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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
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
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


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