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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
Editor's Note
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 12:00 am
“Why so many small babies in Sangamon County?” is the question from this issue that haunts. See page 11 for the article by Lauren P. Duncan, our editorial intern. Sangamon County’s rate for low
Editor's Note
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 12:00 am
King Day came and went this year with the usual good feeling. The Frontiers International breakfast swarmed with politicians rarely seen in Springfield – Aaron Schock, Rodney Davis. . . even Sue Sch
Editor's Note
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 12:00 am
Finally, millions who have been denied health insurance are now getting coverage. But when the bills for Obamacare start coming due, it will become more obvious than ever that policy needs to shift fr
Editor's Note
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 12:00 am
The Illinois Times staff welcomes Lauren P. Duncan, our editorial intern from the UIS Public Affairs Reporting master’s degree program. From now till June you’ll see her byline frequently in these
Editor's Note
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 12:00 am
For our Jan. 1, 1976, edition, Illinois Times asked local leaders to prognosticate on the year ahead. Irv Smith, then the Sangamon County Superintendent of Schools: “I think it’s predictable Sprin

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