September 27 Evening Edition

— Illinois student-athletes, parents announce upcoming lawsuit regarding fall sports’ cancellation. Group gathered in front of Pritzker’s Gold Coast home. – Alexis McAdams
— Illinois COVID-19: IL reports 1,604 new coronavirus cases, 14 deaths
— Donald Trump paid $750 in US income taxes in 2016, 2017: NY Times – AP (DIERSEN: I worked for IRS for almost 9 years and I worked for GAO on audits of IRS for 3 years. Tax evasion is illegal. Tax avoidance is legal. What did you do to avoid paying higher federal taxes? Instead of renting, I bought the following and deducted mortgage interest and real estate taxes: a) a new town home in University Park in 1972, b) a studio condo in the Outer Drive East (ODE) building in downtown Chicago in 1974, and c) a one bedroom condo in the ODE building in 1976. My wife and I bought a home in Wheaton in 1978 and we had one built in Wheaton in 1984. Instead of spending my time and money on other things, I paid for and deducted tuition, fees, and books a) to earn a job-related MBA from Loyola on 1976, b) to pass the job-related CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979, c) to earn a job-related master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, d) to pass the job-related Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981, and e) to earn a job-related master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997.)$750-in-us-income-taxes-in-2016-2017/6605508/

— Class-Action Lawsuit to be Filed Against IHSA to Allow Fall Sports to Begin
— GOP Invests $10M in Boosting Trump With Barrett Confirmation The RNC on Saturday unveiled a website to allow supporters to contact lawmakers to urge them to put Barrett on the court – Zeke Miller
— Lockdowns Are Fading, But GOP Outrage Isn’t in Campaigns A majority of Americans — 69% — say they are still at least somewhat worried about themselves or their family members being infected with the virus – Paul J. Weber
— Trump Paid No Federal Income Taxes in 10 of Past 15 Years: NY Times Trump, who has fiercely guarded his tax filings and is the only president in modern times not to make them public, paid $750 in taxes to the federal government the year he was elected, 2016, and $750 again his first year in office. – AP

— Trump calls for Biden to take a drug test before upcoming presidential debate – Adam Shaw

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters say “Trump, with his baseless attacks on Joe Biden’s mental status, may have set a trap for himself in the first debate.”

— Take the long view, Chicago, and make sure public transit survives and thrives post-COVID-19 Our roads cannot handle the “carpocalypse” that will result if public transit becomes unreliable just as travel increases to pre-COVID levels. – Amy Rynell, MarySue Barrett and Ron Burke
— Fact-check: Durbin’s claim about COVID-19 effect on U.S. economy vs. rest of the world off by a factor of wrong Asked repeatedly to provide records, studies or any other support to back up the claim, Sen. Dick Durbin’s staff did not respond. – BGA

— Lower Fox River Trump Boat Parade
— DeWitte Praised by Illinois State Chamber of Commerce
— “All Politics Is Local”
— IL-Sen/IL-06/IL-14: Democrats Target 1099 Workers Again
— 57,000 McHenry County Ballots in the Mail, 484 Vote in Person Friday
— Franks Sends Press Release Saying He Favors Tax Flat Levy
— McHenry Township Appointment History
— State GOP Mails for Oberweis

— Durbin: Democrats ‘can’t stop the outcome’ on SCOTUS fight – Gabriella Muñoz

— Two former Illinois governors, now out of prison, have advice for House Speaker Michael Madigan – Greg Bishop

— Dick Durbin: We Can’t Prevent Barrett From Being Confirmed But… – Beth Baumann
— Democrats Take Aim At Amy Coney Barrett – Kurt Schlichter

— Military Ballots Found in the Trash in Pennsylvania—All Were Trump Votes – MATT MARGOLIS

— New York Times: Trump paid no income taxes in 10 of past 15 years beginning in 2000 – Paul LeBlanc

— Trump lashes out at New York Times report alleging years of tax avoidance According to The New York Times, Trump paid only $750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency and again during his first year in office. – Allan Smith

— President Trump, accompanied by his personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, held a news conference at the White House minutes after The Times published a major new investigation into his tax returns.
— Trump Calls Years of Tax Avoidance ‘Fake News,’ Attacks I.R.S. – Reuters

— OUTSTANDING: Barrett Could Be Most Conservative Justice Since Clarence Thomas – Bloomberg
— Trump avoided paying taxes for years, largely because his business empire reported losing more money than it made, report says – David A. Fahrenthold and Yeganeh Torbati

— Nevada legislator uses horses to get out his message in Las Vegas (DIERSEN: Last Friday, I finished hand-delivering door-to-door the following to all 150 homes in my precinct a) that had at least one Republican or Independent voter and b) that had no Democrat yard signs: joint candidate piece from the Milton Township Republican Organization, sample ballot, literature from the 14 Republican candidates on the ballot in my precinct who provided campaign literature, and my GOPUSA Illinois business card. Six of the aforesaid pieces had to be folded to fit inside the envelopes provided by the DuPage County Republican Central Committee. The envelopes had on them a) mailing labels provided by the DuPage County Election Division for each individual Republican or Independent voter and b) my return address label.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Nevada Assemblyman Edgar Flores canvassed in his east Las Vegas neighborhood on Saturday. Flores, who is running for re-election in Assembly District 28, kicked off a campaign literature drop Saturday morning with many supporters on horseback. The event, which included distribution of literature for his campaign and for the Biden-Harris campaign, was designed to promote the vote within Latino community, Flores noted in an email to the Review-Journal on Friday.)

— Woodland City Council candidates answer questions (DIERSEN: What questions do you want to ask candidates? I want to ask candidates the following question: If elected, would you encourage or discourage the following: reparations, BLM, LGBTQ, dependency on government, dependency on charity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, more gun controls, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and/or age discrimination?)

— Trump’s Nomination of Barrett Heightens Partisan Conflict as Election Nears Republicans look to move quickly through confirmation process; Democrats warn of threat to Obamacare – Andrew Duehren
— Inflation Is Already Here—For the Stuff You Actually Want to Buy Prices are rising for things people need in the pandemic, even if the overall inflation number remains subdued – James Mackintosh

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters promote Trump-haters.

— Achieving Diversity and Inclusion within the Securities and Financial Management Industry and its Legal Partners (DIERSEN: Meeting Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion quotas, goals, and targets is a “zero sum game.” For every employee who is hired or promoted who is Democrat, minority, female, or younger, an employee who is Republican, White, male, or older is not hired or promoted. All my coworkers who IRS and GAO promoted over me were Democrat, minority, female, and/or younger.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Accountability and measurement are necessary to achieve results. Marcham encouraged us to avoid barriers that we often throw up, and not to see diversity and inclusion results as a “zero sum game.” Instead tangible D&I results are a chance to grow both inclusively and financially – the well-known win‑win. Lewis wryly observed the financial services industry measures everything so there is no excuse not to measure our results on D&I.)

— Best Places to work in Illinois (DIERSEN: One would expect that employers that give lots of preference to their employees who are members of certain groups would be ranked higher by their employees who are members of those groups. Because the federal government gives preference to its employees who are Democrat, minority, female, younger, and/or non-veteran, one would expect that those employees would rank the federal government very highly.)

— Trump’s Tax Returns Reveal Struggling Businesses but Big Windfall From ‘The Apprentice’ New York Times exposé sheds light on Trump’s tax returns. – Jordan Moreau

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Sooner or later, if not already, if the groups that you are a member of do not promote LGBTQ, LGBTQ-promoters will call those groups hate groups.

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.