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Springfield's Bipartisan Void Of Ethics

More and more of Springfield's culture of harassment and indecency are being exposed, most recently with a scandal surrounding a now-former Republican state rep. What steps should be done to clean up the culture? Can they be done? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk about the issue with state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, who has led on the issue of changing the culture in Springfield. They also talk to state rep candidate Dwight Kay on how he plans to provide property tax relief to homeowners in his district and statewide if elected. Proft and Hughes also discuss the very same property tax issue in Kane County, where homeowners are saddled with paying for exorbitant and unsustainable pension promises.

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How Much Are IL Taxpayers On The Hook For This Year?

In 2018, every congressional district in every state across the country will see a tax cut thanks to tax reform at the federal level. But policy choices by state and local politicians could offer an opposite reality for taxpayers in Illinois. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes discuss federal tax reform and Illinois' confiscatory property taxes with analysis from Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst Adam Michel and Illinois state representative candidate Ken Idstein. Proft and Hughes also discuss the busy week in Chicago politics, which included controversy with Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson, as well as new plans for another march against gun violence.

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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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Where Is The Accountability In CPS' Sex Abuse Scandal?

Since 2008, police have investigated more than 500 reports that children have been sexually assaulted or abused inside Chicago Public Schools. Where is the outrage? Where are the calls for school and city leaders to be held accountable? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Brian Timpone hear from state Rep. Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford and member of the House education committee, about what was and wasn't accomplished during hearings on the CPS sex abuse scandal. Proft and Timpone also discuss the increasing costs to taxpayers for former President Barack Obama's presidential center in Chicago. And they broke down how more and more Illinois counties are seeing underwater mortgages become a norm.

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Zach Wood On Free Debate And Thought On College Campuses

Everyone claims to support free speech, but do they actually? Especially at institutions of higher learning, hearing a wide range of perspectives is not often embraced. Zach Wood, a recent graduate of Williams College, is fighting to change that. On this edition of Against the Current, Dan Proft talks to Wood about his advocacy for intellectual diversity and honest, free debate on college campuses and why he thinks higher education is not more supportive of free speech. Wood, though a progressive Democrat himself, also critiques the Left's hostility toward differing opinions. And Proft and Wood dive into their wide range of policy disagreements – from education issues to welfare and much more – in an in-depth dialogue you won't be hearing at many universities, but should be.

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Gun Control Is People Control

What is gun control really about? Free men and free women own guns, and gun ownership is a civic exercise in citizenship that empowers people and changes people. On a practical level, shouldn’t all people be able to protect the things and people they value and love? On this installment of Against the Current, Dan Proft talks with the founder of Black Guns Matter, Maj Toure, a solutionary, translator, and movie reviewer. How does Maj respond to politicians who say the NRA is a terrorist organization? In the 2016 Presidential race, Maj was not "with her," did his decision have something to do with “Super Predators.” Dan and Maj discuss gun control, crime, and personal empowerment.

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Changing The Culture In Springfield

With several of Mike Madigan's key allies facing sexual harassment allegations, voters are starting to get a better idea of Springfield's disreputable culture. But could a new crop of lawmakers and leaders change that? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes hear from Ammie Kessem, a candidate for state representative on the northwest side of Chicago, who – along with a handful of others – is hoping to shake up Springfield's longstanding lack of ethics and principals. Proft and Hughes also talk to an economics professor who explains how bankruptcy laws work against Illinois and its municipalities, even though the state really needs to declare for bankruptcy. They also discuss Rahm Emanuel's refusal to take responsibility on key issues, including the sexual harassment pervasive in his political party.

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Is Madigan Now In Survival Mode?

Yet another one of House Speaker Mike Madigan's closest allies has been accused of sexual harassment, and it's getting harder and harder to ignore the leading Democrat's complacency on the issue. Will lawmakers call on his resignation? On this installment of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Joe Kaiser discuss the new allegations and get analysis on the issue from state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, one of the leaders fighting to clean up Springfield. Proft and Kaiser also get analysis from state Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, on why Republicans continue to capitulate on key issues, including most recently, the budget.

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Another Unbalanced Budget For IL

Politicians are patting themselves on the back for passing a budget by the May 31 deadline, but what is really in the bill? Did any lawmakers even read the 1,245-page budget before voting? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Wirepoints President Ted Dabrowski talk to state Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-East Dundee and one of the rare 'no' votes on the budget, about the details of the massive spending plan and the process to pass it. Dabrowski also gives his thoughts on how the budget fails taxpayers, and Proft and Dabrowski talk about the delusion of some Springfield lawmakers who think Illinois is on "the right track."

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ATC W/ Bob Woodson: Pushing Back Against The Left To Push Communities Forward

The Left often focuses on victim culture, and pushes that message to marginalized communities. But Bob Woodson, founder and president of the Woodson Center, has spent a lifetime working to deliver a different message focused on opportunity. On this installment of Against the Current, Woodson and Dan Proft talk about Woodson’s community development work, trying to empower individuals in underperforming communities to become leaders and achieve their potential - despite the narratives the Left pushes.

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We Don’t Beat Them By Joining Them

If Roseanne gets cancelled so should Samantha Bee!

Who?

It’s someone you’ve never heard of who has a show you’ve never seen who said something vile about Ivanka.

Ok. Yeah. Fire what’s her name too.

And if Bob Iger is going to apologize to Valerie Jarrett, when is he going to apologize to President Trump?

Who? For what?

He’s a network executive you’ve never heard of whose opinion you otherwise find irrelevant who employs on-air personalities who have said profane and ignorant things about POTUS without consequence.

Ok. Yeah. Apologize!

Empty outrage is not synonymous with standing up for yourself or putting in the fight for others.

It’s just an uninspired substitute for having standards.

What Valerie Jarrett termed a teaching moment during one of MSNBC’s signature hastily-assembled, bigot-baiting town halls is actually a trap for conservatives.

Jarrett wants you to give in to the Left’s lack of principles by abandoning yours.

Outrage one-upmanship is a two-player game, you see.

Ask yourself: do you think we beat them by joining them?

Or is the move to be who they say they are but are not and, in so doing, give lie to who they say we are and are not?

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What's The Future Of The IL GOP?

Who will lead the Illinois Republican Party to better electoral outcomes to advance conservative reform policies in the state? If GOP insiders have their way, they'll maintain control. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Brian Timpone hear the details of a rigged process to elect new leadership for the state party, and a lawsuit challenging just that. They also discuss a debate on the future of the party between Proft and former GOP Chairman Pat Brady. And at the local level, Proft and Timpone talk to Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau on his fight for good government.

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How Will IL Voters React To More Tax Hikes?

While politicians continue talking about a graduated state income tax, economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago are now suggesting a statewide property tax, too. Haven't Illinois taxpayers had enough? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Member Kristen McQueary discuss politician's consistent demands for more out of taxpayers and how it might impact the upcoming election. Wirepoints' Mark Glennon joins for analysis. Proft and McQueary also talk to Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser about his efforts for good government at the local level.

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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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The Excused

G.K. Chesterton observed that, “Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.”

In DC, what is excused depends on who is committing the evil.

The standard of acceptable personal conduct is inversely proportional to one’s partisan value.

Ted Kennedy was indispensable whereas Al Franken was expendable.

Two different eras, yes. But consider, if Ruth Bader Ginsburg drowned a woman, do you think the Left would demand her resignation and give Trump another SCOTUS nomination?

The use of political capital to quantify character lays bare the hypocrisy of ruling elites but, worse, it results in the steady degradation of the rule of law by raising our tolerance level for the excesses of said ruling class.

Thirty years ago, Gary Hart’s POTUS ambitions were felled by an affair and Douglas Ginsburg’s Supreme Court nomination derailed by a history of marijuana usage. Both would be treated as veritable Quakers by today’s standards.

Senator X or Governor Y is to be exempted from the laws we must follow much less any code of common decency we may conceive. He is too important to this or that movement.

Excusing evils to advance political ends steadily supplants the rule of law with the rule of men and the rule of men with no character at that.

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A Competition Of Ideas In Chicago

Socialists across the nation will descend on Chicago in July, by contrast, Jimmy Kemp, son of Jack Kemp, is bringing the idea of enterprise and opportunity to Chicago in May. President of the Kemp Foundation, Jimmy Kemp joins Dan and Amy to discuss the upcoming Forum in Chicago this Friday with appearances from Paul Ryan, Peter Roskam, Danny Davis and Bruce Rauner. 

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Live From Danley’s Garage Builders In Northbrook

Dan and Amy are live at iconic Chicago company Danley's Garage Builders in Northbrook on their last stop of the 2018 AM 560/Signature Bank Business Tour. President of Danley's, Uday Khedkar joins Dan and Amy to discuss the state of the iconic brand and the hurdles of doing business in Illinois’ regulatory landscape.

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Standing Up Against A Progressive Tax

Republican lawmakers in Springfield have effectively stopped a progressive tax for this legislative session. But Democrats are likely to keep pushing for it in the future, meaning taxpayer advocates in the General Assembly must remain vigilant in their opposition. On this edition of Illinois Rising, state Rep. David McSweeney – one of the fiercest opponents of a progressive income tax  – tells Dan Proft and Joe Kaiser how he and his Republican colleagues plan to oppose new damaging taxes. Proft and Kaiser also discuss the unfortunate situation in Harvey, Illinois – where decades of fiscal recklessness and political corruption are coming home to roost. And they talk about the issues of patronage hires in some McHenry County townships.

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Comey, Cory or Christian?

Game show idea: Comey, Cory or Christian.

I’m going to read a series of passages and you tell me which was said or written by former FBI Director Jim Comey, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker or 50 Shades of Grey protagonist Christian Grey.

Let’s begin.

“I want you to know that nothing—nothing—has happened in the last year to change my view.

“Boy, those were the words I needed to hear.

“I know. I know.”

“And The East Coast loves you and by the East Coast, I mean me."

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“Do you think gay sex is a perversion?”

“We lie there, panting together, waiting for our breathing to slow. He gently strokes my hair … Boy … I Survived. That wasn’t so bad.”

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“He was not going to get a hug without being a whole lot stronger than he looked. He wasn’t.”

“He holds out his hand, and in his palm are two shiny silver balls linked with a thick black thread...”

“As he extended his hand, I made a mental note to check its size. It was smaller than mine, but did not seem unusually so.”

Look out E.L. James. Jim Comey and Cory Booker are coming for you.

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Meet Marshall Reavis From SVM

Dan and Amy are broadcasting from SVM in Arlington Heights as part of the AM 560 Signature Bank Business Tour. Founder and CEO, Marshall Reavis joins Dan and Amy to discuss how he got into the reward programs industry in its infancy and why he chooses to keep his business in Illinois.

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