Way Better than Jim Lehrer w/Romney and Obama: Berkowitz w/ the Illinois Policy Institute's Dabrowski (Cable and Web)

Contrary to what you hear, it appears that Illinois taxpayers are facing government obligations  underfunded to the tune of 300 billion, not one hundred billion, dollars.   That means, says Ted Dabrowski of the Illinos Policy Institute, we can't really solve the state employee pension problem simply by cutting pension  COLAs and raising employing contributions and the minimum retirerment age for state employees.  According to Dabrowski, the only real solution to this portion of the State government mess is to institute 401 (k)  or defined contribution type pensions for state government employees,  city government employees, state university personnel and community college personnel.  Will this happen anytime soon?  Watch Dabrowski with show host Berkowitz  on TV this week or watch them here to find out.


This week's Chicago and suburban editions of Public Affairs, featuring Ted Dabrowski, VP, Planning, Illinois Policy Institute,  debating and discussing with show host Jeff Berkowitz whether Speaker Mike Madigan and John Tillman, CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute make for strange bedfellows, whether Illinois should replace its defined benefit state employee pensions with defined contribution or 401(k) type pensions, whether Illinois government pensions, city government pensions, healthcare plans for state employee retirees  are underfunded to the tune of 300 billion dollars, whether the cost shift to school districts should be postponed for now and whether state employee pension contributions and state employee minimum retirement ages should be increased and whether state employee COLAs should be reduced and  much, much more, airs  tonight throughout the City of Chicago and in ten North Shore suburbs 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).

This week's guest on Public Affairs in the Chicago Metro suburbs and in Chicago is the Illinois Policy Institute's VP, Planning, Ted Dabrowski.  Next week's guest is Eric Zorn, Chicago Tribune columnist, discussing whether Senate Majority Leader  Harry Reid is a modern day Joe McCarthy and whether the mainstream media are continuing to have a slobbering , love affair with Barack Obama while they go after Mitt Romney, to the great pleasure of Obama senior campaign adviser David Axelrod.   More politics and public policy on Public Affairs than anywhere else on your dial, so to speak.

You can also (Watch Debrowski here and watch Zorn here)


You can watch the "Public Affairs," show with Ted Dabrowski on Monday 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).


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


The "Public Affairs" show featuring Ted Dabrowski 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 the Illinois Policy Institute's Ted Dabrowski 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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