Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs features four Chicago mayoral candidates in tomorrow’s election: Paul Vallas, Bill Daley, Susana Mendoza and Willie Wilson.
The show airs at 8:30 pm and midnight on Cable Ch. 21[CAN TV].
You also watch, 24/7, the show w Daley, Vallas, Mendoza and Wilson by clicking here.
The show was taped on Feb. 18, 2019 at the WTTW studios in Chicago, IL.
The BURKE FOUR- consisting of Toni Preckwinkle, Susana Mendoza, Gery Chico and Bill Daley- have all been tied to the Chicago Democratic Party Machine, Pay to Play, the “Chicago Way,” and of course to Ald. and former long-time City Council Finance Committee Chair Ed Burke.
A good example of “Pay to Play,” is the alleged shakedown by Ald. Burke of a Burger King restaurant franchisee, as outlined by the Feds in their Jan. 2, 2019 complaint- in which Burke is alleged to have pressured the franchisee to use his law firm for legal business in exchange for Ed getting the City to approve the permits, etc. needed to remodel the Burger King.
Three of the Burke Four- Preckwinkle, Daley and Mendoza were on a five candidate, one hour, Chicago Mayoral forum panel held on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight on Feb. 18, 2019.
The other two mayoral candidates on the panel were Willie Wilson and Paul Vallas and they are viewed as “unbought reformers,” in contrast to the Burke Four, who are said to be bought to the collective tune of $20 million in campaign contributions ($14 million alone by those trying to buy Daley and Preckwinkle).
There are 14 candidates on the mayoral ballot and the remaining 9 were in two separate candidate forums held at WTTW on Feb. 14 and 19, (See WTTW.com, and go to the Chicago Tonight videos for those nights).
Each of the five panel mayoral candidates, except for County Board President Preckwinkle, made herself or himself available for an individual press conference following the forum.
The Public Affairs show, above, consists of an “Intro,” by show host Berkowitz, portions of the four Chicago mayoral candidate press conferences held at WTTW and a “Close,” by show host Berkowitz.
Susana Mendoza was married in the Burke's home about 8 years ago.
Bill Daley's son, William Daley, Jr., argues candidate Fioretti, improperly benefitted about 9 years ago from the City's parking meter deal, because William worked for Morgan Stanley, who led a major consortium putting that deal together. And, allegedly, Bill Daley was able to help his son's firm get that deal—and maybe more-- because Bill was a senior advisor to his brother, Mayor Daley.
The show above, starts with clips by Mendoza, Wilson and Vallas, claiming that Daley lied when he asserted he never advised his Brother, Richie, on the parking meter deal when Richie Daley was Mayor and oversaw the execution of that deal, which turned out to have mega- disastrous financial consequences for Chicago.
Bill Daley, in turn, essentially denies to this reporter, on the air, that he gave advice on the parking meter deal to his brother, the Mayor, or had anything to do with it.
IL Comptroller Mendoza argues she is the best candidate for Mayor because she took on Gov. Rauner for the last two years. Mendoza argues her battle w Rauner helped keep the State and its people financially secure and able to receive important human service benefits.
Successful businessman Willie Wilson argues that, among his many skills, he knows how to fix the Chicago budget and how to keep taxes low to attract businesses and people back to Chicago. Wilson says he would develop the long neglected south and west sides of the City, while maintaining the solid economic growth of the Loop and north side.
Paul Vallas, who says he knows how to fix institutions with major problems, like Chicago, touts his skills for running efficiently and in a citizen friendly way large organizations such as the Chicago Public Schools, and similar school systems in Philly, New Orleans and Connecticut, not to mention his broadbased work in re-building, or building for the first time, the important public institutions in Haiti.
Vallas also touts plans he has developed to fix the city’s violence, education and enormous pension problems.
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