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Editor's Note
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 12:00 am
If you had to choose politician-of-the-month between Donald Trump and Bruce Rauner, which would you pick? One threatens nuclear war, but then his secretary of state says ignore it, there’s nothing t
Editor's Note
Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 12:00 am
 Last week I strolled around the U.S. Capitol in the early evening, stopping for a while to watch an orderly protest rally against the Republican plan to obliterate Obamacare, at that hour being
Editor's Note
Thursday, July 27, 2017 12:00 am
Gov. Bruce Rauner has a plan for schools, but he won’t disclose it or verify his financial projections until the General Assembly sends him their bill so he can veto it. He has called the legislatur
Editor's Note
Thursday, July 20, 2017 12:00 am
Peter Baker, the New York Times chief White House correspondent, was in Springfield the day Republican plans to dismantle Obamacare fell apart. It’s not easy for a president to dismantle a predecess
Editor's Note
Thursday, July 13, 2017 12:00 am
 It is a great relief that a reasonable state budget and a tax increase to pay for it have become law. This was accomplished by overriding the governor’s veto, with the help of some courageous
Editor's Note
Thursday, July 6, 2017 12:00 am
Oh thank goodness. New Jersey finally resolved its budget impasse, while there were similar budget cliffhangers in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and North Carolina. In New Jersey, the stalemate had stretche
Editor's Note
Thursday, June 29, 2017 12:00 am
After a Republican sweep of four recent elections for House seats, Democrats are doing some soul searching about how to regain their momentum. They need a positive economic program, some are saying, r
Editor's Note
Thursday, June 22, 2017 12:00 am
 That Gov. Bruce Rauner has a limitless capacity for audacity is well known. Yet his Tuesday evening plea for bipartisan “unity” while he is bankrolling ads attacking Democrats for supporting
Editor's Note
Thursday, June 15, 2017 12:00 am
 With school out and summer heating up, bored kids get into trouble, sometimes with guns. After a signal from Mayor Jim Langfelder that  the way to address teen violence is with activities a
Editor's Note
Thursday, June 8, 2017 12:00 am
I’m pleased to announce that Michelle Ownbey was recently promoted to publisher of Illinois Times and Springfield Business Journal. She was associate publisher of Springfield Business Journal since

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