David John Diersen, GOPUSA Illinois Editor
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GOPUSA ILLINOIS Daily Clips - October 25, 2014

-- OBITUARY: Jerome F. "JR" McBride, Jr.
(Jerome F. "JR" McBride, Jr, age 47 of Glen Ellyn; adoring and adored husband of Becky nee Lauritsen; beloved father of Lauren (Franklin) Lapaz, Molly, Abigail, Sara and Martin; devoted son of Jerome F. and Ellen nee Brown McBride, Sr., loving brother of Kara (Paraic) Brophy, William, and Joy (Terence) Gibson. Son- in- law of Carol Lauritsen and the late Bruce Lauritsen; caring brother- in- law of Ken (Shelley) Lauritsen and AnnMarie (Brian) Burgmeier; fond uncle of sixteen, dear nephew, cousin and exceptional friend of many. DuPage County Board Member and dedicated community member.  Visitation Sunday, October 26th from 2 to 7 p.m. at Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park. Friends and family are asked to meet on Monday at St. Giles Church, 1045 Columbian Ave., Oak Park for Mass at 10 a.m. Interment private.  In lieu of flowers, donations to DuPage Convalescent Center are appreciated.)
-- Illinois treasurer's race tight as election nears - Rick Pearson
-- Election Day fairy tale shows who really wields power in Illinois - John Kass  (DIERSEN: Who wields power in your county, in your township/ward, in your municipality?)
-- Tribune choices for races in the collar counties: Cronin, Quiroz, Hinds, Kramer, Mark Curran, Wyckoff, Stolman, Harrison, Kelley, Weber, Rippy, Carlson, Lennon, and Jones
-- Senator Nybo attends first committee as Senator
-- Chicago Fire Department hiring exacerbates racial divide - FRAN SPIELMAN  (DIERSEN: Are you "lily-white?"  I am.  Spielman would be proud the efforts that my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government made to waste the careers of and to get rid of "lily-White" non-veteran male Republican employees like me.  If I had not taken and passed its employment test, the Post Office would not have offered me a job in 1966.  If I had not taken and passed the Federal Service Entrance Examination, IRS would not have offered me a job in 1971.  If I had not taken and passed the CPA examination on my first attempt, GAO would not have offered me a job in 1980.  The aforesaid federal agencies offered me jobs only because they could not find qualified Democrats who would take the jobs.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Chicago Fire Department has hired 300 firefighters and 162 paramedics this year to reduce runaway overtime, but the hiring spree didn’t do a thing to bridge the racial divide in a department that has long been lily-white. Only 33 of the 462 new hires —seven percent — are African-American.  The overwhelming majority—338 or 73 percent—are white. The list also includes 81 Hispanics or 17 percent of the pool. Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago said Friday he hopes to reverse that trend on Dec. 13 and 14 when 23,375 applicants in three separate shifts arrive at McCormick Place to take the city’s first firefighters entrance exam in nearly a decade. After an aggressive outreach, the applicant pool includes a better mix. It’s 44 percent white, 24 percent Hispanic, 22 percent black and 14 percent women.)
-- Ebola shows how government bumbles - STEVE HUNTLEY  (DIERSEN: Whenever the federal government "bumbles," to what extent do you blame all federal employees and all federal retirees?  I was a federal employee for almost 30 years and I have been a federal retiree for more than 17 years.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: These are tough days for liberals. Their central dogma — that government is the answer to our problems — is taking a beating. Voters are learning what conservatives have always known, big government can fail in big ways. Consider what has Americans scratching their heads now: How could a doctor who spent a month treating Ebola patients in Africa return to densely populated New York City and not be told by public health officials to stay close to home during the disease’s incubation period?)
-- DuPage forest preserve candidates differ over taxes - Robert Sanchez  (DIERSEN: Participants in the candidate forum which was hosted by the League of Women Voters of Wheaton and Glen Ellyn and the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce included Dan Cronin, Grant Eckhoff, Heidi Holan, and Al Murphy.  Attendees included Mark Kmiecik, Chris LeVan, Paula McGowen, Burt Minor, Gary Muehlfelt, Pat Ryan, and Jan Shaw.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The West Chicago Democrat said during a Thursday night candidate forum in Wheaton that the district is using existing accumulated interest earnings to support its operating budget. "If we take that bond money and put it back into the regular budget, it will reduce what we're pulling from the interest income and give us some cushion to move forward with some of our projects," Burns said. Murphy doesn't see it that way.)
-- Quinn orders 21-day quarantine for Ebola patient contacts - Steve Zalusky
-- Isn't Rauner accountable, too? - Linda Dickey, Lombard  (DIERSEN: What are you responsible for?  What do others hold you accountable for?)
-- Bruce Rauner talks about future goals if elected governor - Mike Flannery  (DIERSEN: Have you ever moved closer to where you work and/or took classes?  At the start of 1974, I was a GS-11 ($63,538 in today's dollars) Revenue Officer assigned to IRS's Joliet office, I took graduate business courses at Loyola, and I lived in University Park.  When IRS promoted me to a GS-12 ($76,157 in today's dollars) Revenue Officer position in its Loop office, I bought a studio condo in the Outer Drive East building, and walked to work and to classes at Loyola.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Republican candidate for governor told a Springfield newspaper on Friday that he'll not only live in Illinois' capital city, but that he'll also move state jobs there from Chicago. If he wins next month, Bruce Rauner said he would repair and refurbish Springfield's dilapidated Executive Mansion. It's been a dozen years since any governor lived there full-time. The roof is leaking and significant damage has been done. “This'll be my primary residence. I'll be traveling a lot, all over the state, from Rockford to Quincy to Mt. Vernon to Danville. I'm gonna be all over the place. We probably won't sell our suburban Chicago home,” Rauner said. Rauner's wife, Diana, added, “I have no idea [how many days a year I might spend there]. But I know we'll move down there with the dog. Our kids are all gone. We can live anywhere. It'll be fun and it's the right thing to do.” Diana said -- if she becomes Illinois' First Lady -- she'd continue to run her not-for-profit Ounce of Prevention Fund. It advocates for early childhood health and education programs. She said it requires her to travel frequently across the country.)
-- Rauner: Short-term steps needed on state budget - Doug Finke
-- Dick Durbin leading Jim Oberweis in polls, fundraising - Chuck Sweeny
-- Sun-Times Reporters Ask Owners To Open Up About McKinney, Rauner Incident  (DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government.  There is supposed to be a "firewall" between federal politicians and federal employees.  Of course, Democrat politicians want the federal government a) TO HIRE, TO RETAIN, AND TO PROMOTE DEMOCRATS and b) TO GET RID OF REPUBLICANS LIKE ME.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Chicago Sun-Times reporters have issued a petition request asking the owners of the newspaper to open up about the circumstances that led to veteran political reporter Dave McKinney's resignation on Wednesday. In the petition posted on the Chicago Newspaper Guild's website, the news writers say the allegations surrounding GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's reported attempt to retaliate against McKinney over the contents of an editor-approved article are troublesome. The reporters note that Rauner's previous ownership of the media company "raises ethical questions about what happens when politicians and investors interfere with news content." The journalists are asking Sun-Times management to detail any complaints Rauner may have made about McKinney to Michael Ferro, chairman of the newspaper's parent company, and to answer any other questions the staff may have about the issue and their ability to do their jobs freely going forward. Here's a look at the petition's request: Mr. Michael Ferro and Mr. Timothy Knight: We are deeply troubled by the situation leading up to Dave McKinney’s resignation. It raises incredible questions about whether Sun-Times reporters risk retaliation from management after writing stories unfavorable to a politician or our company's investors. We have basic concerns about whether we will be able to do our jobs moving forward without interference. We want to know: did a politician or someone tied to that politician lodge a complaint with Mr. Ferro over a story? If there was indeed a breach in the firewall that is supposed to exist between owners and the newsroom, how do we know that will not reoccur? Would you or Mr. Knight address the newsroom to answers these questions and others? Respectfully, Chicago Sun-Times Newsroom and supporters  To view the petition, which is open for public signatures, click here ( Read more about McKinney's resignation and Rauner's business ties to Ferro here (
-- Six Years Later: The Clear Connection Between Barack Obama and The Weathermen - Tom DeWeese
-- The 2014 Race Card  Democratic appeals to racial division are worse than ever. - Editorial
-- Majority of Bank Risk Managers Are Worried About the Wealth Gap - NICK TIMIRAOS  (DIERSEN: Who hints/implies/argues/shouts that you have too much money?   Money Magazine and my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I was overpaid and had too much money.  They hinted/implied/argued/shouted a) that in 1966, the Post Office should have hired someone who had less money than I had, b) that in 1971, IRS should have hired someone who had less money than I had, c) that in 1972, 1973, and 1974, IRS should have promoted someone who had less money than I had, d) that in 1980, GAO should have hired someone who had less money than I had, e) that in 1986, GAO should have promoted someone who had less money than I had, and f) GAO should have forced me to retire much sooner than it did so that someone who had less money than I had could have my office and my job.)
-- The Emerging Political Divide Between Public and Private Unions  Clashes between government employees and blue-collar organizations are roiling Democratic campaigns. - Steven Malanga
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has earned the ire of government-worker unions by supporting cuts in pension benefits for some city workers and closing failing schools. The head of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, has pledged $1 million of union money to unseat Mr. Emanuel, up for re-election in February. Private unions have a different take. Building trade groups like the Construction and General Laborers’ District Council approve of the mayor’s infrastructure spending and have donated heavily to his campaign. The hotel-workers union Unite Here has endorsed him for his work promoting Chicago tourism. “There’s a lot of support I have from working men and women,” Mr. Emanuel told a reporter earlier this year, when the subject of public-union opposition came up. The labor rift in Chicago politics has emerged elsewhere, too.)
-- FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE: Ottawa Gunman’s Radicalism Deepened as Life Crumbled - MICHAEL WINES and WILLIAM YARDLEY
-- In Some Ways, the Rich Aren’t So Different From You and Me - Paul Sullivan
-- Black voter turnout low as some sneak to GOP - Charles D. Ellison
-- COVER STORY: The War on Teacher Tenure - Haley Sweetland Edwards (DIERSEN: If you would ask my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government to describe "bad" federal employees, they describe those who share my demographics - conservative, Republican, White, male, older, non-poor, non-veteran, gun owner, and/or who have ancestors who have been in America for a long time.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: It’s really difficult to fire a bad teacher. A group of Silicon Valley investors wants to change that.)
-- Which Republican Party? - Richard Norton Smith
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Even if it captures the Congress, rivalries could hamper the GOP in power  The genesis of the modern republican Party may be found in a phone call placed by Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater in the closing days of a deadlocked 1960 presidential campaign between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy. With time running out, Goldwater advised GOP national chairman Thruston Morton, Nixon should skip the urban East and concentrate instead on swing states Texas and Illinois. His own motives were far from disinterested. “I’d like to win this goddamned election without New York,” Goldwater told Morton. “Then we could tell New York to kiss our ass, and we could really start a conservative party.” Four years later, Goldwater got the part of his wish that mattered most. Meeting in San Francisco’s Cow Palace–the same hall where, just eight years earlier, Republicans had renominated Dwight Eisenhower by acclamation–GOP delegates rejected Ike’s Modern Republicanism (“a dime-store New Deal,” sniffed Goldwater) for a sagebrush libertarian who would block federal aid to education, repeal the graduated income tax and make Social Security voluntary.  The stage was thus set for the most divisive GOP convention since 1912, which opened fissures replicated half a century later, as a fading Eastern establishment battled Sun Belt conservatives for the soul of the party.)
-- America’s modern political nightmare: Two electorates, separate and unequal  The glee with which the GOP relies on Obama-hate to turn out its base shows the disturbing racial reality of 2014 - JOAN WALSH  (DIERSEN: Democrats shout at those who have less money than others that they have less money than others because of Republicans.)
-- Where to Find the Government’s Happiest Employees - Kellie Lunney  (DIERSEN: Which are the happiest government employees in Illinois, in your county, in your township/ward, and in your municipality?  Why are they happy?)
-- Newest survey shows employee dedication, but signals sagging morale  (DIERSEN: All during the almost 30 years that I worked for the federal government 1966-1969 and 1971-1997, my superiors and supervisors were under tremendous pressure from Democrat politicians to get rid of their employees who shared my demographics.  Therefore, my Democrat superiors and supervisors did not like at all when I did anything that showed my "dedication."  They did not like it all when I a) earned a job-related bachelors degree in 1970, b) earned job-related masters degrees in 1976, 1980, and 1997, c) earned job-related professional certifications in 1979, 1981, 1990, 1994, 1996, and 1997, d) earned a job-rated professional license in 1982, and e) served on the executive committee of a job-related professional organization 1983-1996.)

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