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.
Does the Rauner Party only like primaries when they want to get someone out they don’t like? What’s the future of the Illinois Republican Party? Will there be a challenge to party chairman Schneider? Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran joins Dan and Amy to discuss the unity Rauner and the IL GOP establishment preach, while they pursue a purge of conservatives from the party.
Bruce Rauner is claiming Jeanne Ives is "Mike Madigan's favorite Republican." But Ives' legislative colleagues are pushing back, telling voters that Rauner is lying about Ives' record because he can't defend his own. On this edition of Illinois Rising, state Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-East Dundee, tells Dan Proft and Brian Timpone why he is standing with Ives, and why he and several of his Republican colleagues can't support the governor. Proft and Timpone also talk to Don Moore, a Metro East legislative candidate, who is taking on one of the 15 Republicans who voted for the 32 percent income tax hike last year. And Proft and Timpone discuss what might happen now that some Democrats have joined Republicans in being upset over Mike Madigan's handling of sexual harassment allegations in Springfield.