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War Of Words At IL Gubernatorial Debate

State Sen. Sam McCann, Conservative Party gubernatorial candidate, had some strong words for Gov. Rauner including calling him a failed governor and liar. How is it that Rauner claims he is a Madigan plant? Would he be in the race if weren't for Rauner’s social agenda? How much money has he spent on his race? What are his opinions on the Janus decision? Sen. McCann joins Dan and Amy to discuss the IL gubernatorial debate. 

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The Rough Road Ahead

Is the Republican Party having trouble resonating with voters in Illinois? Is it even trying? How will the unpopularity of Donald Trump and Bruce Rauner in the Chicago Metropolitan Area affect the strategy of Republican candidates running for office? How can Trump clear up misconceptions about Russia? Congressman Peter Roskam joins Dan and Amy to discuss. 

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Recapping The 2018 Primaries

Illinois has now moved on to the general election. While the governor's race didn't go as conservatives hoped, several conservative reform legislators prevailed in their primaries and are looking to take on the establishments of both parties. What should voters pay attention to now until November? On this post-election installment of "Illinois Rising," Dan Proft and Local Labs CEO Brian Timpone analyze the March 20 primary results and look ahead to the new campaign season. Conservative state rep candidates Darren Bailey and Jay Kinzler join the show.

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Closing Arguments On Election Day

As you vote Tuesday and get ready to see who prevails in the Republican and Democratic gubernatorial races, hear final thoughts on the races from Dan Proft, Pat Hughes and Republican candidate Jeanne Ives.

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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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Worst Republican Governor in America's Budget Address

Rauner said he's going to repeal the tax increase he presided over, yet he budgets for the revenue from it? Isn’t shifting pension costs to local school districts going to raise the highest property taxes in the nation even more? “Rauner, for the last three years, has played directly into Mike Madigan’s hands,” said State Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine). Rep. Morrison joins Dan and Amy to discuss Rauner’s budget address and why he is supporting Jeanne Ives for governor.

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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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Roe V. Wade Worst SCOTUS Decision Since Dred Scott

A Marist survey finds 56% of Americans believe abortion is "morally wrong" and 76% want significant restrictions. Despite abortion clinics getting reduced nationally, more are popping up in Illinois. Is this a direct consequence of Rauner’s decision to sign HB 40 that provides taxpayer-funded abortions on demand? Moving on to another “life and death issue” as described by a CNN panel, could the government shutdown leave the world vulnerable to a possible asteroid strike? Peter Roskam joins Dan and Amy to discuss these topics and where the FBI’s reputation stands in the debate of #releasethememo.

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Proft: Good morning, Dan and Amy. On every other network, and every other station, you'll hear...Scarlett Johansson's nitwit-ery and all the other peahat prevaricators, their voices will be amplified. And before there was the peahat, there was the penumbra, this is...today was the 45th anniversary of the worst Supreme Court decision since Dred Scott, of course Roe v. Wade, that's my opinion, and that opinion happens to be correct, so that it has the utility of being correct. So here, we're going to make sure you hear from some of the participants in the March for Life, whose voices weren't amplified by the DC Press Corps. Say for example the House Speaker, Paul Ryan. Jacobson: I didn't...what march? Honestly, I've been glued to cable news all weekend, and local news, and did not see one clip or one mention of it anywhere. Proft: Right, and it's because of the (?) tactic to make the majority feel like their opinions are those of the minority. In point of fact, what you hear from Paul Ryan is in fact the majority position in America. Majority position. Marist poll, 56% of Americans feel abortion is morally wrong, 76% want substantial restrictions on abortion, based on the science that, by the way, we no longer have to guess about, the formation of a child after 20 weeks...that's all the bans, after 20 weeks, in RADICALLY CONSERVATIVE COUNTRIES LIKE...France. Paul Ryan, on the power of the Pro-Life movement...it's compassion. Ryan (from tape): And you know, one thing that gets sort of lost in this controversy, is just how compassionate the Pro-Life movement really is. This is what is lost by all those detractors out there. I am so proud of the work this movement has done to help women. Especially women who have gone through the pain of abortion, this movement helps them find healing and acceptance. I am so proud of this movement and how it supports single mothers who are struggling to raise their children, how it gives them the resources through thousands of phenomenal Crisis Pregnancy Centers around the country. This is the face of the Pro-Life Movement. Proft: Yeah, abortion hurts women, Pro-Life movement helps women...kind of a hospital that helps women who are in need, confused...suffering, if you will, metaphorically of course. As Reagan said "The only people I've ever met who were for abortion...were alive." It's interesting to note, isn't it? Jacobson: Well even at our church, Pastor Bonnie celebrated a 16-year old girl who decided to have the baby, and she said nobody celebrated...she didn't know how to feel at the time because it wasn't...people encouraged her to get an abortion, and she kept the baby. And I went ohhh, I wish Dan was with me! Proft: Yeah. Now the flip side is an Illinois Congressional delegation, a Republican delegation, chastised Governor Rauner for signing H bill...HB40, the public financing of abortion all nine months, the first US governor to do that. Fringe candidate, that's Governor Rauner, Rauner is the fringe candidate in Illinois. Something Pat Quinn, with supermajorities of Democrats, didn't do. That's how extreme Governor Rauner is...it's an untenable position. It's a disqualifying position....it's a disqualifying act, I should say. And by the way, you want to understand how policy has consequences? (Jacobson: Yeah.) Planned Parenthood is opening a clinic in Flossmoor, and four other clinics around the state of Illinois. Jacobson: Because of all the money they've got from fundraisers! Proft: No. It's a direct result of HB40. Jacobson: It is? Proft: Direct result of HB40. Nationally, abortion clinics are being reduced in number, in Illinois they're increasing. Near the Indiana border, bring people in from Indiana, also in heavy minority communities, the racism that underlies, you know, the eugenicists that support abortion-on-demand. Five more clinics, including in Flossmoor, as a result of Rauner's decision. So even if you are unconcerned with the underlying life-and-death issue, which you should not be unconcerned, how about the financial issue of another open-ended entitlement in a state with $10M in unpaid bills? For more on this topic, and others inside the Beltway, we're pleased to be joined by Congressman Peter Roskam. Peter, thanks for joining us again, appreciate it. Roskam: Dan and Amy! Good to be with you, thanks for having me on! Proft: Thank you. So, were you at the March for Life? Roskam: I was at the March for Life, and your discussion of the issue prompted a memory for me of an earlier March for Life, if I could just share with you quickly. A few years ago, I was at the one, downtown Chicago. And I was one of the speakers, and I got there a little bit early, before the marchers got there. And I was looking, and I wasn't sure I was at the right place. And I looked over, and there were some really angry abortion protesters, over on the other side. And they were angry, and they were scattered, and it was quite pathetic actually, to look at them. And then came the Pro-Life marchers, sort of around the corner and down the street. And they were buoyant, and they were joyful, and they were young, the music was great, they were dancing, they had yellow balloons, and the contrast just took my breath away. And I thought "There is no bigger picture in terms of distinction about what it is that this movement is all about than those who are standing for those who have no voice." And it was an image that really had a profound impact on me, and I think that we need to remember the power of that, the power of truth, and the power of speaking out, and the power of clarity. And my success...my predecessor, Henry Hyde, was the great hero of the Pro-Life movement, and it is just an image that is with me to this day. Proft: Well, that's a REAL life-or-death issue. In an issue that's been portrayed as life-and-death, as the government "shutdown", in quotation marks. And I wonder, Peter, if you are concerned as is per a discussion on CNN... Jacobson: About the Panda cam? Proft: No. That's a concern, sure, but this is even more existential...that because of the shutdown, NASA may stop monitoring potentially dangerous asteroids. We may have an undetected asteroid attack destroy the planet if you don't...you know, if the Senate doesn't vote to bring this to an end at noon today. You feel the sense of urgency? Roskam: *laughing* That makes the...you know, I think the reason you want the government open is, Number One, they're there to do a job, Number Two, they're likely to get paid anyways, and so the notion of giving people furloughs and then giving them back pay doesn't make any sense to me at all. That said, I really think the Democrats have gotten themselves stuck. And they decided from a political point of view "Hey, we want to shut this down, we want to create an impression that we don't have any influence and this is all on the GOP." And I think that Chuck Schumer has really led them into a cul-de-sac. They want to create this linkage on immigration, we're saying look, we're not going to negotiate on immigration while the government is shut down. You want to have a discussion about immigration in the regular course of things? Fine. But the immigration deadline for DACA is, you know...it's not today! It's not this month, it's not next month, it happens in March, there's still plenty of time to deal with it. Jacobson: How are Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell getting along these days? Roskam: As far as I know, they're getting along fine. (Jacobson says something about a phone call) The people to watch are...yeah, look...the people to watch are, I think, Senate Democrats in states that Trump won. So people like Joe Donnely from Indiana, or people like Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota, these are people who have voted to keep the government open in the Senate, and I think they're going to be under increasing pressure to influence their leadership. Because their leadership cannot really articulate beyond this immigration issue, they can't articulate why...why they want to shut the government down. So I think Schumer is getting more and more isolated procedurally, and we'll see what the day brings. Proft: This story out over the weekend about the FBI failing to preserve five months of text messages exchanged between those lovebirds, Peter Strock and Lisa Paige, these...particularly Strock...senior-level FBI official involved in both Clinton and the Trump-Russia Collusion investigations, sort of conflicted, one would argue. Now is Platte River Networks a vendor to the FBI, the way it was to the Hillary Clinton campaign, or...how do we explain...I know it's been explained as a technical glitch, but are we to buy that text messages from those two individuals, especially considering how essential they are to our entire assessment of the fairness of the FBI's look into the Trump campaign, and the Trump administration. How are we to understand this? Roskam: Look, what you're to understand is echoes from the IRS, echoes from the Benghazi Investigation, and the burden is on the entity that can't hold on to, or is charged with having the evidence, charged with the records, and it's their burden to say why is it that they...that they've left. Look, it's highly suspicious, it's highly suspect, and this continues to undermine the nature and the integrity of some of these investigations. Jacobson: Yeah, but do you think the FBI will be held accountable? I mean, how can the FBI lose data like this, for a five-month period? It's just mind-boggling. Roskam: Yeah, so the accountability comes in a couple of forms. The accountability comes in terms of public reputation, which is diminishing. And the accountability comes in individuals who end up moving on and moving out. And then the accountability comes in what is it the FBI actually presents to the American people, as it comes to their findings and their investigations? Proft: And could the accountability also come in the release of this four-page memo that's being bandied about on the Hill that people are talking about, and also making some pretty aggressive predictions about the potential impact of this memo, were the public to see it? Roskam: I think that the memo...I've reviewed the memo, I signed all kinds of things before I reviewed the memo in terms of non-disclosure. (Proft: Alright, so tell us what's in it.) So I can't talk about what's in the memo per se, but I am of the strong opinion that the memo should be released. Jacobson: Well what's in it? Do you know? I mean, cmon Peter! Proft: Yeah I mean, I know you can't disclose this, but just tell us what's in it. Roskam: Yeah, yeah...you're killin' me. Proft: No, but... Jacobson: So does that mean no? Roskam: The memo should be released. The memo should be released. Proft: Can...can...do you...can you characterize it generally, as some other members of Congress have, is it as explosive as some others...some of your other colleagues have described? Roskam: Look, no I wouldn't...I'd say there is a...there's...I've been around, I've seen these types of things where an expectation gets created that's just through the roof, I wouldn't do that. I would just say look, the memo speaks for itself, the memo needs to be released, and it puts...it puts some of this larger debate into a context that is helpful and insightful. And that's why I think it should be released. Proft: Do you think that maybe the House Republicans can use the same Columbia professor cut-out that Comey used to release the stuff he wanted to get out there? Roskam: *laughs* Yeah, there ya go! Look, my view is, you know, triple-check it to make sure no sources are revealed, no methods are revealed, the things that...the conclusions that are easy to come to after reading this memo should be part of the public discussion. No question about it. Jacobson: Okay, ultimate tease! Proft: Alright, he is Peter Roskam...yep...well he wants to stay on this side of the bars, that's understandable. Congressman Peter Roskam, Representative from Illinois' 6th District out there in the Western 'burbs, thank you for joining us, appreciate it. Roskam: Thanks guys.

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A Village's Fight With Jim Durkin

House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, is attacking the Chicago suburb of Burr Ridge to try and score political points. Now, the village is pushing back. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk to a Burr Ridge trustee who is starting to question Durkin's record and priorities. Proft and Hughes also talk to state Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, about his efforts to save taxpayer money through government consolidation. And they cover Gov. Bruce Rauner's stay at the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy, as well as recent developments in the Republican gubernatorial primary.

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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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Rauner And Durkin Are Perfect Partners

Politicians. Some use money to grab power. Some use power to make money. Governor Rauner is the former, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin is the latter. Pat Hughes explains why that makes Rauner and Durkin perfect partners in this week's Two Minute Warning.

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The Conservative Revolt Against Bruce Rauner

Following Gov. Bruce Rauner's decisions to sign taxpayer-funded abortion and sanctuary state legislation, conservative lawmakers and voters alike are abandoning their support for the first-term governor. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk to state Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, about the prospects for a primary challenge to Rauner from someone on his right. Proft and Hughes also break down the results of a new study showing Illinois as one of the least desirable states in the country in which to do business. And they discuss the new primary challenger to House Minority Leader Jim Durkin.

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Rauner's Betrayal

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a controversial bill that expands taxpayer funding for abortion in Illinois. How will his Conservative base react? In an interview taped shortly before Governor Rauner made his decision, State Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) tells Dan Proft and Pat Hughes why he and others may no longer support Governor Rauner. Also on this edition of Illinois Rising, Proft and Hughes discuss a landmark Supreme Court case that could end the forced payment of union dues throughout the country. They also discuss the large pension payments departing lawmakers are about to receive.

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Getting To The Source Of The Problem

This week, Illinois Opportunity Project President Matt Besler accepted a key leadership position on Governor Rauner’s political team. For a very long time, the life you have been trying to build has been an afterthought to Illinois' political insiders. Matt and his political team are going to change that. Pat Hughes explains in this week's Two Minute Warning.

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Chicago Dems Attempt To Raid Suburban School Districts

Illinois Democrats are pushing a bill that would strip suburban school districts of their state funding to pay Chicago pensions. What does Governor Rauner want to do about it? How does he want the money Madigan is trying to take from suburban schools to be spent? In terms of priorities, where does school funding rank? Is he concerned that the 15 Surrender Republicans in the House will bend to Speaker Madigan's thug tactics once again? Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner discusses with Dan and John Kass. 

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Change Is Coming

Governor Rauner has replaced key leaders in his administration with executives who understand state policy, Springfield’s political environment, and – importantly – the “Turnaround” vision. It was this vision that originally convinced Illinois voters to give Bruce Rauner, a political outsider, a chance. Pat Hughes explains why the political ruling class should be worried in this week's Two Minute Warning.

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Rauner's New Chief Of Staff Kristina Rasmussen

Where does Governor Rauner stand 2.5 years in and what does Kristina Rasmussen's appointment as his new Chief of Staff mean for the rest of his tenure? The Governor has an opportunity to realign himself with the people of Illinois and against the Springfield royals who have decimated Illinois. Kristina has helped turn around the Illinois Policy Institute, can she do the same for the Governor's Office? Dan & Chicago Tribune editorial board member Kristen McQueary discussed Kristina Rasmussen's appointment as the Governor's new Chief of Staff.

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You'll Look Like Chumps

The Chicago Tribune wrote that the 15 Republicans who voted for Madigan's tax hike will look like chumps. Does the 32% tax hike change Illinois' fiscal trajectory? Does Governor Rauner want his veto overridden? Does Speaker Madigan want to override the veto? Is Madigan the master of blackmail politics? Illinois State Representative for the 97th district Mark Batinick joined Dan and John Kass to argue for a principled path forward that protects Illinois families.

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The IL GOP's Tax-Hike Plan

Some Illinois Republican state lawmakers introduced their own budget plan – and much like the Democrats' plan, it includes billions in tax hikes and new taxes. Dan Proft and Illinois Policy writer Joe Kaiser break this down and explain why Republican lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner are misguided in supporting tax hikes. They also talk with Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute vice president of policy, about how the state's higher education crisis is pushing more and more students out of state – and they rarely return. And while Illinois politicians might be resistant to enacting reforms, that's not the case in every state. Proft and Kaiser talk to a policy expert in Pennsylvania who explains how his state was able to adopt groundbreaking pension reform.

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Any Budget Madigan Would Pass Would Be Impossible For Rauner To Sign

State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) joined Dan & Amy to discuss what the lack of a balanced state budget means for Illinois. How did we run up a quarter of a trillion dollars in debt? How do we have the worst funded pension systems in the nation? And what did the General Assembly pass with regard to school funding?

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