On August 8, political commentator and potential gubernatorial candidate Dan Proft gave a lively talk at Elmhurst College about Illinois’s fiscal challenges and how to solve them.
Proft’s talk, “Illinois Isn’t Broken. It’s Fixed,” was part of Elmhurst College’s lecture series, Fixing Illinois: A Great State’s Problems and Promise. The series launched in July to start an ongoing discussion about the challenges that Illinois faces, and to empower citizens to help address those challenges and move the state forward.
Suburban Life Media covered the event with a story headlined “Dan Proft still considering gubernatorial race, despite saying no.”
Dan Proft is an entrepreneur, writer and radio talk show host for WLS-AM in Chicago, where he co-hosts a morning show with longtime Chicago broadcaster and sports anchor Bruce Wolf.
Proft was a Republican candidate for Illinois governor in the 2010 election, and is considered a possible candidate in 2014. In an April interview with Chicago magazine, he said, “My interest is in advancing principles and ideas in the policy arena…and I still think the Republican party here is in desperate need of leadership. …I feel it’s important to at least explore the possibility.”
Proft also works as a senior fellow at the Illinois Policy Institute, a free-market think tank in Chicago. He also serves on the boards of directors for both the Disabled Patriot Fund, a non-profit that provides assistance to Illinois military families; and Freedom to Learn-Illinois, a non-profit that provides private elementary school scholarships to disadvantaged children in Chicago.