PA show featuring Berkowitz Family-Pac Cruise related interviews w/ pols, et al in 25 Chicago Metro suburbs tonight, elsewhere later in week and 24/7 on web

State Rep. Jeanne Ives: …We had 15 Republicans in the State House who capitulated [and supported the 5 billion dollar income tax increase]. They are essentially Madigan Republicans [such as State Rep. David Harris (Arlington Heights) and floor leader Steve Andersson (Geneva)] at this point. …The school funding formula... may just be worse than the 32% tax increase… [It may] be very difficult to look at [some of] my colleagues …obviously [Senate Bill 1] is a bail-out for Chicago…


Tonight's Chicago Metro North and Northwest suburban  episode of  Public Affairs features August 14, 2017 interviews in the Loop's scenic River East neighborhood with State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton), Paul Caprio- Executive Director of Family-Pac, State Reps. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) and Allen Skillicorn (R-Dundee)- and Jon Zahm, Field Director of Family-Pac.

Tonight's show airs at 8:30 pm  on Comcast Cable Ch. 19 or Comcast Cable Ch. 35 in 24 Chicago Metro suburbs, as indicated, below:

-----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.

It also airs:

--tomorrow night and next Monday and Wednesday nights at 8:30 pm  on Cable Ch. 19 in Highland Park, Highwood and Deerfield. 

--tomorrow night and Saturday at 6 pm in Aurora on ACTV-10

--Thursday night at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 17 in Rockford and surrounding areas

-- And you can perhaps watch tonight's program on AT&T cable if you are smart enough to figure out how to navigate their system for community access.  You may need a North Korean/Trump University combined cyber grad degree to do that:)

You can also watch this  episode of Public Affairs, 24/7, by clicking here. 

See, below, for a partial transcript of this week's Public Affairs show, and more partial transcripts to follow at this blog.

The interviews were conducted prior to or after the Annual Family-Pac, Lake Michigan evening boat cruise.

The interviews and a video cameo by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), featured speaker on the two hour dinner Cruise, were all filmed at the River East Ogden Slip- where the cruise ship Ft. Dearborn's 175 guests  embarked and disembarked for the annual Family-Pac Cruise. 

State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) comments include what Senator Cruz spoke about at a Reception prior to the Cruise, including repealing and replacing Obamacare.  Rep. Ives also gave her views about Transgender "Rights", the 32% state income tax increase, the State education funding bill (including the Chicago bailout) and how Gov. Rauner's chances for re-election would be impacted by his signing the "Sanctuary State," bill and the bill providing for taxpayer funded abortions.

Family-Pac Executive Director Paul Caprio said that Senator Cruz's speech was perhaps the most important in the 26 year history of the Family-Pac Cruise.  Caprio also described how President Trump has already had an important impact on Family values and on foreign policy. Mr. Caprio also gave his views on why Chicago's murder rate is so much higher than comparable cities. Mr. Caprio also commented on how Governor Rauner's actions and positions taken in the next year might affect Values' voters support for him.

Senator Ted Cruz, giving what Family-Pac Executive Director Paul Caprio called perhaps "The most compelling speech," in the Organization's 26 year annual Boat Cruise history.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), 46,who almost was the Republican Party's 2016 Presidential nominee, seen here giving what Family-Pac Executive Director Paul Caprio called perhaps "The most compelling speech," in the Organization's 26 year annual Boat Cruise history.

State Rep. Morrison (R-Palatine) spoke about the importance of protecting the rights of the unborn and promoting traditional marriage for raising children. Rep. Morrison also touched on economic policies that would allow Illinois families to thrive and prosper.

Family-Pac field director Jon Zahm emphasized the importance of the positions to be taken by Gov. Rauner on taxpayer funded abortions and making IL a sanctuary state.

State Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-Dundee) spoke to the importance of keeping taxes and spending low, if Illinois is to prosper and compete for businesses and jobs.  Further, he discussed the impact of the IL and national economy on Gov. Rauner's re-election prospects.

Finally, show host Berkowitz comments on some of the central themes of 2018 Gubernatorial Candidates Rauner, Pritzker, Kennedy, Biss  and Pawar, in his closing comments.

--You can watch the unusually scenic episode of Public Affairs, 24/7, by clicking here. 


Next week's "Public Affairs," show features Chair of the IL Campaign for Political Reform ("ICPR"),  former State Senator Susan Garrett and Sarah Brune, ICPR's Executive Director,  debating and discussing with show host Berkowitz  ICPR's proposals and efforts to reduce the role of money in IL politics, as well as how those issues relate to the 2018 IL gubernatorial campaign. 

You can also watch 24/7 now the Public Affairs show featuring ICPR's Chair, Susan Garrett and it's Exec. Director, Sarah Brune 


State Rep. Jeanne Ives [R-Wheaton]: At the private reception [prior to the Annual Paul Caprio boat cruise on the Ft. Dearborn ship , launching from the Odgen Slip near Navy Pier on August 14, 2017], Senator Ted Cruz spoke a lot about Obamacare, that’s been his top issue always- to allow more competition and better pricing to lower the premiums. He spoke about tort reform… a question was asked about tax reform…

Jeff Berkowitz[show host, Public Affairs]: And, did Senator Cruz say, “The U. S. Congress is going to repeal and replace Obamacare. 

Rep. Ives: He is very hopeful that is going to happen. He thinks they have 45 to 46 votes already to do that. It is a matter of collecting those other votes.

Berkowitz: He needs 50 votes, so that VP Mike Pence can cast the tie breaking vote?

Rep. Ives: Yes, that’s correct and just like I find in my Republican caucus in the State House, he is dealing with the Republican Senate at the U. S. level that is also equally divided in terms of the more liberal Republicans and more conservative Republicans.

Berkowitz: What’s on your mind on social values…

Rep. Ives: I’m concerned about our children. I mean, honestly, this whole idea that transgenders have rights, which is something that is made up from the media, needs to be challenged. We need to have that challenged because our public schools are really being taken over by that type of ideology.

Rep. Ives. I am worried about our kids that are on college campuses, where they’re basically shamed or silenced for their conservative views. We need to take that on as a challenge. But, I mean honestly, even for families. The 32% tax increase that was foisted on the people of Illinois… with no reforms at all. That’s basically a family value that needs to be challenged because families are struggling in Illinois.

Rep. Ives: …We had 15 Republicans in the State House who capitulated [and supported the 5 billion dollar income tax increase]. They are essentially Madigan Republicans [such as State Rep. David Harris (Arlington Heights) and floor leader Steve Andersson (Geneva)] at this point. …

Rep. Ives: The school funding formula, which, in my opinion, it may just be worse than the 32% tax increase…it’s going to be very difficult to look at my colleagues and find out where they are standing on that…obviously [Senate Bill 1] is a bail-out for Chicago…

Rep. Ives: I am not a fan of the [state education] funding formula either way, but if you were to vote to override the Governor on his surgical AV-- that really only brings fairness to the whole equation-- you really are going to have to question who you are working for. Are you working for Chicago or are you working for your District?  

Berkowitz; What could Gov. Rauner best do in your view …to enhance the chances of getting re-elected?  

Rep. Ives: Well… the first thing he should do is veto the Sanctuary State bill, which is Senate Bill 31. That will dramatically help his chances of getting re-elected in 2018. I think it is a universal precept—if you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent, that you think we should abide by federal law. And, we want our safe streets, safe from illegal immigrants who have come here and actually are in jail for crimes. I think that is universal, so it would behoove him to not sign that bill [Ed. note, Gov. Rauner signed Senate Bill 31, aka the Trust Act, last Monday, two weeks after State Rep. Ives advised him to enhance his chances for re-election by vetoing that bill].          


Berkowitz: What would you say to the Governor [about the Sanctuary State bill] if he were here?

Rep. Ives: I would say, “Sir, the majority of Illinoisans are with you for a veto of that bill. The majority of Illinoisans will stand behind you and appreciate the rule of law if it comes down from the federal or state level, and that you should really veto this bill.”

Partial transcript of Interview with State Rep. Jeanne Ives [R-Wheaton] prior to her joining such luminaries as U. S. Senator Ted Cruz [R-TX], the featured boat cruise speaker, State Rep. Tom Morrison [R-Palatine], State Rep. Allen Skillicorn [R-Dundee], 2018 IL 10th CD Republican Primary Candidate Doug Bennett (Deerfield), Former Cook County Water Reclamation Board Candidate Frank Avila, Jr. [D-Chicago] (who has a cameo on the show, speaking to Senator Cruz) and 175 guests on Paul Caprio’s 26th Annual, two hour, Family-Pac cruise on August 14, 2017, launching from the Ogden Slip in Streeterville in the Chicago Loop.    

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