Watch Berkowitz handicap Chicago's Mayoral Race: Rahm, McCarthy,Lightfoot.... Web & Cable

Berkowitz: Rahm has a knack for raising money… telling me, “What kind of courage does it take to raise money—what are they going to do? Cut your phone wire.” 

Berkowitz: Lori would be the first Chicago LGBT Mayor yet some or many of the progressives think Lori is not progressive enough…for ex,..

Jeff Berkowitz:  Garry McCarthy, polling No. 2 at 16%, he has a base…has name recognition. I would think police like him—some say not-- and fire fighters like him, teachers like him…Garry’s base might be a little bit of everything … but we’ll let Garry tell you when he tapes our show on August 23rd

Berkowitz: CPS CEO Claypool to blame for the rape, sexual assault CPS mess? Rahm to blame for CPS mess since he handpicked his buddy- Claypool to head and fix CPS  [Once upon a time, the Four Amigos were Rahm, Obama, Claypool and Axelrod]


Tonight’s Chicago metro suburban edition of Public Affairs features Jeff Berkowitz’s assessment of the Chicago Mayoral race, focusing on the top 5 candidates.

The show airs in 24 suburbs at 8:30 pm on:

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

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.

The show also airs in Evanston twice daily this entire week, through next Monday, at 8:30 am and 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 6. 

You can also watch the Berkowitz assessment of the Chicago Mayoral race 24/7 by clicking here.

The show includes discussion of the major candidates’ key attributes. However, a disproportionate amount of time is spent on Rahm Emanuel. After all, he has a seven year record to dissect.

Further, for many, the election is a referendum on Rahm. If he can get a thumbs up, they may not even look at others.  And, some may feel although Rahm has handled the city’s issues poorly, they are unsure the others have the requisite skills, experience and stamina to even show up for work...

Rahm keeping tabs on one of his direct reports. Should he have done more of this with Claypool. Brainstormed more with McCarthy? Reached outisde of his inner circle for real solutions to the city's educational, fiscal, pension and public safety problems. Too late for that now?

Rahm keeping tabs on one of his quasi- direct reports. Should he have done more of this with Claypool? Brainstormed more with McCarthy? Reached outisde of his inner circle for real solutions to the city's educational, fiscal, managerial and pension problems. Too late for that now?

So, we take a look at some of the major problems erupting in Rahm’s reign: Laquan McDonald’s senseless CPD shoot and cover-up, shooting and murder spiking in the last few years and CPS faculty & staff rapes, assaults and sexual harassment of its students.

---The blame thing: It's more than a game

Who is to blame for the above and can anyone fix Chicago? This is more than can be covered in one episode of Public Affairs.  For example, the awful state of Chicago’s job outlook for minorities; decades long lack of economic development on the south & west sides; public sector pension imploding cost; waste and corruption in Chicago’s $10 billion budget and the inability of CPS to teach the great majority of its minority kids how to read at grade level.

Moreover, the show was taped prior to Chicago’s 1st weekend in August consisting of 74 shootings and 12 fatalities from gun violence. It was also taped prior to the release of details of Rahm’s proposed $10 billion pension bond sale.

-- MIA Candidates: A shameful, growing cancer on our city's body politic- and bad journalism drives out good

Indeed, we hope to cover those issues with all of the candidates. However, some of the candidates fear challenging questions and honest discussions of public policy issues more than citizens on the south and west sides fear gun shots.

Nevertheless, we will continue to urge all candidates to show up on "Public Affairs," and hope the public will punish the others at the ballot box. After all, Obama showed up six times on our show from 2000 [watch July, 2000 Obama here] to 2004 and he became President.


A partial transcript of tonight’s show, taped on August 2,  is included, here:


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