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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...
Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 04:51 pm

Does Detroit hold lessons for Springfield?

“It wasn’t the airplanes. It was beauty killed the beast.” – King Kong The Motor City finally ran out of gas. The recent bankruptcy of Detroit’s municipal government has ...
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 04:35 pm

They’re talking about reforming college sports – again

It’s mid-summer, but the thoughts of every red-blooded Illinoisan are already turned to autumn. The fields resound with the satisfying crunch of pads against pads, helmet against helmet, brain a...
Thursday, July 25, 2013 12:59 pm

Will George Ryan really tell it like it was?

In May, George Ryan’s son revealed that his father, late of the Executive Mansion and the federal pen, was writing his memoirs. Ryan fils promised it would be a “humdinger,” a &ldquo...
Thursday, July 18, 2013 08:23 am

A report critical of area teacher prep doesn’t go far enough

In July the National Council on Teacher Quality, a D.C.-based reform group, issued a study that concluded that the nation’s teacher-education colleges have turned into an “industry of medi...

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