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Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:01 am
 Illinois corn growers have been getting fat because so many Americans drive to their convenience stores for sweet drinks in cars using ethanol-laced gasoline, both made cheap by trade barriers t...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:01 am

The CEC pushes government into the 20th century

 The citizens panel gathered to find what it called opportunities for economy in the provision of public services in Springfield and Sangamon County. Upon investigation, they found that the cemet...
Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:01 am

Basing representation on demography, not geography

 In a country where people of like social class (and thus political views) tend to huddle together like bison in a blizzard, defining the geographical reach of a given legislative district goes a...
Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 am

The pleasures and perils of the epistolary romance

 Just when I thought I could learn to forget herRight through the door come a tear-stained letter.– “Tear-stained Letter,” Richard Thompson“We will go out and write poetry in red chalk on...
Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:01 am

Stephen A. Douglas and Illinois’ populist past

 The prospect is in store of two rabble-rousing populists trading insults for the next seven months. Each will try to tap the deep vein of grievance that runs through a middle class convinced tha...
Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:01 am

Leaving home does not always mean losing it

 “He went to places of lost happiness, and increased his misery by beholding the old faces no more, and the old days vanished.” That was Edgar Lee Masters, writing in Vachel Lindsay: A Poet i...
Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:01 am

If you liked Dan Walker, you’ll love Gov. Bruce Rauner

 “To those who have grown rich on the public dollar, to those who have won secret grants and contracts, to those in government who put themselves first and the taxpayers second – to you I bri...
Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:01 am

Would vote-buying improve elections?

Am I the only one? Watching the Republican gubernatorial primary reminds me of a homecoming king contest that pits the quarterback whose dad bought him a convertible against the student council vice-p...
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 12:01 am

Does water conservation add up for Springfield?

 This month, City Water, Light and Power announced it would ask the city council to approve updating the water demand analysis done for the department in 1991, the better to assess how best to me...
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...

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