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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 12:17 am
 Life is full of “What if…?” questions. One of these questions preeminent in Illinois is, “What if Speaker Madigan was no longer speaker?”. One of my “What if” questions is: How wou...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:18 am

The right’s industrial policy is not about jobs

 Let’s talk about manufacturing in Illinois – everybody else is. Our new honorary president and our not-so-new governor have promised to bring back good manufacturing jobs, jobs just like the...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:17 am
‘Tis the season for family, friends, eggnog, chipmunks singing Christmas carols – and all-out, no-mercy, blow-’em-all-to-hell war.Not war like in Afghanistan. No, no – this is the far right’...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:16 am
Let’s take a look at headlines from just one day in December:– The state’s bill backlog tops $11.3 billion as the political impasse preventing a budget deal drags on.– Chicago’s murder rate...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:15 am
 ABUSE OF TIF FUNDINGI, along with others, am becoming concerned about Springfield TIF spending policies. Tax increment financing, as often espoused, has taxes (generally property tax) removed fr...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:14 am
In anticipation of the new administration taking office Jan. 20, many Americans are asking themselves what they can do to make these perilous times better. The Dominican Sisters of Springfield suggest...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:13 am
All Americans face the prospect that very shortly after Jan. 20, Congress will repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That means between 14 and 17 million people (depending on the report you want to us...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:35 am

Remembering Springfield’s “greatest citizen after Lincoln”

 In 1922 a reporter from the Illinois State Journal dropped by the City Hall offices of Willis J. Spaulding at Seventh and Monroe. Spaulding was then the city’s Commissioner of Public Property....

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