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Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:01 am
The headlines all say that the General Assembly has reformed Illinois’ public employee pension system. The headlines lie. Legislators didn’t reform what has become an unworkable system, although t...
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 12:01 am

Some diners do not go to restaurants to be entertained

Thinking of oneself as a fogey is so poignant for a boomer, so vested are we in being the nation’s new generation. When we find more and more Xers taking our favorite seats on the bus, we react with...
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 12:01 am

Thanksgiving and the War of 1812 in Illinois

 Thanksgiving is the time of year when some white people serve up a heapin’ dish of guilt. The season reminds us all of the circumstances of the founding of the nation, when it was the white pe...
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 12:01 am
“Everything’s on the Web.” It’s laughably untrue, but there is still too much stuff for most of us to make sense of. Thus the debate now raging on the Internet – by which I mean a lot of peo...
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am

Why do so many cities with history not have a history?

 Most towns of any size have history that is worth reading about, but surprisingly few have a good history in which they might read it. By “a good history” I mean a single-volume history for...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am

Springfield’s Kidzeum promotes “health and wellness”

 If we are to believe the hype – and of course we are meant to believe it – the proposed Kidzeum of Health and Science will save the earth, rescue our children from disease and invigorate the...
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 12:01 am

The Velasco Tennis Center opens in Washington Park

PHOTO BY DAVID HINE Is it entirely a coincidence that the Washington Park tennis courts, where the Springfield Park District offers lessons for young players, now are painted like a child’s bed...
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 12:00 am

ADM is asking a broke Illinois for money

 For a lot of people in Springfield, Decatur is just a place to stop when you get hungry on the way back from a U of I game. But people live there too – at least some still do; the city has los...
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 12:00 am

The congressman confronts complexity, and gets confused

 Usually, when I read Mad-Hatteresque pronouncements from members of the Republican caucus of the U.S. House, I am reminded of the works of Lewis Carroll. Reading the remarks by 13th District con...
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 12:54 pm

Term limits are bad politics and worse government

“Throw the bums out!” I say.Ah, if only we knew who the bums are. Bruce Rauner thinks he knows – they are public sector unions, public school systems and the politicians who enable t...

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