Monday, December 11, 2006

Better than Monday night Football: Hamos on Cable/Streaming

Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs, airing throughout the City of Chicago at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 [CANTV], features eight year North Shore State Rep. Julie Hamos [D-Evanston]. You may also[Watch the show with Rep. Julie Hamos here].
The "Public Affairs," podcast page gives you a choice of more than twenty-five episodes of “Public Affairs," including our recent shows with State Rep. Julie Hamos [D-Evanston], State Sen. Steve Rauschenberger [R-Elgin] and Chicago Mayoral Candidate Dorothy Brown [D] as well as interviews, discussions or remarks with or by U. S. Senators John McCain and Barack Obama, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giulianiand many, many more pols on our video podcast page[Watch here].
State Rep. Julie Hamos [D-Evanston], debates and discusses with shot host and legal recruiter Jeff Berkowitz the desireability and impact of an increase in the Illinois minimum wage; a continued cap on real estate tax assessments and the impact of that cap on attracting and maintaining business in Cook County, the impact on electricity supply of freezing electric power rates; education funding reform and tax increases; “pay to play in Illinois,” campaign finance reform; dealing with the anticipated capital cost requirements and other reform issues relating to the RTA [Metra, CTA and Pace] and much, much more.
Jeff Berkowitz: …You have a Democratic State House, Democratic State Senate, Democratic Governor, probably a Democratic State Supreme Court, are you folks going to say in 2007, “Let’s just raise those taxes and what are they going to do, we’re Democrats and we can win easily.” You will get a lot more revenue. Is that where we are going?

State Rep. Julie Hamos [D-Evanston]: Well--

Jeff Berkowitz: I mean you want to raise it [spending] on the transit side, you want to raise it on the education side

State Rep. Julie Hamos: I know the Democrats are—I think everybody is worried about raising taxes and the Governor, himself, as we know, in the past has not wanted to raise--

Jeff Berkowitz: He [Gov. Blagojevich] took a pledge, no increase in the—

State Rep. Julie Hamos: Income and sales taxes—

Jeff Berkowitz: Right, is he going to keep that pledge?

State Rep. Julie Hamos: Well, I don’t know if he made the pledge for the second term, did he?

Jeff Berkowitz: Yes, he did. So, is he going to keep that pledge?

State Rep. Julie Hamos: It certainly boxes him in. I think the state finances are experiencing some real pressures, right now, big pressures.

Jeff Berkowitz: That’s the question. Would you favor an increase in the income tax or an increase in the sales tax, to structurally change, as Ralph Martire puts it, the Revenue system.

State Rep. Julie Hamos: I doubt it. No, I doubt it.

Jeff Berkowitz: You don’t favor an increase in the income tax?

State Rep. Julie Hamos: Even my constituents [18th District: Evanston, East Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka and very small portions of Rogers Park and Glencoe]-- who I did a tough issues survey with, not too long ago, and there were very interesting results—said that if we were going to raise the income tax, it should be for school funding reform. There was a strong group of people that cared about that.

Jeff Berkowitz: But, you would favor it [an increase in the state income tax] for that and that alone?

State Rep. Julie Hamos: I think people are not interested in raising the income tax just to expand state government.

Jeff Berkowitz: Just [do it] for education?

State Rep. Julie Hamos: They are not interested in just expanding state government so I think we- the pressure and the burden is on us to make a convincing case that if we are gong to raise taxes—you know Illinois has the lowest tax in the country for those 45 states that have a state income tax. Five states have no state income tax; Forty-five states do, we are the lowest. So, this wealthy state—potentially we have the ability to look at that and I think be open to it. But, I think the burden is on us to say, if we are going to raise the income tax, what is it for. Not just to expand State Government.

Jeff Berkowitz: But, is it deceptive to say we have the lowest income tax of all states [who have an income tax] because we have, perhaps, the highest, in many respects, on the property tax side. So, perhaps, it is a way of saying we choose in Illinois—

State Rep. Julie Hamos: Well, this is the school funding issue. This is exactly the problem.

Jeff Berkowitz: But, is it a problem because we choose in Illinois to have more of the total funding for K-12 Education come from the property tax and less of it come from the state government or the state [income] tax, some would say that gives people what they want—more local control. You know: He who pays the Piper calls the Tune. You know that.

State Rep. Julie Hamos: Well, local control is one thing. But, I think we should all be concerned about providing for a quality education for children statewide and that is not happening. The disparities [in education funding] are too great in Illinois and for a state that is relatively comfortable, that is really Democratic—I think there really are some values that we should overlay that question with and one of those is children statewide do not benefit from a system that is that localized and I think we have to pay attention to that.
State Rep. Julie Hamos, as is airing tonight [8:30 pm on Cable, CANTV] on the City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs. You may also[Watch the Hamos program here].
State Senator Steve Rauschenberger [R-Elgin] is airing this week on the suburban edition of Public Affairs in 35 Chicago Metro suburbs [See below for the suburban airing schedule] and next Monday, Dec. 18 [8:30 pm on Cable, CANTV] on the City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs. You may also[Watch the Rauschenberger program here]. For more on the Rauschenberger show, including partial transcripts and links to same, see here.
In twenty-five North Shore, North and Northwest suburbs, the "Public Affairs," show airs every Tuesday night in the regular weekly Public Affairs slot, 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19 or 35, as indicated, below.

In ten North Shore suburbs, the Public Affairs show air three times each week in its regular slots at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as indicated, below.
The suburban episode of Public Affairs airs every Tuesday night :

at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, parts of Inverness, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette

And at 8:30 pm 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.

and every Monday night, Wednesday night and Friday night at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Bannockburn, Deerfield, Ft. Sheridan, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods and Winnetka.

The City of Chicago edition of "Public Affairs," airs every Monday night at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 [CANTV] throughout the City of Chicago.
Jeff Berkowitz, Show Host/Producer of "Public Affairs," and Executive Legal Recruiter doing legal search can be reached at