September 20 Evening Edition

— ‘All Lives Splatter’: South Dakota lawmaker shares meme depicting protesters hit by vehicle – AP


— Next Dem Announcing For Illinois Attorney General: Sen. Kwame Raoul


— Trump Twitter Wednesday: touts GOP healthcare bill, slams Rand Paul – Lynn Sweet
— City falling short on ensuring language access, IG says – Fran Spielman  (DIERSEN: Who pays for “ensuring language access.” Should Chicago bill those foreign countries that the illegals came from?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Mayor Rahm Emanuel has positioned himself as the defender of illegal immigrants ever since Donald Trump campaigned for president on a promise to build a wall along the Mexican border, order mass deportations and cut off federal funding to sanctuary cities. But it’s another story when it comes to implementing the city program tailor-made to ensure that Chicago’s nearly 400,000 “limited English proficient” residents can access city services.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats say that Rauner is doing more than Emanuel to promote illegal immigration.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats want teachers to do even more to “crank out good little Democrats.”
— One way the rich could get richer under Trump – ROBERT REICH  (DIERSEN: Should everyone in America be required to disclose how much money a) their parents have given them and b) how much money they are in line to get from their parents?)
— Ben Stiller says Chicago goes easy on the envy – BILL ZWECKER (DIERSEN: All my critic/opponents, all their operatives, and all their dupes have always been filled with envy.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The whole point of Ben Stiller’s new film “Brad’s Status,” the actor said, is how many of us spend “way too much time worrying about being less successful than our peer group. “You can be happily driving down the street or something, and if you’re an actor — especially in Hollywood where they have those huge billboards up on Sunset Boulevard — you can be easily hit in the face with a huge one-upmanship comparison. You look up and see that huge billboard for someone’s latest film, and think, ‘What?! What’s that?! How did he get that? Nobody told me about that!’ ” The entertainment business is rife with people making those kinds of comparisons, he said, but “no matter what you do, I know people are comparing their lives and levels of success to others, whether they be lawyers, hedge-fund guys, retailers or salesmen.”)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: In an editorial unethically made to look like a news article, anti-Trumps a) encourage people to come to America illegally, b) encourage people to stay in America illegally, and c) encourage people to bring other people to America illegally. Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps use children as cannon fodder.
— Entire island of Puerto Rico without power after Hurricane Maria; at least 9 dead – AP  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes are extremely judgmental. I should write a book about those who question my judgment to have a whole-house natural gas fired backup electric generator installed. Because they shout their criticisms of me, I can shout my criticisms of them, right?)
— Chicago dreams of Amazon – Editorial
— The Vietnam syndrome: How we lost it and why we need it – Steve Chapman (DIERSEN: How did Vietnam impact you? Since 1966, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have hinted/implied/argued/shouted at my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, subordinates, and everyone else a) that to avoid being sent to Vietnam, I was a full-time student at UIC 1966-1968 and at NIU 1969-1970 and I sought and obtained student draft deferments 1966-1970 and a financial hardship draft deferment 1970-1971; b) that the aforesaid proved that I am a patriotic hypocrite, a coward, and even worse things; and c) that aforesaid proves why I should pay the price of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion.  Because I am not a veteran, and therefore I did not get the veterans preference, a) some if not many federal jobs were not offered me, b) the job offer that IRS gave me in 1971 and that I immediately accepted was delayed, and c) my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old. During the 1980s and 1990s, GAO had a written agreement with its employees who were veterans that they would not be adversely impacted by budget cuts or downsizing.)


— Schneider speaks to Schaumburg Township GOP Sept. 23
— No sales tax increase in Naperville, but property tax hike looms – Marie Wilson


— As other guvs rail against Obamacare repeal, Rauner clears his throat – GREG HINZ
— Rauner should be Team Chicago—not St. Louis—in Amazon race – JOE CAHILL
— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON COOK COUNTY TIGHTENS: You’re not imagining it, Cook County: Property values still lag here – GREG HINZ


— Raoul enters AG race, apologizes for ‘Miss America’ comment – Bernard Schoenburg
(FROM THE ARTICLE: State Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, who says he will run for attorney general in 2018, on Wednesday apologized for how he referred to Republican candidate Erika Harold when discussing the office last week. “I’ve seen the reaction to the comment that I made, and I don’t blame anybody for being offended,” Raoul told The State Journal-Register. “If I read them without the full context of our full conversation, I would have the same reaction. … I take full responsibility for the bad characterization.” Raoul told the newspaper on Friday, after Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced she would not seek another term, that “I think Lisa would have acquitted herself well against Miss America. I don’t know what’s behind the attorney general’s decision … but I doubt seriously it was any fear of Erika Harold.” Harold, of Urbana, was the 2003 Miss America, and is also a graduate of Harvard Law School, and now practices law. The story yielded a statement from state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, calling Raoul’s statement “blatant and belittling sexism.” “As a cadet at West Point and a woman in the political arena, I have spent much of my career fighting the dismissive, condescending sexism Senator Raoul so brazenly exhibited in his attempt to frame Ms. Harold as ‘just a pretty face,’” Ives said. “I do apologize, first off to Erika Harold, because … I don’t think it’s a small accomplishment to be Miss America,” Raoul said Wednesday. “In addition, her academic credentials are exceptional.” He said the point he was making in the full conversation last week was that he didn’t think Madigan was scared out of the race. “I think my record and people who know me demonstrates that I’m not a sexist,” Raoul said. “But I do apologize, first off to Erika Harold and to anybody else who took my comments to be intended to be demeaning to Miss Harold.”)


— Undocumented students say other Illinois universities are being more supportive than SIU – MARNIE LEONARD


— Seventh Circuit affirms Emerald casino executives liable for $272 million – David Hutton
— Judge lets suit continue vs casino tech biz Scientific Games over patent fraud, antitrust claims – John Sammon


— Ex-Rauner aide Trover teams up with Blago’s deputy governor


— DISCUSSION: SHOULD REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES UPHOLD THE IL GOP PLATFORM? (DIERSEN: I served on the 2008 Illinois Republican Party (IRP) Platform and Resolutions Committee. Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform. In Illinois, if you have not and/or if you are not going to defend and advance the IRP platform, you should not seek or hold any kind of government office or political office as a Republican. In Illinois, when Republican elected officials and/or party leaders fail or refuse to defend and advance the IRP platform, the IRP should not only work against them, the IRP should censure them or remove them from the office(s) that they hold. In Illinois, when Republican candidates fail or refuse to commit to defend and advance the IRP platform, the IRP should not only work against them, the IRP should have the power to remove them from the ballot.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Delegates representing the party’s rank and file at the 2016 Illinois Republican Convention resoundingly embraced the Platform Committee’s recommended planks. Last year’s most controversial plank was the party’s view on upholding traditional marriage. Observers counted nearly 85 percent of the delegates supporting one-man, one-woman marriage. A subsequent vote on the whole platform confirmed the delegates support for the platform. But since that time, there has been a growing discussion about just how important – or unimportant – a political party’s platform is. . .How important is the IL GOP’s party platform? Do you think candidates should hold to the planks if they are elected? Or is it merely a suggestion and irrelevant as a whole? Please comment either here on Illinois Review’s website or on Illinois Review’s Facebook page. Your ideas matter.)


— Backlogged bills hit a new high this week
— Do you consider yourself “happy”? Explain. (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I am not happy enough. They have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I should be happy that they have not harmed me more than they already have. If you were me, how would you deal with my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes?)
— Raoul takes “full responsibility” for “bad” Erika Harold comment, Maze Jackson apologizes to listeners


— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON EDUCATION IN AMERICA TIGHTENS: Nearly 1 in 5 Undergrads Support Violence to Shut Down Speakers


— Muhammad Is Top English Baby Name for Fifth Year Running – OLIVER JJ LANE


— Life is so easy now that teens aren’t growing up as fast – Aaron Colen  (DIERSEN: What did you accomplish by the time you were 32?  Shortly after I turned 16 in 1964, I got a drivers license, bought a 1958 Chevy BelAir, and got a part-time job washing dishes. I bought my first new car when I was 17. I graduated debt-free from NIU with a bachelor’s degree in management when I was 21. I bought a new Corvette when I was 23. I bought a new town home in University Park when I was 24. I bought a studio condo in the Outer Drive East building in downtown Chicago when I was 25 and a one bedroom condo in that building when I was 27. I earned an MBA from Loyola when I was 27 and a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul when I was 31.  I passed the CPA examination on my first attempt when I was 30. I passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt when I was 32.  I became a licensed CPA when I was 32. I got married when I was 29 and we bought 1017 East Harrison in Wheaton when I was 29.)


— GAO blasts Education Department’s financial oversight of colleges – Danielle Douglas-Gabriel


— Debating the Role of Federal Employees – Ralph R. Smith (DIERSEN: From what I saw while I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years in three different agencies, its top priority was a) hiring, retaining, and promoting young Democrat minorities and young Democrat females and b) making way for them by getting rid of federal employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran. Democrats use Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion to not hire and to get rid of employees who are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)

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.