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Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 12:01 am
 As sponsors try to get the General Assembly to once again consider the issue of expanding riverboat casino gambling, there is growing concern about cannibalism in Illinois. New young casinos lik...
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 12:01 am

Could the U.S. be heading for an era of great reform?

 The shutdown of both the government and the American spirit was still in full effect when U of I professor Robert McChesney addressed about 300 environmentalists at the annual fundraising banque...
Thursday, June 18, 2009 02:55 am

Placing faith in the archaic notion that journalism sells

I love the New York Times. I quote it so often my kids think I don’t know anything I didn’t read there. So naturally I was drawn to the long piece in May’s Vanity Fair on NYT publish...
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 08:40 pm

Dishes dumped “out back” yield stories of a friend of Lincoln in early Springfield

A plain white pitcher, a bowl, a broken plate and a whiskey bottle from the mid-to-late 1830s are among the finds from Floyd Mansberger’s digs on the block where the Abraham Lincoln ...
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 10:03 pm

Political clout may not be enough to make this project work

When U. S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu met with the FutureGen Alliance on Monday to discuss whether to proceed with a large-scale coal gasification demonstration plant near Mattoon, he fa...
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 09:27 am

Is this good police work, or a substitute for it?

When I first heard about the new Crime Stoppers drug dumpster, I found it amusing. A trash dumpster, welded shut, painted orange, is stenciled with, “A suspected drug house is in thi...
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 06:09 am

Shielded from the worst of the chaos, they ride out the recession with confidence

As America looks around for someone to blame for the current economic mess, bankers are the easiest target in sight. “No one wants to hug a banker,” reads a recent Newsweek hea...
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 04:43 am

We need a higher standard than telling the truth

It is a sad and sickening sound, that of another good reputation gurgling down the drain. Only a few weeks ago, Roland Burris was remembered as a trailblazer in Illinois politics, who had...
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009 07:49 pm

The people, the animals and the stories that shape our lives

Georgina Blair died last week at 92. When I visited in her home on the family farm in Virden a few years ago, she showed me this picture of her and her father with one of his prize mules,...
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009 12:19 am

Stirring words are welcome in troubled times

People are so ready to be relieved of the Bush presidency, and to end the Iraq war, that Barack Obama could have said anything, or nothing, in his inaugural address and it would still be ...

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