Monday, September 20, 2004

Updated September 20, 2004 at 9:45 pm

Paul Tully, Republican Candidate for State Rep. in the 59th District is featured on the suburban edition of "Public Affairs" this week. Tully [R- Riverwoods], is an intellectual property lawyer in a 70 attorney loop law firm and he has a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in synthetic organic chemistry. Paul Tully is running against two-year incumbent Kathy Ryg [D-Vernon Hills], who won the seat in 2002 with the benefit of new district boundaries, drawn by the Democrats. Ryg,notwithstanding the favorable redistricting, won by the narrow margin of 107 votes in 2002.

Ryg is perceived by most knowledgeable political participants in the area as a tier one target and she is viewed as vulnerable, despite the fact that various supporters should enable her to outspend her challenger[the usual incumbent's advantage]. State Rep. Ryg has been invited to come on "Public Affairs," a number of times during the last two years as a State Rep. and more recently, as a candidate for re-election, but she has declined each time. Rep. Ryg also has been invited to come on the "Public Affairs," show jointly with her challenger, Paul Tully, and she has shown little interest in doing that either.

Most recently [on Friday, Sep. 17], we spoke with Rep. Ryg’s campaign manager and asked her some questions relating to Rep. Ryg’s position on Mr. Tully’s proposal of September 4, 2004 [both sent by mail on that day to Rep. Ryg and discussed that day on the Public Affairs taping of the show that will air this week], for voluntary campaign spending caps, as well as whether Rep. Ryg would be willing to appear on Public Affairs to engage in an informal discussion of the issues with her challenger, Paul Tully.

As to the Tully proposal for voluntary campaign limits, the Rep. Ryg campaign manager said she did not know if Rep. Ryg had seen the proposal because she thought it might have been sent to the Ryg district office, and if so, it would have been returned to the Tully campaign with a note that it would have to be resent to the Ryg campaign office.

The Ryg Campaign Manager said she would respond to me by phone, after checking with Rep. Ryg, as to (1) Rep. Ryg's position on Paul Tully's proposal for voluntary caps on campaign spending by both candidates and (2) Rep. Ryg's willingness to appear jointly on "Public Affairs," with Paul Tully. To this date, no one from the Ryg. Campaign office has given “Public Affairs,” a response, even though I requested a response ASAP.

The Tully proposal was intended to place a ceiling on spending by each candidate from Sep. 15, 2004 to the day of the election of $100,000.

This week’s [week of Sep. 20] suburban edition of “Public Affairs,” features Paul Tully, 59th District Republican Candidate, debating and discussing with show host Jeff Berkowitz various state legislative and public policy issues, including real estate tax assessment caps, state taxes on business and jobs, education, abortion, jobs, how to promote an environment conducive to job growth in Illinois, medical malpractice reform, doctors leaving the state and other important public policy issues.

The suburban edition of "Public Affairs," is regularly broadcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Bannockburn, Deerfield, Ft. Sheridan, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods and Winnetka.

The suburban edition also is broadcast every Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette and every Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast Cable Channel 35 in Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling.

The City edition of Public Affairs airs throughout the City of Chicago every Monday night at 8:30 on Cable Ch. 21 [CANTV].

The show with Paul Tully will also air throughout the City of Chicago on Monday, Sep. 27, 2004 at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21.
Jeff Berkowitz, host and producer of “Public Affairs,” can be reached at