Messy Clean-Up: Gov. Quinn’s First 12 Weeks

April 27th, 2009

Jerry Stermer


WNUA Broadcast Date: 4/24/09

 
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Is political transparency and budget reform possible in Illinois?
In the wake of former governor Rod Blagojevich’s scandal-plagued legacy – and George Ryan’s for that matter – newly installed Governor Pat Quinn advocates open and honest government and fiscal responsibility.
In the midst of a recession-plagued economy, the governor’s recent budget proposal includes a back-to-school sales tax holiday for parents, limits on campaign contributions and a job plan to put Illinoisans back to work.
But Governor Quinn also wants to raise our income tax 50 percent – which brings the current 3 percent income tax to 4.5 percent. He proposes to off-set the increase by hiking the personal exemption from $2,000 to $6,000.
Critics say Quinn’s plan won’t resolve the state’s deepening financial problems and that his talk of government transparency is just that – all talk and no action.This morning on “City Voices” we’ll talk about Governor Quinn’s budget proposal with his chief-of-staff, Jerry Stermer.

DGAP: Creating a participatory democracy, that’s effective in holding elected officials accountable

February 25th, 2008

Recorded Wednesday, February 20, 2008
WNUA Broadcast date: Sunday, February 24th, 2008
 
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Around the country, Chicago is proudly known as “the city of big shoulders,” “the city that works” and of course, paying homage to our longwinded politicians—not the weather, “the windy city.” Chicago is also known as one of the most corrupt cities in the nation, with more local officials indicted or in jail than anywhere else.Case after case of police brutality, Aldermen accepting bribes and the Mayor for Life’s hired truck scandal – it’s no surprise Chicago politics is –in many peoples’ minds — synonymous with corruption. Some think a little corruption is necessary to grease the wheels and pave the way for a city that works. Others believe the costs of corruption out weigh its alleged benefits.

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