Watch Amara Enyia, millennial, clean challenger to the BURKE FOUR, on cable tonight in Chicago & on the web

Does the 400K which Chance the Rapper gave "Clean" Amara after the taping of tonight's show push her ahead of the BURKE FOUR because she never had anything to do with the wiretapped Burke, accused by the Feds of a "Chicago Way Shakedown." .  
Can a good chunk of those "$150 billion Chicago taxpayer PENSION IOUs" be dealt with by the elimination of "Waste, fraud and abuse," as Amara contends? They discuss, you decide.
Tonight's City of  Chicago edition  of Public Affairs, taped on December 20, 2018, features our 2nd show with Amara Enyia, one of the top counter-points to the BURKE FOUR in the February 26, 2019 election.

 

The show, featuring Part 2 of show host Berkowitz's interview of Amara Enyia, airs throughout the City of Chicago at 8:30 pm and midnight on Cable Ch. 21 [CAN TV].

The Enyia shows were taped prior to the filing of Ald. Burke's criminal complaint. 

You can also watch Part 2 of Amara Enyia's interview 24/7 by clicking here.

You can also watch the show twice daily at 8:30 am and 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 6 in Evanston, today and continuing through this Wednesday.

You can also watch Part 1 of  of Amara Enyia's interview 24/7 by clicking here.

The Burke ties that bind:

With six weeks left to Chicago’s mayoral election, it appears that the federal shakedown charges against 75 year old Alderman and Finance Committee Chair Ed Burke was just what the race needed for some clarity to define the major issues.

After all, we can’t begin to deal with the City’s violence, education and pension issues without first determining which of the candidates, if any, are not DIRTY  and also able to MANAGE e a very large organization like the City of Chicago-- an 18 billion dollar budget [City and CPS], with 2.8 million customers.

So, for the last 19 days, or so, the buzz has been to determine which of the BURKE FOUR: Preckwinkle, Mendoza, Daley and Chico, can continue as a serious mayoral candidate? Can paid media, the avalanche of BURKE FOUR TV ads we are now seeing, offset the stench of the Burke associations.

What are those Burke associations? Putting them in a nutshell:

(1)  Cook County Board President Preckwinkle received a bundle of contributions from Burke, along with 10K as part of Burke's extortion shakedown.

(2) State Comptroller Mendoza was married at the Burkes' home and thanked Burke for making her the politician she became.

(3)Mr. City Insider Gery Chico was a mentee of Burke from the Get go, when Chico started with Burke as a staffer on the Burke Finance Committee and now is essentially endorsed by Burke in this mayoral election.

and (4) there is Mayoral son and brother Bill Daley. The Daleys fought and loved Burke, depending on the year, but have been connected to each other  for decades, going back to the alleged deal that made Richard M. Daley a "Made guy," as Mayor in 1989 and gave Burke the Finance Committee chairmanship.

The money:

Perhaps it is just a coincidence, but the top four funded candidates are those with the Burke ties that bind the most. the BURKE FOUR: Daley, $4.1 million; Preckwinkle, 2.8 million; Chico, 1.8 million and Mendoza 1.3 million. So, they are all well positioned to buy a new, clean image. Who needs earned media when you can reinvent your image and buy your own votes?

And, with the cooperation of the mainstream media and the downtown boys who run and pick the topics for the key forums, the issue of corruption could become declasse.

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Millennial, 35 year old Amara Enyia, who holds a law degree and a BA, MA and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, discusses and debates a number of City of Chicago finance, pension, education and major crime related issues with show host Jeff Berkowitz.

Relative to their first show together, Amara and Jeff spend much more time debating and sparring over the causes and best ways to cure Chicago's enormous, imploding pension problems.
For example, they discuss at length how best to treat "Fairly," both (1) holders of the City's  past pension promises and (2) holders of the City's current government promises, e.g., K-12 Chicago students, residents desiring police and fire protection and residents needing healthcare assistance.

Amara and Jeff also discuss the magnitude of Chicago's (and the Chicago Taxpayers' share of Cook County's, Illinois' and CPS') unfunded pension obligations- which taken together could cost Chicago's taxpayers about $150 billion (or $140,000 per taxpayer) to pay for in the future.

Can a good chunk of those "$150 billion Chicago taxpayer PENSION IOUs" be dealt with by the elimination of "Waste, fraud and abuse," as Amara contends? They discuss, you decide.

Is there a role for amending the IL Constitution and/or should the State empower Chicago and other municipalities to be able to file or "Apply" for bankruptcy in federal court as a way to deal with Chicago's unfunded pension problems? Enyia and Berkowitz discuss those topics.

Some of the additional debating and discussion topics you can look forward to if you watch Part 2 of Amara Enyia on "Public Affairs," are listed below:

Is a LaSalle St. tax, commuter tax, a progressive state income tax and/or re-amortization of the City's and CPS' unfunded pension debt the way to deal with Chicago's enormous pension and other fiscal problems? Amara and Jeff debate and discuss these items, you decide.

Is the 2019 Chicago Mayoral race about four words? "Laquan McDonald" and "CPS Rapes." Amara and Jeff discuss, you decide!

Do only 30% of the CPS kids of low income, minority parents read at grade level, as Bill Daley has suggested? If so, would raising that number substantially go a long way toward solving Chicago's major, long-run problems? Amara and Jeff discuss, you decide! 

How would Amara Enyia compare with the Burke Four--  Toni Preckwinkle, Susana Mendoza, Bill Daley and Gery Chico-- the four mayoral candidates who were the closest to Alderman Ed Burke. Burke is now charged by the Feds with a sleazy SHAKEDOWN OF the owner of 100, or so, Burger King restaurants in an attempt to leverage Burke's alderman privilege into enormous business for his law firm.   

Does the 400K which Chance the Rapper gave "Clean" Amara after the taping of this show push her ahead of the BURKE FOUR because she never had anything to do with the wiretapped Burke.

Can Amara identify with very low income adults and kids who aspire to move up, WITH HONESTY,  in Chicago's pay to play BUREAN FOUR government?   Were her Nigerian immigrant parents once very low income? Was Amara?

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