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.
On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk to Tax Foundation expert Scott Drenkard about the failures of Philadelphia's sugary drinks tax, and how it serves as an example for Cook County. They also talk to a state legislative candidate trying to win in Chicago as a Republican, and they discuss the legislative turnover in the General Assembly for this upcoming election. Proft and Hughes also discuss questions surrounding Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker's links to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and how the Democratic race for governor is shaping up.