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Thursday, May 26, 2016 01:48 pm
Sometimes, an artist is so close to his or her subject that objectivity becomes a casualty.  Such is the case with Lorene Scafaria’s The Meddler.  While the film is meant to be a tr...
Thursday, May 26, 2016 12:22 am
There’s no question as to what director Lorene Scafaria’s intentions were with her new movie The Meddler. “I wanted to make a movie about my father and the two women who loved him most,” sh...
Thursday, May 26, 2016 12:21 am
Back in January I repeated one of my time-worn rants about the environmental damage being done by factory-style cultivation of corn. I stated,   A good field in mid-illinois these days i...
Thursday, May 12, 2016 04:29 pm
John Carney has a gift. Not simply in the way he uses music in his films and understands its power but how he’s able to create characters that on the surface could be dismissed as clichés but win...
Friday, May 6, 2016 05:29 pm
 I am grateful to the Washington Monthly -- not for the first time -- for alerting me to the release of a new biography of Lincoln that focuses on his Springfield years. Allen Guelzo, t...
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 08:40 am
I appreciate the governor of Illinois confirming a point that I made in my drafts of “Graduation exercise” but which I couldn’t squeeze into the finished piece. From Doug Finke:  &nbsp...
Monday, May 2, 2016 03:57 pm
 In "More jet-age wonders" I praised the  jet-age barn on the state fairgrounds known as the Illinois Building, which was completed in 1950 to plans drawn up by the Chicago firm of Lo...
Thursday, April 28, 2016 10:34 am
Samuel Scott III, the retired chairman and CEO of Corn Products International, which now calls itself  Ingredion. He gave a speech to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in which he examin...
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 01:45 pm
 A drearily familiar story came briefly back to mind in today's Trib. The campus in Harvard in northern Illinois that Motorola opened in 1997 to make cellphones. and which had been closed since ...

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