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Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am
 A RIVER RUNS THROUGH ITI read with great interest your recent article about the Sangamon River (“Paddling the Sangamon River water trail,” Jeanne Townsend Handy, Nov. 7). I grew up along the...
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am
 We were young. We were innocent. We were naive. And from that afternoon on, nothing was the same.I had just finished lunch in the Gizmo at Knox College. As I walked down the long sunlit gallery ...
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am
 Goldman Sachs churns out enormous profits from its high-rolling, casino investment schemes, while also churning out fat paychecks for its top executives. They literally sack up the gold, even as...
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am
 Perhaps the biggest loser in last Tuesday’s historic passage of a gay marriage bill in Springfield was the National Organization for Marriage.The group, based in Washington, D.C., has been at...
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am

Why do so many cities with history not have a history?

 Most towns of any size have history that is worth reading about, but surprisingly few have a good history in which they might read it. By “a good history” I mean a single-volume history for...
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am

City secrecy is a crime, but cops won’t take report

 I went to the Springfield Police Department last week to file a police report.What’s the offense?, the cop at the front desk asked.“Violation of the state Open Meetings Act,” I said.“Who...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am
RAISING DISTRICT 186 FEESI have been following with interest the variety of proposed tax increases to benefit School District 186. I should begin by acknowledging that a strong school system is paramo...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am
 One of the more amazing spectacles in the days after the government shutdown ended was the obsession in Washington with who won and who lost in the showdown. Yes, the capital is focused on next ...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am
The very fine public servant, Russ Feingold, cautioned against the steady slippage of our democracy toward autocracy back in October 2001, when he stood tall as the only U.S. Senator to vote against t...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am
 The rich irony of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan denouncing somebody else for attempting to be a “kingmaker” is so obvious and laughable that I can’t help but wonder why a guy who�...

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