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Thursday, June 8, 2017 12:17 am

Even Illinois golf courses aren’t up to par

 If Mr. Rauner thinks that reforming workers’ comp is hard, wait until he tries to reform geology. It turns out that yet another reason Illinois Inc. is not economically competitive with neighb...
Thursday, June 1, 2017 12:17 am

Rauner’s tax freeze is the wrong solution to the wrong problem

 “Everyone in Illinois,” says Bruce Rauner, “knows that property taxes are too high” compared to other states. Everyone in Illinois knows nothing of the sort. Mr. Rauner, for example, kno...
Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:33 am

The latest Y block plans are revealed

 You know how it goes. A rich family buys an old place in a once-posh neighborhood and starts to fix it up. They’re worried that plans for multi-family apartments in the empty lot across the st...
Thursday, May 18, 2017 12:21 am

Illinois’ nature was shaped by people – and vice versa

 In 2013, a too-small audience gathered on the U of I main campus to listen to the first of a series of lectures offered by the Prairie Research Institute, as our state’s scientific surveys are...
Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:21 am
 Buildings are coming down along Ninth Street to make way for an off-street transfer facility for the Springfield Mass Transit District, with an eye toward construction someday of a full-scaled t...
Thursday, May 4, 2017 12:01 am

A new book recounts building the U of I main campus

 I expect that the main campus in Urbana and Champaign of the University of Illinois is the Downstate town that many Springfieldians know best after their own – in some parts the prettiest and...
Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:21 am

Cat is leaving Peoria for a prettier woman

 For 90 years, “Caterpillar” was just a different way of spelling P-e-o-r-i-a. But the company has decided to move its entire executive team of some 300 people out of the River City to Chicag...
Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:21 am

Staying in touch with my inner pig farmer

 I was at my desk in 1982 when the phone rang. “Hello.”“What the hell is a pork belly?” It was Lewis Bergman, calling from New York City. Lewis was former editor of the New York Times Mag...
Thursday, April 13, 2017 12:31 am

CWLP will soon need a clean power plan of its own

 That man Trump, who relishes catastrophe, has done his part to unleash it on the planet by trashing the Obama Clean Power Plan to decarbonize the electricity generation industry. This is a matte...
Thursday, April 6, 2017 12:20 am

When it’s Illinois history, books aren’t long enough

 For some time I have been working on a history of mid-Illinois. One might ask – several potential publishers did – how one can make an interesting book of even modest size with facts and sto...

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