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Thursday, July 2, 2015 12:21 am

A Sangamonian makes, and writes, history in the West

 These days, a man who stands at the edge of Springfield and gazes at the wide open spaces to the west and imagines herds grazing contentedly is a shopping center developer. A century and a half...
Thursday, June 25, 2015 12:25 am

Aldermen call Bluffstone’s bluff

 They could just put trailers on it, I suppose. An Iowa firm, Bluffstone LLC, hoped to build a five-story, 70-unit apartment complex on a downtown Springfield parking lot. Because the apartments...
Thursday, June 18, 2015 12:21 am

Rauner’s property tax freeze plan hides a nasty surprise

 The interesting debate about property taxes in Illinois was the one they didn’t have last week at the Statehouse. Under consideration were various versions of a proposal, first made last year...
Thursday, June 11, 2015 12:19 am

Does Illinois need mandatory civics classes?

 As a nation we are split into two camps along familiar populist/progressive lines, with one believing that government doesn’t work because the people running our governments don’t understand...
Thursday, June 4, 2015 12:30 am

Growing up on an Illinois farm

The dewy-eyed farm memoir is by now a discredited genre but nostalgic farm folk and wannabe urbanites apparently eat these stories with a big spoon. Countryfarm Lifestyles (“a country living website...
Thursday, May 28, 2015 12:01 am

Is the California drought an opportunity for Illinois farmers?

 Moving west to California some years ago, I was commanded to pull off the interstate at the state line in the Sierra Nevada. A young man in uniform asked me to open the car so he could inspect w...
Thursday, May 21, 2015 12:01 am

Can a city planner make Springfield love planning?

 Usually no one pays attention to what the losers in a mayoral contest had to say. The recent city hall election was a happy exception. The un-preferred Paul Palazollo said repeatedly during the ...
Thursday, May 14, 2015 12:01 am
 “It’s time we started cashing in.” So sayeth Richard C. Longworth in the Chicago Tribune recently. Longworth, senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, was talking about Illi...
Thursday, May 7, 2015 12:01 am

Farmers markets prove remarkably durable

 It’s farmers market time. I’ve washed and starched my reusable shopping bag and hope to be first in line to buy a fine lettuce that reliably voted for the Green Party until the day it was pl...
Thursday, April 30, 2015 12:01 am

Would Elizabeth Graham be allowed to teach today?

 Reading Phil Bradley’s fine remembrance of Elizabeth Graham the other day (see “Before the university we had Elizabeth Graham,” April 9, 2015) I was moved to reflect again on teachers and...

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