Sunday, October 16, 2005

Four Easy Pieces: Watch Obama, Filan, Claypool and Cegelis

A "Public Affairs," Cinema (“PAC”)complex: Four Easy Pieces-- four video and audio podcasts for the price of one. What can I say—the Best Things in Life are Free. And, you can tell it to the birds and bees... Watch from this site Barack Obama, John Filan, Forrest Claypool and Christine Cegelis interviewed by show host Jeff Berkowitz.

From Healthcare, Education, Taxes and the War to Illinois Pension Fund and Illinois corruption issues to turmoil and cronyism at Cook County's Provident Hospital to patronage, waste and inefficiency at Cook County's Juvenile Temporary Detention Center to Chicago corruption to tax cuts, the Economy, globalism and back to the War. Quite a trip.

Perhaps you are in the mood for a bit of Senator Barack Obama. Then go to the PAC [See below] and choose Obama on Public Affairs, recorded a week before the now junior U. S. Senator from Illinois became a national Barock Star [he was already a local one] with his Keynote speech at the Democratic Convention. The show with Obama is also airing Monday night [Oct. 17] at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 [CANTV] through-out the City of Chicago. [See here for a list of the topics discussed and more about the show and here for a partial transcript of the show with Senator Obama].

Alternatively, perhaps you are in the mood for a ten billion dollar pension bond sale, the pros and cons of monetizing the IOUs to the pension fund-- so to speak-- and the controversy over the report in the Joe Cari plea agreement, which, when combined with "reliable sources," suggests that the Blagojevich Administration was involved in using the pension fund placement of debt to coin campaign contribution. Then go to the PAC [See below] and choose John Filan, Blago’s Director of OMB on Public Affairs, recorded on September 25, 2005.

Or, maybe you would like to catch up with Cook County Board Politics and Public Policy, as well learn more about Forrest Claypool’s run for the Democratic Party’s nomination for Cook County Board President. Then go to the Public Affairs Cinema [See below] and choose Forrest Claypool, Cook County Board President who was Mayor Daley’s first Chief of Staff in 1989-91 and who came back for a second stint in 1997-98. Claypool will tell you, of course, that he earned his stripes as the CEO of the Chicago Parks Department.

Last, but not least, you might be wondering about what is cooking in the process to replace Cong. Henry Hyde [R-Addison] in the 6th CD, when he steps down in January, 2007, after serving 32 years in that seat. Well then, you should go to the PAC and take a look [See below] at Christine Cegelis [D-Rolling Meadows], who is running against Lindy Scott in the Democratic Primary for the right to take on State Senator Peter Roskam [R-Wheaton],who managed to clear the field earlier this year in the Republican Primary of the likes of State Senator Carole [as in Carole Lombard] Pankau, former DuPage County Recorder of Deeds JP "Rick," Carney and State Senator Dan Cronin [who left before he came in, sort of]. The Public Affairs show with candidate Cegelis was taped this afternoon and will air in the Suburbs the Week of October 24 and throughout the City of Chicago on Hallowen [8:30 pm, Cable Ch. 21- CANTV].

Yes, I know, all of the above shows are with Democrats. As all of our regular viewers know, over the long run with Public Affairs, we are very fair and balanced, or as I like to say, tough, but fair. So, not to worry, we will have some Republicans on our webcasts shortly.

To watch any of the above-discussed shows at the "Public Affairs Cinema,” complex, please go here.
Jeff Berkowitz, Host and Producer of Public Affairs and an Executive Recruiter doing Legal Search, can be reached at