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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...
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...

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