Better than AMC's Pretty Woman w/Julia Roberts; Berkowitz w/Rep. Nekritz and Greenberg re pension reform on Cable/Web

Jonathan Greenberg(candidate for State Rep., R-Northbrook) : ….what I think is important here… the whole purpose of the pension shift…of the cost shift is to make about three billion dollars that’s currently the state’s problem somebody- anybody else’s- problem, so they [the state] can get it off of their backs so they can-- not have to make difficult decisions--

State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook): No, I completely disagree. The purpose of it is to create the accountability that—

Jonathan Greenberg (R-Northbrook): Why is this just happening now then? Where was the accountability over the last ten years? There’s been no accountability. The interest here is to get rid of the three billion dollars in [state liability]— [Please see, below, to keep reading this transcript].

Watch Nekritz/Greenberg, recorded on August 8, 2012, here

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This week's Chicago and suburban editions of Public Affairs features State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) and  her challenger, Jonathan Greenberg (R-Northbrook) debating and discussing how to reform state employee pensions, including whether to reduce the state employee, General Assembly, state university faculty and personnel, community college faculty and personnel, downstate and suburban public school teacher pension cost of living adjustment ("COLA") and whether to raise the retirement age and retirement fund contribution for such individuals, whether we should legislate a "cost shift" on pensions from state taxpayers to school district taxpayers, whether it was a good idea to have raised the state income tax in 2010 and what to do about "crazies and guns."  The  show is hosted by Jeff Berkowitz.  The show with Democrat State Rep. Nekritz and her Republican challenger, Nekritz,  airs  tonight throughout the City of Chicago;  in ten North Shore suburbs tonight and Wednesday night and tomorrow night in 24 North and Northwest Chicago suburbs at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 19 or Cable Ch. 35  (See, below, for a detailed airing schedule of the show).

Next week's "Public Affairs" guest is 29th State Senate candidate Dr. Arie Friedman (R-Highland Park) discussing and debating with show host Jeff Berkowitz Friedman's position on a variety of state legislative issues (including state employee pension reform) relative to his Democratic Party opponent's position.  Dr. Friedman's opponent declined to appear on the show with Friedman or to be interviewed prior to the show by the show host.

More politics and public policy on Public Affairs than anywhere else on your dial, so to speak.

You can also (Watch Nekritz/Greenberg, recorded on August 8, 2012, here and watch Dr. Arie Friedman, recorded on August 1, 2012, here)

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You can watch the "Public Affairs," show with Rep. Nekritz and challenger Greenberg tonight and Wednesday at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 19, airing in  Winnetka and nine other North Shore suburbs (See, below, for a detailed ten North Shore suburb airing schedule).

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You can also watch the show with Nekritz and Greenberg throughout the City of Chicago tonight at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 (CANTV).

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The "Public Affairs" show featuring Nekritz and Greenberg airs tonight and Wednesday night in its new, regular, twice weekly (Monday and Wednesday) slot at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19 in ten North Shore suburbs:  Bannockburn, Deerfield, Ft. Sheridan, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods and Winnetka.

The Public Affairs show featuring Rep. Nekritz and her challenger, Greenberg,  airs tomorrow night at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable on

Ch. 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, parts of Inverness, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette.

and on

Comcast Cable Ch. 35 in Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling.

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Jonathan Greenberg(candidate for State Rep., R-Northbrook) : ….what I think is important herethe whole purpose of the pension shift…of the cost shift is to make about three billion dollars that’s currently the state’s problem somebody- anybody else’s- problem, so they [the state] can get it off of their backs so they can-- not have to make difficult decisions--

State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook): No, I completely disagree. The purpose of it is to create the accountability that—

Jonathan Greenberg (R-Northbrook): Why is this just happening now then? Where was the accountability over the last ten years? There’s been no accountability. The interest here is to get rid of the three billion dollars in [state liability]—

Rep. Nekritz (D-Northbrook): We have an opportunity right now to tie what I think is a very difficult vote on the cost shift [from state taxpayers to school district taxpayers] with pension reform and make a perfectly accountable system

Show host Jeff Berkowitz: But, you know, the allegation is--

Rep. Nekritz (D-Northbrook): So, that’s why we’re looking at this-

Greenberg (R-Northbrook): So, we’re taking a vote on the accountability at a time

Rep. Nekritz (D-Northbrook): Together

Greenberg (R-Northbrook): When it is easier for legislators to insist on accountability?

Rep. Nekritz (D-Northbrook): We’re taking a vote on accountability because it’s very much tied to the savings that we’re hoping to achieve on the pension system. It’s absolutely—

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  • The issues are:

    1. Somehow Nekritz has convinced the Tribune Editorial Board that she is independent of Madigan, while in fact she has taken on Julie Hamos's position of about 3rd in command. At least she passes bills that Pace wants, although probably not for its ultimate good.

    2. Since Nekritz has an entirely suburban (but gerrymandered) district, the real question is whether she is willing to go along with Madigan and Cullerton, but sell out her constituents without any real reform being proposed. The next thing the Madigan and Cullerton clique will say, after they dump the load on the property taxpayers is that "The Constitution prohibits you from doing anything about pensions."

    3. For that matter, I don't see how dumping suburban and downstate pensions on the locals helps Emanuel, who is stuck with the Chicago teachers pensions in any event, as well as with CTU.

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