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Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 08:29 pm

Closures expected next week

Springfield will take a step toward becoming a quieter place as the city gets set to close railroad crossings at five intersections on Third Street. The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved ...
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 08:03 pm

Arbitrators say Springfield cops can live outside city

 A panel of arbitrators has decided to side with the Springfield police union over the question of a residency requirement for city police officers. A written decision has not yet been issu...
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 05:28 pm
 Abraham LIncoln has long engaged our historians and public intellectuals. Of late he has stimulated our artists as well. The winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, Britain's most...
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 10:29 am
There’s no question that Jackie Chan has lost a step or three.  Yet, he’s able to do things no normal 63 year-old man should.  You need no computer-generated effects in a Jackie Chan...
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 12:16 am

Another hero of a bad cause creates controversy

 In my youth, Springfield’s Roman Cultural Society held an essay contest every year in which grade school kids were invited to address the topic, “What Columbus Day  Means To Me.” I ne...
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 12:15 am
 Today’s proliferation of industrial robots is an advanced generation of powerful, autonomous machines driven by artificial intelligence. The profiteers and techies propelling us into the deep...
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 12:14 am
 Last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s campaign fund transferred $4.45 million to the Illinois Republican Party to bankroll a new effort to focus voters’ attention on House Speaker Michael Madigan.T...
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 12:13 am
TAKING A TOLL ON MEOn July 27, I didn’t have the necessary change for tolls, but knew I could pay for them online. Law requires payment of tolls within seven days. After checking online for several...
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 12:12 am
 It’s fun for a reporter to catch a candidate early in her political career, while she’s still feeling her way, wanting to say the right thing and not offend, while still conveying that she h...
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 12:11 am

A diplomat, who served in Saigon 50 years ago, asks, ‘Have we learned any lessons?’

 The opening statement in the Burns-Novick TV documentary series is accurate. The U.S. was overconfident, its policy was based on a fateful misunderstanding of the Vietnam conflict and the U.S. f...

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