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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...
Thursday, April 15, 2010 11:36 am

Redirecting Illinois spending on higher education

Facing nearly half a billion dollars of unpaid bills from the State of Illinois, the University of Illinois says it will probably have to raise tuition nearly 20 percent over the next four years. Taki...
Thursday, April 8, 2010 06:46 pm

The case for restoring the old state armory

One is always saddened to see an old friend left helpless in the hands of fate, even if that friend fills half a city block. As did so many of my generation, I spent dozens of happy hours at the Illin...
Thursday, April 1, 2010 04:41 am

Getting tourists off at the Dana-Thomas House

In March a busy Springfield learned that the Dana-Thomas Foundation, the private nonprofit guardian of the state-owned and Wright-designed Dana-Thomas House at Fourth and Lawrence, had bought a two-st...
Thursday, March 25, 2010 06:05 am

The need for new ways to select public officials

The only suspense come election time in places such as Russia and Belarus and almost any of the Central Asian republics is not who wins but by how much. Government leaders bully, they bribe, they ban ...

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