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Editor's Note
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 12:00 am
Of course aldermen and the mayor think they – all of them and nobody but them – are the best ones to decide on city government’s ethics, but the squabbling does not inspire confidence that anyth
Editor's Note
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:00 am
 It was 40 years and a few months ago that a group of visionary entrepreneurs gathered in Springfield to start a weekly newspaper they called Illinois Times. They found a ready audience and, more
Editor's Note
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 12:00 am
 The best thing about the holiday season is the spirit of generosity that covers the land. Church groups provide meals for the unfortunate. Charities gather coats and toys for children. Motorcycl
Editor's Note
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 12:00 am
 Through the pouring rain Sunday evening people came and kept coming by the hundreds to the mosque of the Islamic Society of Greater Springfield. The event was billed as an interfaith peace vigil
Editor's Note
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 12:00 am
In this day and age, who in their right mind would want to start up and run a police department? The Springfield Park District, by all appearances. The district already has a department, but in name o
Editor's Note
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 12:00 am
 At its public “town hall” meeting Monday evening, HSHS St. John’s Hospital impressed the crowd with its openness about plans for a new medical office building and its interest in the publi
Editor's Note
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 12:00 am
Having failed to win legislative approval for term limits, Gov. Bruce Rauner is running his own housecleaning operation. He’s appointed all three of Sangamon County’s veteran House members to staf
Editor's Note
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 12:00 am
 Illinoisans are still getting to know Gov. Bruce Rauner, who seems like a friendly and compassionate man when he’s not cutting children out of day care or closing museums to the public. So it
Editor's Note
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 12:00 am
This was the week that the ice began melting at the Statehouse. Child care cuts were largely restored. Cuts to home care for seniors were reversed. Unemployment compensation reform may be on the way.
Editor's Note
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 12:00 am
 When Donald Trump makes a stop in Springfield next week, he and the national media will get a glimpse of a government run by a wealthy businessman with no political experience. The state is at a

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