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A Model Mayor To Be Replicated: Orland Park's Keith Pekau

If the culture change can happen in Orland Park, what about other cities across the state? How was he able to end pension benefits for part-time politicians? Orland Park Mayor, Keith Pekau joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Mob Mentality In The Western Suburbs

Have supporters of the District 86 referendum mastered the art of extortion? How has it gotten so ugly that those opposed to raising property taxes are getting harassed in public? Burr Ridge Mayor, Zach Mottl joins Dan and Amy to discuss his mayoral campaign and his opposition to the referendum and the backlash he’s received.

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Equity Has No Home Here

Why are the property taxes in North Cook County at least double and some nearly three times the national average? Do people not want to confront their high property tax bills affecting their home value? Think there’s nothing you can do about it? What about your municipal elections in April? Dan and Amy discuss the latest regional property tax report in North Cook county.

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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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Big Government As A Moral Issue

What has been the impact of Illinois’ economic death spiral on churches? Does the clergy have an obligation to educate their parishioners on what the political ruling class is doing or would they rather throw in with them? Senior pastor at Christ Church, Mike Woodruff joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Mayoral Candidates Making A Play For Center-Right Voters

The Northwest Side GOP and Chicago City Wire newspaper hosted a mayoral forum. Candidates included: John Kozlar, Jerry Joyce, Paul Vallas, Dr. Willie Wilson, Bob Fioretti, and LaShawn Ford. Topics ranged from the city’s financial problems, creating more choice and accountability in the Chicago Public School system, rooting out corruption, and more hot button issues like sanctuary city laws and guns. Dan Proft and Matt Podgorski moderated the event.

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Paying For The Sins Of Failed Politicians

How are mayoral candidates supposed to navigate the racial/identity politics of Chicago? Are the Democrats in the City cannibalizing themselves due to identity politics? Is there a chance to shrink city government without raising property taxes? Are Chicagoans paying for the sins for politicians? Is more revenue from dope and gambling the path to prosperity in Chicago? Mayoral candidate, Paul Vallas joins Dan and Amy to discuss his financial plan. 

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Movin’ Out

Are you planning on “movin’ out” of Illinois? There’s a new song for you to listen to while packing up. Tim O’Donnell from West Chicago joins Dan in studio to debut his new hit single, “Movin’ Out,” an Illinois inspired parody.

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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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IL Debt Solution: Issue More Debt

Only the politicians in Springfield think it’s good idea to issue more debt to deal with the pension debt crisis. Why would anyone move to Illinois and buy a house when your record high property taxes aren’t for any services but just paying off debt? CNN Chief Economist, Steve Moore joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Yingling: Bringing Chicago Politics To Grayslake

If you were going to invent a property tax system designed to hit poor minority communities the hardest, you couldn’t do it better than Cook County Assessor and Madigan insider Joe Berrios. And, if you live in Grayslake  - look out! State Representative Sam Yingling is looking to replicate the Cook County model in your backyard. Pat Hughes explains on this edition of Two Minute Warning. 

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Springfield's Bipartisan Void Of Ethics

More and more of Springfield's culture of harassment and indecency are being exposed, most recently with a scandal surrounding a now-former Republican state rep. What steps should be done to clean up the culture? Can they be done? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk about the issue with state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, who has led on the issue of changing the culture in Springfield. They also talk to state rep candidate Dwight Kay on how he plans to provide property tax relief to homeowners in his district and statewide if elected. Proft and Hughes also discuss the very same property tax issue in Kane County, where homeowners are saddled with paying for exorbitant and unsustainable pension promises.

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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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IL's 7,000 Governments: Ripe With Corruption

With more units of government than any other state in the country, opportunity for corruption and waste is aplenty in Illinois. In at least one suburban Chicago township, some spending is downright illegal. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Joe Kaiser and Mark Cavers hear from DuPage Township Trustee Alyssia Benford on how she's shining a light on illegal expenditures in her township. Kaiser and Cavers also discuss how other areas of the state – namely Lake County – might duplicate Cook County's corrupt system for property tax appeals. And how is Illinois doing a year after lawmakers passed a massive, 32 percent income tax hike? The data is in, and it's not looking so great.

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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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The Politics of Homeownership

Homeownership and property taxes are two of the most urgent issues facing Chicago's South Suburban Communities. What are families and businesses experiencing? What role has Illinois' political culture played in this crisis? Former ABC7 political reporter and WVON morning drive host Charles Thomas, barber college owner Kenny Williams and former Riverdale Mayor Deyon Dean join host Jeff Coleman to discuss. 

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Blackwell: Government Programs Don't Help The Black Community

Despite a more than 6-fold increase in the number of black elected officials in America since 1970, black families as a demographic are not better off economically or educationally. Robert Blackwell, President of EKI-Digital and Killerspin, explains why economic policy is more important than identity politics in fostering success. 

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Why Home Ownership Changed in The South Suburbs

Despite an federal cabinet level agency and state and local agencies dedicated to ending discrimination with respect to home ownership including with respect to the banking system, black home ownership has not changed in 50 years. What accounts for this phenomenon? Founder and CEO of Local Labs Brian Timpone discusses. 

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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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