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Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 10:24 am
Last week, Bruce Rauner signed a letter sent jointly by Republican governors to President Obama asking him "respectfully" to suspend all plans to resettle additional Syrian refugees in the U.S."Res...
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 06:53 am
Sadly, two weeks after writing a column extolling a senior Illinois Republican for his brave stand on admitting refugees from the horrors of World War II Europe into the U.S., our state is shamed b...
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 08:12 am
In my column of May 6, 2010, “Making room for the Huangs,” I described Wenguang Huang, the Chinese translator and journalist who emigrated to the United States in 1990, specifically to Springfie...
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 08:22 am
 In “Going for the fences” (Oct. 2, 2014) I noted that the moguls who rule the game were in a sweat. Both home runs-per-game and runs-per-game were 20 percent lower than the record-setting...
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 08:07 am
 As much as I enjoy watching them, I dreaded the Cubs’ entry into the playoffs, because that would mean I would be compelled to watch them in every game. I am offended by any team that decor...
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 09:17 am
 Back in April I remarked on the decision by Mr. Rauner to take the necessary administrative steps toward seeling the old State of Illinois Center (now known as the Thompson Center) in Chicago...
Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 09:39 am
 In “Wrong in principle” I recalled how, beginning in the 1830s and ’40s the arrival in Illinois of Germans, who spoke an incomprehensible language, and Irish, who obeyed an incomprehens...
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 08:57 am
Speaking of things Calhoun: In “Naming rights and wrongs” I remarked on a suggestion from Rich Miller to rename Calhoun County. That bucolic corner of the state, you might know, was named to ho...
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 08:09 am
Attentive readers will recall that I have an unaccountable fascination with naming things – in particular the naming of public parks and schools and the like. I took up the topic here and here a...


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