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Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 02:54 am

Politics isn’t the only bar to merit hiring

Baptists have had more success against sin in Illinois than merit-hiring advocates have had against patronage. As I noted the other day, political patronage has been a factor in hiring in State of Ill...
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 04:57 pm

How to really help the veteran

Illinois legislators and governors have a soft spot for heroes. I know that because they do so much to create them. The administrators of adoption agencies that find ways to keep going when the state ...
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 01:26 pm

What are public universities for?

Illinois legislators aren’t the only people who have to borrow money to pay for services whose value they sometimes question. Tuition and fees at four-year public institutions in the U.S. rose n...
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 04:39 pm

Springfield needs new attractions to draw the tourists

My Christmas shopping being done, I curled up in front of a glowing space heater to catch up on my reading. At the top of the pile was the official 2012 visitors guide to Springfield, “your not ...
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 06:09 am

What Mary Lee Leahy did and didn’t change

Mary Lee Leahy died Dec. 12, after a busy life working for good causes as an attorney and public servant. Perhaps unfairly, she is remembered mainly as a Holy Warrior against patronage in public emplo...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 01:05 pm

Dave Brubeck made jazz cool

I hear you’re mad about BrubeckI like your eyes, I like him tooHe’s an artist, a pioneerWe’ve got to have some music on the new frontier– “New Frontier” by Donald F...
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 09:43 am

Can CWLP be managed for the people’s benefit?

“The word ‘socialism,’” said Illinois governor John Peter Altgeld in a speech 115 years ago, “is used as a term of derision only by the ignorant or the servile.” Sp...
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 06:55 am

Mike Madigan goes exploring in Azerbaijan

I don’t know about you, but I love to hear people talk about their interesting trips to foreign places. You learn the most interesting things. What fun it would be therefore to sit down with Mik...
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 09:34 pm

Why did America’s densest places vote Obama?

Remember Election Night? All those colored maps on TV, intended to make clear what a jumble of numbers could not. But the maps, unlike the numbers, did not add up. Such massive swaths of red on the ma...
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 05:11 am

Scenic paintings of the central Illinois landscape. Really.

Earlier this year, a young English woman named Jennifer Bradley undertook, with friends, to run across the U.S. in 80 days. She thus became the first British woman (we are told) to cross the country o...

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