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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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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.

September 11, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On Casino Operator, Convention Center Impact

What the city is looking for in a casino operator, new jail renderings are out, next year's budget is submitted, Tiny Homes are being planned, and a new city marketing effort hopes to keep the city's population from decreasing.

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.

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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.

April 17, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Lack Of Primary Opponent, Buttigieg

Hamilton says he excited about South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg's announcement he's running for president, a new youth participatory budget will help get kids involved in city government, and a verdict is expected on the annexation lawsuit soon.

April 10, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On Gaming Bill, Convention Center

Bennett talks hate crimes bill, the revamped gaming bill, jail location decision, convention center update, and road construction work on this week's show.

April 3, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On City Transit, Riverfront

The city is getting input on transportation planning, the DNR continues to work with city officials on the proposed redevelopment of the riverfront, and conference center interest is high from potential developers.

March 27, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo's Goodnight On New Bike Share, VA Clinic Closure

The mayor delivered his last State of the City Address Monday night, the city's VA clinic closes less than a year after opening, and the city's response to an eminent domain jury decision.

March 20, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Preservation, Annexation Lawsuit

Residents were able to weigh in on the progress of the convention center expansion, more on the mayor's task force on converting compostable organic material to fuel, and thoughts on how to preserve city character.

March 13, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On Casino Bill, Jail Site

Indiana's gaming bill is still moving forward, legislators shouldn't have stripped hate crimes legislation of characteristics, and officials are still debating a new jail site.

March 6, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Mayor Lienhoop On Bias Crime Law, Annexation

Lienhoop says legislator disconnect is to blame for not passing the full bias crime bill, the Bloomington partnership on hiring an entrepreneur in residence is taking longer than thought, and the city is looking for a Fair Oaks Mall developer.

February 27, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo's Goodnight On Statehouse, Kokomo Beach

Winter weather has been taking a toll on Kokomo roads, Kokomo Beach upgrades, and reaction from the statehouse on the hate crimes bill, annexation, and township reform.

February 20, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On New Hospital Traffic, State Of City

The mayor's State of the City Address is Thursday, public comment periods are being scheduled with the new convention center architect, and stormwater fees could double by next year.

February 18, 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.

February 13, 2019

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

The city could do a better job finding consistent places for those experiencing homelessness during the winter season, the casino bill won't be heard this week, and the convention center project is moving forward.

February 6, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On Baby Box, Reelection

Lienhoop says he's running for reelection, why the fire chief wasn't comfortable with a safe haven baby box, the new home of IU's masters program in architecture is dedicated, and an update on the proposed downtown convention center.

January 23, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo's Goodnight On Last Term As Mayor

Goodnight explains why he isn't running for reelection. Goodnight also talks about the Conference Center, road construction, the frozen sandlot, blight elimination and this year's legislative session.

January 16, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Reelection, Parking

City workers got through the first snow storm of the season, Thursday will be the first architect meeting on the convention center expansion and the mayor's next step in city-wide high speed broadband.

January 9, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On 2019 Budget, Convention Center Site

Bennett's reelection announcement, the city's balanced budget and borrowing totals, convention center plans and casino update.

December 19, 2018

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Fourth Street Garage, Bicentennial Bonds

City council will decide the fate of Fourth Street parking garage, the convention center architect is official, bicentennial bonds benefit the beholder in the long run, and the hospital re-use steering committee listens to pitches from two master developers.

December 17, 2018

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

Submit your comments or questions for our visit with Mayor Hamilton Tuesday, then tune in Wednesday to hear more!

December 12, 2018

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

The long-awaited Margaret Avenue overpass is open, city council votes on the proposed jail location this week, the city names a new police chief, and talk of a Terre Haute casino is back on the table.

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