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How Much Are IL Taxpayers On The Hook For This Year?

In 2018, every congressional district in every state across the country will see a tax cut thanks to tax reform at the federal level. But policy choices by state and local politicians could offer an opposite reality for taxpayers in Illinois. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes discuss federal tax reform and Illinois' confiscatory property taxes with analysis from Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst Adam Michel and Illinois state representative candidate Ken Idstein. Proft and Hughes also discuss the busy week in Chicago politics, which included controversy with Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson, as well as new plans for another march against gun violence.

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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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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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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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Closing Arguments On Election Day

As you vote Tuesday and get ready to see who prevails in the Republican and Democratic gubernatorial races, hear final thoughts on the races from Dan Proft, Pat Hughes and Republican candidate Jeanne Ives.

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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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Division In The GOP Over Tariffs

Are Trump’s proposed tariffs going to put speed bumps on economic growth? Is Jeff Sessions going to pay a visit to Chicago and address Tiny Dancer and Governor Rauner on their sanctuary state/city policies? Is the left going to cling to their anti gun agenda to win over voters in the upcoming elections? Representative from the 6th Congressional District, Peter Roskam joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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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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Ives: Nobody Trusts Rauner

Is Rauner calling Jeanne Ives “Mike Madigan’s favorite Republican” to shift the blame from his failed leadership? Speaking of Madigan, why isn’t every female Democrat legislator calling for his resignation after his egregious handling of sexual harassment complaints? What should be done for Veterans at their state-run home in Quincy that has another four confirmed cases of legionnaires after Rauner’s publicity stunt? GOP gubernatorial candidate, State Rep. Jeanne Ives joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Proft: Good morning, Dan and Amy. I'm sure you've heard the ads, we've discussed them...the Republican race for governor between State Representative Jeanne Ives and Bruce Rauner, Bruce Rauner's got a million-dollar plus buy this week on the networks, cable, radio...you've heard them on this station, the ads. The argument that Jeanne Ives is Madigan's favorite Republican, which you would have to be blithely ignorant or lacking in self-respect to believe if you're an Illinois Republican, and that's not ME saying that. That's a number of the leading conservative state legislators who have endorsed Jeanne Ives, saying it in a latter they released yesterday, calling on Rauner to stop...quoting..."to stop his shameful distortions and fabrications of Jeanne Ives' record. He can't defend his own policies, so he's using deep campaign coffers to flood airwaves and mail boxes with bogus attacks. Mike Madigan's favorite candidate?" Question mark? "It's BRUCE RAUNER who enacted key elements of the progressive social agenda, included taxpayer funding of elective abortions. It's Bruce Rauner who signaled he'd accept an income tax increase paired with reforms that never materialized. And it's Bruce Rauner who just proposed a new budget that relies on those taxes to balance spending, rather than proposing cuts." That's Tom Morrison saying that, Rep. conservative from Palatine, John Cabello, conservative from Rockford, also Trump's Illinois state director in 2016, John Cabello, Margo McDermott, conservative from Will County, David McSweeney, conservative from Barrington area, NW Cook and Lake County, Allen Skillicorn from Kane and McHenry Counties, Tim Bivens out Dixon way, Senator Kyle McCourt...Senator Kyle McCarter down Metro East near St. Louis...these are the leading legislators in the General Assembly who've actually worked with Jeanne Ives...and Bruce Rauner! So they can sort of separate the wheat from the chaff. So what say you, Governor? Are all of these legislators, are they Madigan's favorite Republicans too? What say you, Bruce Rauner supporters? Jacobson: You KNOW they're not gonna call in! But you could always throw the number out anyway. Proft: Yeah! 312-642-5600 Turnkey Dot Pro Answer Line, still looking for Bruce Rauner's supporters. Look, I'll give you the floor! And then I'll decimate you like Jeanne Ives decimated Bruce Rauner before the Tribune Editorial Board, but you can have your say! But you just have nothing to say, I know! 'Cause you're just voting for a checkbook, and you KNOW it. And your countenancing betrayals, a traitor in the...in our midst. And you KNOW it. So what are you gonna say, what are ya gonna say? Jeanne Ives and Tom Morrison and John Cabello and Peter Breen and Margo McDermott and David McSweeney and Alan Skillicorn and Tim Bivens and Kyle McCarter, THEY'RE the cabal? The conservative reformers? Kyle McCarter is the first politician in the history of Western civilization who actually abided his own self-imposed term limits! He's not running again for this cycle because he actually believes so much in term limits, he's willing to apply them to himself! But he's part of the Madigan cabal, down there St. Louis way? There's no credible case to be made, is there? Well, for more on this topic and other substantive issues, we're pleased to be joined by the aforesaid State Representative, Jeanne Ives, conservative Republican candidate for Governor. Jeanne, thanks for joining us, appreciate it. Ives: Well, thanks for giving me the opportunity to set the record straight! Proft: So, let's talk about...you've heard from your colleagues, so that speaks volumes about the veracity of what Rauner's saying. Ives: Oh! One little...yeah, one more data point on that though. I was just at another function on Sunday morning, and Mark Batinick and David Welter, and even Darlene Singer stood up there and said there's no truth to any of that. There's no way that she's Mike Madigan's best bestie down there. All three of them! Proft: Mark Badinick's a state rep from Plainfield, Republican. David Welter's a state representative from Grundy County, and Darlene Singer's a former state representative from Naperville, NOW running on Rauner's statewide ticket for Comptroller. Ives: Mmhmm. But Dan, here's the problem: every single one of those 73 sitting state. Republican state legislators down there ought to be saying the same thing. Where are their voices? Because this now is very personal. This is my record. He lied to the Cardinal, he lied to our Caucus, he lied to the public, but he's specifically lying about my record as a tax fighter. And everybody knows that's exactly why I went to Springfield, was to defend taxpayers. That's how I lead every speech, because it's the truth. Jacobson: So Jeanne, the first time you saw that commercial, did you fall off your chair or off the couch? Because even my Democratic friends know that... Ives: Well, I don't really watch TV, so I heard about it before I saw it, and nobody believed it. And even Democrats are just laughing hysterically, because they all know it's not true either. Proft: Well, address though...this...you know, one thing is...just because, for people that are generally uninformed but trying to be informed, that they don't understand the commercial and the bytes that were selected that try to paint you in that light, that you're some kind of flak for Madigan, bytes from your joint appearance before the Tribune Editorial Board. So just provide some context for our listeners about those bytes that were selected so that they have an understanding of what Rauner's doing here. Ives: Well sure. So in...during the Trib Editorial Board, all Bruce Rauner could say was "It's Mike Madigan's fault!" Everything was a blame shift. And he wanted to...he wanted to pretend that the entire last three years had nothing to do with his failed leadership. It was all Mike Madigan's fa...all Mike Madigan's...I got tired of hearing it! And so I made a couple of points, because the other question was "Are you gonna be able to fight Mike Madigan like Rauner did?" Well, absolutely, because I've already stood up to Mike Madigan. I've already defeated bills on the House floor with him sitting there, and so look...Mike Madigan's...I've also made the comment Mike Madigan voted for my bill. So apparently, when the policy...you know, I can do SOMETHING with this guy. I can either argue against him, or at least he understands some of my policies, good. And the other... Proft: Well, well, wait, well, wait...what was the policy that he voted for? Just so we're on point... Ives: Oh, sure. Well, it was a far-reaching debt transparency act that dealt with school districts. And even the staffer came up to me afterwards and said "I'm SHOCKED that Mike Madigan voted for your bill. That may be the first time EVER." I said "Oh, good! So maybe he thinks that schools are out of control." Whatever, he voted for my bill. Proft: So the point is to say that the idea is you're to, you know, bend people to your policy agenda rather than selling out to advance theirs. And that I suppose is the difference. Ives: Well, it's absolutely the difference! And then when he was blame-shifting to Mike Madigan, I said, "Well, it doesn't help to just make it have a personal attack against him, there you go again, you know, calling Mike Madigan names." Jacobson: Yeah....I've seen reporters their whole lives take things out of context... Ives: Yeah, it's just a bullying tactic. Jacobson: So, speaking of Mike Madigan, during the past week not one but two of his aides have been let go or forced to resign because of their bad behavior. What do you think should happen to Mike Madigan? Because if it was any other politician, I think he'd already have been forced to step down from his leadership role, but it's Mike Madigan. Ives: Yes, at a minimum, and I called for him to also just resign. He just needs to resign at this point. He...first of all, not having a Legislative Inspector General for three years, and knowing that there's 27 complaints sitting there, the guy is complicit in all the sexual harassment cases that have gone on down there. He's not interested in changing anything in the state, and specifically on this topic. So I don't know why every single Democrat female legislator isn't down there calling for his resignation too, if they really believe in this cause. So...he should resign. Absolutely. Proft: And you called for him to resign...Rauner and the Republican leaders, to my knowledge, have not. Ives: No, but you know, think about this. My...Bruce Rauner hasn't even called for the Auditor General, Frank Martino, to resign! He was a HAND-PICKED person by Mike Madigan, he's unqualified for the position, and not to mention he's under Federal investigation. So, I opposed Martino's appointment, I was the first to call for Martino to resign, and we can't get our Republican governor to do the same when he's Mike Madigan's first in command and now new Auditor general, in charge of checking the accounts on taxpayers' behalf. It's ridiculous. Jacobson: You used to be a Rauner supporter, correct, when he first ran? And now you're running against him, and just tell us why. Ives: Well, he's...you can't trust Bruce Rauner anymore. He lied to the Cardinal, he lied to our caucus, NOBODY trusts him, the lobbyists don't trust him...not that I care too much about them, but you can't do any deals with him. You can't make any policy go forward because you have no idea where he's going to come from at the next turn, and what he's going to cave on. So, nobody trusts Mi...nobody trusts Bruce Rauner, that the policies he put in place are a complete violation of the Republican platform, so I go to Republican events and say "What are we about? Pizza and beer in a social club? Or are we here to get something done? Are we here to advance a conservative reform agenda? Because Bruce Rauner at the top of the ticket isn't doing it." And so if you want to call yourself a Republican, you can't vote for him. Jacobson: Well, how are you being received around the state? Because I imagine you're travelling everywhere. Ives: Very well, very well. Standing ovation last night at a Bloom and Business meeting in Peoria, the night before a York Township...York Township, which is where there's quite a few establishment Republicans supporting Rauner, but I was right in the middle of there...York Township, standing ovation after my speech. You know, standing ovation down in...down in Jerseyville, you know which is far East side...or West side of the state. So, standing ovations everywhere I go, when I talk to Republican audiences about what's going on. Proft: This week, one of the things you talked about what's going on was the fourth confirmed case of Legionnaires at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, just a few weeks after Governor Rauner's stunt of staying there for a couple nights, just a week after his appearance, or just about a week after his appearance before the Crane's Editorial Board, when he was asked if he would do anything different in terms of how he's handled the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy over the last 2.5 years where 13 people have died, and there's 11 pending negligence lawsuits against the state, and now after yet another declaration of a clean bill of health, four more cases of Legionnaires Disease. You suggested that you would take a different tack with the Illinois Veterans' Home, if you were Governor. What would that be? Ives: We would move them immediately out of those facilities. They have a systemic problem, you have a three year crisis! And I went to the facilities and I saw what the staff was doing, and the protocols they are doing in terms of heating the water and then cooling it back down right before it comes out of the faucet, I've seen the protocols on flushing that they're doing, I've seen the bed check that they're doing, and it's still occurring. You have a three-year history of it not being fixed...you have to move those people out! That's what, when I talk to a friend of mine who runs private nursing homes, that's exactly what he said he would have to do. Because in his case, he would be sued for millions of dollars if there was even ONE death. And we've had 13 deaths related to this, and we haven't done enough? Move them out, NOW! Proft: So, why haven't they moved them out? It seems like the obvious thing to do, the common-sense thing to do. So why has it taken 2.5 years and this kind of body count? Ives: Well, obviously, buck stops at the top. It's a failure of leadership, he doesn't want to pretend that it's that big of a significant problem. I think you've got a little bit of an issue that people are worried that you're going to close down the Quincy Veterans' Home altogether, which is a huge job area, job creation area for public sector workers down in Quincy. And I think that they're all concerned about that. But that shouldn't be our concern, our concern should be that veterans are DYING for something which is a preventable disease. It's preventable, and it doesn't happen in other nursing homes all the time with the three-year crisis history of this. They would have been shut down by the state. And yet the state won't shut down it's own facility. Jacobson: And the governor is the one who can make that call, Governor Rauner is. Ives: Absolutely he can, I guess. If he pretended that he was in charge he should have some authority. Of course he can make that call. Proft: In addition to the mail...to the television commercials, there's some mailers too. The most recent one I've seen suggests that you're for increasing property taxes in Illinois...(Ives: *giggles*, Jacobson: That's a good one, yeah.)...in Illinois, and my understanding is that you're a proponent of the same thing I'm a proponent of, which is capping property taxes at 1% of home value, like Indiana does, which would be a massive property tax CUT, and restore people's home equity, if we were to pursue that reform. What...where are you on property taxes? Ives: Absolutely! We don't need to freeze them at the highest level in the nation, we need to reduce them, and we need to cap them, so people can have a certainty that in the future they're not going to continue to rent their home from their local superintendent. This is outrageous! And you know, this is another one of the Rauner lies that...it's just incredible! I'm the one who waves the paper on the floor and says "Look, Mike Madigan is a person who actually represented seven of the top 12 property salesmen in Chicago, and they're under-assessed. They're assessed at only 42% of their value, what's the problem here? I'm the one who called out Mike Madigan for the games he was playing on assessments long before Bruce Rauner got into this game, long before he said anything. And for him to say that I'm not for property taxes reduction is ridiculous. He's just lying. You see it on my record! Proft: Yesterday we talked to Anthony Napolitano, who of course is the 41st Ward Alderman for the City of Chicago, about this new identification, Muni Identification Card, that Rahm Emanuel is promulgating for persons in this country illegally, for undocumented immigrants in Chicago, that would allow...that would...that people could use to register to vote...even though they're in this country illegally, thus the need for this Muni card in the first place. It's rather curious, it's curious to Napolitano, and actually a handful of other Alderman, Democrats, in the city, just a handful unfortunately. This strikes me as patently Unconstitutional, is there anything that can be done at the state level about this? Ives: Well, I just requested that legislation be drafted to prevent this from occurring, and absolutely prevent it from being used for any sort of voter identification process. So it's just...it's unreal! I don't think that I can go to Mexico and get some sort of ID card from their local municipality...I don't know why we're doing this. But this is the lawlessness you have from the Chicago Democrats and now Bruce Rauner when it comes to criminal illegal immigrants or illegal immigrants regardless. You know, so...Sanctuary State, let's take that one up. Every single Democratic candidate AND Governor Rauner have the same position on Sanctuary State, every single one of them. They do not care about the rule of law. I'm the only candidate who does. Proft: She is Jeanne Ives, Illinois state representative from the 42nd out in the Western burbs, Wheaton way, now a Republican candidate for Governor, challenging Bruce Rauner in the GOP Primary on March 20th. Jeanne, thanks for joining us again, appreciate it. Ives: Thank you.

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In December, National Review dubbed Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner the "worst Republican governor in America," a label he has not been able to shake. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk to the author of that piece about what earned Rauner that title, and what to make of Rauner's primary race with state Rep. Jeanne Ives moving forward. Proft and Hughes also discuss the bombshell sexual harassment allegations in House Speaker Mike Madigan's political office, and calls for him to resign from his post.

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Rich Morthland On The Republican Gov Race

A Bruce Rauner vs. J.B. Pritzker race seemed like a forgone conclusion for a while, but with voters on both sides of the aisle unhappy with those choices, the gubernatorial primaries are up for grabs. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Pat Hughes and Joe Kaiser discuss how and why the races have been shaken up, and what Illinoisans – the most overburdened taxpayers in the country – might be taking into consideration this election season. They also hear from Rich Morthland, Jeanne Ives' running mate, on their race, and hear from Chris Miller, a candidate for state representative downstate, on his campaign for lower taxes and a friendlier business climate.

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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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A Village's Fight With Jim Durkin

House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, is attacking the Chicago suburb of Burr Ridge to try and score political points. Now, the village is pushing back. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk to a Burr Ridge trustee who is starting to question Durkin's record and priorities. Proft and Hughes also talk to state Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, about his efforts to save taxpayer money through government consolidation. And they cover Gov. Bruce Rauner's stay at the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy, as well as recent developments in the Republican gubernatorial primary.

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How Tax Cuts Will Help IL Businesses

Major tax cuts and reforms are coming at the federal level, with a lot debate on what their impact will be. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes get the perspective from an Illinois business owner on how tax cuts will help businesses and individuals and spur economic growth. They also talk to former state Rep. Rich Morthland, who is running for lieutenant governor on Jeanne Ives' ticket, about his race. And Proft and Hughes discuss the sudden announced departure of Luis Gutierrez from Congress.

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Ives: Conservative Reform Candidate For IL Taxpayers

"We were promised a conservative reform governor. Instead, we got an Ivy League gender studies professor." State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) formally announced her primary challenge to Governor Rauner last night. Ives said Rauner has already beat himself and is not going to be able to buy back his voters. Ives joins Dan and Amy to discuss her campaign platform and how she is going to save Illinois from further ruin. For more information on the campaign, visit ivesforillinois.com.

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Proft: Good morning, Dan and Amy. Last night in Wheaton, state Representative Jeanne Ives...Republican from Wheaton, announced her candidacy for governor of Illinois. She has launched a primary challenge to Bruce Rauner, saying that this is the choice for Illinois Republican primary voters. Ives (from tape): I choose tax-paying Illinois families. Governor Rauner chose the political ruling class. That's the difference...that's the choice in this election. Proft: And it was a pointed speech that she gave, both directed at Governor Rauner and about the choice for Republican primary voters. Let me give you a little taste. Ives (from tape): My son, the Army Ranger, and my son, the Navy pilot, could teach Rauner a few things about the difference between pretending to be a tough guy and actually being a tough guy. Proft: Zing! Ives also said that we were promised a conservative reform governor, and instead we got an Ivy League gender studies professor. Jacobson: Ooooh! Hello! Proft: Yeah, there were a lot of...a lot of body blows in that speech, but it's time to level with Illinois Republicans, and Illinois in general, if you want to change the course of this woefully mismanaged state. For more on her candidacy, we're pleased to be joined by state Representative Jeanne Ives, Republican candidate for governor. Jeanne, thanks for joining us. Ives: Well, thank you for having me on this exciting day. Proft: And so, you kind of…(we) played that clip, that kind of frames the race a little bit in terms of the choice between who you represent and who Rauner has chosen to represent in his three years as governor. Why don’t you elaborate on that a little bit more, when you say Rauner has chosen to…”betray us”, those were the words you used, and fall in with the ruling class? Ives: Well, you take a look at his record, and what he said on the campaign trail when we all helped to elect him. He said he was going to do something, put in reforms, protect people...he’s failed in every single way, from Sanctuary state, to taxpayer funded abortion, to bailouts of public utility companies, he has failed to deliver on the promises he made to Illinois. And especially on taxpayer funded abortions, where he lied, he betrayed our party and our values. And so, we, the Republicans, take people out of offices when they don’t do what they say they’re going to do, because we can’t trust him anymore. So that’s what this is about. Proft: But Rauner is suggesting, and spending a lot of money to advance this claim, that he’s the guy who’s fought Madigan, and but for Madigan we would have had conservative reform policies in Illinois back on the right track, and it’s kind of all Madigan’s fault, don’t blame Bruce. Ives: Yes, he wants people to believe that he’s been fighting Mike Madigan, but he actually instituted a very social and liberal public agenda, supported by Chicago Democrats like his friend Ron. So you look down at things, look Chicago Democrats and Mike Madigan never implemented Sanctuary State style bills, they never put in attacks on Crisis Pregnancy Centers, they never did junk science on transgenderism, they never did public utility bailouts. So, look, his entire agenda, the things he actually signed into law, were not even proposed by Democrats when they had complete control of the entire process. He hasn’t been fighting Mike Madigan, he’s been doubling down on the things that he’s wanted to do. Jacobson: Yeah, and I think a lot of well-versed voters in Illinois understand that, but the question is...this JUGGERNAUT of Governor Rauner, he has got a lot of personal wealth. How do you fight that, because you know he’s going to throw millions of dollars into his own campaign? Ives: And it’s not gonna matter. Governor Rauner has already beat HIMSELF. He has no base, he has no base, and you cannot BUY back trust after betrayal. And so he talks about his field organization...well I’ll tell you what, here’s what a field organization looks like. It looks like 16,000 signatures in four weeks. That’s a good field organization. So, he’s not going to be elected in the Republican primary, because no Republicans trust him. Proft: And so, one of the arguments is “Jeanne Ives can’t win”, and that argument is both against Rauner because of his money, as Amy was articulating, in the primary, and also against, let’s say Pritzker in the general because you’re too conservative. Address that. Ives: That’s just not true. 85% of Illinoisans believe Illinois is on the wrong track. And you’ve already got the beginnings of a tax revolt, in of all places Cook County, against the soda tax, and you’ve got an entirely maligned property tax assessment system in Cook County too, which people are onto that scam, and you even have Democrats calling out DEMOCRATS who have been in office for decades about that, and we’re going to highlight the problems there. And people are going to listen to a reform message, because we have no other choice. Illinois is bankrupt, Chicago is bankrupt, and people understand that you cannot tax or spend your way out of this. JB Pritzker is just going to be a super-sizing of all the bad policies we’ve had in the past. Proft: ...that’s a fat joke. Ives: And nobody’s signing on to that agenda. Jacobson: So there were rumblings that you were going to run. Of course, you made the official announcement last night. Prior to last night, has anyone from the Rauner campaign contacted you, to try and persuade you NOT to run for governor? Ives: No they have not. They think that this just going to all blow by the wayside, and that they’ll be fine. And they’re absolutely...that’s a HUGE miscalculation on their part, because we constantly hear from people every day. New people contact us and volunteer to help with our campaign, and they’re excited to have a real choice in the Republican primary. Proft: You said in your announcement speech that Rauner runs FROM his record, and you run towards your record. You want people to assess his record in three years as governor, and your record in five years in the state House, so what is that record, your record? Ives: Well, absolutely. I want people to go back five years and look at the bills I’ve filed, they have all been focused on giving taxpayers relief from this huge tax burden that they have in the state of Illinois. It’s about giving businesses the freedom to do business the way that they see fit. It’s about standing up for the values of social conservatism, as well. So look, my record is I’ve opposed tax increases while proposing spending reform, and I have stood with business on vote after vote after vote, and Rauner has not done that. And also, I would look at my record in terms of what I’ve done in terms of transparency, my votes to take on public corruption, and my votes where I’ve worked across the aisle, with some of the most liberal Democrats, on policy even just this last year. From protecting property rights, to protecting health care networks in the state of Illinois. I’ve worked with Democrats on some of the most far-reaching policy. Jacobson: Are you willing to debate against Governor Rauner, and are you going to suggest that you do so? Ives: I would RELISH the opportunity to debate Governor Rauner. Jacobson: *under breath* I don’t think he’ll take her up on it though. Proft: Well, he’s going to have to do at least some of the debates; the ABC 7, the channel...the TTW, the standard One City Club, I assume he’ll do those. But we’ll see, if he doesn’t, that becomes a campaign issue. Jeanne, so, in the modern context people may have forgotten because it’s relatively recent, you have to have a running mate if you want to run for Governor, it’s no longer the Lieutenant Governor runs independently. So you had to choose a running mate, you chose a former representative from the Quad Cities district named Rich Morthland. Tell us about Rich Morthland, your running mate, part of your team if you were to be elected, and what he brings to the table and how the two of you work together. Ives: So, Rich Morthland is a farmer, he’s a community college professor, he’s a former state rep, he’s currently served in elected office in Rock Island County, and he is the salt of the Earth. He is cut from the same cloth as I am, he is just as determined to stay here in Illinois and build his family and restore opportunity here. And you know, I just couldn’t pick a better running mate, because he serves a forgotten part of Illinois and a forgotten class of people. We are not just the suburbs and Chicago, we have pockets of people that the Chicago Democrats through their policy formation, what we have seen enacted into law, have forgotten to take care of, our smaller communities, our farming communities, and those who really need help. So Rich is going to help me on those issues. He sits on Rock Island, JUST across some of the Iowa border, and he can testify that out migration is happening time and time again, as people just move across the border for better economic climate, and better personal living conditions. So that’s why we picked him, he’s just perfect for this campaign. Proft: And speaking of regions of the state, thinking about the state regionally, it’s always been my contention just based on the numbers and where the majority of the population is that the Republican party cannot be...WILL NOT be...the majority party in this state unless we are the party of suburban Cook County and the collars. And that also goes for candidates running state-wide. So I was wondering if you have a specific message...maybe not one that’s LIMITED to the suburbs, but maybe one that’s particularly pronounced for suburban families. Ives: So, that’s a good point. I would say the population is centered around suburbs in Cook County, but we need to...we’re an entire state. But look, there’s nobody who’s been hurt worse under Democrat policies, and quite frankly Bruce Rauner’s policies, than suburbans, who have the highest property tax burden in the state, and overall Illinoisans have the highest property tax burden in the country. So, suburban voters have been told that Governor Rauner wants to freeze property taxes. That’s the wrong solution! We have to LOWER property taxes in the suburbs. People are getting forced out of their homes, they are leaving simply because of the tax situation, and they’re fleeing the state over it, because they can’t afford the property taxes. You’re renting your home from the government, that has got to stop. And the educat...the 32% tax increase should be put on the back of Governor Rauner, who failed to engage with 15 “Surrender Republicans” who voted for it. He didn’t even talk to them prior to that vote. That is his tax increase, just as much as it is Mike Madigan’s and the 15 Republicans. And all that tax money is going to do is filter back through that horrible education funding bill, that he signed into law, to Chicago Public Schools. Remember, one week that bill was a disaster, the next week he signs it, and Rahm Emanuel is saying “We got everything we wanted, and more.” Well, that “and more” comes out of suburban taxpayers’ wallets, that’s unfair. Jacobson: Jeanne Ives, as a mother of five, how do you think that could help you when you become governor of Illinois? Ives: Well, look, I’ve learned how to say NO. Jacobson: Yep! There ya go! Remember, without rules, there is chaos. Proft: Well, not to mention you’ve got like a family full of intellectual assassins, as well as ACTUAL assassins. You mentioned a few of them in your remarks, but for people who aren’t familiar, your husband, two of your sons, in addition to you, all military. Ives: Well you know, just like most parents everywhere, I am very proud of my children. *Approx. 5 seconds of silence* Proft: Well, okay...give us a little BACKGROUND on your family for those who are not familiar. Jacobson: This is the “We get to know Jeanne Ives” section of the interview! And you’re very humble, every time...that’s what I love about you and I admire, your humility is to be admired! Because you don’t boast and brag about, you know, being a West Point grad, and that you have very successful children. But we’re asking you to brag now, it’s okay. You’re in a safe space. Proft: Yeah, brag now. Yeah, yeah… Ives: Yes, so now, I...okay, I...I came out of a small town in Vermillion, South Dakota and I went to West Point, I graduated there, and my husband did as well. We served in the military, and of course we encouraged our sons to look at that as well. So our oldest son is an ROTC graduate from the University of Illinois in Electrical Engineering, which is probably one of their most difficult majors. I am so proud of that man, and he is currently serving up in Alaska, he’s an Army Infantry officer, and he’s the executive officer in a Striker batal...in a Striker company, and Matt has also got his Ranger tab. He worked enormously hard to earn that tab, and I’m so glad he’s through that because when Winter hits I think about those Rangers out there, you know with two hours sleep, freezing, and making it through training. And our son Nick also graduates from West Point, but Nick is a contrarian, so he cross-commissioned to the Navy, and he is in...he’s going to be a Navy pilot, he’s in training down in Corpus Christi, Texas. So we’re very proud of their service. And actually, I guess I would say that is one thing I’m very happy that President Trump is paying attention to, and that’s actually restoring the military’s capability to defend this country, and that was a long time in coming, because I know first-hand, listening to what my sons have been going through literally for the last four years, how decimated the Army has become in terms of its training resources. Proft: Alright, she is state Representative Jeanne Ives, Republican candidate for governor. Jeanne, where can people get more information about your candidacy? Ives: Sure, they can go to IvesForIllinois.com, that’s our website. Proft: IvesForIllinois.com is the website, Jeanne thanks for joining us, good luck with the campaign. Ives: Thank you!

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