Big John Howell Show Notes 5-31-16

The Cincinnati Zoo had to kill one of their gorillas after a 4 year old fell into their habitat. I realize you can’t let something happen to a child, but was it really necessary to killed the poor guy? They couldn’t tranquilize him or something? The worst part is the fact that the poor gorilla’s birthday was on Friday.

In a stunning move, the Illinois House on Monday voted 72-43 to override Rauner’s veto of the Chicago police and fire pension bill that had sparked a war of words between the Republican governor and Emanuel. The action came just hours after the Illinois Senate voted 39-19 to override the bill. It will now become law. It comes at the same time the legislature is struggle to come up with a budget.

John got reaction to the situation in Springfield from Chicago Tribune columnist & editorial board member Kristen McQueary. (Listen here)

Illinois State Representive Dave McSweeney joined John to explain why he broke with the party line to override Governor Rauner’s veto of the pension bill. (Listen here)

Illinois State Comptroller Leslie Munger joined John to talk about what could happen if the legislature fails to pass a budget before the end of the day on May 31st. (Listen here)

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson has been monitoring what’s going on at the VA in Wisconsin and around the country. He joined John to talk about what’s going on at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He also weighed in on the 2016 race as well as the Hillary Clinton email scandal. (Listen here)

David Letterman was on SportsCenter on ESPN over the weekend talking about his racing team at the Indy 500. He said if they didn’t win he’d fake his own death, and then casually said that he was totally wasted.

On Twitter Sunday afternoon Bill Kristol courted mockery and scorn from GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump when he teased the imminent announcement of an “independent candidate — an impressive one, with a strong team and a real chance.”

A Virginia couple who got lost in Pennsylvania on Friday night drove up to the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station where they cut a chain at a fenced-in area. Authorities say that at no time did the couple pose a threat to the plant.

Henry Marr, a six-year-old living in Mount Vernon, Washington, with his family, has recently developed a passion for environmental sustainability. Henry got fired up following school one day after he saw a video in class about the harmful impact people are having on the environment. In the video, which has over 2.2 million views, Henry laments the destruction caused by people who “throw trash on the ground” and “make forests into places.”