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Editor's Note
Thursday, May 8, 2014 12:00 am
 Thanks to Illinois Issues for reporting that the Illinois Department of Agriculture is trying out a new weapon in its battle against gypsy moths, which in their caterpillar stage defoliate milli
Editor's Note
Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:00 am
 Thanks to our freshman state senator, Andy Manar, for getting school aid formula reform out on the legislative table. (See “Fixing school funding,” by Lauren P. Duncan, p. 11.) The formula f
Editor's Note
Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:00 am
 We suppose it’s better late than never: The Quinn administration Department of Natural Resources has agreed to stop being so cozy with Big Coal. As you’ll read in Bruce Rushton’s story on
Editor's Note
Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:00 am
 Our comprehensive report this week on video gambling [see “A gambling mecca,” by Bruce Rushton, p. 12] includes the fact that Springfield is leading the state in the number of machines. Aren
Editor's Note
Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:00 am
Now that Bruce Rauner is the Republican nominee for governor, battle lines are drawn and stakes are high for the fall election. Gov. Pat Quinn will begin staking out ground in his March 26 budget addr
Editor's Note
Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:00 am
Comes news this week of the passing of Florence “Flossie” Hardin, in Santa Barbara, Calif., at age 102½. A longtime Springfield resident and spouse of prominent attorney John Hardin, Florence at
Editor's Note
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 12:00 am
We don’t agree with the Illinois Policy Institute on much, but when it comes to municipal pensions, the institute is a messenger who shouldn’t be shot. Springfield has the worst pension mess of an
Editor's Note
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 12:00 am
In the best tradition of grass-roots activism, a citizens group is leading the way where public officials fear to tread. A group called Invest in 186, calling for a referendum to  increase proper
Editor's Note
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 12:00 am
At Monday night’s Citizens Club meeting to ponder Sangamon County’s low ranking in health indicators – 80th among 102 counties in Illinois – a new guard seems ready to move in where the old gu
Editor's Note
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 12:00 am
Gov. Pat Quinn gave an upbeat State of the State address, but nobody is convinced. There have been too many cuts and bill-paying delays for anyone to believe the state is on the mend. It is good to se


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