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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...
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 05:08 pm

Is the state spending too much to restore the Statehouse?

Ordinarily, I would be thrilled that so many people were discussing the merits of the ongoing historical restoration of the Illinois Capitol. Except they aren’t. They’re discussing “...
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 02:54 pm

Restoration makes the Statehouse too grand for politics

Soon, the West Wing of the Illinois Capitol will emerge after two years inside a cocoon of plywood and tarps. The structure was closed off, paradoxically, to make that part of the building both newer ...
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 08:22 am

Socialists once had a place in central Illinois

Champaign is used to naive people who overestimate their prospects of success at endeavors at which clearer-eyed observers know they will fail. Think of all those incoming freshmen, all those Fighting...
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 04:46 am

Can traffic in Washington Park be unjammed?

Compared to Chicago’s lakefront, the notion that Washington Park is congested is absurd.PHOTOS BY DAVID HINE “A place for everything and everything in its place, I say, and a park is not the place for cars.” That was me, ranting in this paper in 1978. I promised then that it would be my last word on the subject, and it was for 35 years. That’s a long time for me to keep my...
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 08:37 am

A reminiscence of pioneer Montgomery County is still worth reading

I recently spent a pleasant weekend in the company of a handsome widowed lady named Christiana. She did most of the talking, which was fine with me, as what she had to say was well-observed and often ...
Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 01:52 pm

The need for expanded work-based schooling in Springfield

The other day the Springfield School District 186 board took a break from discussions about finding a new superintendent – which it is not in a hurry to do – and heard a few things about s...

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