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How Much Are IL Taxpayers On The Hook For This Year?

In 2018, every congressional district in every state across the country will see a tax cut thanks to tax reform at the federal level. But policy choices by state and local politicians could offer an opposite reality for taxpayers in Illinois. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes discuss federal tax reform and Illinois' confiscatory property taxes with analysis from Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst Adam Michel and Illinois state representative candidate Ken Idstein. Proft and Hughes also discuss the busy week in Chicago politics, which included controversy with Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson, as well as new plans for another march against gun violence.

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The First Six Months Of IL's Taxpayer Funded Abortion Law

Last year, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a bill that forced taxpayers to pay for elective abortions in Illinois. The results so far? A 274 percent increase in taxpayer-funded abortions in the state. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk about how damaging this law could end up being, with insight from state Rep. Peter Breen, R-Lombard, who is challenging the law both in the legislature and in court. Proft and Hughes also continue to follow the corruption case against Inspector General Frank Mautino, and get analysis from Liberty Justice Center Attorney Jeff Schwab on why the case is stalled. And why is the Illinois GOP surrendering Cook County and Chicago – even though the area of the state is in desperate need of new leadership? Proft and Hughes offer their thoughts on Republicans' failure to compete.

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Happy Taxiversary!

The Fourth of July week marked the one-year anniversary of the day politicians ended the budget impasse with a permanent 32 percent income tax increase. And we’re no better off than we were last year. In fact, our economy is worse, the job market is weaker, and our credit rating hasn’t improved at all.  Pat Hughes says we shouldn't be celebrating in this week's Two Minute Warning.

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Throw Money At It

In another shocking example of the lack of accountability in government, a Chicago Tribune investigation found Chicago Public Schools employees sexually abused hundreds of students over the last ten years. In this week's Two Minute Warning, Pat Hughes warns that just like they do with every problem, politicians will throw money at Chicago Public Schools, but they won’t do anything to fix the real problems.

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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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Saying Goodbye To A Giant

The conservative movement lost a champion in Peter Huizenga last week. A devout Christian, Huizenga was a giant in the conservative movement who gave much of himself to advance the cause of liberty and charity so the lives of others could be better. Pat Hughes says goodbye in this week's Two Minute Warning.

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Assessing Republican And Democratic Leadership In IL

Mike Madigan was just re-elected to a record sixth term as chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party, a position he has held while also reining as House Speaker. Though his track record has been disastrous for the state, are the current leading voices in the Republican Party effective at offering an alternative? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Pat Hughes and Brian Timpone discuss Madigan's leadership in his party and how one of Bruce Rauner's prominent surrogates is off base attacking conservatives. They also get expert analysis from Truth in Accounting CEO Sheila Weinberg on the pension crises in Harvey, North Chicago and throughout the state of Illinois.

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The IL GOP's Self-Inflicted Disadvantage

With an unpopular candidate, Republicans are already limping into the general election for governor in November. But with a giant fundraising gap between the GOP and Democrats – as well as now the entrance of a third-party candidate – the challenge is becoming that much tougher for the Rauner Party. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Brian Timpone discuss the large disadvantage Republicans find themselves in, and how the party only has itself to blame. They also get expert analysis from Wirepoints' Ted Dabrowski on the financial crisis in Harvey.

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Closing Arguments On Election Day

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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The Impact Of Janus Vs. AFSCME

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week on a case that could end the forced payment of union dues throughout the country. Now that arguments have been made both for worker freedom and for union bosses, how might the court rule? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft, Pat Hughes and the Liberty Justice Center's Jacob Huebert explain the potential impact of Janus vs. AFSCME. Proft and Hughes also talk to filmmaker Eli Steele about his new film "How Jack Became Black" on race and identity politics.

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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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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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Chris Miller: Leaving Things Better For Your Children

Chris Miller is a vocal Christian conservative leader in his community and Church who has demonstrated his Christian values and his dedication to service through the overnight father-and-son camp he founded to help fathers mentor their sons. Chris is a father of seven and a third-generation farmer who believes the best way to show respect for your blessings is to grow them and leave things better for your children. Pat Hughes explains why we need more people like Chris in Springfield in this week's Two Minute Warning.

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Darren Bailey On Putting An End to Punishing Tax Hikes

In 2017, Illinois lawmakers passed the largest permanent income tax hike in state history. Months later, the state is already feeling the negative effects. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes break down how the income tax hike has hurt jobs growth in the state, and they talk to Darren Bailey who is looking to defeat a state representative who voted for the tax hike. And while the income tax hike hit Illinois families hard, that isn't enough for some in the Rauner administration. Proft and Hughes discuss a massive $7 billion tax hike Rauner's school superintendent is pushing. They also react to the first Democratic gubernatorial debate, and what to make of that race moving forward.

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2017 Recap

They say history repeats itself, and here in Illinois it seems like we’re on a continual loop of tax increases, bad policies, and even worse politicians. 2017 wasn’t a great year for families and taxpayers. It was simply more of the same. Will, 2018 be better? Pat Hughes answers in this week's Two Minutes Warning

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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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A Hero Against The Unions

“In the case of public sector unions, it’s all political speech, everything they’re doing is political and forcing someone to pay to subsidize that speech against their will is a violation of their first amendment free speech rights.” Why are workers forced to pay unions that they do not want to be associated with? Why are workers like Mark Janus forced to finance the salaries of big union bosses that don’t align with their own views? President of the Liberty Justice Center, Pat Hughes joins Dan and Amy to discuss the Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME and why Janus will win.

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Misguided Hysteria & Priorities In Springfield

Instead of having substantive discussions on policy reforms, the media and politicians are in hysteria over a cartoon. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes critique the lack of attention being paid to important education funding issues in favor of focus on an Illinois Policy political cartoon. They also get an update on the negotiations in Springfield from state Rep. Peter Breen, R-Lombard, the new House Republican floor leader. Proft and Hughes also discuss an immigration bill likely to become law in Illinois that would make the state a sanctuary state.

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