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Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 06:09 am

What Mary Lee Leahy did and didn’t change

Mary Lee Leahy died Dec. 12, after a busy life working for good causes as an attorney and public servant. Perhaps unfairly, she is remembered mainly as a Holy Warrior against patronage in public emplo...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 01:05 pm

Dave Brubeck made jazz cool

I hear you’re mad about BrubeckI like your eyes, I like him tooHe’s an artist, a pioneerWe’ve got to have some music on the new frontier– “New Frontier” by Donald F...
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 09:43 am

Can CWLP be managed for the people’s benefit?

“The word ‘socialism,’” said Illinois governor John Peter Altgeld in a speech 115 years ago, “is used as a term of derision only by the ignorant or the servile.” Sp...
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 06:55 am

Mike Madigan goes exploring in Azerbaijan

I don’t know about you, but I love to hear people talk about their interesting trips to foreign places. You learn the most interesting things. What fun it would be therefore to sit down with Mik...
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 09:34 pm

Why did America’s densest places vote Obama?

Remember Election Night? All those colored maps on TV, intended to make clear what a jumble of numbers could not. But the maps, unlike the numbers, did not add up. Such massive swaths of red on the ma...
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 05:11 am

Scenic paintings of the central Illinois landscape. Really.

Earlier this year, a young English woman named Jennifer Bradley undertook, with friends, to run across the U.S. in 80 days. She thus became the first British woman (we are told) to cross the country o...
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 06:52 am

Does a residency rule make sense?

Making one’s address a condition of employment is one of those latent viruses that reside in the American body politic, and which flares up in full-blown symptoms every few decades. Residency re...
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 09:02 am

Why government costs can’t go down

Find a cure for Baumol’s Disease and you will be hailed as the benefactor of millions, even though the only people it harms are politicians. Baumol’s Disease strikes the body politic, spec...
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 11:28 am

A cougar is spotted in Morgan County

Everybody read about it – a high-tech hunter got video evidence that confirmed the presence in a Morgan County woods of an adult cougar, only the fourth known to have been sighted in Illinois si...
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 09:26 pm

George McGovern and the hope of 1972

A lot of people, I suppose, thought that George McGovern had died a long time ago when they heard in October that he had passed away. Some of them could even have put a date on his demise – elec...

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