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Thursday, June 30, 2016 01:01 am
Faithful reader Brent Hahn responded to my maunderings about natural beauty and politics, "The blossomy haw, remembered," with this reminder that the sensible person who lives in a place bereft of s...
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 04:58 pm
 Our sister paper, Chicago's Reader, has just published its annual Best of Chicago issue. In it are excellent pieces that echo topics recently taken up in this space."The Thompson Center is Chi...
Friday, June 17, 2016 07:55 am
 A useful reminder from Charles Wheeler, writing at Illinois Issues. “Speaker Madigan’s Democrats have controlled our General Assembly for more than 30 years. Speaker Madigan’s Democra...
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 04:39 pm
 Bits and pieces about trees pile up on my desk like autumn leaves in the yard. Last week I mentioned Barrington, Illinois, as a Tree City USA. It is not alone. In addition to the U.S. flag th...
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 02:53 pm
 My recent column calling for the re-treeing Springfield – “Something there is that doesn't love a tree,” which of course should have been titled “Someone there is who doesn’t love ...
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...
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...

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