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Meet Drew McKenna From Pressbox Dry Cleaning

As part of the AM 560 Signature Bank Business Tour, Dan and Kristen are broadcasting from Pressbox in Skokie. Pressbox is an innovative company that installs lockers in high rises where residents can place their dry cleaning and give directions and payment through an app. Should they expect restrictions from Illinois politicians due to their continued success? Co-Founder of Pressbox, Drew McKenna joins Dan and Kristen to discuss the business.

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Amazon HQ 2 Update

Where is Amazon HQ 2 most likely to end up? Any cities offering as much in the billions as Chicago? Are the Koch brothers trying to stir up the conversation for why Amazon shouldn’t be getting these large sums of tax dollars? When should we expect a decision to be made? Founder and CEO of Spend Management Experts, John Haber joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Misguided Hysteria & Priorities In Springfield

Instead of having substantive discussions on policy reforms, the media and politicians are in hysteria over a cartoon. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes critique the lack of attention being paid to important education funding issues in favor of focus on an Illinois Policy political cartoon. They also get an update on the negotiations in Springfield from state Rep. Peter Breen, R-Lombard, the new House Republican floor leader. Proft and Hughes also discuss an immigration bill likely to become law in Illinois that would make the state a sanctuary state.

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Dan Proft & John Tillman On How To Start IL's Comeback

The Illinois Policy Institute has been the leading free-market voice in Illinois for years, but faces fierce opposition from the state's political class – which has led the Land of Lincoln astray for decades. On this installment of Against the Current, Dan Proft and John Tillman, CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute, discuss how to overcome that opposition and implement free-market, liberty-based policy solutions in Illinois. In a detailed discussion on Illinois politics and policy, Proft and Tillman explore how Illinois actually can turn itself around and why there can be hope for the state.

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Springfield Legislation Targets Donor Privacy

On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes discuss dangerous legislation in Springfield aimed at eliminating privacy for donors to advocacy groups. They also break down Illinois' new migration numbers, which yet again, offer a negative outlook for the state, and one northwest Illinois homebuilder tells them why he might be headed to Iowa.

Plus, with less than a week to go before municipal elections April 4, Proft and Hughes interview the challenger to longtime Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin.

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Is There Any Reason To Stay In IL? Michael Lucci Answers That Question

Thousands of taxpayers flee Illinois every year. For those still in the state, is there really any reason to stay? On this edition of Against the Current, Dan Proft poses that question to Michael Lucci, vice president of policy at the Illinois Policy Institute, taking into account the state's unfriendly business climate, tax and regulatory policies and quality of K-12 education.

Lucci explains who is leaving Illinois, why they are leaving and where they are going. What does Illinois need to do to keep them? What impact does out-migration have on Illinois?

Proft and Lucci also dig into Illinois' lack of competitiveness in the Midwest, with the state surrounded by pro-growth, Right-to-Work states, and they discuss ways Illinois can rebound. What is Illinois doing wrong that all its Midwestern neighbors are doing right?

Also, as Chance the Rapper publicly feuds with Gov. Bruce Rauner over funding for Chicago Public Schools, what should the conversation really be about? Did Rauner miss a moment to advocate for school choice?

Proft and Lucci discuss this and more in a wide-ranging discussion, analyzing the future of a state people are leaving by the thousands.

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Does The Chicago Press Corps Deserve Blame For IL's Condition?

On this edition of "Against the Current" (ATC), Daily Herald political reporter and columnist Kerry Lester, who previously worked as the Springfield Bureau Chief for the Associated Press, joins host Dan Proft to ruminate over such matters as if/how the partisan persuasion of those who cover Illinois politics matters and if the Chicago and Springfield press corps deserve any of the blame for Illinois' status as arguably the worst governed state in the nation.

Lester also addresses the pressures reporters face and the dynamics they must navigate to produce the kind of investigative stories on the political class that fulfill the Fourth Estate's role as a public watchdog of the political elites.

Plus, Lester and Proft do a bit of Illinois election preview and play out the policy implications of different possible electoral outcomes on November 8th. All that and more on this installment of ATC.

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Pat Hughes & Michael Lucci, VP of Policy, Illinois Policy Institute

On this edition of “Illinois Rising”, Pat Hughes and Michael Lucci, VP of Policy, Illinois Policy Institute, discuss the impact of minimum wage hikes, the Chicago Teachers' Union strike, and the increasing number of families who are fleeing Chicago for places that more livable and affordable.

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Dan Proft & Michael Lucci, VP of Policy, The Illinois Policy Institute

On this edition of “Illinois Rising”, Dan Proft and Michael Lucci, VP of Policy, Illinois Policy Institute, discuss the looming CTU Strike, the call for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign, Illinois’ 32-day waiting period to get a business license - the worst wait time in the country, and more.

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