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.
Springfield lawmakers ended session without passing a balanced budget yet again, and instead considered multibillion-dollar tax hikes on already overburdened Illinois taxpayers. Why are lawmakers so resistant to enacting needed economic reforms and passing a balanced budget?
On this edition of Against the Current, Dan Proft sits down with one lawmaker who has said 'no' to any new tax hikes. State Sen. Dan McConchie actually has proposed a budget plan that balances without raising taxes, though he's been met with opposition from many of his tax-and-spend colleagues. What were the budgetary discussions like in this last legislative session? What is causing inaction in the General Assembly, and are there any reasons for optimism moving forward? Proft and McConchie discuss all of this and more in a comprehensive discussion on the state of Illinois' legislative debates.
Shortly after a Cook County judge ruled that they will get their paychecks, lawmakers in Springfield headed back to negotiating multibillion dollar tax hikes as part of their "grand bargain" proposal. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk to state Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, who tells them why the current proposal is unacceptable, and why lawmakers haven't earned their paychecks.
They also analyze the familiar cries from legacy journalists over "fake news," and the false idea that journalists don't have points of view. And with municipal elections right around the corner, Proft and Hughes explain why these races can be crucial for taxpayers.
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Freshman State Sen. Dan McConchie (R-Lake Zurich) joined Dan & Amy to react to Gov. Rauner's State of the State Address and a proposed "grand bargain" budget deal being proposed by Senate GOP Leader Radogno that would include massive tax hikes.