January 5 Evening Edition


ABC7

— Illinois COVID: IL reports record high 32,279 new cases, 80 deaths. Previous record was set on New Year’s Eve 2021.
https://abc7chicago.com/illinois-covid-testing-cases-test/11428977/

NBC5
— When Rioters Took Over the US Capitol: A Look Back Over the Last Year. A timeline of events since the violent storming of U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 – Noreen O’Donnell
(COMMENT: Those who invaded the Capitol had to know that would harm Trump tremendously.)
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international/when-rioters-took-over-the-us-capitol-a-look-back-over-the-last-year/2721518/

FOX32
— Lightfoot locks teachers out of online classrooms after union votes against in-person classes, CTU says – Ronn Blitzer
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/lightfoot-locks-teachers-out-of-online-classrooms-after-union-votes-against-in-person-classes-ctu-says
— Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger won’t run governor
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/illinois-rep-adam-kinzinger-wont-run-for-office

WGN RADIO
— Could we see Safe Injection Sites across the state of Illinois?
https://wgnradio.com/chicagos-afternoon-news/could-we-see-safe-injection-sites-across-the-state-of-illinois/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— As Chicago Public Schools’ stalemate with teachers union continues, Trump and Biden press secretary each weigh in – TRACY SWARTZ
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-chicago-public-schools-class-cancel-covid-chicago-teachers-union-20220105-xnlsdz5vobafdao5n5cnqnhexq-story.html
— Lake County’s congressmen call for accountability and unity a year after insurrection; ‘The threat to our representative democracy is just as serious today’ – STEVE SADIN
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/ct-lns-lake-insurrection-anniversary-st-0106-20220105-lsd67xb7dnhbpkxplam5ibbdnu-story.html
— Gary, Indiana guaranteed Income program recipient calls it a ‘blessing’ as director looks for more funding – CARRIE NAPOLEON
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/ct-ptb-gary-gift-program-st-0102-20211231-a7e3jcv3cfh5rhga6qhuccerm4-story.html
— COMMENT: Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters say “The damage to the 2024 election has already been done.”
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-column-trump-republicans-2024-election-chapman-20220105-f4obw26635cvbjsjvvlakn3one-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Government consolidation must be a top priority in 2022. Shrinking the number of units of government is about saving Illinois through property tax relief. – Bob Anderson, Wonder Lake
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2022/1/4/22866818/illinois-government-consolidation-priority-2022-marijuana-police-shootings-letters
— Rep. Kinzinger to focus on fighting right-wing extremism, won’t run for governor or Senate. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., is a member of the Jan. 6 panel probing the Capitol attack. He earlier announced he will not seek another term in the House. – Lynn Sweet
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2022/1/5/22868350/kinzinger-will-not-run-senator-governor-congress-january-6-capitol-attack-right-wing-extremism-trump

DAILY HERALD
— Fewer than 10% of suburban ICU hospital beds are available – Jake Griffin
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20220105/fewer-than-10-of-suburban-icu-hospital-beds-are-available
— Apparently, it’s up to the legislature to clarify roles in township government – Editorial
https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20220105/editorial-apparently-its-up-to-the-legislature-to-clarify-roles-in-township-government
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PICTURE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats hint/imply/argue/shout that if you are a Republican, the longer that your ancestors have been in America, the more that you have benefitted from their discrimination against minorities and against women.
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20220105/it-has-no-place-how-a-mundelein-area-woman-is-deleting-a-painful-relic-of-race-and-housing
— Kinzinger to focus on fighting right-wing extremism, won’t run for governor or Senate
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20220105/kinzinger-to-focus-on-fighting-right-wing-extremism-wont-run-for-governor-or-senate
— Most Kane County court business to be done remotely the next four weeks – Susan Sarkauskas
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20220105/most-kane-county-court-business-to-be-done-remotely-the-next-four-weeks

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Reflecting on a dark anniversary: The latest D.C. Memo. Crain’s asked members of the Illinois congressional delegation to reflect on the upcoming anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. No Republicans responded.
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/juice/jan-6-capitol-riot-democrats-illinois-delegation-reflect-anniversary

ALTON TELEGRAPH
— County board trims 34 precincts. State-required change will save election costs. – Scott Cousins
(COMMENT: I only learned of precinct consolidation in Illinois this morning. I erroneously relied on the following to advise me of such things: the DuPage County Election Division (DCED), my representative on the Illinois Republican Party State Central Committee, the leaders of the DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and the leaders of the Milton Township Republican Organization. I understand that at its January 11, 2022 meeting, the DuPage County Board will vote to consolidate DuPage County’s 930 precincts into just 607, a loss of 323 precincts. That includes consolidating Milton Township’s 130 precincts into just 83, a loss of 47 precincts. I have asked DCED to email me the new map for Milton Township and the map for the new precinct that I am in. I should write a book about the 2015 Gerrymandering of my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 in Wheaton.)
https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Board-reduces-precincts-in-response-to-new-state-16729105.php
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Madison County Board has approved a new precinct map that reduces the number of precincts to 191 from the current 225. The board took the action after new state laws were signed in mid-November by Gov. J.B. Pritzker. The changes were approved at a special Madison County Board meeting Thursday night. The new map was approved unanimously 21-0, with seven members absent, two participating remotely and one open seat. The changes are the last to be completed as part of the decennial census. In November the board approved a new Madison County Board district map cutting the board size by three to 26 members. “Reducing the total number of election precincts by consolidating 225 into 191 will save taxpayers 15 percent on every election held in Madison County,” said Madison County Board Member Chris Guy, R-Maryville, who chairs the Government Relations Committee. “Not only will a reduction result in cost-savings to the taxpayers, a reduction will also bring more efficiency and integrity to the election process.” The new law requires precincts to be “as near as may be practicable, 1,200 registered voters,” according to information provided by Guy. Prior to that the number was 500 registered voters per precinct. The new state law also requires precinct maps to be approved by Jan. 14, the day after candidates are allowed to begin collecting signatures to get on the 2022 ballot. The full county board took the precinct action after a special meeting by the Government Relations Committee, which approved the new precinct maps.)

KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE
— Batavia students, parents and faculty share candid stories of racism, homophobia in school – Jonah Nink
https://www.shawlocal.com/kane-county-chronicle/news/education/2022/01/05/batavia-students-parents-and-faculty-share-candid-stories-of-racism-homophobia-in-school/

NPR ILLINOIS
— COMMENT: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater says “People who believe Trump’s election lies are running for offices that control voting.”
https://www.nprillinois.org/2022-01-05/people-who-believe-trumps-election-lies-are-running-for-offices-that-control-voting

WIREPOINTS
— Running out of hospital beds is the biggest danger of Omicron? Then why has the Pritzker administration let the supply of ICU beds collapse by nearly 1,000? – Ted Dabrowski
https://wirepoints.org/running-out-of-hospital-beds-is-the-biggest-danger-of-omicron-then-why-has-the-pritzker-administration-let-the-icu-supply-collapse-by-nearly-1000-beds-wirepoints-quickpoint/
— They’ve bastardized both the prosecution process and policing
https://wirepoints.org/theyve-bastardized-both-the-prosecution-process-and-policing-wirepoints-joins-chicagos-morning-answer-on-am-560/

DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Benet graduate Proft slams alma mater: ‘Apparently the monks weren’t up for the fight’
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/617927951-benet-graduate-proft-slams-alma-mater-apparently-the-monks-weren-t-up-for-the-fight

ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
— Illinois Public Schools Battle Plague of Violence, Sexual Abuse – Alex Newman
https://illinoisfamily.org/education/illinois-public-schools-battle-plague-of-violence-sexual-abuse/

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— ALVEDA KING: VIRGINIA REJECTED CRITICAL RACE THEORY. WHAT WILL 2022 VOTERS DO?
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2022/01/alveda-king-virginia-rejected-critical-race-theory-what-will-2022-voters-do-.html
— WEYERMULLER: MARCH FOR LIFE CHICAGO 2022 SATURDAY AT FEDERAL PLAZA
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2022/01/weyermuller-march-for-life-chicago-2022-saturday-at-federal-plaza-.html
— FACEBOOK IS A SYMPTOM OF A MUCH DEEPER BIG TECH PROBLEM
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2022/01/facebook-changing-its-name-to-meta-will-not-change-the-fact-that-all-social-media-platforms-make-promises-they-cant-k.html

CAPITOL FAX
— Ahead of January 6 anniversary, SGOP Leader McConchie again pleads for reconciliation
https://capitolfax.com/2022/01/05/ahead-of-january-6-anniversary-sgop-leader-mcconchie-again-pleads-for-reconciliation/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— AG Garland: DOJ has ‘no higher priority’ than charging, prosecuting Jan. 6 rioters – Emily Zantow
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/jan/5/merrick-garland-justice-dept-has-no-higher-priorit/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Survey shows Illinois businesses recovering slower than rest of U.S. – Kevin Bessler
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/survey-shows-illinois-businesses-recovering-slower-than-rest-of-u-s
— Social media employees should not be arbiters of truth – Washington Examiner
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/social-media-employees-should-not-be-arbiters-of-truth

FOX NEWS
— Former Trump adviser suing New York state for racialized coronavirus priorities: ‘This is racist fascism’ US could become a ‘fallen civilization,’ he says. – Yael Halon
https://www.foxnews.com/media/stephen-miller-suing-new-york-racialized-coronavirus-priorities
— New year, same failed Biden policies at our southern border—and things will only get worse in 2022. All Americans are facing escalating hazards from illegal drugs & dangerous criminals entering our communities. – Mark Brnovich
https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/biden-southern-border-arizona-drugs-illegal-immigration

FOX BUSINESS
— 2022 is the year of the raise and workers getting the ‘upper hand,’ personal finance expert says. Companies reportedly allocating 3.9% of payroll capital for employee raises this year
Facebook. – Kristen Altus
https://www.foxbusiness.com/media/2022-year-of-the-raise-workers-upper-hand-dan-roccato

GOPUSA
— After Violent 2021, Mayor Lori Lightfoot And Police Leaders Look To Hit The Reset Button – Again
https://www.gopusa.com/after-violent-2021-mayor-lori-lightfoot-and-police-leaders-look-to-hit-the-reset-button-again/
— Educators Called Out For ‘Ideological Grooming’ Of Student
https://www.gopusa.com/educators-called-out-for-ideological-grooming-of-student/

BREITBART
— James Lindsay: Bill Gates, George Soros Use Critical Race Theory Advocates as ‘Useful Idiots’ to Co-Opt America for Their Own Purposes – ALANA MASTRANGELO
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/01/05/exclusive-james-lindsay-bill-gates-george-soros-use-critical-race-theory-advocates-useful-idiots-co-opt-america-their-own-purposes/

FREEDOM WORKS
— FreedomWorks for America Endorses Mary Miller in Illinois’ 15th Congressional District
https://freedomworksforamerica.org/press-releases/freedomworks-for-america-endorses-mary-miller-in-illinois-15th-congressional-district-2/

NEWSMAX
— Twitter Team Reviewing Harmful Content Related to Capitol Attack Riles Conservative Critics – Fran Beyer
https://www.newsmax.com/us/twitter-content-review-january-6-conservatives/2022/01/05/id/1051145/

NATIONAL REVIEW
— Why Fiscal Conservatives Should Care about Abortion – BOBBY JINDAL
https://www.nationalreview.com/2022/01/why-fiscal-conservatives-should-care-about-abortion/#slide-1

CNN
— Republicans seek to avoid Trump talk as party grapples with January 6 anniversary. Anchor Muted BackgroundCNN Digital Expansion DC Manu Raju. – Melanie Zanona and Manu Raju
https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/05/politics/gop-reaction-january-6-anniversary/index.html

NEW YORK TIMES
— As Midterms and 2024 Loom, Trump Political Operation Revs Up – Kenneth P. Vogel and Shane Goldmacher
(COMMENT: Who heads the Trump campaign in Illinois, in your county, in your township, and in your municipality?)
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/04/us/politics/donald-trump-midterm-elections.html

WASHINGTON POST
— Illinois child welfare worker fatally stabbed during visit – AP
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/illinois-child-welfare-worker-fatally-stabbed-during-visit/2022/01/05/07760e0a-6e72-11ec-b1e2-0539da8f4451_story.html
— Suspect in slaying of Illinois police officer denied bond – AP
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/suspect-in-slaying-of-illinois-police-officer-denied-bond/2022/01/05/6f634588-6e71-11ec-b1e2-0539da8f4451_story.html
— Florida activist handcuffed while trying to attend DeSantis news conference – Lori Rozsa
(COMMENT: I should write a book about Republican candidates on ballots in my precinct who have done the most to stop me from attending their press conferences, and failing that, who have done the most to stop me from asking any questions at those press conferences.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/01/04/florida-news-conference-handcuffs/

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.


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