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Springfield Daily Radio – Pilot Episode 1.0

Hosted by Thomas Clatterbuck, VP – Senior Strategist & Political Correspondent at Springfield Daily

Our guest today is Jon Ebel (D) a Congressional Candidate for the 13th District in Illinois. Ebel currently teaches in the Religion Department at the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana. Ebel also served in the Navy for eleven years, and was mobilized during the Iraq War. He did his graduate work at the University of Chicago. Learn more about Jon and hear what he has to say about the 13th District, his stance on some major issues, and the upcoming election.

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Senior strategist, statehouse reporter and political correspondent for Springfield Daily. Graduate of District 117 and UIS. Thomas covers stories in both Morgan and Sangamon Counties, as well as statewide politics.

2018 Election

Springfield Daily Radio – Mike Leheney Interview

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In this episode of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show, we interview Mike Leheney. Leheney is the Libertarian candidate for State Treasurer.

Our first topic was what exactly the Treasurer does, and how it differs from the comptroller. While he is in favor of consolidating what can be consolidated, Leheney opposed combining the two offices.

One of the Treasurer’s main jobs is to invest the state’s money. Although the state is behind on its bills and pension obligations, the state still has a large amount of money to invest. The current treasurer has taken criticism for “activist investing,” or investing to advance social goals in addition to profits. Leheney said that while seeking the highest returns is good, that does not mean the state cannot advance other long-term goals as part of its investing strategy.

Finally, we talked about the challenges that third parties, like the Libertarians, face in Illinois elections.

You can see all the past episodes of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show on the Springfield Daily Radio page.

You can also learn more about Leheney and the other candidates for Treasurer on our Campaign Headquarters page.

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2018 Election

Springfield Daily Radio – Claire Ball Interview

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In this Episode of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show, we interview Claire Ball. Ball is the Libertarian candidate for Illinois State Comptroller.

Our first topic was what exactly the comptroller does. She explained specifically what the role entails, and how it differs from the role of Treasurer. Although Libertarians are in favor of limited government, Ball shared why she feels it is important for the two jobs to be kept separate.

Once the job was defined, we discussed the only real issue in Illinois: the bill backlog. The comptroller is responsible for authorizing payments to vendors and employees. When there is not enough money to pay everyone, Ball discussed how allocating the available funds should be done. She shared how as a CPA, she would be able to analyze state expenditures.

Finally, we talked about the challenges that third parties, like the Libertarians, face in Illinois elections.

You can see all the past episodes of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show on the Springfield Daily Radio page.

You can also learn more about Ball and the other candidates for comptroller on our Campaign Headquarters page.

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Springfield Daily Radio – Steve Dutner Interview

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In this episode of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show, we interview Steve Dutner. Dutner is the Libertarian candidate for Secretary of State.

The Secretary of State does most of the record keeping for the state, including for the DMV and businesses. Dutner laid out several plans for how these services could be provided more cheaply and more effectively. One of his major goals is to privatize much of the DMV. He also wants to remove the requirement for front license plates on cars.

Dutner also discussed the Secretary of State’s police force. While he is not opposed to there being a police force for the Secretary of State, he did explain that they enforce many of the same laws as other police agencies. He believes it is possible to better focus the resources of that department to deal with issues specific to the Secretary of State’s office.

Finally, we talked about the challenges that third parties, like the Libertarians, face in Illinois elections.

You can see all the past episodes of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show on the Springfield Daily Radio page.

You can also learn more about Dutner and the other candidates for Secretary of State on our Campaign Headquarters page.

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