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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...
Friday, May 24, 2013 02:21 pm

The last conversation most cancer patients have should be the first

You’re in your doctor’s office. You’ve just been told that you have cancer – one of the bad ones, like those that attack the pancreas or the liver or the lungs or the ovaries &...
Thursday, May 16, 2013 11:19 am

The community room in the new Matheny-Withrow is a beginning

Schools, conventionally, seek to train the minds of their young charges. The problem is that it is not only their minds that show up every day in the classroom. Their bodies, their attitudes, their ex...
Thursday, May 9, 2013 08:38 am

District 186 needs more than a new superintendent

Springfield voters on April 9 taught School District 186 a lesson. The district needed a better board, they believed, and they made their point by electing a slew of new members. But what, exactly, ar...
Thursday, May 2, 2013 02:32 am

Building walls and street spaces in Springfield

In a recent column (“Keeping Springfield weird,” April 25, 2013) I tried to explain why Springfield’s built environment strikes so many visitors as off-putting. I mentioned as likely...
Thursday, April 25, 2013 04:25 am
No parent ever has an ugly baby. Even if the little darling has a head that looks like a cantaloupe from the bottom of the pile, parents don’t like strangers stating the obvious. People are the ...
Thursday, April 11, 2013 11:04 am

Rich Shereikis taught in the classroom and on the printed page

Richard Shereikis died in Evanston on March 29. He was 75.A spot on the staff of Illinois Times in its very early years was an entry-level position – anyone who walked up the steps and through t...
Thursday, April 4, 2013 11:04 am

Why so little public interest in serving the public interest?

The nation laughed when Clint Eastwood debated an empty chair at the Republicans’ national convention, but it wasn’t funny in Illinois. More and more of the seats on Illinois’ town c...
Thursday, March 28, 2013 11:04 am

Why is Illinois’ Internet service so backward?

We all live in a brave new world, but the future is happening sooner in some places than in others. As you might expect, the planet is home to many nations where connections to the Internet, the highw...
Thursday, March 21, 2013 11:04 am

Relief for Medicaid’s financial ills?

Illinois faces two challenges in providing decent medical care for the many among us who stubbornly refuse to follow the example of our social betters by getting rich. One, endlessly “debated,&r...

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