Watch Berkowitz w/former State GOP Chair Gary MacDougal on the five root causes of Chicago's violence: cable & web

MacDougal finds that the root causes of Chicago’s violence include drug infested neighborhoods, dysfunctional families, union dominated, non-performing public schools, a dearth of good role models and geographic and skills barriers to even entry level jobs.

With Rahm Emanuel deciding last week discretion is the better part of valor and not to seek re-election as Chicago's Mayor, and Cook County Board President (and former Ald., CPS teacher and CTU member) Toni Preckwinkle now rocketing to the top of a union (SEIU) backed poll for the Chicago Mayor's race that now almost surely will include an Hispanic (Ald. Ricky Munoz),  it is time perhaps to consider new approaches to reducing Chicago's record setting annual homicides- which peaked in 2016, Rahm's 6th year at the helm

So, tonight’s City of Chicago edition of "Public Affairs," featuring Gary MacDougal, an author, former McKinsey partner and highly successful Fortune 1000 CEO (Mark Controls), is quite timely.  

MacDougal, who led Gov. Jim Edgar's Task Force efforts in the 1990s which resulted in moving more than one  hundred thousand unemployed into productive employment, discusses how to dramatically decrease Chicago's shootings and homicides by moving street entrepreneur drug dealers into legit jobs and...   

You can also watch, 24/7, tonight's program featuring MacDougal w/show host Berkowitz by clicking here.

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Gary MacDougal:[a typical 17 year old living on the south or west side of Chicago] can’t get a job because he probably did six months for selling weed.

MacDougal has studied the root causes of Chicago’s homicide and shootings' problem for more than six months, including interviewing drug dealers, gang members, community residents, church leaders, police, nonprofit leaders and city, county and state officials.

In tonight’s show, MacDougal drives home his finding that the root causes of Chicago’s “inexcusably high number of murders and shootings,” include drug infested neighborhoods, dysfunctional families, union dominated, non-performing monopoly public schools, a dearth of successful role models and very few jobs accessible to young people.

Moreover, there is a leadership deficit at the Governor level, Chicago mayoral level and at many of the other political offices, agencies and entities that should be dealing with the city’s poverty problems but aren't making much of a dent in the problem.

Morale in the Chicago police department is at an all time low and there is virtually no trust by the communities on the south and west sides of the police.

Partly as a result of that lack of trust in the police, fewer than 18% of Chicago’s homicides are prosecuted and a much smaller percentage result in convictions. In short, almost every day, someone on the south or west side of Chicago “Gets away with murder.”

There are many resources in federal, state, county and city agencies that could be used to solve these problems. But these entities are “Silos” that never talk to each other and get fully employed in the battle against Chicago's violence.

If one person had the power to prioritize and redeploy the use of resources, Chicago's most significant social problem in its history could be solved.  Sadly, that person or task force charged with doing that is not on the horizon.

You can read more about the above violence problem and its cures in MacDougal’s WSJ article here or find out more by watching tonight's program featuring MacDougal with show host Berkowitz by clicking here.

The show featuring Gary MacDougal also airs:

--Tonight and twice daily this week, in Evanston, through and including Wednesday, at 8:30 am and 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 6

-- Tonight and Wednesday night in Highland Park and Deerfield at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 19

--Tomorrow night in 24 Chicago Metro N and NW suburbs (See this blog tomorrow for a detailed airing schedule: it will be at 8:30 pm on either Ch. 19 or Ch. 35, depending on the suburb)

--Tonight, Wednesday  and Saturday nights at 6 pm on Cable Ch. 10 in Aurora and surrounding areas (ACTV-10)

--This Thursday night in Rockford and surrounding areas on Cable Ch. 17

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