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Standoff Resolved, Unemployment Versus Workforce Numbers and More

Before taking a few days off, Greg Bishop hosts three hours of liberty-minded talk from 9 to noon on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield!

Standoff resolved

Sangamon County Undersheriff Jack Campbell will join the show to provide more details about the resolution of an armed standoff near Riverton Tuesday night. County deputies brought out their newly acquired Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) armored vehicle. This is the same vehicle used in war zones to protect soldiers from improvised explosive devices. Critics say civilian law enforcement having military machinery is overkill. We'll talk with Campbell about those concerns and where local law enforcement will draw the line on continued militarization.

 

We'll also talk with Springfield Police Internal Affairs head Lt. Chris Mueller. We won't necessarily talk about IA, or even ILEAS and their "Bearcat" vehicle, except to tell you where the armored vehicle will be during a Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics.

Unemployment versus workforce numbers

We'll hear from an economist to lay out the specifics about the ironic instances of how unemployment numbers are skewed by the numbers of workforce participants leaving. Why are they leaving and why should we be weary of some who tout the unemployment numbers as signs of a growing economy? We'll break that down during Bishop On Air!

Paint the streets

WMAY will be painting a square downtown as part of the Springfield Area Arts Association. What should it be? We'll compile your suggestions as to what we should paint on the streets in Downtown Springfield throughout today's show!

 

Sound off with Bishop On Air from 9 to noon on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield. Listen live and call 217-629-7970, email, Tweet or Facebook and find Greg Bishop on Liberty.me. Also, be sure to check out the podcast updates with the Bishop On Air Podcast.

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Firetrucks, News on the March, and Vaccines

Greg Bishop hosts three hours of liberty-minded talk with Bishop On Air from 9 to noon only on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield!

Early morning fire

We'll be joined right off the bat by Springfield Fire Chief Ken Fustin to talk about the early morning fire that knocked out a HVAC motor, effectively knocking out the AC on a day that is far too hot (and in case you missed the news, the Howlett building is closed today). We'll also talk with Chief Fustin about a report from a citizen about an unattended firetruck outside a grocery store. We'll get that and more out today with Bishop On Air!

News on the March

We'll work our way through a slew of local, state, national and international news to include the latest out of Ukraine, Israel, and more! Plus, we'll get an update on a Freedom of Information Act Request to the Illinois State Police about the use of cellphone intercept technology. Also, we'll dig into the problem facing the medical marijuana pilot program and in particular the problems facing hospitals wanting to get involved. And we'll try to better frame the income tax increase expiration as a savings for tax payers, not a blow to big government.

Vaccines

Springfield Public Schools are at it again ... not doing their due diligence in educating the public about their rights under the vaccine law. A call put out during Monday's school board meeting urged parents to ensure their kids are properly vaccinated before attending school. Did they provide information about the medical and religious exemptions? Nope! Why wouldn't a school do what they are supposed to do ... educate!?!?! We'll talk with Barbara Loe Fisher from the National Vaccine Information Center just after 11am CST on Bishop On Air!

 

Sound off with Bishop On Air from 9 to noon on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield. Listen live and call 217-629-7970, email, Tweet or Facebook and find Greg Bishop on Liberty.me. Also, be sure to check out the podcast updates with the Bishop On Air Podcast.

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Dog Bite Update, Foreign Affairs and Job Creation

Bishop On Air is back at it with three hours of liberty minded talk on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield! Here's what's coming up on the show:

Back from the weekend

A much more tame weekend, but there was still a friggin' dog to deal with. We'll get an update from Meghan on the, hopefully diffused, dog bite story. Then we'll open things up to get your reactions of interactions you have had with animal control ... Do you feel you get the runaround or are things taken care of properly? We'll get your calls out front on 970 WMAY!

Foreign affairs

Ukraine--What we know: A plane with nearly 300 people on board went down in Eastern Ukraine. What we also know: it's being used as a pretext for more sanctions against Russia. What should the international community do? We'll talk about it today with Bishop On Air.

 

Israel--The death toll in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas militants is severely unbalanced. Last report there were over 500 Palestinians dead. Only 20 Israelis are dead. What, if anything, should the US do? Put sanctions on Israel? Put sanctions on Palestinians? Put boots on the ground?

Job creation

Several candidates for governor are touting numbers to either prove their case and cast a negative light on their opponent. What are the real numbers? What about job creation? Business owners--how do you feel you are treated in Illinois? What do you think would bring more businesses to Illinois? We'll get your calls with Bishop On Air!

News on the March

Where there's time, we'll go through some of the latest news and information you need to know about, including a giant hole that's opened up at "The End of the World."

 

 

Sound off with Bishop On Air from 9 to noon on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield. Listen live and call 217-629-7970, email, Tweet or Facebook and find Greg Bishop on Liberty.me. Also, be sure to check out the podcast updates with the Bishop On Air Podcast.

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NOTM, Small Business Coalition, Academic Freedom, and Unfriendly State

Another jam-packed show today.  We'll talk about a small-businesses coalition, academic freedom and why Illinois is an unfriendly state ... plus, News on the March will keep you in the know of all the important and overlooked stories of the day! Don't miss three hours of liberty-minded talk from 9 to noon only on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield!

News on the March

We'll start the show to get out a few followups, including why Federal Agents showed up to a small Illinois town, Illinois State Police putting out an emergency order to allow denied applicants to know why they're denied--plus we'll read to you the most recent FOIA request concerning covert cellphone interception technology. And we'll talk about a study that says Illinois gets a failing grade in friendliness from small businesses. Plus, where there's time we'll delve into more state, national and international news you need to know with News on the March!

Small business coalition

Mike Bost is running for congress ... he's also wanting to bring together a small-business coalition. What's the goal? We'll find out from candidate Bost just after 9:30. Read more about that here.

Academic freedom

Just after 10 we'll be joined by a couple of representatives from FIRE, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, to discuss their first amendment lawsuit against Chicago State University because of the school's attempt to censor a faculty ran, non-school affiliated, blog. Read more about that case here.

Unfriendly state

A new survey out says Illinois gets a failing grade when it comes to being a friendly state for small business development. With an exodus of people leaving the state and a few businesses packing up shop to head towards states with less taxes and less regulation, we'll get more into what sets Illinois apart from other states. Read the report giving Illinois a failing grade here and be listening just after 11:30 for our talk with economist Jon Lieber.

 

Sound off with Bishop On Air from 9 to noon on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield. Listen live and call 217-629-7970, email, Tweet or Facebook and find Greg Bishop on Liberty.me. Also, be sure to check out the podcast updates with the Bishop On Air Podcast.

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Weekend Happenings, Weapons Ban, and Houston's Announcement

After another great and busy weekend, we'll talk about dunk tanks, dog bites, birthday parties and more! Plus we'll get your reaction to Mayor Mike Houston's announcement at the Springfield City Council Chambers and Gov. Pat Quinn's call to ban assault weapons. That's all ahead with Bishop On Air only on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield.

Wonderful weekend

It was a jam packed weekend in and around Springfield. After taking in the Divernon Homecoming Friday, it was a full day of events Saturday. It started at the Women's Distance Festival where the Kid's Fun Run was a huge success! Then it was the APL's "Christmas in July" fundraiser where I was honored to be a "celebrity" dunkee! Watch a brief video of that below:

 

 

 

Then it was back to the Divernon Homecoming for a 5K fun-run. That's where we'll talk about dog owner etiquette. Don't miss that conversation!

 

Sunday it was birthday city where two birthday parties turned into three by mistake, but there was a fun moment where a friend found a card that is perfect for Bishop On Air! Get a complete rundown of this weekend's activities with Bishop On Air!

Weapons ban

Governor Pat Quinn wanting to change his name to Webster's Dictionary as he pushes for redefining and banning certain types of weapons. We'll talk about the so-called assault weapons ban that would also move to ban expanded ammo magazines. Watch one of the installments to my documentary series Gun-Free Zone below:

 

 

Really, all this will do is cause a mad rush for people to get their hands on semi-automatic rifles and extended magazines instead of addressing the real problems of lack of quality education and job prospects leading to gang violence.

Another run?

Be tuned in for live coverage of at 10:30 for the planned announcement from Springfield Mayor Mike Houston. We'll hear what he as to say and then get your reaction immediately after! From a press release sent late last night:

"With so many evolving projects, there’s too high of an investment to get off course or to go backwards. Springfield can’t afford to make the mistakes again I’ve worked so hard to correct."

Sure sounds like another bid for the chief administrative spot in the City of Springfield!

 

Sound off with Bishop On Air from 9 to noon on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield. Listen live and call 217-629-7970, email, Tweet or Facebook and find Greg Bishop on Liberty.me. Also, be sure to check out the podcast updates with the Bishop On Air Podcast.

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Suing DNR, New AFSCME Head, Gun Proliferation, and Disproportionate Data

Today with Bishop On Air: Suing DNR, reacting to new AFSCME head, gun proliferation, and recent NSA revelations ... Don't miss three hours of Liberty-minded talk you won't find anywhere else in central Illinois. Greg Bishop is live from 9 to noon CST on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield.

Suing DNR

Just after 9:30 Chief A.J. Huffer will join the show to talk about his lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for their efforts to ban his modified slingshot used to take down game like deer. We'll hear about the genesis of this sling bow and how DNR says it's good for small animals, but not for deer or bigger. The question is about how humane the sling bow is ... and we'll hear more coming up with Chief A.J. and Bishop On Air.

New AFSCME head

This morning, the new head of AFSCME talked with Jim Leach in reaction to recent court rulings for and against public sector unions. We'll react to her statements and breakdown some recent analysis of union memberships and public opinion of unions over the decades. Plus, we'll revisit some of the moments from our conversation last week with the head of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.

Gun proliferation

In a story you're hearing first on 970 WMAY, there were over 100 guns reported stolen in Springfield over the past year. Only 10 percent have been retrieved. We'll talk about this story, what it means for Springfield--does this fuel the shooting violence throughout the city?

Disproportionate Data

Recent revelations from the National Security Agency leaks show that a disproportionate amount of data in one case was gathered from innocent individuals by a ratio of 9 to 1. We'll review that story with Nadia Kayyali from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and find out what we as users of communications technology can do about it. That conversation is just after 11 this morning.

Sound off with Bishop On Air from 9 to noon on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield. Listen live and call 217-629-7970, email, Tweet or Facebook and find Greg Bishop on Liberty.me. Also, be sure to check out the podcast updates with the Bishop On Air Podcast.

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Ballots, Budgets, Subsidized Health Insurance, and Concealed Carry, plus NSA Updates

Back from the Independence Day weekend, we'll open up three-hours of live and local liberty minded talk you won't get anywhere else in Central Illinois! Catch Bishop On Air from 9 to noon on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield!

Illinois Issues

Ballot posturing: Governor Pat Quinn signed a ballot initiative to ask voters a question the Supreme Court decided upon last week. Several things, with your calls--Is this a ploy to get more democrats to vote on non-binding issues to ensure they blindly pull the "D" lever, and how does the supreme court ruling take away a women's ability to have access to birth control? We won't be asking you weighted talking point questions?

 

Budget: Millions in dollars for a new school in Madigan's district, plans for a 200th birthday celebration and promotion for a racetrack near St. Louis ... these are just a few of the things that lawmakers are saying are necessary for "job creation" and "ongoing projects."

 

Subsidized premium perk: We'll analyze how Illinois' taxpayers moving forward are going to be impacted by the State Supreme Court Ruling over a nice retirement perk--subsidized health insurance premiums. Critics of pension reform say this ruling indicates a blow to pension reformed signed by Governor Pat Quinn late last year. If it does mean pension reform is in trouble, how will this impact either vital state services and/or tax rates in Illinois?

 

Concealed Carry: There are a ton of denials of people getting a concealed carry permit that are being challenged ... but the problem is the way the system is set up. We'll try to work out the criticism and concerns citizens have about a secret government determining whether certain people should be kept from being able to legally conceal and carry.

NSA revelations

While everyone is talking about the obvious practice of leaders of countries spying on leaders of other countries, the real story over the weekend was that 90 percent of data from one sampling leading to an arrest on terrorism charges. We'll get to most recent revelations and talk about why people are not more irate than they ought to be!

 

Sound off with Bishop On Air from 9 to noon on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield. Listen live and call 217-629-7970, email, Tweet or Facebook and find Greg Bishop on Liberty.me. Also, be sure to check out the podcast updates with the Bishop On Air Podcast.

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Right to Work, State Planes, Comcast and Smart Growth

Liberty-minded talk you won't find anywhere else is on with Bishop On Air from 9 to noon on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield. Today we'll talk Right to Work, Illinios' budget, Comcast and Smart Growth! Don't miss today's show!

Rest in peace

Bill Kelty, also known as listener Bill, passed away over the weekend. Please take moment and remember Bill for all the times you heard him on the radio sharing his unique voice with central Illinois. Also, be sure to check out a video here, here, and here and some ink sketches Bill sent here

Right to work

We'll connect with the President of the National Right To Work Legal Defense Foundation, Mark Mix, to address the decision in Harris v. Quinn and also the criticism that "Right To Work" is only out to diminish public sector union's power. That's next for the right to work without having to pay union dues? That conversation will be right at 9:35, so don't miss our important conversation.

State planes

Don't let anyone fool you. Governor Quinn's cuts to the budget are meager at best and really only equate to not even a tenth-of-a-percent in savings. He promises more, but how much? And, what about those planes? The Governor put out a call to sell 9 of the state's 21 planes but one State representative says that's not far enough. We hope to connect with State Rep. Bill Mitchell just after 10 this morning about his call to sell off all non-emergency planes and end all executive flights, calling them "perks of political power".

Comcast

We also hope to connect with Springfield Budget Director Bill McCarty about the deal to extend Comcast's franchise agreement with Comcast. Some city aldermen want to hold up the franchise deal to get some accountability from the cable provider. Others want to see more about an ongoing audit of franchise fees. The real options are very limited ... We'll try to get to the bottom of it with Bishop On Air!

Smart growth

We'll talk with Rosa Koire from Democrats Against UN Agenda 21 about the continued push towards implementation of centralized control from above, not from below. We'll also talk about how criticizing centralized control will get you marginalized. That conversation is coming up after 11 this morning only with Bishop On Air!

 

Sound off with Bishop On Air from 9 to noon on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield. Listen live and call 217-629-7970, email, Tweet or Facebook and find Greg Bishop on Liberty.me. Also, be sure to check out the podcast updates with the Bishop On Air Podcast.

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Harris v. Quinn, and Bashing Police or Holding Them Accountable

Get three hours of live and local and unapologetic liberty-minded talk with Bishop On Air from 9 to noon CST on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield! Coming up on today's show:

News on the March

We'll lead with whatever the outcome of the remaining two Supreme Court decisions, including the issue of "fair share" union dues, then we'll get into an unsolicited Facebook experiment, an update on if ILEAS is subject to FOIA, fake news from Illinois politicians, torture memos, funding rebels in Syria and so much more!

Harris v. Quinn

The guessing game for the final outcome of a ruling in the case of Pam Harris and others versus Governor Pat Quinn has been going on for weeks. The case deals with the issue of whether people should be compelled to pay union dues for receiving a state stipend--in the case of Pam Harris that stipend is to take care of her adult son with disabilities. Harris says she doesn't want any money meant to take care of her son to go to union coffers. We'll get her reaction to whatever the ruling may be.

Bashing or holding accountable

A video of an Illinois State Trooper changing his tune after being notified he's on record has gone viral. The videoed conversation taken by a truck driver shows the officer grilling the truck driver about his medical card, hours, and such, but then quickly repels from being a law enforcer being above the law to a public servant accountable to taxpayers. Watch the video below and prepare to talk about it today with Bishop On Air!

 

 

Sound off with Bishop On Air from 9 to noon on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield. Listen live and call 217-629-7970, email, Tweet or Facebook and find Greg Bishop on Liberty.me. Also, be sure to check out the podcast updates with the Bishop On Air Podcast.

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Live From the Library: Supreme Court and Your Calls

Live from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Bishop On Air give you three hours of liberty-minded talk you won't find anywhere else! Here's what's coming up on the show:

Supreme Court

We'll get the latest from the Supreme Court, including the possible ruling of Harris V. Quinn. If the ruling is handed down today, we'll talk with lead plaintiff Pam Harris about the cast, the issue and the outcome. Expect that sometime in the 10 o'clock hour.

 

Also we'll talk with Ed Yohnka from the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois to discuss the recent supreme court ruling on warrants for cell phone searches. That's not the only thing we'll get to with the ACLU, we'll also discuss the possibility of Illinois State Police having "Stingray" cell phone intercept technology. Don't miss a very powerful hour live from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library with Bishop On Air!

Your calls

It's been a busy week with a ton of news to cover ... what is top of mind for you? We'll talk about the need to get away from private party primaries taking tax paying dollars for publicly funded elections, the ongoing chaos in Iraq, and even the possibility of privatizing public services and the problems that poses.

 

Sound off with Bishop On Air from 9 to noon on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield. Listen live and call 217-629-7970, email, Tweet or Facebook and find Greg Bishop on Liberty.me. Also, be sure to check out the podcast updates with the Bishop On Air Podcast.

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