Posts tagged "Public a"

Rauner want stiffer sentences for repeat illegal gun possession/use offenders? Spending caps? Getting Rauner, Madigan, et al to be more specific

Notwithstanding the important work done by Governor Rauner on matters such as the above-referenced “Neighborhood Safety Act” legislation, this article raises the issue of  whether the Governor would be a more effective leader if he were to more often stake out a position on key, strategic public policy issues and then use the bully pulpit... Read more »

A French IL Gov. Rauner: The more things change, the more they stay the same, Berkowitz w/R House Leader Durkin, Cable and Web

The Governor is touting term limits more than he was 15 months ago.  But, save pension reform, Speaker Madigan probably won’t  agree to any of Rauner’s reforms… 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... Read more »

How do judges really decide cases? Berkowitz with Federal Judge Richard Posner on his most recent book and the Law, Cable/Web

Jeff Berkowitz: And, so, wandering into politics… would it be your view that the Republicans are now doing the sensible thing in not holding hearings on Judge Garland? Judge Posner: Yes, because you mentioned Souter, Stevens and Blackmun, so they are good examples of what is called a stealth liberal because… The Public Affairs show,... 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 »

Christie endorses Trump as Rubio and Trump square off for Republican nomination

So Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL)  decided last night was the time to finally go negative on Trump at the Republican presidential debate in Houston, and they both fired from either side at Trump in the middle, who everyone could see was a bit flustered– as Trump begged CNN’s moderator Wolf Blitzer,... Read more »

Will Mayor Emanuel decide to oppose minimum wage increases after watching tonight’s suburban episode of Public Affairs, on web and cable?

With such a smart city, wouldn’t you think the Mayor would charge his working group with deciding if the “Science” suggests we would benefit our city as a whole by raising, lowering or keeping the minimum wage the same? ***************************************** Tonight’s suburban episode of Public Affairs, featuring Economics Professor Allen  Sanderson,  focuses on the impact... Read more »

Better than Bill O'Reilly's upcoming interview w/President Obama: Berkowitz w/Chicago Tribune editorial writer Kristen McQueary

Jeff Berkowitz: Look, just between us girls, really, don’t you think it would be better to have a defined contribution system– you agree with John Tillman [Illinois Policy Institute], right? Kristen McQueary: We have said, even when we… said, vote yes on this bill … eventually government is going to have to get out of... Read more »

Better than Chicago Tonight w/clips of Quinn/Vallas: Berkowitz w/Northwestern University Prof. Laurel Harbridge on Fed. Gov. shutdown and debt limit extension, Cable/Web

Laurel Harbridge: …what’s not clear …is whether if you don’t raise it when you come up against [the debt limit], if you do kind of prioritize different aspects of what you are going to fund [the important thing is]—is how do the markets respond ? [That’s what is not clear].  Tonight’s Chicago Metro suburban edition... Read more »