`

illinois rising

Springfield's Bipartisan Void Of Ethics

More and more of Springfield's culture of harassment and indecency are being exposed, most recently with a scandal surrounding a now-former Republican state rep. What steps should be done to clean up the culture? Can they be done? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk about the issue with state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, who has led on the issue of changing the culture in Springfield. They also talk to state rep candidate Dwight Kay on how he plans to provide property tax relief to homeowners in his district and statewide if elected. Proft and Hughes also discuss the very same property tax issue in Kane County, where homeowners are saddled with paying for exorbitant and unsustainable pension promises.

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE

SEGMENT 1

SEGMENT 2

SEGMENT 3

SEGMENT 4

SEGMENT 5

RELATED CONTENT

How Much Are IL Taxpayers On The Hook For This Year?

In 2018, every congressional district in every state across the country will see a tax cut thanks to tax reform at the federal level. But policy choices by state and local politicians could offer an opposite reality for taxpayers in Illinois. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes discuss federal tax reform and Illinois' confiscatory property taxes with analysis from Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst Adam Michel and Illinois state representative candidate Ken Idstein. Proft and Hughes also discuss the busy week in Chicago politics, which included controversy with Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson, as well as new plans for another march against gun violence.

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE

SEGMENT 1

SEGMENT 2

SEGMENT 3

SEGMENT 4

SEGMENT 5

RELATED CONTENT

Which Issues Will Drive IL Voters To The Polls?

With just months to go before the 2018 midterm elections – and a Chicago mayoral election shortly thereafter in 2019 – campaign season is in full swing across Illinois. Where do things stand for Bruce Rauner and J.B. Pritzker? For Rahm Emanuel? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Member Kristen McQueary break down how several policy issues could impact the governor's race in November as well as the Chicago mayoral election in February. Chief among them: Rauner's betrayal of social conservatives on publicly-funded abortion, the health of city and state pensions and the ever-increasing property tax burden Illinoisans face.

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE HERE

SEGMENT 1

SEGMENT 2

SEGMENT 3

SEGMENT 4

SEGMENT 5

RELATED CONTENT

The First Six Months Of IL's Taxpayer Funded Abortion Law

Last year, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a bill that forced taxpayers to pay for elective abortions in Illinois. The results so far? A 274 percent increase in taxpayer-funded abortions in the state. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk about how damaging this law could end up being, with insight from state Rep. Peter Breen, R-Lombard, who is challenging the law both in the legislature and in court. Proft and Hughes also continue to follow the corruption case against Inspector General Frank Mautino, and get analysis from Liberty Justice Center Attorney Jeff Schwab on why the case is stalled. And why is the Illinois GOP surrendering Cook County and Chicago – even though the area of the state is in desperate need of new leadership? Proft and Hughes offer their thoughts on Republicans' failure to compete.

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE HERE

SEGMENT 1

SEGMENT 2

SEGMENT 3

SEGMENT 4

SEGMENT 5

RELATED CONTENT

IL's 7,000 Governments: Ripe With Corruption

With more units of government than any other state in the country, opportunity for corruption and waste is aplenty in Illinois. In at least one suburban Chicago township, some spending is downright illegal. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Joe Kaiser and Mark Cavers hear from DuPage Township Trustee Alyssia Benford on how she's shining a light on illegal expenditures in her township. Kaiser and Cavers also discuss how other areas of the state – namely Lake County – might duplicate Cook County's corrupt system for property tax appeals. And how is Illinois doing a year after lawmakers passed a massive, 32 percent income tax hike? The data is in, and it's not looking so great.

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE

SEGMENT 1

SEGMENT 2

SEGMENT 3

SEGMENT 4

SEGMENT 5

RELATED CONTENT

Is Madigan Now In Survival Mode?

Yet another one of House Speaker Mike Madigan's closest allies has been accused of sexual harassment, and it's getting harder and harder to ignore the leading Democrat's complacency on the issue. Will lawmakers call on his resignation? On this installment of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Joe Kaiser discuss the new allegations and get analysis on the issue from state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, one of the leaders fighting to clean up Springfield. Proft and Kaiser also get analysis from state Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, on why Republicans continue to capitulate on key issues, including most recently, the budget.

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE HERE

SEGMENT 1

SEGMENT 2

SEGMENT 3

SEGMENT 4

SEGMENT 5

RELATED CONTENT

What's The Future Of The IL GOP?

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.

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE HERE

SEGMENT 1

SEGMENT 2

SEGMENT 3

SEGMENT 4

SEGMENT 5

RELATED CONTENT

Standing Up Against A Progressive Tax

Republican lawmakers in Springfield have effectively stopped a progressive tax for this legislative session. But Democrats are likely to keep pushing for it in the future, meaning taxpayer advocates in the General Assembly must remain vigilant in their opposition. On this edition of Illinois Rising, state Rep. David McSweeney – one of the fiercest opponents of a progressive income tax  – tells Dan Proft and Joe Kaiser how he and his Republican colleagues plan to oppose new damaging taxes. Proft and Kaiser also discuss the unfortunate situation in Harvey, Illinois – where decades of fiscal recklessness and political corruption are coming home to roost. And they talk about the issues of patronage hires in some McHenry County townships.

WATCH THE FULL SEGMENT HERE

SEGMENT 1

SEGMENT 2

SEGMENT 3

SEGMENT 4

SEGMENT 5

RELATED CONTENT

Why Won't Conservatives Try To Compete In Chicago?

Another election season is already beginning with candidates coming forward to challenge unpopular Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. But who's the best option for the city's broken finances? Why aren't there any center-right candidates even competing in Chicago? On this installment of "Illinois Rising" Dan Proft and Joe Kaiser discuss the city's challenges and whether or not anyone has a vision to help the city out of its fiscal woes. And while conservatives might not be competing in Chicago, state representative candidate Tonia Khouri joins the show to offer her vision for lower taxes in DuPage County. Also – how real is the prospect for a progressive income tax in Illinois? And what would mean for state taxpayers?

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE

SEGMENT 1

SEGMENT 2

SEGMENT 3

SEGMENT 4

SEGMENT 5

RELATED CONTENT

Bob Anderson's Decades-Long Fight For Taxpayers

Financial news in Illinois is usually bad news for taxpayers, and Illinoisans haven't had much faith in politicians to turn things around. But the example set by one McHenry Township Trustee could be a little bit of inspiration the state needs. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Brian Timpone talk to Wonder Lake's Bob Anderson about his decades-long efforts to consolidate government and save taxpayer money. Proft and Timpone also analyze new Illinois and Chicago financial numbers – both of which look bleak – with Wirepoints' Mark Glennon.

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE HERE

SEGMENT 1

SEGMENT 2

SEGMENT 3

SEGMENT 4

RELATED CONTENT

Rauner's "Shameful Distortions"

Bruce Rauner is claiming Jeanne Ives is "Mike Madigan's favorite Republican." But Ives' legislative colleagues are pushing back, telling voters that Rauner is lying about Ives' record because he can't defend his own. On this edition of Illinois Rising, state Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-East Dundee, tells Dan Proft and Brian Timpone why he is standing with Ives, and why he and several of his Republican colleagues can't support the governor. Proft and Timpone also talk to Don Moore, a Metro East legislative candidate, who is taking on one of the 15 Republicans who voted for the 32 percent income tax hike last year. And Proft and Timpone discuss what might happen now that some Democrats have joined Republicans in being upset over Mike Madigan's handling of sexual harassment allegations in Springfield.

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE HERE

SEGMENT 1

SEGMENT 2

SEGMENT 3

SEGMENT 4

SEGMENT 5

RELATED CONTENT

Darren Bailey On Putting An End to Punishing Tax Hikes

In 2017, Illinois lawmakers passed the largest permanent income tax hike in state history. Months later, the state is already feeling the negative effects. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes break down how the income tax hike has hurt jobs growth in the state, and they talk to Darren Bailey who is looking to defeat a state representative who voted for the tax hike. And while the income tax hike hit Illinois families hard, that isn't enough for some in the Rauner administration. Proft and Hughes discuss a massive $7 billion tax hike Rauner's school superintendent is pushing. They also react to the first Democratic gubernatorial debate, and what to make of that race moving forward.

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE HERE

SEGMENT 1

SEGMENT 2

SEGMENT 3

SEGMENT 4

SEGMENT 5

RELATED CONTENT

Cook County's Property Tax Scam

Cook County property taxpayers have been getting ripped off by Mike Madigan and Joe Berrios for decades, and it's starting to come to light more. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes break down new investigative reports showing how the political class is scamming taxpayers. They also discuss the departure of Forrest Claypool from Chicago Public Schools, and a new Wall Street Journal editorial slamming Illinois for its financial recklessness.

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE HERE

SEGMENT 1

SEGMENT 2

SEGMENT 3

SEGMENT 4

SEGMENT 5

RELATED CONTENT

Getting The Facts On Soda Taxes

On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk to Tax Foundation expert Scott Drenkard about the failures of Philadelphia's sugary drinks tax, and how it serves as an example for Cook County. They also talk to a state legislative candidate trying to win in Chicago as a Republican, and they discuss the legislative turnover in the General Assembly for this upcoming election. Proft and Hughes also discuss questions surrounding Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker's links to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and how the Democratic race for governor is shaping up.

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE

SEGMENT 1

SEGMENT 2

SEGMENT 3

SEGMENT 4

SEGMENT 5

RELATED CONTENT

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.

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE HERE

SEGMENT 1

SEGMENT 2

SEGMENT 3

SEGMENT 4

SEGMENT 5

RELATED CONTENT

The Truth About The Changes In Education Funding

What is "evidence-based" funding? That is the model of education funding in Senate Bill 1, the Democrats' education funding bill. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk to Stanford Professor Eric Hanushek – a longtime expert and critic of the model – about what it does and how it has failed everywhere it has been implemented. Proft and Hughes also discuss new data on where Americans truly fall politically, and they talk to columnist Tom Rogan about Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's lawsuit over Chicago's sanctuary city status.

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE

SEGMENT 1

SEGMENT 2

SEGMENT 3

SEGMENT 4

SEGMENT 5

RELATED CONTENT

Democrats' CPS Bailout

Democrats got their income tax hike, but there is still major legislation to keep an eye on. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk to state Rep. Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford, about Democrats' proposed changes to the education funding formula - which would force downstate taxpayers to bailout Chicago Public Schools. They also discuss a new study showing Illinois' declining fiscal health, and labor unions' purchase of the Chicago Sun-Times.

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE

SEGMENT 1

SEGMENT 2

SEGMENT 3

SEGMENT 4

SEGMENT 5

RELATED CONTENT

Lawmakers' Mad Dash To Pass A Budget

With Spring legislative session ending, Springfield lawmakers are in a hurry to pass a budget – regardless of what's in it or how it affects taxpayers. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Pat Hughes and Illinois Policy writer Joe Kaiser talk to Wirepoints.com founder Mark Glennon about what to expect from the General Assembly in the next few days. They also talk to Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Dan DiSalvo about how pension costs are making higher education unaffordable for students and families.

And they discuss how two Democratic frontrunners for governor – J.B. Pritzker and Chris Kennedy – are cheating the property tax system in Illinois.

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE

SEGMENT 1

SEGMENT 2

SEGMENT 3

SEGMENT 4

SEGMENT 5

RELATED CONTENT

A Northern IL Barber's Fight Against Wasteful Government

With a backlog of bills and tax hike proposals at the state level – and nearly 7,000 taxing bodies in the state at the local level – Illinois taxpayers are hit from all over. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk to Mark Glennon of Wirepoints.com about which proposals currently in Springfield actually help taxpayers, and which ones hurt. At the local level, they talk to a newly-elected McHenry Township trustee whose goal is to consolidate or eliminate the township entirely – savings taxpayers' money.

They also discuss the state's ongoing impasse with its largest government-worker union, AFSCME, and how a potential U.S. Supreme Court case could relieve fair share payers of the union's political stranglehold. And Proft and Hughes break down wasteful spending in higher education in the state.

WATCH The FULL EPISODE BELOW

Segment 1

Segment 2

Segment 3

Segment 4

Segment 5

Related Content

The Newest AFSCME Demands: When Is Enough, Enough?

On this edition of Illinois Rising, Patrick Hughes, co-founder Illinois Opportunity Project, and Jacob Huebert, Senior Counsel with the Liberty Justice Center, talk with Diana Rickert, of the Illinois Policy Institute, about the ridiculous demands AFSCME is making, how Richard Roeper was criticized for not like the new "Ghostbusters" movie (a mostly female cast) and more. 

Related Content