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Friday, April 15, 2011 10:14 am

Does low turnout threaten representative government?

Forget one-person-one vote; we are moving toward a one election-one vote future. The turnout of registered voters in Peoria for April’s municipal elections — and remember that not all qual...
Thursday, April 7, 2011 03:19 pm

Wishing won’t get a new rail corridor built

The prospect of free money leaves even a Republican Chamber of Commerce stalwart like Mike Houston sounding like a spoils-oriented ward alderman. “Sen. [Dick] Durbin is a very powerful senator,&...
Thursday, March 31, 2011 10:48 am

Looking back on high school sports rivalries

Finally. The Springfield High girls beat Glenwood at soccer the other night, after nearly a decade during which Chatham girls played Mike Madigan to the conference’s legislative rank and file. T...
Thursday, March 24, 2011 06:30 pm

Reflecting on the Forbes billionaires

Years ago, when I kept an office downtown, prurient curiosity caused me to drop by the PO every once in a while to check out the creeps on the FBI’s latest Ten Most Wanted list posted in the lob...
Thursday, March 17, 2011 05:50 am

The rise of the Chicago city-state

While the pundits debate whether Illinois is leaning to the left or the right, the U.S. Census Bureau, deciding on better evidence supplied by the 2010 population count, has concluded that Illinois is...
Thursday, March 10, 2011 06:24 am

The perils of naming public buildings in a fastidious age

The good people of Chatham have built themselves a second public elementary school, to give their young the skills they will need to someday leave Chatham. The usual sorts of names for the new school ...
Thursday, March 3, 2011 10:15 am

Springfield’s booming health care economy can’t keep living like this

Springfield has become to sick people what Decatur is to soybeans, a major regional processing center in which raw materials are processed by the latest in high-tech machinery into novel products such...
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 10:22 am

Lincoln’s farewell to Springfield as a Guinness gag

When I lived on the east side in the 1980s, I often walked past the building now called the Lincoln Depot on my way to and from downtown. Many’s the time I found myself having to wait while a fr...
Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 07:14 pm

Why the Constitution is not our political holy book

At my age, “constitutional issues” usually involve medicine, not the law, if only because the other kind are so complex that thinking about them makes my head hurt. A boyhood reading of Th...
Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 11:24 am

Some pitfalls in doing family history research

Thomas Schwartz has been the Illinois State Historian since 1993. Asked how he got into the racket in a 2008 interview, Mr. Schwartz recalled that he grew up surrounded by an extended family whos...

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