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Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 04:32 pm

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...
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 12:53 am

Rauner demands FOIA to see contract

What, really, is Rauner turning around in state government?...
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 12:43 am

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."...
Thursday, March 19, 2015 12:01 am

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...
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 12:01 am
 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...
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am

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...
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 10:56 am
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...
Thursday, July 11, 2013 05:10 am
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...


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