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Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 12:01 am

TIF projects are a bad bet for 186 schools

 This caught my attention while reading the paper the other day – caught my attention in the same way that swallowing something unexpectedly nasty catches one’s attention. In the estimation o...
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 02:01 am

What do you call Springfield residents?

 Many years ago, when the creeks ran clear  and deer roamed free in the wooded groves of downtown Springfield, I was leaving Lanphier Park after watching the Springfield Redbirds play a ball...
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 12:01 am

Should people change the people’s government?

 Proposals to change the Illinois Constitution, I’ve noticed, are like UFO sightings: They tend to come in bunches. At the moment, the skies above Springfield are filled with strange apparition...
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 12:01 am

Dragooning jurors to serve justice is unjust

 The United States ended military conscription in 1973, but draft-dodgers still roam the land – ordinary citizens drafted involuntarily into service as trial jurors by the courts. Many objectio...
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 12:01 am

What are the statues on the Capitol lawn for?

 On Jan. 9, Rich Miller of CapitolFax took a break from chronicling Illinois lawmakers who ought to be forgotten to ask a queston on his blog about one who ought to be remembered: Should there be...
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 12:01 am

The legend of the Statehouse cornerstone

Atheists don’t expect to rise from the dead, but one famous dead agnostic came up, as it were, when I was reflecting last week on the fear and loathing that atheists excite among some Illinoisans. A...
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 12:01 am

A small town protects itself against an atheist plot

What in the name of Joe McCarthy is going on up north? In case you didn’t read about it, here’s what’s happened so far. In October, American Legion Post 134 in the Cook County town of Morton Gro...
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 12:01 am

The rise of the all-purpose preposition

 These days, the editor’s desks of most newspaper and web news outlets are occupied by the very tender bottoms of bright boys and girls who are younger than some of my house plants. These are t...
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:00 am

Local entrepreneurs bite the hand that feeds them

 Court and Karen Conn are peeved. In the current issue of Compass, the magazine of the libertarian Illinois Policy Institute, they air several gripes about their problems doing business in the ca...
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 12:01 am

Why are drummers the butt of so many jokes?

What do you call someone who hangs around with musicians? A drummer.I don’t know why I have always enjoyed drummer jokes. My father is a professional drummer, and a fine one, so one should not read...

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