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Thursday, July 20, 2017 12:01 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...
Thursday, June 8, 2017 12:17 am

Even Illinois golf courses aren’t up to par

 If Mr. Rauner thinks that reforming workers’ comp is hard, wait until he tries to reform geology. It turns out that yet another reason Illinois Inc. is not economically competitive with neighb...
Thursday, June 1, 2017 12:17 am

Rauner’s tax freeze is the wrong solution to the wrong problem

 “Everyone in Illinois,” says Bruce Rauner, “knows that property taxes are too high” compared to other states. Everyone in Illinois knows nothing of the sort. Mr. Rauner, for example, kno...
Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:33 am

The latest Y block plans are revealed

 You know how it goes. A rich family buys an old place in a once-posh neighborhood and starts to fix it up. They’re worried that plans for multi-family apartments in the empty lot across the st...
Thursday, May 18, 2017 12:21 am

Illinois’ nature was shaped by people – and vice versa

 In 2013, a too-small audience gathered on the U of I main campus to listen to the first of a series of lectures offered by the Prairie Research Institute, as our state’s scientific surveys are...

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