A Bruce Rauner vs. J.B. Pritzker race seemed like a forgone conclusion for a while, but with voters on both sides of the aisle unhappy with those choices, the gubernatorial primaries are up for grabs. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Pat Hughes and Joe Kaiser discuss how and why the races have been shaken up, and what Illinoisans – the most overburdened taxpayers in the country – might be taking into consideration this election season. They also hear from Rich Morthland, Jeanne Ives' running mate, on their race, and hear from Chris Miller, a candidate for state representative downstate, on his campaign for lower taxes and a friendlier business climate.
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.
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Late last week, JB Pritzker held a press conference to launch a vicious and deceptive attack on Brittany Carl, a staffer in the Governor’s office, for an opinion piece that she had written before her employment with the Rauner Administration. Pat Hughes pushes back on Pritzker for his latest attack on Brittany Carl in this week's Two Minute Warning.
It's safe to say that a problem for wanna-Be governor JB Pritzker is considerably different than a problem for the average family in Illinois. The response from government to those problems is remarkably different, as well. IOP Co-Founder Pat Hughes addresses the disparity in this week's Two Minute Warning.
Wanna-Be Governors Dan Biss, Ameya Pawar and J.B. Pritzker all endorse a graduated income tax. Pat Hughes shows why this isn't a solution in this edition of Dollars and Sense.
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.