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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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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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Why Conservative Lawmakers Are Picking Ives Over Rauner

The gubernatorial race between Bruce Rauner and Jeanne Ives is intensifying, and now, more and more conservative lawmakers are coming forward in supporting Ives over the incumbent governor. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk to one of Ives' statehouse endorsers, state Rep. Tom Morrison, R-Palatine, about the campaign's growing support and momentum. They also talk to Ken Idstein, a Republican candidate for state representative, about his focus on lowering the tax burden Lake County residents face. And Proft and Hughes cover all the salient topics in a busy week in Illinois politics, from the Democratic gubernatorial race tightening to sexual misconduct allegations in Springfield being ignored.

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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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Jim Durkin's Failed Leadership

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin has failed to keep his caucus together in opposing Mike Madigan's agenda, and – in the face of a serious primary challenger – he is now looking to fundraise from Democrats. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes discuss Durkin's failed leadership and they talk to his primary opponent, Burr Ridge Mayor Mickey Straub, about his race to unseat the longtime State Representative. Project Six CEO Faisal Khan joins the show to explain what Illinois needs in its next Attorney General. And Proft and Hughes discuss Governor Bruce Rauner's re-election campaign launch.

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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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The Former "Reform Governor" Became "Benedict Rauner"

Governor Rauner signed a bill to force taxpayers to fund abortions: at any time in the pregnancy, for any reason. No Republican legislator supported it. Not a single one. Is it over for Governor Rauner? It should be. Pat Hughes explains in this week's Two Minute Warning.

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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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From The Land Of The Political Cautionary Tale

Illinois is the land of the political cautionary tale.

From Denny Hastert to Jesse Jackson Jr. to Aaron Schock to Rod Blagojevich, IL pols are featured in more tawdry tabloid stories than grainy photos of Sasquatch.

But it’s all too real in Illinois and has gotten real ugly for kinda sorta Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.

In the last month, the wealthy salesman turned politician has busied himself selling manure-smelling air freshener to the electorate in the form of transgender birth certificates, a sanctuary state designation, and establishing himself as the first governor in US history to mandate taxpayer funding for abortion-on-demand.

In his three years as governor, Rauner, who campaigned as having no social agenda, has advanced only a social agenda and one rooted in cultural Marxism to boot.

So as Rauner’s poll numbers continue to read like a Chicago thermometer in February, here’s the morale of the Rauner candidate profile: look for the Hank Reardens and look out for the James Taggarts.

There’s nothing wrong with outsider businessman so long as you remember that financial success is not a substitute for core principles and that business acumen and courage can be mutually exclusive.

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Pritzker Attacks

Late last week, JB Pritzker held a press conference to launch a vicious and deceptive attack on Brittany Carl, a staffer in the Governor’s office, for an opinion piece that she had written before her employment with the Rauner Administration. Pat Hughes pushes back on Pritzker for his latest attack on Brittany Carl in this week's Two Minute Warning.

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Madigan And Cullerton Manufacture A Crisis

Are House Speaker Madigan and Senate President Cullerton trying to manufacture a crisis by not sending the school funding reform bill to the Governor? When the bill gets to his desk, what will be the result of Governor Rauner’s amendatory veto? What does the hold harmless provision do? Will tax credits be included in the school funding reform bill?  Dan and Amy discussed with State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Champaign).

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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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Madigan Blames Rauner For Budget Woes

Dan & Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Member Kristen McQueary discussed Speaker Mike Madigan’s op-ed in Crain's Chicago Business. Madigan attacks Rauner for the results of his first two years in office, but what of Madigan’s 40-year reign? In Madigan’s Illinois who gets served first? Who suffers? Will any one else call Madigan on his lies?

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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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Responding To Madigan's Own Words

Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan gave a rare interview to WGN News in which he discussed his opposition to economic reforms, bragged about his relationship with failed former governors and pinned all the blame for the state's troubling economic condition on Gov. Bruce Rauner. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes respond to Madigan's claims and correct the spin coming from the 17-term House Speaker.

Proft and Hughes also go in-depth on the possibility of Illinois going the way of Puerto Rico with CNBC analyst Jim Iuorio. And they discuss the need for real property tax reform with state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton. 

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Solving The State's Higher Ed Crisis

Illinois' public universities are in a financial crunch, while primary and secondary schools in Chicago, too, face challenges of their own. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes breakdown Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's new, misguided "fix" to Chicago Public Schools' failures with The Federalist's Bethany Mandel. They also analyze the broken finances of the state's public universities with Ted Dabrowski, vice president of policy at the Illinois Policy Institute.

And what did Democrats in Springfield spend their time on before heading out on a two-week spring break? Their legislative priorities are startling, and underscore how unserious many lawmakers are about improving the state. 

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How Close Are We?

Is Bruce Rauner the same guy we elected in 2014 or has he been beaten down by the process? How close are we to the radical changes promised in the Turnaround Agenda? What is the goal of his two-day flyaround tour?  What is his message to the people of Illinois heading into the 2018 elections? The Illinois Governor faces the firing squad on Chicago's Morning Answer.

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