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Willie Wilson’s Reparations Plan

Is more government spending the path for prosperity for Chicago’s west and south sides? Is the problem in Chicago not access to services but the quality of the services? If Illinois and Chicago were to enact reparations, who would get the benefits and who would pay for it? Former mayoral candidate, Willie Wilson joins Dan and Amy to discuss his reparations plans.

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The End Of Chicago

On April 2nd, Chicago will make history with its first duly-elected black, female mayor—and likely its first lesbian mayor.

The real significance of the election will be to signal the completion of Chicago’s transition from The Superfans to The SuperFrench; from Grabowskis in hard hats to political mobsters sporting soft cuticles.

The two mayoral finalists are distinctions without a difference. One argues for taxing hotels to publicly fund artists while the other advocates for taxing everything from sugary drinks to bullets.

Chicago has gone from the City That Works to the city that works you over.

Middle-income families have declined three-fold in the last two decades.

Black families are fueling a second Great Migration, this time away from Chicago.

Chicago was always a cut me in or cut it out town.

The kleptocrats cut in the Socialists to the exclusion of all else. So that’s all who’s left.

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Why does an active member of the Chicago Democratic Party decide to leave after years of support? Have black communities in Chicago been systematically forced into a belief that the Democratic Party represents them? Lex Anderson, a local Chicagoan joins Dan and Amy to explain why he’s now a libertarian.

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Charles Thomas & Maze Jackson: Politics And The Black Community

Illinois politicians often claim to stand up for disadvantaged and minority communities. But what have been the actual policy results, in particular for black Illinoisans? On this edition of Against the Current, Dan Proft talks to Charles Thomas and Maze Jackson, the morning show hosts on WVON radio in Chicago, about the political, economic and educational challenges facing the black community in Chicago and Illinois. Thomas and Jackson discuss the record of the Democratic Party – in the city of Chicago, statewide and nationally – as it pertains to improving opportunities for the black community. They also discuss how black voters can get more engaged and hold Illinois politicians accountable, especially when those politicians ignore their concerns. All this and more in a wide-ranging discussion on Against the Current.


This Project Scares The Living Heck Out Of Them

Former ABC-7 political reporter Charles Thomas joined Dan & Amy to discuss his new project, The Chicago Drum, focused on elevating new voices in Chicago's Black community. Does the Chicago Democrat Party serve the interests of the Black community? How will the Chicago Drum help hold black elected leaders accountable? Can we change the narrative by changing the voices that are heard? Why are white liberals so resistant to give the black community a voice?