Should Stephanie Neely, Chicago City Treasurer, be picked to run for Lt. Gov. on the ticket with Gov. Pat Quinn, as he runs across the state for re-election to his second full term. Could African-American Neely bolster Quinn’s strength with the African-American electorate in both the primary and the general elections?
Could Treasurer Neely do even more to help Democratic Primary candidate for Governor Bill Daley, because the Daley name in the Black community needs refurbishing, says Chicago Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington, often thought to be an expert on racial politics in Chicago and Illinois.
Tune in to tonight’s Chicago edition of Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz, which features City Treasurer Neely, to get some answers to the Lt. Gov. choice and other important Public Policy and political questions. The show featuring Treasurer Neely airs throughout the City of Chicago tonight at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 [CANTV].
Treasurer Neely is also not shy about discussing her relationship with the City’s chief financial officer, Lois Scott, who is under the gun for some recent ethics issues.
But, perhaps the most provocative comments made by the City Treasurer are her defenses of stop and frisk which she views as both constitutional and good public policy in helping to prevent rampant black on black and brown on brown shootings and killings on the south and west sides of Chicago.
Treasurer Neely is no believer in 401 K type, defined contribution pension plans as a solution to either the State’s or the City’s government employee pension crisis. Perhaps it is time for Illinois Policy CEO John Tillman to have a sit down with the Smith College and Booth Business School MBA graduate—Treasurer Neely. Neely is however ready to freeze COLAs (cost of living pension indexes) for state and city employees. And, she thinks a Chicago casino is at least a partial solution to the city employee pension problems.
When it comes to charter schools, Neely is a big time booster. But, on school vouchers-school school choice, City Treasurer Neely, who like the Obamas and Mayor Emanuel, opts out of the public schools to send her own 14 year old son to a private school, wants to see more evidence on school vouchers- school choice before she will decide if she supports school vouchers for low income parents whose kids are stuck in failing CPS schools.
Of course, that position by Neely on school vouchers is an improvement over President Obama and Mayor Emanuel-- whose minds are completely closed when it comes even to looking at the empirical evidence regarding the efficacy of school vouchers. The teachers unions are just too powerful a vested interest for the likes of Obama-Emanuel. Who would have thunk it?
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