April 29, 1972 |
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater||Northwestern University
Loyola University, Chicago
Daniel K. "Dan" Proft (born April 29, 1972) is an entrepreneur, editorial contributor to the Chicago Tribune, former Republican candidate for Governor, and a radio talk show host formerly with WLS and now with AM 560 The Answer in Chicago where he co-hosts the morning drive show from 6 to 11am Monday through Friday with Amy Jacobson.
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.
Dan Proft co-hosts the morning drive show from 6 to 11am Monday through Friday with Amy Jacobson on AM 560 The Answer in Chicago.
From 2011 to 2015, 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 and his commentary has 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 serves on the boards of directors for the Disabled Patriot Fund, a nonprofit that provides assistance to Illinois military families; Freedom to Learn-Illinois, which provides private elementary school scholarships to disadvantaged children in Chicago; and Aid for Women, a Catholic pregnancy center in Chicago.
Proft is a speaker and writer for the Illinois Opportunity Project, an organization that promotes free-market solutions. 
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."
2010 Illinois gubernatorial campaign
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," signifying Illinois' government is set up to serve the politicians in power, not the people.
Proft called for "policy revolution" 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.
- Proft, Dan (12/04/14). Chicago Tribune http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-rauner-bruce-governor-illinois-success-perspec-1205-20141204-story.html. Retrieved 2/13/15. Check date values in:
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- "About Dan Proft". Dan Proft for Governor. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
- 560 The Answer http://www.560theanswer.com/. Retrieved 2/13/15. Check date values in:
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- "Dan Proft- Illinois Policy Institute". Illinois Policy Institute. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
- "The Disabled Patriot Fund All Volunteer Board". Disabled Patriod Fund. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
- "Board Members". Aid for Women. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
- "Committee Details". Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
- Proft, Dan. "Campaign Announcement". Proft2010.com.
- Horrell, Steve (12 April 2009). "Home News Proft promises to slice income tax". The Intelligencer.
- "2010 Gubernatorial Election Results". N.Y. Times. 2010-02-05. Retrieved 2010-02-05.