Monday, July 27, 2009

Berkowitz w/Dorothy Brown, Circuit Court Clerk and Cook County Board President Candidate in the 2010 Democratic Primary, Cable and Streaming

Jeff Berkowitz: Some people said [employment in Cook County Government] should have gone from 26,000 to 22,000 employees [in last 2 ½ years; under President Todd Stroger, it went from 26,000 to 24,500. Would you take a pledge to knock it down from 24,500 to 22,000 employees?

Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County and Candidate for Cook County Board President in the 2010 Democratic Primary: Jeff, it would be inappropriate for me as a CPA to take a pledge like that blindly. The important thing for me is to do what’s right for the citizens of Cook County, and so to analyze the budget and determine exactly what’s necessary.

Jeff Berkowitz: So… you don’t think as you get closer to February, 2010, the primary, you won’t know enough to know what the proper level should be in terms of the number of employees who work for Cook County?

Clerk Dorothy Brown: Well…if we get an opportunity to get even deeper into the budget, as my research team—

Jeff Berkowitz: Have you looked at the budget?

Dorothy Brown: Yes.

Jeff Berkowitz: How many pages does that run?

Dorothy Brown: How many pages does it run?

Jeff Berkowitz: Yes. Ballpark.

Dorothy Brown: It is very thick, I didn’t count the pages.

Jeff Berkowitz: Eight hundred? Two hundred? Do you have any idea?

Dorothy Brown: No, I did not count the pages.

Jeff Berkowitz: But, you are looking at it.

Dorothy Brown: …I have a team that’s researching that budget thoroughly to determine the kind of revenue that’s necessary, as well as the expense that we can reduce.
Tonight's City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs features Dorothy Brown, Circuit Court Clerk of Cook County and Candidate for President of the Cook County Board in the 2010 Democratic Primary. The show, hosted by Executive Legal Recruiter Jeff Berkowitz, focuses on a broad range of Cook County Board President public policy and political issues (including the increase in the Cook County portion of the sales tax, release of tax returns, patronage, media racial bias and much, much more) and airs at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 throughout the City of Chicago(CANTV, aka Chicago Access Network TV) and also tonight on cable in Aurora and surrounding areas at 7:30 pm on ACTV-10. The Aurora station, ACTV-10, aka Aurora Community Television, Comcast Cable Ch. 10, reaches all of Aurora, Bristol, Big Rock and parts of Oswego, Sandwich, Sugar Grove and Montgomery.
You can also watch the show with Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown on your computer.

The "Public Affairs," show with Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown was taped on July 19, 2009