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Happy Taxiversary!

The Fourth of July week marked the one-year anniversary of the day politicians ended the budget impasse with a permanent 32 percent income tax increase. And we’re no better off than we were last year. In fact, our economy is worse, the job market is weaker, and our credit rating hasn’t improved at all.  Pat Hughes says we shouldn't be celebrating in this week's Two Minute Warning.

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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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