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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 12:04 am
 Much like Ron Howard, Ben Affleck is an old school, workman-like director. Give him any script, and he’s likely to come up with a competently made movie. He has no overarching theme that runs...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 12:03 am
 It looks like we are on the move again; all the bars and clubs and taverns and wineries are up to snuff and booked to the gills. Not only are the venues jamming, but all kinds of music makers ar...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 12:02 am
 Filled with years of experience of rocking bars all night long while playing in local bands such as Kicked to the Curb, Zack Fedor and the Backseat Drivers, Piston Broke, Porkpie and the Northen...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 12:01 am
 apologia poem #3dear cherished charities – smallestfrogs to largest shrinking icecapsswollen babies’ bellies to all helplesshomeless prisoned poisoned deformeddemented defamed defunded: you ...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 12:01 am

Julianne’s last meal

The first anniversary of my wife (and Illinois Times food writer) Julianne’s passing is approaching. When she died, she left me with four decades of memories and two freezers full of homemade soups,...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:18 am

The right’s industrial policy is not about jobs

 Let’s talk about manufacturing in Illinois – everybody else is. Our new honorary president and our not-so-new governor have promised to bring back good manufacturing jobs, jobs just like the...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:17 am
‘Tis the season for family, friends, eggnog, chipmunks singing Christmas carols – and all-out, no-mercy, blow-’em-all-to-hell war.Not war like in Afghanistan. No, no – this is the far right’...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:16 am
Let’s take a look at headlines from just one day in December:– The state’s bill backlog tops $11.3 billion as the political impasse preventing a budget deal drags on.– Chicago’s murder rate...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:15 am
 ABUSE OF TIF FUNDINGI, along with others, am becoming concerned about Springfield TIF spending policies. Tax increment financing, as often espoused, has taxes (generally property tax) removed fr...

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