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Editor's Note
Thursday, April 4, 2019 12:00 am
Congratulations on your re-election Mr. Mayor, now let’s get back to work. Jim Langfelder is right that his first term “laid a foundation for a better tomorrow,” and voters showed confidence in
Editor's Note
Thursday, March 28, 2019 12:00 am
When Springfield voters go to the polls Tuesday on Election Day, they will find a robust ballot with dozens of candidates, many newcomers and more women than in past local elections. Several candidate
Editor's Note
Thursday, March 21, 2019 12:00 am
Normally conservative and responsible legislators get all excited when there’s talk of a capital bill. That’s because it’s a Christmas tree bought with borrowed money, so all restraint goes out
Editor's Note
Thursday, March 14, 2019 12:00 am
 Everybody knows, “If you see something, say something.” But not as many have learned, “If you read something, write something.” People are always telling us, “I almost wrote you a lett
Editor's Note
Thursday, March 7, 2019 12:00 am
 “As goes journalism, so goes the community,” the Feb. 26 panel on the state of Springfield news media, is set for rebroadcast on NPR Illinois Monday at noon and 7 p.m. It’s worth a listen,
Editor's Note
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 12:00 am
It’s good that racial disparity in Springfield has become an issue in the campaign for mayor. Rarely is the subject discussed so openly as it was during Monday’s mayoral candidate forum sponsored
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

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