Dan Proft

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Dan Proft
Personal details
Born (1972-04-29) April 29, 1972 (age 42)
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Northwestern University
Loyola University, Chicago

Daniel K. "Dan" Proft (born April 29, 1972) was a co-host of the WLS-AM morning drive program "Mornings with Bruce Wolf and Dan Proft," a political commentator and consultant, and an entrepreneur until he announced he was leaving the show on December 30, 2014. He was a Republican candidate for Illinois Governor in the 2010 election.

Early life[edit]

Proft was born in 1972 in Oak Park, Illinois. He was raised in Wheaton, Illinois, and attended Benet Academy in Lisle. He graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. and Loyola University Chicago School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. At Northwestern, Proft co-founded the Northwestern Chronicle, an independent campus newspaper.[1]

Professional life[edit]

Until an announcement December 30, 2014, Dan Proft was a political commentator for WLS-AM 890 radio in Chicago where he shared a weekday show from 5 to 9 a.m. with Bruce Wolf. He has also appeared on Chicago television including ABC 7 Chicago and Fox Chicago. His commentary has also been featured on national outlets including Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and CNBC.

Proft also works as a Senior Fellow at the Illinois Policy Institute, a free market think tank in Chicago, Proft also serves on the boards of directors for the Disabled Patriot Fund, a non-profit that provides assistance to Illinois military families, Freedom to Learn-Illinois, which promotes charter school educational choice and on the Advisory Board of Aid for Women, a Catholic pregnancy center in Chicago.[2][3][4]

Proft is a Featured Speaker and writer for the Illinois Opportunity Project, an organization that promotes free market solutions. [5]

Dan Proft also serves as the Chairman and Treasurer for Illinois Liberty Principles PAC, an independent expenditure, Super PAC organized "to make independent expenditures in support of liberty oriented policies and candidates."[6]

In 2010, Proft ran for Governor of Illinois in the Republican Primary. He came in sixth place with 7.7% of the vote.[7]

Prior to his campaign for Governor, Proft was a Republican consultant working on numerous political campaigns and served in various leadership capacities in state and municipal government since 1994.

2010 Illinois Gubernatorial Election[edit]

On June 23, 2009, Proft announced his candidacy for Governor of Illinois on the “Don Wade & Roma Show” on WLS (AM).

The tagline of Proft's campaign was "Illinois isn't broken. It's fixed",[8] signifying Illinois' government is set up to serve the politicians in power, not the people.

The campaign focused on "Unfixing Illinois" as it applied to the major systems in government. Proft argued that unfixing Illinois' education system would give students the best opportunity for a high quality education. That unfixing the budget would require capping spending and lowering taxes. That unfixing healthcare and human services would redirect services to ensure the truly vulnerable received care.

Proft called for "policy revolution"[9] to slice state personal and corporate income taxes in half and abolish the estate tax. To freeze spending and only allow it to increase based on inflation and population growth and to implement a statewide opportunity scholarship program.

Proft earned 7.78% of the vote, coming in sixth in a seven-way Republican primary race.[10]

Positions on Issues[edit]

Dan Proft argues that "Illinois isn't broken. It's fixed."[8] Meaning the government and political systems are not designed to produce efficient, responsive government or provide services that improve the quality of life, but rather to serve the people in power.

"Keeping Families Together" The policies passed out of Springfield are breaking up families as people flee Illinois for states with more opportunities and a better quality of life at a lower cost.[11]

"Serving the Truly Vulnerable" Proft argues that individuals who need services through no fault of their own are unable to get services because the systems in place aren't set up to serve them. He points to the fact that Illinois is last in the nation in providing services for the developmentally disabled and that only 21% of Chicago Public School 4th graders scored above proficiency on the NAEP tests in 2013. He argues that government should rethink and systematically reform programs in order to serve the people they are supposed.[12]

"Tax Increase Extension" Proft and Liberty Principles PAC oppose making the 67% tax increase passed in 2011 permanent and will monitor the votes of legislators who promised to keep it temporary.[13][14]

"Chicago 9" The problems in Illinois stem from a consortium of Chicago Democrats he refers to as the “Chicago 9.”[15] They include: Gov. Pat Quinn, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Comptroller Dan Hynes, Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, Secretary of State Jesse White, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, and Cook County Board President Todd Stroger.[16]

University of Illinois Admissions Scandal In response to the Chicago Tribune’s investigation into the University of Illinois’ admissions scandal, Proft has proposed what he calls a “Merit-Based Opportunity” admissions standard. The proposal would replace an applicant’s name on his or her application with a random identification number with the purpose being that admissions officers would be unable to comply with a request to give preferential treatment to any applicant.[17] Proft rejects calls for resignations, notably a bill sponsored by State Sen. Kirk Dillard, which would fire all the members of the University Board of Trustees.[18]

Illinois Budget Crisis Proft is against tax increases to help balance Illinois’ estimated $11 billion budget shortfall. Rather, Proft argues for statutory spending caps and tax cuts.[19]

Education In his announcement speech, Proft listed Chicago Public Schools as an example of one of Illinois’ “fixed” systems, by which he means that the system is fixed to benefit the teachers unions and politicians.[15] Proft is a proponent of school choice programs and says that Illinois needs to raise the charter school cap.[20]


  1. ^ "About Dan Proft". Dan Proft for Governor. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Dan Proft- Illinois Policy Institute". Illinois Policy Institute. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Disabled Patriot Fund All Volunteer Board". Disabled Patriod Fund. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Board Members". Aid for Women. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  5. ^ http://illinoisopportunity.org/the-project/#Dan%20Proft
  6. ^ "Committee Details". Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Illinois gubernatorial election, 2010
  8. ^ a b Proft, Dan. "Campaign Announcement". Proft2010.com. 
  9. ^ Horrell, Steve (12 April 2009). "Home News Proft promises to slice income tax". The Intelligencer. 
  10. ^ "2010 Gubernatorial Election Results". N.Y. Times. 2010-02-05. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  11. ^ "What is your exit strategy". Youtube. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Serving the truly vulnerable without fleecing Illinois taxpayers". Youtube. 
  13. ^ Proft, Dan. "PAC warns Illinois lawmakers not to vote to make income tax increase permanent". Will County News. 
  14. ^ Hobe, Marty. "Suburban Democrats undecided on extending income tax hike". Daily Herald. 
  15. ^ a b Manifiest Digital - info@manifestdigital.com (2009-06-23). "Dan Proft for Illinois Governor". Proft2010.com. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  16. ^ "Change of Subject: Dan Proft, the un-Oscar". Blogs.chicagotribune.com. 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  17. ^ Manifiest Digital - info@manifestdigital.com (2009-06-30). "Dan Proft for Illinois Governor". Proft2010.com. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  18. ^ Manifiest Digital - info@manifestdigital.com (2009-07-16). "Dan Proft for Illinois Governor". Proft2010.com. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  19. ^ Manifiest Digital - info@manifestdigital.com (2009-07-07). "Dan Proft for Illinois Governor". Proft2010.com. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  20. ^ Manifiest Digital - info@manifestdigital.com (2009-07-21). "Dan Proft for Illinois Governor". Proft2010.com. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 

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