Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Brendan Reilly, The Phantom of Chicago's City Hall, Cable/streaming

This Week's suburban edition of "Public Affairs," airing in the Chicago metro suburbs, features Ghost guest candidate Brendan Reilly, candidate for 42nd Ward Alderman, being questioned, in absentia, on the issues by show host and legal recruiter Jeff Berkowitz. See, below, for the Public Affairs suburban airing schedule. You may also [Watch the show with ghost guest candidate Brendan Reilly on your computer].
The failure of Brendan Reilly, Ghost Guest Candidate for Chicago's 42nd Ward Alderman, to keep his commitment to appear on "Public Affairs," is noted by show host and legal recruiter Jeff Berkowitz as he discusses the issues in the 42nd Ward race and questions, Reilly, in absentia, on various issues, including whether Reilly would be a "Daley boy," and an "insider"; does Reilly oppose pay to play, what would Reilly do to stop pay to play? to stop politics in city hiring and promotion; What would Reilly do about rising real estate assessments and rising property taxes in the 42nd Ward and in the City? over-development?; Is the Mayor focusing too much on bringing 2016 Olympics to Chicago and too little on improving education and finding private sector support for same; How well has Terry Peterson done in his effort to produce mixed inome public housing at CHA; education funding reform, should we have a "tax swap," i.e., an increase in the income tax and sales tax and a decrease in the property tax; a Chicago Casino? Living Wage ordinance: would he have voted for it? Is Reilly's word his bond? The quality of that bond? AAA or Junk? The strength of Reilly's commitment?
Ghost guest candidate Brendan Reilly will be the featured guest on the Monday, Feb. 5, 2007 [8:30 pm, Cable Ch. 21] City of Chicago edition of "Public Affairs."
The "Public Affairs," cinema page gives you a choice of more than twenty-five episodes of “Public Affairs," including this week's suburban show with ghost guest candidate for 42nd Ward Alderman in Chicago Brendan Reilly and recent shows with Sen. Syverson [R-Rockford], Metropolitan Planning Council President MarySue Barrett, State Rep. Paul Froehlich, Eric Zorn-Dan Proft, John McCarron, Gery Chico, former State Sen. Steve Rauschenberger, Chicago Mayoral Candidate Dorothy Brown [D] and State Rep. Julie Hamos [D-Evanston], 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].
Jeff Berkowitz: What about education? Is that more important than Millennium Park. More important than the Olympics. Should the City Council be pressuring the Mayor to focus on other things, other than the 2016 Olympics? Only 6% of those coming out of Chicago Public Schools graduate from a college. What does our phantom candidate [for 42nd Ward Alderman] Brendan Reilly think about that? We would like to ask him, but he is not here. He said he would be here, he committed to being here; his campaign said it did not matter that Ald. Burt Natarus would not be here—Brendan Reilly would be here—He was going to sit right in this chair-- right where Ronald Reagan is sitting.

Ronald Reagan talking doll: There you go again.

Jeff Berkowitz: There you go again. Maybe Reagan was saying that to Brendan Reilly, I mean-- Reilly was saying he would be here. “There you go again.” But, Reilly is not here.

Jeff Berkowitz: Charter schools- are they a good thing? Renaissance 2010. What does Brendan Reilly know about that? What can he say about that? Is the Mayor going down the right path? A lot of people say Renaissance 2010 isn’t going in the right direction. Others say it shows Chicago Public Schools are reforming. They are going more toward Charter Schools, more toward competition, innovation. Where does Brendan Reilly stand on that? We don’t know. We just don’t know because he is not here.

Jeff Berkowitz: Is that a tough question. Is that something that would scare you away if you were running for Alderman in the 42nd Ward? “Oh, my God, Berkowitz is going to ask me about Charter schools, I don’t know what to say.” Is that what Brendan Reilly is saying? We don’t know because he is not here…He had his field representative [Adam] call me, less than 24 hours before [the scheduled taping] and he said, “The Campaign Chairman [Rod Nash] decided that Brendan Reilly can only lose from showing up.” So, he thought- whatever is happening here this evening—and you’re watching—he [Brendan Reilly] couldn’t match this, he could only lose, he could only do worse than this.

Jeff Berkowitz: We try to be fair and balanced. We don’t endorse any candidates. We don’t endorse Burt Natarus in this race. We don’t endorse Brendan Reilly in this race. We don’t endorse Mike Libert in this race. We don’t endorse. In defense of Mike Libert, we weren’t able to connect with him, so we… never got to ask him whether he’d be here. But, the other two had clear shots. Burt Natarus had a shot, Brendan Reilly had a shot. Both Natarus and Reilly are spending piles of dough on this thing. If they …say they want a campaign donation from you—they have to get the word out—they have to do direct mail and TV, I think you could say to the two-- whether it is Natarus or whether it is Brendan Reilly, you’d say, “Hey, you didn’t go on the Berkowitz show, I’m not writing you a check. Why should I do that? You had a half hour of free air time, right there. You could have answered those questions.” Brendan Reilly didn’t do it…
Ghost guest Aldermanic candidate Brendan Reilly, as is airing this week on Public Affairs in 35 Chicago Metro suburbs [See below for the suburban airing schedule] and as will be airing on Monday, Feb. 5, 2007 [8:30 pm on Cable, CANTV] on the City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs. The show was recorded on January 21, 2007. You may also[watch the ghost guest candidate Brendan Reilly program 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 with ghost guest 42nd Ward Chicago aldermanic candidate Brendan Reilly airs Tonight :

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 this week on 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," with ghost guest 42nd Ward Chicago Aldermanic candidate Brendan Reilly airs this coming 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 JBCG@aol.com