Whether it was protests outside Tucker Carlson's home or accosting Ted Cruz and his wife inside a restaurant, stories about mob-like behavior have dominated national headlines. Are those tactics and rhetoric unfortunately coming to local politics too? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Joe Kaiser talk to a Hinsdale activist who – after winning his fight for lower property taxes – has been met with charged, personal attacks. Proft and Kaiser also discuss recent developments in the Chicago mayoral race and leadership in Springfield.
Is Rauner going to drag down all Republicans on the ballot? Is he closing the gap at all? Were all Rauner’s political defeats self-inflicted wounds? Did Rauner discount what he was up against and then decide to surrender instead of fight? Dan and Kristen McQueary discuss the future of Illinois and the governor’s race.
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.
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.
Last year 15 IL House Republicans surrendered on a tax hike. Are they doing the same this year by surrendering on abortion, far-left feminism, and gun rights? Has the IL GOP electorate woken up and will they no longer be giving these legislators a pass? State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) joins Dan and Amy to discuss.
Do IL House and Senate Republicans have any fight left in them? What about for those things they profess to believe most deeply in? Are self-proclaimed pro-lifers, House Leader Durkin and Senate Leader Brady, going to lead the charge and not appropriate money for state-funded abortions? Or will they surrender? Illinois Right to Life lobbyist, Ralph Rivera joins Dan and Amy to discuss.
Who will lead the Illinois Republican Party to better electoral outcomes to advance conservative reform policies in the state? If GOP insiders have their way, they'll maintain control. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Brian Timpone hear the details of a rigged process to elect new leadership for the state party, and a lawsuit challenging just that. They also discuss a debate on the future of the party between Proft and former GOP Chairman Pat Brady. And at the local level, Proft and Timpone talk to Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau on his fight for good government.
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Why are surrender Republicans working with Oak Park Socialist Don Harmon to revive legislation that would reduce the number of gun shops in Illinois? Why is it every time gun legislation dies it comes back to life from surrender Republicans? IL Gun Dealers Trade Assoc. Executive Director, Todd Vandermyde joins Dan and Amy to discuss.
Struggling electorally and lacking clear vision on policy, the Illinois Republican Party could be in need of new leadership. Lake County Republican Chairman Mark Shaw thinks he can offer that, in replace of current Chairman Tim Schneider. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Mark Shaw tells Dan Proft exactly what he thinks the Illinois GOP needs to be successful politically and on a policy front. Proft and Illinois Policy writer Joe Kaiser also talk to state Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorne Wood, about his efforts to ease Illinoisans' high property tax burden. And Proft and Kaiser discuss new developments in the Chicago mayoral race, as well as suburban lawmakers position on the Democrats' progressive tax.