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19 Year Old Taking On The Machine

One of the aldermanic elections to keep an eye on taking place in Chicago today is in the 13th Ward with Marty Quinn, a Madigan lackey, against political outsider, 19 year old David Krupa. Krupa is out at the polls today talking to voters along with his security guard. Only in Chicago. Krupa joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Stockholm Syndrome Plaguing Chicago Voters

Will there finally be a reckoning for those in power in Chicago? Are all of the political lords going to start turning on each other? What will it take to change the political culture in the city and state? Dan and Amy discuss the latest Sun Times' story reporting on FBI tapes of Madigan and Danny Solis’ unique interests and habits while alderman.

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The Case Against Madigan Financed Suburban Democrats

Has the volume of mail financed by Madigan surpassed any other elections in the state's history? Is money going to be the difference maker in suburban races? Do Democrat and Independent voters still want to get rid of Madigan? What’s the number one concern from voters? Are voters connecting the dots that Trump has nothing to do with the policy proposals in Springfield? State Rep. Tom Morrison from Palatine joins Dan and Amy with his closing arguments for your vote.

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Who Are the Real “Rinos” In The IL GOP?

Why is IL Conservative Party candidate for governor, State Sen. Sam McCann, sending out mailers attacking conservative legislators? Is McCann doing Madigan’s bidding trying to take out suburban Republicans? Does he want another Madigan supermajority? Does he still have a path to victory? Candidate for governor, Sam McCann joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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The Results of Machine Politics

How has the state’s political culture impacted voters’ faith in politicians? How has machine politics affected the way in which political messages are received? Upstream Ideas asked voters in Elmhurst to Follow the Logic.

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I Won't Resign

There are four stages to classic attempts to discredit the victims of bullying, harassment and abuse: Deny their claims are true, isolate the victim, attack their credibility, and dismiss them. At this point, there is no way to deny the culture of harassment in state government. As more
women come forward, there’s no longer a way to isolate them or claim their accounts are false.
Therefore, the only thing left for Speaker Madigan to do is dismiss them. Pat Hughes explains in this week's Two Minute Warning.

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Changing The Culture In Springfield

With several of Mike Madigan's key allies facing sexual harassment allegations, voters are starting to get a better idea of Springfield's disreputable culture. But could a new crop of lawmakers and leaders change that? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes hear from Ammie Kessem, a candidate for state representative on the northwest side of Chicago, who – along with a handful of others – is hoping to shake up Springfield's longstanding lack of ethics and principals. Proft and Hughes also talk to an economics professor who explains how bankruptcy laws work against Illinois and its municipalities, even though the state really needs to declare for bankruptcy. They also discuss Rahm Emanuel's refusal to take responsibility on key issues, including the sexual harassment pervasive in his political party.

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Ruling Class Retaliation

Democrat Representative Kelly Cassidy claims she was bullied and intimidated by Speaker Madigan's allies. It's another example of the despicable culture in Springfield, where the political elites believe the rules don’t apply to them, victims of harassment are ignored, and any dissenting voices are shut down. In the face of multiple scandals, most House and Senate Democrats have remained silent, protecting their leader and the status quo.

In this week's Two Minute Warning Pat Hughes warns that we must end the cycle of threats and intimidation. We must dismantle the Madigan machine politicians and elect new, independent legislators to represent us.

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Are You Satisfied?

Are you satisfied with the status quo in Springfield? Do you like the direction our state is headed? Do you enjoy paying the highest property taxes in the nation? It turns out the politicians in Springfield are. In this week's Two Minute Warning, Pat Hughes bashes the politicians who are protecting the status quo at your expense.

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Conservatives Griffith And Kay Call For Madigan To Resign

Joshua Griffith and Dwight Kay are conservative candidates who will be part of the solution - not part of the problem. Unlike their opponents, they have both pledged not to take a legislative pension when they are elected.

Both Griffith and Kay have called for Mike Madigan to resign or be removed from his position as Speaker of the House. Both will work to repeal the income tax hike that their opponents helped to pass last year.

In this week's Two Minute Warning, Pat Hughes warns that we need reform candidates who will side with the people - not the politicians.

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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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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.

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Change On The Outside. Continuity On The Inside.

The political drama "Boss" was an eerily accurate depiction of real Chicago politics.  Chicago’s political machine: the corruption, the suffocating addiction to power, and the manipulation that made voters believe they had a choice between candidates. Pat Hughes explains how the show's theme: “Change on the outside. Continuity on the inside” is one of the ways the Democrat establishment maintains power over the families of Illinois.

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Madigan Blames Rauner For Budget Woes

Dan & Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Member Kristen McQueary discussed Speaker Mike Madigan’s op-ed in Crain's Chicago Business. Madigan attacks Rauner for the results of his first two years in office, but what of Madigan’s 40-year reign? In Madigan’s Illinois who gets served first? Who suffers? Will any one else call Madigan on his lies?

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You'll Look Like Chumps

The Chicago Tribune wrote that the 15 Republicans who voted for Madigan's tax hike will look like chumps. Does the 32% tax hike change Illinois' fiscal trajectory? Does Governor Rauner want his veto overridden? Does Speaker Madigan want to override the veto? Is Madigan the master of blackmail politics? Illinois State Representative for the 97th district Mark Batinick joined Dan and John Kass to argue for a principled path forward that protects Illinois families.

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I Live In Fear

Dan & Amy talked to Bruce from Skokie who detailed the pain Speaker Mike Madigan and the Chicago Democrats are inflicting on families across Illinois. Bruce implored people to wake up and revolt against the high property taxes that are confiscating families' homes to fund the luxury lifestyle of the ruling class.

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Responding To Madigan's Own Words

Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan gave a rare interview to WGN News in which he discussed his opposition to economic reforms, bragged about his relationship with failed former governors and pinned all the blame for the state's troubling economic condition on Gov. Bruce Rauner. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes respond to Madigan's claims and correct the spin coming from the 17-term House Speaker.

Proft and Hughes also go in-depth on the possibility of Illinois going the way of Puerto Rico with CNBC analyst Jim Iuorio. And they discuss the need for real property tax reform with state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton. 

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AFSCME Has Authorized A Strike. What Happens Next?

Illinois' largest government-worker union voted to authorize a strike, politicians in the General Assembly pushed another tax hike and voters rejected the political class in municipal primary elections – all within one week. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes break down what all of this means for Illinoisans and what the impact is moving forward.

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“Republican" Minority Leader Radogno Looking Out For Herself Not You

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This is Pat Hughes with this week’s Upstream Ideas ‘Two-Minute Warning.’ Do you remember the story of the wolf in sheep’s clothing? How about the fox in the hen house? If so, you’re already well acquainted with quote un quote “Republican” Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno. Radgono’s been in office for 20 years. She accepts a generous salary, as well as a lavish pension and benefits funded by you. And what have you gotten in return? Decline and mismanagement. Her career has been a testament to “doing something” instead of doing the right thing; laying down in the face of opposition, instead of standing on principle. Radogno should be working with the Governor to push the reforms that will set Illinois on a path to progress. Instead, she’s pushing the Democrats’ agenda---in the form of a legislative “grand bargain” complete with huge tax increases and fake reforms. I mean, she’s already entertained a tax on soda---and not because she cares about your health---and something called---I kid you not---a “business opportunity tax”…which will do nothing other than give businesses the opportunity to flee to Wisconsin or Indiana. So why has she done this? The answer: Because she never has been and is not now a free market conservative. Because she likes to see her picture in the newspapers. Because she would rather sit at the Big Kids’ table---appeasing John Cullerton and Mike Madigan---than fight to freeze your property taxes or reform our failed and costly workers compensation system. Because---ultimately---she cares about her life more than she cares about yours. That’s why she’s more than willing to negotiate away all that you’ve worked for---so that public sector unions and the trial lawyers---and the politicians in their pockets---can live large. That’s why---with a straight and stern face---she calls her sell out “a compromise” or “bipartisanship.” No wonder the caucus she leads is in the superminority. And it will stay that way---unless we can rid it of Christine Rodogno. You’ve been warned.

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What IL Needs In A Budget vs. What Politicians Are Proposing

Illinois state senators are pushing multibillion dollar tax hikes on struggling Illinoisans as a "solution" to Illinois' budget woes. But on this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft, Illinois Policy's Michael Lucci and former state Sen. Steve Rauschenberger explain how the state can't afford more tax hikes, and why Springfield politicians are misguided for suggesting them. State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, also joins the show to discuss her support for the Illinois Policy Institute's budget – which reforms spending and doesn't raise taxes.

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