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February 16, 2012

Fellow Republicans:

News clips and upcoming event information:


  • Santorum Releases Four Years of Tax Returns1


(DIERSEN: What percent of the protesters voted for Obama in 2008 – 100%, 100+%? What percent of the protesters will vote for Obama in 2012 – 100%, 100+%? How successful will they be in making Obama look like he is a centrist?)


  • Rachel Maddow and my lesson in civility – Cal Thomas2

(DIERSEN: The more that you do to defend and advance the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) platform, especially its immigration and social planks, the more that you do promote direct election of IRP State Central Committee members, the more that Democrats, Democrat plants, RINOs, their operatives, and their dupes do to get you to raise your voice, to get angry, to lose your temper.)

  • AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON CHICAGO, ON ILLINOIS, AND ON AMERICA TIGHTENS: Chicago area racks up most public corruption convictions in U.S. Federal prosecutors in northern Illinois tally more than 1,500 since 1976, UIC report shows – Hal Dardick3


  • Incumbent GOP reps face off in 16th Congressional District4
  • DIERSEN HEADLINE: Richard Roeper promotes homosexual activity, again5
  • Obama meets Wisconsin factory workers and governor (briefly) – Abdon Pallasch6


  • Burns, Lauzen again trade barbs in Kane chairman debate – James Fuller7

(FROM THE ARTICLE: “I’m pro-life; my opponent is pro-choice,” Lauzen said. “I’m pro-gun rights, including concealed carry; (he is) pro-gun control. I’m in favor of one man, one woman as the traditional definition of marriage; (he is) pro-homosexual civil union. I opposed red light cameras; (he is) in favor of red light cameras. I am an unambiguous conservative. I have never been a Democratic precinct committeeman. “And by the way, I can’t afford a big bus.” Lauzen drew some chuckles for that comment referring to the bus with a large picture of Burns on the sides that the Geneva mayor is using to tour the county during the campaign. Burns wasn’t laughing. “The fact of the matter is, I’m not appealing to just the base,” Burns said of his Republican credentials. “I’m appealing to all of Kane County. Believe it or not, the chairman has to serve all of Kane County. In fact, what Mr. Lauzen has just stated underscores what Mr. Lauzen represents – divide the county, represent only those who think like you, and let the others fend for themselves. That’s not me.” Other sparring included Lauzen’s continued questioning of Burns’ resume for the job. In turn, Burns came out stronger than previously seen in hammering Lauzen’s record in the state legislature. Burns said Lauzen has spent “two decades nearly 200 miles away from Kane County, receiving more than $1 million in salary and a generous pension, but accomplishing very little in terms of improving the quality of life in Kane County.”)

  • Dean Suominen’s 2008 Dodge Charger in Naperville crash clocked at 142 mph, cops say – Josh Stockinger8

(DIERSEN: In 1968, with money that I had saved delivering mail for the Park Forest Post Office and with money from the sale of my 1968 Oldsmobile 442, I bought a brand new 1969 Dodge Charger SE. When it was stolen in Chicago in 1971 while I worked for IRS, I used the insurance proceeds, took out a loan, and bought a brand new 1972 Corvette which I still own. In 1989, I bought a 1962 Chevy Impala SS as a hobby/investment. In 1994, I bought a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T as a hobby/investment. In 2005, I sold the 1962 Impala SS and the 1968 Charger R/T and bought a 2005 Corvette which I still own. Democrats, Democrat plants, RINOs, defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, “rule-or-ruin conservatives,” their operatives, and their dupes use those facts to demonize me, to denigrate me, and to condemn me as being “rich.”)

  • TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PHOTOS: Dillard: School pension plan a ‘realistic threat’ – Robert Sanchez9
  • 42nd House candidates argue about who’s ‘in’ and who’s ‘out’ – Christopher Placek10

(FROM THE ARTICLE: The four Republican candidates in the 42nd House District are arguing over who is or isn’t a political insider – and whether such experience may be a benefit as a state representative. In a recent Daily Herald endorsement interview, one of the candidates, Dave Carlin, charged opponent Jeanne Ives with selling herself as an outsider – all while receiving the political backing of Republican political consultant Dan Proft and his Illinois Liberty PAC. Meanwhile, Carlin has said he and the two other candidates in the March 20 GOP primary race, Chris Hage and Laura Pollastrini, “would be more equipped to go to Springfield and serve their community” than Ives because of their records of public service. Carlin labeled Proft, a WLS radio host and one-time gubernatorial candidate, as “‘Cicero’ Dan Proft,” in reference to published reports from 2008 that showed Proft received no-bid contracts worth more than $500,000 a year to represent Cicero and area school districts as their spokesman. “(Ives) says she’s independent, but she’s done media training with Dan Proft. The other three of us haven’t,” said Carlin, who is the College of DuPage board president and district office director for U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh. “I think it’s important to point out that three of us have records of public service, and three of us have been engaged in the process, working for our communities for a number of years. And we’re not selling ourselves as outsiders.” Proft’s Illinois Liberty PAC endorsed Ives last November, and contributed $5,000 to her campaign at the time, according to the most recent campaign finance disclosure statement available through the state board of elections. Ives, who was elected to the Wheaton City Council last April, said she’s proud of the endorsement from Illinois Liberty PAC, whose purpose is “to support candidates for public office who embrace public policy rooted in the principles of liberty and free enterprise,” according to its filing with the state. “I had a guy drive up from Naperville to my house, hand me a check, and say, ‘I vetted you, and the clincher was that you were associated with Dan Proft,’” Ives said. She says she’s “more independent-minded” since she hasn’t worked on many political campaigns, though she says she has been involved politically “to the right extent,” as a Republican committeeman in Milton Township since 2004. As a graduate of West Point, Ives said a similar kind of leadership and ethics is needed in Springfield. Carlin charged Ives with using her background as a West Point graduate to her political advantage. “I respect the military like nobody else, but when you wear it on your sleeve and you say elect me because of it, even other veterans are resentful of that,” Carlin said. Pollastrini, an attorney and government relations specialist, says she got involved in the Young Republicans of DuPage County after graduating from college. She didn’t know anyone politically, but she said she wanted to work on campaigns. “I got behind people I could believe in,” Pollastrini said. When she was press officer for former DuPage County State’s Attorney Joe Birkett, Pollastrini said she gave Birkett Hage’s resume and said he would make a good prosecutor. Hage, who did become an assistant state’s attorney for Birkett, said he’s spent a career working to get Republicans elected on the statewide and federal levels – many times in a volunteer role. “I do kind of hear that we’re somehow different or (Ives is) different from us because we work for those people,” Hage said. “I reject that. We worked with the Young Republicans because we wanted good government – practiced (in DuPage County) – exported. That’s the point. No one here has gotten rich off politics.” Carlin said he thinks bringing up Proft’s previous work in Cicero is “fair game” in the GOP primary race for the 42nd House district. “If you’re playing in this election, I wanna know,” Carlin said he told Proft. “What do you have to gain? What’s your motive? What’s your agenda?” Unlike others, Ives said she’s “not numb” to what has gone on in Springfield, and she would go there to make her own decisions. “I don’t have any political ties,” she said. “Except Dan Proft,” Carlin retorted. “He doesn’t own me,” Ives said.)


  • Burns, Lauzen to appear at forum Sunday in Geneva11
  • Tension heats up at GOP debate for County Board Chairman – Brenda Schory12
  • Lauzen, Burns clash over red light cameras – Brenda Schory13


  • Crete should welcome detention center – Michael D. Turay, Crete14

(FROM THE LETTER: My, oh, my, what a short memory my fellow residents of Crete have. It was just a short time ago that they were blasting Mayor Michael Einhorn for not bringing additional business to Crete because we were facing another referendum to raise the property tax to support our schools. Now it looks like Einhorn has a potential money-maker in the form of a detention center for illegal immigrants, and there is an uproar, with folks saying “not in my neighborhood.” The state of Illinois is not going to ever reform school funding as long as we re-elect the same losers to office and the control of the Legislature is in so few hands. So the way I see it, we have three choices. We can keep raising the property tax rate until we force too many residents from their homes and the community implodes under the burden of a tax that is the most regressive tax of all. We can entice businesses to the area and reap the benefit of the taxes they pay. Or we can do nothing and just see what happens. The real solution is reforming the school funding formula and getting it off the back of the property taxpayers, but with the apathy of Illinois voters and the monuments we have running the Legislature with total power, that’s not going to happen. Term limits, yes, but that’s another issue. So I have to agree with Mayor Einhorn about allowing the detention center in Crete and using the extra tax money it produces so we can continue to provide quality public education and police, fire and other services.)


  • Handgun proposal means Emanuel won’t run for governor – Pat Gauen15


  • Flider appointment draws GOP charges of quid pro quo – Doug Finke16


  • Occupy Chicago protesters in court: Reminiscent of ’68 – Joslin Woods and Dana Ballout17


  • Occupy Chicago member rekindles Northwestern movement via teach-in – Lauren Caruba18


  • Local republicans hold card drive for Senator Mark Kirk – Krizia Vance19


  • Fox Commentator Dick Morris to Headline Chicago Fundraiser for William J. Kelly20


  • Phelps: Illinois’ Attack On Gun Owners Could Force Hunters to Leave State21
  • Illinois Review readers think Gingrich should exit race22
  • Oberweis endorsed by West Chicago mayor23
  • State’s Attorney Berlin Backs Durkin for re-election24


  • Anti-Santorum Ad Appears on Fox25


  • Chairman Priebus leads RNC revival: From $23M in the red to $7M in the black – Cameron Joseph26
  • Rep. West: Democratic handouts an ‘insidious form of slavery’ – Pete Kasperowicz27


  • DIERSEN HEADLINE: “Gay troops” promote homosexual activity at Disney World28
  • Jimmy Carter Casts Occupy Wall Street Movement As ‘Relatively Successful’ – Greg Bluestein29


  • Santorum: Dems ‘look down their nose’ at Americans – David Edwards30


  • Conservative Pundits Find Romney Disengaged, and Say That’s Puzzling – Jeremy Peters31
  • Interracial Marriage Seen Gaining Wide Acceptance – Susan Sulny32
  • (DIERSEN: I worked for GAO in its Chicago office 1980-1997. Constructively, if you married a minority and/or if you adopted a minority child, GAO gave you the same preference as if you were a minority yourself.)
  • In Michigan Homecoming, Romney Faces Challenges – Ashley Parker33


  • Paid Not to Work Four-year price tag for extra jobless benefits: $200 billion.34
  • Obama and Other People’s Money What sets this president apart is how eager he is to fund his schemes outside the normal appropriations process. – Karl Rove35


  • Rick Santorum paid double Mitt Romney’s tax rate in 2010, records show – Andrew Rafferty36


  • DIERSEN HEADLINE: Shannon O’Neil encourages people to come to America illegally, to stay in America illegally, and to bring others to America illegally37


  • Mother Of Fallen Marine Offended By Half-Mast Flag For Houston38


  • Romney’s Shifting Auto Bailout Stance Risks Becoming Liability – Julie Hirschfeld Davis39


  • Feds accused of granting `de facto’ amnesty to illegal immigrants – Stewart M. Powell and Regina Garcia Can40


  • Strict controls needed for corrupt financial industry – Vern Simula41


  • California Congresswoman Maxine Walters calls conservative leaders ‘demons’. Will Barack Obama condemn her? – Nile Gardiner42


  • Congress to feds: We feel your pain – Julia Ziegler43

(DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government. Democrats blame Republicans for all problems that federal employees have. I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years. Almost always, I was the only Republican in the work group. Often, I was the only Republican in the office. If I was still working for the federal government, they would have killed me by now figuratively, if not literally.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: “Federal employees had nothing to do with the economic downturn and yet many are looking to federal employees to disproportionately help solve the budget problem and that’s just not fair,” said Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). “My experience is that federal employees are willing to do their share but they want to see a sense of balance and proportion and fairness. What they’re seeing, at least from some, is just a single-minded focus on cutting federal employees.”)


  • 2/16 Event: Sabathne fundraiser in Winfield
  • 2/16 Event: Dabrowski fundraiser in Addison
  • 2/17 Event: Walsh to speak at Carlin Reception at Morgan’s Charhouse in Winfield
  • 2/17 Event: Humes fundraiser at Casey’s in Lombard
  • 2/17 Event: Sandack rally in Downers Grove
  • 2/18 Event: TAPROOT Breakfast Meeting
  • 2/18 Event: Milton Township GOP Headquarters Grand Opening
  • 2/18 Event: NTRO monthly meeting in Naperville
  • 2/19 Event: Winfield Township GOP Breakfast Brunch
  • 2/19 Event: William J. Kelly co-hosts Chicago TV Townhall Meeting at Stahl Family Theatre
  • 2/20 Event: Schneider fundraiser at the Lisle/Naperville Hilton
  • 2/20 Event: Lisle Township GOP meeting
  • 2/21 Event: Aurora Republican Women Candidates Forum at Eola Community Center in Aurora
  • 2/21 Event: Deadline to register or transfer registration
  • 2/21 Event: Behrend and Gough to speak at the Lincoln Restaurant in Chicago
  • 2/21 Event: York Township GOP meeting
  • 2/23 Event: Zediker fundraiser in Naperville
  • 2/23 Event: Larsen fundraiser at Klein Creek
  • 2/23 Event: Biggert at Krajewski fundraiser in Downers Grove
  • 2/24 Event: Roskam to speak at Wheaton Women’s Republican Club Chilli Dinner at the Wheaton Bowl
  • 2/25 Event: NTRO pizza party fundraiser at the Kendall VFW Hall in Naperville
  • 2/27 Event: Early voting begins
  • 2/27 Event: Nybo reception at the Reel Club in Oakbrook Center
  • 2/27 Event: Kordik reception in Glendale Heights
  • 2/28 Event: Bloomingdale Township GOP meeting
  • 2/29 Event: Aurora Republican Women Candidates Forum at Prisco Center in Aurora
  • 3/1 Event: Carlin fundraiser at 120 North Hale in Wheaton
  • 3/1 Event: DeMonte at Gambino reception in Rockford
  • 3/1 Event: Righter Reception in Charleston
  • 3/3 Event: American Majority Grassroots Training in Darien
  • 3/3 Event: DeMonte and Schilling at Jo Davies County Lincoln Day Dinner
  • 3/4 Event: Addison Township GOP Annual Brunch
  • 3/4 Event: Oberweis fundraiser in Bristol
  • 3/5 Event: Illinois Senate Republican reception in Springfield
  • 3/8 Event: DeMonte to speak at LaSalle County Republican Women meeting
  • 3/8 Event: RALC Meeting
  • 3/8-10 Event: Family Economics Conference in Wheaton
  • 3/9 Event: Earl fundraiser
  • 3/10 Event: William J. Kelly for 42nd Ward St. Patrick’s Day Bash
  • 3/10 Event: Bloomingdale Township GOP meeting
  • 3/10 Event: Dick Morris headlines St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser for William J. Kelly
  • 3/11 Event: Lisle Township GOP Brunch at the Hilton Naperville/Lisle
  • 3/12 Event: McCain at McSweeney fundraiser in Chicago
  • 3/15 Event: Early voting ends
  • 3/15 Event: Nybo fundraiser in Glen Ellyn
  • 3/16 Event: Cronin fundraiser at Drury Lane
  • 3/17 Event: TAPROOT Breakfast Meeting
  • 3/18 Event: DeMonte to speak at Kankakee County Lincoln Day Dinner
  • 3/20 Event: Primary Election
  • 3/20 Event: Carlin Election Night Party at Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton
  • 3/20 Event: William J. Kelly’s Chicago GOP Victory Party for the 42nd Ward
  • 3/24 Event: DeMonte to speak at NTRO meeting in Naperville
  • 3/24 Event: DuPage County Unity Breakfast
  • 3/24 Event: RALC Reagan Day Dinner
  • 4/12 Event: RALC Meeting
  • 4/16 Event: Mark Kirk to speak at City Club of Chicago Luncheon
  • 4/18 Event: GOP County Conventions
  • 4/20 Event: Lake County Federation gala at the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort
  • 4/20-21 Event: Illinois Federation of Republican Women’s Spring Conference in Naperville
  • 4/21 Event: TAPROOT Breakfast Meeting
  • 5/5 Event: DeMonte to speak at Knox County Lincoln Day Dinner
  • 5/10 Event: RALC Meeting
  • 5/19 Event: TAPROOT Breakfast Meeting
  • 6/8-9 Event: Illinois Republican Party State Convention in Tinley Park
  • 6/14 Event RALC Meeting
  • 6/16 Event: TAPROOT Breakfast Meeting
  • 6/21-24 Event: Bloomington Gold Corvette Show at Pheasant Run in St. Charles
  • 7/4 Event: Wheaton and Glen Ellyn Independence Day parades
  • 7/12 Event: RALC Meeting
  • 7/21 Event: TAPROOT Breakfast Meeting
  • 7/21 Event: Operation Support Out Troops event at Cantigny Park in Wheaton
  • 8/23 Event: DuPage County Republican Day
  • 8/26 Event: RALC Picnic
  • 9/13 Event: RALC Meeting
  • 9/15 Event: TAPROOT Breakfast Meeting
  • 10/11 Event: RALC Meeting
  • 10/20 Event: TAPROOT Breakfast Meeting
  • 11/6 Event: General Election
  • 11/8 Event: RALC Meeting
  • 11/17 Event: TAPROOT Breakfast Meeting
  • 12/9 Event: TAPROOT Christmas Party at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville

The opinions that I express in this email are based on experience that I have gained doing many things including:


  • – serving on the committee that developed the Illinois Republican Party’s platform in 2008
  • – serving as the Chairman of TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois ( since 2005
  • – serving on the Steering Committee of the Illinois Center Right Coalition 2003-2007
  • – serving as the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004
  • – serving as the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000
  • – serving as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999


  • – consulting since 1998, being a member of the American Association of Political Consultants since 2001, and being a founding member of its Midwest Chapter
  • – serving as an arbitrator for the Financial Regulatory Authority since 1998 and for the Better Business bureau since 2001
  • – working for the U.S. Government Accountability Office 1980-1997
  • – working for IRS 1971-1980
  • – working for Firestone Stores 1970-1972
  • – working for the Post Office 1966-1969


  • – earning a masters degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997
  • – earning a masters degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980
  • – earning an MBA from Loyola in 1976
  • – earning a bachelors degree in management from NIU in 1970
  • – attending the University of Illinois in Chicago 1966-1968
  • – earning a diploma from Crete-Monee High School in 1966


  • – becoming a Forensic Accountant in 1997
  • – becoming a Certified Financial Services Auditor in 1996
  • – becoming a Certified Government Financial Manager in 1994
  • – becoming a Certified Fraud Examiner in 1990
  • – becoming a licensed CPA in 1982
  • – passing the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981
  • – passing the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979


  • – serving as the Treasurer and a Director of www.Adversity.Net since 1999
  • – serving on the Executive Committee of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants 1983-1996
  • – being a union member 1966-1969 and 1971-1980
  • – assisting attorneys with lawsuits that charged age discrimination, reverse discrimination, retaliation, breach of contract, exceeding executive branch authority, and fraud
  • – living in DuPage County and its county seat Wheaton since 1978, in Chicago 1974-1978, in University Park 1972-1974, and in Crete 1948-1972
  • – being the subject of a nasty 4-page article in the February 1978 issue of Money Magazine
  • – owning cars since 1964 and only American nameplate cars since 1964
  • – being married since 1978
  • – being confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran in 1962
  • – being someone who is 100% German national origin
  • – assuring proper care for my 81-year-old aunt who has Alzheimer’s

Each and every morning, I send a GOPUSA ILLINOIS email to each and every GOPUSA ILLINOIS subscriber. If the email does not appear in your inbox, to view a copy of it, please visit: Also each and every morning, I post a link to that copy on the Illinoize page at and at Since January 1, 2005, GOPUSA ILLINOIS has brought to your attention 107,600 internet postings and information on many upcoming events free of charge and without any advertising. GOPUSA ILLINOIS asks that its subscribers use the information in the emails to help elect and reelect Republicans who can and will defend and advance the Illinois Republican Party platform.


Dave Diersen

Phone: 630-653-0462

Fax: 630-653-9665

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