Property Taxes and Polls

Illinoisans pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation. How much is that burden motivating them to vote out the offending pols in the 2018 Midterms? Upstream Ideas went to Glen Ellyn to see if voters could Follow the Logic.


Push The Politicians Out Of Office

In this episode of Dollars and Sense, Pat Hughes explains why you need to do to push these “leaders” out of office before they push you out of Illinois.


Illinois' Exodus Continues

Illinois has fallen behind Pennsylvania to become the nation's sixth-largest state, and there is no indication that residents will stop fleeing the state in the near future. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes discuss what's behind the exodus and what the never-ending out-migration means for Illinois. They also talk to state Rep. Peter Breen, R-Lombard, about legal challenges to the state's law requiring taxpayer funding for elective abortions. And they discuss the crisis at a veteran's home in downstate Quincy, and how Gov. Bruce Rauner is failing to lead on it.








Middle Income Migration

What are the challenges middle-income families face? What kind of state policies consistently drive middle-income families out? What do the recent stock market gains mean for families? Does the improvement in the market have anything to do with the Trump Administration's policies? Is there a secret to economic growth? CNBC Contributor and columnist for the American Enterprise Institute, Jim Pethokoukis joins Dan and Amy to discuss. 


Illinoisans Talk About The Budget Crisis

As the General Assembly heads into its second week of Special Session, the pressure on legislators to pass a budget that inflicts a substantial income tax hike, raises the corporate tax rate and increases a menagerie of sales taxes is intensifying. Illinoisans already pay the highest property taxes and overall tax burden in the nation. Will they Follow the Logic of a massive tax hike with no spending reforms?

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Ghost-Town America Explains Trump

Between 1992-1996, 32% of new businesses were created in counties under 100,000 in population. From 2010 -2014, that number dropped to 19%. How and why did small-town America decide the 2016 election? Can Republicans "crack the wall" in urban centers? How does Trump deliver a truly robust economy? Wall Street Journal columnist Stephen Moore gives Dan and Amy his analysis.  

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RJW Explains How A Business Calculated Expanding In IN vs. IL

Kevin Williamson, President and CEO of RJW Group, talks business with Dan and Amy. What has been driving his business' growth? He is considering expanding his business in Indiana instead of Illinois. What considerations factor into that decision? Is Illinois doing anything to keep RJW Group here?

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Springfield Legislation Targets Donor Privacy

On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes discuss dangerous legislation in Springfield aimed at eliminating privacy for donors to advocacy groups. They also break down Illinois' new migration numbers, which yet again, offer a negative outlook for the state, and one northwest Illinois homebuilder tells them why he might be headed to Iowa.

Plus, with less than a week to go before municipal elections April 4, Proft and Hughes interview the challenger to longtime Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin.








Is There Any Reason To Stay In IL? Michael Lucci Answers That Question

Thousands of taxpayers flee Illinois every year. For those still in the state, is there really any reason to stay? On this edition of Against the Current, Dan Proft poses that question to Michael Lucci, vice president of policy at the Illinois Policy Institute, taking into account the state's unfriendly business climate, tax and regulatory policies and quality of K-12 education.

Lucci explains who is leaving Illinois, why they are leaving and where they are going. What does Illinois need to do to keep them? What impact does out-migration have on Illinois?

Proft and Lucci also dig into Illinois' lack of competitiveness in the Midwest, with the state surrounded by pro-growth, Right-to-Work states, and they discuss ways Illinois can rebound. What is Illinois doing wrong that all its Midwestern neighbors are doing right?

Also, as Chance the Rapper publicly feuds with Gov. Bruce Rauner over funding for Chicago Public Schools, what should the conversation really be about? Did Rauner miss a moment to advocate for school choice?

Proft and Lucci discuss this and more in a wide-ranging discussion, analyzing the future of a state people are leaving by the thousands.


Dissecting The Proposed State Budget

On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft is joined by Pat Hughes, co-founder, Illinois Opportunity Project. They discuss how the proposed state budget is unfolding in Springfield, why more and more taxpayers continue to leave Illinois and more.

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Fmr. Illinois Resident: Why Didn’t We Leave Sooner?

United Van Lines annual study of migratory patterns of Americans recently came out citing that Illinois is tied for #1 for outmigration - 63% of trucks leaving, only 37% coming in. To better understand why this is happening, Dan & Amy spoke with Jeff Kirsch, Founder, getoutofillinois.com. Jeff and his family left in 2013 and find themselves asking, “Why didn’t we do this sooner?”

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