David John Diersen, GOPUSA Illinois Editor
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GOPUSA ILLINOIS Daily Clips - October 21, 2014

-- Today, at 10:00 AM, at a meeting on video gambling at the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce office at 108 East Wesley, Kathy Gilroy and I, and hopefully others, will speak against video gambling. - Dave Diersen
-- Video Gambling Resource Packet
-- Gambling Action Alerts
-- Alcohol Action Alerts
-- Medical Marijuana Resource Packet
-- Drug Action Alerts
-- OCTOBER 2, 2014 FLASHBACK: Resolutions stand unless/until they are overturned. - Dave Diersen
(THE ARTICLE:  At its August 12, 2009 meeting, the Milton Township Republican Central Committee (MTRCC) unanimously passed a resolution that I drafted (SEE: that calls for all the municipalities in DuPage County to pass ordinances prohibiting video gambling within their jurisdictions.  On October 5, 2009, the Wheaton City Council unanimously (Gresk, Suess, Prendiville, Scalzo, Mouhelis, Corry, and Levine) passed such an ordinance SEE:  I challenge those MTRCC members who reject the aforesaid MTRCC resolution, including Sal Falbo, to a) draft their own resolution, b) to provide all MTRCC members with copies of it, and c) to attempt to get MTRCC to pass it using Robert's Rules of Order.  Again, resolutions stand unless/until they are overturned.  Further, I got MTRCC to join the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce (WCC) when Congressman Randy Hultgren served as its chairman, I have been a member of the WCC since 2003, I served on the WCC Government Affairs Committee (GAC) from 2003 until 2011 when WCC members who disapprove of me abolished the GAC to get rid of me.  I challenge those WCC members, including Wheaton Bowl, that want Wheaton to overturn its ban on video gambling a) to draft a resolution calling for Wheaton to overturn its ban on video gambling, b) to provide all WCC members, including me, with copies of it, and c) to attempt to get the WCC to pass it using Robert's Rules of Order.)
-- OCTOBER 2, 2014 FLASHBACK: WANTED: Candidates to run for Wheaton offices who can and will defend and advance Christian, conservative, and Republican principles. Dave Diersen
(THE ARTICLE: Sadly, such candidates should be advised that they will be demonized, denigrated, and condemned by those who are anti-Christian, anti-conservative, and/or anti-Republican and by their operatives and by their dupes.  Sadly, you will be especially demonized, denigrated, and condemned if you defend or advance the traditional family, immigration, right to life, gambling, Second Amendment, illegal drugs, equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving), and/or other planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform and/or the Republican Party platform.  Sadly, you will be demonized, denigrated, and condemned by those who state that they are Christian, conservative, and/or Republican, but who focus on destroying those who are Christian, conservative, and/or Republican.  I argue that DuPage is the most important Republican county in Illinois, if not in America, that Milton is the most important Republican township in Illinois, if not in America, and that Wheaton is at the most important Republican city in Illinois, if not America.  For information on running, SEE:
-- OCTOBER 10, 2014 FLASHBACK: On Thursday, October 9, 2014, Suzanne Fitch, an attorney, a Republican Precinct Committeeman, and a member of Wheaton's Planning & Zoning Board, "pulled a packet" for Wheaton's next municipal election.  Previously, Tony Lyons, a psychologist, and myself pulled a packet. - Dave DIersen
-- Pull plug on new gambling - Editorial
(FROM THE EDITORIAL: There is bad law and badly written law. Illinois' video gambling legislation is both.  A recent News-Gazette story revealed the extent to which video-gambling machines have worked their way into the fabric of Illinois, a significant contributor to the problem being a law that permits the machines in any establishment with a liquor license. The law allows the creation of what essentially are gambling dens if they can obtain a liquor license. Rather than operate as traditional bars and restaurants, these establishments are mostly about gambling with the serving of minimal food and alcoholic beverages on the side. Now the Chicago Crime Commission has revealed a new problem related to video gambling, this one also created by sloppy legislation. The commission issued a report detailing the problem caused by unregulated "casino-like kiosks in bars and other venues that mimic legal" video gambling. The machines issue coupons or credits that supposedly can be used for online purchases. The machines, according to the crime commission, are present in more than a dozen states, and their spread has been linked to criminal organizations. In the case of Chicago, it's an "Outfit" activity, referring to that city's organized-crime entity. There are 13,000 legal, highly regulated video-gambling machines in Illinois. There are, according to the commission, just 100 of the "coupon" machines with another 600 waiting for installation. The crime commission indicates that they are legal, but only by accident because they exploit a loophole in the state's video-gambling legislation.  At the same time, they stand outside the law because none of the profits they generate go to state or local government in the form of taxation.  Defenders of the machines say that since they don't distribute cash, they are not subject to regulation. They do, however, take cash and are games of chances, which means they fit the definition of gambling. It's bad enough to have pervasive video gambling available in virtually every commercial establishment that can gain a liquor license. It's even worse that additional machines promoted by marginal sources and not subject to taxation also are available. The good news, however, is that this problem seems like it can be fixed with a legislative tweak or two. The General Assembly ought to hop to it when it returns to work after the election.)
-- Debate over crime, video gaming continues - Kurt Erickson
(FROM THE ARTICLE: It's been two years since the first gaming machines were turned on in bars and trucks stops across Illinois, and the jury remains out on whether there's been a surge in thefts and burglaries where gamblers spend their cash. According to figures provided by the Illinois Gaming Board, which regulates video gambling, there have been 57 burglaries and theft attempts from licensed gambling facilities dating to the installation of the first machine. There likely have been more. At least one county sheriff contacted by the Lee Enterprises Springfield bureau said there were two other break-ins not reported in the gaming board statistics. Anti-gambling advocate Anita Bedell said those numbers show her warnings during the 2009 legislative debates were correct. And, she said, it will only get worse.  "I think we're going to start seeing a lot more crime. Addiction will come to light as people embezzle," said Bedell, executive director of the Springfield-based Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems.  The video gaming machines have steadily spread throughout the state. The most recent gaming board tally shows more than 18,000 video poker and slot machines located in 4,500 bars, truck stops and fraternal organizations. Since its launch, gamblers have spent $2.6 billion, money that has translated into revenue for state and local government. Under the law, Illinois gets 25 percent of the revenue, with municipalities receiving 5 percent. But the flashing lights and electronic noises made by the machines are not luring only players. The first reported theft from a licensed establishment came in Jerseyville in April 2013. The number of burglaries picked up this summer, with reports indicating there have been 30 incidents of people trying to illegally extract cash from machines in Moline, Christopher and Blue Island. In Franklin County, five burglaries dated to an October 2013 incident in Whittington. Others occurred in Orient, Christopher, Zeigler and Sesser. Sheriff Don Jones said no one has been caught, but an active investigation is under way into one of the cases. He believes at least two of the thefts are related. Like others, Jones thinks an organized group is behind the thefts. One or two people visit the establishment to assess the security, and return later to extract the cash. "I'm sure they are casing the businesses beforehand," Jones said. "The machines are not that easy of a target." Jones said criminals always have tried to break into machines in bars, whether it is a juke box, pool table or, in today's world, the video gaming payout machines. "That's just always been a target for burglars and thieves," Jones said. In Logan County, where the Village Pub in New Holland was robbed in September, Sheriff Steven Nichols believes the thefts are random. He said the roll-out of video gaming was smooth. "I think things are going rather well," said Nichols. Workers at the Village Pub say the tavern is taking steps to prevent future break-ins. The case remains unsolved. In Decatur, the June 11 theft of money from video gaming machines at a Godfather's Pizza was part of a string of burglaries. Authorities said brothers Shawn and Justin Leddy allegedly targeted not just video poker terminals, but any machine that held coins or currency, including bill changers, soda machines, car washes and laundromats. Their spree, for which they were arrested, went on for over a month. Industry leaders says it's unclear whether the break-ins represent a spike in crime because there wasn't a comparable count for the two years before the machines went live. Mike Gelatka, president of the Illinois Coin Machine Operators Association, believes bar thefts may be down overall because of advanced security now used by tavern owners who have gaming terminals. Along with cameras and burglar alarms, many licensees have used armored car services to pick up money from the machines. "Video gaming has actually prevented some thefts," Gelatka said. Christopher Stone, owner of 21 Lucy's Place outlets across Illinois, said he's not had a problem. "Knock on wood. We haven't been robbed once," said Stone, whose businesses are located in central, southern and eastern Illinois. Bedell said she's been busy collecting media reports about crimes at video poker facilities, hoping to convince municipalities to limit their spread. "It hasn't been reported on a lot. We're trying to get the word out," Bedell said.)
-- City panel considering fees for video gaming machines - Maria Nagle
-- Wheaton moves ahead with 7-Eleven liquor license - Jessica Cilella  (DIERSEN: During its meeting Monday evening, October 20, 2014, Wheaton Mayor Mike Gresk and Wheaton City Council members John Prenderville, John Rutledge, and Todd Scalzo voted to increase the number of Class S liquor licenses by one so that the 7-Eleven at 326 West Liberty can apply for that license.  Phil Suess and Thorsen Saline voted no.  13 at the meeting spoke against the license including Suzanne Fitch, Ron Menna, Eileen Pearse, Mark Taylor, 2 voters in my precinct, and myself.  3 of the 4 spoke in favor of the license were with 7-Eleven.  At its 7:30 PM meeting Thursday, October 9, 2014, the Wheaton Liquor & Tobacco Control Commission voted unanimously to recommend denial of the license application.  The 59-minute video is at:  I was one who spoke against the license. The members of Commission are: Mark D. Taylor, Chair, Scott Anderson, Robert Glonek, Eileen Pearse, Donald Sender, and Robert Wolgemuth.  For a copy of the "Liquor & Tobacco Control Commission Report re Class S Liquor License/PM & P, Inc. d/b/a 7-Eleven #33747/326 W. Liberty Drive," SEE:  Gresk, Prenderville, Rutledge, and Scalzo rejected the Wheaton Liquor & Tobacco Control Commission recommendation and arguments made against the license including that the sale of liquor at this location would frustrate the missions of the nearby PADS (www. and the nearby Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans ( and that with a grade school nearby (, it would dramatically increase the possibility of straw purchases and other problems.  In addition, Kathy Gilroy spoke at the meeting against the possibility of allowing video gambling in Wheaton.  Why didn't anyone representing PADS, the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans, the Wheaton Police Department , Wheaton College, etc. speak at the meeting?)
-- Schneider, Dold spar over health care, Medicare in televised debate - Russell Lissau
-- How to close that pay gap - Catherine Rampell  (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, when you asked what you needed to do to advance, the answer was help the agency get rid of its non-veteran White male employees who the agency had not promoted into its Senior Executive Service by the time they were 40 years old.)
-- FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE AND GRAPHIC: Can Forsythe family bring Long Grove back to glory days? - Katlyn Smith
(FROM THE ARTICLE: But not everybody is comfortable with the changes the Forsythes have brought -- most notably video gambling -- to the quaint historic district. . .The family was a driving force behind the village board overturning a ban on video gambling, which some residents say doesn't go with the family-friendly charm of the historic district.  After Gerald Forsythe petitioned the village to allow video gambling, trustees flip-flopped, first upholding the ban and later starting the process of putting an advisory question on the November ballot. Finally, trustees settled on a trial run they extended another six months until April 2015 because the first terminals started arriving only recently. Three of the four establishments that have slot machines are owned by the Forsythes: Broken Earth Winery, Chatter Box of Long Grove and Long Grove Cafe. The exception is the Village Tavern.)

-- Endorsements for Illinois Senate: Linares, Cunningham, Nybo, Wilson, Anderson, and Manar
-- SEN. NYBO NOW A MEMBER OF LEGISLATIVE DIABETES CAUCUS: NYBO FAMILY TO SHARE THEIR “TOUCHED BY TYPE 1” STORY SOON  (DIERSEN: How have you been "touched by type 1?"  My outstanding father fought type 1 diabetes from age 14.  He died suddenly from heart failure in 1969 when he was 47 and I was 21.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: State Sen. Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) is teaming with other state lawmakers as a member of the Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus to educate Illinois citizens about diabetes and its physical, public health and fiscal implications. "I look forward to being a leading voice for the Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus. Two weeks ago, my 7-year-old daughter Olivia was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and our family is learning about lifestyle changes she faces as an individual and the changes we face as a family," Nybo said. "These are the same types of challenges many families are going through every day."  Formed in April 2011, the Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus is a forum for legislators and affiliate members to learn about important public health issues regarding diabetes and to evaluate legislative issues that come before respective legislative chambers. It supports public policies and programs to improve the lives of those affected by diabetes and will work closely with advocates and stakeholders to create awareness for the detection, prevention and management of the disease. In addition to joining the Caucus, the Nybo family will be sharing their "Touched by Type 1" story within the near future. "Touched by Type 1" is a series of family support groups who are dedicated to helping each other via email, monthly dinners, smaller get-togethers, and Facebook. If you would like to receive a copy of the Nybo family's "Touched by Type 1" story, please email or call (630) 969-0990.  More than 8% of the population of Illinois has diabetes, according to recent studies. Type I diabetes is a condition in which the body's immune system destroys pancreatic cells responsible for the production of insulin. Type II diabetes is a condition characterized by high blood glucose levels caused by either a lack of insulin or the body's inability to use insulin efficiently. Type II diabetes accounts for approximately 90 to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes in adults. Nationally, the economic impact of pre-diabetes and diabetes has reached $218 billion. The cost in Illinois is anticipated to reach $19.5 billion by the year 2025. Sen. Nybo says more information and links to valuable resources are available at the Caucus Web site at
-- Losing faith in Obama - Charles Lipson
-- Fix pot law conflicts so industry can grow - Editorial  (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you are Libertarian, anti-religious, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, and/or anti-American.)
-- 43rd Ward / Chicago GOP Breakfast with Ted Cruz Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at DePaul
-- Pay raises rarer despite strong U.S. hiring: survey - AP  (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government 1966-1969 and 1971-1997, except for 1980 when I took an $18,043 pay cut in today's dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO, my salary increased each and every year because of cost of living adjustments (, within-grade increases (, and/or promotions.)
-- Top gay-rights group in Illinois brings in new leaders - Greg Hinz
-- With a boost from Lurie, Central DuPage wants to expand - Fareeha Ali
-- DuPage state's attorney rejects request for candidate investigation, sees no conflict of interest despite donations - Nathan Lurz
-- Shimkus, Bost talk Canadian crude - Cory Davenport
-- Wheaton City Council - Do Not Grant a Liquor License to 7 Eleven - Joanne
(FROM THE LETTER: I’m a Wheaton resident opposed to the liquor license for the 7 Eleven on Liberty near St. Michael church and school. I am one of many residents who do not feel we should have amended our ordinance to align with the bare minimum legislated by the state. Please consider the precedent you are setting by granting the first liquor license to an establishment within 100 feet of a school/church. In this particular case, the distance is 70 feet. If you vote in favor of the liquor license, you are disregarding the unanimous vote of our city’s Liquor Control Commission, who found that granting a license to this establishment was not in the best interest of our city. The commission cited 124 police calls to the 7-Eleven on Liberty within the past three years vs. 19 calls for the 7 other convenience stores combined. You also will be disregarding the voices of hundreds of St. Michael parishioners and leadership who were already concerned about the high level of activity in our immediate surroundings. To the five members who voted in favor of amending the ordinance, I respectfully ask you to consider some of the following questions before you overturn the Liquor Commission’s decision: *If you have children in this town, would you embrace the idea of liquor sales that close to your child’s school - with all the surrounding factors being the same as they are in this scenario? Would you feel comfortable announcing to fellow parents that you voted in favor of liquor sales within 70 feet of your school?Do you feel that Wheaton operates best as a bare minimum community? Do you feel this mindset has been the way Wheaton has thrived and excelled for so many years? How many other scenarios are there in Wheaton where there are liquor sales in relatively close proximity to a school/church? And how many feet away are those establishments? How do you personally feel about the 100 foot rule? If 70 feet is ok now, will 50 feet be ok for future scenarios? Or 25 feet? Or will you instead evaluate the surrounding area and all the factors versus hinging the decision on a some arbitrary number of feet? If no other school/church would ever be effected (due to current zoning), then why is ok to grant this one exception for a liquor license? Why would Wheaton want liquor sold near ANY schools/churches?  If you do not feel the Liquor Commission found enough evidence that the license would not be in the best interest of the residents, what specific evidence would have convinced you? Along with the high number of police calls, this 7 Eleven is located in a high traffic area comprised of a train stop, homeless shelters, a PACE bus stop and a bank that has been robbed. Would only a crime committed against a student have been enough to convince you? Have you talked directly to employees or residents who occupy the St. Michael Faith Center or frequently use it? Do you have a solid understanding of the weekly happenings and foot traffic surrounding the building most closely located to the 7 Eleven? If you’re wrong about the liquor sales directly and negatively impacting a student, how will you be held accountable? What is the process to remedy any problems that occur? Is there a plan in place and extra resources available to increase patrol of the area to monitor alcohol purchases and potential open consumption? What type of packaged alcohol will be sold at this 7 Eleven? If the current 7 Eleven owners sell their business, will the liquor license be transferable? From a marketing standpoint, what type of traffic do you expect will purchase this packaged alcohol? In a Tribune article from August 2014, Mayor Gresk notes the following related to less restrictive alcohol policies: “This has been a gradual process, bringing alcohol into our town…The process is slow, at times a tortuous and tedious process to get it done.” What are you hoping to ‘get done’ as a city council with respect to less restrictive alcohol policies? What is the goal of this gradual process? At the least, please consider tabling this item until you can talk further with concerned residents. Wheaton Residents, you can do something to take action! Please consider emailing your council rep, any of the at large reps or the mayor. You can send an email to all City Council members at Attend the meeting on Monday, Oct. 20, a 7 p.m. in Council Chambers of City Hall, 303 W. Wesley. The agenda includes a place for public comments.)
-- Purported “journalist” Rich Miller censors effort to defend Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner  Andy Martin says the Chicago Sun-Times is not blameless in the “McKinney incident”  Andy says Rich Miller should not be considered a legitimate journalist but rather a stooge of the Illinois Democratic Party
-- TEACHERS UNION BOOSTS ILLINOIS MILLIONAIRE TAX HIKE EFFORT WITH $250K  (DIERSEN: Many planks in the Libertarian Party platform and in the Democrat Party platform conflict with planks in the Republican Party platform.)
-- Make Conservatism Cooler, College Students Advise GOP Candidates - Josh Siegel  (DIERSEN: Those who are anti-religious, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, and/or anti-American demonize, denigrate, and condemn conservatives.)
-- Democratic Governors Weighed Down by Recession-Era Tax Hikes - KARYN BRUGGEMAN
-- The War on Police, Revisited - Cliff Kincaid
-- Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot - SARA BURNETT  (DIERSEN: Democrats always shout at those who have less money than others that they have less money than others because of Republicans.  Democrats are disciples of Saul Alinsky.  Democrats promote envy and class warfare.  Socialists, Communists, and other anti-Americans love Democrats.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In one state, Illinois, the campaign to support the minimum wage would not actually raise the wage. The ballot question is non-binding and would only ask voters their opinion. But for getting out the vote, the issue is "a winner with everybody in our state," said Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, who said he urged party leaders to put it on the ballot. "So encouraging people to vote that issue when it came to the ballot questions, and contrasting Democratic positions with Republican positions, I thought was a worthy issue for this election campaign." Illinois Democrats are fighting to keep control of one of the party's last strongholds in the Midwest. Gov. Pat Quinn, with backing from labor unions, has hit his wealthy Republican rival repeatedly for earlier statements that he wanted to cut and even eliminate the minimum wage, calling him an "out-of-touch" multimillionaire. Quinn also spent a week trying to live on a minimum wage budget and talking about the experience on the trail. While the Chicago Democrat said he ate Graham Crackers for dinner and had to order water instead of drinks when dining out, he also managed to catch country artist Garth Brooks during the first stop of the musician's tour. . .Durbin said Democrats have been "victimized" in the past when Republicans put their own turnout-stoking measures like gay marriage bans on the ballot in conservative states. Quinn's opponent, Bruce Rauner, is among the Republicans accusing Democrats of playing games with the wage issue. "If he was serious about this, he could have gotten it done" in the Democratic-controlled Legislature, Rauner said. Quinn says he hopes an overwhelming vote in support on the ballot measure will persuade reluctant legislators to approve an increase. . .In Illinois, Rauner admitted he'd made a mistake after video surfaced of him saying he was "adamantly, adamantly against" increasing the minimum wage. Rauner now says he supports an increase to $10 per hour, as long as it's accompanied by pro-business reforms, but the shift hasn't stopped Quinn from airing ads featuring video clips of the Republican's earlier comments.)
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who are anti-White, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, and/or anti-American shout at Hispanics that Republicans cause all the problems that Hispanics have.
-- Midwest Manners Give Way in Last Illinois Governor’s Debate
-- In Raising Immigration, G.O.P. Risks Backlash After Election - JEREMY W. PETERS  (DIERSEN: Those who are anti-White, anti-religious, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, and/or anti-American shout at Latinos that they should vote for the candidate who promises to give Latinos the most preference.)
-- Latinos, angry with Obama, may sit out midterm vote, hurting Democrats - MARK Z. BARABAK  (DIERSEN: Those who are anti-White, anti-religious, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, and/or anti-American shout at Latinos that they should vote for the candidate who promises to give Latinos the most preference.)
-- McDonald's Franchisees Say The Company Is Bankrupting Them - HAYLEY PETERSON
-- You Can Recover From a Snippy Email, But Prepare to Grovel  Email Isn’t for Complex Ideas or Strong Feelings, Says Sherry Turkle, Director of MIT’s Initiative on Technology and Self - ELIZABETH BERNSTEIN
-- Public supports sensible ID laws: Opposing view  Is it too much to ask any plaintiff challenging a voter ID law to prove irreparable harm? - Matt Mackowiak, Austin-based Republican consultant and president of Potomac Strategy Group, LLC.
-- Here’s What to Say When a Nosy Friend Asks How Much Your House Cost - Antonia Massa  (DIERSEN: What you pay for real estate is public record.)
-- How to Beat the American Wealth Gap - Brian Stoffel  (DIERSEN: What do your critics say about how you got your wealth?  My critics hint/imply/argue/shout that I got my wealth because I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth, because I have always been privileged, because I avoided the draft, and/or because my wife and I gave up trying to have children, we did not adopt, and did not become foster parents.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: What you have control over  It would be impossible to lay out everything you have total financial control over in one article. But a good place to start might be an earlier article I wrote on how the "middle-class mind-set" often leads us to believe we need things that we can actually choose not to have -- and still end up leading rich, happy, full lives. Among the ways to adjust your mind-set, as listed in the article: Don't buy "all the house you can afford." Buy what you need and nothing more. Don't increase your spending just because you get a raise. Invest that extra money instead. Figure out what material things you absolutely need to be happy, and cut everything else out. Remember that you can choose where to live and that cutting down on your work commute can be very good for your heart, head, and wallet. Help save for your child's education, but don't go broke doing it. There are lots of creative ways to go to college for less than you think. I encourage everyone -- those concerned about pressures on the middle class and those focused on other things -- to set aside some time to figure out where their own "Enough" level is and make adjustments to their spending as a result. Over the long run, it could make all the difference.)

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