at video gambling machines, and what is being lost, grew during the first eight months of this year compared with the same period last year, according to figures compiled by the state gaming board. Some of the increase is due to more establishments offering gambling now compared with a year ago. Here is a breakdown for selected communities in the south and southwest suburbs showing amounts spent at the machines for the period of January through August of this year and a comparison to the same eight-month period in 2015: In Alsip, $11.1 million was spent this year through August, and $3 million lost, compared with $7.8 million spent during the first eight months of last year and losses of $2.1 million. At Bridgeview gambling terminals, $8.2 million was spent during the first eight months of this year, and $2.1 million lost, compared with spending of $6.7 million a year earlier and losses of $1.8 million. Chicago Ridge video gambling spending totaled $12.1 million through August of this year, with losses to gamblers of $3.2 million, compared with the same period in 2015 when $11.7 million was spent and $3.1 million lost. In Crestwood, $14.5 million was spent in the first eight months of this year, with losses of $3.7 million, compared with a year earlier when $11.4 million was spent at gambling machines and losses totaled $3 million. At establishments in Homer Glen, $6.3 million was spent on video gambling through August of this year, with losses of $1.7 million, compared with $4.7 million spent last year and losses of $1.3 million. Lemont video gambling spending was $8.3 million during the first eight months of this year, with losses of $2 million, while spending for the same period last year was $5.6 million and losses totaled $1.4 million. In Midlothian, $9 million was spent during the first eight months of this year, with losses of $2.3 million, compared with $7.3 million spent for the same period in 2015 and losses totaling $2 million. At video gambling terminals in Mokena, $10.7 million was spent through August of this year, with losses of $2.8 million, compared with spending of $8.7 million for the same period of last year and losses totaling $2.2 million. In Oak Forest, video gambling spending totaled $13.3 million during the first eight months of this year, with losses of $3.4 million, compared with $12.3 million spent during the same period last year and losses of $3.2 million. At establishments in Oak Lawn, spending on video gambling totaled $27.1 million through August of this year, with losses of $7.1 million, compared with spending during the same period last year of $22.1 million and losses of $6 million. In Tinley Park, spending on video gambling totaled $10.6 million through the first eight months of this year, with losses of $2.9 million, compared with $8.1 million spent during the same period a year earlier and losses of $2.2 million.)


— Q and A with outgoing Rolling Meadows Mayor Tom Rooney – Melissa Silverberg


— Former State Rep. Ron Sandack Sent Alleged Extortion Money to Philippines – Paris Schutz


— OUTSTANDING: DeKalb City Council Puts Brakes On Video Gambling Licenses – JESSIE SCHLACKS


— Barickman, Rose move up in GOP Senate leadership – Dan Petrella


— Gov. Bruce Rauner: Illinois legislature must pass redistricting this fall


— Matt Murphy: Lawmaker To Lobbyist – JORDAN ABUDAYYEH  (DIERSEN: What do you lobby for?  I lobby for the Republican Party platform, the Illinois Republican Party platform, and the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling.)


— Rauner administration: Lottery program shows ‘merit pay’ works – Dan Petrella  (DIERSEN: My Democrat GAO superiors used merit pay to favor their employees who were Democrat, minority, female, and/or younger, that is, to discriminate against their employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or older.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The state has paid more than $631,000 in bonuses over the past two years to dozens of Illinois Lottery employees for meeting sales targets and other goals. Introducing programs like this, which reward workers financially based on certain measures of job performance, throughout state government has been a priority for Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration in stalled contract talks with a union representing 38,000 state workers. The administration wants to do away with guaranteed annual raises in favor what it calls “merit pay,” but the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 has opposed those proposals because, among other reasons, it sees opportunities for favoritism. Wages are one of the major sticking points in the negotiations, which were halted in January when the Rauner administration moved to have an impasse declared. An administrative law judge recommended earlier this month that the Illinois Labor Relations Board order the administration and AFSCME back to the bargaining table. The Rauner administration says the Lottery program, which was introduced in 2011 under the administration of then-Gov. Pat Quinn, is evidence that merit pay works.)


— State Rep. Sandack’s mistake? Resigning over a sexual peccadillo – Jeff Berkowitz  (DIERSEN: Diersen disagrees.  Those who have sexual peccadilloes subject themselves to blackmail. Therefore, people with sexual peccadilloes should not seek or hold any kind of government or political office.  Activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, their operatives, and their dupes who have sexual peccadilloes have always worked against me.  They see the day a) when Democrats will bring them down by splashing their sexual peccadilloes all over their television stations, newspapers, radio stations, websites, etc. and b) when I will include links to the aforesaid in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.  Sooner or later, people with sexual peccadilloes bring themselves down and bring everyone around them down.)




— Ron Sandack – Ownership Appreciated – Kirk Allen


— London Mayor Sadiq Khan and the ties to Farrakhan he’d rather forget
— Chicago: Woman shot shielding family from mob of thugs, daughter also hit
— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON AMERICA TIGHTENS: Schools Crack down on ‘USA, USA’ Chant, Ban Flags  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats make it clear that they are anti-American.)


— DR. CARSON’S MIS-DIAGNOSIS ON ELIGIBILITY  Joseph Farah shows how ‘drive-by media’ hoodwinked Trump supporter.
(FROM THE ARTICLE: I have about as much respect for Dr. Ben Carson as I do for any prominent person in the world today. I’ve interviewed him extensively and found almost no area of disagreement with his views. I respected the campaign he ran for the presidency this year and was disappointed that he didn’t get more support. But, his advice to Donald Trump to apologize for questioning whether Barack Obama was constitutionally eligible for the office of the presidency was just plain wrong.)


— CNN Says Trump Bashing the Media Is ‘Like’ Saddam Hussein Destroying Democracy – WARNER TODD HUSTON
— Media Reacts as Trump Calls Hillary to Lead by Example, Disarm Bodyguards – AWR HAWKINS


— The Imploding Leftist Establishment – Bruce Walker


— Pence: Documents reveal Clinton’s ‘pay-to-play’ operation at State – T. BECKET ADAMS!


— Clinton camp: GOP leaders should denounce ‘disturbing behavior’ from Trump – Evelyn Rupert


— No, Clinton didn’t start the birther thing. Andy Martin did. Despite what Trump says, the 2008 Clinton campaign and the candidate herself never trafficked in the rumors. – Kyle Cheney


— Clinton leads Trump as Americans shrug off her pneumonia scare: Reuters/Ipsos poll  (DIERSEN: Many believe that pneumonia is the least of Clinton’s health problems.)


— Clinton: ‘You don’t talk about ISIS with a big grin on your face’ – Seema Mehta


— Made in the USA? Not these cars – Nathan Bomey  (DIERSEN: One would expect that the more anti-union and/or the more anti-American that you are, the more likely that you will buy one of these cars.)


— Former Illinois Rep. Ron Sandack resigned after ‘inappropriate’ online relationship and extortion scheme – JESSICA SCHLADEBECK


— At Miami Rally, Donald Trump Veers Off Script to Criticize Hillary Clinton on Guns – ARIAN CAMPO-FLORES
— U.S. Household Wealth Rises to Record  Higher home prices and rising stock market help send total net worth to $89.1 trillion – JOSH ZUMBRUN  (DIERSEN: What is your net worth?  How did you get it?  I got my net worth by doing yard work, delivering newspapers, washing dishes, cleaning golf shoes, chipping slag, pumping gasoline, delivering mail, working on an automobile assembly line, working as a security guard, selling tires, automotive services, and major appliances, collecting delinquent taxes, auditing federal agencies, and collecting a Civil Service Retirement System pension and Social Security.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Compared to Trump, Goldwater Was a Sensible Moderate.”


— Memoir tells how undocumented immigrant Julissa Arce became Wall Street executive – Lucia Benavides  (DIERSEN: How do you compare to Arce?  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would use Arce to condemn me as being a complete failure, a racist, a sexist, a bigot, and worse things.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Not many women make it to Wall Street. Few do who are Hispanic — and undocumented. But Julissa Arce did just that. In her new book, “My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive,” Arce, 33, recounts the story of how she challenged the stereotype of the undocumented immigrant by graduating from the University of Texas with honors, immediately securing a job at Goldman Sachs and eventually becoming an executive at Merrill Lynch. “Since the age of 14, I had learned to live an alternate reality, an imagined reality in which my immigration status didn’t matter,” writes Arce in the prologue of her memoir, which was released Sept. 13.)

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.