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Wednesday, March 21, 2007 09:12 am

Memoir recalls an exciting yet disappointing chapter in Illinois politics

Untitled Document Not long after Dan Walker took office as governor, in 1973, I interviewed him in his office in the Capitol. I was finishing a journalism degree at Northwestern ...
Wednesday, March 7, 2007 02:33 pm

Finding help at PORA, Amy Brown is one determined former prostitute

Untitled Document I thought she had star quality, like Reese Witherspoon, maybe, the way she got up to speak before the audience of some 200 people at the PORA fundraising dinner...
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007 03:05 pm

Snow, wind, fire — and regulation — contribute to an urgent need

Untitled Document Lying with a needle in his arm and parts of his blood streaming into three separate bags, David Parsons is    donating platelets, which takes longer t...
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007 03:44 pm

The heartland is where history converges

Untitled Document One reason Barack Obama chose the Old State Capitol as the site where he would launch his presidential campaign is the reason it was built there in the first pl...
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007 01:44 pm

For now, people are happy making money. But how long will that last?

Untitled Document Our guide called Vietnam “the land of 10 million motorbikes,” and they all seemed to be zooming down the street between the Lucky Hotel and Hoan Kie...
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007 07:57 am

Some gathered advice from Brits, economists, gardeners, God, and Coca-Cola

Untitled Document This time of year, everyone is wishing everyone happiness. In the week after Christmas we all heard, a hundred times, “Happy New Year if I don’t see...
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006 10:20 am

Report predicts financial disaster, but Blagojevich remains in denial

Now that we finally have President George W. Bush talking about “a new way forward” for the United States in Iraq, it would be good to hear Gov. Rod Blagojevich discuss ways to deal with r...
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006 07:39 am

The 2006 echo of the Centralia and West Frankfort mine disasters

Though I knew how the story turned out, as I read I kept hoping that one of the safety inspection reports on Centralia Coal Co. Mine No. 5 would move somebody to action before it was too late. In the ...
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006 09:44 am

He knows that his celebrity is a gift. What will he use it for?

I’m ready to look beyond this election to the next, and hope that, with Barack Obama, our team can win the World Series again. The prospect of our senator as a candidate for president is more fu...
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006 06:22 am

In Oak Ridge Cemetery, courage comes to life

The Springfield underground The three girls danced around in a circle. “I’m so happy we’re together again,” the oldest one said. I realized they were dancing in heaven. Ther...


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