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Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 12:01 am

Is independence feasible for the state’s historical library?

 Is the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum a museum with a library attached? Or is it a library with a museum attached? The two institutions are like conjoined twins, one of whom has...
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 12:01 am

Father John Garvey, late of Springfield, dies at 70

  “Agnostic though you are you should pray for his health,” John urged me when he heard that critic and essayist Clive James was suffering from cancer. “After [the deaths of Chris...
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 12:01 am

The new guv’s remarks on salaries don’t add up

 “We’re going to pay what we need to bring in talented people,” said Illinois’ new governor to reporters on Jan. 23. He was defending the many six-figure salaries he’s offered to t...
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 12:01 am

Our feathered friends are trying to tell us something

 The stout birders of Springfield set out just after New Year’s Day again this year to count birds because, really, what else is there to do this time of year? During what was the 80th such cen...
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:01 am

The lessons of Illinois’ historic sites history

 For those who don’t know the story, here’s what happened. Politically connected Springfieldians undertake to put more of the city’s long-hidden Lincoln legacy on display to new generations...
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 12:01 am

The lost art of political invective

 Spiro T. Agnew came to Springfield in September of 1970 to make a speech. To that approximately half of the public not yet born in 1970, I must explain that Mr. Agnew was a vice president of the...
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 12:01 am

Illinois loses Lee Sandlin

 The man who arguably was Illinois’ best writer died not long ago, and hardly anyone south of the Loop noticed. Lee Sandlin, belle-lettrist and critic, was among the contributors to Chicago’s...
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 12:01 am

Where should the governor of a divided state reside?

 “I look forward to living in the Governor’s Mansion,” said candidate Bruce Rauner to the Associated Press, “and would consider it an honor.” More than 216 miles separating Winnetka fro...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

Immigrant-hating and the Illinois democracy

 Quick – how big a part of Illinois’ population in recent years has consisted of unauthorized immigrants. Ten percent? Fifteen? Twenty? In 2012, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, it was 3...


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