October 17
IVI Independent Voters of Illinois
Meetings #3,586 - Josef Michael Carr, State Chair
an overview of the candidate endorsement process tp produce a voter's guide
October 3
Extinction Rebellion / America
Meetings #3,584 - ​Jamie McDaniel and Molly Wilmes

OUR DEMANDS
1. TELL THE TRUTH
Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.

2. ACT NOW
Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

3. BEYOND POLITICS
Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.

4. ONE PEOPLE, ONE PLANET, ONE FUTURE
Government to work for global net zero and planetary repair by 2030 on the basis of equity and mutual survival interest for all communities, countries and generations.*
October 10
Presidential Debate: Speakers for Either Biden or Trump
Meetings #3,585 - Michael Brennan will argue for Biden, and David Ramsay Steele will speak for Trump
October 24
Why Abolishing the Electoral College Would Not Help the Democrats
Meetings #3,587 - ​author David Ramsay Steele returns with another political essay / analysis
David Ramsay Steele, Ph.D., is the author of The Mystery of Fascism: David Ramsay Steele’s Greatest Hits (2019), Orwell Your Orwell (2017), Atheism Explained (2008), and From Marx to Mises (1992). He is co-author (with Michael R. Edelstein, Ph.D.) of Therapy Breakthrough (2013) and Three Minute Therapy (1997). Dr. Steele has written numerous articles and given many talks on diverse topics.

Program description:
The outcome of the 2016 election led many Democrats to believe that Hillary Clinton lost because of the Electoral College system. But is it true that abolishing the Electoral College would help the Democrats?
Clinton got more popular votes than Trump, but neither won a majority. Any national popular vote system that might replace the Electoral College would provide for a run-off, and in 2016 Trump might easily have won a run-off.
More fundamentally, the total popular vote, in a situation where the total popular vote counts for absolutely nothing, is not a good measure of how people feel about the candidates. People would not vote the same way in a popular vote system as they vote under the present system. Under the Electoral College system, Republicans in high-population states viewed as safely Democratic (California, New York, Illinois) face a reduced incentive to turn out and vote.
Dr. Steele argues that whoever wins the Electoral College would have won the popular vote under a popular vote system.

October 31
Debate: For and Against the Illinois Fair Tax Amendment
Meetings #3,588 - ​ Ernest Norrman for / Brian Dennehy against 

Ernie Norman says:  " I am very interested, and reasonably well informed on this issue. I have been attending lectures and reading, and phone banking and participating in other supportive activities for various organizations, including Jane Addams Seniors in Action. Having practiced as a tax accountant for several years, I have first hand knowledge of how tax laws actually effect different types of returns."

Brian Dennehy is an attorney and accountant, and a candidate for Cook County State's Attorney by the Libertarian Party.  
He states that:  "As an attorney and accountant working in the tax field, I’ve read hundreds if not thousands of statutes, cases, regulations, and commentaries on complex issues impacting my clients."
Faccebook Page.  
Format:
2 rounds, 
10-20 minutes each, questions, rebuttals or remarks by anyone attending
The IVI–IPO is a not-for-profit, multi-partisan, independent political organization. Our endorsements reach hundreds of thousands of voters throughout the greater Chicagoland area. Our work on campaign finance and ethics reform in the past and in the present has gotten high marks from all quarters and our commitment to good government is as strong now as it has ever been.