Tonight’s City of Chicago 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 employee teacher 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, airs tonight throughout the City of Chicago at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21, with 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 debated and 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.”
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Tags: Bill Brady, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, Dillard, Gov. Quinn, high tax state, Illinois Policy Institute, John Tillman, Lisa Madigan, low tax state, Ralph Martire, Randi Belisomo, Rauner, Rutherford, Secretary Bill Daley, Sen. Noland, Senate President Cullerton, Speaker Madigan