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Editor's Note
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 12:00 am
By now IT readers have noticed her byline, frequent in the past several issues. Lindsey Salvatelli is our editorial intern for this semester through the Public Affairs Reporting master’s degree prog
Editor's Note
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 12:00 am
Tuesday night’s State of the Union address was a reminder of how normal Donald Trump can appear when he tries. His performance left no doubt that he is a skillful politician. His pitch to free the U
Editor's Note
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 12:00 am
When Mayor Jim Langfelder was quoted recently saying, “I don’t see color,” many readers saw him as tone deaf because that isn’t said anymore, as the mayor knows. “That drives people crazy wh
Editor's Note
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 12:00 am
January is the month some central Illinois farmers are planting new ideas about what seeds to sow when, and how to care for the soil they depend on. On Jan. 23 they gathered at the Crowne Plaza in Spr
Editor's Note
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 12:00 am
Read this week’s cover story and then tell us who to blame for Harvard Park Elementary being one of the state’s lowest performing schools. The children? The teachers? The parents? Educators, admin
Editor's Note
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 12:00 am
 Washington is all upset about a government shutdown of a few days, but Illinois kept its shutdown going for two years, and not everything is back up and running yet. That could change soon, with
Remembering
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 12:00 am

Big tree down

EARL LEROY THROOP, SR. July 22, 1944-June 20, 2018Big tree downEverybody called him “Throop,” like that was his first name. He was my tree guy for the past 30 years, as I nurtured properties in a
Editor's Note
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 12:00 am
 In her “Tips for holiday cheer” on p. 7, cartoonist Jen Sorensen addresses the dilemma we all face this week and next. What happens when we’re ready to stop for the holidays and the world
Editor's Note
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 12:00 am
 A journalist friend is exploring new models for the news, looking for ways to rebuild trust with audiences, while working toward better writing and reporting, while seeking new and better ways t
Editor's Note
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 12:00 am
 A hundred years hence Illinoisans may look back to figure what was the theme of the bicentennial observance, what was the spirit. What was accomplished? The state came late to the planning, unen

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