Posts tagged "s"

Conversing w/ Gov. Rauner about winning his Primary, unifying the R Party & fixing the Quincy Vets’ Home

Jeff Berkowitz: How do you put the conservative base back together again… Gov. Rauner: …This election is really not about Democrats vs. Republicans. It is about the people against a corrupt, broken system ****** Jeff Berkowitz: So, how much does it cost [To fix the Quincy Vets’ Home problem]? Gov. Rauner: When you say it,... Read more »

Who has the answer to Illinois' budget woes? Speaker Madigan, Gov. Rauner or Ted Dabrowski? Cable/Web

And, if you miss tonight’s TV show with Dabrowski on balancing the State budget with no new taxes  (See, below), you can watch it 24/7 here. Dem Narrative The State of Illinois is at a crossroads, so to speak. It has now gone two years without a budget.  The Democratic Party narrative is that when... Read more »

Will Trump's trade policies make America great again? Watch Professor Doug Irwin w/Berkowitz: Cable/Web

Prof. Doug Irwin: When Franklin Roosevelt became President, he opened up foreign markets… as a way of getting out of the Great Depression ****** Tonight’s Chicago edition of Public Affairs airs at 8:30 pm and midnight on Cable Ch. 21 [CAN TV]  The Irwin episode also airs in Evanston tonight and Wednesday night, tomorrow night... Read more »
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Gov. Rauner’s path to 2018 Re-election starts w/ Four Leader-Gov. Rauner negotiations

So, in short, for there to be a Grand Bargain agreed to by Big Daddy Madigan and Big Daddy Rauner, both of those Big Daddies have to get directly involved in the negotiations. ********************* Jeff Berkowitz: Governor, the two reforms you said you wanted in the Cullerton-Radogno Grand Bargain are permanent property tax freeze instead... Read more »

Senator Kirk and Cong. Duckworth debate to air tonight, Sunday and on demand

Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D-Hoffman Estates squared off tonight at 7 pm in the ABC-7 Chicago/League of Women Voters, Univision Chicago one hour debate.  It is not a very substantively informative debate for a variety of reasons and I will report later this evening on the press conferences that followed the... Read more »

Ten reasons- or one reason- why Trump lost the first 2016 Presidential Debate-- lack of preparation.

Note that the text in item 3, below, was significantly supplemented at 10:50 pm on Tuesday.  10. The debate is for ninety minutes not thirty.  Trump came out sharp, on the issue of the economy. Hillary was yahta, yahta, yahta.  She had a plan for millions of jobs. It sounded like Obama 2.0 or 3.0.... Read more »
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State Rep. Sandack’s mistake? Resigning over a sexual peccadillo

Link to Saturday’s Chicago Tribune update on Rep. Sandack’s “Inappropriate activities,” added to this post on Monday morning at 2 am Sandack resigns mysteriously two months ago Former state Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Downer’s Grove), one of Governor Rauner’s most knowledgeable and articulate defenders of Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda, resigned his house seat abruptly about two months... Read more »

Berkowitz w/ former Gov. Candidate Gidwitz on why State Government was slow to resolve the budget impasse and much, much more, Cable/Web

Berkowitz: How have we made the cost of hiring employees so expensive? Ron Gidwitz: Regulation. The tax burden…  And, In this state…  a whole list of things that are required by Chicago, Cook  County and state government that make it much more difficult to conduct manufacturing operations here than, say, even a location as close... 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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State's Attorney candidate Kim Foxx commits to taking less than 400 days to indict in a McDonald type case, but won't say how much less

Jeff Berkowitz: Would you have indicted Officer Van Dyke within weeks of having seen the video of that shooting of Laquan McDonald? That is, if you had no other evidence but the video of that shooting, would you have indicted Chicago police officer Van Dyke within a few weeks of having seen that video– based... Read more »