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Governors Race

Who Are the Real “Rinos” In The IL GOP?

Why is IL Conservative Party candidate for governor, State Sen. Sam McCann, sending out mailers attacking conservative legislators? Is McCann doing Madigan’s bidding trying to take out suburban Republicans? Does he want another Madigan supermajority? Does he still have a path to victory? Candidate for governor, Sam McCann joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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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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Rauner's New Chief Of Staff Kristina Rasmussen

Where does Governor Rauner stand 2.5 years in and what does Kristina Rasmussen's appointment as his new Chief of Staff mean for the rest of his tenure? The Governor has an opportunity to realign himself with the people of Illinois and against the Springfield royals who have decimated Illinois. Kristina has helped turn around the Illinois Policy Institute, can she do the same for the Governor's Office? Dan & Chicago Tribune editorial board member Kristen McQueary discussed Kristina Rasmussen's appointment as the Governor's new Chief of Staff.

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Springfield's Balanced Budget Failure

The legislative session in Springfield ended May 31 without lawmakers producing a balanced budget yet again. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes get the inside scoop on what happened (or didn't happen) inside the chamber from state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, and ask her what taxpayers should expect from Springfield going forward. One bill lawmakers did pass was a minimum wage hike to $15 per hour. Economist Walter Williams joins the show to discuss how that minimum wage increase will end up hurting Illinois' most disadvantaged, especially people of color.

Proft and Hughes also discuss the revelations that J.B. Pritzker, the Democratic frontrunner for governor in 2018, once lobbied former Gov. Rod Blagojevich for a political appointment.

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Graduated Income Tax

Wanna-Be Governors Dan Biss, Ameya Pawar and J.B. Pritzker all endorse a graduated income tax. Pat Hughes shows why this isn't a solution in this edition of Dollars and Sense.

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Lawmakers' Mad Dash To Pass A Budget

With Spring legislative session ending, Springfield lawmakers are in a hurry to pass a budget – regardless of what's in it or how it affects taxpayers. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Pat Hughes and Illinois Policy writer Joe Kaiser talk to Wirepoints.com founder Mark Glennon about what to expect from the General Assembly in the next few days. They also talk to Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Dan DiSalvo about how pension costs are making higher education unaffordable for students and families.

And they discuss how two Democratic frontrunners for governor – J.B. Pritzker and Chris Kennedy – are cheating the property tax system in Illinois.

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Solving The State's Higher Ed Crisis

Illinois' public universities are in a financial crunch, while primary and secondary schools in Chicago, too, face challenges of their own. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes breakdown Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's new, misguided "fix" to Chicago Public Schools' failures with The Federalist's Bethany Mandel. They also analyze the broken finances of the state's public universities with Ted Dabrowski, vice president of policy at the Illinois Policy Institute.

And what did Democrats in Springfield spend their time on before heading out on a two-week spring break? Their legislative priorities are startling, and underscore how unserious many lawmakers are about improving the state. 

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How Close Are We?

Is Bruce Rauner the same guy we elected in 2014 or has he been beaten down by the process? How close are we to the radical changes promised in the Turnaround Agenda? What is the goal of his two-day flyaround tour?  What is his message to the people of Illinois heading into the 2018 elections? The Illinois Governor faces the firing squad on Chicago's Morning Answer.

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Why Are Old-Guard Journalists Resistant To New Models?

Shortly after a Cook County judge ruled that they will get their paychecks, lawmakers in Springfield headed back to negotiating multibillion dollar tax hikes as part of their "grand bargain" proposal. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk to state Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, who tells them why the current proposal is unacceptable, and why lawmakers haven't earned their paychecks.

They also analyze the familiar cries from legacy journalists over "fake news," and the false idea that journalists don't have points of view. And with municipal elections right around the corner, Proft and Hughes explain why these races can be crucial for taxpayers.

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