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Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007 01:39 pm

Southern Illinois has been so dry, it makes you think

Untitled Document It was already dry in southern Illinois early this summer when I went down for my class reunion. As a group of us from the Mount Vernon Township High School cla...
Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007 05:50 am

We broke it. Let others fix it.

Untitled Document The U.S. strategy in Iraq is failing, and it is time for something new. Withdrawing American troops would not leave the vacuum that many suppose or the conseque...
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007 04:50 am

With help from Will Rogers

Untitled Document It is August, and all the gardeners in Springfield are harvesting their juicy red tomatoes to take to the state fair. They do this not to compete in the produce...
Wednesday, July 25, 2007 05:03 pm

Thirty years ago, a newcomer arrives

Untitled Document Roland, the editor, recently told me, the senior writer, that he wouldn’t mind having an occasional piece from the Illinois Times archives as a way t...
Tuesday, July 3, 2007 04:38 am

Led by Alderman Mark Mahoney, this new City Council may get the job done

Untitled Document People who have lived somewhere else are best at understanding how complex and cumbersome Springfield’s trash system is. When Ward 2 Ald. Gail Simpson liv...
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 02:32 pm

Progressive Portland hosts healthy, and growing, alternatives

Untitled Document The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies gathered for its 30th annual convention last week in the Left Coast city of Portland, a booming place that prides it...
Wednesday, May 30, 2007 01:57 am

Behind the legislature’s breakdown is a failure of public discourse

Untitled Document What is wrong with the Illinois legislature? By now many are asking how democracy got broken here and how it can be repaired. A General Assembly session that...
Wednesday, May 16, 2007 12:59 am

Reasons to save old buildings are practical — and beyond practical

Untitled Document Looking out over the crowd at the Historic Sites Commission’s Mayor’s Awards for Historic Preservation, I began to think that maybe historic preserv...
Wednesday, May 2, 2007 01:41 am

The gross-receipts tax isn’t so bad, even if the governor supports it

Untitled Document The governor’s proposed gross-receipts tax isn’t as gross as you think. Ohio, Texas, Washington, and other states have each implemented a version of...
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 01:42 am

It’s time for Tim Davlin to become an environmental leader

Untitled Document Mayor Tim Davlin has sailed into his second term without distinguishing himself on any single issue. The mayor campaigned as a hardworking administrator with a ...


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