Scott Reeder

Scott Reeder

Scott Reeder | Examining the legacy of segregation

SPRINGFIELD — When you are a young man, 20 years seems a long time.

But as we age, it seems just the blink of an eye.

I was thinking about that last week when I watched the "Green Book," a movie about a gifted black pianist, Don Shirley, touring the segregated South in the early 1960s with his white driver.

Scott Reeder | When forced with two evil choices ... choose neither

"We have to keep our eyes on the goal and go straight through between both errors." — C.S. Lewis

SPRINGFIELD — Christian theologian C.S. Lewis said that when it comes to choosing between the lesser of two evils, don't choose either.

Scott Reeder | Am I Republican or Democrat? Neither

SPRINGFIELD — I don't feel much like being a Republican or a Democrat.

But folks sure try to label me one way or the other.

Scott Reeder | A responsibility to protect our children

SPRINGFIELD — Sunday night, I watched my daughters pack up their book bags and get ready for their first day of school.

It's an annual rite of August in the Reeder household and many others. I've never quite understood how my girls can have so much fun shopping for school supplies and sneakers, but still dread the first day sitting at their desks.

Scott Reeder | A curious move by state's chief executive

SPRINGFIELD — Whose word is less reliable, a jailhouse snitch's or Gov. Bruce Rauner's?

That's a question I have been asking myself these past two weeks.

Scott Reeder | A mixed legacy of race in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — When I saw the two Confederate flags flapping from the bed of a pickup last week, I groaned.

I wondered: "Why would anyone fly those symbols of treason and white supremacy in Abraham Lincoln's hometown?"

Scott Reeder | Unfunded mandates flow both ways in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — For decades, the two dirtiest words in Illinois education were "unfunded mandates."

Local school boards and administrators hate these orders that come from Springfield but don't come with a check attached.

Scott Reeder | There's no shame in showing emotion

SANTA FE, Texas — Last week, a mother looked me in the eye and explained how a gunman entered her son's high school classroom and shot him dead along with nine others in a school shooting.

Scott Reeder | Mass incarceration takes heavy toll on families

SPRINGFIELD — There is no more depressing place to be than in a prison visiting room when children come to see their mom or dad.

During my 30 years as a journalist, I've found myself in many state prisons waiting to interview inmates. Watching youngsters run across a room to hug a father or mother they haven't seen for months is heart-rending.

Scott Reeder | How to help in wake of Texas shooting

SPRINGFIELD — Thirty years ago, I received my master's degree, packed up my Ford and headed for an adventure in Texas.

I'd accepted a job as the education reporter for the Galveston Daily News and was assigned to cover nine school districts and a medical school.