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No Return On Investment In Blue States

Why is Illinois one of the worst states in providing services to people with disabilities yet it has some of the highest taxes and spending? As taxes increase, are public employees getting more in return than the rest of the residents? Where are millenials leaving from and going to? Contributing Editor at City Journal, Steven Malagna joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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How Will IL Voters React To More Tax Hikes?

While politicians continue talking about a graduated state income tax, economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago are now suggesting a statewide property tax, too. Haven't Illinois taxpayers had enough? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Member Kristen McQueary discuss politician's consistent demands for more out of taxpayers and how it might impact the upcoming election. Wirepoints' Mark Glennon joins for analysis. Proft and McQueary also talk to Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser about his efforts for good government at the local level.

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Worst Republican Governor in America's Budget Address

Rauner said he's going to repeal the tax increase he presided over, yet he budgets for the revenue from it? Isn’t shifting pension costs to local school districts going to raise the highest property taxes in the nation even more? “Rauner, for the last three years, has played directly into Mike Madigan’s hands,” said State Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine). Rep. Morrison joins Dan and Amy to discuss Rauner’s budget address and why he is supporting Jeanne Ives for governor.

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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.

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Rep. David Reis launched his re-election campaign, declaring he “stood up to Michael Madigan and the Chicago Democrat Machine.” But, don't be fooled. Reis stood shoulder to shoulder with Democrats to raise your taxes - again - this time by 32 percent with essentially no reforms to government spending. Pat Hughes takes David Reis to task for forcing you to pay higher taxes then claiming he is standing up to Mike Madigan Madigan.

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Put Springfield On A Budget

David Harris was one of the 15 Republican legislators who voted for a budget that included a 32% tax increase, without any reforms to state government spending. Since that vote, Katie and her husband - like many families - have found themselves with less money to spend on groceries and raising their three kids. In fact, they’ve watched as many of their friends and neighbors have chosen to leave Illinois because it’s getting too expensive to stay. That’s why Katie decided to step up and fight for her community. Pat Hughes introduces Katie Miller in this week's Two Minute Warning

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2017 Recap

They say history repeats itself, and here in Illinois it seems like we’re on a continual loop of tax increases, bad policies, and even worse politicians. 2017 wasn’t a great year for families and taxpayers. It was simply more of the same. Will, 2018 be better? Pat Hughes answers in this week's Two Minutes Warning

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$2 Billion For Amazon HQ2

“Illinois politicians who have presided over the destruction of the state’s economy and bankruptcy of the city, the county, the state, they’re trying to get bailed out by Amazon HQ2.” Should Illinois sell what's left of the state to Amazon to get HQ2? Is this going to have the same disappointing ending as Chicago’s bid for the Olympics? Founder & CEO of Spend Management Experts, John Haber joins Dan and Amy to discuss Chicago’s chances of landing Amazon HQ2.

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Durkin: Purveyor Of Debt In State Drowning In Debt

Illinois House GOP Minority Leader Jim Durkin is now facing a primary challenge from conservative reformer and Burr Ridge Mayor, Mickey Straub. Durkin is a career politician that has been in the General Assembly for almost two decades with little success to show. His failed leadership was on full display when ⅓ of his caucus voted for the record-breaking income tax hike with zero reforms, not to mention the Durkin's glaring conflict of interest in representing municipal governments in his legal practice. Mickey Straub says he is running for office to put Illinois on a new path and solve problems in Springfield as he’s done as Mayor of Burr Ridge. Mickey Straub, candidate for the 82nd District, joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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You Could Buy 16,310 Hot Dogs With Illinois’ Taxpayer Burden

Good news for Illinois, we got a raise last year. Our per capita taxpayer burden increased 11% and we’re now the 2nd worst. But don’t worry,  it’s only getting worse from here. Founder and CEO of Truth in Accounting, Sheila Weinberg joins Dan and Amy to discuss the tax burden in Illinois, otherwise known as the sinkhole state.

Heart Of The Matter: How Democrats' Tax Hike Hurts Families

Recently, the Illinois General Assembly passed a state budget that increased income taxes 32%, extends the sales tax to services that hadn’t been taxes before, like dry cleaning, cable TV and The Cloud. It also raised the Corporate Tax rate 35%. While the budget increased taxes, it made no reforms to state government. Illinois families are already paying the highest property taxes in the nation. What does this tax hike mean for them? 

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