Monthly Archives: May 2011

Rep. Biss online @DanielBiss - Photo from Twitter

The Illinois General Assembly passed and sent to the governor a bill adding a new exemption to the state’s FOIA law. The exemption would prevent the release of personal information of minors who are participants and registrants in park district and city programs.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Daniel Biss, a progressive Democrat and former math professor who hit the ground running since being sworn in, in January.

We had a chance to talk on Thursday about where the idea for the bill originated and what exactly it aimed to prevent. Read More


Fonta James and Travis Byrd hug Sammie Davis after defeating Lower Marion 93-76 February 22, 2011 at Darlington High School.

This is the photo I turned in that night. You can read the story here from Lou Bezjak.

Some other photos from the night: Read More

Last week was pretty busy in terms of Illinois FOIA legislation. The Southern reported that Illinois lawmakers voted to prohibit the release of the names of people with firearm owner identification cards. Their concern was that gun owners would be targeted by criminals – criminals who wanted to get shot, I guess.

Right before that, the Illinois General Assembly passed and sent to the governor a bill adding a fairly interesting FOIA exemption to an already detailed list of exemptions. Read More

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So you’re new to Twitter. Who should you follow? Who are the major players in your area? Politicians? City council members? What about Law Enforcement? It’d be nice if your newspaper could tell you all that.

Take a look at the South Bay Guide to Twitter put together by The Daily Breeze. It’s a constantly evolving list of places, people and things to keep their readers in the loop.

Recently, I gave Daily Breeze editor Toni Sciacqua a call to talk about the page and why it works. For Sciacqua, the page serves as both a public service and a tool to monitor sources. Read More

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Hey Dude! Don't mess up Mahmoud.










You want to know why Mahmoud Ahmedinejad seems like a crazy man? Maybe its things like thisOR maybe it’s because when he is feeling a little generous, he gets slapped.

January 2010: During protests brought on by the ultra shady landslide victory of Ahmedinejad over opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the Supreme National Security Council called a meeting to discuss.

In the preceding round of demonstrations, several protestors including Ali Moussavi, Mir-Hossein Mousavi’s nephew, were killed in Tehran.

Ahmedinejad called for a less heavy-handed response to the uprising. Read More

I’m swamped today, but until I get a real post written about last night here’s a recap of what twitter looked like before, during and after President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed in a compound in Pakistan.

10. Speculation

Before the announcement came, the pre-annoucement of an important message to be broadcast at 10:30 p.m. eastern time, was all over TV. CNN reported that the topic was national security, and when 10:45 came and went, it lit a twitter powder keg, exploding and unleashing the conspiracy theorist in all of us. What could be so important to hold the presser at 10 p.m. on a Sunday night?! Terrorists?! Aliens?! See hashtag #obamaguesses. 

This anticipation made some anxious...others, hopeful.

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