Watch Berkowitz w/expert Gary MacDougal on how to reduce Chicago's homicides & shootings: Cable & Web

Gary MacDougal:[a typical 17 year old living on the south or west side of Chicago] can’t get a job because he probably did six months for selling weed.

Tonight’s City of Chicago and Tuesday night’s (airing schedule, below) Chicago Metro suburban edition of “Public Affairs,” features Gary MacDougal, a  former Mckinsey partner and highly successful Fortune 1000 CEO (Mark Controls).

MacDougal, who led Gov. Jim Edgar’s Task Force efforts in the 1990s which resulted in moving almost two hundred thousand unemployed into productive employment, discusses how to dramatically decrease Chicago’s shootings by moving street entrepreneur drug dealers into legit jobs and…   

Tonight’s weekly “Public Affairs TV show,” as it has for the last 2 decades, airs throughout the City of Chicago proper at 8:30 pm and midnight on Cable Ch. 21 [CAN TV].

You can also watch, 24/7, tonight’s program featuring MacDougal w/show host Berkowitz by clicking here.

MacDougal has studied the root causes of Chicago’s homicide and shootings’ problem for more than six months, including interviewing drug dealers, gang members, community residents, church leaders, police, nonprofit leaders and city, county and state officials.

In tonight’s show, MacDougal drives home his finding that the root causes of Chicago’s “inexcusably high number of murders and shootings,” include drug infested neighborhoods, dysfunctional families, union dominated, non-performing monopoly public schools, a dearth of successful role models and very few jobs accessible to young people.

Moreover, there is a leadership deficit at the Governor level, Chicago mayoral level and at many of the other political offices, agencies and entities that should be dealing with the city’s poverty problems but aren’t making much of a dent in the problem.

Morale in the Chicago police department is at an all time low and there is virtually no trust by the communities on the south and west sides of the police.

Partly as a result of that lack of trust in the police, fewer than 18% of Chicago’s homicides are prosecuted and a much smaller percentage result in convictions. In short, almost every day, someone on the south or west side of Chicago “Gets away with murder.”

There are many resources in federal, state, county and city agencies that could be used to solve these problems. But these entities are “Silos” that never talk to each other and get fully employed in the battle against Chicago’s violence.

If one person had the power to prioritize and redeploy the use of resources, Chicago’s most significant social problem in its history could be solved.  Sadly, that person or task force charged with doing that is not on the horizon.

You can read more about the above violence problem and its cures in MacDougal’s WSJ article here or find out more by watching tonight’s program featuring MacDougal with show host Berkowitz by clicking here.

The show featuring Gary MacDougal also airs:

–Twice daily, in Evanston, starting today and continuing through next Monday, 8:30 am and 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 6 and

–This Tuesday night in the  Chicago Metro suburban edition of Public Affairs in 24 N and NW Chicago metro suburbs at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 19 or 35, as indicated below:

Cable Ch. 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, parts of Inverness, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette and on

Cable Ch. 35 in  Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling and

–This Wednesday night in Highland Park and Deerfield at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 19

–This Wednesday and Saturday nights at 6 pm on Cable Ch. 10 in Aurora and surrounding areas (ACTV-10)

–This Thursday night in Rockford and surrounding areas on Cable Ch. 17


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