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Thursday, July 19, 2012 06:38 pm

What do the Oneota teach us about ourselves?

The other day a passing canoeist (who else?) found an unusual pottery fragment on a sandbar in the Sangamon between Springfield and Petersburg. The find prompted the usual questions? How old is it? Wh...
Thursday, July 12, 2012 07:59 pm

Should Griffin Woods be spared “development”?

Few of our readers know the words and music to “Woodman, Spare that Tree,” a mawkish ballad that was a hit in the 1830s. Instead they are singing the blues about the destruction of Griffin...
Thursday, July 5, 2012 06:56 pm

Jim Edgar tries to bridge the Chicago-Downstate divide

Jim Edgar is the closest thing the Illinois Republican Party has to a sage. His long career in elective office made him wise – wise enough anyway to retire from elective office – and he ge...
Thursday, June 28, 2012 06:30 am

Was rezoning for another supermarket in the city’s interest?

If a woods fall and eight aldermen are not listening, does it make a sound? A few days ago the Springfield city council voted 8-2 to replace Griffin Woods, the 20-acre patch of forest at Bruns Lane an...
Thursday, June 21, 2012 04:31 am

Considering downtown redevelopment in its metropolitan context

A seven-member team of urban paramedics known as a Sustainable Design Assessment Team recently spent three days touring Springfield’s city center, greater downtown Springfield. They were charged...
Thursday, June 14, 2012 03:44 pm

What to do when White Oaks is gone

A planned new “patioscape” on the parking lot side of the former White Oaks Cinema will provide outdoor seating for customers of the shops and eateries expected to move into the converted ...
Thursday, June 7, 2012 07:26 pm

Might immigrants come to America to farm our universities?

I have often lamented here the continuing decline in the population of Illinois’ rural parts. (See “Devoid of life,” July 14, 2011.) Like a great many readers, I have roots in centra...
Thursday, May 31, 2012 01:39 pm

Does the Internet mean the death of serendipity?

I was looking up something else on the web a couple of months ago when I ran across a reminiscence by the veteran Tribune writer Ron Grossman. “Like Columbus, I’d start with a destination ...
Thursday, May 24, 2012 03:36 pm

Confusing management for governance in District 186

A few years ago, the executive director of the National School Boards Association said, “In a democracy, school boards are the closest thing to the ground.” “Like dandelions in a law...
Thursday, May 17, 2012 09:33 pm

Sangamon County shows the nation how to die young

How did that song go again? I had it right on the tip of – oh yeah. “I hope I die before I get old.” Apparently you have a good chance to doing just that if you live in Sangamon Coun...

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