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Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:01 am
 In 1914, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst mounted a yellow-journalism crusade to demonize the entire genus of cannabis plants. Why? To sell newspapers, of course, but also because he wa...
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:01 am
 A solid majority of Illinoisans want newly inaugurated Gov. Bruce Rauner to find common ground with the Democratic legislative majority rather than be confrontational, a new poll finds. However,...
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:01 am

The lessons of Illinois’ historic sites history

 For those who don’t know the story, here’s what happened. Politically connected Springfieldians undertake to put more of the city’s long-hidden Lincoln legacy on display to new generations...
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:01 am
 It was good to see some of the Obama swagger return during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. When the polls and the elections are going the wrong way, when the culture wars and the r...
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 12:01 am
 DESIGNING DOWNTOWNSpringfield’s history and its future are intertwined. In that sense, urban planning has become a key issue for this city. We are finally taking a hard look at changing what w...
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 12:01 am
I am writing in response to James Krohe, Jr.’s inane and sophomoric diatribe regarding U.S. Sen. Alan J. Dixon [see “Official graffiti,” Dec. 18]. I had the honor of working with Alan Dixon in t...
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 12:01 am
Growing up in Texas, I learned that God and guns were important, but football – well, football was the real religion, the essence of life itself.So I can understand the hyperbolic exuberance of a ra...
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 12:01 am
We have likely received an early lesson in how the upcoming spring state legislative session will play itself out with new Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and a Democratic General Assembly.The Democr...
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 12:01 am

The lost art of political invective

 Spiro T. Agnew came to Springfield in September of 1970 to make a speech. To that approximately half of the public not yet born in 1970, I must explain that Mr. Agnew was a vice president of the...

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