Betty Loren-Maltese A Talk Show Host?

CICERO (WBBM) — One of the Chicago area’s true characters may be getting her own TV show.

Former Cicero town president Betty Loren-Maltese, convicted on federal corruption charges in 2002, says she’ll be hosting a political TV talk show starting in the spring, Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports.

Loren-Maltese says it’ll be an “informal” kind of show recorded at restaurants in the area.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya Reports

The outspoken former pol says it’s ridiculous the way politicians ran campaigns this season with none of them offering plans with solutions, but spending their campaigns bashing each other.

Loren-Maltese says her show, “Politics-Chicago Style” will not pull any punches.

She says the show’s executive producer is TV veteran Len Poteracki.

Loren-Maltese would be joining two other local ex-con politicians who’ve found jobs in broadcasting, former Chicago Ald. Cliff Kelley and former City Clerk Jim Laski.

  • Derby Lady

    CONGRATS, BETTY! Betty has paid her debt to society and this is a positive, fresh start. She’ll provide a healthy, no-holds barred view of Chicago politics, and I like the fact that the show will be recorded at various restaurants – may get the actual voters involved and also give us a chance to say hello after the taping. (saw the CBS news blurb online)

  • elginman

    Why shouldn’t she have a talk show. Clifford Kelley, ex-alderman and convicted felon has his own show.

  • elginman

    And to think of the adage “Crime does not pay.” Betty, list the places you’ll be at.

  • Roger Pruitt


    Only in America, my father owned a tavern in Cicero for 30 years
    The things she did, should of kept her in jail for another 20 years

  • bob

    why do we continue to place criminals on a pedastal? No one mentioned Vrdolyak or Mel Reyonlds both talk show hosts too.

  • Honest Chicagoan

    Only in CHICAGO ! Kelley, Laski and Loren-Maltese are CROOKS. No one should give them air-time.

  • stinker


  • E. Horejsi

    Yeah for Bettu\y. How about Vrdolyak and Burke. They had Chicago tied up for months when Washington was mayor. Good Luck Betty.

  • pinker

    How refreshing. She tells it like it is. Good luck to Betty. She paid her debt. She lost her family home and all of her possessions. Everyone deserves a second chance. How many of you judgemental people out their that knock her have made mistakes?
    All of you.

  • J Marks

    AMEN Pinker – Bettys name will be cleared and NOBODY needs to question her credibility. And for the creep who says she should still be in jail, you know less than 1/2 the truth if you know that much. So much of every story has never been told. I cant wait to see her on TV — its about time someone told the truth without filters.

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