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Frankly Speaking: Rich Conversations Around Politics

Author: Franklin Ramirez & Rich Jacobs

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Politics IS something you should talk about! Every first and third Monday of the month, join Franklin Ramirez, elected Elgin Township Supervisor (Kane County, Illinois), and Rich Jacobs, Chief of Staff for an elected official in Illinois, as they interview guests and discuss topics that surround politics. Whether you want to learn more about the inner-workings of campaigns, are thinking about what it takes to run for office, or already have a solid understanding but enjoy deep political discussions on the meaning of leadership, this is the podcast for you.
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Covid has changed everything - the way we present ourselves to voters and how we research candidates.  Thinking outside the box wins the race nowadays.  Rich and Franklin talk about campaigning in the shadow of COVID-19 and what it means for the November and April (Illinois) elections.   The opinions expressed on the Frankly Speaking: Rich Conversations Around Politics podcast are solely the opinions of the person speaking, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of any other person, entity, or group.https://www.kanecountyclerk.org/ElectionsSupport the show (https://squareup.com/store/joinfranklin)
Franklin and Rich talk with Steve Andersson about his role on the Illinois Human Rights Commission and gives us a history of how it came about and where it's going.  Steven Andersson is a former Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives representing the 65th district. The 65th district is located in northwestern Kane County.Andersson earned his bachelor's degree from in 1986 and his law degree in 1992, both from Northern Illinois University. He served as a trustee on the Geneva Public Library Board.Elected in the 2014 general election, he took office two weeks earlier than the majority of the 2015 freshman class when his predecessor Timothy L. Schmitz chose to resign early.  On August 16, 2017, Andersson announced he would not seek reelection to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2018 during an appearance on Chicago Tonight.  He was succeeded by fellow Republican Dan Ugaste.  In 2018, J.B. Pritzker appointed Andersson to Powering Illinois’ Future transition committee, which is responsible for infrastructure and clean energy policies.In June 2019, Governor J. B. Pritzker appointed Andersson to the Illinois Human Rights Commission. His appointment depends on confirmation from the Illinois Senate.The opinions expressed on the Frankly Speaking: Rich Conversations Around Politics podcast are solely the opinions of the person speaking, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of any other person, entity, or group.Support the show (https://squareup.com/store/joinfranklin)
Franklin & Rich interview Greg Elsbree who was a democratic candidate for Kane County (Illinois) Chairman and he shares his first-hand experiences and insights.  The opinions expressed on the Frankly Speaking: Rich Conversations Around Politics podcast are solely the opinions of the person speaking, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of any other person, entity, or group.Support the show (https://squareup.com/store/joinfranklin)
Social Distraction

Social Distraction

2020-06-0136:17

Franklin & Rich take a break from talking about all things politics and have DJ Code P (aka Jeremy Perkins) as their guest to talk about personal and community growth.  Jeremy talks about his interest in DJing and how he can grow his passion and use it to make his greater community happier given the times we face together.https://www.facebook.com/DjCodeP/http://sociallydistantfest.comThe opinions expressed on the Frankly Speaking: Rich Conversations Around Politics podcast are solely the opinions of the person speaking, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of any other person, entity, or group.Support the show (https://squareup.com/store/joinfranklin)
Franklin and Rich interview Kane County (Illinois) 16th Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Flood on how the judiciary is handling their duties in the face of COVID-19.  The opinions expressed on the Frankly Speaking: Rich Conversations Around Politics podcast are solely the opinions of the person speaking, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of any other person, entity, or group.Support the show (https://squareup.com/store/joinfranklin)
Franklin and Rich bring back guest Nick Kachiroubas to talk about the three different forms of municipal government - mayor-council, council-manager, and commission.The opinions expressed on the Frankly Speaking: Rich Conversations Around Politics podcast are solely the opinions of the person speaking, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of any other person, entity, or group.Support the show (https://squareup.com/store/joinfranklin)
Franklin and Rich are back and sit down with Illinois state Representative Anna Moeller and just pick her brain about whatever Rich decides to throw at her - they have been friends for years!  Franklin says, "Anna is an example of how concerned citizens can and should take action!"  The opinions expressed on the Frankly Speaking: Rich Conversations Around Politics podcast are solely the opinions of the person speaking, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of any other person, entity, or group.Support the show (https://squareup.com/store/joinfranklin)
Rich and Franklin go through how to talk about politics in a way that helps us understand each other and does not divide us - easier said than done sometimes.  The opinions expressed on the Frankly Speaking: Rich Conversations Around Politics podcast are solely the opinions of the person speaking, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of any other person, entity, or group.Support the show (https://squareup.com/store/joinfranklin)
Franklin and Rich bring on Amanda Gracia, Trustee with the Gail Borden Public Library District, to talk all things books, librarians, duties, and responsibilities.  To check out what's happening at one of Illinois' largest library district, head to gailborden.net.  The opinions expressed on the Frankly Speaking: Rich Conversations Around Politics podcast are solely the opinions of the person speaking, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of any other person, entity, or group.Support the show (https://squareup.com/store/joinfranklin)
The Honorable Judge John Dalton walks us through the 16th Circuit Court's roles and responsibilities of their circuit and associate judges.  The opinions expressed on the following podcast are solely the opinions of the person speaking, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of any other person, entity, or group. Support the show (https://squareup.com/store/joinfranklin)
Jamie Mosser peels the onion back a bit and explains how the State's Attorney's office works through the eyes of a former deputy state's attorney.  We also explore how state's attorney offices are and can handle the opioid crisis.  The opinions expressed on the following podcast are solely the opinions of the person speaking, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of any other person, entity, or group. Support the show (https://squareup.com/store/joinfranklin)
Crystal Lake City Clerk (and associate teaching professor in the School of Public Service at DePaul University in Chicago) Nick Kachiroubas defines pure democracy and representational democracy and the history behind how our government has evolved into what it is today.  The opinions expressed on the following podcast are solely the opinions of the person speaking, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of any other person, entity, or group. Support the show (https://squareup.com/store/joinfranklin)
Do I Need An Attorney?

Do I Need An Attorney?

2019-08-2736:55

Franklin and Rich bring on Ed Mullen as their guest to talk about how election law attorneys can help candidates navigate the political waters and shed some light on some of the obstacles they have to dodge and weave as well.The opinions expressed on the following podcast are solely the opinions of the person speaking, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of any other person, entity, or group. Support the show (https://squareup.com/store/joinfranklin)
Last episode was all about Franklin so this episode is all about why Rich loves what he does ... check it out and learn about what is really crawling around inside of his head and heart.The opinions expressed on the following podcast are solely the opinions of the person speaking, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of any other person, entity, or group. Support the show (https://squareup.com/store/joinfranklin)
Franklin peels back the onion a bit on the emotional side of his job and shines some light on to why he does what he does.  This is a two part episode.    The opinions expressed on the following podcast are solely the opinions of the person speaking, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of any other person, entity, or group. Support the show (https://squareup.com/store/joinfranklin)
Franklin and Rich talk about the various differences between civic and community engagement and examples on how you can influence change in your community.  The opinions expressed on the following podcast are solely the opinions of the person speaking, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of any other person, entity, or group. Support the show (https://squareup.com/store/joinfranklin)
Library Resources

Library Resources

2019-06-1735:46

Tish Calhamer with the Gail Borden Public Library joins the show to give us some direction for those individuals who are looking to sift through all the "news" out there to find trustworthy and accurate information.  The opinions expressed on the following podcast are solely the opinions of the person speaking, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of any other person, entity, or group. https://issuevoter.org-Tracks how your representatives votes and will send you email alerts-Requires opening a free accounthttps://www.vote411.org-League of Women Voters sponsored -Non-partisan-Online Candidates guides-Search by state and get local customized ballot https://www.politifact.com-Fun truth meterhttps://www.ballotedia.org/elections-Great for local ballot measures, state and local judges, referenda, etc.-Searchable by state-Jam-packed with informationhttps://www.rockthevote.org/understanding-voting-rights/-Aimed at younger voters and getting their turnout-Persuasive appeals mixed with informationSupport the show (https://squareup.com/store/joinfranklin)
So you are thinking about running for office but have no idea where to start?  Between the two, Franklin & Rich have over 55 years of political know-how and get into the questions someone should be asking themselves when deciding to run for office.  Pull up a chair and let's have coffee ... The opinions expressed on the following podcast are solely the opinions of the person speaking, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of any other person, entity, or group. Support the show (https://squareup.com/store/joinfranklin)
Podcast Introduction

Podcast Introduction

2019-06-1110:37

Franklin & Rich introduce themselves and talk about the expectations that they have for the podcast.  "We need to learn more about the how and why of politics so we can make the best decision for us and our communities."The opinions expressed on the following podcast are solely the opinions of the person speaking, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of any other person, entity, or group. Support the show (https://squareup.com/store/joinfranklin)
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