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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...
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 ...
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 09:37 am
The Illinois State Museum has announced the dates of showing of 16 original oil paintings in its collection by Manierre Dawson. “A Journey to Abstraction.” Dawson, sayeth the curators, was a lit...
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 04:57 pm
Next month Springfield will mark the 208th anniversary of te birth of Abraham Lincoln. The city is familiar by now with the tributes that national and international Somebodies pay to our best citizen....
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 04:49 pm
Way back in 2014, when the sun still shone on America, I did a column titled New York, New York in which  I ventured an opinion or two about why New York City draws to it the best and...

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