Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs features Marilyn Katz, President, MK Communications, giving succinct but wise advice to Mayor-Elect Lightfoot on how to fix all of Chicago’s ills.
For once, show host Berkowitz smartly took a back seat to his guest and took copious notes on Marilyn’s advice. The new Chicago mayor and her team should do likewise.
The show airs throughout the city proper tonight at 8:30 pm and midnight on Cable Ch. 21 (CAN TV).
Marilyn and her consulting firm handled media issues for the late Mayor Harold Washington during his Mayoral campaigns and consulted with him during his Mayoral tenure on a variety of strategic, media, communications, planning and program implementation issues (1982-87).
Marilyn and her firm also consulted with Mayors Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel on similar issues to those listed above. Most notably, in light of the current focus on unequal neighborhood economic development, Ms. Katz and her firm improved, radically, safety, affordable housing and economic development in Pullman, Woodlawn and Bronzeville.
Ms. Katz discusses and debates with show host Berkowitz:
- How to reduce homicides in Chicago (including her support for bringing in William Bratton as Police Superintendent).
- How to improve education at CPS, especially reading levels (and including whether school choice and competition are important mechanisms to do that).
- How to improve Chicago’s financial mess of $50 billion dollars in unfunded pensions (including whether IL should amend its Constitution to allow the State and its municipalities to decrease pension benefits) and
- How to turn around the worst neighborhoods (In terms of current public safety data) on Chicago’s south and west sides.
Katz and Berkowitz also debate and discuss some other people who might be best suited to head up these “Fix Chicago efforts,” in all of the aforementioned public policy areas.
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