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Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 12:21 am

Public science in an age of privatized government

 Bruce Rauner the other day took action that, he explained in a press release, would “develop a sustainable fiscal model for the continued operation of the Illinois State Museum.” I’m a lit...
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 12:20 am
The mantra of every Koch-headed, right-wing politico is that government should be run like a business, always focused on cutting costs.Welcome to Flint, Mich. This impoverished, mostly African-America...
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 12:19 am
Last week a reporter said to Gov. Bruce Rauner that Secretary of State Jesse White had suggested that Rauner bring in former governors, including George Ryan, to help break the long governmental impas...
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 12:18 am
 SLOW DOWN Y DEMOMayor Langfelder should reconsider his quickly decided plans to demolish the old YWCA building downtown, and he should allow access to the building to all contractors interested...
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 12:17 am
Watching Bernie Sanders’ victory speech in New Hampshire, when he went on and on obsessively about income inequality, the need for single payer health care and anger against Wall Street – importan...
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 12:16 am
In the recent Republican caucus in Iowa, Ted Cruz won a close race over Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson and other candidates. These results were not predicted. It seems that the Cruz campaig...
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 12:22 am

The return of the businessman-reformer

 Daydreaming the other day, I ran through my head some scenes from my imagined movie remake, Mr. Potter Goes to Springfield, in which Capra’s naïve do-gooder Jefferson Smith is replaced by Hen...
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 12:21 am
 At a recent dinner with my work team, I was reminded that I had said I wanted to travel less for work this year so I could focus on other projects. Instead, I find myself bouncing across the cou...
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 12:20 am
 Every time Gov. Bruce Rauner gives a major speech, social media (and even mass media) lights him up over the way he drops his “g’s” at the end of words. He’s workin’ and doin’ his be...

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