Scott Reeder

Scott Reeder

Scott Reeder | The power of organ donation

Ever found yourself hoping someone will die so someone you love can live?

Fourteen years ago, I found myself in that unenviable position.

My brother Danny was dying. For years, he had suffered from a rare liver disease — primary sclerosing cholangitis. Finally his liver was giving out. Death was near.

Scott Reeder | Pondering pot prohibition

SPRINGFIELD — A few years ago, I was sitting at grandmother's bedside and she made a political admission that stunned me.

The last Democrat she voted for was Franklin Roosevelt in 1932.

I wasn't surprised that Eva Reeder, my diehard Republican grandmother, in her 103 years had only supported one Democrat. But I was shocked by why she voted for Roosevelt.

Scott Reeder: Exodus of Illinoisans continues

SPRINGFIELD — The exodus continues.

Illinois dropped from the fifth-largest state to the sixth according to recently released Internal Revenue Service data. We've been edged out by Pennsylvania.

In 2017, the Land of Lincoln lost about 33,700 people.

Scott Reeder: New ashes law brings to mind past experiences

Ring-a-round the rosie,
A pocket full of posies,
Ashes! Ashes!

We all fall down.

My kids used to sing this nursery rhyme when they were younger.

The song always creeped me out.

Legend has it that the song is about the plague. The posies covered up the stench of death and the ashes were about cremation.

Scott Reeder: The vanishing newspaper vending machine

SPRINGFIELD — I love newspapers. And for the past 30 years, I've had a particular infatuation with the newspaper vending machine.

Oh, I know it sounds silly, but I still get a thrill out of seeing my name or photo staring out from behind the glass as I walk down the street. It is one of those non-monetary perks to working in the newspaper business.

Scott Reeder: More than just a haircut

SPRINGFIELD — I'd never been to a barber who didn't have a comb.

And I found myself sitting in a barber chair, the only white guy in the room and the barber asks, "How would you like your hair parted?"

I replied, "Hand me a comb and I'll show you."

Scott Reeder: Middle-class mom may oppose Rauner

SPRINGFIELD — State Rep. Jeanne Ives sounds like she'll be a candidate for Illinois governor.

The Wheaton Republican is one of the most conservative members of the General Assembly, and she is hopping mad at Gov. Bruce Rauner, who she contends is not trustworthy.

Scott Reeder: No designated way to pay

SPRINGFIELD — Last week, the Illinois General Assembly passed a measure that lays the foundation for one of the largest tax hikes in the state's history.

Or it could lay the foundation for massive future deficit spending.

Or, maybe, it's a precursor for substantial spending cuts to fund schools. (I'm not holding my breath on that one.)

Scott Reeder: Helping out Harvey victims

GALVESTON — Watching Hurricane Harvey on television, I couldn't help but think of my first experience covering such a storm.

It was 1988, and I was a 23-year-old who had just moved from Illinois to Texas to work for the Galveston Daily News.

Scott Reeder: Grave markers, statues and Civil War

SPRINGFIELD — When I was in high school, my Grandma Wanda fought a battle with the American Legion to have a veteran's marker placed on the grave of her husband's grandfather.

Eventually, the Legion post relented and put a veteran's stone over John Beckerdite's earthly remains.