September 23 Evening Edition



— Race to Watch: Illinois Comptroller  In the race for Illinois comptroller, incumbent Republican Leslie Munger faces a tough bid for re-election against Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza, as well as added competition from Libertarian Party candidate Claire Ball and Green Party Candidate Tim C – Tom Schuba


— Rahm Runs With CPD Recruits, Calls On City To ‘Strap On Your Shoes’ To Fight Crime – Bernie Tafoya


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Blacks blame Emanuel for crime in Chicago.
— Baseball’s racial disparity continues, from Little League to the majors – Shannon Ryan
— As numbers of Latino players rise, Latino managers vanish – Shannon Ryan
— Donald Trump’s politics of nostalgia are here to stay – Bloomberg  (DIERSEN: Having been born in 1948, from what I see, the future looks a) brighter and brighter and brighter for those who are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time and c) darker and darker and darker for those who are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Unincorporated areas a ‘financial burden’ to Cook County – Susan DeMar Lafferty
— China jitters and the Chicago Stock Exchange – Editorial
— Trump called him ‘Lyin’ Ted’ and insulted his wife. Now he’ll get Cruz’s vote.
— Study finds young men are playing video games instead of getting jobs – Ana Swanson  (DIERSEN: What jobs did you have when you were young? I did yard work, delivered newspapers, washed dishes, cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, pumped gasoline, delivered mail, worked on an automobile assemble line, worked as a security guard, sold tires, automotive services, and major appliances, collected delinquent taxes, and audited federal agencies.)
— Tips for the single homebuyer – Ellen James Martin  (DIERSEN: Are/were you a single homebuyer?  I was. I bought a new town home in University Park in 1972 when I was 24, a studio condo in the Outer Drive East building in downtown Chicago in 1974, and a one bedroom condo in that building in 1976.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats run America.  Ever-increasingly, Democrats blame Republicans for all problems that minorities, women, young people, etc. have had, are having, and will have.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “The real threat to the Constitution is Donald Trump.”


— Tammy Duckworth releases years of medical records – Lynn Sweet


— North Carolina congressman says Charlotte protesters ‘hate white people’ – AP
— Chicago’s mayor details mentoring plans in crime speech – AP (DIERSEN: What happened to your mentors?  My Democrat IRS superiors got rid of my IRS mentor who promoted me in 1972, 1973, and 1974. My Democrat GAO superiors got rid of my GAO mentor who hired me in 1980, got me assigned to audits of IRS in 1986, and promoted me in 1986.)
— Classmates celebrating 50th reunion take part in West Chicago homecoming parade – Jessica Cilella  (DIERSEN: Crete-Monee High School Class of 1966 held its outstanding 50th reunion last Saturday evening at the Lincolnshire Country Club in Crete.  Of the 200 graduates, 100 responded to the event questionnaire, 67 attended one or more of three weekend events, and 31 spouses/guests attended one or more of the events.  Sadly, 48 of the 200 have passed away.  I was one of the few who had attended all three of the previous reunions – the 25th in Beecher, the 20th in Matteson, and the 10th in Homewood.  One of my classmates, Dennis Peters from Morris, ran for state representative in 1998.)
— Safety fears rein in march for immigrant driver licenses – AP
— Obama says Trump should visit new African-American museum – AP  (DIERSEN: For many decades, federal employees have been required to attend training sessions and to watch videos that glorify and praise minorities and females.
— Bernas v. Mussman: House 56 hopefuls debate their bipartisan appeal – Eric Peterson
— Four candidates seek two seats in DuPage County Board Dist. 5 – Marie Wilson
— Senate candidates Murphy, Thillens differ on direction of the state – Christopher Placek


— League of Women Voters groups join forces to press candidates into forum participation – NATHAN LURZ
(FROM THE ARTICLE: League of Women Voters of Wheaton voter service Chairwoman Shannon Burns, who served on the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Board of Commissioners, said these forums are one of the few times candidates can stand in front of the public and sell their message. “When an elected person doesn’t show up, it effectively takes away the opportunity for their opponent to stand next to them and either show well or show badly next to the currently elected person,” she said. “America was built on the notion of choice and voting for a candidate you like or want or think would be best.”)


— Where Was Money-In-Politics Fretting When Madigan Was Sole Sugar Daddy? – Eric Kohn




— Black students demand, get segregated housing  (DIERSEN: If White students demanded segregated housing, they would be viciously demonized, viciously denigrated, and viciously condemned as being racists.)
— Even homeless can’t escape White House pro-LGBT agenda
— Security threat: Texas threatens to leave federal refugee resettlement program


— Judge to NY Times: No Trump divorce records for you – JOHN SEXTON


— Farrakhan to Obama: Let Trump Do Want He Wants, You Failed Inner City Blacks – PAM KEY


— THE MYTH CALLED ‘RACE’  Matt Barber insists skin-color divisions don’t represent ‘a scientific reality’




— In reversal, Cruz endorses Trump – Jesse Byrnes
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps “think Trump will detonate a nuke.”


— Ted Cruz Announces Support for Donald Trump – MATT FLEGENHEIMER


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Republicans say “GOP Reaction to Shootings Protests Hinders Efforts to Win Minority Votes.”
— Trump’s Father Helped GOP Candidate With Numerous Loans  Although Donald Trump says he built his empire from a $1 million loan from his father, a court document shows frequent borrowing from Fred Trump and his companies – ALEXANDRA BERZON and  RICHARD RUBIN  (DIERSEN: Did you ask for any loans from your father?  I did not.)
— Ted Cruz Endorses Donald Trump, Citing Concerns Over Hillary Clinton  Senator had refused to endorse nominee at Republican convention – REID J. EPSTEIN  (DIERSEN: Have you always immediately endorsed the candidates who win Republican primaries and caucuses?  I have.)


— Nearly a Third of Federal Employees Already Are Retirement-Eligible  (DIERSEN: I would have eligible for regular retirement when I was 55 in 2003, but my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” when I was 49 in 1997.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Thirty-one percent of federal employees already are retirement-eligible, according to newly released data from OPM, underscoring the potential for significant loss of expertise and the need for hiring to replace departing employees in the time ahead. While long-standing warnings of a “retirement wave” have proven to be overstated, in terms of a potential rush of employees to the exit doors all at once, the figures re-emphasize that the government is top-heavy in terms of its age profile and can expect a substantial flow of retirements continuing in the years ahead. Nearly twice as many employees, 13 percent, are age 60 or older than are under age 30, 7 percent. Thirty-two percent are between age 50 and 59, 26 percent between 40 and 49, and 22 percent between 30 and 39. The figures, released in conjunction with preliminary results of this year’s Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, are for non-postal, full-time, permanent, non-seasonal executive branch employees. According to a separate OPM report, the average age at retirement is 61.5 under CSRS and 60.8 under FERS.)

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.