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Thursday, April 2, 2015 12:01 am
 Congressman Aaron Schock’s resignation is not only a blow to national Republicans, for whom Schock raised millions, but also to Illinois Republicans.Just eight weeks ago, Schock was widely bel...
Thursday, April 2, 2015 12:01 am

Contemplating antique glass paperweights

 In a climate in which open windows are as rare as an honest tax return, I don’t need paperweights on my desk. I have one anyway. It’s a segment of a plexiglass cylinder in which seem to floa...
Thursday, April 2, 2015 12:01 am

Contemplating antique glass paperweights

 IT went all in to preview the upcoming Springfield municipal election. Last week’s cover story by Bruce Rushton offered depth and context on the race for mayor between Paul Palazzolo and Jim L...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:01 am
 WHY PARLORS EXISTMy name is Matt Gietl, and I am an owner of Miss Kimmees gaming parlors in Springfield. I do not understand the beating our establishments take (“Sweeping up ‘broom closet�...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:01 am
 After Congress came a hair’s breadth from shutting down the Department of Homeland Security a few weeks ago, members of the leadership tried to reassure the American people. “We’re certain...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:01 am
 Good news, people: The “boom” is back! Yes, good times are here again, thanks to an economic boom that’s being generated by (of all things) bad times.As you might know from your own experi...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:01 am
 A newly formed group of self-described “center-left” Democrats claims to have secured $20 million in commitments to spend on state legislative races here.But that $20 million apparently isn�...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:01 am

Matching the supply of knowledge to the demands of government

 “Because economic decisions are made by elected officials every day,” said Rockford state senator Dave Syverson to the Register Star recently, “we need to have officials who understand the...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:01 am
 At this writing, the Illinois House has passed a stopgap budget fix, waiting for the Senate to act to keep government running till June 30. Many Statehouse watchers are so amazed and pleased tha...

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