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Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 01:18 pm
 I graduated from Springfield High School in 1966. My classmates organized a 50th reunion for the same weekend that the Springfield High School building  turned 100. District 186 staged a...
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 01:40 pm
In "Refined, delicate and urban," I talked about the Centennial Building on the statehouse grounds, which was built to honor the first centenary of the founding of the State of Illinois. I, argued, ...
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 03:14 pm
There’s a sucker born every minute, they say, which might explain why state legislatures and city councils count so many of them among their members. As I noted here and here, spending the publi...
Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 08:54 am
In next week's installment of Dyspepsiana, I argue that a nice way to mark the State of Illinois' 200th anniversary in 2018 would be to restore the memorial it built to celebrate the commonweal...
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 08:54 am
 In “Get right or get out” I recalled episodes from Illinois’ recent past in which fearful Illinoisans confronted the Other. I mentioned an incident in Litchfield involving Jehovah’s ...
Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 02:27 pm
I'm not sure that everyone loves a parade but I do--as a subject. I wrote two columns about the parade that kicks off the Illinois State Fair each year.  This one appeared in our paper of A...
Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 12:18 pm
 The more things change, the more they stay the same. Thirty-six years ago, Springfield's mayor was Mike Houston, and the Illinois State Fair was, well, what the fair has always been. I wrote ab...
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 11:33 am
Appropriate for the Olympics season is this very interesting piece from Scientific American, "Magic Blood and Carbon-Fiber Legs at the Brave New Olympics," in which Daid Epstein addresses ...
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 03:44 pm
 Paula Marantz Cohen of Drexel University hold argues in the online magazine The Smart Set why long-dead writer/critic/commentator H.L. Mencken remains as relevant as ever. She recalls HLM on ...
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 08:56 am
 In “The burdens of office” I recalled my inglorious tenure as president of Springfield High School’s Interact (a combination of  “international” and “action”) Club in the 19...

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