IllinoisTimes - Editor's Note https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-140-1-editors-note.html Thu, 20 Jun 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Editor's note 6/20/19 https://illinoistimes.com/article-21331-editors-note-6_20_19.html Editor's note 6/20/19
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...]]>
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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 6/6/19 https://illinoistimes.com/article-21290-editors-note-6_6_19.html Editor's note 6/6/19
 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...]]>
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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 5/23/19 https://illinoistimes.com/article-21256-editors-note-5_23_19.html Editor's note 5/23/19
 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 5/16/19 https://illinoistimes.com/article-21230-editors-note-5_16_19.html Editor's note 5/16/19
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 5/9/19 https://illinoistimes.com/article-21200-editors-note-5_9_19.html Editor's note 5/9/19
 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...]]>
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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 4/25/19 https://illinoistimes.com/article-21159-editors-note-4_25_19.html Editor's note 4/25/19
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...]]>
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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...]]>
Editor's note 4/11/19 https://illinoistimes.com/article-21117-editors-note-4_11_19.html Editor's note 4/11/19
 My goodness we’re in Code Red again and there’s another “cyclone bomb” headed our way, the second in three weeks. If we didn’t know such scary terms we’d think it’s just spring in...]]>
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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 3/28/19 https://illinoistimes.com/article-21072-editors-note-3_28_19.html Editor's note 3/28/19
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...]]>
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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 3/14/19 https://illinoistimes.com/article-21009-editors-note-3_14_19.html Editor's note 3/14/19
 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 03/07/19 https://illinoistimes.com/article-20990-editors-note-03_07_19.html Editor's Note 03/07/19
 “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 02/28/19 https://illinoistimes.com/article-20971-editors-note-02_28_19.html Editor's Note 02/28/19
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 2/14/19 https://illinoistimes.com/article-20927-editors-note-2_14_19.html Editor's note 2/14/19
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 02/07/19 https://illinoistimes.com/article-20911-editors-note-02_07_19.html Editor's Note 02/07/19
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 01/31/19 https://illinoistimes.com/article-20886-editors-note-01_31_19.html Editor's Note 01/31/19
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 01/24/19 https://illinoistimes.com/article-20853-editors-note-01_24_19.html Editor's Note 01/24/19
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 01/10/19 https://illinoistimes.com/article-20818-editors-note-01_10_19.html Editor's Note 01/10/19
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 1/3/19 https://illinoistimes.com/article-20787-editors-note-1_3_19.html Editor's note 1/3/19
 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...]]>
Editor's note 12/20/18 https://illinoistimes.com/article-20748-editors-note-12_20_18.html Editor's note 12/20/18
 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 12/13/18 https://illinoistimes.com/article-20715-editors-note-12_13_18.html Editor's Note 12/13/18
 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 12/6/18 https://illinoistimes.com/article-20689-editors-note-12_6_18.html Editor's note 12/6/18
 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...]]>
Editor's Note 11/29/18 https://illinoistimes.com/article-20678-editors-note-11_29_18.html Editor's Note 11/29/18
It’s that most wonderful time of the year, but not for everybody. Expectations of joy and merriment only make things worse for those grieving loved ones who have died in the past year. On last Sunda...]]>
Editor's note 1122/18 https://illinoistimes.com/article-20647-editors-note-1122_18.html Editor's note 1122/18
 Once a year or so we like to thank the community that makes a community newspaper possible. That includes the readers who soak in what we offer, in print and online, and the advertisers, who are...]]>
Editor's Note 11/15/18 https://illinoistimes.com/article-20627-editors-note-11_15_18.html Editor's Note 11/15/18
J.B. Pritzker may not even know that he isn’t well known in the capital city. What most of us know is that he’s a rich, heavyset Chicago guy who isn’t Bruce Rauner. It would be nice – when the...]]>
Editor's note 11/8/18 https://illinoistimes.com/article-20598-editors-note-11_8_18.html Editor's note 11/8/18
 Aside from the defeat of Gov. Bruce Rauner, the most exciting election result here was approval – by a wide margin – of a one-cent countywide sales tax increase for school buildings. The tax...]]>