Jeff Berkowitz: …I want to thank our guest--State Rep. Jim Durkin—he may be a candidate for Attorney General…you’re certainly going to be giving it some thought if that AG office is open- you heard it first here on Public Affairs, right, Jim?
Tonight's City of Chicago and this week's Chicago metro edition of the "Public Affairs," tv show features State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) , the 2002 Republican nominuee for the U. S. Senate, a state rep. for 13 years and a potential candidate for Illinois Attorney General, if the seat becomes open due to its current occupant, AG Lisa Madigan, deciding to run for Governor or to accept a nomination by President Obama for a seat on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Among the topics discussed are state employee pension reform, a Durkin run for Attorney General, a concealed carry law in Illinois, state spending and taxes, minimum wages, the high murder rate in Chicago, the 2014 IL Republican Gubernatorial Primary, the U. S. Attorney's performance on the gun issue in the Northern District of Illinois and much, much more.
The show with Rep. Durkin airs throughout the City of Chicago tonight at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 [CANTV].
It also airs tonight at 8:30 pm on Comcast Channel 19 in Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highwood, Highland Park, Bannockburn and several other North Shore suburbs.
You can also watch, 24/7, the Public Affairs show featuring Rep. Jim Durkin on youtubecom/publicaffairstv by clicking here:
Jeff Berkowitz: …I want to thank our guest--State Rep. Jim Durkin—he may be a candidate for Attorney General, Lisa Madigan- she may be moving up [to Governor or the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals]…you’re certainly going to be giving it some thought if that AG office is open- you heard it first here on Public Affairs, right, Jim
State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs): Thanks, Jeff
Jeff Berkowitz: All right, Concealed Carry- that’s a big issue, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has said that the Illinois Legislature must pass a concealed carry law by June 8, 2013, right?
State Rep. Jim Durkin: Correct.
Berkowitz: What should that concealed carry bill look like?
Rep. Jim Durkin: Well, one, I don’ t believe it is a “may permit,” it is a “shall permit.” I have read that [7th Circuit legal] opinion—
Berkowitz: Which means?
Rep. Jim Durkin: Which means that it is not going to be a law that is going to stop at any border of a county or allow for a “home rule override.” I think it has to be consistent throughout the State.”
Berkowitz: Everybody should [or will] have the right to apply for the right to carry a gun- concealed- you might have to take classes, you have to do this and that [to get a “concealed carry” gun permit], but everybody across the State of Illinois-- you’re saying— [under the requisite law would have that right]
Rep. Jim Durkin: Except felons and people who have mental incapacities and a number of other individuals who should not get access to firearms—we have to have reasonable restrictions of where they cannot go [with their concealed guns], but I will say this: that the consequences to us of [the Illinois State Legislature] not passing a [concealed carry] law by the first week of June, 2013 are very troubling…a lot of good minds think that our unlawful use of a weapon statute is null and void after that and this 7th Circuit, the ones who wrote the opinion, [Appellate Judges] Posner and Flaum, aren’t fooling around. They take this very seriously.
Berkowitz: Is murder a way of life in Chicago…Why is the murder rate so much higher in Chicago than New York?
Rep. Jim Durkin: Gangs.
Berkowitz: Why are gangs so much more of a problem in Chicago than New York?
Rep. Jim Durkin: I believe that the New York approach, going back to [U.S. Attorney and Mayor] Guiliani was one of zero tolerance, toward both street gangs and gun violence…
Berkowitz: Should the U. S. Attorney here be doing more on…