`

illinois budget

How Illinois Has Become An Outlier In The Midwest

In recent years, thousands of Illinoisans have fled to the state's midwestern neighbors – states that have implemented the necessary reforms to be competitive. How and why does Illinois lag behind? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft is joined by Hillsdale Journalism Instructor Scot Bertram, a former Illinoisan and current Michigander, to talk about the differences between said two states, and how Illinois is falling behind. Proft and Bertram also discuss the taxpayer boondoggle that is the Obama Center, with commentary from Wirepoints Executive Editor Mark Glennon. And they discuss the widespread issue of pension spiking in Illinois, as well as Chicago's new potential regulations on Uber and Lyft.

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE

SEGMENT ONE

SEGMENT TWO

SEGMENT THREE

SEGMENT FOUR

SEGMENT FIVE

RELATED CONTENT

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."

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE HERE

SEGMENT 1

SEGMENT 2

SEGMENT 3

SEGMENT 4

SEGMENT 5

RELATED CONTENT

Breaking Down IL's Record Tax Hike

Democrats in Springfield – with the help of 16 Republicans – passed the largest, permanent income tax hike in Illinois state history. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk about what the effects of the tax hike will be both politically and for jobs in the state. State Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-East Dundee, and Illinois Manufacturers' Association President & CEO Greg Baise join the show to discuss.

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE

SEGMENT 1

SEGMENT 2

SEGMENT 3

SEGMENT 4

SEGMENT 5

RELATED CONTENT

"Fire The 15" Campaign Launch

The "Fire the 15" campaign begins today to rid the General Assembly of the 15 Surrender Republicans who voted with Speaker Madigan and Democrats to pass a budget that included 32% permanent tax hike with no reforms. How much effort did the Governor put into corralling the 15 Surrender Republicans? Why does the IL Republican Party repeatedly fail to make their case and advance their vision, instead of just staking out the safest position? Is it time for a leadership change in the IL House Republican Caucus? State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) joins Dan Proft and Kristin McQueary to discuss.

Related Content

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.

RELATED CONTENT

Democrats' Fake Reform

Lawmakers are trying to rush a budget at the end of special session, so House Democrats finally put forth a plan, which includes a property tax freeze. But the plan offers no real relief for struggling taxpayers. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes break this down with WirePoints.com's Mark Glennon, and discuss what real property tax relief should look like. They also discuss the soon-to-be insolvent Chicago police pension, and waste throughout Chicago Public Schools, as well as financial recklessness at the county level.

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE


SEGMENT 1

SEGMENT 2

SEGMENT 3

SEGMENT 4

SEGMENT 5

RELATED CONTENT

Durkin, What Are You Doing?

A group of Republican lawmakers – led by House Minority Leader Jim Durkin – are falling in line behind a budget that includes a massive income tax increase. Pat Hughes explains in this week’s Upstream Ideas’ Two Minute Warning.

RELATED CONTENT

Dissolve Illinois?

Both anecdotal evidence and survey data suggest that Illinoisans overwhelmingly do not want another tax hike as a resolution to the state's budget impasse. What does the Governor's capitulation on a proposal that includes massive tax hikes tell families and businesses? Why is the Rauner Administration going down this path? The state is looking for solutions. Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass joins Dan and Amy to discuss his solution, as well as the larger budget crisis. #dissolveillinois

Related Content

Illinoisans Talk About The Budget Crisis

As the General Assembly heads into its second week of Special Session, the pressure on legislators to pass a budget that inflicts a substantial income tax hike, raises the corporate tax rate and increases a menagerie of sales taxes is intensifying. Illinoisans already pay the highest property taxes and overall tax burden in the nation. Will they Follow the Logic of a massive tax hike with no spending reforms?

Related Content

A Message To The Governor

Illinois Democrats have never needed a compromise to get a budget passed. They had veto-proof majorities - and now have a majority -  in the General Assembly. They could have had any budget they wanted at any time. They don’t care about a budget. They care about continuing their favor-factory model of government. But they needed Republican capitulation to continue it. They wanted Governor Rauner to give them political cover for a massive tax hike. And that’s exactly what he just did. Pat Hughes explains in this week's Upstream Ideas' Two Minute Warning.

Related Content

It’s A Beautiful Day To Stop A Massive Tax Hike

In his state address, Rauner calls for compromise. But is that just a euphemism for another "c" word--capitulation? The compromise is a massive tax hike that the Wall Street Journal calls “The Illinois Capitulation.” What if Madigan calls Gov. Rauner’s bluff? Is Rauner focused on winning votes from the public sector and political class when he should be focused on the families who fund it all? And Chicago’s police pension fund will be insolvent by 2021 according to an exclusive report by the Chicago City Wire. State Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) joined Dan & Amy to say it’s a beautiful day to stop a massive tax hike.

RELATED CONTENT

Spending Money We Don’t Have

The Illinois General Assembly is in special session beginning Wednesday. Can Democrats be bribed with ice cream to pass a constitutionally balanced budget without raising taxes? Will Illinois be kicked out of the Powerball? Is the proposed property tax freeze really a freeze? Will Speaker Madigan compromise? State Senator Jim Oberweis (R-Aurora) joined Dan & Amy to answer these questions and more.

RELATED CONTENT