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Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 08:04 am
 Each year about this time, when the first snow threatens, local police urge caution upon drivers who apparently have forgotten everything they ever learned about how to drive on snow-slicked p...
Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 09:56 am
Danielle Kurtzleben at Vox alerted me to this: Pollsters for Ipsos-MORI recently asked 1,001 Americans, "Out of every 100 people of working age, how many do you think are unemployed and looking ...
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 09:05 am
 Bruce Rauner not only must learn how to be a governor – every new governor does – but how to be a politician. He made a good start in the campaign. He promised things he cannot deliver and...
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 12:10 pm
 In my 2012 column “Faith, hope and statuary,” I panned recent attempts to commemorate through public statuary sacrifice by public protectors like firefighters and cops. Such works leave a...
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 09:33 am
 I’ve been thinking a bit more about food waste, and the several ways it might be reduced, or at least redeemed. While it’s too wet to burn, food waste can be digested by our littl...
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 08:45 am
 Further thoughts about the Daily Herald’s forlorn search for a gubernatorial candidate who can “change Illinois history.” The paper believes it found one in Bruce Rauner. As I noted in l...
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 08:32 am
 In “Where’s Illinois?” I pondered the ways in which the Midwest is a state of mind – and that when it comes to geography, Americans’ minds are often in a state of confusion. Yale...
Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 11:58 am
The social impacts of the cyber revolution are beyond the brief of a columnist specializing in weedy parking lots and aldermanic antics. But, like the current Republican gubernatorial candidate, I ...
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 10:38 am
 In "Flyover Country" Is an Insult to Midwesterners Like Me. So Is "Heartland" Sentimentality,” journalist Matthew Wolfson offers a sober and perceptive assessment of the popular sentime...
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 01:43 pm
My column next week will be about New York City, and the allure it has always had for the ambitious and the hopeful. Writing it, I was reminded of a something said in an interview by performance artis...

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