Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Better than the Obama-Clinton Election Analysis: Senator Dillard w/ Berkowitz on Dillard's ad for Obama and the Combine, Cable and now Streaming

The show w/Senator Dillard (R-Westmont) is now streaming 24-7.
This week’s suburban edition of "Public Affairs," features State Senator and former DuPage County Republican Party Chairman, Kirk Dillard (R-Westmont) discussing and debating, with show host Jeff Berkowitz how Obama stacks up to McCain, the Republican Party's message, the Kjellander-Patrick Fitzgerald two step, the McKenna questions, whether it made sense for Republican Dillard to have done a TV ad for Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama, whether that ad, which aired during the Iowa caucus in late 2007, will re-appear if Obama is on the Democratic Presidential ticket, whether the Republican Party is the party of ethics, whether the Illinois Combine is a continuing drag on the development of a reform Republican Party in Illinois, and much, much more. See, below, for a more detailed discussion of this week's topics discussed with Senator Dillard.
The suburban airing schedule for Public Affairs is included, below.
The show with Senator Dillard 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, featuring Senator Dillard, taped on April 27, 2008, is now available on your computer.
Fifteen year State Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Westmont), current Senate minority whip and former DuPage County Republican Party Chairman, debates and discusses with show host and executive legal recruiter Jeff Berkowitz whether Obama was Senate President Jones' show pony, whether the legislation worked on jointly by Dillard and Obama was significant and effective, why Obama is the first African-American to have a serious shot at being President and whether Obama's momentum has been seriously slowed by the revelations involving Rev. Wright, Tony Rezko and Bill Ayers.

Does Senator Dillard regret doing the TV ad for Obama? Was the ad an endorsement? Is there a similarity between Obama and McCain? Could the Blagojevich meltdown and the toxic tone in Springfield among Dems help the Republicans be resurrected in Illinois. Are the Republicans in Illinois now the party of ethics and better jobs. Why was it hard for the State GOP party leaders to dump National Republican Party committeeman Bob Kjellander? Did Kjellander do anything illegal? Unethical? Was he playing footsies with the Democrats? Much more than footsies?

Is there still an Illinois Combine? If so, would Senator Dillard like to destroy it? All of it? Some of it? Did the 2003-04 ten billion dollar pension bond sale make sense? Did some in the Illinois Republican Senate Caucus feel those Republicans who supported the Blagojevich bond sale (including Sen. Dillard) had knifed the Republican caucus in the back? Had they?

John Cox, 2008 Republican Primary candidate for President, suggested that Andy McKenna Sr.'s business interests, e.g., his ownership interest in the Chicago Bears may have an impact on Andy McKenna Jr.'s political statements and actions he has taken in his role as State GOP chairman. What does Senator Dillard think about that?

Is Illinois the best state for pundits, scholars and law enforcement to examine the intersection of money, business and politics? Do the family financial interests of State GOP Chairman and 2004 U. S. Senate Republican Primary Candidate Andy McKenna, Jr. relate to that intersection? Does that intersection involve relationships and the interaction between McDonald's, the Chicago Bears, Burger King, the McKennas’ family business, Mayor Daley, the McKenna's political activities and the City of Chicago government? Is there a a symbiosis in Illinois between the people who are making money through government and business and the politics of the situation? Is the symbiosis called the Daley-Ryan Combine, the Daley-Thompson combine or the Daley-McKenna Combine?
State Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Westmont) spent his first decade out of law school working as (1) Governor Jim Thompson's Director of Legislative Affairs, (2) a judge in Illinois' Court of Claims and (3) Chief Staff for Governor Edgar. Dillard has spent the last 15 years working as a State Senator and as a partner in the Chicago office of the now 700 attorney, 12 office, national law firm Locke, Lord Bissell and Liddell Senator Dillard also put in a stint as DuPage County Republican Chairman.
This week’s suburban episode of Public Affairs with guest Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Westmont) 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 soon this week's show in the suburbs with Sen. Dillard, last week's show in the suburbs with John Cox and our recent shows with Pete Giangreco, Senator Radogno, Rep. Lang, and and WGN Political Pundit and Roosevelt University Professor Paul Green at www.PublicAffairsTv.com
Recently posted shows on the Public Affairs Youtube page include (to be posted within a day here) this week's show with Sen. Dillard and (already posted) last week's show in the suburbs with former Republican Primary Presidential Candidate John Cox, reflecting (a) on the similarity of much of Cox's message to that of Obama and (b) on the Illinois Combine, which in Cox's view, seems still to have a grip on the State GOP and some of its leaders, last week's show in the suburbs with Dem. Campaign consultant Pete Giangreco, our prior show in the Cities of Chicago and Aurora with State Rep. John Fritchey (D-Chicago), our prior shows with Senator and Deputy Republican Senate Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), State Rep. Lang (Part 2), State Rep. Lang (Part 1) , WGN Radio political pundit Paul Green, Senator and 2010 Illinois Republican Primary Gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady,former State Senator Steve Rauschenberger, assessing Barack Obama, Republican U.S. Senate Republican nominee Dr. Steve Sauerberg, discussing his Democratic opponent--Senator Durbin-- and domestic, cultural and foreign policy issues, 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) , State's Attorney for Cook County Republican nominee and Cook County Board Member 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