Monday, June 25, 2007

Senator Martin Sandoval [D-Chicago] takes the Backpack: Cable and Streaming

State Senator Martin Sandoval [D-Chicago], is the featured guest on tonight’s [June 25] City of Chicago edition of "Public Affairs," airing at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 [CANTV] throughout the City of Chicago. Senator Sandoval is also featured on the Aurora edition of Public Affairs, airing at 7:30 pm in Aurora and some surrounding areas on Aurora Community Television, Comcast Cable Ch. 10. The Aurora station reaches all of Aurora, Bristol, Big Rock and parts of Oswego, Sandwich, Sugar Grove and Montgomery.

For a partial transcipt of tonight's show, a summary of tonight's show topics and more about Sen. Sandoval, go here.

Senator Sandoval ia a fifth year State Senator from the Southwest Side of Chicago. Unlike most state pols, Sandoval came out of more than fifteen years in the federal government to accept a nomination by Governor George Ryan to a position as a commissioner on the Water Reclamation District Board, which he held until he was elected to the State Senate in 2004.
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Another partial transcript of tonight's show is included directly, below.
Sandoval exercises choice as a parent and he suggests school choice for other parents.

Jeff Berkowitz: Take $12,000 [which is what is spent per student, per year in the Chicago Public Schools] and put it in this backpack. [We have] 420,000 students, we get ourselves 420,000 backpacks. Senator Sandoval, would you like to give each parent in the City of Chicago one of these backpacks. There is $12,000 in each backpack. Strap it on the kid. If the kid at the parent’s direction goes out of the public school to a private school, out goes the kid, out goes the backpack, out goes the cash; If, on the other hand, the parent is happy with the public school, the kid stays where he is and the cash stays in the public school. Do you want to give that school choice to every parent in the City of Chicago? Would you like to do that? Take that backpack?

Senator Martin Sandoval: (D-Chicago): Sure, absolutely.

Jeff Berkowitz: You would give them that choice?

Senator Martin Sandoval: Absolutely.

Jeff Berkowitz: You sign on to that?

Senator Martin Sandoval: I think I am for more choice. Although I support the Chicago Public Schools-- and they need to get every dollar they can to keep those schools operating and running well, but nonetheless, I think that as an option, we should start looking at—

Jeff Berkowitz: School Vouchers-School Choice? You would sign up?

Senator Martin Sandoval: We should embark on having some form of a pilot program for vouchers for parochial schools.

Jeff Berkowitz: You would support that?

Senator Martin Sandoval: Absolutely.

Blago’s Healthcare Insurance program is a little large

Jeff Berkowitz: The Governor is pushing health care access for everybody [healthcare insurance]. Is he right on that? Would you support the Governor on that?

Senator Martin Sandoval: I would support the Governor. I think that last year we decided to support his All Kids program—health insurance for all kids. I believe that his program is a little—a little large. I believe that somewhere in between

Jeff Berkowitz: You would prune it down? A little less ambitious?

Senator Martin Sandoval: A little less ambitious. A little more palatable program would be a good thing for Illinois.
State Senator Martin Sandoval [D-Chicago], interviewed on Public Affairs on June 16, 2007 and as is airing tonight in Chicago [8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21] and Aurora and surrounding areas [7:30 pm on ACTV, Comcast Cable Ch. 10], and as is streaming on computer at
Jeff Berkowitz, Show Host/Producer of "Public Affairs," and Executive Legal Recruiter doing legal search can be reached at You may watch "Public Affairs," shows with Presidential Candidates Obama, McCain, Giuliani and Cox and many other pols at