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Thursday, June 21, 2018 12:18 am

Safe or silly, sidewalks are getting gates

 Forget, for a moment, the deeper mysteries of life, the sound of one hand clapping and why it’s still legal to traffick in bump stocks. For the moment, at least, I’m more interested in inter...
Thursday, June 14, 2018 12:23 am

State blasts YMCA plans

  The downtown YMCA building shouldn’t be demolished, says the state Department of Natural Resources, because it’s beautiful, useful and historic – after all, Barack Obama played baske...
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 11:38 pm

Another #MeToo moment in the legislature

 If nothing else, the unfolding of a recent sexual harassment accusation against Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, has been melodramatic.Two days before last Thursday's press conference, Denise Rotheimer...
Monday, June 4, 2018 03:02 pm

Another #MeToo moment in the legislature

 If nothing else, the unfolding of a recent sexual harassment accusation against Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, has been melodramatic. Two days before the press conference, Denise Rotheimer (whos...
Thursday, May 31, 2018 12:20 am

Battle over bar drags on

 When last I spoke with Ryan Bandy, Donald Trump was on the verge of the presidency and local voters were about to select a circuit court judge.April Troemper won the 2016 election and kept her s...
Thursday, May 24, 2018 12:23 am

Former drug executive ducks blame in opioid crisis

 One of Springfield’s most successful capitalists traveled to the nation’s capital earlier this month to weigh in on the nation’s opioid crisis. It was not a convincing performance.J. Chris...
Thursday, May 17, 2018 12:18 am

Journalist gets unusual FOIA request

 The most intriguing part of dustups over Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Quincy Veterans Home, where 13 people have died from Legionnaire’s disease, isn’t epidemiology.The governor’s ability to...
Thursday, May 3, 2018 12:19 am

Illinois needs a mascot

What with everything else going on in the world, getting worked up about Illinois’ bicentennial can be a challenge.For one thing, there’s no mascot, and convincing folks to take Gov. Bruce Rauner...
Thursday, April 19, 2018 12:20 am

Rally at Capitol underwhelms

 I spent nearly two hours watching last weekend’s gun rally on the Capitol steps and walked away disturbed and buoyant.The good news is, they didn’t get nearly as many folks as hoped, predict...
Thursday, April 12, 2018 12:28 am

Parolee aims high

 The last felon-turned-angel story I wrote did not end well.It concerned a meth cook returned to prison after nearly two years of freedom and gainful employment, on the grounds that he hadn’t b...

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