Watch Berkowitz w/WLS AM Radio’s Proft on Cable/web discuss how to “fix” Illinois GOP. Locating enemy within?

Jeff Berkowitz:  Who is that enemy inside the perimeter of the Illinois GOP?

Dan Proft [WLS Radio 890 AM Radio -Bruce Wolfe and Dan Proft]: People who want to compromise with Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) instead of drawing swords.


Watch the “Public Affairs,” show featuring media personality Dan Proft on your computer.

When Dan Proft ran for Governor in the 2010 Illinois Republican Primary, he was fond of saying Illinois  government isn’t broken, it’s “fixed.” But, now Proft says the Illinois GOP is broken and Proft knows how to fix it.  It is a matter of partnering with non-traditional Republican constituencies, e.g., teachers who have been in the profession for five or fewer years and who are likely undercompensated and overmotivated relative to the senior teachers, employees at small businesses who are  disfavored by Democratic Party politicians who give tax breaks to Motorola and the CME, but not to the small businesses that create 90% of new jobs.

This week’s North/Northwest suburban edition of Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz features Dan Proft, former IL GOP Primary Gov candidate.  The show, taped on November 6, 2011, airs tonight at 8:30 pm on:

Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, parts of Inverness, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette.

and on

Comcast Cable Channel 35 in Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling

The show with Dan Proft (of the WLS talk radio team--  Bruce Wolfe and Dan Proft) also airs this week on Mon., Wed., Th. at 8:30 pm and Friday at 6:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19 in Bannockburn, Deerfield, Ft. Sheridan, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods and Winnetka.


If you live in Chicago, The show with Proft airs in your neck of the woods next Monday night, Thanksgiving week, at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 (CANTV).

Next week’s suburban edition of Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz features former two term Democratic Michigan Governor and “Current TV network” host—Jennifer Granholm.


Jeff Berkowitz: But you do begrudge Sears… saying, “Give me a 100 million dollar tax break.”

Dan Proft: I don’t begrudge them that.

Jeff Berkowitz: Well, you don’t begrudge them for trying, but you would not respond that way—if you were the Governor, you would say—

Proft: Cut tax rates for everybody [small and large corporations and individuals]


Proft: …There are 1.1 million businesses in this state with fewer than five employees. They represent 90% of all business enterprises.  The Republican Party purports to be the Party of small business. But, if that were actually true, if those small business entrepreneurs believed that, with 1.1 million business enterprises, we’d win every statewide election. They clearly do not. And, this is why the Republican Party needs to make a direct appeal to constituencies like that and own those constituencies because our interests are aligned, or at least should be.

Berkowitz:  So, Republicans are not appealing to them now?

Dan Proft: Well, we are not doing enough to appeal to them.  There’s a lot of confusion about the “Combine that John Kass and others write about….  You still have many Republicans in Springfield and elsewhere who believe that the idea here is “to protect myself and get table scraps from the Democrats at the expense of trying to provide contrasts and actually regain power to advance a policy agenda….What my friend from Texas has said, “The problem [I see] with the Illinois Republican Party is that the enemy is inside your perimeter.”  And, I think that’s a good way to describe what has been the fundamental problem of the Republican Party in Illinois since I have been around, at least-- over the last fifteen years,  plus.

Jeff Berkowitz:  Who is that enemy inside the perimeter of the Illinois GOP?

Dan Proft: People who want to compromise with Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) instead of drawing swords.

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