September 27 Evening Edition

— Justice Michael Burke announced his candidacy for the Illinois Supreme Court’s vacant 3rd District seat this morning, accompanied by DuPage County public officials Former Supreme Court Justice Bob Thomas, DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick, and DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin endorsing his candidacy. The 50+ attendees at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton included Janice Anderson, Louis Aranda, Joe Birkett, Niki Conforti, Dan Cronin, John Dabrowski, Pete DiCianni, Tim Elloitt, Daniel Guerin, Gwen Henry, Paul Hinds, Bill Hogan, Chris Kachiroubas, James McCluskey, John Millner, Kenneth Popejoy, Nicole Prater, Donald Puchalski, Dennis Reboletti, Mike Reidy, Kenton Skarin, Rick Veenstra, Ann Celine Walsh, Deanna Wilkins, and Jim Zay. The campaign website is at Endorsements are at – Dave Diersen
(FROM THE BURKE CAMPAIGN: Justice Burke released the following statement accompanying his announcement: “It is an immense honor to be able to run for the highest court in our state. I’ve been honored to serve in the criminal justice system for my whole life, as a prosecutor and as a judge at all levels of our state’s judiciary. I am humbly asking for your vote to continue my service to our state.” Justice Burke was accompanied by other public officials who have endorsed his candidacy. Quotes from leaders who stood with Justice Burke today: Former Supreme Court Justice Bob Thomas: “The Supreme Court was wise to appoint Justice Burke to Illinois’s highest court, and voters will be wise to elect him in the 3rd District. Justice Burke has represented the seat I once held with honor and integrity, and his commitment to justice is total. I’m proud to endorse his candidacy for the 3rd District seat.” DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick: “Justice Burke has spent his entire career in public service, and his record on law enforcement is impeccable. He has consistently sought justice as a prosecutor and a judge, and he will continue to do so on the Supreme Court.” DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin: “When electing a Supreme Court Justice, it’s important that we have someone who is independent, honest and committed to justice. No one embodies that more than Justice Michael Burke. He will represent the 3rd District with all of those values every day as our Supreme Court Justice.)

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— Justice Michael Burke announces Ill. Sup. Ct. run – Rick Koshko
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Illinois Supreme Court Justice Michael Burke is running for election as a Republican. He’s serving from the current 2nd Judicial District. A new district map will be in effect when the next term starts, so if he’s elected Burke will be in the newly drawn 3rd District that covers LaSalle, Bureau, and Grundy counties plus DuPage County where he’s from. Burke joined the state’s highest court last year when Robert Thomas retired. He announced his candidacy today, just three days after Gov. Pritzker signed the bill into law to create the new legislative and judicial districts that’ll be in effect for the 2022 elections. It’s the first redraw of the Illinois judicial districts in nearly 60 years. According to the 72-year old Burke’s campaign web site, people endorsing him for election include St. Sen. Sue Rezin, Illinois House members Tom Demmer and David Welter, former LaSalle County Sheriff Tom Templeton, Grundy County State’s Attorney Jason Helland, and former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan. If he wins the 2022 elections, Burke would have a ten-year term toward the end of which he would be up for a retention vote if he wants to keep the job. The ballots in 2032 would ask voters if he should remain a Supreme Court Justice. But the 2022 ballots will ask voters to choose from Burke and other candidates if others run. Justice Michael Burke is not related to Ill. Sup. Ct. Chief Justice Anne Burke.)

— Failed assassin John Hinckley Jr. approved for full release decades after shooting President Reagan – AP
— ‘No one’s got it:’ ‘The View’ chaos sparked by false-positive COVID-19 test results, hosts say

— Northwestern cancels fraternity activities, protesters call for abolishing ‘Greek life’ after reports of students being drugged at frat houses – KATHERINE ROSENBERG-DOUGLAS
— New Balmoral Park owner with interests in trucking companies has bought several area parcels – MIKE NOLAN
(COMMENT: My ancestors on my father’s side used to own farm land on which Balmoral Park was built in Crete along Dixie Highway. My ancestors have lived in Crete since 1854 when they homesteaded a farm there. My great grandfather and then my grandfather operated Crete’s only hardware store at the northeast corner of Main (Dixie Highway) and Exchange Streets until the 1950s. My parents and I lived in an apartment above that store 1948-1954. My brother continues to live in a house in Crete that my grandfather had built in 1926 on land that his grandfather bought in 1864.)
— Park Ridge parent, former mayoral candidate sues School District 64 after children told to quarantine – JENNIFER JOHNSON
— Democrats shouldn’t just raise the debt ceiling, they should double it. – NOAH KAPLAN

— Restaurants need another federal rescue fast. But we favor making proof of vaccination mandatory for almost all indoor public activities, including dining. Vaccinated people should be entitled to privileges that are withheld from unvaccinated people. – Editorial
(COMMENT: Soon, it will be impossible for the unvaccinated to continue living.)
— COMMENT: Of course, Democrats will do everything that they can to make Afghan refugees hate Republicans.
— Chicago activists decry Texas abortion law. Chicago abortion-rights activists said they’re worried about a slew of “copycat” anti-abortion laws around the country. – Stefano Esposito
— Biden, McConnell get COVID-19 boosters, encourage vaccines. The shots came on the first workday after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration recommended a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine for Americans 65 and older and approved them for others with preexisting medical conditions and high-risk work environments. – AP

— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PICTURE: There’s a lot to unpack in Illinois’ new 956-page clean energy program, including $4,000 rebates for electric vehicles, subsidies for charging stations and … some ambiguities. – Marni Pyke
(COMMENT: Expect that ever-increasingly, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and RINOs will demonize you, denigrate you, and condemn you if you do not replace your gasoline-powered vehicles with electric-powered vehicles.)
— Free college? Just a theory in Illinois without pension reform – Adam Schuster

— Award honors NIU as a top college for diversity

— “Shoes for Freedom” Protest against Crystal Lake Grade School Covid Mandates – Cal Skinner

— COVID-19 roundup

— Bodies Hung In Public Square In Afghanistan; What Happened To Joe’s New Taliban?

— Reuters reports 20,000 migrants on the march to the U.S. – Monica Showalter

— Democrats’ Budget ‘Plan B’ Would Give Amnesty to at Least 7M Illegal Aliens – JOHN BINDER

— While America Is Promoting ‘Wokeness’ In Our Culture, China Is Fighting ‘Money Worship’ And ‘Hedonism’ In Theirs – VARUN HUKERI
— Monday Patriots Dispatch: Biden’s Border Crisis Keeps Getting Worse – VARUN HUKERI

— Parents: Critical Race Theory Is Divisive & Dangerous – Christopher Rufo

— Washington middle school bars ‘Thin Blue Line’ police flags as ‘political,’ but allows LGBT Pride, BLM flags – Jon Dougherty

— Illegal Immigrant Mexican Teen Arrested for Setting Wildfires in California – Jack Phillips

— COMMENT: To get votes from Blacks, Democrat candidates promise to use government to give preference to Blacks.
— New Taliban Chancellor Bars Women From Kabul University. The new policy for Afghanistan’s premier university is another major blow to women’s rights under Taliban rule, and to a two-decade effort to build up higher education. – Cora Engelbrecht and Sharif Hassan
(COMMENT: When my wife and I got married in 1978, I encourage her to earn a job-related college degree. She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from DePaul in 1986. We were both DePaul students 1978-1980 while I took graduate accounting courses.)

— Left-leaning media’s latest lies about critical race theory – Christopher F. Rufo

— I grew up ‘under a rock’: My parents banned social media until I was 17. I’m glad they did. I didn’t know at the time what a blessing it was to enjoy a childhood free of the constraints, anxiety and sadness social media often brings. – Theresa Olohan

— Ilhan Omar’s Idea of Progress. She would replace GDP with a measure that includes time spent fishing. – Andy Kessler
— EV Battery Investments Are Getting More Political – Stephen Wilmot
(COMMENT: Expect that ever-increasingly, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and RINOs will demonize you, denigrate you, and condemn you if you do not replace your gasoline-powered vehicles with electric-powered vehicles.)
— Burned Out and Restless From the Pandemic, Women Redefine Their Career Ambitions. A comprehensive new study by McKinsey and Lean In shows how stressed and exhausted many professional women are. And many of them are rethinking what they want from their work lives. – Vanessa Fuhrmans and Lauren Weber
— Vaccination Status Is the New Must-Have on Your Resume. Job candidates may have a new line item to add as more companies require measures to protect against the coronavirus. – Patrick Thomas
(COMMENT: What about pot status?)

— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, LGBTQ-promoters blame LGBTQ suicides on those who oppose the promotion of LGBTQ.

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.