LaShawn Ford

More Taxes And A Legislative Salary Bump

How were lawmakers able to raise taxes on ordinary Illinoisans and give themselves a salary bump? How are the neighborhoods on the west side of Chicago going to benefit from the legalization of marijuana and the capital bill that doubled the gas tax? Why would legislators remove health and safety standards at abortion clinics on the premise of protecting women? State Rep. LaShawn Ford (D-Chicago) joins Dan and Amy to discuss the end of the legislative session in Springfield.

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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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Chicago’s Attack On Taxpayers

Was Alderman Burke extorting business owners just for his love of the city? Should Burke and Munoz who is accused of domestic violence by his wife be bounced from City Council? How many more businesses and jobs would there be if it wasn’t for the corrupt culture in Chicago? Who is being shut out of the government in Chicago? Mayoral candidate and state representative, LaShawn Ford joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Is The Mob Mentality Coming To Local Politics?

Whether it was protests outside Tucker Carlson's home or accosting Ted Cruz and his wife inside a restaurant, stories about mob-like behavior have dominated national headlines. Are those tactics and rhetoric unfortunately coming to local politics too? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Joe Kaiser talk to a Hinsdale activist who – after winning his fight for lower property taxes – has been met with charged, personal attacks. Proft and Kaiser also discuss recent developments in the Chicago mayoral race and leadership in Springfield.








LaShawn Ford On The Illinois Democrat Party And The Future Of Illinois and Chicago

Democrats have run the city of Chicago for the last 100 years, and the state of Illinois for most of the last 50. But the results for taxpayers aren't there. Will anyone in the state Democratic Party ranks be willing to break away from the party bosses and the machine, and call for more reform-minded policies? On this edition of Against the Current, Dan Proft asks that question to state Rep. LaShawn Ford, D-Chicago, who genuinely wants to see the city's impoverished neighbors turned around, but with what policy initiatives? Proft and Ford discuss and debate property taxes, entrepreneurship and education, among a range of other topics for how to improve both the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois as a whole.