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Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 12:16 am
More than 700,000 Americans are released from prison each year. We expect them to reenter society and be law-abiding, but we make it extremely difficult for anyone who has served time to ever become g...
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 12:30 am

An aging high schooler looks back

 The “I go to my reunion” essay is a staple of the genre. By now there is nothing new that can be said, but readers read them anyway, fearful that other people’s reunions were better than t...
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 12:29 am
 Being a muckracking political writer often makes me feel like a custodian in a horse barn, constantly shoveling manure. Indeed, I’m now a certified Equine Excrement Engineer, having developed...
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 12:28 am
 The Washington Post published a story the other day entitled “Meet the wealthy donors who are pouring millions into the 2016 elections.”The paper listed the top ten national donors to so-cal...
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 12:27 am
 LIQUID BOONDOGGLEWith one comment, Alderman Kris Theilen revealed the primary reason he now supports this liquid boondoggle: “Theilen now says that the city needs Hunter Lake to help attract i...
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 12:26 am
Chuck Todd, the political director of NBC News and the moderator of “Meet the Press,” was informative and entertaining as he commented on the current political news for the Better Government Assoc...
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 12:25 am
 I’ve been a Democrat all my life. I believe in the party’s values, I’m pleased when its candidates win elections and I’m persuaded the country is better off when Democratic ideas get a f...
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 12:20 am

Turning the state fair into an expo of real rural life

 When the Illinois State Fair was first staged in 1853, country people went there to see other country people. Later, city people went to see country people. These days  –  well, I’...

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