Greg Bishop hosts Bishop On Air, weekdays from 10 to noon, on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield. Today we'll talk about Chicago's pension mess leading to possible Greece type austerity or massive tax increases, plus public school dress codes being sexist. Then there's News on the March including tonight's Springfield City Council Committee of the Whole.
Chicago is in a financial mess. In the shadows of Detroit's bankruptcy diminishing pensions of public sector employees, The Windy City's finances are now being brought to the halls of Illinois' state capital. Reports indicate that Chicago has nearly a $20 billion unfunded liability and are dwarfed by similar cities in how much they have their funds funded. For instance, Chicago funds just over 30%. Other places like San Francisco have their funds up to 80%. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says that the city either needs to get state lawmakers to lower cost of living adjustments and increase retirement ages or there will need to be a 150% increase in property value and elimination of vital services. We'll talk about it and also work into the conversation Springfield own unfunded liability.
Sexist dress code
A great article from a high schooler in today's State Journal-Register raises some great points about dress codes in many public schools. Molly Looby's article "School dress codes unfarily target girls" goes into the various ways that, even though they don't specifically target those of the female pursuation, they still unfairly target girls and aid in objectifying them. We'll get your take on an age-old topic of school uniforms during today's show. Get ready to call in at 217-629-7970!
News on the March
We'll get into issue about the environment with the slaughter of bald eagles at the expense of wind generated power, and we'll talk about the absurdity of global warming with new record lows set in Antarctica. Also we'll get into some of the latest Obamacare news, in particular how insurance agents are feeling left out and how time is running out to get registered. Plus, we'll get into some other national and international news.
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