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Implosion Of The Republican Party Under Rauner

Is Rauner going to drag down all Republicans on the ballot? Is he closing the gap at all? Were all Rauner’s political defeats self-inflicted wounds? Did Rauner discount what he was up against and then decide to surrender instead of fight? Dan and Kristen McQueary discuss the future of Illinois and the governor’s race.

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Which Issues Will Drive IL Voters To The Polls?

With just months to go before the 2018 midterm elections – and a Chicago mayoral election shortly thereafter in 2019 – campaign season is in full swing across Illinois. Where do things stand for Bruce Rauner and J.B. Pritzker? For Rahm Emanuel? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Member Kristen McQueary break down how several policy issues could impact the governor's race in November as well as the Chicago mayoral election in February. Chief among them: Rauner's betrayal of social conservatives on publicly-funded abortion, the health of city and state pensions and the ever-increasing property tax burden Illinoisans face.

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The First Six Months Of IL's Taxpayer Funded Abortion Law

Last year, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a bill that forced taxpayers to pay for elective abortions in Illinois. The results so far? A 274 percent increase in taxpayer-funded abortions in the state. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk about how damaging this law could end up being, with insight from state Rep. Peter Breen, R-Lombard, who is challenging the law both in the legislature and in court. Proft and Hughes also continue to follow the corruption case against Inspector General Frank Mautino, and get analysis from Liberty Justice Center Attorney Jeff Schwab on why the case is stalled. And why is the Illinois GOP surrendering Cook County and Chicago – even though the area of the state is in desperate need of new leadership? Proft and Hughes offer their thoughts on Republicans' failure to compete.

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An Inside Look At Diana Rauner's Political Influence

Newly leaked emails show just how influential First Lady Diana Rauner was in moving the governor's office to the left, and making political calculations to try and improve the governor's image despite policy failures. On this week's "Illinois Rising" Pat Hughes and Brian Timpone talk to Edgar County Watchdogs' Kirk Allen about the newly obtained info, and what it tells Illinoisans about the inner workings of the governor's office. Hughes and Timpone also talk to Joshua Griffith, who is challenging sitting Republican state Rep. Norine Hammond, about his race railing against tax hikes. Also this week – what would a progressive tax mean for your family? A new proposal in Springfield shows income taxes going up on just about everyone.

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Why Conservative Lawmakers Are Picking Ives Over Rauner

The gubernatorial race between Bruce Rauner and Jeanne Ives is intensifying, and now, more and more conservative lawmakers are coming forward in supporting Ives over the incumbent governor. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk to one of Ives' statehouse endorsers, state Rep. Tom Morrison, R-Palatine, about the campaign's growing support and momentum. They also talk to Ken Idstein, a Republican candidate for state representative, about his focus on lowering the tax burden Lake County residents face. And Proft and Hughes cover all the salient topics in a busy week in Illinois politics, from the Democratic gubernatorial race tightening to sexual misconduct allegations in Springfield being ignored.

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Rauner And Durkin Are Perfect Partners

Politicians. Some use money to grab power. Some use power to make money. Governor Rauner is the former, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin is the latter. Pat Hughes explains why that makes Rauner and Durkin perfect partners in this week's Two Minute Warning.

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The Conservative Revolt Against Bruce Rauner

Following Gov. Bruce Rauner's decisions to sign taxpayer-funded abortion and sanctuary state legislation, conservative lawmakers and voters alike are abandoning their support for the first-term governor. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk to state Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, about the prospects for a primary challenge to Rauner from someone on his right. Proft and Hughes also break down the results of a new study showing Illinois as one of the least desirable states in the country in which to do business. And they discuss the new primary challenger to House Minority Leader Jim Durkin.

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The Former "Reform Governor" Became "Benedict Rauner"

Governor Rauner signed a bill to force taxpayers to fund abortions: at any time in the pregnancy, for any reason. No Republican legislator supported it. Not a single one. Is it over for Governor Rauner? It should be. Pat Hughes explains in this week's Two Minute Warning.

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