Cook County

Mugged By Own Policy Preferences

Are socialist enclaves also being ravaged by property taxes in Western Cook County? Are Illinoisans going to do something now or wait until it gets worse? Is it not just conservatives that are starting to bolt? Dan and Amy discuss the latest property tax report from the Western Cook County suburbs.

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Property Taxes Destroying The Southland

How did wealthy suburbs in the southland get decimated by government policies? Why are property taxes double and triple the median rate? Dan and Amy discuss the latest  property tax report in South Suburban Cook County.

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Race Against The Machine

Will Dorothy Brown make it on the ballot despite Preckwinkle’s challenge? How is Brown going to transform the education system? How is the city going to get the revenue for the $40 billion worth of unfunded pension liabilities? Is she still the target of any federal investigations? Cook County Circuit Court Clerk and mayoral candidate, Dorothy Brown joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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The Stroger Legacy And Cook County

In 2010, as public support of county government waned, then-Cook County Board President Todd Stroger lost the Democratic primary to Toni Preckwinkle. Now, years later, Stroger is running for public office again and is rejoining the debate on county and city government. On this edition of Against the Current, Dan Proft asks Stroger what he thinks his legacy is, and what he wants to see from Cook County and Chicago moving forward. Proft and Stroger discuss and debate pensions, patronage and the best ways to provide jobs and opportunity for Cook County residents, as well as a range of other topics, in one of the most extensive interviews Stroger has done since leaving his post as Cook County Board President.


How Well Does Cook County Government Work For Its Residents?

Cook County residents are outraged about the County's sweetened beverage tax, which could be repealed this October. How were the county board and Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle so tone deaf on the issue? On this edition of Against the Current, one of the tax's strongest opponents, Commissioner Richard Boykin, tells Dan Proft how Preckwinkle and many other commissioners ignored citizens' concerns. Proft and Boykin also debate the merits of hiking the minimum wage, and they discuss how to tackle the county's gun violence problem. This and more important county policy topics on this edition of Against the Current.


Preckwinkle Plunders The Poor

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle plunders the poor with her new soda tax. Pat Hughes explains why Preckwinkle doesn’t give a rip about your health in this week's Upstream Ideas' Two Minute Warning.


Dan and Amy interview Chris Pfannkuche, candidate for Cook County State's Attorney

All the talk on the talk on the Cook County State's Attorney race is about the Democrat primary with Toni Preckwinkle minion Kim Foxx endorsed by the Cook County Democrat Machine over beleaguered incumbent Anita Alvarez. And yet, there is a Republican candidate for the office who worked in the office for three decades and turns out to be more qualified than the three Democrat candidates combined. Meet Christopher Pfannkuche and learn more about him at VoteChristopher.com.

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Dan Proft & Amy Jacobson Interview Dan Herbert and Bob Milan

Dan Herbert, defense attorney for Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, joined Chicago's Morning Answer to make the case that Van Dyke reasonably feared for his life and his shooting of Laquan McDonald was justified under the law.

Former Cook County State's Attorney's Office First Assistant Bob Milan joined us to discuss the series of police-involved shootings Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez has bungled, in his view, and offered his take on the specifics of the Laquan McDonald case. Milan doesn't mince words.

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