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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...
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...

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