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Thursday, March 1, 2012 03:29 am

Fun and games during Lincoln’s birthday month

Another Lincoln birthday month has come and gone, and this one was busier than most. We learned that the Mary Todd Lincoln that had looked down from an oil portrait in the Executive Mansion for more t...
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 06:05 am

Making Springfield’s center a neighborhood

Who would have thought that Petula Clark would turn out to be an urban policy seer? Perhaps you saw the SJ-R report about the “Sustainable Design Assessment Team” brought in to advise on h...
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 06:28 am

Finding a new home for historic houses

Buildings are like people. Even when they get too old and decrepit to work, their examples can still teach. Something like 100 buildings from the Lincoln era are thought to still stand in Springfield....
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 03:02 am

Springfieldians once were prodigious walkers

Yes, kids, I really did used to walk two miles to school. For the whole of my ninth grade year in 1962-63, I often walked from Washington Junior High at 21st and Jackson to our house near the Statehou...
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 04:08 pm

Buying a future with borrowed money

In January, the University of Illinois announced it was raising its tuition on new undergraduates at its three campuses yet again. Lamentation was general throughout the land. Tuition for residents at...
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 09:51 am

The state makes a bad bet on Sears

By the late 1980s, Sears & Roebuck had lost the knack of selling America its school clothes and car tires like it used to. However, it was still able to sell the governor of Illinois, the General ...
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 11:52 am

The National Park Service plans for the past of the Lincoln Home

The National Park Service has released its final general management plan that sets the parameters for development and preservation at the Lincoln Home National Historical Site for at least the next 15...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 07:05 am

District 186 explores the successful life

Springfield’s School District 186 has set up a web page titled “Where Are They Now?” On it, graduates of Springfield public schools are invited to “share their success stories ...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 03:29 am

Raising the costs of parking would help, not hurt, downtown

I wouldn’t want to be quoted on it, but I think it was Michael Burlingame, in his comprehensive biography of the 16th president, who revealed that Abraham Lincoln started thinking about a new ca...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 06:48 am

Do alternatives to prison exist for Illinois’ public delinquents?

Writers of newspaper columns, it turns out, are not the only people who have trouble getting sentences right. Eyebrows, if not voices, were raised when federal judge James Zagel set 14 years in prison...

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