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Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 10:19 am
Readers who share my dismay at the ways that the structure of our national political system frustrates the will of the majority have a sympathetic ear in blogger Jason Kottke, who offers links to usef...
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 05:05 pm
Among the original items in Mr. Rauner's Turnaround Agenda (he counts 44, I get a little more than a dozen) are several sensible reforms that the saner Democrats ought to at least be talking about.&n...
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 11:44 am
Alert readers will know that two mid-Illinois writers, translator and poet Robert S. Fitzgerald and Lincoln novelists and editor William Maxwell, have been much talked about in these pages over the ...
Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 05:00 pm
In "As the crow is bent" (perhaps my worst title ever), I explored the ramifications of my unusual surname.Unusual, that is, outside Cass County and environs. My father, on his travels around ...
Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 12:44 pm
Rural America, even as it laments its economic weakness, retains vastly disproportionate electoral strength. Rural voters were able to nudge Donald J. Trump to power despite Hillary Clinton’s large ...
Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 09:25 am
For readers with a taste for the archival. Here is the full version of my column abut the Y block in downtown Springfield, an abridged version of which we ran on Nov. 10, The original that follows app...
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 09:49 am
 Note to baby boomers: Now's your chance to relive the '60s for real -- only now Bull Connor is in the White House....
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 05:20 pm
 Turns out the election was rigged, after all. Voters were asked to chose from among four candidates, and the one who was awarded the most votes was – Illinoisan Hillary Clinton. She lost, h...
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 09:36 am
 Some further observation on, and from, Women, Work, and Worship in Lincoln’s Country: The Dumville Family Letters from the University of Illinois Press, which I review this week in “Old le...

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