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The End Of Chicago

On April 2nd, Chicago will make history with its first duly-elected black, female mayor—and likely its first lesbian mayor.

The real significance of the election will be to signal the completion of Chicago’s transition from The Superfans to The SuperFrench; from Grabowskis in hard hats to political mobsters sporting soft cuticles.

The two mayoral finalists are distinctions without a difference. One argues for taxing hotels to publicly fund artists while the other advocates for taxing everything from sugary drinks to bullets.

Chicago has gone from the City That Works to the city that works you over.

Middle-income families have declined three-fold in the last two decades.

Black families are fueling a second Great Migration, this time away from Chicago.

Chicago was always a cut me in or cut it out town.

The kleptocrats cut in the Socialists to the exclusion of all else. So that’s all who’s left.

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Historic Chicago Mayor's Race

What does Toni Preckwinkle have to show for her 30 years of public service? Highest black unemployment rate, worst housing market in an urban center, violent crime, an education system rife with scandals? Is that how she’s going to beat Lori Lightfoot? What about Lightfoot’s relationship with Chicago Police? Tribune Columnist, John Kass joins Dan and Amy with a mayoral recap.

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Who’s Ready To Be Chicago’s Next Mayor?

Is Preckwinkle the biggest target in the mayor’s race? Is there still a need for 50 aldermen? Who are the rich people that the teacher’s union is demanding money from? The potential gambling and marijuana revenue won’t be here in time for the first few city budgets of the next mayor so how are they going to balance the budget? Chicago Tribune Editorial board member, Kristen McQueary joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Race Against The Machine

Will Dorothy Brown make it on the ballot despite Preckwinkle’s challenge? How is Brown going to transform the education system? How is the city going to get the revenue for the $40 billion worth of unfunded pension liabilities? Is she still the target of any federal investigations? Cook County Circuit Court Clerk and mayoral candidate, Dorothy Brown joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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An End To Easy Money

Despite Chicago’s potential new mayor’s opposition to self employment, how is the rest of the country doing? Good job numbers, decent wage gains, but what is needed to really set the economy off? Has there been too much easy money from the Fed? What will be the impact of the unwinding of this? Fox Business Network Contributor, Scott "The Cow Guy" Shellady joins Dan to discuss.

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The Stroger Legacy And Cook County

In 2010, as public support of county government waned, then-Cook County Board President Todd Stroger lost the Democratic primary to Toni Preckwinkle. Now, years later, Stroger is running for public office again and is rejoining the debate on county and city government. On this edition of Against the Current, Dan Proft asks Stroger what he thinks his legacy is, and what he wants to see from Cook County and Chicago moving forward. Proft and Stroger discuss and debate pensions, patronage and the best ways to provide jobs and opportunity for Cook County residents, as well as a range of other topics, in one of the most extensive interviews Stroger has done since leaving his post as Cook County Board President.


Queen Sugar's Opponent

“A penny saved is not a penny earned but a penny taxed.” Is there any way to rein in the out of control spending in Cook County? Is anyone willing to take on Burke and Madigan in the property tax battle that is starting to generate national attention? What has to be the approach going forward in negotiating with public sector unions? Former Chicago 2nd Ward Alderman and Candidate for Cook County Board President, Bob Fioretti joins Dan and Amy to discuss his campaign platform.

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Will the Cook Cook County Board repeal the sugary beverage tax or will Queen Sugar get her way? Cook County projected collecting $18M in sugary taxes in August but actually collected only $300K. Do they have the votes for veto-proof repeal of the tax? Cook County Commissioner for the 1st District, Richard Boykin, joins Dan and Amy to discuss the repeal of the sugary beverage tax and why he thinks Preckwinkle’s scare tactics against repeal are dishonest, disingenuous, and irresponsible.

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How Well Does Cook County Government Work For Its Residents?

Cook County residents are outraged about the County's sweetened beverage tax, which could be repealed this October. How were the county board and Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle so tone deaf on the issue? On this edition of Against the Current, one of the tax's strongest opponents, Commissioner Richard Boykin, tells Dan Proft how Preckwinkle and many other commissioners ignored citizens' concerns. Proft and Boykin also debate the merits of hiking the minimum wage, and they discuss how to tackle the county's gun violence problem. This and more important county policy topics on this edition of Against the Current.


Preckwinkle: Southside Entrepreneurs Cannot Earn A Living On Their Own

Long before she was Queen Sugar, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was an opponent of small business owner/operators responsible for 2/3rds of the jobs in this country.

In a forum Dan Proft moderated in 2013, former Utah State Sen. Dan Liljenquist told the story of when he met with Preckwinkle about the Institute for Justice's Clinic for Entrepreneurship during which she said,

"I'm opposed to self employment. You give these people false hopes that they could ever earn a living on their own."

She'll see Obama's "you didn't build that" and raise you a "you didn't earn that."

One might think to ask the follow-up, if there is no self-employment, who would create the jobs?

The only available answer once you eliminate the entrepreneur is government. And a government-driven, government-dominated society is the foundation of fascism.


Getting The Facts On Soda Taxes

On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk to Tax Foundation expert Scott Drenkard about the failures of Philadelphia's sugary drinks tax, and how it serves as an example for Cook County. They also talk to a state legislative candidate trying to win in Chicago as a Republican, and they discuss the legislative turnover in the General Assembly for this upcoming election. Proft and Hughes also discuss questions surrounding Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker's links to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and how the Democratic race for governor is shaping up.








Preckwinkle Plunders The Poor

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Peddling A Con

Just when we thought that Chicago Democrats couldn't be any more hostile to businesses, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle proves us wrong.  Pat Hughes takes on Preckwinkle in this week's Two Minute Warning.



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Dan Proft, Pat Hughes & Diana Rickert

On this edition of “Illinois Rising”, Pat Hughes and Diana Rickert, VP of Communications at the Illinois Policy Institute, discuss Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's proposed tax on bowling, golf and cable TV, the state's budget impasse, and Marvel Comics' Captain America series portraying villains as a “right-wing extremist group”.

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