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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...
Thursday, July 11, 2013 03:21 pm

Might a graduated income tax fix Illinois’ broken revenue system?

In 2011, the General Assembly, kicking and screaming, did what was good for it and ate its spinach. Members raised the rate at which the State of Illinois taxes the income of its citizens, thus forest...
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 12:08 pm

How to keep the park in Veterans Parkway

The slogan of the Qik-n-EZ gas station chain is, “The two things you cherish most in your life, make it QIK and make it EZ!” The company’s owners have found that redeveloping the old...
Thursday, June 27, 2013 03:36 pm

How a skeptic became a melon head

The French are happy to explain, whether you want to know or not, about terroir, the peculiarities of geography, geology and climate of a certain place that impart to plants such as wine grapes their ...
Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:18 am

The state is doing justice to the Supreme Court Building

The words audi alternam partum – roughly, “hear the other side” – are inscribed on the wall of the Illinois Supreme Court chambers in Springfield. As a maxim to guide the admin...
Thursday, June 13, 2013 08:22 am
When I want to learn what a politician thinks, I read what she writes. When I need only to learn what a politician says he thinks, I listen to him speak. Here’s why. Republican governor wanna-be...
Thursday, May 30, 2013 11:41 am

Who ought to pay for preventable storm damage?

Oklahoma’s governor said what they always say. “We will rebuild.” Sigh. Again? There? That way? Really? Tornadoes, we have all been reminded yet again, are nature’s most violen...

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