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Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 12:23 am

Springfield as portrayed in panoramic maps

 Springfieldians are always trying to get above themselves. As I noted in “Seeking the scenic in central Illinois” (Aug. 19, 2010), something must be seen to be scenic, and seeing the landsca...
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 12:20 am

It’s time to talk – and talk – about baseball

 It’s summer, when spouses (usually women, but not always) show up in ERs seemingly catatonic because their mates have begun talking, again, about the Cub curse or the Cardinal way. Baseball it...
Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 12:19 am

Rauner’s principled opposition to SB 1

 Sooner or later, every rookie reporter must face the ugly facts: Somewhere, sometime, there will be a school board meeting she will have to cover. A veteran opinion monger like me faces a simila...
Thursday, July 27, 2017 12:19 am

The dilemmas of public power on a warming planet

 As I write this the weather is, as my grandmother used to say, sultry. Central Illinois is not on the Gulf coast, but Gulf air is in central Illinois much of the year. The damp heat typical of s...
Thursday, July 20, 2017 12:22 am

Remembering the State Fair parade

 The mayor and others have complained about the state fair’s plans to change the route of its annual Twilight Parade. In my view, they didn’t change it enough: a better route would have the p...
Thursday, July 13, 2017 12:17 am

Illinois needs a modest proposal to fix its pensions

 Every parent knows how hard it is to have a serious conversation when there’s a two-year-old throwing a tantrum in the next room. Thank goodness enough grownups in the General Assembly ignored...
Thursday, July 6, 2017 12:21 am

Bishop Paprocki stands guard against corruption

 A new set of guidelines issued by Springfield’s Bishop Thomas Paprocki bans people in same-sex marriages from receiving funeral rites in local Roman Catholic churches, receiving communion or s...
Thursday, June 29, 2017 12:19 am

Rethinking, not just reforming, public higher ed

 We can all agree that Illinois’ public higher education system is in a state of crisis – or rather crises. Bruce Rauner, living in his own private Illinois, believes that tax-supported colle...
Thursday, June 22, 2017 12:18 am

Reinventing city government 30 years ago

Come fall, it will be 30 years since the City of Springfield’s new aldermanized city council first convened. I voted for it, and I wrote about it. A new system of representation had been forced by a...
Thursday, June 15, 2017 12:19 am

How should the state deal with dead documents?

 Having found itself unable to solve the state’s big problems, legislators the other day took up a small one – the agreement to spend $2.4 million over five years for space in a converted fur...

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