Editor's note 10/14/21

When Brian McFadden starts talking about the county's "campus," you know he's on a roll. After the Sangamon County administrator announced in April a $16.7 million makeover of the existing county building, the county last week bought the State Journal-Register building next door because, McFadden said, "It fits naturally into our campus and we're happy to reuse the building." The campus expanded again this week with groundbreaking for an $86 million transportation center just north of the county building (see page 7). With so much state and federal money sloshing around, it is only natural for local governments to fix, build and buy. But we need a larger, more inspiring, purpose than being able to access city buses and Amtrak from the same place, and somehow get to Chatham and Sherman easier. Can the county's campustown truly become a bustling gateway to the east side? –Fletcher Farrar, editor