With just months to go before the 2018 midterm elections – and a Chicago mayoral election shortly thereafter in 2019 – campaign season is in full swing across Illinois. Where do things stand for Bruce Rauner and J.B. Pritzker? For Rahm Emanuel? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Member Kristen McQueary break down how several policy issues could impact the governor's race in November as well as the Chicago mayoral election in February. Chief among them: Rauner's betrayal of social conservatives on publicly-funded abortion, the health of city and state pensions and the ever-increasing property tax burden Illinoisans face.
In another shocking example of the lack of accountability in government, a Chicago Tribune investigation found Chicago Public Schools employees sexually abused hundreds of students over the last ten years. In this week's Two Minute Warning, Pat Hughes warns that just like they do with every problem, politicians will throw money at Chicago Public Schools, but they won’t do anything to fix the real problems.
Another election season is already beginning with candidates coming forward to challenge unpopular Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. But who's the best option for the city's broken finances? Why aren't there any center-right candidates even competing in Chicago? On this installment of "Illinois Rising" Dan Proft and Joe Kaiser discuss the city's challenges and whether or not anyone has a vision to help the city out of its fiscal woes. And while conservatives might not be competing in Chicago, state representative candidate Tonia Khouri joins the show to offer her vision for lower taxes in DuPage County. Also – how real is the prospect for a progressive income tax in Illinois? And what would mean for state taxpayers?
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What is "evidence-based" funding? That is the model of education funding in Senate Bill 1, the Democrats' education funding bill. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk to Stanford Professor Eric Hanushek – a longtime expert and critic of the model – about what it does and how it has failed everywhere it has been implemented. Proft and Hughes also discuss new data on where Americans truly fall politically, and they talk to columnist Tom Rogan about Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's lawsuit over Chicago's sanctuary city status.