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Illinois Rising is your weekend home for insight, analysis and policy solutions you won’t hear anywhere else.AM 560’s Dan Proft and experts from the Illinois Policy Institute break down the pressing political and policy issues affecting our state, and bring you the truth you need.If you’re tired of the spin from the political class, you’ll want to tune in to AM560 every Sunday at 3 p.m. to hear Dan and the Illinois Policy Institute provide the most honest commentary anywhere on state politics and policy.

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Illinois Rising is your weekend home for insight, analysis and policy solutions you won’t hear anywhere else.AM 560’s Dan Proft and experts from the Illinois Policy Institute break down the pressing political and policy issues affecting our state, and bring you the truth you need.If you’re tired of the spin from the political class, you’ll want to tune in to AM560 every Sunday at 3 p.m. to hear Dan and the Illinois Policy Institute provide the most honest commentary anywhere on state politics and policy.

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12 Ratings
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It slices, it dices, now for just $9.99, you can have this diminished government

By Cahjohnny - Aug 05 2018
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This show is an infomercial for Jeannie Ives. They have a panel of conservatives tripping over each other to attack straw men. They rail against the influence of special interest groups in Springfield, but their guest is the head of the manufacturers’ lobby. They blast unions because they support everyday Illinoisans, while trying to make us sympathetic to the bosses’ lobbyist. C’mon. They are opposed to good middle class jobs simply because they are union. Paid for by a think tank, this is just marketing, and poorly done.

IL is better than this b/s*%t

By zzzzjessica - Feb 03 2018
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If you are looking for far right hyperpartisan propaganda, you know you’ve found it when Dan Proft is involved (sadly Chicago trib). I prefer facts.

iTunes Ratings

12 Ratings
Average Ratings
8
1
0
0
3

It slices, it dices, now for just $9.99, you can have this diminished government

By Cahjohnny - Aug 05 2018
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This show is an infomercial for Jeannie Ives. They have a panel of conservatives tripping over each other to attack straw men. They rail against the influence of special interest groups in Springfield, but their guest is the head of the manufacturers’ lobby. They blast unions because they support everyday Illinoisans, while trying to make us sympathetic to the bosses’ lobbyist. C’mon. They are opposed to good middle class jobs simply because they are union. Paid for by a think tank, this is just marketing, and poorly done.

IL is better than this b/s*%t

By zzzzjessica - Feb 03 2018
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If you are looking for far right hyperpartisan propaganda, you know you’ve found it when Dan Proft is involved (sadly Chicago trib). I prefer facts.
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Illinois Rising

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Illinois Rising is your weekend home for insight, analysis and policy solutions you won’t hear anywhere else.AM 560’s Dan Proft and experts from the Illinois Policy Institute break down the pressing political and policy issues affecting our state, and bring you the truth you need.If you’re tired of the spin from the political class, you’ll want to tune in to AM560 every Sunday at 3 p.m. to hear Dan and the Illinois Policy Institute provide the most honest commentary anywhere on state politics and policy.

Rank #1: The new General Assembly’s challenges | Episode 70

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Dan Proft and Michael Lucci talk about the statehouse election results with Illinois News Network Reporter Greg Bishop. They also talk to a Will County manufacturer who describes the biggest challenges manufacturers in Illinois face, and why so many of them choose to leave for neighboring states. And Proft and Lucci discuss Illinois’ shrinking labor force, which includes many millenials fleeing the state for greener pastures. 

Hosts: Dan Proft & Michael Lucci
Guests: Greg Bishop, Al Popovich​

Nov 13 2016

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Rank #2: Illinois ranking last | Episode 68

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Dan Proft and Ted Dabrowski, vice president of policy at the Illinois Policy Institute, talk to former Mike Madigan primary opponent Jason Gonzales about the tactics Madigan employed against him during his run. They also talk to a Tax Foundation policy analyst about Illinois’ competitiveness – or lack thereof – in tax policy in the region. And they talk to a pension expert about how each state pension fund across the country is underfunded.

Hosts: Dan Proft & Ted Dabrowski

Guests: Jason Gonzales, Jared Walczak, Bob Williams​

Oct 23 2016

38mins

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Rank #3: Fleeing Illinois | Episode 67

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Dan Proft and Michael Lucci, vice president of policy at the Illinois Policy Institute, react to the deal between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union that includes a limit on charter schools. They also break down new out-migration data that shows how much income is fleeing Illinois, and how nearly half of Illinoisans remaining would like to leave, too.

Hosts: Dan Proft & Michael Lucci

Guests: Jelani McEwen, Scott Moody, Mark Dobson

Oct 18 2016

38mins

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Rank #4: Understanding Illinois’ terrible credit rating | Episode 66

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Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk to the author of a new study showing that higher-paid lawmakers are more focused on fundraising than legislating. They also talk to Jim Iuorio, managing director of TJM Institutional Services and CNBC contributor, about Illinois’ recent credit downgrade and the state’s suspension of Wells Fargo.

Hosts: Dan Proft and Pat Hughes

Guests: Mitchell Hoffman, Jim Iuorio

Oct 09 2016

38mins

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Rank #5: Madigan: Power. Privilege. Politics. | Episode 65

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Dan Proft and Austin Berg preview the upcoming documentary “Madigan: Power. Privilege. Politics” with one of the film’s producers, Teryn Fogel. They also talk to Rob Blagojevich, brother of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, about the toxic political culture Madigan leads in Illinois. 

Oct 04 2016

37mins

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Rank #6: Chicago’s ban on innovation | Episode 64

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Dan Proft and Jacob Huebert, senior attorney for the Liberty Justice Center, talk to a child care worker leading a nationwide fight against unionization of home child care providers. They also talk to Ron Bailey, science correspondent at Reason magazine and Reason.com, about Chicago’s driverless car ban and the city’s hostility toward entrepreneurs. And while Chicago’s restrictive Airbnb ordinance is still new, an attorney with the Beacon Center discusses how he is fighting a similar ordinance in Nashville.

Hosts: Dan Proft & Jacob Huebert

Guests: Jennifer Parrish, Ron Bailey, Braden Boucek​

Sep 25 2016

38mins

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Rank #7: Illinois Manufacturing Crisis | Episode 63

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Dan Proft and Michael Lucci, vice president of policy at the Illinois Policy Institute, talk to Illinois Manufacturers’ Association President Greg Baise about how to improve the state’s poor manufacturing climate. They also talk to economist Walter Williams about Illinois’ record-high black unemployment rate, its root causes and solutions, and they talk to a leader from a Chicago-based nonprofit trying to provide opportunity to those in the city and state without it.

Guests: Greg Baise, Walter Williams, Fred Long

Hosts: Dan Proft & Michael Lucci

Sep 18 2016

39mins

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Rank #8: Chicago Teachers Union prepares for another showdown with Rahm | Episode 62

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Dan Proft and Ted Dabrowski discuss the looming threat of a Chicago Teachers Union strike. Illinois faces more than $110 billion in pension debt and flawed pension math is to blame. A new reform eliminates pensions for future county board members statewide, and tuition costs in Illinois have doubled over the last decade largely due to bloated administrations.

Hosts: Dan Proft & Ted Dabrowski
Guests: Dan DiSalvo, Mark Glennon, David Welter

Sep 08 2016

39mins

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Rank #9: Food Fight in Chicago | Episode 61

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Dan Proft and Austin Berg break down what comes next in the state’s partial impasse with AFSCME. They also talk to a Chicago food truck owner who is fighting back against Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s promise to “crack down” on the food truck industry. And they discuss the lack of opportunity – and the national headlines about violence – in the city under Emanuel’s leadership, as well as potential further exodus from Chicago to Northwest Indiana.

Hosts: Dan Proft & Austin Berg

Guests: Mailee Smith, Gabe Wiesen, Leah Konrady

Sep 06 2016

38mins

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Rank #10: Madigan tries to buy the next mayor of Aurora | Episode 60

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Dan Proft and Jacob Huebert, senior attorney at the Liberty Justice Center, discuss reports of widespread food-stamp trafficking in Illinois and elsewhere, as well alternatives to failing welfare programs, with policy experts from the Foundation for Government Accountability and the Cato Institute. While everyone is talking about the Chicago White Sox stadium name change, Dan and Jacob tackle another issue with the ballpark: its taxpayer funding. And they also explore Mike Madigan’s involvement in Aurora’s mayoral race.

Hosts: Dan Proft & Jacob Huebert

Guests: Josh Archambault, Michael Tanner, Rick Guzman

Aug 31 2016

39mins

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Rank #11: The town that outsourced everything | Episode 59

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Dan Proft and Pat Hughes, co-founder of the Illinois Opportunity Project, talk to the mayor of a Georgia town that successfully relies on the private sector for most of its services. They also break down how Chicago Public Schools’ finances affect both the city and state, and they discuss the politics of criminal-justice reform with Bryant Jackson-Green, criminal-justice policy analyst at the Illinois Policy Institute.

Hosts: Dan Proft & Pat Hughes

Guests: Rusty Paul, Brian Battle, Bryant Jackson-Green

Aug 21 2016

34mins

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Rank #12: Speaker Madigan’s spokesman one-on-one with Dan Proft | Episode 58

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Dan Proft and Steve Brown, press secretary for House Speaker Michael Madigan, debate a series of issues ranging from K-12 education to pensions, the budget debate, electoral politics and more, in an exclusive, rare conversation.

Listen to the full episode and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here.

Hosts: Dan Proft

Guests: Steve Brown

Aug 14 2016

58mins

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Rank #13: Term limits | Episode 57

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Dan Proft and Austin Berg, writer for the Illinois Policy Institute and columnist for the Illinois News Network, discuss the state’s decision to decriminalize marijuana with defense attorney David Camic. They also discuss the state’s need for term limits with Dick Simpson, a University of Illinois at Chicago professor and former Chicago alderman, and compare and contrast Illinois’ political culture with one of the first states to actually have term limits, Oklahoma.

Hosts: Dan Proft & Austin Berg

Guests: David Camic, Dick Simpson, Jonathan Small​

Aug 07 2016

39mins

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Rank #14: Pokemon GO | Episode 56

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Dan Proft and Jacob Huebert, senior attorney at the Liberty Justice Center, talk to a Chicago-based attorney who is fighting the city’s new Airbnb regulations. They also talk to Jeffrey Tucker from the Foundation for Economic Education about the impact of Pokemon GO, and political discourse in 2016.

Hosts: Dan Proft & Jacob Huebert

Guests: Shorge Sato, Jeffrey Tucker

Jul 31 2016

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Rank #15: Illinois government workers’ sweetheart deal | Episode 55

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Pat Hughes, co-founder of the Illinois Opportunity Project, and Jacob Huebert, senior attorney at the Liberty Justice Center go in detail on AFSCME’s demands in contract negotiations. Diana Rickert, vice president of communications for the Illinois Policy Institute, joins to discuss her Chicago Tribune column on the subject. Hughes and Huebert also talk to a Chicago entrepreneur who faced obstacles from government in starting her business. They also discuss how and why the political establishment won’t give up its ability to gerrymander political maps.

Hosts: Pat Hughes & Jacob Huebert

Guests: Diana Rickert, Rebecca Mueller

Jul 24 2016

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Rank #16: The $68,000 part-time job | Episode 54

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Dan Proft and Pat Hughes, co-founder of the Illinois Opportunity Project, break down how much Illinois taxpayers are really paying for their lawmakers. Faisal Khan, former legislative inspector general for Chicago and current CEO of Project Six, talks to Proft and Hughes about the widespread corruption in Chicago. Proft and Hughes also talk to a former Illinois resident who tried to fight his high property tax bill – before moving out of the state for better options.

Hosts: Dan Proft & Pat Hughes
Guests: Ted Dabrowski, Faisal Khan, Paul Kaup

Jul 17 2016

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Rank #17: AFSCME vs. reality | Episode 53

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Pat Hughes, co-founder of the Illinois Opportunity Project, and Austin Berg, writer for the Illinois Policy Institute and columnist for the Illinois News Network, break down what the state’s largest government-sector union is asking for in its new contract negotiations. Hughes and Berg talk to state Rep. Randy Frese, R-Paloma, about what the next budget debate might look like after the passage of the stopgap budget. They also discuss comments made by a Chicago state senator who says politicians deserve their paychecks.

Hosts: Pat Hughes & Austin Berg
Guests: Vinnie Vernuccio, Randy Frese

Jul 10 2016

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Rank #18: Madigan’s rules: How one man controls Springfield | Episode 48

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Former state Sen. Steve Rauschenberger, R-Elgin, gives his take on the budget impasse, and gives an in-depth look on how legislation is crafted in the General Assembly. Mark Glennon, founder of WirePoints.com, breaks down the Chicago pension mess. An ex-offender who successfully lobbied for criminal justice reform legislation – that would provide opportunity for thousands of Illinoisans – tells her story.

Hosts: Dan Proft & Cole Lauterbach

Guests: Steve Rauschenberger, Mark Glennon, Lisa Creason

Jun 05 2016

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Rank #19: Episode 33: In the Loop

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Guest cohost Lauren Cohn, host of WYCC’s “In the Loop,” joins Dan Proft to react to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget address. Scott Moody, CEO of Federalism in Action, talks about a recent poll that found 42 percent of Illinoisans itching to flee the state. Rep. Keith Wheeler joins to discuss why lawmakers are continuing to receive salaries during the budget impasse. Democrats try again to take away Rauner’s negotiating power with AFSCME.

Hosts: Dan Proft & Lauren Cohn

Guests: Scott Moody, Keith Wheeler

Feb 21 2016

53mins

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Rank #20: Episode 25: The property tax scheme

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Aaron Renn from the City Journal joins the show to analyze Rahm Emanuel’s inevitable struggles as Chicago mayor. Reason.com’s Robby Soave talks about the protest culture on college campuses that amplified in 2015. Illinois Policy’s Austin Berg shares his stories talking to Illinois families faced with crushing property tax bills, and the power structure set in place to keep raising property taxes

Hosts: Joe Kaiser & Hilary Gowins

Guests: Aaron Renn, Robby Soave, Austin Berg

Dec 27 2015

38mins

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