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Wednesday, April 9, 2008 02:20 pm

The government’s ethanol push is depleting essential aquifers — and hastening the next Dust Bowl

Untitled Document With corn selling at record-high prices, Steve Albracht expects to have no trouble paying his electric bills this year. Albracht irrigates 1,000 acres of corn n...
Wednesday, April 9, 2008 07:30 am

Lawmakers try to close a loophole that left Illinoisans vulnerable to predatory lenders

Untitled Document All is quiet at a Springfield quick-loan business on a recent Saturday afternoon. The color scheme of the building’s façade resembles ...
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 01:44 pm

James Earl Ray had ties to Chicago mob, says his book-promoting brother

Untitled Document The last time John Larry Ray visited New York City was in 1965. He was between jobs, collecting unemployment benefits. While there, he remembers, Ma...
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 05:41 am

Why Christian conservatives are worried sick about Barack Obama

Untitled Document We’re in the middle of the most Bible-toting, Scripture-quoting presidential campaign in recent memory. So where are the Christians — the...
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 01:42 am

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz explains the punishing cost of staying in Iraq

Untitled Document Five years later, President George W. Bush and his minions were wrong about the need to fight in Iraq, wrong about the way to fight in Iraq, and wro...
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 04:26 pm

The leader of Springfield's notorious cocaine ring talks about his life in crime — and why he's glad he was caught

Untitled Document On Oct. 28, 2005, Danny J. Sidener Jr. went to Family Video on MacArthur Boulevard to accept a delivery from a Chicago business associate. This ass...
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 01:39 am

An Illinois author discusses his experiences in JFK’s White House as the first black Secret Service agent

Untitled Document In April 1961, John F. Kennedy came to Chicago to pay tribute to Mayor Richard Daley, who just a few months earlier had delivered Illinois to the Democrat in th...
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 01:40 am

At least 18 species of gulls have been spotted on Lake Springfield

Untitled Document They may look like little blizzards, but those fast-moving cloudlike formations over Lake Springfield aren’t precipitation. They’re gulls, flying lo...
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 01:40 am

Nanotechnology represents one of the fastest-growing industries of the future, but its promises and risks may be overstated.

Untitled Document By the middle of the century, the inventor Ray Kurzweil suggests in his 2005 book The Singularity Is Near, human beings will live in perpetual cloud...
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 09:23 pm

Illinois is safe from microscopic people-eating robot ninjas — for now

Untitled Document Anyone who’s shattered a pricey cell phone on the sidewalk, gagged on the smell of a roommate’s stinky sweat socks, or endured a serious...


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