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Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 am
 It turns out that the governor and the two Democratic legislative leaders met privately for at least several days to negotiate details of Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget address.The highly unusual mov...
Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 am

The pleasures and perils of the epistolary romance

 Just when I thought I could learn to forget herRight through the door come a tear-stained letter.– “Tear-stained Letter,” Richard Thompson“We will go out and write poetry in red chalk on...
Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 am
 Our comprehensive report this week on video gambling [see “A gambling mecca,” by Bruce Rushton, p. 12] includes the fact that Springfield is leading the state in the number of machines. Aren...
Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:01 am
CONFUSED BY MAYORI helped elect Mayor Houston. He had experience as the mayor; I thought he would do a good job. After reading “Let the sunshine in” by Bruce Rushton (March 20), I am now very...
Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:01 am
 These are hard times for Congress. Its approval ratings have seen a bump from their historic lows of a few months ago, but it’s a small one. Our representative democracy’s keystone political...
Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:01 am
 Mass movements don’t just appear out of the fog, fully grown, structured and mobilized. They emerge in fits and starts over many years, just as the American Revolution did, and as did the Popu...
Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:01 am
 It didn’t take long for Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner to drop the word “unions” from his vocabulary.After bashing public employee union leaders for months as corrupt bosses...
Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:01 am

Stephen A. Douglas and Illinois’ populist past

 The prospect is in store of two rabble-rousing populists trading insults for the next seven months. Each will try to tap the deep vein of grievance that runs through a middle class convinced tha...

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