September 22 Evening Edition

— Bolingbrook mayor’s home vandalized; woman charged with hate crime;-woman-charged-with-hate-crime/2443627/


— Woman charged with hate crime after allegedly spray-painting swastikas on Bolingbrook mayor’s home
— Rauner’s approach on Republican health care plan draws criticism from Democrats who want his office – Kim Geiger
— DePaul grad’s petition calls for discounted Metra fare for college students, and it’s gaining steam – Frank Vaisvilas
— Federal government notifies Illinois, 20 other states of election hacking – AP
— Rauner vetoes geolocation privacy bill aimed at protecting smartphone users – Robert Channick
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps glorify and praise foreign countries and their citizens. Anti-Trumps want cheap labor and/or Democrat voters.
— Board looking into lack of old GOP committee filing follow up – Craig Lyons
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Questions about why no one followed up on delinquent Lake County Republican Central Committee campaign finance reports since 2014 has prompted an internal investigation at the Lake County Board of Elections and Registration. Attorneys for the board are now reviewing a complaint filed with the Lake County Board of Elections and Registration alleges that staff members neglected to note that a former Republican central committee has omitted filing any campaign finance documents, according to the complaint.)
— Disturbing Wheaton case latest example that schools must make stand on hazing – David Haugh


— Court says GOP stuck with Dems elected to GOP party posts – Mark Brown  (DIERSEN: I should write a book about past and present “Republican” elected and appointed government and party officials in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who talk and/or act like they are Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, or RINOs. The more that you support the Republican Party platform, the Illinois Republican Party platform, and the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling, the harder that they work against you. They certainly worked/work very hard against me. Needless-to-say, they should not be allowed to seek or hold any kind of government or political office as a Republican.)
— Quit playing politics with Illinois abortion rights – Editorial


— Woman charged with hate crime for spray-painting swastikas on Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar’s home – FELIX SARVER


— Woman Commits Hate Crimes At Bolingbrook Mayor’s Home: Police  Rachel Tuszynski is accused of vandalizing Mayor Roger Claar’s home and stealing his American flag and Bolingbrook flag. – John Ferak


— GOP health bill all but dead; McCain again deals the blow – AP
— Wheaton College players charged in hazing free on bail – Robert Sanchez


— Madigan moves to pull plug on Preckwinkle’s soda tax – GREG HINZ
— Illinois needs capital spending—but don’t get your hopes up – RICH MILLER


— Ben Carson praises Roy Moore in Alabama Senate race  POTUS supports Luther Strange in race – ERIC BRADNER


— Durkin hiring of former Rauner aide living with reporter raises conflict questions – W.J. Kennedy (DIERSEN: As the Illinois Editor for GOPUSA since 2000, I have always fully disclosed my political activities. I have been a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999. I was the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman 2005-2012, 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. I served on the 2008 Illinois Republican Party (IRP) Platform and Resolutions Committee and I attended the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 IRP State Conventions as a delegate.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: House Minority Leader Jim Durkin’s (R-Western Springs) hiring of Michael Mahoney, a former aide to Gov. Bruce Rauner, has the potential to cause some conflict of interest problems for WTTW, the primary public broadcasting member station in Chicago. The news of Mahoney’s hiring was reported in a Sept. 17 story in Prairie State Wire. According to the real estate listing site BlockShopper, Mahoney lives with WTTW statehouse reporter Amanda Vinicky in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago. “Amanda adheres to our News Standards which require balance, fairness and disclosure,” Mary Field, the station’s executive producer of “Chicago Tonight,” wrote in an email in response to being asked how WTTW would maintain balance in its coverage of the General Assembly. “I believe her works speaks for itself in that regard.” The Prairie State Wire story said that the hiring of Mahoney was being pushed by one of the Springfield’s top lobbyists and deal makers, Nancy Kimme, and David Walsh, Durkin’s top aide. Mahoney, 31, would replace Andrew Freiheit, 46, of Wheaton, who worked for the Illinois House Republicans, including Durkin’s predecessors Lee Daniels and Tom Cross, for more than two decades. Sources said that the move was precipitated by staff changes in Rauner’s office, where Kimme once had unrivaled access to information on state contracts, hiring and legislation. That access has reportedly been shut down with the departure of aides close to her, among them former Chief of Staff Richard Goldberg, Campaign Manager Mike Zolnierowicz, Communications Director Lance Trover and Research Director Edward Murphy. “She (Kimme) needs a new way in,” a lobbyist familiar with the situation told Prairie State Wire. “Durkin and Walsh are looking to help.” Commenting on an earlier story about the appearance of conflicts of interests when reporters are in relationships with people they report on, Prof. Adam Penenberg of New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute — who garnered national attention in 1998 for unmasking serial fabricator Stephen Glass of the New Republic — said that many ethics codes in journalism warn of any appearance of a conflict of interest. “One good rule governing potential conflicts of interest is whether a reporter might pull his or her punches,” he said. “Write a critical story and your spouse could, potentially, suffer the consequences. She could even get fired and result in a significant loss of income.” The Associated Press, in its “News Values and Principles” for Reporters, states: “Editorial employees are expected to be scrupulous in avoiding any political activity, whether they cover politics regularly or not. Non-editorial employees must refrain from political activity unless they obtain approval from a manager.” It also urges discussing any potential conflicts with one’s manager. “And a supervisor must be informed when a spouse — or other members of an employee’s household — has any ongoing involvement in political causes, either professionally or personally,” it reads.)


— Gubernatorial policy team is re-arranging the seating chart




— Michigan teacher gambled away $30K in stolen school funds – Aaron Colen


— Sarah Palin: Vote for Roy Moore Isn’t Vote Against Trump; It’s a Vote for MAGA Agenda – TONY LEE
— Not Just a TV Ratings Drop: The NFL Also Suffering Tumbling Turnout at California Stadiums – WARNER TODD HUSTON


— The Left Warms Up To North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un – Peter Hasson


— FOR SALE: 629 Arbor Avenue, Wheaton – $499,900

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.