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Thursday, March 8, 2018 12:10 am

Challenging an unpopular governor from the right

 “Don’t you think this will be the year of the insurgent?“ Jeanne Ives said as she strolled across the lawn of the Illinois Statehouse. Synonyms for insurgent include rebel or revolutionary...
Thursday, March 8, 2018 12:09 am

Honoring churches and houses of worship for 150 years of service

 Early Illinois settlers established sites of worship, first holding services in someone’s home and later building a church. Each year across Illinois these early churches reach a milestone, th...
Thursday, March 1, 2018 12:10 am

H.D. Smith under fire for opioid sales

 H.D. Smith is a titan in the drug industry.Founded in 1954 on the outskirts of downtown Springfield, the drug wholesaler has grown to become the nation’s fourth largest distributor of prescrip...
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 12:09 am
 “This ain’t about the Constitution. This is about those who got more, wantin’ to hang on to what they got, at the expense of those who got nothing.’ And feel good about it.” – Presid...
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 12:11 am

For years, media outlets chased the clicks promised by Facebook. Now the social media giant threatens to destroy them.

 As with any toxic relationship, the possibility of a breakup sparks feelings of terror – and maybe a little bit of a relief. That’s the spot that Facebook has put the news business in. Last...
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 12:10 am

Susan Lawrence Dana was more careful with money than you think

Eyes downcast, with a guilty expression and in a quiet voice, a friend of mine admitted, “I have never been through the Dana-Thomas House.” She isn’t alone; too many have been missing out on a S...
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 12:12 am

Springfield’s Fritz Klein has been portraying Lincoln for more than 40 years. You’d swear he’s the man on the penny.

 He’s been doing Lincoln almost as long as Lincoln did Lincoln.“Lincoln died at 56, and how long has it been since I’ve been 56?” asked 69-year-old Fritz Klein of Jerome, one of the natio...
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 12:11 am

Stumbling to the altar with Abraham and Mary

 “Up flew windows, out popped headsTo see this Lady gayIn silken cloak and feather whiteAriding on the dray. At length arrived at Edward’s gateHart backed the usual wayAnd taking out the...
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 12:09 am

Former governor, aging reformer, Pat Quinn wants to be attorney general

 I first met Pat Quinn when I was a radio news reporter nearly 38 years ago, and interviewed him in person regarding his drive to reduce the size of the Illinois House of Representatives by one-t...

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