Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Better than Deal or No Deal: Berkowitz w/ Hamos on Obama, Cable and Streaming

Our show with State Rep. Hamos airs this week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Bannockburn, Deerfield, Ft. Sheridan, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods and Winnetka. For more about this show, including a partial transcript of the show, go here.
The show with State Rep. and possible gubernatorial candidate Hamos is also available for viewing on your computer .
A partial transcript of this week's show with Rep. Hamos , recorded on Feb. 24, 2008, is included directly below:

State Rep. Julie Hamos (D-Evanston):…I have always given [Barack Obama] credit for something very important, near and dear to my heart, which is [legislation requiring] videotaping of interrogations and confessions. This is a state policy which nobody wanted to touch with a ten foot pole. The police [and] the State’s Attorneys were against it. It was part of our criminal justice reform package. It was very difficult to do and Barack was already running for U. S. Senate. [He] rolled up his sleeves and put all of his skills into bringing the people to the table and got that public policy done. I always gave him 100% of the credit for that…it was a tough thing to do because there was opposition, there was push back—he didn’t have to do it and that’s where I really saw, combining his skills with political courage can really make a difference and that’s what I think the next President needs: skills plus courage.

Jeff Berkowitz: political skills plus courage plus substantive knowledge?

Rep. Julie Hamos: Policy skills. Policy skills. Negotiating skills. The ability to work with different people around the table and then having the political courage to try-- and that’s what I value and that’s what I think most of us should be looking for.

Jeff Berkowitz: Was that a part of the capital punishment reform?

Rep. Julie Hamos: Yes.

Jeff Berkowitz: But, it became broader. They now videotape, as I understand it, interrogations and confessions not just in capital cases, but in all felonies, is that right?

Rep. Julie Hamos: Yes.

Jeff Berkowitz: They being the county State’s attorneys offices [in Illinois].

Rep. Julie Hamos: But, Barack really started that.
Rep. Julie Hamos: So when I took him around and introduced him up here [the North Shore] and we went into living rooms and there were all these coffees, that was the story I told because I think that is a telling one. That tells us something about who a legislator is and what kind of policies he takes on and how he really gets it done. So, I don’t see that as—whatever [Senator] Rauschenberger called it, a show pony, or something like that. I see that as serious policy work. [To watch Rauschenberger argue his perspective, go here or to Illinois Channel, which is airing that "Public Affairs," show this week across the State on cable, as well as streaming it. [Go here to see on which channel and when the Illinois Channel is airing the Rauschenberger show in your neck of the woods].
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 and McCain-- and many other pols, as well as this week's ten suburb edition of Public Affairs with State Rep. Hamos, this week's 24 suburb and City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs with U. S. Senate Candidate Dr. Sauerberg, our show with Sen. Rauschenberger and our show with Crain's political columnist Greg Hinz at
Recently posted shows on the Public Affairs Youtube page include, among others, our show with former Sen. Rauschenberger, assessing Barack Obama, this week's show in the Cities of Chicago and Aurora with Republican U.S. Senate nominee Dr. Steve Sauerberg, discussing his opponent--Senator Durbin-- and domestic, cultural and foreign policy issues, this week's show on the North Shore featuring State Rep. Julie Hamos (D-Evanston,IL), discussing Barack Obama, as well as various Illinois Budget issues (spending, mass transit, capital budget, education, gaming and taxes) and possible 2010 Illinois gubernatorial candidates and 2010 U. S. Senate candidates (assuming Obama moves up to President in 2008) , a discussion with State's Attorney for Cook County Republican nominee Tony Peraica; and Anita Alvarez, Chief Deputy to current State's Attorney for Cook County Dick Devine and now the Democratic nominee for State's Attorney of Cook County.