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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Border crossing photo from

Four years after 9/11, fifteen busloads of United States students from Champlain, New York, headed toward the border for a weekend ski trip. For weeks the Canadian authorities had been putting out bulletins advising travelers to expect delays at border crossings because of increased security. That morning, the delay at Lacolle crossing, Canada’s largest port of entry, was already two hours.

The buses got to the border around 3 a.m. – Only three of the 15 buses had been searched four hours later. By 9 a.m. only two more had been completed.

I’m guessing it was sometime during the search of the sixth bus that the tour organizer threw a fit. He contacted the U.S. consulate concerned that students on the buses that were still waiting hadn’t been let off the bus and were hungry. The consulate contacted Canadian customs. Read More

Well, that looks promising.

Journalism tops The Daily Beast’s gallery of the 20 most useless degrees and journalists on twitter are abuzz about the harsh designation. But come on guys, one day we’re going to have to be honest with ourselves and admit that the chances of landing a journalism job right out of school are only slightly better than being drafted into the NFL. Read More

This is the real Taylor Gang

I met the Taylors while looking for standalone art for the front page. After Jannie May (center) was diagnosed with lung cancer and Grandma and Grandpa Taylor died, the family moved from the family home into different residences. As she smoked a cigarette Jannie May told me her story:

A few weeks before Jannie May found out her cancer was in remission. That Saturday they all met up to fix up the family home so they could all move back in. This photo wasn’t published, but it’s one of my favorite photos from last year.

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