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Thursday, May 19, 2011 09:10 am

Adding up the cost of non-wage benefits

Our lives and our politics are dominated by money, yet our thinking about the most basic number of them all – how much we earn – doesn’t add up. You’d think that people would a...
Thursday, May 12, 2011 09:44 am

Why a place’s past comes to matter

The Sangamon County Historical Society turns 50 years old this year. Judged by such new initiatives as a Web-based encyclopedia of area history, the Society is – it pains me to say this – ...
Thursday, May 5, 2011 03:56 pm

Is Illinois farmland the next real estate bubble?

Central Illinois farmland doesn’t usually return a fat harvest until the fall. These days it’s doing so all year long. Sales prices for prime farm acreage around Springfield rose roughly o...
Thursday, April 28, 2011 03:20 pm

Politics and Americans’ ambivalence about wealth

Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s modern pharaoh, and his two sons were “detained” in mid-April for questioning about corruption and abuse of power by Egyptian prosecutors. No one knows how muc...
Thursday, April 21, 2011 01:57 pm

What to do when a bridge can carry more history than traffic?

Usually, making a Top 10 list is cause for congratulation, but not when it’s Landmarks Illinois’ annual list of most endangered historic sites. In March, the preservationist group named to...
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...


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