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Vote No On Walking Conflict Of Interest Robert Martwick

Do voters understand when politicians and property tax appeals lawyers like Martwick get their clients’ property taxes reduced the burden falls on the rest of homeowners? Is that why Martwick says he “hates the idea of lowering property taxes?” Want to change things in Chicago and Illinois? Maybe stop electing Democrat crime family property tax appeals attorneys like Robert Martwick. Ammie Kessem, Chicago Police Sergeant, and candidate for State Rep. in the 19th District, joins Dan and Amy to discuss what distinguishes herself from her opponent. 

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Madigan Financed Character Assassinations

Are Democrats in the suburbs voting for locally licensed Madigan roll call votes? How does Peter Breen fight off outrageous political attacks calling him “pro pedophile” and against funding rape kits? Why aren’t Illinois voters more skeptical? How will he reverse the exodus of people out of Illinois that Democrats deny is even happening? State Rep. and House Republican Floor Leader, Peter Breen joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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How Madigan's Money Lies To Voters

House Speaker Mike Madigan has already poured more than $1 million dollars into legislative races this year in support of Democratic candidates and lawmakers. That money is being used to spread falsehoods and defend the status quo, but some conservative reformers are fighting back against the lies. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk to state Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) and state rep candidate Tonia Khouri about how they are fighting the Democrats' false narratives this November and in the future. Proft and Hughes also offer election forecasting for the governor's race and the Chicago mayoral race.

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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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Are You Satisfied?

Are you satisfied with the status quo in Springfield? Do you like the direction our state is headed? Do you enjoy paying the highest property taxes in the nation? It turns out the politicians in Springfield are. In this week's Two Minute Warning, Pat Hughes bashes the politicians who are protecting the status quo at your expense.

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If You’re Not With Rauner, You’re A Tool Of Madigan

Marko Sukovic, GOP State Rep. candidate, is suing the IL House Republican Organization for defamation. Is the Illinois Republican Party purging conservatives out of the party? If a candidate isn’t with surrender Republicans like Durkin and Rauner, then they must be with Madigan? Is the House Republican Organization insulting the intelligence of their base by insulting Marko? Candidate for State Rep. in the 59th District, Marko Sukovic joins Dan and Amy to discuss his campaign and pending lawsuit.

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Ives: Nobody Trusts Rauner

Is Rauner calling Jeanne Ives “Mike Madigan’s favorite Republican” to shift the blame from his failed leadership? Speaking of Madigan, why isn’t every female Democrat legislator calling for his resignation after his egregious handling of sexual harassment complaints? What should be done for Veterans at their state-run home in Quincy that has another four confirmed cases of legionnaires after Rauner’s publicity stunt? GOP gubernatorial candidate, State Rep. Jeanne Ives joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Proft: Good morning, Dan and Amy. I'm sure you've heard the ads, we've discussed them...the Republican race for governor between State Representative Jeanne Ives and Bruce Rauner, Bruce Rauner's got a million-dollar plus buy this week on the networks, cable, radio...you've heard them on this station, the ads. The argument that Jeanne Ives is Madigan's favorite Republican, which you would have to be blithely ignorant or lacking in self-respect to believe if you're an Illinois Republican, and that's not ME saying that. That's a number of the leading conservative state legislators who have endorsed Jeanne Ives, saying it in a latter they released yesterday, calling on Rauner to stop...quoting..."to stop his shameful distortions and fabrications of Jeanne Ives' record. He can't defend his own policies, so he's using deep campaign coffers to flood airwaves and mail boxes with bogus attacks. Mike Madigan's favorite candidate?" Question mark? "It's BRUCE RAUNER who enacted key elements of the progressive social agenda, included taxpayer funding of elective abortions. It's Bruce Rauner who signaled he'd accept an income tax increase paired with reforms that never materialized. And it's Bruce Rauner who just proposed a new budget that relies on those taxes to balance spending, rather than proposing cuts." That's Tom Morrison saying that, Rep. conservative from Palatine, John Cabello, conservative from Rockford, also Trump's Illinois state director in 2016, John Cabello, Margo McDermott, conservative from Will County, David McSweeney, conservative from Barrington area, NW Cook and Lake County, Allen Skillicorn from Kane and McHenry Counties, Tim Bivens out Dixon way, Senator Kyle McCourt...Senator Kyle McCarter down Metro East near St. Louis...these are the leading legislators in the General Assembly who've actually worked with Jeanne Ives...and Bruce Rauner! So they can sort of separate the wheat from the chaff. So what say you, Governor? Are all of these legislators, are they Madigan's favorite Republicans too? What say you, Bruce Rauner supporters? Jacobson: You KNOW they're not gonna call in! But you could always throw the number out anyway. Proft: Yeah! 312-642-5600 Turnkey Dot Pro Answer Line, still looking for Bruce Rauner's supporters. Look, I'll give you the floor! And then I'll decimate you like Jeanne Ives decimated Bruce Rauner before the Tribune Editorial Board, but you can have your say! But you just have nothing to say, I know! 'Cause you're just voting for a checkbook, and you KNOW it. And your countenancing betrayals, a traitor in the...in our midst. And you KNOW it. So what are you gonna say, what are ya gonna say? Jeanne Ives and Tom Morrison and John Cabello and Peter Breen and Margo McDermott and David McSweeney and Alan Skillicorn and Tim Bivens and Kyle McCarter, THEY'RE the cabal? The conservative reformers? Kyle McCarter is the first politician in the history of Western civilization who actually abided his own self-imposed term limits! He's not running again for this cycle because he actually believes so much in term limits, he's willing to apply them to himself! But he's part of the Madigan cabal, down there St. Louis way? There's no credible case to be made, is there? Well, for more on this topic and other substantive issues, we're pleased to be joined by the aforesaid State Representative, Jeanne Ives, conservative Republican candidate for Governor. Jeanne, thanks for joining us, appreciate it. Ives: Well, thanks for giving me the opportunity to set the record straight! Proft: So, let's talk about...you've heard from your colleagues, so that speaks volumes about the veracity of what Rauner's saying. Ives: Oh! One little...yeah, one more data point on that though. I was just at another function on Sunday morning, and Mark Batinick and David Welter, and even Darlene Singer stood up there and said there's no truth to any of that. There's no way that she's Mike Madigan's best bestie down there. All three of them! Proft: Mark Badinick's a state rep from Plainfield, Republican. David Welter's a state representative from Grundy County, and Darlene Singer's a former state representative from Naperville, NOW running on Rauner's statewide ticket for Comptroller. Ives: Mmhmm. But Dan, here's the problem: every single one of those 73 sitting state. Republican state legislators down there ought to be saying the same thing. Where are their voices? Because this now is very personal. This is my record. He lied to the Cardinal, he lied to our Caucus, he lied to the public, but he's specifically lying about my record as a tax fighter. And everybody knows that's exactly why I went to Springfield, was to defend taxpayers. That's how I lead every speech, because it's the truth. Jacobson: So Jeanne, the first time you saw that commercial, did you fall off your chair or off the couch? Because even my Democratic friends know that... Ives: Well, I don't really watch TV, so I heard about it before I saw it, and nobody believed it. And even Democrats are just laughing hysterically, because they all know it's not true either. Proft: Well, address though...this...you know, one thing is...just because, for people that are generally uninformed but trying to be informed, that they don't understand the commercial and the bytes that were selected that try to paint you in that light, that you're some kind of flak for Madigan, bytes from your joint appearance before the Tribune Editorial Board. So just provide some context for our listeners about those bytes that were selected so that they have an understanding of what Rauner's doing here. Ives: Well sure. So in...during the Trib Editorial Board, all Bruce Rauner could say was "It's Mike Madigan's fault!" Everything was a blame shift. And he wanted to...he wanted to pretend that the entire last three years had nothing to do with his failed leadership. It was all Mike Madigan's fa...all Mike Madigan's...I got tired of hearing it! And so I made a couple of points, because the other question was "Are you gonna be able to fight Mike Madigan like Rauner did?" Well, absolutely, because I've already stood up to Mike Madigan. I've already defeated bills on the House floor with him sitting there, and so look...Mike Madigan's...I've also made the comment Mike Madigan voted for my bill. So apparently, when the policy...you know, I can do SOMETHING with this guy. I can either argue against him, or at least he understands some of my policies, good. And the other... Proft: Well, well, wait, well, wait...what was the policy that he voted for? Just so we're on point... Ives: Oh, sure. Well, it was a far-reaching debt transparency act that dealt with school districts. And even the staffer came up to me afterwards and said "I'm SHOCKED that Mike Madigan voted for your bill. That may be the first time EVER." I said "Oh, good! So maybe he thinks that schools are out of control." Whatever, he voted for my bill. Proft: So the point is to say that the idea is you're to, you know, bend people to your policy agenda rather than selling out to advance theirs. And that I suppose is the difference. Ives: Well, it's absolutely the difference! And then when he was blame-shifting to Mike Madigan, I said, "Well, it doesn't help to just make it have a personal attack against him, there you go again, you know, calling Mike Madigan names." Jacobson: Yeah....I've seen reporters their whole lives take things out of context... Ives: Yeah, it's just a bullying tactic. Jacobson: So, speaking of Mike Madigan, during the past week not one but two of his aides have been let go or forced to resign because of their bad behavior. What do you think should happen to Mike Madigan? Because if it was any other politician, I think he'd already have been forced to step down from his leadership role, but it's Mike Madigan. Ives: Yes, at a minimum, and I called for him to also just resign. He just needs to resign at this point. He...first of all, not having a Legislative Inspector General for three years, and knowing that there's 27 complaints sitting there, the guy is complicit in all the sexual harassment cases that have gone on down there. He's not interested in changing anything in the state, and specifically on this topic. So I don't know why every single Democrat female legislator isn't down there calling for his resignation too, if they really believe in this cause. So...he should resign. Absolutely. Proft: And you called for him to resign...Rauner and the Republican leaders, to my knowledge, have not. Ives: No, but you know, think about this. My...Bruce Rauner hasn't even called for the Auditor General, Frank Martino, to resign! He was a HAND-PICKED person by Mike Madigan, he's unqualified for the position, and not to mention he's under Federal investigation. So, I opposed Martino's appointment, I was the first to call for Martino to resign, and we can't get our Republican governor to do the same when he's Mike Madigan's first in command and now new Auditor general, in charge of checking the accounts on taxpayers' behalf. It's ridiculous. Jacobson: You used to be a Rauner supporter, correct, when he first ran? And now you're running against him, and just tell us why. Ives: Well, he's...you can't trust Bruce Rauner anymore. He lied to the Cardinal, he lied to our caucus, NOBODY trusts him, the lobbyists don't trust him...not that I care too much about them, but you can't do any deals with him. You can't make any policy go forward because you have no idea where he's going to come from at the next turn, and what he's going to cave on. So, nobody trusts Mi...nobody trusts Bruce Rauner, that the policies he put in place are a complete violation of the Republican platform, so I go to Republican events and say "What are we about? Pizza and beer in a social club? Or are we here to get something done? Are we here to advance a conservative reform agenda? Because Bruce Rauner at the top of the ticket isn't doing it." And so if you want to call yourself a Republican, you can't vote for him. Jacobson: Well, how are you being received around the state? Because I imagine you're travelling everywhere. Ives: Very well, very well. Standing ovation last night at a Bloom and Business meeting in Peoria, the night before a York Township...York Township, which is where there's quite a few establishment Republicans supporting Rauner, but I was right in the middle of there...York Township, standing ovation after my speech. You know, standing ovation down in...down in Jerseyville, you know which is far East side...or West side of the state. So, standing ovations everywhere I go, when I talk to Republican audiences about what's going on. Proft: This week, one of the things you talked about what's going on was the fourth confirmed case of Legionnaires at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, just a few weeks after Governor Rauner's stunt of staying there for a couple nights, just a week after his appearance, or just about a week after his appearance before the Crane's Editorial Board, when he was asked if he would do anything different in terms of how he's handled the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy over the last 2.5 years where 13 people have died, and there's 11 pending negligence lawsuits against the state, and now after yet another declaration of a clean bill of health, four more cases of Legionnaires Disease. You suggested that you would take a different tack with the Illinois Veterans' Home, if you were Governor. What would that be? Ives: We would move them immediately out of those facilities. They have a systemic problem, you have a three year crisis! And I went to the facilities and I saw what the staff was doing, and the protocols they are doing in terms of heating the water and then cooling it back down right before it comes out of the faucet, I've seen the protocols on flushing that they're doing, I've seen the bed check that they're doing, and it's still occurring. You have a three-year history of it not being fixed...you have to move those people out! That's what, when I talk to a friend of mine who runs private nursing homes, that's exactly what he said he would have to do. Because in his case, he would be sued for millions of dollars if there was even ONE death. And we've had 13 deaths related to this, and we haven't done enough? Move them out, NOW! Proft: So, why haven't they moved them out? It seems like the obvious thing to do, the common-sense thing to do. So why has it taken 2.5 years and this kind of body count? Ives: Well, obviously, buck stops at the top. It's a failure of leadership, he doesn't want to pretend that it's that big of a significant problem. I think you've got a little bit of an issue that people are worried that you're going to close down the Quincy Veterans' Home altogether, which is a huge job area, job creation area for public sector workers down in Quincy. And I think that they're all concerned about that. But that shouldn't be our concern, our concern should be that veterans are DYING for something which is a preventable disease. It's preventable, and it doesn't happen in other nursing homes all the time with the three-year crisis history of this. They would have been shut down by the state. And yet the state won't shut down it's own facility. Jacobson: And the governor is the one who can make that call, Governor Rauner is. Ives: Absolutely he can, I guess. If he pretended that he was in charge he should have some authority. Of course he can make that call. Proft: In addition to the mail...to the television commercials, there's some mailers too. The most recent one I've seen suggests that you're for increasing property taxes in Illinois...(Ives: *giggles*, Jacobson: That's a good one, yeah.)...in Illinois, and my understanding is that you're a proponent of the same thing I'm a proponent of, which is capping property taxes at 1% of home value, like Indiana does, which would be a massive property tax CUT, and restore people's home equity, if we were to pursue that reform. What...where are you on property taxes? Ives: Absolutely! We don't need to freeze them at the highest level in the nation, we need to reduce them, and we need to cap them, so people can have a certainty that in the future they're not going to continue to rent their home from their local superintendent. This is outrageous! And you know, this is another one of the Rauner lies that...it's just incredible! I'm the one who waves the paper on the floor and says "Look, Mike Madigan is a person who actually represented seven of the top 12 property salesmen in Chicago, and they're under-assessed. They're assessed at only 42% of their value, what's the problem here? I'm the one who called out Mike Madigan for the games he was playing on assessments long before Bruce Rauner got into this game, long before he said anything. And for him to say that I'm not for property taxes reduction is ridiculous. He's just lying. You see it on my record! Proft: Yesterday we talked to Anthony Napolitano, who of course is the 41st Ward Alderman for the City of Chicago, about this new identification, Muni Identification Card, that Rahm Emanuel is promulgating for persons in this country illegally, for undocumented immigrants in Chicago, that would allow...that would...that people could use to register to vote...even though they're in this country illegally, thus the need for this Muni card in the first place. It's rather curious, it's curious to Napolitano, and actually a handful of other Alderman, Democrats, in the city, just a handful unfortunately. This strikes me as patently Unconstitutional, is there anything that can be done at the state level about this? Ives: Well, I just requested that legislation be drafted to prevent this from occurring, and absolutely prevent it from being used for any sort of voter identification process. So it's just...it's unreal! I don't think that I can go to Mexico and get some sort of ID card from their local municipality...I don't know why we're doing this. But this is the lawlessness you have from the Chicago Democrats and now Bruce Rauner when it comes to criminal illegal immigrants or illegal immigrants regardless. You know, so...Sanctuary State, let's take that one up. Every single Democratic candidate AND Governor Rauner have the same position on Sanctuary State, every single one of them. They do not care about the rule of law. I'm the only candidate who does. Proft: She is Jeanne Ives, Illinois state representative from the 42nd out in the Western burbs, Wheaton way, now a Republican candidate for Governor, challenging Bruce Rauner in the GOP Primary on March 20th. Jeanne, thanks for joining us again, appreciate it. Ives: Thank you.

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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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Rauner: Weak Man In Powerful Office

Gov. Rauner says he's not in charge so his failure is not his fault. Why run for reelection if he’s not able to do anything? Rauner’s campaign message is vote for me because I’m not Madigan since he has no record of his own to run on. Running mate of GOP primary opponent (Jeanne Ives) and former state legislator, Rich Morthland joins Dan and Amy with his reaction to Rauner’s abysmal lack of leadership and the attitudes of fed up voters outside of the Chicagoland area.

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Proft: Good morning, Dan and Amy. So, Governor Rauner yesterday had his anti-Al Haig moment, Amy. Jacobson: Yeah, it’s like his tail was between his legs. He looks disheveled, he seems rattled that Jeanne Ives is challenging him. I gotta tell ya, I watched his press conference on three different stations, just to make sure I had this right but, listen up Dan...he’s not in charge! He’s not. Rauner (from tape): Illinois would be on a great future, we’d have 200,000 more jobs in this state, we would have lower property taxes in this state, we would have term limits in this state, if I was in charge. I am NOT in charge, I’m trying to get to be in charge. Jacobson: This was one of those moments where it was just like “...what?” And this is what he said on Channel 5, that Mike Madigan is a mobster. Rauner (from tape): He has rigged the system, he controls it, it is a mafia protection racket, and until he’s gone, we are not going to fix Illinois, and we’re not going to have a good future. Proft: Yeah, here’s what he’s trying to do. First of all, for a governor, especially the governor of...by the way, governor’s office in Illinois? Powerful office. Bruce Rauner, weak man. That’s the disconnect. For a governor to say “I’m not in charge”... Jacobson: That’s scary. Proft: Is that what he campaigned on in 2014? “I’m not...I’ll turn around Illinois, if Mike Madigan let’s me. I’ll turn around Illinois, with these qualifiers.” Was that the campaign promise? The outsider, no-nonsense business guy, he was going to take on these intractable problems, and the established political order in Springfield, the way that the run-of-the-mill politicians for the last several generations haven’t been able to...wasn’t that his values proposition? So now, as someone retweeted, his response in running for re-election is “I’m not responsible for my failure”? Boy, that’s compelling leadership in these difficult times in Illinois. Jacobson: And Jeanne Ives yesterday, who’s running for governor, introduced herself to the media, you know, we know her here on this program, but a lot of people don’t...and she held her own. Ives (from tape): The decision came when after HB40, that was the last straw, and colleagues and people from around the state started calling me saying “we need somebody to stand up to him, because Republicans hold Republicans accountable. Proft: Yeah, and by the way, with respect to the governor, we wouldn’t have a job killing, Capitol fleeing, massive structural tax increase without 15 House Republicans, HOUSE REPUBLICANS, folding in with Madigan. So where’s the leadership within your own party, such that you keep Republicans in line, Governor? Or are you not going to be in charge until we, what, suspend both parties? And you’re just the...dictator of the state? I mean, the complications presented by the General Assembly, especially the longest-serving speaker at the state level in U.S. history, are obvious. They were obvious going in, and they’re obvious today. And yes, he should be held to account, and yes he is a bulwark against a better Illinois, there’s no question. But, to be a crybaby bed-wetter about it? Jacobson: It’s true. I need a leader. He’s in charge of the national guard, the Illinois National Guard. “I’m not in charge here!” I don’t need to hear that from you! Proft: You were surprised with the possibility that Madigan would be the House speaker, if you’re elected governor. You didn’t contemplate that when you ran? Obviously that’s not true because that question has been asked of Republican candidates for the better part of three decades, “How ya gonna deal with Madigan? How ya gonna deal with Madigan?” Now I don’t assume Madigan is going to be there in 2018, because I think the Republicans have a chance to pick up the nine net seats to depose him, I really do. Jacobson: That’d be wonderful… Proft: But...BUT...the idea that you wouldn’t contemplate it, or four years in, after promising to have the state income tax back down to 3%, pre-Quinn, and having it back up to Quinn levels, with Republicans complicit, and frankly Rauner complicit, because he did a Pontius Pilate on that, “I’m gonna stay out of it, whatever the General Assembly decides, then I’ll make my decision.” That’s leadership? That’s why we have what we have. “My failure is not my fault.” That’s what Rauner is saying. Jacobson: But as Governor, as Republican governor, he needs to get the Republican members in line. He needs to whip them into shape and he did not do that! Proft: (312)642-5600, Turnkey Dot Pro Answer Line. 64636DA, Turnkey Dot Pro Text Line. Are you inspired by Rauner’s Al...or anti-Al Haig moment? Or is that fair for him to just blame Madigan and say “Well I can’t do anything if he’s there.” Well then, why are you running for re-election? Jacobson: Jeanne Ives pretty much called him a liar yesterday. Ives (from tape): He is a traitor to our policies and that’s why I’m challenging him. Proft: They did! He said he would veto HB40...he signed it. He signed sanctuary city, he signed trans birth certificates, bailouts of public utilities like Exelon, increasing health care premiums to support Pat Quinn’s Obamacare Medicaid expansion...it’s not just on the moral issues. He’s a big government Republican. So again, do we want to hold people accountable for their policy choices, and the leadership opportunity they failed to consummate, or are we just gonna say “Ahh, you know...he’s got a big checkbook, and he’ll probably win. Since he’ll probably win, I’ll just go along with the program, you know like we did with Mark Kirk last year when he won re-election. Oh wait.” Jacobson: Well, speaking of the checkbook real quick, Jeanne Ives...well she did a real good job because everybody said “there’s no way you can win, he is a millionaire, he will put millions into his own campaign.” Ives (from tape): It doesn’t matter how much money you have, in the end you cannot buy back your trust after a betrayal. So Rauner is going to spend a lot of money paying high-priced consultants to try and tell people that he is somebody who he is not. Proft: Well, that’s it, and isn’t that what Rauner is doing? “I want you to vote for who I am NOT, not who I am.” Isn’t that what Rauner is doing? “I want you to vote for me because I’m not Madigan. Don’t vote for me because...I don’t want to be judged on what I’ve done, I want to be judged on what Mike Madigan has done.” Is that compelling? For more on this topic, we’re pleased to be joined by the aforesaid Jeanne Ives’ running mate, remember you run as a ticket, Jeanne Ives’ Lieutenant Governor candidate is a former state legislator from the Quad Cities, his name is Rich Morthland, and Rich joins us now. Rich, thanks for being with us, appreciate it. Morthland: Good morning, Dan, it’s good to talk to you. Amy, it’s good to make you acquaintance! Jacobson: Yes! I can’t wait to get to know you. Proft: We heard about you from Jeanne when we had her on the show yesterday, just a quick background. A farmer, college educator, former state legislator, and also a locally elected official as well. You’ve had an interesting and diverse professional and political history, and I wonder how you react to Governor Rauner’s “I’m not in charge” comment? Morthland: Dan, that is SO reflective of the way his administration has done everything! It’s been an abdication, a dereliction, of his Constitutional duty, we’re all constitutional here, we all understand our balances of power, and he has a lot of it. And what he did through his statements was to acknowledge that he does...or not to acknowledge, but acknowledging the fact that he won’t embrace the powers that he has under our Constitution. And he’s advocating it all to Michael Madigan? I know Mr. Madigan! I’ve served under him in his chamber, I understand he’s a powerful man. But this isn’t his state! And I’m sorry, I’m getting a little agitated, just so you know like any good Republican I’m driving to work right now, I’m co-teaching classes this morning at our Galva Kewanee campus at Black Hawk College. But I’m telling...it’s just astonishing that this man is not doing his job, and he hasn’t done since he got in, and now he has once and for all said “It’s not my fault.” Jacobson: Well, what made you decide to join the ticket with Jeanne Ives? Morthland: Jeanne Ives, well...she is SO incredible, she is an amazing leader, she is well-trained, well-versed, I mean we all know the legacy of West Point. I mean, let’s be honest...Jeanne Ives knows the MEANING of the word “retreat”, but it was only a vocabulary word they made her study. I mean, come on! That woman is going to march forward, she knows how to create coalitions, she knows how to assert authority, everything that “Benedict Rauner” has NOT done. And she is going to do it and I am just absolutely honored that she has chosen to place me on the ticket. Proft: Give us a little bit of on-the-ground perspective as a downstater, or as somebody from the Quad Cities, or as somebody right next to Iowa there, a border community, a border region, what the attitude of Republicans in your neck of the woods and as you travel around the state, particularly downstate, what the attitudes you hear about Governor Rauner from Republicans? Morthland: Well, you’re right, Dan. I do live in a border area, you know I used to say when I was running for my state rep district, that the biggest problem with my district is that it has five bridges out, and people are using them. You know, what I hear from people as I go around the state and I am going to continue to go around the state, because obviously Jeanne chose me because I am neither from Cook, nor the collars, to reflect the geography of the state of Illinois and the views of the state of Illinois….it’s betrayal, day-in, day-out, and everyone has their own straw that broke their camel’s back of support, and they’ve turned away, and they’ve turned away irreparably. When Jeanne says we know, that we have the polling data that says he can’t win, if he were re-nominated...she’s not kidding. We hear it every day on the ground. Jacobson: So when’re you gonna come to Chicago and introduce yourself? When’s your coming out party? Morthland: It would be wonderful. I would love to come up to the city! We were there, obviously, just last weekend, for various events including Farm Bureau, it was, it was kind of...it’s always fun to go to the Farm Bureau Convention, because I’m a lifelong member, and when I was first a legislator, the Farm Bureau had a program, they’ve since abandoned it, because it doesn’t work on Chicago Democrats. They had a program where they would adopt legislators, and I remember walking away from the event where they did adoptions with a bunch of Chicago Democrats, and they said “Rich, Rich! Did the Farm Bureau adopt you?” And I said “It’s kind of hard to adopt MYSELF.” Proft: Yeah, right. So that perspective too, because sometimes we forget north of I-80 that agribusiness is the number one business sector in Illinois. Obviously you’ve got John Deere in your neck of the woods, and Caterpillar in Peoria and thousands of family farmers across the state. There’s this stat that I love, and correct me if I’m wrong on this, but every Illinois farmer feeds 52 families. Just to give you kind of the impact of not just the economics at the macro level but also at the micro level in terms of, you know, feeding people, feeding people the world over. Proft: Great job with numbers as usual, Dan. But we don’t just feed people, we also provide...all sorts of...food, fabrics, fuel, we do on Illinois agriculture, and now with the advancements, amazing...soybean acres nationally are about to exceed corn acres because the soybean is such a versatile plant that we can do so much with it. But, Illinois is the breadbasket of America, and agriculture...you’re right. If I were headed to our Moline campus, it’s next door...not by accident...to the world headquarters of John Deere. And that’s something that I never take for granted when I’m doing my job of educating Illinois’ young people. By the way, it’s...don’t forget, I’m a community college professor, and like about half of all community college professors, I’ve had real jobs. And my...oh I’m really gonna get in trouble for this one...and my full-time teaching job really isn’t among them, I love it, but it’s not the real job that I’ve done. I’ve just...when you’re raised on a farm, and you’re a farm kid...it makes something out of you that can never be removed. And it’s just a real honor that Jeanne’s sought that out in a running mate. Proft: Alright, he is Rich Morthland, former state legislator from the Quad Cities area, as well as you heard, farmer, community college professor, and running mate to state representative Jeanne Ives, they are the ticket challenging Governor Rauner and Evelyn Sanguenetti in the Republican primary for governor. Rich, thanks so much for joining us, appreciate it. Morthland: Thanks for having me, folks.

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