September 30 Evening Edition

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: The anti-Trump Chicago Sun-Times endorses the anti-Trump Clinton.
— Police say Sandack report includes screenshot of Skype video – Tina Sfondeles
— Trump threatens Clinton over Lewinsky — really? – Mona Charen


— Illinois Senate endorsement: Seth Lewis
(FROM THE ENORSEMENT: 23rd District: The remap of legislative districts in Democrats’ favor helped nudge Sen. Tom Cullerton, former Villa Park mayor and a cousin of Senate President John Cullerton, into this seat in 2012. Cullerton has done some things we like. He was lead sponsor of a bill blocked by Republicans to get rid of the unnecessary lieutenant governor’s office. But he doesn’t wander far off his party’s script and should have voted against a budget this spring that was $7 billion out of balance. He voted “present.” Our nod goes to Republican Seth Lewis, an insurance agent from Bartlett, who as a Bartlett Fire Protection District trustee hasn’t been afraid to vote against more spending. He also isn’t afraid to speak against generous pension packages that taxpayers subsidize — including that of his wife, who is a school superintendent. Ouch. We wouldn’t want to be at the dinner table for that discussion.)
— Illinois Senate endorsement: Dan McConchie
(FROM THE ENDORSEMENT: 26th District: This northwest suburban seat opened in April when incumbent Dan Duffy resigned early. Local GOP leaders rallied to Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods, who won the March Republican primary. McConchie didn’t get our endorsement in that race, but he’s getting it this time. He has shown a willingness to work across the aisle and dig into policy, including school funding reform and anti-sex trafficking efforts. His opponent, Democrat Kelly Mazeski of Barrington, is an impressive candidate who has been involved in her local government. She characterizes McConchie as “a one-issue” lobbyist who is too socially conservative for the district. We’re not convinced. McConchie left his job with an anti-abortion organization and has shown he is not a one-issue legislator. Let’s give him a chance. McConchie is endorsed.)
— Illinois Senate endorsement: Mel Thillens
(FROM THE ENDORSEMENT: 28th District: We like Sen. Laura Murphy, D-Des Plaines, because she is direct and outspoken. As a former member of the Des Plaines City Council, she advocated canceling a contract with a group opposing O’Hare airport expansion because taxpayers weren’t getting enough for their money. But so far in Springfield, she has stuck to the Democratic playbook, including voting for piecemeal budget bills that expanded government programs but had no real funding attached to them. She also supported a bill at the behest of the state’s largest employee union that was anti-taxpayer. This is a race where taxpayers could say “Enough!” with the budget games. We’re endorsing Republican Mel Thillens of Park Ridge, whose view of government’s role is less, less and less.)
— Illinois Senate endorsement: Michael Amrozowicz
(FROM THE ENDORSEMENT: 31st District: Let’s get one thing out the way: Republican candidate Michael Amrozowicz’s name is pronounced “Am-RO-zo-wits.” The Gurnee resident and former Lake County Republican Party chairman is running against incumbent Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, who was elected in 2012 and buoyed by a new, favorable district map. Bush voted against most versions of pension reform and supported a union-backed bill that most editorial boards from Rockford to Carbondale criticized as irresponsible and anti-taxpayer. The state is broke. Taxpayers are tired of shouldering all the promises. Amrozowicz would bring more fiscal sanity to the Senate. He is endorsed.)
— Illinois Senate endorsement: Pamela Althoff
(FROM THE ENDORSEMENT: 32nd District: Sen. Pamela Althoff, R-McHenry, is running for a two-year term and says if re-elected, it will be her last: “I believe in term limits.” Appointed to the seat in 2003, she has represented the northwest suburbs ever since. She has been successful at passing legislation because she lobbies her colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers. She knows Democrat staff just as well as Republican staff. Not many legislators can say that. We disagreed with her handling of a government consolidation bill this spring — she watered it down — but she still got the bill passed and signed into law. Althoff is endorsed over Democrat Melissa Coyne, a small business owner and community activist from Fox Lake.)
— Illinois Senate endorsement: Sue Rezin
(FROM THE ENDORSEMENT: 38th District: A rematch is underway between Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, and Christine Benson, D-Ottawa. Benson lost to Rezin 46 percent to 54 percent when they faced off in 2012. Benson retired that year as superintendent of Streator Elementary School District 44, which has been struggling with a budget deficit due in part to the state’s inability to make full school payments. But Streator-area voters signaled they are taxed out. They rejected a school referendum to raise property taxes. Rezin would be a stronger advocate for those tax-weary residents. She is a consistent advocate for government consolidation and financial stability. We doubt Benson, who retired with a generous pension and is backed by organized labor, would be as prudent. With Democrats holding their 39-20 advantage over Republicans in the Senate, taxpayers can’t afford to lose another seat. Rezin is endorsed.)
— Illinois Senate endorsement: Michelle Smith
(FROM THE ENDORSEMENT: 49th District: In this southwest suburban district, Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, is facing Michelle Smith, R-Plainfield, who is the board president in Plainfield School District 202. On the school board, Smith has tried to keep the property tax levy steady while dealing with unpredictability from the state. “Attempting to build a budget every year is like throwing darts blindfolded,” Smith says. Incumbent Bertino-Tarrant should understand the pressure the state’s financial chaos creates in her district — yet she couldn’t bring herself to vote against House Speaker Michael Madigan’s budget, which was $7 billion out of balance. She voted “present.” Votes like that are the reason the state’s finances are a disaster. Smith is strongly endorsed.)
— Illinois Senate endorsement: Paul Schimpf
(FROM THE ENDORSEMENT: 58th District: We know both Republican Paul Schimpf of Waterloo and Democrat Sheila Simon of Carbondale to be dedicated public servants. Schimpf served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was an adviser to Iraqi prosecutors during the trial of Saddam Hussein. Simon was lieutenant governor under Pat Quinn. But here’s a case where voters in Southern Illinois can demand change. The economy in this part of the state is desperate for revitalization. Democratic policies have not worked. Schimpf supports workers’ comp changes to make Illinois more business-friendly. He also supports tort reform and term limits. Schimpf is endorsed.)
— Illinois Senate endorsement: Dale Fowler
(FROM THE ENDORSEMENT: 59th District: It’s strange that Sen. Gary Forby, D-Benton, claims to be a fiscal steward, often proclaiming that the state should retire its massive pile of unpaid bills. Then he voted in May for House Speaker Michael Madigan’s spending plan, which everyone knew was $7 billion short. He didn’t have to vote for it. Most Democratic senators did not. Remember that, voters of this district, when you show up to cast a ballot on Nov. 8. A better choice is Dale Fowler, mayor of Harrisburg, who knows what “reckless spending” actually means. Fowler is endorsed.)
— FROM THE ARTICLE: 22nd District: Tracy Smodilla of Bartlett, didn’t run in the primary but managed to ward off a Democratic challenge as a last-minute slated Republican. She’s smart, outspoken and fiscally conservative. She is not afraid to stand up to, well, anyone. She successfully fought an unnecessary tax increment financing district in her hometown. We hope to see her name on future ballots.
— June 3, 1969: When the Chicago Tribune scolded a ‘girl’ named Hillary Rodham – Mark Jacob  (DIERSEN: What were you doing during June of 1969?  I was on summer break between my Junior and Senior years at NIU.  I delivered mail full-time for the Park Forest Post Office, lived with my parents and brother in Crete, and drove a 1969 Dodge Charger SE.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Donald Trump’s fat fetish.”
— State undermines its future by shortchanging higher education funding – Ted Slowik
— Alabama justice Roy Moore off bench for defying feds on gay marriage – AP–alabama-chief-justice-20160930-story.html
— Newest state senator Tom Rooney brings classroom energy at West Leyden
— Naperville to consider greater support for housing vouchers – Genevieve Bookwalter
— Record number of early voters seen for November election – David Sharos and Linda Girardi
— Early voting drawing hundreds in DuPage County – Genevieve Bookwalter
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Early voting  Early voting started Thursday in the DuPage County, and has already drawn hundreds of residents eager to cast ballots in a presidential election expected to draw 80 percent of the county’s registered voters. “Early voting has started! We can vote for Hillary today! Then we’ll get a glass of wine,” said Maureen Quirk, of Wheaton, who joined co-worker Debbie Szydlo, of Carol Stream, at the Wheaton-based election commission office Friday afternoon to make official their votes for the Democratic presidential candidate. “She needs suburban white women. Well, here we are,” Quirk said. About 160 voters Thursday and nearly 200 Friday filled out ballots to vote for president, U.S. Senate, DuPage County offices and other races at the 421 N. County Farm Road office, said Joseph Sobecki, assistant executive director of the DuPage County Election Commission. The site is the first early polling place in DuPage County. Nearly a dozen more are scheduled to open around the county Oct. 24 and will operate through Nov. 7. Election Day is Nov. 8. The crowd Friday wasn’t exclusively made up of Democrats or Clinton supporters. Voters Bob and Carole Rutan, both 74, of Wheaton, said they are registered Republicans although they declined to name their candidate of choice. “I don’t like either one of them that much,” Carole Rutan said. The couple said they wanted to vote before heading to Florida later in October. Sobecki said he and his staff are preparing for record voter turnout — expected to be as high as 80 percent — in this year’s general election. The spring primary election drew a record number of DuPage County voters, with nearly 290,000 ballots cast. “It was the highest total number we’ve had since we recorded primaries,” Sobecki said. “We expect that trend to continue for the general election.”)
— Calamos investment firm hit with whistleblower suit – Becky Yerak


— Expect few debates between Kirk and Duckworth – Jake Griffin
— Does the value of your home affect how you vote? – Ken Harney
— Mexico raises interest rates, cites Trump as risk – AP (DIERSEN: For many decades, Democrats and RINOs have put Mexico’s interests ahead of America’s interests.)
— Kelly Mazeski v. Dan McConchie: State Senate candidates dispute where blame for pension inaction lies – Doug T. Graham
— Downtown Wheaton Association hosting new Halloween event for women – Jessica Cilella


— CHICAGO TRIBUNE ENDORSES LIBERTARIAN GARY JOHNSON FOR PRESIDENT – Charles Thomas  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the Chicago Tribune promotes pot in America. If you promote pot in America, you promote the destruction of America.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Kirks say “Kirk Ads Attacking Duckworth’s Work at VA Omit Key Facts.”


— Chicago State University Faculty Asks Rauner To Replace Trustees
— Poll: 2016 Presidential Race Caused 7 Percent Of Voters To Lose Friends  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
— Cubs-Cardinals Bet Doesn’t Pay Off For Downstate Court Clerk – Bernie Tafoya
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A downstate public official who put her money on the Cardinals over the Cubs in 2016 paid up Friday in DuPage County. Early in the season, Moultrie County Circuit Court Clerk Cindy Braden bet DuPage County Circuit Court Clerk Chris Kachiroubas the Cardinals would beat the Cubs for the National League Central title. The Cubs ran away with the division, so Braden showed up in Wheaton on Friday to pay up and do Kachiroubas’ job for a day.)


— Woman charged with mailing ‘granular substance’ to tollway


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps ask “Why did the Tribune endorse Gary Johnson?”
— Obscure court case could hold key to schools funding reform – RICH MILLER


— Mark Kirk for Senate – Editorial


— Donald Trump quintuples down  Tweet: ‘Crooked Hillary was duped and used by my worst Miss U’ – CNN


— Smiddy, GOP spar over ads – Ed Tibbetts


— WWII vet ‘outraged’ over being used on local campaign fliers – Bernard Schoenburg


— TRAGIC: Illinois pockets $785 million video gambling payout  Cities’ cut soars since 2012 – PAM EGGEMEIER


— Illinois crisis pregnancy centers sue Gov. Rauner – AP


— Trump urges supporters to monitor polling places; Donald Trump is demanding President Barack Obama make a pledge not to pardon Hillary Clinton, who has not been charged with nor convicted of any kind of crime; Donald Trump is raising questions about his microphone problems during Monday’s debate with Hillary Clinton; Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s doctor is calling the candidate “extremely physically fit;” The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates says there was indeed a problem with Donald Trump’s microphone during Monday night’s first general election debate. – AP


— State Workers Will Appeal Dismissal Of Lawsuit To End Mandatory Union Dues – AMANDA VINICKY


— Inside the Chicago Police Department’s secret budget  Every year, police take millions of dollars from ordinary Chicagoans and spend it behind closed doors. – Joel Handley , Jennifer Helsby and Freddy Martinez


— Pro-life pregnancy centers, doctors challenge IL mandatory abortion referral rules – Scott Holland
— Judge dismisses ‘fair share’ fee suit vs state worker unions; SCOTUS deadlock means precedent stands – Jonathan Bilyk


— Illinois, Chicago should declare bankruptcy to fix fiscal woes, ex-FDIC chief says
— Rauner calls for political reform, referendums on fair maps, term limits
— 5.69 percent of people in Aurora receive food stamps
— Report questions link between Illinois lawyers and politicians


— College of DuPage Audit Results
— DuPage County’s Recent Achievements


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: If you are a registered voter in DuPage County, you can view and print out a copy of the ballot for your precinct by clicking on the link below.


— CPS pensions: From retirement security to political slush fund – Ted Dabrowski


— CATHOLICS REJECTING TRUMP CAN’T SUPPORT CLINTON, EITHER  (DIERSEN: The Democrat Party platform is extremely anti-Catholic.)


— Rauner pals give $5 million to Munger
— CTBA: Deficit is far higher than both Rauner and COGFA projections
— Fair share suit initiated by Rauner dismissed by federal judge


— Notre Dame Prez Tells NCAA It Can’t Decide Morals for Schools – WARNER TODD HUSTON


— Trump to Obama: Do Not Pardon Hillary Clinton “Or Her Co-Conspirators” – Tim Hains


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump sex tape comments frustrate GOP supporters.”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Donald Trump Appeared In A Playboy Softcore Porn Video  The video shows women with little clothing and Trump with a lot more hair.”


— Roy Moore, Alabama Chief Justice, Suspended Over Gay Marriage Order – CAMPBELL ROBERTSON
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “As America Sleeps, Donald Trump Seethes on Twitter.”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Republicans fear Trump’s playing into Clinton’s hands by lashing out on infidelity, impeachment.”


— Why your next job depends on mastering the six ‘Qs’ – Jeffrey Kudisch  (DIERSEN: What is your “cultural quotient?”  From what I see, as employers become increasingly anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time, you will not be hired if you are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, a gun owner, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— White House wants to add new racial category for Middle Eastern people – Gregory Korte  (DIERSEN: Of course, Democrats want this “racial category” to get preference over Americans.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Donald Trump Is a Useful Idiot for Dangerous People.”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who are anti-religious, anti-conservative, and/or anti-Republican say “As Hyde Amendment Turns 40, Poll Shows Support for Its Repeal.”


— Voters Don’t Trust Media Fact-Checking  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the main stream media acts like it is an arm of the Democrat Party.)

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.