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Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am
 During the hectic holiday shopping season, Jeff Bezos’ Amazon.com may seem like a great option, especially for us procrastinators. Anything you want can be shipped directly to your doorstep. A...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

Immigrant-hating and the Illinois democracy

 Quick – how big a part of Illinois’ population in recent years has consisted of unauthorized immigrants. Ten percent? Fifteen? Twenty? In 2012, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, it was 3...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am
 Here it is, the 52nd issue of 2014, completing another year of publishing Illinois Times. This is a good time to remind us all that IT is a minor miracle, an unlikely business that somehow survi...
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:01 am
 JONESIN’ FOR JAMESMany thanks to Tom Irwin for the great article on our new Springfield resident, Mr. James Armstrong. (“At home with the blues,” Dec. 11.)After reading the article, I deci...
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:01 am
 I remember seeing Gov. Adlai Stevenson when I was a kid. I was in a car that passed his on the way up to New Salem to see the play Forever This Land. He looked out the window and waved to me.Act...
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:01 am
In this season of mass commercialism, let’s pause to consider the plight of simple millionaires.Why? Because we now share a common cause: Inequality. You don’t hear much about it, but millionaires...
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:01 am
As you already know, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka passed away last week.Topinka had a stroke the morning of Dec. 9 but that’s not what killed her. In fact, by the afternoon, she announced she was g...
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:01 am

The General Assembly tags the museum building

 In a 2010 column titled “A school by any other name” I explored the changing fashions in naming public buildings. I noted that public officials eager to not be caught endorsing anyone who mi...
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:01 am
Every week that governor-elect Bruce Rauner comes to Springfield he learns that the state’s fiscal condition is far worse than it was when he came the week before. This time he discovered a plan to ...

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