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Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 12:01 am
“Gimme your mop. You’re through.”I was standing in a hall in the Stratton building about 9:30 on a weeknight. The shift was ending and I had been stopped by the new boss. He hit me with that mes...
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 12:01 am
Congress, which has long been so tied up in a partisan knot by right-wing extremists that it has been unable to move, suddenly sprang loose at the end of the year and put on a phenomenal show of acrob...
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 12:01 am

Where should the governor of a divided state reside?

 “I look forward to living in the Governor’s Mansion,” said candidate Bruce Rauner to the Associated Press, “and would consider it an honor.” More than 216 miles separating Winnetka fro...
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 12:01 am
Everywhere we look there is a surprising amount of hope for the new year. Even Democrats are saying Bruce Rauner could be another Jim Thompson, an amiable dealmaker who can get things done. Racial pro...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am
 THE NAME GAMEJames Krohe certainly hit the mark with his column on naming state buildings (“Official Graffiti,” Dec. 18). Illinois has a proud tradition of honoring people we’d just a...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am
 We are one glum country.Trust in the federal government is at historic lows, according to Gallup. More than half of the respondents to an October Rasmussen poll think our best days are behind us...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am
 During the hectic holiday shopping season, Jeff Bezos’ Amazon.com may seem like a great option, especially for us procrastinators. Anything you want can be shipped directly to your doorstep. A...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

Immigrant-hating and the Illinois democracy

 Quick – how big a part of Illinois’ population in recent years has consisted of unauthorized immigrants. Ten percent? Fifteen? Twenty? In 2012, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, it was 3...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am
 Here it is, the 52nd issue of 2014, completing another year of publishing Illinois Times. This is a good time to remind us all that IT is a minor miracle, an unlikely business that somehow survi...

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