IllinoisTimes - Opinion http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-113-1-opinion.html Wed, 24 Aug 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Work? What work? - Lawmaker wants a paycheck http://illinoistimes.com/article-17412-work-what-work.html Work? What work? - Lawmaker wants a paycheck
There is courage in politics, they say, and there is also chutzpah.And then there is state Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood.State comptroller Leslie Munger stopped issuing paychecks to lawmakers...]]>
Moving on up - Dick Durbin a Chicagoan? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16809-moving-on-up.html Moving on up - Dick Durbin a Chicagoan?
We don’t mean to criticize, but Chicago magazine’s just-published list of the 50 most-influential Chicagoans has us a bit baffled....]]>
Shameless in, shameless out: Running for president in 2016 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16697-shameless-in-shameless-out-running-for-president-in-2016.html Shameless in, shameless out: Running for president in 2016
 Editor’s note: Roger Simon’s column substitutes this week for Jim Hightower’s column, which was not available at press time. “We live at a time of great events and little men.” No, thi...]]>
Rauner releases calendar - Governor apparently lacks email, cellphone http://illinoistimes.com/article-16702-rauner-releases-calendar.html Rauner releases calendar - Governor apparently lacks email, cellphone
 Last fall, I got a tip.Gov. Bruce Rauner, my tipster said, doesn’t appear to have a state email account.The issue was germane. Besides Hillary Clinton’s infamous failure to do business on a...]]>
Cubs going to the World Series? - One word: Fuhgeddaboudit http://illinoistimes.com/article-16295-cubs-going-to-the-world-series.html Cubs going to the World Series? - One word: Fuhgeddaboudit
The pratfall is always best when Lucy holds the football just a smidgeon longer than she did before, and the Cubs will, unquestionably, end up on their backsides by the time this is over....]]>
Suing the governor - Rauner’s secrets land him in court http://illinoistimes.com/article-16222-suing-the-governor.html Suing the governor - Rauner’s secrets land him in court
It’s a quote that can’t be repeated often enough as Gov. Bruce Rauner builds a reputation for secrecy at all costs – so long as he isn’t the one paying the bills.“I want to make Illinois gov...]]>
The Museum Museum, 2515 - Address at the reopening of Dickson Mounds http://illinoistimes.com/article-16185-the-museum-museum-2515.html The Museum Museum, 2515 - Address at the reopening of Dickson Mounds
 Rich Miller is on vacation.Eleven thousand years ago no human beings yet lived in the central Illinois river valley. The climate was cool and glaciers from the last great ice age still covered p...]]>
Confidential To The Grammar Nazi - And keep those cards and letters coming http://illinoistimes.com/article-16125-confidential-to-the-grammar-nazi.html Confidential To The Grammar Nazi - And keep those cards and letters coming
 There are few things that we here at Illinois Times enjoy more than letters from readers.Nary a week goes by that an envelope sans return address doesn’t show up in my mailbox. Usually, the se...]]>
Governor Sunshine - Rauner demands FOIA to see contract http://illinoistimes.com/article-16102-governor-sunshine.html Governor Sunshine - Rauner demands FOIA to see contract
What, really, is Rauner turning around in state government?...]]>
Bad Guys Like Me - Walker aide critiques the press http://illinoistimes.com/article-15570-bad-guys-like-me.html Bad Guys Like Me - Walker aide critiques the press
The following is a letter from Norton Kay, who served as News Secretary to former Gov. Dan Walker. The letter was printed in the first issue of Illinois Times on Sept. 18, 1975, as a welcome and bit of "advice."...]]>
State police just don’t get it - Secretary of State is one of the good guys of FOIA http://illinoistimes.com/article-15231-state-police-just-don%25E2%2580%2599t-get-it.html State police just don’t get it - Secretary of State is one of the good guys of FOIA
 FOIA Facts and FrictionStaff writer Bruce Rushton will sit on a panel organized by the Better Government Association to discuss the state Freedom of Information Act and the future of the law int...]]>
Dave McKinney: Mensch http://illinoistimes.com/article-14644-dave-mckinney-mensch.html Dave McKinney: Mensch
 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...]]>
Cue up the calliope. The city council is in session. http://illinoistimes.com/article-13195-cue-up-the-calliope-the-city-council-is-in-session.html Cue up the calliope. The city council is in session.
 By virtue of remaining silent for the duration of Tuesday’s Springfield city council meeting, Ward 4 Ald. Frank Lesko, Ward 6 Ald. Cory Jobe and Ward 9 Ald. Steven Dove proved themselves the s...]]>
Who you gonna call? - City secrecy is a crime, but cops won’t take report http://illinoistimes.com/article-13107-who-you-gonna-call.html Who you gonna call? - 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...]]>
The benefits of doing business locally http://illinoistimes.com/article-12770-the-benefits-of-doing-business-locally.html The benefits of doing business locally
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...]]>
The citizen survey beneath the surface http://illinoistimes.com/article-12606-the-citizen-survey-beneath-the-surface.html The citizen survey beneath the surface
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...]]>
Shredgate: City's actions, or lack thereof, stink http://illinoistimes.com/article-11381-shredgate-citys-actions-or-lack-thereof-stink.html Shredgate: City's actions, or lack thereof, stink
Don’t watch what we do, listen to what we say.That’s what politicians who behave badly would have the public do when the going gets weird. And what the city of Springfield is doing as Shre...]]>
Shell games and FOIA - Madigan pretends, the media worship http://illinoistimes.com/article-11116-shell-games-and-foia.html Shell games and FOIA - 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...]]>
Don’t let Springfield be Harrisburg, Pa. http://illinoistimes.com/article-9826-donrst-let-springfield-be-harrisburg-pa.html Don’t let Springfield be Harrisburg, Pa.
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 ...]]>
Suing the city http://illinoistimes.com/article-9728-suing-the-city.html Suing the city
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...]]>