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Chicago Politics

No Appetite For Reform

No plan, a warning of a massive property tax hike, and still in denial of how big of a problem the city’s finances are. Those were the takeaways from Mayor Lightfoot’s State of the City Address. But is Chicago already in more debt than it can ever possibly pay off? President of Wirepoints.com, Ted Dabrowski joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Democrats Sowing Racial Division

Are the Democrats successfully ginning up racial divisions for political gain? Is Chicago the perfect example of the catastrophic results of leftists’ policies? Are the Democrats more fixated on externalities than the person as a whole? Should Trump use tariffs to affect border security as proposed good politics even if it's bad economics? CNN political commentator, Steve Cortes joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Will Lori Bring The Light To City Hall?

What can we expect from now Mayor Lori Lightfoot? Does she have people surrounding her who can tell her no? Should she focus on “leading” the city rather than “running” the city? Did she already shoot herself in the foot by hiring the husband of a city lobbyist for her security detail? Chicago Tribune columnist, John Kass joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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The Foxx In The Tchen House

In 1952, Alderman Robert Merriam remarked to journalist A.J. Liebling that Chicago "is the only completely corrupt city in America.”

That hasn’t changed in the dismissal of charges against Jussie Smollett.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is one of the Socialist Spice Girls put together by Michelle Obama’s top lieutenants. That’s why Mayor Rahm Emanuel was cut out of the communication loop.

Why would Foxx have inappropriate ex parte communications and muck up her recusal?

Why would her office waive the customary demand for a reduced sentencing by Smollett and offer no objection to the case file being immediately sealed?

Was Foxx making good on a promise, accepting a bigger, better quid pro quo, or just singing the tune she needed to sing to stay in the band?

That’s now a matter for the FBI to figure out.

What everyone has figured out about Chicago is that the rule of politics supersedes the rule of law.

Chicago indeed is completely corrupt.

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The Elites Are Failing Us

What if Comey’s FBI was spying on Obama’s campaign on the basis of opposition research? Did the Obama Administration transform the federal government into a political tool? Is Chicago’s corruption now on display for the whole world to see? Screenwriter, Andrew Klavan joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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The Cleansing Of Smollett In The Chicago Way

Did Kim Foxx save the fall of an icon? Is Smollett the Jackie Robinson of homophobia? Even though he committed multiple felonies, does his work in the community transcend us all? What exactly is the importance of this moment? Chicago Tribune Columnist, John Kass joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Two Systems Of Justice

Will anything in this case ever be solved as the State’s Attorney’s office says Smollett isn’t exonerated and Smollett is still playing the victim? Why wasn’t the Police Department notified that the charges were being dropped? Should Chicago police walk off the job in protest? Chicago FOP President, Kevin Graham joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Who Does Willie Wilson Endorse For Mayor?

How much of a difference, policy wise, is there between Lightfoot and Preckwinkle? If policies stay the same, will black families continue to leave? What are Willie Wilson’s future plans? Dr. Willie Wilson joins Dan and Amy to discuss who he is going to endorse for mayor of Chicago.

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Chicago FOP Reaction To Mayoral Election

Is Lightfoot the favorite heading into the mayoral runoff? Will either of the future mayors work with the Chicago police and have their back? Although the Chicago Police demonstrated incredible thoroughness in the Jussie Smollett hoax case, what can they do to solve more crimes of gun violence in the city? Chicago FOP President, Kevin Graham joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Historic Chicago Mayor's Race

What does Toni Preckwinkle have to show for her 30 years of public service? Highest black unemployment rate, worst housing market in an urban center, violent crime, an education system rife with scandals? Is that how she’s going to beat Lori Lightfoot? What about Lightfoot’s relationship with Chicago Police? Tribune Columnist, John Kass joins Dan and Amy with a mayoral recap.

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Big Labor Vs. Big Finance

Is more tax and spend a recipe for disaster in Chicago? Why did Bob Fioretti change his mind on the progressive income tax? Should Chicago declare bankruptcy? Why does Chicago need more police officers than bigger more spread out cities like L.A.? Mayoral candidate, Bob Fioretti joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Potential Upset In The Mayoral Race?

How is Willie Wilson going to use his business experience to get the city out of debt? Everyone is concerned with the city budget, but what about the budgets of families with no connections who can barely afford to live here? What exact taxes would he lower? Mayoral candidate, Dr. Willie Wilson joins Dan and Amy with his closing argument.

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Tiny Dancer Send Off

On election eve, Tim O’Donnell shares his parody send off to departing Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The song is dedicated to all the private sector workers paying for other people’s pensions.

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Chicago Falling Behind

Why does Chicago barely crack the list for the top 200 urban markets in the country? Is creating an entertainment district in the suburbs going to generate enough revenue to pay the city’s operational costs? Does New York’s forthcoming restaurant recession due to the minimum wage increase an ominous sign for Chicago? How can the city boost its homicide clearance rate? Mayoral candidate, Gery Chico joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Faith And Hard Work

How did Willie Wilson go from $0.20/hr picking cotton during Jim Crow to a $62 million company, debt-free? Don’t Chicago’s policies and high taxes hurt everyone- Democrats and Republicans? Fresh off some GOP endorsements, could Willie be the surprise on Feb. 26? Dr. Willie Wilson joins Dan and Amy to discuss his candidacy for mayor.

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Politics Over The Rule Of Law

Is Chicago the most completely corrupt city in America? How do we get to a legitimate government? Why aren’t politicians like Alderman Proco Joe Moreno facing consequences for breaking the law? Is Garry McCarthy really trying to annex some nearby suburbs? Former CPD Superintendent and mayoral candidate, Garry McCarthy joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Chicago’s Entrenched Ruling Class

How do we distinguish the difference between Chicago’s business leaders and public sector union bosses? If casinos and recreational marijuana are on the table, how should their revenues be spent? How has Paul Vallas dealt with loss of his son to opioids and how do we combat the deadly epidemic? Candidate for mayor, Paul Vallas joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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The Burke Four Vs. The Rest

Should parents be fined for bullying their kids? No social media monitoring by the government for getting a job or a gun but for parental discipline with their children? What are the rates for the so called “fair” tax that most mayoral candidates support? Chicago mayoral candidate and State Rep., LaShawn Ford joins Dan and Amy to discuss the state of his campaign.

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More Legal Troubles For Madigan

13th Ward Alderman Candidate, David Krupa officially filed a federal civil suit against Madigan and mini-me Marty Quinn. Where are law enforcement agencies at with the case? What is Krupa hoping to gain from the suit? Are ward residents aware of what’s going on? Krupa joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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The Burke Four

Are the Burke Four (Chico, Daley, Mendoza, Preckwinkle) just status quo opportunists who joined the race after Rahm announced he wasn’t running? How can we expect change from a corrupt system? Is the Chicago media to blame for covering up corruption in City Hall and impeding entrepreneurs? Are things put in affidavits not there by accident? Chicago Tribune columnist, John Kass joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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