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May 3, 2012

Fellow Republicans:

News clips and upcoming event information:


Ruscitti spoke at an outstanding DuPage Young Republicans (DYR) meeting at Muldoon’s in downtown Wheaton Wednesday evening, May 2, 2012. DYR Chairman Adam Johnson served as master of ceremonies. The many attendees included Eckhoff, Jorgensen, Keller, Martinez, McKillip, Saake, Sanquinetti, and Veenstra. – Dave Diersen


What does your township assessor say your home is worth compared to what Zillow ( says? The Milton Township Assessor says my home at 915 Cove Court in Wheaton is worth $470,000 while Zillow says it is worth only $370,700, or $99,300 (21.1%) less. Based on the assessor’s valuation, my 2011 real estate tax bill is $10,073. But based on Zillow’s valuation, my tax bill would be $7,945, or $2,128 (21.1%) less. – Dave Diersen


  • 8 apply to become Republican candidate for Congress in 13th. – Bernard Schoenburg1
  • Politicians talk cuts, but won’t OK them – Editorial2


  • Democrats win top spot on ballot in November – Abdon Pallasch3
  • Obama’s former girlfriend speaks of his “sexual warmth” in Maraniss new book – Lynn Sweet4
  • Illinois to end long-term jobless benefits – AP5
  • McDonald’s next CEO credits diversity for fast-food giant’s success – Francine Knowles6

(DIERSEN: GAO credits diversity for its success. Soon after I transferred from IRS to GAO in 1980, promoting diversity became GAO’s top priority. Constructively, that meant that GAO had to get rid or its non-veteran White male employees, especially those who GAO had not promoted to GS-13 ($89,664 in today’s dollars) by age 25, to GS-14 ($105,956) by age 30, to GS-14 ($124,635) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service ($145,700) by age 40.)


  • Illinois House committee OKs Madigan proposal to end free health care for government retirees – AP7
  • Choose DuPage, Mesirow Financial and Ice Miller LLP Co-host Third Annual DuPage County Regional Business Outlook – Kirsten Kamerman8
  • Illinois Senate panel votes down pension measure – Alissa Groeninger9
  • ‘Hyperpartisan discussion’ ends gay spokesman’s stint with Romney – Robin Abcarian10
  • $180,000. Year after year after year. In City Hall and beyond, Daley’s generous pension deal strikes a nerve. – John Kass11

(DIERSEN: Do you have a pension? My Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) pension is $48,324 a year plus a $10,800 federal health insurance subsidy. How might you be blasted for “beefing up” your pension? Democrats, Democrat plants, RINOs, defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, “rule-or-ruin conservatives,” their operatives, and their dupes would argue that I “beefed up” my pension by working for the Post Office 1966-1969, for IRS 1971-1980, and for GAO 1980-1997. They would blast the fact that I earned full-time CSRS credit while I worked only part-time for the Post Office. They would argue that I was blessed with “good health,” so therefore, I should not have been allowed to get additional CSRS credit for my almost one year of unused sick days. They would argue that I should not have been allowed to transfer my CSRS seniority, my unused sick days, my unused vacation days, or my anything else between federal agencies. They would argue that I should never have never been allowed to become a federal employee, but given that I did become one, I should have retired as soon as I became eligible to take early retirement in 1993 when I was 45 and then immediately died.)

  • City Hall corruption The Legislature needs to rescue public pensions … and kill these Chicago schemes – Editorial12
  • The friends and family plan Timing is everything – Editorial13


  • DuPage business leaders told they can influence recovery – Richard R. Klicki14
  • CEOs say Illinois’ business climate is poor – AP15

(DIERSEN: CEOs in Illinois should give me credit for things that I did that improved the business climate in Illinois. Rulings in lawsuits that I have filed have given businesses greater power to a) stop their customers from presenting their claims against them to a jury, b) give preference to their minority and their female employees, c) get rid of their employees who complain about such preference giving, and d) get rid of their older employees.)

  • Kane chairman wants ethics policy on fast-track McConnaughy hopes for new county ordinance before November – James Fuller16
  • Romney praises Gingrich’s “creativity” and “intellectual vitality” – Kerry Lester17
  • Suburban nurses: Be careful in cutting hospital funds – Mike Riopell18
  • May Day protests show weak immigration movement – AP19


  • Illinois House panel targets retiree health care – AP20


  • Why not merge two state offices? Here’s 53 million reasons, say opponents – Kevin McDermott21

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s spokesman today defended his opposition to a plan that would merge the Illinois comptroller and treasurer’s offices, by pointing at Dixon-the small northern Illinois town where the single fiscal officer now stands accused of embezzling some $53 million. “If that doesn’t give them pause, I don’t know what will,” spokesman Steve Brown said of proponents who want to merge the two state offices. The offices both carry out different parts of the state’s fiscal processes, and proponents say merging them to one would save $12 million a year. State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and Treasurer Dan Rutherford-both Republicans-are on board with the idea, which is heavily backed by most legislative Republicans and some Democrats. Such a change would require a state constitutional amendment. But the Madigan-controlled committee process has kept the measure bottled up, against fervent Republican pressure to let it out for a vote. “It’s simply tyranny,” the sponsor, Rep. Dennis Reboletti, R-Addison, said in angry floor debate today.)


  • Illinois again near bottom for business-friendliness, CEO survey says – Larene Yue22

(DIERSEN: Any survey would show that Illinois is extremely unfriendly to religious people, to conservatives, and to Republicans and, especially to those who are older, White, and/or male. Both the Illinois Democrat Party and the Illinois Republican Party make it very clear that they want to get rid of such people.)

  • Cook taxpayers on the hook for $140 billion in debt – Greg Hinz23


  • Why We Need Fewer Suburbs, Too – Edward McClelland24


  • House committee passes bill blocking Crete detention center – Chip Mitchell.25


  • Kinzinger wants Obamacare to fund student loans – Eric Stock26


GOP promises cash for 17th Congressional District race – Eric Timmons27


  • Locals share passion for military aircraft to raise fund for veterans – Elizabeth Stoever28

(FROM THE THE ARTICLE: For Pat Brady, there’s nothing like getting into the cockpit of a plane and taking off into the open sky. “You can hear the wind whipping through… you can feel everything,” he said. “You can’t think of anything else but flying.” However, when Brady hops into the exposed pilot seat of his aircraft, he’s not taking flight in an ordinary plane. The 51-year-old St. Charles resident, Illinois Republican Party Chairman and managing director at a Chicago-based accounting practice, co-owns a 1943 PT-17 Stearman with his brother, Kevin, and another person. The small aircraft was used during World War II as a military trainer. For Brady, his interest in airplanes began with his father, who was a pilot in the Air Force in the 1950s. In the 1990s, he learned how to fly from a retired bird colonel who flew John F. Kennedy in Air Force One. He’s been flying the Stearman ever since.)


  • Family values means more than current political slogan – Dana Heupel29

(DIERSEN: One could compare and contrast Heupel and his father with Diersen and his father.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: My father, his brother and their mysterious cousin were identified on the form as students. My father was 15 at the time. When he finished high school three years later, at the height of World War II, he would try to enlist in the military but would be rejected because of his eyesight. Inexplicably, he was drafted into the Army during the Korean conflict. He met and married my mother while both were working at the Pentagon. Her family in 1940 is next on my lookup list. I was 19 when my father died in 1970. We couldn’t have been further apart. He was a 45-year-old conservative businessman, active in the local Republican Party. I was a member of the Woodstock generation. My peers and I were going to “teach the world to sing in perfect harmony,” to build a society where there was no war, where people didn’t see race or gender, where social conscience trumped money and power. Now, in my imagination, I can hear the voice of my father, widely admired for humorous sarcasm, mouthing a modern-day mockery: “And how’d that work out for you?”)

  • The financial future for this group looks even shakier than it does for their baby boomer parents – Marcia Frellick30
  • DIERSEN HEADLINE: Kristy Kennedy promotes homosexual activity31
  • AFTAH’s LaBarbera ‘Bullied,’ Kicked out of Dan Savage Speech at Elmhurst College32


  • Bullying Women: New Leaked Emails From Cicero Dan Proft33


  • Occupy Chicago May Day video: ‘Rent-a-mob’ protesters – John Ruberry34


  • GOP Senators push local government checkbook transparency bill35
  • Video documents radical union network and recall efforts in Wisconsin36
  • Progressive Hate: Dan Savage rants against the Pope at Elmhurst College37
  • Illinois teamster boss swats down camera, confuses white journalists38
  • Paul supporters create GOP delegate mischief39


  • JOB OPPORTUNITY: Student Outreach Specialist40

(DIERSEN: Should I apply? Just kidding. I passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979. I have been a member of the Illinois CPA Society since 1979. I served on the Illinois CPA Society membership committee 1989-1998. I was a student at UIC, NIU, DePaul, and IIT.)


  • Deport the Republican establishment – Ann Coulter41


  • “Gay Rights” Activist Rants About Homosexuality And The Pope42


  • GOP seeks to portray President Obama as nation’s divider-in-chief – Amie Parnes43

(DIERSEN: Democrats always a) shout at minorities that Republicans cause all their problems, b) shout at women that Republicans cause all their problems, c) shout at those who have less money that Republicans cause all their problems, d) shout at those who have less education that Republicans cause all their problems, e) shout at those who are younger that Republicans cause all their problems, f) shout at those who are older that Republicans cause all their problems, and g) shout at everyone that Republicans cause all their problems.)


  • Illinois Democrats Face Budget Woes: Can Make The Painful Cuts Needed? – Christopher Wills44
  • Late Returns: Americans Elect Candidates Still Not Doing Well – Jason Linkins45

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Last week, we reported on the newly minted “Draft David Walker” movement, a campaign to get the former head of the Government Accountability Office into the presidential race on the Americans Elect ballot line. At the heart of this campaign were several people who played a role in the creation of Americans Elect itself, who, finding that Walker hadn’t gained any traction merely being one of the site’s “draft candidates,” decided to lay all of their efforts behind driving up support for Walker ahead of Americans Elect’s May 15 deadline, at which point would-be candidates would have had to have crossed a qualification threshold. That threshold? One thousand “support clicks” from 10 states.)


  • After Primary Losses, Legacies of Debt and Strained Reputations – Katharine Seelye46

(DIERSEN: Have you ever run for an office and lost? Increasingly, since 1999, Democrats, Democrat plants, RINOs, defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, “rule-or-ruin conservatives,” their operatives, and their dupes have shouted at everyone who ran for an office in Illinois as a Republican and lost that I caused their defeat. Further, they shout at all those who won that were it not for me, they would have won by a wider margin. They stress the fact that I a) I have been a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999, b) I have been the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000, c) I have been a member of the American Association of Political Consultants since 2001, d) I coordinated Pat O’Malley’s primary campaign for governor in Milton Township 2001-2002, e) I served on the Steering Committee of the Illinois Center Right Coalition 2003-2007, f) I have served as the Chairman of TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois since 2005, and g) I served on the Illinois Republican Party Platform and Resolutions Committee in 2008.)

  • FRONT PAGE: Romney Team May Have Stirred Storm Over Gay Aide – Michael Barbaro47


  • Brokers: Don’t Show Our Exam Scores. – Caitlin Nish48

(DIERSEN: What tests have you passed? Ever since I passed the CPA and the Certified Internal Auditor examinations on my first attempt in 1979 and in 1981 respectively, Democrats, Democrat plants, RINOs, defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, “rule-or-ruin conservatives,” their operatives, and their dupes have ignored, downplayed, and/or belittled that. I worked for IRS 1971-1980 and for GAO 1980-1997. Many of my IRS and GAO superiors, supervisors, and coworkers a) never took either of the examinations or b) failed to pass one or both of them.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Industry-wide publication of aged test scores could be misleading to investors, writes Chris Charles, president of Wulff, Hansen & Co. A broker who took the Series 7 exam in 1980 or 1990 will not recall any mention of dark pools, swaps, derivatives or a host of other concepts of vital importance in today’s markets, he says in a letter to Finra. That exam is needed to deal in financial securities. “Given the pace of change in the markets and the industry, we believe that any score more than three to five years old probably has little or no probative value in determining a registered person’s knowledge of today’s industry or financial markets,” Charles writes. Several brokers pointed out that they took their exams pass/fail – and would have studied differently, or harder, had they known their scores would someday be publicly revealed. The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the principal industry group for brokers, strongly objects to displaying the scores. Its letter says neither Finra nor the SEC has given a rationale for the release of such information and to do so would be generally inconsistent with other professional industry practices, such as state bar associations. But lawyers who represent investors argue that the more information disclosed, the better for investors.)

  • Romney Wages War on Class Warfare – Patrick O’Connor49
  • Memo to the Youth Vote Unless they plan to be union lifers, what’s in an Obama vote for young Americans? – Daniel Henninger50

(DIERSEN: Have you ever been a member of a union? I was a member of a union for almost 12 years — 3 years while I worked for the Post Office 1966-1969 and 9 years while I worked for IRS 1971-1980. Back then, unions opposed race and gender based preference giving. Back then, the unions gave me some protection against reverse discrimination and retaliation for complaining about such discrimination. But when I transferred from IRS to GAO in 1980, I lost that protection.)

  • Fresh Raids Target Illegal Hiring Obama Administration Seeks Employment Records From Hundreds of Companies. – Miriam Jordan51


  • BIG MISTAKE: High CEO Pay Is Here To Stay – Editorial52

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Despite all the publicity about shareholder objections to CEO pay and the resurgent Occupy Wall Street protests, bosses are likely to keep taking home fat paychecks. A little over a month ago, Forbes’ report on executive compensation showed that the CEOs at the nation’s 500 biggest companies got a collective raise of 16% last year, to $5.2 billion, or an average of $10.5 million per boss. Compare that with a pay raise of just 3% for the average American worker last year.)


  • Frontline tells the inside story of the global financial crisis53


  • Occupy clashes mark May Day in Seattle, Oakland54


  • FRONT PAGE: More than 60% of today’s young adults have received financial help from their parents – Sharon Jayson55

(DIERSEN: When you were a “young adult,” did you receive “financial help” from your parents. I did not. After my father died suddenly in 1969 when he was 47 and I was 21, I graduated from NIU, I got a job as the Retail Sales Manager at the Firestone Store in Chicago Heights, I got a financial hardship draft deferment, and I provided “financial help” to a) my outstanding mother who had never attended high school and had never held a paid job and b) my outstanding 16 year old brother. Nevertheless, my nasty Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates at IRS (1971-1980) and GAO (1980-1997) demonized me, denigrated me, and condemned me as someone who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Among the 62% of young adults getting parents’ help, the average amount was $12,185, says lead author Patrick Wightman of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. About 42% of parents help adult children pay their bills, 35% help with college tuition, 23% help with vehicle expenses, and 22% help with rent away from home, researchers found.)

  • Parents spread out safety net for kids in tough economy – Sharon Jayson56


  • 47th Annual Federal Employee of the Year Awards Luncheon57

(DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government. I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years. Needless-to-say, my superiors never nominated me, a non-veteran White male, to receive this award. My superiors were always under tremendous pressure from Congress a) to retain and promote their young minority and female employees and b) get rid of older non-veteran White male employees.)


  • The real costs of owning a car – Peter Valdes-Dapena58


  • Bidding for Neil Armstrong’s Corvette reaches high orbit – David Arnouts59


  • DIERSEN HEADLINE: Peter LaBarbera and Wayne Lela confront Dan Savage at Elmhurst College60

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Addressing a packed house of about 1,300 people, Chicago native, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage spoke about the “It Gets Better” Project at Elmhurst College’s Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel April 29. Savage’s appearance was met with opposition from people such as Wayne Lela, founder of Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment (H.O.M.E), who wrote a letter to the editor in the Elmhurst College student newspaper (only identifying himself as a resident of suburban Woodridge and not the founder of H.O.M.E in his letter) as well as Peter LaBarbera, founder of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, who asked Savage questions during the Q&A session. When LaBarbera identified himself, Savage was eager to engage with him. LaBarbera commented that Savage’s message of anti-bullying runs counter to what he has done surrounding Rick Santorum’s name, saying that Santorum’s whole family has to deal with the fallout of having Santorum as a last name. Savage responded, “Rick Santorum would make it illegal for me to adopt, invalidate my marriage, re-instate ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ send people like me to prison for having private consensual sex and destroy my family and my life-and I am the asshole?” Following their exchange, LaBarbera left the event. Before Savage made his remarks, the president of Elmhurst College, S. Alan Ray, spoke about the college’s outreach to the LGBT community and Emily Pochinskas, president of Elmhurst Queers and Allies (EQUAL), gave the audience some background information about Savage and his work.)


  • 5/3 Event: William J. Kelly to speak to Tri-County Tea Party meeting in Bartlett
  • 5/3 Event: DeMonte to speak at Chicago Republican Women’s Network meeting in Chicago
  • 5/3 Event: Plummer fundraiser in Fairview Heights
  • 5/3 Event: Monroe County Lincoln Day Social in Waterloo
  • 5/5 Event: ICRC meeting in Hoffman Estates
  • 5/5 Event: DeMonte to speak at Knox County Lincoln Day Dinner
  • 5/6 Event: Kachiroubas fundraiser at the Lisle/Naperville Hilton
  • 5/9 Event: Ruscitti to speak at Milton Township GOP meeting
  • 5/9 Event: Republican Jewish Coalition training in Skokie
    5/10 Event: RALC Meeting
    5/10 Event: DeMonte to host fundraiser for Pat Sullivan in Pekin
  • 5/15 Event: Eckhoff fundraiser in Wheaton
  • 5/17 Event: DeMint at Family-Pac Federal reception in Chicago
  • 5/19 Event: TAPROOT Breakfast Meeting
  • 5/21 Event: Biggert fundraiser at the Westin in Lombard
  • 5/23 Event: Bucholz fundraiser in Addison
  • 5/26 Event: William J. Kelly to speak at veterans’ event in Watseka
  • 6/1 Event: DeMonte to speak at the Vermillion County Women’s Club meeting
  • 6/8 Event: CPAC Chicago
  • 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
  • 6/29 Event: Illinois Republican Senate Campaign Committee fundraiser at Arlington Park Racecourse
  • 7/4 Event: Wheaton and Glen Ellyn Independence Day parades
    7/12 Event: RALC Meeting
  • 7/18 Event: Bloomingdale Township GOP Golf Outing
    7/21 Event: DeMonte to speakat TAPROOT Breakfast Meeting
  • 7/21 Event: Operation Support Out Troops event at Cantigny Park in Wheaton
  • 8/12 Event: DeMonte to speak at the Will County Republican Women meeting in Bolingbrook
  • 8/23 Event: DuPage County Republican Day
  • 8/26 Event: RALC Picnic
    9/13 Event: RALC Meeting
  • 9/14-16 Event: Values Voter Summit in Washington DC
    9/15 Event: TAPROOT Breakfast Meeting
  • 9/17 Event: Dillard golf outing at Seven Bridges in Woodridge
  • 9/28 Event: Miltion Township GOP Oktoberfest Fundraiser
    10/11 Event: RALC Meeting
    10/20 Event: TAPROOT Breakfast Meeting
  • 10/25-27 Event: 93rd Annual Theodore Roosevelt Association Meeting in Chicago
    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 111,960 internet postings and information on many upcoming events free of charge and without any adverting. 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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