Back after the weekend, Greg Bishop brings you liberty-minded talk you can't find anywhere else in central Illinois. Tune in for Bishop On Air to talk about public sector pensions, Springfield schools real estate, unionizing college athletes, plus we'll remember Otis McDonald as a true civil rights activist!
Post Half Marathon
More than 2,000 runners took to the streets of downtown Springfield Saturday to run around for 13.1 miles. This was the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon's 50th, my second, and several close friends first including my fiance Meghan! How did I perform? Last year I had lost 50 lbs training for the early April race. I came in just under 3 hours in 2013. After continuing to train for most of the year I dropped an additional 40 lbs for a total of 90 since January 2013. As for my pace for this year's race, I trimmed 45 MINUTES OFF MY OVERALL TIME!!! So I went from just under 3 hours to finish 13.1 miles to just under 2 hours 15 minutes to finish the half marathon! What a difference a year makes! Watch a pretty neat animation (plugin support required) of my race below:
Public Sector Pensions
From cutting back public sector employment, raising taxes and fees, cutting back on government services or having grant money diverted to pay for them, municipalities across the state are waking up and smelling the pension obligations that is in the tens to hundreds of millions of dollars in unfunded liability. We'll talk about what the options are and what you think should be done about it.
School's Real Estate
Springfield District 186 has some budget problems. Over $5 million in budget problems. That's a big deal. They also have some land on the west side of town that could be the grounds for a new West Side High School. What do you think about selling off that land for a couple of million dollars in hopes of shoring up the budget for this year? Your chance to sound off is with Bishop On Air!
No, we won't be talking about the NCAA's title game for college basketball. Instead, we'll discuss the unionization of collegiate sports. Should college athletes vote to unionize as the National Labor Relations Board has opened the door for? Get your points heard today on 970 WMAY!
Gun-rights supporters are remembering Otis McDonald as the father of the Second Amendment in Illinois. We'll hear from Valinda Rowe from IllinoisCarry.com about Otis's efforts to overturn Chicago's handgun ban. Plus, we'll talk about the current state of concealed carry and if that's really having an impact on violent crime in Chicago.
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. Also, be sure to check out the podcast updates with the Bishop On Air Podcast.