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Thursday, July 7, 2016 12:18 am
 Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan rose to give his customary year-end speech after the House had concluded its business last week and pointed his finger right at Gov. Bruce Rauner.For month...
Thursday, July 7, 2016 12:16 am
 ROUNDABOUTSSeveral years ago, the recently retired and greatly missed Dave Bakke of The State Journal-Register wrote an article expressing his concern about what he considered to be the excessiv...
Thursday, July 7, 2016 12:16 am
 If you think Gov. Bruce Rauner is having trouble getting his Turnaround Agenda approved, try backing significant garbage reform in Springfield. Though earlier mayors (Karen Hasara, Tim Davlin) t...
Thursday, July 7, 2016 12:15 am

Public servant, writer, raconteur

 IT readers and Springfield residents in general have lost a good friend with the untimely passing of Illinois Times guest columnist Phil Bradley. Bradley, 72, of Chatham, died June 27. At one ti...
Friday, July 1, 2016 10:58 am

Lawmaker wants a paycheck

There is courage in politics, they say, and there is also chutzpah.And then there is state Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood.State comptroller Leslie Munger stopped issuing paychecks to lawmakers...
Thursday, June 30, 2016 12:21 am

Street names as archaeology

 Attentive readers might have noticed my recent preoccupation with the problem of place – how people come to define a place as a “place” and what it means to the people who live there. (See...
Thursday, June 30, 2016 12:20 am
In May 2015, bakery workers in Nabisco’s monumental 10-story plant in Chicago’s Marquette Park neighborhood had been expecting some sweet news from their corporate headquarters. Rumor had it that...

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