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A weekly program where mayors from Bloomington, Columbus, Terre Haute and Kokomo answer questions about your community. We also delve into new and long-term city topics.

The show airs on WFIU on Wednesday mornings at 6:45 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.

Submit a question or comment to news@indianapublicmedia.org and follow us on Twitter: @AskTheMayor 

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From left: Mayor Jim Lienhoop (R-Columbus), Mayor Duke Bennett (R-Terre Haute), Mayor John Hamilton (D-Bloomington), and Mayor Greg Goodnight (D-Kokomo).
  • First Wednesday of the month: Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop (R)
  • Second Wednesday of the month: Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett (R)
  • Third Wednesday of the month: Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton (D)
  • Fourth Wednesday of the month: Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight (D)
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December 4, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus' Lienhoop On Election, S.R. 46 Overpass

Lienhoop talks about how he's held accountable despite the lack of a challenger in this year's election. Also updates on the S.R. 46 overpass, Fair Oaks Mall redevelopment, and conference center project.

November 26, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo Greg Goodnight's Final Show

Mayor Goodnight says good-bye after 12 years on "Ask The Mayor."

November 20, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Farmers' Market Mediation, Switchyard Park

The city's long-awaited Switchyard Park is officially open, elected leaders meet Thursday on how to move the convention expansion along, and the mayor says 'plexes' are key to more affordable housing.

November 13, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On Reelection, Casino

Bennett looks forward to his fourth term in office after a close election night, the casino proposal takes another step forward, and the downtown conference center undergoes some design changes.

October 23, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo's Goodnight On Conference Center Developer, GM Strike

A GM strike update, the downtown conference center has a new developer, the ice rink returns to Municipal Stadium, and the mayor is wrapping up two months left in office.

October 16, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Housing Study, Car Charging Stations

The city should hear from a judge over the eminent domain hearing later this month, the mayor is presenting 2018 Greenhouse Gas Inventory report, and Switchyard Park is on track to open next month.

October 9, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Duke Bennett On Casino, Budget

Vigo Co. residents will be voting on the casino referendum, mayor, city council, and school referendum. Bennett also talks about the fifth straight balanced budget recently passed for 2020.

October 2, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On Overpass, Columbike

Railway overpass construction could begin in 8 weeks, the city salary ordinance goes to city council, and the city's bike share program Columbike will end this year.

September 25, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo's Goodnight On GM Strike, Vaping Bans

An update on Monday night's deadly shooting, the role of a Union President during a strike, IU Kokomo seeing record enrollment, and the mayor's last three months on the job.

September 17, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Convention Center Expansion, UDO

Officials met to discuss the financial footing of the convention center expansion project, the city's UDO is still under review with the plan commission, and a sewer rate increase is coming.

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September 4, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On Riverfront, Exhibit Columbus

The city is submitting permits to regulatory agencies to continue development of the riverfront, Exhibit Columbus is in full swing, and it's budget time.

August 28, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo's Greg Goodnight On Economy, Douglas School

Ivy Tech Kokomo and IU Kokomo are growing, the city is looking into acquiring the former Douglas School for city use, and more on the skirmish with the republican mayoral candidate.

August 21, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Farmers' Market Return, Budget Reviews

Attention turns to long term plans for the Farmers' Market, the city's 2020 budget is 8 percent higher, a grant gets the city a new electric bus, and the city responds on the convention center expansion memorandum.

August 14, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Duke Bennett On Budget Loan, YMCA Pool

More on the city's efforts to maintain a year-round pool, groundbreaking is set for the convention center project, and city council approves an internal loan to keep a balanced budget.

August 7, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On Farmers' Market, E-Scooters

The mayor says the city hasn't had to deal with alleged white supremacists vending at their market, the city is preparing for possible E-scooters, and a new transit study reveals the need for a new location for the transfer station.

July 24, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo's Goodnight On Championship Park

The city is working on rezoning land for a $86 million project called Championship Park, conference center build is going through some changes with a new developer, and Koko Go bike share program is underway.

July 17, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Convention Center Costs, Solar Panel Install

Updates on the Farmers Market vendor controversy, improperly installed solar panels, and the added cost of expanding the Monroe Convention Center.

July 10, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On Convention Center Delay, Casino Vote

The city Eva Kor called home is grieving over the loss of the Indiana legend, city officials are preparing for the casino referendum this fall, and the construction of the convention center is slightly delayed.

July 2, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On Flooding, Solar Power, E-cig Ban

Fourth of July holiday events, homeowner repair shop dispute, health officials urging an e-cig ban, and four developers are vying for the conference center project.

June 26, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo's Goodnight On Conference Center Developer, New Garage

The new conference center is a few months behind schedule due to a new developer and the city is paying cash to build a new downtown parking garage and retail space.

June 19, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Evening Ambassador, Farmers' Market

Hamilton says he expects a new memorandum of understanding between the city and county over the expansion of the convention center any day.

June 12, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On New Police Station, Casino Referendum

Mayor Bennett is 95 percent certain the Terre Haute casino referendum will be on this fall's ballot, convention center construction could begin in August, and the new police station should start going up this fall.

June 5, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On City Land Purchase, Railway Overpass

The city is purchasing land to entice development, plans for the railroad project are 95 percent complete, and the city hopes to have three to five proposals for a downtown conference center by the end of the week.

May 15, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Parking, Police Contract

Two downtown parking garages are moving forward, disputes between police and the city over a union contract continue, and a partnership will bring a new pilot senior center to Bloomington.

May 13, 2019

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Submit Your Questions For Bloomington’s “Ask The Mayor”

Send us your questions or comments for Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton during Tuesday’s interview.

May 1, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On Lugar, Fair Oaks Mall

Lienhoop reacts to the death of longtime Indiana Senator Richard Lugar, possible conference center developers are scheduled to visit Columbus, and a Columbus, Ohio consulting firm will officially be selected to develop Fair Oaks Mall this week.

April 24, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo's Goodnight On Innkeepers Tax, Log Waste

Goodnight's trip to witness Mayor Pete's big announcement, tying economies to other cities, the possibility of an innkeepers tax hike, and a flap over logs with the yard waste center.

November 14, 2018

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On Midterm Election, Jail Site

Bennett talks midterm elections and we ask whether he'll run again in 2019, updates on a new downtown police station and his take on the county jail site. Plus more on the ISU homecoming fights.

October 17, 2018

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Ask The Mayor: Hamilton On Columbus Partnership, Scooters

The city is partnering with Columbus to spur economic development, the mayor signed the memorandum of understanding on the convention center expansion and the scooters are here to stay.

October 15, 2018

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Submit Your Questions For Bloomington’s “Ask The Mayor”

We're getting ready to visit with Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton for Wednesday's show. Submit your questions now!

October 10, 2018

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On Jail Location, City Salaries

The mayor wants an outside attorney to help guide the process to build the new county jail, the city budget up for approval Thursday includes staff pay raises, and the city is preparing to be hit with the scooter craze.

October 3, 2018

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On Salary Ordinance

More on a new city salary ordinance, Exhibit Columbus wraps up this year's symposium, concerns are growing over a homeless shelter and the city hires a project manager to oversee the purchase of a vacant mall.

September 26, 2018

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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo's Goodnight On Scooters, City Budget

Are other cities thinking about the new scooter service popping up across the country? We hear more about the recently passed city budget and emphasis on parks funding. And a quick update on the relocation of a new downtown bus terminal.

September 19, 2018

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Convention Center Stalemate, Scooters

City leaders are figuring out how to deal with a new scooter rental service, Fourth Street parking garage is deteriorating quickly and the stalemate continues on how to proceed with the hotel and convention center expansion.

September 12, 2018

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On New Taxes, Budget

County residents see three tax increases approved, the convention center project is moving forward quickly and next year's city budget should maintain a surplus.

September 5, 2018

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Mayor Lienhoop On Fair Oaks Mall, Drug Treatment Centers

The city is looking into purchasing Fair Oaks Mall and turning it into a sports tourism project, vacant land on State Street is being designated as a revitalization area and drug treatment centers are moving forward.

August 22, 2018

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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo's Goodnight On Conference Center Funding

IU Kokomo continues to grow, school safety is still on the minds of community leaders, Diversity in the Park hosts their first drag show and conference center funding is still being worked out.

August 15, 2018

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington’s Hamilton On Convention Center, Housing

Students are returning for the start of another school year, the I-69 substantial completion date is pushed back, and more on the dispute between the city and county over the convention center hotel developer.

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