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Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:21 am

Staying in touch with my inner pig farmer

 I was at my desk in 1982 when the phone rang. “Hello.”“What the hell is a pork belly?” It was Lewis Bergman, calling from New York City. Lewis was former editor of the New York Times Mag...
Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:20 am
 In an insightful song about outlaws, Woody Guthrie wrote this verse: “As through this world I travel/I see lots of funny men/Some’ll rob you with a 6-gun/Some with a fountain pen.”The foun...
Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:19 am
 As you know by now, Gov. Bruce Rauner toured the state for two days last week. He denied that the tour had anything to do with the 2018 election, but it was pretty darned clear that he and his t...
Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:18 am
 UNDOING PLANNED PARENTHOODIt seems quite clear that President Trump and much of Congress are heck-bent on getting rid of the funding for Planned Parenthood. The recent order signed by the presid...
Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:17 am
As our Chris Britt says in his inimitable way on p. 4, nobody is excited about the current crop of Democratic candidates for governor. Long gone are the days when a powerful political machine could pu...
Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:16 am
 In the president’s proposed budget, funding for the National Endowment for the Arts would be eliminated in an attempt to cut “wasteful spending.” This reflects a common, though mistaken, l...
Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:14 am
 If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to volunteer at one of Springfield’s many historical sites, these volunteer recruitment fairs are for you. Join the State Historic Sites at Spri...
Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:13 am
I’m a man in my mid-30s, and I’m dating a woman I really love. We match each other on so many levels, and I thought we had a really great thing. But recently, she seems to want more than I can giv...
Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:12 am

Mentally ill inmates clog jails. Sometimes they die.

Tiffany Ann Rusher could be a handful. She was nonetheless loved.In Rusher’s final days, relatives gathered at St. John’s Hospital. Her mother, Kelli Andrews, rubbed Rusher’s stomach and feet in...

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