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Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 12:21 am

Getting labor back into politics

 Tell me, brother, don’t you understandWe’re all working for the Pharaoh“Pharaoh” Richard Thompson© BMG Rights Management US, LLCReform. Our problem is not that everybody talks about it...
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 12:20 am

Developing economic development in Springfield

On July 28, Mayor Langfelder 2.0 made good a campaign promise and appointed the members of a new Economic Development Commission that will advise the city’s – which is to say the mayor’s – Off...
Thursday, July 30, 2015 12:22 am

Making a small world bigger and the big one smaller

 So much of happiness, I’ve realized, depends on getting tuned in. When he was a young married, my father used to tune in the console radio in the living room of the Krohe family mansion on Man...
Thursday, July 23, 2015 12:22 am

Springfield must adopt a sunnier outlook

 Everybody’s very happy’Cause the sun is shining all the timeLooks like another perfect dayI love L.A. – “I Love L.A.” by Randy NewmanFor years, people measured the deficiencies of life...
Thursday, July 16, 2015 12:22 am

The hometown as hero in mid-Illinois books

“This is, I think,” explained the author to an interviewer in 1947, “a departure from the usual method.” That departure was to write a novel in which an American town would be the chief charac...
Thursday, July 9, 2015 12:18 am

Should Illinois honor the now-dishonored dead?

 Across the South, Confederate battle flags, long regarded with pride as the symbol of a newly risen South, have been coming down from atop statehouses and courthouses. Hyperbolic commentators se...
Thursday, July 2, 2015 12:21 am

A Sangamonian makes, and writes, history in the West

 These days, a man who stands at the edge of Springfield and gazes at the wide open spaces to the west and imagines herds grazing contentedly is a shopping center developer. A century and a half...
Thursday, June 25, 2015 12:25 am

Aldermen call Bluffstone’s bluff

 They could just put trailers on it, I suppose. An Iowa firm, Bluffstone LLC, hoped to build a five-story, 70-unit apartment complex on a downtown Springfield parking lot. Because the apartments...
Thursday, June 18, 2015 12:21 am

Rauner’s property tax freeze plan hides a nasty surprise

 The interesting debate about property taxes in Illinois was the one they didn’t have last week at the Statehouse. Under consideration were various versions of a proposal, first made last year...
Thursday, June 11, 2015 12:19 am

Does Illinois need mandatory civics classes?

 As a nation we are split into two camps along familiar populist/progressive lines, with one believing that government doesn’t work because the people running our governments don’t understand...

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