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Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 12:59 am

With clear goals, H.U.C. goes to work

At this business meeting of homeless people, some of the speeches are long and rambling, but that’s no different from many of the church and professional meetings I sit through regu...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008 08:57 am

Rough days lie ahead. How we react will make the difference.

The national economic crisis brings a sense of foreboding to a small city like Springfield. Sometimes the nation’s worst weather bypasses here; the coasts get the hurricanes, fires a...
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008 06:56 pm

There are less expensive and less damaging alternatives. Building a dam is overkill.

Hunter Lake is a 40-year-old idea whose time, if there ever was one, has passed. The 3,010-acre lake would hold far more water than Springfield needs. There are less expensive alt...
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008 10:41 pm

There’s more to the story of ‘Corruption in the Land of Lincoln’

When I saw Newsweek on my caller ID a couple weeks ago I thought my subscription must have expired. Instead it was Michael Isikoff, the veteran investigative reporter. Isikoff had written articles f...
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008 09:48 am

Fun with the place names of Illinois

The 1821 Sangamon County commissioners established the temporary county seat on Spring Creek, so they named it Springfield. But the town's real founders — Elijah Iles, Pascal Enos and ...
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008 12:20 pm

Our circumstances shape our buildings, then the buildings shape us

Untitled Document The tour begins on the Old State Capitol Plaza, by the law office where Lincoln walked to work. He must have stopped right here to talk, about the future of the coun...
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008 10:58 am

There’s no need for budget crises in a wealthy, low-tax state

Now that the Illinois General Assembly has acted to restore Gov. Rod Blagojevich's budget cuts — using a one-time-only gimmick to supposedly fund the deficit — it's time to ...
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008 12:57 am

A new book recounts the sordid history of Illinois’ past 30 years

Former Gov. George Ryan is remembered for two things. First, that he went to prison after being convicted on corruption charges. Second, that, in his final days in office, he cleared out dea...
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008 05:39 pm

Entertainment paves the way for expansion

The Prairie Capital Convention Center is the sleeping giant of downtown Springfield. Now 30 years old and showing signs of wear, the big gray box is about to wake up and make itself known in...
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008 01:39 am

Fighting prostitution from the demand side

The women who walk by my house, sometimes early in the morning, are always polite when I ask them to go work someplace else. If they don't leave, I call the police, who come by if they're no...

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