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Scott Reeder

Scott Reeder

Scott Reeder, a staff writer for the Illinois Times, 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.

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Instead of making assumptions about someone’s life or religion, just ask

By: - May 15, 2022

Passover, Ramadan and Lent all came to an end during the past few weeks and I’ve found myself thinking of the oddest thing: a cow. When I was about 5, a life-size statue of a cow appeared in our neighbor’s front yard. The Hereford stood a silent sentinel on Academy Street in Galesburg and left […]

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This is what white privilege looks like

By: - April 3, 2022

A few months ago, I was pulled over by a Springfield-area police officer for a minor traffic violation. He shined a flashlight in my car and said, “Mr. Reeder, are you carrying?” I replied that no, my firearm was home locked up in a safe. He replied, “You should always carry. It doesn’t do you any […]

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Here are some practical ways to manage your household budget despite inflation

By: - March 28, 2022

The problem with inflation is that there is more than enough blame to go around. Some folks will say it’s Joe Biden’s fault, others blame Donald Trump or Russia or Congress or the Federal Reserve. Maybe everybody is a little bit right or a little bit wrong. I don’t know. I grew up on a […]

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An organ donor gave my brother precious time

By: - March 5, 2022

I glanced at the calendar and the date Feb. 26 stared back at me. It was my brother Danny’s birthday. He would have turned 65. A milestone birthday. At 13 you are a teenager. At 16, a driver. At 18, a voter. At 21, an adult. And at 65 you’re a senior citizen. But there […]

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Sometimes you see the scam coming

By: - January 15, 2022

I don’t find joy in anyone being swindled, but I do find a bit of irony that the DeVos family, founders of Amway, were bilked out of $100 million. Amway is a pioneer of multi-level marketing, a concept where participants are expected to not only sell something but recruit others to sell it, too. Avon, […]

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Rittenhouse was a ‘wannabe,’ not a hero

By: - December 12, 2021

The Kyle Rittenhouse trial and verdict is a bit like those ink blot tests psychologists sometimes have patients examine. A half-dozen folks can look at the same thing and see something different. I’ve heard Rittenhouse described as a “hero” by right wingers and as a “criminal” by those on the left. But when I look […]

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Shared family worry leads to love at Thanksgiving

By: - November 25, 2021

There is no place more miserable to be on Thanksgiving Day than in a buffet line in a Las Vegas casino. Trust me. I’ve been there. Back when I was single and a reporter for the Las Vegas Sun, I found myself new in town and alone on the holiday in the middle of Sin City. […]

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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 […]