A special shout out to the Sangamon County Rifle Association! Their monthly meeting was Monday at the Supereme Buffet in Springfield, and the crowd was large and very welcoming! We'll talk about some of the important things the gun club is working on, including IGOLD and gun control legislation to keep an eye on.
With the oncoming winter storm set to begin at noon today, we'll talk with Springfield Public Works Director Mark Mahoney about what the city is doing now to prepare? Things are gonna be kinda difficult with a layer of ice already down ... what happens with the snow? Plus, here we are at the beginning of February, and a full month left in the fiscal year ... can the city handle the possible costs of clearing the streets? We'll get to the bottom of it with Director Mahoney after 9:30.
New numbers out today show that score of people being exonerated are on the rise. We'll try to connect with a representative from the Illinois Innocence Project to talk about the lengthy and daunting process some people have to go through in order to be cleared of the crimes they've been wrongfully convicted. Even with exoneration, there are still linger problems after that. We'll hear more some of the cases from the past year today with Bishop On Air.
It was revealed yesterday by Alderman Joe McMenamin that Springfield IMRF fund is out of whack and has been increasing in its unfunded liability since 2001. We'll connect with Budget Director Bill McCarty to talk more about the issue of the city's pensions and what the Houston Administration is doing about it.
A startling interview is making the rounds online of NSA secrets spiller Edward Snowden talking with a member of German media, and in that interview some alarming accusations are leveled. We'll play some of the more significant clips from that interview and also talk about how we are increasingly being enveloped by the "Five Eyes" surveillance grid. Watch the entire interview here:
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