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Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 03:37 pm
Vachel Lindsay spoke at my mother’s graduation from Springfield High in 1931. I still have the program. Mom adored him. In her eyes he was young, reckless, exotic and incredibly talented. She wo...
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 03:37 pm
My life is a tribute to the American Dream. My business partner and I started with 300 record albums and a $20 booth at the local farmers market. That was nearly 34 years ago. Vintage Vinyl in St. Lou...
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 03:37 pm
Deeply unpopular and flagrantly unproductive, Congress is on its August recess right now. It won’t return until Sept. 9, after a five-week recess, leaving itself just a few days to settle issues like raising the debt ceiling and passing a federal budget. Here are some things you should know about where it stands at this stage of the game:

• Few, if any, Congresses can match t...
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 03:37 pm
One recent afternoon, my infant daughter slept in my arms while I flipped through a backlog of magazines. I stumbled upon this article – “Dysfunctional Illinois: No Play, No Pay” &nd...
Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 03:37 pm
Zero lot lines, a full spectrum of beige plastic siding and street names like Prairie View (where topsoil is shipped to Indiana farms) dot the landscape where I live.My world is, in fact, the antithes...
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 04:38 pm
If you like Bruce Rauner, you won’t like this column. If you don’t like Bruce Rauner, you don’t need this column. But if you still haven’t heard of him, this piece is for you.R...
Thursday, July 18, 2013 03:37 pm
For those who pushed relentlessly for concealed carry in Illinois, the fact that George Zimmerman was legally able to shoot a teenager who was banging his head on the pavement will be hailed, not only...


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