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Editor's Note
Thursday, June 20, 2019 12:00 am
As crowds of homeless people gather downtown – at the library and at the church across the street – we are reminded that homelessness is a community responsibility, and not just in winter. With th
Editor's Note
Thursday, June 13, 2019 12:00 am
In the current Pure News USA, fellow newspaper CEO T.C. Christian, Jr. observes Father’s Day by paying tribute to his father, T.C. Christian, Sr., in a piece called “He left me his name.” The el
Editor's Note
Thursday, June 6, 2019 12:00 am
 Almost overlooked during the flood of legislation coming out of the Statehouse was the May 31 tentative agreement on a new contract between AFSCME, the 40,000-member state employee union, and th
Editor's Note
Thursday, May 30, 2019 12:00 am
As the General Assembly rushes to wind up its session by voting on legalizing sports betting, casino expansion, recreational marijuana and a big capital bill, comes the news that some Illinois legisla
Editor's Note
Thursday, May 23, 2019 12:00 am
 Installation of the 30-foot Lincoln statue outside the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum sent us to Illinois Times archives. In March 2005, then staff writer Dusty Rhodes headlined
Editor's Note
Thursday, May 16, 2019 12:00 am
This week’s cover photo, “Julia’s Blue Moon Club, 1945” illustrates both the rich cultural history of Springfield’s African-American community and the fragile nature of its physical structur
Editor's Note
Thursday, May 9, 2019 12:00 am
 Legalizing recreational marijuana won’t make Illinois great. But the proposal is different from other recent addiction-for-profit schemes, like video gambling, the General Assembly likes to ap
Editor's Note
Thursday, May 2, 2019 12:00 am
One of the benefits of being a small-town newspaper editor is you get to know important people. I was pleased to get a letter last week from U. S. Sen. Richard Durbin, wishing me a happy birthday. “
Editor's Note
Thursday, April 25, 2019 12:00 am
Sometimes we just have to say no. Our friends at NPR Illinois, who already have an ad in the paper, were asking if we might find some editorial space this week to promote the many events they have pla
Editor's Note
Thursday, April 18, 2019 12:00 am
If talking sense about border security is what you want, send somebody from Springfield. Sen. Richard Durbin, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, was in El Paso last week


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