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The Madigan Machine vs. Conservative Reformers

Madigan-financed smears against reform lawmakers are hitting mailboxes and airwaves. But even though they lack truth and substance, will they influence voters with just a few weeks to go before election day? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Brian Timpone discuss how these attacks are being funded, what their aim is and how conservative reformers can fight back. Proft and Timpone also discuss the new discrimination allegations against gubernatorial candidate JB Pritzker.

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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.

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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.

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Following the Logic of Illinois' Political Leadership

Are the problems in Illinois due to a lack of bi-partisanship or a little too much collusion? State Representatives Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton), Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) and Mark Batinick (R- Plainfield) join Upstream Ideas to talk about Following the Logic in Springfield.  

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Is Bankruptcy In Illinois' Future?

Several municipalities across the state are facing financial crises and have few options to get back on the right track. Is bankruptcy the only choice? And is that the reality for the state as a whole? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Wirepoints President Ted Dabrowski break down state and local fiscal woes with analysis from state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, and CNBC Contributor Jim Iuorio.

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Recapping The 2018 Primaries

Illinois has now moved on to the general election. While the governor's race didn't go as conservatives hoped, several conservative reform legislators prevailed in their primaries and are looking to take on the establishments of both parties. What should voters pay attention to now until November? On this post-election installment of "Illinois Rising," Dan Proft and Local Labs CEO Brian Timpone analyze the March 20 primary results and look ahead to the new campaign season. Conservative state rep candidates Darren Bailey and Jay Kinzler join the show.

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Boogeyman Politics

The strategic advice after the Illinois primary election is centered on which state is best to move to. Is the Democrats message in the 2018 elections going to be, “the government knows how to spend your money better than you do?” Is the circus like behavior surrounding Trump going to detract from substantive policy discussions? Congressman from the 6th District, Peter Roskam joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Proft: Good morning, Dan and Amy. Poring over the election results from yesterday, this morning. And before we get to our friend, Peter Roskam, a couple more calls...Steve from Gary. Steve (caller): Yeah, kind of depressed. I live in Indiana, but it shouldn't matter. (Proft: Hey, THAT should make you happier.) The invasion is going to continue. I mean...did you notice down in Florida, all the parents that they talked to from that shooting...*accent* they all tawlk wit a Noo Yawk accent! *end accent* Yeah, that sounds like a FLORIDA accent to me. That's the problem...these people MOVE to get away from these liberal Democrat politics, and they move...and they take their politics WITH THEM. Proft: Yeah, thanks for the call Steve, I get it. I mean... Jacobson: Bad interpretation... Proft: Impersonation? Jacobson: Impersonation I mean. Proft: New Yawk accent? Jacobson: He coulda done it betta. Ya know? Proft: Like butta. Mark, in Joliet. Mark (caller): Hey, good morning, Dan and Amy! Dan, you've been trying to explain to people for the longest time that people in Illinois are losing their property through taxation. And then this morning, Amy kind of joked that she might want to move out of state. Well, if I were Amy, or anybody that works in Illinois, and wants to continue working in Illinois, I would move somewhere like Wisconsin, that has a reciprocating tax agreement with Illinois, as opposed to Indiana where I actually live, and we USED to have one, until it went away under then-Governor George Ryan. So, basically, I have to pay income taxes in Indiana, as a resident, AND Illinois, because I work there, I get whacked pretty good, especially when they raise the tax rate by 66 percent a half-a-dozen years ago and another 33 percent a year ago. So, my point to you Amy or anybody else, move to Wisconsin and pay...enjoy a reciprocating tax agreement while you still can. Proft: Hmm. Ahhh. Thanks for the call, Mark, although Wisconsin is a pretty high combined state and local tax burden, BUT not as high as Illinois', of course. But here's the thing; it's fun to take these calls right after the election, and all the calls we're getting are related to strategic advice as to where to live, not Illinois. Interesting. Alright, more on this topic, we're pleased to be joined by Peter Roskam. He was a state legislator, before he was a big shot in Congress, and he joins us now. Peter, thanks for being with us, appreciate it. Roskam: Good morning, guys! Nice to be with you, thanks for having me on. Proft: Good morning. So you're a Wheatonian...let's get your take, your reaction, your comment on the Republican Primary Election, starting up obviously with the governor's race on our side. Roskam: Yeah, look...I think the Governor squandered a consolidated effort by being so provocative over the past year or so with these policy initiatives that were just off-putting to a lot of Conservatives, and Jeanne gave a very impressive run, essentially ran an insurgency campaign. And you saw that manifest itself in a lot of different areas across the state. So, here's the thing that voters are going to have to decide all across the country in November, in House races, and just really up and down the ballot; should...Nancy Pelosi, for example, be entrusted with the Speaker of the House again...I think that would be a disaster...should Mike Madigan be given more authority and so forth up and down the line. And so, these are threshold questions that the whole country is dealing with, because this will be a nationalized...in a way, in terms of House races that are going to be competitive this Fall, and it continues to amaze me that people, with a straight face, can say "Oh, the solution in Springfield is let's double down for more!" So I think there's going to be a lot of interpretation of these numbers over the days and weeks ahead. Proft: Speaking of competitive House races this Fall, you had like SEVEN candidates vie to face you, you had this Kelly Mazeski or whatever her name is, apparently is the winner. You know they're going to play the Boogeyman Politics, right? Especially in this state. "Everybody is a schill for Donald Trump!" How do you assess your Democrat challenger and your race this Fall? Roskam: So, it looks like it may have been Sean Casten that won. (Proft: Oh really? Jacobson: Oh!) Yeah, this is a little bit late-breaking, so...whoever it is, it's interesting. They've all said they were COMPLETELY against the tax plan that went through. All right, so that means they want to take the bonuses back from people, they think those bonuses are a bad idea? Or doubling the child tax credit, they're not into that? Or getting rid of the Alternative Minimum Tax, which hit 30K people in my constituency, or lowering these rates? What's interesting is...what's interesting is they're basically just parroting Nancy Pelosi, and so Pelosi called the bill "the worst Bill ever", and Armageddon, and that $1000 bonus was crumbs, and so forth. That's gonna be the playbook, I think. And so, you know, I just think that there is a lack of clarity about how the economy actually works. And the notion of cutting taxes and giving people tax relief, and regulatory relief, and the things that the 6th District has said historically "These are the things we value.", those values are now under attack. And here's the thing; I think campaigns where you have two competing views of the world, two competing views of the economy, two competing visions of the future and the direction you think our country should go...I think those kind of campaigns are INCREDIBLY invigorating. When they're about IDEAS, and they're not about personalities. And I think that these two ideas are gonna be on display, and I think the ascendant view, the invitational view, the view that values GROWTH, is the view that resonates in the 6th District. Jacobson: Well, as a Congressman, I feel like you're always running for office, because of the two-year terms. But Sean Casten, he's a Downers Grove businessman, who is running on climate change, so are you prepared for that fight? Roskam: Yeah, I mean...look, I am delighted to talk about ANYTHING up and down the line as it relates to policies. And I think, yeah, there's a...I fought for the restoration of Great Lakes funding, for example, in terms of making sure that the money is there to be cleaned up appropriately, to keep the Great Lakes safe. I fought to bring back $22M to Chicago for cleanup. So I think that the 6th District is interested in environmental stewardship, they're interested in a balanced approach to things, they have zero interest, in my view, at least a majority, has zero interest in the type of Draconian approaches that just hinder economic growth and don't give people opportunities. Proft: I gotta say, I'm looking at the Tribune site, which was allegedly updated at 6:09 this morning, and that's about five minutes ago. And they still got Kelly Mazeski up by 260 votes (Roskam: All right.)... Jacobson: Oh, so now I guess you don't have to WORRY about Climate Change! Proft: No no! What I'm saying is I think we have another Dewey Defeats Truman moment! Yeah, the Tribune is stepping on themselves again maybe, wouldn't that be fun? Roskam: Could be, could be! And there were some data problems last night with some of the websites, so... Proft: Yeah, yeah. So, you're kind of framing your race, now frame kind of the national...the national climate that you're going to face, that's beyond your control, starting with the President, and why don't we start, because there's been so much action there since Deputy Director Andy McCabe was fired, everything under the rubric "Russian Collusion", and with the House Intel Committee basically saying "No Trump Campaign operatives colluded with Russia," BASICALLY saying that, and then this furor around McCabe, and then Byron York asking a good question, "Well wait, if Manafort and Gates and Flynn didn't collude with Russia, well then WHO DID and can we get to the bottom of this in the not-to-distant future?" How does all of that play out and impact November? Roskam: So the...I don't know how it impacts November. I think the thing to keep in mind is just...keep an eye on where the investigation is, where it's going, and what is the fruit of the investigation and headlines in churn? So, we know that there's practically NOTHING that can be done that will satisfy the national Democrats right now, there's no point where they're going to say "You know what? It was looked at, you're right, turn the page." They're just not going to do that. So I think cooler heads have to look and say "What is the fruit of the investigation?", and the fruit of the investigation has to manifest itself soon, in terms of action and not just churn. And I think there's gonna be a lot of folks that are going to be saying "Hey! Get this done, bring the cases. If there's an allegation of collusion with the campaign, bring it! If not, turn the page!" Roskam: Are you afraid that all of this Stormy Daniels stuff...now we've got a Playboy model... Jacobson: It's "The Porn Star and The Playmate", Dan! Proft: Yeah, well, and it's not limited to them. Then you've got that Summer Zervos, whose case is moving forward, a lower cour...well, a District court essentially, rejecting Executive Immunity in that civil manner of defamation case. I mean, are you worried at all that a bit of the circus-like atmosphere around Trump with some of these individuals, and some of his past behavior, at least alleged behavior, detracts kind of from all of the substantive matters you were just discussing? Roskam: Yeah, it's not helpful. You would much rather have the focus be on the issues of the day, great principles that we were talking about just a couple of minutes ago, and not have it be distracted with all of this other drama. But, there's an irony, here. And that part of the irony, I think, is a national party, the Democratic Party, that has said for decades "Presidential misconduct has nothing to do with the capacity to lead!", now is sort of MARINATING in this. But listen, I'm not about to defend the activity that is being alleged against the President, if true, it's troubling. But that said, the irony, it's just palpable. Jacobson: How do you feel about Andrew McCabe being fired...two days before he was supposed to retire? Roskam: Look, I think...if it was an effort...to stick it to him, I don't know enough about the backstory, if there had been some back-and-forth drama. I just don't know enough about the details to be able to comment well on that. Proft: All right, he is Peter Roskam, Congressman from Illinois' 6th...he'll face a... Jacobson: He'll face who? Proft: Well, I mean he's gonna face SOMEBODY, whether it's Mazeski or Casten, either one they're gonna put somebody up and they're gonna come after Peter Roskam, you can bet that in this cycle in this state, so suburbanites better be on notice, and rally to help our friend Peter in the General. Peter, thanks for joining us, appreciate it. Roskam: Thanks guys, great to be with you!

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Shrinking Party In A Shrinking State

How did GOP candidate for governor, Jeanne Ives, go from trailing 40 points behind Rauner in January to narrowly losing in the Primary less than three months later? Can Rauner look himself in the mirror and be proud of the campaign he ran? What is it going to take to rehabilitate the Republican Party brand in Illinois? State Rep. Jeanne Ives joins Dan and Amy to discuss the primary results and what’s next for the conservative grassroots movement.

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As you vote Tuesday and get ready to see who prevails in the Republican and Democratic gubernatorial races, hear final thoughts on the races from Dan Proft, Pat Hughes and Republican candidate Jeanne Ives.

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Ives' Closing Argument Against Rauner

Chicago leads the nation in underwater home mortgages. Two words: property taxes. What would GOP candidate for Governor, Jeanne Ives, do about it? Has Rauner lost all credibility with not only his deceptive campaign lies but with his overall record? What does Ives say to people who say she can’t win a general election? State Rep. and conservative candidate for Governor, Jeanne Ives joins Dan and Amy to give her closing arguments as to why she’s a better choice than incumbent Gov. Rauner. 

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An Inside Look At Diana Rauner's Political Influence

Newly leaked emails show just how influential First Lady Diana Rauner was in moving the governor's office to the left, and making political calculations to try and improve the governor's image despite policy failures. On this week's "Illinois Rising" Pat Hughes and Brian Timpone talk to Edgar County Watchdogs' Kirk Allen about the newly obtained info, and what it tells Illinoisans about the inner workings of the governor's office. Hughes and Timpone also talk to Joshua Griffith, who is challenging sitting Republican state Rep. Norine Hammond, about his race railing against tax hikes. Also this week – what would a progressive tax mean for your family? A new proposal in Springfield shows income taxes going up on just about everyone.

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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.

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How Rauner Became The "Worst Republican Governor In America"

In December, National Review dubbed Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner the "worst Republican governor in America," a label he has not been able to shake. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk to the author of that piece about what earned Rauner that title, and what to make of Rauner's primary race with state Rep. Jeanne Ives moving forward. Proft and Hughes also discuss the bombshell sexual harassment allegations in House Speaker Mike Madigan's political office, and calls for him to resign from his post.

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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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Rich Morthland On The Republican Gov Race

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.

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Why Conservative Lawmakers Are Picking Ives Over Rauner

The gubernatorial race between Bruce Rauner and Jeanne Ives is intensifying, and now, more and more conservative lawmakers are coming forward in supporting Ives over the incumbent governor. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk to one of Ives' statehouse endorsers, state Rep. Tom Morrison, R-Palatine, about the campaign's growing support and momentum. They also talk to Ken Idstein, a Republican candidate for state representative, about his focus on lowering the tax burden Lake County residents face. And Proft and Hughes cover all the salient topics in a busy week in Illinois politics, from the Democratic gubernatorial race tightening to sexual misconduct allegations in Springfield being ignored.

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Ives Crushes Rauner

Is Rauner on the path to get “Mark Kirk’d” out of office? Rauner has a checkered conservative record, but the debate was more of an evaluation of his character. Ives was direct and forthright as all Rauner could do was repeat Madigan’s name more times than anyone could count. Should we expect another debate between the two soon? Chicago Tribune columnist, John Kass joins Dan and Amy to discuss his column, Ives crushes Rauner in Tribune governor debate.

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Ives: Conservative Reform Candidate For IL Taxpayers

"We were promised a conservative reform governor. Instead, we got an Ivy League gender studies professor." State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) formally announced her primary challenge to Governor Rauner last night. Ives said Rauner has already beat himself and is not going to be able to buy back his voters. Ives joins Dan and Amy to discuss her campaign platform and how she is going to save Illinois from further ruin. For more information on the campaign, visit ivesforillinois.com.

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Proft: Good morning, Dan and Amy. Last night in Wheaton, state Representative Jeanne Ives...Republican from Wheaton, announced her candidacy for governor of Illinois. She has launched a primary challenge to Bruce Rauner, saying that this is the choice for Illinois Republican primary voters. Ives (from tape): I choose tax-paying Illinois families. Governor Rauner chose the political ruling class. That's the difference...that's the choice in this election. Proft: And it was a pointed speech that she gave, both directed at Governor Rauner and about the choice for Republican primary voters. Let me give you a little taste. Ives (from tape): My son, the Army Ranger, and my son, the Navy pilot, could teach Rauner a few things about the difference between pretending to be a tough guy and actually being a tough guy. Proft: Zing! Ives also said that we were promised a conservative reform governor, and instead we got an Ivy League gender studies professor. Jacobson: Ooooh! Hello! Proft: Yeah, there were a lot of...a lot of body blows in that speech, but it's time to level with Illinois Republicans, and Illinois in general, if you want to change the course of this woefully mismanaged state. For more on her candidacy, we're pleased to be joined by state Representative Jeanne Ives, Republican candidate for governor. Jeanne, thanks for joining us. Ives: Well, thank you for having me on this exciting day. Proft: And so, you kind of…(we) played that clip, that kind of frames the race a little bit in terms of the choice between who you represent and who Rauner has chosen to represent in his three years as governor. Why don’t you elaborate on that a little bit more, when you say Rauner has chosen to…”betray us”, those were the words you used, and fall in with the ruling class? Ives: Well, you take a look at his record, and what he said on the campaign trail when we all helped to elect him. He said he was going to do something, put in reforms, protect people...he’s failed in every single way, from Sanctuary state, to taxpayer funded abortion, to bailouts of public utility companies, he has failed to deliver on the promises he made to Illinois. And especially on taxpayer funded abortions, where he lied, he betrayed our party and our values. And so, we, the Republicans, take people out of offices when they don’t do what they say they’re going to do, because we can’t trust him anymore. So that’s what this is about. Proft: But Rauner is suggesting, and spending a lot of money to advance this claim, that he’s the guy who’s fought Madigan, and but for Madigan we would have had conservative reform policies in Illinois back on the right track, and it’s kind of all Madigan’s fault, don’t blame Bruce. Ives: Yes, he wants people to believe that he’s been fighting Mike Madigan, but he actually instituted a very social and liberal public agenda, supported by Chicago Democrats like his friend Ron. So you look down at things, look Chicago Democrats and Mike Madigan never implemented Sanctuary State style bills, they never put in attacks on Crisis Pregnancy Centers, they never did junk science on transgenderism, they never did public utility bailouts. So, look, his entire agenda, the things he actually signed into law, were not even proposed by Democrats when they had complete control of the entire process. He hasn’t been fighting Mike Madigan, he’s been doubling down on the things that he’s wanted to do. Jacobson: Yeah, and I think a lot of well-versed voters in Illinois understand that, but the question is...this JUGGERNAUT of Governor Rauner, he has got a lot of personal wealth. How do you fight that, because you know he’s going to throw millions of dollars into his own campaign? Ives: And it’s not gonna matter. Governor Rauner has already beat HIMSELF. He has no base, he has no base, and you cannot BUY back trust after betrayal. And so he talks about his field organization...well I’ll tell you what, here’s what a field organization looks like. It looks like 16,000 signatures in four weeks. That’s a good field organization. So, he’s not going to be elected in the Republican primary, because no Republicans trust him. Proft: And so, one of the arguments is “Jeanne Ives can’t win”, and that argument is both against Rauner because of his money, as Amy was articulating, in the primary, and also against, let’s say Pritzker in the general because you’re too conservative. Address that. Ives: That’s just not true. 85% of Illinoisans believe Illinois is on the wrong track. And you’ve already got the beginnings of a tax revolt, in of all places Cook County, against the soda tax, and you’ve got an entirely maligned property tax assessment system in Cook County too, which people are onto that scam, and you even have Democrats calling out DEMOCRATS who have been in office for decades about that, and we’re going to highlight the problems there. And people are going to listen to a reform message, because we have no other choice. Illinois is bankrupt, Chicago is bankrupt, and people understand that you cannot tax or spend your way out of this. JB Pritzker is just going to be a super-sizing of all the bad policies we’ve had in the past. Proft: ...that’s a fat joke. Ives: And nobody’s signing on to that agenda. Jacobson: So there were rumblings that you were going to run. Of course, you made the official announcement last night. Prior to last night, has anyone from the Rauner campaign contacted you, to try and persuade you NOT to run for governor? Ives: No they have not. They think that this just going to all blow by the wayside, and that they’ll be fine. And they’re absolutely...that’s a HUGE miscalculation on their part, because we constantly hear from people every day. New people contact us and volunteer to help with our campaign, and they’re excited to have a real choice in the Republican primary. Proft: You said in your announcement speech that Rauner runs FROM his record, and you run towards your record. You want people to assess his record in three years as governor, and your record in five years in the state House, so what is that record, your record? Ives: Well, absolutely. I want people to go back five years and look at the bills I’ve filed, they have all been focused on giving taxpayers relief from this huge tax burden that they have in the state of Illinois. It’s about giving businesses the freedom to do business the way that they see fit. It’s about standing up for the values of social conservatism, as well. So look, my record is I’ve opposed tax increases while proposing spending reform, and I have stood with business on vote after vote after vote, and Rauner has not done that. And also, I would look at my record in terms of what I’ve done in terms of transparency, my votes to take on public corruption, and my votes where I’ve worked across the aisle, with some of the most liberal Democrats, on policy even just this last year. From protecting property rights, to protecting health care networks in the state of Illinois. I’ve worked with Democrats on some of the most far-reaching policy. Jacobson: Are you willing to debate against Governor Rauner, and are you going to suggest that you do so? Ives: I would RELISH the opportunity to debate Governor Rauner. Jacobson: *under breath* I don’t think he’ll take her up on it though. Proft: Well, he’s going to have to do at least some of the debates; the ABC 7, the channel...the TTW, the standard One City Club, I assume he’ll do those. But we’ll see, if he doesn’t, that becomes a campaign issue. Jeanne, so, in the modern context people may have forgotten because it’s relatively recent, you have to have a running mate if you want to run for Governor, it’s no longer the Lieutenant Governor runs independently. So you had to choose a running mate, you chose a former representative from the Quad Cities district named Rich Morthland. Tell us about Rich Morthland, your running mate, part of your team if you were to be elected, and what he brings to the table and how the two of you work together. Ives: So, Rich Morthland is a farmer, he’s a community college professor, he’s a former state rep, he’s currently served in elected office in Rock Island County, and he is the salt of the Earth. He is cut from the same cloth as I am, he is just as determined to stay here in Illinois and build his family and restore opportunity here. And you know, I just couldn’t pick a better running mate, because he serves a forgotten part of Illinois and a forgotten class of people. We are not just the suburbs and Chicago, we have pockets of people that the Chicago Democrats through their policy formation, what we have seen enacted into law, have forgotten to take care of, our smaller communities, our farming communities, and those who really need help. So Rich is going to help me on those issues. He sits on Rock Island, JUST across some of the Iowa border, and he can testify that out migration is happening time and time again, as people just move across the border for better economic climate, and better personal living conditions. So that’s why we picked him, he’s just perfect for this campaign. Proft: And speaking of regions of the state, thinking about the state regionally, it’s always been my contention just based on the numbers and where the majority of the population is that the Republican party cannot be...WILL NOT be...the majority party in this state unless we are the party of suburban Cook County and the collars. And that also goes for candidates running state-wide. So I was wondering if you have a specific message...maybe not one that’s LIMITED to the suburbs, but maybe one that’s particularly pronounced for suburban families. Ives: So, that’s a good point. I would say the population is centered around suburbs in Cook County, but we need to...we’re an entire state. But look, there’s nobody who’s been hurt worse under Democrat policies, and quite frankly Bruce Rauner’s policies, than suburbans, who have the highest property tax burden in the state, and overall Illinoisans have the highest property tax burden in the country. So, suburban voters have been told that Governor Rauner wants to freeze property taxes. That’s the wrong solution! We have to LOWER property taxes in the suburbs. People are getting forced out of their homes, they are leaving simply because of the tax situation, and they’re fleeing the state over it, because they can’t afford the property taxes. You’re renting your home from the government, that has got to stop. And the educat...the 32% tax increase should be put on the back of Governor Rauner, who failed to engage with 15 “Surrender Republicans” who voted for it. He didn’t even talk to them prior to that vote. That is his tax increase, just as much as it is Mike Madigan’s and the 15 Republicans. And all that tax money is going to do is filter back through that horrible education funding bill, that he signed into law, to Chicago Public Schools. Remember, one week that bill was a disaster, the next week he signs it, and Rahm Emanuel is saying “We got everything we wanted, and more.” Well, that “and more” comes out of suburban taxpayers’ wallets, that’s unfair. Jacobson: Jeanne Ives, as a mother of five, how do you think that could help you when you become governor of Illinois? Ives: Well, look, I’ve learned how to say NO. Jacobson: Yep! There ya go! Remember, without rules, there is chaos. Proft: Well, not to mention you’ve got like a family full of intellectual assassins, as well as ACTUAL assassins. You mentioned a few of them in your remarks, but for people who aren’t familiar, your husband, two of your sons, in addition to you, all military. Ives: Well you know, just like most parents everywhere, I am very proud of my children. *Approx. 5 seconds of silence* Proft: Well, okay...give us a little BACKGROUND on your family for those who are not familiar. Jacobson: This is the “We get to know Jeanne Ives” section of the interview! And you’re very humble, every time...that’s what I love about you and I admire, your humility is to be admired! Because you don’t boast and brag about, you know, being a West Point grad, and that you have very successful children. But we’re asking you to brag now, it’s okay. You’re in a safe space. Proft: Yeah, brag now. Yeah, yeah… Ives: Yes, so now, I...okay, I...I came out of a small town in Vermillion, South Dakota and I went to West Point, I graduated there, and my husband did as well. We served in the military, and of course we encouraged our sons to look at that as well. So our oldest son is an ROTC graduate from the University of Illinois in Electrical Engineering, which is probably one of their most difficult majors. I am so proud of that man, and he is currently serving up in Alaska, he’s an Army Infantry officer, and he’s the executive officer in a Striker batal...in a Striker company, and Matt has also got his Ranger tab. He worked enormously hard to earn that tab, and I’m so glad he’s through that because when Winter hits I think about those Rangers out there, you know with two hours sleep, freezing, and making it through training. And our son Nick also graduates from West Point, but Nick is a contrarian, so he cross-commissioned to the Navy, and he is in...he’s going to be a Navy pilot, he’s in training down in Corpus Christi, Texas. So we’re very proud of their service. And actually, I guess I would say that is one thing I’m very happy that President Trump is paying attention to, and that’s actually restoring the military’s capability to defend this country, and that was a long time in coming, because I know first-hand, listening to what my sons have been going through literally for the last four years, how decimated the Army has become in terms of its training resources. Proft: Alright, she is state Representative Jeanne Ives, Republican candidate for governor. Jeanne, where can people get more information about your candidacy? Ives: Sure, they can go to IvesForIllinois.com, that’s our website. Proft: IvesForIllinois.com is the website, Jeanne thanks for joining us, good luck with the campaign. Ives: Thank you!

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