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Chicago's Closed Network

Illinois' political and business leaders rarely change. How does that affect the state – and in particularly the city of Chicago – from a national perspective? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Illinois Policy Marketing Manager Eric Kohn discuss the political and policy implications from the state being closed off to new leaders, new ideas and innovation. Proft and Kohn get analysis from angel investor Jeff Carter, and Wirepoints' Mark Glennon to discuss the state's several municipal pension crises. Proft and Kohn also discuss the death threats one Illinois lawmaker made against another's family on the statehouse floor – to not enough outrage.

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Where Is The GOP In Chicago? Analyzing City Politics Past And Present With Professor Don Haider

The open seat for Chicago mayor presents a real opportunity for a new vision for the city. So why are all 21 candidates for mayor largely preaching the same tired message? Why are no reform-minded conservatives making a run? On this edition of Against the Current, Dan Proft talks to Don Haider, the last serious Republican candidate for Chicago mayor – when he ran in 1987. Haider reflects on his time in Chicago politics, and also looks ahead to what the next mayor needs to do for the city. Proft and Haider also give their thoughts on why the Illinois Republican Party refuses to compete in Chicago, and what effect that has on the city's policies.

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Are Chicago’s Best Days Ahead Of Us?

What would Chicago be like if Gery Chico beat Rahm Emanuel in the 2011 Mayoral Race? Besides gambling or drugs, how can the City raise revenue? What distinguishes Chico from the other 10 plus candidates in the running? How do we open the closed Chicago network? Chicago mayoral candidate, Gery Chico joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Math Is Not An Opinion

Illinois municipalities are seeing the results of broken pension funds in real time. And it's not just struggling cities either – even North Shore communities like Evanston are feeling the pinch. When will politicians wake up to the realities in front of them? On this installment of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Illinois Policy Marketing Manager Eric Kohn discuss the financial realities Illinois politicians refuse to confront and the prospects that might only get worse after the election. They also discuss the Illinois Republican Party's refusal to compete in what could be competitive elections across the state.

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Chance The Rapper’s Mayoral Candidate: Amara Enyia

Should voters consider who should be the mayor rather than who could? How does Amara Enyia differ from the other progressive candidates in the mayoral race? How has celebrity support changed her campaign? Why does she think a public bank run by a bankrupt Chicago government could ever be a good idea? Mayoral candidate, Amara Enyia joins Dan and Amy to discuss her platform and high profile supporters like Chance the Rapper and Kanye West.

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Breaking Down The Chicago Mayoral Field

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.

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Exclusive: Paul Vallas On Taxes, Crime, And CPS

Is the upcoming mayoral election a paradigm-shift or personality contest? Why hasn’t the CPS sex abuse scandal received more public attention? What’s his detailed plan to revamp the police force? What are his thoughts on expanding school choice in the city? Paul Vallas joins Dan and Amy to discuss his candidacy.

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Which Issues Will Drive IL Voters To The Polls?

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.

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Mark Shaw On The Need For New GOP leadership

Struggling electorally and lacking clear vision on policy, the Illinois Republican Party could be in need of new leadership. Lake County Republican Chairman Mark Shaw thinks he can offer that, in replace of current Chairman Tim Schneider. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Mark Shaw tells Dan Proft exactly what he thinks the Illinois GOP needs to be successful politically and on a policy front. Proft and Illinois Policy writer Joe Kaiser also talk to state Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorne Wood, about his efforts to ease Illinoisans' high property tax burden. And Proft and Kaiser discuss new developments in the Chicago mayoral race, as well as suburban lawmakers position on the Democrats' progressive tax.

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Why Won't Conservatives Try To Compete In Chicago?

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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