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Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011 05:48 am

The heirs to Vachel Lindsay’s performance poetry

Poets, we are reliably told, once were creatures of the street and the court, not the study, and poetry was sung, or at least recited. That past lives again every year when Springfield area schoolkids...
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 01:51 pm

Need Springfield gag on stormwater?

My advice is, don’t ever invite the executive director of the Springfield Metro Sanitary District and a carp to the same party. Springfield, you see, is one of dozens of Illinois cities and town...
Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011 01:26 am

There are famous buildings, and buildings by famous architects

Springfield’s Trivial Pursuit is not a party game that is much played these days, except by candidates for state representative seats. Several different versions were released over the years in ...
Thursday, July 28, 2011 09:26 am

Horace Mann’s HQ looks better at 39 than its neighborhood

The downtown headquarters building of the Horace Mann Educators Corp. is getting its first major fix-up since it opened in 1972. Whatever its merits as a work of design, the building certainly was wel...
Thursday, July 21, 2011 09:07 am

Are row crops making summers unbearable?

Here it is July again, and the General Assembly still hasn’t done anything about summer. Summers in the Midwest have never been pleasant, unless you own stock in a water park, but lately they ha...
Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:15 pm

Rural Illinois continues to bleed people

Illinois has long been content to be a C-minus kind of state. That’s about the grade the 2010 census gave the state for its performance during the Oughts, when the number of people living in Ill...
Thursday, July 7, 2011 10:14 am

Why aren’t there more songs about government?

The life of an opinion-monger is filled with idle moments that more diligent commentators spend in study and reflection. I prefer to wonder rather than ponder. And one of the things I wonder about is,...
Thursday, June 30, 2011 01:41 am

Why political reform never seems to work in Illinois

Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich returns home after being found guilty on 17 of 20 counts in his corruption trial.PHOTO BY E. JASON WAMBSGANS/MCT At last, we have a verdict on the governor. Within hours of its announcement, deliberations began in the press to decide the guilt or innocence of the people who elected him twice as Illinois’s chief executive officer. The verdict? The vote...
Thursday, June 23, 2011 04:58 pm

Should the law be on trial as well as Blago?

As I write, the jury is still out on Rod Blagojevich. The coming verdict in his second trial for behaving like an Illinois governor will settle for now the question of his criminal culpability. Other ...
Thursday, June 16, 2011 04:51 am

Reforming medicine care to tend to the not yet sick

On a recent pleasure trip to San Francisco, I took a ride on one of the many historic streetcars that ply that city’s waterfront. Car 1058 is one of the kinds of cars that made up the fleets of ...

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