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2018 General Assembly Races

Statehouse Closing Arguments

Time is ticking to the Nov. 6 elections. Madigan's Democrats are depending on smear campaigns and character assassinations to try to win House seats. But conservative reformers have a different argument: Lower property taxes to save your home. On this edition of Illinois Rising, hear closing arguments from three reform-minded candidates for state representative in suburban Chicago, and their campaigns to clean up Springfield and rescue Illinoisans from confiscatory property taxes. Dan Proft also gives his final thoughts on the election and what it will mean for Illinois going forward.

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The Madigan Machine vs. Conservative Reformers

Madigan-financed smears against reform lawmakers are hitting mailboxes and airwaves. But even though they lack truth and substance, will they influence voters with just a few weeks to go before election day? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Brian Timpone discuss how these attacks are being funded, what their aim is and how conservative reformers can fight back. Proft and Timpone also discuss the new discrimination allegations against gubernatorial candidate JB Pritzker.

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The Results of Machine Politics

How has the state’s political culture impacted voters’ faith in politicians? How has machine politics affected the way in which political messages are received? Upstream Ideas asked voters in Elmhurst to Follow the Logic.

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Buying The Illinois House

Political rhetoric nationally is heated, divisive and becoming personal. But it's happening locally, too – from the vandalism of a Republican Party office in Rockford to a state senator accosting a constituent in the north shore. Why is it getting to that point? On this installment of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Illinois Policy writer Joe Kaiser discuss intensifying political rhetoric and how it doesn't get to the core of policy issues. They also discuss the continued distorted political attacks from House Speaker Mike Madigan's political operation, lying about conservative reform candidates' records.

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Recapping The 2018 Primaries

Illinois has now moved on to the general election. While the governor's race didn't go as conservatives hoped, several conservative reform legislators prevailed in their primaries and are looking to take on the establishments of both parties. What should voters pay attention to now until November? On this post-election installment of "Illinois Rising," Dan Proft and Local Labs CEO Brian Timpone analyze the March 20 primary results and look ahead to the new campaign season. Conservative state rep candidates Darren Bailey and Jay Kinzler join the show.

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Closing Arguments On Election Day

As you vote Tuesday and get ready to see who prevails in the Republican and Democratic gubernatorial races, hear final thoughts on the races from Dan Proft, Pat Hughes and Republican candidate Jeanne Ives.

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An Inside Look At Diana Rauner's Political Influence

Newly leaked emails show just how influential First Lady Diana Rauner was in moving the governor's office to the left, and making political calculations to try and improve the governor's image despite policy failures. On this week's "Illinois Rising" Pat Hughes and Brian Timpone talk to Edgar County Watchdogs' Kirk Allen about the newly obtained info, and what it tells Illinoisans about the inner workings of the governor's office. Hughes and Timpone also talk to Joshua Griffith, who is challenging sitting Republican state Rep. Norine Hammond, about his race railing against tax hikes. Also this week – what would a progressive tax mean for your family? A new proposal in Springfield shows income taxes going up on just about everyone.

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Choose Your Candidates Carefully

Both Paul Jacobs and Dan Caulkins are small business owners who understand what it takes to create jobs, create value, and grow the economy. Both men are also veterans who bravely served our country. In this week's Two Minute Warning, Pat Hughes cautions that when you’re deciding who to vote for on March 20th, remember which candidates really have your best interests at heart.

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Conservatives Griffith And Kay Call For Madigan To Resign

Joshua Griffith and Dwight Kay are conservative candidates who will be part of the solution - not part of the problem. Unlike their opponents, they have both pledged not to take a legislative pension when they are elected.

Both Griffith and Kay have called for Mike Madigan to resign or be removed from his position as Speaker of the House. Both will work to repeal the income tax hike that their opponents helped to pass last year.

In this week's Two Minute Warning, Pat Hughes warns that we need reform candidates who will side with the people - not the politicians.

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Meier Has Failed To Deliver

There are two Republicans competing for state representative in the 108th district. They were both raised in the Metro East, and they have both worked as farmers. They might appear to be similar at first glance, but in terms of policy, there are clear differences between these two candidates. Pat Hughes lays out why Don Moore is the right choice in this week's Two Minute Warning.

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Rich Morthland On The Republican Gov Race

A Bruce Rauner vs. J.B. Pritzker race seemed like a forgone conclusion for a while, but with voters on both sides of the aisle unhappy with those choices, the gubernatorial primaries are up for grabs. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Pat Hughes and Joe Kaiser discuss how and why the races have been shaken up, and what Illinoisans – the most overburdened taxpayers in the country – might be taking into consideration this election season. They also hear from Rich Morthland, Jeanne Ives' running mate, on their race, and hear from Chris Miller, a candidate for state representative downstate, on his campaign for lower taxes and a friendlier business climate.

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Tonia Khouri: An Experienced, Principled, Conservative Leader

In a Republican primary one candidate is being supported by Alderman Ed Burke and the Chicago Machine. We can’t afford to elect another Republican who will side with the Democrats and surrender on the reforms our state so desperately needs. In this week's Two Minute Warning, Pat Hughes explains whose behind Nic Zito's campaign, and why you should vote for Tonia Khouri.

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Chris Miller: Leaving Things Better For Your Children

Chris Miller is a vocal Christian conservative leader in his community and Church who has demonstrated his Christian values and his dedication to service through the overnight father-and-son camp he founded to help fathers mentor their sons. Chris is a father of seven and a third-generation farmer who believes the best way to show respect for your blessings is to grow them and leave things better for your children. Pat Hughes explains why we need more people like Chris in Springfield in this week's Two Minute Warning.

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Darren Bailey On Putting An End to Punishing Tax Hikes

In 2017, Illinois lawmakers passed the largest permanent income tax hike in state history. Months later, the state is already feeling the negative effects. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes break down how the income tax hike has hurt jobs growth in the state, and they talk to Darren Bailey who is looking to defeat a state representative who voted for the tax hike. And while the income tax hike hit Illinois families hard, that isn't enough for some in the Rauner administration. Proft and Hughes discuss a massive $7 billion tax hike Rauner's school superintendent is pushing. They also react to the first Democratic gubernatorial debate, and what to make of that race moving forward.

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Who will stay and fight for Illinois?

A Gallup poll that is circulating online shows Illinois' bleak reality: Nearly a quarter of the state's population believes they live in the “worst possible state.” Despite that, Ken Idstein is committed to turning the tide in Illinois. As a candidate for state representative in District 62, Ken is running on a fiscally conservative platform, with plans to get property taxes and other state taxes back under control. Pat Hughes introduces Ken Idstein in this week's Two Minute Warning

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Put Springfield On A Budget

David Harris was one of the 15 Republican legislators who voted for a budget that included a 32% tax increase, without any reforms to state government spending. Since that vote, Katie and her husband - like many families - have found themselves with less money to spend on groceries and raising their three kids. In fact, they’ve watched as many of their friends and neighbors have chosen to leave Illinois because it’s getting too expensive to stay. That’s why Katie decided to step up and fight for her community. Pat Hughes introduces Katie Miller in this week's Two Minute Warning

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