The Chicago mayoral field is taking form. Toni Preckwinkle and Bill Daley are in. Luis Gutierrez is out. And of course, numerous other candidates are still making a push. But does anyone offer a new vision for Chicago? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes ask that question, and break down the field with expert analysis from longtime Chicago political reporter Charles Thomas. Proft and Hughes also take a look at a particular suburban legislative race where Mike Madigan is pouring tons of campaign cash. And they discuss how Illinois' out-of-control property taxes are hurting even the state's biggest companies.
For black families, is the civil rights struggle over and the economic struggle taking center stage? Will such a transition bring new leaders to the fore? On this week's Against The Current (ATC), venerable ABC-7 Political Reporter Charles Thomas argues that conversations are happening in Chicago's black neighborhoods that haven't been had in a long time which opens up the possibility for substantial political changes.
Why is President Obama returning to Springfield? What is he likely to say? What will be the implications of his visit?
Thomas and Proft cover this ground and more on this week's ATC.