Scott Reeder

Scott Reeder

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.

Scott Reeder: Illinois could learn from Lone Star State

LEAGUE CITY, Texas — I was in Texas last month doing some reporting and I was a bit bemused that its legislature was enmeshed in a budget predicament of its own.

Lawmakers there were pondering whether to dip into the state's $12 billion "rainy day fund" to help balance the state's budget.

Scott Reeder: Professional wrestling in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD -- The punches looked mean but never connected.

Like any sporting event, the crowd howled for their heroes and jeered their opponents. But the winners and losers were prearranged.

As the “drama” unfolded, I couldn’t help but think: professional wrestling is a lot like the Illinois General Assembly.

Scott Reeder: Raising Illinois taxes not a good idea

SPRINGFIELD — Both Republicans and Democrats in Springfield are making noise about raising our taxes, and that just makes me plain nervous.

A tax hike just isn't the fiscal salve needed to stave the state's financial woes.

Scott Reeder: With death penalty, justice must be balanced with mercy

SPRINGFIELD — "These are halls of justice — not mercy," the prosecutor bellowed before the jury as I wiggled uncomfortably in the back of the courtroom, notebook in hand.

I was fresh out of college and covering courts in Texas when I first wrestled with the notion of justice vs. mercy.

Scott Reeder: Time for Rauner to stand for something

SPRINGFIELD — There is an old Marine saying that goes something like this: Lead, follow or get the hell out of the way.

Gov. Bruce Rauner would do well to remember that adage.

Because this past month he has failed at all three.

His first two years in office have been marked not so much by accomplishment but by clarity of vision.

Scott Reeder: School choice should be an option for all families

SPRINGFIELD — The subject of school choice has come to the forefront in recent weeks with the appointment of Betsy DeVos as the U.S. Education Secretary.

When folks debate the merits of school choice, I can't help but smile.

The fact of the matter is we already have school choice in America.

Scott Reeder: Rauner unlikely to budge in union fight

SPRINGFIELD — Last week, when I heard that members of state government's largest union voted to authorize a strike, I just shook my head and wondered, "What are they thinking?"

Many state workers view this as necessary saber rattling so their union bosses can continue to pressure the governor.

Good luck on that. I don't see Gov. Bruce Rauner bending one iota.

Scott Reeder: 'Compromise' is no compromise at all

SPRINGFIELD — For a few minutes earlier this month, I received a dollop of hope when word trickled out of the statehouse that the Republican and Democrat leaders in the state Senate had been negotiating a compromise behind the backs of Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Scott Reeder: Stretch yourself in the new year

SPRINGFIELD — Well, it's that time again when we march forward trying to keep those promises we have made for the new year.

In past years, my New Year's resolutions haven't been particularly unusual: to lose weight, read the Bible more or spend more time at the gym.

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