Jeff Berkowitz: You love Illinois, right?
Gary Rabine [CEO, Rabine Group]: Love Illinois
Berkowitz: But, you might leave. I mean, Pritzker said you guys would never leave. Didn't he say that? He said: You and your rich friends would never leave
Gary Rabine [CEO, Rabine Group]:Pritzker said to me- He goes- "Gary, you built all your businesses here, your family is all here, you're never gonna go anywhere, I mean, that's exactly how he said it. I'll never forget how he said it- and you know, God Bless him, if he really believes that that's the case, but that can't be the case, I can't risk the lives & jobs we are talking about, I can't risk all these jobs just because I want to be here- right?
Berkowitz: If you could persuade the IL State Government to change and start going in the other direction: lower property taxes, lower income taxes, not a progressive income tax, lower workers compensation rates, would that be Nirvana for you?
This weekend's and Monday night's City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs features Gary Rabine, ditchdigger CEO of the Rabine Group and life metaphor for Free Enterprise and how capitalism can work to create jobs-- when innovation and competition are allowed to operate in a free and hospitable market environment.
The half hour program airs:
--this Saturday morning (tmw) at 9:49 am, Cable Ch. 21 [CAN TV]
--this Sunday morning (Dec 1) 9:19 am, Cable Ch. 19 [CAN TV]
Rabine discusses with Public Affairs show host Jeff Berkowitz how he was able to start right out of high school and grow, eventually, a mega group of major companies that have been a source of quality jobs, growth, opportunity and wealth for his employees and himself, and improved choices for his customers, both in and out of Illinois.
Rabine and Berkowitz discuss and debate the pluses and minuses of Governors Rauner & Pritzker, IL pension reform, amending the IL Constitution to allow reduction of government pension benefits, giving IL cities and villages the power to file for bankruptcy, Gov. Pritzker's proposed IL progressive income tax (on the Nov. 2020 ballot) and Democratic Party Presidential Primary candidates and President Trump.
Rabine also discusses what is necessary for IL to become more competitive in business and a more hospitable environment for its citizens to work and enjoy their lives and families.
The Program was taped on November 18, 2019 in the Chicago Loop offices of Residco.
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