Watch Berkowitz w/State Rep.Candidate Biela on cutting IL Taxes & reforming local gov. costs, Cable & Web

State Rep. Candidate Biela [R-Edgebrook,15th Dist.]: I think municipalities should have the ability [to file for bankruptcy, if they want to].

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Tonight’s Chicago metro edition of Public Affairs features State Rep. Candidate Amanda Biela (R-Edgebrook), who is challenging 14 year Democrat incumbent, John D’Amico, in the 15th State House District.

The show airs in 24 suburbs at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch.19. This is show 2 of a two part series with Biela. It airs:

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

on 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.

For more about the modern American woman, candidate Biela, Biela's views on cutting state income and local property taxes and her efforts to put and end to MADIGAN-D'Amico machinepolitics in the !5th State House Disitrict and the areas included in the 15th, please visit here.

You can also watch tonight's show with 15th House District  Candidate Biela 24/7 by clicking here.

The 2nd show with Rep. Candidate Biela also airs twice daily in Evanston, 8:30 am and 8:30 pm, Cable Ch. 6, starting tonight and continuing through next Monday.

A partial transcript of tonight's show is included, below

Biela: Yes, I think municipalities should have that ability [to file for bankruptcy, if they want to].

Berkowitz: You would vote to give them that power?

Biela: Yes, for the local municipalities.           

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Amanda Biela: I think it’s fair to look at the purpose of a pension.  When we first started pensions for teachers and public servants, it was the idea that when you are teaching you are making a “Modest” income, Modest- that’s the key word. And, when you retire, you can continue that modest living- as kind of a reward for service to our communities.

Jeff Berkowitz: …but now [in some of the suburbs], the teachers, if they retire at 55, and have the automatic cost of living adjustrments, by the time they reach 65, they receive $100,000 a year in pension payments…

Amanda Biela: Our local school districts, we should be able to negotiate at a salary they can afford and what’s best for the community and the school district, they shouldn’t be set by the State.

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Berkowiitz: You know there a lot of local governments whose pensions are way underfunded, their pension costs are exploding relative to their incomes, so what is the B-word?

State Rep. Candidate Biela: Bankruptcy.

Berkowitz: Which the local government can’t file for now, but who could give the villages and cities in IL that power?

Biela: Well, we could change that law.

Berkowitz: Who could?

Biela: The state legislature.

Jeff Berkowitz: Of which, you would be one, if you beat John D’Amico. Would you vote to change the law to give local governments that power to file for bankruptcy?

Biela: Well, we saw with Harvey they had to pay into their pensions, and those payments were done at the cost of not having police and firemen on their streets.  Harvey had to let them go in order to be able to make the pension payments. And, they were putting their people at risk, so that’s not good for the citizens of Harvey.

Berkowitz: So, municipal bankruptcy would allow you to smooth it out, cut some current fire and police officers, but also cut some pension costs. You are saying that would be fair.

Biela: Yes, I think municipalities should have that ability [to file for bankruptcy, if they want to].

Berkowitz: You would vote to give them that power?

Biela: Yes, for the local municipalities.

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