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Illinois General Assembly

Springfield Lawmakers Misguided Approach To Job "Creation"

Lawmakers in Springfield have been busy – but not in the best ways. In the past several weeks, notably, they overwhelmingly voted to extend the state program giving taxpayer handouts to big businesses, and the Illinois House passed a "pay equity" bill that would prohibit employers from asking prospective employees their salary history. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk to state Reps. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, and Peter Breen, R-Lombard, about these policy decisions coming out of Springfield.

Proft and Hughes also continue their commentary on property taxes around the state, and Hughes offers some thoughts on the mass layoffs at ESPN and Hillary Clinton's blame game on the 2016 presidential election.

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IL Democrats Push For Taxpayer-Funded Abortion

Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly are moving forward on a bill that would expand taxpayer funding for abortion services in the state. Meanwhile, the state's Auditor General is in corruption hearings and widespread patronage hires by Democrats in Springfield have been uncovered. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes break all this down and more from a busy week in Springfield. They also talk about the skyrocketing property taxes in Chicago's collar counties and tell you who should be held accountable for the state's burdensome tax climate.

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There Would Be No Reason To Hire A Man

Dan & Amy are joined by Dr. Amy Farmer Derick, owner of Derick Dermatology, to discuss the Illinois General Assembly's most recent mandate on employers. Legislators passed a bill aiming to curb wage discrimination against women by barring employers from asking for wage history. Dr. Derick explains why this is bad for her business and the 150 women she employs. And with mandates like this, is it any wonder Illinois lost 9,000 jobs in March?

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Defending Bacon

State Reps, like Michelle Mussman and Barb Wheeler, are voting to defend and recognize bacon as a breakfast meat. Deb Conroy, Scott Drury, Carol Sente and Marty Moylan are resolving hot-button issues like making cycling the official state exercise. And over in the Senate, Julie Morrison and Sam McCann worked to ban elephants from being part of traveling circuses. With all the problems Illinois faces, Pat Hughes dissects their misplaced priorities in this edition of "Two Minute Warning."

I’m Pat Hughes with this week’s Upstream Ideas ‘Two Minute Warning.’

Talk to anyone about Illinois – anyone. Democrat or Republican. They understand how serious the state’s problems are. So, you would think that most of our legislators have a sense of urgency about solving those problems… but, you would be wrong. There is a reason Illinois is… well, Illinois.

In Springfield, State Reps, like Michelle Mussman and Barb Wheeler, are voting to defend and recognize bacon as a breakfast meat. Deb Conroy, Scott Drury, Carol Sente and Marty Moylan are resolving hot-button issues… like making cycling the official state exercise. And over in the Senate, Julie Morrison and Sam McCann worked to ban elephants from being part of traveling circuses.

Bacon, bikers and Dumbo. Sounds like my seventeen year old daughter’s legislative agenda…when she was nine.

Are these people serious? We haven’t had a balanced budget in two years!

Taken all together, it is tempting to characterize the Illinois General Assembly as a “Do-Nothing” legislature, but that’s not the real story.

In reality, Illinois government is working exactly as intended.  Winning elections isn’t a chance to advance a set of principles. Winning elections is a way to distribute favors to friends and political allies.

Legislators are protecting a political machine that was carefully constructed by politicians and powerful special interests. The machine doesn’t reform itself. The machine grows itself by distracting voters with idiotic bills in public, so it can continue handing out favors in private.  

State legislators don’t care that you are being taxed out of your homes, or are struggling with unemployment. They have spent 2 years ignoring these problems, passing wildly unbalanced budgets,and refusing to address the need for reform. Oh yeah…and defending bacon.

Change is not going to come from Springfield. It has to come from you: the people who play by the rules and are getting screwed. You – collectively – have the numbers, the resources, and the principles to end this nonsense. Whether or not you do will determine the fate of our once great state.

You’ve been warned.

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Springfield Legislation Targets Donor Privacy

On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes discuss dangerous legislation in Springfield aimed at eliminating privacy for donors to advocacy groups. They also break down Illinois' new migration numbers, which yet again, offer a negative outlook for the state, and one northwest Illinois homebuilder tells them why he might be headed to Iowa.

Plus, with less than a week to go before municipal elections April 4, Proft and Hughes interview the challenger to longtime Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin.

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