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Thursday, May 4, 2017 12:01 am

A new book recounts building the U of I main campus

 I expect that the main campus in Urbana and Champaign of the University of Illinois is the Downstate town that many Springfieldians know best after their own – in some parts the prettiest and...
Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:21 am

Cat is leaving Peoria for a prettier woman

 For 90 years, “Caterpillar” was just a different way of spelling P-e-o-r-i-a. But the company has decided to move its entire executive team of some 300 people out of the River City to Chicag...
Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:21 am

Staying in touch with my inner pig farmer

 I was at my desk in 1982 when the phone rang. “Hello.”“What the hell is a pork belly?” It was Lewis Bergman, calling from New York City. Lewis was former editor of the New York Times Mag...
Thursday, April 13, 2017 12:31 am

CWLP will soon need a clean power plan of its own

 That man Trump, who relishes catastrophe, has done his part to unleash it on the planet by trashing the Obama Clean Power Plan to decarbonize the electricity generation industry. This is a matte...
Thursday, April 6, 2017 12:20 am

When it’s Illinois history, books aren’t long enough

 For some time I have been working on a history of mid-Illinois. One might ask – several potential publishers did – how one can make an interesting book of even modest size with facts and sto...
Thursday, March 30, 2017 12:22 am

The new Illinois license plate design stinks

 At first I assumed that Jesse White was trying to goose sales of specialty plates to top off his budget. Why else would an Illinois Secretary of State oblige the drivers of his state to adorn th...
Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:20 am

A look back at AAA baseball in Springfield

 Opening Day is April 2, and in honor of the new season I bring you this column from 1978, when Springfield was, gloriously, home to the Redbirds, the St. Louis Cardinals’ AAA farm team.The pie...
Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:20 am

The meager harvest from school gardens

 Teaching, it has been said, is like cultivating a garden. Some teachers believe that cultivating a garden is a form of teaching. The kids at Butler Elementary have been growing and harvesting he...
Thursday, March 9, 2017 12:20 am

Why tourism promises more than it delivers

 I have written often in the past about tourism development in Springfield. The topic is a hardy perennial – not because there are always new things to say, but because there are always new rea...
Thursday, March 2, 2017 12:21 am

Trump is deporting America’s future

 “It’s absolutely ridiculous,” said Springfield’s Rosanna Pulido about a bill in the General Assembly that would bar from schools, health care facilities and places of worship non-federal...

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