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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...
Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 08:18 am
The other day I admitted that I was not quote convinced of the wisdom of the State of Illinois offering tax credits so that Con-Agra, a billion-bucks makers of processed foods, could move their cor...
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 02:12 pm
 More afterthoughts inspired by my Sept. 24 column on immigration, “Trumped-up charges:” One way to get rid of foreigners in our midst is to help them become Americans. Broadly speaking...
Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 09:30 am
Illinois’ newest Congressman, Darin LaHood, has argued that the U.S. must put more resources into securing the borders to stop the flow of immigrants coming in illegally. Really? More? Between 200...
Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 08:45 am
 The State Journal-Register today offers a useful retrospective on the evolution of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site by Tara McClellan McAndrew. ("Protecting Lincoln's legacy in his n...
Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 05:08 pm
I am obliged to Steve Benen for pointing out the results of the newest Washington Post/ABC News poll. While Hillary Clinton has only a  modest advantage over Donald Trump -- 46% to 43% --&nb...
Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 02:14 pm
Reuters confirms what began to look inevitable some years go: According to official data from both states, Houston's growing population is expected to exceed that of Chicago within 8 to 10 years, mak...

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