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Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 12:22 am

What ought to be required of a member of the Commonwealth?

 Who gets to be an American? I don’t mean who gets to live here. I mean, who gets to be an American citizen? This large question weighs heavily on the smaller minds on our political right. I re...
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 12:21 am
 The basic problem facing the corporate and political powers that want you and me to swallow their Trans-Pacific Partnership deal is that they can’t make chicken salad out of chicken manure.But...
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 12:20 am
 President Barack Obama seemed to admit almost right from the start of his address to the Illinois General Assembly last week about the need for a more civil politics that he probably wouldn’t...
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 12:19 am
 LEGACY OF EXCELLENCEMany thanks to Illinois Times and Bruce Rushton for the profile of Springfield’s Legacy Audio (“Sounds good”) in the Feb. 11 edition. It made me smile. This company is...
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 12:18 am
 The bright spot in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s no-budget budget address is his support for increased state funding for K-12 education. In addition, support is growing for a change in the formula for d...
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 12:17 am

The rise of community colleges in Illinois

 Back in the 1960s, one community college opened every week in America. Illinois was part of that movement. This year, proclaimed by Governor Rauner as the “Year of the Community College,” ma...
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 09:34 am

Dick Durbin a Chicagoan?

We don’t mean to criticize, but Chicago magazine’s just-published list of the 50 most-influential Chicagoans has us a bit baffled....
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 12:21 am

Public science in an age of privatized government

 Bruce Rauner the other day took action that, he explained in a press release, would “develop a sustainable fiscal model for the continued operation of the Illinois State Museum.” I’m a lit...
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 12:20 am
The mantra of every Koch-headed, right-wing politico is that government should be run like a business, always focused on cutting costs.Welcome to Flint, Mich. This impoverished, mostly African-America...

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