Thursday, August 13, 2009

Berkowitz w/ Cmsr. Larry Suffredin, 2010 Democratic Cook County Board President Primary candidate, now Streaming

Jeff Berkowitz: This is a government [Cook County] that you’re going to get down from…24,500 employees to 22,000?

Cmsr. Larry Suffredin (D-Evanston): It is easily done.

Jeff Berkowitz: You don’t like Todd Stroger, you like Mayor Daley? 1 to 10, what would you give Mayor Daley?

Cmsr. Larry Suffredin: a 5, I think the Mayor has not done a very good job in the last five years.
You can now watch the "Public Affairs," show w/2010 Democratic Cook County Board President Primary candidate Larry Suffredin here.
Cmsr. Larry Suffredin: …I am the only suburban candidate in this race. I have to make the suburbs understand that this is their chance to take over this Government

Jeff Berkowitz: Is it important to the suburbs because of the high taxes they pay? Or, is it important because of the services—

Cmsr. Larry Suffredin: Because of the services they need.

Jeff Berkowitz: What services do the suburbanites get out of Cook County Government?

Cmsr. Larry Suffredin: …They are getting more and more healthcare services. The also need to know that the [tax] assessment process is fair and …
Cmsr. Larry Suffredin: …my record in the past being endorsed by people like Jesse Jackson, Jr., like Senator Rickey Hendon…I have proved myself as somebody who delivers services to all people and my fighting for the independent Health Board, the majority of those patients are African-American, who are getting the benefits of that Board.

Jeff Berkowitz: So, you are fighting for [African-Americans]?

Cmsr. Larry Suffredin: Absolutely.
Jeff Berkowitz: … We’re making news…most people thought this Cook County Board [President] race was going to be about, at least in part, some would say in large part, the [Cook County] sales tax increase.

Cmsr. Larry Suffredin (D-Evanston): That’s a minor part of it. [Watch the show w/Cook County Board President candidate Larry Suffredin here].

Jeff Berkowitz: You’re saying it’s not an issue. You’re thumbing your nose at the Chicago Tribune. Right here, as you speak to me—
Jeff Berkowitz: Which income level would you start raising incomes taxes at?

Cmsr. Larry Suffredin: I think a progressive income tax, which is what the federal system is.

Jeff Berkowitz: No, but which income tax group would you say should pay a higher tax? $50,000? $100,000? $150,000?
Jeff Berkowitz: Well, what is [your net worth]? Just tell us right now. August 9, 2009.
The show with Cook County Board President Candidate Larry Suffredin was taped on August 9, 2009.
For more about this week’s suburban edition of Public Affairs, featuring Cook County Cmsr. Larry Suffredin (D-Evanston), a declared candidate for Cook County Board President in the 2010 Democratic Primary, including partial transcripts and a list of show topics, the suburban airing schedule and the airing schedules for Chicago and Aurora, please go here.