Better than Monday night Football: John Russell's story of hope, growth and opportunity for kids leaving CPS, on Cable/Web

Opportunity Scholarships awarded to low income Chicago students by Freedom to Learn, IL.  Students sing, as they leave failing CPS, "Free at last, Free at last, Thank God Almighty, Free at last."


This week's Chicago and suburban editions of Public Affairs features John Russell, Founder of Freedom to Learn, IL, debating and discussing how to reform education though-out the state of Illinois; the opportunity scholarships his organization has been awarding to low income  children in Englewood and surrounding areas, allowing them to escape failing public schools for succeeding private schools, the use of the free market to improve education through competition and innovation, what  a children's first policy really means, why teacher's unions are toxic for Chicago's minority students, why Rahm Emanuel should have the intestinal fortitude to stand up to Karen Lewis and what President Obama would do if he were true to his word and his school.   The  show is hosted by Jeff Berkowitz.  The show, taped on August 12, 2012   airs  tonight throughout the City of Chicago on Cable Ch. 21 at 8:30 pm;  in ten North Shore suburbs tonight and Wednesday night at 8:30 pm on Ch. 19 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).

You can also watch the Public Affairs show with  John Russell, recorded on August 12, 2012, here. 

Next week's "Public Affairs," guest in the City of Chicago is Nick Bogert,  former MSNBC correspondent and currently a free lance TV journalist covering the likes of the Blagojevich second trial and Rahm Emanuel's quirky economics ideas. Bogert, who like Rahm in Rahm's days as a student at New Trier  West High School and Dennis Hopper in Easy Rider in the 70s, might have once told his close pals not to "Bogart that joint, my friend," is not at all reluctant to assess the performance of Rahm Emanuel, in his first year of Mayor, as of June 6, 2012, when the show was taped.

You can also watch  our show with Nick Bogert here, recorded on June 6, 2012.  The show stands up well.  Rahm was over-rated as a Mayor then by the  mainstream media, and he is over-rated now, as borne out by his current mis-handling  of  the Chicago Teachers Union, its President Karen Lewis and the Lewis engineered strike, which treats Chicago's children like dirt, a fact pretty much ignored by the mainstream media.

Next week's "Public Affairs," guest in 34 Chicago Metro suburbs is Glenn Farkas (R-Glenview), State Senate Candidate in the 9th Senate District. Farkas, in an unusual move on the North Shore these days, is not letting Democratic State Rep. Daniel Biss (Evanston) inherit the office in the 9th Senate District district without a nominal  fight. That District was heavily gerrymandered a decade or two ago as  a gift from Speaker Madigan and former Senate President Emil Jones for outgoing State Senator Jeff Schoenberg, who is retiring to enhance  his wealth, first started with contributions from his wealthy benefactor, an exchange trader.  I am sure Jeff will write a "tell all book," someday, instructing President Barack Obama on "who built" Schoenberg's benefactor's firm as a trader, making Schoenberg a wealthy pol.  It wasn't the Fed roadbuilders, the state bureaucrats or Chicago's corrupt pols--- that's for sure.

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

You can also watch the Public Affairs show with State Senate Candidate Glenn Farkas, recorded on August 12, 2012, here)


You can watch the "Public Affairs," show with John Russell 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).


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


The "Public Affairs" show featuring John Russell 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 John Russell  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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