Berkowitz with Judge Daniel Shanes (R-2nd District), on his run for the IL Supreme Court 2nd District seat & key IL Supreme CT issues: Watch on Cable/Web (24/7)

 

Berkowitz: You could tell us… if judges should understand the consequences of their decisions and should… take [those consequences] into account.

Judge Shanes: Jeff, you and I live in the real world. We live like our neighbors. We work with our friends and colleagues and we have to be aware of…  (More of this show transcript below)

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This weekend’s and Monday’s “Public Affairs” TV show features Judge Daniel Shanes (R-2nd Dist), running for the IL Supreme Court in Tuesday’s June 28 primary, and interviewed by show host Jeff Berkowitz.

You can watch the show featuring Judge Shanes 24/7 by clicking here: and also on cable (see cable listings, below).

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Judge Shanes has:

–16 years of judicial experience as a Lake County Judge (now is Lake County’s Deputy Chief Judge); and

–12 years of prosecutorial experience.

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If the GOP wins the two open Supreme CT seats in the 2nd and 3rd Districts  in November, the GOP will have the Court majority … for the 1st time in 60 years.

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To vote in the GOP Primary, June 28 election for the IL Supreme Court 2nd District seat, you must live in that District (consisting of Lake, Kane, Kendall, McHenry and DeKalb counties) and request a Republican ballot.

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Among other planks in his platform, Judge Shanes is running on “Defending the Constitution.” The interview includes discussion of the role of people at large, judges, courts, the Governor, the Separation of Powers doctrine, prosecutors, the legislature and criminal defense lawyers in dealing with crime, the Fair Maps issue, referenda, pensions and Gov’s emergency orders– and much, much more!        

The half-hour show with Judge Shanes airs in Chicago:

–This morning, 9:04 am, Cable Ch 21 (CAN TV) (as the first segment of the Illinois Channel 2 hour package),

–Tomorrow (Sunday) morning, 8:34 am, Cable Ch 19 and

Monday night, 8:30 pm and midnight, Cable Ch 21;

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The show featuring Judge Shanes also airs:

–Around the State this week-end, at different times in different venues (as the first segment of the Illinois Channel package), check your local listings;

  • In Aurora, this evening (Saturday) and Monday at 6 pm, cable Ch 10 (Most of Aurora is in Kane and Kendall counties, and those portions of Aurora are eligible to vote for the S CT 2nd District seat); and
  • In Highland Park (all of HP is in S CT’s 2nd District) this Monday and Wednesday, 8:30 pm, Cable Ch 19

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Judge Daniel Shanes: Here’s a factoid for our viewers: after this election, I believe, none of the judges who were part of the IL Supreme Court decision on the original pension case will actually be on the IL Supreme Court anymore. All seven would be new.

Jeff Berkowitz: Yes, and if you were one of them, you would have a fresh view, along with the other six, right?

Judge Shanes, I would view the law as it stands, I would interpret the Constitution as I understand it.

Berkowitz: Yes, you can’t decide that now, but you could tell us, maybe, [if] judges should understand the consequences of their decisions and they should presumably take [those consequences] into account and if they rule as the IL Supreme Court did previously, that $500 billion pension hole [as estimated by Wirepoints] is not going to be cured by lowering pension benefits, and all we’ve got left is to raise taxes, [so] in a sense then, if you voted that way, you’d be raising taxes substantially… Is all of that in your mindset as you run…as to what your decision would be about that pension policy?

Judge Shanes: Jeff, you and I live in the real world. We live like our neighbors. We work with our friends and colleagues and we have to be aware of …what’s going on. But, part of the genius of the Constitution is that Judges should not… 

A partial transcript from “Public Affairs,” featuring Judge Shanes, taped on June 13, 2022

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