Peraica & Stewart; Gorman & Cole.
This coming Sunday, March 11, Political Shootout will feature Tony Peraica, Cook county commissioner and 2007 GOP nominee for board president and top-notch expert on Chicago and Cook county politics, Russ Stewart, political analyst for the Nadig newspapers. Stewart chalked up a very good record of predictions before the aldermanic and will give his insights on how the runoffs will go. Peraica will be his usual feisty self, criticizing in absentia the new Cook county GOP chairman, Liz Gorman. The following Sunday, March 18, Liz Gorman will be her own fighting self by presumably criticizing Tony in absentia. Tune in on both episodes as you wont know whom to root for without a scorecard. With Gorman will be Brad Cole, the mayor of Carbondale who is facing a challenge from Sheila Simon, the daughter of Paul Simon who is being positioned by Illinois liberaldom to carry the Simon dynasty forward. I am seeking to get Sheila on a future show. Thats on WLS-AM (890) Sundays at 8 p.m.
Former Wisconsin governor and HHS secretary Tommy Thompson who is also a dark horse candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, will speak on Medicaid and State Budgets on Thursday, March 15 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (lunch included) at a half-day session co-sponsored by the Civic Federation of Chicago and the Federal Reserve Bank here. The meeting will be held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 South LaSalle. It will feature a good many experts on the Medicaid issue including Matt Powers, an executive with Health Management Associates. The session will answer all kinds of complex questions on Medicaid and will have great relevance to the Illinois budget as well as the budgets of other states. Panelists will include Barry S. Maram of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services; Eugene Gessow of the Iowa Department of Family Services, Jeanne LaBrecque of the Indiana Family Services Administration and Robin Rudowitz of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.
The tab includes $60 for the half-day which includes lunch. No charge for members of the Civic Federation. Heres the link to the program: http://www.civicfed.org/events/070315 RegistrationForm.pdf You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Taka Okubo at (312) 201-9068; other email can go to email@example.com or fax them at (312) 201-9041.
Heres a trivia brain-teaser from one of my spiritual sons, Terry Przybylski:
Mitt Romney, one of the top three contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, is a member of the Mormon church. Who was the first Mormon ever to run for president?No search engines, now.
She is a well-known Chicagoan, brilliant talk-show host and thoughtful analyst who has a wide following for her judiciously-expressed views on public policy someone Ive known for many yearsDeborah Rowe, the charming, erudite and skillful elicitor of opinions who has been on WLS-AM and other stations for many years. Her opinions are too well-reasoned to be filed away or dismissed just as conservative: in reality they span the philosophies and center on common sense. Welcome her to this select fold as one of the very best resources you can find in the Chicago area!