David John Diersen, GOPUSA Illinois Editor
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GOPUSA ILLINOIS Daily Clips - April 18, 2014

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-- Clock ticking for states to adopt health exchanges - AP
-- University of Illinois Warns Of Potential 'Brain Drain' Due To Pension Law
-- Potential GOP presidential contender Paul pushing school choice in Chicago visit - Rick Pearson,0,1826825.story
-- Legislative watchdog wants ethics laws with teeth  Illinois' legislative inspector general calls for ethics laws with teeth - Editorial,0,1940729.story
-- Illinois legislative watchdog recommends greater transparency - Ray Long,0,829612.story
-- 6 countries that have banned McDonald's - Reuters,0,4271325.photogallery
-- CPS uses another gimmick to balance budget  Stealing from the future - Editorial,0,7112090.story
-- University of Illinois fears brain drain without change to pension reform - SANDRA GUY  (DIERSEN: During the 1980s and 1990s, GAO did not express any concerns about "brain drain" when it stepped up its efforts to get rid of its over-age-40 non-veteran White male employees that it had not promoted into its Senior Executive Service which pays $145,700+ in today's dollars.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The University of Illinois Board of Trustees decided Friday to push state legislators to change the new pension funding law so that hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of university faculty and employees don’t retire before July 1.  A wording glitch in the new state pension law is prompting university employees to consider retiring before July 1 to avoid significant benefit cuts, including cuts as high as 24 percent of total retirement benefits. The pension bill changed a guaranteed investment earnings rate for employees from 7.75 percent a year to a market-based rate based on the 30-year U.S. Treasury bond rate as of July 1, plus 0.75 percent.  Chancellor Phyllis Wise warned that the glitch threatens the university with “a dramatic loss of human capital — our bread and butter.”  U. of I. has about 5,700 employees eligible for retirement on its three campuses, and about 60 percent to 70 percent of them could be affected by the snafu, said university spokesman Tom Hardy. University officials are concerned that many of the top faculty members would take their talent and research elsewhere, Hardy said.)
-- Illinois schools get waiver from No Child Left Behind progress mandate - Lauren FitzPatrick
-- Rep. Aaron Schock in Japan, China, South Korea - LYNN SWEET
-- Pension reforms to cost workers $55 million by 2025 - FRAN SPIELMAN
-- We're No. 3! Illinois unemployment improves, but still nation's third worst - Bloomberg
-- Illinois medical marijuana rules unveiled; $100 for patient card - AP
-- Study warns of cost of Emanuel’s pension plan – and cost of no plan - Greg Hinz
-- Will Choose Chicago turn to foreign puppets to attract tourists? - Lewis Lazare
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: FEC reports - Dold, Kaifesh, Senger - Mike Riopell
(FROM THE ARTICLE: FEC reports also showed fundraising totals for people who are actually running for office and displayed a large advantage for some of the Democrats seeking re-election to Congress. We told you last week about how Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield and Republican Bob Dold of Kenilworth are running about even, each with around $1.3 million in cash in the bank. In the 11th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster of Naperville finished the first three months of the year with about $1.2 million in the bank. His opponent, Republican Darlene Senger of Naperville, had only $41,000 in the bank after the first three months of the year, which included a primary battle for the GOP nomination. U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, has about $1.1 million in the bank for her 8th Congressional District re-election campaign. Republican Larry Kaifesh of Carpentersville has just about $6,400 after his landslide primary win over Manju Goel of Aurora for the 8th District nomination.
-- Communications guru Dan Curry is working as spokesman for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis.  Curry worked for runner-up Doug Truax of Downers Grove during the primary campaign. -  Mike Riopell
-- Watchdog asks for Metra-inspired reforms - Mike Riopell
-- Dist. 54 adds ethics clause to DuRoss contract - Eric Peterson
-- Suburban authorities file objections to some concealed carry permits - Marty Hobe
-- Kane Co. officials urge school closings on election days - James Fuller
-- Suburban GOP senators (Connelly, Dillard, McConnaughay, Murphy, & Oberweis) call for Dems to ‘look in the mirror’ over spending, taxes - Nathan Lurz
-- Tea Party pushes for change at rally - CHARLES MENCHACA
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Politicians, policymakers and grassroots organizers Tuesday gathered at the Arcada Theater to urge residents to get involved. Attendees at the Sixth Annual Chicago and Illinois Tax Day Tea Party nearly filled the theater’s floor seating and balcony. They heard from more than 12 speakers, some of which promoted their candidacies and nearly all of which spoke to the Tea Party’s values of fiscal responsibility, limited government and free markets. The event is usually held in cold weather outdoors in Chicago, but the party opted to hold it indoors this year, said Denise Cattoni, founder of the Illinois Tea Party. Among the first speakers was Senate candidate and State Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove. He told the crowd that government taxes too much and spends too much. “All of us as individuals can make much better use of the dollars ... let us spend those dollars, and that’ll help get the economy going,” Oberweis said. Other guests included Joe Walsh, former U.S. congressman and current talk show host of AM560 The Answer. Elgin resident Todd Hartwell, who attended the event with his wife, Tish, said he enjoyed hearing Walsh speak.)
-- McConnaughay opposes making income tax hike permanent - Eric Schelkopf
-- Tammy Duckworth Attacks Kaifesh Using Walsh and the Koch Brothers - Lennie Jarratt
-- Illinois lawmakers pushing $100 million Obama library subsidy - Chuck Ross
-- Mitt Romney returns to political stage as Republicans prepare for midterms - Robert Costa and Philip Rucker
-- Joe Biden’s Former 2005 Cadillac STS Up For Sale - SAM MCEACHERN
(FROM THE ARTICLE: We already know that U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is a huge Corvette fan. He owns a ’67 of his own, and talked briefly about his love for the 2015 Corvette Z06 during his visit to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier this year. It turns out the left-leaning politician is a bit of a Cadillac fan too, and thanks to an ad that popped up on Craigslist in Delaware, you can now own his former 2005 Cadillac STS. According to the ad, Biden leased the STS from 2005-2008 prior to his election as Vice President. It’s fully loaded, complete with the V8 Northstar engine, all-wheel drive and a Bose stereo system. The seller is asking $15,000 for the car, which has an unspecified number of miles. That’s a little more than you’d normally pay for an STS of this sort, but  it isn’t a bad price for a piece of presidential history.) 
-- Illinois GOP leaders to urge immigration reform  (DIERSEN: Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend their platform.  In Illinois, if you do not defend and advance the immigration plank in the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) platform, you should not seek or hold a government or party office as a Republican.  Increasingly, "immigration reform" is code for actions that are anti-conservative, anti-Republican, and anti-American.  Needless-to-say, the newly elected IRP State Central Committee members should issue a press release that calls for Durkin, Edgar, Hastert, Radogno, Rauner, Thompson, Topinka, and all other Republican activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, etc. in Illinois to defend and advance the immigration plank in the IRP platform.  Unless and until those who reject the immigration plank in the IRP platform succeed in calling a special IRP convention to that strikes that plank, they should defend and advance that plank.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Candidate for governor Bruce Rauner and other top Illinois Republicans will join the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition at a gathering next week to urge Congress to adopt immigration reform.  The event — called "Immigration Reform: Bottom-Line 2014" — will be at the Chicago Club on Tuesday. CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, state trade associations and hundreds of Latino and Asian business people will urge a vote on Capitol Hill. They say reform is "politically smart, economically sound, and morally right."  Along with Rauner, GOP leaders expected to attend are former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, former governors Jim Edgar and James Thompson, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, and Republican legislative leaders Sen. Christine Radogno and Rep. Jim Durkin.)
-- Illinois Republicans anxiously await the Illinois Republican Party to post on its website the following information from the 102 Republican county conventions held Wednesday evening, April 16, 2014. - Dave Diersen
-- The names of the 102 county party chairmen and other officers who were elected.
-- The weighted vote that each of Illinois' 18 congressional districts has.
-- For each of the 18 Illinois Republican Party State Central Committee races, the number of votes that each of candidates received broken out by county, township, and ward.
-- The number of elected precinct committeemen who attended each of the 101 county conventions outside of Cook County broken out by townships
-- DuPage County Republicans anxiously await the DuPage County Republican Party to post on its website a) the weighted vote that each Illinois Republican Party State Central Committee candidate received and the number of committeemen who voted for them broken out by township and b) the names of the newly elected township party officers. - Dave Diersen
-- Floreth wins spot on GOP State Central Committee  (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, their should be many similar articles across the state about all the Illinois Republican Party State Central Committee candidates.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Fred Floreth of Springfield won a seat on the Republican State Central Committee from the 13th Congressional District in balloting Wednesday.  Unofficial results being tabulated by the state GOP showed that in weighted voting by precinct committeemen throughout the 13th, which includes all or parts of 14 counties, Floreth defeated incumbent Jerry Clarke of Urbana. In Sangamon County, the weighted vote favored Floreth 4,663 to 1,057. Floreth said that among people who congratulated him for the win were U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville; and Demetra DeMonte of Pekin, the Republican National Committeewoman from Illinois.
“I’m just very humbled and thrilled by the support … from the precinct committeemen throughout the 13th Congressional District,” Floreth said.)
-- Darlene Senger Earns Endorsement of NFIB -- Launches Jobs and Business Tour - Senger for Congress,0,3011869.story
-- FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Emanuel rings up frequent flier tab  Taxpayer-funded trips mix city business, political fundraising - Bill Ruthhart  (DIERSEN: Democrats run IRS and GAO.  I worked for IRS 1971-1980 and for GAO 1980-1997.  Between 1978 and 1992, I used most of my vacation days to accompany my wife on her frequent business trips to luxury resorts across America.  Because they were filled with envy, my Democrat IRS and GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates did not like that at all.  Many, if not most of them painted themselves as having financial, health, and/or other problems.),0,3425182.story
-- HARDCOPY ARTICLE: HEADLINE: Are you privileged? - Meghan Daum  (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government demonized me, denigrated me, and condemned me as someone who was privileged and who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.  They would not have done that if I had been a minority, a female, or a veteran.  They stressed that I was White, male, healthy, 100% German national origin, Missouri Synod Lutheran, born legitimately, raised by parents who did not divorce, my ancestors have been in America since the 1840s, I avoided the draft, etc.  They stressed that a) I bought new cars when I was 17, 19, 20, 23, etc.; b) that I bought real estate when I was 24, 25, and 27; c) that my wife and I bought a home in Wheaton in 1978 and had a new home built in Wheaton in 1984; d) that I bought collector cars in 1989 and 1994; e) that I earned three masters degrees, f) that I earned six professional certifications, and that I earned a professional license; g) that my wife and I gave up trying to have children, that we did not adopt, and that we did not become foster parents; h) etc.  They ignored the fact that my outstanding father fought type 1 diabetes from age 14, was the first of his ancestors to earn a high school diploma, never attended college, worked second jobs to pay the family's bills, and died suddenly when he was 47 and I was 21.  They ignored the fact that my outstanding mother never attended high school.),0,1644800.column
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Buzzfeed, the esteemed research institution that brought us such self-tests as "Which Muppet Are You?" and "How in Love With Cheese Are You?," posted a new one last week that has proved especially popular: "How Privileged Are You?"  With 100 true-or-false questions ranging from "I am white" and "I am male" to "I am comfortable in the gender I was born" and "I have had an unpaid internship," the questionnaire places users in one of four categories: underprivileged, not privileged, quite privileged and most privileged. It's not exactly scientific. For instance, being unfamiliar with student loan financing service Sallie Mae doesn't necessarily correlate with privilege, as the quiz suggests. For everyone lucky enough to graduate without debt, there are countless others for whom having the "problem" of paying for college is itself an unattainable dream. Nevertheless, "How Privileged Are You?" has struck a nerve. "I got a 59! I'm quite privileged!" quiz takers will announce on Facebook and elsewhere, at which point a chorus of friends will chime in with their own scores and wonder aloud whether unpaid internships obviate — or at least mitigate — the hardships of being part of a racial or religious minority, or not being heterosexual, or not identifying with the gender you were assigned at birth. As often happens around issues of class and status, many people in these conversations employ a jocular, somewhat tongue-in-cheek tone that belies a deep anxiety about how their own level of privilege is perceived. On my Facebook feed at least, most posters fit into the middle two categories: not privileged or quite privileged. Apparently extreme advantage or disadvantage is not the kind of thing you want to advertise. Of course, it's entirely likely that most of the quiz takers (which is to say, most Buzzfeed readers and social media users) do in fact occupy the middle categories. Perhaps it's not that the least and most privileged aren't posting their results but that they're too busy struggling against their challenges or enjoying the benefits of their exceptionalism to take online quizzes. But even if "How Privileged Are You?" doesn't do a perfect job of answering the question it poses, the reaction it has drawn tells us something important: Americans are heavily invested in seeing privilege as something self-determined rather than preordained.)
-- Conservatives vs. liberals in the cultural war - Alyssa Rosenberg  (DIERSEN: What do you say to "Republican" activists, candidates, party leaders, major donors, etc. who increasingly paint themselves as being anti-conservative if not anti-Republican?),0,5772971.story
-- State officials drop proposed medical pot gun ban  But feds say marijuana users may not possess firearms - Robert McCoppin),0,1960327.story
-- Proposed rule allows gun ID cards for medical pot users - Becky Schlikerman
-- $100 to register for medical marijuana under state rules - BECKY SCHLIKERMAN
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Increasingly, those who are anti-conservative, anti-Republican, and/or anti-American glorify and praise those who come to America illegally, who stay in America illegally, and/or who bring others to America illegally.
-- Free floating ethics in Cook County - Editorial
-- FRONT PAGE WITH PHOTO OF ED SULLIVAN JR.: GOP lawmakers deny they voted to steer $100 million to Obama library - Mike Riopell
-- A freshman Democrat’s daring move - Madeleine Doubek
-- GOP chairs picked - Sara Hooker and Lee Filas
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Cook GOP retains chairmanship  Aaron Del Mar maintained hold of his post as chairman of the Cook County Republican Party last night during at meeting in Chicago's Parthenon Restaurant. The Palatine Township Republican committeeman received 64 percent of the vote with 102,084 votes.  Kane County GOP selects new party chairman  Kane County Republicans picked Tom Hartwell as their leader in a process that lasted more than two hours last night in a meeting closed to the public in Sugar Grove. Hartwell is a former Kane County Board member and is now the Kane County Circuit Court clerk. Lake County picks new chairman  Former Warren Township GOP Chairman Mike Amrozowicz unseated Wauconda Township's Bob Cook during the party's biennial convention last night at the Midlane Golf Resort in Wadsworth. The county's Democratic Party's leadership remains unchanged. Party chairmen keep their seats in DuPage  Elmhurst resident Robert Peickert last night defeated Bill Habel of Naperville during the DuPage Democratic Party's convention at the Wheaton Community Center. Nearly 200 precinct committeemen, each with a weighted vote, re-elected Peickert by a vote of 3,334-2,104.)
-- FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PHOTOS OF KOTOWSKI AND MUSSMAN: Gun owners fill Roselle meeting, but guns not the focus  But gun control debate wasn't the focus in Roselle - Robert Sanchez
-- Good riddance to sales tax dodge - Joe Cahill
-- Uncovered: City Council members take themselves off subsidized health plan - Susan Frick Carlman
-- Being driven nuts by Rauners’ television commercial - Bill Sarto, Carpentersville
-- Casino revenue down while video gaming grows fast  Illinois Gaming Board figures released - Lauren Leone-Cross
-- Fortner: State legislators will face key budget talks  State representative speaks at multichamber luncheon - Eric Schelkopf
-- Huckabee, Priebus coming to Indiana state GOP convention - Brian Francisco
-- Displays of Obama, Democratic support common at some IRS offices  House Republicans take steps to discipline agency, Lerner - Stephen Dinan  (DIERSEN: I have always been a Republican.  What do you say to my critics in the Illinois Republican Party, the DuPage County Republican Party, the Milton Township Republican Party, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants, GAO, IRS, etc. who argue political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation for my complaining about the aforesaid had nothing to do with a) IRS not promoting me beyond GS-12, b) GAO requiring me to suffer a $18,043 pay cut in today's dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO, c) GAO wasting my knowledge of IRS, d) GAO not promoting me beyond GS-13, and e) and GAO forcing me to retire when I was 49 years old?)
-- IRS under fire: Vote for Obama stickers, campaign cheerleading commonplace  Agency still under fire for Lois Lerner-tea party targeting scandal - Stephen Dinan
-- Stop Crying over Mozilla and Start Fighting Back! - Robert Oscar Lopez  (DIERSEN: In Illinois, in DuPage County, in Milton Township, in Wheaton, in etc., the more that you do to defend and advance the traditional family plank in the Illinois Republican Party platform, the harder that those who are anti-religious, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, operatives for the aforesaid, and/or dupes for the aforesaid work against you.  I take it as a badge of honor that the aforesaid work so hard against me.)
-- LaBarbera Home After ‘Hate Speech’ Arrest in Canada - Peter LaBarbera
-- How the ‘Gay’ Jihad Normalized a Filthy Practice - Matt Barber
-- Whitewashing Republican Support of Civil Rights - Raynard Jackson
-- Denver Man Ate Pot Candy Before Shooting Wife - AP  (DIERSEN: Those who are Libertarian, anti-religious, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, and/or anti-American promote pot.)
-- Mayhem in Motor City - Augusta Chronicle
-- Leftist Thought Police Take Many Forms - David Limbaugh
-- Dr. Thomas Wright warns about the dangers of decriminalization of marijuana
-- Republicans question motive of Census Bureau survey changes - Blake Neff
-- The Behind The Scenes Story Of The RNC's Quest For Data Supremacy - Jon Ward  (DIERSEN: What do those who lead the RNC, the Illinois Republican Party, your Republican county party organization, and your Republican township/ward organization know/say about you?  What do the aforesaid leaders think of you, say about you?  Obviously, if they like you, your star is rising, and if they do not like you, your star is falling.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Republican National Committee, in particular, has staked its reputation -- in the press and with conservative donors -- on becoming the center of data and tech for the GOP. The RNC is not only seeking to imitate what the Democrats have been doing for years, they hope to improve upon it. And the committee has made some progress toward building the infrastructure they need to be successful. But as the 2014 midterm elections grow nearer, behind-the-scenes, intra-party squabbling has highlighted where the RNC still has a ways to go in using tech to win the future. The friction between the RNC and a handful of state parties and Republican campaigns has revealed the committee's struggle to assert its control over the GOP's data and tech strategy, despite an incapability to fully occupy that role. Few Republican sources were willing to comment on the record, for fear of either losing business or angering the Republican establishment. Because comments from a number of independent sources corroborated a conflict between the RNC and several state parties, campaigns and Republican consultants, The Huffington Post agreed not to identify some of those who spoke.)
-- The 'War on Women' Failed in 2012  And there's no reason to believe it will work in 2014. The exit polls tell the real story. - Michael Medved  (DIERSEN: Increasingly, Democrats, Democrat plants, and RINOs shout at women that Republicans, and especially Republicans who are religious, conservative, White, male, older, non-poor, non-veteran, gun-owners, and/or who have ancestors who have been in America for a long time, have caused, are causing, and will forever cause all the problems that women have.)
-- BEYOND DISGUSTING: Investors Jump In After Canada Changes Marijuana Rules  Licensed Pot Growers Attract Capital; Tweed Goes Public - Will Connors
-- COVER STORY: Later, Baby: Will Freezing Your Eggs Free Your Career? - Emma Rosenblum  (DIERSEN: My Democrat IRS and GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates used the fact that my wife and I gave up trying to have children, that we did not adopt, and that we did not become foster parents to demonize us, to denigrate us, and to condemn us as being selfish rich DINKs (dual income, no kids).  They would not have done that if I had been a Democrat, a minority, a female, or a  veteran.)
-- Federal Employee Education Discount  (DIERSEN: Government is nasty.  Politics is nasty.  I was an IRS Revenue Officer 1971-1980 and a GAO Analyst 1980-1997.  Virtually none of my IRS and GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates did what I did -- I took job-related graduate courses.  I took job-related graduate business courses at Loyola 1972-1976, job-related graduate accounting courses at DePaul 1976-1980, and job-related graduate finance courses at IIT 1992-1997.  In addition, I took job-related CPA review courses 1978-1979 and job-related Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) review courses 1980-1981.  I passed the job-related CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 and I passed the job-related CIA examination on my first attempt in 1981.  My Democrat IRS and GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates argued that the courses were not job-related, that they did not improve or maintain my job skills, and that they were a distraction.  They argued that I took the courses to get a job in the private sector.  They would not have done that if I had been a Democrat, a female, a minority, or a veteran.)

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