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Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 10:13 am

One word: Fuhgeddaboudit

The pratfall is always best when Lucy holds the football just a smidgeon longer than she did before, and the Cubs will, unquestionably, end up on their backsides by the time this is over....
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 12:07 am

Rauner’s secrets land him in court

It’s a quote that can’t be repeated often enough as Gov. Bruce Rauner builds a reputation for secrecy at all costs – so long as he isn’t the one paying the bills.“I want to make Illinois gov...
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 12:20 am

Address at the reopening of Dickson Mounds

 Rich Miller is on vacation.Eleven thousand years ago no human beings yet lived in the central Illinois river valley. The climate was cool and glaciers from the last great ice age still covered p...
Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 04:32 pm

And keep those cards and letters coming

 There are few things that we here at Illinois Times enjoy more than letters from readers.Nary a week goes by that an envelope sans return address doesn’t show up in my mailbox. Usually, the se...
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 12:53 am

Rauner demands FOIA to see contract

What, really, is Rauner turning around in state government?...
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 12:43 am

Walker aide critiques the press

The following is a letter from Norton Kay, who served as News Secretary to former Gov. Dan Walker. The letter was printed in the first issue of Illinois Times on Sept. 18, 1975, as a welcome and bit of "advice."...
Thursday, March 19, 2015 12:01 am

Secretary of State is one of the good guys of FOIA

 FOIA Facts and FrictionStaff writer Bruce Rushton will sit on a panel organized by the Better Government Association to discuss the state Freedom of Information Act and the future of the law int...
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 12:01 am
 I’ve known Dave McKinney, erstwhile Springfield bureau chief of the Chicago Sun-Times, for about three years now. We have lunch now and again. We’ll catch a Cardinals game when I can get fre...
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am

City secrecy is a crime, but cops won’t take report

 I went to the Springfield Police Department last week to file a police report.What’s the offense?, the cop at the front desk asked.“Violation of the state Open Meetings Act,” I said.“Who...


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