The Great Lakes' states have traditionally been America's powerhouses for manufacturing – but that's not the case anymore for Illinois. As Illinois' Midwestern neighbors prosper, Illinois manufacturing falters. On this edition of Against the Current, Dan Proft talks to Zach Mottl, a fourth-generation manufacturing business owner and manufacturing advocate, about what policies need to be put in place both in Illinois and at the federal level to boost manufacturing jobs. Mottl dispels some myths often pushed in Springfield as to why the state can't reform its workers' compensation system or lower its property taxes, and Proft and Mottl discuss U.S. trade policy and what the country can do better.
On this edition of “Illinois Rising”, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes, Co-Founder, Illinois Opportunity Project, discuss the potential of another Chicago Teachers strike, Illinois uncompetitive and extremely high workers’ compensation costs, Palatine High Schools’ transgender student and having full access to the girls locker room, Fox Lake and more.