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Thursday, June 13, 2013 12:00 am
Republican Kirk Dillard recently raised the issue of which kind of family ought to be living in the Executive Mansion in Springfield. It is a question we ventilated in in 2009. (“Life in the Big House.) Clearly, it was not a question on the minds of the two most recent occupants of the house. Mr. Blagojevich famously disdain...
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 10:58 am
The perpetual lament of the local band has always and forever remained: Why won't those bastards at the alt-weekly ever give us the time of day? Well, prepare to whine no more! Faingold at Large hereby presents Between the Cracks - a new feature designed to shine a light onto lesser-known, quite possibly up-and-coming Springfield-area bands, and all in their own words, to boot. Join us, won't you...
Monday, May 27, 2013 01:22 pm
In “Happier endings,” I pointed out that a lot of people make decisions about end-of-life care that are not fully informed. Jonathan Rauch, a contributing editor at The Atlantic and at the National Journal, gave us a fascinating
Monday, May 27, 2013 01:09 pm
Recently I banged the drum on behalf of so-called community or full-service schools as a way to provide learners with a wider array of help and to provide taxpayers with a better return on their  investment in school buildings that sit idle two-thirds of the time. Want to learn more? I found Joy Dryfoos's 2002 a...
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 03:34 pm
Tonight, Oho-bred, ironically monikered hip-hop collective Scribbling Idiots will headline the Torch Tuesday stage. They've been compared to a nascent Wu-Tang Clan and have opened shows for The Pharcyde and Witchdoctor.                                                                  Also on tonight's bill are Decatur / Champaign natives Big Treezz, ...
Saturday, May 18, 2013 11:19 am
The press is filled with pension talk, but other recent news reminds us that cutting a too-generous COL adjustment is not the worst way that governments can screw workers. Turns out that the plant manufacturing highly explosive anhydrous ammonia which blew up in west Texas, killing 14 and injuring more than 200, was equipped with no alarms, no firewall and no systems to automatically shut do...

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