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Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 12:01 am
We don’t agree with the Illinois Policy Institute on much, but when it comes to municipal pensions, the institute is a messenger who shouldn’t be shot. Springfield has the worst pension mess of an...
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 12:01 am
 BIRD’S-EYE VIEWIn response to Graham and Ednita Murdock’s question in the Feb. 13 Illinois Times (“For the birds,” Letters to the Editor), the bird heard at the end on the movie Shawshan...
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 12:01 am
Assume that you ran a business that was found guilty of bribery, forgery, perjury, defrauding homeowners, fleecing investors, swindling consumers, cheating credit card holders, violating U.S. trade la...
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 12:01 am
 Treasurer Dan Rutherford delivered a forceful, even believable defense of himself last week during a suburban press conference hours after he was hit with a federal lawsuit alleging sexual haras...
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 12:01 am

TIF projects are a bad bet for 186 schools

 This caught my attention while reading the paper the other day – caught my attention in the same way that swallowing something unexpectedly nasty catches one’s attention. In the estimation o...
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 12:01 am
In the best tradition of grass-roots activism, a citizens group is leading the way where public officials fear to tread. A group called Invest in 186, calling for a referendum to  increase proper...
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 12:01 am
 Raise your hand if you want to pay higher taxes.I’m guessing not many hands went up. No one wants a higher tax bill without a very good reason. I’m leading a group of Springfield citizens wh...
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 02:01 am

What do you call Springfield residents?

 Many years ago, when the creeks ran clear  and deer roamed free in the wooded groves of downtown Springfield, I was leaving Lanphier Park after watching the Springfield Redbirds play a ball...

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