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Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010 03:33 am

Nearly high speed rail moves down the track

Illinoisans often feel like a space traveler who, having intercepted the TV signals that escaped from Earth a generation ago, sees the past when it was still the present. On July 20, authorities annou...
Thursday, July 29, 2010 12:58 am

Our summer cooling technologies remain unevolved

“Springfield,” wrote the St. Louis Republican 120 years ago, “offers a pleasant retreat during the hot summer months to those living in the cities of the South.” This is perhap...
Thursday, July 22, 2010 12:59 am

What “Sentimental Journey” reminds us of

We can all be grateful that when a heavy bomber visits our city, it is an occasion for a family outing. In June the “Sentimental Journey,” a restored B-17 Flying Fortress, spent a couple o...
Thursday, July 15, 2010 01:41 am

Blago proves better at buying than selling out

First, the public confession. “My name is Milorad Blagojevich, and I’m a shopaholic.” Next comes the recovery, and the book recounting how he hit bottom – a landing cushioned b...
Thursday, July 8, 2010 01:57 pm

The Midwest faces the prospect of the Big One

The foundations of Springfield institutions will crack and sway. Structures long thought impregnable will topple; a long-familiar landscape with be altered beyond recognition. No, it is not the convic...
Thursday, July 1, 2010 06:14 am

The audiobook goes from public service into product

It is a rare human being who does not enjoy being read to. The soothing tones of the mother at the bedside, reading us to sleep, the soothing tones of the politician, reading from a teleprompter, read...
Thursday, June 24, 2010 10:14 am

Springfield’s surprising tradition of industrial invention

Building new businesses based on new ideas is the central axiom of the near-science of economic development. Sangamon County’s would-be Edisons in the medical field recently were invited to subm...
Thursday, June 17, 2010 10:01 pm

Rep. Mark Kirk suffers a self-inflicted battle wound

You wouldn’t think it was possible for a soldier to shoot himself in the back while marching toward the front line, but Congressman Mark “Don’t Get Fooled Again” Kirk has manag...
Thursday, June 10, 2010 05:59 am

Will a new Stratton Building be a better one?

The William G. Stratton Building – eyesore, health risk, money trap – has gotten a reprieve. It has been sitting on Death Row since 2007, when the State of Illinois launched an inquiry and...
Thursday, June 3, 2010 01:41 am

Attending from the University of Shadid in the ’60s

The advantage of pursuing an education in a bookshop rather than a school is that at the bookshop young readers can pick out books that teachers and parents think aren’t good for you. I had boug...

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