Tag: IL pension reform

Watch Martin w Berkowitz, Guzzardi & Durkin et al on Pritzker's big tax increase & much more, Cable & Web

Watch tonight’s City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs, featuring a discussion of (1) the so-called IL Fair Tax, Progressive Income tax or Pritzker’s big tax increase (2) a capital budget and (3) the Fiscal 2020 budget.  Also discussed is- Will the Middle class & working class ultimately pay higher income taxes, too, if Pritzker’s... Read more »

Watch Terry Martin interview Jeff Berkowitz on IL Big Tax boost-comments by Guzzardi, Durkin, Manar &Weaver,Cable & Web

Watch tonight’s Chicago Metro north and northwest suburban edition of Public Affairs (See airing schedule, below). Role reversal tonight, with usual show host Jeff Berkowitz being interviewed (on May 2, 2019) by Illinois Channel’s Terry Martin. State Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago), House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), Senator Chuck Weaver (R- Peoria) and Senator... Read more »

Watch McQueary pick JB Pritzker, Emanuel and Vallas as the winners, Cable & Web

Kristen McQueary [Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Member]: … I think Paul Vallas will put Rahm in a run-off for sure. ********* Berkowitz:  So, you said Gov. Rauner doesn’t even get 90% of the Ives’ Republican Primary voters to vote for him. Say… 20% of those 340,000 voters stay home… I mean, possibly… 60, 000… Republicans... Read more »
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Watch BGA's David Greising and Berkowitz model ten Rauner-Pritzker Gubernatorial Race discussions, Cable & Web

Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of “Public Affairs,” features the Better Government Association’s (BGA) newly minted President and CEO, David Greising. David is a long time journalist, whose background includes, among other positions, business columnist for the Chicago Tribune, Reuter’s editor and Chicago News Cooperative senior management. Tonight’s program models how 2018 Democratic Party nominee... Read more »

Watch Berkowitz w/ State Rep. Ives on Illinois' pressing economic issues and education, cable and web

Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs features a flashback to State Rep. Jeanne Ives’ (R-Wheaton) appearance on our show two months prior to Bruce Rauner’s November, 2014  election as IL Governor.  The Ives’ show airs at 8:30 pm and midnight on Cable Ch. 21 (CAN TV). You also watch the show with Rep.... Read more »

Watch Berkowitz w State Rep. Skillicorn on the 2018 IL Gov Democratic and Republican Party Primaries, Cable & Web

State Rep. Allen Skillicorn: So, Rauner didn’t even try to change minds on the [2017 $5 billion income] tax increase…even if she failed, Jeanne Ives would have tried really hard to stop that and used the Governor’s bully pulpit… to argue for reforms. Jeff Berkowitz: JB Pritzker is running on “Morning in Illinois.” [Similar to... Read more »
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Gain insights into Gov. Rauner's new regime's approach: Watch Berkowitz w/Rauner insider Dan Proft, Cable/Web

Dan Proft: …Contemplating a lockout of state employees… a Chicago Teachers’ strike…PATCOing some state employees  Tonight’s Chicago Metro suburban edition of Public Affairs features Dan Proft, WIND 560 AM Radio’s “Chicago Morning Answer,” co-anchor w/Amy Jacobson (5 to 9 am).  The show w/Proft airs tonight in 24 N and NW suburbs at 8:30 pm on... Read more »

Gov. Emasculated or Gov. No new taxes unless we get real reforms? Will the real Gov. Rauner stand up?

In the words of Dirty Harry, the 23 Republican  legislators who supported on Friday the Madigan fiscal 2018 spending resolution  need to ask themselves the same question the perp was asked by Harry as the perp started to reach for a gun…“I bet you are wondering, did he fire six shots or only five…you’ve got... Read more »

I have a dream: IPI's Dabrowski engages WTTW's Schutz about a no tax increase solution to the IL Budget crisis, Web/Cable

WTTW’s Paris Schutz said, “[The 2011 IL income tax increase] should have never been temporary,” agreeing with liberal John McCarron that the temporary nature of the 2011 tax boost “Was what got us into this crash in the first place.” Since Public TV is supposed to be balanced, you might have thought sometime, somebody at... Read more »
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Watch IPI's Dabrowski show Gov. Rauner & Speaker Madigan how to balance the IL budget w no new taxes, Cable/Web

Berkowitz: You want a zero tax increase, is that right…Nada! Nothing! Ted Dabrowski, VP, Illinois Policy Institute: …There has been a narrative that …only … way to fix Illinois … is through billions of dollars in tax hikes… Dabrowski: [But] what we don’t need to do is to bail out politicians again through tax hikes.... Read more »