December 28 Evening Edition

— Judge rejects anti-abortion groups’ lawsuit against Illinois abortion law HB40
— California doctor develops breathalyzer measuring THC on breath – Corin Hoggard
— Fees, fares and taxes: What’s going up in Chicago in 2018 – Sarah Schulte


— Judge rules against group trying to stop expansion of publicly funded abortions – Bill Cameron


— Hundreds lining up daily in DuPage, Will counties to prepay taxes before year’s end – Erin Hegarty
— Judge tosses conservative challenge to new Illinois abortion law, which takes effect Monday – AP
— Due to unprecedented interest, Lake County opens up online property tax prepayments – Emily K. Coleman
— Conservative activists, legislators seek to stop Illinois abortion law from taking effect Monday – AP
— School district consolidation proposal has benefits — and messy details – Pat Lenhoff
— 2018’s challenge: Too many jobs, not enough workers – Danielle Paquette


— As Cook County residents rush to prepay property taxes, IRS sows confusion – Nader Issa
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In Illinois and elsewhere, local officials had told residents that property taxes due next year could be pre-paid through the end of this year; that way, the full amount paid this year could still be deducted on returns 2017 returns filed next year. But an IRS advisory issued Wednesday appeared to throw a monkey wrench into the works. The directive, which some found confusing, drew a distinction between paying an estimated amount and paying exact amounts on assessments made prior to 2018.)
— Cook County extends office hours for end-of-year rush to pre-pay property taxes – Nader Issa
— Some Chicago voters will see rent control on March ballot – Rachel Hinton
— ‘Call it a good day’ and go away, Joe Biden – Jamie Stiehm


— Cook County property taxes can be paid at treasurer’s office Sunday


— Despite IRS warning, property tax stampede rolls on – STEVEN R. STRAHLER
— The new tax law maybe isn’t playing the way the GOP planned – GREG HINZ
(FROM THE ARTICLE: More: The rush is on—to pay taxes before cap kicks in I’m not yet in that group, although I’ve been tempted. But I think I can speak for a vast majority of them in saying that this was not how I was expecting to be spending this holiday season. I think I can say something else, too. If the Internal Revenue Service turns thumbs down on this panicky effort to game a system that’s been stacked against average taxpayer here—so far, the IRS has been less than precise—that panic is going to turn to total outrage. All of this was predictable. While there are good things in the tax bill and some changes were needed, it didn’t need to be stacked against relatively high-tax blue states like Illinois just because most Republicans now come from relatively low-tax red states. Yet, every GOP congressman from Illinois voted for this travesty. Randy Hultgren of Plano, Adam Kinzinger of Joliet, Mike Bost of Murphysboro, Rodney Davis of Taylorville, Darin LaHood of Peoria, John Shimkus of Collinsville and, of course, Peter Roskam of Wheaton. Every one of them voted to tax money that already had been paid as taxes, something Republicans used to stand against. In case you don’t know, Roskam was one of the prime authors of the tax plan. He keeps saying it will turn out to be an overall plus. Maybe yes, maybe no. Trump promised everyday Americans a “giant tax cut for Christmas.” But for many, many of Roskam’s constituents here in Illinois, this yuletide season has become time to scramble in hopes minimizing the damage from the GOP’s big tax “cut.” Roskam was in a position to do something about that. He was on the conference committee that produced the final bill. But if he did something to help his state and his district to make sure it was treated the same as other states, he sure kept it quiet. What all those headlines and prepayments tell me is that people are prepared to vote their fears and not their hopes this fall. We’ll see if that’s right. Meanwhile, on behalf of Roskam & Co.: Merry Christmas, suckers! And a happy new year.)
— Rauner’s Medicaid revamp just became a little less secret – KRISTEN SCHORSCH


— Practices, opinions vary for early tax payments – Edith Brady-Lunny
— Illinois judge dismisses public abortion-funding challenge – AP


— Reaction to tax bill is as partisan as votes taken to get through Congress – Ann Maher


— Abortion Opponents Lose In Court, But Say They’ll Appeal – BRIAN MACKEY
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: California Prepares For Recreational Marijuana Sales On Jan. 1.


— Illinois Political Expert Predicts ‘Intense’ Election Year – MARK SCHULTZ


— Judge dismisses public-pay abortion challenge, appeal next – AP


— Challenge of John Reinert’s State Senate Petition Signatures Being Judged by State Board of Elections
— $11,000 More for John Reinert’s State Senate Campaign as He Faces Petition Challenge


— Kessem sees reform as way to curb Illinois exodus – Glenn Minnis


— LaHood waits on gubernatorial endorsement


— Wilcox says halting mass exodus will be his No. 1 priority – Angela Underwood


— Judge Forces Illinois Taxpayers to Pay for Abortions – STEVEN ERTELT


— VIDEO: FNC Special Report: IL Governor’s Race 12 27 17


— Poll: Fewer Americans say they donated to a religious charity this year – Kate Scanlon


— Amazon and Microsoft Employees Caught Buying Sex Workers Through Their Work E-Mails – Shannon Azares


— U.S. WOMAN STABBED 14 TIMES BY SOMALI MIGRANT, MEDIA GO DARK 1 more for growing Big List of related crimes being swept under rug – LEO HOHMANN


— Pew: Trump media three times more negative than for Obama, just 5 percent positive – Paul Bedard


— Confusion reigns as people try to figure out property tax rules – NAOMI JAGODA


— Illinois judge rejects lawsuit challenging abortion coverage expansion – Chris Kenning


— To Transform Government, Start With the People – Michael J. Keegan (DIERSEN: GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job. IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job. The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)


— DECLINE IN HIRING OF BLACK MANAGERS IN FINANCIAL INDUSTRY ‘UNACCEPTABLE,’ SAYS MAXINE WATERS – Jeffrey McKinney (DIERSEN: Of course, Waters wants financial firms to stop hiring Whites. In 1971, when I was 22 years old, Oldsmobile withdrew a job offer that I had accepted saying that it had just agreed to stop hiring Whites to settle an EEOC complaint.)

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.