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Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 11:06 am
 Once in a while, life imitates journalism. In “The birth of the plyscraper” (April 24, 2014), I noted the trend toward green buildigs of a different kind – large commercial and residenti...
Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 09:07 am
 Now we hear that they got the date wrong on the Illinois state seal. The seal, which is the centerpiece of the state flag, features a perched eagle bearing a banner, “State Sovereignty, N...
Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 09:52 am
 After reading “Red brick roads” (Jan. 19, 2017), a faithful reader who grew up in Tuscola – magical name -- recalled for me the almost melodic sounds made by car tires on the old brick ...
Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 09:32 am
 I only scratched the surface of my topic in “Form over function” (Jan. 26, 2017). Under the old commission government, each of the five commissioners were both administrative and legisl...
Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 09:13 am
 In her recent conversation with Bruce Rushton (“Can we talk?,” Jan. 19, 2017) Lisa Clemmons Stott, executive director of Downtown Springfield, Inc., said that  Springfield lacks a vi...
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 03:05 pm
Groucho Marx’s third wife once stated, “If he’d only said ‘I love you’ once, I would have stayed.”  No doubt, it must be difficult living with someone who makes their living crackin...
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 07:28 pm
I’m glad that M. Night Shyamalan has wandered out of the wilderness of big budget mistakes and has returned to the world of modest thrillers. His distinct voice has been sorely missed in the genre...
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 07:22 pm
Stephen Gaghan’s Gold certainly doesn’t tell a new story but at least it does so in an entertaining manner.  Based on the Bre-X Minerals scandal from the 1990’s, the film is propelled by ...
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 04:30 pm
 The outgoing Obama administration reportedly prepared hundreds of memos -- more than 300 from the National Security Council alone -- to aid the Trump transition. Those memos, apparently, were ne...
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 09:34 am
 George Packer in The New Yorker reminds us that George Washington, in his farewell address upon leaving office in 1796, said this about the danger of partisan demagoguery. It agitates the ...

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