Tonight’s Chicago metro North and Northwest suburban edition of Public Affairs features Amara Enyia, one of the top seven Chicago mayoral candidates in the February 26, 2019 election.
The program airs:
Tonight at 8:30 pm in 24 Chicago Metro North and Northwest 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
In Evanston, twice daily, extending through next Monday at 8:30 am and 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 6
In Highland Park, tomorrow, Wed. at 8:30 pm on Cable ch. 19
Millennial (35 year old) Amara Enyia, who holds four degrees, including a law degree, from the University of Illinois, Champaign, debates and discusses with show host Jeff Berkowitz how best to address the (1) educational; (2) homicidal, shooting and other major crime and (3) exploding Chicago police, fire, city employee, labor and CPS pension challenges facing the City of Chicago.
Chicago Mayoral Candidate Amara Enyia is or will be receiving support, including financial, from Chance the Rapper and Kanye West, as well as from tens of thousands of others.
--Stupendously large and unfunded Chicago pension liabilities:
Candidate Enyia is aware of the magnitude of Chicago's pension problem but does not appear ready to favor amending the IL Constitution to permit diminishing accrued government employee and teacher pension benefits.
She realizes this is a problem that cannot be fixed with Marijuana or Chicago casino tax revenue.
Enyia does favor re-amortization of future pension payments and these and other pension issues and solutions are explored in this show and they will be further explored in forthcoming interviews with the candidate.
-- Sharp increases and declines in Chicago's homicide rate in the last eight years
Candidate Enyia discusses the importance of dealing with both short-run issues and long-run root causes of homicides and other criminal actions in Chicago. She notes the importance of education, jobs, economic growth and environmental factors when developing a holistic approach to fighting crime.
For example, we know the identities beforehand of a large number of individuals who are likely to be both homicide perps and victims. Do we have the ability to mentor and counsel these individuals to avoid a life of crime?
These and other crime issues are explored in this show and will be explored in more detail during forthcoming interviews with mayoral candidate Enyia.
-- Improving the safety of CPS students and the quality of their education and dealing with CPS governance, structural and fiscal issues
How do we avoid the rapes, sexual harassment and other horrifying adult abhorrent behavior that has been all too common at CPS during the last decade and continuing to the present?
Is the current CPS Supt. Janice Jackson adequately addressing these issues? Is she attending hearings on these education issues by the IL legislature and City Council. If not, why not?
Can we radically improve the number of minority, low income CPS kids reading at grade level (currently 30 %) and advancing to complete college or vocational training.
Could empowered CPS parents who were given the purchasing power to choose among select enrollment schools, traditional neighborhood schools, charter schools and other types of schools for their kids and the ensuing competition do a lot to improve the quality of education at CPS?
Would an elected school board and other potential structural governance changes improve the quality of CPS education?
How involved should and will CTU be in the election or appointment of CPS school board members and other governance issues?
What is the current CPS operating budget, capital budget and pension financial status of CPS?
Some of these educational issues are explored in this show and they will all be explored in more detail during forthcoming interviews with Mayoral Candidate Amara Enyia.
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