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IL's 7,000 Governments: Ripe With Corruption

With more units of government than any other state in the country, opportunity for corruption and waste is aplenty in Illinois. In at least one suburban Chicago township, some spending is downright illegal. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Joe Kaiser and Mark Cavers hear from DuPage Township Trustee Alyssia Benford on how she's shining a light on illegal expenditures in her township. Kaiser and Cavers also discuss how other areas of the state – namely Lake County – might duplicate Cook County's corrupt system for property tax appeals. And how is Illinois doing a year after lawmakers passed a massive, 32 percent income tax hike? The data is in, and it's not looking so great.

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The Victims Of Cook County Property Taxes

Look at the property tax bills/rates in majority minority communities throughout Cook County and ask the champagne socialists and race hustlers, how the Illinois Democrats and surrender GOP power structure benefits minority families? What layer of taxes are Illinois politicians looking to add on next? Dan and Amy discuss the criminal nature of the Cook County property tax system from a recent analysis done by Chicago City Wire and the dismal path the state is heading towards. 

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Cook County's Property Tax Scam

Cook County property taxpayers have been getting ripped off by Mike Madigan and Joe Berrios for decades, and it's starting to come to light more. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes break down new investigative reports showing how the political class is scamming taxpayers. They also discuss the departure of Forrest Claypool from Chicago Public Schools, and a new Wall Street Journal editorial slamming Illinois for its financial recklessness.

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The Stroger Legacy And Cook County

In 2010, as public support of county government waned, then-Cook County Board President Todd Stroger lost the Democratic primary to Toni Preckwinkle. Now, years later, Stroger is running for public office again and is rejoining the debate on county and city government. On this edition of Against the Current, Dan Proft asks Stroger what he thinks his legacy is, and what he wants to see from Cook County and Chicago moving forward. Proft and Stroger discuss and debate pensions, patronage and the best ways to provide jobs and opportunity for Cook County residents, as well as a range of other topics, in one of the most extensive interviews Stroger has done since leaving his post as Cook County Board President.

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More Of The Same From IL Political Ruling Class

Why did Todd Stroger decide to get back into Cook County government? What’s the big idea that’s going to be central to his campaign? If he enjoys helping people then why does he enjoy government? As things change, the more they stay the same with the personnel and the philosophy that believes we can tax and spend our way out of the debt ridden, dysfunctional government that is Cook County. Cook County Board President Candidate, Todd Stroger joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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The Rigged System

Cook County’s deeply corrupt property tax system, and its deeply corrupt Assessor Joe Berrios, made national news this week. The wealthy and politically-connected can buy property tax relief by hiring the right lawyer to appeal their tax bill. In fact, Assessor Joe Berrios encourages property owners to seek appeals. Pat Hughes explains in this week's Two Minute Warning.

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Who Are The Real Winners In The Soda Tax Debate?

Why does Cook County keep expanding their budget even though it has lost more residents than any other county in the US? Are there going to be any repercussions for the commissioners who originally were in support of the soda tax? Where was the outrage when Cook County raised the sales tax again? Will the GOP field a candidate against Queen Sugar? Cook County Commissioner for the 15th District and Illinois Republican Party Chairman, Tim Schneider joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Will Queen Sugar Be Dethroned?

Will the Cook Cook County Board repeal the sugary beverage tax or will Queen Sugar get her way? Cook County projected collecting $18M in sugary taxes in August but actually collected only $300K. Do they have the votes for veto-proof repeal of the tax? Cook County Commissioner for the 1st District, Richard Boykin, joins Dan and Amy to discuss the repeal of the sugary beverage tax and why he thinks Preckwinkle’s scare tactics against repeal are dishonest, disingenuous, and irresponsible.

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How Well Does Cook County Government Work For Its Residents?

Cook County residents are outraged about the County's sweetened beverage tax, which could be repealed this October. How were the county board and Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle so tone deaf on the issue? On this edition of Against the Current, one of the tax's strongest opponents, Commissioner Richard Boykin, tells Dan Proft how Preckwinkle and many other commissioners ignored citizens' concerns. Proft and Boykin also debate the merits of hiking the minimum wage, and they discuss how to tackle the county's gun violence problem. This and more important county policy topics on this edition of Against the Current.

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Preckwinkle: Southside Entrepreneurs Cannot Earn A Living On Their Own

Long before she was Queen Sugar, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was an opponent of small business owner/operators responsible for 2/3rds of the jobs in this country.

In a forum Dan Proft moderated in 2013, former Utah State Sen. Dan Liljenquist told the story of when he met with Preckwinkle about the Institute for Justice's Clinic for Entrepreneurship during which she said,

"I'm opposed to self employment. You give these people false hopes that they could ever earn a living on their own."

She'll see Obama's "you didn't build that" and raise you a "you didn't earn that."

One might think to ask the follow-up, if there is no self-employment, who would create the jobs?

The only available answer once you eliminate the entrepreneur is government. And a government-driven, government-dominated society is the foundation of fascism.

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Getting The Facts On Soda Taxes

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.

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Preckwinkle Plunders The Poor

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle plunders the poor with her new soda tax. Pat Hughes explains why Preckwinkle doesn’t give a rip about your health in this week's Upstream Ideas' Two Minute Warning.

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Peddling A Con

Just when we thought that Chicago Democrats couldn't be any more hostile to businesses, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle proves us wrong.  Pat Hughes takes on Preckwinkle in this week's Two Minute Warning.

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Edgar County Watchdogs Fight Corruption With 2 Qs: Who Says? What's The Proof?

Kirk Allen, co-founder, Edgar County Watchdogs, joined Dan & Amy to discuss how his organization is investigating and forcing out corrupt politicians - on both sides of the aisle. Allen said, “Often the attorneys representing the elected officials don’t read the laws or comply by them.” 

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