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"He who seeks to improve conditions must propagate a new mentality, not merely a new institution." — Ludwig von MisesOur aim at Upstream Ideas is to do just as Mises suggested by turning the dial on how you look at the political and policy issues facing Illinois, Chicago and our nation. We present new ideas that inform salient policy decisions, start new conversations and move beyond partisan politics all while challenging the status quo.Dan Proft along with distinguished guests and contributors lay out in-depth issues in a digestible way to better understand why conditions are what they are and how they could be improved. We produce content in a variety of formats including long-form interviews, multiple segment radio shows and mini-monologues. We arm you with new information and fresh perspectives with the goal of making Illinois and the United States of America a bit more free, a bit more just and a bit more civilized.

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"He who seeks to improve conditions must propagate a new mentality, not merely a new institution." — Ludwig von MisesOur aim at Upstream Ideas is to do just as Mises suggested by turning the dial on how you look at the political and policy issues facing Illinois, Chicago and our nation. We present new ideas that inform salient policy decisions, start new conversations and move beyond partisan politics all while challenging the status quo.Dan Proft along with distinguished guests and contributors lay out in-depth issues in a digestible way to better understand why conditions are what they are and how they could be improved. We produce content in a variety of formats including long-form interviews, multiple segment radio shows and mini-monologues. We arm you with new information and fresh perspectives with the goal of making Illinois and the United States of America a bit more free, a bit more just and a bit more civilized.

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Upstream Ideas

Latest release on Feb 07, 2019

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"He who seeks to improve conditions must propagate a new mentality, not merely a new institution." — Ludwig von MisesOur aim at Upstream Ideas is to do just as Mises suggested by turning the dial on how you look at the political and policy issues facing Illinois, Chicago and our nation. We present new ideas that inform salient policy decisions, start new conversations and move beyond partisan politics all while challenging the status quo.Dan Proft along with distinguished guests and contributors lay out in-depth issues in a digestible way to better understand why conditions are what they are and how they could be improved. We produce content in a variety of formats including long-form interviews, multiple segment radio shows and mini-monologues. We arm you with new information and fresh perspectives with the goal of making Illinois and the United States of America a bit more free, a bit more just and a bit more civilized.

Rank #1: WIND: No Decision Made On Saudi Arabia’s Punishment

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Are sanctions against the Saudis the next move in response to the Khashoggi murder investigation? Why does Lindsey Graham think it’s a good idea to call for regime change? What is Trump going to do about the Honduras caravan headed to the border? Is the GOP having an October comeback? Anchor of Special Report on Fox News, Bret Baier joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

Oct 19 2018

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Rank #2: WIND: “People Will Die”

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Is environmentalists’ pushback on any EPA rollback- “people will die?” Is there even a sliver of truth to that? Is our 21st-century Nazi threat not getting to 100% renewable energy as hinted by Ocasio-Cortes? How has Germany’s CO2 emissions gone up despite spending $220 billion on green energy? Founder of JunkScience.com and a member of President Trump’s EPA transition team, Steve Milloy joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

Oct 23 2018

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Rank #3: WIND: Bye Bye Sears

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What was once seen as a retail giant, is now filing for bankruptcy. Did Sears try to adapt to the modern market or did their decline happen too quickly? What about the future of malls? Should the Fed continue raising rates? CNBC Contributor, Jim Iuorio joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

Oct 16 2018

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Rank #4: WIND: Will Sterigenics Get An Apology?

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Do you ever have to apologize if you’re a government bureaucrat or a member of the Chicago press corps for false reporting? The EPA says they may have mistested the air samples from Sterigenics that Democrat politicians seized upon to berate Rauner and other Republican candidates. Do the residents in the western suburbs deserve an apology for the political fear mongering of a cancer scare? Dan and Amy discuss new reports coming from the EPA regarding Sterigenics.

Nov 27 2018

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Rank #5: WIND: Feminism Is Hurting Women

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How has feminism helped undermine family life? Why is there a hypersexualization of children in schools? Why do feminists deny the differences between men and women? Is the #metoo movement a cry of despair from the anything goes culture feminism has created? Columnist and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Mona Charen joins Dan and Amy to discuss how feminism lost touch with science.

Oct 26 2018

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Rank #6: WIND: The Left Declares War On Due Process

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Are the Democrats going to rue the day they asked for the FBI investigation? If the left can do this to Kavanaugh, can’t they do this to anyone? Does the progressive left see themselves as the only ones worthy of power? Should this be a wake-up call to all the beltway establishment Republicans? Editor of The New Criterion and columnist for PJ Media, Roger Kimball joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

Oct 02 2018

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Rank #7: WIND: Who Could Defeat Trump In 2020?

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Could JP Morgan boss Jamie Dimon beat Trump? Is the return to law and order still a driving issue for the GOP in the midterms? Do sanctuary cities declare everyone else second class citizens? Why is keeping the violence in Chicago “contained” a sense of accomplishment? Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and speaker at Freedom Summit joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

Sep 13 2018

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Rank #8: WIND: The Party Of Infanticide

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Is removing any impediments to kill a child born alive the newest push on the Liberal policy agenda? Does anyone still believe Democrats preaching “safe, legal and rare?” Is a bioethics professor at Princeton being the only honest one from the infanticide left saying that the world would be a better place if we killed infants with disabilities in hopes of gaining a healthier infant in society? Dan and Amy discuss the latest push for not only abortion on demand but infanticide.

Feb 01 2019

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Rank #9: IL RISING: What Comes After Tiny Dancer?

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After a disastrous seven years in office, Rahm Emanuel stunned the Chicago political world when he announced he wasn't going to run for re-election. But looking ahead now, what – and who – is next for the city? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes take a prospective look at the Chicago mayoral race, from both political and policy perspectives. They also reflect on Emanuel's damaging two terms, and how other politicians are reacting to his departure.

Sep 11 2018

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Rank #10: IL RISING: How Madigan's Money Lies To Voters

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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.

Sep 04 2018

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Rank #11: WIND: Putting Chicagoans First

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Why do Chicagoans keep electing the same people over and over with no results? How many of the candidates in the race have no ties or stake in the political machine? The youngest candidate in the race for Mayor, John Kozlar joins Dan and Amy to make his case.

Jan 17 2019

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Rank #12: WIND: Auctioneering Sanity At Congressional Hearings

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Is the SCOTUS hearing overshadowing the social media giants’ testimonies and their alleged censorship of conservatives? Was the anonymous op-ed written to appeal to NYT editorial board? Doesn’t it sound like it could be the preface to Woodward’s book? Should Republicans reconsider the prospects of a blue wave in November? Senior Editor for HotAir.com, Ed Morrissey joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

Sep 06 2018

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Rank #13: WIND: Obama Border Patrol Chief: “Trump Is Right”

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If CNN's Jim Acosta doesn't see migrants trying to get into the country, do they really exist? Is the wall an integral aspect of the multi layered approach for border security? How many Americans have to die at the hands of illegal immigrants for Democrats to call it a crisis? Obama's Customs and Border Patrol Chief, Mark Morgan joins Dan to discuss.

Jan 11 2019

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Rank #14: WIND: Social Experiment Gone Awry In Parkland

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Why don’t schools have the same protections as venues such as concerts or airports? Did political correctness bring about the tragedy in Parkland? Did a social experiment gone bad cost lives? Will the recent suspension of the Broward County Sheriff change anything? Andrew Pollack whose daughter was murdered in the Parkland school shooting joins Dan and Amy to discuss how he has been trying to right this wrong.

Jan 22 2019

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Rank #15: ATC: Analyzing The State Of Jobs And The Economy With Scott "The Cow Guy" Shellady

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Is the U.S. headed for a serious trade war? What does the national jobs picture look like moving forward? The noise around economic news can sometimes make it difficult to keep up, but Scott "the Cow Guy" Shellady – trader and Fox Business analyst – constantly has his eye on market trends. On this installment of "Against the Current," Dan Proft and Shellady explore a range of pressing economic issues – from trade and fiscal policy, to forecasting the health of manufacturing, agriculture and other sectors. Does innovation always help economic growth? Does the Trump administration inspire much confidence for free market advocates? Proft and Shellady answer all these questions and more in an in-depth look at the current state of the economy.

Oct 03 2018

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Rank #16: WIND: Race Against The Machine

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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.

Jan 11 2019

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Rank #17: WIND: Taxing The American Dream

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Are Democrats not even pretending you can keep your healthcare if you like it anymore? Why do they want to restrict people’s choices in healthcare and education? If Howard Schultz runs for president, doe he guarantee Trump a second term? Who needs $50 million anyway? WSJ Columnist and CNN Chief Economist, Steve Moore joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

Jan 30 2019

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Rank #18: WIND: Did Van Dyke Go To Jail For Doing His Job?

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In the four years between the MacDonald shooting and Van Dyke’s conviction, there have been 2,500 murders, and more than 11,000 people shot and wounded in Chicago. What's the future of policing in Chicago? What about Trump’s idea to reinstate stop and frisk? Did Tiny Dancer buy the silence of black Alderman in exchange for campaign cash payoffs during his election runoff? Chicago FOP President, Kevin Graham joins Dan and Amy to discuss the Van Dyke verdict.

Oct 09 2018

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Rank #19: WIND: Democrats Encouraged The Mob

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Will the Kavanaugh confirmation be good for economic liberty? Was this a watershed moment for the Republican Party? Did Democrats not only tolerate but cheer on mob rule? If more Republicans win their elections should we be prepared for a second round of tax cuts? Did the Janus decision affect the Democratic Party’s fundraising by force? President for Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

Oct 08 2018

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Rank #20: WIND: Capitalism In America

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What does 21st-century capitalism look like? How did America become the world’s most powerful economy? Should we be optimistic or pessimistic about the future of capitalism in America? Are tariffs always a mistake? Political Editor for The Economist and co-author of the new book “Capitalism In America: A History” with Alan Greenspan, Adrian Wooldridge joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

Oct 23 2018

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WIND: No Adults Allowed

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How can New York and Illinois bring people back? Lower their taxes. Why are “pro-business groups” in Chicago advocating for more taxes? Where are the “adults” in the room telling Democrats the catastrophic effects of eliminating all fossil fuels? Chief Economist for CNN, Steve Moore joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

Feb 07 2019

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WIND: Out Of Touch

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What is the Democrats’ message heading into 2020? Is the field of candidates who aren’t parents show how out of touch they are with reality? Is Trump willing to shut down government again to move forward with border security talks? Senior Contributor at American Greatness, Julie Kelly joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

Feb 07 2019

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WIND: My Facebook Fast

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Could you give up the big five? Which one of the social networks would you miss most? Would you feel disconnected from your friends and family? Does it actually change the way you interact with your spouse or children? Is there the beginnings of a backlash against the internet? Journalist at Gizmodo, Kashmir Hill joins Dan and Amy to discuss her experience in giving up the big five social networking platforms.

Feb 07 2019

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WIND: Big Government As A Moral Issue

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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.

Feb 06 2019

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WIND: Americans Approve Of Trump’s SOTU

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Is the SOTU the political equivalent of the Oscars? Was Trump wise to not get as heated as he does in his rally speeches? Should we be optimistic about another meeting with Kim Jong Un? Is infanticide no longer a fringe topic amongst mainstream Democrats? Can Biden resist a presidential run? Weekend editor at Hotair.com, Jazz Shaw joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

Feb 06 2019

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WIND: Class Divide On Immigration

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Did President Trump correctly highlight the class divide on illegal immigration between cheap labor for the elites and votes for the “open borders” left? Is it too hard to for anyone in the political class to give credit when due to the other side? Washington Examiner reporter, Salena Zito joins Dan and Amy to recap President Trump’s SOTU.

Feb 06 2019

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WIND: Cultural Marxists’ Takeover Of Black History Month

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How are schools celebrating Black History Month? Are students learning the inspirational stories of Frederick Douglass, Dr. Martin Luther King, or Bob Woodson? No. Instead, administrators are espousing the intellectually dishonest ideas from black lives matter groups. Are any parents willing to suggest alternative viewpoints to the cultural marxists running their children’s curriculum? Dan and Amy discuss.

Feb 05 2019

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WIND: The Intersection Of Law And Politics

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What is the importance of the subpoenas to Trump’s inauguration committee? Was the arrest of Roger Stone excessive? Would it be wise for Trump to use the SOTU to declare a national emergency or should he simply restate his proposed compromise and let the Feb. 15 clock run? Contributing editor at National Review, Andy McCarthy joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

Feb 05 2019

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WIND:Closer To A Cure To Cancer?

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How close are Israeli scientists to a cure for cancer? Does it sound too good to be true? Where has technology and innovation taken us thus far in treating cancer? Northwestern University Hospital oncologist, Dr. Eric Donnelly joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

Feb 05 2019

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WIND: The Policing Of Art

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Is coal miners’ “blackface” consistent with the racially offensive blackface? Should the restaurant owner in question clarify the meaning of a photo with coal miners with soot on their face so people don’t get offended? Should the greater good be the standard for acceptable artistic expression? U.S. Air Force veteran turned poet and essayist, Rashaad Thomas joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

Feb 05 2019

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WIND: The Soft Bigotry Of Low Expectations

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Are conservative judges having trouble surpassing the new thresholds regarding their faith to get their Senate confirmations? How long will Gov. Northam last and how did the racially offensive yearbook photos not get found during the campaign? Are there second chances for some but not for all? Should the President invoke emergency powers to fund the wall? Georgetown Law professor, Randy Barnett joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

Feb 04 2019

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WIND: Disingenuous Claims Against Border Wall

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Is building a border wall driven from common sense policy rather than political ideology? Are the only people claiming the border wall will be ineffective are the political pundits and politicians who have never visited the border? Is the humanitarian crisis caused by America’s bad asylum laws filled with loopholes? Former Customs and Borders Protection Chief, Mark Morgan joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

Feb 04 2019

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WIND: 2 Million Pounds

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Operation Support Our Troops is sending out their 2 millionth pound box of care packages to troops serving overseas. It started as a small operation and 16 years later they are still providing troops with the support and resources they deserve. Executive Director of Operation Support Our Troops America, Bill Rickert joins Dan and Amy to discuss the organization’s milestone and how you can get involved.

Feb 04 2019

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WIND: The Party Of Infanticide

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Is removing any impediments to kill a child born alive the newest push on the Liberal policy agenda? Does anyone still believe Democrats preaching “safe, legal and rare?” Is a bioethics professor at Princeton being the only honest one from the infanticide left saying that the world would be a better place if we killed infants with disabilities in hopes of gaining a healthier infant in society? Dan and Amy discuss the latest push for not only abortion on demand but infanticide.

Feb 01 2019

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WIND: Race To Be The Biggest Government Spender

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Is Howard Schultz derailing the enthusiasm from far left candidates entering the race? What’s the over/under on 20 candidates in the primary? Is it a race to see who can make the government the biggest and most expensive? Is a border wall/barrier/fencing deal still possible before Tuesday's SOTU? Anchor of Special Report on Fox News, Bret Baier joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

Feb 01 2019

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WIND:Jobs’ Report Surpasses Expectations

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Is there reason to be optimistic about economic growth in 2019? Do the January numbers prove how “non-essential” federal employees really didn’t matter to the economy? Is Brexit important to America’s growth? How much will the UK save if they leave the European Union? Is there anything more important for the economy than the trade deal with China? Fox Business Contributor, Scott "The Cow Guy" Shellady joins Dan and Amy to discuss the January jobs report.

Feb 01 2019

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WIND: More Legal Troubles For Madigan

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13th Ward Alderman Candidate, David Krupa officially filed a federal civil suit against Madigan and mini-me Marty Quinn. Where are law enforcement agencies at with the case? What is Krupa hoping to gain from the suit? Are ward residents aware of what’s going on? Krupa joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

Jan 31 2019

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WIND: The Burke Four

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Are the Burke Four (Chico, Daley, Mendoza, Preckwinkle) just status quo opportunists who joined the race after Rahm announced he wasn’t running? How can we expect change from a corrupt system? Is the Chicago media to blame for covering up corruption in City Hall and impeding entrepreneurs? Are things put in affidavits not there by accident? Chicago Tribune columnist, John Kass joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

Jan 31 2019

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WIND: A Twisted Publicity Stunt?

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Have the Chicago Police gathered any meaningful evidence that corroborates “Empire” star’s Jussie Smollett’s alleged homophobic and racially targeted attack? Why did the mainstream dive head first into the story without any clear evidence? Did something happen to Smolett but maybe not what he alleges? Former CPD and licensed PI, Paul Huebl joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

Jan 31 2019

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WIND: Where Criminals Get Their Guns

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Would more background checks limit the number of guns on the streets in the first place? Is disarming officers in schools in Baltimore a productive idea? Should there be less focus on rare mass shootings and more on the vast majority of gun violence that we have good data on how to prevent? Deputy Managing Editor at National Review, Robert VerBruggen joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

Jan 31 2019

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