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Cohen’s Day Of Reckoning

Was Trump’s hush money a political contribution per the statute despite what Cohen is alleging? Will Trump be unable to have a trial to clear himself and continue to have the issue cloud over his presidency? Are politically ambitious prosecutors overrunning the normal relationship between the FEC and Department of Justice? Former FEC Commissioner, Bradley Smith joins Dan and Amy to discuss. 

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Following The Money In Illinois Politics

AFSCME, Illinois' largest public sector union, just donated $767,000 to House Speaker Mike Madigan – money that Madigan will be ready to disperse to Democratic legislative candidates across the state. And in turn, if elected, those candidates will vote for him as Speaker. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes break down how that special interest money has made Democrat lawmakers obey Madigan's every word. They also discuss the results of a new statewide poll showing that more than half of current Illinoisans are considering leaving the state, and that Gov. Bruce Rauner's re-election chances are slim to none.

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Was The Stormy Daniels’ Hush Money A Campaign Contribution?

Has the confusion of Trump’s payment to Stormy Daniels’ helped bring a discussion of current campaign finance laws to the forefront? Should the hush money be considered a campaign contribution? Is the law written narrowly enough to distinguish what money is used for influencing a campaign? Former FEC Chairman, Bradley Smith joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Dan Proft & John Tillman

On this edition of “Illinois Rising”, Dan Proft and John Tillman, President and CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute, discuss the Syrian refugee crisis, the City of Chicago scamming drivers by improperly issuing tickets to drivers when cameras were supposed to be off, how 58 percent of Chicago aldermen violated campaign-financing rules and more.