Haymarket history is a lie that keeps on giving

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  Commentary, Illinois WatchBlog  /  No Comments

REMEMBERING: The Haymarket Riot memorial doesn't tell the entire story.

By Scott Reeder
SPRINGFIELD – Growing up during the Cold War, May Day always was a bit ominous.
On the evening news, we’d watch tanks, missiles and soldiers march by the reviewing stands in Moscow, Beijing and Havana where stone-faced Communist leaders would look on as their minions toiled.
Even today, May Day is the most important day [...]

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Jennifer’s tragic story

By   /  February 11, 2014  /  Commentary, Illinois WatchBlog, Iowa Commentary  /  No Comments

ANOTHER TRIAL: The man accused of killing Jennifer Ann Lewis will get a third trial.

By Scott Reeder
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The phone call came the other day as I drove to work.
A tired, sad voice said, “Scott there’s going to be another murder trial.”
My shoulders sagged. My 3-year-old daughter fidgeted in the backseat. And my mind was suddenly remembering a night of horror 24 years earlier.
I could still hear my [...]

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Just say no to progressive income tax

By   /  February 4, 2014  /  Commentary, Illinois WatchBlog  /  No Comments

GUARD YOUR WALLET: Illinois lawmakers are considering a progressive income tax, if they can deal with the Illinois Constitution restrictions.

By Scott Reeder
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Hang on to your pocketbooks, the politicians are getting restless.
They want more of your money.
Never mind that the Illinois Legislature jacked up your taxes by 67 percent back in 2011.
Because of this temporary tax hike, many of us are now paying a full 5 percent of our income to Springfield. [...]

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Illinois mom stays home to care for her son as Supreme Court hears union-push case

By   /  January 28, 2014  /  Commentary, Illinois WatchBlog  /  No Comments

SUPREME FIGHTER: Pam Harris and her son Josh.

By Scott Reeder
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pam Harris is an unlikely activist.
She is just a Lake County, Ill., mom looking after her disabled adult son.
Rather than place her son, Josh, in an institution she entered a program where she receives state assistance to care for him at home.
But one Sunday morning, an organizer for Service Employees [...]

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Opportunity flowing out of the Land of Lincoln

By   /  January 14, 2014  /  Commentary, Illinois WatchBlog  /  No Comments

OUTWARD BOUND: Increasingly people are finding that Illinois is not a state that offers the opportunities they want for themselves and their families.

By Scott Reeder
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — I love Illinois.
This is the state where I grew up, where I have chosen to raise my family and where I hope to spend the rest of my life.
At different points during my career, I’ve left the Land of Lincoln.
But I have always returned because this is my home.
And it’s your [...]

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