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An Inside Look At Diana Rauner's Political Influence

Newly leaked emails show just how influential First Lady Diana Rauner was in moving the governor's office to the left, and making political calculations to try and improve the governor's image despite policy failures. On this week's "Illinois Rising" Pat Hughes and Brian Timpone talk to Edgar County Watchdogs' Kirk Allen about the newly obtained info, and what it tells Illinoisans about the inner workings of the governor's office. Hughes and Timpone also talk to Joshua Griffith, who is challenging sitting Republican state Rep. Norine Hammond, about his race railing against tax hikes. Also this week – what would a progressive tax mean for your family? A new proposal in Springfield shows income taxes going up on just about everyone.

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Rich Morthland On The Republican Gov Race

A Bruce Rauner vs. J.B. Pritzker race seemed like a forgone conclusion for a while, but with voters on both sides of the aisle unhappy with those choices, the gubernatorial primaries are up for grabs. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Pat Hughes and Joe Kaiser discuss how and why the races have been shaken up, and what Illinoisans – the most overburdened taxpayers in the country – might be taking into consideration this election season. They also hear from Rich Morthland, Jeanne Ives' running mate, on their race, and hear from Chris Miller, a candidate for state representative downstate, on his campaign for lower taxes and a friendlier business climate.

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Illinois' Exodus Continues

Illinois has fallen behind Pennsylvania to become the nation's sixth-largest state, and there is no indication that residents will stop fleeing the state in the near future. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes discuss what's behind the exodus and what the never-ending out-migration means for Illinois. They also talk to state Rep. Peter Breen, R-Lombard, about legal challenges to the state's law requiring taxpayer funding for elective abortions. And they discuss the crisis at a veteran's home in downstate Quincy, and how Gov. Bruce Rauner is failing to lead on it.

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How Tax Cuts Will Help IL Businesses

Major tax cuts and reforms are coming at the federal level, with a lot debate on what their impact will be. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes get the perspective from an Illinois business owner on how tax cuts will help businesses and individuals and spur economic growth. They also talk to former state Rep. Rich Morthland, who is running for lieutenant governor on Jeanne Ives' ticket, about his race. And Proft and Hughes discuss the sudden announced departure of Luis Gutierrez from Congress.

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Jeanne Ives' Case Against Bruce Rauner

We are approaching the filing deadline for candidates for office in 2018, which will likely include state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, mounting a primary challenge against incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk to Ives about her race and the case she is making to voters. Proft and Hughes also discuss the range of new taxes Chicagoans are going to see next year, and they discuss the race for Cook County board president, which now includes a familiar face in former board President Todd Stroger. 

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A Better Option In 2018

Jeanne Ives doesn’t try to keep those in power comfortable. She protects the people she represents. In Illinois, Jeanne Ives is a game-changer. Pat Hughes explains why Ives is a better option for Governor in this edition of Two Minute Warning

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