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Sanders Blasts “Starvation Wages”

How does Bernie Sanders, who has never run a business or even had a real job, have the nerve to go after Wal-mart and their so called “starvation wages?” Why is Wal-Mart the target for socialists yet they improved the purchasing power for everyday Americans? Is Trump imposing tariffs to force the Feds to lower rates? CNBC Contributor, Jim Iuorio joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Ideology In Search Of Power

Remember when we were told that fossil fuels were going to run out by the early 2000s? Why are we dumping public resources to subsidize wind and solar energy that only accounts for 1-2% of energy creation? What’s the parallel between environmental policies and the minimum wage debate? Senior research fellow at American Institute for Economic Research, Phillip Magness joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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How Strong Is The Resistance Against Socialism?

Can and will Americans resist socialism? The left constantly refers to Sweden as an example of a model of government to follow, do they know Sweden doesn’t have a minimum wage and has a school voucher system? How can they ignore the suffering in Venezuela due to socialism? Professor of economics at George Mason University, Walter Williams joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Great Time To Be An American Worker

Why are we still not seeing the fruits of the stimulus that has been put into the economy? Is the $15 minimum wage sustainable? Why are we always talking about new taxes and not spending cuts? Fox Business Contributor, Scott “The Cow Guy” Shellady joins Dan and Amy to discuss.  

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Chicago Falling Behind

Why does Chicago barely crack the list for the top 200 urban markets in the country? Is creating an entertainment district in the suburbs going to generate enough revenue to pay the city’s operational costs? Does New York’s forthcoming restaurant recession due to the minimum wage increase an ominous sign for Chicago? How can the city boost its homicide clearance rate? Mayoral candidate, Gery Chico joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Champagne Socialists Seizing The North Shore

“Liberals don’t want to have a debate. They want to say you’re morally inferior if you don’t believe in our policies of higher taxes, minimum wage increases, and more government spending.” Do liberals, such as those in the North Shore, practice capitalism but reject it in theory? Are local Republicans to blame for not speaking up? Wall Street Journal Columnist, Senior Economist for CNN, and former Donald Trump advisor, Stephen Moore joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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How Well Does Cook County Government Work For Its Residents?

Cook County residents are outraged about the County's sweetened beverage tax, which could be repealed this October. How were the county board and Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle so tone deaf on the issue? On this edition of Against the Current, one of the tax's strongest opponents, Commissioner Richard Boykin, tells Dan Proft how Preckwinkle and many other commissioners ignored citizens' concerns. Proft and Boykin also debate the merits of hiking the minimum wage, and they discuss how to tackle the county's gun violence problem. This and more important county policy topics on this edition of Against the Current.

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Democrats' Faux Fight

Introducing the bill, Senator Daniel Biss said, “This is a bill who’s time has come…” Not really. The Governor, a businessman who understands the impact of a minimum wage, will certainly veto. If there was ever a time to pass a minimum wage bill, it was some point over the past four years. Then, Democrats held veto-proof majorities in the House and Senate. So, why would Senator Biss wait until he was running for Governor to champion a minimum wage hike? Pat Hughes explains in this edition of Dollars and Sense.

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Springfield's Balanced Budget Failure

The legislative session in Springfield ended May 31 without lawmakers producing a balanced budget yet again. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes get the inside scoop on what happened (or didn't happen) inside the chamber from state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, and ask her what taxpayers should expect from Springfield going forward. One bill lawmakers did pass was a minimum wage hike to $15 per hour. Economist Walter Williams joins the show to discuss how that minimum wage increase will end up hurting Illinois' most disadvantaged, especially people of color.

Proft and Hughes also discuss the revelations that J.B. Pritzker, the Democratic frontrunner for governor in 2018, once lobbied former Gov. Rod Blagojevich for a political appointment.

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Richard Irvin On His Candidacy For Aurora Mayor

A lot of focus is on the state and national level, but municipal elections are right around the corner on April 4. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk to a candidate for mayor in Aurora who is looking to make reforms to benefit taxpayers. They also explain how Orland Park's mayor – now one of the highest paid in the world – raised his own salary to spike his pension.

Keeping an eye on the state level, Proft and Hughes also go in-depth on a minimum wage hike proposal in Springfield with economist Don Boudreaux. And they shine light on a $1.5 million proposal two Democrat lawmakers were proposing to translate the General Assembly website from English to Spanish – something that can already be done for free.

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Dan Proft & Hilary Gowins Discuss Chicago's Planned Min. Wage Hike

On this edition of “Illinois Rising”, Dan Proft and Hilary Gowins, Managing Editor of the Illinois Policy Institute, discuss how Chicago’s planned minimum wage hike will increase unemployment, UCAN a Chicago-based non-profit serving at-risk children, and Illinois lawmakers' lack of attention in tackling the most important issues.

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