New TV program to answer citizens’ questions

By Tom Chadar

Sen. Bradley Burzynski (R-Sycamore) appeared as a host on a new TV show that focuses on issues of concern to the citizens of the 35th district.

The show was presented by Warner Cable Communications on Wednesday and will be repeated at 1 and 7:30 p.m. today.

The show will address questions such as: What is the future of the state income tax surcharge? Does the Chicago suburban agenda take priority over the needs of DeKalb, Sycamore, Hillcrest and Creston? Just what does the 1994 state budget mean to the 35th Senate District? And what are the odds the Illinois Senate will adjourn May 28?

These were the key questions to be discussed on the 30-minute show called “Springfield Report with Senator Brad Burzynski.”

“The show will be run regularly on a monthly basis,” said Tom Zeeh, Senate press secretary.

“I thank Warner Cable for this opportunity to keep 35th District citizens informed of what’s happening in Springfield and throughout the district by way of television programs,” Burzynski said in a prepared statement.

“And I’m excited about the first show, especially since (Illinois Senate President James) Phillip is the special guest.

“His appearance on the show will give viewers a special glimpse of what it’s like to preside over the Senate and a perspective of top state issues from the senate majority leader,” Burzynski added.

“We’re very pleased to be able to provide our customers and Sen. Burzynski’s constituents with this type of public affairs programming,” said Andrew Bast, general manager of Warner Cable Communications.

“It’s certainly very beneficial for all of us to keep up on what’s taking place in Springfield and the issues that affect our district,” Bast added. “We encourage our viewers to watch the show and let us know what they think of it.”

In the first installment of “Springfield Report,” Philip and Burzynski went one-on-one discussing a variety of issues including state school aid reform, Chicago lakefront gambling, Medicaid assessments and the 1994 state budget.

As for the question of will the Senate really be able to adjourn May 28 instead of prolonging the spring legislative session through June, or maybe even early July, Burzynski said he was hopeful.

“I wouldn’t be against it,” Burzynski said in the prepared statement. “We’ve got a lot of tough issues to decide, but we’ll try our best to get it done by the end of May. After all, there’s one very good reason for ending the session early—we’ll save taxpayers thousands of dollars.”

Burzynski’s publicity activities might not end with this show. Plans are underway for tours of state points of interest with Burzynski as the viewer’s guide.