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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:01 am
 JONESIN’ FOR JAMESMany thanks to Tom Irwin for the great article on our new Springfield resident, Mr. James Armstrong. (“At home with the blues,” Dec. 11.)After reading the article, I deci...
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:01 am
 I remember seeing Gov. Adlai Stevenson when I was a kid. I was in a car that passed his on the way up to New Salem to see the play Forever This Land. He looked out the window and waved to me.Act...
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:01 am
In this season of mass commercialism, let’s pause to consider the plight of simple millionaires.Why? Because we now share a common cause: Inequality. You don’t hear much about it, but millionaires...
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:01 am
As you already know, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka passed away last week.Topinka had a stroke the morning of Dec. 9 but that’s not what killed her. In fact, by the afternoon, she announced she was g...
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:01 am

The General Assembly tags the museum building

 In a 2010 column titled “A school by any other name” I explored the changing fashions in naming public buildings. I noted that public officials eager to not be caught endorsing anyone who mi...
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:01 am
Every week that governor-elect Bruce Rauner comes to Springfield he learns that the state’s fiscal condition is far worse than it was when he came the week before. This time he discovered a plan to ...
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 12:01 am
RECONSIDER CITY CROSSWALKSI read with interest James Krohe Jr.’s “Why did the pedestrian not cross the road” in Illinois Times (Dec. 4). The state has marked and posted at least three cross...
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 12:01 am
 Last week, during veto session, the Illinois General Assembly rushed through a proposal to allow a bobcat hunting season in Illinois. Opening up a bobcat season in Illinois without taking into a...
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 12:01 am
 The tributes to Judy Baar Topinka came in fast and strong Wednesday morning, just as we were going to press. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat: “The Illinois political scene lost its Polka Queen la...

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