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Thursday, July 11, 2013 03:21 pm

Might a graduated income tax fix Illinois’ broken revenue system?

In 2011, the General Assembly, kicking and screaming, did what was good for it and ate its spinach. Members raised the rate at which the State of Illinois taxes the income of its citizens, thus forest...
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 12:08 pm

How to keep the park in Veterans Parkway

The slogan of the Qik-n-EZ gas station chain is, “The two things you cherish most in your life, make it QIK and make it EZ!” The company’s owners have found that redeveloping the old...
Thursday, June 27, 2013 03:36 pm

How a skeptic became a melon head

The French are happy to explain, whether you want to know or not, about terroir, the peculiarities of geography, geology and climate of a certain place that impart to plants such as wine grapes their ...
Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:18 am

The state is doing justice to the Supreme Court Building

The words audi alternam partum – roughly, “hear the other side” – are inscribed on the wall of the Illinois Supreme Court chambers in Springfield. As a maxim to guide the admin...
Thursday, June 13, 2013 08:22 am
When I want to learn what a politician thinks, I read what she writes. When I need only to learn what a politician says he thinks, I listen to him speak. Here’s why. Republican governor wanna-be...
Thursday, May 30, 2013 11:41 am

Who ought to pay for preventable storm damage?

Oklahoma’s governor said what they always say. “We will rebuild.” Sigh. Again? There? That way? Really? Tornadoes, we have all been reminded yet again, are nature’s most violen...
Friday, May 24, 2013 02:21 pm

The last conversation most cancer patients have should be the first

You’re in your doctor’s office. You’ve just been told that you have cancer – one of the bad ones, like those that attack the pancreas or the liver or the lungs or the ovaries &...
Thursday, May 16, 2013 11:19 am

The community room in the new Matheny-Withrow is a beginning

Schools, conventionally, seek to train the minds of their young charges. The problem is that it is not only their minds that show up every day in the classroom. Their bodies, their attitudes, their ex...
Thursday, May 9, 2013 08:38 am

District 186 needs more than a new superintendent

Springfield voters on April 9 taught School District 186 a lesson. The district needed a better board, they believed, and they made their point by electing a slew of new members. But what, exactly, ar...
Thursday, May 2, 2013 02:32 am

Building walls and street spaces in Springfield

In a recent column (“Keeping Springfield weird,” April 25, 2013) I tried to explain why Springfield’s built environment strikes so many visitors as off-putting. I mentioned as likely...


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