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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 12:22 am

What might Springfield do to boost population growth?

In 1909 its Chamber of Commerce undertook a campaign to make Springfield “the largest city by all odds in the state outside Chicago.” Our best Babbits insisted that there was “no good reason why...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 12:21 am
 The best political party in America is not the Dems nor the Repubs. By far, the best political party is a real party named “Fighting Bob Fest.”It’s a daylong, outdoor political festival ru...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 12:20 am
 Back in December, Gov. Bruce Rauner was asked by a Chicago TV reporter if he planned to run for reelection. Rauner said he wasn’t focused on such things.Just three days later, Gov. Rauner...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 12:19 am
 THE COST OF KIDSThe Department of Agriculture claims the cost of raising a child from birth through age 17 is $233,610, or almost $14,000 annually. As the father of seven children, let me say th...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 12:18 am
Barack Obama, a victim of term limits in his present job, appropriately returned to his home state to give his farewell address. Sounding like one whose work is done, he encouraged the rest of us to r...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 12:17 am
 Life is full of “What if…?” questions. One of these questions preeminent in Illinois is, “What if Speaker Madigan was no longer speaker?”. One of my “What if” questions is: How wou...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:18 am

The right’s industrial policy is not about jobs

 Let’s talk about manufacturing in Illinois – everybody else is. Our new honorary president and our not-so-new governor have promised to bring back good manufacturing jobs, jobs just like the...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:17 am
‘Tis the season for family, friends, eggnog, chipmunks singing Christmas carols – and all-out, no-mercy, blow-’em-all-to-hell war.Not war like in Afghanistan. No, no – this is the far right’...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:16 am
Let’s take a look at headlines from just one day in December:– The state’s bill backlog tops $11.3 billion as the political impasse preventing a budget deal drags on.– Chicago’s murder rate...

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