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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...
Thursday, May 27, 2010 03:46 pm

Readers recall Shadid’s Book Mart

“‘Intellectual oasis’ might be asking the venerable place to shoulder more weight than it could plausibly bear, but homage is overdue.” I was trading anecdotes about Shadid&rsq...
Thursday, May 20, 2010 08:15 am

The noise from boom cars is confusing Springfield aldermen

Were a boom car to drive past city hall while Springfield’s city council was in session, the din would make it impossible to hear what the aldermen were saying. This is the sole public advantage...
Thursday, May 13, 2010 12:42 am

The General Assembly makes pedestrians less safe

A General Assembly unable to pass the laws that are needed must pass something, and so busies itself passing laws that are not. One of these is Illinois House Bill 43, which in round figures demands t...
Thursday, May 6, 2010 10:01 pm

Immigration policy and the skilled international

In 2002, the government of the People’s Republic of China banned a book of oral history interviews with the sorts of people that the West does not hear about, and that the Chinese authorities do...
Thursday, April 29, 2010 05:41 am
Abe World opened five years ago this month, on April 19. Drawing on all the dark arts of electronic hucksterism, the new museum was to transform Springfield into a Mecca for patriots who would make th...
Thursday, April 22, 2010 05:53 pm
Illinois was demographically if not geographically a Southern state in its early years, and has long suffered from innovations in the civil realm imported from the land of molasses and mosquitoes. The...

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