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Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:22 am

The bidding is underway for Amazon’s new headquarters

 Usually, Amazon sells stuff at a discounted price. At the moment it is trying to sell something at the highest possible price – a second headquarters operation somewhere other than its hometow...
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 12:19 am

Sangamon County tries to reinvent the wheel

 In 2015, in a rare lucid moment (see “A place for business to live,” Aug. 6, 2015), I suggested that Mayor Jim Langfelder’s just unveiled economic development commission include not only t...
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 12:01 am

Springfield’s U of I passes the hat

 UIS wants to be everything it can be in spite of the General Assembly, so it has launched a four-year, $40 million fundraising campaign, “Reaching Stellar: The Campaign for the University of I...
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 12:16 am

Another hero of a bad cause creates controversy

 In my youth, Springfield’s Roman Cultural Society held an essay contest every year in which grade school kids were invited to address the topic, “What Columbus Day  Means To Me.” I ne...
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 12:21 am

Two legislators want to reform higher ed

 Public higher education is in trouble in Illinois. Enrollment at most of the former “normal” schools is down, costs are rising and the best in-state students are signing up to attend out-of-...
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 12:22 am

Will CWLP not have to clean up its act?

 For years the Sierra Club has played the conscience of City Water, Light and Power in the absence of mayors and aldermen capable of the role. Most people can agree that having a conscience is a...
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 12:19 am

An election is just another beauty pageant

 My favorite Miss America was Vonda Kay Van Dyke (1965), forever famous as the first  Queen of Atlantic City to use ventriloquism in the talent portion of the contest. She later wrote a seri...
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 12:15 am
 Unfolding events in Washington and Springfield remind us of the need to vote to make our voices heard. If we don’t vote we are delivered an outcome we had no hand in creating. If we vote we st...
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 12:19 am

Is the Asian enrollment boom at the U of I about to bust?

 A college campus is a sleepy place in the summer, which makes summer a good time to go sightseeing. I’ve always enjoyed visiting the main campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana for tha...
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 12:27 am

Smartphones? We need smart cars to save downtown

 Attorneys in their sunset years dream of the day when they no longer have to start a day knotting a necktie, governors of when they can complain about bills without people expecting them to know...

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