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Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 12:19 am

Does the French Revolution hold lessons for Citizen Rauner?

 Drowsy after a heavy holiday meal, I settled in to finish Stefan Zweig’s classic 1934 biography of Marie Antoinette. As I drifted in and out of sleep, the Versailles in Zweig’s account of th...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:18 am

An account of the demolition of the Hotel Abraham Lincoln, 1978

 As part of our 40th anniversary observances, and in light of more recent events, we will revisit some of columns from James Krohe Jr.’s Prejudices series that ran from 1977 to 1994. Typos in t...
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 12:21 am

Should children be permitted in cultural venues?

 While visiting an old friend in Evanston last weekend, I attended a Ceremony of Lessons and Carols at Northwestern University’s Millar Chapel. It was typical of such performances – hard benc...
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 12:23 am
 The U.S. economy, having finally recovered from the bankers’ attempt to poison it, is up and about again, and Springfield is seeing a modest uptick in spending on the rehabilitation of histori...
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 12:22 am

Reusing resources doesn’t always add up in Sangamon County

 Saving the world, even this very small part of it, is a tricky business in every sense of the word. Lake Area Disposal is closing its popular recycling drop-off center, at least for a while, aft...
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 12:22 am

Memories of a grand Springfield hotel

 I often reflect on the past while washing the dishes – usually, trying to remember where I’d laid the scrub pad that I’d had in my hand a minute ago. But yesterday as I stood at the sink,...
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 12:21 am

Illinois’ difficult history with the Other

 Consider this nightmare scenario. Thousands of religious refugees whose beliefs are radically outside the mainstream, acting with the connivance of compliant politicians, establish a theocracy w...
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 12:20 am

It’s capital vs. labor again in the Capitol

 The news media, as their name suggests, focus on what is new in the world. Journalism’s only subject is current events – “current” having been defined of late to mean “within the past...
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 12:23 am

Was Downstate really a pop food laboratory?

 Writing about diners and diner food lately (see “Off the menu” and “Breakfast of a champion”) has left me hungry to know what other contributions to the nation’s waistline can be trace...
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 12:21 am

Charlie Parker’s winning way to disguise English muffins

 To such names as A.L. Ide, Ira Weaver and George Celani (who in the 1980s invented an express air package service out of thin air!), we should now add to Springfield’s roster of distinguished...

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