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October 22, 2014, 6:07 pm
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Felons' Rights, State Fair Time, Show Us The Records & More

Filling in for Kramer today, we'll talk about Springfield's new drought management plan, the Illinois State Fair, and I've got to sound off on the whole Romney tax thing.  Be sure to tune in at 3 as I go live for The Kramer Show!

Felons' rights


Wednesday was the Springfield City Council Meeting, and what a long meeting it was!  There was a ton of discussion about a variety of things.  One conversation in particular was about a convicted felon who has served his time and parole being denied a Springfield taxi license.  Now, the individual was there to appeal the decision, but aldermen eventually voted to deny the license anyway.  There's a municipal code that restricts felons from getting the license if they apply before ten years has gone by. 

I'm not a felon and my only record is a series of parking tickets, but I think the conversation is a good one to have.  Should felons be giving breaks in order to get their life back on track? 

In other city council news, aside from the residency referendum issue failing miserably, aldermen unanimously passed a new drought management plan that gives the mayor ultimate authority to enact certain water restrictions and also surcharges.  Is that too much power for one person to have? 

970 WMAY Corn DogState Fair time

I was able to make it out the State Fair grounds today to pick up my media pass.  Boy, is it a madhouse out there right now!  As we do, year-after-year, WMAY will be broadcasting all week long beginning tomorrow!  For more details on that, check the link here.  What are you most looking forward to?  Take the poll here.

For me, I think's it has to be people watching and fair food.  Plus, our sister stations, Alice @ 97.7 and 92.7 WQLZ, are out at the Coors Tent with a ton of awesome bands performing on stage, just across the Grandstand.  That's something else I'm looking forward to. 

Show us the records

Wayne Allyn Root
Wayne Allyn Root

The calls for Mitt Romney to show his tax returns are getting loud and a bit crazy--especially when Obama supporters completely dismiss any calls for the president's college records to be released. 

The 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential Candidate, Wayne Allen Root, wrote a very compelling article that explains why the question is so important. 

Root, being a Columbia grad in the same department and same year the President claims, says he never knew of Obama. 

Read his article here.

Why has the president not been forthcoming with his grades, transcripts and other college documents?  Why the big secret?  Wouldn't putting the information out there put all of these questions to rest?  What is he hiding?  

We'll be joined by Mr. Root coming up just after 5.

Strap yourself in, it's gonna be a wild ride!

In other news

Barb forwarded me a story she saw off the AP wires and that was the private military contractor known as Blackwater settling a pretty hardcore case that some would consider espionage.  Read that story here.

Speaking of fines, Google got slapped with a sizable fine.  Again, it's for invasion of privacy.  Read that story here.

These two companies are being fined ... that's it.  Why do they get off without criminal charges or prison time?  Has accountability gone completely out the window?  Now, granted the fines are pretty sizable, but for companies that have unbelievable profits aren't these fines like a slap on the writs?


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