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Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 12:01 am
 The proposed 2016 operating fund (corporate fund) for the City of Springfield is $118.1 million. The Springfield Police Department ($45.8 million) and the Springfield Fire Department ($37.1 mill...
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 12:01 am
 There’s no denying that Democrats took a drubbing at the polls in 2014. Running cautious campaigns and shying away from Obamacare, Wall Street regulation, the anti-fracking movement, immigrati...
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 12:01 am
 There’s little doubt that the late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka would’ve continued her straight-talking ways during a Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner administration. Topinka was “good copy” for...
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 12:01 am

Illinois loses Lee Sandlin

 The man who arguably was Illinois’ best writer died not long ago, and hardly anyone south of the Loop noticed. Lee Sandlin, belle-lettrist and critic, was among the contributors to Chicago’s...
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 12:01 am
 We commend to you this week two pieces of writing about writing. On p. 14 our Jackie Jackson happily describes poet John Knoepfle’s new book of essays. “If you ever loved the Trout Lily Caf�...
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 12:01 am
 DRIVING WHILE DRUGGEDAlthough Illinois is usually considered more progressive than Missouri, that is not the case when it comes to driving while drugged laws.Earlier this month, Bruce Rushton wr...
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 12:01 am
“Gimme your mop. You’re through.”I was standing in a hall in the Stratton building about 9:30 on a weeknight. The shift was ending and I had been stopped by the new boss. He hit me with that mes...
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 12:01 am
Congress, which has long been so tied up in a partisan knot by right-wing extremists that it has been unable to move, suddenly sprang loose at the end of the year and put on a phenomenal show of acrob...
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 12:01 am

Where should the governor of a divided state reside?

 “I look forward to living in the Governor’s Mansion,” said candidate Bruce Rauner to the Associated Press, “and would consider it an honor.” More than 216 miles separating Winnetka fro...

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