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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.

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Where Is The Accountability In CPS' Sex Abuse Scandal?

Since 2008, police have investigated more than 500 reports that children have been sexually assaulted or abused inside Chicago Public Schools. Where is the outrage? Where are the calls for school and city leaders to be held accountable? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Brian Timpone hear from state Rep. Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford and member of the House education committee, about what was and wasn't accomplished during hearings on the CPS sex abuse scandal. Proft and Timpone also discuss the increasing costs to taxpayers for former President Barack Obama's presidential center in Chicago. And they broke down how more and more Illinois counties are seeing underwater mortgages become a norm.

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Say Goodbye To Your Home

For decades, politicians have refused to take responsibility for overpromising on government employee pension benefits and have tried to stick you with the bill instead. How many times have the same old people tried to tax their way out of this financial crisis? Now they are back again, asking for a statewide property tax to prop up the bankrupt pension system. Pat Hughes slams the proposed 1% statewide property tax in this week's Two Minute Warning. 

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Mark Shaw On The Need For New GOP leadership

Struggling electorally and lacking clear vision on policy, the Illinois Republican Party could be in need of new leadership. Lake County Republican Chairman Mark Shaw thinks he can offer that, in replace of current Chairman Tim Schneider. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Mark Shaw tells Dan Proft exactly what he thinks the Illinois GOP needs to be successful politically and on a policy front. Proft and Illinois Policy writer Joe Kaiser also talk to state Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorne Wood, about his efforts to ease Illinoisans' high property tax burden. And Proft and Kaiser discuss new developments in the Chicago mayoral race, as well as suburban lawmakers position on the Democrats' progressive tax.

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Bob Anderson's Decades-Long Fight For Taxpayers

Financial news in Illinois is usually bad news for taxpayers, and Illinoisans haven't had much faith in politicians to turn things around. But the example set by one McHenry Township Trustee could be a little bit of inspiration the state needs. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Brian Timpone talk to Wonder Lake's Bob Anderson about his decades-long efforts to consolidate government and save taxpayer money. Proft and Timpone also analyze new Illinois and Chicago financial numbers – both of which look bleak – with Wirepoints' Mark Glennon.

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Less Taxes Equal More Fun

In this installment of Dollars and Sense, Pat Hughes looks at who will get to keep a larger portion of their own tax dollars and how it translates into more Christmas presents.

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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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The Rigged System

Cook County’s deeply corrupt property tax system, and its deeply corrupt Assessor Joe Berrios, made national news this week. The wealthy and politically-connected can buy property tax relief by hiring the right lawyer to appeal their tax bill. In fact, Assessor Joe Berrios encourages property owners to seek appeals. Pat Hughes explains in this week's Two Minute Warning.

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Defend Your Home And Your Family

Illinois’ average property tax rate as a percentage of home values is nearly two and a half times higher than the national average. The government is literally taxing people out of their homes, preying on those without political clout to protect the schemes and systems that keep them in power. There’s a real opportunity to fight back. You can support the effort to get a One Percent Property Tax Cap Advisory Referendum on the twenty-eighteen Ballot. Pat Hughes explains in this week's Two Minute Warning

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WVON: Proft Discusses 1% Property Tax Cap Advisory Referendum

Dan Proft joined WVON's Petri Small to discuss Illinois Opportunity Project's effort to get a 1% Property Tax Cap Advisory Referendum on the 2018 Ballot. Learn more about the initiative at defendhomeowners.com.

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Could IL Get A Property Tax Cap?

Lawmakers head back to Springfield this week, but for many Republican lawmakers, their relationship with Gov. Bruce Rauner is too far damaged to work together on legislation. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes ask state Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-East Dundee, what conservative lawmakers and activists should work on moving forward, given that Rauner has betrayed his base. They also discuss the numerous companies deciding not to locate to Illinois due to its lack of a Right-to-Work law. National Right to Work Foundation President Mark Mix gives his analysis. And Proft and Hughes discuss a new petition to cap property taxes at 1% of a home's value.

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Analyzing Cook County Property Taxes With Dan Patlak

Illinois has the highest property taxes in the nation. Cook and the collar counties know that especially well. On this edition of Against the Current, Dan Proft talks to Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak about Cook County's property tax system, its appeals process, and how Cook County differs from the rest of the state in terms of property taxes. They also discuss some of the drivers behind the county's ever-increasing property taxes, and ways to reform the system.

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Democrats' Fake Reform

Lawmakers are trying to rush a budget at the end of special session, so House Democrats finally put forth a plan, which includes a property tax freeze. But the plan offers no real relief for struggling taxpayers. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes break this down with WirePoints.com's Mark Glennon, and discuss what real property tax relief should look like. They also discuss the soon-to-be insolvent Chicago police pension, and waste throughout Chicago Public Schools, as well as financial recklessness at the county level.

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Revolt Or Bolt: Homeowners Expect 10% Tax Hike

The average homeowner in Chicago will see their property taxes increase by another 10%. Do you have to hate your money to buy in Chicago? How will you respond: revolt or bolt?  Dan & Amy discussed what you can do, other than move, with Cook Co. Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak. And Commissioner Patlak explained who we have to thank for this series of property tax hikes.

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Heart Of The Matter: It's For The Kids

In Upstream Ideas' 'Heart of the Matter,' Jodi Carroll, a wife and mother of three, discusses the direct impact local government policies and actions have on our families and everyday lives. In this episode, how do school referendums and other property tax increases hurt families and cause home values to decline?

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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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I Am Not Going To Compromise On Property Taxes

Illinois's credit has been downgraded to one notch above junk - the lowest of any state in the nation's history. What is the governor's policy prescription for the crisis in Illinois? What is the Governor's plan to help struggling families? When was the last time the Governor met with Speaker Madigan? On the budget deal, where has he been willing to give? What are his must haves? Governor Bruce Rauner joins Dan and Amy to address Illinoisans' biggest concerns.

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IL Democrats' $5.4 Billion Tax Hike

Illinois Senate Democrats passed a massive $5.4 billion tax hike with no economic reforms attached. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk about what this would mean for struggling Illinois taxpayers, who are already dealing with among the highest property taxes in the nation. Illinois Policy's Ted Dabrowski and Tax Foundation's Jared Walczak join the discussion.

They also discuss Chicago Public Schools' broken finances and an education funding bill Senate Democrats passed – without knowing what it does.

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A Death Warrant With A Temporary Stay Of The Execution

You pay the highest property taxes in the nation, but politicians want to temporarily freeze them at their unsustainably high rate. We know property taxes will spike again as soon as the freeze expires. For homeowners, it is a death warrant with a temporary stay of the execution. Pat Hughes explains in this week's Two Minute Warning.

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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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