Speaker Hastert's arraignment rescheduled to next Tuesday at 2:00 pm

The arraignment of former U. S. House Speaker Denny Hastert on federal charges was rescheduled from this Thursday to next Tuesday, June 9 at 2:00 pm in the courtroom of Judge Durkin at the Dirksen Building in the Chicago Loop  (219 S. Dearborn). Hastert was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury last week, at the... Read more »

Better than the Stanley Cup: Watch Berkowitz with Cong. Robert Dold on Cable Tonight

Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of “Public Affairs,” features Congressman Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth, 10th CD).  The show airs throughout the City of Chicago at 8:30 pm and midnight on Cable Ch. 21 [CAN TV]. Get a somewhat different perspective on the Congressman from what you usually see as he discusses federal spending, taxes, unemployment, economic... Read more »

The top ten things to know about Speaker Hastert's fall from grace---due to a cocktail of rumors, innunendo, allegations, politics and facts

As Fox’s Brit Hume said yesterday, “…Were they investigating the crime or were they investigating the former Speaker?” 10.  The U. S. Attorney from the Northern District of Illinois, relative newcomer Zach Fardon, in his second year as U. S. Attorney (but with a decade of federal prosecutor experience split between Nashville and Chicago) reports... Read more »

Mayor Emanuel, Vitale and Ruiz rolled by education monopoly protectionists: CPS Board sends Uptown Noble Academy charter school kids packing-- for now.

Content revised and video link added at 3:30 pm on Thursday. It is as if Rahm Emanuel said, “All those pols, making such a fuss.  Well, then, Damn the kids. I can’t help everybody.” Yesterday, some major damage was done by the CPS Board to the education opportunities for many kids in Chicago. But, before... Read more »

"Free to Choose," comes to Chicago's North Side: CPS likely to approve this morning Nobel Academy's expansion to a 900 student Uptown High School

Link to Video of Ald. Pawar on “Public Affairs,” added Wednesday at 10:45 am CPS CEO Ruiz to support today Charter School expansion to Uptown. According to a written report to the CPS board, Interim CPS CEO Jesse Ruiz (who recently stepped into his position from his CPS board seat to replace the “under investigation”... Read more »

A retro interview of Andy Shaw advising Gov Rauner in Nov., 2014: did the BGA's Shaw get it right? Cable tonight/web Forever Young

Tonight’s Chicago Metro north and northwest suburban episode of Public Affairs features Andy Shaw, President and CEO of the Better Government  Association [BGA], discussing with show host Jeff Berkowitz on November 6, 2014 how Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner could have started getting his arms around the state’s spending and revenue  issues.  Did history show Andy Shaw to... Read more »

Berkowitz w/Barack Obama on School Choice, School Vouchers and racial profiling: On cable tonight

Sen. Obama: What I am persuaded by is that there a bunch of creative ways– whether it is charters creating competition within the schools, or thinking about tax programs that potentially facilitate low income persons to exercise various options– I think all those things are on the table… Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of Public... Read more »

Better than Chicago Tonight's Phil Ponce w/ the newly minted CT correspondent Amanda Vanicky: Berkowitz w/ State Rep. Tom Morrison, Cable and Web

Despite media reports to the contrary, Illinois’ Fiscal 2016 budget deficit is only about four billion dollars. Can the Governor and the legislature come up with four billion dollars in revenue increases, spending cuts and savings from the Governor’s proposed Turnaround Agenda reforms? Because almost 75% of the Illinois budget (General Revenue Fund) is consumed by Medicaid,... Read more »

Governors Edgar and Thompson to Rauner, via Korecki: "Make a deal w/ Madigan/Cullerton." Berkowitz w/Rep. Morrison on why reform matters, Cable/Web

Revised significantly at 9:50 am on Tuesday. Natashi Korecki, the least liberal and fairest at reporting of the Sun-Times columnists, carries the message  from former IL Governors Thompson and Edgar to rookie Governor Rauner. Jim Thompson to Rauner: Just make a deal: Fourteen year Republican Governor Thompson (1977 to 1991) never had a real political... Read more »

A seven step program to fix IL Governor Bruce Rauner's Fiscal 2016 budget deficit

Governor Rauner…can honestly say his balanced budget and … legislation …are consistent with the principles he laid out during his election campaign.  –Gov. Bruce Rauner’s principles.  If you think like Bruce Rauner, there is no point in being Governor unless you  wake up every day with a plan of  action to implement your principles-- and... Read more »