Posts tagged "Chris Radogno"

State budget deal in Springfield almost done: CPS and State Government roll on, Rauner gets one reform-maybe

The soup is simmering and almost ready to eat. All it needs is some seasoning.    There might come a day… when Madigan… will be willing to fall backwards, on the promise that Rauner… will catch him. Maybe.      Governor Rauner and his Republican legislative leader colleagues (Durkin, House and Radogno, Senate) met Tuesday and... Read more »

Gov. Rauner on reforms needed for a Grand Bargain: Pensions, workers' comp. and a property tax freeze (with local government empowerment )

Gov. Rauner, since the 2014 gubernatorial campaign, has not been willing to prioritize the reforms set out in his Turnaround Agenda, an agenda he thinks would turn Illinois around, changing it from a State that is losing population, jobs and economic output to one that is growing jobs, output and population.  Indeed, if he had... Read more »

Get the true skinny on Workers' Comp. reform: Watch round 2 of Berkowitz w/trial lawyer Belcher, Cable/web

Matt Belcher: What [Republican House Leader Durkin] wants to do is to say that anybody who is middle aged or has any sort of pre-existing degenerative condition no longer gets workers’ compensation. What’s next on Public Affairs? Berkowitz mediating a discussion and resolution of the workers comp. reform issue between Gov. Rauner and Speaker Madigan?... Read more »
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Learn how to fix government, crime, the economy and education in Chicago and IL: Watch Berkowitz w/Gidwitz, Cable and Web

Ron Gidwitz: No, I don’t know that we are losing those jobs to overseas, as much as they are being automated. Because we have made the cost of hiring people so expensive relative to other places–companies, as a defensive measure, are automating as fast as they can. *********************** Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of Public... Read more »

President Cullerton: The Cullerton-Rauner pension reform legislation is alive and well

Video and audio link to President Cullerton’s remarks and audience Q/A added at 9:45 am on Tuesday, see below. The nature of yesterday’s press conference with Senate President Cullerton [which followed City Club of Chicago President Jay Doherty's intro, Cullerton's remarks on IL K-12 state, public school funding and audience Q/A] was such that most... Read more »

Gov. Rauner's Turnaround Agenda and the State Budget Impasse: Berkowitz w/IL Republican House Leader Durkin, Cable and Web

Republican State House Leader Jim Durkin:  …If the Democrats want revenue, they need to get reforms passed first. I am always going to keep an open mind to any proposal from the Democrats. But. … Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of “Public Affairs,” features Republican State House Leader Jim Durkin.   The show airs throughout the... Read more »
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Five easy questions for Senate President Cullerton on pension reform at today’s City Club of Chicago lunch program

Today is D Day for Senate President John Cullerton on pension reform. When he speaks before the City Club of Chicago at a luncheon program today, the President should set out with specificity [See questions, below] where he stands on Gov. Rauner’s proposal for pension reform, as stated by the Governor in his press conference... Read more »

Better than Frazier v. Ali: Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee; Berkowitz w/Senator and Republican Gov Candidate Dillard, all media invited to attend the sparring match this afternoon

All media are invited to watch State Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale), a leading candidate for Governor in the Republican Primary, tape Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz, a one half hour TV political interview show, this afternoon at 1:00 pm at the Comcast Skokie Studio. The studio is located at 9651 Gross Point Road in beautiful... Read more »

Better than last night's Carol Marin discussion w/Raoul, Biss, Nekritz and Sandack: Berkowitz w/Rep. Durkin discussing the latest news on state employee pension reform and a possible run by Durkin for AG

In a show taped on Saturday,  Public Affairs show host Jeff Berkowitz debates and discusses with State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) the different state employee pension reform bills that passed out of the House (primary sponsors Cross, Nekritz and Biss) and Senate (primary backer– Cullerton), respectively, and which of those bills might or should... Read more »
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Better than Obama v. McCain: Berkowitz interviewed by the Illinois Policy Institute's Tillman about Obama and State GOP Leaders, Cable and Web

Jeff Berkowitz: …There is something special about the guy [President Obama], a certain je ne sais quoi, a certain charm… ************************************************************************************************* Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs features John Tillman, CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute, as the guest host, questioning Jeff Berkowitz (who has the role of guest tonight) about the  economic and education... Read more »