Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Better than anything you can do with your clothes on: Ald. Allen on Cable, YouTube and Streaming

This Week's Suburban Edition of "Public Affairs," features Chicago Alderman Tom Allen (D-Chicago, 38th Ward), who is running in the Democratic Primary for State's Attorney of Cook County

Chicago 38th Ward Alderman Tom Allen (D-Chicago) has practiced law, full time or part time, for three decades. His background includes a decade as an Assistant Public Defender in Cook County, a general private practice with a good dose of litigation and criminal defense, and being an alderman from the Northwest side of Chicago for the last 14 years (appointed by Mayor Daley in 1993, and then re-elected four times by the voters).

Ald. Allen received his undergraduate degree from Illinois Benedictine College (Cum Laude) and his law degree from Chicago Kent (with Honors). He currently is a partner with Chapekis, Marcus, Allen and Chapekis. For more about Ald. Allen, please go to www.alleninourcorner.com.

State's Attorney candidate Tom Allen debates and discusses with show host and Executive Legal Recruiter Jeff Berkowitz a broad range of State's Attorney of Cook County issues from what did then State's Attorney Richard M. Daley and other high level Cook County State's Attorney officials know about torture by Chicago police to obtain confessions from the accused and when did they know it, to should there be more diversity in the State's Attorney office, to was there a lack of prosecution by the State's Attorney of Cook County of Chicago public corruption, to whether the moratorium on capital punishment should be lifted, to whether more gun control laws should be sought, to whether it makes sense to discuss which candidates are "independent," to whether the Chicago cops are out of control, to whether the identities of Chicago Police with above average number of complaints of abuse should be disclosed to the City Council, to whether the State's Attorney office should be unionized to whether Race is likely to be a factor in the State's Attorney election and much, much more.
The show with Ald. Allen airs through-out the City of Chicago this coming Monday night [Nov. 12] at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 [CANTV] and this coming Monday night at 7:30 pm on Aurora Community Television, on Comcast Cable Ch. 10 in Aurora and some surrounding areas. The Aurora station reaches all of Aurora, Bristol, Big Rock and parts of Oswego, Sandwich, Sugar Grove and Montgomery.
You may also watch the show with State's Attorney candidate Allen, along with other recently posted shows, including State's Attorney Candidates Comm. Suffredin and Ald. Brookins, Senator Cullerton, Rep. Lang (D-Chicago), Rep. Hamos (D-Evanston) and Senator Garrett (D-Lake Forest), 14th CD Republican Primary candidate Mayor Kevin Burns and former Senator Rauschenberger on your computer at PublicAffairsTV.com.

In addition to those shows, prior shows on the "Public Affairs," podcast page feature Presidential candidates Obama, Giuliani, Richardson, McCain and Cox, and many other pols, including Obama-Bean in April, 2006, Congresswoman Bean in January, 2006 and Congresswoman Schakowsky in October, 2005 and opinion makers. You may also watch these "Public Affairs," shows and others at www.itunes.com
Having trouble watching the Suffredin, Brookins and Allen trilogy on the Public Affairs podcast page or at Itunes.com? Not to worry, you can now go here to watch them all on YouTube.com , as well other Public Affairs shows, e.g., our extended interview with Presidential candidate Gov. Bill Richardson. This reporter is told that almost anybody who has a computer should be able to access Youtube, so no longer will you have a technical barrier to watching Public Affairs, as all of our shows, going forward, and many prior ones, will posted on YouTube.com.
This week's suburban edition of "Public Affairs," is the third in a trilogy of State’s Attorney candidate shows. The three guests featured are the top tier candidates for State’s Attorney of Cook County in the Democratic Party, to be held on February 5, 2007. Next week’s show in the City features Chicago Ald. Tom Allen (38th Ward), who follows Comm. Suffredin and Ald. Brookins.
For a compare and contrast of State's Attorney Candidates Suffredin, Brookins and Allen, go here.
A partial transcript of tonight's show is included, directly, below.
State’s Attorney’s Office asleep on Public Corruption?

Jeff Berkowitz: …Has the State’s Attorney’s office been asleep on public corruption and would you do it differently if you were there?

Ald. Tom Allen: I would definitely investigate—first of all, the word corruption again is another word—

Jeff Berkowitz: Well, hired truck, hired tow, the Duffs—

Ald. Tom Allen: Let me tell you how I define corruption, okay? When someone is stealing money from the taxpayers, I call it thievery, okay, theft or robbery. The fancy word corruption to me is just—

Jeff Berkowitz: Was Sorich involved in [government] corruption?

Ald. Tom Allen: Only when we use—

Jeff Berkowitz: Was that a yes or no?

Ald. Tom Allen: Was Sorich? Yes, yes. What I am saying is that I think to tell people what it really is—they are stealing, they are robbing, they are embezzling and they are extorting from the taxpayers and if they are, they should be prosecuted in an aggressive way and the State’s Attorney’s Office of Cook County should be involved—

Jeff Berkowitz: Have they [The State’s Attorney office] been aggressive on that kind of corruption?

Ald. Tom Allen: It doesn’t seem that- It doesn’t seem that way. They should be and under my leadership, they would be involved.
Who is independent? Label records, not people?

Ald. Tom Allen: …As the State’s Attorney, you don’t need any OPS to tell you who is doing something bad. Once that is identified, you, as the prosecutor, have the independent arm of the grand jury and your investigative powers to go after crime and Mayor Daley’s not going to tell me not to do it, or Dick Devine wouldn’t tell me not to do it, that’s ridiculous.

Jeff Berkowitz: Or, if they did try, you’re saying you’re not going to listen to them.

Ald. Tom Allen: It’s ridiculous.

Jeff Berkowitz: But, are you independent? I mean, you’ve been in the City Council for 14 years—

Ald. Tom Allen: Oh, that is a comical word.

Jeff Berkowitz: Is it? You don’t put any meaning to it at all?

Ald. Tom Allen: You know what, I am who—

Jeff Berkowitz: You’re saying—

Ald. Tom Allen: You know what, I am who I am. Go look at my record and see who I am. I mean, I am not—I mean, that independent thing is just—

Jeff Berkowitz: You think it is a crock.

Ald. Tom Allen: Well, I think it is, it’s—labels don’t mean anything to me. And, someone’s labeling themself something means nothing to me. What I think is you judge a person based on what they’ve done with their life, their career, whether it is in public service, law or any other aspect. So, then you—

Jeff Berkowitz: You join with Melissa Etheridge who said you should label records, not people? [This goes back a few years but singer Etheridge was making the point, I think, that there are more appropriate ways to describe people than by their sexual orientation; Coming full circle, Etheridge was one of three people to question the Democratic Presidential candidates on “gay rights,” or Human Rights issues at the recent Logo debate].

Ald. Tom Allen: Pardon me. [Laughter] Label records? Yeah. I’m not a big fan of labels.
Lift the Capital Punishment Moratorium?

Jeff Berkowitz: Do you think capital punishment is effective?

Ald. Tom Allen: I’m not saying it—whether or not it is effective—

Jeff Berkowitz: Would you support it as a law?

Ald. Tom Allen: Yes, Yes.

Jeff Berkowitz: Would you advise the State Legislators to have capital punishment?

Ald. Tom Allen: Yes., Yes.

Jeff Berkowitz: Yes, you would. Now, would you advise—

Ald. Tom Allen: For the most brutal and heinous crimes, it is the Law of the Land. For the most brutal and heinous crimes—

Jeff Berkowitz: I am the Governor. You’re the State’s Attorney. I am asking you for advice. Would you like to see the Moratorium lifted—on capital punishment?

Ald. Tom Allen: When they get their house in order, yes. As it relates to the issues—

Jeff Berkowitz: Is it in order now?

Ald. Tom Allen: I’m not sure that it is.
Importance of trying capital murder cases:

Ald. Tom Allen: …I am probably the only one in this group [of State’s Attorney candidates] that from a Defense perspective-- has ever tried a capital murder case on the defense side and I’ve tried dozens of them. One of my clients was wrongfully convicted—spent seventeen—

Jeff Berkowitz: Is that important? In order to guide the folks in the State’s Attorney’s Office, the Assistant State’s Attorneys, you’ve got to be a trial lawyer. Somebody who has actually done it.

Ald. Tom Allen: Well, I think its—

Jeff Berkowitz: But, have you done it recently? Have you tried a case recently? Is that important?

Ald. Tom Allen: Recently? Not a capital murder case. Have I done—

Jeff Berkowitz: Could you go back and do it, tomorrow, if you had to?

Ald. Tom Allen: It’s like riding a bike.

Jeff Berkowitz: You never forget.

Ald. Tom Allen: You’d better believe it.
Unionize the Assistant State’s Attorneys?

Jeff Berkowitz: Would it be better if the State’s Attorneys were unionized?

Ald. Tom Allen: Let me tell you—

Jeff Berkowitz: The Assistant State’s Attorney [of Cook County].

Ald. Tom Allen: I would say probably yes, here’s why, in the mid 80s, I was
Chicago Ald. Tom Allen, candidate in the Democratic Primary for State's Attorney of Cook County, IL, as he is airing this week in the Chicago Metro suburbs. The show was recorded on October 28, 2007.[You may also go here to watch Ald. Allen and some of his competitors in the Democratic Primary, i.e., Comm. Suffredin and Ald. Brookins; as well as 8th CD Republican Primary candidate Kirk Morris, Cong. Bean [January, 2006], Presidential Candidates Obama and Giuliani and many other politicians on PublicAffairsTV.com].
The airing schedule for the Chicago Metro suburban edition of "Public Affairs," is included directly, below.
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 airs 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 guest Chicago Alderman and State's Attorney of Cook County Democratic Primary candidate Tom Allen 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 tonight 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, Wednesday and Friday night at 8:30 pm, airing on Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Bannockburn, Deerfield, Ft. Sheridan, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods and Winnetka.
Jeff Berkowitz, Show Host/Producer of "Public Affairs," and Executive Legal Recruiter doing legal search can be reached at JBCG@aol.com. You may watch "Public Affairs," shows with Presidential Candidates Richardson, Obama, McCain, Giuliani and Cox and many other pols at www.PublicAffairsTv.com