Tonight’s North and Northwest Chicago Metro suburban edition of Public Affairs features State Senator Mike Noland (D-Elgin) and his thoughts, specifically and in general, about state employee, university, city college and K-12, non-CPS public school teacher, employee pension reform, Gov. Pat Quinn’s 2014 campaign for re-election and especially how Pat Quinn stacks up relative to his only Democratic Primary challenger (at the moment), former U. S. Commerce Secretary (under President Clinton) and former Chief of Staff (under President Obama) Bill Daley.
The show, taped on June 15, 2013 in Skokie, IL, has Senator Noland debating and discussing with show host Jeff Berkowitz whether Illinois is a low tax state (as contends the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability’s Ralph Martire) or high tax state (as contends the IL Policy Institute’s John Tillman); whether Gov. Quinn can be faulted for Illinois having, as Bill Daley put it, the second highest unemployment rate in the country, one of the worst education systems in the country (Bill Daley June 14 interview with WGN’s Randi Belisomo) and for Illinois’ failure to pass state/university/community college/public school teacher employee pension reform.
Also discussed in tonight’s program is the Republican field for Governor and whether Illinois state government does a good job of “medicating, educating and incarcerating,” certain of its citizens; whether IL has, as Sen. Noland contends, the “worst funded education system in the country and whether Gov. Quinn’s campaign for re-election rises or falls “on his ability to pass state employee pension reform,” or as Sen. Noland contends, “on Gov. Quinn being known for being honest with the people and telling them the truth no matter how difficult it is.”
The show with Senator Noland airs tonight in 24 North and Northwest Chicago Metro suburbs at 8:30 pm in the regular “Public Affairs,” Cable slot:
-- On Comcast Cable 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.