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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...
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 10:56 am
In the smallest towns, bustling cities and everything in between, more citizens lament losing a sense of community and local character.Meanwhile, national chains and online megastores continue gaining...
Thursday, July 11, 2013 05:10 am
The recently released Sangamon County Citizen Survey offers an interesting glimpse into the attitudes, perceptions and conditions that help shape our local community. Since surveys like this are not i...
Thursday, March 7, 2013 02:55 am

Madigan pretends, the media worship

Thank goodness for the government.That was the way that Silly Pretend Journalists, aka the Society of Professional Journalists, saw things eight years ago when they bestowed attorney general Lisa Madi...
Thursday, March 29, 2012 02:55 am
Harrisburg, Pa., and Springfield have some interesting and frightening parallels. Like Springfield, Harrisburg is the capital city and the county seat. The city has a population of nearly 50,000 with ...
Thursday, March 1, 2012 02:56 am
I hate meetings.The tortured kabuki theater that is your typical city council/zoning commission/pick-a-public-body meeting rarely sets hearts afire. The script is usually bad, the bureaucrats, inevita...


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