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Better than an Obama bug on a Rauner/Madigan negotiation: Berkowitz w/workers' comp/trial lawyer Matt Belcher,Cable/Web

IL Gov. Bruce Rauner visiting an Austin 1st grade charter school

IL Gov. Bruce Rauner visiting an Austin 1st grade charter school

Speaker Madigan, talking to the media last December, after meeting with the Governor and other legislative leaders about the State Budget and reforms. Since then, despite the hype, no progress on a balanced budget and reforms.

Speaker Madigan, talking to the media last December, after meeting with the Governor and other legislative leaders about the State Budget and reforms. Since then, despite the hype, no progress on a balanced budget and reforms.

Matt Belcher: What [Republican House Leader Durkin] wants to do is to say that anybody who is middle aged or has any sort of pre-existing degenerative condition no longer gets workers' compensation.

Jeff Berkowitz: Can that really be true?

What's next on Public Affairs? Berkowitz mediating a discussion and resolution of the workers comp. reform issue between Gov. Rauner and Speaker Madigan? 

Wouldn't it be great if the Governor and the Speaker could negotiate a  Fiscal Year 2018  balanced budget, with spending reductions and substantive reforms?

Should aggravation of a pre-existing condition be compensible under the the workers' Compensation laws?

Does Adam Smith's invisible hand [competition] work to provide the optimal kind, quantity and price for services in the insurance and legal industries?

To learn the answers to these and other important public policy questions relating to Worker's Comp. reform and whether Gov. Rauner's or Speaker Madigan's world view is more representative of the statewide population in IL,  watch plaintiff's trial lawyer Matt Belcher (of Aleksy Belcher) debate and discuss the issues with show host Jeff Berkowitz.

The "Public Affairs," show, featuring Matt Belcher, airs tonight at 8:30 pm and midnight throughout the City of Chicago on Cable Ch. 21 [CAN TV].

You can also watch this 2nd of two Public Affairs shows featuring Matt Belcher 24/7 by clicking here.

You can watch the 1st of two Public Affairs shows featuring Matt Belcher 24/7 by clicking here.

Tonight's show was taped a year ago but nothing has changed in the last year re State Government (1) IL State Government is running about a 6 billion dollar Fiscal Year 2017 budget deficit, as it did in FY 2016, even though in both years it had no formal budget  (2) FY 2018 projected revenue is about 3 billion dollar less than FY 2015 budgeted revenue  and (3) no substantive budget or civic reforms, including workers comp. reform, have ever been agreed to by Speaker Madigan in his 2 year negotiation with Gov. Rauner

In short, same old, same old, so the good news for Public Affairs, is that tonight's show is just as relevant tonight as it was when taped  one year ago. In Illinois as in France, the more things change, the more they stay the same

Additional issues discussed in tonight's show include:

Is there too much profit in the workers comp. equation?

Would a Public Option for the private workers' comp. options solve that problem?

Is Illinois losing employers and jobs to surrounding states due to it's excessively high worker's comp. costs? inappropriately high insurance rates?

Are businesses "Clawing back," to renege on their century old agreement to give employees automatic benefits in exchange for employees giving up their constitutional right to a jury trial?

Does the "Causation standard," for workers' comp. cases need to be changed to be fair to employers and keep them in Illinois?

Who really decides whether Speaker Madigan will be Speaker of the IL House?  67 Democrats? Even a smaller number of pols?

Should aggravation of a pre-existing condition be compensible under the the workers' Compensation laws?

The show featuring Belcher also airs

--Tonight and Wednesday nights at 8:30 pm on ECTV-6 in Evanston.

--Tonight,   Wednesday and Saturday nights at 6 pm on ACTV-10 in Aurora.

--This Thursday night at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 17 in Rockford.

--Tonight and Wednesday night at 8:30 pm  on Cable Ch. 19 in Highland Park, Highwood, Winnetka, Kenilworth, Glencoe, Bannockburn, Ft. Sheridan and Deerfield. 
-- and tomorrow night at 8:30 pm in 24 N and NW Chicago Metro Suburbs  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. 
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