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Scott Reeder

Scott Reeder

Scott Reeder is a veteran journalist who has worked for newspapers in the Midwest, Texas and Nevada. He has won numerous national and state journalism awards including an Investigative Reporters and Editors Medal. He lives with his wife, three daughters and a menagerie of pets near Springfield, Ill. He can be reached at [email protected]

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Should government be merciful as well as just?

By: - September 6, 2021

Springfield, Ill. – Should our government temper its justice with mercy? I’ve been pondering that question for at least three decades, ever since I was a young reporter and heard a Texas prosecutor stand before a jury and say, “These aren’t halls of mercy; these are halls of justice!” Justice is rendered when people receive […]

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Gold Star parents, Afghanistan veteran reflect on decades of war

By: - August 29, 2021

ROCHESTER, Ill. — As Americans fled Kabul and desperate Afghans sought to follow, Jerry and Brett Young stood in the yard  of their rural Rochester home and remembered their boy who never got to see his 26th birthday. “He loved to skateboard when he was younger. And he loved all kinds of music. He especially […]

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To fix the U.S. Senate, look at what’s wrong with political parties

By: - July 7, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Nothing is more annoying in public policy than people who complain, but don’t offer solutions. The U.S. Senate effectively has 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats. Vice President Kamala Harris can cast a tie-breaking vote giving the Democrats an ever so slight edge. So, what complaint do we hear expressed continually on social […]

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Even when police violence is ‘justified,’ we should ask if it could be avoided

By: - June 26, 2021

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Police officers are agents of state violence. There is nothing particularly radical about that notion. After all, they strap on Tasers, nightsticks, pepper spray, handcuffs and guns every day. Society has bestowed these men and women with an enormous responsibility. Their job is to keep order. And they have special sanction […]

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Chicago mayor’s exclusion of white reporters is polarizing, but understandable

By: - June 10, 2021

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot landed in a maelstrom of controversy last month when she said she would allow only “journalists of color” to interview her for pieces about her first two years in office. Fox News provocateur Tucker Carlson called Lightfoot a “racist” and a “monster” when he learned of the mayor’s position. A conservative […]

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Illinois governor backtracks on pledge to pursue independent redistricting commission

By: - May 9, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Politicians lie to get elected. That’s hardly startling. And in a state like Illinois, with its long and sordid history of corruption, that observation is about as newsworthy as: “The pyramids are old and big.” Still, one can’t help but be disappointed when politicians back away from their word. A case in […]

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Why would this man give a kidney to someone he barely knew?

By: - April 24, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Matt Creemens went on Facebook looking for a babysitter and ended up giving away a kidney. The 47-year-old Springfield computer programmer and married father of four was looking for a teenager from his church to watch his kids. As he perused various social media posts, he came across a link concerning the […]

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Jason Shay: Some things ‘are just bigger than basketball’

By: - April 10, 2021

GALESBURG, Ill. — No sooner did the knees touch the floor than the politicians’ complaints started flying. Kneeling during the national anthem before a game is like raising a middle finger to the U.S. flag, Tennessee state Sen. Jon Lundberg told the president of East Tennessee State last month during a budget hearing. Shortly thereafter, […]

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Beverly Cleary gave delightfully messy role models to kids like me

By: - April 1, 2021

SPRINGFIELD — I was in the third grade sitting on the sofa, reading a book with my grandparents when my grandma glanced out the window and gasped. The horse in our pasture had given birth to a foal. The problem was no one knew she was pregnant. Moments later we stood in the grass gawking […]

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Addressing anti-Asian discrimination also means stopping exploitation

By: - March 26, 2021

I was chatting with a friend the other day and I mentioned that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was married to someone of a different race. His response: “She’s Asian American, that doesn’t count.” It was a strange thing for an educated man, a retired lawyer to say. Stranger still it was uttered just a […]