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.
Illinois governor backtracks on pledge to pursue independent redistricting commission
By: Scott Reeder - 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 […]
Why would this man give a kidney to someone he barely knew?
By: Scott Reeder - 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 […]
Jason Shay: Some things ‘are just bigger than basketball’
By: Scott Reeder - 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, […]
Beverly Cleary gave delightfully messy role models to kids like me
By: Scott Reeder - 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 […]
Addressing anti-Asian discrimination also means stopping exploitation
By: Scott Reeder - 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 […]