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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:01 am

The General Assembly tags the museum building

 In a 2010 column titled “A school by any other name” I explored the changing fashions in naming public buildings. I noted that public officials eager to not be caught endorsing anyone who mi...
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 12:01 am

The annual deer kill is underway – hooray!

 I read that Illinois hunters killed 52,000 deer in the first weekend of the season, and that’s just those using firearms; the muzzleloaders and spear-throwers have yet to get their crack at th...
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 12:01 am

New approaches promise safer streets for walkers

 Most unexpected turns to the right put someone in jeopardy – the Republicans’ insistence on spending cuts for federal health research is but one example – and that is as true on the street...
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 12:01 am

How to make Illinois drivers better drivers?

 Note to readers: Like our governor-elect, I am a businessman, and to be successful, a businessman must know how to make his product stand out in a crowded marketplace. Which is why this week I h...
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 12:01 am

A drummer who hasn’t missed a beat in 90 years

 I can only barely keep time, but while I could never be a drummer I love to talk with my father about the drummer’s craft. He’s worked as a professional musician for 76 years now – he’ll...
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 01:01 am

A trek across a cornfield crosses hundreds of years

 It was August and the ripening corn stood taller than we did. The field was bounded by the old Illinois Terminal tracks, South Grand, Cook and the 66 bypass, as it then was still known, Everett...
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 12:01 am

Shouldn’t profit-seeking nonprofits pay property taxes?

The debate that Illinois ought to be having about government finance is not how much property owners should pay in taxes, but which property owners should pay. Large quasi-corporate nonprofit corporat...
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 12:01 am

How not to plan for urban green space

 The problem in a city that likes to think of itself as forward-looking is that it seldom looks back long enough to learn from its own past. That, anyway, was the conclusion I came to after think...
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 12:01 am

Two-wheeled transportation comes to Springfield

 It isn’t quite ISIS crossing the Mexican border, but from the way that some people reacted to it, you’d have thought that the arrival of bicyclists on Second Street threatened our American W...
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 12:01 am

Can governors change history?

 One of the quainter rituals of any campaign, along with “debates,” is the newspaper editorial endorsement. It proceeds from three dubious assumptions – one, that anyone reads editorials be...

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