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Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 03:49 pm
 In next week's column, “What do you mean by that?” I ask the perennial question: Big words – what are they good for? One man who has some very good answers to that question is writer...
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 11:47 am
In a 2012 column I recalled the bad deal made by the State of Illinois in 1989 when it caved it to threats from Sears, Roebuck to move its Merchandise Group out of Illinois. The package a...
Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 10:34 am
 More on happiness in, and with cities, a topic I touched on in “Land of mope and worry.” Wages and housing alone don’t predict where people want to live very well. Cities like San Fran...
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 09:04 am
A while back, I edited and wrote chapter introductions to a collection of essays on the influence of Daniel Burnham, the architect-turned-city planner whose 1909 Plan of Chicago gave Chicago its fa...
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 05:12 pm
 Imagine this scene: Having recognized that they share a common need, a group of well-intended parents gather and decide to found a Montessori school. They lease classroom space, they buy the n...
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 09:10 am
 I have railed in print  about our national health care “system” that spends more and gets less for it than more advanced nations do because it buys not good health but “health care ...
Monday, July 28, 2014 07:54 am
 Language wonks might recall my January column about the rise in American English of the all-purpose preposition, “All for one – and “for” for all.”  I spotted another instanc...
Friday, July 25, 2014 10:12 am
This week came sad confirmation of my complaint from 2010 that the State of Illinois’ stewardship of its major buildings amounts to slow-motion vandalism. Crain’s columnist Greg Hinz dropped b...
Friday, July 18, 2014 10:12 am
It’s a start. The Springfield City Council on July 1 approved extending the existing cable television franchise agreement with Comcast, in spite of the many complaints aldermen receive about ...
Monday, July 7, 2014 01:51 pm
 I noted my recent visit to Donner’s Pass in “Promised lands.” Trains go through that gap as well as trucks and cars, as Kevin Baker, a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine, learne...

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