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Empowering Families

How did the opportunity scholarship program, the one bright spot in Illinois government, survive despite Gov. Pritzker’s repeated promises to end the program? Why would politicians want to end a program that provides low income families with scholarships to attend the school of their choice instead of their local failing school? How does this program also help students with developmental disabilities? Father John Belmonte, Superintendent of the Joliet Catholic Schools, and Juan Rangel, strategy director for Empower Illinois, join Dan and Amy to discuss Illinois’ opportunity scholarship program.

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A Step Back For Life In Illinois

How do pro-lifers promote the movement in a positive way despite the violence promoted by the other side? Are pro-aborts proud of Illinois’ new status as “the beacon of women’s reproductive health care?” Is abortion good for business as a group of CEOs claim it is? Ambassador for Live Action, Samantha Kamman joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Legalized Cartelism

The legalization of marijuna is supposed to eliminate the black market, right? Are the legal growers in California now asking government to crack down on the black market to stop undercutting their business? If you sell legalization as a social justice initiative, then how can you shut down the black market? Contributing editor at City Journal, Steve Malanga joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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IL Becomes Abortion Capital Of The Nation

What is “pro woman” about sex selective abortions and removing requirements to investigate the deaths of women who died during an abortion? Does the “Reproductive Health Act” passed repealing the partial birth abortion ban make Illinois the most pro-abortion state in the nation? What else do they have planned in Springfield for the rest of session? Chicago Tribune editorial board member, Kristen McQueary joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Long Term Effects Of Marijuana Legalization

Are Illinois politicians who want to legalize marijuana already counting the money before thinking about the consequences? Do people forget that just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s safe? Former New York Times reporter, Alex Berenson joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Smart Approaches To Marijuana Legalization

How can we legalize marijuana free of commercialization and normalization? Has the industry become “Big Tobacco 2.0?” Any chance of stopping it from getting passed in Illinois? Luke Niforatos from HealthyIllinois.org joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Law Of Economics Don’t Apply Here

Are the rent control bills being tossed around in Springfield looking to subsidize everybody? What are rental property owners going to do? As with the minimum wage, are the people politicians are trying to help with rent control legislation going to be hurt the most? Jane Garvey, President of Chicago Creative Investors Association, joins Dan and Amy for an Econ 101 lesson on rent control.

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EPA Owes Willowbrook Residents More Than An Apology

Are the trial lawyers prepping for another community forum with updates from the EPA in Willowbrook tonight? Was the Sterigenics scare a political hit job by the EPA? Did the EPA release their worst case assumptions rather than actual proven data models? Founder of JunkScience.com and a member of President Trump’s EPA transition team, Steve Milloy joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Tariffs Leading To Layoffs?

Are Trump's tariffs in part responsible for GM's layoffs? What are the odds of Trump remedying the problem with our trade partners? Is the Chinese experiment beginning to fail? Why is Illinois in the place it’s in? A Forest Park part time superintendent is making $425k/yr. How do we remedy that? CNN political commentator, Steve Cortes joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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IL Electorate: Bring On More Taxes

Why did New England states have to turn to Russia to meet their energy needs even though the U.S. has more energy than any other country in the world? How can the Democrats say they care about the middle class while actively destroying middle class jobs? Are state governments giving out billions of dollars in subsidies to Amazon going to benefit in the long run? Do Illinoisans know all their taxes aren’t going to services but paying for someone else’s pension? CNN Chief economist, Steve Moore joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Vote No On Walking Conflict Of Interest Robert Martwick

Do voters understand when politicians and property tax appeals lawyers like Martwick get their clients’ property taxes reduced the burden falls on the rest of homeowners? Is that why Martwick says he “hates the idea of lowering property taxes?” Want to change things in Chicago and Illinois? Maybe stop electing Democrat crime family property tax appeals attorneys like Robert Martwick. Ammie Kessem, Chicago Police Sergeant, and candidate for State Rep. in the 19th District, joins Dan and Amy to discuss what distinguishes herself from her opponent. 

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Madigan Financed Character Assassinations

Are Democrats in the suburbs voting for locally licensed Madigan roll call votes? How does Peter Breen fight off outrageous political attacks calling him “pro pedophile” and against funding rape kits? Why aren’t Illinois voters more skeptical? How will he reverse the exodus of people out of Illinois that Democrats deny is even happening? State Rep. and House Republican Floor Leader, Peter Breen joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Movin’ Out

Are you planning on “movin’ out” of Illinois? There’s a new song for you to listen to while packing up. Tim O’Donnell from West Chicago joins Dan in studio to debut his new hit single, “Movin’ Out,” an Illinois inspired parody.

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Two Sides Of Same Fraudulent Coin

How do voters encapsulate the IL gubernatorial race? What do the candidates mean when they say “middle class”? Does JB not want to take a position on anything while Rauner has taken different positions on every issue? Would JB be prosecuted if there was a serious Attorney General? Dan and Lauren Cohn discuss the Illinois governor’s race.

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A Vote For Any IL Democrat Is A Vote For Madigan

Are the Kavanaugh hearings affecting state and local races? Is Susana Mendoza trying to win one election to only vacate it and run for another? Despite what’s happened to the state, why are Republicans still losing ground in the suburbs? How can Republicans get voters to connect the dots to understand a vote for any Democrat is a vote for Madigan? Candidate for state Comptroller, Darlene Senger joins Dan and Lauren Cohn to discuss.

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State Sen. Dan Biss Takes A Page Out Of Maxine Waters’ Playbook

Maxine Waters' harassment protocol has been adopted by one Socialist IL politician, State Sen. Dan Biss. Why do IL politicians think they can do whatever they want and get away with it? Is this how they treat anyone who gets in their way in continuing to bankrupt the state? Was he emboldened by comments from Maxine Waters or still mad he didn’t win the Democratic gubernatorial race? President of Wirepoints.com, Ted Dabrowski joins Dan and Amy to discuss his confrontation with Biss at a local Panera.

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Student Presses Record, School Presses Charges

A 13-year-old boy has been charged with one count of felony eavesdropping by his school for recording a conversation regarding detentions with his principal and vice principal. What rights should students have while in school? How much does Manteno's school administration rely on intimidation to quell conflict with their students? Leah McNally, the mother of the 13-year-old student, joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Zero Convictions Of Concealed Carry Holders

Is the media more likely to report on a story of concealed carry permit holder being heroic or making a mistake? What is the end game of gun control proponents’ policies? Does Illinois do everything to make the process of obtaining a concealed carry permit as difficult as possible for the groups who are in the most need of protection? President of the Crime Prevention Research Center, John Lott Jr joins Dan and Amy to discuss. 

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Will Trump Free Blago?

The Blagojevich’s are “cautiously optimistic” about the possibility of Trump commuting the former governor’s sentence. Do Blago and Trump’s cases matter concerning our civil liberties being at stake? Rob Blagojevich joins Dan and Amy to discuss life since the trial and reaction from President Trump’s comments about his brother Rod’s sentence.

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Building The Conservative Reform Movement In Chicago

Why has the Illinois Republican Party pretended that they could ignore the three million people in the City of Chicago and still be successful? Has the party mistakenly rallied around particular people rather than cultural values and economic interests? Illinois Opportunity Project Co Founder, Dan Proft and Chicago Police Sergeant and candidate for State Rep. on the Northwest Side, Ammie Kessem appeared on “Flannery Fired Up” to discuss the revolt against the ruling class needed in the city and state.

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