Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Better than former CBS-2 News anchor Diann Burns and reporter McCall: Berkowitz w/Rep.Lang (Part 2), on Obama, Rezko and Blago- Cable and Streaming

This week’s suburban edition of "Public Affairs," features State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie)[Lang, Part 2, watch here], discussing with show host Jeff Berkowitz U. S. Senator Barack Obama and Obama's friend and former big-time financial supporter Tony Rezko [now on trial in a Chicago federal courtroom]; Obama’s judgment and leadership capabilities; the State's capital and operating budgets; Gov’s Blagojevich’s reported comments to Stu Levine about Levine’s role on certain boards; Fundraisers Chris Kelly’s and Tony Rezko’s roles in the Blagojevich Administration; whether Lang could support HB 750, the tax swap bill that has about a seven billion dollar increase in revenue. See, below, for more details about the topics included in this week's show with Rep. Lang.
This week’s suburban schedule for Public Affairs is included, below.
This show with State Rep. Lang [Lang, Part 2] will also air throughout the City of Chicago this coming Monday night, at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 (CANTV) and in Aurora and surrounding areas on that same Monday night at 7:30 pm on ACTV, Cable Ch. 10.
This week's suburban show, Lang Part 2, taped on March 23, 2008, is available 24/7 on your computer.
Last week's show with Rep. Lang[Lang, Part 1], taped on March 23, 2008, is available 24/7 on your computer.
Jeff Berkowitz, host and producer of “Public Affairs,” debates and discusses state legislative issues and Barack Obama’s Presidential judgment and leadership traits with State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie). Lang’s twenty-two year tenure in the Illinois Statehouse includes the eight years (1997-2004) that Obama served in the Illinois State Senate. Rep. Lang supports Obama for President. However, during the 2004 U. S. Senate Democratic Primary, Rep. Lang supported State Comptroller Hynes over Obama and five other Democratic candidates.

Rep. Lang answers a line of questioning about the credibility of Senator Obama’s statements regarding Obama's friend and former financial supporter, Tony Rezko (quarter of a million dollars contributed to or raised for, over eight years, Obama by Rezko and Rezko is accused now in a federal courtroom in Chicago of trying to extort millions of dollars in payoffs and campaign cash [for Governor Blagojevich's campaign] from companies seeking to do business with the state of Illinois). Berkowitz noted that Rezko, during certain periods of his relationship with Obama, consulted on a daily basis with Obama regarding Obama’s political campaigns.

Lang reflected on what he knew about Obama from their time together in Springfield—as it relates to Obama’s qualifications to be President. Lang was asked if there was any evidence of favors going either way between Rezko and Obama, including as a part of the house purchase transaction by Obama when Rezko’s wife purchased a side lot, adjacent to Obama's new house, [at list price] from the owner on the same day as Obama purchased a $1.95 million dollar listed house, for a discounted $1.6 million. Lang said there was no evidence of “there,” there.

Rep. Lang noted that Gov. Blagojevich has spent two million dollars in legal fees [relating to personal or campaign issues] during his tenure as Governor. Lang noted that Gov. Blagojevich has a constituency of one, although Blagojevich thinks of himself as a "populist," who is for the "people."

Rep. Lang commented that Gov. Blagojevich seemed to focus on trying to raise as much money as he could and holding press conferences with glitz-- but he didn't have the ability to pull it all together, in terms of implementing programs.

Rep. Lang noted that Gov. Blagojevich says he wants health insurance for low-income people. Lang acknowledged that Illinois has a bad healthcare system that requires fixing but Lang argues that Gov. Blagojevich is not a king, so he shouldn't be allowed to proceed on healthcare or health insurance without full participation by the General Assembly. Further, Lang contended that the State cannot afford the Governor’s plans. Lang said if Gov. Blagojevich prevails on his health insurance plans, we might as well not have a General Assembly in Illinois.

Lang said he would agree with Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), to a point, regarding Sen. Brady’s criticism that Illinois had become a high cost state for employers and Illinois is 48th in job creation. Lang said Brady would remove regulations from business and Lang would provide incentives to business to come to Illinois but that there is probably room for common ground between the two.

Lang agrees that “people pay taxes, not companies.” Lang said before he could support a tax swap or something like HB 750, Lang would have to know where the money was going and if his district was benefiting from HB 750 education revenue.
This week’s suburban episode of Public Affairs with guest State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) [Lang, Part 2] 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 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 Obama and McCain, former Presidential candidate Richardson-- and many other pols, including this week's and last week's show with Rep. Lang, and and last week's show in the City of Chicago and Aurora with WGN Political Pundit and Roosevelt University Professor Paul Green at www.PublicAffairsTv.com
Recently posted shows on the Public Affairs Youtube page include this week's show in the Chicago North and Northwest Chicago metro suburbs [Watch Lang, Part 2] and last week's show with Rep. Lang [Lang, Part 1] , last week's show in Chicago and Aurora with WGN Radio political pundit Paul Green, last week's show with Senator and likely 2010 Illinois Gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady,our show with former Sen. Rauschenberger, assessing Barack Obama, our prior show with Republican U.S. Senate Republican nominee Dr. Steve Sauerberg, discussing his Democratic opponent--Senator Durbin-- and domestic, cultural and foreign policy issues, our prior show 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.