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Where Is The Accountability In CPS' Sex Abuse Scandal?

Since 2008, police have investigated more than 500 reports that children have been sexually assaulted or abused inside Chicago Public Schools. Where is the outrage? Where are the calls for school and city leaders to be held accountable? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Brian Timpone hear from state Rep. Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford and member of the House education committee, about what was and wasn't accomplished during hearings on the CPS sex abuse scandal. Proft and Timpone also discuss the increasing costs to taxpayers for former President Barack Obama's presidential center in Chicago. And they broke down how more and more Illinois counties are seeing underwater mortgages become a norm.

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What's The Future Of The IL GOP?

Who will lead the Illinois Republican Party to better electoral outcomes to advance conservative reform policies in the state? If GOP insiders have their way, they'll maintain control. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Brian Timpone hear the details of a rigged process to elect new leadership for the state party, and a lawsuit challenging just that. They also discuss a debate on the future of the party between Proft and former GOP Chairman Pat Brady. And at the local level, Proft and Timpone talk to Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau on his fight for good government.

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Why Home Ownership Changed in The South Suburbs

Despite an federal cabinet level agency and state and local agencies dedicated to ending discrimination with respect to home ownership including with respect to the banking system, black home ownership has not changed in 50 years. What accounts for this phenomenon? Founder and CEO of Local Labs Brian Timpone discusses. 

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Assessing Republican And Democratic Leadership In IL

Mike Madigan was just re-elected to a record sixth term as chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party, a position he has held while also reining as House Speaker. Though his track record has been disastrous for the state, are the current leading voices in the Republican Party effective at offering an alternative? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Pat Hughes and Brian Timpone discuss Madigan's leadership in his party and how one of Bruce Rauner's prominent surrogates is off base attacking conservatives. They also get expert analysis from Truth in Accounting CEO Sheila Weinberg on the pension crises in Harvey, North Chicago and throughout the state of Illinois.

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The IL GOP's Self-Inflicted Disadvantage

With an unpopular candidate, Republicans are already limping into the general election for governor in November. But with a giant fundraising gap between the GOP and Democrats – as well as now the entrance of a third-party candidate – the challenge is becoming that much tougher for the Rauner Party. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Brian Timpone discuss the large disadvantage Republicans find themselves in, and how the party only has itself to blame. They also get expert analysis from Wirepoints' Ted Dabrowski on the financial crisis in Harvey.

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Bob Anderson's Decades-Long Fight For Taxpayers

Financial news in Illinois is usually bad news for taxpayers, and Illinoisans haven't had much faith in politicians to turn things around. But the example set by one McHenry Township Trustee could be a little bit of inspiration the state needs. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Brian Timpone talk to Wonder Lake's Bob Anderson about his decades-long efforts to consolidate government and save taxpayer money. Proft and Timpone also analyze new Illinois and Chicago financial numbers – both of which look bleak – with Wirepoints' Mark Glennon.

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Recapping The 2018 Primaries

Illinois has now moved on to the general election. While the governor's race didn't go as conservatives hoped, several conservative reform legislators prevailed in their primaries and are looking to take on the establishments of both parties. What should voters pay attention to now until November? On this post-election installment of "Illinois Rising," Dan Proft and Local Labs CEO Brian Timpone analyze the March 20 primary results and look ahead to the new campaign season. Conservative state rep candidates Darren Bailey and Jay Kinzler join the show.

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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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Rauner's "Shameful Distortions"

Bruce Rauner is claiming Jeanne Ives is "Mike Madigan's favorite Republican." But Ives' legislative colleagues are pushing back, telling voters that Rauner is lying about Ives' record because he can't defend his own. On this edition of Illinois Rising, state Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-East Dundee, tells Dan Proft and Brian Timpone why he is standing with Ives, and why he and several of his Republican colleagues can't support the governor. Proft and Timpone also talk to Don Moore, a Metro East legislative candidate, who is taking on one of the 15 Republicans who voted for the 32 percent income tax hike last year. And Proft and Timpone discuss what might happen now that some Democrats have joined Republicans in being upset over Mike Madigan's handling of sexual harassment allegations in Springfield.

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