IllinoisTimes - Editor's Note Tue, 20 Feb 18 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Editor's Note 2/08/18 Editor's Note 2/08/18
This is the moment for Daniel Biss, the unmonied egghead from Evanston who now has a good shot at the Democratic nomination for governor (see “A rise in polls could mean a rise in problems for Biss,...]]>
Editor's note 2/1/18 Editor's note 2/1/18
 Trump was pretty good – for Trump – in his State of the Union speech, but did you see the Democratic response from Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III? Could we bring that Kennedy to Illinois...]]>
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This week Sen. Chuck Schumer said he is withdrawing his offer to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall as part of the upcoming deal on immigration and funding the government. But White House pre...]]>
Editor's note 1/18/18 Editor's note 1/18/18
 Even people who don’t like Donald Trump are breathing a sigh of relief that, although he’s not in very good shape, his doctor said he’s in “excellent health.” If the pres can get by wi...]]>
Editor's note 1/11/18 Editor's note 1/11/18
 This week we welcome our new journalism intern, Megan Swett, a student in University of Illinois Springfield’s Public Affairs Reporting master’s degree program. Megan, from O’Fallon, recei...]]>
Editor's note 1/4/18 Editor's note 1/4/18
 Mayor Jim Langfelder’s end-of-year selection of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plan for a park on the YWCA block, renamed the North Mansion block, fell on Springfield’s holiday season like a lump of...]]>
Editor's Note 12/28/17 Editor's Note 12/28/17
In this, the final issue of 2017, we are grateful for many things. For another year, our 42nd, of Illinois Times surviving in business to have a voice in this raucous and turbulent world of public aff...]]>
Editor's note 12/21/17 Editor's note 12/21/17
Nobody laid a glove on the popular and confident Mayor Jim Langfelder during his appearance at Citizens Club last week. In answer to questions, the mayor made clear he has no intention of reducing pol...]]>
Editor's Note 12/14/17 Editor's Note 12/14/17
One of the best things about Doug Jones’ win over Roy Moore in Alabama is that it energized the state’s long-dormant Democratic Party and chastened the Republicans. There is nothing like a win to...]]>
Editor's note 12/7/17 Editor's note 12/7/17
Trolls of old were the ones who ate farmers’ goats. Now President Trump takes pride in being regarded as an internet troll, one who sends out provocative messages intended to cause maximum disruptio...]]>
Editor's Note 11/30/17 Editor's Note 11/30/17
In this our Holiday Guide issue, it is appropriate to pass along some guidance for the shadow side of holidays, where not all is fun and games. Staab Funeral Home, and other Springfield funeral homes,...]]>
Editor's note 11/23/17 Editor's note 11/23/17
 The furor over sexual harassment has led to what is being called a “day of reckoning,” with wrongdoers being held to account for their transgressions. The reaction to past abuse, sometimes l...]]>
Editor's note 11/9/17 Editor's note 11/9/17
 Mayor Jim Langfelder and some members of the city council who oppose the welcoming cities resolution are overthinking the issue. (See commentary, “Mayor trumpets anti-hate measure,” by Bruce...]]>
Editor's Note 11/2/17 Editor's Note 11/2/17
 “The problem with quotes on the internet is that it is hard to verify their authenticity.” – Abraham Lincoln (source: the internet). –Fletcher Farrar, editor and CEO...]]>
Editor's Note 10/19/17 Editor's Note 10/19/17
 It’s fun for a reporter to catch a candidate early in her political career, while she’s still feeling her way, wanting to say the right thing and not offend, while still conveying that she h...]]>
Editor's Note 10/5/17 Editor's Note 10/5/17
While many politicians were saying it’s too soon to talk about gun control, our Sen. Richard Durbin said it’s lawmakers’ job to answer tough questions. “Congress is complicit if it continues i...]]>
Editor’s note 9/21/17 Editor’s note 9/21/17
 Many of us of a certain age are this week reliving a painful chapter of our past with nightly installments of Ken Burns’ documentary The Vietnam War on public TV. For me it’s not just revisi...]]>
Editor's Note 9/14/17 Editor's Note 9/14/17
Welcome back, Hillary. Some say she never left the public political scene, but the thoughtful talk Hillary Clinton has been giving to the media on her book promotion tour remind us how much a tough, w...]]>
Editor’s note 8/31/17 Editor’s note 8/31/17
 After years of crowing about his pro-business agenda, Gov. Bruce Rauner has finally signed a pro-business reform into law. It’s called school aid formula reform, and it, together with increase...]]>
Editor's Note 8/24/17 Editor's Note 8/24/17
During his nationwide address Monday night, President Trump seemed proud of himself for changing his mind on Afghanistan, America’s longest war. For years he has criticized the nation’s involvemen...]]>
Editor’s note 8/17/17 Editor’s note 8/17/17
 After President Trump came out with his second Charlottesville statement on Monday, this one denouncing racism and the Ku Klux Klan, some listeners were ready to say it’s OK if he took 48 hour...]]>
Editor's Note 8/10/17 Editor's Note 8/10/17
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 8/3/17 Editor’s note 8/3/17
 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 7/27/17 Editor's Note 7/27/17
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 7/20/17 Editor’s note 7/20/17
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 7/13/17 Editor's Note 7/13/17
 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 7/6/17 Editor’s note 7/6/17
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 6/29/17 Editor's Note 6/29/17
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 6/22/17 Editor's Note 6/22/17
 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...]]>
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 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...]]>