IllinoisTimes - Editor's Note Mon, 16 Jan 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Editor’s note 1/12/17 Editor’s note 1/12/17
Barack Obama, a victim of term limits in his present job, appropriately returned to his home state to give his farewell address. Sounding like one whose work is done, he encouraged the rest of us to r...]]>
Editor's note 1/5/17 Editor's note 1/5/17
In anticipation of the new administration taking office Jan. 20, many Americans are asking themselves what they can do to make these perilous times better. The Dominican Sisters of Springfield suggest...]]>
Editor's note 12/22/16 Editor's note 12/22/16
We received this message in a holiday greeting card from a friend and decided to pass it along to readers. Following this instruction could lead to peace in Springfield, goodwill to the poor and unive...]]>
Editor’s note 12/15/16 Editor’s note 12/15/16
 While Gov. Bruce Rauner was busy this week working on his 2018 campaign for reelection, the education advocacy group Advance Illinois was doing work that needs to be done. Releasing its biennial...]]>
Editor's note 12/8/16 Editor's note 12/8/16
Watching Gov. Bruce Rauner flailing about trying to save face while Democrat leaders refuse to play Turnaround call to mind Chicagoan Finley Peter Dunne’s 1895 quote, “Politics ain’t bean-bag.�...]]>
Editor’s note 12/1/16 Editor’s note 12/1/16
 As Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly get closer to a deal to bail out Exelon’s money-losing nuclear power plants, there is not a peep heard in the Prairie State about the dan...]]>
Editor's note 11/24/16 Editor's note 11/24/16
AFSCME members have good reason to be bereaved, since it looks like they could soon be bereft of pay raises and affordable health insurance, along with the opportunity to collectively bargain for a ne...]]>
Editor’s note 11/17/16 Editor’s note 11/17/16
 Who in Illinois has time to worry about Donald Trump when we have Gov. Bruce Rauner? Now that the inconclusive state election is over, everybody is back in Springfield still stymied by Rauner’...]]>
Editor's note 11/10/16 Editor's note 11/10/16
Some of us who worried that Donald Trump if he lost might not concede now have our own concession speeches to write. Congratulations to Mr. Trump and his supporters who are pleased to have taken their...]]>
Editor’s note 11/3/16 Editor’s note 11/3/16
Take a look at the architectural rendering on p. 17. It shows the old YWCA building preserved as part of the redevelopment of that entire block, old mixed with new, and a public park space on the sout...]]>
Editor's note 10/27/16 Editor's note 10/27/16
Here we present the Best of Springfield edition, our annual celebration of what in Springfield is good and true. And popular. This is a reader poll, remember, so we don’t agree with all the choices,...]]>
Editor’s note 10/20/16 Editor’s note 10/20/16
As a 15-year-old I read Conscience of a Conservative and became a proud supporter of Barry Goldwater, the Republican presidential candidate. I couldn’t understand why he got beaten up so badly in the media for his, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” because he meant to promote liberty, not extremism. Goldwater was an honest and honorable candidate who got beat 61-39 percent in...]]>
Editor's note 10/13/16 Editor's note 10/13/16
Americans discouraged by the presidential campaign should read President Barack Obama’s essay, “The way ahead,” in the latest issue of The Economist. “Why have some on the far left and even mo...]]>
Editor's note 10/6/16 Editor's note 10/6/16
As you’ll read in Patrick Yeagle’s cover story this week, Springfield is the capital of video gambling in Illinois. It has the most establishments offering video gambling – 176 – of any city,...]]>
Editor’s note 9/29/16 Editor’s note 9/29/16
 If you haven’t voted yet, it’s time to get to the poll and make your voice heard. There are great candidates on the ballot in every category. The super-enthused electorate, happy not angry,...]]>
Editor's note 9/22/16 Editor's note 9/22/16
Sangamon County is eerily quiet during this election campaign. True, Illinois as a blue state isn’t in play for the presidential election, so that cuts us out of a lot of hoopla. But what about the...]]>
Editor’s note 9/15/16 Editor’s note 9/15/16
Chuck Todd, the political director of NBC News and the moderator of “Meet the Press,” was informative and entertaining as he commented on the current political news for the Better Government Assoc...]]>
Editor’s note 9/8/16 Editor’s note 9/8/16
 One person who wasn’t surprised by the sudden closure of ITT Technical Institute in Springfield and three other cities in Illinois was U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Springfield, who has been war...]]>
Editor's note 9/1/16 Editor's note 9/1/16
In a political climate with intolerance as a theme, the goodheartedness that shows up in Springfield is remarkable. Last Thursday evening the big sanctuary at Westminster Presbyterian Church was nearl...]]>
Editor's note 8/25/16 Editor's note 8/25/16
It looks like Tammy Duckworth is going to be our next U.S. senator, so we’d better start getting to know her. Sen. Mark Kirk’s ads against Duckworth are so shrill as to be unconvincing. Nobody bel...]]>
Editor's note 8/18/16 Editor's note 8/18/16
Watching Bruce Rauner throw his money around brings mixed feelings. First he buys Republican politicians, then the champion steer. He plans to renovate the governor’s mansion with private money, beg...]]>
Editor's note 8/11/16 Editor's note 8/11/16
Too bad that the federal judge denied Rod Blagojevich’s appeal to reduce his prison sentence from 14 years to five. The full sentence seems excessive, considering that the hapless Rod is remorseful...]]>
Editor's note 7/28/16 Editor's note 7/28/16
During this week when Democrats are celebrating a historic achievement by a woman, one who has accumulated a record of public service through decades of hard work in the trenches, this newspaper nomin...]]>
Editor’s note 7/21/16 Editor’s note 7/21/16
 Those of us watching the Republican National Convention to see whether Donald Trump can appeal beyond his base have been disappointed by all the attention to his family. Whether Melania’s spee...]]>
Editor's note 7/14/16 Editor's note 7/14/16
 Two days after the police killings in Dallas, as the nation struggled once again to respond to racial violence, the annual business meeting of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia in Austin...]]>
Editor’s note 7/7/16 Editor’s note 7/7/16
 If you think Gov. Bruce Rauner is having trouble getting his Turnaround Agenda approved, try backing significant garbage reform in Springfield. Though earlier mayors (Karen Hasara, Tim Davlin) t...]]>
Editor's note 6/30/16 Editor's note 6/30/16
How refreshing it is to hear Illinois Republicans fighting with Illinois Democrats over how much money should go to Chicago Public Schools. What a breath of fresh air to hear arguments over what shoul...]]>
Editor’s note 6/23/16 - Does the city of Springfield need its own planner? Editor’s note 6/23/16 - Does the city of Springfield need its own planner?
 Though not much new came out of Monday’s panel discussion at the Sangamo Club, sponsored by the Better Government Association, on the “Impact of the Impasse,” it was interesting to hear ar...]]>
Editor’s note 6/16/16 Editor’s note 6/16/16
 David Axelrod of Chicago, who was President Barack Obama’s chief political strategist and senior adviser, now a CNN commentator, was in Springfield last week for the Illinois Press Association...]]>
Editor’s note 6/9/16 Editor’s note 6/9/16
The fiscal policy center of Voices for Illinois Children, a respected and reliable nonprofit, offers “eight takeaways” to put the state’s fiscal problems in perspective. 1. Without a fully funde...]]>