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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...
Thursday, April 23, 2015 12:01 am

The Field Museum wants a new diorama for some old specimens

 How much would you give so a dead hyena could have a new home? The Field Museum of Natural History is hoping you’ll give something. The museum – a world institution that, happily, happens to...
Thursday, April 16, 2015 12:01 am

The governor doesn’t want to pay to bury the poor

 Balancing a budget on the backs of poor people who are on their backs seems cold even for a member of the New Republican Party. In early April, Mr. Bruce Rauner suspended reimbursements paid by...
Thursday, April 9, 2015 12:01 am

Should the State of Illinois sell the Thompson Center?

 News came last week that the liberty-loving Mr. Rauner wants to free the people of Illinois from the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago. He took steps to establish its fair market value, thus t...
Thursday, April 2, 2015 12:01 am

Contemplating antique glass paperweights

 In a climate in which open windows are as rare as an honest tax return, I don’t need paperweights on my desk. I have one anyway. It’s a segment of a plexiglass cylinder in which seem to floa...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:01 am

Matching the supply of knowledge to the demands of government

 “Because economic decisions are made by elected officials every day,” said Rockford state senator Dave Syverson to the Register Star recently, “we need to have officials who understand the...
Thursday, March 19, 2015 12:01 am

Schoolkids in the street? Must be Springfield after a snow

 [Note to readers: The snow has gone, as snow does, but it will be back – probably in July, given how wacky the weather has become. Time now, while memories of the drifts are fresh, to ponder h...

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