Tonight's City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs features a review of the IL legislative veto session just concluded, providing the homespun, downstate perspective of the Illinois Channel's Executive Director-- the kinder, gentler Terry Martin-- and the sometimes acerbic but always fair comments of the Illinois Channel's Chicago Bureau Chief-- Jeff Berkowitz. Gov. Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot also have virtual cameo appearances.
The show airs at 8:30 pm and midnight throughout the City of Chicago on Cable Ch. 21 (CAN TV).
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The show was taped on Nov 16, which was, as noted on the show, ten days before tomorrow night's annual Serafin & Associates first of the Christmas Sesason's pre-Thanksgiving Christmas Parties, at which Thom Serafin and a variety of imposters, play Santa Claus, to the innocent and not so innocent.
Discussed is Governor Pritzker's legislation consolidating more than 650 "downstate" pension funds into two. Martin says the bill could be significant; Berkowitz argues not so much.
Also discussed is how the veto session for Mayor Lightfoot was an unmitigated disaster, with the Mayor not getting the legislation needed to bring a Chicago casino (and its FY2021 and beyond) hundreds of million of dollars in new revenue to life and none of the $50 million in new, anticipated revenue for FY2020 from her desired progressive, home sale, tax.
The ethics legislation from the veto session was pitiful and there was not much else done to justify bringing the legislators back to Springfield.
Oh yes, also discussed were possible candidates to replace Senate President Cullerton in January, the Fed's continuing investigation of Metro Chicago and IL Government public corruption, COMED and EXELON and The FY 2020 City of Chicago Budget which will pass the City Council, holes, warts and all.