IllinoisTimes - Opinion http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-113-1-opinion.html Wed, 23 Apr 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>