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Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 12:01 am
 In 2004, Stuart Bowen of Texas was asked by a friend to take on a difficult and important job, which he did. Bowen’s friend was George W. Bush, and the job was to investigate corruption and wa...
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 12:01 am
 Perhaps the worst thing to happen to journalism over the years is its simplistic overreliance on the mere “appearance of impropriety” to justify big, splashy stories.No actual wrongdoing nee...
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 12:01 am

How not to plan for urban green space

 The problem in a city that likes to think of itself as forward-looking is that it seldom looks back long enough to learn from its own past. That, anyway, was the conclusion I came to after think...
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 12:01 am
The billboard towering above Wabash Avenue still proclaims, “The Benedictine PROMISE: affordable and attainable undergraduate education.” It is a promise broken. Last Thursday the Benedictine Univ...
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 12:01 am
 I’ve known Dave McKinney, erstwhile Springfield bureau chief of the Chicago Sun-Times, for about three years now. We have lunch now and again. We’ll catch a Cardinals game when I can get fre...
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 12:01 am
RAISE ROOM RATESInstead of putting an envelope in each Marriott hotel room along with suggesting a proper amount for hotel guests to tip housekeeping personnel (Jim Hightower, “Marriott’s shameful...
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 12:01 am
Politics and corruption are two words that are all too often found together, especially in Illinois. While we have laws meant to protect whistleblowers who point out legitimate problems, most remain f...
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 12:01 am
 One thing you can say about Rick Perry is that he sticks to his guns. If one of his policy proposals turns out to be dumb, by golly, he will double down on dumb.For example, in his current re-ru...
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 12:01 am
I wasn’t hugely surprised when Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers contributed $30,000 to the Illinois Libertarian Party’s candidate for governor, Chad Grimm, earlier this ...

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