Watch Berkowitz w Chicago Mayoral Cand. Paul Vallas on Burke-Four, Pay to Play & how Machine works: Cable & Web

Tonight’s Chicago metro North and Northwest suburban edition of Public Affairs features Paul Vallas,  rated by Chicago Magazine  as No. 1 Chicago Mayoral candidate [Ahead of the Burke Four, including Mendoza] in the current race for Chicago Mayor.

Today former Rep. Mendoza-- whose outside income as a state Rep. was from the City of Chicago-  got religion & hired the former legal counsel to the corrupt IL. Gov. George Ryan-- Dan Webb [for a tidy sum] to tutor Susana in ETHICS.

Webb represented [Pro Bono] Illinois' corrupt Gov. George Ryan in a losing effort that sent George to PRISON for 6 years.

Just 8 years ago, Chicago mayoral candidate Mendoza was married at Ald. Burke's home. 18 years ago, Burke gave Mendoza her start as a "Burke made State Rep." The ties that bind.

Once tutored, Ms. Mendoza, who is becoming famous for her ads arguing she should be the mayor because she was a soccer playing girl at 8, will develop ethics proposals to guide aldermen to avoid any more Ed Burkes, even though Mendoza used to say, "Ed Burke made me who I am."Got that?

Watch the Paul Vallas Public Affairs show, Part 1 by clicking here [Vallas: "This is how the Machine works, this is all Pay to Play."] 

Vallas argues Chico, another of the Burke Four, says Vallas, took advantage of his Chicago & IL government positions to hustle business

Mayor candidate Bob Fioretti, in an upcoming Public Affairs show, argues a son of Burke Four cand. Bill Daley Sr., Bill Jr. benefitted from Chicago's financially disastrous parking meter deal, which Fioretti argues Bill Daley Sr. helped engineer thru Bill's brother, Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Fioretti also argues that Burke Four candidate Toni Preckwinkle shakes down, to the tune of $50,000 for the Cook County Democratic Party, which Toni chairs, each Cook County judicial candidate who wants to be slated.

Watch Fioretti Public Affairs show by clicking here [5:18 to 6:20 for the alleged Preckwinkle shakedown].

The Vallas 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 Aurora, tomorrow, Wed. and this Saturday at 6:00 pm on Aurora Community TV, aka ACTV-10

In Rockford this Thursday at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 17

 Part 2 of the two part Vallas series, focusing more on substantive issues and less on public corruption,  airs in this time slot next Monday night. Watch Vallas, Part 2, by clicking here. 

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 --Vallas takes on the Dem. Party Machine early in his political career and currently   

Vallas came within two points in 2002 of beating the Democratic Party Machine when it chose to support Rod Blagojevich in the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary.

Going to his current Machine Battle, Vallas discusses and debates tonight a number of "Burke Four," issues with show host Jeff Berkowitz.

A criminal complaint was filed by the U. S. Attorney's Office in the N. D. of IL on Jan. 2, 2019 accusing Chicago Ald. Ed. Burke of engaging in a shakedown in 2017 that sought to illegally use his power as an Alderman and Chairman, Finance Committee to obtain business for his law firm from an owner of about 100 restaurants in a 6 county area surrounding Chicago.

--Who are the Burke Four and what ties them to Burke?

Vallas views four of his opponents in the Mayor’s race: Toni Preckwinkle, Susana Mendoza, Gery Chico and Bill Daley as the Burke Four, due to their strong monetary and other connections to the 75 year old Alderman, Ed Burke.

For example, Ald. Burke raised about $115,000 for Cook County Board President Preckwinkle in support of her re-election effort re the County Board Presidency. Also, as a part of his shakedown, Burke is accused of inducing a restaurant owner to give a 10 K contribution to Preckwinkle.

Preckwinkle in turn has been accused of returning some of Burke's favors by giving a $100, 000 year Cook County job to Burke's son, even though Burke’s son was up to his eyeballs in allegations of sexual misconduct in his prior job in Sheriff Tom Dart’s office. Did Preckwinkle call Dart and endeavor to find out if Burke’s son was in good standing in that job? She did talk to Ald. Burke about hiring his son.

Comptroller and Mayor Candidate Mendoza was married in Ald. Burke's home and she has thanked him for mentoring her and helping her in her election to State Rep., City Clerk and State Comptroller. Questions have been raised as to what Burke expects in return.

Mayor Candidate Bill Daley and his family have apparently had long time relationships and deals, political and otherwise, with Ed Burke, including Burke’s support of Richard M. Daley in 1989 for Mayor in exchange for the Daleys supporting Ed Burke for Finance Chair.

Gery Chico also apparently has had long time deals and arrangements with Ald. Burke. In this race, Burke essentially endorsed Chico for Mayor. Chico has now said that Burke just said Chico was the best qualified to be Mayor, which Chico didn’t think of as an endorsement. And, in any case, Chico would decline Burke’s endorsement now.

Because of Burke’s fall from grace and the Burke Four’s known prior relationships with Ald. Burke, Preckwinkle, Mendoza, Daley and Chico have spent a lot of time since the Feds filed their complaint trying to argue their relationship w Burke is not that strong, that they are not indebted to Burke and that they do not approve of the shakedown of which he is accused.

--Burke Four jump on the Reform Bandwagon?

Moreover, the Burke Four have now joined other Mayoral candidates in arguing for reforms that might curtail shakedowns and other improper activities.

Vallas, an opponent of the Burke Four, favors eliminating the Alderman's privilege and outside income, which might cut down on the incentive and ability of aldermen to use their office for personal gain.

The Burke Four are now jumping on his bandwagon, says Vallas.

Recently re-elected State Comptroller and now Mayor candidate Susana Mendoza was married at Burke's home and a was "Burke made State Rep."

Today former Rep. Mendoza-- whose outside income as a state Rep. was from the City of Chicago-  gets religion & hires former George Ryan counsel Dan Webb to teach her ETHICS. 

Webb represented Gov. George Ryan in a losing effort that sent him to PRISON for 6 years.

Webb, after getting a tidy stipend, will tell Mendoza that unlike her, Chicago Ald. shouldn't have outside jobs that give them outside income.

--How Vallas differs from Burke Four

Throughout tonight’s show, Berkowitz discusses with Vallas how he thinks Burke and the Burke Four have sponsored and supported for "Pay to Play," in Chicago and how Vallas has fought Pay to Play and run or acted against it much of his career.

For example, Vallas said Mayor Daley turned on Vallas when Vallas was CPS CEO because Vallas preferred giving contracts to low bidders and minorities (affirmative action), instead of Daley's friends. 

--Laquan McDonald

 Berkowitz also discusses with Vallas what he perceives as Mayoral Candidate McCarthy's (not a member of the Burke Four) and Mayor's Emanual's mismanagement that may have been partly responsible for Jason Van Dyke's murder of Laquan McDonald.

--Vallas & Chico Differences

 Vallas describes how his behavior as CPS CEO, and subsequent activities, was totally inconsistent with being a machine or pay to play person. Vallas also describes how his ability to manage and turnaround large organizations make him the most likely mayoral candidate to succeed.

Vallas argues Chico took advantage of his government positions to hustle business and Vallas never did that. Moreover, Vallas contends he did not have the power to restrain that kind of activity by Chico when Vallas was CPS CEO from 1995 to 2001 and Chico was President of the CPS Board.

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