Berkowitz w/State Senator and Dairyman Jim Oberweis
Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz features State Senator Jim Oberweis (R-North Aurora). The show airs throughout the City of Chicago on Cable Ch. 21 at 8:30 pm tonight. Senator Oberweis came close to getting the Republican nomination for Governor in 2006 (with Senator Brady playing "spoiler" and helping, most likely unintentionally, to make so called "moderate-pragmatic," Judy Baar Topinka the Republican nominee for Governor), with Topinka then losing badly to Democrat Rod Blagojevich, who was arrested by the Feds in early December, 2008. Blago was then impeached by the Illinois State Senate with Rod's running mate, Pat Quinn, taking over the reigns of IL government in late 2008, and the rest, as they say, is history. What would have happened if Bill Brady had not played spoiler? Would Oberweis and not Blago-Quinn, been the Governor elected in November, 2006. I guess we'll never know.
You can also watch the show with Senator Oberweis here.
Berkowitz w/ State Rep. [and now Republican House Leader] Durkin
For an interesting look back to a state legislator who is very much in the news, including an appearance tonight on Chicago Tonight, watch State Rep. [and newly elected IL Republican Party State House Leader] Jim Durkin, as he was interviewed on Public Affairs on March 24, 2013 about what was happening then and what he thought should happen with state employee pension reform. As the French say, “The more things change [in Illinois] the more they stay the same.”
Time for Senate Republican Leader Radogno to be replaced?
Senator Oberweis debates and discusses with show host Jeff Berkowitz (in a show taped on Aug. 31, 2013) whether Senate Republican leader Chris Radogno should be replaced, the Senate-House conference committee on state employee pension reform has the right people doing the right conferring to come up with the best compromise legislation, what the best compromise state employee pension reform legislation would look like and why defined contribution pensions might be more suitable for state employees than defined benefit pension plans.
Also debated and discussed in tonight’s show with Senator, Dairyman and Wealth Manager Entrepreneur Jim Oberweis are such topics as whether Republican State Treasurer Candidate Tom Cross is “A loser,” who would make the best Republican gubernatorial candidate; whether State Rep. Jim Durkin has been and is close personally and otherwise to the former controversial State GOP Chairman Pat Brady and whether IL Democratic Party legislative leaders and rank and file, e.g., Senate President Cullerton, Speaker Madigan and Senators Sandoval, Biss and Harris and Representatives Dunkin and Currie are nice guys (or ladies)-- but none has mastered Economics 101 or even knows what economics is and why everyone’s wants can’t be met, even in the often, fanciful world of Illinois politics. .