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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...
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 02:30 am

Another juror confuses another big prosecution

Here’s a recap for those who spent the past few weeks standing in line at Walmart: In November, Bill Cellini, Springfield’s very own robber baron, was convicted on federal charges of attem...
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 10:14 am

Splitting Cook County from Illinois is an old bad idea

Have you ever thought about how much Freddie Mercury’s Queen owed to the works of Gilbert and Sullivan? You have? Okay, we’ll talk about something else.The other day State Rep. Bill Mitche...
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 06:15 am

A green World War II might save the economy

Certain Republicans have given way to fits of partisan bloodlust lately and tried to beat the current president with the bones of one of his long-dead Democratic predecessors. Franklin Roosevelt, they...
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 01:19 am

Reality is the issue in the presidential campaigns

Perhaps you have read about, if not seen, Mitt Romney’s latest TV campaign ad. Mr. Romney, keep in mind, is the responsible GOP contender, the grown-up in the room, the calm voice on platforms o...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 06:28 am

Will the future of affordable new family housing be the 1950s?

“Go east young man,” a neighbor advised my father, and in 1949 he and the rest of us did just that. For a veteran, it was cheaper in those days to buy than to rent, so we said goodbye to o...
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 05:04 am

Springfield parking lots are looking (a little) better

Returning to Springfield after a trip, even a local patriot sees as if for the first time what catches the eye of so many visitors. Pretend that the gaudy billboards do not exist. Look the other way w...

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